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Alienware x51 R2 Review with AMD Radeon R9 270b

Alienware x51 R2 Review with AMD Radeon R9 270b

Here in the late Summer of 2014 we’re having a look at a gaming PC from Alienware that’s continuing to aim for console-beating power after nearly a year out in the wild. This review isn’t like most SlashGear reviews where we review a product early - sometimes before it’s on the market. Instead we’re taking a quick look at how this device squares off against the PS4, the Xbox One, and other similarly-sized competitors.

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HP Z1 G2 Workstation Review

HP Z1 G2 Workstation Review

With the Z1 G2 workstation, HP is hitting a lot of high notes. Highly customizable, intensely powerful, and endlessly useful, the newset HP workstation is a substantial upgrade versus last year’s model. With everything tucked neatly behind the screen, this is a low-profile all-in-one workstation that gets the job done, should you need a lot of power backing your operation.

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MiiPC Android kid-friendly desktop review

MiiPC Android kid-friendly desktop review

Kids and computers can be a beautiful mix or a disaster waiting to happen. Education-based applications and popular games are some of the biggest reasons kids get on the computer, and the various dangers of the Internet are one of the biggest reasons parents shy away from granting free-reign access. Such is where the MiiPC comes in. This small desktop PC, which is a cube scarcely larger than a softball, is aimed at families with young children, and offers, among other things, parental controls and runs on Android Jelly Bean. Read our full SlashGear review to find out what all the MiiPC has to offer.

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HP Z230 SFF Workstation Review

HP Z230 SFF Workstation Review

The newest wave of workstations presented by HP carry with them the promise of industry-leading quality and high upgradability - and with the HP Z230 SFF, an especially small form-factor as well. What you're getting here is a beast of a computer that'll sit under a desk and be completely out of the way as it provides the best in power a single-processor workstation can bring - and there are one whole heck of a lot of options for build right out of the box, too. What we've found here is what's easily one of the finest small form factor workstations on the market today.

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Apple iMac 27-inch (2013) Review

Apple iMac 27-inch (2013) Review

Apple wowed us with the new iMac last year, its incredible design borrowing from aerospace construction methods and the sort of screen lamination only done on smartphones like the iPhone, while inside delivering the sort of power desktop users expected. Now, for 2013, comes the updated version: still visually grabbing, but now brought up to speed with faster processors, beefier graphics, and an extra jolt of speed for Apple's own Fusion Drive technology. So, is beauty still more than skin deep? Read on for our full review.

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HP ENVY Rove 20 Review

HP ENVY Rove 20 Review

Is it a tablet, or an All-in-One PC, or some hybrid of the two? The HP ENVY Rove 20 walks the line in-between, a 20-inch desktop that, thanks to an onboard battery, can make the trip from home office, to kitchen, to bedroom, and back without interrupting what you're working on or watching. Windows 8 is all about touch and convergence, and the ENVY Rove 20 delivers on both, but is it best of both worlds or just a compromise? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Dell XPS 18 Review

Dell XPS 18 Review

The most massive "tablet" you'll ever use - if you don't count the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27 - is sitting on SlashGear's review bench this week: the Dell XPS 18. The reason we'd call it a "tablet" is because you can, indeed, rest it on your lap and tap away with it as you would any other tablet-like device, but it's certainly not supposed to be considered just that. Instead we're running full Windows 8 and have a bevy of options when it comes to usage of this beast - enter the All-in-one multi-mode Dell XPS 18 from a desktop perspective.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27 “Table PC” Review

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27 “Table PC” Review

The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27, "Table PC" as they call it, is easily one of the most unique PCs we've seen in the past several years. This machine works with a massive display that sits on a hinge holding it up - or allowing it to lie flat - for tablet gaming with touch. It's as if someone decided they weren't having as much fun as the potential for a tablet would allow them, and blew the whole thing up with Lenovo behind the wheel.

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Lenovo C540 All-In-One Desktop PC Review

Lenovo C540 All-In-One Desktop PC Review

We first got word of the Lenovo C540 all-in-one back back in November of last year, however it wasn't until January when we saw a complete set of details and some pricing. That news came during CES and while that was a few months back, the C540 has only recently begun shipping. Lenovo has the C540 listed as being both affordable and family friendly. Further touting the C540 as having a complete set of entertainment features and a space saving design. Well, over the course of the past week we have been using the C540 all-in-one for our daily computing needs and you can read on to see how it stands up to those claims.

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Falcon Northwest Tiki Review

Falcon Northwest Tiki Review

The Falcon Northwest Tiki is a custom-built pre-constructed gaming PC that emphasizes both a radically small form factor and high performance processing power. We had the opportunity to take a peek at this system thanks to NVIDIA - inside this tiny tower is the newest most fantastic consumer-aimed graphics card on the market: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN, the consumer product riding the wave of the impact the TITAN supercomputer. We'll be continuing to explore the ins and outs of the TITAN over the coming year as products such as Project SHIELD become available - for now, this review of the Tiki should serve as a primer for those of you considering a TITAN of your own - and/or a full Falcon Northwest build, of course.

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