Sandra (short for System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) has been a long time favorite app to have in your PC toolbox. With a plethora of synthetic benchmarks and system diagnostic options, it's also free for personal and educational use. This latest version revamps the interface and adds support for newer CPU architectures (AMD Ryzen, future AVX512) among other improvements. To give it a try head to our downloads section.
We're currently working on updating TechSpot's Best of Headphones feature scheduled to arrive early next week, but in the meantime, as part of our research we're paying much needed attention to open back headphones. There are a few outstanding examples, but not many as good as Sennheiser's old school HD 650. The HD 650s have been around for over a decade and still sound formidable with rave reviews dating as back as 2008, when these things used to cost almost $600 (they go for about half that today).
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.