Editors' Choice

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

Alienware Alpha R2 review

The initial Alienware Alpha impressed by packing gaming hardware into a tiny box, but left much to be desired. Now the dry run is over, and the revised version of the compact gaming PC is ready to prove there’s still… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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HP Phoenix HPE h9 Review

  • Small enclosure
  • Affordable price of entry
  • Agreeable aesthetics
  • Quiet operation even when gaming
  • Video card options are limited
  • Processor is over-kill for gaming
  • Replacing components is difficult
  • Limited space for expansion
Our Score 8

Acer Aspire M3970 Review

  • Small, attractive enclosure
  • Plenty of USB ports
  • Extremely Quiet
  • Affordable
  • Some ports could be more accessible
  • Little room for expansion
  • Disappointing discrete graphics performance
Our Score 7

Maingear Vybe Review

  • Simple and functional design
  • Solid performance for the price
  • No bloatware
  • Runs cool and (relatively) quiet
  • No stand-out features
  • Dull enclosure
Our Score 8

Falcon Northwest Mach V Review

  • Beautiful monolithic design
  • Effective cooling
  • Amazing CPU performance
  • Three-year warranty
  • Bang-for-buck could be better
  • Internal layout sacrifices practicality
Our Score 8.5

HP TouchSmart 610 Review

  • Beautiful 1080p display
  • Touch input is responsive
  • Fast hardware
  • Unique hinge works well
  • Expensive
  • No HDMI out
  • Touch input is of questionable use
Our Score 8

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z Review

  • Simple, rugged design
  • Easy access VESA mount
  • Almost no bloatware
  • 3-year standard warranty with on-site support
  • Bland aesthetics
  • Average display
  • Poor audio quality
  • Outdated hardware
Our Score 6

Falcon Northwest FragBox Review

  • Small size
  • Case includes handle
  • Amazing performance
  • No bloatware
  • Annoying LED lighting
  • Runs hot, loud
Our Score 8

Origin Genesis Review

  • Stable 5GHz overclock
  • Myriad of configuration options
  • Grown-up good looks
  • Quiet performance
  • Reasonably priced considering what’s inside.
  • None
Our Score 9