Reviews Of Desktop PCs, DIY PC Builds, All-In-Ones, And Small Form Factor PCs

In-depth product reviews and news of Computer Desktops, DIY PC Builds, All-In-One PCs, and Small Form Factor PCs. If it crunches numbers, pushes pixels, throws down the frag or provides a digital canvass for content creation, you'll find it there.

AYANEO Retro Mini PC AM01: Starting at $149 Ayaneo's first-ever mini-PCs sport a cute retro aesthetic and good-enough performance for desktop use or casual and retro gaming.   Cute Macintosh Throwback Aesthetics Efficient & Nearly Silent Operation Capable Desktop Performance Accessible Pricing Power-Limited... Read more...
Origin PC Neuron (starts at $2,200, as tested $4,625) Origin's customizable gaming PC has lots of high-powered hardware, an attractive design, and a quiet cooling solution that's up to the challenge.  Great attention to detail in build 100% industry standard parts and components Plenty of options in the... Read more...
Valve's Steam Deck is a handheld gaming device that has forever changed PC gaming on-the-go. While it's still a slick, fun device as we approach its second birthday, gamers always want for more performance. The Steam Deck 2 isn't coming any time soon, however, so what are users supposed to do to maximize their... Read more...
Performance is one of the most important considerations for many people buying or building a desktop PC. Faster CPUs and GPUs can hit higher framerates with better image quality settings, a speedy SSD can launch apps quicker, and more memory can keep a system humming along while multi-tasking with nary a hiccup. But... Read more...
Geekom Mini IT13 - Starting at $499 (Use Coupon Code hothardwareit13 For $40 Off). Sample we tested with Core i9-13900H, 32GB RAM and 2TB SSD currently $899 $789. A very compact system, which seems nicely built and excels in some workloads, but held back somewhat by slower DDR4 RAM and an occasionally... Read more...
Alienware Aurora R16 Gaming Desktop PC (Starts at $1,299, as tested $1,949) Alienware's latest Aurora R16 desktop has a new look, the latest PC gaming technology, and cooling that's both quiet and efficient.  Good performance for the price Very quiet under load Plenty of external connectivity High-performance... Read more...
Kamrui AM08 Pro - Starting at $699 (Use Coupon Code 2C729Y55 For $100 Off) A pint-sized Ryzen-Powered mini-PC with solid performance, the Kamrui AM08 Pro is held back somewhat by a middling price-to-performance ratio. Compact micro tower form factor User configurable TDP with a twist Easy access to RAM and storage upgrades 2.5... Read more...
Ace Magician AM06PRO: Starts at $237.95 with Ryzen 5 5500U APU The Ace Magician AM06PRO is a fast, affordable and surprisingly powerful Mini-PC, packing a 6-core / 12-thread AMD Ryzen processor and Radeon graphics. Ryzen 5 5000U 6C/12T CPU with Radeon graphics Compact form factor Great price Includes 16GB RAM... Read more...
ASUS ROG Ally: Starting At $599.99 The ASUS ROG Ally gaming PC handheld brings premium features to a market awash in me-too gadgets and compromises. It offers high performance in a small form factor at a competitive price. Incredible Handheld Performance Excellent Display And Great Sound Virtually Silent... Read more...
DFI PCSF51 Industrial Pi: $580 (As Tested) + $28 Passive Heatsink The DFI PCSF51 is an 'Industrial Pi', powered by and AMD Ryzen Embedded R2000 processor for intensive and demanding edge applications. Compact SBC with x86 Ryzen CPU and Radeon Vega GPU Runs silently with the larger passive cooling option Highly... Read more...
We had another chance to visit our friends at Maingear and build a custom gaming PC decked out with high-end hardware, including AMD's top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 7950X3D CPU. This is the first time we've done so since the boutique builder partnered with Michael "shroud" Grzesiek, a top streamer who joined the fray last... Read more...
NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano Developer Kit: Starting At $199 (4GB), $299 (8GB) The new NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano Developer Kit offers a massive performance boost over the previous generation, at an affordable price point. More affordable than Jetson AGX Orin Low power and small form factor Huge improvement over Jetson... Read more...
AMD Xilinx KR260 Robotics Starter Kit: MSRP $349 AMD Xilinx upgrades the industrial robotics market with the KR260, an affordable starter kit that packs a whole lot of I/O. Affordable entry point for robotics  Powerful, programmable logic gate array Plenty of IO, both legacy and modern Compact daughterboard... Read more...
Alienware Aurora R15 Gaming Desktop: Starting At $1399, $4588 As Tested The Alienware Aurora R15 is the culmination of both a thermal redesign and a silicon platform refresh, which results in excellent gaming performance. Slick, Spacey Design And Aesthetics Powerful PC Gaming Performance Cool And Quiet Even Under... Read more...
We have been enjoying some hands-on time with Alienware’s new Aurora R15 gaming desktop PC. The sleek exterior may be familiar, as Alienware has continued to iterate the Legend 2.0 design language for several generations now. Nevertheless, gamers should be satisfied to hear this machine has the latest gen processors –... Read more...
Falcon Northwest FragBox SFF Gaming PC: $5,489 (As Tested) The Falcon Northwest FragBox takes the crown as the fastest pre-built PC we've tested to date, even with its relatively small and portable form factor. The fastest hardware money can buy Impressive thermal management Low noise levels Premium fit and... Read more...
Dell Precision 7865: As Configured - $15,840 The Dell Precision 7865 chews through workstation-class workloads with a 64-core AMD Threadripper Pro CPU and NVIDIA RTX A6000 GPU, while remaining cool and quiet. 64-Core AMD Threadripper CPU Performance 8-Channel DDR4 Memory Mostly Toolless Design For Servicing... Read more...
MAINGEAR MG-1 Gaming Desktop: Starting At $1499 The Maingear MG-1 is the fastest pre-built gaming PC we've ever tested. It also makes for a solid workstation, and it's not hard to look at, either. Excellent Performance Massive Room For Expansion Attractive And Customizable Impressive Build Quality High-Quality... Read more...
Apple is rolling out the hits today. Fans of the company's compact desktops have a new Mac Mini over which to salivate, and the portable crowd can "ooh" and "ah" at the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro units. Inside, you'll find a new generation of Apple's custom silicon in the form of the M2 Pro and M2 Max (above)... Read more...
The Raspberry Pi is by far the most well-known single-board computer kit thanks in part to its vast array of accessories. The first official add-on was the original camera module, launched in 2013. The foundation has released a few more cameras over the years, but it has been seven years since a new one has arrived... Read more...
After a lengthy legislative process, New York has become the first US state to enact a law protecting a consumer's right to repair their own devices. Well, mostly. The law included some exemptions as passed by the state assembly, and governor Kathy Hochul has made additional alterations in an approval message. While... Read more...
Intel NUC 13 Extreme - Starting at $1179 ($1549 w/ Core i9-13900K) The new Intel NUC 13 Extreme is the fastest, most powerful NUC yet, but it's also the largest.   Ultra High Performance Relatively Quiet Supports 3-Slot GPUs Easier To Build Pushing The Limits Of SFF Price Premium Intel has consistently updated and upgraded its... Read more...
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