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.
It's a fast, elegant computer with more power than a similar appearing Mac. Shipping was fast.
No bloatware. Many all-in-ones are underpowered.
Inexplicably, the price was increased from one day to the next last week by $100, and Dealville was firm on the price.
I recommend waiting until they reduce the price to $999.99 again, since newer models with the Haswell processor will be out soon.
Good for the gamer on a budget
I received the computer and was able to plug everything in and turn it on with no problems. Windows 8 takes a bit of getting used to but aside from the live tile startup page there's a link to a desktop view that's basically Windows 7. I used to be into gaming pretty heavy and had upwards of 80 games installed on my last gamer.
Good, functional design, Simple and easy to upgrade
Acer has finally delivered a gaming desktop with an advantage over the market's veterans. While a sense of awe or occasion might be missing from this bare-bones rig, it's hard to argue with a legitimately capable gaming desktop that is sold for less than $1,500 and offers respectable upgradability. Acer's Predator G3 offers outstanding bang-for-the-buck. Gamers on a budget should absolutely consider the G3.
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.
Solid performer, capacious 2TB hard drive, tool-less chassis and lots of room for expansion.
The HP Envy Phoenix h9-1320t is a powerful ready-made gaming desktop that's worthy of serious consideration for power users and high-end gamers alike thanks to its considerable processing power, room for expansion, and built-in Blu-ray player.
Very High End All-In-One - Only a Few Trivial Notes
This is an exceptionally powerful and beautiful computer. Honestly, it's overkill for 90% of users, including me, who will feel absolutely no difference between this computer and one that costs $700 less. Moreover, those users will be better off buying an all-in-one with a cheaper processor and a solid state hard drive. For those of us who want absolutely top end performance, whether we need it or more likely do not, this model with an upgraded hard drive in an incredibly potent machine.
Dominant performance in its class
Hands down, the Dell XPS 27 Touch Touch is the most powerful all-in-one weâ??ve tested to date. It annihilated every other machine in our reference database in every test, including Dell's own last-generation model, the original XPS One 27. Some scores approached those of solid gaming rigs weâ??ve had in the lab previously, thanks to the system's fast processor and discrete NVIDIA graphics.
Great value, but I expected more out of this machine. With 16gb RAM, the newest i7 4770k processor, a decent graphics card, and 3.0 USB technology, I expected the M51AC to be 10x faster than my other 10 year old PC.
The fact is, 3.0 isn't all it's cracked up to be, 5gbps is unattainable, Windows 8 slows the machine down just enough that the processor, graphics card and RAM are a wash, and installing a SSD helped a little bit when used as a Ready Boost Drive, but not very much.
Quiet, sleek and compact, Blu-ray burner
The HP Envy 700-030qe is an above-average computer that's reasonably priced at $1450. When we built out a comparable system based on Digital Storm's Virtue (with an unlocked Core i7-4770K, 16GB of DDR/3 memory, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost video card, and a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD), that system's price tag came out to $1713. That's a not-insignificant bump of $263, even if it does buy you better components and a prettier, more easily upgradable machine.
Very fast, 4th-gen CPU, Dedicated sound card
Aside from its mostly unnecessary abundance of RAM, the XPS 8700 Special Edition is a well-rounded performance desktop that's a good fit as a family PC or a dorm-room power tower. It's powerful enough to handle pretty much any task that you throw at it, from high-end media creation to high-resolution gaming. And its desktop form factor and upgradability mean it won't have to be replaced as soon as one of the components gets too slow or fails.
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.
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