Don't buy the wrong stuff: TechSpot Tech Gift Shortlist 2017

Reviewed Products with Top Scores

  • Eve V Review

    For a first-generation product, the Eve V is remarkably solid. It's especially impressive when you consider its direct competition - the Surface Pro - is well entrenched in the Windows tablet market and known to be an excellent option. From my experience with the Eve V so far, it's not just a great competitor to the Surface Pro: it is a better option in several ways.

    By Tim Schiesser on

    85
  • Ignore the Pixel 2 XL. Buy the Pixel 2 Instead

    Issues with the Pixel 2 XL have overshadowed an awesome alternative on the market right now: the Pixel 2. Yes, it's smaller, and yes, it doesn't have an expansive display. But the Pixel 2 takes all the good parts of the Pixel 2 XL and packages them into an ergonomic frame, while leaving the terrible screen behind.

    By Tim Schiesser on

    85
  • Razer Basilisk Review

    Razer are pumping out new gaming mice faster than ever before. The latest addition to their line-up is the Basilisk, a high-end mouse designed specifically for first-person shooter gaming. At $69.99, it's in the upper end of wired mouse pricing, but for that price you get unique features and top-end hardware.

    By Tim Schiesser on

    95
  • Intel Core i5-8400 Review

    Today we're checking out the most affordable six-core processor ever released, and this time it's not from AMD. The Core i5-8400 is more affordable than the $215 Ryzen 5 1600, though it can't be overclocked and lacks HyperThreading, but it should nonetheless be ample for gamers and may even be the new go-to solution for budget builders.

    By Steven Walton on

    90
  • Four Cores for Ultrabooks: Core i7-8550U Review

    For generations we've put up with sub-10% YOY performance improvements on ultraportables, but with the threat of AMD's competition in the near future, Intel's low-power mobile chips are finally transitioning to quad-cores. Achieved while keeping within the same 15-watt TDP, let me tell you, the boost is huge.

    By Tim Schiesser on

    95
  • Intel Core i3-8100 and Core i3-8350K Review: RIP Ryzen 3?

    For $180 the Core i3-8350K is nearly a rebadged Core i5-7600K: both are 14nm quad-cores operating at ~4GHz, but the 8350K is 25% cheaper. Meanwhile, the Core i3-8100 goes for a more appealing $120. And although it's locked at 3.6GHz, it's roughly 40% more affordable than a comparable i5 from the last generation.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Intel Core i7-8700K Review: The New Gaming King

    Intel is hitting back with its eighth-generation Core series, which counters Ryzen with cores, lots of cores. On hand today we have the Core i7-8700K, based on Intel's new "Coffee Lake" architecture, it is designed to operate no slower than 3.7 GHz, with turbo boost taking it as high as 4.7 GHz.

    By Steven Walton on

    90
  • HP Omen Desktop PC Review

    HP's more modest gaming desktop is the simply named Omen Desktop, which is now available with AMD Ryzen processors inside. It's a more traditional tower-style chassis that's highly configurable, with prices ranging from just under $1,000 to over $3,200.

    By Tim Schiesser on

    85
  • Razer Blade Stealth (Mid 2017) Review

    The Razer Blade Stealth has received a refresh featuring the same great design, portable form factor, and solid selection of internal hardware, but now addressing previous downsides with a larger screen with smaller bezels, a better trackpad, among others, that make this a superb ultraportable contender.

    By Tim Schiesser on

    95
  • Origin Neuron Gaming Desktop Review

    From first glance it's clear that the Origin Neuron means business, and when I say business I mean serious gaming business. Flashy RGB lighting, top of the line components, and a clean aesthetic make it one of the best looking builds I've ever laid my eyes on.

    By William Gayde on

    95
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X & 1920X Review

    It's finally time to see if Threadripper can bring competition to the high-end desktop segment while delivering the value and efficiency we've come to expect from other Ryzen processors.

    By Steven Walton on

    90
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus Gaming Laptop Review

    The Asus ROG Zephyrus is the flagship model for Nvidia's Max-Q initiative. It packs a fully-fledged GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5, a Core i7-7700HQ and 16GB of RAM, inside a chassis that's 17.8mm thick and 2.3 kg heavy. This makes the Zephyrus the slimmest GTX 1080 laptop on the market, and by a significant margin, too.

    By Tim Schiesser on

    90
  • AMD Ryzen 3 Review

    Although Ryzen 3 is just getting released, it feels like we already know everything about AMD's new R3 1200 and 1300X CPUs after running simulated benchmarks last week. Today we get to see how accurate those results were and how Ryzen 3 does at the $110 price point.

    By Steven Walton on

    90
  • Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1070 Gaming Box Review

    The Aorus GTX 1070 Gaming Box is an external graphics box that won't break the bank, offering compatible graphics acceleration for Thunderbolt 3 laptops, so you can keep using your favorite ultraportable and game at will, using this most practical solution.

    By Tim Schiesser on

    90
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review

    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.

    By Tim Schiesser on

    85
  • Corsair One Review

    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.

    By Tim Schiesser on

    95
  • Origin Chronos Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review

    "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.

    By William Gayde on

    90
  • Razer Blade (2017) Review

    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.

    By Tim Schiesser on

    85
  • Gigabyte Aero 15 Review

    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.

    By Tim Schiesser on

    90
  • AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Review

    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.

    By Steven Walton on

    90
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

    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.

    By Tim Schiesser on

    90
  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X Review

    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.

    By Steven Walton on

    95
  • 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

    90
  • 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

    90
  • 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

    90
  • 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

    90
  • 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

    95
  • 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

    95
  • Asrock Beebox-S 7200U: Kaby Lake vs. Skylake

    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.

    By Steven Walton on

    90
  • Razer DeathAdder Elite Review

    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.

    By Jose Vilches on

    95