Creative Sound BlasterX G6 7.1 HD Gaming DAC and External USB Sound Card Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-09-15 read/post comments(0)

The latest Sound BlasterX G6 DAC and external sound card is very flexible in terms of supported platforms, but also features important upgrades over the G5. We do have now a future-proof 32-bit/384kHz, 130dB DAC that is combined with separate amplification for each channel, marketed as Xamp. The amplifier supports up to 600 ohm headphones and with the G6 we also have now Dolby Digital Decoding. Scout Mode was been introduced quite some time ago and applies certain filters in-game, for hearing more clearly footsteps, weapons and should give you an advantage. For easy operation, we do also have a hardware button for Scout Mode, but also for switching between different preset profiles or for choosing the amplification. read more

ECS LIVA Q2 Pocket PC Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2018-09-07 read/post comments(0)

The tiny ECS LIVA Q2 did really impress us on how much performance it can deliver, judging by its small size. Even if the manufacturer did opt-in for an active cooling system, the internal fan barely makes any noise: in IDLE we have recorded about 28.1 dBA, while when running the AIDA64 stress test the noise level did get up to 30.9 dBA, which is barely noticeable (27.8 dBA ambient). The unit does feature two USB ports in front for connecting peripherals, extra storage and besides the LAN interface we can connect it wirelessly thanks to the included internal 802.11ac adapter (Bluetooth 4.1 compatible). read more

Crucial MX500 250GB M.2 Type 2280 SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2018-08-27 read/post comments(0)

The M.2 Type 2280 Crucial MX500 250GB does have about the same performance as its 500GB version and the installation process is pretty straight-forward. With a MTTF of 1.8 million hours, an endurance of 100TB (TBW) and a limited five-year warranty, we can consider it an ideal upgrade as a boot drive for many mainstream systems. MX500 does come with hardware-based encryption, while the integrated power loss immunity does avoid unwanted data corruption if the system would suddenly freeze or shut down. read more

Shuttle XPC Slim Barebone DL10J Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2018-08-20 read/post comments(0)

With the DL10J, Shuttle is offering a solid upgrade option from the Apollo Lake DX30, thanks to the upgrade to the latest generation Gemini Lake Intel Celeron J4005 SoC. Even if we are talking about the same TDP, IPC has been increased along with the maximum clock speeds and on the graphics side, the new processor does feature Intel UHD Graphics 600, being able to drive up to three monitors. The chassis is compact and solid and preserves the outside appearance as the previous model; the VESA mount is included in the package by default, so you can mount the mini-PC in the back of the display right away. read more

BIOSTAR Racing X470GT8 AM4 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/AMD AM4 by stefan @ 2018-08-13 read/post comments(0)

With the Racing X470GT8, BIOSTAR has built a solid mainstream platform for the AMD Ryzen 2000 series and packs quite a bit of features. The UEFI interface is easy to navigate and within it we can fine-tune the system performance or adapt the settings depending on the installed hardware. Thanks to the total of four memory slots, we can install up to 64GB of RAM and theoretically up to 3200MHz RAM is supported; in our tests, the GEIL PC4 25600 3200MHz CL16 8GBx2 Samsung B-die based kit did run well until 2933MHz, but considering that we were running the latest BETA BIOS, things may improve in the future. read more

Toshiba High Speed M203 MicroSDXC Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2018-08-03 read/post comments(0)

The mainstream M203 High Speed microSDXC card from Toshiba is offering decent write speeds of about 24MB/s, permitting video shooting up to Full HD or taking photos at high resolutions with our preferred cameras. The captured multimedia content can be transferred to other devices thanks to the high read speed rate (about 92MB/s) and the product is also backed by no less than 5 years of warranty. read more
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Samsung S10 codenames and SKUs emerge

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5G, Qualcomm and Exynos mix The chaps at XDA developers have got their hands on a Galaxy S9+ Android 9.0 / Pie ROM and found proof and the codenames for existing and future Galaxy S10 phones.… Go To Full Article

OnePlus plans a TV

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OnePlus TV Just like many times before, OnePlus CEO Peter Lau has used its forum to announce OnePlus TV to the people. The central entertainment Hub is not really a big surprise as Xiaomi,… Go To Full Article

PlayStation Classic jumps on the retro trend December 3rd for $100

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With "Classic" game systems occasionally outselling modern ones, Sony is bringing back its own old school system. The PlayStation Classic will launch in December, loaded with 20 "generation-defining" games in their original format for $100 (€99.... Go To Full Article

Seagate IronWolf 12TB NAS HDD Review

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This is the Ironwolf 12TB NAS mechanical hard drive, the non-pro variant of the previously reviewed NAS HDD from Seagate. We've had NAS HDDs for a while and it is a common choice for those who archive data, content creators… Go To Full Article

Amazon helps others make accessories for Echo speakers

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There aren't many Echo-oriented accessories beyond Amazon's own Echo Button, but that's about to change very shortly. Amazon has released a beta Alexa Gadgets Toolkit that lets hardware brands make Echo-focused Bluetooth accessories that respond to... Go To Full Article

PNY Elite microSDXC UHS-I 512GB Memory Card Capsule Review

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High-capacity microSDXC cards have started to appear in the market, thanks to the advent of 3D NAND. In August 2017, the 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card was introduced. At the 2018 Computex, we saw multiple vendors (ADATA, PNY, and… Go To Full Article

Don't be afraid to upgrade your old iPhone to iOS 12

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Apple was still selling 2015's iPhone 6s until last week. Then it announced three new phones and made the iPhone 7 its entry-level mobile device. There are likely tens of millions of iPhone 6s devices out there still, but last… Go To Full Article

Sharp Aquos D10 Smartphone: Mid-Range with ‘Wide Color Gamut’ Display

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In the back of my mind I guess I had always assumed Sharp made some sort of smart device, but I was still taken aback at their booth at IFA, where the Sharp Aquos D10 smartphone was on display. This… Go To Full Article

Chrome OS revamp delivers a new look and Linux app support

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Now that the Chrome browser has received a makeover, it's Chrome OS' turn... and it's about more than just feature parity. Google has released a Chrome OS 69 update that introduces the updated Material Design visuals alongside a few features… Go To Full Article

LR-Link Launches Intel X550-Based 10 GbE NICs: Starting at $155

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LR-Link, a maker of networking solutions from China, has introduced two new 10 GbE NICs based on an Intel controller. The cards are priced about 30% below similar products by Intel and other makers, yet they are aimed primarily at… Go To Full Article

iPhone XS and XS Max, Day 1: A clear step forward

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Last year was a big one for Apple — with the launch of the iPhone X, the company redefined what it meant to be iPhone. This year, Apple's job wasn't any easier. It had to figure out what worked, what… Go To Full Article

Google's own smart display is reportedly the $149 Home Hub

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On October 9th, Google will reveal its latest hardware lineup. Rumors have spread for some time that the company is preparing to unveil a smart display at the event, and a leak unearthed by MySmartPrice corroborates the existence of the… Go To Full Article

Nintendo Switch Online lands today, complete with strange cloud saves

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Welcome to 2018, Nintendo. After 38 years in the gaming-hardware business and 15 years after the launch of Xbox Live, Nintendo is finally offering an online subscription service in its latest console, the Switch. Nintendo Switch Online goes live on… Go To Full Article

Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones review: Goodbye, Bose

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Sony's WH-1000XM3 headphones are the sort of dream gadget I can review succinctly in one sentence: They're incredibly comfortable, and they sound amazing. That's it. End review. When the first 1000XM pair debuted in 2016, they weren't just another se... Go To Full Article

ZTE is Back: The Axon 9 Pro at IFA 2018

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ZTE's troubles as of late have been well documented. Following a substantial fine and a complete removal of the senior staff from SVP and above, the company is now allowed to continue selling in the US and receiving US technology,… Go To Full Article

AMD Launches Ryzen 7 2800H & Ryzen 5 2600H APUs for High-Performance Laptops

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AMD has quietly added two new APUs into its lineup of products. Based on AMD's existing Raven Ridge silicon, the new Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H chips with integrated Radeon graphics consume up to 45 W and are… Go To Full Article

State Department email breach leaks employees' personal data

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The latest government data breach affected State Department employee emails. On September 7th, workers were notified that their personally identifiable information was obtained by an unnamed actor, according to a recent report from Politico. It appar... Go To Full Article

The 2018 Emmys were a watershed moment for streaming TV

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"The goal is to become HBO before HBO can become us." That's what Netflix's Ted Sarandos told GQ back in 2013, and it subsequently became a corporate mantra. Back then, it was hard to see how this upstart could supplant… Go To Full Article

YouTube's revamped gaming hub offers faster access to top streams

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YouTube is as determined as ever to compete with Twitch, and it's giving its dedicated gaming portal a makeover to make sure that happens. The new YouTube Gaming hub borrows key features from the mobile app, including faster access to… Go To Full Article

Facebook pushed for access to financial firms' user data

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Facebook is in hot water again over its data sharing deals -- or rather, attempted deals. The Wall Street Journal has learned that Facebook had spent "years" negotiating for access to financial companies' user data. The amount of data it… Go To Full Article

Shopify offers iOS 12's AR features to its 600,000 stores

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iOS 12 made a lot of strides in terms of augmented reality, thanks to the addition of features like AR Quick Look. This allows users to place 3D objects using AR, and now ecommerce platform Shopify is taking advantage of… Go To Full Article

MSI MEG X399 Creation Threadripper Motherboard Review

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MSI's MEG X399 CREATION motherboard gets put to the test like no motherboard we've ever reviewed to date. We beat the hell out of this motherboard on all of our test benches over the last month. We used the MEG… Go To Full Article

MyDigitalSSD Introduces M2X USB Enclosure For M.2 NVMe SSDs

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MyDigitalSSD is now shipping one of the first USB enclosures for M.2 NVMe SSDs. The new M2X enclosure is based on the JMicron JMS583 USB 3.1 Gen 2 to PCIe 3.1 x2 bridge chip. This bridge translates the SSD's NVMe… Go To Full Article

'Fortnite' Switch bundle arrives October 5th with in-game perks

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Back in June, Fortnite fans cheered when the popular game arrived on the Nintendo Switch. But starting October 5th, fans of the battle royale shooter can express their love for the game in a new way: a Nintendo Switch bundle… Go To Full Article

AMD Athlon 200GE Review: $55 Zen CPU

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AMD's most affordable Zen based processor yet, the Athlon 200GE is just dual-core, but before your shrek louder than the coil whine of a cheap graphics card, consider the price, this is a $55 processor. Clocked at 3.2 GHz, there's… Go To Full Article

Cooler Master's MasterMouse MM531 reviewed

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I used to know a guy who hated Mercedes cars because they didn't have names. Instead, Mercedes simply gives its vehicles identifiers like E300, SL550, or AMG GLE43. I imagine that guy probably wouldn't like Cooler Master's newest mouse, either.… Go To Full Article

Comcast's X1 set-top box helps you buy concert tickets

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Comcast isn't stopping at offering movie tickets through the X1. It's using Ticketmaster's platform to sell Kelly Clarkson tickets with the help of its set-top box. Say "Kelly Clarkson Tour" to the remote and you'll go to a promo screen… Go To Full Article

Oculus will livestream its next Connect conference in VR

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The VR community's biggest annual event, Oculus Connect, is just over a week away, and as you'd expect from the tech in question, you won't have to actually be there in order to enjoy proceedings. The company will livestream key… Go To Full Article

Firefox brings the thrills of web browsing to VR

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Mozilla's headset-focused web browser is finally ready for your cranium: Firefox Reality is available for HTC Vive, Oculus and Daydream devices through their respective stores. The software is designed from the start for AR and VR hardware, with an i... Go To Full Article

Sennheiser HD 660 S @ TechPowerUp

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The Sennheiser HD 660 S is a direct successor to one of the most legendary hi-fi headphones of all time, the HD 650. With a price tag of $500/€500, does it have what it takes to carry on the legacy? Go To Full Article

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