The 6 Best-Looking PCs to Buy in 2018

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In the ever competitive world of desktop PCs, design continues to be a major battleground for manufacturers. Overall, that’s good news for consumers as computers continue to slim down (in price, too) and take up less space. But what are you really looking for in a design PC? Do you want something that offers the best multimedia experience or something that can convert to a tablet at the touch of a button? Whatever you're looking for, one of the design PCs below will fit the bill.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: HP ENVY All-in-One Computer

Over the years, HP has gradually been making better and better all-in-one PCs. The newest version of the HP ENVY all-in-one is a downright beautiful machine that does nearly everything you can think of in one sleek package. This model, which runs Windows 10, allows you rid yourself of the desktop towers, but it still packs in plenty of power.

The display is a lovely 27-inch HD IPS screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution. Below the screen, you’ll find a narrow black box that has all the components stuffed inside. The box has plenty of ports, too, with four USB 3.0, two HDMI, one Ethernet, one Thunderbolt 3, one 3-in-1 media card reader, as well as a headphone/microphone jack.

On top of being artfully designed, this model also ensures quick and reliable performance no matter what you’re doing. It includes a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics card and 16GB of DD4 RAM. For storage, it has both a 1 TB hard drive and 128 GB SSD hard drive.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Alienware Area 51

Alienware Area 51
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Alienware is a computing brand that’s long been known for pushing the edge of design. Calling its design “great” is often a matter of subjective opinion, but you can’t deny Alienware’s attempt to push the edge again. Let’s be clear from the start that this isn’t your average machine, its specs are designed with the gamer in mind. 

With an Intel Hexa Core i7-5820K 3.3 GHz Processor, 2TB hard drive (plus 128 GB SSD Storage), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 VR capable graphics, four USB 2.0 ports and six USB 3.0 ports, this computer means business.

And while many computing brands play it safe have a traditional tower, Alienware goes for all or nothing with a unique triangle shape. In fact, the design may be more innovative than beautiful, but, if nothing else, it’s certainly not without purpose. The three-way design is actually constructed to allow air to flow through the computer without going into the interior and causing potential harm to the components.

Best Budget: Dell’s Inspiron 24 3000

Dell’s Inspiron 24 3000
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Dell’s Inspiron 24 3000 series all-in-one may just redefine how we view budget desktops in the future. The clean and stylish design paired with 23.8” Full HD (1920 x 1080) wide-angle display, Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive offer fantastic price-to-performance ratio. The overall design is sleek and minimal looking, and at just 1.5” thin, there’s a minimal footprint that is emphasized by the easy one-cord setup. The inclusion of 802.11ac offers WiFi, as well as Bluetooth 4.0. USB 3.0 and a 4-in-1 card reader round out the budget feature set. Unfortunately, budget pricing does offer some tradeoffs like the lack of a touchscreen. The included wireless mouse and keyboard are comfortable and match the minimal design of the overall desktop. Amazon reviews have raved about the excellent combination between every day and family computing.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best budget desktop PCs​ can help you find what you're looking for.

Best for Multimedia: Apple iMac MK142LL/A 21.5"

Apple iMac MK142LL/A 21.5"
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From the beautiful screen to the thin, classy design, it’s hard to argue with Apple’s iMac MK142LL/A's striking look. The 4K display on the 21.5” display is stunning (thanks to Intel HD Graphics 6000), and the addition of a superb keyboard and magic mouse make the Apple one of the best, well-rounded options on the PC market. It includes a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (with turbo boost up to 2.7GHz), 8GB of RAM, four USB 3.0 ports and 1 TB 5400 RPM hard drive, making this comparable to other non-gaming options on this list. Hardware specs aside, it’s the display where the Apple really shines. Still, you have to go in knowing that Apple’s ecosystem is different enough from Windows and that you need to fully commit (buying and syncing up other Apple products) to truly have the best experience. 

Best for Home Office: HP Pavilion 24

HP Pavilion 24
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HP’s Pavilion all-in-one is the ideal home office PC with stunning looks, affordable pricing and Bang and Olufsen audio. It is powered by an Intel Core i5 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The 23.8” (1920 x 1080) widescreen display shines and offers touchscreen performance with 10-point touch. The computer has an aluminum pedestal stand that reminds us of Apple’s iMac line, and it can be shifted to find the best viewing angle, but it cannot adjust vertically.

The B&O audio can be fine-tuned on the software control panel (and it is louder and clearer than the sound on just about every computer in the same price range). The included mouse and keyboard are ergonomically designed to match the look and feel of the desktop, but you might choose to add your own hardware.

Best for Creative Types: 27-Inch iMac

27-Inch iMac
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For the creative types out there, few computers come close to the 27” iMac. The 27” 5K (5120 x 2880) display offers 4.5 to 7 times the resolution of a standard TV. There’s a powerful graphics card with the 2GB of video memory, which is great when is comes to photo and video editing. At just 5mm thin at its edge, the aluminum and glass enclosure is sleek and stylish. The 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 processor offers Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz and there’s 8GB of onboard RAM with up to 32GB of potential RAM upgrades. The inclusion of the 1TB Fusion Drive offers instant app loading and a smooth experience, which is critical when looking at how power hungry apps like iMovie and Photoshop can be during daily use. The overall performance in video editing, photography and graphic design make it easy to call the 27” iMac second-to-none.