Latest Reviews

  • The Best $100 Entry-Level GPU: Radeon RX 560 vs. GeForce GTX 1050

    By Steven Walton on

    Enter the Radeon RX 560, AMD's last ditch effort to reclaim the entry-level market segment for this generation. Compared to its predecessor, the RX 560 packs 14% more cores that are slightly faster clocked for good measure. But the GTX 1050 enjoyed of a comfortable 18% lead against AMD's last-gen GPU, so it'll be interesting to see what this means for the RX 560.
  • Logitech G413 Carbon Mechanical Keyboard Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Mechanical keyboards have long been all the rage for gamers, but they're still a long way off becoming ubiquitous due to their premium price point. The Logitech G413 is a full-sized mechanical gaming-oriented keyboard, but at $90 it undercuts most of its competition while packing in largely the same feature set.
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  • LG G6 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    LG has lifted their game significantly this year with the all-new G6, a beautiful phone that doesn't try anything crazy, but it succeeds through proper use of materials and a seamless build.
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  • A Look Back at the GeForce GTX 780 in 2017

    By Steven Walton on

    Breaking from our usual benchmarking of new graphics cards, today we're revisiting one of the most powerful GPUs you could've purchased four years ago. The GeForce GTX 780 launched in May 2013 with a mighty impressive showing. At launch, the GTX 780 was ~24% faster than the GTX 680 and 16% faster than the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.
  • DiRT 4 Benchmarked: 27 GPUs Tested

    By Steven Walton on

    Codemasters' long-running rally game has returned for its twelfth lap, launching to largely positive reviews last Tuesday on PC, Xbox and PS4. With updated drivers from AMD and Nvidia arriving just a few days later, it seemed like an ideal time to see how the title runs on current and previous-generation GPUs.
  • Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    I'm a huge fan of Corsair's mechanical gaming keyboards, but I'll admit I had never used a Corsair gaming mouse until the Glaive landed on my desk a couple of weeks ago. As a long-time user of Razer's DeathAdder, I decided to switch over the Glaive full-time to see if it could win me over for everyday and gaming use cases.
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  • Galax GTX 1070 Katana: Single-slot Graphics

    By Steven Walton on

    Galax's GTX 1070 Katana caught our attention for counting itself among the few single-slot gaming graphics cards available today. In fact, to the best of our knowledge, this is the only single-slot, air-cooled GTX 1070 in the world, as anything with a thermal design power of 75 watts or higher is typically paired with a dual-slot cooler for the added heat dissipation.
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  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Samsung knows how to make a premium Android smartphone. For the past few years, the Galaxy S series has nailed it, shooting Samsung to the top of the popularity charts. Now with the Galaxy S8's improvements to design, hardware and even software atop Android 7.0, make this the best phone on the market today.
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  • Corsair One Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Corsair One is the ultimate compact gaming PC. I've looked at several pre-built small form factor systems over the years, and none are as well built or as powerful as this Corsair system. If you have the money and you'd rather not build your own system, the One is genuinely the leading contender on the market.
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  • Radeon RX 570 vs. GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

    By Steven Walton on

    In an effort to continue stirring the hornet's nest, we're back with even more benchmarks (29 games total), this time pitting the Radeon RX 570 against the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. All things considered, which of these mid-range GPUs makes the most sense to purchase?
  • Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    I've recommended every iteration of the Moto G since it first launched four years ago. Motorola consistently nails it, producing excellent budget smartphones year after year. Most new Moto G phones are only minor upgrades on their predecessor, but with little improvements here and there, and an affordable price point, the Moto G line is hard to pass up.
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  • GeForce GTX 970 & Radeon R9 390: Are They Still Game?

    By Steven Walton on

    Earlier this year we decided to dust off the venerable GTX 980 Ti along with the Radeon R9 Fury X to see how they were getting on it modern titles and what, if anything, had changed. Since then we've had loads of requests to create a similar article comparing the Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX 970. So that's exactly what we're doing.
  • Origin Chronos Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review

    By William Gayde on

    "Pre-Built" and "Small Form Factor PC" are terms that can strike fear in the minds of hardcore PC gamers. Pre-built systems don't necessarily put quality or performance over costs, while small form factor PCs don't always get high end GPU options or efficient cooling. Origin's Chronos breaks those stereotypes with top-of-the-line, name brand components in a tiny chassis.
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  • Razer Blade (2017) Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    I'm a big fan of Razer hardware. Their peripherals are top notch, in particular their outstanding Deathadder mice, while their laptops have surprised me in terms of how solid and well built they are. Razer seems to know what gamers are after and the latest Razer Blade is no exception.
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  • Gigabyte Aero 15 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Aero 15 is the best laptop I've ever tested from Gigabyte. It's a reasonably portable 15.6-inch laptop with great internals (Core i7 quad core + GTX 1060 + M.2 SSD), making it suitable for both workstation and gaming use.
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  • Asus ROG Strix GL502VS Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Asus ROG Strix GL502VS sits towards the top end of the performance and price scale. It doesn't have any ludicrous dual-GPU setups inside, but its GeForce GTX 1070 discrete graphics chip offers better performance than your typical gaming laptop or even desktop. It packs a 15.6-inch 1080p G-Sync display and a range of other solid hardware in a form factor that still makes it somewhat portable.
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  • Prey Review

    By Riley MacLeod on

    Prey is a set of interlocking systems that gives players freedom at every opportunity. It's ripe with moments that will be unique to every player and is a game that shines when you take your time and forge your own path. It falters when it tries to tell you a story, but you only have to listen to that tale as a last resort to see the end. It's better when its flexibility is letting you make stories of your own.
  • AOC Agon AG251FZ Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Like the Asus ROG Swift PG258Q we reviewed recently, the AOC Agon AG251FZ is aimed a gamers with a maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz from an essentially identical 24-inch panel. It swaps out G-Sync for FreeSync, however, and even offers a few extras at a lower price point.
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  • Radeon RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060: 27 Game Battle

    By Steven Walton on

    Many of you looking to spend $230-$280 on a new graphics card have asked whether that money would be better off going toward a Radeon RX 580 or GeForce GTX 1060. Hoping to answer that question, we're back with multiple versions of both cards in-hand along with the results from 27 PC game benchmarks ran at 1080p and 1440p.
  • Asus ROG GR8 II Mini Gaming PC Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The GR8 II is designed for those who want a compact gaming system for a desk or living room, but would rather something more powerful than an Xbox One or PlayStation 4. This system is similar in size to current-generation consoles, however its use of high-end Intel Kaby Lake processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics leads to a much faster experience.
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  • Dawn of War III Review

    By Luke Plunkett on

    Dawn of War III takes the player across a number of story-based missions as three 40K factions-Humans, Orks and the Eldar-clash over a mysterious world and an ancient relic. The campaign sees you playing as all three sides. There's also a multiplayer mode with a traditional series of RTS skirmish maps in which you fight over control points.
  • AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Ryzen 5 1600 (non-X) is virtually unchallenged in terms of value among enthusiasts processors. However, we've yet to determine the next best option for those who can't afford to spend $220 on AMD's six-core champion. For $170, the quad-core 1400 appears to be a great alternative.
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  • 3-Way Mechanical RGB Keyboard Battle

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Over the past couple of weeks I've received a couple of mechanical gaming keyboards from Creative and Razer, the Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08 and BlackWidow Chroma V2. To flesh this out into a true three-way battle, we're comparing them against Corsair's K70 RGB Rapidfire, which we rated as the best for gaming in our Best Keyboards article last year. Let's see if this still holds true today.
  • Full Throttle Remastered Review

    By Heather Alexandra on

    Full Throttle Remastered feels like a supernova. It's bombastic, head-turning, and holds your attention during the brief time it flashes. The classic adventure game holds up today, but, unlike other Double Fine games, it doesn't benefit much from a remaster. The original was already as good as it needed to be.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Lenovo's signature business ultraportable is now in its 5th generation, adding new Intel Kaby Lake processors and a larger battery without sacrificing portability. And after using this laptop for a few weeks now, it's clear that Lenovo's minor year-on-year improvements have led to a stunning device that's the best ThinkPad ultraportable yet.
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  • HTC U Ultra Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The HTC U Ultra is a massive handset. It has a 5.7-inch display as well as a secondary display and capacitive navigation buttons. When combined with large bezels and a huge chin, the U Ultra can be an unwieldy device. But that's not all, something with HTC's latest flagship has really gone wrong.
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  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X Review

    By Steven Walton on

    As we begin to recover from the roller coaster ride that was Ryzen 7, we now have Ryzen 5 to address. AMD has announced four models in this series, including a pair of six-core CPUs as well as two quad-core models. We'll be pitting the sub-$200 1500X against the locked Core i5-7500 and the 1600X against the unlocked 7600K which compete in the $250 price range.
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  • Asus ROG Swift PG258Q Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Asus ROG Swift PG258Q is a 24.5-inch 1920 x 1080 TN LCD monitor. Now you may be thinking this collection of specs isn't hugely impressive, but there's one key feature to this monitor that is very attractive for fans of high-paced esports titles. The PG258Q sports a whopping 240 Hz refresh rate, combined with G-Sync, for the ultimate low latency, high refresh experience.
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  • HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The HyperX Cloud Revolver S is the latest flagship headset from Kingston's gaming brand, billed as "the ultimate gaming headset", thanks to improved comfort, new 50mm drivers, and a USB dongle that brings Dolby Surround 7.1 technology to the Cloud Revolver line for the first time.
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  • Unicomp Ultra Classic Keyboard Review

    By Mike Fahey on

    In 1984 IBM introduced the legendary Model M, a beast of a mechanical keyboard that utilized a unique buckling spring key switch to make sweet love to the user's fingers, along with a lot of noise. Unicomp's Ultra Classic is the Model M's direct descendant, and it's almost as good as the original.