CORSAIR HS60 SURROUND Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-03-22 read/post comments(0)

We have tried the HS60 right away in The Crew, Need for Speed: Payback, Guild Wars 2, Wolfenstein and Diablo III: thanks to the large drivers, the low frequencies were well represented (but not over the top as on some other gaming headset) and the voices were crystal clear which concluded in a very good overall experience. When turning 7.1 virtual surround on, we have got a positive experience and, in many cases, it will help identifying the virtual objects which produce sound around you easier (location, distance etc…). read more

Silicon Power Bolt B10 USB 3.1 External SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2018-03-19 read/post comments(0)

Bolt B10 was thought as a very compact, light storage device which can accompany you everywhere, while providing quite a bit of storage space. Wear Leveling helps extend the SSD life span, while the LDPC Error Correction mechanisms are in place for protecting against data corruption. The drive is compatible with the latest USB standards, but backwards compatibility is also enabled for USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices. read more

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
Cooling/CPU Cooling CORSAIR Hydro Series H115i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Review by stefan @ 2018-02-25
Storage/SSD Silicon Power Bolt B80 USB 3.1 External SSD Review by stefan @ 2018-02-20
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

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Facebook gave researcher anonymized data on 57 billion friendships

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The Guardian reports today that Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan's relationship with Facebook wasn't limited to his now infamous "thisisyourdigitallife" app. He had actually also received an additional sizable chunk of data from Facebo... Go To Full Article

With 'Siren,' Unreal Engine blurs the line between CGI and reality

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Epic Games has been obsessed with real-time motion capture for years, but the company is now trying to take its experiments with the technology one step further. Enter "Siren," a digital personality that it created alongside a few prominent firms… Go To Full Article

Raytheon's laser and microwave buggy test brought down 45 drones

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This week, Raytheon announced it successfully tested its anti-drone technology. The advanced high-power microwave and laser dune buggy brought down 45 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones at a U.S. Army exercise that was held in Fort Sill, Okla...… Go To Full Article

Adata's XPG SX8200 takes the company's SSD speed crown

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You could be forgiven for thinking that the Adata XPG SX8200 is a minor upgrade or revision of the prior XPG SX8000, and that it sits behind the XPG SX9000 in performance. You would be mistaken, though. The SX8200, which… Go To Full Article

Instagram lets users decide when to refresh their feed

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Instagram announced some changes to user feeds today, but before you get too excited, no it's not a return to the chronological feed. However, Instagram will start surfacing newer posts at the top of the feed so that "your feed… Go To Full Article

Autonomous cars may soon navigate better in fog

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One major issue for autonomous vehicles is driving in fog. Many types of self-driving technology use visible light to determine how to navigate. This becomes a real problem when driving conditions are poor, and especially when there's fog. But now,… Go To Full Article

Huawei may be developing a 'blockchain smartphone'

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Huawei Technologies is reportedly considering developing a mobile phone using Sirin Labs' operating system. The phone would be capable of running blockchain applications alongside Android. According to Bloomberg, the talks are occurring privately. Th... Go To Full Article

HTC’s Standalone Vive Focus to Launch Worldwide This Year

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HTC announced this week that its standalone Vive Focus VR headset with six-degree-of-freedom tracking (6DoF) will hit the market worldwide later this year. In a bid to ensure that there is content for the Vive Focus on the market by… Go To Full Article

'Children of Morta' and the power of modern pixel art

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Children of Morta made me incredibly happy, scared, sad and fiercely determined, all within the span of 10 minutes and using only pixel art -- plus a few modern bells and whistles. It comes from Dead Mage and publisher 11… Go To Full Article

DJI is building 1,000 custom drones for a construction company

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You might think of drones as consumer products, but DJI has unveiled a deal that shows where their future sales potential lies. Its commercial division is selling 1,000 custom Matrice 100 drones equipped with Skycatch imaging technology to Japanese c... Go To Full Article

Samsung Demos 64 GB RDIMM Based on 16 Gb Chips, Promises 256 GB LRDIMMs

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Samsung is demonstrating its 64 GB DDR4 memory module based on 16 Gb chips this week at the OCP U.S. Summit. The 64 GB RDIMM that the company is showcasing is designed for mainstream servers, but ultimately the design will… Go To Full Article

Audioengine A5+ Wireless Speakers Review

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Today we're taking a look Audioengine's latest studio speakers, the A5+ Wireless. The original A5+ speakers were one of our picks in last year's Best Of feature and now they're in for a repeat with the added support for Bluetooth… Go To Full Article

Apple stuck with Intel for modems

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Apple has painted itself into a corner Apple's gamble that it could bully Qualcomm into reducing its costs for its broadband chips by using Intel's lower tech options appears to have backfired and now Jobs' Mob is… Go To Full Article

SuperMicro C7Z370-CG-IW ITX Motherboard

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" SuperO C7Z370-CG-IW is really interesting option if you are looking for a small gaming motherboard. It has everything you may need for gaming and not only. On this little motherboard we will find many useful devices and nothing what… Go To Full Article

Jabra brings noise cancellation to its behind-the-neck earbuds

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Do you like the concept of Apple's BeatsX earbuds, but want something that's better at shutting out external noise and taking phone calls? Jabra might have your fix. It's expanding its Elite earbud line with the 65e, which brings active… Go To Full Article

This funky helmet makes brain-scanning more comfortable

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Do you like the concept of Apple's BeatsX earbuds, but want something that's better at shutting out external noise and taking phone calls? Jabra might have your fix. It's expanding its Elite earbud line with the 65e, which brings active… Go To Full Article

This funky helmet makes brain-scanning more comfortable

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See that helmet in the photo up there? That's not a prop for a new sci-fi/horror flick -- it's a magnetoencephalography (MEG) helmet that can scan the brain and map its activity. MEG machines are used to look for pathological… Go To Full Article

The next version of Chrome will block autoplaying videos with sound

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With Chrome 64, Google began allowing users to stop videos from autoplaying on specific websites but with Chrome 66, the company is adding new criteria that dictate when videos can autoplay. As 9to5Google reports, in Google's upcoming version of Chro... Go To Full Article

Jaguar Land Rover tests autonomous parking on public roads

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Plenty of cars will help you park, but the biggest challenge is frequently finding a spot in the first place -- it's no fun to circle the parking lot for 10 minutes. Fully autonomous cars can ultimately take care of… Go To Full Article

Powercolor RX Vega Red Dragon gets pictured

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Finally enough GPUs for "cheaper" custom cards It appears that Powercolor finally managed to get its hands on some of AMD Vega GPUs as its custom RX Vega Red Dragon version has resurfaced and got pictured in… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA Expects 4K 144 Hz G-Sync HDR Displays to Launch in April

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Acer and ASUS unveiled their prototype 27” 4K 144 Hz displays, featuring NVIDIA’s G-Sync HDR technology, at last year’s CES, with promises to release them sometime later in 2017. Both monitors relied on a reference design developed by NVIDIA and… Go To Full Article

Toshiba OCZ TR200 240 GB SSD Review @

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We have just released a review of the 240 GByte Toshiba OCZ TR200 SATA3 Solid State Drive, based on 64-Layer BiCS3 3D-TLC-NAND and a Phison S11 controller, including benchmarks and many more details. Go To Full Article

Coinbase bug could have let anyone give themselves free ether

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Cryptocurrency exchanges have had a fair share of justified criticism. They can be high-value targets for criminals, easy to hide from the IRS and easily affected by tech issues. Luckily, thanks to a bug report by financial security outfit VI… Go To Full Article

Facebook lays out stricter rules to protect your social data

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It's been a few years coming, but today Facebook unveiled its strategy for protecting user data on its platform. The basic gist? The company is going to be more cautious about how data is shared, and be much more transparent… Go To Full Article

Pininfarina will go from designer to automaker with all-EV lineup

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For decades, Pininfarina has largely been a design house -- it shaped and built cars, but usually under someone else's name (such as the Ferrari F40). It's apparently ready to become a full-fledged manufacturer, however, and a thoroughly 21st centur... Go To Full Article

Google makes Pixel 2's driving awareness available to Android apps

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If you have a Pixel 2, you might have appreciated its Driving Do-Not-Disturb feature -- it can automatically minimize distractions while telling the difference between a stop at the intersection and the end of your ride. That intelligence hasn't rea... Go To Full Article

Hublot’s first smartwatch will cost over $5,000

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Another luxury brand is jumping into the smartwatch game. Hublot has announced that it's making a limited number of its first smartwatch -- an extension of its Big Bang line that's all about the 2018 FIFA World Cup. While World… Go To Full Article

How Facebook plans to colonize gaming

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Facebook is in the middle of a public relations nightmare, caused by reports that research firm Cambridge Analytica used its site to harvest data from 50 million user profiles. But, that's not stopping the company from talking up the potential… Go To Full Article

YouTube bans videos that sell guns and accessories

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Gun videos may be a thing of the past on YouTube, with the Google-owned company updating its policies on firearms-related content. Videos can no longer sell guns or accessories via direct sales or even have links to sites that sell… Go To Full Article

Kia’s Niro Hybrid is a great SUV, if you’re not in a hurry

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Crossovers, SUVs, CUVs or whatever you want to call them will continue to dominate showrooms. You can't blame automakers, the drivers of this country love a high-sitting utility vehicle -- even if it's really just a raised hatchback. It's also… Go To Full Article

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