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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Intel NUC Core i5 (NUC5i5RYK) Review

  • Extremely small
  • Core i5 processor offers solid performance
  • Miniscule power draw
  • Can support 4K at 60Hz
  • Some assembly required
  • Priced near similar notebooks
  • Not cut out for games
Our Score 8

Digital Storm Eclipse Review

  • Small footprint
  • Easy access to SSD and RAM
  • Great for 1080p gaming
  • Some parts are difficult to access
  • Horizontal placement blocks GPU fans
  • Lack of options at purchase
Our Score 7

Falcon Northwest Tiki-Z Review

  • Extreme performance in a small package
  • Looks impressive
  • Can handle anything at 1080p or 1440p
  • Puts out a lot of heat
  • Some components difficult to upgrade
Our Score 8.5

Syber Vapor I Review

  • Works as a viable console replacement out of the…
  • Solid connectivity
  • Performs well for its price
  • Offers numerous customization options
  • Initial cost might seem prohibitive to the console…
  • Still stumbles in the most demanding games
Our Score 9

iBuyPower SBX Review

  • Beautiful design, LED strip mesmerizes
  • Good warranty
  • Could still shine with release of SteamOS
  • Gaming at 1080p chugs
  • Internal Wi-Fi dropped connection every five…
  • Still requires a mouse and keyboard for most tasks
Our Score 6

Falcon Northwest Mach V Review

  • Solid, attractive case
  • Excellent performance in all benchmarks
  • Surprisingly quiet
  • Excellent warranty
  • Competitively priced
  • Some RAM slots are difficult to access
Our Score 9.5

Lenovo Horizon II Review

  • Attractive, slim design
  • Responsive touchscreen
  • Still too heavy
  • Mediocre performance
  • Short battery life
  • Not a good value
Our Score 5

AVADirect Z97 Quiet Gaming Review

  • Attractive but subdued enclosure
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Excellent game performance
  • Quiet even at load
  • Not the quickest processor
  • Average SSD performance
  • Noise-reduction features add to the price
Our Score 8