Neowin News Feed for: News Posts by Julio Franco Neowin News Feed for: News Posts by Julio Franco en-us Neowin Ignition News (Managing Editor) (Neowin Developers) 5 TechSpot: The Best Graphics Cards: Nvidia vs. AMD at Every Price Point <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>With no more releases from Nvidia or AMD for the remainder of the year, let&#039;s break down each price bracket where key battles are being played out to pick some bang-for-buck winners. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:36:01 +0000 TechSpot: Two weeks with an iPhone 6s, an Android user's account <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>I recently picked up an iPhone 6s. These are my thoughts on the phone and the ecosystem as primarily an Android user, how the two experiences compare, and whether Android users should consider iOS. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Thu, 22 Oct 2015 16:08:01 +0000 TechSpot: Logitech G920 & G29 Driving Force Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The G29 and G920 are fantastic racing packages that deliver a thrilling driving experience. The former is compatible with PC, PS3 and PS4, while the G920 is for the Xbox One as well as PC. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:54:01 +0000 TechSpot: Best Smartphones of 2015 <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>We&#039;ve compiled our first hand findings with dozens of reviews from reputable sources, to highlight the stuff that matters, and make it easier for you to buy the right smartphone. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Mon, 19 Oct 2015 05:54:01 +0000 TechSpot: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Samsung is touting the Galaxy Tab S2 as the thinnest tablet on the market. The high-end hardware you&#039;ll find in the device (Exynos 7 Octa, 2,048x1536 Super AMOLED display) make it a serious contender. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:20:01 +0000 TechSpot: Affordable Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Roundup <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Over the last few years there&#039;s been an explosion of mechanical gaming keyboards, many of which could be considered affordable, and we&#039;ve gathered nearly a dozen of them for testing. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Wed, 14 Oct 2015 16:16:01 +0000 TechSpot: Best Of - Our Favorite PC Cases in Every Form Factor <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>PC cases have evolved beyond mere protective outer shells and into an integral component that could complement what resides inside. Here are the best of them in several different categories. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:40:01 +0000 TechSpot: Apple iPhone 6s Plus Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Like previous “s” releases, the iPhone 6s Plus is defined by a single feature. This time around, that new feature is 3D Touch. It also features an upgraded 12MP iSight camera and a 70% faster A9 SoC. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Thu, 08 Oct 2015 07:32:01 +0000 TechSpot: Motorola Moto X Style Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The Moto X Style packs a 5.7-inch 1440p display and Qualcomm&#039;s Snapdragon 808 SoC, alongside 3GB of RAM and a 3,000 mAh battery. This time around the Moto X Style finally has a much better camera. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:04:01 +0000 TechSpot: Best Routers of 2015 <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The need for a good wireless router in modern homes is stronger than ever. We&#039;ve gone through dozens of expert reviews and long-term usage impressions from actual owners to bring you the best picks. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:46:01 +0000 TechSpot: The Dos and Dont's of Water Cooling <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Water cooling systems -- whether they are a custom loop or an AIO -- all follow the same basic principles. Here are some important tips to help you get the most out of your system. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:08:01 +0000 TechSpot: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The Galaxy Note 5 is Samsung&#039;s latest iteration of their stylus-equipped smartphone, featuring an all new metal and glass design, a 16MP camera and Exynos 7420 SoC and a large 5.7-inch display. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Thu, 24 Sep 2015 06:20:01 +0000 TechSpot: Silverstone Raven RVZ02 Review - The best Mini-ITX case for gaming rigs <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Silverstone believes that the Raven RVZ02 is one of the easiest compact Mini-ITX cases to build a gaming system in and we&#039;re going to put that claim to the test with multiple hardware configurations. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:48:01 +0000 TechSpot: G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB & MX780 RGB Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The KM780 RGB mechanical keyboard and MX780 RGB gaming mouse mark G.Skill&#039;s debut in the world of gaming peripherals - and the company is certainly off to a solid start. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Fri, 18 Sep 2015 16:26:01 +0000 TechSpot: OnePlus 2 Review: The affordable flagship <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The OnePlus 2 is slightly more expensive than its predecessor, starting at $329 for the 16 GB model, but once again it features top-of-the-line hardware to deliver great value for your money. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Wed, 16 Sep 2015 06:06:01 +0000 TechSpot: Touring Logitech's Audio HQ: Making of the Artemis Spectrum <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Logitech reached out to us for a tour of their audio HQ in Camas, Washington, where it spent the last 18 months designing what it believes to be the best sounding, well-featured headset on the market. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Mon, 14 Sep 2015 05:56:01 +0000 TechSpot: Logitech G310 Atlas Dawn Review: A compact Romer-G mechanical keyboard <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The G310 Atlas Dawn is a slimmed down version of the G910. Gone are the macro keys, media control functions and number pad to create a lightweight and compact keyboard that&#039;s better suited for travel. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:40:01 +0000 TechSpot: AMD Radeon R9 Nano Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Based on the fully fledged Fiji XT, the Nano gets the same 4096 stream processors as the Fury X, just in a much more compact package. AMD hopes the Nano will enable 4K gaming in tiny Mini-ITX systems. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:52:01 +0000 TechSpot: Motorola Moto G (2015) Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>One of the biggest updates to the 2015 Moto G is that it finally comes with 4G LTE connectivity as standard. We&#039;re also seeing decent upgrades to cameras, MotoMaker support, plus water resistance. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Tue, 08 Sep 2015 14:28:01 +0000 TechSpot: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Benchmarked <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is now out for PC and consoles. Using the latest AMD and Nvidia drivers, we tested 26 DirectX 11 graphics cards covering most price ranges. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:52:42 +0000 TechSpot: Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The S6 Active is almost a clone of the standard S6, featuring the same 5.1&quot; 1440p display, Exynos 7420 SoC inside, and 16MP optically stabilized camera. But it has a rugged design an beefier battery. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:38:01 +0000 TechSpot: Thermaltake Core X9 Case Review - You could fit more than one system in here <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The Core X9 is a behemoth, boasting a bar-fridge-like 122L capacity large enough that even dual systems are on the menu, not to mention the possibilities for liquid cooling and file servers. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:30:01 +0000 TechSpot: Nvidia Mobile G-Sync Tested on Origin's 17" Gaming Laptop <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>If you&#039;ve ever witnessed variable refresh rate (VRR) technologies like G-Sync and FreeSync, then you likely know VRR one of the most significant gaming improvements in recent times. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:04:01 +0000 TechSpot: Top 10 Hidden Windows 10 Features <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Many of Windows 10&#039;s key features have been talked about at length, but the operating system actually comes with a lot of great features that aren&#039;t as immediately obvious to everyday users. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:06:01 +0000 TechSpot: Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 review, the $150 GPU to beat <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The GTX 950 arrives as the new $150 GPU in Nvidia&#039;s current generation line up. Whereas the GTX 750 Ti it replaces was light on performance, the GTX 950 promises to deliver playable 1080p performance. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:32:01 +0000 TechSpot: Samsung SSD 850 Evo 2TB Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>There haven&#039;t been many options exceeding 1TB, or none that have been consumer friendly. That is until Samsung released its new 2TB 850 Evo which we are going to review today. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:18:01 +0000 TechSpot: How Much RAM? 4GB vs. 8GB vs. 16GB Performance Tested <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Today&#039;s modern games and many productivity applications can consume 4GB on its own, so there&#039;s little argument for not going with 8GB. However, the need for 16GB of memory is a hotly debated subject. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Tue, 18 Aug 2015 05:56:01 +0000 TechSpot: 17 PC gaming classics that have aged well <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>There are some classic PC games that are as good today as the day they were released. In this article, we are looking specifically at games that are ten or more years old and still awesome. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:26:01 +0000 Windows 10 vs. 8.1 vs. 7 Performance Tested, Benchmarked <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft&#039;s latest OS gets the benchmark treatment against Windows 8.1 and the beloved Windows 7. Benchmarks include boot up/shutdown times, file copying, encoding, browsing, gaming and more. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Mon, 10 Aug 2015 06:42:01 +0000 TechSpot: GeForce GTX 980 Ti SLI vs. Radeon R9 Fury X Crossfire <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Gainward&#039;s GTX 980 Ti Golden Sample offers a 15% factory overclock that provides 11% more performance than a reference card and Zero RPM fan design. We put 2 of these against the Fury X in CrossFire. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Sat, 08 Aug 2015 01:32:01 +0000 TechSpot: Intel Core i7-6700K "Skylake" CPU Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Whereas Broadwell was a tick in Intel&#039;s &quot;tick-tock&quot; release cycle, Skylake is a tock, which means the same manufacturing process along architecture improvements. On hand today is the Core i7-6700K. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:14:51 +0000 TechSpot: Flagship vs Budget: Motorola Moto E vs Samsung Galaxy S6 <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Budget phones have come a long way. But is the 2015 Moto E just as usable in day to day activities as the Galaxy S6, or is the extra cost of Samsung&#039;s leading smartphone more than justified? <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:52:01 +0000 TechSpot: 10 Years of Intel CPUs Compared and Tested <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Join as for a trip down memory lane as we take a look back at the Core 2 CPUs and compare them to the current generation Haswell Celeron, Pentium, Core i3, i5 and i7 parts. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:08:01 +0000 TechSpot: Lenovo ThinkPad T450s Laptop Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The Thinkpad T450s is Lenovo&#039;s latest addition to the “legendary” Thinkpad T series. This update brings Broadwell and several other refinements, but most notably a much needed trackpad redesign. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:56:01 +0000 TechSpot: Synology DS414slim & QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Compared to a dedicated server, a desktop NAS is a considerably more compact backup solution, especially two-bay and four-bay models like the QNAP TS-453mini and Synology DS414slim on hand today. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:06:01 +0000 TechSpot: LG G4 Smartphone Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Whereas past models brought a near bezel-free design, a crisp 1440p display and a laser-assisted autofocus system, this year&#039;s LG G4 is an incremental update, but the results might prove impressive. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Mon, 20 Jul 2015 06:42:01 +0000 TechSpot: Intel Core i7-5775C Broadwell Processor Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Broadwell is the 14nm die shrink of Haswell, bringing a smaller die and lower power consumption, along a few minor tweaks. Today we have the flagship model on hand, the Core i7-5775C. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:34:01 +0000 TechSpot: The Best Wireless Gaming Headset <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>If you&#039;re in the market for a wireless headset there are at least a dozen good options. I&#039;ve decided to chronicle my hunt for the perfect wireless gaming headset to make your life easier. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:37:11 +0000 TechSpot: Microsoft Surface 3 Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The full metal body of the Surface 3 makes it one of the best designed Windows tablets on the market, paired with great features like the three-position kickstand, microSD, full-sized USB, and more. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:14:01 +0000 TechSpot: AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Review <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The R9 Fury X employs the GCN 1.2 architecture as the R9 380 but doubles the SPU count, and touts a massive memory bandwidth of 512GB/s thanks to an exciting new memory technology known as HBM. <a href="">Read more...</a> (Julio Franco) Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:56:53 +0000