Dell XPS 210 Video
A home-theater PC and 30-inch LCD for less than two grand? The living room-friendly WinBook PowerSpec 410 is one sweet deal.
A stylish, high-resolution plasma, this Philips is hampered by so-so home-theater performance.
In its present configuration, the Dell Inspiron I530S-119B won't feel at home in a home theater or digital media environment, but it succeeds in providing high performance at minimal cost thanks to a faster processor than the competition.
Brian Cooley outlines what you'll learn in Help.com's home-theater clinic tutorial.
Brian Cooley demonstrates how to select the right components for your ultimate home-theater system.
The AV receiver is the control tower of your home-theater system; discover what to look for before you buy.
The Sharp LC-37D40U delivers some of the deepest blacks and very good overall image quality for an LCD, making it worth the extra dough for home-theater fans.
This is a solid home-theater PC with basic features, but if you're finicky about audio, you'll want a more configurable system.
The Asus Eee PC 1215N combines Intel's new dual-core Atom CPU with Nvidia Ion graphics and Optimus GPU-switching for an impressive overall package, but one that still feels a bit too much like a Netbook.
Dell's Dimension E521 doesn't have many bells and whistles, but a powerful dual-core AMD processor lends it unexpected performance and a strong bang for the buck.