Latest Reviews

  • MSI GE62 7RD Apache Laptop Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    MSI's GE62 7RD Apache is an entry-level gaming notebook powered by Intel's new Core i7-7700HQ processor and a GeForce GTX 1050. It should provide budget-conscious buyers with a wallet-friendly option that's capable of playing today's games, albeit at reduced quality settings.
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  • For Honor: Graphics & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    Ubisoft's new action fighting game 'For Honor' puts you in control of medieval-styled knights, vikings and samurai, each with four classes that can be played through the single player campaign and five online modes. We'll of course be looking at the PC version to see what sort of hardware it takes to power this new triple-A title.
  • Radeon Fury X vs. GeForce GTX 980 Ti: Are They Still Worth Buying?

    By Steven Walton on

    Back in their heyday, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R9 Fury X were highly desirable graphics cards. Today, the Fury X can be found for $300 to $400, while the GTX 980 Ti is only available via second-hand deals for around $300. At those prices these may still be a worthwhile investment. Let's find out.
  • Intel Core i3-7350K vs. Core i5-7400

    By Steven Walton on

    With a current retail price of $180, the Core i3 7350K is an expensive dual-core processor and for $20 more you can land the quad-core Core i5-7400. Given their similar prices, quite a few of you have asked which is the better buy between the two, so let's find out.
  • QNAP TS-1635 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    I've been trying to get my hands on QNAP's new quad-core, 16-bay TS-1635 ever since it was announced. Marketed as a cost-effective business NAS, it's definitely not cheap at a little over $1,000, but looking at the competition we find QNAP is well positioned where it counts.
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  • Razer Blade Stealth Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Blade Stealth is smallest and sleekest laptop in Razer's line-up, boasting a 12.5-inch display and powerful yet efficient hardware. Combined with an elegant, well-constructed chassis, the Blade Stealth is a laptop that should be on your radar.
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  • Intel Pentium G4560: Kaby Lake's Real Gift

    By Steven Walton on

    Set at 3.5GHz, the Pentium G4560 is poised to be the bargain CPU of 2017. It's only 200MHz slower than the much loved Core i3-6100, amazing news for budget shoppers who had their eye on something like the i3-6100 because the G4560 has been stamped with an MSRP of only $64.
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  • Asrock Z270 Extreme4 & Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Kick starting 2017, Intel's Kaby Lake processors made some minor performance improvements to Skylake through what might as well be described as factory overclocking. Making the release more exciting, board partners including Asrock launched alongside some drool-inducing Z270 motherboards. Two of which we are reviewing today.
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  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Review

    By Heather Alexandra on

    Horror games are a difficult thing to get right. They can feel like carnival attractions, full of overblown scares, or have so little horror that they elicit nothing but eye rolls. Resident Evil 7 gets it right. It's a scary and violent blast of survival horror that sneaks up behind you before plunging a chainsaw in your gut.
  • Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Keyboard Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Corsair has upgraded its flagship Vengeance K95 mechanical keyboard with a new 'Platinum' version that purportedly takes performance to another level. Among its highlights are improved lighting and media controls over the K95 RGB, a detachable/reversible/magnetic wrist rest, strong aluminum frame, USB pass-through, and 1.2mm switch actuation.
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  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Pro 6 Plus is the highest-end smartphone currently sold by Meizu. It's a true flagship, featuring the same Exynos SoC as seen in the Samsung Galaxy S7, a large 5.7-inch 1440p AMOLED display, a beautiful aluminium unibody chassis, and a 12-megapixel camera with OIS and laser autofocus. Despite packing top-end specifications it is priced to undercut most of its competition.
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  • Razer Blade Pro Review

    By Mike Fahey on

    Where the original Razer Blade was an exercise in compromise, the new Razer Blade Pro is about seeing how much power can be stuffed inside of a 17 inch wide, 11 inch deep, .88 inch tall aluminum housing. Thanks to engineering know-how, recent advances in graphics technology and Razer's willingness to disregard what most might consider a reasonable price tag, the latest Blade Pro packs a remarkable amount of gaming goodness into these cramped confines.
  • Intel Core i7-7700K & Core i5-7600K Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Fast forward to today and we have the official introduction of Intel's 7th-generation desktop processor series. Codenamed 'Kaby Lake', the architecture is said to deliver new levels of performance courtesy of the company's latest 14nm+ process. Well, let's find out.
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  • Corsair Force MP500 480GB Review

    By Steven Walton on

    A tough act to follow for the competition, even for the likes of Intel, Corsair announced the Force MP500 SSD shortly after the release of the dominating Samsung 960 Series. The Force MP500 is a high-speed NVMe SSD targeting power users available in a variety of capacities: 480GB, 240GB and even a piddly 120GBer.
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  • MSI GT73VR Titan Pro Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The MSI GT73VR Titan Pro is a beast. This powerful gaming machine can technically be classified as a laptop, but it's so large it'll stay desk-bound for most of its working life. What you get for the size and price is simple: MSI's most powerful 17-inch gaming laptop. From a hardware perspective, there are no compromises here.
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  • Super Mario Run Review

    By Mike Fahey on

    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. Super Mario Run is technically three connected games: World Tour, Toad Rally and Kingdom Builder.
  • MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    MSI is the master of product naming. Their gaming laptops follow a well-established nomenclature where a random collection of numbers and letters is not at all confusing and certainly easy to remember. Hence why "GS63VR 6RF" is a great name for a powerful 15-inch notebook.
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  • Asrock Beebox-S 7200U: Kaby Lake vs. Skylake

    By Steven Walton on

    I've been using the Asrock Beebox as my day to day HTPC for a few months and it's been doing a fantastic job, so I didn't expect it to be replaced so soon. Nonetheless, Asrock has sent an updated Beebox-S model sporting Intel's new 7th-generation processor based on the Kaby Lake-U architecture.
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  • Alienware 15 R3 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Up for review today is the latest Alienware 15. Fully configurable with a wide range of hardware, with prices ranging from $1,350 for the base model to $2,700 for the top-spec system, expect GeForce 10 graphics and Alienware level of design and polish.
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  • Razer DeathAdder Elite Review

    By Jose Vilches on

    The Razer DeathAdder Elite preserves the same comfortable and ergonomic design that we know and love, with a few improvements inside and out, most importantly endurance. While it's billed as a gaming mouse, its simple, effective design makes it suitable for any type of user.
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  • Final Fantasy XV Review

    By Jason Schreier on

    Final Fantasy XV is a great video game. It steers the series in a promising new direction, reveals a spectacular new world, and introduces a combat system as satisfying as any I've played. For all of its warts and wrinkles-and there are quite a few warts and wrinkles-Final Fantasy XV is often a thing of beauty.
  • ADATA SE730 External Rugged SSD Review

    By Steven Walton on

    "An external SSD that can beat Samsung T3," read the title of an email that I recently received. Curious, of course, I investigated further to find that ADATA was behind the bold claim. Its purported 'T3 destroyer' was also the smallest external SSD you can buy with an IP68 rated shockproof, waterproof and dustproof enclosure.
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  • Asus ZenBook 3 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Of all the ultrathin laptops I've reviewed, the ZenBook is most like Apple's MacBook from a design perspective. It packs a 12.5" display, an edge-to-edge keyboard, and a single USB-C port for charging and all connectivity. Where the ZenBook pulls away from the MacBook is on the inside, packing a lot more processing punch.
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  • Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB Review

    By Steven Walton on

    We liked what we saw when we tested Samsung's SSD 960 Pro a month ago, however we've been waiting for the mainstream bound 960 Evo which should bring similarly impressive throughput for less. On paper, you should be paying 20% less for the 960 Evo with an impact on performance that could be considerably less than that.
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  • QNAP TS-853A Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Having developed NAS products for more than a decade, QNAP now ships a massive range of devices for both enterprise and home environments. We've tested many of the company's offerings over the years and one of its most recent releases, the TS-x53A, just so happens to be on-hand today in its biggest form, touting eight drive bays, a Braswell quad-core SoC, and a heap of connectivity options.
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  • Hands-On with Google Daydream and Daydream View

    By Tim Schiesser on

    We've already seen several solutions for mobile VR, most notably Samsung's Gear VR and Google Cardboard. But Google is taking things to the next level with Daydream: a new virtual reality ecosystem for Android and the most compelling case for accessible VR I've seen to date.
  • The $40 Mechanical Keyboard: Is It Any Good?

    By Steven Walton on

    What if you want a mechanical keyboard but only have $40 to spend? With the market now flooded with loads of Cherry MX knock-off switches, this has enabled companies to develop very affordable mechanical keyboards. One such case is the GranVela MechanicalEagle Z-77, available on Amazon for as little as $35.
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  • Motorola Moto G4 Play Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    For budget smartphone buyers, the phone series I continually recommend is the Motorola Moto G. Now in its fourth iteration, the Moto G has delivered excellent entry-level value since its inception, despite increasingly stronger competition from Chinese vendors. The recently-released Moto G4 Play is no exception.
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  • Building a 32-Thread Xeon Monster PC for Less Than the Price of a Flagship Core i7

    By Steven Walton on

    Released in 2012 for a whopping $1,550, thousands of Xeon E5-2670 CPUs have hit the secondhand market as data centers upgraded their servers. This 4-year old CPU delivers 8 cores clocked at 2.6GHz with a 3.3GHz turbo frequency and a large 20MB L3 cache, but with supply overwhelming demand prices have plummeted. Or seen from another perspective: it's now possible to build an insanely affordable 16-core/32-thread beast for less than a flagship Core i7.
  • Civilization VI Review

    By Luke Plunkett on

    Civilization games have all shared the same core design ideas. 2K's marketing will try and sell you on new stuff all they want, but the nuts and bolts of this game are the same as they've always been and they're what really makes Civ great. You take turns, you build cities, you research tech, you fight.