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...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Review: Ultra Expensive, Ultra Rare, Ultra Fast

In an unusual move, NVIDIA took the opportunity earlier this week to announce a new 600 series video card before they would be shipping it. Based on a pair...

199 by Ryan Smith on 5/3/2012

Clevo's W110ER Now Available from Additional Vendors

We provided a full overview of Eurocom's Monster 1.0 last week. For the interested, the same Clevo W110ER chassis used in the Monster 1.0 is available with a variety...

22 by Jarred Walton on 5/2/2012

The HTC One X for AT&T Review

For just over a week, I’ve been using two phones interchangeably. The first is the Lava Xolo X900 with Medfield inside, the second is the flagship of HTC’s new...

138 by Brian Klug on 5/1/2012

Alienware M14x, M17x, and M18x: Now with Ivy Bridge and New GPUs

The launch of any new mobile processor line almost always precedes retail availability, but with Ivy Bridge mobile just previewed last week, we’re already seeing various companies ship updated...

26 by Jarred Walton on 4/30/2012

The Prybar: GeForce GTX 690 Arrives

If there was any doubt after Saturday night as to what NVIDIA's prybar was for, this should put it to rest. FedEx just dropped off the prybar's companion, the...

68 by Ryan Smith on 4/30/2012

NVIDIA Unveils GeForce GTX 690: Dual GK104 Flagship Launching May 3rd

As we mentioned back on Monday, NVIDIA was going to be making some kind of GeForce announcement this evening at the NVIDA Gaming Festival 2012 in Shanghai, China. NVIDIA’s...

109 by Ryan Smith on 4/28/2012

Eurocom Monster 1.0: Gaming with Quad-Core IVB and Kepler at 11.6”

Eurocom is a company that we’ve seen a few times over the years. Mostly, their focus is on the high-end mobile workstation market, though they also sell plenty of...

32 by Jarred Walton on 4/27/2012

iBUYPOWER Erebus GT Review: Ivy Bridge and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680 in SLI

It was only a month-and-a-half ago that we were able to test the iBUYPOWER Erebus GT, a boutique desktop with a custom water-cooling loop at a very compelling price...

64 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/27/2012

NVIDIA Updates GeForce 600 OEM Desktop Lineup, Adds GT 645, GT 640, GT 630

While NVIDIA doesn’t publically announce most of their OEM desktop graphics cards, they do update their website with the specifications of these cards, which is how we usually find...

29 by Ryan Smith on 4/25/2012

Of Crowbars and Countdowns

It’s not often that we cover marketing teasers, but then it’s not often that we get crowbars in the mail either… Earlier this afternoon the following crowbar unexpectedly showed up...

32 by Ryan Smith on 4/24/2012

Mobile Ivy Bridge and ASUS N56VM Preview

Intel is firing a massive artillery barrage at its competition today with the release of desktop and mobile Ivy Bridge processors. Last year’s Sandy Bridge gave Intel a huge...

49 by Jarred Walton on 4/23/2012

ASUS Transformer Pad 300 (TF300T) Review

Before the $399 iPad 2, before the $199 Kindle Fire, there was the $399 Eee Pad Transformer from ASUS. Like nearly all first attempts in the tablet space, the...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/22/2012

NVIDIA Plots Mobile SoC GPU Performance, Surpassing Xbox 360 by 2014

Qualcomm was the first to tell us that it expects to offer console level GPU performance in the not too distant future, generally hinting that its Adreno 3xx GPUs...

51 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/19/2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Launch Recap

If the numbers are true, then most of you have already read our Kepler review, and you know that the card has made quite a splash - it's the...

29 by Andrew Cunningham on 3/24/2012

Jen-Hsun's Email to NVIDIA Employees on a Successful Kepler Launch

The road to any new microprocessor design is by no means simple. Planning for a major GPU like NVIDIA's Kepler starts four years prior to the chip's debut. In...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/22/2012

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Review: Retaking The Performance Crown

“How do you follow up on Fermi?” That’s the question we had going into NVIDIA’s press briefing for the GeForce GTX 680 and the Kepler architecture earlier this month...

405 by Ryan Smith on 3/22/2012

NVIDIA's GeForce 600M Series: Mobile Kepler and Fermi Die Shrinks

While the desktop-bound GeForce GTX 680 is undoubtedly the most exciting release from NVIDIA today and the true flagbearer for their new Kepler microarchitecture, NVIDIA actually has a whole...

25 by Dustin Sklavos & Jarred Walton on 3/22/2012

The Razer Blade Review

Razer is, first and foremost, a gaming company. From the company slogan (“By gamers, for gamers”), to partnerships with a number of the most popular game development studios, even...

95 by Vivek Gowri & Jarred Walton on 3/15/2012

NVIDIA Releases 296.10 GeForce Driver, Introduces Windows 8 Driver Support

NVIDIA has just posted the WHQL-certified GeForce driver 296.10 for Windows 7 and Vista desktops and laptops and Windows XP desktops, and has also released a 296.17 driver specifically...

6 by Andrew Cunningham on 3/13/2012

HP Phoenix h9se: The Pavilion Goes Beyond Thunderdome

Outside of the Envy series and the bygone era of Voodoo (anyone remember the Blackbird?), HP hasn't exactly been a brand associated with high performance gaming desktops, at least...

40 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/29/2012

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