Creative Omni Portable Multi-Room Wi-Fi/BT Voice-enabled Speaker Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2018-01-17 read/post comments(0)

This particular model impressed us regarding its ease of use on all interfaces (wireless, Bluetooth, SD Card/Aux); it is loud enough for most applications but we would have liked to have smoother volume steps from the hardware buttons in order to adjust it properly for any occasion. While with the previously tested Creative Halo we have noticed a lack of bass, this model, even if it does not have active drivers for this particular reason, it can deliver decent lows, which is impressive for a unit of its size! read more

ECS Z370-LIGHTSABER LGA1151 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1151 by stefan @ 2018-01-13 read/post comments(0)

The Z370-LIGHTSABER motherboard from ECS is an improvement in terms of functionality and overclocking versus the previous generations; we have been able to overclock our 8600K i5 to about 4.8GHz by setting a VCore of 1.35V inside the UEFI interface, but because of the missing VDroop compensation levels, the voltage did drop quite a bit to about 1.243V at maximum load. With our G.SKILL TridentZ 32GB 3200MHz DDR4 kit, we were unable to run the pre-programmed XMP profile, so we needed to downclock a bit to about 3100MHz in order to get a fully stable, bootable system. read more

CORSAIR K70 LUX RGB with PBT Double-shot Keycaps Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-01-08 read/post comments(0)

We have tested the CORSAIR K70 LUX RGB keyboard with games such as The Crew, Wolfenstein: The New Order, MU Legend but also Quake Champions; since the MX Silent switch does have the same actuation force as the CHERRY MX Red, they did feel very responsive in-game, but all this at considerably lower noise levels. The noise on the MX Silent has been lowered thanks to the integrated TPE dampener built into the switch stem, that helps reduce the top out noise as well as the bottom out noise. This switch also feels great when typing so if you are used to writing office documents or other type of productivity work at home or even at your workplace, people around… read more

Silicon Power Diamond D30S 2TB USB 3.1 HDD Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2017-12-31 read/post comments(0)

Instead of going with a Toshiba or Seagate branded HDD as we have seen with the previous models, this time Silicon Power has included a Western Digital WDC WD20NPVZ-00WFZT0 (WD Blue Mobile) drive, which features an 8MB cache and a 5400 rotational speed. This particular model does feature NoTouch Ramp Load Technology, so the recording head never touches the disk media, ensuring less wear to the recording head but also better protection during transit. Additionally, Silicon Power has included a slim and elegant chassis with it that is IPX4 waterproof and scratch resistant thanks to the rhombus surface pattern on the top cover; on the top we do also have a LED included which signals the transfer mode along with… read more

Be Quiet Silent Loop 360 AIO CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2017-12-29 read/post comments(0)

At Computex 2017, Be Quiet introduced to the press an upcoming addition to their Silent Loop AIO series, the 360 model, featuring as you could have guessed a massive 360 radiator. The new flagship should top the cooling performance of the 240 and even the 280 model. Be Quiet has received many awards over the last decade and has established itself as one of the market leaders in quiet, yet powerful power supplies and processor cooling gear. Especially their Silent Wings fan series are loved by watercooling purists as these fans feature an excellent combination between airflow/pressure and silent operation. Time to open the box Be Quiet send to the MadShrimps lab. We were keen to test the new 360… read more

Toshiba TransMemory U363 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2017-12-25 read/post comments(0)

The 64GB USB 3.0 TransMemory U363 Flash Drive from Toshiba does offer good read speeds of about 90MB/s, but falls a bit short on the writes, which do hover at around 18MB/s. The product does come with an overall solid aluminum build that does not need a protective USB port cover and can be easily attached to our keychain for fast access to data. read more
Others/Mice & Keyboards Razer Basilisk Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2017-12-24
Audio/Speakers&Amps Creative Halo Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review by stefan @ 2017-12-14
Audio/Others CORSAIR HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2017-12-09
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Apex M750 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2017-12-05
Storage/SSD Silicon Power A55 256GB 3D NAND SSD Review by stefan @ 2017-11-25

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

GPD Pocket 7 Inch Mini Netbook Review @ Hardware-Mag.de

@ 2018/01/21 read/post comments(0)
We have just released a review of the GPD Pocket 7 Zoll Mini Netbook equipped with Intel Atom x7-Z8750 CPU, 8 GB DDR3, 128 GB eMMC, Multi-Touch-Screen and Windows 10 Home. The review includes lots of benchmarks in different presets,… Go To Full Article

'Overwatch' pro player suspended for homophobic slur

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The Overwatch League's honeymoon is over. Dallas Fuel player Felix "xQc" Lengyel has been suspended by both the League and Fuel after hurling a homophobic insult at the Houston Outlaws' openly gay player Austin "Muma" Wilmot. After Wilmot used one... Go To Full Article

Twitter may lose the exec driving its live video strategy

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Twitter's big bet on live video might be running into trouble. Wall Street Journal sources have claimed that COO Anthony Noto, the exec that has been driving Twitter's live video push, is in talks to become the CEO of online… Go To Full Article

Google Play banner hints at dedicated audiobook section

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Google Play might be close to launching a section dedicated to selling audiobooks. 9to5Google has spotted a banner displayed in the Books section of the app market announcing its arrival. It was even promoting a 50 percent discount for your… Go To Full Article

Audi smart home battery grid creates a 'virtual power plant'

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Audi isn't going to let rival automakers like BMW and Tesla corner the market on home batteries. The German badge is testing a Smart Energy Network where solar-powered batteries not only help your home minimize use of the electrical grid,… Go To Full Article

BMW to switch Apple CarPlay to subscription service

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Apple CarPlay is being offered in more and more vehicles, often as standard equipment. BMW, though, charges for it. BMW currently offers CarPlay as a $300 option on cars equipped with navigation. This will change, though, as The Verge reports… Go To Full Article

Nike’s ‘PlayStation’ PG2s are like a DualShock for your feet

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Nike has never been afraid to use different technologies to experiment with its sneakers. After all, this is the company that brought you the Mag and HyperAdapt, two shoes powered by auto-lacing mechanisms. And while its latest basketball silhouette...… Go To Full Article

'Destiny 2' has another problem with diminishing rewards

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Bungie previously promised to both tackle complaints about diminishing rewards in Destiny 2 and to be more transparent going forward, but it's apparent the studio still has some work to do. Players have discovered that the game is throttling the… Go To Full Article

iPhone X May Be "End of Life" When Replacements Ship

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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that the iPhone X will be terminated as early as this summer due to waning interest. Older models are typically retained at a lower price point, but this may be the first time that… Go To Full Article

GPU Prices Skyrocket, Breaking the Entire DIY PC Market

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What is the craziest price that you have seen a GPU going for lately? ExtremeTech has published some thoughts on the inflation, which has been spurred by cryptocurrency mining: GTX 1080s are reportedly going for as high as $1,200, while… Go To Full Article

Radinn's second-gen electric wakeboard is faster and cheaper

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Nearly three years after we first saw Radinn's prototype electric wakeboard, the Swedish outfit is back with a redesigned version. The G2X will be on display at the Boot Düsseldorf show this week, showing off its capabilities like a swappable… Go To Full Article

Microsoft Gets Hacker Friendly

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You don’t often hear hackers say a lot of good things about Microsoft. Sure, you might use Windows, especially if you have one of those embarrassing day jobs. But at night in a hacker’s secret lab, you are likely to… Go To Full Article

New Nova miniseries will explore puzzling science mysteries

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The Boston public access station WGBH has partnered with PBS for another short series in its long-running Nova family of programs. Nova Wonder will follow three researchers exploring big scientific mysteries. The first of the miniseries' six episodes... Go To Full Article

Aereo-like NYC nonprofit Locast streams local TV for free

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A nonprofit is bringing local broadcast television to the online masses for free, but who knows how long that will last. The organization, Sports Fans Coalition, launched the streaming site Locast.org on January 11th, letting anyone in New York City'... Go To Full Article

‘Skullgirls’ relaunches on mobile as developer ditches publisher

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Stylized fighting game Skullgirls came out for mobile in May of last year. It was developed by Autumn Games and initially published by Line. Now, the developer has decided to part ways with the publisher and go back to being… Go To Full Article

Logan Paul forced YouTube to admit humans are better than algorithms

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YouTube is no stranger to controversy. Many of its top stars have been in hot water recently: From PewDiePie making racists remarks, to a "family" channel with abusive kid pranks, the company's been under fire for not keeping a closer… Go To Full Article

Facebook's next news feed tweak: ranking 'trusted' sources

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Last week Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his year of making sure your time on Facebook is "well spent" by announcing that feeds will refocus on items shared by friends, instead of news. Today the CEO followed up with an announcement… Go To Full Article

‘Zikr’ brings transcendental Sufi dancing to VR

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Director Gabo Arora has spent the last few years promoting virtual reality as the ideal medium for evoking empathy. He spearheaded the UN's VR app, which featured two of his films, Clouds Over Sidra and My Mothers Wing. Now with… Go To Full Article

Oculus shows how much VR has evolved at Sundance

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Two years into the rise of modern virtual reality, following the launch of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, the medium might seem seem as if it's losing a bit of its luster. Headsets are cheaper and easier… Go To Full Article

This chat app only works when your phone battery is low

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We spend a lot of time trying to eke out a few more minutes from our smart phones. Apple is offering cheap battery replacements and apologizing for iPhone slowdowns, while Android may update to show you which apps drain your… Go To Full Article

Netflix orders a weekly show hosted by Joel McHale

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Netflix has snagged several former show hosts to head their own programs, from Chelsea Handler to David Letterman. Next on the list is Joel McHale, who notably starred in the priceless sitcom Community but got big helming E! channel's unscripted… Go To Full Article

GIGABYTE at CES 2018: Aero 15x and AORUS X9 Gaming Laptops

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Among some of the other announcements GIGABYTE made this year at CES 2018, it also displayed some of their existing gaming laptops in the Aero 15X (now available in pure black) as well as the AORUS X9, a very thin,… Go To Full Article

Facebook's fake war on fake news

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It's hard watching Facebook struggle. Like how for the past two years it's alternated between looking like it's doing something about fake news, and actually doing something about fake news. The company's latest stab at the problem is saying it… Go To Full Article

Def Leppard albums you might actually listen to are now streaming

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The list of streaming holdouts just got shorter. British rock outfit Def Leppard has made its catalog of older albums available on streaming services for the first time. Until now, only the band's more recent releases were on the likes… Go To Full Article

Duncan Jones' sci-fi movie 'Mute' debuts on Netflix February 23rd

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Duncan Jones' next movie won't be coming to theaters -- it's going straight to streaming. The Moon and Warcraft director has revealed that his long-in-the-making sci-fi film noire, Mute, will premiere on Netflix February 23rd. The movie is set in… Go To Full Article

Amazon adds voice control to its Alexa app for Android

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Amazon added voice commands to its Music and Shopping apps a while back, but if you wanted to use your phone as an Echo-style speaker, you were out of luck. Now, though, an Alexa app update adds support for Alexa… Go To Full Article

Lockheed's 'Son of Blackbird' spy plane might already be here

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The Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most recognizable aircraft designs in history. Few other planes have captured the public's attention and imagination in quite the same way as the SR-71 has since it was declassified in 1990… Go To Full Article

Survival game ’We Happy Few’ is delayed until summer

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We've been excited about We Happy Few, the paranoia-fueled horror survival game set in a small English town, for awhile now. But it looks like we're going to have to wait a bit longer to play it. While the game… Go To Full Article

ASRock at CES 2018: Micro-STX DeskMini GTX PC Gets Coffee Lake

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ASRock introduced its second-generation Micro-STX gaming desktops with discrete graphics processors at CES 2018. The new DeskMini GTX systems are based on the Intel Z370 platform and support Intel’s six-core Coffee Lake processors. Go To Full Article

MoviePass will invest in films to have a stake in their success

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MoviePass' pseudo-unlimited subscription theater service is increasingly popular, but that doesn't mean it's profitable -- it currently has to subsidize tickets, which isn't exactly sustainable in the long run. The company's solution? Secure a stake... Go To Full Article

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