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Tablets on Trial: Windows 8 Tablets Compared

x86 tablets arrive, but can they defeat the hordes of other devices?

Is a new wave of mobile x86 chips enough to help Windows fight off Android and iOS?

In October 2012, Windows 8 arrived in two very different flavors. One was the standard x86 version for desktops and laptops. But the other was for Windows RT, a hybrid laptop/tablet device powered by an ARM chip that couldn’t run any x86 software. It wasn’t until the following February that the Surface Pro came out, packed with a conventional Intel CPU. But by then, the damage had been done. It wasn’t until late last year that x86 tablets started trickling out from Asus, Toshiba, and other usual suspects. Surface hybrids remained expensive, while Google’s Android devices invaded price ranges well out of Microsoft’s grasp.

Note: This article was originally featured in the June 2014 issue of the magazine.

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GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition Review

The GoPro 3+ Black is the smallest HD Hero cam yet.

The action-cam king is back and better than ever

Other camera companies may deny it, but GoPro created the action-cam market. With so many competent knockoffs out there now, the onus is on GoPro to prove its action cams still rule the roost. And the California-based company hopes to prove that with its latest and greatest Hero 3+ Black Edition camera.

Note: This review was originally featured in the June 2014 issue of the magazine.

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Trendnet TEW-818DRU Review

The TEW-818DRU is bereft of features typically found in routers  at this price range.

A basic router with a few bright spots

There are only a handful of wireless routers on the market that advertise AC1900 speeds, Trendnet’s TEW-818DRU being one of them. The advertised speed rating is actually a combination of the dual-band data rates. An AC1900 designation means the router is capable of up to 1,300Mb/s on the 5GHz 801.11ac band, and up to 600Mb/s on the 2.4GHz 801.11n band. By adding these link rates together, router makers can slap a higher number on the box, though you can’t actually combine the channels for a 1,900Mb/s connection. Still, the rating is a useful way to glean which are supposed to be the fastest routers.

Note: This review was originally featured in the June 2014 issue of the magazine.