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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.

Downsizing Dilemma: Why Game Developers Keep Getting Laid Off

The video game industry is booming. Americans spent $21.53 billion on games and hardware last year, and sales of the new-gen PS4 and Xbox One have exceeded expectations. So why are layoffs so common in the industry? Why are so many video game studios closing? Why does it feel like the people who make video games are always on the hook?

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:

PlayStation 4 Six Months Later: Getting There

A half-year past launch, the PlayStation 4 still feels like an overachiever. The system runs better and is improving faster than its predecessor. When I reviewed the PS4 in a hurry last year I was worried about what I'd missed but it turns out I pretty much knew enough. It's not yet a must-have but early impressions were correct, thank goodness.

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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.

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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

Das Keyboard 4 Review: Sturdier And Sleeker Than Ever

Metadot is arguably responsible for pioneering the commercial mechanical keyboard market, much like OCZ did with solid state drives. We’ve seen a number of revisions and competitors hit the scene since the original Das Keyboard launched in 2005, but their latest offering promises to be an order of magnitude better than previous generations, bringing in new features while staying true to its roots in terms of aesthetics and its 104-key layout.

Das Keyboard 4 Professional Review

Mario Kart 8 Review: Continuation of a Classic

Mario Kart was never my game. When it was originally released in 1992, I was already in love with another Nintendo racing game featuring high-tech Mode 7 graphics — F-Zero. I've dabbled with each iteration of Mario Kart over the past couple of decades and they all feel pretty much the same every time. But this time it's different. Within seconds of starting my first race, I could tell this was more than just plain old Mario Kart with fancy HD graphics.

Mario Kart 8 Review

Haswell Refresh: Intel's New Z97 Platform Explored

Nearly six years have passed since the Core i7 series debuted as a 45nm part on the LGA1366 platform, which Intel has been refining over many iterations through its tick-tock philosophy that follows every architectural update with a die shrink. Today's release isn't a tick or a tock, it's simply a refresh. But while we don't expect much more than slight speed bumps, the company has also released new 9-series chipsets, and we happen to have a few motherboards on hand.

Intel Haswell Refresh: The Z97 Platform Arrives

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Refining Android's Most Popular Phone

Another year, another Galaxy device. Since the release of the original Galaxy S in 2010, Samsung has been routinely refining their flagship formula through hardware upgrades, software polish and no shortage of gimmicks. We typically see larger displays, more cores, bigger megapixel counts, larger batteries and interesting new additions with every release. As you'd expect, 2014’s Galaxy S5 does little to break away from this formula.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

The Coming of 4K: PC Gaming in Ultra HD

The next-generation of monitor technology is upon us, quadrupling the number pixels on our screens and placing a heavy burden on our beleaguered GPUs. What does it take to put together a 4K-ready gaming PC? If you've got a gaming PC capable of playing most modern-day games at Ultra settings, there's a good chance it'll be able to handle an Ultra HD monitor. How well it handles an Ultra HD monitor will come down to your graphics hardware.

Running With Scissors: 7 Myths About Cord Cutting

My household cut the metaphorical cable cord about five years ago, so I've watched this idea evolve in the media from "insane notion" to "cable industry crisis." If the headlines are to be believed, consumers are abandoning traditional TV in droves in favor of streaming gadgets and apps, but the truth is actually a bit more complicated than that. To help you decide whether cable abandonment is right for you, we're tackling seven major cord-cutting myths.

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