Crucial MX500 4TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5-inch 7mm SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-09-24 read/post comments(0)

After checking the performance of the Crucial MX500 4TB, we can clearly note that it works best as a secondary storage device, where speed is less of a priority, but the user will mainly be more interested in price per GB. The drive succeeds to maintain a rather high transfer speed even after the pSLC cache has been filled up thanks to the 176-layer TLC ICs, but also the DRAM for caching purposes. The use of TLC does also enhance the overall durability, the drive being guaranteed for 1PB of total writes during its lifetime. read more

Creative Pebble Pro Minimalist 2.0 Speakers with BT and RGB Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2023-09-17 read/post comments(0)

After installing the Pebble Pro system on our test desktop, we fired up multiple YouTube clips, TV shows and tried some games; the voices were clearly heard, and we noted an improvement on the bass delivery thanks to the reworked drivers (the passive radiator was present on the V3 as well). For the mainstream crowd and in case you need some mobility while working from home via laptop computer, the Pebble Pro ticks all boxes, now with the added interfaces which assist calls, thanks to the included sound card which boosts quality for the analog interfaces, but also helps with microphone noise reduction. read more

Sabrent Rocket 2230 NVMe PCIe 4.0 1TB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-09-11 read/post comments(0)

The Sabrent Rocket 2230 NVMe 4.0 SSD does bring performance and capacity to the table when compared to the stock storage solution of compact devices like Steam Deck, ASUS ALLY so considering the current drop in price, this model should be on your short list when on the market to make such a purchase. Its operating temperatures are decent, while the thin copper foil on top does help with faster heat dissipation during heavier workloads. read more

Linksys Atlas Pro 6 Dual-Band AX5400 Mesh WiFi 6 System 2-Pack Review

Others/Networking Gear by stefan @ 2023-09-05 read/post comments()

The entry-level to mainstream Atlas Pro 6 and its 2-pack system is easy to set up via smartphone/tablet application and requires very little knowledge from the customer since everything is guided thanks to the included animations. We get 3 LAN ports with each tower to connect devices in wired mode, while the wireless performance remains good even when the signal needs to pass through multiple walls. read more

Silicon Power UD85 2TB 2280 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-08-28 read/post comments(0)

The entry-level U85 drive from Silicon Power does come with decent performance and thanks to the inclusion of the TLC NAND instead of QLC we noted higher sustained writes but also the TBW for the 2TB model is appreciable, at about 1120TB. The placement of the ICs is a bit different when compared to other manufacturers, leaving about one third of the PCB unused; the main Phison PS5019-E19-35 controller will get a bit toasty during prolonged writes so we would really recommend good ventilation around the drive when writing large amounts of data at once. read more

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Xbox & PC Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2023-08-21 read/post comments(0)

After fully-charging both batteries and fiddling with the settings in both Sonar and SteelSeries Engine, we started using the headset while gaming in titles such as GTA V, Diablo 4, Need for Speed Unbound but also Last Epoch; despite the use of 40mm drivers, these are very well tuned and are able to deliver bass as good as their 50mm counterparts, while keeping fidelity on both medium and high frequencies. We have had a very good experience while watching movies and several TV show episodes as well, where voices are clearly heard and other effects such as car engines, shots getting fired are well represented. read more
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Unblock Tech – UBOX 10 Pro Max TV Box Review

@ 2023/09/25 read/post comments(0)
" ... The UBOX 10 Pro Max TV box (2023) is a marked improvement over my older Ubox 8, which I bought 2 years ago. It now contains a super-fast H618 Quad core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, plus a dedicated Mali-G31… Go To Full Article

Synology DVA1622 Deep Learning NVR Review

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Description: The DVA1622 Deep Learning NVR by Synology may not be quite perfect but thanks to its overall performance and available features it’s still a great choice for both home and office use. Go To Full Article

Nearly 500 brands exited smartphone market during 2017-2023

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At its peak in 2017, the global smartphone market saw more than 700 brands fiercely competing. Fast forward to 2023 and the number of active brands (that have recorded sell-through volumes) is down by two-thirds to almost 250, according to… Go To Full Article

Sabrent Ships 8TB SSD for PlayStation 5

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Although Sony's PlayStation 5 game console fully supports off-the-shelf PCIe 4.0 solid-state drives, Sony initially limited the maximum capacity to 4 TB. Recently the company removed that cap as part of the PS5 8.00 firmware update, and now the system… Go To Full Article

Darmoshark M3 4K @ TechPowerUp

@ 2023/09/25 read/post comments(0)
As the name already suggests, the main novelty of the ambidextrous M3 4K is true 4000 Hz wireless polling. Due to featuring a larger battery, the M3 4K weighs a bit more at 66 g compared to the regular M3,… Go To Full Article

iOS 17 review: StandBy for more features

@ 2023/09/25 read/post comments(0)
iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 offer several welcome improvements, tweaks, and new features. They also continue two trends that have dominated recent updates for both platforms: the expansion of widgets giving modular access to functions from a variety of apps,… Go To Full Article

Bowing to pressure, Unity announces the terms of its surrender

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Unity announced significant concessions to its new game developer pricing on Friday. After rolling out the widely scorned changes 10 days ago, including a per-install fee many developers said could upend their entire businesses, the company rolled out a walkback… Go To Full Article

Samsung leaks its upcoming Fan Edition devices

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Eagle-eyed visitors to Samsung's Argentinian website have spotted something a little unexpected — a product page for new Galaxy Buds FE earbuds, along with images of a Galaxy S23 FE smartphone and Galaxy Tab S9 FE tablet. That's because the… Go To Full Article

G.SKILL Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-7200 CL36 2x 24 GB @ TechPowerUp

@ 2023/09/25 read/post comments(0)
G.SKILL is looking to shake things up with a new high-capacity memory kit! Equipped with a 7200 MT/s XMP profile using modest CL36-46-46-115 timings, G.SKILL is ready to please gamers, steamers and content creators chasing that performance with a side… Go To Full Article

Sony ZV-E1 review: The best vlogging camera to date, by a big margin

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Content creators have become a key segment in the mirrorless camera industry, and Sony fully embraced them back in 2020 with the launch of the ZV1 camera. It has since added no less than four models to its ZV lineup,… Go To Full Article

Drop's BMR1 PC speakers are almost really good

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At some point over the years there’s been a shift in what PC speakers look like. Many of you may remember plugging in a pair of small, often beige, units into the back of your PC (where the PCI sound… Go To Full Article

G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB 48GB DDR5-7600 Memory Kit Review

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Today, we present the latest white version of the G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB memory series. With a long list of G.Skill products, it's sometimes hard to notice the new models, so we try to highlight what's the most interesting. The… Go To Full Article

EU reinstates $400 million fine on Intel for blocking sales of competing chips

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The European Commission has imposed a €376.36 million ($400 million) fine on Intel for blocking the sales of devices powered by its competitors' x86 CPUs. This brings one part of the company's long-running antitrust court battle with the European authority… Go To Full Article

More than 500 brands have exited the smartphone market

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Counterpoint Research revealed 250 active smartphone brands in 2023, down from over 700 in 2017. Counterpoint noted that the decline was “almost entirely” from local brands while the big global brands had been consistent. Go To Full Article

Jaguar signs on to use Tesla's chargers too

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Jaguar is joining Mercedes, Polestar and other automakers in adopting Tesla's NACS chargers for vehicles sold in North America starting in 2025. The company signed an agreement with Tesla to gain access to its 12,000+ Superchargers for its "current and… Go To Full Article

Microsoft shows off Surface Laptop Studio 2

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It looks the same but has some better power-user features Microsoft showed off its new high-end convertible laptop, the Surface Laptop Studio 2. The Laptop Studio 2 keeps the overall aesthetic of its predecessor,… Go To Full Article

Apple’s pricey FineWoven cases mocked

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Apple should have just called it woven because it is not fine Apple's new FineWoven iPhone cases and accessories, designed to save a cow's life and prevent global warming, are getting pasted by reviewers. … Go To Full Article

Google trolls Apple over ancient iMessenger tech

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Advert claims it is as old as pagers Google has been trying to pressure Apple into adopting the GSMA's RCS (Rich Communications Service) messaging protocol for a long time now, with nothing to show for it.… Go To Full Article

Tecno's Phantom V flip phone puts a circular display on its cover

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While most modern flip phone makers have been focusing on maximizing their cover screen sizes, a new contender decided to branch away with a circular one instead. Following its flagship foldable from earlier this year, China's Tecno has also unveiled… Go To Full Article

Microsoft's Activision merger set to get its final UK approval

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Microsoft's $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard looked close to being dead not long ago, but it just took a big step toward clearing its last major obstacle. The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that Microsoft's revised… Go To Full Article

[M] Crucial MX500 4TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5-inch 7mm SSD Review

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After checking the performance of the Crucial MX500 4TB, we can clearly note that it works best as a secondary storage device, where speed is less of a priority, but the user will mainly be more interested in price per… Go To Full Article

Crucial X9 Pro 2TB Portable SSD

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" ... The X9 Pro is yet another successful product from Crucial. It's slower than the X10 Pro but is also cheaper, and meets the needs of a broad range of users. The excellent build quality and extended warranty only… Go To Full Article

YouTube’s upcoming AI-powered creator tools include a generative green screen

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YouTube has new AI features for creators on the way. AI-powered features the company announced at its Made on YouTube event on Thursday include a green screen feature, insights to stimulate ideas, automatic dubbing to other languages and a soundtrack… Go To Full Article

Ubisoft confirms The Division 3, but it’s a long ways off

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Ubisoft just confirmed that Tom Clancy’s The Division 3 is headed toward active development. We have a long time to wait before we get our hands on the franchise sequel, despite it being over four years since The Division 2… Go To Full Article

GTA+ now includes free games, starting with three Grand Theft Auto remasters

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Rockstar announced on Thursday that GTA+ subscribers will now get access to a rotating selection of Rockstar Games. At launch, members can download and play Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, the 2021 remaster of early 21st-century… Go To Full Article

Surface Laptop Studio 2 Takes Aim at the Macbook Pro

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Microsoft's Surface laptops are intended to be a showcase for what a Windows PC can do, and while some of them have been better than others, the lineup is one of the best competitors against Apple's MacBook laptops. Now, at… Go To Full Article

Razer's latest gaming gear includes RGB lights and new Huntsman Pro keyboards

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It's not only Microsoft that had a notable hardware event on Thursday. Razercon took place on the same day. As ever, Razer took the opportunity to reveal its latest gaming gear, accessories and software updates. Among the announcements was a… Go To Full Article

Razer makes a $5,000 Lamborghini-inspired version of its Blade 16 laptop

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This year’s Razercon event held a couple of surprises for those who love the computer accessory company and luxury lifestyle brands. Razer has partnered up with Lamborghini to create a beefed up Blade 16 laptop that draws plenty of aesthetic… Go To Full Article

Hyundai is offering a free EV charger and $600 off installation

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While the better environmental impact and lack of gas payments make EVs an enticing option, other costs and steps still stand as a hindrance. Hyundai is the latest car manufacturer attempting to minimize these negatives with a new incentive offering… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA DLSS 3.5 Ray Reconstruction @ TechPowerUp

@ 2023/09/22 read/post comments(0)
NVIDIA DLSS 3.5 launches today, supporting GeForce 20 and newer. The new algorithm improves the looks ray traced lighting, reflections, shadows and more. In our DLSS 3.5 Ray Reconstruction review we test image quality, but also discovered that VRAM usage… Go To Full Article

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