Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pure Edition Hi-Resolution PCIe Gaming Sound Card Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-06-17 read/post comments(0)

After finalizing the hardware installation of the the AE-5 Pure Edition card to our test system, we did proceed further with the Sound Blaster Connect 2 installer, which did also contain the necessary drivers; in order to have the Aurora RGB setup functional, we also have to supply extra power via Molex., After adjusting the EQ with our preferences, together with the BlasterX Acoustic Engine settings, we did start the listening experience by connecting the SteelSeries Arctis Pro headset and watched various movies and TV shows. The audio output was clear, with plenty of bass and clear highs and loud enough as well after modifying the amplification, thanks to the Xamp build. We also ran multiple rounds of Quake Champions… read more

Silicon Power PCIe Gen3x2 P32A80 256GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2018-06-12 read/post comments(0)

The NVMe P32A80 SSD solution from Silicon Power is able to provide good performance values for an entry-level solution and is available with capacities of 128, 256 and 512GB. The product comes with a 3-year warranty and for avoiding data transfer slowdowns, it is recommended to have it installed inside a well-ventilated chassis. read more

ROCCAT Khan AIMO 7.1 RGB Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-06-06 read/post comments(0)

After trying the Khan AIMO headset with multiple games such as DOOM, The Crew 2 Beta, Frostpunk and No One Lives Forever, we were quite impressed by the audio quality and bass representation, thanks to the large, 50mm Neodymium drivers. The headset is quite light and easy to use controls are available on the exterior of the right cup as well (Stereo to virtual 7.1 switch, Volume rocker). The built-in AMP/DAC does allow playback up to 24-bit 96 KHz, making it Hi-Res Audio compatible and great for other multimedia content as well, such as music and movies. We can switch between sampling rates from the ROCCAT Swarm interface or the Windows GUI, but after each modification we would also require… read more

CORSAIR HS70 Wireless Surround Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-05-31 read/post comments(0)

As you might have suspected, since we are dealing with the exact same drivers and software drivers/application as the HS60, the same sound signature is present when talking about the wireless HS70. With this model, CORSAIR has managed to offer a low-cost variant to the VOID PRO model, which is good for both PC and console gamers. The microphone can be easily detached from the HS70 chassis, is Discord Certified, noise-cancelling and is able to offer clear and accurate communication, as we have noted during our Skype test conference. read more

CORSAIR DARK CORE RGB SE Mouse + MM1000 Qi Wireless Mouse Pad Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-05-25 read/post comments(0)

Thanks to the included PixArt PMW3367 sensor, there were absolutely no issues during intense action scenes and paired with the MM1000 pad, you can also enjoy excellent precision. When using the mouse on 2.4GHz wireless, we did plug the adapter as instructed by the manufacturer (in the spare USB 3.0 port of the pad); after the mouse is powered on, it will attempt to connect and during this process, the mouse cursor will be a bit non-responsive (1-2 seconds). After the connection has been finalized, we did notice the same amount of responsiveness as we would have been using it in wired mode. read more

Creative Outlier Black Bluetooth Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-05-20 read/post comments(0)

After wearing the Outlier Black for a while, we were impressed how light it does feel and comfortable, given its choice of materials (mostly plastic). The custom-tuned 40mm Neodymium magnet drivers do sound really nice while playing music of different kinds and did not distort even at medium to high volume levels. The headset does use a SBC audio codec in Bluetooth mode; when you do choose to playback audio content only, you won’t have any quality issues, but as soon as we did enable the headset to take phone calls, the quality has dropped. We would recommend using the Creative Outlier Black with the AUX-in cable for phone calls, because you won’t have any quality drops this way. read more
Storage/HDD Silicon Power Armor A75 2TB USB 3.1 HDD Review by stefan @ 2018-05-15
Others/Mice & Keyboards ROCCAT Kone AIMO Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2018-05-09
Audio/Speakers&Amps Creative Metallix Plus Portable Water-resistant Bluetooth Speaker Review by stefan @ 2018-05-06
Audio/Others SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC Hi-Res Gaming Audio System Review by stefan @ 2018-05-04
Others/Mice & Keyboards CHERRY MW 4500 Ergonomic Wireless Mouse Review by stefan @ 2018-04-29

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iOS 12 will automatically share your location during 911 calls

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Apple is joining Google, Uber and others in providing accurate location data that could save your life in an emergency. The company has revealed that iOS 12 will automatically (and importantly, securely) share your location with first responders dur...… Go To Full Article

InWin Z-Tower: Where PCs Crossover to Art

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One constant over the last few years of Computex has been InWin’s ability to amaze. Out of all the companies to show new designs completely out of left field, InWin takes the trophy, especially as they do it with computer… Go To Full Article

How closing a Hooters will hurt indie games at E3

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The Devolver Digital parking lot has been the best part of E3 for half a decade, even though it's technically not associated with E3 at all. A big white balloon marks the spot across the street from the Los Angeles… Go To Full Article

Microsoft's latest acquisition focuses on social education

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Education these days isn't just about reading, writing and arithmetic -- it's also about learning how to learn. And Microsoft wants to be the go-to option for teaching these abilities. It's buying Flipgrid, the creator of an educational platform that... Go To Full Article

The Model X vs the I-Pace: A luxury electric SUV face-off

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It's impossible not to compare the new Jaguar I-Pace with the Model X. They're currently the only members of the EV luxury SUV club. At least for now. BMW and Audi are both working on getting their electrified vehicles to… Go To Full Article

World's largest ARM supercomputer is headed to a nuclear security lab

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Most supercomputers are focused on pure processing speed. Take the DOE's new Summit system, which is now the world's most powerful supercomputer, with 9,000 22-core IBM Power9 processors and over 27,000 NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. But processing performa... Go To Full Article

Garmin's Fenix 5 Plus watches help you survive mountain climbing

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Garmin is no stranger to catering to fans of specific sports with its GPS watches. Its latest wristwear, however, takes that devotion to another level. It's upgrading its Fenix 5 outdoor watches with the Fenix 5 Plus series, whose star… Go To Full Article

MIT engineers give RFID tags chemical-sensing capabilities

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Engineering specialists from MIT have devised a way to make RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags more reliable and pick up on chemicals in the surrounding environment -- without needing the typical battery. Go To Full Article

Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 AMD Threadripper CPU Cooler

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" Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 is the cooler for the most demanding users. You won't find anything better that isn't expensive water cooling kit. The NH-U14S is really quiet and well-performing cooler which combines all the features you may need and… Go To Full Article

AMD Raven Ridge APU will only get four updates a year

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Users not that happy HEXUS has managed to confirm that AMD Raven Ridge APU owners will only get quarterly updates. The first update arrived in February this year and while there were multiple Radeon… Go To Full Article

Facebook blocks gun accessory ads to the under 18s

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Facebook has tightened the rules about what sort of firearms-related content is visible by the site's underage users. From June 21st, ads for weapon accessories, from optics, flashlights and holsters through to bulletproof vests and camouflage gear,... Go To Full Article

Humans getting more stupid

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We are de-evolving If you ever thought the kids of today were dumber than you were at the same age you are probably right – new research has shown that humans are progressively becoming more stupid.… Go To Full Article

Office 365 not be re-written in Javascript

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Vole admits enthusiasm gets a little out of hand A Microsoft employee is in hot water after he tweeted that "all of Office 365" was being 'completely rewritten' in JavaScript. Sean Larkin, who is… Go To Full Article

AI defeats Rubik's cube without human help

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Hopefully, mindless puzzles will distract it from taking over the world A team of boffins has managed to get an AI to solve a Rubik Cube puzzle without needing human help. Stephen McAleer and… Go To Full Article

Technology proves no-one reads security warnings

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Eye-tracking and fMRI prove it Boffins have used the latest gear to prove the long understood belief that no-one reads security warnings. A team of computer scientists, psychologists and neuroscientists used eye-tracking and fMRI… Go To Full Article

Securing enterprise email could be an AI job

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Tessian raises $13 million Securing enterprise email could be the job of an AI in the future. Tessian of London has raised $13 million in venture capital as the UK-based company seeks to automate… Go To Full Article

JBL Link 10 Review: Google Home on The Go

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The smallest in JBL’s latest line of Link smart speakers, the JBL Link 10 is a portable speaker that lets you take the convenience of Google Home along when you are away from home. Just earlier this year, the Google… Go To Full Article

Stormforce Prism GTX 1080Ti Review @ Vortez

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Those with deep pockets often feel the urge to splash a large amount of cash on something particularly special; the Stormforce Prism deserves every letter of that definition, with a GTX 1080Ti providing the graphics horsepower and an AMD Ryzen… Go To Full Article

ASUS ROG Strix Flare Review @ Vortez

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The ROG Strix Flare is also sporting genuine Cherry MX switches of which there are four options to choose from. There is either the MX Black, Blue, Brown or RED, each offering their own characteristics. The ROG STRIX Flare also… Go To Full Article

Volvo builds a self-docking yacht

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There are plenty of things that can go wrong when you dock a boat, and if they do, the consequences can be expensive. It's a problem that Volvo Penta claims to have solved after building a "self-docking yacht" that can… Go To Full Article

Amazon Prime Video is offering dubious conspiracy videos

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It won't surprise you to hear that streaming services are full of documentary-style videos with dodgy claims about aliens or the paranormal. Amazon Prime Video, however, is coming under fire for offering considerably worse. The Telegraph has notice... Go To Full Article

Be quiet! Silent Loop 360mm AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech

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The Silent Loop 360mm is the flagship AIO liquid CPU cooler by be quiet! and just like its smaller siblings it also combines excellent build quality with very good cooling efficiency. Go To Full Article

Google demo shows how AR can thrive on the web

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Google has been hyping up augmented reality on the web, and it's easy to understand why -- it promises an immersive experience without requiring a special app. But what does that look like in practice? The company now has an… Go To Full Article

Amazon sunsets its live video tech support for Fire tablets

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In our Fire phone review from 2014, we called Mayday one of Amazon's most brilliant features. People can use it to summon tech support advisers on their Amazon devices within seconds, after all, and those reps can help people fix… Go To Full Article

Leak shows the Samsung folding phone that might have been

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Samsung has been talking about making folding phones for years with little to show for it, but it might have come closer to doing that than you think. A leaker has claimed to have photos of "Project V," a dual-screen… Go To Full Article

Fox turns ad breaks into dramas in bid to fight ad skipping

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There's little doubt that TV's commercial breaks are on the decline. How do you get people to watch ads in an era of ad-skipping DVRs and commercial-free streaming services like Netflix or Hulu? Fox Networks has an idea: turn ad… Go To Full Article

[M] Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pure Edition Hi-Resolution PCIe Gaming Sound Card Re

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After finalizing the hardware installation of the the AE-5 Pure Edition card to our test system, we did proceed further with the Sound Blaster Connect 2 installer, which did also contain the necessary drivers; in order to have the Aurora… Go To Full Article

Jaguar breaks the world's electric boat speed record

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You frequently see car manufacturers trying to break electric speed records on land, but where are the boats? Don't worry -- Jaguar, Vector and Williams feel the need for nautical speed. The trio have broken both the world and UK… Go To Full Article

Watch a Tesla Model X zoom inside a Boring Company tunnel

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Someday, The Boring Company's tunnels could become a busy network of passenger-carrying shuttles, private vehicles and bicycles trying to dodge traffic. But right now, its existing tunnel under LA is pretty ahem boring -- save for a short moment last... Go To Full Article

Silk Road creator's alleged ally extradited to the US

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Key Silk Road figure Roger Thomas Clark, better known by his Variety Jones alias, is now facing trial in the US. The alleged mentor to creator Ross Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts) has been extradited to the States after spending… Go To Full Article

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