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  • Wasteland 2 review: The post-apocalyptic role-playing game you've been waiting forWasteland 2 review: The post-apocalyptic role-playing game you've been waiting for

    I'm listening to a woman die, and it's my fault.

  • Spacecom review: A rousing game of strategy between a bunch of trianglesSpacecom review: A rousing game of strategy between a bunch of triangles

    Lambda Penduli is a small star system—one rocky, lifeless planet in orbit around a dying star. Here, in this typically quiet system, a dozen ships are locked in battle. Colorful beams of light arc through the cold vacuum of space, piercing through shields and cutting holes in reinforced steel. The doors blow off one of my ships, flushing the crew into space before the emergency doors can come down. Two ships crash into each other, noiselessly. A cruiser plummets through the planet's thin atmosphere, the crew's mayday call screeching over the intercom. The ship reappears as a small bloom of fire on the surface.

  • HP Envy x360 review: This 360-degree laptop is about versatility, not powerHP Envy x360 review: This 360-degree laptop is about versatility, not power

    Like some other moderately priced 15-inch-class touchscreen laptops we’ve seen of late, the HP Envy x360 is too heavy and too slow to be a road-warrior’s dream machine. But the handsome high-res display and acrobatic 360-degree hinge on this $770 unit will appeal to multimedia aficionados.

  • The new Moto X review: Finally a flagship phone worthy of a Motorola comebackThe new Moto X review: Finally a flagship phone worthy of a Motorola comeback

    Confusingly, Motorola has taken the name from last year’s flagship phone and used it again for this year’s model: it’s just called the “Moto X.” That’s a shame, because this year’s version is a big improvement. The new Moto X is blazing fast, smartly designed, and strikes just the right balance between stock Android and custom software. It deserves a name that lets customers know that it's a big step up from last year's model.

  • One-trick laptop: Lenovo’s Flex 2 is a bargain that bends backwardOne-trick laptop: Lenovo’s Flex 2 is a bargain that bends backward

    With its roomy, touch-enabled, 15.6-inch display; built in DVD burner; and sleek black chassis, the latest Lenovo Flex 2 looks like a pretty good deal for $680. But its poor battery life, uninspiring performance, a somewhat pale display and reliance on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi will be deal-breakers for some.

  • Presenting the 6 absolute best gaming mice of 2014Presenting the 6 absolute best gaming mice of 2014

    So you read my mechanical keyboard round-up last spring, and I finally got you to throw out that rubber-domed piece of garbage you were using, right? Great! But then you plugged in that cheap three-button rodent that came with your computer, didn’t you? You can admit it, I won’t judge.

  • Steel Series Rival review: A solid, basic gaming mouseSteel Series Rival review: A solid, basic gaming mouse

    The SteelSeries Rival is about as bare-bones as a gaming mouse can be. Only six buttons and a scroll wheel? Madness!

  • QNAP TS-251 NAS box review: Fast and versatile, but short on memoryQNAP TS-251 NAS box review: Fast and versatile, but short on memory

    A faster CPU noticeably improves a NAS box’s file-handling performance. The 2.4GHz Intel Celeron J1800 in QNAP’s two-bay TS-251 also facilitates value-added functions, such as on-the-fly video encoding and the ability to run virtual machines. You wouldn’t even attempt these tasks on an Atom-powered NAS box. But you need at least 2GB of memory to run the Virtualization Station app that handles virtual machines, and the $499 model that’s currently available ships with only 1GB. More on that and similar issues later.

  • Netgear Nighthawk X4 review: This 802.11ac Wi-Fi router is a disappointing ‘Wave 2’ effort

    I won’t beat around the bush: Netgear’s Nighthawk X4 Wi-Fi router is a major disappointment. It’s not just slower than the first 802.11ac Wave 2 router to reach the market, the Asus RT-AC87U, it’s considerably slower than its competitor—on every benchmark.

  • Snagit 12 review: The premier screen capture tool for WindowsSnagit 12 review: The premier screen capture tool for Windows

    We live in an age when visual communication is ubiquitous, and thus, being able to show rather than tell is vital. Snagit has long been one of the top screen capture tools for helping you do so, and Snagit 12 continues to advance the standard, at a reasonable price given the broad functionality.

  • Lenovo Y40 review: An understated 14-inch gaming laptop for less than $1000Lenovo Y40 review: An understated 14-inch gaming laptop for less than $1000

    Lenovo isn't the first name you think of when you're considering a gaming laptop. Alienware or Razer, maybe, but not Lenovo. The Y40 might change your opinion. This machine delivers great everyday performance, a GPU that’s good enough to game at the display’s native 1920x1080 resolution, and a classic Lenovo keyboard.

  • Epson Expression Premium XP-520 review: $130 printer delivers beautiful output and surprisingly affordable inkEpson Expression Premium XP-520 review: $130 printer delivers beautiful output and surprisingly affordable ink

    If something does what it does really, really well, and doesn’t cost you and arm and a leg, you tend to forgive, or even forget its foibles. That’s what you have with Epson’s new Expression Premium XP-520 color inkjet multifunction, which offers copy/scan/print capabilities for $130. The output from its five-ink Claria system is so good, it’s easy to overlook its squinty little display and less-than-intuitive controls. And, get this: You can print a four-color page for 12.5 cents. Not as cheap as a business inkjet, but practically unheard-of cheap for a low-volume, low-cost multifunction.

  • Dead Rising 3  PC  Apocalypse Edition review: The zombie apocalypse, now with silly hatsDead Rising 3 (PC) Apocalypse Edition review: The zombie apocalypse, now with silly hats

    I remember before Dead Rising 3 came out, people were worried that it was "too serious." They looked at the grey-green color scheme, the self-serious (and incredibly generic) protagonist, and the fake Los Angeles setting and thought "This doesn't look like my wacky Dead Rising game."

  • WD My Passport Wireless review: This hard drive is lightweight and affordable, but short on enduranceWD My Passport Wireless review: This hard drive is lightweight and affordable, but short on endurance

    When you’re late to market, you’d better have more features or a lower price tag than your competitors. Western Digital’s My Passport Wireless has both. It’s significantly less expensive per gigabyte than most competing drives, and it has a built-in SD card reader. On the downside, it could use a more substantial battery.

  • Toshiba Satellite Click 2 review: Bulky as a laptop; bulkier as a tabletToshiba Satellite Click 2 review: Bulky as a laptop; bulkier as a tablet

    2-in-1 hybrids are all the rage these days, with manufacturers hacking the screens off all manner of laptops. This makes sense when you're talking about a detachable 10- or 11-inch screen, but how does it play with sizes you wouldn't normally associate with a tablet? Toshiba sent its 13.3-inch Satellite Click 2 so we could find out.

  • HTC One  M8  for Windows review: a novel new take on Windows PhoneHTC One (M8) for Windows review: a novel new take on Windows Phone

    Lumia, Lumia, Lumia. Lest you forget that Microsoft’s Windows Phone business is more than a single Nokia product line, HTC has released the One (M8) for Windows. It's just as much a flagship phone as the Android version of the One (M8), and in some ways it feels even fresher thanks to the fact it runs Windows Phone 8.1, a veritable OS curiosity.

  • Lichdom review: A masterful magic system hobbled by ho-hum gameplayLichdom review: A masterful magic system hobbled by ho-hum gameplay

    I almost feel bad for the skeletons running towards me. Almost. I call ice down from the sky, a massive hailstorm that freezes the entire group in place. With a flick of the wrist my hand lights on fire, a fireball conjuring in my palm. I throw it at the nearest skeleton and it literally explodes. Shatters into dust.

  • Lenovo N20p Chromebook review: This $329 model stands out for its 300-degree hingeLenovo N20p Chromebook review: This $329 model stands out for its 300-degree hinge

    Lenovo’s N20p Chromebook comes close, oh so close, to being a truly groundbreaking Chromebook. If its 300-degree hinge were to bend back juuust another 60 degrees, we’d have a Chrome-based tablet. There: I said it.

  • Asus RT-AC87U Wi-Fi router review: Yes, it’s fastAsus RT-AC87U Wi-Fi router review: Yes, it’s fast

    We’ve come to crown the new king of Wi-Fi routers: The Asus RT-AC87U is by far the fastest wireless router PCWorld has ever tested.

  • Asus Chromebook C200 review: Long battery life helps this $249 model stand outAsus Chromebook C200 review: Long battery life helps this $249 model stand out

    The $249 Asus Chromebook C200 is helping me make peace with 11-inch Chromebooks. I understand they’re very affordable. I understand they’re easy to tote around the house or the schoolyard. I even understand that they're acceptable for basic browsing activities.

Spotlight
  • 'Xbox One Hotel' to open in Paris
    Relaxnews - 2013-11-13 2:45 PM

    To mark the launch of its latest games console, Microsoft France will transform the Hôtel O in Paris into a space dedicated entirely to the Xbox One.

  • Most plan on starting holiday shopping earlyMost plan on starting holiday shopping early
    thecanadianpress.com - 2013-11-04 5:15 PM

    Nearly three-quarters of Canadians recently polled say they plan to start their holiday shopping early this year, and will use the Internet to check and compare prices before buying gifts, two holiday retail studies suggest.

  • Five things you must do to prepare for the end of BlackBerryFive things you must do to prepare for the end of BlackBerry

    With BlackBerry on life support, it’s time to accept the likelihood that there won’t be a BlackBerry a year from now