Silicon Power XPOWER XD80 PCIe Gen 3x4 1TB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2021-09-19 read/post comments(0)

The Phison PS5012-E12S-based drive paired with Toshiba 96-layer TLC packages is able to deliver great performance for a PCIe 3.0 drive; the installed heatsink allows the drive to keep temperatures at bay and avoid throttling, while the five year warranty is very nice to have! read more

CORSAIR HS80 RGB WIRELESS Premium Gaming Headset with Spatial Audio Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2021-09-13 read/post comments(0)

Right after adjusting the headband of the HS80 RGB Wireless, the headset felt immediately more comfortable versus the previous HS iterations. The overall construction feels light, even if it also needs to house batteries for up to 20 hours of autonomy. The 50mm drivers deliver great low frequencies, as well as well represented mids and highs, making the HS80 gread not only for gaming but for the rest of multimedia contents as well! Can we add to the mix the broadcast-quality microphone, which is light, easily accessible with the flip design to take calls for work and be easily understood? read more

Patriot EP V30 A1 512GB microSD Flash Memory Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2021-09-07 read/post comments(0)

The Patriot Memory EP V30 A1 card offers solid read/write performance and we were surprised that the write speeds obtained in our tests were higher that the ones declared by the manufacturer. Given the results, 4K video recording on action cameras such as GoPro Hero 9 Black will not encounter any issues and considering the fact that this type of activity takes a lot of storage space, we will always recommend going with the higher capacity SKUs. read more

PowerColor Hellhound AMD Radeon RX 6600XT 8GB GDDR6 Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2021-09-02 read/post comments(0)

The PowerColor Hellhound RX 6600 XT positions itself between the custom RX 5700 and 5700 XT cards in terms of performance, being a considerably smaller card and at the same time consuming like half of the power from the wall. This also traduces in the need of less elaborated cooling systems to keep the temperatures in check, so the card does not weight a ton. The dual-fan solution looks cool when in operation and remains silent even at high loads. In a well-ventilated case, the temperature of the GPU should not reach 60 degrees Celsius (even when watching 4K videos), which means that in “office use” mode, the fans will mostly stay off thanks to Zero-RPM technology. read more

Neo Forza eSports NFP075 M.2 2280 2TB PCIe SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2021-08-29 read/post comments(0)

The NFP075 2TB M.2 SSD comes with 3D TLC NAND, not QLC and this really reflects in high transfer speeds, even after the pseudo-SLC space has been filled but also when looking at the rated TBW. While Neo Forza guarantees an endurance of 1550 TB for the 2TB model, we have noted an SSD from another brand which uses similar components with a TBW of no less than 3115, so we think that the declared value is a bit low, which is great! The drive positions itself in terms of performance with other high-specced PCIe 3.0 drives on the market such as the Crucial P5 and won't throttle during intense use if installed in a well ventilated case. read more

Razer Barracuda X Multi-Platform Wireless Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2021-08-23 read/post comments(0)

The Barracuda X headset does not have compatibility with Razer Synapse, so there were no software options we could choose from. Right after connecting the headset to our test machine, we listened to a few YouTube music videos, podcasts, watched a couple of movies on HBO Go but also ran some games. The EQ setting of the headset is balanced, with a good bass delivery for most applications; additionally, the headset is fully compatible with technologies such as Dolby Atmos, Pulse 3D (PlayStation), THX Spatial Audio and more. read more
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Prime Wireless Lightweight Ultra-fast FPS Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2021-08-16
Memory Silicon Power XPOWER Zenith DDR4 32GB 3200MHz Gaming Memory Kit Review by stefan @ 2021-08-09
Storage/Other Patriot High Endurance microSDXC 128GB Flash Memory Card Review by stefan @ 2021-08-01
Others/Mice & Keyboards CORSAIR K70 RGB TKL CHAMPION SERIES Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2021-07-26
Audio/Others Razer Opus X Wireless ANC Headset Review by stefan @ 2021-07-19

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'Disco Elysium: The Final Cut' hits Nintendo Switch on October 12th

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Disco Elysium finally has a launch date for the Nintendo Switch over a year after its developer ZA/UM confirmed that it's heading to the console. The Final Cut version of the critically acclaimed title will be available from the Nintendo… Go To Full Article

OCC Reviews the JWK Lubed Silent Linear Switch

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"The last switch review I wrote was the JWK Lubed Linear Switch Review where I returned to the JWK Unlubed Linear switches from 1Up Keyboards after having spent half a day or so lubricating them with Krytox 205g0, a process… Go To Full Article

Cleer Roam NC True Wiress Earbuds @ TechPowerUp

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Cleer Audio has always emphasized value for money in its products, with a lot of Bluetooth headphones and ear buds on the market already. Today, we examine its least expensive set yet with the Roam NC ticking off features such… Go To Full Article

'Bayonetta 3' will progress onto the Switch in 2022

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When Nintendo announced Bayonetta 3 in 2017,Reggie Fils-Aimé was still at the company. After the better part of four years, the Switch exclusive finally has a release date. Nintendo, Sega and Platinum Games will release Bayonetta… Go To Full Article

'Kirby and the Forgotten Land' heads to Nintendo Switch in spring 2022

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After a leak earlier in the day spoiled the surprise, Nintendo announced Kirby and the Forgotten Land at its latest Direct presentation. Set to arrive on Switch in the spring of next year, the title will mark the first mainline… Go To Full Article

Google adds one-button group chats for Calendar meetings

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Ever wish you could quickly share notes before a Google Calendar meeting, or follow up afterward? You can now. Google is trotting out updates to Workspace and G Suite users that let you easily create a group chat with everyone… Go To Full Article

CORSAIR K60 RGB PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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Description: The K60 RGB PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard by CORSAIR with its Cherry VIOLA hybrid switches promises a whole new experience for consumers on a budget. Go To Full Article

Lexar Hades OC RGB DDR4-3600 2x 16 GB @ TechPowerUp

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Lexar's first attempt at a brand-new line features an RGB LED light bar and high-density memory kits backed by a well-known company with a strong foundation in the flash memory market. Join me as we dive face first into this… Go To Full Article

American Nest Hub and Hub Max smart displays can now show Spanish text

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Starting today, Google is rolling out more robust Spanish language support to Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max devices in the US. With the update, the company has translated the entirety of the user interface on those devices into Spanish.… Go To Full Article

The original Surface Duo will get Android 11 by the end of this year

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If you're the early adopter sort who bought the original Surface Duo, you'll soon get an Android update — if not the one you'd expect in late 2021. Microsoft told The Verge in a statement that it expected to upgrade… Go To Full Article

Clubhouse's Wave feature makes it easier for users to create private rooms

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Well, that didn’t take long. Less than a week after developer Jane Manchun Wong discovered Clubhouse was working on a new feature called Wave, that functionality is now available to all users on both Android and iOS. Wave allows you… Go To Full Article

Microsoft Edge update adds tab groups and new shopping features

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Just ahead of the Windows 11 launch, Microsoft is rolling out some updates to Edge. Perhaps the most useful feature for most people is the addition of tab groups. You'll be able to assemble collections of tabs to make your… Go To Full Article

Audi tested its RS Q E-Tron hybrid in the deserts of Morocco

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With a little more than three months before the start of the Dakar Rally in January, Audi took its RS Q E-Tron to the deserts of Morocco to test the custom-built hybrid ahead of the endurance competition. Over the two… Go To Full Article

How to Restart a Windows 11 PC

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At some point, you’ll need to restart your Windows 11 PC to troubleshoot an issue, install an update, complete an installation, or otherwise. While you’ll often see a “restart” option when updating, here are several other ways to restart your… Go To Full Article

Unagi's $2,440 smart scooter includes turn-by-turn directions and GPS tracking

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Unagi Scooters has revealed what it claims is the first smart scooter around in the Model Eleven. It includes a bunch of intriguing features, such as audible directions, remote kill and an advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) sensor. … Go To Full Article

Airbnb doubles its pledge to house Afghan refugees

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At the end of August, Airbnb announced it would offer free, temporary housing to 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan. Now, through its nonprofit, the company says it can go beyond its initial commitment. With help from hosts and donors from… Go To Full Article

Google's Android Automotive OS is coming to Honda cars in 2022

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A host of features are being added to Google's Android Auto experience, and the company's Automotive OS will come to more cars including, for the first time, Honda vehicles from 2022 onwards. Google introduced its Android Auto… Go To Full Article

Pixel-only Photos and Gboard features are coming to more Android devices

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You won't need a Pixel phone to use some of Google's handiest (and in one case, face-preserving) features. Google is rolling out a batch of Android feature upgrades that include perks previously reserved for its in-house devices. Google Photos' Locked… Go To Full Article

Android's accessibility updates include a way to control your phone using your face

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Google has introduced quite a lengthy list of Android features, including new accessibility tools for the mobile OS that rely on eye and facial gestures. Starting this week, users will see a new addition to the Android Accessibility Suite that… Go To Full Article

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Review: The Foldable Has Ascended

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The original Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was an interesting phone, as it was a throwback to the flip phones that many of us grew up with. But it was a first-generation product and suffered from first-generation issues as a result.… Go To Full Article

‘Star Wars: Visions’ breaks from canon while Marvel’s ‘What If…?’ refuses to

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The following contains spoilers for episode three of 'Star Wars: Visions' and episode seven of 'What If...?' Back in the days when DVD was king, I remember there was a trend of making animated tie-ins for live-action… Go To Full Article

Europe may require all phone manufacturers to use USB-C charging

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Europe may require all manufacturers to use USB-C charging for all phones and electronic devices, according to a new EU Commission ruling proposal. It aims to reduce e-waste and "consumer inconvenience" caused by different and incompatible chargers still in use.… Go To Full Article

Amazon knocks $100 off Sennheiser's Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds

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Despite being more than a year old, Sennheiser's Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds remain our favorites if you're looking for the best sound quality you can get. But they're pretty pricey at $300, and we rarely see them drop lower… Go To Full Article

Plugable TBT4-HUB3C Thunderbolt 4 Hub Capsule Review

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Plugable is introducing its Thunderbolt 4 product lineup today, with the TBT4-HUB3C Thunderbolt 4 Hub leading the pack. Joining it are two Thunderbolt 4 cables - the 2m. long TBT4-40G2M, and the 1m. long TBT4-40G1M. Intel had… Go To Full Article

What rights does an evil sentient computer have on Star Trek?

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Artificial intelligence has been baked into the Star Trek universe since the original series. Kirk and his crew occasionally faced off against computers gone amok, including Nomad, Landru and the M-5. The only way to defeat these digital villains was… Go To Full Article

Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 has never been cheaper

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If you've been thinking of getting a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 — the model formerly given the Active moniker, not the Classic one — you may want to check out Amazon's Deal of the Day. Over the next 20 hours… Go To Full Article

Microsoft launches its 2021 fall collection

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Microsoft has announced a small flotilla of new devices during its fall event, and there’s plenty of highlights to pick through. Most interesting, of course, is likely Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio, a notebook with a screen that pulls forward just… Go To Full Article

'Flying' microchips could ride the wind to track air pollution

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Researchers have created a winged microchip around the size of a sand grain that may be the smallest flying device yet made, Vice has reported. They're designed to be carried around by the wind and could be used in numerous… Go To Full Article

Old Microsoft man believes in toilets, toilets and toilets

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Ballmer's latest obsession The shy and retired former Microsoft boss Steve “there’s a kind of hush” Ballmer has a new obsession – toilets. Apparently this is not the sort of obsession common for most… Go To Full Article

Aussies mock Apple’s “pro-competition” claim

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Anti-competitive drongos The Commonwealth Bank of Australia accused Apple Inc on Thursday of uncompetitive behaviour over control of payments on its phones, which have grown to about a third of all in-person payments the country's largest lender… Go To Full Article

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