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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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

iBuyPower Revolt 2 Pro Review

  • Stylish, unique look
  • Strong processor
  • Can handle 1440p gaming
  • Affordably priced
  • Very limited upgrade options
  • No dual-GPU or PCIe hard drive option
Our Score 8

AVADirect Z170 Review

  • Attractive enclosure
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Good performance value
  • Three year warranty
  • Build quality could be better
  • Loud at full system load
Our Score 7

Asus Zen AIO S Review

  • Excellent 4K display
  • Class-leading performance
  • Can handle 1080p gaming
  • Plenty of connectivity
  • Design feels too safe
  • Cheap bundled peripherals
Our Score 8

Maingear X-Cube Z170 Review

  • Easy to upgrade
  • Excellent hard drive performance
  • Good hardware value
  • More efficient than competitors
  • Not as small as it looks
  • Limited expandability
  • Loud at full load
Our Score 7