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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Digital Storm Velox Review

  • Attractive and reasonably sized enclosure
  • Solid processor and game performance
  • Relatively quiet
  • Good value
  • Enclosure looks a bit bare-bones
  • As-tested hard drive performance was mediocre
Our Score 8

CyberTronPC Thallium Review

  • Powerful hardware
  • Attractive case
  • Enclosure has questionable features
  • Can be loud at full load
  • Not the best value
Our Score 6

Falcon Northwest Talon (2015) Review

  • Compact case
  • Strong performance
  • Intuitive interior layout
  • Fan noise can be irritating
  • Enclosure is showing its age
Our Score 7

Origin Chronos (2015) Review

  • Compact, yet has solid connectivity
  • Most hardware is easy to remove
  • Excellent performance results
  • Good performance value
  • Boring design
  • Not much room for future upgrades
Our Score 8

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