Category: Hardware Reviews

The latest hardware reviews from the staff of CGMagazine.

Google Home Mini (Hardware) Review: A Little Helper

Home assistants are quickly becoming an invaluable piece of hardware for the modern person. The access to quick Internet searches, music playback, and integration with many of the programs we use on a daily basis, shows how convenient home assistants are. Around half a year ago, Google released the Google Home. Now, Google wants to put more access to it’s assistant throughout your home with the release of the Google Home Mini. Google Home Mini (Image credit: CGM Staff)  The Google Home Mini does live up to the mini in its name. Coming in at only around 2 inches tall ... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ1 (Smartphone) Review – Boringly Great

Owning a phone is a necessity. Most of modern life is conducted through our phones and without them we would be lost. It goes without saying, that having a flagship phone is beneficial for a variety of reasons. When someone purchases a flagship phone, they expect the latest in technology and style. Sony released their latest flagship, the Sony Xperia XZ1. This phone is set to stand alongside the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, Apple’s iPhone X, and LG’s G6. Surprisingly, this phone has the ability to stand shoulder to shoulder with the big boys. Let’s talk about the biggest ... Read more

Sennheiser 4.40BT Headphones Review

I am one of those “old dogs” that hates the idea of modern devices removing the headphone jack. At first, it was my disdain towards certain companies with cult-like customers who will happily spend all their money for anything with a particular logo on it. However, time’s arrow neither stands still nor reverses, it merely marchers forward, and it seems that many of the major tech manufacturers are following suit and releasing their latest devices sans-jack. With that in mind, it’s time for CGMagazine to let our readers know which Bluetooth headphones are the best of the bunch and this ... Read more

SteelSeries Rival 110 (Hardware) Review- The Core Essentials

Instead of rolling out their next generation of gaming peripherals, SteelSeries has opted for a different approach by deciding to update their fan favourite products to match the current industry standards that consumers desire. Most notably, the Rival series of eSports-geared mice. This lineup contains a rich legacy of products that continue to be go-to recommendations from many prominent players in the field across multiple titles, including Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The subject of this review is the Rival 110, the cheapest mouse currently offered by the manufacturer that still contains the core essentials for competitive PC play. SteelSeries ... Read more

Google Pixel 2 XL Review: A Controversial Flagship

When the original Google Pixel released in 2016 it was received with open arms by critics and the public. While not the most original design on the market, the Google Pixel delivered an amazing camera, snappy interface, and a stable experience practically devoid of flaws. Unfortunately, the Pixel 2 XL’s launch didn’t share the same tale, with multiple controversies erupting over screen quality, burn-in issues and strange high-pitched sounds coming from the phone when next to the user’s ear. Google has responded quickly with multiple patches and even a worldwide warranty extension, but is it too little too late to ... Read more

Logitech MX Sound Speakers Review

Gaming headsets have become the essential all-in-one sound system for many players. While these are a great product for delivering an isolated and immersive experience, they leave little room for socialization among a group of friends. Nothing hurts more when you’re hosting a small event and that crisp, clear audio you’re used to from your headset suddenly becomes drowned out and crunchy when you switch to the objectively garbage built-in speakers of your monitor. For a cheap and efficient solution to this pertinent first-world problem, Logitech has developed the MX Sound 2.0 Bluetooth Speakers. Logitech MX Sound Speakers (credit: CGM ... Read more

Apple Watch Series 3 Review: The Best Got Better

I have always been a believer in Smartwatches, from the early Datalink watch from Microsoft and Timex to the more recent Android Wear. While they all offered things that made them useful devices, there were always compromises. Aspects that made them less than ideal for the tasks they were promoted for. I was worried this would be true for the Apple Watch also, but after I spent a few weeks with the Apple Watch Series 3 I can say this is without a doubt the best smartwatch you can buy this holiday season. Apple Watch Series 3 – image credit: ... Read more

Rogers Smart Drive Review – Connected Car

Smartphones have become ubiquitous in recent years. They are a supercomputer that sits in your pocket, and with this little device, you can connect to endless podcasts, music services, and directions. Yet with all this power, your phone and your car remain relatively separated—at least until now. ZTE with the Rogers Smart Drive thinks things can be better. This little device plugs into the OBDII port and connects your Android or iOS device to your car, giving you details about the vehicle itself and a Wi-Fi hotspot for good measure. Despite the lofty goals, ZTE has managed to deliver a ... Read more

Essential Phone Review – Promising Start

Smart Phones have become ubiquitous in modern society. Everyone has a phone and uses it for various tasks that range from calling, web surfing, and photography, to music and video playback. But even with so many people using phones, and so many options available on the market today, most of these devices blend together. They all have a rectangular design with a screen on the front and a camera on the back. While this choice works, it leaves little to the imagination. It is in this department where Essential are mixing things up with the Essential Phone. While not as ... Read more

Xbox One X Review – A 4K Evolution

The console market has changed since the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 first launched, and as time passed, the consoles have adapted to these changes. From Twitch integration to ways to play games outside the consoles themselves, this has been one exciting console generation. But with the advent of 4K, things have gotten even more interesting. With 4K the consoles needed to evolve. They needed to take a half step into a new generation and push more pixels to take full advantage of the new screen in your living room. While Sony worked on the PlayStation 4 Pro, Microsoft ... Read more

Microsoft Surface Laptop (Hardware) Review – Lacking Wow Factor

Microsoft’s Surface line of products has existed for over four years and has gone in various directions trying to please every possible consumer base it possibly can. After releasing tablets for the mainstream, two-in-one computers for the business sector, and even a dedicated studio computer catered to digital creators, in 2017 we are treated to…. a laptop? The Microsoft Surface Laptop appears as a dull oddity after years of breaking the mould, but the company has returned to its past traditions with the goal of tackling the most prominent laptop in today’s market: Apple’s MacBook. Microsoft Surface Laptop – Photo ... Read more

Razer Basilisk Review – Clutching Change

I certainly have never seen a basilisk in real life. I have seen many of them in different games I’ve played and they have all had unique differences. So I guess it should be no surprise when the first basilisk I see in real life is not a scaled monster of legend, but instead the latest mouse from the folks over at Razer. The Razer Basilisk promises to be the world’s most advanced FPS gaming mouse. With a 16,000 DPI sensor, adjustable scroll wheel resistance, and the DPI clutch, Razer plans to bring everything that an FPS gamer might need. ... Read more