Most popular desktops for August 2009

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Each month we compile data for the number of times a particular desktop is viewed on this site’s product pages to get an idea for what mainstream consumers are looking at and thinking about buying. While these desktops aren’t necessarily the most popular in terms of sales, they are the most popular based on the number of times our visitors clicked on them.

In that sense, think of this list as the “most clickable desktops of the month” … the desktops that most of the people visiting this site are interested in learning about. Keep in mind that clicks directly on the “Most Viewed Desktops” list do not count toward the total in order to keep the list as fair as possible each month. The only clicks that count toward the monthly totals come from web searches like Google or from visitors who have clicked on a desktop after visiting our database or inside our forums.

It’s no surprise that the original Dell Studio XPS maintains its spot at number 1, despite being introduced almost a year ago.  The first desktop that we awarded an Editor’s Choice to, it still sits as a great purchase in terms of value for your dollar.  In fact, this month we see that Dell is a big winner in terms of spots our list, taking the first, third, seventh and tenth spots.


1. Dell Studio XPS  The Studio XPS desktop features an Intel Core i7-920 processor. Base model includes 3GB DDR3 memory, 500GB hard drive, 16x CD/DVD burner, 265MB ATI Radeon graphics, and Windows Vista Home Premium.

View’s Review for the Dell Studio XPS

2. Apple Mac Mini – The Apple Mac Mini utilizes an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated and a 2.5-inch hard drive to maintain its diminutive size.

View’s Review for the Apple Mac Mini

3. Dell Studio Slim – The Dell Studio Slim desktop features an Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 processor, 3 GB RAM installed, 16X DVD+/-RW Drive, multimedia keyboard, optical USB mouse, and a 500 GB hard drive.

View’s Review for the Dell Studio Slim

4. HP TouchSmartThe HP TouchSmart IQ800t series PC’s come with 25″ hi-def widescreen with next generation touchscreen technology. It also features Intel or AMD processors.

View’s Review for the HP TouchSmart IQ506

5. Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 The Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 is an all-in-one system that features a 21.5 inch HD panel, Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and up to 1TB of hard drive space.

View’s Review for the Lenovo IdeaCentre A600

6. Alienware Area-51 x58 – Packed with a Core i7 Extreme CPU, RAID 0 SSDs for boot and RAID 0 TB hard drives for storage, and with a price tag of a few thousand dollars, you can bet that this isn’t just a boring grey box. If anything, the Area-51 is an experience.

View’s Review for the Alienware Area-51 x58

7. Dell OptiPlex 360 – The OptiPlex 360 Desktop comes standard with an Intel Celeron 440 processor, 17″ flat panel monitor, 1 GB DDR2 memory installed, and Windows Vista Business.

View’s Review for the Dell OptiPlex 775

8. HP Pavilion Elite m9600t – The HP Pavilion Elite m9600t is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and is configured with either 3 or 4GB DDR3 system memory. It’s geared toward multimedia enthusiasts, though its specs also make it attractive to gamers on a budget.

View’s Review for the HP Pavlion Elite m9600t

9. Lenovo ThinkCentre A58  – The Lenovo ThinkCentre A58 is available in a small form factor or a tower design. This system is customizable with up to 4GB DDR2 system memory, integrated or dedicated graphics, and up to 500GB hard drive space.

View’s Review for the Lenovo ThinkCentre A58

10. Dell Inspiron 537  – The Dell Inspiron 537 is a home computing system available in a variety of colors. It features choice of Intel Celeron, Pentium dual-core, or Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB system memory, integrated or ATI dedicated graphics, and up to 750GB SATA hard drive space.

The rest of these machines were still popular enough to rank, just not in the Top 10:

11. Dell Studio One 19
12. HP Pavilion Slimline S3500f
13. HP Compaq dc5850
14. Lenovo IdeaCentre K220
15. Dell XPS 625
16. Lenovo ThinkCentre A62
17. Apple iMac
18. Acer Veriton m625
19. Dell OptiPlex 760
20. Lenovo ThinkCentre M57

Remember, to get advice on which desktop to buy don’t just go with what’s popular, visit our What Desktop Should I Buy forum to ask what everyone else thinks you should buy based on your needs.



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