Creative Outlier Air Wireless Sweatproof In-Ear Headphones Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2019-12-03 read/post comments(0)

After getting the Outlier Air outside of the charging case, it is really easy to get them paired and fitted in order to start listening to different multimedia content; our trusty P30 Huawei smartphone has confirmed support for the aptX CODEC and we have started playing different YouTube music clips, some short movies, product reviews but also vlogs. Surprisingly, the audio quality nears an on-ear mainstream to high-end headset and we were surprised to see how much bass these small drivers can deliver. At the same time, the highs and mids did remain clear and the voices were easy understandable in all the content we did listen. read more

Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2019-12-01 read/post comments(0)

After using the Viper Ultimate in productivity work but also games such as Terminator: Resistance, Mass Effect Andromeda, Beyond Two Souls and Borderlands 3 we became really fond of it thanks to the flawless tracking, very good battery life and low weight. The new optical switches have a good feel to it and the actuation noise is quite different from the mechanical switches, the click noise being less sharp. The Viper Ultimate can be used with multiple grip types, depending on the size of the hand, while the left buttons remain easily accessible (the right-side buttons need some time for accommodation, if you are using the mouse as a right hander). read more

Crucial BX500 960GB 2.5'' SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2019-11-27 read/post comments(0)

BX500 is one of the most affordable 2.5’’ SSDs you can get for the capacity and includes a 3-year warranty with 240 TBW of write endurance. While there is no DRAM cache standalone on the board, the 96-layer 3D NAND TLC packages do include SLC for caching purposes and until this one gets filled, the SSD will perform at optimal speeds. read more

CORSAIR iCUE QL140 RGB 140mm PWM Fans Review

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by stefan @ 2019-11-22 read/post comments(0)

The new QL140 fans from CORSAIR are a real step-up in terms of lighting compared to many other models, while the 34 addressable LEDs do allow creating unique effects. Most fans do have a single layer of configuration for the inner/outer ring, but this time we get separate zones (front/rear), that can be enabled or disabled independently. For minimizing the cable clutter, the multi-fan kits do also bring the Lighting Node CORE module, that does not need an additional module to get the fan RGB system fully operational and gets connected straight to an available USB 2.0 header. read more

Creative T100 Compact Hi-Fi 2.0 Desktop Speakers Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2019-11-17 read/post comments(0)

Since the T100 did not require any software installation, we went ahead and listened to various content such as YouTube clips, FLAC tracks via USB interface, movies and some TV shows. Considering the size of the drivers and also of the speakers themselves, we were impressed by the bass delivery, which is not overpowering and also the clear highs. After a while, we found the sound output as good as when owning a much larger soundbar, but this time the space occupied on the table is notably smaller. If you are using the set on a desktop table, along your PC setup, you won’t have much use of the remote, since you can mostly fine-tune the audio output via the… read more

SteelSeries Apex Pro Mechanical Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2019-11-15 read/post comments(0)

The new Apex Pro keyboard from SteelSeries is quite unique in terms of the mechanical switch choice, which permit adjustment in just a couple of seconds. Depending on the usage type such as typing or gaming, you may need to set different actuation distances and you can also do this per key! In our tests, the OmniPoint switches have proven to be quite silent and we really enjoyed the keyboard while writing articles, playing Need for Speed Heat, Diablo III and Project Torque. read more
Others/Mice & Keyboards Dream Machines DM5 Blink Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2019-11-12
Storage/SSD Patriot Memory Viper VPN100 PCIe M.2 SSD Review by stefan @ 2019-11-10
Videocards/VGA Reviews XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 Ultra THICC III Video Card Review by stefan @ 2019-11-07
Audio/Others CORSAIR HS60 PRO SURROUND Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2019-11-05
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'Rocket League' update removes loot boxes from the game

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Finally, the trend for randomized loot boxes in games is dying as publishers move away from the unpopular mechanic. As announced in today's update notes, Rocket League has changed its approach to cosmetic items to be less chance-based. … Go To Full Article

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless @ TechPowerUp

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The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless is a highly versatile wireless gaming headset with a ton of excellent features and great sound quality. We saw great battery life, and pricing is extremely reasonable with $100, if you consider everything the Arctis… Go To Full Article

Apple reportedly spends big to bring Billie Eilish documentary to TV+

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Apple loves Billie Eilish. It didn't only name her as Artist of the Year for the first Apple Music Awards, it also reportedly paid her $25 million for the right to stream a documentary following her life after she released… Go To Full Article

Oppo Snapdragon 865 phone coming in Q1 2020

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Reno3 Pro to be one of the first with Snapdragon 765G Following Qualcomm's announcements, Oppo has now confirmed it will launch 5G smartphones based on Qualcomm's new mobile platforms in Q1 2020. According to… Go To Full Article

Opera's latest version gives any web page a dark mode

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Tech companies and device manufacturers have long touted ways to reduce a screen's dreaded blue glare -- the light that disturbs the natural circadian rhythms of the body and affects sleep. Now, Opera is rolling out a revamped night mode… Go To Full Article

Microsoft still working on a diskless Scarlett

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Frankly, my dear, I am not sure users will give a damn Software King of the World, Microsoft is still working on a low-cost diskless version of its new Xbox code-named Lockhart. In June,… Go To Full Article

AI about to hit a wall

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Facebooks AI brain warns Facebook's AI bloke Jerome Pesenti has warned that the technology is about to hit a brick wall. Chatting to Wired, Pesenti said that his teams were busy trying to match… Go To Full Article

Boss' SY-1000 is a synth orchestra you control with a guitar

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There's more than one way to turn a guitar into a synthesizer. But Boss and Roland have always gone for the most elaborate and complicated approach. While the new SY-1000 can be played simply by plugging in a guitar or… Go To Full Article

Huawei sues the FCC over subsidy ban on its telecom equipment

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Huawei has filed a lawsuit against the FCC, formally challenging the agency's latest action against the company. If you'll recall, the FCC recently approved an order banning carriers from using Universal Service Fund subsidies to buy equipment from H... Go To Full Article

Nest Hubs will use ultrasonic sensing to display reminders and appointments

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Last month Google updated the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max so that they could use ultrasonic sensing to tell when a person is nearby. While the Hub Max includes a camera that it could already use to surface Proactive… Go To Full Article

Witcher card game 'Gwent' is shutting down on consoles

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You're about to have one less option for card games on your console. CD Projekt Red has warned that it's shutting down Gwent on PS4 and Xbox One to focus on the PC and mobile versions. Between the recent release… Go To Full Article

Google Fiber drops its 100Mbps tier in favor of gigabit-only service

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Google Fiber's main selling point has been its gigabit internet access, but there has usually been a low-cost option like the $50 100Mbps plan. However, that choice is going away. Google has announced that it no longer offers the 100Mbps… Go To Full Article

Apple’s Activation Lock will make it very difficult to refurbish Macs

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Every month, thousands of perfectly good iPhones are shredded instead of being put into the hands of people who could really use them. Why? Two words: Activation Lock. And Macs are its next victim. “We receive four to six thousand… Go To Full Article

Ryzen UCFF-palooza: Multiple PC Makers Now Shipping AMD Ryzen Embedded Systems

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While AMD's Ryzen Embedded APUs aren't new, the rate of adoption for them is. AMD unveiled this week that four more manufacturers are now offering ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs powered by their embedded Ryzen APUs. With systems shipping from ASRock,… Go To Full Article

Microsoft may be building a disc-less next-gen Xbox after all

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Just when it seemed Microsoft's plans for Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox console, were getting simpler, there's a new wrinkle to the narrative. According to Kotaku's Jason Schreier, Microsoft is "working" on a more affordable, disc-less v... Go To Full Article

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 brings Kryo 585 CPU and Adreno 650 GPU

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7nm, LP-DDR5, powering flagships starting in Q1 2020 At the annual Snapdragon technology summit in Hawaiian island Maui, Qualcomm revealed the latest flagship Snapdragon. After 845 and 855 comes the, well you might guess it the Snapdragon… Go To Full Article

Supermicro Shows Off Intel Nervana NNP-T Servers: 8-Way PCIe and OAM

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One of the key elements to deep learning and training is lots of very dense compute, as well as the dense servers to go through the computation. Intel’s Nervana NNP-T Spring Crest silicon, which we saw at Hot Chips earlier… Go To Full Article

It looks like BMW will drop its Apple CarPlay fees

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For years BMW has charged customers for access to Apple CarPlay. Initially, the automaker charged a $300 lifetime fee, but this summer, it introduced a yearly subscription model at $80 per year. That didn't go over well with drivers, especially… Go To Full Article

The Snapdragon 865 will amp up camera performance early next year

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It's time once again for Qualcomm to unleash a slew of new chips from its annual Tech Summit in Hawaii, and after we got a quick preview yesterday of what to expect, we're now getting the details of the latest… Go To Full Article

Qualcomm's first CPU with integrated 5G is made for midrange phones

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Yesterday, Qualcomm gave us a preview of the array of chips it's announcing at its Tech Summit event this week, including the new flagship Snapdragon 865 which is sure to feature in many of 2020's most prominent phones. But it… Go To Full Article

The 'Dark Crystal' tactics game arrives on February 4th

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If you've been craving another Netflix-linked video game, you'll have to wait a little bit longer. BonusXP and En Masse have revealed that The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics will debut on February 4th, 2020 -- so much for… Go To Full Article

Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit Live Blog Day Two: All About Mobile

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After yesterday announcing both the Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 865 mobile platforms, which will aim to provide a lot of 5G coverage to 2020 devices, Qualcomm today is going to go deep into what is inside both of these chips.… Go To Full Article

More signs point to Samsung's Galaxy S11 capturing 8K video

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It'll likely be a couple of months before Samsung officially unveils the Galaxy S11, but leaks are already starting to paint a picture of what's in store for its next flagship phone. A render that emerged last month offered a… Go To Full Article

Corsair’s K95 Platinum gaming keyboard is on sale for the lowest price yet

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Last month, Corsair's K95 RGB Platinum gaming keyboard dropped to $130. Now, it's even cheaper. The mechanical keyboard is on sale for $110 on Amazon. That's nearly a 50-percent discount from the usual list price of $200, and it's the… Go To Full Article

Instagram now asks new users for their age

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Instagram is getting more serious about curbing underage use. As of December 4th, the social network will start asking for your date of birth when you sign up, and will use the date from your Facebook profile if you're using… Go To Full Article

Peloton's Apple Watch app will offer detailed metrics for indoor runs

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If you're a Peloton fan, you might be pleased to learn the company has released an Apple Watch app. Though you would have already been able to view exercise data via Watch's native workout tracker, the Watch app should offer… Go To Full Article

Mozilla pulls four Firefox add-ons over excessive data collection

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Browser security extensions aren't automatically safer -- they might even make things worse. Mozilla has pulled Avast's Online Security and SafePrice extensions for Firefox, plus their AVG-branded equivalents, after AdBlock Plus creator Wladimir Pal... Go To Full Article

Powercolor RX 5700 XT Liquid Devil selling like hotcakes

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Second batch incoming to retail/e-tail shops We noticed that Powercolor's RX 5700 XT Liquid Devil is pretty scarce in retail/e-tail and after asking around, it appears that this one is selling quite well, which is one of… Go To Full Article

Hyperdub will release new music exclusively on a Sega Genesis cartridge

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Many artists and labels are constantly exploring different methods through which to release their music beyond streaming and CDs. Some have sold USB drives featuring their tunes over the last decade or so. However, there haven't been too many instanc...… Go To Full Article

Genius sues Google for $50 million over 'stolen' song lyrics

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Earlier this year Genius announced it suspected Google of copying its lyrics data -- now it's thrown its weight behind a lawsuit accusing the company of exactly that. According to Genius, lyric licensing company LyricFind pulled lyrics directly from... Go To Full Article

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