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

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro specs leak through online benchmark

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The A9 Pro comes with more RAM and a newer version of Android. Last month, a leak revealed that Samsung was working on a Galaxy A9 Pro, a new variant of the recently launched Galaxy A9. Only the fact that… Go To Full Article

Matrox Announces the C900 Graphics Card with Nine DisplayPorts

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Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced Matrox C900, the world's first single-slot, nine-output graphics card that supports nine 1920x1080 displays at 60Hz. The latest card in the popular Matrox C-Series line of multi-monitor graphics cards, C900 will be demonstrated for the… Go To Full Article

Experiment will find out why astronauts feel weak back on Earth

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Astronauts don't have it easy when they come home, and it's not just because of the change in gravity: their red blood cell production drops while they're in space, leaving them weakened on Earth. But why? That's what a Canadian… Go To Full Article

Innodisk Announces New Industrial SSDs Equipped With AES Encryption

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Innodisk, the service-driven flash and DRAM module provider, introduces a new series of 3MG2-P SSDs equipped with AES encryption. Innodisk's 3MG2-P SSD with AES encryption is bundled with an ATA security-authorized key which provides advanced security to protect data; it… Go To Full Article

Alphacool Announces the X-Flow Series Radiators

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Alphacool expands the extensive range of products in the area radiators to a completely new line: the X-Flow. Thus Alphacool completes its product range with a high-flow series with special characteristics without loosing the known and popular virtues of previous… Go To Full Article

Phanteks Announces the Eclipse P400 and P400S Chassis

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Phanteks today introduces two variants of the Eclipse Series, the P400 and P400S (Silent Edition). The Eclipse P400 and P400S will be available in three colors: Satin Black, Anthracite Grey and Glacier White. The Eclipse Series P400 and P400s are… Go To Full Article

Dell XPS 13 Review: The best Windows laptop, updated

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The revamped Dell XPS 13 includes just a handful of improvements: a new Skylake CPU, a USB Type-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3, and the option to get the laptop in gold. But considering the Broadwell-based Dell XPS 13 was… Go To Full Article

Facebook Messenger has a hidden chess game

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It's no secret that you can use Facebook Messenger for a whole lot more than just chatting with pals, but there's still a surprise or two in store. Social networkers have discovered that Messenger has a hidden chess game (quietly… Go To Full Article

Chip promises brain-like AI in your mobile devices

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There's one big, glaring reason why you don't see neural networks in mobile devices right now: power. Many of these brain-like artificial intelligence systems depend on large, many-core graphics processors to work, which just isn't practical for a d...… Go To Full Article

Scientists decode the bedbug's genes to help kill it

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Just the very thought of bedbugs probably makes your skin crawl, and that's made all the worse by their ability to adapt to new threats. Like it or not, that pesticide you used years ago probably doesn't work any more.… Go To Full Article

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact arrive in the US

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As promised, Sony has brought its latest and greatest smartphones to the US. Both the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are now on sale in unlocked form through Amazon, Best Buy, B&H and other shops at respective prices of… Go To Full Article

Google is reportedly releasing a VR headset this year

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There were hints that Google was interested in making virtual reality hardware, and now some of the first details of that gear seem to be trickling out. Financial Times sources claim that Google's first true VR headset is effectively a… Go To Full Article

Smart cube lamp shows emoji and sets the mood

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LED cube lamps have been around for a while, but they tend to either be make-it-yourself affairs or limited in what they can do. However, Spin-R might finally bring that lighting tech to your living room. It's crowdfunding Tittle (yes,… Go To Full Article

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

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