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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 (2017) Review

  • Unique design
  • Lighting syncs across Alienware devices
  • Accessible, spacious interior
  • Supports the latest hardware
  • Absolutely massive
  • Doesn’t offer all Core X chips

Alienware X51 Review

  • Beautifully compact design
  • Lots of power for the price
  • USB 3.0 ports and built-in Wi-Fi beat you to the…
  • Easy access interior, part-swapping
  • Minimally flexible for future upgrades
  • More complex than a standalone console
  • Hefty power brick will need to be hidden away…
Our Score 8.5

AVADirect X99 Gaming System Review

  • Top-tier performance
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Comparatively low price point
  • Off the shelf parts
  • Humongous case
  • Tough to access hard drive bays
Our Score 7

Dell XPS 625 Review

  • Respectable performance; sleek shell and AlienFX…
  • Few perks; optional upgrades can really boost the…
Our Score 8

Gateway FMC-901X Review

  • Clean system design
  • easy to use
  • powerful components
  • There is no room for expansion
  • can be loud while watching movies
Our Score 8

Gateway FX540XT Review

  • Great gaming performance; overclocked processor;…
  • Fans are too loud; overclocked CPU was not stable;…
Our Score 5.5

Gateway Media Center XL Review

  • Good overall performance
  • No surround sound setup
  • confusing software configuration
Our Score 7

HP TouchSmart 520-1070 Review

  • Robust build quality
  • Excellent 1080p display
  • Great sound quality
  • Well-designed touch software
  • Expensive as tested
  • Poor discrete graphics performance
  • No HDMI out
Our Score 8