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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 2 votes
ZeroDesktop MiiPC
EDITORS' TAKE

ZeroDesktop MiiPC

The Kickstarter-funded Android computer has a wealth of parental control features.

MSRP: $99.00

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

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Raspberry Pi
EDITORS' TAKE

Raspberry Pi ( Model B)

We give our first impressions of the $35 Raspberry Pi, an intriguing, eminently affordable hobbyist computer.

2.8 stars User rating out of 2 votes
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
HP Omni 120-1130
REVIEW

HP Omni 120-1130

You might reasonably ask whether a budget desktop makes sense anymore given the versatility of the iPad and other tablets, but if you find you do in fact need a low-cost computer, the HP Omni 120-1024 is a fine choice.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 25, 2011
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

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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

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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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