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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Falcon Northwest Mach V (2016) Review

  • Refined, elegant enclosure
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Excellent performance in all areas
  • Runs quiet
  • Class-leading standard warranty
  • Exterior can look a bit mundane
  • Not as customizable as some competitors
Our Score 9

Digital Storm Aventum 3 Review

  • Massive, handsome enclosure
  • Easy to open, repair, upgrade
  • Incredible performance in all areas
  • Relatively quiet
  • Weight makes system hard to move
  • More expensive than similar competitors
Our Score 7

Intel NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK Review

  • Solid CPU performance
  • Great connectivity
  • Intel HD 580 is outmatched by many games
  • Limited expandability
  • Power brick is as big as the system
Our Score 5

AVADirect Avant gaming desktop Review

  • Solid performance
  • Elegant and attractive
  • Plenty of room for upgrades
  • Comparatively low price
  • Quirks during setup
  • Design is not unique
Our Score 8

Origin Chronos (2016) Review

  • Among the smallest gaming mini-PCs
  • Intuitive internal layout
  • Excellent performance
  • Long list of from-factory options
  • As powerful as many full-size PCs
  • Cramped internals
  • Boring exterior design
Our Score 8

Dell XPS 8900 Special Edition Review

  • Small exterior dimensions
  • Conventional interior layout
  • Can handle gaming at 1440p
  • Quiet operation
  • Affordable pricing
  • Difficult to upgrade
  • SSD isn’t available in most configurations
  • Lackluster warranty
Our Score 6

Acer Predator G6 Review

  • Gritty, yet subtle design
  • Strong processor performance
  • Can handle games at 1080p or 1440p
  • Quiet, even at full load
  • Minimal bloatware
  • Cramped interior
  • Some low-quality components
  • Mediocre value
Our Score 7.5

Alienware X51 R3 Review

  • Sturdy, attractive enclosure
  • Solid 1080p performance
  • Runs cool and quiet
  • Hard to upgrade CPU and RAM
  • Not quite up to 1440p gaming
Our Score 7