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A first look at the Windows 10 Technical Preview
— 10:21 PM on October 19, 2014

Cyril has spent some time with the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and he's jotted down his thoughts about each of the major new features...

Type: Feature article Tags: Operating systems Windows

TR's August 2014 peripheral staff picks
— 10:14 PM on August 25, 2014

In this second edition of the peripheral staff picks, we've reworked the display section with the latest 4K and G-Sync monitors in mind. We've...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia Storage Systems Displays Input devices

A quick look at Diamond's Xtreme Sound XS71HDU
— 6:49 PM on August 5, 2014

We love sound cards here at TR, but they don't fit in every kind of PC. Diamond's Xtreme Sound XS71HDU serves up the same kinds...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

TR's April 2014 peripheral staff picks
— 11:41 PM on April 6, 2014

When we introduced our new System Guide format in February, we cut out peripherals in order to focus more closely on internal PC components. Our...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia Storage Systems Displays Input devices

High-PPI support in Windows 8.1: still not so great
— 8:25 PM on December 19, 2013

Displays with high pixel densities are pretty much standard in tablets, and we're all waiting for them to become standard in notebooks. Take a trip...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays Mobile computing Windows

Hands-on with Windows 8.1 Preview
— 2:48 PM on June 26, 2013

Late last month, Microsoft announced a raft of interface changes that Windows 8.1 would introduce. Here's a first-hand look at some of them from...

Type: Feature article Tags: Operating systems Windows

The problem with Windows convertible tablets
— 10:56 PM on March 13, 2013

I've been spending a fair bit of time with Windows convertible tablets lately. I reviewed the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T last week,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Windows Personal tech

My six days with Windows 8
— 12:32 AM on November 2, 2012

So, I installed Windows 8 on my desktop PC last week. It was late on the eve of the launch. The download link for the $39.99...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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