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Cyberpower Zeus Mini review

  • Thin and small
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Good value
  • Distracting LED-lit enclosure
  • Difficult to upgrade or repair
  • Noisy at load, case sometimes rattles
Our Score 7
User Score 0

Gateway ZX4970-UR22 review

  • Simple but sturdy design
  • Plenty of USB ports
  • High-quality matte display
  • Decent compute performance for the price
  • Affordable
  • Stand lacks ergonomic adjustments
  • No display controls
  • Poor 3D performance
Our Score 8.5
User Score 8

Lenovo IdeaCentre Flex 20 review

  • Affordable price
  • Display offers excellent image quality
  • Pleasing bundled peripherals
  • Runs cool and quiet
  • Below-average performance
  • Short battery life
  • Not enough connectivity
Our Score 7.5
User Score 8

Gateway DX 4885-UB3A review

  • Compact
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Strong processor performance
  • Decent bundled keyboard and mouse
  • Quiet operation
  • Good value
  • A few design quirks
  • No extra hard drive bays
  • Poor connectivity
Our Score 8
User Score 3

Minix Neo X7 review

  • Decent build quality
  • Gobs of ports
  • Strong CPU performance
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • Custom interface lacks polish
  • Android isn’t a good general-purpose OS
  • Poor graphics performance
  • Expensive (relative to the competition)
Our Score 6
User Score 2

Dell Inspiron One 23 review

  • Attractive design
  • Supports HDMI-out and HDMI-in
  • Fast, well-rounded performance
  • Low-contrast display
  • Poor audio quality
  • System fan is annoying at load
  • Expensive for a 23-inch AIO
  • Affordable models lose performance advantage
Our Score 6.5
User Score 0

Origin Millennium (2013) review

  • Small enclosure
  • Easy to repair and upgrade
  • Incredible performance
  • Surprisingly good bang-for-the-buck
  • Less expensive than competitors
  • Cooling fans are loud, even at idle
  • Chugs power by the gallon
Our Score 8.5
User Score 0

Acer Aspire Z3-605 review

  • Simple but functional design
  • Excellent display
  • Good sound quality
  • Silent operation and low power draw
  • Plain exterior lacks style
  • Performance is far below average
  • No optional solid-state drive
  • Competitors provide better value
Our Score 6.5
User Score 0

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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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