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Best Budget Desktops of 2017

  • 7.7 Overall
    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 7 Performance
    Intel Compute Stick (2016)

    Best full Windows PC in your pocket

    This second-gen PC-in-a-stick is a solid improvement on the original, with better performance and a second USB port. It's a clever way to turn any TV or monitor into a full PC.

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  • Asus Chromebit

    Best web browser for your TV

    By sticking Chrome OS on a simple stick, the Chromebit lets you access all the cloud-based tools Chromebook users love through any TV or monitor.

    7.8 Overall
    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 7 Performance
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    Endless Mini

    Best PC for offline use

    This Linux-powered desktop costs virtually nothing, and comes preloaded with tons of educational software, making it potentially very useful for kids who don't have access to regular internet access.

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