Desktop Reviews

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 Review

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 Review

It's time to get serious about touch-screen computers here in the summer before Window 8 is formally released - and Lenovo's got your back with a massive all-in-one called the IdeaCentre A720. This 27-inch display-toting AIO works with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, an all-glass "frame-less" front, and an Intel Quad-core Core i7 CPU (Ivy Bridge) under the hood. And it folds flat so you can play touchscreen table hockey - what more could you want?

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AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC Custom System (Z77, Core i7 Ivy Bridge) Review

AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC Custom System (Z77, Core i7 Ivy Bridge) Review

Today SlashGear has a real treat for those of you looking for no less than a top of the line gaming tower. This is the AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC build we've got here is a lovely combination of white plastic, metal, massive amounts of power, and processing so quiet it's scary. This is without a doubt the most impressive PC I personally have reviewed for SlashGear, and with the custom build we've got waiting for you in this hands-on look, I fully expect you're going to be scrambling to break your piggy bank to count up to $2019.16 USD to buy your own. Check it out!

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Acer Predator AG3620-UR21P gaming desktop Review

Acer Predator AG3620-UR21P gaming desktop Review

This week we've got our hands on the orange and black beast of a gaming desktop computer known as the Acer Predator AG3620-UR21P. The build we've got comes with a beastly set of hardware, starting with the new Third Generation Intel Core i7-3770 processor, 3.4GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.9GHz. This tower also comes with NVIDIA graphics, a 128GB SSD drive, and so many ports on the top and back that you wont know what to do with all of them.

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HP Z220 SFF Workstation Review

HP Z220 SFF Workstation Review

This week we've got our hands on the latest member of HP's workstation family in the HP Z220 SFF, and inside this box we've found what must be the easiest to modify computer on the planet. Not only can you plug and play everything you've come to expect from an HP whose case side literally has a giant hand-sized hinge made for opening, but you've got screw-less entry basically everywhere as well. Power of the machine that results aside, this is one fabulously presto change-o computing magician if ever have we seen one.

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Acer Aspire AM3970G-UW10P Desktop PC + 23-inch Monitor Review

Acer Aspire AM3970G-UW10P Desktop PC + 23-inch Monitor Review

What we're looking at today is the full package when it comes to everyday highly-connected at-home computing and entertainment from Acer. This is the Acer Aspire AM3970G-UW10P Desktop PC with 23-inch LED monitor, mouse, keyboard, and more USB ports than you'll ever need to use. This machine could potentially be your HDTV media center, it could be your college dorm room do-everything machine, or it could just be the beast that you play Diablo III on in the comfort of your own basement. In all ways, this is an Acer machine that was built not only to compute well, but to be seen: this isn't your under-desk beast of old, this is a beauty if ever we've seen one.

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RAMRod Powerbox gaming PC with RAMDisk review

RAMRod Powerbox gaming PC with RAMDisk review

There are a lot of companies out there that will build you the gaming desktop of your dreams for a pretty penny. You could go pedestrian and buy from Alienware, or perhaps a little more custom and try iBuyPower. But one competitor has an edge that they hope will put them in a performance class above the rest. DV Nation specializes in blazing fast storage and memory, and puts every ounce of their experience into their RAMRod line of gaming PCs. The company was kind enough to let us try out the Powerbox, its compact model, to see the best in gaming excess.

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HP Z420 Workstation review

HP Z420 Workstation review

Workstation computers are strange beasts: it's rare that someone more used to a traditional laptop or desktop will need them, or indeed, will be able to justify the extra expense. But for those who need massive amounts of performance for specific tasks, there's no way to beat them. In contrast with their consumer products, HP's workstations have earned a reputation as some of the best in the business, and we were thrilled to put the new Z420 Workstation through its paces.

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HP Omni 27 Review

HP Omni 27 Review

HP's made a name for its TouchSmart series of all-in-one desktops over the last few years, culminating in some quite desirable models as of late. But what about those consumers who want a large, stylish machine and have no particular need for expensive touchscreens? Enter the Omni 27, a self-contained PC with a gigantic 27-inch screen and a major in personal media, with a minor in usability tweaks for those of a less technical disposition. Read on to see how the Omni 27 stacks up against its more established competition.

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Lenovo C325 all-in-one review

Lenovo C325 all-in-one review

The all-in-one form factor presents an interesting use case: it required much of the same external setup as a desktop, but uses laptop parts in most cases and has the same resistance to expansion. The most obviously attractive quality of the all-in-one is that it allows for comfortable desktop-style use while being “easy” - just plug in a mouse and keyboard and you're good to go. With the iMac occupying the top end and various HP and Lenovo consumer models grabbing space just below, there's room for a low-cost option: Lenovo's $599 C325.

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Acer AM3970 Review

Acer AM3970 Review

The mid-range desktop is a dying breed. With most consumers opting for laptops anyway, the primary reasons for choosing a desktop at all are to get below the $500 mark, get maximum performance for gaming or other media applications, or simply to have a semi-permanent installation with a larger screen than you an get while mobile. At $699, the Acer AM3970 represents one of a handful of models caught somewhere in the middle: a better processor and more RAM to get more oomph than budget desktops, but not so much that it's a serious threat to machines closer to the $1000 mark. Let's see how this one stacks up.

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