Smart home assistants are quickly gaining traction among consumers and as a result, so are their smart home accessories. To go along with an Amazon Echo Dot, I picked up a pair of the TP-Link HS110 Smart Wi-Fi Plugs that can be used for remote control of devices from anywhere that you have an internet connection.
For the past two years the Acer Predator X34 has remained one of the best gaming monitors on the market. I've been so satisfied with it since launch that that I've kept it as my personal monitor for both gaming and video production. But this new monitor from Acer, an upgraded version of the X34, is even better in almost every way.
Huawei isn't as well known as the Samsungs and Apples of the world, but they just keep producing decent and often underrated handsets in all segments of the market. At the top of their current product stack is the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, a duo of large-screened flagships packing the latest hardware and features.
Today we're covering a hotly anticipated product in the laptop space: Ryzen Mobile. We've managed to get our hands on one of the only Ryzen Mobile laptops in the wild - the HP Envy x360 - to look at how AMD's latest mobile silicon performs.
When you're a creative professional in need of color accuracy, there are many high quality options available on the market. We're looking at one of these monitors today, the ViewSonic VP3268, which is one of the highest-end monitors ViewSonic sells. It's a large 32-inch 3840 x 2160 IPS LCD, complete with unique features geared specifically towards professionals.
Today we're taking a look at the brand new Dell XPS 13 9560. You won't be able to tell from the outside as it looks almost the same, but the latest XPS 13 has been upgraded to a quad core 8th-gen Kaby Lake-R which brings with it considerably performance improvements.
AOC, we need to talk about your product names. The monitor I have to review today is called the Agon AG322QCX, which no one sane will remember after reading it. And that's a shame, because there's quite a memorable spec sheet to discuss.
Occupying the flagship large-screen phone position in LG's line-up, the V30 is packed with interesting features, top-end hardware and enough good stuff to match this year's competitors. But it's once again up against some massive new devices, particularly the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Google Pixel 2 XL, leaving LG with an uphill battle to ensure the V30 remains in the conversation.
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.
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.
There has been no shortage of controversy around Google's latest phone, the Pixel 2 XL. While initial reviews painted the Pixel 2 line in a highly positive light, days later, the Pixel 2 XL's display was dominating discussion around the internet. But aside the phone's display, there's a lot of great technology packed into the Pixel 2 XL. Read on.
On the surface, the Acer Predator Helios 300 isn't a head-turning gaming laptop. It's a 15" system packing Core i7 and GTX 1060 internals. But what piqued my interest was the price: the Helios is likely the cheapest gaming laptop with these specs on the market, at $1,049 on Amazon, and user reviews have been largely positive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How bad is bottlenecking these days? Well, that all depends on how bad you are at pairing hardware. Any experienced system builder will tell you it's important to build a balanced system, especially if you want the best bang for your buck.
Finally the Skylake-X series is complete. We now have Intel's new 16- and 18-core processors on-hand an while we don't doubt Intel had planned to release Skylake-X all along, did they really plan to offer something higher than a 12-core part before catching wind of AMD's Threadripper?
Let's cut right to the chase. The Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ is a $350 gaming monitor, 27 inches in size, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. We're looking at a VA LCD panel here with FreeSync support, sporting an 1800R curvature.
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.
While we wait for Zen-based APUs, AMD released Bristol Ridge through OEMs late last year, it recently became available on the retail market and this caught the attention of many. The AMD A12-9800 costs $110 and along with promising pretty decent integrated graphics performance, you can take advantage of it on a new AM4 motherboard.