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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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

Origin PC Omega Review

  • Class-leading processor performance
  • Easily handles games, even at 4K
  • Wide variety of customization options
  • Large for a living room PC
  • Difficult to upgrade
  • Using Windows from a couch remains awkward
Our Score 6

Falcon Northwest Tiki (2015) Review

  • Beautiful, sturdy case
  • Top of the line performance
  • Compact size
  • Competitive price
  • High-end assembly and support
  • Noisy at full load
  • Needs an external Wi-Fi antenna
Our Score 9

Origin Millennium Battlebox (2015) Review

  • Attractive, customizable case
  • Low fan noise
  • Excellent performance
  • Reasonable pricing
  • Massive and heavy
Our Score 9

Velocity Micro Raptor Z40 Review

  • Attractive, subtle exterior
  • Quick for its size
  • Great performance value
  • Can handle any game at 1080p
  • Lack of front-facing audio ports
  • Not easy to upgrade
Our Score 8

Intel NUC Core i7 Review

  • Sturdy, compact case
  • VESA mountable
  • Can handle 4K at 60H
  • Middling graphical performance
  • Some assembly required
  • Lid scratches easily
Our Score 7

AVADirect X99 Gaming System Review

  • Top-tier performance
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Comparatively low price point
  • Off the shelf parts
  • Humongous case
  • Tough to access hard drive bays
Our Score 7