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Best Smartwatches of 2016: Best for Android, iPhone users, fitness-centric and luxury pick

Smartwatches are not a 'must-buy' for most people at current prices and with their current capabilities, but if you are set on getting one, there are a handful of things to consider such as compatibility and key features. Here are our picks in four distinct categories: best for iPhone users, best for Android users, best fitness-centric smartwatch and our luxury pick.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Review: Titan X-like performance for a fraction of the price

As attractive as the GeForce GTX 1080 is, many enthusiasts are undoubtedly holding out for the much more affordable GeForce GTX 1070. Partner cards will start at $380, while Nvidia's Founders Edition will retail for $450. With Titan X and 980 Ti-like performance, the GTX 1070 looks like the best option for 1440p gamers, delivering well north of 60 FPS in nearly every game we tested.

Overwatch Benchmarked, Performance Review

Overwatch is impressive looking yet runs well on a wide range of hardware. It scales down to work on low-end hardware but can also be cranked up to take advantage of high-end gear, especially at the 4K resolution. Coming from an impressive open beta that attracted 9.7 million players, Overwatch is poised to be hugely popular among PC gamers. Only one question remains: can your hardware handle it?

LG G5 Review: LG's flagship smartphone goes modular

With the G5 LG has boldly redesigned their flagship to include new ideas that they hope will capture the eyes of buyers. The biggest and most obvious one is the modular design, which sees the battery slide out the bottom of the handset attached to a swappable module that can be used to add in other features. There's also an all new metal design and an upgraded 2-lens camera system.

The Dark Web: A quick guide to exploring the hidden Internet

The deep web is not actually a 'place' but rather anywhere other than the visible web that is crawled, indexed and accesed through links fetched by search engines. It's several times bigger than the visible web, and it encompasses a lot more than the illegal or otherwise questionable activities that it is often associated with -- though there's certainly a lot of that going on too.

Seven Steam games whose reviews have changed a lot

Valve recently overhauled Steam’s review system, putting a larger focus on recent perspectives. The move made sense. Games are no longer static works. They constantly evolve thanks to updates and programs like Early Access. The system is, by and large, very useful, providing percentages that give narrow and wide snapshots of games. But numbers only tell part of the story.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Review: The Mad King of GPUs

First to market with a true next generation GPU is Nvidia and this could very well be the biggest step in GPU technology we've seen in recent years. The new GeForce GTX 1080 is faster, built using the 16nm design process and packed with GDDR5X memory, it promises to put away the Titan X while consuming less power than the 980 Ti. We put this and other bold claims to the test.

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Review: A good first attempt at a Surface Pro rival

Over the past few weeks I've been using the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. The name isn't catchy, but there's a lot to like about the hardware in this slim 12-inch Surface competitor, including the AMOLED display and fanless Core M CPU on the inside. Samsung also bundles a keyboard cover with this device, because these sorts of key accessories should be included in the purchase price.

Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire Keyboard Review: Meet the new MX Speed switches

Corsair is building upon its previous collaboration with Cherry to bring another exclusive line of switches to the mechanical keyboard market. Aimed squarely at gamers, the new MX Speed switches are not only quiet but also reduce travel distance to 1.2mm for a lighting fast 4ms actuation speed on the K65 RGB Rapidfire, K70 Rapidfire and K70 RGB Rapidfire being tested today.

Console gaming at its best: Uncharted 4 review

For a time there Uncharted 4 feels like little more than a familiar, obligatory sequel. Thankfully, after a few chapters, the game dramatically improves and hits a great stride for much longer. By the end, it justifies the creation of a sequel in this nearly decade-old series beyond the need to check off the box between Ratchet & Clank and Wipeout on the PlayStation franchise list.

Corsair Carbide Spec-Alpha Case Review: Solid looks, feature packed, great value

The ATX Mid-Tower has always been a favorite of PC builders. It can be transported with relative ease, while still managing to hold a respectable amount of very high-end hardware. The Spec-Alpha is Corsair's latest entry to the market and has gamers squarely in its sights. Priced at $80, this is a case that we very much expect to be a dominant force for a few reasons.

Better Buy: Older flagship smartphones are better than current budget offerings

If you’re in the market for a new phone and don’t have a ton of money to spend, most companies would want you to look at their collection of mid-range and entry-level handsets. But that’s not always the smartest move. If you know where to look, the flagship phones of yesteryear can provide considerably better hardware and value.

Which of the two would you rather hold?

MSI Cubi 2 Plus Review: Close to the perfect mini PC

Intel has been a real champion for small form factor computing, recently introducing three new types of mini PC designs in addition to the NUC: the Compute Stick, Mini Lake and 5" × 5", or mini-STX as it is now commonly referred to. One of the first companies to adopt the new mini-STX form factor is MSI with its new Cubi 2 Plus, a tiny 1.3L computer that not only supports a desktop Skylake Core i7 processor but also accept up to 32GBs of DDR4 memory and a high-speed NVMe SSD for good measure.

The Best Headphones: In-ear, over-ear, gaming, wireless and more

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 the best headphones over-the-ear, in-ear, noise cancelling, gaming, sports-oriented, budget and wireless.

Best Motherboards of 2016: Enthusiast, extreme, workstation and budget picks

Building a new PC is all about choices and tradeoffs. Picking between AMD and Intel is usually the first choice you have to make, but it certainly isn’t the most complicated. Instead, that honour goes to the motherboard, with each board maker typically offering at least half a dozen different models based on a single chipset. We've done a lot of the homework for you to save you some time, money, and/or regret. Here's what we believe is the very best out there.

Dark Souls III: Graphics & CPU Benchmarks

Dark Souls III is arguably the biggest game to launch this month. Using the engine from developer FromSoftware's 'Bloodborne', Dark Souls III looks quite impressive but you can certainly tell this is a console port. The tweakable options are decent though the game gives no real explanation of what you are enabling. You do get enhanced graphics, better performance and higher resolutions.

Dark Souls III Review: A lovely sendoff for the Dark Souls series

Dark Souls 3 is an action RPG in which players are thrust into a gothic fantasy world and asked to survive against brutal odds. The narrative connects to the first two games, but story takes a backseat to action, so newcomers won’t feel totally lost. In Dark Souls 3, players travel to Lothric, a land of ash and decay. Your task is to defeat the Lords of Cinder, god-like creatures corrupted by power.

Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Review: Their best ever gaming mouse off-leash

The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum has been designed with an emphasis on reducing as much weight as possible. From the thin wall molding to the hollow "spoked" hyper-fast scroll wheel design. The result is a wireless gaming mouse that weighs just 107g, which should make it comfortable to use over long periods while delivering quicker response to motion.

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