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  • Sony Xperia X Performance Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The new Xperia X series may not carry the same name as its predecessor, the Xperia Z, but there's no mistaking these products for a revolutionary change. I've been testing the the top-end Xperia X Performance for a few weeks now and I've found it to be remarkably similar to the Xperia Z5, sadly this design is getting stale.
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  • Meizu m3 Note Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Meizu m3 Note is a 5.5-inch budget device with an attractive price tag of just $170, placing it in direct competition with the third-gen Moto G. There's a lot of quality in this device at its price, including a 1080p IPS LCD on the front, an octa-core Helio P10 SoC on the inside, a huge 4,100 mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, and a 13-megapixel rear camera.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is targeting a considerably lower price point than the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, with a smaller GPU that still manages to support all of the key Pascal architectural features. What we have here is a $250 GTX 1060 facing off against a $240 RX 480 8GB and this fight over the mid-range market should be great news for consumers.
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  • Razer Blade 2016 Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    The new Razer Blade aims to strike a blend of portability and power in a chassis that anyone would be proud to own. At just 4.5 pounds with a profile thinner than a dime standing on its side, you get a Skylake Core i7 processor, 16GB DDR3 RAM, GeForce GTX 970M graphics and PCIe M.2 solid state storage.
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  • Samsung EVO+ 256GB MicroSD Memory Card Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Samsung EVO+ 256GB has been rated for read and write speeds of up to 90MB/s. With 256GB at your disposal, users can now record up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video or 33 hours of Full HD video or store up to 55,200 photos without needing to change or replace the memory card.
  • Be Quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Review: A Great PC Case

    By Steven Walton on

    In its most basic form, the new Be Quiet! Dark Base 900 is a large well-made enclosure that makes good use of steel, aluminum and glass. However take a closer look and it's without a doubt one of the most flexible and customizable computer cases on the market and possibly the best full-tower of 2016.
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  • Huawei P9 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Huawei P9 is a high-end flagship constructed with precision and quality while packing modern hardware in every corner. But it isn't just your typical collection of high-end specs. Huawei has attempted to think outside the box in some respects, packing in features like two 12-megapixel cameras on the rear, and a home-grown HiSilicon Kirin 955 SoC on the inside.
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  • Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK Review

    By Steven Walton on

    In an effort to capture some of the lucrative gaming market, Intel has developed a new NUC aimed at enthusiasts and gamers with the Iris Pro Graphics 580. The Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK is marketed for "intense gameplay," but we'll have to see about that.
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  • HP Spectre Laptop Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Spectre is a thing of beauty. At 10.4mm, it's the world's thinnest laptop. It's also very light for a 13-inch device, at just 2.45lbs, making it a perfect companion for the businessman on the go. But the design... it's truly unlike any Windows laptop I've seen before, thanks to a breathtaking hinge and use of premium materials.
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  • Testing GTX 1080 SLI Performance with Dual Palit GeForce Cards

    By Steven Walton on

    In this article, we're taking a close look at the GTX 1080's dual-card SLI performance at 4K resolution to see exactly how much more graphics-crunching horsepower that second GPU brings to the table.
  • Umi Touch Review: All specs, no polish

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Umi is a relatively unknown Chinese manufacturer with a mission to make affordable devices with compelling feature sets. Priced at $160, the Touch carries a respectable list of specs including a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel Sony IMX328 camera, a huge 4,000 mAh battery, a metal design, and even a fingerprint sensor.
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  • Inside Review

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    Back in 2010, a Danish indie studio called Playdead released a macabre side-scroller called Limbo. It was good. In 2016, that same studio is releasing a new macabre side-scroller. This one's called Inside, and it's really, really good. I played the game from start to finish in one sitting. I laughed a lot, often in horror. Inside is a perfectly paced series of escalating "holy shit" moments.
  • AMD Radeon RX 480 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Touted as the perfect VR solution for the masses, AMD is hoping to claw back a bit of market share with the new Radeon RX 480 which is aimed at the mainstream $200-250 segment, with other affordable Polaris GPUs expected to follow.
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  • Acer Chromebook 14 Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    The Acer Chromebook 14 is a svelte machine that aims for a perfect blend of style, features and performance. Unlike the Pixel, this laptop comes in at just $300, powered by a quad-core Intel Celeron N3160 processor and Intel HD Graphics 400 alongside 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB of flash storage.
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  • Mighty No. 9, the unofficial Mega Man reboot unfortunately doesn't deliver

    By Mike Fahey on

    Mighty No. 9, released yesterday for most of the platforms it was promised to, is not Mega Man with a new name. It shares a lot of ingredients with Mega Man, but these are lower quality ingredients combined with none of the finesse of Capcom's classics.
  • ASRock DeskMini 110 mini-STX PC Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Asrock DeskMini mini-STX form factor PC certainly has an industrial look about it, and it looks a bit drab sitting next to the Cubi 2 Plus from MSI. What it lacks in aesthetics, however, it makes up for in ease of installation and flexibility, thanks to those very same design choices, with support for pretty much any Skylake desktop processor and high-speed NVMe SSDs.
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  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Since first testing the reference Founders Edition GTX 1080 a month ago, we have been eagerly anticipating getting our hands on the board partner versions. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming is a triple fan cooled 1080 that also boasts a redesigned PCB. Even though it's currently out of stock pretty much everywhere, we expect availability to improve shortly.
  • Razer Turret Review: Hobbit-sized Couch Gaming

    By Steven Walton on

    Razer's latest product aims to capture the market of PC gamers who are sneaking sessions in on their couch. The Turret is a complete package comprising of a keyboard with mouse pad along with a small mouse and a charging station. With a compact form factor and wireless connectivity it has everything you need to get your living room PC gaming on right out of the box.
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  • Edge of Nowhere Review: Gaming with the Oculus Rift

    By Stephen Totilo on

    You control Victor with a controller that you cannot see, because you play this game with the Oculus Rift VR headset strapped to your face. You push Victor forward with a tilt of the analog stick and make him leap, icepicks drawn, toward the side of a glacier. You're not simply playing a game like Uncharted or Tomb Raider. You're inside of one.
  • HTC 10 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The HTC 10 marks the start of a new chapter for HTC. The signature metal body has returned, complete with new additions like a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C. The camera, a problem area for HTC's past devices, has been completely overhauled, and we're seeing welcome iterations such as a new 5.2-inch 1440p LCD and a Snapdragon 820 SoC.
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  • Intel Core i7-6950X Broadwell-E Review - The First 10-core Desktop CPU

    By Steven Walton on

    Meet Broadwell-E: Hide Your Credit Card: Intel has officially unveiled Broadwell-E, which consists of four processors covering 6, 8 and 10-core configurations. These chips differ quite a bit in terms of specifications and pricing, all the more reason to explore them in better detail.
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  • Overwatch Review

    By Patricia Hernandez on

    Overwatch has only been out for a week, but it's already a phenomenon. Normally, hype tells you nothing concrete about a game, but the hype around Overwatch has become a key part of the experience. The excitement around the game acts as a testament to Blizzard's dedication to craft, refinement, and iconic character design.
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    As attractive as the GeForce GTX 1080 is, many enthusiasts are undoubtedly holding out for the much more affordable 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.
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  • Total War: Warhammer Review

    By Luke Plunkett on

    I was so ready to hate this game. Yet here I am, the finished product in my hand, and I'm a changed man. My misgivings counted for nothing. This is the best Total War game in years, and I was a fool for fearing otherwise.
  • Overwatch Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance Tested

    By Steven Walton on

    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

    By Tim Schiesser on

    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.
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  • Corsair Lapdog: PC Gaming on Your Lap

    By Steven Walton on

    Dubbed as the "Gaming Control Center" the Lapdog allows you to take a gaming mouse and mechanical keyboard and place it comfortably on your lap for PC living room gaming.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    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.
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  • DOOM Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance Tested

    By Steven Walton on

    The Doom reboot is a gift to the PC Master Race. The 4K visuals are amazing, excellent high resolution textures cover every surface, the lighting and shadows are on point and this all comes together to make those glory kill animations look insane. The question that remains now is, what kind of hardware do you require to enjoy those glory kills in all of their gory glory?
  • Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    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.
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