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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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

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

Maingear Shift Review

  • Unstoppable performance
  • Innovative vertical airflow design
  • Solid, attractive and unique case
  • White-glove packaging, assembly quality and…
  • Reliable despite white-knuckle overclocking
  • Connecting cables up top can be inconvenient
Our Score 8.5

Uberclok Reactor Review

  • Highly overclocked; stable and quiet; great build…
  • Chassis is a bit generic as a boutique offering;…
Our Score 8.5

HP Blackbird 002 Review

  • Incredible design inside and out; blistering…
  • Price tag matches performance; out-of-the-box…
Our Score 8.5

HP Firebird 802 Review

  • Attractive and compact case; ultra quiet;…
  • Very little expandability; slightly above average…
Our Score 8.5

HP Pavilion Slimline s5160f Review

  • Small and very quiet; includes Blu-ray drive
  • TV tuner
  • wireless mouse
  • keyboard and lots of memory; great value for the…
  • Video card can't handle intense games; virtually…
Our Score 8