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Our latest longform features, product reviews, and buying guides. A tech enthusiast must-read.

Origin Chronos Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review

"Pre-Built" and "Small Form Factor PC" are terms that can strike fear in the minds of hardcore PC gamers. Pre-built systems don't necessarily put quality or performance over costs, while small form factor PCs don't always get high end GPU options or efficient cooling. Origin's Chronos breaks those stereotypes with top-of-the-line, name brand components in a tiny chassis.

Razer Blade (2017) Review

I'm a big fan of Razer hardware. Their peripherals are top notch, in particular their outstanding Deathadder mice, while their laptops have surprised me in terms of how solid and well built they are. Razer seems to know what gamers are after and the latest Razer Blade is no exception.

Useful or Little Known Android Features

Android Tech Tip Week Android powers hundreds of millions of mobile devices worldwide. Its openness has made it a favorite for consumers and developers alike, while its ability to run on all kinds of hardware now makes up the largest installed base of any software platform. Let's kick things off with some convenient features you may not be familiar with to help you get more out of your Android device.

45 Years Later: Die photos and analysis of the revolutionary 8008 microprocessor

Intel's groundbreaking 8008 microprocessor was first produced 45 years ago, the ancestor of the x86 processor family that you may be using right now. While the 8008 wasn't the first microprocessor or even the first 8-bit microprocessor, it was truly revolutionary, triggering the microprocessor revolution and leading to the x86 architecture that dominates personal computers today.

Asus ROG Strix GL502VS Gaming Laptop Review

The Asus ROG Strix GL502VS sits towards the top end of the performance and price scale. It doesn't have any ludicrous dual-GPU setups inside, but its GeForce GTX 1070 discrete graphics chip offers better performance than your typical gaming laptop. It packs a 15.6-inch 1080p G-Sync display and a range of other solid hardware in a relatively portable form factor.

Prey Review

Prey gives players freedom at every opportunity. It's ripe with moments that will be unique to every player and is a game that shines when you take your time and forge your own path. It falters when it tries to tell you a story, but you only have to listen to that tale as a last resort to see the end. It's better when its flexibility is letting you make stories of your own.

The Best PC Speakers

A good audio setup is essential when it comes to fully experiencing music, movies, and games on a PC. The speakers that come bundled with off-the-shelf systems rarely cut it, that's why we’ve done the dirty work of researching a wide range of PC speaker offerings to bring you the best options in three categories: best studio speakers, best 2.1 speakers, and best budget.

Asus ROG GR8 II Mini Gaming PC Review

The Asus ROG GR8 II is designed for those who want a compact gaming system for a desk or living room, but would rather something more powerful than an Xbox One or PS4. This system is similar in size to current-generation consoles, however its use of high-end Intel Kaby Lake processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics leads to a much faster experience.

Dawn of War III Review

Dawn of War III takes the player across a number of story-based missions as three 40K factions—Humans, Orks and the Eldar—clash over a mysterious world and an ancient relic. The campaign sees you playing as all three sides. There's also a multiplayer mode with a traditional series of RTS skirmish maps in which you fight over control points.

The Best Storage: SSD, HDD, NAS & More

With dozens of hours testing storage devices under our belt in the last year alone, we have a pretty clear idea of what are the top devices you should buy right now, divided into six categories: Best performance SSD, best value SSD, best hard drives, best portable storage, best external storage device and best home/SMB NAS.

AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Review

The Ryzen 5 1600 (non-X) is virtually unchallenged in terms of value among enthusiasts processors. However, we've yet to determine the next best option for those who can't afford to spend $220 on AMD's six-core champion. For $170, the quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 1400 appears to be a great alternative.

Full Throttle Remastered Review

Full Throttle Remastered feels like a supernova. It's bombastic, head-turning, and holds your attention during the brief time it flashes. The classic adventure game holds up today, but, unlike other Double Fine games, it doesn't benefit much from a remaster. The original was already as good as it needed to be.

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