Silicon Power Armor Series A30 USB 3.0 2TB Portable HDD Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2014-11-25 read/post comments()

The Armor A30 2.5’’ USB 3.0 portable drives from Silicon Power are built to last in harsh conditions and the manufacturer has included materials like shock-resistant silica gel which combines with the plastic external shell. Silicon Power also reminds us that the drive has passed the test in compliance with the US military MIL-STD-810G (transit drop test) which means a 300cm experimental fall test. read more

Func MS-2 Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2014-11-24 read/post comments()

The Func MS-2 mouse has given us a good impression as the MS-3 version before it and is able to deliver a good gaming experience for mainstream gamers and seems to be better suited for fingertip grip users with smaller hands. The soft-touch coating offers a good grip which is important during long gaming sessions while the extra buttons are carefully placed for easy accessibility. read more

Corsair DDR4 16GB Vengeance LPX 2800C16 Memory Kit Review

Memory by leeghoofd @ 2014-11-18 read/post comments(0)

DDR4 has finally hit the big masses with the release of Intel's high end X99 platform aka Haswell-E. Besides the massive available bandwidth these DDR4 modules can also pack a far higher density per stick. All this goodness is available at your disposal while requiring a mere 1.2Volts. Only drawback, as per each technology at launch is the high retail price. Today we have a look at CORSAIR's mainstream kit: the Vengeance LPX series, however mainstream doesn't necessarily imply low speeds. The kit we are reviewing today runs out of the box at 2800MHz; not uber high end speeds though more than suitable to satisfy both the tweakers and the die-hard enthusiasts. read more

Shuttle Barebone XH81 Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2014-11-17 read/post comments()

Shuttle proposes another compact X-type chassis with their XH81 barebone which can house the latest Intel Haswell processors and the motherboard is driven by the H81 chipset which we have also found with the DS81. Its dimensions are 238 x 200 x 72 mm (LWH) and also supports installation of one slim optical drive in front, while for storage we can use 2.5’’ drives along with mSATA storage. read more

ThL 5000 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2014-11-12 read/post comments()

If you are on the market for a high-performance octa-core MTK model, which is packed with a good Sony camera sensor, 16GB of internal memory, 2GB of RAM and a very consistent 5000mAh battery, then look no further since the ThL has all these and is bundled with plenty of other accessories thanks to Chinavasion. read more

Patriot Memory Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 OTG Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2014-11-11 read/post comments()

The new Stellar Boost XT drive from Patriot Memory has quite a small footprint and also features a durable rubberized chassis. The read performance of the drive is very good, nearing 150MB/s in our tests, while the writes are in the 35MB/s area, quite close to the best performing USB 2.0 drives. These speeds are more than enough for maxing out the transfers when connected to our favorite smartphone/tablet which supports OTG for doing backups, watching Full HD content and many other activities. read more
CPU Haswell-E Part2: Intel i7-5820K & i7-5930K Tested by leeghoofd @ 2014-11-07
Videocards/VGA Reviews HIS R9 285 IceQ X2 OC 2GB GDDR5 Video Card Review by stefan @ 2014-11-04
Tradeshow & OC events HWBOT Announces the HWBOT Country Cup 2014 – from November 1 until December 20 by leeghoofd @ 2014-10-31
Storage/HDD Corsair Voyager Air 2 Mobile Wireless Storage 1 TB Review by stefan @ 2014-10-30
Others/All-in-one PC Pivos XIOS XS Entertainment Center Review by stefan @ 2014-10-29

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Tesoro Lobera and Lobera Supreme Gamer Keyboard Review

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Tesoro was established back in 2011 by a team of gaming enthusiasts. They produce a wide range of gamer products, and the product we look at here, is the two Tesoro Lobera and Lobera Supreme gamer keyboards. Go To Full Article

The world's largest video-game collection is up for sale again

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Miss your chance at grabbing the largest video game collection that went up for auction earlier this year? Well now's your chance to fix that grave error -- possibly even at a discount. Due to legal reasons, Michael Thomasson can't… Go To Full Article

Wireless chip cures your staph infection then dissolves away

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As bacteria get more resistant to antibiotics, researchers need to get more creative to clear them out. Researchers from the Tufts University and UIUC have definitely done that with a chip implant that can kill a localized staph infection with… Go To Full Article

Three kicks off same-day smartphone deliveries in London

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Christmas is coming, and that might mean it's time to treat yourself or a loved-one to a phone upgrade. To get customers signing on with Three, the UK network has begun trialling a same-day delivery service in London, removing the… Go To Full Article

The first trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is coming to iTunes tomorrow

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After angering fans earlier this week, Lucasfilm has confirmed the first teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie will be available online this Friday. The studio previously announced that an 88-second teaser would be shown in just 30 theaters… Go To Full Article

Avexir Core Series 1600MHz CL9 memories with orange LEDs @

@ 2014/11/28 read/post comments(0) has just posted another review. Last week we have taken a look at the Avexir Core Series 1600MHz CL9 memories with orange LEDs. To make the RAM and the whole modded system visually unified, the Core Series provides six… Go To Full Article

Say goodbye to (most of) those arcane symbols on your gadgets

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Like the lower back tattoo you got in college, everyone's been hoping that those mandated symbols on the bottom of your gadgets will just go away. Thankfully, the E-Label act has now been signed into law by President Obama, enabling… Go To Full Article

Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Review @ Vortez

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The Corsair M65 is a mouse on the heavier side of things that is dedicated to FPS gamers, we see the oversized sniper button returns that can drop your DPI from up to 8200 down to 50 (the Sniper button… Go To Full Article

Windows 10 will play your .MKV and .FLAC files all on its own

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High-end audio enthusiasts love FLAC since it promises to preserve everything just as it was heard in the studio. Unfortunately, it isn't the most widely-supported of formats, but it appears as if it's going to get a warm embrace in… Go To Full Article

Euro Parliament votes for Google breakup

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The European Parliament has sort of voted to break up Google into little bits, separating the search function from its other businesses. The resolution was passed today with 384 in favour and 174 against – but the… Go To Full Article

Logitech G910 ‘Orion Spark’ Mechanical Keyboard Review

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We have seen a sudden influx of RGB based products over the last few months. Corsair has launched a new line of peripherals, Razer swiftly followed suit with its Chroma lineup and now Logitech is jumping in with the Orion… Go To Full Article

James Cameron's 'Avatar' sequels will stick to 48 frames per second

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There was talk for a while that James Cameron would shoot the Avatar sequels at a brisk 60 frames per second, which is no mean feat when people aren't yet sure about 48FPS movies. However, it now looks like the… Go To Full Article

Mushkin Announces Reactor 1 TB Solid State Drive

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Mushkin Enhanced Mfg., an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical digital storage products, unveils the new REACTOR series of solid-state drives that offer cutting-edge 1TB capacity. The REACTOR SSD provides the extreme performance benefits of a solid-state drive,… Go To Full Article

EK Announces Fans Specially Designed for Radiators: EK Vardar Series

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EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to announce company's first fully in-house engineered computer cooling fan, designed and built primarily for highest-performance computer liquid cooling systems - the EK-Vardar. This product is the… Go To Full Article

ASUS Announces the Strix 7.1 Gaming Headset

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ASUS today announced Strix 7.1 True 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset, a top-of-the-line gaming headset that boasts a premium design with 10 discrete drivers for incredibly-immersive surround sound and precise positioning, as well as stunning lighting effects to let gamers express… Go To Full Article

Rumored AMD R9 3xxx Series Benchmarks?

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Far Cry 4 Review @ OCC

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"Should we visit Kyrat or let the Crab Rangoon get cold? In my opinion, Far Cry 4 is definitely a game worth playing, though it may be worth putting off so that hopefully some of the graphical issues can be… Go To Full Article

GoPro is reportedly making camera-equipped drones

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It's not enough to simply strap an action camera on your helmet these days; now that you can mount a camera on a drone or get one built-in, aerial sports footage is the way to go. And GoPro knows it,… Go To Full Article

Thermaltake 8800mAh Battle Dragon Power Bank Video Review

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"The Thermaltake 8800mAh Battle Dragon Power Bank is designed to charge your USB chargeable mobile devices on the go. It sports 2.1A and 1.0A charging ports, 90% energy conversion efficiency and a two year warranty. If someone asks you if… Go To Full Article

US warns about spyware that many believe it wrote

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Want to see a classic example of irony? Head to the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) website. The government security group has issued a public warning about Regin... you know, the extra-sophisticated malware that many suspect the US wrote...… Go To Full Article

Assassin's Creed: Unity CEO Apologizes With Free DLC

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Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat has extended a bit of an olive branch to those of you that bought Assassin's Creed: Unity in the form of free DLC. To show our appreciation for your continued support, we're making the upcoming… Go To Full Article

OnePlus is opening a retail store in China

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Still haven't scored an invitation for a OnePlus One, and missed out on the rare public sales? You may want to book a flight to China. OnePlus has revealed its first-ever retail shop, which will officially open in Beijing on… Go To Full Article

Enermax LIQMAX 120S @ techPowerUp

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Feature rich, the LIQMAX 120S from Enermax is an AIO CPU cooler ready to rock. Utilizing a 120 mm radiator and single-fan design, it makes up for what it lacks in specs with its features. Offering exceptional mounting pressure, an… Go To Full Article

Zotac ZBOX CA320 nano PLUS Review: A Fanless AMD mini-PC

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Over the last couple of years, mini-PCs in the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) have emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Zotac is no stranger to this segment. In fact, their nano xs units came… Go To Full Article

How to Manage Interruptions and Downtime in Android 5.0

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It seems like some days, our devices rule our lives and the distractions never end. Fortunately, you can manage interruptions with Android Lollipop so you don’t have to turn off your phone or tablet for it to leave you alone. Go To Full Article

Samsung says its ChatOn messaging service is staying put

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Samsung may have shut down some of its services in recent months, but ChatOn? It's not going anywhere. While The Korea Times claimed that Samsung was going to drop its messaging service on a "region-to-region" basis because it wasn't making… Go To Full Article

NZXT Phantom 820 Case

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"The NZXT Phantom 820 Case arrived Technic3D. The 820 supports XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX motherboards and have place for 6x 120mm, 3x 200mm or 6x 140mm Cooling-Fans. We will check this and many more in the following Review." Go To Full Article

Why Are So Many Video Games Broken At Launch?

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Why are so many video games broken at launch? Because consumers put up with it. Maybe these companies would pay attention if people started voting with their wallets. Even after installing Ubisoft's "day one" patch, we encountered extreme drops in… Go To Full Article

The new Sony A7 II camera arrives in the US next month for $1,700

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Sony's recently unveiled full-frame, mirrorless shooter, the A7 II, made a number of people quite excited when it was announced last week. Back then, though, the electronics company only revealed pricing and availability for Japan. Good news: Sony an... Go To Full Article

Synology DiskStation DS215j NAS Review

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The product we are looking at here, is the new Synology DiskStation DS215j. It's a 2-bay NAS box with a dual core Marvell Armada CPU and 512MB of DDR3 Memory. Go To Full Article

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