OUKITEL U10 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-08-28 read/post comments()

OUKITEL has impressed us with the release of the new U10 model, with features a 5.5’’ Full-HD JDI screen, one of the latest MTK 64-bit SoCs, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, dual-SIM capabilities but also a good Samsung 3M2 13MP CMOS sensor, which is able to produce good quality photos. The manufacturer has adopted a modern design with 2.5D curved glass while on the back we will find a super-thin metal alloy chassis so the phone does have a thickness of only 7.9mm, with the expense of a non-removable battery. The SIM tray can be ejected thanks to the included pin and supports multiple configurations: SIM+SIM or SIM+TF card for storage expansion. read more

SISWOO C55 Longbow Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-08-26 read/post comments()

With the SISWOO C55, the manufacturer has created a device for users which are in need of larger screen sizes than the previous C50 while the performance has been also upgraded with a better SoC, now housing eight cores at 1.3GHz each. The camera quality does not disappoint and reaches the impressive levels of color detail which we have also seen with the C50, only that the focus may not be spot on sometimes. The battery has also suffered a small upgrade, but since we are now dealing with a more powerful SoC and a bigger screen size which both consume quite a bit of battery resources, the tests reveal a lower usage time versus the C50. read more

Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-08-23 read/post comments()

We have reviewed quite a bit of Corsair gaming keyboards in the past and we can say that while they are a bit more expensive, the quality is top-notch and the experience is quite unique. With the Strafe, Corsair wants to introduce its premium products to more budget-conscious people, by eliminating some of the elements like the aluminum layer, the wrist rest or using a single-color LED for the Red/Brown Cherry-MX switches. The product is accompanied by the powerful CUE (Corsair Utility Engine), which offers the same levels of customization as on the more expensive variants and within it we can also update the keyboard firmware to its latest version. For added value, Corsair has also included two sets of… read more

BIOSTAR N3150NH ITX Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2015-08-21 read/post comments()

By including the Celeron N3150 Braswell SoC from Intel, the BIOSTAR N3150NH board takes part of the low-end segment and we can clearly see that from the benchmarks we have ran, since the performance per core is quite low, the Celeron 3205U we have found with the Shuttle DS57U surpassing it with flying colors. The power consumption though is like one third of the mentioned Celeron and the temperatures are much lower too, the included passive heatsink remaining cool during even most stressful conditions. read more

HIS R7 370 IceQ X2 OC 2GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2015-08-18 read/post comments()

As we have mentioned before, the R7 370 GPU from AMD is basically one of the most refreshed components from the 300 series since we have seen it since Radeon HD 7850, then in the R7 265/270 cards and now again. While the speeds have been boosted, we have the same architecture involved which basically means that older game titles should work fine at Full-HD resolution but newer titles need to be dialed down at lower detail levels in order to reach playable FPS. read more

Tt eSPORTS BLACK V2 Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-08-16 read/post comments()

During our time with the Black V2, the product seemed quite responsive and comfortable, while the extra buttons can be accessed easily when in-game. The mouse was tested in multiple game genres and here we could count League of Legends, Echo of Soul, The Talos Principle, Serious Sam BFE but also GTA V; thanks to the new AVAGO sensor, the experience was accurate and if we feel that the default DPI steps are not for us in the current game, we can easily reconfigure them from the supplied application. read more
Cases & PSU/Cases Fractal Design Node 202 Enclosure Review by leeghoofd @ 2015-08-13
Videocards/VGA Reviews HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 OC 2GB Video Card Review by stefan @ 2015-08-10
Others/All-in-one PC Shuttle DS57U Barebone Review by stefan @ 2015-08-04
Storage/Other Toshiba FlashAir III Wireless SD Card Review by stefan @ 2015-08-01
Storage/NAS QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review by stefan @ 2015-07-28

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Which gaming laptops are worth buying?

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For years, the wisdom has been that if you wanted a dedicated gaming machine, you bought a desktop. Gaming components were too unwieldy to fit in a notebook form factor, and if you tried to put together a machine with… Go To Full Article

Dog emoji keyboard encourages you to adopt real pups

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There are plenty of cute emoji keyboard add-ons out there, but one from the UK's Dogs Trust is going above and beyond to raise awareness for a good cause. The charity has released a dog emoji keyboard where every icon… Go To Full Article

New game from 'Gears of War' creator breaks the moon

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LawBreakers is not a post-apocalyptic shooter. It is a shooter. It does star a group of Marine-like soldiers out to gun down people in the name of justice and it does take place in the future. But creator Cliff Bleszinski… Go To Full Article

Mini review video: our verdict of the OnePlus 2 in under a minute

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It wasn't an easy task following up on a phone that people already loved, but OnePlus has done just that with its second-gen flagship. Mostly, anyhow. The OnePlus 2 is an improvement over its predecessor in just about every way,… Go To Full Article

Coin 2.0 handles NFC payments with your stored credit cards

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After delays plagued the initial launch of Coin's Bluetooth single-card solution to slimming down your wallet, the company is back with version 2.0. The new option still stores credit card info for taking care of the bill after lunch, but… Go To Full Article

Intel's Skylake GPU - Analyzing the Media Capabilities

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At IDF in San Francisco last week, Intel provided us with lots of insights into Skylake, the microarchitecture behind the 6th generation Core series processors. Skylake marks the introduction of the Gen9 Intel HD Graphics technology. In advance of our… Go To Full Article

Facebook Messenger's 'M' assistant gives you AI-powered help

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Remember that talk of Facebook testing its own virtual assistant? Well, it's real. The social network is trying out M, an artificial intelligence-powered Messenger assistant that can answer questions and complete tasks. You can ask it for advic... Go To Full Article

Amazon Underground gives you really, truly free apps

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Free apps sometimes try to rope you into in-app purchases to make a profit. Not so with Amazon's new approach to free software, though, as the online retailer is offering over $10,000 in apps, games and even those in-app add-ons… Go To Full Article

NASA crashes a third airplane for science on live TV

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If you've ever wanted to see a "severe but survivable plane accident" (without worrying about actual lives at stake), tune into NASA TV today between 1 and 2pm ET. The site will be broadcasting live coverage of a simulated crash… Go To Full Article

Exploring Intel’s Omni-Path Network Fabric

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For several months now we have been talking about Intel’s Omni-Path network fabric, the company’s next-generation 100Gbps netwoking fabric technology. Typically Omni-Path has come up alongside discussions of Intel’s forthcoming 2nd generation of Xeon Phi products, codenamed Knights Landing. With… Go To Full Article

Dear Veronica: Geocache hunting and cord killing

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This week, we're having fun with geocaching! Are you a fan of these urban treasure hunts? If you want to learn more about the geocache I mention in the video, head over here and happy hunting! We also welcome Tom… Go To Full Article

Silverstone's ECM20 card brings M.2 to the masses

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So you're looking at that neat M.2 gumstick SSD, but your motherboard lacks the necessary slot. Worry not: look no further than SilverStone's ECM20 PCIe expansion card. Go To Full Article

Malaysia will use RFID stickers to track vehicles

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If you're planning to drive in Malaysia in the next few years, don't expect to maintain a lot of privacy. The country plans to implement RFID-equipped road tax stickers that will help authorities track all vehicles, whether they're local or… Go To Full Article

MSI Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium Edition

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While there has been a whole lot of black motherboard PCBs in the last....decade, we got something new from MSI a few days ago that is up and running on the test bench. Aestetics are always subjective, but my 13… Go To Full Article

Archos introduces three new smartphones, including a Windows 10 Mobile handset

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Archos today announced a trio of smartphones, each with very similar internals under the hood. Out of the three smartphones, the 50e Helium and Diamond S run on Android 5.1 Lollipop while the 50 Cesium runs on Windows 10 Mobile.… Go To Full Article

HGST Deskstar NAS 6 TB HDD

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The HGST Deskstar NAS with 6 TB arrived Technic3D. Available in 3 TB, 4 TB, 5 TB and 6 TB configurations. Results in extreme performance with up to 279 MB/s ? We will check this and more against the SSDs… Go To Full Article

TrendNET Ships AC1200 Dual Band PoE Access Point

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TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, announced today the availability of its AC1200 Dual Band PoE Access Point (with software controller), model TEW-821DAP. TRENDnet's new access point offers concurrent 867 Mbps WiFi AC and 300 Mbps WiFi… Go To Full Article

Corsair Gaming Launches Team Dignitas Edition Mouse and Mousepad

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Corsair today announced the first gaming products designed in collaboration with eSports Team Dignitas: the Corsair Gaming Sabre Laser gaming mouse and MM300 Anti-Fray Mouse Mat, Team Dignitas Edition. The two joined forces to combine Team Dignitas' competitive gaming experience… Go To Full Article

Russia's next space station trip will take days, not hours

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It's not a great time to be a Russian cosmonaut. Thanks to the International Space Station making a maneuver to avoid space junk, the next Soyuz spacecraft's flight (due September 2nd) will take two days to reach the station instead… Go To Full Article

Library app lets you check out 'The Walking Dead' and other digital comics

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Before it was a TV show and video game, The Walking Dead was a comic book from publisher Image Comics. It's a great series and if you're interested in catching up on the source material for the TV show, you… Go To Full Article

Windows 10 is on 75 million PCs after only one month

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If you're still wondering why Microsoft made Windows 10 free, just consider the latest stats: It's now on 75 million computers one month after its big launch, Windows corporate VP Yusuf Mehdi tweeted today. In comparison, it took six months… Go To Full Article

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review: beauty in curves -- with a cost

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The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is the closest thing we've got to a "Samsung greatest hits" phone. There's the sleek, curved glass from the S6 Edge coupled with the larger 5.7-inch screen from the Note lineup. Together, they make up one… Go To Full Article

Symantec will save us from the internet of things

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Most pundits believe that by the end of this decade all sorts of things will be connected to each other and some believe that this could pose a serious security risk. Symantec believes it has the answer… Go To Full Article

Scientists set fish to swim in your blood stream

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A team of researchers at the University of California San Diego said it has used 3D printing techology it invented to make fish-shaped microrobots which can swim in liquid. The researchers believe that the “microfish” will open… Go To Full Article

Samsung has new 360-degree wireless speakers and a better app

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Samsung is releasing three new 360-degree wireless speakers -- the R1, R3 and R5, which it showed off at IFA this year -- as a follow-up to its Portal-esque R7 device. They're not quite egg-shaped like their predecessor (and its… Go To Full Article

Server market revenues grow

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Shipments of servers worldwide grew by eight percent in the second quarter of this year, while revenues rose by 7.2 percent. Gartner said the year on year growth slowed however, largely due to currency exchange fluctuations in… Go To Full Article

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 pre-orders start today

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We know what the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 looks like, but what about the important stuff? Namely, when we'll be able to get our paws on it and how much it'll cost? Well, boy howdy the Korean electronics juggernaut's answered… Go To Full Article

The Intel Broadwell Xeon E3 v4 Review: 95W, 65W and 35W with eDRAM

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Our Broadwell coverage on the desktop has included reviews of the two consumer processors and a breakdown of IPC gains from generation to generation. One issue surrounding Broadwell on consumer platforms was that the top quad-core model was rated at… Go To Full Article

Former 'Game of War' exec arrested for stealing company secrets

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A former manager at the company that makes Game of War -- that's the one with Kate Upton, not the one with Ned Stark -- has been arrested for allegedly downloading trade secrets relating to the title. Jing Zeng was… Go To Full Article

Understanding Smartwatch Design

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Although I mentioned this in passing in the Apple Watch review, I’ve increasingly realized that it is difficult for both manufacturers and consumers to really understand what makes a wearable well-designed. Manufacturers are still struggling to figure out what the… Go To Full Article

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