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Corsair H100i Pro RGB
Cooling

Corsair H100i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Review

As is the way of things, Corsair has just about gotten their whole line of AiO coolers updated. If you’ve not already read our previous reviews of the H150i Pro and H115i Pro, check those out. In summary they are high performance coolers with great new looks and RGB effects. Today we are going to round out the group and finally add the recently released H100i Pro RGB to our stable. How will this 240mm cooler stack up against the rest of the family, how will it perform compared to the competition? Follow along as we put the H100i Pro RGB through its paces.

EcoLast Premium Standing Mat
Multimedia

iMovR Lander Desk Review

In the world of sit-stand desks there are quite a lot of options and the prices are all over the place as well. There has been many studies that show sitting at your desk all day is bad for your body. Sit-stand desks give you the ability to choose to sit or stand. These have become so popular that even Ikea makes a sit-stand desk. iMovR has sent us their Lander motorized sit-stand desk and we've been using it for the past few weeks. All of the iMovR desks are made entirely in the USA, can be assembled in minutes without tools, and they even have an app that lets you control the desk and much more. Now this desk has a starting price of $999 so it is quite the investment for the ordinary person. Is it worth it? Read on as we find out!

ASUS Prime X470-PRO Motherboard
Motherboards

ASUS Prime X470-PRO Motherboard Review

When it comes to ASUS motherboards you have quite a lot of choices, many users opt for their Republic of Gamers boards, but their Prime line is actually quite good. We've used a "Prime" motherboard as our baseline board for processor testing for both Intel and AMD for the past couple of years. These boards might not have all of the flash that the ROG series does, but they are extremely reliable and are still packed with features. For the Ryzen refresh the main "Prime" board from ASUS is their Prime X470-PRO. This board features a slick design with silver heatsinks and an integrated M.2 cooler as well. You also have support for DDR4 3466 MHz memory, USB 3.1, dual M.2 slots, and even some RGB lighting. Is this the board you need for your Ryzen build? Read on as we find out!

Cougar Phontum Gaming Headset
Gaming

Cougar Phontum Gaming Headset Review

Ah the gaming headset, just like any type of gaming product these days the market is saturated making it hard for you the consumer to choose which headset is the best for you. Typically as consumers we grade products based on their price, but a lot of the time the quality and performance do not match the price. Today we are checking out a gaming headset that comes in at a very affordable $49, but offers some amazing performance. That headset is the Cougar Phontum which features 53 mm dual-chamber drivers, two different sizes of included earpads, and a sleek design. Cougar says this headset was "created for those who want to enjoy great audio in long gaming sessions" and we are going to put that to the test.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Processors

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Processor Review

This past year has been a real exciting one for processors. Before AMD launched their original Ryzen processors they were basically written off and dominated in the CPU world by Intel. AMD changed all of that with Ryzen, which proved to be one of the most exciting product launches in AMD history. It gave real competition to Intel in mainstream desktop space, so much so that Intel rushed out their "Coffee Lake" chips which came with increased core counts. At that time Intel remained on top with their 6-core, 12-thread Core i7-8700K, but today we are still going to see if that remains true. We have the new flagship AMD Ryzen 7 2700X which is a 8-core, 16-thread part which retails for only $329. Will this be the new king in the mainstream desktop platform? Read on as we find out!

Viotek GN24C 24-inch Curved 1080p 144 Hz Monitor
Displays

Viotek GN24C 24-inch Curved 1080p 144 Hz Monitor Review

Over the past few months we've been checking out Viotek's gaming display offerings. We first took a look at their GN32Q 32-inch Curved 1440p 144Hz display, then their GN27D 27-inch Curved 1440p 144Hz display, and today we have the GN24C. This display is a 24-inch curved Full HD (1920 x 1080) VA panel with a 144 hz refresh rate, and FreeSync support. Full HD displays with a 144 Hz refresh rate are really popular right now for gamers as that is what mid-range graphics cards can push (144 FPS) with the settings on games turned all the way up. There is no point in getting a 1440p or 4K display with a high refresh rate if you system can't even run at those settings. These displays are also very popular with FPS gamers as they like the high refresh rate. This display is selling for only $219.99 on Amazon and is even listed as an "Amazon Choice" product. Let's see if this display is the perfect gaming monitor for you.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (3rd Generation) Review
Laptops

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (3rd Generation) Review

The ThinkPad brand has always been the "iconic" business laptop brand and for good reason. ThinkPad's have always performed great and had the business features people want. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a great 2-in-1 that gives you the feel of a traditional notebook, but also can transform into a tablet, be set to give a presentation, or even view multimedia. The X1 Yoga is currently in its third generation, bringing with it the new Intel 8th Generation Core i5-8250U quad-core processor. This Core i5 processor does support Hyper-Threading and has a very impressive power envelope of only 15W. Lenovo has also updated the finger print reader and even put a shutter on the webcam so you don't have to worry about anyone spying on you! Is this the perfect business laptop for you? Read on as we find out!

AZIO Retro Classic Elwood Keyboard
Input Devices

AZIO Retro Classic Elwood Keyboard Review

AZIO started this whole retro keyboard thing back in 2016 with the MK Retro keyboard. A year later they took things even further with the Retro Classic, which added a real metal frame and different surface materials to truly give it that classic typewriter look and feel. This year AZIO has updated the keyboard once again, first they have added Bluetooth functionality as well as making the keyboard compatible with both PC and Mac systems. Next we have a new color-design which is called Elwood. It features a metal frame around the keyboard with the top-plate being made of real wood. Of course you have those iconic circular keycaps and mechanical key switches as well. Let's take a look at this truly unique keyboard...

Biostar B360GT3S Motherboard
Motherboards

Biostar B360GT3S Motherboard Review

When Intel released their 8th generation "Coffee Lake" processors back in October 2017 they were released alongside the enthusiast-class Z370 chipset. That was the only chipset you could use with these new processors at the time. Now you have the option of H370, B360, and H310. The B360 chipset differs from H370 in a few different ways, first you only have support for a single x16 PCI-E slot, only 12 PCI-E lanes (compared to 24), fewer USB ports, and there is no CPU or memory overclocking. Today we will be checking out a B360 board from Biostar. This is actually our first look at a B360 board, but also our first look at a board from Biostar. The Biostar B360GT3S motherboard is part of Biostar's Racing line, which is a gaming line within their product stack. Let's take a look and see if there is a lower-cost alternative to getting a Z370 motherboard.

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