Small-form-factor PC Desktops

Apple Mac Mini
REVIEW

Apple Mac Mini ( fall 2012)

With or without its new Fusion hybrid drive, Apple finally has a Mac Mini that competes well against mainstream Windows PCs in the same price range.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 9, 2012
3.8 stars User rating out of 4 votes
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

Asus Eee Box EB1501
REVIEW

Asus Eee Box EB1501

We like the looks of Asus' Eee Box EB1501, but it's pricier than Blu-ray players that stream content from the Web, and not as powerful as slightly more expensive slim tower PCs that offer significantly more speed and power. Asus made a decent attempt at the Nettop-as-set-top-box replacement with this system, but it's crowded out by too many alternatives.

3 stars Editors' rating on April 14, 2010

MSRP: $479.00

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

Apple Mac Mini
REVIEW

Apple Mac Mini ( 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 320GB, Fall 2009)

With strong competition among small PCs on the Windows side of the aisle, the latest Mac Mini faces a greater challenge than older models. If you demand a small, relatively affordable Mac, we suppose the Mac Mini is your only option. Otherwise, you can find Windows-based small form factor desktops that offer more interesting features with better value.

3 stars Editors' rating on December 15, 2009

Available direct from Apple. Starting price $799.00

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

Acer Aspire X1200-U1520A
REVIEW

Acer Aspire X1200-U1520A

The Acer Aspire X1200-U1520A is a speedy, compact, low-end desktop that's powerful enough to serve as a light-duty home theater PC. Expansion is limited by an especially cramped interior (even for a small PC), but the total package is worthwhile for PC shoppers on a budget.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 1, 2008
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote

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