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Samsung PN51F8500 Review: A 51-Inch Plasma HDTV With SmartHub
Aug 20, 2014 - in Reviews
Only two companies still make plasma TVs, so we’re excited to check out Samsung’s latest, the PN51F8500. It boasts 3D, SmartHub 2.0, and superb image quality. In the vast ocean of LCD televisions, it’s a compelling choice. Our lab results show you why.
Five Z97 Express Motherboards, $160 To $220, Reviewed
Aug 14, 2014 - in Reviews
Intel’s “mainstream” socket continues to spawn enthusiast parts with the company’s fastest-ever gaming-oriented CPU. You’ll probably want a feature-packed motherboard for that, and five companies stepped up to show off the best of the sub-$220 segment.
BenQ PG2401PT, 24-inch Color Accurate Monitor Review
Aug 6, 2014 - in Reviews
Photographers and printing pros look for the ultimate accuracy when they choose a monitor. BenQ answers the call with its 24-inch PG2401PT IPS display. It’s industry-certified for color accuracy, even without calibration. Today, we put it to the test.
Overlord Tempest X270OC, 27" 120 Hz IPS Gaming Monitor Review
Jul 17, 2014 - in Reviews
After many reader requests to review Overlord’s 120 Hz 27-inch QHD monitor, we finally got a brand new X270OC in our labs. It’s the only IPS screen we know of that can exceed a 60 Hz refresh rate. We run it through our benchmark and usability test suite.
AOC G2460PQU 24-inch 144 Hz Gaming Monitor Review
Jul 10, 2014 - in Reviews
Not many monitors can run at 144 Hz, but AOC is adding to your list of choices with its G2460PQU 24-inch TN-based screen. We’ve already tested similar displays from Asus and BenQ. Can AOC match their speed and performance at a roughly $250 price point?
Three AMD AM1 Motherboards For The Kabini APU, Reviewed
Jul 2, 2014 - in Reviews
Targeting power-misers, AMD’s low-energy Kabini-based APUs could easily find their way into entertainment PCs, office machines, and PoS terminals. Of course, you need a motherboard to make it a “platform” and we found three companies willing to help.
Intel Pentium G3258 CPU Review: Haswell, Unlocked, For $75
Jun 17, 2014 - in Reviews
It's a momentous occasion. Intel now offers an affordable dual-core Pentium with an unlocked multiplier based on its Haswell architecture. How well does it overclock? Can it beat AMD's potent little Athlon X4 750K? We run both through our benchmark suite.
NEC PA272W 27-Inch Monitor Review: Accuracy And Flexibility
Jun 12, 2014 - in Reviews
We’ve reviewed a lot of professional-class monitors, NEC's PA272W may be the most accurate and capable one ever to hit the Tom's Hardware lab. At almost $1300, it’s expensive for a 27-inch QHD screen. But there are features here you won’t find elsewhere.
BenQ XL2720Z Monitor Review: A 27-Inch, 144 Hz Gaming Display
May 30, 2014 - in Reviews
Many displays are marketed as gaming monitors. But only a tiny handful operate at refresh rates greater than 60 Hz. The BenQ XL2720Z sails along at 144 Hz and offers many gaming-specific features. Today we run it through our benchmark suite.
Asus PB287Q 28-Inch 4K Monitor Review: Ultra HD For $650
May 27, 2014 - in Reviews
We've seen plenty of buzz about the beauty of gaming at 3840x2160. Up until now, though, that meant spending several grand on a 4K monitor. Asus drives the price down to $650 with its 28-inch PB287Q. But are there sacrifices made in the process?
Five Overclockable 32 GB DDR3 Kits, Reviewed
May 20, 2014 - in Reviews
Eight gigabytes per DIMM has become de rigueur for high-end builds, even though you get the best data rates and latencies from lower-density modules. We test five 32 GB products to see if it's still possible to squeeze out enthusiast-class performance.
Intel Z97 Express: Five Enthusiast Motherboards, $120 To $160
May 13, 2014 - in Reviews
Tom’s Hardware readers set a higher bar for enthusiast-class motherboards, demanding overclocking capabilities and more robust feature sets. Priced from $120 to $160, we welcome the first five Z97 motherboards to our enhanced definition of mainstream!
PowerColor PCS+ R9 290X Review: Cool, Quiet, And Priced Right
May 5, 2014 - in Reviews
PowerColor sent over a second 2.5-slot Hawaii-based card. The first was MSI's R9 290X Lightning. This one, the PCS+ R9 290X is both lighter and less expensive. Does PowerColor out-engineer MSI and score an upset, or is the PCS+ simply less capable?
Toshiba 65L9300U: A 4K HDTV With HDMI 2.0 Support
Apr 3, 2014 - in Reviews
With Ultra HD monitors becoming more prolific, we thought it was time to check out a 4K HDTV. Toshiba sent us its 65-inch L9300U LED panel. This TV offers 3D and cloud features in addition to a high pixel count. We put it through its paces in this review.
NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Case Review
Apr 1, 2014 - in Reviews
Big changes are afoot at NZXT. The company's new H440 mid-tower chassis doesn’t have any bays for externally-facing 5.25-inch drives. The company assures us that there are plenty of features to take up that space and make your system look even better.
Which A88X-Based Board Should You Buy For Your Kaveri APU?
Mar 20, 2014 - in Reviews
AMD’s Socket FM2+ interface introduces official PCI Express 3.0 support to the company's APUs based on the Kaveri architecture. We take a look at four motherboards in order to determine which features and overclocking enhancements are also on the table.
Do It Like Tom's: Calibrating Your Monitor With CalMAN RGB
Mar 19, 2014 - in Reviews
A while back, we introduced you to display calibration with Datacolor's Sypder4Elite. Today we look at CalMAN RGB, which is the other major calibration solution. With extensive meter and pattern source support, it’s positioned as a professional’s tool.
Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Case Review: For Your MicroATX Build
Mar 17, 2014 - in Reviews
Fractal Design is extending its popular Arc case family with the Arc Mini R2. It's a mini-tower for microATX motherboards, and it’s supposed to provide the same features as the Arc Midi R2 and the Arc XL. Does it deliver a familiar quality level, too?
Gigabyte Aivia Uranium Wireless Gaming Mouse Review
Mar 13, 2014 - in Reviews
Gigabyte's Aivia Uranium wireless gaming mouse is certainly a bit different. It might not be the ideal peripheral for all enthusiasts. However, there are those who will undoubtedly consider this feature-rich mouse to be everything that they need.
PowerColor LCS AXR9 290X: Water Makes Hawaii Comfortable
Mar 5, 2014 - in Reviews
AMD’s Radeon R9 290X is an incredibly powerful gaming card. Unfortunately, the company's cheap cooling solution results in inconsistent performance and excessive noise. PowerColor’s liquid-cooled LCS AXR9 290X is set to solve both issues with finesse.
Four Entry-Level Monochrome Laser Printers, Reviewed
Feb 20, 2014 - in Reviews
We take entry-level monochrome laser printers from Brother, Dell, HP, and Xerox in an attempt to identify which one is the best option for your home office or small business. We test performance and evaluate features in our quest to crown a winner.
Toshiba 50L7300U Review: A 50-Inch LED HDTV With Wi-Fi
Feb 5, 2014 - in Reviews
You've seen us dramatically increase our display coverage over the last year, and now we're reviewing HDTVs too. Our first screen is Toshiba’s 50-inch L7300U Cloud TV with Wi-Fi. We run it through our lab and usability tests to see how it measures up.
Seven Small (But Powerful) Mini-PCs, Reviewed
Jan 30, 2014 - in Reviews
After generating buzz with two generations of mini-PCs, Intel updated its NUC line-up with Haswell-based models. We compare Zotac's Zbox nano ID65, ASRock's VisionX 420D, Logic Supply's ML300, Gigabyte's Brix BXi7-4500, and Acer's Revo RL80 to two NUCs.
2013 Audi A8L: Nvidia Graphics, Wi-Fi, LED Lights, And Google Earth
Jan 24, 2014 - in Reviews
One week with Audi's flagship A8L just isn't enough. This car is loaded with smart technology, driver aids, awesome lights, and a beefy motor. We go through as many of its subsystems as possible in an effort to find something wrong...but really can't.
Google Nexus 5 Review: A Fast, Affordable Phone With LTE For All
Jan 21, 2014 - in Reviews
There's a new flagship smartphone in town. The LG-made Nexus 5 offers a fast Snapdragon platform, LTE for all markets, a 5” 1080p display, and Android 4.4 “KitKat”. Best of all, the 16 GB model sells for just $350 off-contract. Is it too good to be true?
Four Z87 Express Motherboards For Three- And Four-Way SLI
Jan 3, 2014 - in Reviews
Formerly a very exclusive component, the PCI Express switch that makes Intel’s LGA 1150-based platforms three- and four-way SLI-capable is now available across a range of high-end motherboards. Today we compare four premium enthusiast-oriented models.
Seven Portable Bluetooth Speaker Systems, Tested And Reviewed
Dec 10, 2013 - in Reviews
We're testing a wide range of Bluetooth-capable speakers, priced between $50 and $250, to gauge how well these wireless audio devices fare. Believe it or not, there's a ton of differentiation, and a number of systems clearly rise to the top of our list.
Tom's Hardware's Reader's Choice Awards 2013
Dec 8, 2013 - in Reviews
Tom's Hardware reviewed hundreds of products in 2013, and although we're conservative with our awards, there were still 45 forms of recognition given out this year. Now we want you to vote for your five favorite products for a chance to win great prizes.
Five Z87 Motherboards For Your Mini-ITX Build, Reviewed
Nov 24, 2013 - in Reviews
Z87 rules the PC enthusiast market by exposing the Haswell architecture's full feature set. We're particularly interested in mini-ITX-based platforms able to integrate Z87 in a compact form factor. Five boards contend for supremacy of compact computing.
Fixing The Radeon R9 290 With Arctic's Accelero Xtreme III
Nov 17, 2013 - in Reviews
One of the best things we did for our Radeon R9 290 review was pop off AMD's reference cooler and attach Arctic's Accelero Xtreme III. Today, we show you how we did this, we dive deeper into the results, and ultimately recommend the aftermarket heat sink.