Multimedia Computer Review

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Why Buy a New Multimedia Computer?

If you are a video, audio or photo editing guru, it is important to look for a computer that has the horsepower to run your multimedia programs without a hitch. Multimedia computers generally have better processors, more RAM and upper echelon graphics cards compared to an everyday desktop.

These computers provide excellent tools for organizing, saving and even recording certain media. The best multimedia computers allow you to watch and write Blu-ray movies along with DVDs and CDs with any music, photos and movies you can imagine. A multimedia computer will also have more connectivity options such as numerous USB ports, HDMI and audio ports.

We searched the digital landscape for the best multimedia computers that offer everything you need to successfully create and maintain your videos, photos and music. The best and most affordable media PCs we found are the HP Envy 700, Dell XPS 8700 and Dell XPS 27 Touch. All of these computers have different qualities and strengths, but they are the best multimedia PCs you are going to find. For more information on this topic, check out our articles on multimedia computers.

Multimedia Computers: What to Look For

While looking for the best multimedia computers on the market, we looked for computers with high-quality components. Multimedia computers are used for some difficult and daunting tasks, and we looked for the tools to ensure that the best features were available to handle large projects.

Performance
The performance of your multimedia computer is crucial to performing certain tasks on your device. The highest-ranking computing devices feature a fast processor and are adept at running multiple applications simultaneously. The operating system must also be user-friendly, and a strong video card is essential, especially if you plan to do extensive gaming on the device.

Feature Set
A large number of USB ports is preferable. This gives you the ability to hook multiple external devices to your multimedia computer without running out of options. A media PC with HDMI and display port connections offers great ways to hook up multiple HD displays for optimal media viewing.

Design
Multimedia computer are available as an all-in-one PC or as a standard desktop computer. The best computing devices are compact to save you space on your desk. You also want to know which media PCs have room for expansion. If you want the most from your computer make sure you have the ability to upgrade the components if necessary.

Help & Support
You never know when something can go wrong so it is important to have excellent customer service available. Contacting a customer service representative through email, telephone or even live chat are excellent resources. Several manufacturers’ websites offer a user forum that provides additional feedback and assistance from other users as well as downloadable drivers.

With all of these elements combined, you will have a multimedia computer that will wow and amaze. You won't have to wait anymore for an application to open or for your document to save. You can edit, design, game and much more on one of these entertainment-loving devices.

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HP Envy 700 Dell XPS 8700 Dell XPS 27 Apple iMac Asus M Velocity Micro ProMagix Velocity Vector HP Envy 23 TouchSmart Sony Vaio L Dell Inspiron
HP Envy 700 Dell XPS 8700 Dell XPS 27 Apple iMac Asus M Velocity Micro ProMagix Velocity Vector HP Envy 23 TouchSmart Sony Vaio L Dell Inspiron
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CPU Intel Core i7-4770 Intel Core i5-4430 Intel Core i5-4430S Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5-4570 Intel Core i5-4430 Intel Core i5-3330S Intel Core i5-3220M Intel Core i3-3240
CPU Upgrade Intel Core i7-4770K Intel Core i7-4770 Intel Core i7-4770S Intel Core i7 Intel Core i7-4770K Intel Core i7-4771 Intel Core i7-4771 Intel Core i7-3770S Intel Core i7 3630QM Intel Core i5-3330
Processing Speed (GHz) 3.0-4.1 3.2-3.9 3.2-3.9 2.7-3.4 3.0 3.2-3.5 3.0-3.5 2.7-3.1 2.4-3.4 3.2-3.4
Video Card AMD HD 8470 NVIDIA GeForce GT 635 Intel HD Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M Intel HD Graphics NVIDIA NVS 315 Express Intel Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT610M Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Integrated Graphics
Video Card Upgrade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 645 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 645 NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 NVIDIA QUADRO K5000 AMD Radeon HD 7870 AMD Radeon HD 7650A NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M NVIDIA GeForce GT620
Audio Beats Audio Integrated 7.1 with WAVE MAXXAudio 4 Integrated Sound, Envy Audio; Beats Audio Integrated ASUS SonicMaster Audio Integrated Integrated Beats Audio Integrated Integrated 5.1 Audio
Memory (RAM) 8GB-32GB 8GB-12GB 32GB 8GB-32GB 8GB-32GB 8GB-16GB 8GB-16GB 12GB-16GB 8GB-16GB 8GB-12GB
Primary Solid State Drive 256GB    256GB-768GB   250GB-1TB 250GB-1TB    
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Operating System Windows 8 Windows 7/8 Windows 8 OS X Mountain Lion Windows 8 Windows7/8 Windows 7/8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 7/8
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Design
Form Factor Tower Tower All-In-One All-In-One Tower Tower Tower All-In-One All-In-One Tower
Length 16.29 17.49 26.14 20.8 15.74 19.25 19.25 22.83 23.15 17.32
Width 6.86 7.3 9.44 7.42 6.88 8.27 8.25 8.43 6.78 6.89
Height 16.71 16.01 19.32 17.75 16.53 17.75 17.4 17.91 16.19 14.45
Weight   30.42 28.2 20.5 20.28 70 70   25.35 17.41
Display Size (all-in-one only, inches)    27 21.5-27     23 24  
Screen Resolution (all-in-one only)    2560 x 1440 2560 x 1440     1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080  
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