IT & Network Infrastructure : 10 Desktop PC Brands You Won't See at Wal-Mart
When it comes to desktop PCs running Windows, the vast majority of customers go to companies such as Dell, HP or Acer to pick up a new computer. It makes sense. Those vendors mass-produce computers, helping them offer prices that are hard to match. That's what keeps these standard-model desktops on the store shelves at Wal-Mart, Costco and Best Buy. Plus, with basic desktop computer design and a few extras thrown in, the PCs purchased from those companies are considered more of a productivity tool, rather than a computing companion. But once we look past the major vendors, we find a boutique PC-design space where small companies are offering extremely well-designed, good-looking and critically acclaimed PCs. Due to their small size, boutique vendors typically charge more for computers. But for that added price, boutique vendors are delivering extremely powerful, well-built, and beautifully designed computers. Here is a look at 10 of the more interesting boutique PC models that include features and options you won't find in the typical $499 desktop.