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OMEN by HP Headset 800 review – the most comfortable gaming headphones under $100

If you need a pair of gaming headphones where comfort is a priority but you want to keep it under $100 the new OMEN by HP Headset 800s should be on your buyer's list. Here's why.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) review: An iconic business laptop, perfected

ThinkPad laptops are an iconic representation of the modern business PC that's built for productivity. The evolved and improved 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon shows Lenovo understands exactly what makes the laptop so popular. Here's why.


The definitive Windows 10 Creators Update review

Microsoft's newest software update for Windows 10 is almost here, and it contains a whole load of tweaks and enhancements for everyone. This is our in-depth hands-on review.


Logitech BRIO 4K webcam review: A pricey package of glorious overkill

Logitech's new webcam supports 4K resolutions, HDR and Windows Hello ... but how well does it actually work? And do you really need 4K today? Read this review to find out.


Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460 review: Business in front, party in back

Lenovo's Yoga line is known for its 360-degree hinge system, and the ThinkPad line has long been known as a business workhorse. Does it do everything promised by its brand names? We examine this laptop is terms of design, function, performance, and configuration. Inhale, exhale, and read slowly this review of the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460.


Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

When Lenovo first introduced the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook in 2012, we were faced with a machine that was close to perfection. Sure, the original iteration was not perfect in every sense but it came closer than any Ultrabook we had available.

Now that we have landed in 2014, the company has released its third iteration of the ThinkPad X1. We've spent a little time with the 2014 edition of the ThinkPad X1 and after the break, we see what has changed for the better and for the worse.


Nokia Lumia Icon Review

Our full review of Verizon's new flagship Windows Phone

On February 20th, Nokia and Verizon are bringing the highly anticipated Lumia Icon to market. The phone has been rumored for months, even going by the previous moniker of Lumia 929. But now it is finally getting the spotlight treatment.

For all intents and purposes, the Lumia Icon is a Lumia 1520 jammed into a smaller, more nimble device. With a more practical 5-inch 1080P display, 32 GB of internal storage, Qi wireless charging and a whopping 20 MP PureView camera, all in a body that is only slightly taller than its predecessor, the Lumia 928, it’s hard to see how this phone could fail.

So, does the $199 device live up to the hype? Is this the ultimate Nokia Lumia? Read our full review for all of the details and watch our video hands on, after the break!


Review: Sony's Duo 13 Windows 8 Hybrid - A visual artist's best friend

Sony has been hard at work trying to find the perfect solution for a Windows 2in1 machine. As of now, the company has two units available on the market, their VAIO Duo and VAIO Flip. We will be reviewing the Flip unit shortly, but let us present you with the long awaited VAIO Duo review - maybe it will be all you need, or maybe not.


Nokia Lumia 2520 Review

Nokia is bringing their first Windows RT 8.1 tablet to market, but is it the right choice?

In a few hours, Nokia’s first Windows RT 8.1 tablet goes on sale in the US on Verizon (AT&T gets it just 24 hours later). It’s a momentous step both for Nokia and Microsoft, who so far have had a tough sell with the RT. In fact, Microsoft and Nokia are the last two manufactures to offer the stripped down version of Windows, with other OEMs opting for the more powerful 32-bit version on an Intel Atom or i5 processor.

So does Nokia have what it takes to spark some life back into the Windows tablet market? And what about Microsoft’s own Surface 2? Read on for our full review of the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet.


Review: Sony VAIO Pro 11 - elegance in Ultrabook form

There is no doubt that Sony’s latest Pro series of VAIO Windows 8 laptops are beautiful.  

Today we are reviewing Sony’s 11 inch model of the VAIO Pro to see if this machine is as wonderful to use as it is elegant – or maybe, beauty is only skin deep.


Nokia Lumia 720 Review

Windows Phone Central's review of the entry level, but feature packed, Nokia Lumia 720

We know this review is late. The Nokia Lumia 720 has been available in several markets for some time now but was slightly buried behind the insanely low-priced Nokia Lumia 520 and its rise as the king of value for money smartphones.

As a result many have already been out and purchased the 720 and will have already formed their own opinions, and will no doubt offer them in our comments section below. But if for any reason you’re looking at picking up your first Windows Phone device and the Lumia 720 is on your radar, allow us to tell you why you should give it some serious consideration.


Review: Lenovo's IdeaCentre B540, an all-in-one for the entertainment lover

It’s not hard to see that Microsoft latest operating system, Windows 8, screams for a computer with a built in touchscreen.

This week we took a look at Lenovo’s latest IdeaCentre all-in-one, the B540, to see what the Chinese multinational technology company had up their sleeves.


Nextgen Reader Review: Read RSS in style on Windows 8 and Windows Phone

Nowadays news moves fast, and to keep up with it you need the right software. I'm here to tell you that Nextgen Reader by Next Matters for Windows 8 is the best tool for the job. With an elegant Microsoft modern design, array of customizable features, and support for a variety of external applications – it hits all the sweet spots. Get the full review after the break.


Pouch for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, an elegant Pocket client

In today’s world, we gather our news from a multitude of sources. Pocket (formally Read it Later) has always been one of my favorite ways to save articles and content on the web for later mobile consumption. Pouch, is a set of apps for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 that delivers your Pocket content in one of the most elegant designs I have yet seen.


Acer Aspire R7 transforming Windows 8 laptop: A quick look at one of the most innovative designs today

When it comes to laptops, Windows 8 machines are giving OEMs a lot to chew on and explore. Of all the companies to most impress me so far, it’s been Acer. Traditionally, Acer has been associated with more mid-range devices but their S7 Ultrabook (see here) and now their R7 transformer are quite remarkable designs, setting a new bar, in my opinion, for the company.

I picked up the R7 yesterday simply because I forgot it’s now available "exclusively" at Best Buy for $999 (not even Microsoft Stores have it, which is where I would have preferred to buy it). I checked out a few hands on reviews and decided to take the plunge (Best Buy does have a 15-day return policy, after all).

While this is far from a proper, full review, I’ll give you my quick impressions of the Acer’s latest and greatest creation after spending the last 24 hours with it.


Nokia Lumia 620 Review - Affordability never looked so good

Nokia’s Lumia 620 could be Palm Centro of 2013

The Nokia Lumia 620, a modestly priced entry-level Windows Phones, represents one of the best value devices we’ve encountered yet on the platform. The 620 replaces the Lumia 610, a device that went on sale last year and now runs Windows Phone 7.8. But in our opinion, the value impact of the 620 is leaps and bounds higher than its predecessor.

Make no mistake, this is an entry-level device that is not meant to rival the 800/900 series of Lumia Windows Phones. But also know this: it is one cool device and we’re having a hard time putting it down.


Nokia improves Lumia 920 camera. We do a before and after comparison.

We just reported this morning that the OS and firmware update for the AT&T Lumia 920 is sitting on Nokia’s servers, presumably getting ready to be rolled out. When software appears via Navifirm, it’s the finalized version and is handed off to the carriers for testing, meaning this update is near.

While we have detailed the OS update ‘Portico’ before with the HTC 8X (and it’s the same feature set here) it’s the firmware that we’re interested in. The firmware update (build 1249) will fix and adjust a few things on the phone but it’s the camera fix that most are curious about. It’s not secret that currently the 920 is a bit “soft” during daylight shots and so Nokia has fixed it up with this update and we have the evidence.


HTC 8X vs Nokia Lumia 920: Signature vs Flagship

(Editor's Note: Our Windows Phone Central app developer, Jay Bennett, weighs in on the Lumia 920, the HTC 8X and his experience with both. PS It's his birthday today, so take it easy on him!)

With the release of Windows Phone 8 there is something of a rivalry forming between the HTC 8X, the ‘Signature Windows Phone’, and the Nokia Lumia 920, arguably the flagship Windows Phone in terms of hardware & features.

Whilst many consumers have already made their decision we know that some will still be mulling over the options, or perhaps contemplating one due to unavailability of the other.

It is to those people that I direct this article, we are not interested in fuelling the culture of blindly supporting one device (or even manufacturer) over the other, which honestly I would like to see stop. The simple fact is there are two awesome top end devices available right now and you have the luxury of choice, you lucky consumer you.


A Second Look - Windows RT and that Surface tablet

Ever since Microsoft first announced to the world their intentions to “re-imagine” Windows it has been a rather wild ride. Their new touch screen user interface, WinRT wasn't just radical for its looks, it ushered in a totally new apps eco system while simultaneously sending the Start Menu to the technology grave yard.

The changes to the OS ran deep and Microsoft had been busy readying Windows 8/RT to run on the highly power efficient ARM processors. Their plans for that became clearer when they shocked the technology world by announcing their own tablet computer, the Surface. With the changes to Windows came a new declaration that Microsoft re-position themselves as a Devices and Services company. They have built their eco system and the next logical step has been to control the hardware that uses it. The culmination of their efforts in re-imagining Windows and becoming a devices and services company can we seen best in one single product, their Surface tablet running Windows RT.


From the Forums: Surface tablet is run over, Lumia 920 bugs and defects

For the best discussions covering Windows Phone, our community forum is the number one place for platform enthusiasts to check out. Boasting thousands of members with hundreds of posts being submitted on a daily basis, the Windows Phone Central forum can be slightly hectic so we publish the forum roundup to highlight a number of threads that are worthy of viewing.


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