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    When we reviewed the other three Socket FM2 boards we almost had the feeling that we tested the same board three times in a row. This Sapphire Pure Platinum A85XT motherboard is also very similar to those three, but it has a couple of unique aspects. One is the presence of a Bluetooth controller and the second is the combined mini-PCIe/mSATA slot.

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    The budget tablet segment keeps growing, and generally they are also improving in quality. In the beginning these products had pretty terrible displays, but nowadays you can find decent screens on these affordable tablets. A fairly recent addition to the entry-level segment is the brand dServe, that is using three new tablets to enter the budget tablet market.

  • Buying Advice: Xigmatek Asgard III review: affordable enclosure

    The Xigmatek Asgard III certainly is not a bad chassis for its £30 price tag. It cools better than the similarly priced Bitfenix Outlaw, even if that chassis is more quiet. The Asgard III performs about the same as the recently reviewed Sharkoon T28, which costs about 50 percent more.

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  • Buying Advice: Arctic MC101 review: HTPC in media player format

    Watching digital content in your living room, it remains a challenge sometimes. Of course there are plenty of media players, settop boxes, smart TVs, intelligent Blu-ray players and the old favourite, the home theatre PC (HTPC). The latter is the most flexible, but until now also the largest in size, which can be a drawback in the living room. Arctic has attempted to solve that problem, by creating an HTPC that is the size of a media player.

  • Buying Advice: Scythe Kama Dock, Rack 3.5 and Rack 5 review: docks, hot-swap bays and card readers

    With the Kama Dock, the Kama Rack 3.5 and the Kama Rack 5, Scythe has several options if you need devices for removable storage. We liked the Kama Dock the most, particularly because you can connect it via USB 3.0.

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  • Buying Advice: Should I upgrade to Windows Phone 8?

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  • Buying Advice: Android 4.0 update improves Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 performance

    The update to Android 4.0 has definitely made the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 faster. The tablet reacts quicker to touch input, and benchmark results indicate that the new software has indeed accelerated Samsung's tablet.

  • Buying Advice: ASUS ET2220 review: 22-inch all-in-one with Windows 8

    Manufacturers are putting in overtime to get the first Windows 8 laptops, tablets and all-in-ones ready for 26 October. The first to arrive at the Hardware.Info offices came from ASUS in the form of the ET2220, a 22-inch all-in-one touchscreen with a modern design optimised for the Windows 8 experience.

  • Buying Advice: AMD FX-8350, -8320, -6300 'Vishera' review: finally good enough?

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  • Buying Advice: Review of the 15-inch Samsung Series 9: 15 inches and only 1.58 kg

    The Samsung Series 9 NP900X4D costs around £1,100 and is a phenomenal laptop. It features a 15-inch display but somehow only weighs 1.58 kg, all in a good-looking magnesium chassis. You get a large battery that lasts a long time and you can expand the amount of RAM if you want. Windows 8 works great on it, thanks to the large touchpad that functions the same way a touchscreen does.

  • Buying Advice: 2x Dell XPS 15 review: Core i7 or Core i5?

    The Dell XPS 15s are deluxe laptops that look great. This is true for both models we tested, but we definitely prefer the version with Core i7 and GT 640M over the one with Core i5 and GT 630M. The i7 version costs more of course, but it's worth the extra money. The processor is quite a bit faster, and you can actually play games with that graphics card.

  • Buying Advice: Roccat Alumic mousepad review: mouse on metal

    The lift-off distance of the Roccat Alumic is outstanding. It is rare that we measure less than the 0.85 mm we achieved on this mousepad combined with our Zowie AM-GS mouse. Most mousepads have a lift-off distance of around 1.5 mm. The smoothness and size of the Alumic make it perfect for swiping movements and frequently lifting the mouse. That means it is highly suitable for every type of gamer, from low-sense to high-sense.

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    The LG LM760S has almost all of the features of the high-end LM960V, but is slightly more affordable. We prefer the design of this model with its rounded base compared to the more expensive one. In terms of features, LG's televisions are great, with things like Smart TV, the ability to order on-demand films and passive 3D.



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