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Apple Mac Mini M1 review: Miniature footprint, maximum performance

The Mac Mini is the first desktop Mac with Apple’s M1 chip inside. That means a lot of changes have come to the company’s smallest Mac. How does it perform?
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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 review: A bright future for PC gaming

Consoles have stolen the attention of the gaming world, but Nvidia's RTX 3080 proves that the future of PC gaming is bright.
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iMac 5K 27-inch (2020) review: An old dog learns a few new tricks

Apple Silicon Macs are coming, which puts the new Intel 5K iMac in a strange position. It may be one of the last of its kind, but is it worth buying anyway?
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Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit ‘Ghost Canyon’ review: All potential

Intel's NUC 9 Extreme Kit uses the company's Compute Element to squeeze modular design in a small footprint. It has potential, but it's far from perfect.
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Intel Frost Canyon NUC (NUC 10i7FNHAA) review: Big win for creators

Intel's new Frost Canyon NUC (NUC 10i7FNHAA) pairs a 10th-gen Core i7 processor with a tiny PC puck design. The result is an excellent mini-PC for creators.
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HP Envy 32 All-in-One review: iMac killer?

For 2020, Apple might just need to watch its back. With the new Envy 32 All-in-One, HP is taking the all-in-one category to new places. Thanks to the luxurious design, an immersive display, and some incredible processing power, this new PC might have everything to topple Apple's iMac.
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Dell Inspiron 27 7790 all-in-one review: Half PC, half TV

Dell's Inspiron 27 7790 might not be a gaming PC in the traditional sense, but it still delivers a terrific gaming experience for console gamers who need a desktop for productivity work. Thanks to an HDMI input feature, you can use the 27-inch screen on the Inspiron to hook up an Xbox or PlayStation.
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Dell G5 Gaming Desktop review: Dorm room gaming done right

Don't dismiss Dell's entry-level G5 gaming desktop. Though it lacks the punchier design of the Dell's well-known Alienware brand among gamers, the G5 delivers a lot of bang for your buck. With a low starting price of $589, the compact footprint of this desktop makes it a versatile PC for dorm room gaming.
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Falcon Northwest Talon 20th Anniversary Edition review

With a solid metal body that begs comparisons with Apple's Mac Pro, Falcon Northwest's Talon 20th Anniversary Edition is a gaming PC that's built to last. And that's a good thing, as our $6,488 configured review unit comes with a blazing fast 12-core AMD Ryzen 9 processor and dual Nvidia RTX graphics.
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Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition review: A new dawn for AMD

Featuring AMD's monster 16-core Ryzen processor, the new Alienware Aurora is one of the most powerful desktop PCs you can buy. The new look is pretty stunning, too. But does all that power make sense for a gaming machine?
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Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Desktop Kit review: Homebrew hacking

The Raspberry Pi 4 is the latest miniature computing sensation from the Raspberry Pi Foundation and is by far the most capable Pi yet. It adds dual HDMI support for twin 4K displays, a more powerful SoC, and the option of plenty of new RAM. It comes with everything you need to get started too.
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Alienware Aurora R8 review: Tower of power

Alienware shows that not all gaming rigs have to be expensive. Packing in ray tracing capable RTX graphics and Intel’s 9th-Generation processor, the Aurora R8 is a PC that appeals to demanding gamers, but at a surprisingly reasonable price compared to competitors on the market.
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HP Envy Curved All-in-One 34 review

If you think all PC workstations are doomed to the same boring design, be prepared to be blown away by HP’s gorgeous Envy Curved AIO 34. This all-in-one machine combines modern silicon options with gorgeous mid-century modern aesthetics, making it a focal point of any desk.
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Acer Predator Orion 3000 review

Acer’s Predator Orion 3000 delivers the kind of gaming performance that’s more typical of larger desktop towers. Equipped with Intel’s 9th-Gen processor and Nvidia’s RTX 2080 graphics, the Orion 3000 delivers solid gaming performance in a compact and stylish case design.
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Asus ProArt PA90 review

Because of its compact size, the Asus ProArt PA90 makes use of an innovative motorized lid design to keep its liquid-cooled 9th-gen Intel Core i9 processor and Nvidia Quadro graphics inside cool. But this isn’t just a design gimmick – the ProArt PA90 is a very capable workstation designed for creatives.
Corsair One Pro i180 review

Corsair One Pro i180 review

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Microsoft Surface Hub 2S hands-on review

Slim, light, and intuitive, the new Microsoft Surface Hub 2S wants to change the way you collaborate at work. That’s a lofty goal, but as our Surface Hub 2S hands-on review details, it’s one this device seems well equipped to achieve. Just don’t hope to buy one for your home.
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Origin Neuron (2019) review

With a swing-open glass door and magnetic rubber feet that allow you to configure this tower vertically or horizontally, Origin PC has infused practical design choices to showcase the Neuron’s powerful specs, including dual-graphics support and top-notch processor options.
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iMac 5K 27-inch (2019) review

Apple now has four types of iPads -- the budget iPad, the iPad Mini, the iPad Air, and the iPad Pro. The iPad Air is almost the same as the new iPad Mini, save for screen size. While people looking for a small tablet should go for the Mini, professionals that are reluctant about the price of the highest-tier iPad Pro should consider the iPad Air as the tablet to buy.
Digital Storm Lynx review

Digital Storm Lynx review

Digital Storm’s Lynx provides an excellent alternative to gamers who don’t want to build their own gaming PCs. Equipped with powerful hardware, support for ray tracing, and the space to house up to two graphics cards, the Lynx is a PC that’s capable of growing with your needs.
Origin Millennium (2019) review

Origin Millennium (2019) review

The massive Origin Millennium gaming PC is a flagship desktop with serious hardware and a price tag to match. It’s no bargain, but its quality and handsome design make a gaming battlestation you’ll want to own. Check out our Origin Millennium desktop review to learn more.
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HP Omen Obelisk review

Equipped with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 graphics in an attractive desktop tower with internal space for future upgrades, HP’s compact Omen Obelisk is a competitively priced mainstream gaming desktop with enough power to appeal to enthusiasts who don’t want to build their own rigs.
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Digital Storm Aventum X gaming PC review

The allure of the Aventum X isn’t just about power – you can find similar performance elsewhere at cheaper prices. Instead, the Aventum celebrates gamers by making the technology inside as much a part of the design as the tower itself. In designing the Aventum X, Digital Storm has created the Lamborghini of gaming PCs.
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Origin Chronos (2019) review

The Chronos is Origin’s smallest PC, but while it occupies less space than most A/V receivers, it delivers the power of a much larger desktop. Its dull exterior design does the system a disservice. Once you turn it on, you won’t be bored. Our Origin Chronos Review tests the desktop in multiple benchmarks and games.
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Intel ‘Bean Canyon’ NUC Review

Intel’s Next Unit of Computing, or NUC, offers tiny desktops with performance that keeps up with much larger systems, and they’re even affordable. But there’s a catch. You must install your own RAM and hard drive. Our Intel NUC ‘Bean Canyon’ review considers whether it’s worth the trouble.
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Microsoft Surface Studio 2 review

Most creative pros are Apple users, but with the Surface Studio 2, Microsoft makes a serious attempt to win them over. There aren't a lot of new features on the outside, but the internal updates are significant. Despite its niche appeal, you’ll wish you had a few grand to drop on this beauty.
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Apple Mac Mini (2018) Review

Apple’s new Mac Mini doesn’t look much different from its predecessor, and it’s more expensive. Yet the changes under the hood make a case for its consideration as your new Mac. Can this entry-level machine hold its own? Read our Apple Mac Mini (2018) review to find out.
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Lenovo Legion C730 Cube review

Though the Legion C730 Cube may look like a cooler with its carry handle, and it does a good job keeping its “six pack” -- in the form of Intel’s hexa-core Core i7 CPU – cool, Lenovo designed this desktop for you to take to your next LAN party. With AMD or Nvidia graphics options, the C730 is also a VR-ready system.
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Alienware Area-51 R5 review

The Alienware Area-51 has always been a striking machine. With its angled edges and gently glowing LED lighting there’s just nothing else like it. The unusual design is typically paired with extravagant hardware and the Area-51 R5 is no exception. Let’s see what this thing can do.
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Falcon Northwest Tiki 2018 review

The original Falcon Northwest Tiki was one of our all-time favorite gaming PCs. We loved its compact form factor, powerful internals, and unique exterior design. That means the 2018 model has some big shoes to fill, let’s see how it stacks up to the latest and greatest gaming rigs.
Dell Inspiron 5680 review

Dell Inspiron 5680 Gaming Desktop review

If you aren't interested in building your computer, PC gaming can get expensive, but not so with the Dell Inspiron 5680 Gaming Desktop. Starting at just $600, it provides nearly everything you’d want in a cheap gaming PC. It has enough power to play modern games at reasonable framerates without breaking the bank.
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Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK

The latest NUC, or Next Unit of Computing, from Intel’s lab once gain tries to make headway in the always competitive, and skeptical, world of PC gaming. Skull Canyon, the company’s last effort, was less than perfect – but the new backs up its cutting-edge Intel processor with AMD Radeon Vega graphics.
Dell XPS 8930 Review

Dell XPS 8930 review

We’re always looking for an affordable way to game. The Dell XPS 8930 is packing a GTX 1060 graphics card, meaning this unassuming desktop PC has a little more than meets the eye.
Maingear F131 review

Maingear F131 hands-on review

If you want a custom gaming rig, you probably want it to look special – and Maingear’s F131 might catch your eye. We went hands-on.
Senior Editor, Computing

Luke Larsen is a Senior Editor at Digital Trends and manages all content covering laptops, monitors, PC hardware, and everything else that plugs into a computer. Luke joined Digital Trends in 2017 as a native Portlander, happy to join a media company that called his city home. His obsession with technology is in observing the ebb and flow of how technological advancement and product design intersects with our day-to-day experience of it. From digging into the minute details to stepping back and seeing the wider trends, Luke revels in telling stories with tech.

Before working at DT, he worked as Tech Editor at Paste Magazine for over four years and has bylines at publications such as IGN and The Oregonian. When he’s not obsessing over what the best laptop is or how Apple can fix the Mac, Luke spends his time playing designer board games, quoting obscure Star Wars lines, and hanging with his family.