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The Acer Predator 17 gaming laptop can replace your desktop PC for $999

The bridge between gaming laptops and desktop PCs has been shrinking in recent years. Better computer hardware and more thermally efficient laptop designs have yielded considerable improvements, with the Acer Predator laptop lineup being a shining example of impressive and cost-effective alternatives to bulky custom-build desktop PCs. The Acer Predator 17 could in particular be considered […]

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Acer Aspire 5 (A515-51-58HD)

It’s an eye-catching claim on the box and palm-rest sticker of the Acer Aspire 5 (A515-51-58HD): “20GB Memory.” Can a $ 499.99 laptop really come with that much RAM? A second glance reveals the catch: There’s only 4GB of system memory. The other 16GB is Intel Optane Memory, which serves as an intelligent cache to […]

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Shuttle DH02U7

Finding a mini PC that supports up to four displays is hard enough, let alone one that can be VESA-mounted behind one of them. The Shuttle DH02U7 (starts at $ 1,487; $ 1,795 as tested) does both. The DH02U7 is built for professional use, but there’s nothing that says its industrial-grade capacitors and 24/7 operational […]

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Surface Studio 2 vs. iMac

If you’re shopping for an all-in-one desktop to serve as the centerpiece of your home or office workspace, Microsoft’s new Surface Studio 2 and Apple’s iMac (2017) are among the top choices. Both systems are clad in metal bodies, designed with modern and minimalist aesthetics, and are targeted for consumption and creation of content with […]