You can buy desktops in any shape and size now, but sometimes the old way is the best way. The Velocity Micro Raptor Z55 ($1,499 to start, $2,199 as reviewed) is an old-school, boxy system, but it’s incredibly easy to upgrade with new parts. And, most importantly, it powers through games with its Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU and Intel Core i5 processor. This desktop might not be the fanciest model out there, but it’s reliable and gets the job done, and then some.
The Raptor is minimalist, perhaps to a fault. The black aluminum case isn’t trying to show off with RGB lighting, and there are no windows to see the internals, but its few blue lights show you that it’s a gaming PC. It’s old-school, and the conservative design doesn’t stand out on a desk.
The Velocity logo and power buttons are blue on the front, while the two fans on the left and the single fan on top show off the same cobalt glow. I would’ve liked to have been able to customize the colors, but there’s no way to do that. Otherwise, this desktop is a solid hunk of black aluminum that stays out of the way so you can focus on gaming.
The Raptor looks small from the front, but it’s deep, at 18.9 x 15.3 x 7 inches, and it weighs 18 pounds. The Corsair One is far more compact, at 15 x 7.9 x 6.9 inches, and while it has similar power, it’s not as upgradable (see below). The similarly upgradable Alienware Aurora R5 is close in size (18.9 .x 15.3 x 7 inches) but weighs a heftier 32.7 pounds. Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Y900 is most similar to the Raptor in design (black and rectangular) but takes up more space (19.8 x 18.8 x 8.1 inches) and is heavier, at 33 pounds.
Velocity Micro Raptor Z55 Specs
Our Review Configuration
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