Desktops

Gateway SX2370-UR10P
REVIEW

Gateway SX2370-UR10P

Budget desktops might not be all that exciting, but the Gateway SX2870-UR10P slim tower shows you can still find a worthwhile day-to-day PC for under $500.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 30, 2012

MSRP: $499.00

Samsung Chromebox Series 3
REVIEW

Samsung Chromebox Series 3

The attractive, fairly priced Samsung Chromebox desktop turns Google's Web-based Chrome OS into a not entirely unreasonable option for certain low-cost PC shoppers.

3 stars Editors' rating on May 29, 2012
4.3 stars User rating out of 7 votes

MSRP: $329.00

Acer Revo 100 RL100-U1002
REVIEW

Acer Revo 100 RL100-U1002

Not everyone wants a living-room computer, but the Acer Revo 100 is one of the better low-cost HTPCs we've seen thanks to a wisely chosen feature set, its attractive design, and a mostly well-conceived input device.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 4, 2011
1 star User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $499.99

Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P
REVIEW

Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P

The Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P is a poorly configured, overpriced budget desktop with little to recommend it. Look instead to Acer's Gateway subsidiary for better slim-tower options.

2 stars Editors' rating on July 28, 2011
3 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $439.00

Apple Mac Mini
REVIEW

Apple Mac Mini ( 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 160GB, Fall 2009)

The lower-cost Mac Mini offers respectable budget performance and Apple's usual compelling design, but a puny hard drive and a lack of HDMI hurt this system's value and overall potential. It's actually more versatile next to its budget-priced Windows competition than the higher-end Mac Mini, but this entry-level Mac is still best left to Apple loyalists.

3 stars Editors' rating on January 20, 2010

Available direct from Apple. Starting price $599.00

HP TouchSmart 300-1020
REVIEW

HP TouchSmart 300-1020

With a small screen for its price, we can't justify the TouchSmart 300 as a home entertainment all-in-one PC. It's also slower than more affordable midtowers, so you can spend less for more productivity. This leaves HP's touch-based software as the TouchSmart 300's primary selling point. We'd recommend this PC in the kitchen, but it's less appealing elsewhere.

3 stars Editors' rating on December 4, 2009
1 star User rating out of 1 vote

As shown: $899.99

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Gateway DX4300-11
REVIEW

Gateway DX4300-11

We're fond of the Gateway DX4300-11's clever design, but halfhearted performance scores mar its overall worth. The TV tuner and 1TB hard drive may tempt you to stick it in your living room as a media center PC, but your money is better spent on the Asus Essentio CG5270-BP004.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 25, 2009
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

As shown: $679.99

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Apple Mac Pro
REVIEW

Apple Mac Pro ( Intel Xeon Quad-Core 2.66GHz, Winter 2009)

Apple's new eight-core Mac Pro demonstrates marked improvements over the older model in high-intensity digital media and multitasking scenarios. We also love the design tweaks that improve on Apple's already industry-leading sensibilities. Any Apple-bound design professional would welcome this new tool in his or her arsenal.

4 stars Editors' rating on March 19, 2009

MSRP: $2,499.00

Apple iMac
REVIEW

Apple iMac ( 24-inch, 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Winter 2009)

A few other all-in-ones make this 20-inch iMac look expensive on a dollars-per-screen-inch basis, but none are as attractive or as capable juggling multiple programs. With a fast dual-core CPU and a strong array of features, Apple's updated all-in-one will slide seamlessly into a variety of roles at home or at work.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 9, 2009
1 star User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $1,499.00

Apple Mac Mini
REVIEW

Apple Mac Mini ( 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 120GB, Winter 2009)

Apple's newest high-end Mac Mini maintains its small, stylish footprint, and as with the cheaper version, this $799 model has impressive multitasking capabilities. You'll like this desktop if juggling apps with attractive hardware is important to you, but you get much better all-around value in a Windows PC for the same price.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 6, 2009
3.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $599.00