ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550 review: an attack on MacBook Pro

ASUS are taking the fight to Apple's MacBook Pro with their new Zenbook Pro UX550. It is a 15,6 inch powerhouse specs laptop which weighs only 1.9 kilo and will cost you some 2000 euro. Is it better than the Mac?

  • ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550 review: an attack on MacBook Pro

    ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550 review: an attack on MacBook Pro

    Review - 14 hours ago

    ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550 review: an attack on MacBook Pro Has Apple monopolized the powerful and luxury laptops market with their MacBook Pro? ASUS enters the competition with their new Zenbook Pro UX550. It is a 15,6 inch powerhouse specs laptop which weighs only 1.9 kilo and will cost you some 2400 dollars. Is it better than the Mac? We have checked out the competition. Read more

  • BenQ EW277HDR review: come for the HDR, stay for the image quality

    BenQ EW277HDR review: come for the HDR, stay for the image quality

    Review - Saturday 01/20/2018 - 11:59 PM

    BenQ EW277HDR review: come for the HDR, stay for the image quality This year we have already seen a couple of hdr-monitors, but up until this point they were fairly expensive. If you are looking for a new monitor right now, but still want to be sure of hdr-compatibility, the BenQ EW277HDR is an interesting option. While the combination of size and resolution might not appeal to the imagination, upon further inspection it turns out to be a rather attractive monitor.  Read more

  • Cooler Master MasterWatt power supplies review: power for a dime?

    Cooler Master MasterWatt power supplies review: power for a dime?

    Review - Friday 01/19/2018 - 02:16 AM

    Cooler Master MasterWatt power supplies review: power for a dime? Cooler Master, with the MasterWatt 450W, MasterWatt 550W, MasterWatt 650W and MasterWatt 750W, goes up against the popular Corsair CXM and Be quiet! Pure Power series in the mainstream segment. Is the new series a masterful move or more of the same? Read more

  • 14 gigabit powerline adapters: review

    14 gigabit powerline adapters: review

    Review - Tuesday 01/16/2018 - 11:59 PM

    14 gigabit powerline adapters: review The last time we discussed these products, powerline adapters with claimed gigabit speeds were not very common, however these days they are the norm. Time for an update! We tested 14 adapters - the extensive comparison table can be found here - from various manufacturers that allow you to realize a network connection using your existing power grid. Read more

  • 7 AMD X399 motherboards review: thread party

    7 AMD X399 motherboards review: thread party

    Review - Sunday 01/14/2018 - 11:59 PM

    7 AMD X399 motherboards review: thread party Even though Intel has the lead in multi-threaded benchmarks with their astronomically priced Core i9 processors, AMD offers a lot of computation power for a relatively cheap price. Which motherboard is best paired with this budget monster? We tested seven X399 motherboards (which was the majority of the available boards at the time of writing). Read more

  • Thrustmaster TS-PC review: For the racer that wants to go the extra mile

    Thrustmaster TS-PC review: For the racer that wants to go the extra mile

    Review - Friday 01/12/2018 - 11:59 PM

    Thrustmaster TS-PC review: For the racer that wants to go the extra mile Thrustmaster recently introduced the TS-PC Racer, an enthusiast steering wheel for PC priced at $500. That’s a hefty price tag for a steering wheel that is lacking pedals. How does it differ from its cheaper brethren and is the Thrustmaster TS-PC Racer worth its price? To find out, we’ve slotted ourselves into our simulator racing seat. Read more

  • AMD TR4 water cooling test: getting the max out of Threadripper

    AMD TR4 water cooling test: getting the max out of Threadripper

    Review - Tuesday 01/09/2018 - 11:59 PM

    AMD TR4 water cooling test: getting the max out of Threadripper This year AMD is once again competitive at the top of the hardware range. Threadripper is a strong alternative on the high-end CPU market and the Vega GPUs give Nvidia a run for their money. There is a downside to so many cores at such a high clocking frequency, as you would expect, Threadripper can be quite hot-headed. As water cooling is not a luxury for high-end systems, we decided to test four different cooling systems with our Threadripper. We had a look at the custom water blocks by EM, Phanteks and XSPC as well as the ready-made Threadripper cooler by Enermax – the LiqTech TR4 360mm Read more

  • LG 32UD99 review: first 4K HDR monitor

    LG 32UD99 review: first 4K HDR monitor

    Review - Monday 01/08/2018 - 11:59 PM

    LG 32UD99 review: first 4K HDR monitor In the upcoming year the big promise of the monitor market is hdr: high dynamic range. With a higher maximum brightness, a bigger contrast, bigger colour space and more accurate colour nuances these monitors should, provided that they use the proper source material, mean a big step forwards in the way we experience digital image. The best of the best should of course be the 4K-models, otherwise known as ultra hd monitors. For this you need a more modern interface than displayport 1.2, but nevertheless LG managed to combine 4K and hdr for this standard with the 32UD99. We found out how they managed to do this and put this monitor through our extensive test method.  Read more

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War review: my precious framerates!

    Middle-earth: Shadow of War review: my precious framerates!

    Review - Sunday 01/07/2018 - 11:59 PM

    Middle-earth: Shadow of War review: my precious framerates! Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a new game in the series of games based on the books by Tolkien. The story continues where Shadow of Mordor ended, the developers have done a lot more with the format of the game world and explored all the possibilities that lie within it. What hardware, then, do you need to tackle a load of Orcs? Read more

  • ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming ITX/ac & X370 Gaming ITX/ac review: more AM4 ITX options

    ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming ITX/ac & X370 Gaming ITX/ac review: more AM4 ITX options

    Review - Saturday 01/06/2018 - 11:59 PM

    ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming ITX/ac & X370 Gaming ITX/ac review: more AM4 ITX options A while ago we reviewed the first socket AM4 mini-ITX board that reached our test lab. ASRock is the second manufacturer with an ITX model for AMD Ryzen and they immediately sent us two boards: the Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming ITX/ac and X370 Gaming ITX/ac. Which one should you buy if you're building a small-size Ryzen build? Read more

  • Mechanical keyboard round-up: 22 mechanical monsters compared

    Mechanical keyboard round-up: 22 mechanical monsters compared

    Review - Friday 01/05/2018 - 04:18 AM

    Mechanical keyboard round-up: 22 mechanical monsters compared The popularity of mechanical keyboards knows no bounds, for gamers as well as manufacturers. The offerings have significantly increased since our last round-up. About time for a renewed comparison of 22 models by 15 different manufacturers, with prices ranging from $80 to $270 Read more

  • 14 design monitors review: a beauty contest for screens

    14 design monitors review: a beauty contest for screens

    Review - Sunday 12/31/2017 - 11:59 PM

    14 design monitors review: a beauty contest for screens Computer equipment in the living room can be a source of many household discussions. This is the field where design monitors shine. It is a completely different market than what we usually dwell in, but there are plenty of options to choose from if the eye wants candy. We are testing 14 beautiful screens. Read more

  • Kingston DCP1000 1,6TB review: lightning-fast SSD reaches 7 GB/s

    Kingston DCP1000 1,6TB review: lightning-fast SSD reaches 7 GB/s

    Review - Thursday 12/28/2017 - 11:59 PM

    Kingston DCP1000 1,6TB review: lightning-fast SSD reaches 7 GB/s Earlier this year, Kingston introduced a PCI-Express 3.0 x8 SSD with very impressive specifications such as a maximum read speed of nearly 7GB per second (!) and a write speed of 6GB per second. That piece of machinery costs a whopping 1700 euro and it is, on paper, the fastest SSD we have ever tested. Let’s see how it does in reality. Read more

  • Green thinking: the effect of Windows power profiles

    Green thinking: the effect of Windows power profiles

    Review - Tuesday 12/26/2017 - 11:59 PM

    Green thinking: the effect of Windows power profiles After the AMD Ryzen processors were introduced, the power settings of Windows started getting more attention again. While trying to figure out why the Ryzen CPUs performed badly in games, it was mentioned that the power plans may be the culprit. This is reason enough for us to take a look into how the power plans influence performance of processors in 2017. Read more

  • Christmas special: Ultimate PC - December 2017

    Christmas special: Ultimate PC - December 2017

    PC Buyer's Guide - Monday 12/25/2017 - 11:59 PM

    Christmas special: Ultimate PC - December 2017 The Ultimate PC is a PC Advice from the past, but we still get regularly requests to publish an ultimate system. Just like past year, we gathered the most ultimate components for this Christmas special. With an unlimited budget, the fantasy of one will stop far earlier than that of another, so there are many different options. This is the Ultimate PC that the editors of Hardware.Info would like... Read more

  • Undervolting the AMD Radeon RX Vega: better performance at lower voltage

    Undervolting the AMD Radeon RX Vega: better performance at lower voltage

    Review - Friday 12/22/2017 - 11:59 PM

    Undervolting the AMD Radeon RX Vega: better performance at lower voltage Do you get better performance for free? That would be nice. We are used to getting the most of the lesser CPUs or GPUs via overclocking, but it seems that with Vega you can use undervolting instead. We put this to the test. Read more

  • Forza Motorsport 7 review: benchmarks with 23 graphic cards

    Forza Motorsport 7 review: benchmarks with 23 graphic cards

    Review - Wednesday 12/20/2017 - 11:59 PM

    Forza Motorsport 7 review: benchmarks with 23 graphic cards Forza Motorsport 7 is ready to compete with Project Cars 2 on tracks. Both the games have their own audience where Forza Motorsport is a bit less about the race simulation and a bit more on the arcade elements. So, what hardware do you need to get the best Forza experience? Read more

  • 39 700-850W power supplies review: power for your Skylake-X or Threadripper

    39 700-850W power supplies review: power for your Skylake-X or Threadripper

    Review - Sunday 12/17/2017 - 11:59 PM

    39 700-850W power supplies review: power for your Skylake-X or Threadripper Skylake-X and Threadripper CPUs, and GTX 1080 Ti and Vega GPUs have one thing in common: they consume a lot of power. If you want to build a high-end system, you have to choose a fitting power supply. We tested 39 models that can supply 700 or up to and including 850 watts.  Read more

  • 4K Video Editing PC - December 2017

    4K Video Editing PC - December 2017

    PC Buyer's Guide - Sunday 12/17/2017 - 08:00 AM

    4K Video Editing PC - December 2017 A few years ago, your PC just couldn't be fast enough for digital video processing. By now every average PC is able to process Standard Definition (PAL 720x576) as well as HD Ready, but technology doesn't stand still. By now just about every smartphone can record in Full HD and the new frontier is Ultra HD, also known as 4K. This resolution and the 'accompanying' codec HEVC / H.265 require serious... Read more

  • Budget Game PC - December 2017

    Budget Game PC - December 2017

    PC Buyer's Guide - Saturday 12/16/2017 - 08:00 AM

    Budget Game PC - December 2017 The Hardware.Info Budget Game PC Advice has a balanced configuration for playing video games, without having to spend too much. The components have been selected to offer the best bang for your buck. That means you cannot always expect the highest settings, resolution and frame rate, but at the same time you should be able to play all modern games in Full HD resolution without making huge conce... Read more

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