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The Best Tablets: Top Overall, Budget and Productivity Pick

With smartphones getting bigger and laptops getting thinner and lighter, tablet's scope has been narrowed down significantly, but the battle is still being fought and we have a few solid alternatives to choose from. We’ve gone through countless of reviews combined with our own views and long-term user reviews to bring you our picks for the best tablets in the market today.

Halo 5: Guardians Review: Bland campaign, multiplayer is awesome

In Halo 5, Master Chief goes AWOL chasing down a mysterious call that seemingly came from his AI ally Cortana. Since he and Blue Team apparently can’t properly communicate this to the UNSC, though, the military organization responds by sending Spartan Locke and the Osiris Team after him. You’ll switch between playing as the commanders of both teams, alongside three AI companions, in this storyline of chasing after a chase.

Is Buying a Sound Card Worth The Money? An Enthusiast's Perspective

#ThrowBackThursday Buying a sound card has always felt more like a gamble than an investment to me. At the same time, I know audio snobs with thousands in equipment and all-FLAC libraries, and I'd like to believe they aren't delusional -- surely there's something to be experienced beyond my basic setup. But I mean, just how much better can music, movies and games sound? Enough to prevent buyer's remorse?

Silverstone Raven X Case Review: Flagship level cooling, priced for the masses

Silverstone first caught our attention with beautiful HTPC cases such as the LC13B-E, but it really landed on our radar with the $180, 90-degree stacked design Raven 2 Evolution (RV02-E). Delivering a new iteration, the Raven X RVX01 is only $80 but the company promises it will offer flagship level cooling performance, ample drive space and full size component compatibility.

The Best Graphics Cards for the Money: Nvidia & AMD GPUs tested and compared

Nvidia released four new GPUs in 2015 while AMD delivered eight cards if you're willing to be loose with the definition of "new" and three if you're not: Radeon R9 Fury X, Fury and Nano. With possibly no more releases for the remainder of the year, let's break down each price bracket where key battles are being played out to pick some bang-for-buck winners. The GPU battle awaits!

Assassin's Creed Syndicate Review: The best in years for the series

Assassin's Creed Syndicate takes us to Victorian London in 1868. The historical setting mixes painstakingly accurate architectural renderings with entertainingly campy and counterfactual cameos from figures like Darwin and Dickens. Interactively and narratively Syndicate is a mixed bag. But it's also the best entry in years for a series that's seen some high profile misfires.

Logitech G920 & G29 Driving Force Steering Wheel Review: A thrilling driving experience on PC

The G29 and G920 are fantastic racing packages that deliver a thrilling driving experience. The former is compatible with PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, while the G920 is for the Xbox One as well as PC. Logitech says both wheels are built for longevity. They don't look or sound radically different to the G27 but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Review: Meet Samsung's Ultra-Slim Android Tablet

At 5.6mm thin for both the 9.7- and 8.0-inch models, Samsung is touting the Galaxy Tab S2 as the thinnest tablet on the market. The high-end hardware you’ll find in this device, including the Exynos 7 Octa SoC and 2,048 x 1536 Super AMOLED display, make it a serious competitor to the iPad Air 2 and latest iPad Mini. This is the first tablet I’ve seen this year that made me want to try out Android on tablets once again.

iPhone 6s Plus Review: Apple's best yet

Like previous “s” releases, the iPhone 6s Plus is defined by a single feature. This time around, that new feature is 3D Touch, best described as right-click for your iPhone. The new iPhone 6S Plus also features an upgraded 12-megapixel iSight camera with 4K recording and a powerful new A9 processor that's up to 70 percent faster than the A8.

The Best Router You Can Buy Today: Budget, mainstream and best overall

Routers may not be the most exciting piece of technology out there, but with the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, streaming boxes, and more, the need for a good wireless router in modern homes is undeniable. We've gone through dozens of expert reviews and long-term usage impressions from actual owners to bring you the best routers in three distinct price points.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review: A beautiful, power user device

The Galaxy Note 5 is Samsung’s latest iteration of their stylus-equipped smartphone, featuring an all new body that continues the design language Samsung established in the Galaxy S6, with other updates including the 16-megapixel camera and Exynos 7420 SoC. Naturally the Galaxy Note 5 is a larger handset than the Galaxy S6 by virtue of its larger 5.7-inch display, but if you've used a large-screened device in the past you know getting used to it doesn't take that long.

Silverstone Raven RVZ02 Review: The best Mini-ITX case for gaming rigs

With some 16 months having passed since our first look at the RVZ01, Silverstone has returned with another compact gaming chassis. The Raven RVZ02 is 15% smaller than the original while promising to support graphics cards up to 13" long. Silverstone believes that the RVZ02 is one of the easiest compact Mini-ITX cases to build a gaming system in and we'll be putting together multiple hardware configurations to test this claim.

G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB & MX780 RGB Review: A solid entry into gaming peripherals

The KM780 RGB mechanical keyboard and MX780 RGB gaming mouse mark G.Skill's debut in the gaming peripherals world. The former includes features such as three mode hotkeys, six dedicated macro keys, on-board memory to save your settings and lighting patterns. The MX780 RGB features a height adjustable palm rest, interchangeable side grips and gaming grade PTFE glide pads on the underside.

OnePlus 2 Review: The affordable flagship

The OnePlus 2 is slightly more expensive than its predecessor, starting at $329 for the 16 GB model, but once again it features top-of-the-line hardware. OnePlus has opted for a Snapdragon 810 SoC with 3 or 4 GB of RAM and a 3,300 mAh battery, on the front is a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and on the rear a 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 lens, OIS and laser autofocus.

Behind the Glass: In Win 805 Case Review

The In Win 805 is a mid-sized tower constructed exclusively using aluminum and 3mm thick tempered glass. The front panel could be described as a work of art. The majority of the panel is covered in tempered glass but what gives it a special look is the honeycomb cutouts behind the glass. At a quick glance the 805 appears to be well equipped as well, offering plenty storage options, decent cooling out of the box, and Type-C USB on the front panel.

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