Review Index Page 8

  • Nokia Lumia 710 Review: Entry-Level Windows Phone

    By Dan Seifert on January 17, 2012

    The Lumia 710 represents Nokia's first Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone in the U.S. Thanks to a fast processor and Windows Phone's attractive and snappy interface, the Lumia 710 is no slouch when you use it, and the phone benefits from solid call quality, decent battery life, and a usable camera.
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  • 5-Way Intel X79 Motherboard Shootout

    By Steven Walton on January 16, 2012

    More than ever we expect motherboard manufacturers deliver the goods with their X79 offerings as the platform will only be attractive to the most demanding of PC enthusiasts and gamers building heavily packed machines -- you know, those who will be paying ~$300 for a motherboard on top of a very expensive processor.
  • CES 2012 in Pictures: Part 1

    By Shawn Knight on January 12, 2012

    The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show kicked off this week in Las Vegas and we've been hard at work bringing you the most prominent product launches and announcements through our daily news stream. As it's become tradition, here's our own take on CES, in pictures...
  • HP Envy 14 Review

    By Shawn Knight on December 28, 2011

    HP's 2011 Envy 14 picks up right where last year's model left off by beefing up the internals, adding modern connectivity options like USB 3.0 and DisplayPort and greatly improving the touchpad.
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  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 Review

    By Steven Walton on December 27, 2011

    The Radeon HD 7970 has earned its status as the world's fastest single-GPU card. AMD's new flagship offers huge performance gains over the HD 6970 -- a tad over 40% in the dozen games we tested. Unfortunately, AMD also plans to charge quite handsomely for the HD 7970's pixel-crunching prowess.
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  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review

    By Michael Oryl on December 21, 2011

    As the current Google flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung is the first device to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Although it's not without flaw, the Galaxy Nexus is every bit the hero smartphone that Google needs it to be to move Android to the next stage of its evolution.
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  • Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 & Xyboard 8.2 Tablets Review

    By Michael Oryl on December 16, 2011

    The Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 and 8.2 tablets pick up where the original Xoom tablet left off. They both offer Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE data speeds, large displays, and a stealth black finish that has been updated to feel better in the hand.
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  • 4-Way Aftermarket CPU Cooler Roundup

    By Steven Walton on December 13, 2011

    Without question one of the most affordable and thus commonly upgraded components by PC builders and enthusiasts alike is the CPU cooler. Included in the comparison are the Thermalright True Spirit 140, Prolimatech Panther, Thermaltake Frio Advanced and Noctua NH-C14.
  • Samsung Focus S Review

    By Dan Seifert on December 12, 2011

    The Samsung Focus S is one of the two new Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones for AT&T. Where the original Focus had a strong resemblance to the Samsung Galaxy S running Android, the Focus S is as close to a Windows Phone 7.5 version of the Galaxy S II as one can get.
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  • LG Nitro HD Review

    By Michael Oryl on December 08, 2011

    The new LG Nitro HD represents the company's premier Android smartphone in the United States. It has a stellar spec sheet that includes 4G LTE data (AT&T), a 4.5-inch 720p HD display, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and a 1080p HD video-capable 8 megapixel camera.
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  • Cooler Master Storm Trooper Case Review

    By Steven Walton on December 06, 2011

    It's been a year since the HAF X's arrival, and Cooler Master may have already outdone itself... The Storm Trooper packs several new features: 90-degree rotatable 4-in-3 HDD modules, an easy-to-carry handle, a built-in fan controller, an external 2.5-inch storage drive X-dock and the ability to support up to 14 internal hard drives.
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  • Lian Li PC-Q25 Mini-ITX Case Review

    By Steven Walton on November 30, 2011

    The PC-Q25 vows to be Lian-Li's most advanced Mini-ITX offering yet. The case has plenty of room for high-end hardware so it can be enjoyed by gamers or media buffs, it supports up to five 3.5-inch HDDs and some impressive cooling options.
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  • Amazon Kindle Fire Review

    By Michael Oryl on November 24, 2011

    Amazon sent a wave crashing through the mobile industry when it announced its Kindle Fire would land with a price of $199. This is likely the best value in a tablet on the market, and will make tablet computing accessible to many people that either couldn't afford an iPad or couldn't tolerate Honeycomb tablets.
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  • Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Review

    By Shawn Knight on November 23, 2011

    The foundation for Lenovo's ThinkPad line has been a uniform style thatís stood the test of time quite well. Itís simple, practical, recognizable and instills the value of quality in the minds of many. It will be interesting to see how that tradition has carried on to their first ThinkPad tablet running Android.
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  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Performance Test

    By Steven Walton on November 21, 2011

    Skyrim benchmarks and performance analysis -- Although its popularity is undoubtedly aided by the cult-like status of the Elder Scrolls franchise, Skyrim isn't just a clone of its predecessors. Bethesda has made many gameplay refinements, especially to the graphics and animations -- our area of interest.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

    By Mike Fahey on November 21, 2011

    The tantalizingly brief Skyrim teaser trailer debuted by Bethesda Softworks late last year filled my mind with visions of titanic battles between man and beast; of shining steel bathed in ancient flames; of a champion rising from humble origins, prepared to sacrifice everything for the fate of the world.
  • Nokia Lumia 800 Review: Best Windows Phone Yet

    By Michael Oryl on November 17, 2011

    The Lumia 800 features one of the best hardware designs found on a smartphone today -- on any platform. In short, it's a fantastic smartphone that truly takes Windows Phone to the next level.
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  • Intel Sandy Bridge-E Debuts: Core i7-3960X Reviewed

    By Steven Walton on November 14, 2011

    Today marks the arrival of Sandy Bridge-E and three new processors. The Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition is powered by the new X79/LGA2011 platform supporting quad channel memory and up to 40 lanes of PCIe 2.0 bandwidth.
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Performance Test

    By Steven Walton on November 11, 2011

    CoD MW3 benchmarks and performance analysis -- In terms of graphical fidelity, Infinity Ward's latest effort is about as visually appealing as its predecessor, which was about as visually appealing as its predecessor. If you're itching to see how your DirectX 10 or 11 GPU handles a DX9 engine, then maybe MW3 has something to offer you.
  • Intel DH61AG 'Apple Glen' Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

    By Steven Walton on November 09, 2011

    Built around Intel's H61 chipset, the DH61AG doesn't seem all that exciting on the surface. However, if you gaze a little deeper, you'll see this is no ordinary Mini-ITX motherboard, as it supports the low profile variant known as Thin Mini-ITX designed for affordable all-in-one PCs and tiny HTPC systems.
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  • Apple iPhone 4S Review

    By Dan Seifert on November 04, 2011

    Beyond the identical exterior lies the hard work that Apple put forth on the inside. An upgraded processor, an improved antenna and camera. The other big story, or should we say, the bigger story with the iPhone 4S is the iOS 5 software upgrade and the voice-controlled personal assistant called Siri.
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  • OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 100GB (PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD) Review

    By Steven Walton on November 01, 2011

    Hoping to nab a slice of the hybrid market, OCZ has launched its RevoDrive Hybrid which fuses a 100GB SSD to a PCB alongside a 1TB 2.5" hard drive and connects using the PCI Express 2.0 x4 bus.
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  • Battlefield 3 GPU & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on October 28, 2011

    Battlefield 3 benchmarks and performance analysis -- Battlefield 3 is the latest in a long line of Battlefield titles and one of the most anticipated games of 2011. Today we'll take a peak at what's required to play Battlefield 3 as we test a number of GPU and CPU configurations.
  • HTC Titan Review: Windows Phone 7.5 on a Giant Screen

    By Russell Jefferies on October 25, 2011

    The Titan is HTC's flagship Windows Phone 7 handset. It certainly lives up to its name, being titanic in size and sporting a huge 4.7-inch display. Couple this with a 1.5GHz processor, an 8MP camera, Windows Phone 7.5 and you've got yourself a recipe for one heck of a handset.
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  • Mini-ITX Face-Off: Asrock Z68M-ITX-HT vs. Asrock A75M-ITX

    By Steven Walton on October 21, 2011

    We take a look at a new breed of Mini-ITX motherboards from Asrock: the Z68M-ITX/HT and A75M-ITX. The former is an Intel Z68 board that supports Intel's Sandy Bridge processors, while the latter utilizes AMD A75's chipset to support Socket FM1 CPUs like the the new Fusion A-series.
  • Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse Review

    By Shawn Knight on October 20, 2011

    Microsoft has provided us with another touch-based rodent, the Explorer Touch Mouse. Unlike the Arc Touch, the Explorer features a more traditional shape complete with a uniform glossy paint job and a simplistic layout.
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  • Bulldozer Arrives: AMD FX-8150 Review

    By Steven Walton on October 12, 2011

    Today AMD is launching its new FX processor lineup comprised of the flagship FX-8150 along with the FX-8120, FX-6100 and FX-4170 processors. Eight cores or not, AMD will keep working the value angle by delivering processors that provide unbeatable bang for your buck.
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  • AMD A75 3-way Motherboard Shootout

    By Steven Walton on October 11, 2011

    AMD is clearly targeting -- and in our opinion, commanding -- the budget market. We check out three of the most attractive AMD A75 boards from Asus, Asrock and Gigabyte.
  • HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook Review

    By Shawn Knight on October 07, 2011

    The HP EliteBook 8460p is billed as a Large Enterprise Business notebook, packing a 2nd-gen Core i-series processor, good battery life, HP enterprise tools, all inside a sturdy package.
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  • Battlefield 3 Beta Performance Test

    By Steven Walton on October 04, 2011

    We take a peak at what's required to play Battlefield 3 as we check out how the beta performs. When played on the PC, BF3 can handle 40 more players and takes advantage of DirectX 11 and 64-bit processors.