Apple's big screen iMac is due for a refresh any week now, but assuming the new model keeps the same, gorgeous display, any new specs will seem secondary. Browsing, gaming, movie watching, and any kind of written or design-oriented productivity work are no match for the 27-inches/2,560x1,440 pixels of glory.
No need for that first post-college (or post-high-school) laptop to look cheap, even if it's budget-minded. Toshiba's take on the ultrabook has a 128GB SSD and decent performance for around $800-$900, depending on the configuration.
We like Alienware's take on the small scale gaming desktop, but the Origin Chronos shows that for just a little bit more money, true boutique PC vendors still have the performance edge thanks to their willingness to overclock.