ROCCAT Vulcan 100 Mechanical RGB Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2019-03-21 read/post comments(0)

We have used the keyboard to write several documents and run a few games; the new Titan switches have a similar feel to MX Brown and thanks to the low profile design and the 1.8mm actuation point, the Vulcan 100 can keep up even during intensive gaming sessions. The keyboard is not as silent as we would have wanted (for that you’d better go with a Cherry MX Silent variant or LP Speed), but during LAN parties this aspect is not that important. read more

BIOSTAR A10N-8800E Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2019-03-14 read/post comments(0)

After installing a DDR4 memory kit, some storage (NVMe preferably since it does take less space and no cables are required), we can enjoy quite a bit of performance in a small package, the main point of attraction being the AMD R7 Graphics inside. While the CPU side does not have a lot of single-core performance, applications that need multiple threads of execution perform better on this particular SoC, allowing multimedia applications to run at decent levels. When acquiring this particular board, keep in mind that you also need to provide a good airflow, otherwise the fan will produce quite a bit of noise, even after it has been calibrated.       read more

CHERRY MX BOARD 1.0 BACKLIGHT Mechanical Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2019-03-06 read/post comments(0)

Thanks to the included MX Brown switches, this keyboard is ideal for typing documents, by offering a tactile bump; it does not offer the RGB features of modern gaming keyboards, so it would fit better in offices where you perform your day-to-day activities. We are getting the full n-key rollover functionality (all keys are being read at the same time), while anti-ghosting makes sure that there will be no input errors. Despite the lack of software to drive the LEDs, we can always control these via the dedicated function keys and multimedia buttons are available for the user as well. read more


Memory by stefan @ 2019-02-26 read/post comments(0)

The new DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB kits from CORSAIR do feature a really impressive lighting system thanks to the 12 bright CAPELLIX LEDs and are driven by the already-proven unified iCUE software. These include a custom 10-layer PCB for good signal quality and the ICs are well binned in order to meet the product specifications. We have found out that these kits also have a bit of overclocking headroom, if you are willing to increase the voltage up to 1.4. read more

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2019-02-22 read/post comments()

The new Arctic Pro Wireless headset is easy to set up, while the multitude of configuration options can be accessed either using the base station or SteelSeries Engine 3. Thanks to the chassis materials, the headset is quite light, while the adjustable woven sky google fabric suspension headband makes sure it will fit all head sizes and shapes. As the manufacturer does explain, only the Arctis Pro + GameDAC offering is fully Hi-Res audio certified, since the 2.4GHz wireless tech cannot support sampling rates higher than 48K. Even in this situation, we do find the same Hi-Res drivers as with the wired (GameDAC) version, while the 2.4GHz transmission mode used is lossless, for high-fidelity purposes. read more

Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine DDR4 Gaming Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2019-02-17 read/post comments()

If you are a mainstream user and do not care for RGB lighting effects, Silicon Power has a solid solution with their XPOWER Turbine kits, that also feature Samsung ICs. Despite the XMP rating of 2666MHz C16 of our kit, it still has some overclocking potential, if you take your time and do proper testing. The module heatspreaders height is quite low at about 38.2mm, so it should be no issue when installing large air coolers as well. read more
Motherboards/Intel S1151 SuperMicro C9Z390-PGW Z390 LGA1151 Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2019-02-10
Mobile/Smart Phones DOOGEE Y7 Plus Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2019-02-05
Others/Mice & Keyboards CHERRY MW8 Advanced Wireless Mouse Review by stefan @ 2019-02-01
Audio/Others Creative Outlier ONE Plus In-ear Headphones with Built-in MP3 Player Review by stefan @ 2019-01-24
Others/Mice & Keyboards CORSAIR M65 RGB ELITE Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2019-01-18

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Patriot Viper VPN100 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD

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" ... It's clearly one of the best M.2 SSD on the market and can easily compete with any other high performing drives. I'm sure that all gamers will be fully satisfied, especially that the VPN100 is also inexpensive. " Go To Full Article

IKEA offers a peek at its Sonos-based speaker

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IKEA isn't officially unveiling its first Sonos-powered speaker until April, but that isn't stopping the furniture store from offering a look in the meantime. As you can see here, the SYMFONISK looks like... well, a Sonos speaker with IKEA design… Go To Full Article

NBA’s Magic Leap app lets you watch basketball in augmented reality

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Basketball fans can now experience the game in augmented reality. The NBA now has a mixed-reality app for the Magic Leap One headset that will allow for a wide range of immersive features. Fans with the mixed-reality headset can now… Go To Full Article

'Doom Eternal' and other Bethesda games are coming to Steam

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The rise of proprietary game launchers appears to be getting worse, but there's at least one company headed in the opposite direction. Bethesda has announced that its upcoming games will be available through Steam, including Doom Eternal, Rage 2, Wol...… Go To Full Article

Apple releases iOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4

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Apple has released iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4. Both are minor releases, but at least macOS 10.14.4 has some nifty changes for Safari: macOS Mojave 10.14.4 includes support for Safari AutoFill using Touch ID and it offers automatic dark mode… Go To Full Article

Apple announces Apple Card credit card

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t Apple’s “show time” services event today, it announced a new Apple Card credit card, promising to improve things about the credit card experience with simpler applications, no fees, lower interest rates, and better rewards. Instead of a points-based reward… Go To Full Article

Beats' answer to the latest AirPods found hiding in iOS code

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It didn't take long to learn more about Beats' equivalent to the AirPods. The 9to5Mac team has discovered that iOS 12.2 includes imagery for the Powerbeats Pro, an all-wireless earbud set aimed more at the gym-going crowd. From a cursory… Go To Full Article

PS4 exclusive 'Concrete Genie' is delayed again, this time to fall 2019

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PixelOpus hasn't said much about Concrete Genie since its 2017 reveal and last year's gameplay clip, but the studio is nearly ready to show its hand... hopefully. The PS4 title is now slated to launch in fall 2019, or considerably… Go To Full Article

'No Man's Sky VR' puts the universe on your headset for free

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No Man's Sky studio Hello Games has rolled out a steady stream of updates to take its stargazing simulator from "cautionary indie tale" to "Best Ongoing Game award nominee" in just two years. No Man's Sky is a sprawling exploration… Go To Full Article

ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti STRIX OC 6 GB @ TechPowerUp

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The ASUS GTX 1660 Ti STRIX OC is the company's flagship GTX 1660 Ti variant. It comes with a large triple-fan, triple-slot thermal solution that delivers better temperatures and noise levels than any other GTX 1660 Ti that we tested… Go To Full Article

Uma Thurman and horrifying heart transplants meet in Netflix's 'Chambers'

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Netflix is about to give horror fans another star-studded fix. It's premiering Chambers, a psychological horror series starring Uma Thurman, on April 26th. The series revolves around a heart attack survivor in a "New Age pocket" of Arizona who starts...… Go To Full Article

iOS 12.2 is out now with Apple News+ support

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To enable the fleet of software and service updates Apple is announcing today, the company is readying iOS 12.2 for your iPads and iPhones. It's not a huge, feature-packed update, but there's a decent amount to unpack here. The main… Go To Full Article

Samsung Galaxy Fold Set to Be Available in UK on April 26: £1799

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Samsung UK said on Monday that its flagship Galaxy Fold smartphone will hit the UK market on April 26. The foldable handset will be available directly from Samsung online and retail stores as well as from EE. … Go To Full Article

'Beneath a Steel Sky' finally has a sequel and it's coming to Apple Arcade

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One of the most iconic cyberpunk games of the '90s and early-2000s, a point-and-click adventure called Beneath a Steel Sky, is finally getting a follow-up. Beyond a Steel Sky will hit Apple Arcade later this year, coming directly from original… Go To Full Article

Apple TV+ subscribers can expect ad-free original shows and movies this fall

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On stage at today's "show time" event, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Apple TV+, an ad-free subscription home for the company's new push into original content. With the Apple TV app now extending onto other smart TV platforms while collecting… Go To Full Article

Apple Arcade is a game subscription service for iOS, Mac and Apple TV

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As part of its big push into subscription services today, Apple announced Apple Arcade. From the sound of things, it's going to be a "Netflix for games" that lets users pay a monthly rate to play as many different participating… Go To Full Article

Apple Pay for public transit coming to the US later this year

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Apple announced today that Apple Pay will be coming to mass transit systems in major US cities later this year. Portland, Chicago and New York City will be the first to support the payment service, which will allow passengers to… Go To Full Article

Apple News+ is an all-you-can-eat magazine subscription

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Though much of the hype around Apple's March 2019 event centers around streaming video, the company took the opportunity to introduce yet another service: magazine subscriptions. Called Apple News+, it'll be embedded into the Apple News app itself. S... Go To Full Article

Philadelphia Fusion will open the first esports arena in the US

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The Overwatch League's Philadelphia Fusion will build a $50 million esports arena to host its matches and is expected to be playing in the new building by early 2021. The 3,500 seat arena will be notable as it's the first… Go To Full Article

Telegram users can delete any message in their private chat history

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Telegram's ability to unsend messages is no longer a novelty among chat apps, but it's now taking that feature well beyond what you'd get from others. An update to the service lets you delete any message in your private chat… Go To Full Article

Xiaomi Mi 9 review: A worthy OnePlus rival

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I can't spend $1,000 on a smartphone. I just can't. I've walked into countless phone stores, credit card in hand, with every intention of buying the latest flagship. I walk up to the demo area, wake the handset I've already… Go To Full Article

YouTube is reportedly canceling its big-budget originals

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As Apple and Amazon dig deeper into their bottomless pockets for more video streaming content, one tech giant is stepping away from originals. YouTube's premium programming strategy is all but over, according to Bloomberg. It's reportedly canceled tw... … Go To Full Article

How to watch Apple's streaming service launch event

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With its hardware announcements out of the way, the stage is set for Apple's main event. Today is all about Apple's shift to services: video streaming, news and gaming subscriptions, and maybe even a credit card. And you'll be able… Go To Full Article

AMD slashes prices for Ryzen 7 CPUs

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Ahead of Zen 2 launch AMD is slashing prices for Zen+ Ryzen 7 CPUs to clear its inventory ahead of the coming Zen 2 launch. Prices for second-generation AMD Ryzen… Go To Full Article

European Commission will ignore Huawei ban

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However, wants member states to share information The European Commission will next week urge EU countries to share more data to tackle cybersecurity risks related to 5G networks but will ignore U.S. calls to ban Huawei Technologies. Go To Full Article

Oracle may decimate its staff

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Staff complain of an employment "blood bath" Oracle has been quietly laying off employees and is not saying how many are going to be exiting its buildings with their belongings in old photocopy boxes. … Go To Full Article

Human brains work like computers

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Only some are working on iOS A team of boffins at Johns Hopkins' Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences have worked out that the human brain does work as a computer – and that is not particularly… Go To Full Article

AMD catches up to Intel in DIY building market

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Expected to overtake Pressure on Intel is Ryzen according to a new Tweakers report. It seems that AMD is catching up to Intel in the DIY PC building space in Europe and will most… Go To Full Article

Nintendo could launch two new Switch consoles this year

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Nintendo might launch two new Switches as early as this summer, reports the WSJ. As previously rumored, one would likely be a smaller and cheaper model with a focus on portability. However, Nintendo might also release a higher-end model Switch… Go To Full Article

Faraday Future gets another lifeline to build EVs in China

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Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future, which has been on life support for the past couple of years, has received a surprise cash injection from a mobile gaming company called The9 Limited. The9 will inject up to $600 million into Faraday,… Go To Full Article

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