Fractal Design Core 500 SFF Chassis Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2016-02-09 read/post comments()

Fractal is expanding their lineup continuously: small form chassis are becoming more and more popular as even the latest high end hardware is also available in reduced size. Thus small form doesn't mean the end-user is limited to just entry or mainstream components. With the right hardware choices one has the ability to build a true gaming powerhouse. The Core 500 is one of them chassis models that looks very intriguing on paper, allowing high end cooling, normal sized ATX PSUs, a discrete GPU and last but not least plenty of storage options including Optical Disk Drive support. All this in a 60 euro bundle, now that sounds too good to be true! Time to find out if there is… read more

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
Motherboards/IntegratedCPU BIOSTAR A68N-5200 Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2016-01-19
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

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Fractal Design Core 500 Case Video Review

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"The Fractal Design Core 500 Case would be perfect if you're looking to build a hardcore mini-ITX rig. It looks awesome, has excellent build quality, there's lots of drive and fan options, plus water cooling support and it fits long… Go To Full Article

Windows 10 gets new Release Preview ring and detailed change logs

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Most users are aware that Microsoft regularly publishes updates to Windows 10 called "cumulative updates." Although that name has a nice ring to it, it doesn't describe exactly what those updates contain. The vast majority of software developers out there… Go To Full Article

Twitter is going to 'fix' how you @

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Earlier today, Twitter announced that it would be implementing an optional algorithmic feed that would put the most "important" tweets that you missed at the top of your timeline. Now it seems there are more changes in the works. According… Go To Full Article

Twitter Isn't Attracting Enough New Users

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Twitter is worried about not attracting new users? If I was the head of a company that has lost money every single year since it went public, I'd be focused on making money first. What are they doing with all… Go To Full Article


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“For NVIDIA the GeForce GTX 980Ti has been a great success and has allowed the graphics giant to take the single-GPU crown. Since the GTX 980Ti’s arrival in May 2015 there have been a catalogue of options to choose from… Go To Full Article

Micron: GDDR5X Has Arrived

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Micron Technology announced yesterday via its company blog that GDDR5X will hit mass production as soon as this summer. There have been a variety of rumors in the industry about GDDR5X availability timeframes, so I'd like to clear that up… Go To Full Article

Valve's VR technology now works with the Unity game engine

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For many gaming platforms, the litmus test these days is whether or not they get official support in Unity's game engine -- land that and many developers (and by extension, gamers) are likely to give them a closer look. Valve… Go To Full Article

My toxic relationship with fitness wearables

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Fitness gadgets were meant to make me a better man. Or at least a healthier (possibly more attractive) one. Over the course of my wrist-based romance, I've strapped on a Fitbit, a Jawbone Up, two types of Nike FuelBand and… Go To Full Article

Shooter classic 'Descent' gets a second crowdfunded revival

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Apparently, there are a lot of gamers (and game developers) who are still fond of Descent's mind-breaking, 6-degrees-of-freedom shooting action. Just months after the success of Descent: Underground, the aptly-named Revival Productions is crowdfundin... Go To Full Article

HBO Now tallies 800,000 subscribers in 10 months since launch

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A standalone HBO streaming service was supposedly what the masses were clamoring for. Well, it turns out "about 800,000" people were really interested. HBO CEO Richard Plepler revealed the figure during an earnings call for the network's parent compa...… Go To Full Article

Make massive mechanizations with Minecraft's Overworld update

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Following on from last fall's update to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta and Minecraft: Pocket Edition, which saw the introduction of basic redstone components, Microsoft today announced that the game's next update will deliver even more advanced m... Go To Full Article

AMD Increases Notebook Market Traction

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AMD today announced increasing momentum for the 6th Generation AMD PRO A-Series mobile processors, based on the introduction of two new HP notebook design wins, new large-scale enterprise deployments, and the expansion of HP adoption of AMD FreeSync technology in… Go To Full Article

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition Starts Selling

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The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR EDITION has arrived. Accelerated by the groundbreaking NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, the GTX 980 Ti delivers an unbeatable 4K and virtual reality experience. With 2,816 NVIDIA CUDA Cores and 6GB of GDDR5 memory, it… Go To Full Article

Particle's Electron board lets anyone make 3G internet devices

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As sweet as it might be to dream of making your own Internet of Things device, there's one big problem: keeping it online at all times. How do you connect that smart sensor in your backyard when it's nowhere near… Go To Full Article

'The Walking Dead: Michonne' debuts on February 23rd

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The Walking Dead: Michonne is a three-episode miniseries from the undead-drama masterminds at Telltale Games, and the first installment is set to drop on February 23rd for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Android and… Go To Full Article

First Oculus ready PCs introduced, prices start at $1499

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Oculus has introduced the first lineup of “Oculus Ready” PCs from various hardware partners such as ASUS, Alienware, and Dell. All of these PCs have been “battle tested” and certified by Oculus to work perfectly with the Rift and give… Go To Full Article

Software maps the 'Star Wars' universe

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You may have a good feel for the scope of the Star Wars universe, but Swiss researchers just took things to another level. They've created maps of the space fantasy series' expanded universe that visualize the connections between 20,000 characters,... Go To Full Article

Asus releases a trio of colorful B150 boards for smaller PCs

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It's still amazing how much horsepower one can cram into a small computer these days. Asus is serving that increasingly popular market with three B150-based itty-bitty mobos. Go To Full Article

Lenovo quietly launches the Vibe P1 Turbo with a 5000mAh battery

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Lenovo today listed the Vibe P1 Turbo on its Indonesian website, the “Pro” variant of the Vibe P1 it launched in September last year. The handset was teased a few months back by Lenovo, referred to as the Vibe P1… Go To Full Article

Tesla quietly drops the Model S 85 series in the UK

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Most Brits can't afford to buy a Tesla, but for those that can deciding which particular model to go with is now a little easier. The electric car company has quietly slimmed down its Model S range in the UK,… Go To Full Article

GIGABYTE F2A88X-D3HP mid-range socket FM2+ motherboard launched

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GIGABYTE has launched a new mid-range motherboard based on the FM2+ socket, the F2A88X-D3HP. The new ATX motherboard falls under the company’s “Ultra Durable” series of boards that claim to offer high durability. It is equipped with a 24-pin ATX… Go To Full Article

Machine turns your Twitter posts into tasty cocktails

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Ever wondered what your tweets would taste like if you could distill them into a drink? Probably not, but there's now a way to find out. Clément Gault and Koi Koi Design have whipped up Data Cocktail, an Arduino-powered machine… Go To Full Article

Latest Galaxy S7 edge render shows a grey variant

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It’s likely the silver version looking a bit different in the leaked render. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have been rumored to arrive in silver, gold, black and white color options, but it looks like Samsung may be… Go To Full Article

'Final Fantasy IX' is now on iOS and Android

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You could argue that Final Fantasy IX is the long-running series' high point. It's certainly the highest-rated Final Fantasy game on Metacritic, even if its sales and nostalgic value pale in comparison to Final Fantasy VII. Putting that argument asid... Go To Full Article

Terabit satellites to supercharge remote internet access

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Despite the growth of fiber and mobile networks, satellite broadband is now more important than ever. Google and Facebook already plan to beam internet connectivity to remote parts of the globe and airlines are in the process of upgrading their… Go To Full Article

How to Refresh the Content in the App Store by Clearing the Cache

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Are you finding that you’re not seeing new apps on the App Store, or that updates to apps won’t go away even after you’ve installed the updates? Here’s a simple fix. Go To Full Article

BioWare writer David Gaider to helm 'Baldur's Gate' series

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When longtime BioWare writer David Gaider announced his departure from the studio, many wondered where he would end up next. The answer shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. He's joining Beamdog, a game developer and distributor best known… Go To Full Article

Paul McCartney wrote tiny songs for Skype's new animated emojis

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Last fall, Skype took the emoji and sticker craze and ran with it, introducing a new animated emoticon the company simply called the "Moji." It's basically an animation coupled with an audio clip, and they launched with big content properties… Go To Full Article

Ventev’s USB Charging Hub 400 Review - Stay Charged!

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Having a mobile device with a dead battery is a simple fear we can all share. Now what do you do when you forgot your charging block and you don’t have any open USB ports on your workstation computer? Where… Go To Full Article

Cooler Master Announces Hyper 212X and TX3i CPU Coolers

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Cooler Master, a leading manufacturer of desktop components and peripherals, today announced the Hyper 212X and Hyper TX3i air CPU coolers. Building on its Hyper 212 and Hyper TX3 predecessors Cooler Master focused on the ease of upgrading, ensuring that… Go To Full Article

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