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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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

Origin Millenium (Late 2014) Review

  • Highly customizable
  • Easy to upgrade or repair
  • Plenty of connectivity
  • Record breaking performance
  • Can handle 4K gaming
  • Less expensive than competitors
  • Large and very heavy
  • Extremely loud at full load
Our Score 9

Apple iMac with Retina Review

  • World's first 5K display
  • Stunningly sharp and detailed images
  • Powerfully equipped
  • Super thin and stylish design
  • Games crash or are unstable at 5K resolution –…
  • Not the best graphics chip
  • Stutters when scrolling through Web pages
  • Mouse and keyboard need updates
Our Score 8

HP Envy 23xt Beats Special Edition Review

  • Bold, red exterior
  • Impressive 1080p touchscreen
  • Loud, clear Beats speakers
  • Numerous media connectivity options
  • Display is too reflective
  • Wired keyboard and mouse come standard
  • Lackluster gaming and hard drive performance
  • Expensive compared to competition
Our Score 7

Origin Chronos Review

  • Very compact
  • RAM and hard drives are easy to upgrade
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • 840 EVO 1TB hard drive is lightning quick
  • Less expensive than similarly equipped competitors
  • Looks dull
  • Video card and optical drive are difficult to…
  • Runs loud in games, chugs power
Our Score 8

Lenovo Erazer X510 Review

  • Small case
  • Strong processor performance
  • Great peripherals
  • Confused exterior design
  • Interior layout isn’t optimized for upgrades
  • One-touch overclocking is of questionable value
  • l 3D performance could be better
Our Score 5

LG Chromebase Review

  • Modern looking aesthetics
  • Attractive display
  • Can be used as an external monitor
  • Quick hardware for the price
  • Solid bundled peripherals
  • Display stand feels flimsy
  • Poor display controls
  • Weak speakers
Our Score 8