Silicon Power UD70 PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 1TB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2021-03-02 read/post comments(0)

The UD70 mainstream SSD from Silicon Power is QLC-based but also uses DRAM caching and a Phison PS5012-E12S-32 controller, succeeding to keep writing speeds over 100MB/s after the SLC pseudo-cache has been fully occupied. With the SLC cache emptied, it can reach the rated speeds without any issues at all, making it an ideal upgrade for mainstream desktops/laptops which need a performance jump from regular 2.5’’ SSDs. read more

CORSAIR KATAR PRO XT Ultra-Light Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2021-02-25 read/post comments(0)

The KATAR PRO XT incorporates a sensor we have seen before with other CORSAIR mice such as the M65 RGB Elite, the Ironclaw RGB, Harpoon RGB Wireless and so on. The sensor performs flawlessly and is helped by the lightweight aspect of the mouse but also the paracord drag-reducing cable with very good flexibility. read more

Patriot P210 2TB 2.5'' SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2021-02-24 read/post comments(0)

The cost-effective Patriot P210 SSD is ideal for people which are not interested in highly-sustained write speeds but more on capacity and this without breaking the bank. Its overall behavior is similar to the one we have seen with other QLC DRAM-less drives, meaning that until the SLC pseudo-cache fills up, the write speed will remain high but afterwards it will drop to as low as 13MB/s. This is a non-issue for most mainstream users and the drive is positioned correctly on the market price-wise. read more

CORSAIR MM700 RGB Extended Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2021-02-19 read/post comments(0)

The MM700 RGB Extended Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad from CORSAIR does have ideal dimensions for fitting both your mouse and keyboard (and even more!), while sporting enhanced functionality thanks to the included USB hub but also eye candy via the RGB lighting. RGB effects will integrate with the other CORSAIR devices via iCUE and if needed you can disable as well RGB segments from the three available ones. read more

Shuttle XPC slim DA320 Robust 1.3-litre Mini PC for AMD Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2021-02-14 read/post comments(0)

The 1.3-litre XPC slim DA320 mini PC from Shuttle is the company’s first AMD compact barebone and features most of the connectivity options we have seen with the Intel variants. The chassis is not the latest design as the DH470, meaning that we do not get USB Type-C ports, the new frontal panel or air filters on the top cover but all other aspects do match the previous barebone SKU. In terms of performance with a similarly priced Intel CPU (such as the i3-10100), the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G does fall a bit behind regarding CPU performance, but simply destroys the Intel platform when looking at the GPU scores. read more

Razer Ornata V2 Hybrid Mecha-Membrane Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2021-02-08 read/post comments(0)

The Razer hybrid mecha-membrane switches do offer an interesting combination between the feeling of clicky mechanical switches and the cushioned feel of regular office keyboard keys. If the users in your vicinity do not mind the noise, the keyboard can be well used for typing in the office and can be also thought as an entry-level keyboard for gaming purposes. The activation point is lower when compared to standard mechanical switches, while the low-profile keycaps do provide a nice overall experience. read more
Storage/Other Silicon Power Superior Pro microSDXC UHS-I Colorful U3 512GB Card Review by stefan @ 2021-02-04
Storage/Other Patriot PUSH+ USB 3.2 Gen 1 64GB Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2021-02-02
Audio/Speakers&Amps Belkin SOUNDFORM ELITE Hi-Fi Smart Speaker + Wireless Charger Review by stefan @ 2021-01-29
Motherboards/AMD AM4 ASRock X570 Taichi Razer Edition AM4 Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2021-01-25
Storage/HDD Toshiba Canvio Flex 1TB Portable HDD Review by stefan @ 2021-01-21

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Review @ Vortez

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Today, we’re set to take a look at some new wireless gaming earbuds – the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrids. These earbuds come with 6mm drivers, dual omnidirectional microphones and offer up to 5-hours of usage per session. For connectivity Bluetooth… Go To Full Article

Cooler Master MasterAir MA612 Stealth ARGB CPU Cooler

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" ... The Cooler Master MasterAir MA612 Stealth ARGB comes equipped with dual sickleflow fans, 6 heat pipes, and an asymmetrical design. The all black coating will give your rig the stealthy look you are going for." Go To Full Article

SpaceX's first lunar tourist is looking for eight crew members

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Japanese fashion billionaire Yusaku Maezawa purchased the right to be SpaceX's first lunar tourist on a mission that's scheduled for 2023, but he won't be going alone. Maezawa bought all the seats on the flight, and announced plans to cho...… Go To Full Article

Instagram 'unintentionally' hid likes for more people today

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In the long-forgotten time of 2019, Instagram announced the start of a test to hide Like counts users usually see on everyone else's posts. Over the last year of the COVID pandemic that test has still been going on, but… Go To Full Article

Star Trek animated comedy 'Lower Decks' heads to Blu-ray on May 18th

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Paramount+ (née CBS All Access) might be going full steam on becoming the Star Trek streaming service (among other things), but if you haven’t ponied up the $6 a month or prefer owning physical media, you can still snag the… Go To Full Article

Bill Nye explains disasters in Peacock's 'The End is Nye'

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Bill Nye is heading back to TV. The "Science Guy" will host and produce a new documentary series from Peacock called The End is Nye. The show will see Nye explore disasters, both natural and otherwise, with each episode. He'll… Go To Full Article

Amazon's GameOn screen recording app comes to iOS

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In November, Amazon announced GameOn, an app for recording short, shareable clips from your favorite mobile games. Initially, it was only available on Android. But as spotted by TechCrunch, if you own an iPhone or iPad and live in the… Go To Full Article

Dead by Daylight's latest killer is a K-pop star

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The roster of killers in Dead By Daylight reads like a who's who of horror icons. Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, Stranger Things' Demogorgon and Pyramid Head from Silent Hill are all in the lineup. The latest dreaded killer comes...… Go To Full Article

Google Play Books update brings audio narration to kids titles

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Google has been trying to make ebooks accessible to a wider global audience including those who are learning to read. The web giant is continuing its focus on youngsters by launching a set of audio resource tools for children's titles… Go To Full Article

Watch Samsung detail its Micro LED TVs

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We got a first look at Samsung’s 2021 TV lineup at CES 2021, but on Tuesday the company provided more information on details like pricing and availability. And we’ve crammed all of its biggest announcements in a video that clocks… Go To Full Article

Epic Games has bought 'Fall Guys' studio Mediatonic

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Epic Games has bought Tonic Games Group, the parent company of Fall Guys studio Mediatonic. The collective also includes the publisher Irregular Corporation and another studio, Fortitude Games. “Beyond the shared vision among our teams, we see tremen... … Go To Full Article

The CPU from Apple's iMac G3 is powering NASA's Perseverance rover

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When NASA's Perseverance guided itself to the surface of Mars on February 18th, it did so with the help of the same processor that powered the 1998 iMac G3. You know, the colorful and bulbous all-in-one desktop that saved Apple's… Go To Full Article

Microsoft Mesh aims to bring holographic virtual collaboration to all

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Last week, I sat around a table with fellow journalists as Greg Sullivan, Microsoft's head of Mixed Reality, detailed the company's vision for the future of virtual collaboration. Nobody was wearing masks or standing apart. We weren't wor... … Go To Full Article

The 2022 C40 Recharge will be Volvo’s first leather-free EV

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Volvo is going all in on going green, the company announced during an online press event on Tuesday. The car maker pledged to produce nothing but electrics by 2030, go fully carbon neutral by 2040 and to begin selling its… Go To Full Article

'It Takes Two' turns a good platformer into a saccharine romcom

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I’m conflicted about It Takes Two, the new game from Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and A Way Out studio Hazelight. On one hand, it’s an adorable platformer featuring intuitive spatial puzzles and super-sized domestic environments, with a vibe… Go To Full Article

This bundle will teach you how to build modern Android apps

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Android 11 isn’t even a year old, but it’s already had a massive impact on the way users interact with their phones. It comes with screen recorders, improved password management and greater control over the permissions given to apps. If… Go To Full Article

Insect-like drones can take a beating and keep flying

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Insect-like drones have taken one large step closer to becoming a practical reality. Researchers at Harvard, MIT and the City University of Hong Kong have developed tiny insect-inspired drones that can not only maneuver in extremely tight spaces, but... Go To Full Article

'Aliens: Fireteam' is an online-only survival shooter with Xenomorph hordes

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Six years and four acquisitions later, Cold Iron Studios is ready to reveal exactly what kind of Alien game it's been working on: Aliens: Fireteam. It's a third-person squad-based survival shooter, and it's due to hit PC, PlayStation 4, P...… Go To Full Article

Samsung confirms availability for its 2021 TV lineup

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Samsung has confirmed its extensive lineup of 2021 televisions, which span high-end Micro LEDs to refreshed gaming monitors and displays to new Frame models with more storage. Though most of the new TVs were unveiled at CES 2021, the latest… Go To Full Article

SoundCloud's listener-based royalties promise better pay for indie artists

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Artists who've complained about streaming music royalties might soon have a better option — in the right conditions. SoundCloud has launched a "fan-powered" royalty system for indies that sends your subscription or ad money to the artis... Go To Full Article

Bose 700 wireless ANC headphones are $80 off right now

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Some of our favorite wireless headphones have dropped back down to their Black Friday sale price. Amazon has the Bose 700 cans in arctic white for $299, which is $80 off their normal price. The arctic white model typically receives… Go To Full Article

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro: Retail Offering Starts Today

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Today AMD is officially going to start offering its Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors at retail, effectively ending the exclusivity deal with Lenovo on the product line. To date, Lenovo is the only company to have offered Threadripper Pro in the… Go To Full Article

PlayStation Store will stop selling movies and TV shows on August 31st

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You'll have to turn to third-party services if you want to buy or rent videos on your PlayStation later this year. Sony is discontinuing PlayStation Store movie and TV show purchases and rentals on August 31st. The electronics giant feels… Go To Full Article

Microsoft boosts Teams with new presenter tools and PowerPoint integration

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Microsoft's Teams app for work is about to get superpowered. At its Ignite conference today, the company announced a slew of updates for its video chat tool to make it more useful and customizable. It also unveiled new made-for-Teams speakers… Go To Full Article

DJI officially unveils its cinematic FPV drone

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As leaks suggested, DJI is releasing a cinematic first-person view drone that works with its FPV Goggles. The FPV comes with the latest version of the goggles and there's an optional one-handed motion controller. The company is calling it a… Go To Full Article

Flipboard makes it easier to find local news in 1,000 areas across the US and Canada

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Back at the start of last year, Flipboard launched a dedicated Local tab to highlight news and content from publications in about two dozen markets across the US and Canada. Today, the company is introducing a new discovery mechanism that… Go To Full Article

Apple's 10.2-inch iPad returns to a record low of $299 at Amazon

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Apple's 8th-generation iPad has gone on sale intermittently since its debut last September, and now you can grab it at a discounted price once again. Amazon has the space gray base iPad (32GB, WiFi) for $299, which is $30 off… Go To Full Article

Our favorite shows, audiobooks and music to fall asleep to

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If you’re anything like me, the past year has wreaked havoc on your sleep schedule. Some of it is good — if you no longer have to commute, you’ve probably snuck in an extra hour or two of sleep in… Go To Full Article

Crucial X6 Portable SSD 4TB Launches at $490: Phison's U17 Flash Controller Enters Re

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Crucial introduced the X6 Portable SSD last year as an entry-level alternative to their NVMe-based X8 Portable SSD. Launched in capacities of up to 2TB, the X6 adopted a 96L 3D TLC version of the BX500 SATA SSD along with… Go To Full Article

Cisco Webex adds real-time translation for more than 100 languages

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We've all been in conversations where a language barrier can make it hard to communicate. Cisco wants to make that problem a thing of the past, at least when it comes to video meetings. The company is introducing a new… Go To Full Article

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