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  • HTC One Mini Review

    By Tim Schiesser on October 02, 2013

    On paper, the naming of the HTC One mini makes perfect sense. The mini is a mid-to-high-end aluminum-clad smartphone with a 4.3-inch display, designed for those who want a premium device without the massive size that's often associated with its bigger and faster brother, as well as other Android 'superphones'.
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  • Mionix Avior 8200 Gaming Mouse Review

    By Luke Plunkett on October 02, 2013

    Like its bigger brother the Naos, the Avior is that rarest of beasts, a fantastic gaming mouse that's also subtle in design. There are no enormous logos or flashy color schemes, build quality is superb, the soft matte finish to the exterior is extremely comfortable, and not once did it stall, slow down or glitch out during tests.
  • Silverstone Fortress FT04 Case Review

    By Steven Walton on October 01, 2013

    The Fortress FT04 has been designed to maximize cooling while generating as little noise as possible and it sets out to do it in style. Upon first glance this latest version looks a lot like the FT01 that was released back in 2008.
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  • Google Nexus 7: The TechSpot Review

    By Tim Schiesser on September 19, 2013

    Time to refresh the Nexus 7 with a new model and new specifications. Asus is still producing the device, receiving a serious speed boost, a better quality display, a rear camera and new features. At $220 the new Nexus 7 presents itself as a remarkably attractive proposition for people who want to read, watch or play.
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  • ARMA 3 Benchmarked: GPU & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on September 17, 2013

    Built with Real Virtuality 4, Arma 3 expands on its predecessors' realistic military experience with features including an enhanced mission editor, 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.
  • Grand Theft Auto V Review

    By Stephen Totilo on September 17, 2013

    GTA V's credits roll for 36 minutes. For however many hours they play the game, players will feel that they are playing a game made by the amount of people it takes to keep a crawl rolling that long. The attention to detail in GTA V is likely unparalleled in any other video game.
  • Samsung SSD 840 Evo 1TB & 250GB Review

    By Steven Walton on September 16, 2013

    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.
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  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review

    By Tim Schiesser on September 12, 2013

    If I had to describe the Xperia Z Ultra in two words, it would be 'gorgeously massive'. On the one hand, Sony has crafted an astoundingly beautiful smartphone, combining a slim design with premium materials. On the other, the device is ridiculously large, pushing the boundaries of what can be considered a phone, and making it somewhat hard to use.
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  • The Best CPU Coolers: 10-Way Roundup

    By Steven Walton on September 06, 2013

    An often overlooked but always important side of PC building, we test 10 of the best CPU coolers in the market including units from Noctua, Thermalright, Xigmatek, Silverstone and Thermaltake.
  • Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Review: New flagship, old flagship

    By Steven Walton on September 03, 2013

    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. Rather, the LGA2011 platform is getting an upgrade with new Ivy Bridge-E processors.
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  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist Performance, Benchmarked

    By Steven Walton on August 27, 2013

    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. 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
  • LCDSysInfo for GOverlay Review

    By Tim Schiesser on August 22, 2013

    As a PC builder and gamer I find it fun and incredibly interesting to tinker around with my set-up, whether that's buying a new graphics card to improve its speed, fiddling with the cooling to ensure everything can run smoothly, or overclocking to squeeze out some extra performance.
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  • Plants vs. Zombies 2 Review: Free-to-play that's better without paying

    By Mike Fahey on August 22, 2013

    Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a free-to-play game with optional in-app purchases. But rather than alienating fans of the franchise by locking content behind pay walls or dumbing-down gameplay, the game is every bit as challenging and rewarding as the original.
  • Leap Motion Controller Review

    By Rick Burgess on August 21, 2013

    The miniscule gadget barely measures larger than a USB flash drive, however inside the Leap you'll find two cameras and three infrared LEDs that are capable of tracking hand movements in all three spatial dimensions. Making use of motion-sensing technology to interact with your computer is at least refreshing, if not magical.
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  • Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27-Inch All-in-One Review

    By Shawn Knight on August 16, 2013

    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?
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  • Corsair Obsidian Series 350DW Case Review

    By Steven Walton on August 13, 2013

    Branded the Obsidian 350D, Corsair's 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.
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  • Nokia Lumia 925 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on August 05, 2013

    The Lumia 925 is what the Lumia 920 should have been at launch: a device with some fantastic technology packed into a design that isn't a massive, heavy slab of plastic. If you're after a Windows Phone, this is the high-end device you should be looking at, as it's simply the best one out there.
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  • Gigabyte Brix Mini PC Review

    By Steven Walton on August 02, 2013

    Gigabyte's pint-sized Brix systems come in four different processor configurations, from Celeron to Core i7 variants. More powerful than Intel's NUCs, the BRIX is Gigabyte's take on SFF systems, adding more ports and Wi-Fi out of the box.
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  • Lian Li D8000 Review: Double-Sized, Full HPTX Tower

    By Steven Walton on July 22, 2013

    Lian Li's latest HPTX chassis is larger than any case we've seen before, supporting well over a dozen hard drives, which should make it a hit among case modders, folks with liquid cooling and other extreme setups as well as professional users such as photographers, video editors and animators.
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  • Lenovo Yoga 11S Ultrabook Review

    By Shawn Knight on July 18, 2013

    A lot has changed since late last year when I first looked at the Yoga 13. That system showed that there is a market for convertible notebooks and while the Yoga 11S is essentially a slimmed down version of the original, there needs to be more to it at this point to make it a true standout device.
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  • Palit GeForce GTX 780 Super JetStream Review: Overclocking to reach Titan-like performance

    By Steven Walton on July 12, 2013

    We've only previously seen water-cooled GTX 780 cards pushed this far. Palit's GTX 780 Super JetStream is no ordinary graphics card, however, 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, Palit says.
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  • Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Review

    By Rick Burgess on July 10, 2013

    Apple won't appreciate my perversion of their iPad Mini slogan, but the Lenovo ThinkPad 2 is every inch a ThinkPad. Polarizing as it may be in the consumer world, ThinkPads have long-donned an inky-black design with well-defined corners and edges. Love or hate it, the ThinkPad 2 tablet lives up to its namesake.
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  • Ouya Gaming Console Review

    By Stephen Totilo on July 09, 2013

    The Ouya sets the bar low with its $99 price tag and its initially-free games. There are some good games, but not many, and they're hard to discover. Yet the system is a fascinating experiment and can be fun for those for whom $99 isn't much to plunk down. Read on for some of the hits and misses along with a look at the game lineup.
  • Razer Blade 14" Gaming Laptop Hands On

    By Mike Fahey on July 05, 2013

    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. Crammed inside its sleek aluminium body is an Intel Core i7-4702HQ and Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M.
  • Company of Heroes 2 Performance, Benchmarked

    By Steven Walton on July 03, 2013

    Company of Heroes 2 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 tests comprises nearly 30 graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia paired with an Intel Core i7-3960X to remove any CPU bottlenecks.
  • SanDisk Extreme II SSD 240GB Review

    By Steven Walton on July 02, 2013

    The SanDisk Extreme II series is aimed at enthusiasts, with initial models offering capacities of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. The Extreme II features an in-house developed firmware, dumping the SandForce controller in favor of the new Marvell 88SS9187.
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  • Company of Heroes 2 Review

    By Luke Plunkett on June 28, 2013

    Seven years is a long time between wars, though, and now that we have a sequel, people are expecting a lot from this game, the first time Company of Heroes has ditched Western Europe for the Eastern Front. So what's new?
  • Gainward GeForce GTX 760 Phantom Review

    By Steven Walton on June 25, 2013

    Previous 700 series cards have been heavy hitters. Assuming Nvidia doesn't throw us a curve ball, we expect the GTX 760 to deliver performance comparable to that of the HD 7950 with a price tag that's closer to that of most HD 7870s -- a situation that would invariably benefit anyone shopping for a mid-range GPU.
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  • In Win D-Frame Red Case Review

    By Steven Walton on June 17, 2013

    In Win's latest open-air chassis has to be their finest creation yet. The D-Frame is a limited edition aluminum pipe and tempered glass case that is unique and equally pricey. DIY'ers will be pleased nonetheless.
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  • Gunpoint Review

    By Kirk Hamilton on June 13, 2013

    Gunpoint may be a stealth game, but Conway (the main player character) isn't some Sam Fisher-wannabe, crouching in the shadows and garroting unsuspecting guards. His methods are a bit flashier, and a hell of a lot of fun. Players line up his leap by holding down the left mouse button, sort of like taking aim in Tanks or Worms. Release, and sproiiing!