Intel's hardware accelerated video transcode engine, Quick Sync, was introduced two years ago with Sandy Bridge. When it was introduced, I was immediately sold. With proper software support you could transcode content at frame rates that were multiple times faster than even the best GPU based solutions. And you could do so without taxing the CPU cores. While Quick Sync wasn't meant for high quality video encoding for professional production, it produced output that was more than good enough for use on a smartphone or tablet. Given the incredible rise in popularity of those devices over recent history and given that an increasing number of consumers moved to notebooks as primary PCs, a fast way of transcoding content without needing tons of CPU...

CyberPower's X6-9300 and MSI's GT680R: Fighting for Your Mobile Gaming Dollar

Choosing a laptop can be a pretty confusing experience, because even if you have a good idea of what features and components you’d like, finding a laptop with them...

44 by Jarred Walton on 5/13/2011

DigitalStorm Enix: Phenomenal Cosmic Power, Itty Bitty Living Space

Just recently we had a chance to lay hands on SilverStone's FT03 enclosure, and it was impressive enough to earn a Bronze Editors' Choice award. It wasn't the quietest...

33 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/12/2011

HP EliteBook 8460p: Everything But The Screen

Ever since getting to visit with HP back in February, we've been anxious to get one of their refreshed enterprise-class notebooks in house. The aluminum styling is such a...

30 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/10/2011

HP Keeps The Notebooks Rolling Out

Every time I feel like I'm done posting about HP's hardware refreshes, they have another press conference and another announcement. Typically a constant stream of releases and conferences is...

29 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/9/2011

LG P430 and P530 Blade Announced: LG Slims Down

Announced today, LG joins in the race for thin with its latest P series notebooks, now dubbed the Blade series. Available in late May across Europe, South America, Asia...

24 by Jason Inofuentes on 5/6/2011

CyberPower Xplorer X6-9100: Gamers Need Not Apply

As a matter of course we tend to spend a lot of time focusing on the gaming potential of the hardware we review. Boutique desktops get a lot of...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/4/2011

The New 2011 iMacs: Specs and Details

Well, it’s happened again – Apple’s online store went down briefly this morning, meaning that the secretive company was stocking its virtual shelves with new product. As expected, when...

106 by Andrew Cunningham on 5/3/2011

Additional Details on Sandy Bridge-E Processors, X79, and LGA2011

The latest Intel roadmap has come out, and it's already being discussed elsewhere, so we're going to weigh in with our own analysis of the content as there's plenty...

67 by Kristian Vättö on 4/26/2011

Dell's New Mobile Workstations: These Are The Laptops You're Looking For

Having had the chance to check out Toshiba's and HP's impending enterprise-class notebooks, more and more I'm convinced spending up is the way to go when it comes to...

52 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/26/2011

Lenovo X1 Leaked: Sandy Bridge Gets Thin

Lenovo is taking another swing at the MacBook Air. Having discontinued their X300 ultraportable line, Lenovo seemed content to compete at the 11" and 12" form factor, without sitting...

47 by Jason Inofuentes on 4/25/2011

Toshiba's New Mobile Enterprise Line: The Portege R830 Sets the Standard

To say the Toshiba Portege R700 was well-received by the industry would apparently be an understatement; Toshiba brought a level of engineering acumen to bear on that machine heretofore...

14 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/13/2011

ASUS K53E: Testing Dual-Core Sandy Bridge

Last week, we looked at one of our final Arrandale laptops in the ASUS U41JF, a worthy follow-up to the U-series’ legacy. Today we have another ASUS laptop, this...

78 by Jarred Walton on 4/8/2011

Puget Systems Deluge Mini: The Art of Custom

The last time we checked in with Puget Systems, we came away impressed with their Serenity SPCR Edition. It wasn't the fastest machine we've ever tested, but it was...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/5/2011

Origin's Genesis: Flagship Bling

Now that we've been getting a fairly steady influx of desktop machines from boutiques, Origin PC is stepping into the ring by sending us their go-to flagship model, the...

39 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/2/2011

iBUYPOWER LAN Warrior II: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 590 in a Small Shell

The last time we checked in with iBUYPOWER we reviewed the behemoth that is the iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC, a massive hunk of machine that was generally a solid value...

27 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/29/2011

H67 – A Triumvirate of Tantalizing Technology

Sandy Bridge is more than just P67. With the plethora of issues regarding the B2 stepping and Intel’s recall, there is still hope in the land of Sandy...

55 by Ian Cutress on 3/27/2011

Eurocom Racer: Why the Radeon HD 6970M Rocks

When Eurocom offered to send us their latest Racer notebook, we were mildly intrigued. Then they upped the ante by giving us the chance to put AMD’s latest and...

48 by Jarred Walton on 3/17/2011

The MacBook Pro Review (13 & 15-inch): 2011 Brings Sandy Bridge

Last year at the iPad introduction Steve Jobs announced that Apple is a mobile device company. Just last week Steve returned to introduce the iPad 2 and point out...

197 by Anand Lal Shimpi, Brian Klug & Vivek Gowri on 3/10/2011

Lenovo Announces ThinkPad X220 Series: 12" IPS with Sandy Bridge

We try not to bring you too much news about product announcements unless there's something particularly intriguing about them; we get inundated by them and most of the time...

68 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/10/2011

ASUS G73SW + SNB: Third Time’s the Charm?

With the Cougar Point chipset glitch starting to fade away, we’re starting to get Sandy Bridge systems in for testing. ASUS sent us over an earlier version of their...

57 by Jarred Walton on 3/4/2011

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