Small size, Excellent build quality
Although the combination of new processor and new graphics card makes this system a performer, it's not without flaw. Upgradability is limited and difficult, and the price tag just north of $2,600 is nothing to sneeze at, though Falcon NW's pricing seems fair given the system's spectacular hardware.
Small gaming systems remain a niche product, but this one is a must-have for the few LAN warriors who remain.
Nice Range of Customization Options
Maingear has definitely come up with a different and unique design for a small desktop system. In terms of performance, it certainly is one of the more powerful available if you are willing to pay for the various upgrades. For gaming, even the base configuration is acceptable for 1920x1080. The design does have a couple drawbacks to it.
Compact and stealthy, Fast performance
In a way, Maingear's Potenza is a technology metaphor, offering more performance than yesterday's systems while leaving a smaller footprint. As technology marches on to smaller, more powerful pastures, Maingear made sure the desktop didn't get left behind.
Lots Of Space For Internal Upgrades
For anyone who needs a computer system with a dedicated graphics system either for gaming or graphics work, the Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 2073 is a tough deal to beat. For under $500, it comes with an AMD 5450 graphics card with a full 1GB of memory. The system also comes free of bloatware many companies add to the OS.
Clean, tidy looks and a Blu-ray writer
The CyberPower Ultra HTPC is an all-round system with clean, tidy looks and a Blu-ray writer that may prove useful. Sadly it's also far from quiet and only standard-definition TV facilities are included, although its AMD processor gives it a decent boost in 3D graphics performance allowing it to double up as a gaming PC.
Well-built, water-cooled and pre-overclocked
While not as much of a bargain as the previous CyberPower system that came through our labs, the Gamer Ultra Perseus presents good value for a well-built, water-cooled and pre-overclocked AM3 system. However, though the water cooling is quieter than a conventional air cooler it still isn't truly silent, and if you actually want the best bang for your buck when it comes to gaming performance you'd be better off dropping the water cooling for a second graphics card.
Strong gaming performance
Ignore the side panel. Maingear has an outstanding deal in this high-end F131 gaming desktop, which is one of the fastest PCs we've seen all year. We recommend this system without hesitation to serious PC gamers and those interested in a high-performance, high-value computer.
Fast and Spacious Hard Drive
January has proven to be a busy month in the PC Gaming sector. With the official release of Sandy Bridge processors, computer manufacturers are launching refreshed models daily. The Maingear F131 (Stock) is the latest desktop computer in my series of custom gaming PC reviews. This gaming desktop offers value-based components, but the price isn't too economical. A few upgrades are recommended to transform the Maingear F131 (Stock model) into a gaming powerhouse, but it comes at an expense.
Maingear's F131 is an impressive machine from several perspectives. It looks great, its performance is excellent, and the interior layout is good for a system of this size.
The only question remaining is value. Our review unit rings up at $3,277 on Maingear's website. This includes a $249 charge for the Fusion Blue paint. Remove that and you're down to $3,028. To our surprise, a Maingear Shift configured with similar components rings up at $3,732. That's a serious difference.
Business-oriented feature set, Good gaming performance
The Lenovo Edge 92z is a better-than-average all-in-one that's very well suited to business deployments, but the optional discrete graphics option renders it suitable for home environments, too. This AiO was born to live on the end of an articulated stand, though. Add that and a wireless mouse and keyboard and you'll be very happy you went for the 92z.
Excellent gaming performance in a slim chassis
I had a chance to check out the Alienware X51 a few weeks ago at a launch event in San Francisco, and I'm as impressed now as I was then. The X51 is a step in the right direction for Alienware: Large, imposing gaming rigs aren't going anywhere, but one of the many reasons given in support of the oft-repeated "PC gaming is dead" mantra is cost--and shoppers who aren't ready to roll up their sleeves and build their own PCs are likely to turn to recognized brands.
Excellent all-around performance
The Dell Alienware X51 delivers serious performance, including enough for gaming, without costing you an arm and a leg. It has an attractive design, USB 3.0, Blu-ray, built-in Wi-Fi and an easy-to-access interior. While nearly an overall home run, it does have a few small design quirks. Gaming PCs are definitely a category of their own, with flashy designs and powerful components they can get a little expensive.
Good performance, Small footprint
It's a shame that Dell isn't offering the machine as a barebones system for a decent price. Being able to drop in your own CPU and GPU combo would make this a far more appealing proposition. A low-powered Core i5 2500 with a tasty little GTX 670 would make for one serious gaming rig, and would make mincemeat out of this gaming also-ran.
Great value, ton of memory, large HDD, killer processor, maximizes network bandwith for downloads Bought this as a home system to be used for normal applications and gaming as well. It has far surpassed my expectations on the gaming front. Runs quietly, boots easily, no hesitation during online gaming. The graphics are nice, and it pairs well with the 27" ASUS monitor I purchased.
Seamless capacitive touch screen
The Sony VAIO L24 (SVL24114FXB) touch-screen, all-in-one desktop PC extends the VAIO L Series with a newer third-generation Intel Core processor and DX11 integrated graphics. It's a very good media consumption computer, but there may be better choices out there if you are a photographer/videographer/musician.
Fast Responding Capacitive Touchscreen
Sony has carved out a niche with their VAIO L series all-in-one that will be great for some but not the best option for others. Specifically, Sony has taken their experience with HDTV's and basically attached that to the guts of their mobile computer. This makes it extremely versatile for someone that wants an HDTV as well as a computer. The HDTV functions aren't tied directly to the computer and the OS making it perfect for this role.
My old touch screen Hp had died so I decided to get a new one to Hang on the wall. I researched a lot and really wanted a 27 inch screen. This computer is not touch screen but the specs and price along with the screen resolution were too good to pass up. I have had it up and running for about a month now and the whole family loves it. The screen is great and it is so nice to be able to have two windows open at the same time that are easy to see. The speed of the computer is great.
Large, high quality 1080p display
The Asus ET2700INKS is a massive 27-inch all-in-one desktop PC that has a Blu-ray player, entertainment features and HDMI-in. It delivers excellent performance thanks to a quad-core Intel i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and hybrid Nvidia graphics. It's an excellent PC for home entertainment purposes in addition to everyday computing tasks.
Bright, sharp display, Classy chassis with edge-to-edge glass panel
With a $1,500 price tag, the Asus sits in the high end of all-in-one PCs. Still, it's cheaper than a similarly spec'd iMac, plenty powerful, and stuffed with nice-to-haves. And especially if you're looking for a computer to double as a home entertainment display, the Asus will more than suffice.
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