Creative Halo Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2017-12-14 read/post comments(0)

We have tried the Halo while connected to our Android smartphone, the iPad Air 2 tablet but also on PC via stereo cable; the sound quality is great in terms of highs and mids and we were quite surprised how loud this speaker can get without distortions. Creative has build this product with two separate full-range drivers and advertises “big bass” output; this is quite not the case when compared with Roar units which feature a dedicated subwoofer and also the stereo separation is a bit difficult to distinguish because the two mentioned drivers are quite close together. read more

CORSAIR HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2017-12-09 read/post comments(0)

After connecting the HS50 Stereo to the ST100 CORSAIR headset stand, we went on testing and checked out some TV shows, movies and also plenty of YouTube clips; the sound rendered by the headset was clear, with no over-the-top bass and the quality did remain steady even at higher volumes. Thanks to the 50mm drivers, the low frequencies do sound great in action games such as Wolfenstein, Quake Champions and we were able to conduct really lengthy conferences via Skype, where the person on the other side was able to hear us loud and clear. The included memory foam for both headband and earcups and low weight do also add to the overall headset comfort during lengthy gaming sessions. read more

SteelSeries Apex M750 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2017-12-05 read/post comments(0)

The Apex M750 was primarily thought for gaming purposes, so SteelSeries has integrated the QX2 mechanical switches, which were built in cooperation with Gateron. These linear switches have an actuation point of 2mm with an overall travel of 4mm; with the 45cN actuation force, these do bring a similar feel to the Cherry MX Reds but at the same time they produce quite a bit of noise. This aspect may be a non-issue during gaming sessions, but when doing productivity work these could become annoying. Also, it is good to mention that because of the shorter than usual travel distance, users may need some time to get used to when typing documents, because in the first week of usage, we… read more

Silicon Power A55 256GB 3D NAND SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2017-11-25 read/post comments(0)

As we have seen before with TLC NAND SSDs, the SLC cache is used first for gaining a respectable speed boost and once this one gets filled up, the write speed will start dropping gradually, sometimes under 100MB/s. This particular aspect does not recommend the drive if our workload does imply writing large files frequently onto the drive, but even when we are writing straight to TLC, the access times do remain smaller versus mechanical drives. For a better compatibility, A55 256GB does ship with a 7mm form factor, while the integrated DRAMless Silicon Motion SM2258XT controller does come with support for TRIM command and Garbage Collection technology. read more

Patriot Memory Viper 4 Series DDR4 32GB 3000MHz Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2017-11-19 read/post comments(0)

The Viper 4 Series DDR4 32GB 3000MHz kit from Patriot Memory is not as flashy as other RGB offerings we have tested from other manufacturers, but comes with a good quality aluminum heat spreader for fast heat dissipation, while using the airflow inside the computer case. 32GB of RAM should be enough for most todays’ games and productivity applications, while most systems should be able to run this kit at the stock speeds without issues, thanks to the pre-programmed XMP 2.0 profile. read more

CORSAIR ST100 Premium Headset Stand with 7.1 Surround Sound Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2017-11-15 read/post comments()

CORSAIR has created the ST100 not only for their VOID series of headsets, but works with any other models from different manufacturers. This is possible thanks to the dual USB 3.1 ports which can be used for charging your wireless headset, connecting the dongle, using other peripherals with it such as storage devices, smartphones and more! The analog jack output is possible thanks to the integrated sound card and its software allows 7.1 Surround Headphone mode, but also a customizable 10-band EQ. read more
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[M] Creative Halo Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

@ 2017/12/14 read/post comments(0)
We have tried the Halo while connected to our Android smartphone, the iPad Air 2 tablet but also on PC via stereo cable; the sound quality is great in terms of highs and mids and we were quite surprised how… Go To Full Article

The strikingly different Mini-PC: SZ270R9

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Elmshorn, Germany, 2017-12-13 – be different, don't just follow the usual structured shapes and please, not just any old plain look. The Barebone with the name SZ270R9 that is presented here leaves a lasting impression. This Mini-PC clearly finds it…

Apple confirms it's buying music recognition app Shazam

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Well, that was fast. Following reports on Friday that Apple was planning to buy music recognition app Shazam, CNBC reports that Cupertino has confirmed the purchase. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but TechCrunch estimates the agreement to be wo... Go To Full Article

Google's Pixel AR stickers are available starting today

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During Google's Pixel 2 event in October, the company teased its upcoming AR stickers and starting today, Pixel users can actually get their hands on them. Those with Pixel phones running Android 8.1 Oreo will have access to AR stickers… Go To Full Article

Ataribox pre-orders start this week, without any game details

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Excited for the Ataribox? Well, starting December 14th, you'll be able to lay down $250 - $300 for the retro-modern console. The company emailed the news to fans recently and even teased that there will be a chance for the… Go To Full Article

VESA Announces DisplayHDR Specification

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Today, VESA is announcing the first version of their DisplayHDR specification, a new open standard for defining LCD high dynamic range (HDR) performance. Best thought of as a lightweight certification standard, DisplayHDR is meant to set performance standards for HDR… Go To Full Article

ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Review @ Vortez

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ASUS Republic of Gamers were a launch partner for AMD Threadripper, and their premier (and current flagship) X399 motherboard is the ROG Zenith Extreme. This premium SKU is billed as a Threadripper alternative to the Rampage VI Extreme, a similarly… Go To Full Article

OcUK Cobalt Gaming Review @ Vortez

@ 2017/12/11 read/post comments(0) has sent over the OCUK Gaming Cobalt system for us to take a look at. The system is built inside the Phanteks Eclipse P300 chassis and features an enormous overclock to the Core i3-8350K CPU, running at 4.8GHz. There’s… Go To Full Article

'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' adds gardening to its list of chores

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Collect fruit, trade it with villagers, build furniture, rinse, repeat. That's been the experience with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp thus far, and if it's getting tedious, know that there's an update coming soon that'll add some variety to the mix.… Go To Full Article

Silicon Labs to Acquire Sigma Designs, Get Z-Wave IP

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Silicon Labs has announced that it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Sigma Designs in a cash transaction valued at $282 million. By taking over Sigma Designs, Silicon Labs will be acquiring the former's Z-Wave-related IP and product portfolio,… Go To Full Article

BenQ Launches EW277HDR

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For the past several quarters, we have seen numerous launches of 4K UHD monitors supporting the DCI-P3 color space as well as the HDR10 standard. To that end, BenQ has introduced its new 27” display that features an FHD resolution,… Go To Full Article

Google's high-quality Home Max speaker goes on sale for $399

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Google launched its high-quality Home Max speaker with Google Assistant in October, and the last we heard (via a Best Buy leak), it was set to arrive on December 11th. That date was spot on, it turns out, as the… Go To Full Article

Facebook's 'ticker,' aka creeper feed, is no more

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Facebook has killed one of its oldest features, the "ticker," that let you see at a glance what your friends were doing or sharing. First launched in 2011, it used to appear to the right of your news feed (on… Go To Full Article

Marvell Announces 802.11ax Wireless Portfolio

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Today Marvell announces the introduction of their new 802.11ax wireless portfolio which promises to be the company's first product line laying the groundwork for advancing the new wireless standard. We've first written about 802.11ax products well… Go To Full Article

BBC launches Alexa skill for live radio and podcasts

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Every BBC radio station and podcast is now accessible through Amazon's Alexa assistant. So if you have an Echo or Echo dot in your home (or any Alexa-enabled speaker, for that matter), you can now launch Radio 1, 6 Music,… Go To Full Article

Google's Assistant will help 'sync' your smart home devices

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Smart homes can be tricky to manage, especially if you've invested in a bunch of different brands. If you have a Google Home, good news: You can now use the Google Assistant to clean up and "sync" any misbehaving devices.… Go To Full Article

The ASUS ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming Motherboard Review: Strix Refined

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Today we have a chance to dig down on the ASUS ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming. The XE Gaming differs from the non-XE by adding a larger VRM heatsink and includes a 40mm fan and mounting hardware to further assist VRM… Go To Full Article

Rambus releases details of actual product

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Next-gen high bandwidth memory technology Patent outfit Rambus has paused its business to invent some new high bandwidth memory technology. HBM3 was mentioned in presentations by Samsung and SK hynix at the Hot Chips… Go To Full Article

Indians tell Apple it will not get special tax treatment

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Apple staff need counselling The Indian Government has told the fruity cargo cult Apple that it will not be a special tax case. Apple asked India to defer a planned increase in import taxes… Go To Full Article

Stupid watchdog does not understand how the internet works

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Despite having it explained to them You would think that the body in charge of regulating telecoms and the internet in the US might understand how it works, but according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation the watchdog… Go To Full Article

Chromebooks go down big time

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Tame Apple Press cheers The Tame Apple Press is celebrating after Google experienced a huge stuff up of its Chromebook services. For those who came in late, Apple and Google have been slugging it… Go To Full Article

British spooks find hole in Microsoft Defender and Security Essentials

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Vole rushes to patch Microsoft has posted an out-of-band security update to fix a remote code execution flaw in its Malware Protection Engine. The flaw, CVE-2017-11937, has not yet been exploited yet but it… Go To Full Article

RAM Matters: How Much Do You Need for Gaming?

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Measuring the impact that RAM capacity has on gaming is harder than it sounds because of all the factors at play. However we've tested different hardware configurations to determine how much memory is truly useful for gaming from 4GB up… Go To Full Article

Funky Kit Review - SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 1TB

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"... the SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 1TB is also a very good option for anyone who wants a fast boot drive with 1TB storage, especially the extreme content creators and video editors. I can see a lot of people buying… Go To Full Article

Google reveals all the Android Wear watches getting Oreo

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Google left us in the dark for a bit as to which Android Wear smartwatches are getting Oreo. Thankfully, just a few days after its official arrival, we're getting the lowdown on device upgrades. Aside from the LG Watch Sport,… Go To Full Article

Mod gives Google's Home Mini speaker its 'missing' line-out jack

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For many, Google's Home Mini speaker has one key disadvantage over Amazon's Echo Dot: there's no line-out jack. If you want more powerful sound without buying a higher-priced model, you have to stream to a Chromecast-equipped speaker system. However,...… Go To Full Article

'Evil Within 2' trial gives you a taste of surreal survival horror

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Free trials (aka demos) are good ways to get a feel for a game before you buy, but they could be particularly helpful for The Evil Within 2. How are you going to wrap your head around Shinji Mikami's surreal… Go To Full Article

AeroCool Project 7 850W Platinum Power Supply Unit Review

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High build quality, near-excellent rail stability, 80 Plus Platinum Efficiency, RGB illumination (although not right out of the box) and a 7 year limited warranty are just some of the things you can expect from the brand new Project 7… Go To Full Article

'Street Fighter' anthology brings online play to classic brawlers

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The original Street Fighter turned 30 this year, and Capcom is marking it in style... if a little late. It's releasing a Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection in May 2018 that not only bundles many of the pre-3D titles (ranging… Go To Full Article

OnePlus 5T needs an update to play Netflix in HD

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The OnePlus 5T is defined by its cinematic 18:9 screen, but don't expect to get the full effect while you're watching your favorite streaming service... at least, not yet. Owners have learned that the 5T and its OnePlus 5 ancestor… Go To Full Article

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