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  • 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.

  • Buying Advice: Samsung Galaxy Note II: Bigger, faster, better

    In the end it's the speed and quality of the large display that are the strongest selling points of the Note II. Together with the fine-tuned version of TouchWiz it makes the Samsung Galaxy Note II the high-end Android smartphone currently around, as long as you don't mind the size.

  • Buying Advice: LG 55LM760S TV review: higher mid-range TV

    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.

  • Buying Advice: Review of Adata HV610, HD710 and HE720 external hard drives: Something for everyone

    A 2.5-inch external hard disk can provide that extra storage you need when you're on-the-go. Adata is one of the players in this market, so we tested three of their USB 3.0 DashDrive models with 500 GB of storage, the HV610, HD710 and HE720. Hardware.Info tested them to find out how they perform and what sets them apart.

  • Buying Advice: Alcatel One Touch 991D review: full-touch smartphone for £120

    In the end there are three reasons to buy the Alcatel One Touch 991D. First of all it's a very affordable smartphone at £120, that's entirely touch operated. The dual-SIM feature is also a unique selling point, with various applications. The third reason to get the One Touch 991D is the excellent battery life.

  • Buying Advice: ASUS Matrix HD 7970 Platinum review: 1.4 kg graphics card

    Impressive graphics card design, that is something you can trust ASUS with. The latest new member in the Republic of Gamers family is the Matrix HD 7970 Platinum. It's a huge card based on the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition with several unique features for overclockers. Hardware.Info tested the card and overclocked it.

  • Buying Advice: Sony PRS-T2 e-reader review: minus the audio

    The Sony PRS-T2 is a great successor to the PRS-T1. The differences are perhaps minor, but the new model adds Evernote and Facebook, and improves loading times. The one area where it falls short compared to last year's model is the audio support, that has been left out completely. Even without the audio feature, the PRS-T2 is one of the fastest and complete e-readers that is currently available.

  • Buying Advice: Shuttle OmniNAS KD20 review: first time's the charm?

    For a first entry, the Shuttle OmniNAS KD20 certainly doesn't disappoint. It has a solid chassis, a USB 3.0 port on the front and quality trays for the hard disks. The firmware has all the features you expect on a NAS, and the lay-out is well-organised. Shuttle also has practical apps for remote access to your folders.

  • Buying Advice: Sony Xperia Tablet S review: thinner, faster...better?

    Sony's Tablet S from last year had kind of a unique design, and made a good impression. Even if it wasn't perfect, it managed to distinguish itself from masses of Tegra 2 tablets at the time. With the new Xperia Tablet S, Sony is continuing with a similar design.

  • Buying Advice: Should I upgrade to iPhone 5 from iPhone 4?

    If you own an iPhone 4 you may be wondering whether an upgrade to the iPhone 5 is in order. Here we analyse the difference between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5, and assess whether you should upgrade from iPhone 4 to iPhone 5. If you are an iPhone 4S user, turn to our story: Should I upgrade from iPhone 4S to iPhone 5.

  • Buying Advice: Panasonic TX-L55DT50 review: Panasonic's LCD goes large

    The TX-L55DT50E is a TV from Panasonic with plenty to offer.

  • Buying Advice: Ten DDR3 memory kits reviewed: optimised for Ivy Bridge

    The new Intel Ivy Bridge processors have more options for overclocking RAM. To find out which brand of memory modules will give you the best performance in return, Hardware.Info compared ten different sets.

  • Buying Advice: Loewe Connect ID review: Design TV with many faces

    If interior design is your thing and you want your TV to blend into your modern living room, then the Connect ID range from Loewe should be on your shortlist.

  • Buying Advice: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti review: Gigabyte vs MSI vs Zotac

    Today Nvidia introduced the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, a graphics card based on the same GK106 GPU that the GeForce GTX 660 is built around. Nvidia's new card is positioned against AMD's Radeon HD 7770. Hardware.Info compared cards from Gigabyte, MSI and Zotac.

  • Buying Advice: Fractal Design Define R4 review: refined silence

    Fractal Design is known for creating computer chassis with an emphasis on silent cooling. The company has gathered a loyal following that appreciates the stylish design, quality materials and good performance of their products. Some time ago the fourth edition of their "Define" flagship chassis was released, the R4. It took a while to arrive at the Hardware.Info test lab, but here is finally the review of the Fractal Design Define R4.

  • Buying Advice: ASRock Z77 OC Formula review: designed by Nick Shih

    ASRock has a new high-end Socket 1155 motherboard specially aimed at overclockers, and the extra features reflect this. Professional overclocker Nick Shih assisted with the design of the ASRock Z77 OC Formula board, and also added a number of custom overclocking profiles.

  • Buying Advice: MSI Z77 MPower review: guaranteed to overclock

    Excellent overclocking performance at an affordable price. We have waited years for a motherboard like the Z77 MPower. Why? Because every time a manufacturer comes with a motherboard aimed at overclockers, it is filled with other features that aren't useful for overclocking. MSI kept those extra features to a minimum on the Z77 MPower board. If you are an overclocker, then the Z77 MPower should be on your wish list, it's as simple as that.

  • Buying Advice: Benchmarks: Samsung Galaxy Note II vs Apple iPhone 5

    Samsung's new flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, became available yesterday. Hardware.Info put Samsung's latest Android device next to Apple's iPhone 5 to find out how the current top-of-the-line smart phones compare to each other. Samsung is positioning the Galaxy Note II above the Galaxy S III.

  • Buying Advice: AMD A10-5800K / A8-5600K full review: Trinity for desktops

    In May AMD introduced its latest generation APUs codenamed Trinity for laptops, and today the desktop versions finally arrive. Last week we were only allowed to write about the hardware behind the new CPUs, the model numbers and the gaming benchmarks. Today, you get the full review, including CPU benchmarks and everything else.

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