SteelSeries Rival 600 Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-03-16 read/post comments(0)

After installing two 4g weights on each side of the mouse, we started gaming in CounterStrike: Global Offensive, Guild Wars 2, Diablo III but also tried a bit of Agents of Mayhem; Rival 600 succeeded to keep the comfort level optimal even 2-3 hours of continuous gaming and during this time we did not spot any erratic movement. While our lift-off setting was set at 0.5mm, players that use to lift the mouse more during the sessions should adjust the value as necessary. The main sensor (SteelSeries TrueMove 3) remains the same as with the Rival 310, but sports a more aggressive appearance, while much more RGB segments are available for configuration. read more

SuperMicro SUPERO C7Z370-CG-IW Z370 LGA1151 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1151 by stefan @ 2018-03-12 read/post comments(0)

C7Z370-CG-IW is a feature-packed ITX motherboard which supports the latest range of Intel processors and for additional reliability, SuperMicro has used server-grade components. The UEFI interface has not changed much from the previous iterations and contains plenty of options, many of which a lot of users will never touch. In terms of overclocking, this board has some limitations in place in order to avoid overheating but even in this case, C7Z370-CG-IW was able to obtain some solid scores in our benchmarks. read more

Crucial MX500 500GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2018-03-09 read/post comments(0)

Considering the fact that the MX500 SSD does feature TLC NAND packages, we were expecting a sudden performance drop after the buffers have been filled, but fortunately it was not the case! The drive succeeded to maintain write speeds around 320-360MB/s (small-medium file sizes) even after writing a total of 176GB in one go. The 500GB version comes with a TBW of 180TB, while the MTTF is 1.8 million hours. Crucial MX500 does also feature a 5-year warranty period, which is great! read more

Creative Chrono Portable Splash-proof Bluetooth Speaker and FM Radio Clock Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2018-02-28 read/post comments(0)

Chrono is a very affordable portable speaker from Creative which provides good audio quality and can be pretty loud, judging by its small footprint. We did really enjoy its vintage LED alarm clock appearance, the multitude of inputs it does support (Bluetooth, analog, microSDHC), but also comes with a FM module. The frontal display comes with large LED segments and its brightness can be adjusted on multiple levels. At medium sound level, from our tests, the speaker has lasted about seven hours, after which it did need a full recharge. read more

CORSAIR Hydro Series H115i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by stefan @ 2018-02-25 read/post comments(0)

By using Asetek’s Gen6 design, a reworked LED lighting system and the highly-awarded ML fans, H115i PRO RGB does succeed to drive stock and overclocked systems, while maintaining considerably lower noise levels than before! The cooler can also function in Zero RPM mode, as we have seen with several newer video cards and is controlled by LINK, from where we can adjust the speed of each fan, choose from one of the three pump operating modes, but also work with the LED lighting system options. read more

Silicon Power Bolt B80 USB 3.1 External SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2018-02-20 read/post comments(0)

The Bolt B80 USB 3.1 External SSD from Silicon Power does sport a premium look thanks to the aluminum construction but is also easy to carry along. It comes with military-grade shockproof protection, but also rubber covers/gaskets in order to prevent water and dust penetration. For signaling data transfer activity, the product is provided with a white LED and its modular design along with the easy disassembly procedure does allow the user to replace the mSATA SSD with any other model/capacity. read more
Motherboards/Intel S1151 Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming LGA1151 Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2018-02-17
Mobile/Smart Phones Xiaomi Mi 5X 32GB Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2018-02-06
Storage/Other Toshiba TransMemory U364 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2018-02-01
Cooling/CPU Cooling Be Quiet Shadow Rock TF2 Air Cooler Review by leeghoofd @ 2018-01-29
Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling CORSAIR ML PRO Series RGB Case Fans Review by stefan @ 2018-01-28

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Court axes FCC robocall rule for being too broad

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The previous FCC leadership took some aggressive steps to fight robocalls, but they've just been scaled back. A DC Circuit appeals court has shot down an FCC rule for reportedly going far in its definition of an autodialer. The regulations… Go To Full Article

Far Cry 5 Has Microtransactions, Campaign Is Playable Offline

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Ubisoft has confirmed to GameSpot that Far Cry 5 will include microtransactions. They say that "all" of these items will be cosmetic only and have no effect on gameplay, but it is a little confusing, as they go on to… Go To Full Article

Google renames Android Wear to Wear OS

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As our technology and partnerships have evolved, so have our users. In 2017, one out of three new Android Wear watch owners also used an iPhone. So as the watch industry gears up for another Baselworld next week, weâre announcing… Go To Full Article

AMD Ryzen 2700X & 2600 Review Leaked

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WCCFTech is reporting that a review of the upcoming 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs has been leaked. The review shows faster inter-core communication, lower cache latency, as well as higher bandwidth. There are a ton of charts from the leaked review… Go To Full Article

The Infiniti QX80 is too pricey to have this little tech

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I'm not kidding (okay, I'm sort of kidding) when I say that the Infiniti QX80 (starting at $64,750) is only slightly smaller than a studio apartment I used to live in. It's a very large SUV that's packed to the… Go To Full Article

ASUS Announces Lyra Trio Wi-Fi System, Singapore IT Show Offers

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ASUS has announced the Lyra Trio, a three-hub mesh Wi-Fi system that promises ultrafast connectivity throughout your home or office, with comprehensive, constantly updated security parameters. With its dual-band Wi-Fi, and tri-hub mesh, the antenna placement on the Lyra Trio… Go To Full Article

Apple HomePod Review – A Dumb Smart Speaker?

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Apple has finally made an entrance into the growing home AI assistant market, with their recent release of the long-awaited HomePod. First announced back in June of 2017 and scheduled for release by December of 2017. After some delays, only… Go To Full Article

Bite-sized, black-and-white game 'Minit' lands April 3rd

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A crew of indie veterans, including half of notable studio Vlambeer, will release Minit on April 3rd for Steam (PC), PS4 and Xbox One. In the monochromatic Lo-Fi title, players rushing out their front door to do as much adventuring… Go To Full Article

Facebook suspends Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica

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Late Friday night, Facebook has announced it's suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) from its site. While you may not have heard of SCL, its political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica has made headlines in the last few years due to...… Go To Full Article

Standalone Oculus Go headset could debut at Facebook's F8 event

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Last year Oculus teased its standalone "Go" VR headset saying it would go on sale for $199 early in 2018. Now Variety cites unnamed sources claiming that it will debut at Facebook's F8 conference May 1st. That should provide the… Go To Full Article

Nitro Concepts Series S300 Gaming Chair @ TechPowerUp

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The Nitro Concepts S300 is an affordable, very comfortable chair with quite a lot of features for its price. It is available in eight different color combinations to cover all tastes, and its dimensions are ideal for larger users.… Go To Full Article

Microsoft tests forcing Windows Mail users to open links in Edge

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Edge might be Windows 10's built-in browser, but it definitely isn't the most popular browser -- NetMarketShare reported just under 4 percent usage share as of February 2018, slipping well below Chrome's 59 percent. And now, it looks like the… Go To Full Article

Alcatel’s Android Go phone is headed to the US

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Two of the phones Alcatel revealed last month at MWC will be coming to the US, the company confirmed. One is the affordable Alcatel 1X is the brand's first to feature Android Go, a version of the OS customized for… Go To Full Article

‘ARK: Survival Evolved’ brings dinosaurs to your phone this Spring

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Open-world survival game ARK: Survival Evolved was one of the bigger early access games back in 2015, eventually launching a couple of years later on PS4, Xbox One and Steam and gathering 13 million players in the process. Now the… Go To Full Article

Microsoft is giving away 'Sea of Thieves' with Xbox purchases

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Microsoft is gearing up to make playing Sea of Thieves as easy as possible. If you've heard all the hype surrounding the cartoony pirate simulator but don't already own an Xbox (or PC) to play it on, for a limited… Go To Full Article

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X shows up briefly on

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Said it should ship on April 19th German Amazon has leaked one of the AMD's upcoming Pinnacle Ridge CPUs, the Ryzen 5 2600X, with the shipping date set for April 19th. Spotted originally by… Go To Full Article

iPad users can beta test Microsoft’s Edge browser now

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Microsoft has slowly been rolling out its Edge browser to various devices; it was officially released for iPhones back in November, with the promise that an iPad version was on the way. Now, it's finally here -- but only in… Go To Full Article

'#WarGames' is the 'Rosemary's Baby' of interactive cinema

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The line between film and video game is blurring. Much of this has to do with the shifting ways we consume media: Our screens are smaller, more personal and imbued with interactivity. They're meant to be tapped, swiped, clicked and… Go To Full Article

'Battlefront II' will finally make in-game progression fair next week

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Electronic Arts' long, awkward nightmare over Star Wars Battlefront II's multiplayer progression might finally be over. With next week's patch, dubbed the "Progression" update, EA promises that Star Cards (power-ups) or any other item that impact gam... Go To Full Article

Inside Google’s plan to build a smart neighborhood in Toronto

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On the Sidewalk Labs website is a 200-page document explaining its vision for a smart neighborhood in Toronto. It's packed with illustrations that show a warm, idyllic community full of grassy parks, modular buildings and underground tunnels with del...… Go To Full Article

Alexa's 'Brief Mode' makes the digital assistant way less chatty

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Not too long ago, people got creeped out by Amazon's Alexa devices randomly laughing at them. Now Jeff Bezos' digital assistant is offering folks the chance to put a sock in its mouth. Err, speaker. Reddit users first noticed that… Go To Full Article

Food app Ritual is sharing users' precise workplace information

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Ritual is a "social ordering" app that allows users to place an order for a meal and have it ready for pickup at a local restaurant. That's not new, but what Ritual allows is for other users to add their… Go To Full Article

Google Lens visual search rolls out on iOS

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After making a slow march across Android devices, Google's AI-powered visual search is coming to iOS. Apple device owners should see a preview of Google Lens pop up in the latest version of their Google Photos app over the next… Go To Full Article

DHS and FBI warn Russia is behind cyberattacks on US infrastructure

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The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI released a report today detailing Russian efforts to hack into US government entities and infrastructure sectors, including energy, nuclear, commercial, water, aviation and critical manufacturing sector... Go To Full Article

Ryzen 2000-series desktop CPU pre-orders pop up

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Videocardz reports that online retailers in a number of countries in North America and Europe have pre-order pages for AMD's second-generation "Zen+" Ryzen 2000-series desktop processors. AMD's opening salvo reportedly includes the six-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 2600 and 2600X, plus… Go To Full Article

Racing Drone Sets World Record

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The team behind the Drone Racing League just set a Guinness world record for the Fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter. The drone called RacerX achieved an average speed of 163.5 MPH, and a top speed of 179.g… Go To Full Article

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ officially launched

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Higher clock, much better connectivity and the same price The Raspberry Pi Foundation has made the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ official during the official Pi day yesterday and the new model comes with the same,… Go To Full Article

What to look for if you're buying a TV for gaming

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Most TV makers (and buyers' guides, for that matter) assume you're buying a set for the sake of enjoying movies or shows, and that's understandable. But what if you're more interested in playing Monster Hunter World than watching Murder on… Go To Full Article

Intel remembers giving Stephen Hawking his voice

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Issues its own statement The death of Stephen Hawking apparently brought to an end a close relationship between the black hole expert and Chipzilla. Over the years Intel has has been working closely with… Go To Full Article

Samsung turns to China for new memory chip plant

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Samsung is to build a new memory chip production line in China in late March as part of a cunning plan to boost NAND flash technology to meet future demand. The tech giant said in August last… Go To Full Article

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