Desktops

Asus Chromebox
REVIEW

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 Editors' rating on March 12, 2014
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
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
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
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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Acer Aspire Revo AR1600-U910H
REVIEW

Acer Aspire Revo AR1600-U910H

Acer's Aspire Revo 1600 might be the first Nettop we don't actively dislike. We'd rather have an Xbox 360 in the living room, but the Aspire Revo 1600 would be suitable as a PC for young kids or as a low-profile cloud kiosk. Thanks to its $199 price tag, you won't feel too much remorse if it breaks or you outgrow it.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 30, 2009
3.8 stars User rating out of 2 votes
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