Best family desktops of 2016

All-in-one machines like the iMac are still the family PC standard.

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    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    Apple iMac with 4K Retina display (21.5-inch, 2015)

    Best 4K desktop on a budget

    Apple now includes a 4K display in the 21.5-inch iMac, making it a very sharp-looking family computer. New wireless accessories, including a new mouse, trackpad and keyboard, are a big part of the update.

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  • Acer Revo One

    Best hidden media center

    This white box looks more like a smart home hub or stylish router, but it's actually a great media-friendly desktop PC that won't disturb the aesthetics of your home. Add a wireless keyboard or mouse, and it becomes a compact living room PC for media...

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 8 Performance
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 7 Performance
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    HP Pavilion 300-020 Mini

    Best portable desktop

    This compact desktop packs a lot of storage into a very small puck-like chassis. It costs less than a Mac Mini, fits almost anywhere, and comes in a few different CPU/storage configurations.

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  • Apple iMac with 5K Retina Display (27-inch, late-2015)

    Best better-than-4K screen

    Forget about 4K. Apple cranks the resolution up to 5K in the highest-end 27-inch iMac models. That's something only photo or video professionals or artists may need, but it looks amazing and is a welcome addition to the current king of the all-in-one...

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