Mainstream desktops are the most affordable members of the consumer desktop market, but with modern advances in technology, even quad-core computers are starting to slip down into this category. These machines are perfectly suited for those tasks that don't require the latest and greatest hardware, like word processing, browsing the web, watching online videos, playing Flash games, chatting and sending email, and more. Systems in this category typically have integrated graphics and lower-end CPUs as well as smaller hard drives. Most desktops in this category do not have wireless networking (Wi-Fi) built-in, and come with wired keyboards and mice; many do not have displays included. Nettops, which are very small, very inexpensive desktops, can also be found in this category.
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This morning, HP unveiled the all-new TouchSmart 620 all-in-one computer. The 620 builds upon its predecessor with some impressive new features: a 3D-capable, 120Hz display and twin webcams. But is the premium worth it?
HP's Pavilion Elite HPE-235f marks the introduction of AMD's affordable six-core processor into their premium Elite lineup. Going up against Dell's award-winning Studio XPS 7100, the HPE-235f brings a six-core CPU and Blu-ray playback to the table, all for under a grand. Read on for our full review.
Dell was one of the first mainstream computer manufacturers to break out of the mold and strike new territory in terms of interesting designs and attractive cases. The Studio XPS is a new chapter in that story, featuring Dell's recent trend toward white electronics mixed with glossy black plastic, powered with Intel's newest Core i5 processor technology. Read on for our full review.
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