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Meet the New Breed of Desktop Computers: Sleek, Powerful, and Sexy


Forget those big ugly boxes. The new breed of desktop computers look great, perform at warp speed, and live anywhere in the home.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27
At 27 inches across (diagonally), this Windows 8 PC computer will stand out in any room—and that's a good thing. The one-inch-thick touch screen is a high-tech centerpiece—whether it's propped up on its built-in stand, mounted on the living-room wall, or just lying on a coffee table. The wireless keyboard, mouse, and Intel Core i7 processor make it a workhorse for traditional Office 365–type needs. But once you set the Lenovo flat, it becomes the life of the party by launching a multiuser interface that allows you and friends to interact with the high-definition screen simultaneously: One person can scroll through photos, another can watch a video, while a third can surf the Web. Or everyone can play bundled versions of Monopoly or Air Hockey with the included e-dice and four joysticks.
$1,700; lenovo.com

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Apple iMac
The computer that defined the all-in-one by melding the display and the CPU is still the most elegant desktop money can buy. The new iMac, available in 21.5- and 27-inch versions, is even sleeker and thinner than previous generations—just 5 millimeters at the edges. The brilliant, newly designed display reduces reflection by 75 percent and features vivid images viewed from any angle; under the hood is a lightning-fast connection for breakneck data-transfer rates and up to a whopping 3 terabytes of memory.
Starting at $1,300; apple.com

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Dell XPS One 27
Who needs a TV? You can watch movies, stream live channels, or catch up on your favorite shows directly using this all-in-one with a dazzling display—it has edge-to-edge glass and Dell's newest Quad HD technology, which delivers especially vibrant colors. Plus, you'll never be in the wrong spot for viewing, thanks to a flexible, articulating stand that allows you to perch the 27-inch touch screen at any angle.
$1,400; dell.com

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Sony VAIO Tap 20 Mobile Touch Desktop

This portable all-in-one weighs just under 11.5 pounds, and its 20-inch touch screen, retractable slim kickstand, and nearly three hours of battery life make it the perfect mobile hybrid to cart around the house without shutting it down. There's also a suite of pre-loaded Sony Imagination Studio software, which includes professional-grade audio-editing and filmmaking apps.
$900; sony.com

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Samsung Series 7 All-in-One
Make Minority Report–like computing (almost) a reality on either a 23.6- or 27-inch PC: Simple gestures allow you to play games, adjust the volume, and browse-and-click without ever sullying the touch screen with your fingers. Samsung Galaxy users will love the ability to stream content directly to their phones, and clutter-phobes will appreciate the stylish, sculpted stand.
Starting at $1,100; samsung.com

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