Desktop Reviews

MAINGEAR Potenza Review

MAINGEAR Potenza Review

It's time to take a peek at the MAINGEAR Potenza, a desktop gaming machine that's small enough to fit under your desk if you wish, or sit right up out in the open with its powerful innards hidden by a perfectly stripped-down black and red outer metal body made of anodized aluminum with a steel frame inside. The unit we've got here utilizes the fabulous GeForce GTX 660 Ti for graphics, cutting the cost of the final build while it keeps with the Kepler power NVIDIA is known for. The Potenza is a customized (and customizable) machine that places heavy emphasis on hand-constructed and quality-assured building from MAINGEAR's own highly-skilled staff of PC geniuses - and it shows.

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Vizio All-in-One PC (24-inch, 2012) Review

Vizio All-in-One PC (24-inch, 2012) Review

The folks at Vizio have brought forth their first serious effort in the Windows universe with a couple of notebooks and this device we're reviewing today: the Vizio All-in-One PC. This machine has a giant, massively impressive display, wireless keyboard, trackpad, remote control, and external subwoofer that compliments the whole entertainment-ready machine quite nicely. Could it be that Vizio hit a home run their first time out in the park?

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HP Z1 Workstation Review

HP Z1 Workstation Review

This summer HP has brought on a beast of a business machine in the Z1 all-in-one Workstation, complete with an upgradable set of innards and all-in-one style. The display is a massive LED-backlit 27-inch IPS panel at 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and inside you've got several configurations available straight from HP, each of them landing in at right around $2,700 USD in the end. You'll be working with an Intel Core i3 processor, Windows 7 or Linux, and the whole machine is easier to modify than your sub sandwich - fabulous for the tech-friendly business owner.

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NEEDLETAIL SX gaming PC Review

NEEDLETAIL SX gaming PC Review

Today we’re taking a look at the Needletail SX, Arkh Flight Systems’ (AFS) new flagship gaming PC. AFS seemed to have one goal when putting together the Needletail SX: make an insanely powerful gaming PC regardless of cost. Indeed, you’re working with a lot of power with the Needletail SX, but money can’t be an issue if you’re looking to buy one, as you’ll be paying a premium price for access to such a rig. It the Needletail SX worth the hefty price tag? Read on to find out.

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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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