Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-05-29 read/post comments(0)

Despite being an entry-level to mainstream PCIe 3.0 drive, the EXCERIA G2 drive from KIOXIA does incorporate BiCS TLC Flash, which means that we are getting much better performance versus the QLC variants, but also increased endurance, the TBW being set at 400 TB. On this particular drive, we noted the most notable performance drop after about 30GB have been written continuously to the drive, which tells us that the pseudo-SLC cache is quite small. read more

ECS LIVA Q3 Plus with Ryzen Embedded R2314 Mini-PC Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2023-05-24 read/post comments(0)

The revised LIVA Q3 Plus benefits from the much newer Ryzen Embedded R2314 SoC which features the 12nm fabrication process, has a core speed of about 100MHz higher versus the V1605B but does lack HyperThreading. Because of this, we noted a bit smaller scores versus the previous SKU in apps which need more threads such as encoding/rendering, but it really holds its own when discussing about 3D performance in games or other 3D applications, where the improvement is clear! read more


Storage/Other by stefan @ 2023-05-21 read/post comments(0)

The EXCERIA PLUS 1TB, now in regular SD card format does offer the performance it promises, making it perfect when used for 4K video recording or fast high-res photography. It complies with the V30 video speed class, is backed by a 5-year warranty, and supports CPRM as well! read more

Silicon Power Armor A65B 2TB USB 3.2 Gen1 Portable HDD Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2023-05-16 read/post comments(0)

The even more cost-effective version of the Armor series does include the same 2TB drive model as the A85B, so the performance is basically the same, but the outside shell is now made of rubberized plastic instead of aluminum and this can be also noted by the lighter drive (277g vs 298g). The Armor A65B does max out at only 2TB (unlike A85B which can go up to 5TB), but includes the same MIL-STD 810G Method 516.6 Procedure IV protection standard as its more expensive brother. read more

Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2023-05-11 read/post comments(0)

After customizing the keyboard with our own settings, we did play some missions in Mass Effect Andromeda, Dying Light 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic but also World of Warcraft; we did really enjoy the response and silent behavior of the Razer Yellow linear switches, which do feature built-in sound dampeners, but the bottoming-out sound is further minimized thanks to the included foam in the bottom case, but also between the circuit board and the top case. We found the Command Dial really useful for performing different functions on-the-fly in productivity applications at the office such as Word/Excel, including the moments when working with lots of multimedia content. read more


Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2023-05-07 read/post comments(0)

The STREAM WIRELESS keyboard offers a pleasing typing experience at the office, while keeping the noise at a minimum. It is also great for the financial departments due to the inclusion of the numeric pad, while multimedia functions are easily accessible via the extra buttons. The wireless aspect does add to the ease-of-use aspect, not requiring any extra drivers and if we would like to remap some of the keys, we can download the optional software from CHERRY’s website. read more
Others/Mice & Keyboards CHERRY XTRFY K4 TKL RGB RETRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2023-05-02
Storage/SSD KIOXIA EXCERIA PRO NVMe Gen4 2TB SSD Review by stefan @ 2023-04-27
Memory Crucial 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5-5600 Memory Kit Review by stefan @ 2023-04-19
Others/All-in-one PC ECS LIVA Q3D Mini-PC Review by stefan @ 2023-04-15
Storage/HDD Silicon Power Armor A85B 2TB USB 3.2 Gen1 Portable HDD Review by stefan @ 2023-04-10

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Despite being an entry-level to mainstream PCIe 3.0 drive, the EXCERIA G2 drive from KIOXIA does incorporate BiCS TLC Flash, which means that we are getting much better performance versus the QLC variants, but also increased endurance, the TBW being… Go To Full Article

Patriot Viper Gaming Venom RGB DDR5-7200 32GB Memory Kit

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" ... Patriot has produced yet another great memory kit that offers exceptional performance, good compatibility, RGB lighting and excellent overclocking ability. They're fully XMP 3.0 certified, comes with a lifetime warranty, and you get all of this at a… Go To Full Article

Netac NV7000 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

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Description: If you’re looking for a very fast and durable Gen4x4 M.2 NVMe SSD which also features a capable heatsink and is priced much lower than its competition then the NV7000 line by Netac is just that. Go To Full Article

Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo White CPU Cooler Review @ APH Networks

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* Description: The Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo White is a great dual tower air cooler that boasts respectable CPU cooling performance with nice aesthetics at a reasonable price. Go To Full Article

Japan will try to beam solar power from space by 2025

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Japan and JAXA, the country’s space administration, have spent decades trying to make it possible to beam solar energy from space. In 2015, the nation made a breakthrough when JAXA scientists successfully beamed 1.8 kilowatts of power, enough energy to… Go To Full Article

Portugal considers banning Huawei from national 5G networks

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Portugal could become the latest country to effectively ban Huawei and other Chinese firms from participating in its 5G buildouts. As reported by Bloomberg, the government of Portugal this week recommended barring local carriers from sourcing 5G equipment from suppliers… Go To Full Article

Meta’s Quest 3 headset could feature color cameras for more lifelike pass-through vid

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Meta’s Quest 3 VR headset won’t arrive until later this year. However, now we have a better idea of what to expect from the device courtesy of Bloomberg’sMark Gurman, who says he went hands-on with a prototype to better understand… Go To Full Article

US judge grants final approval to Apple’s $50 million ‘butterfly’ keyboard settlement

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A US federal court this week gave final approval to the $50 million class-action settlement Apple came to last July resolving claims the company knew about and concealed the unreliable nature of keyboards on MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro… Go To Full Article

Apple’s free My Photo Stream service will shut down on July 26th

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Apple plans to shut down its My Photo Stream service on July 26th, 2023, the company announced on Friday. The free service has been available since the release of iCloud in 2011. You can use My Photo Stream to upload… Go To Full Article

Dolphin emulator Steam release delayed indefinitely following Nintendo DMCA notice

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Valve has delisted Dolphin from Steam after receiving a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice from Nintendo. In late March, the developers of Dolphin, an open source emulator that can run most GameCube and Wii titles, said they were… Go To Full Article

Twitter pulls out of EU’s voluntary Code of Practice against disinformation

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Twitter has withdrawn from a voluntary European Union agreement to combat online disinformation. In a tweet spotted by TechCrunch, Thierry Breton, the bloc’s internal market commissioner, said Twitter had pulled out of the EU’s “Code of Practice” against disinformation. “You… Go To Full Article

Kingston FURY Beast RGB 32GB DDR5 6000MHz CL40 Dual-Channel Kit Review

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Description: The FURY Beast RGB line of DDR5 kits by Kingston may not be their fastest one currently available but it’s actually one of their most popular lines to date. Go To Full Article

Google fined $32.5 million for infringing on Sonos patent

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Google has just been hit with a $32.5 million penalty for infringing on a patent held by Sonos. According to Law360, a California federal jury ordered the fine after determining that Google infringed on a patent Sonos holds relating to… Go To Full Article

Naughty Dog says its Last of Us multiplayer game needs more time in the oven

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One of the most notable omissions from this week's PlayStation Showcase was anything from Naughty Dog. Many (including yours truly) expected the studio to reveal more details about its Last of Us multiplayer game, but we'll need to wait a… Go To Full Article

Bluesky now lets you choose your own algorithm

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Bluesky, the Jack Dorsey-backed decentralized Twitter alternative, has released one of its most significant updates to date: the ability for users to choose their own algorithms. The service, which is still in a closed beta, released its “custom feeds” feature,… Go To Full Article

ID-Cooling Dashflow 360 XT AIO @ TechPowerUp

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ID-Cooling is taking a different approach with its Dashflow 360 XT all-in-one liquid CPU cooler. While ARGB lighting is a mainstay feature, the inclusion of an extra matching fan to improve your system's visual aesthetics is a nice touch. Add… Go To Full Article

How to Emulate the PS3 on a Steam Deck With RPCS3

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Want to go back to the late aughts/early 2010s and relive the PS3 glory days on your Steam Deck? You can do it with the help of RPCS3, a PS3 emulator that can run all your PS3 favorites. Our guide… Go To Full Article

The Vivaldi Browser Is Coming to iPhone

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Safari is a good browser, but if you’re using an iPhone, you’ve probably been tempted by the many choices that are present on the Apple App Store. Now, a new one is joining the list, as the Vivaldi browser is… Go To Full Article

Microsoft PowerToys Brings a Great Mac Feature to Windows

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For those power users who like to supercharge their operating system, Microsoft’s open-source PowerToys application. Now, the latest version is adding a couple of new features to the mix. Go To Full Article

Apple's AirPods Max are $99 off at Amazon

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Apple's high-end, over-ear headphones may be a bit over the top, but they are one of the best pieces of audio gear for Apple enthusiasts. The catch is that you have to be willing to shell out quite a bit… Go To Full Article

After a rocky start, Formula E’s Gen3 car is living up to its potential

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We’re in the midst of a three-week break in the Formula E calendar, so now is a good time to take stock of the season so far. This is the ninth season of the all-electric racing series, but it’s the… Go To Full Article

LG and Hyundai are building a $4.3 billion EV battery cell factory in the US

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Korean companies LG and Hyundai are teaming up to build a new EV battery cell manufacturing plant in the US and have signed a memorandum of understanding to invest $4.3 billion in the project. The companies will each hold a… Go To Full Article

Companies have not got the hang of remote work

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Telecoms company Zen Internet has discovered that one in five remote workers are unhappy about their workplace culture despite their company having had several years to adapt to a new hybrid working setup. Go To Full Article

Expensive printer ink maker is fast becoming the Ivan the Terrible of hardware

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Maker of expensive printer ink HP has constantly been flogging its products slightly on the dark side of the force, however lately it has been reaching new lows, which should be starting to attract the interest of regulators. Go To Full Article

Sony teases new streaming PlayStation handheld

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It can’t play games independently; it's all about the streaming functionality.It has an 8-inch HD screen and "all the buttons and features of the DualSense wireless controller." Release dates and pricing for these haven't been announced. Go To Full Article

Microsoft president Brad Smith says he is worried about deep fakes

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Or did he say it? Microsoft President Brad Smith said his biggest concern around artificial intelligence was deep fakes, realistic-looking but false content. In a speech in Washington aimed at addressing the issue of… Go To Full Article

IBM wants to build a 100,000-qubit quantum computer in 10 years

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Biggish Blue has managed to build a 433-quantum bit, or qubits machine so far, making it the world leader. IBM announced the move at the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan. The company will partner with the University of Tokyo and… Go To Full Article

Musk allowed to conduct medical experiments on humans

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The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has decided that despite a high death rate amongst his animal test subjects, it is ok for Elon [look at me] Musk to test installing chips into human brains. Go To Full Article

Maono GamerWave Computer Microphone Review @ APH Networks

@ 2023/05/26 read/post comments(0)
* Description: The Maono GamerWave is a wallet-friendly, low-cost entrant into the dedicated microphone realm, but there are compromises made to get to this price point. * Link: Article Go To Full Article

Creative Sound Blaster X5 Hi-res External Dual DAC USB Sound Card Review

@ 2023/05/26 read/post comments(0)
Description: It’s been almost 9 years since Creative released the award winning and highly popular Sound Blaster X7 External USB Sound Card so I really wanted to test and see whether or not their latest Sound Blaster X5 model was… Go To Full Article

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