Creative Stage Air Compact under-monitor Soundbar Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2019-01-14 read/post comments(0)

After charging the unit, we have used it for listening to several top 40 recent playlists, while having it connected to our Sound Blaster AE-5 sound card via Aux-in; the resulting sound was surprisingly loud for the sound bar size, with good highs representation and decent bass thanks to the included passive radiator. We have then loaded our files to a FAT32-formatted drive and after a bit of learning curve, it is quite easy to jump through tracks or stop/pause, via the provided hardware buttons. read more


Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2019-01-08 read/post comments(0)

IRONCLAW RGB is quite light at just 105g thanks to its all-plastic construction and measures 130 x 80 x 45 (LWH); we found it to be very comfortable while using it with a palm grip, while the latest high-end sensor made in cooperation with PixArt should be enough for pro gamers as well. When running games such as CS: GO, StarCraft II, Vindictus and Quake Champions, the mouse did perform flawlessly and if the system does also include a latest-gen gaming monitor (or multiple) with high resolution up to 4K, the high DPI values PMW3391 supports are a welcome addition. When low-sensitivity gaming is involved, with actions such as sniping, the latest sensor can assist with tracking and reporting of… read more

CORSAIR HARPOON RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2019-01-07 read/post comments(0)

CORSAIR has listened to the community and upgraded the original HARPOON RGB with wireless capabilities and a better sensor, the Pixart PMW3325. While the number of programmable buttons is the same, the DPI values can be now set up to 10000, in 100DPI increments, the Omron switch durability is now set at 50 million clicks and even if the mouse does now include a built-in lithium-polymer rechargeable battery, it only weights 99 grams without cables. As the original model, the HARPOON RGB Wireless feels best when used with a claw grip, while the rubberized side grips make sure you won’t lose precision, even during longer gaming sessions. read more

Mad Catz R.A.T. 6+ Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2019-01-03 read/post comments(0)

R.A.T. 6 has been recently reincarnated into the R.A.T. 6+ and features a very similar chassis, but an upgraded optical sensor (Pixart PMW3360). The Thumb Barrel adds an extra analog control layer, while the back cover can be adjusted as necessary in order to permit different grip types. Let’s not forget about the weight system (3x6G weights are pre-installed), that can be removed easily and the aluminum chassis that reinforces the build. read more

Crucial P1 500GB M.2 Type 2280 SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2018-12-26 read/post comments(0)

Judging by the transfer speeds, we are dealing with a decent mainstream SSD at quite low sale prices, thanks to the newer QLC technology. As we have seen before with TLC SSDs, the P1 does rely on the RAM cache and SLC cache for delivering higher read/write performance but as soon as this fills up, the overall speeds will drop. The performance drop will be mostly visible when we do write very large files to the drive at once, a scenario not frequently found when used in consumer workstations. read more

Toshiba L200 2TB Laptop PC Hard Drive Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2018-12-19 read/post comments(0)

The 2TB LS200 Toshiba drive is excellent as a second, storage drive in compact systems such as media centers, laptops, consoles or other mini-PCs. The 128 MB buffer really helps enhancing the overall drive performance and thanks to its rotational speed of 5400, it won’t create vibrations inside the chassis. For enhancing the drive reliability, it includes a shock sensor and the MTTF is rated at 600000 hours. read more
Others/All-in-one PC Shuttle XPC Slim Barebone XH310 Review by stefan @ 2018-12-12
Others/Mice & Keyboards Razer Naga Trinity MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2018-12-05
Storage/Other Silicon Power Secure G50 USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2018-11-27
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Rival 650 Wireless Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2018-11-25
Storage/HDD Toshiba N300 8TB NAS Hard Drive Review by stefan @ 2018-11-20

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

The Microsoft Surface Go LTE Review: Unmatched Mobility

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup has been a design win for the company for several years now. The Surface Go was launched in July of 2018 as a lower-cost version of the Surface Pro, offering buyers a less expensive way to… Go To Full Article

Apple loses appeal in FaceTime lawsuit

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Must pay VirnetX $440 million Apple has lost an appeal to have a patent judgment set aside relating to FaceTime technology and has been ordered to pay VirnetX $440 million. The verdict was originally… Go To Full Article

Struggling Apple stops hiring

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Can't afford new staff The company which has more money than it knows what to do with, is not hiring any more people to take money from those with more money than sense. According… Go To Full Article

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition – Nvidia Unleashes RTX on The $350 Market

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The Nvidia RTX series has been out for over 3 month now and are still met with a ton of criticism from the community. Firstly because of the price as now the flagship card is at a price point of… Go To Full Article

'Sea of Thieves' will take up less space after pending update

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There is good news and bad news for Sea of Thieves players regarding the game's next update. The bad news is you'll have to download and reinstall the entire game. The good news is, as a result of some behind… Go To Full Article

Android Q may include a dark theme and desktop mode

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Many Android users still don't have Pie yet, but details are already emerging for its follow-up. XDA says it has obtained a very early build of Android Q (Quiche? Queso?) that hints at Google's plans. For one, there's a system-wide… Go To Full Article

Stormforce Prism RTX 2080Ti Review @ Vortez

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Today we present to you the Stormforce Prism RTX 2080Ti, featuring an AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU, 32GB of DDR4 memory, an NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti, a 512GB Western Digital NVMe SSD and ASUS Prime X399-A motherboard to hold it all together. Go To Full Article

LG smartphone rumor suggests a 'second screen' add-on

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Samsung has already teased its future of "Infinity Flex" foldable devices that blur the line between phone and tablet, and while we'd heard LG would show off something similar at CES last week, it didn't. Now CNET cites anonymous sources… Go To Full Article

Alphacool Eisbaer 420 CPU Liquid Cooler Review

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Thanks to its new Pure Wings 2 fans by be quiet! the updated Eisbaer 420 AIO by Alphacool offers superior cooling efficiency with reduced noise levels. Go To Full Article

MasterCard won't let companies automatically bill you after free trials

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We've all made the mistake of starting a free trial and forgetting to cancel it before the billing period kicks in. Now, MasterCard will protect against this. The company announced a new policy that will require merchants to get authorization… Go To Full Article

GoPro improves Fusion VR camera resolution via software update

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It's not often a camera gets a resolution upgrade purely through software, but GoPro appears to have managed just that. The company has released beta firmware that lets its Fusion VR camera capture 5.6K spherical video at 24 frames per… Go To Full Article

Tinder test lets you share Spotify clips with matches

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Tinder is experimenting with allowing daters to share music via Spotify right inside their conversations. The feature, first spotted by the blog MSPowerUser and confirmed by TechCrunch, is taking place in a number of markets around the world and Spot...… Go To Full Article

Cooler Master MM830 @ LanOC Reviews

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A few years ago Cooler Master made a big push, slowly redoing their entire mouse lineup switching most of them over to their MM then numbers naming scheme. This also included a new exterior finish for mice like the Spawn/Xornet… Go To Full Article

Iridium's 'truly global' satellite internet connects aircraft and ships

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Wondering what Iridium would be doing with those Next satellites that SpaceX just finished launching? You now have an idea. Iridium has formally debuted Certus, a "truly global" satellite broadband service that promises to keep aircraft, ships and ot... Go To Full Article

A 'Fortnite' security flaw could have exposed players' accounts

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Fortnite fans who are able to log in and play without any issues (other than being eliminated before so much as building a ramp) might thank their lucky stars Epic Games has resolved a security issue. Check Point security researchers… Go To Full Article

Alexa can read news briefs in a 'newscaster' voice in the US

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Alexa can now modulate its voice beyond whispering in hushed tones. Amazon has introduced a 'newscaster' voice in the US that kicks in when Alexa reads the day's news or recites Wikipedia information. It's not going to replace the news… Go To Full Article

EVGA NU Audio Sound Card Unboxing & Preview @ TechPowerUp

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At CES this year, EVGA announced their long-teased entry to the dedicated audio market with the NU Audio sound card. A result of collaboration with Audio Note, this preview goes over the unboxing experience and we disassemble the NU audio… Go To Full Article

LSU's bendable concrete could fix America's crumbling infrastructure

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America's infrastructure is crumbling around us. The American Society of Civil Engineers' latest Infrastructure Report Card, from 2017, rated the nation's roads, bridges, airports and water systems at a paltry D+ -- the same grade received four years... … Go To Full Article

Netflix sets international release for George R. R. Martin's 'Nightflyers'

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Netflix is looking to give SyFy's Nightflyers show a new lease of life on February 1st, when it lands on the streaming platform for viewers outside the US. Based on George R. R. Martin's 1980s novella, the thriller follows a… Go To Full Article

Motorola's next RAZR revival could be a $1,500 foldable phone

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Motorola's RAZR flip-phone is reportedly set for a $1,500 foldable makeover. The new handset could arrive exclusively through Verizon as soon as next month, per The Wall Street Journal's sources. You can blame that massive price tag on the expe...… Go To Full Article

MSI and Toppc break the memory record by hitting 5,608MHz

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On MSI Z390I Gaming Edge AC and Core i-9900K Just a few days after ADATA posted its own record, MSI and Toppc have broken it once again, hitting a rather incredible 5,608MHz. While purely… Go To Full Article

CERN plans to build a collider four times bigger than the LHC

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Back in 2014, CERN sought the help of over 1,300 contributors to help it conjure up a feasible plan for a new collider much, much bigger than the LHC. Now, the research organization has unveiled preliminary designs for the project… Go To Full Article

A closer look at Nike's Adapt BB auto-lacing basketball shoes

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Back in December of last year, Nike revealed during its quarterly earnings call that it was getting ready to introduce a $350 self-lacing basketball shoe. Ever since, sneakerheads have been highly anticipating the successor to the 2016 HyperAda... Go To Full Article

EA Allegedly Cancels Open World Star Wars Game

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Citing "three people familiar with the matter," Kotaku claims that a long running Star Was project under development in EA's Vancouver office has been canceled. This "open world" Star Wars game allegedly inherited some art assets from Visceral Games' Uncharted-like… Go To Full Article

Intel’s Graphics-Free Chips Are Also Savings-Free

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We recently reported on the fact that a range of new mainstream Intel desktop processors are coming onto the market without the integrated graphics enabled. This processors, indicated by the ‘F’ designation (not to be confused with Intel’s chips with… Go To Full Article

Deezer's new app serves up 30,000 radio stations for free

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Deezer has unveiled a new app that will give users access to 30,000 radio stations around the world. "Radio by Deezer," out in beta and only available in the UK for now, offers up music, live sports, news and talk,… Go To Full Article

Sony is replacing its awful camera photo transfer app

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Many photographers use a DSLR or mirrorless camera to win on Instagram, but let's face it, camera-to-smartphone transfer apps are generally lousy. Sony has acknowledged as much with the release of Imaging Edge, a new transfer app that replaces the… Go To Full Article

Activision Blizzard securities fraud investigation started

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Is a first person court-room shoot-up on the cards? Law firm Pomerantz has issued a shareholder alert and, it says, is investigating Activision Blizzard and its “officers” for possible securities fraud or other “unlawful business practices.”… Go To Full Article

Industry must rein in spend on electric, self-driving cars.

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Magna CEO said it is better to invest in partnerships Global automobile and auto parts makers which want to capitalise on electric and autonomous vehicles need to cut back investments and forge more partnerships instead. Go To Full Article

UK businesses vulnerable to IoT attacks

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Less than half could even detect an attack if it happens Research has shown that UK businesses are worryingly vulnerable to attacks targeted at IoT devices. Just 42 per cent can detect an IoT… Go To Full Article

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