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Hands on: Catalyst Black unleashes Vainglory’s full potential, but at a cost

In the world of mobile gaming, finding hidden gems can be a challenge. After all, many companies -- especially nowadays -- have been focusing on the freemium business model. Most of the people I know, including myself, despise that. I play to wind down and enjoy an artistic piece that a person (or a studio)...

OnePlus Nord Buds Review: Tasteful design and exceptional battery life at an affordable price

OnePlus's Nord smartphones are good-looking, nail the essentials, and are always pocket-friendly. Now OnePlus wants to expand this formula to other products as it seeks to expand the Nord line beyond smartphones. The long-term goal likely involves creating a Nord product ecosystem consisting of earbuds, smartwatches, etc. The OnePlus Nord Buds is the first product...

Honor Magic 4 Pro Review: A swing and a near-miss

Honor's back, and they are better than ever. Following the company's split from Huawei towards the end of 2020, we saw its first solo venture arrive in the form of the decidedly mid-range Honor 50 series. Now the company's back with a flagship smartphone in the west, the Honor Magic 4 Pro, and it shows...

Vivo X80 Pro Review: The best camera on a smartphone, once again

When it comes to Chinese phone brands' reputation on an international stage, Vivo probably isn't as well known as Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, or OnePlus. But those of us who follow the smartphone scene closely know Vivo has been making really good phones for a couple of years now, and last fall's Vivo X70 Pro Plus...

Benchmarking the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 on an Engineering Platform: Finally taming the fire dragon

In December 2021 at a launch event in Hawaii, we saw Qualcomm unveil the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It packed more performance than ever, and the company also claimed efficiency improvements. However, it wasn't that much more powerful than chipsets of previous years. Now the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 is here, and ASUS has...

Gigabyte UD850GM PSU review: A reliable option for new gaming PCs

Gigabyte is no stranger to PC components as the company has deep roots in the market with several reliable offerings. The new UD-850GM power supply is a solid option to consider if you're looking to build a mid to relatively high-end PC. It supplies stable, clean, and reliable power without breaking down or making too...

HP Thunderbolt Dock G4 Review: For people that want a specific array of ports

As far as Thunderbolt 4 docks go, HP's solution is a solid one, all depending on what you want. It has either 100W or 230W output, depending on the model you choose, so even if you have a powerful ZBook Fury G9, the HP Thunderbolt Dock G4 can charge it. That's not all. This is one...

Sony Xperia 1 IV Review: A different approach to mobile photography

Sony's smartphones have always differed from other handsets on the market, in that they never seemed to care about industry trends. This could be something as superficial as bezel sizes -- Sony has never bothered to chase the all-screen look the way other Android brands have -- to something as crucial as digital imaging philosophies....

Realme GT Neo 3 (150W) Review: Once you fast-charge, you can never go back

When you talk about fast charging on a smartphone, a good chunk of the world still experiences it at a maximum of 18W-25W, thanks to Apple, Samsung, and the budget market sticking to these numbers. Move over to Asia though, and you'd find that even 25W barely qualifies as what one can consider fast charging....

Lenovo Yoga 9i (2022) Review: The new best consumer laptop

I review a lot of laptops, and if you've heard of it, it's probably crossed my desk. So when I say that the Lenovo Yoga 9i is now the best laptop on the market, I'm saying that from a place where I've actually tested the rest. The only caveat is that Dell hasn't announced this...

Realme Pad Mini Review: Decent tablet for the price, but keep your expectations low

Google's recent push to improve Android for large-screen devices has prompted several OEMs to enter the Android tablet space once again. But while some OEMs, like Samsung and Xiaomi, are focusing on the flagship and mid-range Android tablet segments, others like Realme are betting big on the entry-level tablet market. After launching the budget-friendly Realme...

Hands-on with the new Acer Swift 3 laptop for 2022

Acer introduced a refreshed model of the Swift 3 for 2022 ahead of this year's MWC, and it comes with a few improvements. It has new processors, a tweaked design, and a new display option. While we don't expect the laptop to be available to buy before June, Acer was kind enough to send us...