Screams through games, competitive pricing
Alienware pricing has come down considerably in the past year, in part because I doubt they were selling any of the way-overpriced models. They just couldn't have been competitive in the marketplace, and the brand name will only get you so far.
In terms of performance, wow. This thing really screams through Crysis 2 and Skyrim, all on Ultra @ 1920x1200. I wasn't totally sure it would given it only utilizes one mid-range video card, but holy crap.
Good buy, good price, I'd recommend it.
Strong gaming performance, even at 2560x1600 in some instances
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.
Beautiful and expensive
It goes without saying that there are numerous Windows PCs that can provide comparable performance at a lower price. However, few of them - nay, none - can match the build quality or the luxurious 27in screen of the iMac. That screen is ideal for graphics and video work and will appeal to home users and professionals alike. Yes, it's expensive, and it lacks features such as a solid-state drive that perhaps ought to be standard.
Great new Ivy Bridge processors, Upgraded GPU
The 27-inch 2012 iMac has real style, but it doesn't sacrifice function to form. Its screen is excellent, has lots of power under the hood and the Fusion Drive option is a great alternative to a speedy-but-expensive SSD or a capacitous-but-slow HDD.
Some may bemoan the lack of an optical drive, but for our money, a portable solution is more than sufficient considering how little they're used nowadays. Overall, the new iMac is a triumph.
Significant speed boost over predecessors
The new, thinner, 27-inch iMacs are strikingly designed, but the loss of two convenient features - internal optical drives and built-in FireWire ports - dampens my enthusiasm for the makeover. The new iMac's drastically reduced glare and generous 8GB of RAM will benefit every user.
Gorgeous, low-glare display
The 27-inch iMac (late 2012) is in a class of its own when it comes to all-in-one desktop computing. It will cater to a wide range of users who are looking for more power and a larger display than can be delivered in a notebook. There are now a number of competing PC products on the market that have also added touchscreen capabilities thanks to the introduction of Windows 8.
Anti-glare screen coating is excellent, Much thinner and lighter
Fusion Drive as pitched seems uniquely suited to addressing solid state storage's price and capacity deficiencies relative to traditional hard drives. A small, relatively cheap SSD gets you most of the performance advantages without breaking the bank, and the spinning hard drive ensures you're not spending hundreds of dollars on an SSD to get the capacity you need.
Unique Design Well Suited To Multiple Person Use
Lenovo certainly has a unique experience in store for those willing to try out the IdeaCentre Horizon and they should be lauded for trying something new. The ability to use a computer as a table between multiple people is definitely different and has lots of potential. To get this experience though, many compromises are made including performance akin to an ultrabook and a design that while portable is still difficult to transport.
Excellent touch-optimized software
We think the Horizon is a step is an interesting direction, but Lenovo can't embark on this journey alone. Tablet PCs need faster hardware and better operating system support to appeal to a mainstream audience. Intel's new Haswell processors might provide the former, but Microsoft's answer could take years to materialize.
Great 27-inch HD multi-touch display
Finally, Lenovo is engineering some surprisingly innovative PC products these days. Not every one of its products will be successful, but there's really no other way to move into the new age of computing we're all heading towards except to dive in. It's a lesson other PC manufacturers would do well to consider.
A gem of a computer.. Just what I wanted
I finally received my Samsung 27 inch all-in-one windows 8 yesterday from Amazon (pre-ordered oct 26) and its a beauty. Its small, thin, sleek but yet TV sized touch monitor. I love the windows 8 haptic (touch) control, hand gestures etc.. The only drawback is when assembling, please check the parts carefully especially wireless keyboard, mouse. there is a sensor USB chip at the bottom of the mouse, which you need to detach and attach to a USB port below the monitor.
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