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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.

June 24, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating June 24, 2014
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Seagate Backup Plus Desktop external hard drive

Fast and massive, the Seagate Backup Plus Desktop is an excellent backup drive for any USB 3.0-enabled computer or server.

May 2, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating May 2, 2014
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Apple iMac (27-inch, September 2013)

Anyone who bought last year's redesigned iMac doesn't need to upgrade, but for owners of older models or anyone looking to switch, the latest 27-inch Apple iMac offers a wide-ranging set of internal upgrades.

September 26, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating September 26, 2013
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Apple iMac 21.5-inch (December 2012)

The 21.5-inch iMac will be a compelling lower-cost all-in-one for Mac loyalists, but you can get more capabilities from similarly priced Windows all-in-ones.

January 16, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 16, 2013
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ioSafe SoloPro Disaster-proof External Hard Drive

For those who need to ensure that their data will survive disasters, the IoSafe SoloPro is one of a few, if not the only, worthwhile options on the market. General users, however, won't find much appeal in it.

August 17, 2010

3.5 stars Editors' rating August 17, 2010

MSRP: $419.00

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Apple iMac (spring 2011)

Apple's $1,199 iMac doesn't offer the same home entertainment features as Windows-based all-in-ones, but its speed, looks, and the future utility of its Thunderbolt port make it a strong choice for performance-sensitive professionals.

May 12, 2011

3.5 stars Editors' rating May 12, 2011
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HP Portable Hard Drive

Despite a few shortcomings, the Windows-only HP Portable Hard Drive makes a very good and simple backup option for home users.

October 26, 2011

3.5 stars Editors' rating October 26, 2011
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Apple iMac (summer 2010)

Apple's new $1,999 iMac comes with a faster CPU and a new graphics card, helping this 27-inch all-in-one desktop stay as competitive in performance as it already was in screen size. Despite the still-frustrating absence of an HDMI port, we have no qualms recommending this system for work or play.

August 25, 2010

4 stars Editors' rating August 25, 2010
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Vizio CA24 All-in-One

Vizio's officially introduced a new line of All-in-One desktop systems with 24- and 27-inch screens. Are they all that?

June 14, 2012

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Apple iMac (27-inch

Apple's new 27-inch iMac will charm plenty of you with its screen size alone. Fortunately, that won't lead you astray. Behind its expansive display, Apple has packed one of the fastest all-in-ones available, and added a few useful extras to sweeten the deal. This iMac isn't perfect, but its positives far outweigh its negatives. We can think of few users to whom we wouldn't recommend this system.

October 21, 2009

4 stars Editors' rating October 21, 2009

MSRP: $1,699.00