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How Windows 8 scaling fails on high-PPI displays
— 11:08 AM on September 26, 2012

We've taken Windows 8 for a spin on Asus' new Zenbook Prime in order to get a feel for the new OS's PPI scaling...

Type: Feature article Tags: Displays Mobile computing Windows

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Asus' budget Xonar DGX and DSX sound cards reviewed
— 8:56 PM on August 8, 2012

Asus' Xonar DGX and DSX cost less than $50, making them tempting upgrades for folks seeking better sound. Both cards have PCI Express interfaces,...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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A look at hardware video transcoding on the PC
— 3:50 PM on July 30, 2012

The market is rife with hardware video transcoders and software that can take advantage of them. However, making sense of that jungle of disparate offerings...

Type: Feature article Tags: CPUs Graphics Multimedia

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Sennheiser's HD 558 headphones are cans of whoop-ass
— 8:59 PM on July 5, 2012

It's rumored that if you give a mouse a cookie, he'll probably ask you for a glass of milk. They also say that if...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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At last, Microsoft may have copied Apple properly
— 2:52 AM on June 22, 2012

Okay, I apologize for the shameful, troll-bait headline. I realize it's easy to misinterpret, so let me qualify with a statement: Microsoft didn't get where it...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Windows

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Windows 8 frightens me, and here's why
— 9:43 PM on May 17, 2012

Some people just hate change. It can't be helped. Those people cling to old versions of their favorite software as long as they can. When...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Western Digital's VelociRaptor 1TB hard drive
— 7:00 AM on April 16, 2012

Is there any hope for high-performance mechanical drives? We test WD's latest 10k-RPM VelociRaptor 1TB against a diverse array of competitors to find out.

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage Servers Workstations

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OCZ's RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB solid-state drive
— 4:48 PM on March 26, 2012

Using virtualization voodoo, the RevoDrive 3 X2 combines four SandForce-based SSDs on a single PCIe card purportedly capable of transfer rates up to 1500MB/s. ...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage Servers Workstations

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TR's March 2012 system guide
— 4:16 PM on February 22, 2012

Not much new hardware has come out since we published our last guide in December, but this edition is still choc-full of small, incremental...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems Workstations

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The misadventures of Blu-ray in HTPC land
— 2:56 PM on January 13, 2012

If you'll humor me, I'd like to take a brief break from all the CES coverage to complain about the sad state of Blu-ray on...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Where's my 21st-century television?
— 10:10 AM on December 9, 2011

Gabe Newell said something that caught my eye the other day. As part of a broader interview with The Cambridge Student, Newell shared some...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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TR's Christmas 2011 system guide
— 8:06 PM on December 6, 2011

With our latest system guide, we've attempted to weather the surge in hard-drive prices while taking advantage of some of the latest hardware releases....

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems Workstations

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TR's fall 2011 system guide
— 3:43 PM on October 24, 2011

Join us as we reveal the latest updates and additions we've made to our four classic builds: the $600 Econobox, $900 Utility Player, $1,500 Sweeter...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems Workstations

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Are sound cards still relevant?
— 10:58 PM on September 29, 2011

Recently, I supplemented my desktop's arsenal of hardware with a stand-alone Asus Xonar DX sound card. This upgrade was something of a shot in...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Windows 8 and the marginalization of geeks
— 10:23 AM on September 16, 2011

On Tuesday, Microsoft made the Windows 8 Developer Preview available publicly without demanding so much as a Windows Live login name and password in return....

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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The next computing revolution will be televised
— 12:50 AM on September 2, 2011

Up until very recently, I had been able to remain faithful to my home-theater PC. Well, that's not entirely true. I've gone through...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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TR's back-to-school system guide
— 2:23 PM on August 15, 2011

In this edition of the guide, we've freshened up our base builds and added a $700 dorm PC for folks heading to college this fall.

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems Workstations

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Asus' Xonar U3 USB audio device
— 11:14 PM on July 13, 2011

For just $40, the Xonar U3 squeezes headphone and microphone jacks, an S/PDIF output, EAX emulation, speaker virtualization, and Dolby Digital Live support into...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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