Desktops:

Best desktops of 2014

Updated

The PCs in this list represent current best examples in computing design, and they're more than just the sum of their parts. No matter your aim, you will find something excellent for you on this list.

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Best desktop for media pros

Apple Mac Pro (2013)

This radically reimagined pro-level desktop is built for 4K video.

4 stars Excellent

Best touchscreen all-in-one

Dell XPS 27 all-in-one desktop computer

As a big-screen upscale all-in-one with touch and decent gaming chops, the latest version of Dell's XPS 27 is a great all-around home PC that covers a lot of bases.

4 stars Excellent Almost everything you could want in an all-in-one

Best mainstream all-in-one

Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2014)

While it includes some performance and graphics concessions on the lowest priced model, the 21.5-inch iMac brings Apple's iconic design and top-notch bundled accessories and software to a wider audience.

4 stars Excellent

Best desktop/tablet hybrid

Dell XPS 18

This 18-inch tablet doubles as a decent all-in-one, but you'll pay a premium for the flexibility.

4 stars Excellent

Best budget small desktop

Asus Chromebox

If you're looking to get started in the world of Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebox is a very good starting point--so long as you don't mind bringing your own peripherals.

3.5 stars Very good