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Updated: 23-02-2019 01:33
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#1
alaScore 100

Apple Mac Mini (2018, MRTR2, MRTT2)

While the new Mac Mini isn't the £399 Mac propositoin is once was, the higher price is matched...

16 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

MSI Trident 3 Arctic

Yes, it is expensive, and yes, even if it is small for a PC it is rather bulky for a mini PC...

4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

CORSAIR ONE i160 Compact Gaming PC

Bottom Line: The thoughtfully designed Corsair One i160 Gaming PC delivers outrageous RTX 2080 Ti...

2 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Microsoft Surface Studio

The Surface Studio's stunning design and sheer audacity help it overcome its flaws to stand out...

44 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Acer Aspire S24-880

It’s good-looking and the components do deliver improvements, but the middling screen and lazy...

4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

HP EliteDesk 705 G4

The HP EliteDesk 705 G4 is an excellent business-focused desktop computer with superb graphics...

2 expert reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

MSI Trident 3

The MSI Trident 3 is the little gaming PC that could, delivering solid frame rates just as well...

4 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Apple iMac 27-inch Retina 5K, Mid & Late 2015 (MK462, MK472, MK482, MF885, Z0QW)

The iMac with 5K Retina display is a stunning computer that’s also practical thanks to its pixel...

53 expert reviews | 1566 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Apple iMac 27-inch Retina 5K, 2017 (MNE92, MNEA2, MNED2)

The iMac remains the all-in-one to beat in almost every department. Its design is impressive, the...

26 expert reviews | 247 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Apple iMac Pro 27-inch Retina 5K, 2017 (MQ2Y2)

It might look like the same old iMac, but this is a hugely powerful, great-looking machine. But...

5 expert reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Lenovo Ideacentre Y900

A great pre-built gaming rig for anyone interested in raw power, with easy expansion and an...

37 expert reviews | 76 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

ACER Predator Orion 9000

A high price and love it or loath it design makes the Orion 9000 a hard sell right now.

13 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 97

Asus Chromebox 3

The Asus Chromebox 3 delivers a full desktop Chrome OS experience, with impressive portability...

6 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Apple iMac 21.5-inch Retina 4K, 2017 (MNDY2, MNE02)

The 21.5-inch iMac is available with two different processor choices. The Full HD model gets dual...

10 expert reviews | 400 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

MSI Infinite X

With its attractive looks, competitive price and strong performance, the MSI Infinite X is a good...

4 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q Tiny earns its name with a compact design, but it still offers solid...

1 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

MSI Aegis 3

The MSI Aegis 3's stunningly quiet fans belie its powerful specs and aggressive design, all in a...

3 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

HP ENVY 34

A great-looking and rather different all-in-one, but the Envy 34 Curved All-in-One is a little...

22 expert reviews | 109 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 96

HP EliteOne 1000 G1

Bottom Line: A 34-inch curved display is the HP EliteOne 1000's standout feature, but this...

3 expert reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

Dell Inspiron 27 7000

The Inspiron 27 7000 is quite the impressive everyman machine, with the tools necessary to handle...

7 expert reviews

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#21
alaScore 96

Corsair One Elite Core i7 32GB 480GB SSD (CS-9000014-EU)

The Corsair One Elite is expensive, but no rival comes close to offering this amount of gaming...

4 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 95

HP EliteDesk 800 G3 SFF

Easiest PC upgrade I've experienced in sometime. I enjoyed sitting back for the most part...

1 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 95

Apple iMac 27-inch Retina 5K, Late 2014 (MF886, Z0QX)

With a starting price of £2000/$2499 this is not a computer for the masses. But when you consider...

41 expert reviews | 766 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

Asus VivoMini VM65N

It would have been easy to look at the VivoMini’s 4K multitasking score and be put off, but...

2 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

Apple iMac 21.5-inch Retina 4K, Late 2015 (MK452)

The most compact desktop around just turned beautiful, and more useful too

27 expert reviews | 348 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Desktop Computers

    Desktop computers - Desktop computers offer power, stability, and expansive screen displays that enable graphic designers, engineers, architects, small business owners and everyone in between to effectively complete all necessary tasks. Unlike a laptop, a desktop computer is built as a kind of hub for a central base of operations, and can offer much higher degrees of functionality and storage space than any other commercial form of computer.

    Memory - Because of their stationary nature, desktop computers can possesses enormous amounts of both traditional hard drive memory and RAM. Additionally, other stand-alone processors can be added to increase the total computing power. The processing speed of a desktop computer, which is normally measured in gigahertz, can be increased beyond the speed of the highest end laptops to create a remarkably responsive computing experience. This is particularly important for individuals who plan to run numerous calculation-heavy applications at the same time.

    Branding - Several companies, including Apple and HP, have manufactured desktop computers for decades. Choosing a desktop computer based on brand alone will not necessarily provide the best computing experience. Mac’s intuitive software and graphically agile interface will be more useful for some applications and professions, while HP’s mathematically oriented interface will generally be a better fit for intensive spreadsheet business applications. However, each computer is engineered to provide speed and adaptability. While PC’s tend to attract more viruses because of their ubiquity, it can occasionally be a challenge to find suitable software for a Mac because it is too specialized.

    Monitors - If you are purchasing a desktop computer instead of a laptop, you should choose a suitably generous monitor with an ample display. A large monitor with a high resolution reduces eye strain and allows you to clearly display numerous documents and applications at one time, which is particularly beneficial if you are trying to run a small business and must multi-task on a regular basis.

    Other Accessories - Because of its size and stability, a powerful desktop computer can also double as an entertainment venue. Purchasing a set of exterior speakers will enhance this experience. Additionally, spending time finding the ideal mouse will also dramatically impact how easy it is to use the computer. A mouse should be sized to fit easily within the palm, and have a laser beam instead of a physical roller ball that enables it to track. A mouse with both a left and right hand click button option and central scrolling ball is ideal.

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