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Lenovo ThinkStation E20: Strong Performer, but Business-PC Caveats Apply

Although the ThinkStation E20 is a solid desktop PC, it fails to unseat its business-class competition.

Wifi Analyzer

This tool is useful for home-network troubleshooting, as well as for finding open networks on the road.



This app allows you to discover new places, download coupons, and share your location with selected friends, but it has a few rough edges.


The Best (and Worst) PC Movie and TV Services

We evaluate eight ways to turn your computer into an on-demand video entertainment center, including Amazon, Clicker, Hulu, iTunes, and more.


Gateway FX6803: PC With a Fast Foundation Needs a Little Interior Decorating

Although the FX6803 doesn’t offer the best scores in the category, this speedy performance PC boasts an impressive price point.

Gateway SX2311-03: Budget PC Fails to Best Its Twin

Gateway’s miniature desktop PC simply doesn't have room for anything extra, and its lack of space versus competing systems is distressing.

OpenSpark (Xbox Live client)

OpenSpark is one of the best Xbox Live profile managers available.


Acer Veriton X498G: Competitive Performance at a Competitive Price

Aggressively priced and well equipped, Acer's Veriton X498G delivers impressive business-caliber functionality in a compact shell.

Gateway DX4840-15: Strong Performance at a Great Price

If you aren’t the tinkering type and you aren’t interested in enthusiast-level gaming, Gateway’s DX4840-15 is a fine choice, at a fine price.

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-235f: Good Performance, Humdrum Shell

You won't find anything too exciting here, but HP’s Pavilion Elite HPE-235f delivers good performance and strong media functionality, at a great price.

Maingear F131: Impressive Performance With Room to Spare

Offering a strong overclock and a readily accessible chassis, Maingear’s F131 clambers to the top of the mainstream PC chart.

Micro Express MicroFlex 97B: A Great Balance of Performance and Price

With a few minor exceptions, the 97B provides most of what you’d expect from a reasonably priced high-performance PC. Few can match its combination of power, gaming prowess, and cost.

Origin Genesis Midtower: Blistering Speed With Room to Spare

Packed with liquid-cooled, overclocked components, the midtower variant of Origin's Genesis is every bit as potent (and pricey) as its larger sibling.

Origin Genesis: Best in Class, but Spares No Expense

Offering the highest general performance we've seen to date, the Genesis is arguably worth the arm and leg that Origin is asking in trade.

Polywell Poly 890FX: Speedy Performance PC Stumbles on Design

Even bundled with a 23-inch monitor, Polywell's Poly 890FX performance PC has a pretty high price. At this cost, a little more TLC from Polywell toward the system's design could have done wonders.