ASUSTOR AS1004T 4-bay NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-11-22 read/post comments()

AS1004T NAS takes part of the latest ASUSTOR server series meant for home use, which does sport a Marvell ARMADA-385 1GHz Dual-Core processor, is paired with just 512MB of RAM and can house up to four drives. The chassis has been completely redesigned and in order to access the drives, we will have to completely remove the cover; unlike the previous NASes we have tested from the same company, this unit lacks trays and only 3.5’’ drives are supported for installation. Because of the utilized ARMADA-385 SoC, the overall power consumption is very low, while the four bays are cooled by a single 120mm fan located in the back. We can connect more devices to the NAS, but be aware… read more

IN WIN 805 Mid-tower Computer Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2015-11-17 read/post comments()

In Win is one of those manufacturers which really dare to innovate within their growing lineup of computer cases. Last year they stole the show with their highly acclaimed S-Frame, an open air chassis made from a single sheet of aluminium. Of course these high tech cases come at a cost! This year at Computex they surprised friend and foe again with the H-frame case; compare it with a transformer case, that can open and close allowing to access the innards. It is quite expensive but nevertheless a stunning concept case that will be produced in limited numbers. Today however we are taking a look at one of their more affordable nevertheless breathtaking case solution, the IN WIN 805 Mid-tower… read more

THL 2015A Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-11-17 read/post comments()

The newly released THL 2015A smartphone is a lower-specced version of their previous 2015 model which now features a MTK MT6735 SoC at 1.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a HD screen and a battery of 2700mAh. The camera sensor on the back is a Sony IMX135 Exmor RS 13MP and while it can shoot good quality photos during day time, the night shots are quite disappointing because of the excessive LED flash bleeding inside the frame. read more

Corsair VOID Stereo Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2015-11-14 read/post comments()

While the VOID Stereo is compatible with a wide selection of devices which can output analog audio signal, the quality of the sound is also often influenced by the source. We have connected the headset to our trusty Sound Blaster ZxR sound card and watched some movies, several YouTube clips but also some of the latest TV Shows like Gotham, Grimm, The Walking Dead and so on. The main conclusion is that with the right sound card settings and enhancements, the Stereo is going to sound pretty good but this is also thanks to the 50mm-large Neodymium drivers it incorporates that are also used on the more expensive models. Talking about the microphone, if the sound card from our setup… read more

Rantopad FF Gaming Mouse and MAX Aluminum Pad Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-11-12 read/post comments()

The FF Gaming Mouse from Rantopad is clearly not in the same league as the other high-end products we have tested in more recent reviews, but comes with good quality materials and is shape is quite comfortable to be used for many hours at a time. While most manufacturers nowadays like to leave the mouse performance customization via software, FF Mouse allows adjustment via two switches on its bottom, for Polling Rate and DPI. At the heart of the mouse we will find the proven Avago A3090 sensor, which can drive the DPI up to 3500. read more

QNAP TS-563 5-bay Affordable Quad-Core Business NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-11-09 read/post comments()

This is not the first AMD-based NAS we are testing on MadShrimps and it has been demonstrated to us once again that the platform has potential even when dealing with a lower clocked SoC and to be more exact the GX-420MC. This quad-core component is lacking a GPU (hence we do not have a HDMI interface on the back of the unit), is equipped with a total of 2MB of shared L2 cache, comes with a power rating of 17.5W and a frequency of 2GHz per core. While the unit is initially equipped with only 2GB of DDR3L RAM, we always have the option to open it up and install up to 16GB (2x8GB). read more
Others/Mice & Keyboards Razer Mamba Wireless Chroma Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2015-10-29
Others/Miscelleneous Meizu M2 Note Full Body PU Leather Case Review by stefan @ 2015-10-28
Storage/SSD Silicon Power Slim S80 240GB SSD Review by stefan @ 2015-10-27
Cases & PSU/Cases Streacom FC5 Alpha Fanless Chassis Review by petervandamned @ 2015-10-23
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 2666MHz C16 Memory Kit Review by stefan @ 2015-10-22

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Li-Fi Is 100x Faster Than Wi-Fi?

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Wow, it's been a few years since we've heard anything about Li-Fi. I didn't realize they were still working on this. Li-Fi, a super-fast alternative to Wi-Fi, is finally moving from research labs to the real world after an Estonian… Go To Full Article

Asus updates Zenbook UX305 with a Skylake Core M CPU

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Asus' Zenbook UX305 is one of our favorite thin-and-light notebooks out there. Its $699 price tag gets you an aluminum body, a 1080p IPS screen, and a 256GB SSD. Asus now has a version of the UX305 with a Skylake… Go To Full Article

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Is A Letdown On Linux

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The alternative OS gurus over at Phoronix put AMD's Radeon Software Crimson Edition to the test and came away disappointed. While leaked slides indicate AMD was planning better gaming on Linux for Crimson, in the end they really didn't deliver.… Go To Full Article

Bang and Olufsen couldn't convince me a speaker is worth $1,000

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Bang and Olufsen is known for two things: unique design and high prices. Sometimes, the cost isn't so much of an issue if the design is matched by quality audio or a solid display panel. The company's new BeoPlay A6… Go To Full Article

Google will give $1 for special ed every time you use Android Pay

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After Android Pay's slow rollout throughout the US, it's finally available to everyone -- well, those with a compatible device anyway. In the spirit of giving (or trying to get more people using the service), Google has teamed up with… Go To Full Article

Shuttle XPC Nano's svelte body is clad in black and gold

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Shuttle pretty much wrote the book on small form factor PCs back in the day, and it's introducing some new bite-size machines today. Say hello to the Shuttle XPC Nano Ultra-slim. Go To Full Article

Smart sprinklers only water your lawn when it's thirsty

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Putting your sprinklers on a timer system is probably the best way to avoid under-watering your plants -- but the "set and forget" mentality isn't the most economical. What if it rains during the week and you forget to turn… Go To Full Article

3D-printed vascular systems help doctors practice for your surgery

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It's safe to say that you want your doctors to know exactly what they're doing when performing surgery. But how do they train for a vascular operation, which is both extremely tricky and unique to your anatomy? By using 3D… Go To Full Article

Unofficial app makes PlayStation 4 to PC streaming a reality

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Sony's had its Remote Play tech in one form or another since the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, but it didn't truly take off until its implementation on PlayStation 4 and the PS Vita handheld. But that's kind of wasted… Go To Full Article

You don't have to be a millionaire to invest in Fig's next video game

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Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter don't deal in investments: Backers pledge money to a project and that's generally where their involvement ends. No purchasing shares, no percentage of final sales. Video game-funding platform Fig, however, comb... Go To Full Article

The Ion Belt: 'sleek,' safe and 'stylish' portable charging

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Have you ever wanted to carry an external battery for your phone, but hated the thought of creating even the smallest bulge in your pocket? No? Well, someone decided to fill that niche anyway. Ion Tech Wear is crowdfunding the… Go To Full Article

The Nvidia Jetson TX1: It’s Not For Everybody, But It Is Very Cool

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Last week, the Nvidia Jetson TX1 was released. This credit card-sized module is a ‘supercomputer’ advertised as having more processing power than the latest Intel Core i7s, while running at under 10 Watts. This is supposedly the device that will… Go To Full Article

Amazon resets passwords that might have been 'exposed'

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Did you recently get a notice that Amazon changed your password? You're not alone. Numerous readers tell ZDNet that Amazon reset their passwords after learning that the login might have been "improperly stored" or "transmitted" in a way that could... Go To Full Article

Apple could use Samsung OLED displays on its iPhone models in 2018

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A report published by Korea Times claims Samsung Display is likely to supply OLED panels to Apple for iPhones starting 2018. The publication quotes a Samsung Display executive who confirms that the company is working to secure a partnership with… Go To Full Article

Zotac Steam Machine Review at Hardwareheaven

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"Today we take a look at one of the first retail Steam Machines, featuring an i5 CPU and interesting "GTX 960" GPU." Go To Full Article

Doctors Don't Care About Your Fitness-Tracker Data

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According to a recent study, doctors do not care about your stupid fitness-tracker data...and they probably don't like you either. Wearable producers such as Apple, Fitbit, and Pebble will ship more than 76 million of the devices by the end… Go To Full Article

Rowing robot powers itself by gulping dirty water

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One day, you might see robots that not only survive in hazardous environments, but thrive in them. University of Bristol researchers have built Row-bot, a swimming robot that powers itself by feeding on dirty water. Its paddle both propels it… Go To Full Article

Security system watches over your home without cameras

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You don't have many great choices for home security systems right now. Conventional systems are expensive and effectively fixed in place, while connected cameras are conspicuous and carry the risk (however small) that someone might spy on you. Xandem...… Go To Full Article

Antec Signature S10 Case

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"The Antec Signature S10 PC-Case arrived Technic3D. The S10 supports XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards and have place for 6x 120mm and 2x 140mm Cooling-Fans. We will check this and many more in the following Review." Go To Full Article

“Hello Barbie” Under the Knife

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In February, Google and Mattel introduced their Hello Barbie Internet-connected toy. This Barbie has an internal microphone, a WiFi connection to Google’s voice recognition services, and a speaker to carry on a “conversation” with the targeted child. … Go To Full Article

Bing Maps' traffic cam views let you preview your commute

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When you switch on the traffic layer in Bing Maps, you'll now get a lot more info than color-coded route details. On top of letting you know how bad (or good) traffic is along your route, Bing allows you to… Go To Full Article

Omni-Path Switches at SuperComputing 15: Supermicro and Dell

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It was clear at SuperComputing 15 that Intel had two main things in mind to promote: Knights Landing, their new Xeon Phi product, and Omni-Path, their new 100 Gbps network fabric aimed squarely at Infiniband. Omni-Path as we have published… Go To Full Article

Huawei-made Nexus 6P now available in Europe

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Although it went on sale back in October, Huawei-made Nexus 6P has just become available at Google Play Store in select European countries. Spotted by and priced at €649 for the 32GB model and €799 for… Go To Full Article

Hoopla's public library app gets Chromecast support

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Hoopla, the app that lets you borrow videos, books and music from your local library digitally, has been on a roll this year when it comes to adding comics. Now, it's making a play for your living room by adding… Go To Full Article

Alphabet wants its startups to behave like companies

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A report from The Wall Street Journal suggests that Alphabet wants its startup-like subsidiaries to behave more like financially accountable independent companies. Alphabet is the recently formed parent of Google, Google X, Fiber, Nest, and other com... Go To Full Article

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 AMP! Graphics Card Review

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With Fallout 4 just being released on November 10th 2015, some of you may be looking at upgrading your gaming pc's components. Probably one of the easiest upgrades you can make to your gaming rig is to upgrade the graphics… Go To Full Article

Synology DiskStation DS1515 5-Bay NAS Server @

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Synology has sent over another one of their Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers for us to look at. Along with all of the typical things we look forward to, this one offers some new features that we are also excited… Go To Full Article

Amazon boss crows over re-usable rocket

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The CEO of Amazon said that his space company Blue Origin has safely recovered a rocket marking a first in space exploration. Jeff Bezos said today that the spacecraft called New Shepard reached asn altitude of 100… Go To Full Article

Analytics spending worth $58.6 billion

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A report from IDG said that spending on analytic services is worth $58.6 billion this year and will soar to £101.9 billion 2019. That’s a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.7 percent. IDC… Go To Full Article

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 announced, comes in both Android and Windows flavors

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The Mi Pad 2 swaps the Tegra SoC from the original Mi Pad with an Intel Atom processor. Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 3 earlier today, and as it had teased a few days ago, the company has also taken… Go To Full Article

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