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  • Unicomp Ultra Classic Keyboard Review

    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.

    By Mike Fahey on

  • MSI GT83VR Titan SLI Review: GTX 1080 SLI!

    Do you want the most powerful gaming laptop money can buy? Do you also have a spare $5,000 just lying around? Look no further than the MSI GT83VR 7RF Titan SLI, a monster gaming laptop with dual GeForce GTX 1080s inside. This is, quite simply, the most powerful gaming laptop we've tested at TechSpot.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Alienware 13 Review

    If you want a reasonably small and portable gaming laptop, the Alienware 13 is one of the leading options on the market. With its 13.3-inch display, the footprint of this laptop is smaller than a typical 15-inch laptop, and if you're willing to put up with extra thickness and weight, it's possible to use it as a portable workstation instead of an ultraportable.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Mass Effect: Andromeda Review

    In Bioware's new third-person action RPG, you play as Ryder, a human adventurer who lives in an advanced society capable of faster-than-light space travel. Andromeda is the fourth entry in the Mass Effect series, and while some of the aliens and politics make a return, the whole thing unfolds in a different setting that is friendly to franchise newcomers.

    By Patricia Hernandez on

  • Simulating AMD Ryzen 5 1600X, 1500X Gaming Performance

    AMD confirmed the official specifications for its upcoming Ryzen 5 CPUs last week, however by announcing those specs, the company has largely let the cat out of the bag. Now armed with that knowledge and the ability to mimic Ryzen 5 settings, I pulled a stack of GPUs out of storage and got testing.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Mass Effect: Andromeda Graphics Performance Tested

    Developed by BioWare and published by EA, Mass Effect: Andromeda vows to be bigger and more beautiful than prior releases. Although initial impressions indicate that the game delivers on some of those promises, we're not here to review the game but to test its PC performance so you know how it'll run on your hardware at home.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Lenovo IdeaCentre Y910 Gaming All-In-One Review

    All-in-One computers aren't traditionally known for offering gaming-grade processing power, but the IdeaCentre Y910 Gaming AIO from Lenovo promises top-of-the-line gaming performance in a compact form factor. The higher end model being reviewed comes with a 6th gen Core i7-6700 processor, a GTX 1080 GPU and 16GB of DDR4 RAM.

    By William Gayde on

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  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Review

    Set in Bolivia following a terrorist attack by the powerful Santa Blanca drug cartel, players assume the role of a "Ghost," an Army special forces operative with the authority to do whatever it takes to dismantle the cartel and deal with their leader, the sinister but charismatic El Sueño.

    By Heather Alexandra on

  • Huawei Mate 9 Review

    Designed for those who prefer larger screens, the Huawei Mate 9 packs a 5.9-inch display alongside an upgraded dual camera solution and a faster SoC. There are few hardware compromises here; the Mate 9 is a showcase of what Huawei's engineering team can accomplish.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Review

    Nvidia's Pascal architecture marked a new milestone for PC graphics last year, with graphics chips that were considerably faster and more efficient, could comfortably run 4K games, and more. Almost a year later, we are getting Titan levels of performance for less.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Review

    Every major player in the Windows PC business has a 2-in-1 laptop these days and now Dell has hopped on the train. The XPS 13 2-in-1 has a clunky name, but it brings a 360-degree hinge to Dell's most popular ultraportable for the first time.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild doesn't just evoke the feelings of a boundless world; it gives you one. The game feels, in so many ways, like what Zelda has always strived to be. Free of the traditions that the series has followed so rigorously over the past decade, Breath of the Wild emerges triumphant. It is groundbreaking. It is the pinnacle of Zelda.

    By Jason Scheirer on

  • An In-Depth Look at Ryzen's Gaming Performance: 16 Games Played at 1080p & 1440p

    AMD Ryzen processors made a strong impression last week, however time constraints resulted in more questions than answers when it came to the four games we managed to benchmark in time for launch. As promised, we're back to follow up on our initial 1080p testing with a more in-depth look at Ryzen's gaming performance across a 16 titles played at 1080p and 1440p resolutions.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Ryzen Review: Ryzen 7 1800X & 1700X Put to the Test

    After more than a decade of playing underdog and years of hyping its latest undertaking, we've reached the moment of truth: AMD Ryzen processors are on our testbed and we can finally discuss our findings.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Nintendo Switch Review

    The Nintendo Switch is a fascinating new game console built around a novel and well-executed central idea. It also has plenty of problems that will doubtless be improved upon in a future version. Nintendo is yet again trying something new, and here we are to take the plunge alongside them.

    By Kirk Hamilton on

  • Torment: Tides of Numenera Review

    Tides of Numenera is the Kickstarter-borne spiritual follow-up to Planescape, a 1999 cult classic. Numenera is a single-player RPG with an emphasis on text and dialogue, and while it's not set in the same universe as Planescape, it approaches similar themes from intriguingly different angles. Oh, it's also similar to Planescape in that it's really good.

    By Nathan Grayson on

  • HP Spectre x360 Review

    At the top of HP's laptop line-up is the Spectre x360, a convertible 2-in-1 notebook that has recently been upgraded to Kaby Lake. For this latest model HP has also unleashed a design overhaul that makes the Spectre x360 thinner, lighter and more portable than before.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • MSI GE62 7RD Apache Laptop Review

    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.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • For Honor: Graphics & CPU Performance

    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.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Radeon Fury X vs. GeForce GTX 980 Ti: Are They Still Worth Buying?

    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.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Intel Core i3-7350K vs. Core i5-7400

    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.

    By Steven Walton on

  • QNAP TS-1635 Review

    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.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Razer Blade Stealth Review

    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.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Intel Pentium G4560: Kaby Lake's Real Gift

    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.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Asrock Z270 Extreme4 & Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 Review

    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.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Review

    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.

    By Heather Alexandra on

  • Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Keyboard Review

    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.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Super Mario Run Review

    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.

    By Mike Fahey on

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus Review

    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.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Razer Blade Pro Review

    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.

    By Mike Fahey on