Gigabyte Z97X-SOC FORCE Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by leeghoofd @ 2014-07-22 read/post comments()

Gigabyte continues to release new products in their orange themed overclocking motherboard series. The first of the OC series was the immaculate X58 OC motherboard, a trimmed down on features board, however purely designed to provide the ultimate overclocking experience. Sadly the X58 OC board arrived just a tad too late on the market to become a major selling product. Nevertheless a trend was set: deliver affordable, yet customized for maximum tweaking potential motherboard series. Other brands had similar overclocking friendly boards yet retailing at far more elevated prices. The predecessor, the Z87X-OC was one of the most utilized overclocking boards during the last year according statistics expert Massman from HWBot.org. Gigabyte had to live up to its name and… read more

Synology DS414j Budget-friendly 4-bay NAS Server Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-07-21 read/post comments()

Synology has updated their low-end 4-bay model with the release of the DS414j which retains the old version chassis and at its core we will find the 1.2GHz MindSpeed Comcerto dual-core ARM processor, which is paired with 512MB of RAM. As the more expensive models, DSM 5.0 is installed on the unit which adds great value and ease of use. read more

HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB GDDR5 Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2014-07-21 read/post comments()

With the R9 280 GPU (rebadged Radeon HD 7970), HIS have released a new card which features the proven 5-heatpipe two-slot cooling system; the product comes with a mild overclock but retains a very good overclocking potential, being able to reach and even surpass cards based on the 7970 GHz Edition. The card can handle most games at Full-HD resolutions, with or without filtering, while at 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 we may often need to adjust the detail levels. read more

Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2014-07-18 read/post comments()

Cooler Master has re-built the Quick Fire series with the Rapid-I model, which features fully-customizable backlighting, but also some preset catchy modes, which sport the ActivLite marketing name. More modes will be introduced in the near future via firmware flash and the tenkeyless design saves a lot of space while making the product lighter for going to LAN parties. read more

Shuttle Barebone DS81 Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2014-07-17 read/post comments(0)

The Slim PC chassis from been reincarnated in the shape of the DS81 which supports the latest Haswell processors with a TDP up to 65W and supports 4K video output thanks to the DirectX 11.1 IGP. The DS81 chassis features a 1.3-liter slim design with a thickness of only 43mm, so it is suitable for many commercial applications; a VESA mount is also included as a bundle in order to mount the device behind the monitor. read more

TP-LINK AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router Review

Others/Networking Gear by stefan @ 2014-07-14 read/post comments(0)

The latest D7 ADSL2+ Modem Router from TP-LINK sports simultaneous 2.4GHz 450Mbps and 5GHz 1300Mbps dual band, features a LAN/WAN combo port and comes with two USB 2.0 interfaces for connecting printers and/or storage devices. The web GUI is still based on the old design but most of the settings can be saved and modified right away, without the need of a software reboot. read more
Cases & PSU/Cases SilentiumPC Aquarius X90 Mid-Tower Case Review by leeghoofd @ 2014-07-10
Storage/Other KingFast Encrypted USB Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2014-07-09
Motherboards/Intel S1150 BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97WE LGA1150 Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2014-07-07
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2014-07-02
Videocards/VGA Reviews HIS R7 260X iCooler 2GB GDDR5 Video Card Review by stefan @ 2014-06-26

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

NVIDIA Timing GeForce GTX 880 Launch with Gamescom?

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NVIDIA is reportedly preparing new graphics cards based on the "Maxwell" architecture, which judging by the purported 3DMark FireStrike screenshots, could be high-end parts, maybe even the GeForce GTX 880. The cards could launch along the sidelines of Gamescon, a… Go To Full Article

Google's new, image-rich Play Store for Android is rolling out now

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It looks like you won't have to wait long at all to check out Google's visually rich Play Store revamp -- it's rolling out now. The refresh doesn't appear any different on the surface, but a quick dive shows very… Go To Full Article

Amazon Fire phone review

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After producing a long line of e-book readers and tablets (not to mention a set-top box), Amazon has its sights set on the smartphone market. But finding success here won't be easy, even for an established tech giant like Amazon.… Go To Full Article

Google Play App Updated to 4.9.13 With Material Design App Pages

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Google has begun the rollout of an update to the Google Play application on Android. At first glance the update doesn't seem to have any big changes. The sliding menu is the same, and the Play Store home page is… Go To Full Article

be quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU Cooler

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If you are shopping for a new CPU cooler, you might want to check out this review of the be quiet! Dark Rock 3 at NikKTech today. be quiet! is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions… Go To Full Article

You can now unlock your Motorola phone with a 'digital tattoo'

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Hate unlocking your Android smartphone so much that even Face Unlock or Skip feels like too much of a hassle? Motorola just came to your rescue. The company has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the previously teased Digital Tattoo, an… Go To Full Article

Government turns to robots for security interviews

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National Center for Credibility Assessment is looking to bring the process of doling out national security clearances into the future. As it does more often than not, "the future" in this case means robots. Alright, well not robots exactly but… Go To Full Article

China and Macs power Apple's growth as iPad demand wanes

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Apple had a very strong second quarter. iPhone sales were up significantly over Q2 2013 and the company pocketed $700 million more in profit than it did during the same period last year, even though iPad sales slipped slightly. The… Go To Full Article

‘Battlefield: Hardline’ delayed to 2015

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EA announces that Battlefield Hardline, the latest entrant in the FPS series, will be pushed back until next year. Go To Full Article

The cloud is Microsoft's biggest money maker as it reconsiders hardware and content

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We always want to know how Microsoft is doing, but today we're paying especially close attention: The company just released its earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter, the first full quarter that new CEO Satya Nadella was on the job.… Go To Full Article

New Humble Bundle Offers Games From Square Enix

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Today the latest Humble Bundle has gone on sale and it offers a good selection of games from the Square Enix library including all the entries in the Deus Ex franchise, titles in the Hitman series, and a variety of… Go To Full Article

eBay brings its RedLaser barcode-scanner app to Google Glass

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You might know eBay as the website where you can buy a rare NES game for a hundred grand, but the company also has its own barcode scanner, called RedLaser. It's been out on Android and iOS for a while,… Go To Full Article

Apple TV now auto-plays the next episode of whatever you're watching on Netflix

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When you start chugging a series, it's hard to stop, even for trips to the bathroom, or going to work, or catching up on sleep. It's a problem that Netflix loves to exploit, only giving you a few seconds before… Go To Full Article

Asus RT-AC87 AC2400 Router with Quantenna Chipset Set to Ship

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Back at CES earlier this year, I had visited Quantenna and covered the announcement of their QSR1000 4x4 802.11ac MIMO chipset. It was announced that the Asus RT-AC87U would be the first QSR1000 enabled router to hit retail. Despite the… Go To Full Article

Intel Introduces the Solid-State Drive Pro 2500 Series

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Intel Corporation today announced an addition to the Intel Solid-State Drive (SSD) Professional Family: the Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series. This new business-class SSD delivers lower total cost of ownership, security and manageability features, and blazing-fast SSD performance demanded by… Go To Full Article

Samsung's curved, 105-inch 4K TV can be yours for just $120,000

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There were so many TVs on display back at CES, that you'd be forgiven if they all blended together. So allow us to give you a recap: The Samsung UN105S9W was, in the company's own words, the "world's first, largest… Go To Full Article

Inter-Tech Unveils the Argus Series Power Supplies

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Inter-Tech has this week revealed a new line of power supplies called Argus that includes 420 W, 520 W, 620 W and 720 W units. All four PSUs feature a non-modular design, an efficiency of up to 82%, active PFC,… Go To Full Article

KeyPoint wants you to try its multilingual smart keyboard for iOS 8

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There's soon going to be a glut of custom keyboards for iOS 8, many of which will have word suggestions in multiple languages. However, they might not be as well-versed as KeyPoint Technologies' upcoming Adaptxt for iOS. Besides supporting over… Go To Full Article

GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest Winner Breaks Another World Record

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GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the winners of the GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest hosted on HWBOT.org. With $1,000 and two GIGABYTE Z97 series motherboards up for grabs, the GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC… Go To Full Article

Google is adding free WiFi to Uber cars in Philadelphia, but only for the summer

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We have no scientific data to back this up, but we suspect most of you are not tough enough, not resilient enough, to work on a laptop in a moving vehicle without hurling. If you're that special sort, though --… Go To Full Article

Nvidia officially reveals the Shield tablet

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Last week, KitGuru was invited to a press event in London, where Nvidia showed off its Shield tablet and controller for the very first time. The Shield tablet has been designed to deliver a console experience through Nvidia’s own technologies… Go To Full Article

The next Dance Central launches September 2nd on Xbox One

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So the Kinectless Xbox One has arrived, and you're now left wondering if the motion sensor from your launch-era system will ever be useful for more than starting games and taking orders from Aaron Paul. Thankfully, it should for at… Go To Full Article

Huntkey Releases the Spider Gaming Chassis

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Huntkey Enterprise Group, a global professional power supply provider, has introduced its latest gaming chassis - Spider - for gamers who demand the balance between style and performance. The four optional fans offer users not only more… Go To Full Article

SilverStone Raven RV05 Rotated Computer Chase Review

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The SilverStone Raven series of cases long ago broke the mold when it comes to "normal" computer chassis. Its design execution has always been good and the Ravens' airflow characteristics are excellent. Today SilverStone pushes the new Raven RV05 out… Go To Full Article

Panasonic Updates Toughbook 53 Semi-rugged Laptop

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Panasonic, an industry leader in reliable and innovative mobile computers since 1996, today announced upgrades to the Toughbook 53 semi-rugged laptop. With a 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor, up to 15 hours of battery life, Windows 8.1 Pro… Go To Full Article

Mad Catz Ships New Range of TRITTON Xbox One Licensed Headsets

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Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. announced today the shipping of the first products in its range of licensed audio headsets for Xbox One under the TRITTON gaming audio brand. Previously announced at E3 2014, the range of headsets has been specifically… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA's new Shield is a tablet built for gaming

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In January 2013, NVIDIA unveiled its first end-to-end consumer product: NVIDIA Shield. In our review, I wrote, "NVIDIA Shield is a truly strange device" One year later, that statement stands -- only now it applies to NVIDIA's second consumer product...… Go To Full Article

Give your OnePlus One a bamboo back for $49

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The OnePlus One's a handsome little devil as is, but there's always room to accessorize. Though you're probably still waiting on the actual handset to turn up, OnePlus has announced the phone's first "SwapStyle" cover will arrive at the end… Go To Full Article

Apple Is Ordering 80M iPhone 6 Handsets For Launch

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is ordering up eighty million handsets for the iPhone 6 launch. I guess they are expecting to sell a few phones. It seems Apple has particularly high hopes for this year's iPhone line-up.… Go To Full Article

Learning Windows 8 Search: A New Look and Some New Tricks

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Search is well integrated into Windows nowadays. So much so that if you’re using a keyboard, you can pretty much control your entire computer with a few key presses. In this lesson, we’re going to begin showing you how to… Go To Full Article

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