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Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Plus Review

Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Plus A grand slam for some, a foul ball for others

We like free. We also like doing things ourselves, which is why building our own DVRs to capture OTA broadcasts has been a habit for years. And we’re fans of devices that give us wide flexibility and range in their use. Given all these preferences, Silicon Dust’s HDHomeRun Plus—a networkbased external TV tuner—fulfills all our wants, on paper. In practice, it very nearly does likewise.


Watch_Dogs Review

Minus three points for Ubisoft’s Watch_Dogs due to the game’s developerss lapping an underscore right in the middle of its name, much to the annoyance of magazine editors worldwide. Minus two more points for Ubisoft’s online service, Uplay, being a complete pain to work with. Finally, minus all the points for Watch Dogs (insert your own underscore if you like, we’re done with it) being a bit of a letdown, squelching the high hopes we’d carried for this seemingly innovative title ever since its big reveal at E3 in 2012.


Toshiba Chromebook 13 Review

Toshiba has a unique way to market the Chromebook 13. As its name implies, it’s the “first” 13-inch Chromebook. That doesn’t actually mean it’s the biggest, though—HP’s 14-incher takes that prize. But when you’re the latest PC maker to jump aboard the Chrome OS train, you gotta do what you can to stand out.


OCZ RevoDrive 350 Review

The world of solid-state drives has reached a state of limbo. We’re pretty much at the limit of current SATA technology, and SATA Express will be more of an evolution than a revolution. If you really need some extra horsepower, where do you turn? The new M.2 slot promises up to 40 percent faster speeds than SATA, but we haven’t seen anywhere near that yet. They’re on the right track though, since the PCI Express bus they use has a lot of spare bandwidth, if it’s not fully occupied with a video card. OCZ has known this for some time, as its new RevoDrive 350 is the latest entry to a long-running line of PCIe-based SSDs. OCZ’s new drive offers speeds of up to 1,800MB/s, which is three to four times faster than a SATA-based SSD.