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Google Nexus 7 (2nd-Gen) Review: The Android Tablet to Beat

Google Nexus 7 (2nd-Gen) Review: The Android Tablet to Beat

Google stormed into the tablet market last year with the Nexus 7, a low-cost but high quality 7-inch tablet that significantly lowered the price barrier for Android media consumption.

Enter 2013, time to refresh the Nexus 7, receiving a serious speed boost, a better quality display, a rear camera and new features. At $220 the 2nd-gen Nexus tablet presents itself as a remarkably attractive proposition for people who want to read, watch or play.

Arma 3 Benchmarked: Graphics and CPU Performance Tested

Arma 3 Benchmarked: Graphics and CPU Performance Tested

Built with Real Virtuality 4, ARMA 3 builds on its predecessors' superb graphics and realism, DirectX 10 and 11 support, improved physics across the board, underwater environments, volumetric clouds, better lighting and a 20km view distance with photo-realistic terrain.

ARMA 3 will offer the largest official terrain of its franchise, with ground area covering approximately 270 km² across the Aegean islands of Altis and 20 km² on the Greek island Stratis. Between its expansive world and graphical advancements, it's no surprise that the developer's recommended specifications are set relatively high.

GTA 5 Review: Unparalleled Attention to Detail

GTA 5 Review: Unparalleled Attention to Detail

Rockstar Games has scaled a mountain with Grand Theft Auto V, creating the best-looking, best-sounding and, most importantly, best-playing version of gaming's most notorious franchise.

Scaling one peak, however, reveals another—their cloud-piercing ambition to create a great ensemble video game drama, an epic of intersecting, interactive lives. Rockstar doesn't summit that new peak as impressively with GTA V, but in its first attempt at such an audacious feat, makes a good go of it.

Samsung SSD 840 Evo Review: 250GB & 1TB Drives Tested

Samsung SSD 840 Evo Review: 250GB & 1TB Drives Tested

Flash performance and endurance is a tricky subject, and yet Samsung's flagship, the SSD 840 Pro remains one of the best in both categories.

Having aced its attempts at speed and durability, Samsung seems focused on solving flash's biggest sacrifices: size and affordability. Its new SSD 840 Evo lineup has models spanning from 120GB to 1TB, with the largest costing only $0.65 per gigabyte thanks to its use of TLC NAND.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review: A powerful 6.4-inch Android phablet

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review: A powerful 6.4-inch Android phablet

With no less than 30 devices in their Xperia smartphone range, Sony certainly doesn’t shy away from releasing multitudes of Android devices. However, nothing Sony has released thus far can be likened to the Xperia Z Ultra.

For the first time, the Japanese company has released a phablet. Sporting a gargantuan 6.4-inch display and powerful Snapdragon 800 processor in a body that’s easily the largest, but also the slimmest that I’ve ever seen in a similar smartphone.

12 Tips to Reduce Your Monthly Wireless Bill

12 Tips to Reduce Your Monthly Wireless Bill

Wireless providers thrive on peddling a myriad of extra features and services on top of your basic service plan. Early nights and weekends, roadside assistance, mobile TV, hotspots and GPS are all fair game and can add anywhere between a couple of bucks to $10 or more to your wireless bill each month, per service.

What’s even more concerning is that many people don’t even look at their monthly bill. Here are 12 ideas to help cutting back on your wireless cell and data plan.

Finding the Best CPU Cooler: 10 units reviewed and tested

Finding the Best CPU Cooler: 10 units reviewed and tested

An often overlooked but always important side of PC building, we must admit our knowledge on the latest aftermarket CPU cooler offerings was a little dated, so it felt like the perfect time for a roundup.

We test 10 of the best CPU coolers in the market including top units from Noctua, Thermalright, Xigmatek, Silverstone and Thermaltake.

Intel Ivy Bridge-E Debuts: Core i7-4960X Review

Intel Ivy Bridge-E Debuts: Core i7-4960X Review

Haswell has been out in the wild for 3 months now, while Sandy Bridge-E has remained Intel’s "ultimate" desktop platform for almost 2 years. However Intel is now ready for a refresh of its Extreme platform, but they won’t be skipping the Ivy Bridge architecture and moving straight to Haswell.

Enter the Core i7-4960X which still features 6 cores, 12 threads, 15MB L3 cache, quad-channel DDR3 memory and is supported by the same aging X79 chipset. This doesn’t sound very exciting, so what’s new?

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Tested, Benchmarked

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Tested, Benchmarked

Equipped with his iconic night vision goggles and a new counter-terror agency, Sam Fisher has returned to foil another anti-US plot in Ubisoft's sixth Splinter Cell game. Blacklist attempts to find a better balance between stealth and action than its predecessor while reintroducing some franchise favorites.

PC gamers can look forward to a typical array of graphics options including TXAA antialiasing, soft shadows, horizon-based ambient occlusion and advanced DX11 tessellation -- all of which we plan to test with nearly two dozen graphics setups and a handful of processors.

LCDSysInfo for GOverlay: A $32 LCD gadget for PC enthusiasts and tinkerers

LCDSysInfo for GOverlay: A $32 LCD gadget for PC enthusiasts and tinkerers

As a PC builder and gamer I find it fun and incredibly interesting to monitor many things in my set-up, from the temperature of my CPU and its fan speed, to the frames per second and GPU load in games, just to see how capable my PC really is.

Traditionally I’d use a bunch of programs to monitor all these stats, including SpeedFan and Fraps, gathering info through pop-ups or windows on a second monitor. Then I was sent an LCDSysInfo – a small 2.8-inch LCD gadget that can be configured to show various stats – and monitoring my PC became significantly easier.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Review: Free-to-play that's good

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Review: Free-to-play that's good

Fans of the original flower defense game were understandably miffed when they discovered the official follow-up would be launching exclusively on iOS, but what really worried folks was the "free-to-play" business. Luckily, Plants Vs. Zombies takes a different approach to in-app purchases than most mobile games.

Rather than alienating fans of the original game by locking content behind pay walls or dumbing-down gameplay for more casual players, Plants Vs. Zombies 2 is only going after players who lack the patience or skill to make it through the game on their own.

Leap Motion Review: Taking control into your own hands (kind of)

Leap Motion Review: Taking control into your own hands (kind of)

Leap Motion touts its controller as a new paradigm in human input devices, allowing users to wave, swipe and poke their way through a digital world otherwise meant for keyboards, mice and touchscreens.

The miniscule gadget barely measures larger than a USB flash drive, however inside the Leap you'll find two cameras and three infrared LEDs capable of tracking hand and finger movements in all three spatial dimensions. Making use of motion-sensing technology to interact with your computer is at least refreshing, if not magical.

A First Meet With the Table PC: Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27" All-in-One Review

A First Meet With the Table PC: Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27" All-in-One Review

With all of the attention that tablets, ultrabooks and hybrids have received following the release of Windows 8, you’d be forgiven to let slip from memory an entirely different class of computer: the all-in-one.

Lenovo's IdeaCentre Horizon embraces Windows 8's touch capabilities with a social twist - it moonlights as a Surface (the table, not the tablet) that can be used by the entire family for a "fun night in." The design is innovative and has a ton of potential on paper. But how does this translate to real world usage?

Corsair Obsidian 350DW Review: Fully Featured on a Budget

Corsair Obsidian 350DW Review: Fully Featured on a Budget

Branded the Obsidian 350D, the newcomer crams its more expensive sibling's features into an affordable microATX package and sports the same clean, black brushed-aluminum finish, handy tool-free design and innovative cable management.

While the base 350D is available for around $90, a second edition goes for $110 that adds a side window. So how does Corsair budget Obsidian fair? Read on and find out.

Nokia Lumia 925 Review: Windows Phone at its best, but is it enough?

Nokia Lumia 925 Review: Windows Phone at its best, but is it enough?

Enter the Lumia 925, Nokia’s latest flagship Windows Phone and answer to complaints regarding its predecessors' design. It ditches the thick polycarbonate shell, hefty slab of glass and space-consuming LCD display for a mostly aluminum body with an AMOLED screen.

In the process, the new Lumia has shed some weight, dropping to 139 grams and 8.5mm thick, giving it an all new breath of life. But are the changes too late? Is this the Lumia we should have had at the launch of Windows Phone 8?

Brix Mini PC Review: Gigabyte's Take On Small Form Factor Computing

Brix Mini PC Review: Gigabyte's Take On Small Form Factor Computing

Taking advantage of Ivy Bridge's efficient operation, Intel accompanied its third-generation Core processors with a new small form factor platform dubbed Next Unit of Computing (NUC). Unfortunately so far the project has basically amounted to a cool idea hamstrung by poor hardware choices and unattractive prices.

Gigabyte hopes to buck the trend with its own NUC offerings. Their pint-sized "Brix" systems come in four CPU configurations, including the 1.8GHz Celeron 1037U, 1.9GHz Core i3-3227U, 1.8-2.7GHz Core i5-3337U and 2-3.1GHz Core i7-3537U.

Building a Small Form Factor Gaming PC: Silverstone SG10, Haswell Hardware and More

Building a Small Form Factor Gaming PC: Silverstone SG10, Haswell Hardware and More

For years now we've had the ability to take a compact Micro ATX motherboard along with a high-end GPU and squeeze them into a custom case not much bigger than a shoe box.

We are putting today's top small form factor hardware together in hopes of building an enthusiast-worthy gaming system that you can easily transport, use as a a small workstation or fit comfortably along your living room equipment for HTPC purposes.

How To Use a Xbox/PS Controller on Your PC

How To Use a Xbox/PS Controller on Your PC

While the keyboard and mouse remain the best means of controlling many titles, especially PC staples like FPS and strategy, there are plenty of other options that are really crying out for a pad.

You could go and buy a custom PC control pad, but that would be stupid. Chances are you already own a control pad you can use on the PC: the ones that came with your Xbox 360, PS3 or Nintendo console.

Lian Li D8000 HPTX: Double-sized chassis reviewed

Lian Li D8000 HPTX: Double-sized chassis reviewed

Lian Li's D8000 is also on the purposely huge HPTX form factor. As a point of reference, a standard ATX mid-tower supporting seven expansion slots generally has a 60L capacity while the big Cubitek HPTX-ICE and Lian Li PC-V2120 tout capacities of 79L and 88L.

With a capacity of 145L, the D8000 shatters that paradigm, offering 140% more room than a standard ATX case, which makes sense since the D8000 is essentially two full tower cases fused together.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Review

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Review

Lenovo's latest entrant in the hybrid marketplace brings full Windows 8 to the 11-inch form factor. The Lenovo Yoga 11S is described on the company’s website as a groundbreaking multimedia mini ultrabook, measuring just 11.6-inches, the convertible is a bit lighter than the Yoga 13 (although not by much) at 3.08 pounds.

What it lacks in size compared to the larger Yoga 13, however, is reflected in the price tag as it starts at just $750.

Palit GTX 780 Super JetStream: Titan-like performance for less

Palit GTX 780 Super JetStream: Titan-like performance for less

We've only previously seen water-cooled GTX 780 cards pushed this far. However, Palit's GTX 780 Super JetStream is no ordinary graphics card as its massive heatsink and three large fans keep its core cool when under stress -- a solution that allows the card to outpace the Titan, according to the manufacturer.

In our review we put those claims to the test, in addition to testing triple monitor resolutions in GTX 780 Super JetStream SLI cards, standard GTX 780 cards and on the almighty Titan.

ThinkPad Tablet 2 Review: Windows 8 Pro in True Tablet Form

ThinkPad Tablet 2 Review: Windows 8 Pro in True Tablet Form

When Apple's very first iPad hit the scene in 2010, their take on the "modern tablet" was destined to become ubiquitous: a thin, rigid slab of touchable electronics covered by a sheet of shiny Gorilla Glass. Following the iPad's resounding success, Apple made no apologies for designing their tablets as though they were giant smartphones -- or at the very least, something less than a full-fledged computer.

Consider this though: Windows 8 Pro on a tablet challenges this mindset.

Ouya: $99, Android-based Gaming Console Reviewed

Ouya: $99, Android-based Gaming Console Reviewed

The Ouya doesn't promise a brilliant future. It sells at $99 using a less than top-level Tegra 3 quad-core processor. As an Android device, it signals that it'll probably be displaced by a better iteration as chip prices go down. Ouya execs have said as much. There's no 10 year lifecycle on Ouya 1.0.

You get the Ouya for the now. You get it for the summer of 2013 and the fall. You get this to wedge it in the gaps of your gaming life. There are some good games, but not many, and they're hard to discover. The Ouya is a fascinating experiment and can be fun for those for whom $99 isn't much to plunk down.

Razer Blade 14-inch Gaming Laptop Hands On

Razer Blade 14-inch Gaming Laptop Hands On

At a mere .66 inches thick and powerful enough to capably handle some of the most demanding games on the market, Razer's new 14-inch Blade might be the coolest piece of equipment I've ever played a PC game on. It's certainly the hottest.

Once known for its mid-to-high-end gaming peripherals, Razer has gotten to a point where I can no longer refer to them as an accessory manufacturer. Between the original 17-inch Razer Blade, the Edge PC gaming tablet, and now this ridiculously thin beauty, the company has definitely made an impression on the PC gaming market.

Company of Heroes 2 Tested, Benchmarked

Company of Heroes 2 Tested, Benchmarked

It's hard to believe nearly seven years have passed since Relic Entertainment and THQ released Company of Heroes, a World War II-themed real-time strategy title that impressed the heck out of me and many other RTS buffs at the time. Like the original, Company of Heroes 2 is set in World War II but focuses on the Eastern Front.

The game takes advantage of DirectX 11 but also supports DirectX 9, and Relic's proprietary Essence 3.0 engine has a mess load of new features. Our test comprises nearly 30 different graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia, covering all price ranges, paired with an Intel Core i7-3960X to try and remove any CPU bottlenecks.

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