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The best desktops of 2013 are more often than not the ultra slim models and take a departure in design from the traditional tower type designs to a more space friendly design. The new design incorporates all of the electronics (which were earlier housed in the 'tower') directly behind the monitor. The result is a very space saving design which goes well modern work-spaces and incorporates the latest technology in terms of the configurations and hardware.

For 2013 the best desktops are the ones which incorporate the latest and great hardware specs into a slim form factor. Anything less and you should be ideally looking out for a laptop instead. Most desktops in 2013 are affordable under $500 price range and are available from barnds like HP, Dell and Acer.

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Apple iMac 27-inch 3.2 GHz Core i5 Desktop


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Apple iMac 27-inch (2013)
Lenovo IdeaCentre C345
Dell XPS 18
Lenovo IdeaCentre H520
Dell Alienware X51 (2013)
Apple iMac 27-inch 3.2 GHz Core i5 Desktop
Lenovo Ideacentre C345 20.0-Inch All-In-One Desktop
Dell XPS 18 Desktop
Lenovo IdeaCentre H520 Desktop
Dell Alienware AX51R2-9301BK Desktop
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Release Date
Sep 2013
Jun 2013
Jun 2013
Jun 2013
Jun 2013
Display
27-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology
20in LED
18.4 in. LED Backlit Touch Display with IPS/Truelife
Form Factor
All-in-one
All-in-one
All-in-one
HDD Size
1024.0 GB
500.0 GB
500.0 GB
1024.0 GB
1000.0 GB
Installed Memory
8 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
4GB DDR3 SDRAM
4 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
8 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
8 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
Operating System
OS X Mountain Lion
Windows 8
Windows 8
Windows 8
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor
Intel Core i5
AMD E2-1800 1.7 GHz
Intel Core i3-3227U 1.9 GHz
Core i5-3330 3 GHz
Intel Core i7-4770 3.4 GHz
Recommended Use
Business
Business, Home Use
Business, Home Use

  • Anyone who bought last year's redesigned iMac doesn't need to upgrade, but for owners of older models or anyone looking to switch, the latest 27-inch Apple iMac offers a wide-ranging set of internal upgrades.


  • Though it's mainly a speed bump, the inclusion of the latest 4th-generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 775M Kepler graphics bump the Apple iMac 27-inch (Intel Core i5-4670) back to the top spot on our high-end all-in-one desktop list.

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    You'll buy the iMac for its beautiful display and robust performance, not the thickness of the bezel.


  • Lenovo IdeaCentre C345 is a computer of mediocre performance yet excellent value. It's extremely affordable considering the fact it comes with monitor, keyboard and mouse. It's a true All-In-One computer solution for casual users and families alike.


  • A great in one desktop PC for those with less funds, but have needs for rich features to produce computing and internet based tasks, easy to accomplish. May well have the bells and whistles like those available from the Apple iMac MD093LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop, however it has all the key features you'll want a fantastic computing experience.


  • Finally, Lenovo IdeaCentre C345 has a lot of things to offer to us all. We will surely not regret once we have decided to purchase this device. Keep your eyes open as you experience real satisfaction with this All-in-One Desktop.


  • It's the best of the small handful of current tablet/all-in-one hybrids, with a subtle, sophisticated design and good battery life, but this new genre is still in its early days.


  • The Dell XPS 18 fulfills a niche somewhere between a large screen ultrabook and a dedicated all-in-one desktop PC. It mostly works, though the market for such a product is still in its beginning stages.


  • The Dell XPS 18 fulfills a niche somewhere between a large screen ultrabook and a dedicated all-in-one desktop PC. It mostly works, though the market for such a product is still in its beginning stages.


  • Lenovo continues to make strides in the slim desktop PC category with the IdeaCentre H520s. It combines a slim space-saving design with ease of use and a range of entertainment features. It features an Intel Core i5 CPU, 6GB of RAM, built-in wireless connectivity and a 1TB hard drive. The slim design does limit future expansion, but it comes with everything most users will need.


  • is a high-tier desktop suitable for power-seeking users who don't want to pay too much for their computer. Graphics performance is subpar so gamers would do better with another desktop, but other power users would definitely enjoy this Lenovo.


  • Beautifully engineered, the Alienware X51 is a quick, small, and surprisingly affordable gaming PC. No competitor can match its killer combo of pint-sized chassis and powerful performance.


  • For those who can afford it as we tested it, the Alienware X51 R2 delivers a premium gaming experience in a compact design that's both stylish and well-suited for the living room. You can also of course configure a less expensive build-out on the Dell Alienware site. Job well done, team AW.


Top 5 desktops:

  1. Apple iMac 27-inch 3.2 GHz Core i5 Desktop
  2. Lenovo Ideacentre C345 20.0-Inch All-In-One Desktop
  3. Dell XPS 18 Desktop
  4. Lenovo IdeaCentre H520 Desktop
  5. Dell Alienware AX51R2-9301BK Desktop