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Lenovo Erazer X700 Gaming PC Review: Is It As Fast As It Looks?
Nov 26, 2013 - in Reviews
Famed for its ThinkPads, data center-oriented servers, and dependable office PCs, Lenovo is looking to carve out a piece of the enthusiast segment with its Erazer X700 gaming system. Can this sexy-looking setup stand up against our SBM configurations?
ASRock M8 Mini-ITX Barebones Gaming PC Review
Oct 24, 2013 - in Reviews
Some of us love compact gaming builds, but the best of these have always been pre-configured into custom enclosures. Is ASRock’s M8 the perfect open-architecture alternative? We load this $550 barebones up with hardware and test its mettle.
Kaser Net'sPC2 YF810-8G Review: $100 For An Android Nettop?
Jun 4, 2013 - in Reviews
What’s the cheapest computer you can buy today? And we're not talking Raspberry Pi. We still need enough horsepower to email, browse the Web, or play a movie. Kaser claims to have the answer with its $100 Android-based nettop. But is it up to the task?
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.
Origin PC Millennium: 3-Way SLI And A 4.6 GHz Core i5
Dec 19, 2012 - in Reviews
After a long hiatus, Tom's Hardware returns to consumer desktop reviews with Origin PC's Millennium. Can three GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards and an overclocked Core i5 handle gaming at 5760x1080? We want to know if this elegant box is worth its $3,000+ price.
Quick Look: Hands-On With LG's 22AM33NB All-In-One Chassis
Dec 18, 2012 - in Reviews
We just finished building our second all-in-one using the Thin Mini-ITX form factor and a box of off-the-shelf components. Although we still don't have the graphics performance we crave, LG's 22AM33NB chassis is a clean example of a productivity machine.
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.
System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: System Value Compared
Dec 6, 2012 - in Reviews
This quarter is full of surprises, from a value-oriented $500 build that includes a Radeon HD 7850 to a $1,000 machine based on AMD's FX-8350 and a $2,000 box armed with a pair of Radeon HD 7970s. We mix it up by adding new benchmarks. It's anyone's game!
iBuyPower P500X And P900DX Workstations, Reviewed
Dec 2, 2012 - in Reviews
Armed with updated workstation benchmarks, we have two systems from iBuyPower in the lab today: a $2,000 quad-core entry-level rig, and an $8,000 sixteen-core behemoth. With $6,000 separating the two, is the performance spread really what you'd expect?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
System Builder Marathon, August 2012: Alternative $2000 Gaming PC
Aug 23, 2012 - in Reviews
Starved by the limits of our System Builder Marathon benchmark suite, Thomas decides to explore what happens when he really uncorks the graphics system. A helping of 5760x1080 across three monitors is being added to the complete four-course test set.
System Builder Marathon, August 2012: System Value Compared
Aug 22, 2012 - in Reviews
Paul, Don, and Thomas each took a stab at building the best value-oriented performance machine within their budget limits (some more successfully than others). Which of these machines will stand out for delivering the most bang for your enthusiast buck?
System Builder Marathon, August 2012: $2000 Performance PC
Aug 21, 2012 - in Reviews
We took our highest-priced build back to the drawing board to focus on features, rather than price. Can I compete with the less expensive configurations without spending all of my time worrying about benchmark results? Tomorrow's analysis will be telling.
AMD FirePro W8000 And W9000 Review: GCN Goes Pro
Aug 12, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD’s GCN architecture, known for its strong compute and 3D performance, is finally being made available in the company's FirePro workstation graphics card family. Can AMD catch Nvidia? We test the two fastest FirePro cards to answer that question.
Fast, Small, And Complete? Samsung's $329 Chromebox
Aug 6, 2012 - in Reviews
Would you believe that there's a Celeron-powered nettop that sells for $329, including all of the software you need? Samsung's Chromebox gives the small form factor market something to think about with its slim profile and pre-installed Google Chrome OS.
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.
Does Size Matter? Four Very Small Nettops Get Reviewed
Jul 24, 2012 - in Reviews
We're comparing four diminutive PCs: ASRock’s Vision HT, Jetway’s Mini-Top JBC700, Lenovo’s Q180, and Zotac’s Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus. Despite their similar sizes, each tiny computer offers a unique feature set. Are any of them right for you?