Reviews

Arm Holdings plc, or "arm", was once considered a vendor of processors designed for embedded and low-power systems, but those days are well past at this point. Having conquered mobile some time ago, processors based on Arm's Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) are now challenging the supremacy of the long-dominant... Read more...
When building a new PC, it's very likely that your fancy motherboard will feature multiple M.2 sockets. It's almost guaranteed that some portion of these SSD slots will be connected directly to the CPU socket, while others will connect to the CPU via the motherboard chipset. This undoubtedly adds latency, hurting... Read more...
Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Thunderbolt Hub Monitor U3425WE: MSRP $819, Currently $769.99 The Dell UltraSharp 34 U3425WE is a beautiful, curved Thunderbolt-enabled monitor featuring IPS Black technology, for enhanced contrast and color accuracy, with great viewing angles. Integrated Thunderbolt Hub Tons Of IO Great... Read more...
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024): As Tested - $1,999  - Starting @ $1599.99 - $1,349.00 On Sale The 2024 ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is a compact, capable gaming and content creation laptop that packs AMD Ryzen 8000 series Zen 4 firepower and up to a GeForce RTX 4070 into a svelte, 3.3lb frame with very clean lines. Solid... Read more...
Razer Blade 18 Gaming Laptop: Starts At $3,099, $4,499 As Tested We put Razer's biggest, baddest Blade gaming laptop to date through its paces and found it to be both powerful and quite pretty. Classic Razer Aesthetics Phenomenal Laptop Display Surprisingly Svelte Excellent Spatial Sound Forward-Looking Thunderbolt 5 Connectivity Despite Size,... Read more...
Google Pixel 8a - Starting At $499 The Google Pixel 8a is sleek, speedy, and shoots better photos than virtually any other budget phone. Solid build quality Gorgeous OLED display Excellent camera performance Same processor as flagship Pixels Lots and lots of AI features Seven years of guaranteed updates Sharp, bright... Read more...
Razer Firefly V2 Pro Illuminated Mouse Mat: MSRP $99 Razer's new Firefly V2 Pro RGB-enabled mouse mat looks wild and offers a ton of customization options via Razer's Synapse app. 16.8M color customizable RGB lighting Near frictionless mouse movement Rubberized base holds mouse mat secure Expensive Fairly large We're... Read more...
Dell XPS 14 Laptop: Starts at $1499, $1599 as configured Dell has continued to refine the sleek look of the XPS family, now offering a 14-inch XPS 14 variant for what we'd call the Goldilocks size of thin and light laptops. This machine's industrial design is quite fetching too. Refined, Clean Design Solid, Balanced Performance Quality... Read more...
Lenovo Legion Pro 7 16IRX9H: Starting at $2,699 MSRP. The Lenovo Legion Pro 7 16IRX9H is a beast of a machine, well suited to gamers or content creation professionals looking for a portable powerhouse. RGB is optional Keyboard offers excellent typing experience Great performance Attractive, functional design Short... Read more...
Samsung T5 EVO Portable SSD: Starting $159 (2TB), $599 (8TB) The recently-released Samsung T5 EVO is a compact, rugged, external USB-C SSD that's well suited to a wide array of use cases. Compact Size Rugged Enclosure Excellent Compatibility Huge Capacity Price Premium Faster, More Affordable Options Available Samsung recently expanded its... Read more...
WhiteFox Eclipse Mechanical Keyboard: Starting at $140 The WhiteFox Eclipse is a beautiful, mechanical keyboard with hot-swappable switches and an innovative modular design. Hotswappable switches Excellent feel and sound Modular design that's easy to disassemble Comes with high-quality switches and keycaps... Read more...
We recently had the opportunity to meet with Qualcomm to learn the latest about its Snapdragon X processor line-up for emerging AI PCs and to get more hands-on time for performance benchmarks. During our meeting, we got the scoop on the Snapdragon X Plus, a 10-core variant of the platform that will drop into the... Read more...
Nothing Phone (2a) - Starting at $349 Nothing’s Phone (2a) is an affordable mid-range smartphone that punches way above its weight. Solid performance Cool design Beautiful display Decent cameras Outstanding battery life Clean, responsive software No 4k selfie video Limited US band support No wireless charging No... Read more...
There can't really be any doubt at this point: AI is going to change all of our lives, and there's no going back from here. Still, there's quite a bit of debate over exactly how it's going to happen. If you listen to hardware vendors like AMD and Intel, they'll tell you that you absolutely need to upgrade your... Read more...
Alienware m16 R2 Gaming Laptop: Starts at $1,499, as tested $1,849 Dell has reimagined its new mid-sized Alienware m16 R2 gaming laptop, and the result is a more efficient yet still potent, Intel Meteor Lake-powered beauty. Clean Understated Design Solid, Balanced Performance Quality Keyboard... Read more...
At Intel Vision 2024, CEO Pat Gelsinger got up on stage to tell the live audience both in Phoenix and on the internet about Intel's vision for its role in the AI-powered future. He talked about many things, including the upcoming Gaudi 3 AI accelerators as well as revealing the name of the next-generation Xeon CPUs:... Read more...
Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 - Starting MSRP $1,899, Currently On Sale For $1,499 The 16-inch Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 360 is powered by Intel's latest Meteor Lake platform, features a giant trackpad, a beautiful AMOLED display, a 360 degree display hinge and fantastic battery life. Good CPU performance for the form... Read more...
It's been nigh on nine months since Jeff Kampman from Intel's Graphics Technical Marketing team raised the question: does AMD's 3D V-Cache actually help that much if you're not running a top-end graphics card? Well, we've been busy and haven't had time until just recently to get the testing done, but now we have and... Read more...
Dell XPS 16 (2024): Starting @ $1,699, $3,399 As Tested The Dell XPS 16 is a premium laptop with a polarizing design that is well suited to many uses cases, but its price point could give some consumers pause. Gorgeous But Polarizing Design Large, Stunning OLED Panel Solid Battery Life Discrete GPU Delivers Gaming And... Read more...
PNY CS3150 XLR8 1TB: Price As Tested $185 PNY's CS3150 1TB SSD has one of the best coolers we've seen on a PCIe 5.0 SSD, though it trails in regard to write performance versus 2TB drives. Good Reading Performance 1TB and 2TB Models Available Cooler Is Low-Profile And Uses USB Header Connector Three Different Themes To... Read more...
Razer Iskur V2 Gaming Chair: MSRP $649 Razer's Iskur V2 gaming chair is easy to assemble and offers an adjustable built-in lumbar support system that can pay off if you take the time to find your sweet spot. Sleek Design 4D Adjustable Armrests Looks And Feels Premium Generous Recline Angle (Up To 152 Degrees)... Read more...
TerraMaster F2-212: Starting at $169.99 The TerraMaster F2-212 is a great entry-level NAS that can add terabytes of reliable storage to your home network. Excellent price Great media server with hardware 4K transcoding Easy setup and management Single 1Gb LAN Port No expandability Limited software add-ons Drive bays... Read more...
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