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CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 8500: Fine Performance at a Very Fine Price

CyberPower's Gamer Xtreme 8500 might not lead its highly competitive category, but you can't argue with the price.

Giada Slim-N20: Style Over Substance

Like so many compact PCs, Giada's Slim-N20 sacrifices performance at the altar of economy.

Windows Phone 7 Impresses on the Samsung Focus and HTC Surround

We've an the opportunity to take a look at the first two handsets running Windows Phone 7 OS, the Samsung Focus and HTC Surround, and found a lot to like.


AMD Radeon HD 6850: Great Performance at a Stellar Price

The AMD Radeon HD 6850 is an impressive performer, and its modest price tag will blow you away.

AMD Radeon HD 6870: AMD Takes the Midrange Graphics Crown

AMD's Radeon HD 6800 series has arrived, and the results speak for themselves: The Radeon HD 6870 is the midrange card to beat.


Polywell MiniBox X5800-3D: 3D in Small Spaces

The Polywell MiniBox X5800-3D compact power PC delivers great 3D performance, but it stumbles at general performance.

All-in-One PCs for Everyone

One-piece PCs have flooded the market this year, and they’re surprisingly good. We help you choose the right system for you.


This is a good app for political-news junkies, but better Twitter integration would be an improvement.


Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150: Small in Form and Functionality

A small frame and low price tag aren't quite enough to help Lenovo's IdeaCentre Q150 pull away from the compact-PC pack.

eMachines ER1402-05: The Best of the Bottom-Rung Compact PCs

This inexpensive compact PC performs well for the price.

Smart Measure

We like the creativity and innovation behind this distance-measuring app, but it lacks accuracy and precision.


Acer Aspire X3400: It Doesn’t Get Better (for Less)

Acer's inexpensive Aspire X3400 makes a strong showing for a reasonable price.

Acer Aspire M3400: A Compelling Budget Desktop Falls Short of Greatness

Acer’s Aspire M3400 budget desktop puts up a good fight--but in terms of features, competing (and similarly priced) systems are just a bit better.