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
Storage/Other Toshiba EXCERIA M303 MicroSDXC Card Review by stefan @ 2018-07-29
Others/Mice & Keyboards CHERRY KC 6000 Slim Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2018-07-24
Cooling/Water Cooling CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Review by stefan @ 2018-07-19
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'Resident Evil 2' remake's Story trailer features familiar faces

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We got our hands on Capcom's Resident Evil 2 remake earlier this year at E3 2018, but now it's showing off a "Story" trailer and some familiar characters at the Tokyo Game Show. It's our most extensive look at gameplay… Go To Full Article

Apple Music on Android Auto is available to everyone

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For those who'd rather diversify than remain loyal to one platform or brand, cross-platform support is a godsend. Apple Music, for instance, has finally rolled out an update that adds support for Android Auto, giving non-iPhone users a native in-car... Go To Full Article

China wants to share AI information

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Wants some global rules China’s vice premier, Liu He has called for international cooperation on the development of AI. Speaking to the gathered throngs at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, Lui said… Go To Full Article

GoPro's Hero 7 camera trio leaked

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The early leaks were true, and then another leak ruined everything. Spotted by The Verge, retailer B&H has released all the details (prices and release date aside) on the Hero 7 action camera family, and the focus this year is… Go To Full Article

Samsung's mid-range Galaxy A7 has a triple camera setup

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Triple-camera smartphones are officially the new normal. Samsung has unveiled the mid-range Galaxy A7 with three cameras at the rear: an 8-megapixel shooter with an ultra-wide 120 degree lens, a 24-megapixel main camera, and a "depth" lens to give yo... Go To Full Article

Sony will cease PS Vita production in Japan next year

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At the 2018 Tokyo Game Show, Sony has announced the birth of a new product and what could possibly be the final nail in the coffin for another. Sony Interactive Entertainment SVP Hiroyuki Oda has revealed that the company will… Go To Full Article

AMD GPU Generational Performance Part 2

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Ever wonder how much performance you are really getting from GPU to GPU upgrade in games? What if we took GPUs from AMD and compared performance gained from 2013 to 2018? This is our AMD GPU Generational Performance Part 2… Go To Full Article

PlayStation Classic and original PlayStation, side by side

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At the Tokyo Game Show Sony showed off its PlayStation Classic system for the first time in person. Engadget Japan editor Ei Ito said it wasn't playable so we don't know if this is just a mockup or the real… Go To Full Article

Ticketmaster caught enlisting pro scalpers for online resales

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Ticketmaster claims it's fighting scalpers tooth and nail, but it may be aiding them in private. Exposés at CBC News and the Toronto Star have shown the company courting professional scalpers, even when it's clear they're using bots or otherw... Go To Full Article

Apple's bigger, better Watch Series 4 makes a great first impression

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Apple's new iPhones are impressive and all, but I'd argue the company's new Watch Series 4 stole the show in Cupertino last week. In addition to the first major redesign in the wearable's history, Apple crammed a host of improved… Go To Full Article

Jaguar's next-gen Formula E race car packs more power

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The next wave of Formula E cars is finally trickling out, and it's clear they're considerably more exciting this season. Panasonic Jaguar Racing has unveiled the next generation of its racer, the I-Type 3, and it's a dramatic improvement even… Go To Full Article

The ESA teamed with Nissan to build an off-road astronomy lab

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Nissan unveiled its Navara Dark Sky concept vehicle at the Hannover Motor Show this week, and it's a vehicle designed for astronomers. The truck is an enhanced version of the automaker's Navara vehicle and along with including some handy new… Go To Full Article

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 Founders Edition Review

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While it was roughly 2 years from Maxwell 2 to Pascal, the journey to Turing has felt much longer despite a similar 2 year gap. But finally, at Gamescom 2018, NVIDIA announced the GeForce RTX 20 series, built on TSMC’s… Go To Full Article

Destiny 2: Forsaken's Gambit mode is open to everyone this weekend

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With the base Destiny 2 free for PS Plus members through the month of September, Bungie is determined to sell newcomers on Forsaken -- and that means giving players a taste of what they're missing. The developer is making Forsaken's… Go To Full Article

Amazon could open 3,000 cashierless Go stores by 2021

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Amazon now has four of its Go stores up and running -- three in Seattle and one in Chicago -- with at least one on the way in New York. And while we've heard that there are plans for San… Go To Full Article

Samsung’s $1,800 Odyssey Z gaming laptop is on sale in the US

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Samsung's Notebook Odyssey Z gaming laptop is now available in the US. The laptop, which features a slim design, a keyboard pushed to the lower portion of the tray and a right-side touchpad, comes in just one configuration that includes… Go To Full Article

Facebook’s 'War Room' is its latest effort to protect elections

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Facebook has more than 300 people working on protecting elections from misinformation aimed at influencing voters. But starting next week, the company will have one more weapon in its arsenal -- a War Room. The New York Times reports that… Go To Full Article

iStorage datAshur PRO 64GB Secure USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

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Just like with the diskAshur 2 line of USB 3.1 portable hard drives the datAshur PRO line of USB 3.0 flash drives by iStorage offers unparalleled hardware based encryption for your sensitive data. Go To Full Article

'Red Dead Online' arrives this November

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If you're preparing to strap on your cowboy boots and venture into the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 when the sequel hits consoles at the end of next month, you'll have to wait a little longer to play the… Go To Full Article

Newegg fell victim to month-long card skimming hack

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It's not just British companies succumbing to large-scale payment data breaches in recent weeks. RiskIQ and Volexity have discovered that hackers inserted Magecart card skimming code into Newegg's payment page between August 14th and September 18th,... Go To Full Article

Lyft Concierge lets businesses schedule flexible rides

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Lyft's Concierge service, which opened up to all businesses earlier this year, lets companies and organizations hail rides for their customers, patients and employees. While it lets those businesses offer an additional service, it's not always clear... Go To Full Article

Why are people pretending to be dead on Instagram?

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Ahmed Simrin, 15, is one of the millions of teenagers who uses Instagram. He doesn't post pictures on his page every day (there are two total), yet somehow he's managed to get nearly 3,000 people to follow it. That doesn't… Go To Full Article

Fnatic STREAK Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Recently, we reviewed the Fnatic miniSTREAK tenkeyless mechanical gaming keyboard, which proved to be a great Cherry MX keyboard for the price. This time, we have the bigger brother in hand, the Fnatic STREAK. The STREAK features full RGB illumination,… Go To Full Article

Evernote cuts staff as user growth stalls

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Note-taking app Evernote has fallen on hard times of late, culminating in its latest spate of job cuts impacting 15 percent of its workforce (54 employees). CEO Chris O' Neil -- an ex-Googler who took the reins in 2015 --… Go To Full Article

Fitbit leans hard into healthcare with a new enterprise offering

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Today, Fitbit launched a new platform called Fitbit Care aimed at employers, health plans and health system that is aimed at wellness and preventing and managing disease. Fitbit Care is a combination of health coaching and and virtual care through… Go To Full Article

nVidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and nVidia GeForce RTX 2080 Announced

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The new nVidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and nVidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards are announced and we have posted some reviews of these Turing GPUs on Hardwarespot. Go To Full Article

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio 8 GB @ TechPowerUp

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The premium value of MSI's Gaming X brand is reflected in the amount of design and premium components that went into building the RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio, besides a healthy factory-overclock, in its contention to be the fastest sub-$1000… Go To Full Article

ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8 GB @ TechPowerUp

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ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC is the company's fastest RTX 2080 offering, and designed to rival the quality of NVIDIA's own Founders Edition products. A high factory-overclock, bolstered by a strong VRM solution add to its premium credentials.… Go To Full Article

Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming Pro OC 8 GB @ TechPowerUp

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Palit's GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming Pro OC is built to a cost and closely resembles NVIDIA reference design, and is meant for those who want to buy into the RTX 2080 ecosystem.There's still a surprising factory-overclock to be had with… Go To Full Article

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Duke 11 GB @ TechPowerUp

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MSI Duke brand no longer represents cheap close-to-reference alternatives. The company has given this cheaper and less glamorous implementation of the flagship RTX 2080 Ti enough love to differentiate it from the premium Gaming X product. And then there's NVIDIA… Go To Full Article

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