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We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in desktops.

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. Its unusual case is filled with extravagant hardware, so let’s see… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Alienware Area 51 R5 Review

  • Robust configuration options
  • Exceptional gaming performance
  • Sleek design
  • Tool-free maintenance
  • Very quiet
  • Pricey at most configurations
Our Score 9

Falcon Northwest Tiki (2018) Review

  • Powerful internals
  • Compact build
  • Exceptional build quality
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent warranty
  • Paint job has temporary odor and scratches easily
  • Misaligned USB ports on top
Our Score 9

Dell Inspiron Desktop 5680 (2018) Review

  • Great gaming performance
  • Handsome design
  • Speedy 8th-gen processors
  • Excellent overall value
  • Mediocre storage options
  • No USB-C in some configurations
Our Score 8

Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK Review

  • Strong processor benchmarks
  • Excellent game performance
  • Incredible connectivity
  • Stays cool and quiet under load
  • Not the best value
  • Hard drive, RAM, and OS sold separately
Our Score 8

Dell Inspiron 5675 Review

  • Low price
  • Ryzen brings solid multi-core performance
  • Attractive exterior
  • Easily handles games at 1080p
  • Awkward internal design
  • Not very futureproof
Our Score 7

Dell XPS 8930 Tower Review

  • Interesting internal design
  • Solid port options
  • Great gaming performance
  • Good base for expansion
  • Has an entry-level Intel CPU
  • Entry-level configurations don’t have SSD
Our Score 7

Intel 'Hades Canyon' NUC Review

  • Packs AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics
  • Can drive up to six displays
  • Some parts can be replaced
  • Nerdy light-up skull
  • More expensive than any NUC so far
  • Driver support remains an open question

Origin Millennium Review

  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Quick and capable processor
  • Side panels can be switched with ease
  • High-quality custom-built enclosure
  • Excellent internal cable management
  • Front port panel feel a little cheap
  • “Tool-less” does requires an occasional tool
Our Score 9