Reviewed Products with Top Scores

  • Origin Chronos Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review

    By William Gayde on

    "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.
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  • Razer Blade (2017) Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    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.
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  • Gigabyte Aero 15 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    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.
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  • AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    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.
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  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    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.
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  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X Review

    By Steven Walton on

    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.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Review

    By Steven Walton on

    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.
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  • AMD Ryzen Review: Ryzen 7 1800X & 1700X Put to the Test

    By Steven Walton on

    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.
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  • HP Spectre x360 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    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.
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  • Razer Blade Stealth Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    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.
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  • Intel Pentium G4560: Kaby Lake's Real Gift

    By Steven Walton on

    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.
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  • Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Keyboard Review

    By Steven Walton on

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

    By Steven Walton on

    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.
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  • Razer DeathAdder Elite Review

    By Jose Vilches on

    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.
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  • Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB Review

    By Steven Walton on

    We liked what we saw when we tested Samsung's SSD 960 Pro a month ago, however we've been waiting for the mainstream bound 960 Evo which should bring similarly impressive throughput for less. On paper, you should be paying 20% less for the 960 Evo with an impact on performance that could be considerably less than that.
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  • QNAP TS-853A Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Having developed NAS products for more than a decade, QNAP now ships a massive range of devices for both enterprise and home environments. We've tested many of the company's offerings over the years and one of its most recent releases, the TS-x53A, just so happens to be on-hand today in its biggest form, touting eight drive bays, a Braswell quad-core SoC, and a heap of connectivity options.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti Review

    By Steven Walton on

    It isn't often that we see Nvidia being so aggressive in the entry-level segment and historically they've seemed happy to let AMD take the hit on margins here. Driving the sub-$150 GeForce GTX 1050 is the newly developed GP107 GPU that is more powerful than anything we've tested before on this price range.
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  • Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Samsung's next generation solid state drives are poised to become must-haves among enthusiasts. The 960 Pro that we are reviewing today succeeds what was already a fast drive with last year's award-winning 950 Pro. Surprise, surprise: the new 960 Pro is even faster.
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  • Google Pixel XL Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Nexus is dead, and Pixel is here to replace it. It's the biggest shift in Google's homegrown smartphone strategy since the first Nexus launch in 2010. Pixel is the first true "Google phone" and they believe this is the right hardware and software to compete with the iPhones and Galaxies of the world.
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  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    Apple has been following a 'tick-tock' cadence of releasing a newly designed iPhone and following it up a year later with an optimized 's' variant. This year, however, Apple broke precedent by launching a third model on the same design. Yes, the iPhone 7 Plus looks a lot like the two iPhones before it. However, upon closer inspection, there are some unmistakable differences.
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  • Dell UltraSharp 4K UP3216Q 32-inch Monitor Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    The Dell 4K UP3216Q is one hell of a monitor, period. Albeit a premium priced affair, what you get is a flexible, wide-gamut display with astounding image quality that'll surely be the envy of all who lay eyes on it.
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  • OnePlus 3 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The OnePlus 3 is a superb piece of hardware at a very affordable price point. This 5.5-inch handset is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC, and there's a huge 6 GB of RAM complemented by 64 GB of storage as standard, a fingerprint scanner, and a 16MP rear camera with OIS. It's not just the hardware that impresses: OnePlus has finally ditched their ludicrous invite system, too.
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  • AMD Radeon RX 470 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The RX 470 should be an exciting product for a few reasons. First, this is an affordable sub-$200 GPU within the reach of most gamers. Coming from the first Polaris 10 board, we expect this to be an extremely capable 1080p gamer while 1440p should also be playable. The RX 470 also only comes in a 4GB version, which I personally feel is the right choice here.
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  • Asrock Beebox-S 6200 Mini PC Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Those on the hunt for an affordable book-sized HTPC will have likely come across the impressive Asrock Beebox. Now meet the new faster Asrock Beebox-S. Powered by a Core i5-6200U, the mini PC has received other enhancements including DDR4 memory support, a high-speed PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, USB 3.1 Type-C and 4K support at 60Hz via HDMI 2.0 and DP 1.4.
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  • Be Quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Review: A Great PC Case

    By Steven Walton on

    In its most basic form, the new Be Quiet! Dark Base 900 is a large well-made enclosure that makes good use of steel, aluminum and glass. However take a closer look and it's without a doubt one of the most flexible and customizable computer cases on the market and possibly the best full-tower of 2016.
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  • HP Spectre Laptop Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Spectre is a thing of beauty. At 10.4mm, it's the world's thinnest laptop. It's also very light for a 13-inch device, at just 2.45lbs, making it a perfect companion for the businessman on the go. But the design... it's truly unlike any Windows laptop I've seen before, thanks to a breathtaking hinge and use of premium materials.
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  • ASRock DeskMini 110 mini-STX PC Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Asrock DeskMini mini-STX form factor PC certainly has an industrial look about it, and it looks a bit drab sitting next to the Cubi 2 Plus from MSI. What it lacks in aesthetics, however, it makes up for in ease of installation and flexibility, thanks to those very same design choices, with support for pretty much any Skylake desktop processor and high-speed NVMe SSDs.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    As attractive as the GeForce GTX 1080 is, many enthusiasts are undoubtedly holding out for the much more affordable GTX 1070. Partner cards will start at $380, while Nvidia's Founders Edition will retail for $450. With Titan X and 980 Ti-like performance, the GTX 1070 looks like the best option for 1440p gamers, delivering well north of 60 FPS in nearly every game we tested.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    First to market with a true next generation GPU is Nvidia and this could very well be the biggest step in GPU technology we've seen in recent years. The new GeForce GTX 1080 is faster, built using the 16nm design process and packed with GDDR5X memory, it promises to put away the Titan X while consuming less power than the 980 Ti. We put this and other bold claims to the test.
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  • Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum has been designed with an emphasis on reducing as much weight as possible. From the thin wall molding to the hollow "spoked" hyper-fast scroll wheel design. The result is a wireless gaming mouse that weighs just 107g, which should make it comfortable to use over long periods while delivering quicker response to motion.
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