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Alienware Aurora: Flashy Looks in a Smallish Case

Alienware's Aurora is a desktop performance-level gaming PC that's housed in a relatively small case.

Acer Veriton L4610G: Great Steps Forward, but a Few Steps Back

The Veriton L4610 is small and speedy, but it can’t best some of Acer’s older desktop PCs.

Giada Ultra Mini PC i50: Slim and Speedy

This svelte PC is pretty fast for a compact desktop.

Digital Storm Special|Ops Dreadnought: An Upgrade-Friendly War Machine

Digital Storm’s Special|Ops Dreadnought is fairly priced for its performance, but is not out to break benchmarks.

The Laptop and Desktop Specs That Matter

Contrary to what you might think, speed isn't always the most important thing when you're buying a new computer.

Micro Express MicroFlex 23B: Budget Desktop In Name (and Price) Only

Micro Express' latest budget machine bucks the category trends—in all the right ways.

Which Specs Deserve Your Respect?

When it comes to buying a new computer, printer, camera, HDTV, phone, tablet, or storage drive, there are some specs you can safely neglect. Here are the features to ignore, pay attention to in some contexts and actively seek out.


HP Z210 CMT: A Powerful Workstation With Room to Grow

Workstations aren’t for everyone. But if you need a powerful PC to work through heavy graphics and 3D tasks, and are willing to pay a bit extra for optimized hardware, the HP Z210 CMT stands out as a business desktop worth considering.

21.5- and 27-inch iMacs (Mid 2011)

Last week, Apple updated its iconic line of iMac desktop computers with technologies first introduced in February with the MacBook Pro. At the heart of the new iMacs are new Intel processors and new device connectivity, both of which provide the new iMacs with welcomed speed boosts.


Best Budget All-in-One PCs (Under 23 Inches)

With screen sizes ranging between 18 and 21.6 inches, these all-in-ones offer a complete PC package without cramping your desk--or your budget.

Gateway FX6850-51U: A Strong Performer Gets Lost in the Crowd

Its low price and solid benchmark results are great, but the Gateway FX6850-51U ultimately fails to stand out in a crowded pack.

Sony VAIO VPC L218FX: An All-in-One Desktop That’s Made of Gold

You pay a pretty penny for near-perfection. Little about Sony’s VAIO VPC L218FX all-in-one is disappointing, save for its price.

iBuyPower Chimera XLC: Untapped Potential Keeps a Beast at Bay

A great case and premium components make for an imposing machine, but its timid overclocking prevents the Chimera XLC from leading the Performance PC pack.