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    Should the new Asus Chrome machine be your next desktop PC?

    Posted February 5, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    Chrome isn't just for small ultrabooks anymore. Asus just announced a desktop Chrome machine --- should it be your next desktop PC?
  • Building your first desktop PC

    Posted August 23, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    I've long been curious about the process of building a computer from scratch, and, a couple of weeks ago, I finally took the plunge. While I was expecting a tortuous and highly technical process, the actual experience was far less painful.
  • After 30 years, IBM says PC going way of vacuum tube and typewriter

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    IBM CTO predicts PC going way of the 'vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs.'
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    The best new all-in-one desktop PCs

    Posted July 27, 2011 - 10:31 am

    We've seen a steady stream of new all-in-one desktop PCs in the past year, and manufacturers are showing no sign of diminishing the flow. It makes sense, really: With so much user attention being diverted to small, simple, finger-friendly hardware, the large metal boxes that live on or under our desks need a makeover if they're to remain relevant.
  • Are tablets, smartphones killing PCs?

    Posted July 25, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    Intel reduced their 2011 PC forecast and Microsoft Windows sales are lagging for three straight quarters. The killers? Tablets, which one analyst expects to sell more than 300 million units in 2015, and smartphones, which sold about 372 million units in the first quarter of 2011.
  • HP targets SMBs with new all-in-one PC

    Posted March 11, 2011 - 10:54 am

    A new, all-in-one PC from HP is aimed squarely at small business users with a 20-inch monitor, space-saving design and a choice of both processors and operating systems.
  • Five tips to clean up and organize your PC

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    Tomorrow is National Organize Your Home Office Day for 2011. While many will be focused on finally filing that growing pile of documents and receipts on their desk, actually implementing a filing system that has some logic behind it, or tweaking the feng shui of the physical office environment in some way, it is just as important to take some time out to clean up your digital office--the PC.
  • Review

    HP Omni 100: Low on price, and features

    Posted January 19, 2011 - 9:32 am

    HP's 20-inch Omni 100 all-in-one desktop sports an extremely low asking price for an all-in-one of this size ($559, as of 1/18/2010), but we're still hard pressed to recommend its admittedly lackluster combination of features, for all but the most dedicated of bargain-shoppers.
  • 2010 reliability and service survey: Desktop computers

    Posted November 29, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    They just sit there. And yet desktops continue to lag behind laptops in their durability and reliability.
  • Holiday buying guide: Finding your new desktop PC

    Posted November 24, 2010 - 2:46 pm

    The holidays are upon us, and it's a fine time to consider replacing your aging desktop PC. Much has changed in the past year, with new processors and graphics cards from AMD, Intel, and Nvidia delivering performance enhancements at every price point. And you still have a wealth of options to choose from, whether you're shopping for a fixed retail configuration or customizing a system from a boutique PC vendor. Colorful cases of all shapes and sizes have long replaced the humble beige box, but indecipherable naming conventions aren't making shopping any easier.
  • Review

    Desktop PCs: Best Places to Buy

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 1:28 pm

    We investigated stores and sites in search of attractive product options and reliable buying advice in six purchasing categories: desktop PCs, laptops, HDTVs, digital cameras, hard drives, and printers.
  • Is PC innovation dead?

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 3:56 pm

    The innovation that used to mark the PC arena seems to have shifted to the smartphone.
  • Desktop PC Buying Guide: Shopping Tips

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    Ready to buy a desktop? Once you've determined the type of desktop you want and consulted our guide to desktop PC specs, you likely have a clear idea of the configuration that's right for you.
  • Desktop PC Buying Guide: Choosing the Right Desktop PC

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 11:45 am

    Today's modern desktop PCs offer a wealth of options: You can go for a PC with a fixed retail configuration, or you can customize your system by stepping through a sometimes dizzying array of choices from a configure-to-order vendor. The resulting array of components is no longer wrapped up in a beige box, but in a colorful shell of highly variable shape and size, differentiated by indecipherable naming conventions.
  • Google Europe Exec: Desktop PCs 'Irrelevant' In 3 Years

    Posted March 4, 2010 - 10:10 am

    One thing's for certain: Google isn't exactly bullish on the long-term prospects of the conventional desktop or laptop. When it comes to online search, the conventional PC will be "irrelevant" within three years, or so claims Google vice-president of Global Ad Operations John Herlihy.
  • Review

    Review: Apple iMac (21.5-Inch, Late 2009): Fast, But Not Cheap

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 11:13 pm

    Speedy all-in-one PC runs Windows 7 and OS X, but lacks extras like multitouch, Blu-ray, and a TV tuner.
  • Review

    Review: Dell Inspiron Zino HD: Attractive, Good Performance

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 11:12 pm

    The Inspiron Zino HD provides impressive connectivity and performance in a colorful and compact enclosure.
  • Review

    Review: HP Compaq 6005 Pro Small Form Factor PC

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 11:11 pm

    HP delivers a system that’s speedy for its small(ish) size, but left out details that could have brought it closer to the top.
  • Review

    Review: Acer Aspire Z5600-U1352's Upgrades Disappoint

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 11:10 pm

    Despite a roomier hard drive and extra cores, the Z5600-U1352 does little to stand apart from Acer’s Aspire Z5610 all-in-one
  • Review

    Review: HP Slimline s5370t: Trims the Fat and Features

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 11:09 pm

    Smaller systems generally sacrifice features for a svelte chassis, and HP's Slimline s5370t is no exception.
  • Review

    Review: ASUS EeeBox PC EB1501: Stylish, But Not Speedy

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 11:08 pm

    The EeeBox 1501 is a compact PC that could do well next to your TV, or in the dorm room--anywhere space is at a premium. And unlike most mini-PCs its size, it has an optical drive (a DVD writer/reader). That puts it in direct competition with Dell's Zino HD, so let's see how the two compare.
  • Review

    Review: MSI Wind Top AE2220: Great Upgrades, Bad Display

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 11:07 pm

    The MSI Wind Top AE2220's shoddy picture undoes its significant upgrades over its predecessor.
  • Review

    Review: HP Pavilion HPE-170t: Top Performance, Some Quirks

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 11:05 pm

    This system simply screams, but HP had to overlook a few elements in order to achieve its killer price-to-performance ratio.
  • New Shuttle Nettop PC Takes Up Less Space Than Before

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 11:02 pm

    Shuttle, known for making small-form-factor desktop PCs, announced today (on its European site) the Shuttle Barebone XS35, a mini PC that's less than 1.5 inches wide. Powering the XS35 is the Intel Atom D510 Dual Core Processor (2x 1.66 GHz) and a high-performance NVIDIA GT218 as the system's graphics card. The XS35 is passively cooled, increasing the energy efficiency of the system and making it whisper-quiet.
  • Review

    Holiday gift ideas: PCs and notebooks galore

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 5:42 pm

    Computers, notebooks and tablets are cool again – and netbooks, too
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