ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2014-10-20 read/post comments()

The mini PC kit ECS has offered is shipped in a DIY format, and incorporates a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. The footprint of the product allows us to carry it anywhere and it can be even powered by an USB powerbank, if it can deliver at least 2.1 A. read more

Vivi wins MSI MOA 2014 Grand Final

Tradeshow & OC events by leeghoofd @ 2014-10-17 read/post comments()

It is that time of the year again, when the best overclockers of the world gather in the center of hardware, Taipei City for the yearly clash at MSI's Master Overclocking Arena. MOA 2014 is spread out over two days: on day one aka the Classic Battle, the overclockers work with hardware provided by the present sponsors: MSI, Intel, Kingston, G.Skill, Cooler Master, ViewSonic and SteelSeries. Day two, the No Limits Battle has the goal to break as many World Records with, of course, MSI hardware. read more

CONNECTEDEVICE COOKOO 2 Watch Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2014-10-15 read/post comments()

The newest reincarnation of the COOKOO watch features numerous improvements and now the watches are split in two different categories, the Sporty Chic Collection but also the Urban Explorer Collection. Thanks to the simplified notification system and Bluetooth LE, the internal battery can last up to one full year and it can be replaced by simply removing the back cover with a familiar CR2032 model. read more

COUGAR 700M Aluminum Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2014-10-13 read/post comments()

COUGAR 700M is an interesting futuristic mouse which features the popular ADNS-9800 sensor which allows DPI values up to 8200. Adjustments are available for the palm rest in order to fit with multiple hand shapes and also for allowing both claw and palm grips; value is added via the configuration software which allows full button remapping, adjusting the DPI steps, macros, LED lighting and so on. read more

Elephone G3 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2014-10-10 read/post comments(0)

Elephone has recently launched the G3, a terminal aimed at older users at a surprisingly low sale price. What are we offered for just $50? A smartphone incorporating one 4.5’’ IPS screen and has at its core a dual-core MTK6572 SoC at 1GHz, while the video acceleration is managed by a Mali-400 MP1 at 500MHz. For added value we also get a screen protector and a transparent silicone case. read more

HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB GDDR5 Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2014-10-09 read/post comments()

The HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo card features a proven 2-fan cooling system and is overclocked from the factory; the custom PCB ensures stability, better overclocking potential and the card should run fine games up to 2560x1440 with medium to high detail levels. read more
Others/All-in-one PC Giada D2308U Mini-PC Review by stefan @ 2014-10-07
Videocards/VGA Reviews Gigabyte AMD Radeon R9 285 WindForce OC Video Card Review by stefan @ 2014-10-06
Others/All-in-one PC iconBIT Toucan Nano 4K Android Mini-PC Review by stefan @ 2014-10-02
Cases & PSU/Cases Corsair Carbide 240 AIR Computer Case Review by leeghoofd @ 2014-10-01
Motherboards/Intel S1150 Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2014-09-29

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Etsy takes a stab at real world sales with free credit card readers

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
Etsy is best known for being an online marketplace of folksy gewgaws and crocheted everythings, but it's making moves to help its sellers do more out in the real world. Case in point: The company just took a page out… Go To Full Article

VisionTek Introduces High-Performance Pocket-Sized USB 3.0 SSDs

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
VisionTek Products LLC (VisionTek), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PCs and Macs, today announced the new VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized Solid State Drives for creative professionals, IT power users, and performance… Go To Full Article

Facebook's anonymous Rooms is a chat app that feels like the old days

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
Facebook's new Rooms app is weird, and it isn't long after installation that you figure out why. You don't log in with your Facebook credentials. Your profile picture appears nowhere. It doesn't tap into your contacts. If Rooms' App Store… Go To Full Article

Intel Core i7 5820K Haswell-E (6-core) CPU Review

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
That brings us on to the six-core 5820K and its £300 asking price. Three ton is still a sizable amount of money to drop on a processor, but it does mark a price-point that is reachable for a wider enthusiast… Go To Full Article

Cooler Master Nepton 240M Liquid CPU Cooler @HiTech Legion

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
"From the Eisberg to the Glacer to the Seidon, Cooler Master has been probably the most interesting entrant in the AiO cooling market. They have not pigeonholed themselves in the ways others have and have had a great diversity of… Go To Full Article

Android Wear's latest update adds GPS support and offline music playback

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
Android Wear, Google's four-month-old wearables platform, is off to a good start. But like all nascent systems, there are still plenty of areas that need some TLC. It's got a lot of features and developer support, but it's practically useless… Go To Full Article

In-store availability of new iPads confirmed

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
Apple has confirmed that iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are now available at some of its retail locations. Just last week Apple unveiled two new tablets and opened up pre-orders for both iPad Air 2 and iPad mini… Go To Full Article

Google plans to make a component store for its modular phone

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
Project Ara is surely one of the most exciting things Google is working on right now -- at least from the ones we're aware of. Better yet, given how young it is, chances are it will only keep getting better… Go To Full Article

Gamdias APOLLO Extension Optical Gaming Mouse

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
Gamdias is a company name that most probably not many have heard of. That was the way it was for us when we were approaced to review a keyboard and a gaming mouse. The company was founded in 2012 but… Go To Full Article

Lian Li's latest Mini-ITX chassis houses 11 hard drives

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
Mini-ITX motherboards can be ideal for home file servers, but the associated enclosures typically have a limited number of drive bays, especially for 3.5" mechanicals. Lian Li's new PC-Q26 should have no problem housing a massive RAID array, though. The… Go To Full Article

Apple Pay users complain about being charged twice for purchases

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
Customers who have used a Bank of America card with this service have complained about double charging. On Monday Apple Pay went live with the release of iOS 8.1. The launch has not gone smoothly though as already a couple… Go To Full Article

CERN hopes you know what these things are, cause it has no idea

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
Scientists, we're told, need to be very good at record keeping in order to make sure that others can follow their logic. It's just a shame that whoever was running the photography archive at CERN wasn't paying attention during that… Go To Full Article

Some Xbox One users can already add custom backgrounds to the console

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
The folks in Microsoft's Xbox One update preview program are a pretty privileged bunch. Hot on the heels of this week's announcement that the next patch for its new console will bring custom backgrounds, Redmond's giving that access to the… Go To Full Article

Chromebooks put pressure on Microsoft

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
The success of Chromebooks has forced Microsoft to drop its licensing fees on Windows 8.1 notebooks, in a move that is forcing down prices on the products and is good news for buyers. According to financial analysts… Go To Full Article

Roccat Tyon Mouse and Raivo Mousepad review

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
Roccat have released some great mice, mouse mats, headsets and keyboards over the years. Today we will be taking a look at the company’s latest mouse – the Roccat Tyon. Can this mouse dethrone the already established XTD Kone series?… Go To Full Article

SanDisk Ultra 2 SSD Review at HardwareHeaven

@ 2014/10/24 read/post comments(0)
"Today we test a new SSD which looks to offer a great balance of performance and value in our SanDisk Ultra 2 SSD Review." Go To Full Article

'SimCity BuildIt' lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
While Canada is the brunt of countless jokes, it seems like our friendly neighbors to the north have the last laugh this time. At least when it comes to playing SimCity on the go, that is. The folks at EA… Go To Full Article

Iiyama Rolls Out ProLite XB3070WQS 30-inch Monitor

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Japanese display maker Iiyama rolled out the ProLite XB3070WQS, a 30-inch LED-backlit LCD monitor, for graphics professionals. The display features an AH-IPS panel, with 2560 x 1600 pixels native resolution (16:10 aspect ratio), and offers 99 percent coverage of Adobe… Go To Full Article

Ford's next cars will brake by themselves to avoid collisions

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Automakers like Subaru and Volvo have had automatic anti-collision braking for a while, but what if you're a Ford fan? You won't have to wait long. The Blue Oval has revealed that it's adding its own smart braking system (Pre-Collision… Go To Full Article

Sonos sues Denon for allegedly copying its wireless speaker tech

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
If you thought Denon's Heos wireless speakers were a little too similar in purpose to Sonos' range, you're not alone. Sonos has sued D&M Holdings (the company that owns Denon) for allegedly violating "at least" four patents. The audio gear… Go To Full Article

SanDisk Ultra II 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ CDRLabs.com

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
"SanDisk's Ultra II SSD is a great choice for the consumer looking for an easy and affordable way to improve the performance of their existing desktop or notebook PC. The drive is based on TLC NAND flash technology and, depending… Go To Full Article

See what makes the iPad Air 2 so skinny

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
It's safe to say that you don't buy most Apple devices these days with the expectation that you can open them up, and it looks like the iPad Air 2 is no exception. Do-it-yourself repair shop iFixit has torn down… Go To Full Article

Xiaomi is moving some of its users' data out of China

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Xiaomi's a force to be reckoned with in China -- its new phones routinely sell out online in seconds -- but its influence is steadily growing outside its native home. That's why the company's infrastructure has been quietly shifting these… Go To Full Article

WASD's Code keyboard with Cherry MX clear switches

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
For a while now, we've been getting requests to review a keyboard based on Cherry's MX clear key switches. Good news: the folks at WASD Keyboards have supplied us with an 87-key Code keyboard with clear switches, and it's click-clacking… Go To Full Article

be quiet! Straight Power 10 CM 800 W @ techPowerUp

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Be quiet! is well known for their low-noise products. Today we will test a member of their fresh Straight Power 10 series. It is nearly inaudible thanks to its SilentWings fan, can deliver up to 800 W of power, and… Go To Full Article

ASUS Echelon Keyboard Review @ Vortez

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
The Echelon is a mechanical gaming keyboard which uses Cherry MX black switches. It also comes with LED backlit keys which offer up to four levels of brightness. We’ve reviewed a number of mechanical keyboards recently, can Echelon match their… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA 344.48 WHQL Drivers Available

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
NVIDIA just released their latest driver updates today, bringing us up to version 344.48. These are WHQL certified drivers, and they're also Game Ready for several upcoming titles. NVIDIA specifically calls out Civilization: Beyond Earth (launching tomorrow), Lords of the… Go To Full Article

Small Form Factor the new world order @ LanOC Reviews

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
Those of you who come around often, will have most likely figured out that I have a thing for small form factor PCs. I have been building small PCs with big video cards for years, even before Mini-ITX became the… Go To Full Article

Avast Antivirus Was Spying On You with Adware (Until This Week)

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
We warned you at the beginning of the year that many of your browser extensions are spying on you, tracking what you are visiting, and even inserting ads into pages. These aren’t just no-name developers either: even Avast, one of… Go To Full Article

Google's 'Inbox' is a smarter take on email, created by the Gmail team

@ 2014/10/23 read/post comments(0)
If you're anything like us, Google's Gmail has an iron grip on your life. Google's looking to create a whole new iron grip with a new app from its Gmail team, and it's called "Inbox." What is it? That's a… Go To Full Article

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