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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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HP Omen Obelisk Review

  • Sleek, compact design
  • Ray tracing-ready and VR-capable
  • Designed for upgradeability
  • Accessible ports
  • Competitively priced
  • Ships with older CPU and slower storage
  • Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti not an option (yet)
  • Glass window doesn’t help with boring internal…
Our Score 7

Digital Storm Aventum X Review

  • Insanely fast performance
  • Beautiful all-glass side panels
  • Excellent upgradeability and repairability
  • Abundance of ports
  • Custom thermal management with liquid cooling
  • Potential of NVLink and ray tracing not yet…
  • Outrageously expensive
Our Score 8

Origin Chronos (2019) Review

  • Very small footprint
  • Excellent performance
  • Lots of hardware customization
  • Beats many full-sized desktops
  • Can be noisy
  • Not much to look at
Our Score 7

Intel Bean Canyon NUC 8i7BEH Review

  • Surprisingly easy to upgrade
  • Plenty of connectivity
  • Great performance for its size
  • Iris 655 makes light gaming an option
  • Requires do-it-yourself approach
  • Design is all function, no form
Our Score 7

Surface Studio 2 Review

  • Exceptional design, build quality
  • The best screen we’ve ever tested
  • Great graphics performance
  • Super-fast SSD
  • Starts at 16GB of RAM
  • Overpriced for an older processor
  • Niche appeal
Our Score 8

Apple Mac mini (2018) Review

  • Compact, simple design
  • Very quiet
  • Excellent processor performance
  • Best-in-class hard drive performance
  • Terrible game performance
  • MacOS updates are lackluster
Our Score 8

Lenovo Legion C730 Cube Review

  • 1080p gaming is smooth sailing
  • Minimalist aesthetics with solid build
  • Abundance of ports
  • Internal components are easy to access and upgrade…
  • Portable design aided by top handle
  • Limited storage capacity
  • Large footprint for compact desktop
  • No USB-C or Thunderbolt 3
Our Score 7

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