Top rated desktop PCs

It may not be a hot category anymore, but good desktop PCs are still around if you know where to look

At the top of our list is HP's magnificent Z1 all-in-one workstation PC. It's not a typical desktop -- it's designed for professional users, such as designers, engineers and artists who can put all of the power under its hood to good use. It houses a high resolution screen and it's also very easy to service.

If you're a gamer, check out the entries from Origin and Alienware, and if you just want a basic system, look at the Acer all-in-one, which also has a touchscreen.

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Z1
4.50

1. HP Z1 all-in-one workstation PC

The expensive Z1 all-in-one has both brains and beauty, but it also has some issues that are impossible to ignore.
Review Date: 12th April, 2012
RRP: $ 2,499.00
Omni 27
4.25

2. HP Omni 27 all-in-one PC

If you love the look of a new iMac, but don't want to change away from Windows, HP's Omni27 is a near-perfect solution. It's big, pretty and powerful with few flaws.
Review Date: 23rd March, 2012
RRP: $ 2,499.00
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Genesis Z68 gaming PC
4.00

3. Origin Genesis Z68 gaming PC

Origin's Genesis Z68 is fast, expandable and, best of all, very well put together. It showcases some of the neatest cable management we've seen in a PC submitted to our Test Centre and it really highlights how much effort Origin ...
Review Date: 19th Dec., 2011
RRP: $ 2,499.00
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TouchSmart 520-1010a touchscreen PC
3.75

4. HP TouchSmart 520-1010a touchscreen PC

The TouchSmart 520 is a capable computer system for everyday tasks, but its touchscreen offers a better way to interact with your content. Simply point to, drag or tap your files to let the magic happen. It's a very decent ...
Review Date: 5th Dec., 2011
RRP: $ 1,599.00
Akoya E4055 D (MD 8365)
3.75

5. Medion Akoya E4055 D (MD 8365)

The Akoya E4055 goes on sale at ALDI supermarkets on 8 February. Pick one up if you're looking for an inexpensive PC that can be used for a little bit of everything. It has plenty of storage and a decent ...
Review Date: 6th Feb., 2012
RRP: $ 499.00
Aurora gaming PC
3.50

6. Alienware Aurora gaming PC

There's no doubt that the Alienware Aurora is a great gaming PC. It's fast and interesting, and definitely fun to use. However, it's very expensive. You pay a hefty premium for features that not many other pre-built systems offer, such ...
Review Date: 25th Jan., 2012
RRP: $ 5,860.00
Aspire Z5771 touchscreen PC
3.50

7. Acer Aspire Z5771 touchscreen PC

If you're looking for a touchscreen-capable all-in-one PC, the Aspire Z5771 is worth considering. It has a resistive screen that's mostly accurate and supports two inputs, but most importantly, it has a lot of grunt under the hood, including an ...
Review Date: 11th April, 2012
RRP: $ 2,349.00
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