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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

Lenovo's signature business ultraportable, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is now in its 5th generation, adding new Intel Kaby Lake processors and a larger battery without sacrificing portability. Having used this laptop for a few weeks now, it's clear that Lenovo's minor year-on-year improvements have led to a stunning device that's the best ThinkPad ultraportable yet.

HTC U Ultra Review: What went wrong?

The HTC U Ultra is a massive handset. It has a 5.7-inch display as well as a secondary display and capacitive navigation buttons. When combined with large bezels and a huge chin, the U Ultra can be an unwieldy device. But that's not all, something with HTC's latest flagship has really gone wrong.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X Review

As we begin to recover from the roller coaster ride that was Ryzen 7, we now have Ryzen 5 to address. AMD has announced four models in this series, including a pair of six-core CPUs as well as two quad-core models. We'll be pitting the sub-$200 1500X against the locked Core i5-7500 and the 1600X against the unlocked 7600K which compete in the $250 price range.

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q Gaming Monitor Review

The Asus ROG Swift PG258Q is a 24.5-inch 1920 x 1080 TN LCD monitor. Now you may be thinking this collection of specs isn't hugely impressive, but there's one key feature to this monitor that is very attractive for fans of high-paced esports titles. The PG258Q sports a whopping 240 Hz refresh rate, combined with G-Sync, for the ultimate low latency, high refresh experience.

SimCity 2000 is the Most Important Game I've Ever Played

The same game can be different things to different people, with gender, history, age, cultural background and political beliefs working to influence and funnel its messages and meanings for every unique player. At a time as a young kid when important things were being decided around me, SimCity 2000 gave me some sense of control over my reality.

The Best Headphones

There's an endless selection when it comes to headphones and finding the right pair of can be not only tough but there's a lot of subjectivity involved depending on what matters most to you -- audio quality, comfort, features and so on. Here are our picks for best headphones over-the-ear, in-ear, noise cancelling, gaming, sports-oriented, budget and wireless.

Alienware 13 Review

If you want a reasonably small and portable gaming laptop, the Alienware 13 is one of the leading options on the market. With its 13.3-inch display, the footprint of this laptop is smaller than a typical 15-inch laptop, and if you're willing to put up with extra thickness and weight, it's possible to use it as a portable workstation instead of an ultraportable.

Super Mario Run Review (now also on Android)

This week Super Mario Run hit Android devices after a 3+ month wait. The game remains largely the same, for that reason we are bumping this review. When Nintendo announced Super Mario Run, I expected an endless runner, a game where Mario runs from left to right through randomly-generated courses until he dies. That’s not what Super Mario Run is.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Review

In Bioware's new third-person action RPG, you play as Ryder, a human adventurer who lives in an advanced society capable of faster-than-light space travel. Andromeda is the fourth entry in the Mass Effect series, and while some of the aliens and politics make a return, the whole thing unfolds in a different setting that is friendly to franchise newcomers.

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