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We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in desktops.

Falcon Northwest Tiki (2015) review

With the newest components and a beautiful custom case, the Falcon Northwest Tiki wants to be more than just another living room PC - it wants to be your everything. See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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iBuyPower Erebus Review

  • Smokin’ performance
  • Significant and stable overclocking
  • No bloatware
  • Looks expensive
  • Is expensive
  • A few odd design choices and inelegant solutions
  • Noisy
Our Score 8

Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 Review

  • Small footprint and several mounting options
  • Great looks
  • Smooth 1080p video playback
  • Affordable
  • Quiet
  • Convenient OS recovery should disaster strike
  • Poor multitasking and encoding performance
  • Lacks good backlit remote
  • No TV tuner
Our Score 7

Maingear Shift Review

  • Unstoppable performance
  • Innovative vertical airflow design
  • Solid, attractive and unique case
  • White-glove packaging, assembly quality and…
  • Reliable despite white-knuckle overclocking
  • Connecting cables up top can be inconvenient
Our Score 8.5

Apple iMac 27-inch (Core i5) Review

  • Drool-worthy 27-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display
  • Top-notch industrial design and build quality
  • Ultra-fast bootup with SSD option
  • Killer gaming performance with Radeon HD 5750
  • Surprisingly ample sound
  • Cool and quiet, even during gaming
  • Abysmal keyboard and mouse
  • No analog 5.1-channel outputs, Blu-ray option
  • Pricy relative to similarly equipped PCs
Our Score 8.5

Asus EeeBox EB1501 Review

  • Sleek and refined design fits any décor
  • nVidia Ion helps make high-quality video and…
  • HDMI output for video, eSATA port for fast…
  • Useful remote included
  • Windows 7 Media Center provides easy DVR…
  • Can be mounted on the back of a monitor
  • Expensive relative to competitors
  • Can’t handle all HD video
  • Intel Atom still anemic
  • Hit-and-miss gaming capabilities
  • Too much bloatware
  • No built-in TV tuner
Our Score 6.5

Acer AspireRevo Review

  • Compact design makes it easy to place anywhere
  • Nvidia Ion makes the difference for video playback…
  • Easily connected to HDTV using HDMI output
  • Plenty of ports and connections
  • Windows 7 runs smoothly
  • Windows 7 Media Center makes it easier for…
  • Can be mounted on the back of a monitor
  • Excellent value
  • Atom processor shows strain when multiple apps are…
  • Gaming is a non-starter under these specs
  • Too much pre-installed bloatware
  • Lacks a built-in TV tuner
  • No optical drive
Our Score 7.5

HP Pavilion MS225 Review

  • Inexpensive
  • Equipped with a real desktop CPU
  • 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium (which includes…
  • 320GB hard drive
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Not suited to demanding applications
  • Wired mouse and keyboard
  • Wired networking limited to 100Mb/s
  • Wireless networking limited to 802.11b/g
Our Score 8

HP TouchSmart 600 Review

  • Huge, gorgeous, 16:9 1080p screen.
  • TouchSmart suite delivers some excellent programs…
  • Svelte and attractive design.
  • Doubles nicely as a PVR/TV, complete with HDMI…
  • Touchscreen is still just a smidge finicky.
  • Middling processor and graphics card could do with…
  • It’s still a bit costly.
Our Score 8