Thecus N2310 Soho/Home NAS Server Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-08-19 read/post comments()

This time we will review an entry-level NAS from Thecus, with an AMCC APM 86491 800MHz processor which is paired with 512MB of DDR3. The device works on the latest ThecusOS version and for storage expansion we have two USB ports, one of which is 2.0 and the other USB 3.0. read more

CORSAIR CARBIDE SPEC 01 Gaming Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2014-08-18 read/post comments(0)

Corsair surprised friend and foe when they released the Carbide SPEC series: three affordable gaming enclosures would join the ranks of Corsairs elite enclosure lineup. With affordable Corsair really meant affordable; take for example the SPEC 01 which retails at just below the 50 dollar mark, thus similar priced as many OEM products. Usually the latter means low build quality, average hardware compatibility, a maximum trim down in functionality and features to keep the price as low as possible. In fact everything which a CORSAIR case is renowned for is missing in many OEM solutions. Time for the Fremont giant to show the world it can be done differently. read more

Gigabyte Extreme Overclocking Competition 2014

Tradeshow & OC events by leeghoofd @ 2014-08-13 read/post comments(0)

Each year Gigabyte Germany organizes the Extreme Overclocking Competition. At the EOC the best overclocking teams of Germany have a chance to prove who is still king. The main organizer behind each event is Germany’s finest Roman Hartung also known as der8auer at HWBot.org. This year besides Gigabyte also G.Skill, Intel, Seasonic and Gelid solutions provided the required hardware and funds to allow this clash of the titans to take place at the Know Cube at the Heilbronn Tech University. read more

Gigabyte GeForce 750Ti Ultra Durable BLACK EDITION Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2014-08-12 read/post comments(1)

Guaranteed for stability during a 168-hour period of stress testing, the Gigabyte GeForce 750Ti Black Edition is factory overclocked and features a custom dual-fan efficient cooling system. The card performances can be further enhanced while using the supplied OC Guru II and can be used for gaming up to Full HD while using medium to high detail levels. read more

EKWB ASUS GTX 780 Ti DCII OC Full Cover Water Block Review

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2014-08-05 read/post comments(0)

For those who haven't heard yet from Slovenian EK Waterblock company, must have been either computer-less for the last 10 years or maybe just started to get interested in some high end Do It Your Self water cooling gear. Forget about All In One if you are looking for the best cooling performance at a low noise ratio. The only way to achieve this goal is via equipping your favorite computer parts with high end water cooling parts. EKWB has been around for 10 years now and really have diversified their products from the rest through the years. One thing all of these water cooling blocks or complete kits have in common is high performance, solid craftsmanship and all this… read more

ASUS R9 270 Direct CU II OC 2 GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2014-08-04 read/post comments(3)

The ASUS R9 270 Direct CU II VGA card shares the hardware with the more expensive 270X variant, but has lower stock clocks; from our experiences regarding overclocking with this card, we could say that it can easy surpass the R9 270X clocks or ever surpass it. Those who search the best bang for the buck VGA cards and won’t game on higher resolutions than Full-HD should put this card on their short list. read more
Motherboards/Intel S1150 ECS Z97 Machine Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2014-08-01
Storage/Other Silicon Power Superior SDXC UHS-1 64GB Review by stefan @ 2014-07-28
Storage/SSD Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD Review by stefan @ 2014-07-28
Motherboards/Intel S1150 Gigabyte Z97X-SOC FORCE Motherboard Review by leeghoofd @ 2014-07-22
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Stealth Introduces New Powerful Mini PCs

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Stealth.com Inc., a leader in industrial computer and embedded PC hardware has released four (4) new powerful small PC models featuring unprecedented network connectivity. Stealth's new high performance small computers feature four (4) Gigabit LAN Network Ports (3-Front & 1-Rear)… Go To Full Article

PayPal's One Touch wants to power your in-app mobile purchases

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It's a pretty common thing to see in an online store: pay with PayPal -- but what about on mobile devices? Well, the eBay-owned company is working on that. The company just announced PayPal One Touch, a new system that… Go To Full Article

Twitter is officially putting tweets from strangers in your timeline

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You know how Twitter started inserting others' favorites and follows into your timeline? As it turns out, it's not an experiment -- it's official policy. We now know that the social network recently updated its timeline explanation to confirm that...… Go To Full Article

Sharp's AQUOS Crystal is all screen

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It's sure been a long time since Sharp shipped a smartphone to American consumers. And, let's be honest with ourselves, the FX Plus wasn't exactly taking the market by storm. The Sidekick-esque slider was dated even by 2011 standards. But… Go To Full Article

ASUS ROG Crossblade Ranger Motherboard Review

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The new ASUS ROG Crossblade Ranger is the first FM2+ Motherboard in the popular ASUS ROG series. The chipset used is the AMD A88X Bolton D4, and it is packed with nice features :-) Go To Full Article

Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual CPU Cooler Review

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Zalman sent us their Reserator 3 Max Dual CPU cooler, which is a rather interesting device. It's an all-in-one liquid cooling solution that Zalman advertises as the "Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler". Zalman's engineers are certainly no amateurs when it comes… Go To Full Article

Google's panoramic Photo Sphere Camera app reaches the iPhone

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Google's all-encompassing Photo Spheres are no longer limited to Android users and those comfy with photo stitching software -- the internet giant has just released a Photo Sphere Camera app for the iPhone-toting crowd. As before, it lets you create...… Go To Full Article

Which 4K TVs are worth buying?

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Both Netflix and Amazon stream in 4K. Cameras like the Sony a7S and the Panasonic Lumix GH4 can shoot in 4K. Even smartphones have been getting in on the act, with handsets like the LG G Pro 2 and Sony… Go To Full Article

Sony's launching a waterproof version of its mid-range Xperia M2

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Sony's mobile division still lags behind Samsung, LG and HTC in all but one area: waterproofing. That's why it's no surprise to see the company's mid-range Xperia M2 getting an element-resistant remake as the M2 Aqua. The device comes with… Go To Full Article

Mailbox for Mac begins rolling out in beta to a handful of lucky testers

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The transition from mobile to desktop seems like a natural evolution for Mailbox, which began as a clever time-saving email app for iOS. Four months ago, the Dropbox-owned venture excited fans by announcing that it would soon have an option… Go To Full Article

All-New Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow Keyboard Released

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Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, along with Counter Logic Gaming (CLG), a longtime eSports partner and premier North American organization, announced the launch of the new Counter Logic Gaming Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard. Go To Full Article

Omate's next smartwatch is all about fashion without the premium

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As Omate's TrueSmart cellular watch approaches its first anniversary, the startup decided to let its previous Kickstarter backers in on its next project. According to the teaser update, September 1st will see the launch of a fashion-oriented wearable... … Go To Full Article

USB-IF to Demonstrate USB Single-Cable Solution at IDF San Francisco

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The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) today announced that it will exhibit and present the latest USB developments at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, September 9-11. At IDF, the USB-IF will host a Technology Community, present technical sessions on… Go To Full Article

RunKeeper will now bribe you to beat your best

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You tell yourself you're gonna go running. You might even have an app that gently prods you to get your lazy keister up off the couch. But let's be honest, the most effective motivator is the good ol' fashioned bribe.… Go To Full Article

Imation Delivers 1PB in 12U, Adds Support for 6TB Drives

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Imation, a global data storage and information security company, today announced it is now offering 6TB hard disk drives with its Nexsan E-Series family of data storage solutions. Through E-Series, users now can pack more than 1PB of storage capacity… Go To Full Article

HTC's One M8 now comes with a Windows Phone option

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In case you've wondered what a flagship Android phone would look like if it ran Windows Phone, it looks like you'll get your chance to find out. This morning, HTC officially announced that the One M8 is getting a twin… Go To Full Article

Project Tango tablet teardown reveals its custom 3D mapping gear

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If you've been wondering just what parts let Google's Project Tango tablet work its 3D mapping magic, iFixit is more than happy to show you. The DIY repair outlet has torn down the experimental Android slate to reveal a truly… Go To Full Article

ASUS teases smartwatch for September 3rd event

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If we're honest, it's reasonable to assume that ASUS will announce a smartwatch on September 3rd. After all, if the rumors saying that the company's working on an Android Wear device aren't enough, then the pretty obvious teaser image should… Go To Full Article

Genius Announces New Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

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Genius, a leading manufacturer of computer peripherals, is pleased to announce a new Premium Bluetooth Headset - the HS-920BT - available in 5 stylish colors and 40mm drivers for superior sound. With a sensitive built-in microphone and Bluetooth AVRCP, users… Go To Full Article

Corsair Commander Mini Provides Ultimate Control of PC Cooling, Lighting, Performance

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Commander Mini now available from Corsair.com FREMONT, California —August 19, 2014 — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance PC hardware components, today announced the availability of the Corsair Commander Mini control unit. The compact Commander Mini gives… Go To Full Article

Roku-powered TVs now let you skip the set-top box

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With scads of set-top boxes and sticks on the market, you could just choose a basic TV and play the field. But if you like Roku enough to shack-up, HDTVs from TCL and Hisense powered by the Roku OS are… Go To Full Article

Western Digital Unveils Limited Anniversary Edition My Passport Drives

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To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD, a Western Digital company, is introducing a sleek new design for the world's most popular external hard drive lines. More than 60 million My… Go To Full Article

SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Review @ Vortez

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SteelSeries Sensei Wireless is a laser gaming mouse which, as its name suggests, does not require a cable for operation. Sensei Wireless is packed with a multitude of high-grade components and features which promise to alleviate any interruptions whilst gaming.… Go To Full Article

SanDisk Releases Ultra II SSD: Bringing More TLC NAND to the Market

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It is a busy day in the client SSD space as earlier today AMD announced the company's first SSD, the R7, and now SanDisk is releasing the Ultra II to the mainstream market. The Ultra II is based on SanDisk's… Go To Full Article

Nabi's Big Tabs are kid-friendly Android tablets the size of computer monitors

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The term "big" seems like a bit of an understatement when it comes to the Big Tab HD, a new lineup of tablets that are no smaller than 20 inches. Produced by Fuhu, these massive slates are essentially a larger… Go To Full Article

Silicon Power Releases the Mobile X21 OTG Flash Drive

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Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions, today releases the brand-new USB 2.0 OTG flash drive - Mobile X21. Engineered with the dual-interface of a micro-USB and a USB 2.0 connector, Mobile X21 includes all the capabilities… Go To Full Article

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua brings top-notch waterproofing to low-end Android sector

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So far considered premium features worthy of only expensive high-end mobile devices, water and dust protection make their Western debut on an entry-level, hopefully budget-sensible Android – Sony’s Xperia M2 Aqua. Given Sony was the one to push waterproofing into… Go To Full Article

Apple may sell 75 million iPhone 6 units before year’s end

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RBC Capital Markets notified investors today that it expects demand for new iPhones to surge so much so that Apple may sell over 75 million units by the end of this year. The reason why Apple may sell more than… Go To Full Article

GammaTech Debuts the R8300 Fully Rugged 13.3-Inch Notebook

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GammaTech Computer Corp., a major international manufacturer and supplier of innovative notebook and tablet computers, is pleased to announce the transition to mass production of its newest fully rugged notebook computer aimed at the military market, the 13.3" DURABOOK R8300.… Go To Full Article

State of the Part: SoC Manufacturers

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A few years ago, it seemed a new System-On-Chip (SoC) design using an ARM-based architecture would pop up every other week. While competition can be great, with so many of the designs offering similar core features and the need to… Go To Full Article

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