Creative Pebble Pro Minimalist 2.0 Speakers with BT and RGB Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2023-09-17 read/post comments(0)

After installing the Pebble Pro system on our test desktop, we fired up multiple YouTube clips, TV shows and tried some games; the voices were clearly heard, and we noted an improvement on the bass delivery thanks to the reworked drivers (the passive radiator was present on the V3 as well). For the mainstream crowd and in case you need some mobility while working from home via laptop computer, the Pebble Pro ticks all boxes, now with the added interfaces which assist calls, thanks to the included sound card which boosts quality for the analog interfaces, but also helps with microphone noise reduction. read more

Sabrent Rocket 2230 NVMe PCIe 4.0 1TB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-09-11 read/post comments(0)

The Sabrent Rocket 2230 NVMe 4.0 SSD does bring performance and capacity to the table when compared to the stock storage solution of compact devices like Steam Deck, ASUS ALLY so considering the current drop in price, this model should be on your short list when on the market to make such a purchase. Its operating temperatures are decent, while the thin copper foil on top does help with faster heat dissipation during heavier workloads. read more

Linksys Atlas Pro 6 Dual-Band AX5400 Mesh WiFi 6 System 2-Pack Review

Others/Networking Gear by stefan @ 2023-09-05 read/post comments()

The entry-level to mainstream Atlas Pro 6 and its 2-pack system is easy to set up via smartphone/tablet application and requires very little knowledge from the customer since everything is guided thanks to the included animations. We get 3 LAN ports with each tower to connect devices in wired mode, while the wireless performance remains good even when the signal needs to pass through multiple walls. read more

Silicon Power UD85 2TB 2280 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-08-28 read/post comments(0)

The entry-level U85 drive from Silicon Power does come with decent performance and thanks to the inclusion of the TLC NAND instead of QLC we noted higher sustained writes but also the TBW for the 2TB model is appreciable, at about 1120TB. The placement of the ICs is a bit different when compared to other manufacturers, leaving about one third of the PCB unused; the main Phison PS5019-E19-35 controller will get a bit toasty during prolonged writes so we would really recommend good ventilation around the drive when writing large amounts of data at once. read more

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Xbox & PC Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2023-08-21 read/post comments(0)

After fully-charging both batteries and fiddling with the settings in both Sonar and SteelSeries Engine, we started using the headset while gaming in titles such as GTA V, Diablo 4, Need for Speed Unbound but also Last Epoch; despite the use of 40mm drivers, these are very well tuned and are able to deliver bass as good as their 50mm counterparts, while keeping fidelity on both medium and high frequencies. We have had a very good experience while watching movies and several TV show episodes as well, where voices are clearly heard and other effects such as car engines, shots getting fired are well represented. read more

AQIRYS MIRA Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2023-08-15 read/post comments()

The 65% keyboard layout seems to be more and more adopted in the gaming market, and AQIRYS did not fail to impress with their first attempt, which is the MIRA keyboard. It comes with a hot-swappable PCB, pre-installed Outemu Reds which are very similar with their CHERRY counterparts, and pre-lubed stabilizers for the Enter, Space, Shift and Backspace keys. The multiple interfaces make it compatible with a large range of devices and it can last up to 35 days in wireless mode if the RGB effects are turned off. read more
Others/Mice & Keyboards i-Rocks K71R Rechargeable Wireless Mechanical Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2023-08-08
Others/Mice & Keyboards CHERRY KW X ULP Office Mechanical Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2023-08-04
Audio/Others Creative Zen Air True Wireless In-Ear Headphones with ANC Review by stefan @ 2023-07-30
Storage/SSD Crucial P3 Plus 4TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 SSD Review by stefan @ 2023-07-23
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Crucial X9 Pro 2TB Portable SSD

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" ... The X9 Pro is yet another successful product from Crucial. It's slower than the X10 Pro but is also cheaper, and meets the needs of a broad range of users. The excellent build quality and extended warranty only… Go To Full Article

YouTube’s upcoming AI-powered creator tools include a generative green screen

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YouTube has new AI features for creators on the way. AI-powered features the company announced at its Made on YouTube event on Thursday include a green screen feature, insights to stimulate ideas, automatic dubbing to other languages and a soundtrack… Go To Full Article

Ubisoft confirms The Division 3, but it’s a long ways off

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Ubisoft just confirmed that Tom Clancy’s The Division 3 is headed toward active development. We have a long time to wait before we get our hands on the franchise sequel, despite it being over four years since The Division 2… Go To Full Article

GTA+ now includes free games, starting with three Grand Theft Auto remasters

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Rockstar announced on Thursday that GTA+ subscribers will now get access to a rotating selection of Rockstar Games. At launch, members can download and play Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, the 2021 remaster of early 21st-century… Go To Full Article

Surface Laptop Studio 2 Takes Aim at the Macbook Pro

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Microsoft's Surface laptops are intended to be a showcase for what a Windows PC can do, and while some of them have been better than others, the lineup is one of the best competitors against Apple's MacBook laptops. Now, at… Go To Full Article

Razer's latest gaming gear includes RGB lights and new Huntsman Pro keyboards

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It's not only Microsoft that had a notable hardware event on Thursday. Razercon took place on the same day. As ever, Razer took the opportunity to reveal its latest gaming gear, accessories and software updates. Among the announcements was a… Go To Full Article

Razer makes a $5,000 Lamborghini-inspired version of its Blade 16 laptop

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This year’s Razercon event held a couple of surprises for those who love the computer accessory company and luxury lifestyle brands. Razer has partnered up with Lamborghini to create a beefed up Blade 16 laptop that draws plenty of aesthetic… Go To Full Article

Hyundai is offering a free EV charger and $600 off installation

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While the better environmental impact and lack of gas payments make EVs an enticing option, other costs and steps still stand as a hindrance. Hyundai is the latest car manufacturer attempting to minimize these negatives with a new incentive offering… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA DLSS 3.5 Ray Reconstruction @ TechPowerUp

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NVIDIA DLSS 3.5 launches today, supporting GeForce 20 and newer. The new algorithm improves the looks ray traced lighting, reflections, shadows and more. In our DLSS 3.5 Ray Reconstruction review we test image quality, but also discovered that VRAM usage… Go To Full Article

Surface Laptop Go 3 hands-on

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The Surface Laptop Go has always been an interesting experiment for Microsoft: What if you took the basic design of the Surface Laptop, but diminished its specs to make it far more affordable? We've always found them intriguing, but with… Go To Full Article

Logitech’s New Budget Webcam Has 1080P and a Privacy Shutter

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Good webcams are hard to come by. You either have to spend a lot of money on one, or settle with one that will give you a pretty "meh" image quality at best. As such, finding the perfect "balanced" option… Go To Full Article

The Best iPhone 15 Cases of 2023

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Nobody plans on dropping their phone, but it happens. If you want to protect your new iPhone 15, the easiest way to do so is with a case, and these are the best you can buy. Go To Full Article

BenQ's New Low-latency 4K Projectors Look Great

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Last year, BenQ introduced its X Series projectors, which boast premium gaming features like low-latency 4K video. These projectors scored well in our reviews and enjoy wide praise from gamers. BenQ is now moving forward with three new X Series… Go To Full Article

What Is XMP, and Why Does It Matter for RAM?

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When shopping for RAM, you might come across the term "XMP" and wonder what it's all about. Is it some secret sauce that makes your computer faster, or is it just marketing jargon? It's actually much simpler than it sounds. Go To Full Article

Microsoft's Surface Laptop Studio 2 has a 13th-gen Intel CPU and RTX 40 series GPU

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During its annual fall event on Thursday, Microsoft announced the (previously leaked) sequel to the Surface Laptop Studio, and it appears to come with plenty of much-needed improvements. Go To Full Article

Microsoft wants its Copilot AI to be your personal shopper

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Microsoft announced Copilot for shopping on Bing and Edge at its 2023 Surface event on Thursday. The company plans to make Copilot a part of all its flagship products like Windows, Edge and more. Copilot for shopping will help you… Go To Full Article

Windows' Copilot AI starts rolling out September 26

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Despite it nominally being a Surface-centric event, Microsoft sure spent a lot of time talking about AI on Thursday. "We believe it has the potential to help you be more knowledgeable, more productive, more creative, more connected to the people… Go To Full Article

Kingston XS1000 2 TB @ TechPowerUp

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The Kingston XS1000 is a highly compact USB 3.2 Gen 2 portable solid-state-disk offering transfer rates up to 1.25 GB/s (10 Gbps). Thanks to the use of a modern controller, there is no need for a dedicated USB-to-NVMe bridge chip,… Go To Full Article

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds review

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Most earbud and headphone makers are starting to skip the annual update cycle. Sure, many of them release a new model regularly, but in terms of overhauling a previous product, the timelines are typically more extended. Bose has made an… Go To Full Article

Octopath Traveler 2 arrives on Xbox in early 2024

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When Octopath Traveler 2 launched earlier this year, Microsoft's consoles were noticeably missing from the list of supported platforms. Now, at this year's Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix has revealed that the game is making its way to Xbox One,… Go To Full Article

Dead Space co-creator leaves Callisto Protocol studio after it flopped

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Glen Schofield, the co-creator of survival horror game Dead Space, has is leaving Striking Distance Studios. He will be replaced by current Chief Development Officer Steve Papoutsis as CEO. Schofield conceptualized Dead Space when he was with EA, before leaving… Go To Full Article

Tame Apple Press admits iPhone 15 is boring

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The Tame Apple Press, which has been mainly selling its credibility to market Apple products for years, has finally admitted that the iPhone 15 range is boring. Go To Full Article

Apple's new AirPods Pro with USB-C charging case are already $50 off

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With the big switch to USB-C on the iPhone 15, Apple also made the same change to its latest AirPods Pro wireless ANC headphones, with a USB-C charging case. They only just came out over a week ago, but you… Go To Full Article

US has been hacking Huawei servers since 2009

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China accused the US of infiltrating Huawei servers since 2009 as part of an effort to steal data that culminated in tens of thousands of cyber-attacks against Chinese targets last year. Go To Full Article

Amazon releases Wi-Fi 7 super router

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Amazon has announced details of its new Eero Max 7 mesh router – a tri-band mesh router that uses the latest Wi-Fi 7 standard and can double the speeds of its previous flagship system up to 4.3 Gigabits per second. Go To Full Article

Uber Eats will begin accepting food stamps for grocery deliveries in 2024

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Uber Eats will finally catch up with its peers and start accepting food stamps as payments for grocery deliveries. Starting next year, users will be able to pay for fresh groceries using their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from… Go To Full Article

Microsoft dismisses Xbox leaks

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FTC case evidence is out-of-date Software King of the World Microsoft has denied that detailed information presented to the courts on its future Xbox products were anything like an accurate leak. The “leaks” were… Go To Full Article

Alexa gets a new large language model

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Amazon's current SVP of devices and services, Dave Limp, said that the new Alexa can understand conversational phrases and respond appropriately, interpret context more effectively, and complete multiple requests from one command. Go To Full Article

Musk wants someone to conduct medical experiments upon

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Billionaire Elon [look at me] Musk is looking for people who want a hardware chip put in their brains and have not heard that such an operation is probably pointless and has a high body count among its animal test… Go To Full Article

Fujifilm's Instax Pal is a tiny digital camera that lets you print later

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With its latest Instax camera, Fujifilm has separated the camera from the printer. The Instax Pal is a tiny palm-sized 4.9-megapixel (MP) camera that takes digital photos, then lets you print them to the bundled Instax Mini Link 2 printer… Go To Full Article

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