Samsung 750 EVO (120GB & 250GB) SSD Review

Samsung 750 EVO (120GB & 250GB) SSD Review

Since the introduction of their first consumer TLC SSD with the SSD 840, Samsung’s consumer/retail SATA SSD lineup has consisted of two product families: the MLC-based Pro drives, and the TLC-based 840 and EVO drives. The strength of Samsung’s SSD controllers and the advantages of 3D NAND have allowed the 850 EVO to maintain a solidly mid-range position in the SSD market well

GIGABYTE Server MW31-SP0 Motherboard Review

GIGABYTE Server MW31-SP0 Motherboard Review

When we learned that Intel would be restricting Skylake based Xeon E3 CPUs to motherboards using server chipsets only, there was a small outcry from a community that has routinely picked the E3 processors over the consumer counterparts. This is because server chipset based motherboards come with very specialized feature sets, are not concerned with looks or things such as bundles or software packages,

Best iPhone 2016: how to choose the right one for you

Best iPhone 2016: how to choose the right one for you

You’ve woken up, looked out the window and then looked down at the crumbling smartphone that you’ve been using for what feels like ever. Some part of your mind decides that it’s time for an upgrade, and if you’re set on owning an iPhone, then you’ve got some big choices to make. You can spend a fortune on the powerful iPhone 6S Plus, or spend some time in the second hand market – but will get you

Riotoro Prism CR1280 Case Review

Riotoro Prism CR1280 Case Review

Today we are having our first encounter with Riotoro, a manufacturer of personal computer cases, power supply units, cooling-related products and peripherals. Riotoro is a company that came to be from former NVIDIA and Corsair employees. The current number of products they offer is small, consisting of just a couple of cases and mice, but we expect that to change rapidly in the not

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will have USB Type-C connector, rumor says

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will have USB Type-C connector, rumor says

At this point Samsung is just a few months away from unveiling the Galaxy Note 6, so understandably the number of rumors regarding it is starting to rise. The latest mumbling says in no uncertain terms that the successor to the Note5 will have a USB Type-C port, which will thus make its first ever appearance in the Korean company’s portfolio. It will replace the ever-prevalent microUSB connector. What isn’t as clear is which standard

Samsung Galaxy C5 photos leak

Samsung Galaxy C5 photos leak

Just a day after the Samsung Galaxy C5 leaked in pictures for the first time (showing off its metal body), a new set of images – alleged to be of the same device – has leaked online. Take a look: Giving a more eye-pleasing view, these new images also confirm a metal body (something that has already been rumored before). As for the device’s specs, rumors

Fuji X-Pro2: Review

Fuji X-Pro2: Review

Introduction and features Few mirrorless cameras develop as strong a fanbase as Fuji’s X-Pro1, and even fewer manage to appeal to as wide a demographic as it eventually did. With its classic styling and manual controls, it immediately attracted seasoned photographers who may have started out with similarly styled rangefinders, while its fine image quality and a steady line of well-regarded optics slowly released alongside meant

Oculus Rift: Updates

Oculus Rift: Updates

What it’s like to wear Oculus Rift Update: At last, the first Oculus Rifts are arriving on consumers’ doorsteps. While Oculus hit its target date of March 28 for the headset’s release, only Rifts that were pre-ordered several months ago are arriving today. When I think of virtual reality, I think of immersive experiences that transport me to places, real or make-believe, I would otherwise never see. VR is the

LG G5: Review

LG G5: Review

Introduction and design The LG G5 is a massive change of pace for the South Korean firm. It’s done away with the cheap plastic and confusing leather finishes of the LG G4 in favor of a full metal body, while keeping fan-favorite features like a removable battery and microSD card. That’s a big deal, because Samsung disappointed a vocal minority when it ditched its swappable battery and expandable storage hallmarks

HTC One A9: Review

HTC One A9: Review

Introduction Let’s get a couple of things straight: the HTC One A9 isn’t a flagship phone, which explains why so many iconic elements have been left out. And yes, it looks a lot like an iPhone 6S. But that would miss the point of this phone. It’s a ‘fashion’ device, one for those who want a slightly cheaper smartphone with decent build and some attractive specs, sitting apart from the usual bun-fight for attention

Canon EOS 80D: Review

Canon EOS 80D: Review

Introduction and features The new 80D, which replaces the 70D launched in July 2013, sits smack in the middle of Canon’s SLR line-up, above the 760D and below the 7D Mark II. That puts it in prime enthusiast territory which means it needs to appeal to people who want to shoot a range of subjects in a variety of conditions. These users also want an extensive feature set with plenty of control options, but they don’t need a full-on

Panasonic GX80/GX85

Panasonic GX80/GX85

Introduction and features One of the main complaints levelled at the high-end Panasonic GX8 is that it’s a bit on the big side for a camera with a Four Thirds type sensor. Well the GX80 introduced below it in the company’s flat-style range of cameras is set to address that by offering a smaller alternative. The downside of course is that it doesn’t offer the same range of direct controls on the top-plate, but there is still

Roku Streaming Stick (2016): Review

Roku Streaming Stick (2016): Review

The original Roku Streaming Stick, the one released back in 2012 before the Chromecast came onto the scene and the Amazon Fire TV Stick had ever been conceived, was a landmark innovation for streaming video players. At $49 (£49, about AU$62), the Roku Streaming Stick was cheaper than anything else on the market and smaller by far. It packed all the independent goodness of Roku OS, as well as over 1,000 channels,

LeEco Le 2, Le 2 Pro, and LeMax 2: New Announces

LeEco Le 2, Le 2 Pro, and LeMax 2: New Announces

Today in Beijing we had the opportunity to attend LeEco’s presentation event announcing their new flagship smartphone devices. LeEco has been a company we haven’t had the chance to cover to date, yet the company is making a lot of noise and positioning itself against its competition in the smartphone space and beyond. Today’s event was a 3 hour pandemonium where among other

Fuji X70: Review

Fuji X70: Review

Introduction and features Fuji’s compact cameras have proved very popular, but some find the APS-C format X100T too big and the 2/3-inch sensor in the X30 too small. Well the X70 could be just right. This new camera has the same 16.3Mp APS-C format X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II as the X100T. However, these are joined by a new Fujinon 18.5mm f/2.8 lens which gives an effective focal length of 28mm, significantly

PlayStation Vue: Updates

PlayStation Vue: Updates

PlayStation Vue is slowly shaping up to be the cable killer Sony promised it would be. Today the company announced that it would rollout nation-wide by offering three new packages – Access Slim, Core Slim and Elite Slim – that offer everything the regular packages offer, minus live local channels. We’ll revisit the score once we try the new packages for ourselves.

PlayStation Now: Updates

PlayStation Now: Updates

Introduction to PlayStation Now A lot can change in three years. Take, for example, PlayStation Now. On July 2, 2012, Sony bought the then-barely-known cloud gaming service, GaiKai, to the tune of $380 million (£242 million, AU$518). The decision was met with tepid excitement and heaps of skepticism. The excitement made sense. Though a foreign idea at the time, game-streaming sounded like an ambitious

PlayStation VR: Updates

PlayStation VR: Updates

For a minute there, I was worried that virtual reality was going to be something that was better experienced on a PC, with devices like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive the obvious leaders right now. After spending some time with the final consumer version of Sony’s PS4-exclusive headset at GDC 2016, however, I can finally put those fears to rest.

Microsoft Lumia 650: Review

Microsoft Lumia 650: Review

Introduction and features ‘Premium’ is a word that’s bandied about a lot in the smartphone world these days, especially by PRs and marketing types. And manufacturers, eager to justify the increasing prices of their most highly-specced models, are now in something of an arms race to present each new product as the most ‘premium’. Microsoft hasn’t always been on the ball when it comes to build quality, however, with

Panasonic TZ100/ZS100: Review

Panasonic TZ100/ZS100: Review

Introduction Panasonic entered the digital camera market in 2001, and in 2006 produced the first of its popular TZ range, a series of cameras with a small body and a large zoom range designed to appeal to travellers. It’s safe to say that in the 10 intervening years, lots of advancements have been made, many of which Panasonic itself has been first to introduce. TZ cameras have proved a big hit over the years, and

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller: Review

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller: Review

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller came as surprise when it was first announced. Both its price ($149/£129/AU$195) and its purpose seemed misaligned with the image Microsoft wanted to put out there after the Xbox One’s slow start out of the gate. It’s expensive, extravagant and perhaps most useful for only a small niche of the Xbox community i.e. it’s everything Microsoft was trying