I see a lot of potential in Google’s Chrome OS. Even today, I have no issues recommending the platform to friends and family with basic computing needs but who want something more traditional than a smartphone or tablet. Once you get beyond its somewhat awkward learning curve (e.g. there is no traditional Office, you can’t run most of what you download from the web/email attachments, etc...), it’s an OS that is incredibly easy to support if you’re the appointed IT-person in your family/friend group. Sandboxing and automatic updates keep the platform secure. The inability to run most things outside of a web browser keeps clueless users from getting themselves into trouble by running things they shouldn’t. Then there’s the fact that many devices running Chrome...

Razer Blade 14-Inch Gaming Notebook Review

While their 17" gaming system has seen steady and incremental improvement, new to the Razer lineup is a notebook with all of the gaming performance in a remarkably slim...

108 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/2/2013

Haswell and GK110 vs. Ivy and GK104: DigitalStorm Virtue System Review

While NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 has proven to be a solid update to the venerable 680, Intel's Haswell architecture has left enthusiasts underwhelmed. Can a good GPU and overclock...

69 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/23/2013

Computex 2013: ASRock's M8 mini-ITX Gaming PC

After thoroughly enjoying Falcon NW's Tiki system, I was pleased to see ASRock showcase a mini-ITX tower/desktop of its own at Computex: the M8. Inside is an ASRock mini-ITX...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2013

Puget Systems Genesis II Quiet Workstation Review

As a boutique, Puget Systems has been able to produce some of the quietest towers we've ever tested, but can they work their magic with a pair of octal-core Xeons?

18 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/22/2013

NVIDIA R319 Series Beta Driver 320.00 Available

NVIDIA's driver numbering can be a bit of a mystery at times, but after the R313 Series that encompasses all version 313.x and 314.x releases, NVIDIA is jumping ahead...

15 by Jarred Walton on 4/23/2013

Origin Genesis Review: Triple Titan Terror

At long last we're taking an in-depth look at Origin's latest generation Genesis desktop system. Backed by a heavily overclocked Core i7 processor and no less than 3 GeForce...

62 by Ryan Smith on 4/23/2013

CompuLab Intense PC System Review: Fanless Ivy Bridge

The last time we checked out a fanless desktop system, it was Logic Supply's LGX AG150. While affordable, that system was powered by Intel's Cedar Trail Atom processor, a...

44 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/20/2013

High-End Meets Small Form Factor: GeForce Titan in Falcon Northwest's Tiki

Today NVIDIA officially unveiled its first consumer facing GK110 graphics card: the GeForce Titan. Although GK110 launched last year, gamers didn't have access to it as it launched exclusively...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/19/2013

NVIDIA GeForce 314.07 WHQL Available

NVIDIA's beta R313 driver with performance enhancements for Crysis 3 (among other titles) has now received WHQL certification. We wouldn't expect much of a difference in performance relative to...

10 by Jarred Walton on 2/18/2013

iBuyPower Revolt System Review: Closing the Boutique and Opening the Store

At CES 2013, the PC boutique iBuyPower announced a product that's in many ways much more than the sum of its parts. They announced the Revolt, a small form...

29 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/16/2013

Swiftech and Steiger Dynamics: German Engineering Comes Home

I don't know about you, but for me, the word "engineering" gets a lot more enticing when it's preceded by the word "German" (or the phrase "Commander LaForge, please...

8 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/14/2013

ECS Shows Off Thin Mini-ITX Boards and AIO Touchscreens

ECS invited us to stop by and we expected the usual assortment of motherboards and such. Much to our surprise, they only brought a few mITX boards at their...

4 by Jarred Walton on 1/12/2013

iBuyPower Releases the Revolt Fully Custom Compact Gaming PC

The past two years has seen system integrators start to really diversify amongst themselves, but iBuyPower and CyberPowerPC in particular have been making strong inroads into retail. This CES...

4 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

DigitalStorm Carves Their Own Path with Aventum II and Bolt

I reviewed the DigitalStorm Bolt not too long ago and found it to be a mostly good product in concept, but flawed in execution in two major ways: price...

0 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

Lenovo’s Erazer X700 Gaming Desktop

Continuing our Lenovo coverage, we have another gaming-centric system from Lenovo, and I have to admit I never saw this one coming. The new Lenovo Erazer X700 is a...

2 by Jarred Walton on 1/9/2013

Hands On with ASUS' Transformer All-in-One (P1801)

ASUS showed us a near production-ready sample of its Transformer All-in-One PC. The machine features a multitouch 18.4" 1080p IPS display driven by two independent systems. In the base...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/7/2013

Closing the Loop: Contained Liquid-Coolers from Corsair and NZXT Compared

While closed-loop liquid coolers seem to perform at best comparably to the highest end air coolers, there's a certain appeal in their flexibility, stress on the motherboard, and sometimes...

67 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/26/2012

HP EliteBook 8570w Notebook Review: The Other Side of the Coin

We recently reviewed Dell's top of the line Precision M6700 mobile workstation and found that the overall design left something to be desired compared to HP's high end EliteBooks...

54 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/18/2012

Dell Precision M6700 Notebook Review: The Enterprise Split

When you think about it, the enterprise workstation market really only has three key players. You have HP, who produce some excellent mobile workstations but have been stagnating horribly...

126 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/12/2012

HP EliteBook 2170p Ultraportable Review: Business Class, But Business Savvy?

We recently reviewed Acer's Aspire V5-171, a notebook that proves that there's a life (and a market) after netbooks but before ultrabooks. The essential gap that's materialized has been...

44 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/30/2012

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