The already impressive 27-inch 5K iMac gets some welcome spec upgrades for 2017, but rival Windows machines have closed the gap.
The iMac is still the best all-in-one desktop on the market. We love the physical design of the system, and the new components on the inside make it very quick. Our only real gripe is the fact it's difficult to upgrade after purchasing, and upgrading at the point of purchase will cost you an arm and a leg
Whichever way you look at it, the HP Pavilion Elite m9000 series (m9065.uk-a) is a good PC. Better value can be had elsewhere, but its quad-core CPU, ample memory and thoughtful design helps it stand out from the crowd
The Sony Vaio XL302 is a hugely impressive Media Center PC. It packs everything you could want into its large frame, including dual TV tuners and a Blu-ray drive. But for £700 less you can get the very similar, Blu-ray-less Sony Vaio VGX-XL301
The all-in-one Acer Aspire Z5771 desktop PC offers good performance for an affordable price, making it a wise choice for family computing. The absence of a Blu-ray drive and the lacklustre screen means it won't appeal to movie lovers.
It's difficult to find fault with the VGX-XL202. It's powerful, looks good and is packed to the brim with high-performing, but quiet-running components. It's the ideal Media Center PC for anyone who wants to get an early ride on the Blu-ray bandwagon
The Asus Tytan CG8890 packs in some of the most powerful components a non-military professional has access to. It can tackle the glossiest games with the sort of cool ease most desktops can only dream of but it does demand £4,000 in return. If you custom built a similar rig elsewhere, you could save yourself a bundle.
The IQ500 is the best all-in-one PC we've seen to date. It's the epitome of style, has very useful features and is versatile. The jury's still out as to whether a touchscreen is absolutely necessary, but those who want a compact, fun PC that's a little out of the ordinary should definitely consider it
The Dimension 5150c is one of the first PCs to use the Intel Viiv specification, and it makes a good first impression. Its BTX chassis almost achieves the Holy Grail of silent operation. Useless at running games, its Pentium D processor gives it strong performance elsewhere, and it is surprisingly inexpensive. Some users will be disappointed at the lack of a TV tuner, but if recording television isn't a priority then the 5150c is a winner in almost every respect
The Packard Bell oneTwo may not offer the best touchscreen experience, but its built-in Freeview TV tuner and ability to link games consoles via the HDMI-in port makes it a good choice for a student flat or as a second family computer.
The SmartTV S320 is a very good Media Center PC. It has plenty of storage, good performance and it will happily show high-definition content. Where it falls down slightly, however, is its inability to work as a standalone television and its questionable image quality
We found the port selection and placement a little irksome, but this 21.5-inch Apple iMac, complete with 3.06GHz Core i3 processor, is a beautifully crafted machine. It offers solid performance and a bright, vivid display.
The A33 is one of the most desirable Media Center PCs we've come across. It looks great, it's quiet, it has plenty of input-output options, and the integrated amplifier really helps it stand out from the crowd.
The Acer Aspire iDea 500 is the best Media Center PC we've seen. Aesthetically it's inspired by traditional AV equipment, so it'll sit alongside or replace your existing DVD player without looking out of place. It's not very upgradeable, but it's packed with just the right multimedia components to make the most of the Intel Viiv platform
The new Apple Mac mini has shot up in price, but it's also more attractive, more powerful and more capable than ever. If you're looking for a small machine that makes a fabulous all-rounder, and you're not affected by the economic downturn, then get involved
The Toshiba LX830 comes with a Full HD screen and a very reasonable starting price. Let's hope it's got some good power too.
With a 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, the 27-inch Apple iMac that we reviewed doesn't offer a dramatic increase in speed compared to previous models, but the LED-backlit display and specification tweaks are still very welcome. Unless your current iMac is on its last legs though, we'd be inclined to wait and see what the upcoming quad-core version of the 27-inch iMac offers
The Shuttle X Vision X50 could have been a pretty good all-in-one PC but it lets itself down due to an unresponsive touchscreen that makes double-clicking a nightmare. Only buy this machine if hammering a display in frustration is your idea of a good time