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All posts by Alex Roth

  • Razer Edge review: a gaming tablet that blows the mind

    When you hear the phrase “tablet gaming,” what comes to mind? Angry Birds, Infinity Blade and The Walking Dead games? Well what if we told you that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Batman: Arkham City and Far Cry 3 were now tablet territory? That’s the dream being dreamt by the gaming aficionados at Razer. The makers of high-end gaming laptops like the Razer Blade and slick peripherals like the Razer Sabertooth controller now present the Razer Edge. This Windows 8 tablet for the hardcore set comes in two flavors: Razer Edge and Razer Edge Pro. We reviewed the Pro, which has an i7 Intel processor, 8GB of RAM, a 2GB NVIDIA GT...

  • Ouya hands on review: not too bad

    “Today I’m going to show you that we have delivered on that promise, and on that dream, of developing an accessible, open game console for gamers and developers.” That’s how Julie Uhrman, Founder &; CEO of Ouya, began our demonstration of her company’s new console. The fact that our demo was taking place in a warehouse a dozen blocks away from the bustle of GDC 2013, the Game Developers Conference, only added to the Ouya’s outsider mystique. After an explosive Kickstarter debut that raised more than $8 million dollars, nearly 10 times what the Ouya folks set as their goal, the race...

  • Moga Pro controller hands-on review: better Android gaming

    Power A is at PAX East this year showing off its latest gaming concoction: the Moga Pro. If you feel like you’ve heard that name before, it’s because you have. The original Moga controller, now known as the Moga Pocket, was a Bluetooth controller with a bracket for holding an Android phone as big as a Galaxy Note 2. Its successor has the same MO, but sports a build like an Xbox 360 controller. Why a second stab at the same sort of device? If the number of mobile titles at the PAX Indie Showcase is any indication, there’s something of a Renaissance going on...

  • ThinkPad T431 hands on review: a boldly stripped-down look

    When it comes to Windows machines for the enterprise market, Lenovo’s line of ThinkPad laptops and ultrabooks are proven contenders. They have a fine reputation that’s made them a top choice for IT professionals looking for minimal headaches. They also have a distinct look, one that’s changing with the new ThinkPad T431. This new ultrabook has a sleek, minimalist face that has as much in common with a MacBook Pro as it does with the...

  • Acer Iconia W510 review: more tablet than ultrabook

    Don’t let the Acer Iconia W510 and its hearty hinge confuse you. It’s a tablet, not one of those convertible laptops you’ve been seeing lately. It may transform into three different modes, but it’s a Windows 8 slate with a keyboard dock, pure and simple. Why? Because its 10.2-inch form factor and low-wattage Atom processor make it less than functional for all but the most basic computing tasks. Despite running the full version of Windows 8, it has more in common with the Microsoft Surface RT than a true convertible like Lenovo Thinkpad Helix. The Iconia W510 in tablet, productivity and presentation mode Our configuration of the...

  • Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC hands on review

    Every year at CES, technology gets bigger. We’ve seen 85-inch televisions, 6-inch phablets, and now Lenovo has upped the ante with an awesome touch-based monstrosity. Too big to be a tablet and too touch oriented to be your average all-in-one PC, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon is the first so-called table PC. And it is the size of a table. When we first laid eyes on this 27-inch beast, we imagined a group of architects...

  • Steelseries Flux Headset review: for gamers on the go

    If you own a high-end laptop, chances are you relish your gaming mobility. Being able to haul that puppy from house to house, from MOBA tournament to FPS showdown is exactly what you paid for. So what else do you need in your bag? Definitely a mouse, maybe even a slick mousepad. How about a headset? You need something that can localize enemy footsteps, and stand up to being shoved in a case with your Razer Blade or Series 7 Gamer laptop. That’s exactly what the Steelseries Flux was designed for. A durable, comfortable headset with a chat mic built into its heavy gauge...

  • Windows RT review: a great OS with baffling restrictions

    We’ve all seen what a revolutionary design overhaul Windows 8 has been for Microsoft’s famous operating system. The snazzy new Metro interface can be navigated with a touchscreen or a mouse. It’s a smart design for a computing landscape where the line between tablet and PC is steadily eroding. Of course, longtime PC users know that multiple versions of a new of Windows OS are nothing new. However, the varied PC and mobile world has warranted flavors of Windows 8 that go beyond the typical Professional and Home designations. Find out: Windows 8 vs Windows RT: what’s the difference? Windows RT, short for Windows Runtime,...

  • HTC Windows Phone 8S review: a mid-range offering

    Update: We had more hands-on time and got to dive into the OS at the Windows Phone 8 event in San Francisco – here are some further thoughts from U.S. Associate Reviews Editor Alex Roth. HTC has doubled down on Windows Phone 8, creating two colourful handsets, the compact HTC Windows Phone 8S and the more powerful HTC Windows Phone 8X. Both devices are available in four colours that help them stand out from the smartphone pack, although consumers might confuse them with the also splashy Nokia Lumia 920. Read our HTC Windows Phone 8X review Read our hands-on Nokia Lumia 920 review We’ve already reviewed...

  • Samsung Ativ S review: the best Windows Phone 8 yet?

    For anyone wondering what Samsung’s answer to the Windows Phone 8 question will be, we’ve got the answer. It’s the Samsung Ativ S, an aluminium beauty with a 1.5GHz processor that’s ready to rock with Microsoft’s new smartphone OS. Thanks to phones and phablets like the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2, Samsung has established itself as an industry leader in mobile hardware. While the Ativ S closely resembles its Android cousins, can it make good on Samsung’s stellar reputation? At Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 event in San Francisco, we went hands-on with the Ativ S. While exact pricing and release date for this device...

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