The ASRock X299E-ITX/ac Motherboard Review: An 18-core No-Compromise Mini-ITX

The ASRock X299E-ITX/ac Motherboard Review: An 18-core No-Compromise Mini-ITX

Our next X299 motherboard review shrinks down from the large ATX and E-ATX sized motherboards to the sole Mini-ITX offering for the X299 platform. The ASRock X299E-ITX/ac is a diminutive board that offers nearly all of the same features as its larger counterparts but in a package well suited for SFF systems. Users will find four SO-DIMM DRAM slots for quad channel operations,

Nokia Steel HR hands-on review

Nokia Steel HR hands-on review

    The smartwatch market doesn’t have many hybrids, which makes the Steel HR smartwatch a member of a rare breed. It’s neither an Android Wear nor a Tizen device (it’s obviously not a Watch OS wearable either) – it’s half analog watch, half smartband. It has a physical watch face that doesn’t change and a small screen. All of that makes for battery life measured in days, not hours, and a unique wearable, which we rather enjoy handling. You may or may not have heard of Withings – it was a company that made fitness devices, smart scales and connected watches.…

Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 and HyperX Savage USB Flash Drives Capsule Review

Kingston DataTraveler Elite G2 and HyperX Savage USB Flash Drives Capsule Review

 Thumb drives are the most commonly used flash-based storage devices, thanks to their compact form factor and affordability. In our series of direct-attached storage reviews, we have taken a look at drives that use flash controllers that bridge USB directly to the flash as well as those that use USB – SATA bridges. Compact thumb drives usually use a native controller (i.e,

The Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB Review

The Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB Review

 Whenever Intel develops a new generation of SSDs based entirely on in-house technology, the result is usually a product that turns heads. Several times, Intel has set a new standard for SSD performance, starting with its original X25-M. Their most recent shake-up of the consumer SSD market was the Intel SSD 750, the first consumer NVMe SSD. Such significant releases

The Asus ROG Strix Z270G Gaming Motherboard Review

The Asus ROG Strix Z270G Gaming Motherboard Review

 Micro ATX motherboards mark the spot between the limiting Mini ITX motherboards that are limited to a single expansion slot and the classic ATX motherboards that often offer more than what the user requires. Many users need more than a single PCIe slot but not nearly as many as seven. In this review, we are having a look at the Asus ROG Strix Z270G Gaming, a Micro ATX

The ASRock Z270 Supercarrier Motherboard Review: 4-way SLI and 5 Gigabit Ethernet on Kaby Lake

The ASRock Z270 Supercarrier Motherboard Review: 4-way SLI and 5 Gigabit Ethernet on Kaby Lake

Ever since Intel released the Z270 chipset earlier this year, we reviewed several motherboards based on it, ranging from the low-cost Mini ITX ECS Z270H4-I Durathon 2 to the advanced gaming motherboards from Asus and GIGABYTE. As literally dozens of Z270-based motherboards were released, we could not possibly review them all and we centered our choices on products that 

Week 35 in review: LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ1 and Moto X4 appear at IFA 2017

Week 35 in review: LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ1 and Moto X4 appear at IFA 2017

IFA 2017 is wrapping up with the events and we saw plenty of new phones being announced. LG finally unveiled the V30, Sony introduced the XZ1, the XZ1 Compact, and the XA1 Plus, while Lenovo showed the Moto X4 with dual cameras. Other companies like Archos, Alcatel and Blackberry also joined the fun, making the week a pure blessing for all smartphone geeks. Xiaomi and Apple are releasing their next flagships in a matter of two days – first is the Chinese manufacturer with the Mi Mix 2 on September 11. On September 12 the Cupertino company is announcing three iPhones, one…

Western Digital My Passport SSD Mini-Review

Western Digital My Passport SSD Mini-Review

Flash-based external direct-attached storage (DAS) devices have evolved rapidly over the last few years. Starting with simple thumb drives that could barely saturate USB 2.0 bandwidth, we now see high-performance external SSDs. Western Digital’s My Passport SSD is an external SSD with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface. It comes in three capacities – 256GB, 512GB,

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra review: Geared up

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra review: Geared up

   Introduction. Unboxing, 360-degree spin, hardware overview3. Display, connectivity, battery life4. User interface5. Performance6. Telephony, loudspeaker, text input, other apps7. Multimedia apps8. Camera9. SonyAndroid IntroductionSony’s love for big screens goes all the way back to 2013 and the 6.4″ Xperia Z Ultra, which was followed by a phablet in every generation since. Some four years later we have the Xperia XA1 Ultra at our doorstep, all 6 inches of it. And since we headed down memory lane, the Xperia T2 Ultra certainly deserves a mention too. While the Z Ultra packed some flagship-grade internals, the T2 Ultra was less obsessed with specs…

iPhone 6 Updated Review

iPhone 6 Updated Review

Introduction and design Update: iPhone 6 is still being sold and it’s on the iOS 10 update roadmap for September. This review has been revised to account for the new software and the release of the iPhone SE. Why do we have the Apple iPhone 6? Well, back in 2013, despite record sales, the Cupertino brand was heading for a fall. The brand had been trading on the same phone for four years, and something big was needed

Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum Review: A Mechanical Keyboard with Gateron Optical Switches

Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum Review: A Mechanical Keyboard with Gateron Optical Switches

The popularity of mechanical keyboards has led to the flooding of the market with hundreds of products, many of which had very small (or even zero) differences from each other. After all, there were only a handful of different keyboard switch types (and their clones), and there is only so much one can do with differentiating in terms of aesthetics and design without moving

MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Review

MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Review

Something was clear during 2016: RGB LED is here and it wants to be everywhere. It seems that a multicolored piece of computer hardware is the new thing, and every vendor wants to show it off. Usually the LED comes with a colored product anyway, so there are multiple angles for aesthetics, but some motherboard manufacturers have decided that sometimes a cleaner look is needed. MSI’s