Shuttle XPC Slim Barebone XH310 Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2018-12-12 read/post comments(0)

The 3-litre, XH310 slim barebone from Shuttle is very flexible in terms of configuration and supports the latest Coffee Lake Intel processors. We can install up to 32GB of system memory, CPUs up to 65W TDP (95W SKUs can be installed as well, but the chipset will limit the frequencies in order to avoid overheating), an NVMe SSD, a WiFi card and more. Besides the compact, NVMe SSD, we can also fill the unit with no less than two 2.5’’ drives and an optical drive; if the optical drive is not necessary, we can always purchase the PHD4 3.5’’ HDD rack for even more storage. read more

Razer Naga Trinity MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-12-05 read/post comments(0)

After setting up Naga Trinity with our own preferences, we went ahead with testing it in games, but also productivity work; thanks to its wide chassis and shape, it is fairly easy to reach the configurable buttons and in our case we did feel right at home while using a palm grip. The DPI settings can be changed quite easily and Razer does also make use of the Hypershift function, for doubling the button mappings (function found with other manufacturers as well, but with other names). The Trinity name is not there for nothing, you are practically getting a 3-in-1 mouse model. read more

Silicon Power Secure G50 USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2018-11-27 read/post comments(0)

The new Secure G50 USB Flash Drive series from Silicon Power offers an additional layer of protection against data theft by utilizing AES 256-bit hardware-based full-disk encryption in XTS mode and the SP Locker application is the point of interaction for unlocking the sensitive data partition. The drive will re-lock as soon as it has been unmounted and if there have been multiple attempts to guess the password (or brute-force), the drive contents will be erased in order to avoid data leakage. read more

SteelSeries Rival 650 Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-11-25 read/post comments(0)

We have tested the Rival 650 Wireless in CounterStrike: Global Offensive, Champions of Titan, Destiny 2 but also Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars -> the comfort level is pretty much identical to the Rival 600 but with the added wireless bonus. The lift-off distance was set at 0.5mm and we have experienced no erratic behavior after no less than two hours of gaming. Thanks to the included lateral programmable buttons, we could access our macros with ease in-game, for increased efficiency. read more

Toshiba N300 8TB NAS Hard Drive Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2018-11-20 read/post comments()

With the launch of the N300 series, Toshiba has a strong competitor on the enterprise storage/NAS market, that is able to offer good transfer speeds, is able to handle about 180TB of data per year and is approved for 24/7 operation. The drives have a MTTF of 1 million hours and are available with four different capacities: 4TB, 6TB, 8TB (128MB cache) and 10TB (256MB cache). read more

CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-11-16 read/post comments(0)

While with the K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE sporting regular MX Speed switches we needed a bit of adjustment time due to the fast 1.2mm mechanical actuation distance and was sometimes difficult typing documents without making mistakes, with the K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile we felt that no training time was needed. We are dealing with a 35% lower key height versus the regular Speed switch and people that enjoy typing on laptop keyboards will really enjoy the new LP series. Another aspect that we did really enjoy is that the LP Speed switches are quiet, if not more quiet versus the regular MX Silent variant. read more
Audio/Others Razer Nari Wired/Wireless Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2018-11-10
Memory Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4-2666 2x8GB Kit Review by stefan @ 2018-11-05
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Rival 710 Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2018-10-28
Storage/SSD CORSAIR Force Series MP300 480GB M.2 SSD Review by stefan @ 2018-10-26
Motherboards/AMD AM4 MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC AM4 Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2018-10-21

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Enermax RevoBron 600W Gaming PSU

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" Enermax RevoBron combines high-quality with quiet operation, so is a great option for all who are building a gaming computer. " Go To Full Article

Amazon's $200 Echo Link is ready with internet radio for your hi-fi

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If you've bought into Amazon's ecosystem of smart home features and you have a high-end audio system, then the Echo Link is intended to bring those worlds together. Announced earlier this year alongside devices like the Echo Sub and Fire… Go To Full Article

Google opens virtual version of fire-ravaged Brazil museum

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A couple of years before a fire devastated the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro in September, Google's Arts and Culture team started working with the museum to digitize the collection. Just a few months after the inferno,… Go To Full Article

Konami launches free-to-play version of soccer sim 'PES 2019'

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Looking for some football action without forking out full price for FIFA? Konami announced today that it is releasing PES 2019 Lite, a stripped down and free-to-play version of its soccer simulator, for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The focus… Go To Full Article

ASUS Chief Exec Jerry Shen Steps Down

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ASUS on Thursday announced the resignation of its long-time CEO, Jerry Shen. The step down follows a major change in the company’s smartphone strategy and precedes the company’s switch to a co-CEO management model. Meanwhile, Mr. Shen will be moving… Go To Full Article

'Star Trek: Discovery' season two trailer shows plenty of Spock

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Now that Star Trek: Discovery's second season is almost here, CBS All Access has released a full trailer to drum up hype -- and to no one's surprise, the stakes are high this time around. The season will see the… Go To Full Article

ADATA Announces XPG Gammix S11 Pro

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ADATA on Thursday introduced its highest-performing SSD to date, featuring sequential read speeds of up to 3.5 GB/s and random read speeds of up to 390K IOPS. The enthusiast-class PCIe 3.0 x4 drive, whose formal launch had been expected for… Go To Full Article

Qualcomm wants China to ban the iPhone XS and XR

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As part of an ongoing patent dispute, chipmaker Qualcomm is asking Chinese courts to ban sales of Apple's iPhone XS, XS Max and XR within the country, according to the Financial Times. The request comes just days after the company… Go To Full Article

Google adds screen time management to Chromebooks

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When Google brought its Family Link parental controls to Chromebook, they weren't all that useful because there were limited options available. Now, Google is offering parents more tools to supervise how their offspring use their laptops. Go To Full Article

Google Assistant can now speak with an Australian or English accent

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Google Assistant hasn't been traveling, but it has picked up some new accents. The voice assistant now has the ability to speak in an Australian or English accent (though Google calls it British). The feature is available across all devices… Go To Full Article

YouTube Music offers charts for the hottest songs and videos

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If you thought YouTube's music video charts would be a logical fit for YouTube Music, you guessed correctly. The streaming media giant is rolling YouTube Charts into its Music service as playlists that you can find either on the app's… Go To Full Article

SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I 400GB Memory Card Capsule Review

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Almost all content capture devices employ memory cards (flash-based removable media) for storage. Hand-held consoles and many other computing systems (PCs as well as smartphones) also employ them for augmenting the available storage capacity. Last year, we saw the introduction… Go To Full Article

NASA's Parker Solar Probe got closer to the sun than ever before

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The mission of NASA's Parker Solar Probe is to help us answer some major questions we have about the sun, and to do that, it's getting closer to the sun, or any star, than a spacecraft has ever been. Between… Go To Full Article

Postmates unveils its adorable autonomous delivery robot

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Postmates has revealed a cute autonomous delivery robot called Serve, which seems to take a design cue or two from Wall-E, with its big eyes and yellow finish. While the company has tested third-party autonomous delivery options in the past,… Go To Full Article

Intel Adds B365 Chipset to Lineup: The Return of 22nm

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Intel has quietly added a new chipset that is made using the company’s 22 nm fabrication process to its 300-series lineup. As the name suggests, the Intel B365 PCH for desktop PCs has a similar positioning with the company’s B360… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA and RED bring 8K video editing to the masses

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In case you needed another reminder that your 4K TV will soon be obsolete, RED and NVIDIA have unveiled software that will make 8K video editing feasible for more creators. The NVIDIA CUDA-powered REDCODE RAW SDK will enable apps that… Go To Full Article

McLaren’s 720S is a glorious nerd-built supercar

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While cars are technological wonders, it's not very often that automakers tout the nerdiness of any single feature. McLaren is not your typical automaker, and it proudly notes that the Proactive Chassis Control II suspension system was part of... Go To Full Article

Epic gives developers Fortnite's cross-platform tools for free

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Fresh off the launch of its Steam rival, Epic Games isn't done shaking up the industry. Next up, it's giving away the toolkit that helped turn Fortnite into the year's biggest success story. Starting in 2019, Epic will make its… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA DLSS Test in Final Fantasy XV @ TechPowerUp

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Square Enix has added DLSS support to Final Fantasy XV. We take a closer look at NVIDIA's new machine-learning-powered image enhancement technique and provide comparison pictures for you to check out yourself. Go To Full Article

The Epic Games Store is the best thing that could happen to Steam

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By the time The Game Awards cameras switched off on December 6th, after three hours of sternum-pounding concerts, raucous celebration and heartfelt speeches, the video game landscape had changed in a massive way. In the show's first hour, the studio...… Go To Full Article

Apple's latest expansion puts it closer to its biggest rivals

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Apple is on track to become the largest private employer in Austin, Texas, after announcing plans to invest $1 billion in a new campus less than a mile away from its existing facilities there. The 133-acre site will initially be… Go To Full Article

Apple making its own modem

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Dump Intel and put Qualcomm out of business Fruity cargo cult Apple has finally admitted that Intel cannot make a modem which can compete with Qualcomm and is working on something of its own. … Go To Full Article

Amazon finally puts Google's Chromecast back on its virtual shelves

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You can now get a Google Chromecast from Amazon just in time for Christmas. Sure, you can buy the streaming device from the Play shop and other retailers, but this could be a lot more convenient if you want to… Go To Full Article

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro Review

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Most of us know Smartwatch manufacturers like Apple, Fitbit, Fossil, Garmin, Huawei, MyKronoz, Pebble or Samsung, of which we have tested for example the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, but probably very few know Mobvoi. Mobvoi has developed something very special:… Go To Full Article

MediaTek Announces New Premium Helio P90 SoC

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It’s been a while since we’ve talked about MediaTek – the Helio P60 was the last release in the more visible “premium” range that the company now focuses on. The P70 released later this year seemingly was the same P60… Go To Full Article

Entry-level Mini-PC in a cube format for Intel processors of the 8th and 9th gen

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Elmshorn, Germany, 2018-12-13 - The successful XPC cubes model series gets a boost: With the new SH310R4, the 8th and 9th generation of the Intel Core processors is now also available in Shuttle's entry-level range making it a good-value, but…

Book of Demons @ TechPowerUp

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Book of Demons is a delightful little papercraft dungeon crawler by developers Thing Trunk. It has plenty of full fat features in typical diabolical dungeon crawler style, but uses cards as items and skills, which are used in live instead… Go To Full Article

Amazon aims to open checkout-free Go stores in office lobbies

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The current nature of Amazon's no-checkout Go stores seems tailor-made for grabbing a quick bite to eat during a break from work, and the company is determined to seize on that opportunity. It just opened a tiny (450 square feet)… Go To Full Article

OCC Reviews Just Cause 4

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"Is there a good reason to get Just Cause 4? I think so, but I also think some might be happier waiting for a sale on it. Hey, I have enjoyed the game, but I still feel I should add… Go To Full Article

GIGABYTE AORUS K9 Review @ Vortez

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Well, right out of the box the AORUS K9 has some features other keyboards wish they had. One of these features is having the ability to remove the entire switch, this is something we rarely see, but it’s a very… Go To Full Article

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