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 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

Maingear Shift Super Stock X79 Review

  • Attractive enclosure
  • Surprisingly quiet
  • Incredible CPU and GPU performance
  • 3-year hardware warranty with lifetime support
  • Enclosure is less intuitive than it looks
  • Ports are difficult to access
  • Expensive
Our Score 8.5

Apple iMac 27-inch (Core i5) Review

  • Drool-worthy 27-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display
  • Top-notch industrial design and build quality
  • Ultra-fast bootup with SSD option
  • Killer gaming performance with Radeon HD 5750
  • Surprisingly ample sound
  • Cool and quiet, even during gaming
  • Abysmal keyboard and mouse
  • No analog 5.1-channel outputs, Blu-ray option
  • Pricy relative to similarly equipped PCs
Our Score 8.5

HP TouchSmart 300 Review

  • Awesome touchscreen display and user interface;…
  • Integrated graphics; voice-recognition needs work;…
Our Score 8.5

Alienware X51 Review

  • Beautifully compact design
  • Lots of power for the price
  • USB 3.0 ports and built-in Wi-Fi beat you to the…
  • Easy access interior, part-swapping
  • Minimally flexible for future upgrades
  • More complex than a standalone console
  • Hefty power brick will need to be hidden away…
Our Score 8.5

Falcon Northwest Fragbox 2013 Review

  • Small size
  • Excellent build quality
  • Included handle
  • Amazing performance in all areas
  • Quiet operation
  • Confusing internal layout
  • Limited space for future upgrades
Our Score 8.5

Falcon Northwest Mach V Review

  • Beautiful monolithic design
  • Effective cooling
  • Amazing CPU performance
  • Three-year warranty
  • Bang-for-buck could be better
  • Internal layout sacrifices practicality
Our Score 8.5

Maingear F131 Review

  • Attractive and unique exterior
  • Reasonably useful interior layout
  • Excellent performance
  • Amazing bang-for-the-buck
  • Exterior plastics could be better
  • Most ports are a pain to access
  • Loud fan noise sounds at load
Our Score 8.5