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‚Äôs still… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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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

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