All in Hardware Review

MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X 6G

Some in the PC-gaming community might see the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, Nvidia's first GTX-branded (versus RTX-branded) "Turing" GPU, as Nvidia's admission that the world wasn't ready so soon for the ray-tracing features in its RTX line. But video cards are roadmapped much further out than just a few months. So while this graphics card takes Nvidia's RTX tech a step backward, removing some of its future-looking flagship elements, that was the plan all along. The result is a chopped-down, smoothed-out Turing-architecture card that emphasizes value for players today. Few can afford $500-plus for a muscle card, and the GTX 1660 Ti fills the needs of a specific subset of gamers (online multiplayer enthusiasts who need high refresh rates) but also holds its own against slightly more expensive cards like the GeForce RTX 2060 with older AAA titles. In its $309 MSI-made form we tested, it's a winner in a price band close to, but discrete from, that of the also-excellent, Editors' Choice-winning RTX 2060 Founders Edition.

Sony SV-GS48

Sony's SV-GS48 is not just any old SSD for any old type of customer. With a retail cost nearly five times as high as other competitors in the SATA SSD space ($315.47 for our 480GB test sample), the SV-GS48 commands a high price for one reason and one reason alone: durability, inside and out. With this family of 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, the increased toughness is meant to offset the considerable upfront investment, but this is still a very specialized drive for a very specific type of user. The vast majority of standard SSD buyers out there can give it a pass, but for those who need a SATA drive that they can insert and reinsert constantly, and write and erase on a massive scale, it's just what the cinematographer ordered.

Crucial BX500

Not long ago, big-capacity SSDs were reserved for well-heeled, hardcore PC enthusiasts. But these days, internal SSD prices are getting low enough to be competitive, for many users, with traditional hard drives. The Crucial BX500 ($64.99 for the 480GB version we tested) is designed for budget-minded buyers, with a lightweight feature set and a low price to match. Its predecessor, the MX500, looms large, however, as an Editors' Choice winner among budget SSDs. Given how aggressive SATA SSD pricing has become, the BX500 doesn't nail its target as cleanly as the MX500 does, due to a lesser feature set and a lower durability rating for close to the same price. The BX500 is certainly solid for mainstream service, but for many buyers, the MX500$64.99 at Amazon will be a better buy at our tested capacity unless the BX500 goes on sale.

ADATA HD830 External Hard Drive

Whether you're logging shots on a film set, bringing blueprints to a construction site, or just seeking a storage solution that can stand up to the bumps of everyday (or extraordinary) travel, the need for a rugged, durable external hard drive will always vary from person to person. With this in mind, you'd be pressed to find a mainstream model that can withstand more punishment for the money than the HD830 External Hard Drive from ADATA ($109.99 for the 2TB model we tested). Being able to withstand bumps is only part of the equation; this model is as aggressively priced as it is designed. It holds up well versus much of its crack-proof competition on the key twin factors of toughness and value.

ADATA HD710M Pro External Hard Drive

In the world of rugged external storage, you'll see a lot of potential reasons why someone might need a drive that can survive extreme exposure. Construction sites, film sets, wildlife photography, or, in the case of ADATA's HD710M Pro External Hard Drive, military environs—or at least, situations encountered by hunters and weekend warriors. Though it's never explicitly stated that this hard drive was made for battlefield applications, its camouflage exterior and rough-and-ready design point to a drive made for the soldier, or at least the soldier at heart. And it's not just window dressing. The HD710M Pro ($119.99 for the 2TB version tested here) offers up a solid set of ruggedization features that will cater to any customer, whether they truly need the stealth look, or are simply sticking it in a bag for the next wargaming session or paintball match.

Acer Chromebook R13 Review

Convertible Chromebooks are nothing new, with year-old models like the ASUS Flip C100P leading the market on devices that can double as a laptop and tablet at the same time. Now, however, the Acer Chromebook R 13 is here to change the perception that these devices are more than a one trick pony, thanks in due part to the addition of full Google Play Store/Android app compatibility.

LiveWatch Home Security System Review

The Live Watch Home Security system is just one of dozens of DIY protection networks that have burst onto the scene in the past several years, using an array of older sensors alongside new technologies like external IP cameras to give homeowners a cheaper solution to industry-standard alternatives like Bay or ADT.

FrontPoint Home Security System Review

FrontPoint Home Security is another in a seemingly endless lineup of upstart, startup out-of-nowhere DIY security companies that ships your entire security solution straight to your doorstep and lets you handle the setup process for a fraction of the cost of other more traditional options. But will its constant similarities to the competition keep it from shining out of the swamp?

Netgear Nighthawk X10 Review

The Netgear Nighthawk X10 is a hypercar among hatchbacks and four-door sedans, a $1.8 million Ferrari that plans to share the roads with $20,000 KIAs. With the latest in 802.11ad WiFi antennas that can handle an insane 4.6Gb per secdon throughput, this is not a router for the faint-hearted, or even the average consumer at that.

PangeaBed Mattress Review

It seems like with every month that goes by in 2016 (only one more to go, thank goodness), a new startup you’ve never heard of before is offering a bed-in-a-box system that promises to “revolutionize the way you sleep” from now until the end of time.

Nutri Ninja Blender BlendMax DUO with Auto-iQ Blender Review

If you’re ever up late at night and watching the boob tube, you may have already seen this next product on the hundreds of Nutri Ninja DUO infomercials that air when everyone else is sleeping. If you haven’t, though, the Nutri Ninja BlendMax DUO with Auto-iQ is an all-in-one blender system that uses both the traditional blade/pitcher setup alongside an innovative smoothie cup attachment to make eating healthy on the go easier than ever before.