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Maingear Torq review

  • Tiny, futuristic-looking enclosure
  • Great connectivity for its size
  • Quick over-clocked processor
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • High-end configurations are very expensive
  • Full liquid cooling means no optical drive
  • Difficult to service or upgrade
  • Droning system fan
Our Score 7
User Score 0

Maingear Vybe Z97 (2014) review

  • Powerful CPU and graphics performance
  • Lots of expansion options
  • Isn’t loud under load
  • Expensive, considering its components
  • More RAM than needed for gaming
  • Bright lights don’t have an off switch
Our Score 7
User Score 0

Acer Aspire AZ3-615 review

  • Affordable price
  • Lots of connectivity
  • Good display
  • Speedy performance
  • Extremely glossy screen
  • No VESA mount
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Apple iMac 21.5-inch (2014) review

  • Handles day-to-day tasks with ease
  • Dead quiet
  • Elegant, sturdy construction
  • Sharp IPS LCD screen
  • Commendable built-in speakers
  • Bundled mouse and keyboard
  • Premium price
  • Disappointing CPU performance
  • Components are not user replaceable
  • Awkward mouse and keyboard
Our Score 7.5
User Score 0

Digital Storm Vanquish II review

  • Reasonably priced
  • Handles 1080p gaming well
  • Fast SSD and roomy hard drive
  • 3-year warranty
  • Very limited expansion options
  • Only six USB ports
  • Bulging backplate
Our Score 7
User Score 0

AOC mySmart A2472PW4T review

  • Inexpensive
  • Good display quality
  • Unattractive design
  • Not all USB ports are standard
  • Poor performance
  • Lacks bundled keyboard and mouse
  • Android still terrible for desktop use
Our Score 6
User Score 0

Lenovo C560 Touch review

  • Sturdy construction
  • Hard drive, RAM can be upgraded by user
  • Attractive 1080p touchscreen
  • Loud speakers
  • Strong processor performance
  • Unattractive exterior
  • Very glossy display
  • No HDMI-in, 802.11ac or Bluetooth
Our Score 8
User Score 0

ASUS M70AD-US003S review

  • Compact and conveniently-placed front ports
  • Strong processor and graphics performance
  • Includes backup power supply, wireless charging
  • Supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Cool, quiet and efficient
  • Good value
  • Could use more USB 3.0 ports
  • Limited upgradability
Our Score 9.5
User Score 0

Editor Desktop Reviews

When you buy a desktop computer, you're making a statement. You're telling the world (or, at least, the part of the world that sees your desk) that you have serious computing to get done, serious screen real estate to occupy, and serious space to take up. It's a bold move in an increasingly mobile age and it begs a host of very specific questions before you put your money where your desk space used to be. We want to make sure you're not getting a power-sucking vampire machine or one so loud its fan speed goes to 11 while also ensuring the computer you're thinking about meets your needs. Whether you're looking for a behemoth gaming machine or an attractive all-in-one, we'll run the tests and parse the jargon so you know what you're getting and whether or not you should be getting it.

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