Summary: Reviewers say that you can get better desktop tower computers, or cheaper tower desktop computers, but it's hard to find this level of performance in a desktop tower that's this cheap. Remarkably, perhaps, this holds true regardless of whether you select an entry-level configuration like the one tested by ComputerShopper.com, or a high-end system like the one reviewed by PCMag.com.
Pros: Good hardware lineup, Easy to upgrade, Good performance
Cons: Just one open bay for additional hard drives, Configurations vary widely, Not great for gaming
Excerpt: The Asus M51AC-US015S desktop offers multimedia performance and even some gaming prowess a price the competition can't quite match, but the performance lags behind similarly equipped competition.
Conclusion: Asus covered all of its bases with the M51 desktop. A wonderful motherboard with plenty of upgradability, a wide range of models, and good exterior styling (complete with plenty of ports) makes for a very well-rounded entry that may just be what Asus needs to put itself back on the map in this market. M51 models will be selling from about $600 all way up to $1,000, and slightly beyond, and high-end models will have specifications similar to Acer’s Predator G3 gaming rig.
Pros: Low-key design with lots of connectivity, Quality motherboard with room for upgrades, Well-rounded performance, Decent bundled peripherals, Good value
Cons: Case has just one empty drive bay, No solid-state drive option