CORSAIR VOID PRO RGB Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2017-08-22 read/post comments(0)

Designed as an improvement over the original VOID series, we are getting a product with premium build quality, re-tuned drivers for even better mids and lows, a new microphone with a different casing and LED ring for signaling the Mute function, long battery life, Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround sound, a superior wireless performance and more! read more

BIOSTAR RACING X370GTN AM4 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/AMD AM4 by stefan @ 2017-08-19 read/post comments()

With the X370GTN, BIOSTAR has succeeded to offer plenty of goodies, in a compact ITX format; due to a smaller VRM, the manufacturer does recommend CPUs with a maximum TDP of 95W, but if we do use it with a 65W SKU, we do also have some overclocking headroom. In our tests with the Ryzen 3 1300X, we have succeeded to achieve the same results as with the high-end Crosshair Hero VI from ASUS, by just setting up the multiplier and the voltage inside the UEFI interface, which is really easy to use. read more

Toshiba EXCERIA PRO M501 MicroSDXC Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2017-08-13 read/post comments()

The EXCERIA PRO M501 card from Toshiba has proven itself as being one of the speediest from the bunch we have tested so far, succeeding to even surpass the Lexar Professional 1800x read speeds in some usage environments. Write-wise however, the Lexar Professional distances itself quite a bit, offering speeds around 197MB/s, while the EXCERIA PRO M501 can go up to 130MB/s when writing large files, very close to the rated manufacturer speeds. read more

Ballistix Sport LT 16GB DDR4 SODIMM Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2017-08-08 read/post comments(0)

Besides the small performance bump in the encoding/rendering productivity applications, we have also seen lower loading times in various memory hungry games such as Forza after the upgrade and the stuttering was gone. One other aspect is that by using a larger memory quantity, we will also decrease the wear from the boot drive (a usage example would be working with a larger project in Adobe Premiere). Even if the RAM did run at the same frequency as before, the speed bump is mainly due to the switch from a single-channel (stock) configuration to a dual-channel. read more

ASUSTOR AS6404T 4-bay NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2017-08-03 read/post comments(0)

With the AS6404T 4-bay NAS from ASUSTOR we are seeing an update to the Intel Celeron Apollo Lake J3455 Quad-Core 1.5GHz processor, which is paired with no less than 8GB of DDR3L RAM in order to handle plenty of multimedia content types, but for also being able to use even more application modules at the same time. We do also see an USB 3.0 Type C port in the back for connecting modern storage devices, support up to 10TB drives (for a total of 40TB in a single NAS) and dual LAN that can be used for both Link Aggregation and Failover. The LCD panel is easy to operate via the hardware buttons, we get an IR receiver so the… read more

GAMDIAS HEBE M1 RGB Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2017-08-02 read/post comments(0)

By having its hardware/software implementation based on C-Media audio, we do get quite a rich set of configuration inside the HERA software for the HEBE M1 RGB headset. The Virtual 7.1 speaker surround can be used when watching various multimedia content and we were happy to see that the positioning of the speakers in the simulated room can be altered on our preference, including their individual volume. As most gaming-oriented headsets, the punchy bass is noticeable even at the stock settings, but it is not over-the-top in order to cause headaches after prolonged use; we can adjust its intensity by using the 10-band Equalizer but we can as well enable the vibration unit for even more immersion. read more
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

How RFID tags became trendy

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As far as wireless technologies go, radio-frequency identification (RFID) is one of the oldest. Patented in 1983 by the late British inventor Charles Walton, RFID made it possible for new, cutting-edge tech such as near-field communication (NFC) to e...… Go To Full Article

Medium is letting some users hide their posts behind a paywall

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If you come across a piece on Medium you can't read without an account, don't be surprised. Medium has expanded its Partner Program to give users a way to earn money from their articles by publishing behind a paywall. The… Go To Full Article

'Final Fantasy XV' comes to your phone this fall

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Square Enix is bent on bringing Final Fantasy XV to every platform imaginable, and that includes the phone in your pocket. It just unveiled a Pocket Edition of the road trip role-playing game that will hit Android, iOS and Windows… Go To Full Article

Astro's email app packs a virtual assistant you can talk to

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Virtual assistants have been quick to invade our phones and our homes — is it any surprise that they're creeping into our email accounts, too? A startup called Astro built a chatbot (imaginatively named "Astrobot") into its email app earlier… Go To Full Article

Tencent becomes the exclusive Chinese home of the NFL

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The NFL has signed a deal with Tencent that'll see the Chinese giant becoming the exclusive home of the game for the next three years. As well as most pre and regular-season games, Chinese fans will be able to watch… Go To Full Article

‘Stranger Things’ is already headed for a third season

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Netflix is releasing the second season of Stranger Things on October 27th, but the show is already set to come back for a third season. In an interview with Vulture, Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of Stranger Things confirm… Go To Full Article

'State of Decay 2' forces you to pick who becomes zombie food

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State of Decay 2 wants you to decide who lives or dies -- and whatever happens next. The sequel aims to double-down on what made the 2013 original work: a more sophisticated game world, and bothy more elaborate skill trees… Go To Full Article

Shuttle Squeezes Desktop Graphics Card into a 3-Liter XH110G SFF PC Barebones

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Shuttle has announced a new small form-factor barebones PC aimed at entry-level gamers as well as those who need a SFF multi-monitor setup, such as graphics professionals, traders, digital signage, control room applications, and so on. The XH110G has a… Go To Full Article

Verizon's new unlimited plans throttle video all the time

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Verizon's revival of the unlimited data plan was supposed to be a good thing: it was bringing back worry-free service that let you use your smartphone as much as you like. Unfortunately, the carrier is making things complicated again. In… Go To Full Article

Researchers want astronauts to put their biological waste to work

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Researchers at Clemson University are presenting work at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society that could change how astronauts handle waste in the future. For long trips -- to Mars, for instance -- astronauts will need... Go To Full Article

You can buy Nintendo games with Paypal now

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PayPal has been on the Xbox One and PS4 stores since day one of each, but so far, Nintendo users haven't had the option. That has changed, though, as Nintendo says that Switch owners can now pay for games with… Go To Full Article

DJI won't let you fly your Spark drone without a safety update

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DJI is no stranger to imposing limits on drones unless you take certain actions, and that's truer than ever right now. The company is releasing new firmware for the Spark this week to tackle problems with in-flight shutdowns, and it's… Go To Full Article

The eclipse caused people to look away from their screens

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Turns out all it takes for people to put down their phones is a once-in-a-lifetime event. In case you missed it, the eclipse took over the sun (and our lives) yesterday. Flocks of people headed to the towns and cities… Go To Full Article

Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless @ techPowerUp

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The Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless succeeds a well-known and well-liked wireless gaming headset. It comes with a reworked microphone, retuned audio drivers, and several changes in design and ergonomics, refining and improving pretty much every aspect of its predecessor,… Go To Full Article

Fixed-wing drone lands on vertical surfaces like a bug

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Scientists have borrowed a few tricks from Mother Nature in order to create a drone capable of landing flush against a wall. The Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD) looks like a small airplane and flies like a glider, but on approaching… Go To Full Article

Comcast tries using Roku to hook college kids on cable

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A few years after launching the Xfinity on Campus service, Comcast says it's now available for over 100 schools -- up by 60 percent from last year. Originally, its streaming TV setup only worked through phones, PCs and tablets, but… Go To Full Article

Netflix nabs the next film from ‘Jason Bourne’ director

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Netflix is causing waves on this year's film festival circuit with buzzy productions, such as Okja and Mudbound. Despite facing resistance from theatre chain owners upset with its distribution tactics, it seems its presence at awards ceremonies is se...… Go To Full Article

ASUS Announces B250 Expert Mining Motherboard

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ASUS has teased their first cryptocurrency mining board, the B250 Expert Mining. It’s full of expansions slots, with 19 to be exact, to pack in the most GPUs on a single system. This large number puts it at the top… Go To Full Article

Linksys’ new router puts your gaming needs before everyone else’s

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You might not think twice about your router (unless it crashes), but gamers looking for every edge do. For those folks, Linksys has unveiled the $300 WRT32X Gaming Router, a model it developed in collaboration with Rivet Networks. It uses… Go To Full Article

Samsung's Bixby assistant is finally available worldwide

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Samsung has faced a tough slog getting Bixby to the masses, but now its voice assistant is accessible in more than 200 countries including the UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa. It's been available in South Korea and the US… Go To Full Article

'Cuphead' is as wondrous as it is difficult

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Cuphead is a flashback in many ways. It hearkens back to the classical, hand-drawn animation style of the 1930s. And it's reminiscent of 2D, 8-bit-era platformers that were so tough, they wanted to make you throw your controllers against the… Go To Full Article

The first ‘Shenmue III’ teaser is comfortably familiar

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There's plenty of big news flowing out from this year's Gamescom. Although the Xbox One X has dominated the headlines thus far, some other fan-favorite games are also vying for space at the event. Among them, the long-awaited Shenmue III.… Go To Full Article

Nintendo's second 'Classic' console is better, but not perfect

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When Nintendo announced that the already impossible to find NES Classic Edition was going out of production, there were two reactions: outrage that the company could introduce such a popular product and fail to meet demand, and curiosity -- why… Go To Full Article

HyperX Predator DDR4 Review @ Vortez

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By default, HyperX have made their Predator DDR4 conform to the JEDEC 2400MHz CL17 standard, rather than 2133MHz CL15, do even if you do not go into the BIOS to enable the XMP setting, you will be sat at a… Go To Full Article

Dodocool DA109 Magnetic Wireless Stereo Sports Headphone

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"The audio quality was decent, but a little too heavy on the bass I think. More importantly, the battery life was very good. I got about 6-7 hours of listening time. Not bad, considering the battery is located inside the… Go To Full Article

HP's first Omen X gaming laptop is built for overclocking

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With an over-the-top gaming desktop, you expect certain things: lots of overclocking potential, expansion, a mechanical keyboard... and, of course, windows and RGB lighting to show it off. Some laptops already include a few of those features, but al...… Go To Full Article

'Life is Strange: Before the Storm' trailer showcases its story

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Since Max and her time traveling powers won't be in Life is Strange's upcoming prequel, you might be wondering what to expect. Well, this new trailer out of Germany's Gamescom expo can give you a pretty good idea of what… Go To Full Article

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.8.1

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Today, AMD has released Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.8.1, a unified driver supporting older products as well as RX Vega cards. This update follows last Monday’s RX Vega64 launch and accompanying RX Vega specific beta driver. In addition to… Go To Full Article

Google may be readying its own smart headphones

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Google might be planning a foil to smarter-than-usual headphones like Apple's AirPods or the Bragi Dash line. After some sleuthing inside the Google app, the team at 9to5Google has found references to headphones that would use Google Assistant to aug... Go To Full Article

Silverstone Launches TOB03 ODD: 9.5-mm CD/DVD/BD/BDXL Burner

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SilverStone has introduced its first ultra-slim ODD that can read and record CD, DVD, Blu-ray and BDXL media. The drive is not a technological breakthrough, but it is going to be one of a few 9.5-mm BD/BDXL-supporting ODDs on the… Go To Full Article

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