Desktops:

Best desktops of 2014

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The PCs in this list represent what I consider the current best examples in computing design, and they're more than just the sum of their parts. Whether your aim is to show off your good taste; to upgrade, tweak, and tinker; to frag into the wee hours; or to master and expand your digital-media library (or create some media of your own), you will find something on this list that, if not totally to your liking, will serve as an excellent comparison point as you shop around.

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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.

Price: $2,049.00 - $2,248.99 Check prices

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

Best desktop for media pros

Apple Mac Pro (2013)

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

Price: $2,979.00 - $3,199.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best cinematic desktop

Lenovo IdeaCentre B750 57319225 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4770 (3.40GHz 1600MHz 8MB)

A refreshing new way to look at all-in-one desktops, the Lenovo B750's Blu-ray-friendly, extra-wide display is great for movies (if you add some extra software), and games greatly benefit from a wider field of view. It's different, and fun to use, but it cries out for a touch screen.

Price: $1,399.55 - $1,399.55 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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.

Price: $1,049.00 - $1,099.00 Check prices

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.

Price: $1,219.99 - $1,219.99 Check prices

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.

Price: $178.59 - $199.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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