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 Bolt II Review

  • Lots of connectivity
  • Easy to upgrade for its size
  • Excellent processor performance
  • Easily handles modern games
  • Power efficient
  • Feels less expensive than it is
  • Can be loud at maximum load
Our Score 8

Maingear Torq Review

  • Tiny, futuristic-looking enclosure
  • Great connectivity for its size
  • Quick over-clocked processor
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • High-end configurations are very expensive
  • Full liquid cooling means no optical drive
  • Difficult to service or upgrade
  • Droning system fan
Our Score 7

Maingear Vybe Z97 (2014) Review

  • Powerful CPU and graphics performance
  • Lots of expansion options
  • Isn’t loud under load
  • Expensive, considering its components
  • More RAM than needed for gaming
  • Bright lights don’t have an off switch
Our Score 7

Acer Aspire AZ3-615 Review

  • Affordable price
  • Lots of connectivity
  • Good display
  • Speedy performance
  • Extremely glossy screen
  • No VESA mount
Our Score 8

Apple iMac 21.5-inch (2014) Review

  • Handles day-to-day tasks with ease
  • Dead quiet
  • Elegant, sturdy construction
  • Sharp IPS LCD screen
  • Commendable built-in speakers
  • Bundled mouse and keyboard
  • Premium price
  • Disappointing CPU performance
  • Components are not user replaceable
  • Awkward mouse and keyboard
Our Score 7.5

Digital Storm Vanquish II Review

  • Reasonably priced
  • Handles 1080p gaming well
  • Fast SSD and roomy hard drive
  • 3-year warranty
  • Very limited expansion options
  • Only six USB ports
  • Bulging backplate
Our Score 7

AOC mySmart A2472PW4T Review

  • Inexpensive
  • Good display quality
  • Unattractive design
  • Not all USB ports are standard
  • Poor performance
  • Lacks bundled keyboard and mouse
  • Android still terrible for desktop use
Our Score 6

ASUS M70AD-US003S Review

  • Compact and conveniently-placed front ports
  • Strong processor and graphics performance
  • Includes backup power supply, wireless charging
  • Supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Cool, quiet and efficient
  • Good value
  • Could use more USB 3.0 ports
  • Limited upgradability
Our Score 9.5