Now that Christmas is over, you can buy what you really want: a desktop computer. To help you choose the computer that’s right for you, we’ve compiled our list of the best 5 computers that can get your year off to a good start.
Apple Mac Mini
A compact, affordable version from Apple’s popular Macintosh brand makes it easy to reuse your existing keyboard, monitor and mouse. This computer comes with big power and a small footprint, so you can use it almost anywhere.
Powered by a dual core Intel i5 processor, and the latest Mac OS X version, this computer will perform all the demanding tasks small businesses and busy households demand. Best of all, it costs less than $600 and can ship today.
The Mac Mini features all the powerful extras you expect from Apple including Thunderbolt ports, HDMI output to HD TVs and a built-in SDXC slot.
HP TouchSmart Desktop
Touch-optimized applications make this desktop computer an all-in-one wonder that can help anyone become more productive. A 20-inch flat screen LCD monitor also contains the computer, eliminating unsightly cords and clutter. Watch HD movies, video chat with friends and organize your playlists from your keyboard and mouse or by touching the screen. Powered by an AMD Athlon II 245e dual core processor, this computer has the horsepower needed to edit graphics and video, track finances and finish homework. This computer can ship now for less than $600.
Other features include:
A 6-in-1 digital media card slot, built-in wireless networking support (802.11a/b/g/n), and an integrated web cam.
Apple iMac MC309LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop
It’s no surprise that a computer this beautiful and powerful is made by a company as great as Apple. This computer features:
An incredible 1920 x 1080 display makes this computer just as good for viewing movies as it is editing photos, processing CAD, balancing the checkbook or playing games. An ultra-wide viewing angle makes this iMac a perfect computer to use as an entertainment center or as a family information center.
Complete with Wireless N networking, 512 MB of GDDR5 memory, and a 500 GB hard drive, this computer does everything you need and more. Here are some other features:
- 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache
- 500GB Hard Drive
- 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM, DVD SuperDrive
- 21.5″ LED-backlit display with a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio,
- AMD Radeon HD 6750M Graphics Processor
- Intel i5 dual-core CPU
- Mac OS X v10.7 Lion
Right now, this iMac sells for just over $1,100, so buy it now.
Acer AspireRevo AR3700-U3002 Slim and Compact Desktop
If you like the compact size of the Mac Mini, but would rather have a Windows PC, thatn the Acer AspireRevo is for you. An ultra-mini footprint makes this more of a nettop computer than a desktop. This computer can serve as a media hub in even the smallest areas of your home or office, so social networking, video streaming and other applications can always be near by. Powered by a 1.8 GHz Atom processor from Intel, this computer offers impressive computing power without sucking up energy.
CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXi250 Gaming Desktop PC
Start your New Year gaming at the speed of light with this powerful gamer’s machine made by Cyberpower. For less than $700, gamers can have Core i3 processing power from Intel running at 3.10 GHz, a 1 TB hard drive, a Serial ATA-II controller and Windows 7 (64-bit). NVIDIA GeForce GT520 card graphics and more. A built-in 500-watt power supply gives gamers enough juice to run all their accessories.
The Zalman Z9 Plus case that contains all this power offers 3 front-accessible and 4 internal expansion bays.