Desktop Reviews

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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Acer Aspire ME600 Review

Acer Aspire ME600 Review

Unless you’re a hardcore gamer or a developer of some kind, you probably don’t have a huge need for a traditional desktop computer, and probably might get a laptop or even a tablet instead. However, desktops have a few advantages that make them worth sticking around for the foreseeable future, including easy upgradeability, more hard drive storage, and the general notion that you can get faster components for cheaper than what an equivalent laptop would cost. Acer still believes in desktop computers, and their Aspire ME600 is the perfect example of a computer that still has its place in a so-called “post-PC” world. Let’s have a look at it to see what makes it tick.

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iBUYPOWER Revolt Review

iBUYPOWER Revolt Review

Gaming PCs usually come in huge full-size towers, while some builders can cram a decent rig into a mid-size tower. However, iBUYPOWER has managed to stuff a top-of-the-line gaming machine into a SFF (small form factor) case, which isn’t completely unheard of, but very few people attempt such a feat. This new computer is called the Revolt, and it was announced earlier last month at CES 2013. The new computer is expected to start shipping sometime later this month, but we ended up getting some quality hands-on time with the new rig and ran it through its paces. Let’s see how it did.

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Dell XPS One 27 Review: a real touchscreen Windows 8 All-in-One hero

Dell XPS One 27 Review: a real touchscreen Windows 8 All-in-One hero

Here in the first few months after Microsoft introduced Windows 8 to the world, we're still looking for the perfect set of homes for this touch-friendly operating system - and in the Dell XPS One 27 (Touch Screen enabled model 2710), we may have found the best all-in-one solution yet. This beast works with a 27-inch 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution (Quad HD) display ready for 10-finger touch on an articulating stand. This stand will allow you to move 60 degrees, nearly flat to an ever-so-slightly forward-leaning position - your choice!

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HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart Review

HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart Review

HP dove into the Windows 8 ecosystem without hesitation, and the results of that effort are tons of new laptops and desktop computers, some of which are the company’s new ENVY TouchSmart all-in-one series of Windows 8 machines, which we first heard about back in September. They have an entry-level 20-inch model, as well as a 23-inch variant that we took for a spin. It has a fast quad-core processor, quick graphics, a lot of system memory, and a huge hard drive, not to mention the 1080p touchscreen. It’ll cost you, though: around $1,700 for this particular build, but the ENVY 23 TouchSmart (model d060qd) definitely has all the specs to make anyone happy. However, is it right for everyone? Let’s find out.

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Acer Predator AG3620 Review

Acer Predator AG3620 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the new Acer Predator AG3260 gaming PC. While “gaming PC” and “Acer” may not be two terms you immediately associate with one another, Acer has impressed in the past, and is now looking to wow consumers with its Predator G series of computers. In fact, we've reviewed a computer that's quite similar to this one before, only now the Predator is back with Windows 8 and some slightly different hardware. The problem with building a gaming rig is still the same as always, though: PC gamers can be a fickle bunch, with the most hardcore not paying any attention to pre-built machines and instead building their own rigs. That isn't an option for everyone, so can the Predator AG3620 offer enough to be worthy of those gamers' dollars? Read on to find out.

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Acer Aspire 7600U Review

Acer Aspire 7600U Review

All-in-one PCs have always seemed a little weird, at least to me. They don't take up as much space as a traditional computer with a tower and a monitor, but they're not exactly portable. They also tend to be pretty expensive, though the hardware hidden away behind the screen isn't always the best. With the new Acer Aspire 7600U, things get even more strange, with this particular all-in-one sporting a 27-inch touchscreen to go along with Windows 8, which comes installed from the get-go. It's certainly impressive from a design perspective, but can the hardware inside keep the warm and fuzzy feelings going, or is this PC a little too underwhelming to justify it's expensive price tag? Read on to find out.

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