Mainstream Laptop Recommendations So far we've covered the budget laptop sector as well as Chromebooks in our Holiday 2014 Guides, but if you want a good quality laptop that can handle just about any task you might throw at it, you need to plan on spending more money. With a price target of $1000 (and I'm going to be more flexible this time, so really we're talking about $750~$1250), there are tons of options, and while there's still a need to compromise it's no longer the sort of compromise that might make a laptop undesirable in most areas. Let me start by reiterating that there are plenty of users and applications that simply don't need tons of compute power. A moderate laptop with sufficient memory and...

Maingear and CyberPowerPC Prepping R9-290X Desktop Systems

During the past week, AMD revealed their new R7 and R9 desktop GPUs, which mostly consist of rebranded 7000-series parts (e.g. the R9-280X). The one exception is the R9-290X...

20 by Jarred Walton on 10/9/2013

Choosing a Gaming Laptop, Back-to-School 2013 Edition

We regularly get asked for opinions on what product is “best” for a certain use case. Naturally, what makes a product perfect for one user may not matter much...

60 by Jarred Walton on 8/23/2013

CyberPowerPC FangBook Gaming Notebook Review

We've seen this chassis before, but we haven't seen it with CyberPowerPC's touches, and we haven't seen anything about the Kepler-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX. That changes today.

25 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/1/2013

CyberPowerPC FangBook X7: An Alternative to Clevo Whitebooks

We’ve reviewed quite a few Clevo notebooks over the years from a variety of vendors: AVADirect, Eurocom, Mythlogic, Origin, and Sager, to name a few. While there are certainly...

22 by Jarred Walton on 2/11/2013

Introducing Our 2012 Case Testbeds and Revised Methodology

Over the past year we've tested more than twenty different enclosures using our existing testbed and produced a mountain of comparative data. The goal of the undertaking is produce...

29 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/29/2012

Checking in with the Boutiques

This year's visit with representatives from some of the custom-build computer boutiques has been enlightening, if for no other reason than to highlight the sometimes extreme differences between each...

3 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/12/2012

CyberpowerPC's Compal PBL21: The Shark's New Teeth

The last time we took a look at a Compal whitebook (again courtesy of CyberpowerPC), we noted to Compal that their whitebook wasn't a shark, perfect and needing no...

16 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/11/2011

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme FTW: Performance at Any Cost

It's time for another break from the Computex 2011 coverage, this time with an extreme system review. There seems to be an interesting cottage industry between custom desktop boutiques in...

32 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/1/2011

CyberPower's X6-9300 and MSI's GT680R: Fighting for Your Mobile Gaming Dollar

Choosing a laptop can be a pretty confusing experience, because even if you have a good idea of what features and components you’d like, finding a laptop with them...

44 by Jarred Walton on 5/13/2011

CyberPower Xplorer X6-9100: Gamers Need Not Apply

As a matter of course we tend to spend a lot of time focusing on the gaming potential of the hardware we review. Boutique desktops get a lot of...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/4/2011

CyberPowerPC's Gamer Xtreme 4000: Now with Sandy Bridge

Intel's Sandy Bridge processor architecture is upon us, and with it a freshly minted gaming PC courtesy of CyberPowerPC: the Gamer Xtreme 4000. If you read Anand's preview of...

42 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/4/2011

CyberpowerPC's Compal NBLB2: Affordable Gaming

Periodically the Compal NBLB2 (and its predecessors) has popped up on our comments as an alternative 15.6" notebook with a 1080p screen, and people have been asking for a...

36 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/21/2010

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