QNAP TS-453A 4-bay QTS-Ubuntu Combo NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2016-02-05 read/post comments()

TS-453A is one of the newest NASes from QNAP and has quite a bit of functions like a complex QTS web interface, dual HDMI for output on HDTVs or 4K displays, HD Station HDMI GUI with more applications than before, Linux Station which allows us to run Ubuntu and control it with keyboard/mouse and without the need of a PC, plenty of media center applications (Plex, KODI and so on), 4x Gigabit LAN interfaces with Port Trunking support, separate hardware interfaces for Karaoke and more. The server is built inside a proven solid chassis which we have seen with other models and has at its heard the Celeron N3150 quad-core 1.6GHz processor which is accompanied by dual-channel 4GB DDR3 memory. read more

Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro Barebone Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2016-02-02 read/post comments()

Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro was designed to be fanless, quiet, reliable for a 24/7 operation and it is not focused on high performance. The N3050 Intel Celeron processor also features Intels’ 8th Gen HD Graphics which supports Full HD video encoding/decoding so the manufacturer is recommending this machine for Office work, media playback (Full HD content) but we would also like to add that the product handles well browsing too if we do not have a big number of tabs open and we do also have at least 4GB of DDR3L SODIMM memory installed inside the supplied slot. Besides the location where we can install the HDD/SSD, we also have the option to mount an internal USB Flash Drive… read more

Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos Android 4K Media Player Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2016-01-27 read/post comments()

The Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos is performing as promised by the manufacturer, being able to playback 4K content without any issues at all and at the same time it is able to output at this resolution with a frequency of 60Hz. We do get plenty of possibilities to connect extra storage to it via the included USB 2.0 ports, the SATA Data/Power interface but also via LAN, Wi-Fi or even the SD Card reader. The 3D performance of the product is also quite decent so considering that we do actually have a fully-functional Android 5.1.1 mini-PC on our hands, we can install plenty of other applications on it via Play Store. read more

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2016-01-24 read/post comments()

S.T.R.I.K.E. M is a cool looking mobile keyboard which features smaller than usual keys, meaning that some time is needed to get accustomed with. While the product connects to the devices via Bluetooth technology, we do have one device cycle button for jumping from one device to another in just a couple of seconds, without the need of additional configurations of software. Multimedia keys are fitted on the top left side and quite a bit of functions like ESC and F-keys are accessible while working with the Fn key. For even better flexibility, we can see one OFN (Optical Finger Navigation) button on the top right side, which is accompanied by the mouse left/right buttons; an extra set of mouse… read more

HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook 15-ak020NB Review

Mobile/Laptops & Netbooks by leeghoofd @ 2016-01-20 read/post comments()

HP notebooks are known to many users as daily or as business products, this as they didn't have any or that many notebooks specifically targeted at the gamer community. From the press release in October we at MadShrimps were intrigued by the direction HP took, so it was worthwhile to test the new gaming notebook and see what it is made off. Best of all HP told us that this new announced product would be very competitive in price too; now I'm an avid gamer too and have never been so found of notebooks being able to replace a high end desktop. Maybe the HP Pavilion Gaming notebook could make me change my mind? read more

BIOSTAR A68N-5200 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2016-01-19 read/post comments()

The A68N-5200 board, by incorporating one A6-5200 Kabini-based APU, is bringing to the table even more raw performance when compared to its A4-5000, while the GPU component gets a 100Mhz boost. While the increased 3D performance is minimal versus the A4, other tasks which require CPU performance will get up to 25% performance boost. Despite the fact that this is a cheap and low-powered board, BIOSTAR saw fit to include a fully-fledged UEFI interface which also contains some performance tuning options. Last but not least, we do get with the A68N-5200 one very-welcome PCI-E 2.0 x16 (x4 electrical) which invites us to install a dedicated video card. read more
Audio/Speakers&Amps OVEVO Fantasy Pro Z1 LED Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker Review by stefan @ 2016-01-16
Others/Mice & Keyboards G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2016-01-15
Others/Networking Gear TP-LINK RE580D AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender Review by stefan @ 2016-01-12
Storage/NAS Thecus W4000+ Windows Server NAS Review by stefan @ 2016-01-09
Cooling/CPU Cooling Corsair Hydro H5 SF CPU Cooler Preview by leeghoofd @ 2016-01-08

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Cyberpower Infinity Luxe 805 GT System review

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Cyberpower has taken an interesting approach with its Infinity Luxe 805 GT gaming PC. On the one hand they have pushed the specification of the hardware with an overclocked 4.7GHz Core i7-6700K and GTX 980Ti graphics card while on the… Go To Full Article

Titanfall 2 Will Have Single-Player Campaign

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I'll be checking the sequel out, then. There is also a TV spinoff show in the works, though I imagine the Titans will only have a limited appearance due to budgets and all. …the first Titanfall didn't have a proper… Go To Full Article

iBuyPower Paladin Z860 Custom Gaming PC Review

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Gaming computers are located at the top of the wish lists not only of our kids. Setting up a good gaming PC, some parents are certainly a little overwhelmed and/or can not deal with selecting the right hardware. These circumstances… Go To Full Article

The new 'Ghostbusters' is getting its own LEGO set

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The Ghostbusters reboot might be a geek's dream in more ways than one. LEGO has offered a peek at a new Ghostbusters set that recreates all the main characters and their gear in glorious detail, including the signature ECTO-1 car… Go To Full Article

Samsung Gear VR users can mingle on AltspaceVR

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Samsung Gear VR users can start making friends in a virtual reality world now that AltspaceVR has released its app for the headset to the public. In fact, they can mix and mingle not only with other Gear VR users,… Go To Full Article

Hangouts gives you better call quality by skipping Google

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If you don't think Hangouts calls on your phone are passing muster, don't worry -- relief might be in sight. The latest version of Hangouts for Android is telling users that it'll boost audio and video quality on future calls… Go To Full Article

Yesteryear's malware was gorgeous in its simplicity

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The Internet Archive is apparently devoted to preserving all parts of the web's history and that even extends to malware and viruses from the MS DOS era. The good news is that you can peruse a pretty sizable collection in… Go To Full Article

Square Enix patches Rise of the Tomb Raider for the PC

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Just in time for this weekend, Square Enix has released a patch for the latest Lara Croft adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider. After the game was released for the PC last week, some Steam users reported problems starting the… Go To Full Article

Twitter says your timeline isn't changing

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Were you panicking at the thought of Twitter messing with your timeline order? Were you declaring #RIPTwitter and getting ready to move to Peach? Relax. Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has piped up to say that there's no truth to the… Go To Full Article

6 gadgets that clean the world's oceans

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In grade school, most children learn about the fragility of our ocean ecosystems. Despite this, the world's vast waters have become a de facto dumping ground for toxic chemicals, agricultural runoff and plastic trash. With ocean poll... Go To Full Article

Earin's wireless earbuds are ambitious but flawed

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For the past year and a half, Swedish startup Earin has been trying to turn a Ryan Gosling–inspired earbud concept into a proper working product. The hook: Unlike other Bluetooth headsets, these $299 earbuds are completely wireless: They sync w... Go To Full Article

Street Fighter V Live-Action Dance Battle

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Capcom UK has decided to celebrate the impending release of Street Fighter V with poor cosplay. At least the music is tolerable. …Capcom UK…hired London-based Hip-Hop dance theatre troupe ZooNation to perform a live round-robin-style dance battle called "Street Fighter… Go To Full Article

The HTC Vive isn't limited to perfectly square rooms

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I'm not gonna lie: I was jealous when I heard that my colleague Sean Buckley got to play 12 virtual reality games in Seattle last week. (He even moaned about it later.) I got to try "only" four on the… Go To Full Article

Twitter needs searchable GIFs for fun and profit

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This week, a group of Android users noticed a new feature in the Twitter app: a GIF button that can be used to search through trending GIFs to drop into status updates. As you'd expect, the internet lost its collective… Go To Full Article

Ohlala's 'paid dates' app debuts in New York City

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Valentine's Day for single folks can be a pretty touchy subject. But New Yorkers who don't have qualms about exchanging money for short-term companionship have an alternative option in Ohlala. It recently launched in Gotham and offers men and women… Go To Full Article

How to Use the On-Screen Keyboard on Windows 7, 8, and 10

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Windows offers an on-screen keyboard that lets you type even if you don’t have access to a physical keyboard. It’s particularly useful with a touch screen, but you can also use it to type with a mouse–or even to type… Go To Full Article

GoPro and Microsoft ink patent licensing deal

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GoPro and Microsoft have forged a partnership, and it's a very secretive one. The two companies have signed a patent licensing "for certain file storage and other system technologies." That is seriously all they're willing to tell us at this… Go To Full Article

Cops nab man for crashing a drone into the Empire State building

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A New Jersey native's drone has recently crashed into the Empire State building, and unlike the person whose machine hit Seattle's Great Wheel, he didn't get away with it. Authorities have arrested the man an NBC affiliate identified as Sean… Go To Full Article

Verizon's video service sidesteps Verizon's bandwidth caps

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Engadget's parent company Verizon is taking a page from T-Mobile's playbook and proving that it really doesn't care about net neutrality. The latest update to its Go90 video streaming app makes it so watching the company's content won't count toward... Go To Full Article

The first Ultra HD Blu-ray players are already on sale

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I wasn't expecting to see Samsung's UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player on sale until the end of the month, but it's already available at a few stores. USA Today points out that Video and Audio Center in Santa Monica is… Go To Full Article

Google is exploring wireless charging for self-driving cars

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Self-driving cars are poised to be an incredible tool of the future, but they won't be much use if they can't hold a charge. It looks like Google wants to solve this problem via resonant magnetic induction, a form of… Go To Full Article

Google Adds New Hands-Free Features to Android Wear

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Google has announced this week that they have added several new functions to the Android Wear operating system in an update that is now being rolled out. The latest update takes an eye towards delivering some improvements to hands-free input… Go To Full Article

Tinder bans users for sending pro-Bernie Sanders messages

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Campaigning for Bernie Sanders, and presumably any other politician, can get you banned from Tinder. According to a report from Reuters, two users of the dating app learned that the hard way recently, after their accounts were locked for sending… Go To Full Article

EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2 @ techPowerUp

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We have on our test bench today EVGA's flagship PSU with an enormous capacity and Titanium efficiency. We expect it to preform incredibly well because it uses Super Flower's high-end Leadex platform and comes with some formidable specs. Go To Full Article

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Horus GK2000 Gaming Keyboard

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Horus GK2000 mechanical gaming keyboard. It has a built-in 32-bit micro-programmed control unit (MCU) and 4 MB of onboard memory, plus an intuitive ROG user interface that allows users to customize macro… Go To Full Article

Replacing The iPhone 6 Button Bricks The Phone

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News comes from The Guardian that the iPhone 6 will break because of software updates due to non-authorized hardware replacements. Several thousand iPhone 6 users are claiming their phones have been bricked thanks to software updates if the home button… Go To Full Article

Galaxy Note 6 could come to Europe this year

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The next edge+ handset will reportedly not launch in the continent. Samsung’s decision to not bring the Galaxy Note 5 to Europe didn’t sit well with many consumers, and the company has reportedly taken the “backlash from loyal Note fans”… Go To Full Article

Logitech announces new G810 Orion Spectrum keyboard

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Logitech has announced its new member of the gaming peripherals lineup, the G810 Orion Spectrum gaming keyboard, which comes with less complicated design but still features Romer-G mechanical switches and RGB LED backlight. The design of the… Go To Full Article

Final Cut Pro X now handles 4K export to some Apple devices

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Final Cut Pro X didn't get the warmest of receptions when it was released in 2011. But Apple's made many changes to its video-editing software since, listening to user feedback and adding features that were missing from Final Cut Pro… Go To Full Article

Galaxy S7 T-Mobile variant hits Geekbench database, posts impressive scores

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Yet another Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered Galaxy S7 variant has popped up on the Geekbench database. This time we have the T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy S7, carrying the model number SM-G930T. The SM-G930T variant of the Galaxy S7 managed to… Go To Full Article

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