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Updated: 16-12-2017 08:06
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#1
alaScore 100

Microsoft Surface Studio

The Surface Studio is a most impressive desktop that has already shaken up the all-in-one PC...

35 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Lenovo Ideacentre Y900

If you value design and aesthetics more than raw performance, the 17-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y900 is...

30 expert reviews | 76 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5 inch)

Like its larger sibling, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch) is an excellent device, and one...

3 expert reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

MSI Trident 3

The MSI Trident 3 is the little gaming PC that could, delivering solid frame rates just as well...

2 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Apple iMac 27-inch Retina 5K, Mid & Late 2015 (MK462, MK472, MK482, MF885, Z0QW)

The iMac with 5K Retina display is a stunning computer that’s also practical thanks to its pixel...

50 expert reviews | 1542 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

Nvidia Shield Android TV

Number of Android TV-supported apps aside, the Nvidia Shield Android TV is the best media...

37 expert reviews | 388 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

Apple iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017)

The already impressive 27-inch 5K iMac gets some welcome spec upgrades for 2017, but rival...

10 expert reviews | 59 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO Y910

A smart and flexible all-in-one computer – the Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 910 is a great all-rounder.

13 expert reviews | 69 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 96

Apple iMac 21.5-inch Retina 4K, Late 2015 (MK452)

Apple's smallest all-in-one features a great design and fantastic 4K display. Just make sure you...

19 expert reviews | 378 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 95

HP Envy 34 CURVED-A090NG P4P99EA

Probably the best-looking all-in-one that isn’t just shamelessly ripping off the iMac. HP has...

5 expert reviews

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#11
alaScore 94

Apple iMac 27-inch Retina 5K, Late 2014 (MF886, Z0QX)

The iMac with Retina 5K display is a great looking and powerful workhorse machine that, thanks to...

41 expert reviews | 767 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 94

Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 700

The Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 700 is one of the most powerful all-in-one PCs we've ever tested. It's...

6 expert reviews | 40 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 94

Acer Predator G1-710

Packed with features and power, this portable PC is a strong sophomore release for Acer's...

12 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 94

Acer Predator G6 (G6-710 / AG6-710)

Upgradability isn't this desktop PC's strong suit, but beginner PC gamers will love the Acer...

16 expert reviews | 35 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 94

Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IC

Fast, attractive and with a 4K screen, the Asus Zen AiO Pro is a great all-in-one. However, it's...

20 expert reviews | 60 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 94

Dell XPS 27

Though it’s ludicrously more expensive than its nearest competitor, the Dell XPS 27 is offers...

68 expert reviews | 533 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 94

Dell Inspiron 5675

The Dell Inspiron 5675 is a solid performer with a few drawbacks, but its low price and solid...

2 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 94

Intel Compute Stick

The Compute Stick is a niche product – one that will have fans and detractors. It has flaws and...

63 expert reviews | 246 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 93

Falcon Northwest Tiki

The Tiki is tiny, whispers while running the latest games and looks gorgeous in almost any...

19 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 93

Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK

Muddled by confused marketing, the Skull Canyon NUC is an excellent mini PC for productivity with...

11 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 93

HP Workstation Z240

Good features and versatility combine with a small chassis and well-rounded specification. It’s...

5 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 93

MSI Aegis 3

The MSI Aegis 3's stunningly quiet fans belie its powerful specs and aggressive design, all in a...

2 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 93

Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) MGEM2 / MGEN2 / MGEQ2

Ratings in depth First launched in 2005, Apple's Mac mini has never received the same design...

36 expert reviews | 1912 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 93

Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900 RE (Razer Edition)

A great pre-built gaming rig for anyone interested in raw power, with easy expansion and an...

5 expert reviews

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#25
alaScore 93

Devolo dLAN 550 WiFi

The £99 dLAN 550 WiFi and £109 550+ WiFi add speed and range, plus a pass-through socket, to the...

4 expert reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Desktop Computers

    Desktop computers - Desktop computers offer power, stability, and expansive screen displays that enable graphic designers, engineers, architects, small business owners and everyone in between to effectively complete all necessary tasks. Unlike a laptop, a desktop computer is built as a kind of hub for a central base of operations, and can offer much higher degrees of functionality and storage space than any other commercial form of computer.

    Memory - Because of their stationary nature, desktop computers can possesses enormous amounts of both traditional hard drive memory and RAM. Additionally, other stand-alone processors can be added to increase the total computing power. The processing speed of a desktop computer, which is normally measured in gigahertz, can be increased beyond the speed of the highest end laptops to create a remarkably responsive computing experience. This is particularly important for individuals who plan to run numerous calculation-heavy applications at the same time.

    Branding - Several companies, including Apple and HP, have manufactured desktop computers for decades. Choosing a desktop computer based on brand alone will not necessarily provide the best computing experience. Mac’s intuitive software and graphically agile interface will be more useful for some applications and professions, while HP’s mathematically oriented interface will generally be a better fit for intensive spreadsheet business applications. However, each computer is engineered to provide speed and adaptability. While PC’s tend to attract more viruses because of their ubiquity, it can occasionally be a challenge to find suitable software for a Mac because it is too specialized.

    Monitors - If you are purchasing a desktop computer instead of a laptop, you should choose a suitably generous monitor with an ample display. A large monitor with a high resolution reduces eye strain and allows you to clearly display numerous documents and applications at one time, which is particularly beneficial if you are trying to run a small business and must multi-task on a regular basis.

    Other Accessories - Because of its size and stability, a powerful desktop computer can also double as an entertainment venue. Purchasing a set of exterior speakers will enhance this experience. Additionally, spending time finding the ideal mouse will also dramatically impact how easy it is to use the computer. A mouse should be sized to fit easily within the palm, and have a laser beam instead of a physical roller ball that enables it to track. A mouse with both a left and right hand click button option and central scrolling ball is ideal.

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