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MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 By Xotic PC: Haswell Goes Mobile
Jul 15, 2013 - in Reviews
MSI's GT70 Dragon Edition 2 is in the lab, tuned up by Xotic PC. Sporting a Haswell-based mobile Core i7-4930MX CPU, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780M, and a luxurious 17.3" FHD screen, this is one heavy-duty gaming notebook. At more than $3000, it should be.
Adata DashDrive Air AE400 Review: Wi-Fi, Charger, And Card Reader
Jul 10, 2013 - in Reviews
Adata's DashDrive Air AE400 offers a lot of functionality in a small package. It’s a USB port, an SD memory card reader, a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices, and a 5000 mAh power bank able to charge your smartphone and tablet. How well does it work?
Google Nexus 10 Review: Is 2560x1600 High-Def Enough?
Feb 4, 2013 - in Reviews
Google's Nexus 10 enables a 2560x1600 resolution on a 10" display, and features a powerful Samsung SoC. Can the affordable tablet take down Apple's iPad through superior hardware and better value? We apply our benchmark suite to answer those questions.
Samsung ATIV Tab Review: A Tablet To Hold Your Breath For?
Jan 20, 2013 - in Reviews
Microsoft set the standard for Windows RT-based hardware, but is there still room for partners to sell compelling alternatives? We take our first Qualcomm-powered Windows RT tablet for a spin to determine if Samsung's ATIV Tab is worth waiting for.
Update: Intel Expands Our Battery Testing At CES 2013
Jan 9, 2013 - in Reviews
We've already shown that x86 competes readily with ARM's simpler architecture when it comes to battery life. We continue our investigation at this year's CES, where Intel came packing its own tests on four current-generation tablets.
Nvidia's Tegra 3 Optimizations: THD Android Games, Tested
Jan 3, 2013 - in Reviews
Nvidia continues to encourage game developers to add Tegra-only details to their Android titles. Is Tegra 3 the killer SoC for Android gaming? How do Tegra-optimized games look compared to the same titles on iOS? Is it all just a bunch of marketing hype?
Samsung's ATIV Smart PC 500T: An Atom-Based Windows 8 Tablet
Jan 1, 2013 - in Reviews
Samsung takes Intel's Atom Z2760 SoC, the full version of Windows 8, and builds a tablet that begs to stay connected to its docking station. Is this the combination of freedom, performance, and battery life we've been waiting for, or are we left wanting?
ARM Vs. x86: The Secret Behind Intel Atom's Efficiency
Dec 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Intel recently shared very granular power measurements of its Atom SoC and Nvidia's Tegra 3. If you previously believed ARM's architecture to be inherently more efficient, perhaps you underestimated the benefit of Intel's manufacturing and architecture.
AMD Radeon HD 8790M: Next-Gen Mobile Mainstream Graphics Preview
Dec 20, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD sent over some of its lab gear: an interposer card and two PCI Express-based boards with MXM modules...one of which hosted its upcoming Radeon HD 8790M GPU. At long last, the GCN architecture is hitting mainstream notebooks in its 28 nm glory.
Apple iPad Mini Review: Our New Favorite Size, But...That Price?
Dec 16, 2012 - in Reviews
Apple wants $329 for its base-level iPad mini. Should you pay that much for an almost-8" screen, or are the 7" Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD better options? We run system benchmarks, battery tests, and provide display analysis to help you make the call.
Digital Storm x17 Notebook Review: Radeon HD 7970M And Enduro, Again
Dec 11, 2012 - in Reviews
The last time we looked at a notebook with AMD's Radeon HD 7970M in it, we stumbled across a problematic bug. Digital Storm's x17 employs the same graphics module. Do updated drivers cure what ailed the configuration previously? Let's find out!
Which Web Browser Should You Run On Your Android Device?
Nov 29, 2012 - in Reviews
Today is our very first Web Browser Grand Prix on Android. Unlike iOS, Android-based tablets have real competition between browsers. So, how do Chrome, Dolphin, Firefox, Maxthon, Opera Mobile, and Sleipnir stack up against the stock Android browser?
Apple iPhone 5 Review: CPU, GPU, Battery, Wi-Fi, And Display Testing
Nov 27, 2012 - in Reviews
Apple's A6-powered iPhone 5 gets the Tom's Hardware treatment as we benchmark its twin processing cores, its triple-core graphics engine, and its more vibrant display. Battery life testing and Wi-Fi performance measurements round out our analysis.
Microsoft Surface Review, Part 2: Battery Life, Multi-Monitor, And More
Nov 13, 2012 - in Reviews
Part 2 of our Microsoft Surface coverage includes tons of battery life analysis, a look at what it takes to slow down Tegra 3 in Windows RT, a demonstration of the first tablet able to extend the Windows Desktop, and some clarification of display quality.
Origin PC Eon11-S: Great Gaming Performance From A Tiny Notebook?
Nov 6, 2012 - in Reviews
Is the tug-of-war between gaming performance and portability finally over? Origin PC believes that Lucidlogix's software can help bring these two ideas together, combining Nvidia's GeForce GT 650M and Intel's Core i7-3720QM in an 11.6” chassis.
Microsoft Surface Review, Part 1: Performance And Display Quality
Nov 4, 2012 - in Reviews
We bought Microsoft's Surface the day it came out, and we're ready with first impressions and benchmarks. Does the company enable a truly productivity-oriented experience to complement content consumption, or will we have to wait for the Surface Pro?
Dell Shows Off Its Entire Windows 8-Based Fall Line-Up
Oct 31, 2012 - in Picture Story
Tom's Hardware was recently invited to an event in New York to preview Dell's line-up of Windows 8-based Inspiron and XPS families of notebooks, tablets, and accessories. From all-in-ones to convertibles, and notebooks, the company is all-in with touch.
Amazon's Kindle Fire HD: Better; Can It Compete With The Nexus 7?
Oct 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD matches the Nexus 7's low $199 price point. But can it stand up to Google's features or performance? Yes—and no. Amazon addicts take note: the Kindle Fire HD may be just what you're looking for, even if its hardware is older.
Which Browser Should You Be Running On Your iPad And iPhone?
Oct 18, 2012 - in Reviews
Welcome to our first ever mobile Web Browser Grand Prix! How do Web browsers on iOS, the world's number-one tablet platform, compare? Today, Yahoo! Axis, Google Chrome, Dolphin, Maxthon, Apple Safari, and Sleipnir vie for supremacy on the third-gen iPad.
Snapdragon S4 Pro: Krait And Adreno 320, Benchmarked
Oct 10, 2012 - in Reviews
According to Qualcomm, its S4 Pro will be the next big thing in mobile performance, powering a new generation of smartphones and tablets. We put the company's claim to the test. The result? We think the competition, especially Nvidia, should be worried.
Samsung's Series 9 13.3" Ultrabook For 2012: Thinner And Lighter
Sep 25, 2012 - in Reviews
Last generation's Samsung Series 9 was a great example of Intel's Ultrabook initiative. The revamped Series 9, new for 2012, is even better. Forget about Apple's MacBook Air. Samsung's latest effort stands on its own merits as a great notebook.
RoboHornet: The Next Big Thing In Browser Benchmarking
Sep 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Today, Google and GitHub unveil the mysterious project RoboHornet. This ambitious all-in-one Web browser performance benchmark is like no other seen before, and we have early access! Will RoboHornet become the one browser benchmark to rule them all?
Xotic PC NP9150: Striking Back At Kepler With Radeon HD 7970M
Sep 17, 2012 - in Reviews
We've seen the efficiency of Nvidia's Kepler architecture first-hand on the desktop. But AMD's Radeon HD 7970M pulls off a stellar showing in Xotic PC's Sager NP9150 notebook, reminding everyone that even a Pitcairn-based flagship packs a serious punch.
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Review: Samsung's Second-Child Syndrome
Sep 13, 2012 - in Reviews
Samsung delivers its third-generation tablet: the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Does it become the undisputed Android-based alternative to Apple's latest? Or did Google's Nexus 7 change the game too drastically? The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tackles both tablets head-on.
Lenovo's ThinkPad X230T Tablet PC, Tested And Reviewed
Sep 5, 2012 - in Reviews
Do you want a tablet for the road that's also able to run your favorite Windows-based applications? Consider Lenovo's X230T tablet PC. With a built-in keyboard, this convertible PC enables tablet convenience without sacrificing notebook-class performance.
Eurocom Racer 2.0 Review: Intel's Ivy Bridge Meets Nvidia's Kepler
Jul 31, 2012 - in Reviews
Are you tired of gaming notebooks that have to be tethered to a power outlet? We test Eurocom’s Racer 2.0 to see if its combination of a 22 nm Intel-based CPU and 28 nm graphics processor from Nvidia can help enable playable performance on the road.
The Nexus 7 Review: Google's First Tablet Gets Benchmarked
Jul 30, 2012 - in Reviews
Googles’s first tablet impresses in a big way. Light, lean, and packed with Jelly Bean, the low-priced Nexus 7 hits the sweet spot and plays all the right notes. If the “perfect” tablet is what you seek, the one-of-a-kind Nexus 7 might be it.
Reporting From Google I/O 2012: Nexus 7 And Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)
Jun 28, 2012 - in Reviews
Google unveiled its Nexus 7 tablet and Android 4.1 update. We did deeper and take a more technical look. But that's not all. We go over some new additions on Google+, and share a quick demo of an impressive HTML5-based game (hold the laughter, please).
Second-Generation Ultrabooks: Faster And Cheaper With Ivy Bridge
Jun 26, 2012 - in Reviews
What can you expect from a 17 W processor after benchmarking its 77 W big brother? We get our hands on a reference-class Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabook and quantify how a hard thermal ceiling affects x86, gaming, transcoding, and Blu-ray playback workloads.
SYNC With MyFord Touch: Automotive Infotainment For All
May 30, 2012 - in Reviews
Automotive infotainment systems are becoming smarter, and more powerful, featuring some of the same hardware as popular smartphones and tablets. It's time to apply our own unique analysis to technology finding its way into the automotive segment.