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Nintendo Wii U 20 months later: It's time to get one

This is our review update for the Wii U, the gaming console with a screen in its controller that we've been telling you since November 2012 is not yet a must-have. Well, it finally is. The Wii U finally has enough good games that it's possible to forget some of them, and the initial gripes we had with the console are overwhelmed by what it does right.

Five-Way AMD Radeon R9 280X Benchmark Battle

Shopping for a new enthusiast GPU? Assuming you want the best value, your pick will be between the Radeon R9 280X and the GeForce GTX 770. To us the former is a better value so the decision is more about sifting through a handful competing brands. To make that process a little easier, we're going to compare what we think are the best five R9 280X cards.

RAM Put to the Test: ECC vs Non ECC Memory Performance

Much of the ECC versus Non-ECC argument comes down to speed versus reliability. The reliability argument at least is easy to validate, but to settle the question of whether ECC actually lowers system performance, we ran a series of benchmarks with standard RAM, ECC RAM, and Registered ECC RAM that all run at the exact same frequency, timings, and voltage.

HTC Desire 816 Review: A Large Screen For The Mid-Range

The growing demand for devices with larger-than-normal displays has created an opportunity for alternatives with mid-range specs and affordable prices. This is where HTC's new product fits in. The Desire 816's main feature is the large 5.5-inch HD display, which comes paired with a Snapdragon 400 SoC, a 13MP camera, and design cues from HTC's recent high-end products. At just $325 it's squarely challenging the Nokia Lumia 1320 and Asus Zenfone 6.

Happy 4th of July: How to Take Amazing Photos of Fireworks

Fourth of July is here. Between the barbecues and good times spent with friends and family, you'll no doubt be bombarded with images of fireworks over the coming days, and truth be told, most of them will suck. But you don't have to be a pro photographer to snap some amazing pictures tonight, all you need is some basic equipment and a little know-how.

amazing photos fireworks

Battle of the Galaxy S5s: Exynos vs Snapdragon

Back in May I had the chance to review the Samsung Galaxy S5, and as expected it performed fantastically. However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 equipped model isn't the only S5 version available. The eight-core Exynos-powered model known as the G900H is typically sold in regions with no 4G LTE and comes as a slightly more affordable variant of Samsung's flagship smartphone. But how does it compare performance-wise? Let's find out.

Nokia X Review: Nokia's first Android is a poorly executed novel idea

Nokia's first Android-powered phone is meant to slot in a new product segment between the low-end Asha feature phones and Lumia smartphones. Despite reading a few pieces on the Nokia X, nothing really prepared me for the first time I used it. Surely a handset released in 2014, even if it is at the lower end of the product tree, couldn’t feel this unfinished.

How-To: A Beginner's Guide to the Linux Command Line

Do you think of the command line as an antiquated leftover from the past, or an old fashioned way of interacting with a computer? Think again. In Linux, it is the most flexible and powerful way to perform tasks. In this article, we will explore the basics of the Linux command line, including directory navigation, file/directory operations, and more.

E3 2014 PC Game Trailer Roundup: Battlefield Hardline, The Division, The Witcher 3, Far Cry 4, more

Didn't clear your schedule to track E3? Here are 40 plus PC game trailers from the event along with expected release dates and launch platforms for each title, ordered alphabetically. Some highlights include Batman: Arkham Knight, The Division, Star Wars: Battlefront, Far Cry 4 and the much anticipated PC version of Grand Theft Auto V.

NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Chassis Review: Sound Design Choices Inside and Out

Typically, cases designed with the goal of being silent have been bland looking. But NZXT jazzes things up with the H440 using bright accents -- without looking too flashy -- along a redesigned interior and next-gen FN V2 fans. It also drops the old 5.25" drive bays to use the space for other hardware, a move we're interested in seeing other manufacturers make.

Building Your Own NAS with the Silverstone DS380

Synology and QNAP have become recognized brands in the world of network-attached storage, with products ranging from $150 to $3,000. While that cash buys a purpose-built box which installs fast, runs quiet, and sips power, the inner DIYer in us is itching to build a NAS. Silverstone's latest chassis allows just that. The DS380 is designed for more flexible, DIY NAS servers that can house up to eight hot-swappable drives and either a DTX or Mini-ITX board.

Microsoft Xbox One Six Months Later: Likes and Dislikes

When I first reviewed the Xbox One I found it to be an interesting, ambitious console that wasn't quite ready for prime time. At launch, was the Xbox One a must-own console? The verdict: Not yet. Now, after six months using it, I have a significantly more refined view and have spoken to countless people about their experiences. Here's where we're at.

Sony Xperia Z2 Review: A beautiful top-tier Android smartphone

The Xperia Z2 is the culmination of a series of refinements to Sony's formula, it doesn’t stray significantly from the Z1 that came before it, but every upgrade since the original Xperia Z has been of note. We’re looking at a top of the line phone with all the latest and greatest specifications, making it a very compelling battle between this and the flagship offerings from Samsung and HTC.

Also, don't miss the video review for hands-on comparisons between the Z2, Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8:

Plextor M6 SSD Series: SATA, mSATA, M.2 Form Factors Reviewed

Conventional hard drives are far from tapping SATA 3.0's 600MB/s bandwidth, yet those speeds have already grown inadequate for the quickest flash drives. With the arrival of SATA 3.2 Plextor is launching the new M6 range comprising a regular 2.5" SATA drive, and mSATA drive and a PCI Express/M.2 version. Today we're putting all three to the test.

Plextor M6 SSD Series Review

Round-up: Five Free VPN Services You Should Check Out

Totally free high quality VPN services are few and far between. The current business model being used by some is to offer a free basic application with the option to upgrade to a paid, more feature rich version. However, for users simply looking for some extra privacy or sporadically accessing a geo-restricted website these free versions get the job done.

Free VPN Services

Watch Dogs Benchmarked, Performance Review

Set in an alternate reality techno-dystopian Chicago, Watch Dogs hit every gamer's holiday wishlist after appearing at E3 2012. The open world hackfest wowed onlookers with its urban stealth action and its seemingly 'next-gen' graphics, built on the studio's new 'Disrupt' engine. Although there was a lot of controversy surrounding Watch Dog's graphics approaching its launch, ultimately the game looks amazing when set to ultra on the PC.

Watch Dogs Benchmarks

Logitech G502 Proteus Core Review: 4K-friendly 12,000 DPI Gaming Mouse

Being the first mouse to tout a staggering 12,000 DPI makes the Logitech G502 particularly interesting for early adopters already on 4K displays. But its advanced sensor is complemented by a host of other features that also make for the ultimate gaming companion. This mouse is super flexible, working flawlessly on a variety of surfaces, it has chevron-shaped 3.6g weights, eleven programmable buttons, in-game DPI shifting and dual mouse wheel modes.

Logitech G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review: Beautiful slate hardware meets Android

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is a successor to last year’s Xperia Tablet Z, and like what we’re seeing in Sony’s smartphone range, the device is an incremental update to what came before. Like the Tablet Z, the Z2 Tablet is fully water resistant, packs a 10.1-inch WUXGA display, and is under 7mm thick. The most significant update is the specification bump to Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 801 SoC, plus there’s an improved camera and a sizable weight reduction.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Review

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