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
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Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Fighting games to fairy tales: The unlikely story of 'Unravel'

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Unravel is a thoughtful, heartwarming game that feels like mix of LittleBigPlanet, Limbo and Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina, all wrapped up in a cozy sweater your grandmother just finished knitting. If it weren't a digital-only title, its disc... Go To Full Article

iPhone puzzle games are no match for this robot

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Dragons is a ridiculously popular mobile game in Japan that tasks players with matching coloured orbs in order to take down enemy monsters. If you've played Pokemon Shuffle before, it's just like that. To help with the trickier stages, Y... Go To Full Article

MEIZU PRO 5 MINI gets Helio X20

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MediaTek has won over one of China's biggest mobile companies, MEIZU and the MEIZU Pro 5 mini might have scored the first Helio X20 major design win. Helio X20, a deca-core, three-cluster SoC should start appearing… Go To Full Article

Patriot DDR4 SODIMMs Approved for Intel Gen 6 Skylake NUCs

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Patriot, a long time, leading manufacturer of computer memory has announced the qualification of their 4GB and 8GB DDR4 2133MHz SODIMMs for compatibility with Intel's latest GEN 6 i3 NUC (Next Unit of Computing) and GEN 6 i5 NUC.… Go To Full Article

Google CEO Receives Stock Grant Worth $199M

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Whoa, as part of a promotion to CEO you get a $199 million stock grant? I think we are all in the wrong business. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai received restricted stock worth about $199 million, according to a regulatory… Go To Full Article

3Doodler is back with a cute, safe 3D printing pen for kids

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Even from their earliest moments of Kickstarter success, one thing was clear to the team at 3D printing pen startup 3Doodler: they'd have to build a version just for kids. Now, after releasing a streamlined upgrade to the original and… Go To Full Article

NASA's Curiosity offers another 360-degree peek at Mars

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Less than two weeks ago NASA posted a 360-degree video on Facebook that showed the perspective of its Curiosity rover on Mars. It was an exhilarating view, but the way it had been created -- by stitching together lots of… Go To Full Article

ASUS announces RP-AC68U dual-band Wi-Fi repeater

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ASUS today introduced a top-of-the-line 802.11ac (AC1900) dual-band Wi-Fi repeater, the RP-AC68U. Featuring a compact and stylish design, the RP-AC68U comes with four internal high-performance antennas (3 transmit, 4 receive), allowing users to extend coverage of their existing 802.11ac Wi-Fi… Go To Full Article

Withings Hy-result analyzes your blood pressure

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Next time you open the Withings Health Mate app on iOS, you'll find an option named "HyResult" when you click the + button in your timeline. It's a new add-on that can analyze your blood pressure if you want to… Go To Full Article

Amazon Japan has free on-call wine advisors

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In some cities, Amazon will deliver you alcohol, including wine, within an hour. But which one to choose? Japanese enthusiasts will now get help thanks to the new Sommelier service. Between noon and 5 p.m. ET, you can leave your… Go To Full Article

Intel Pushes CPU Microcode Update which Cripples Overclocking Non-K Skylake CPUs

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Intel pushed a CPU microcode update to its motherboard partners, which "plugs a loophole," which allowed people to overclock Core "Skylake" processors, other than those with the "K" brand extensions. The PC enthusiast community rejoiced what it felt was a… Go To Full Article

Wearable sleeve could improve stroke recovery therapy

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When it comes to tools that help stroke victims on their way to recovery, we've seen exoskeletons of sorts to medicine covered clot-busting nanoparticles. But researchers from the University of South Hampton and Imperial College London have something... Go To Full Article

Swiftech H220 X2 Prestige @ techPowerUp

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A new year, a new custom all-in-one liquid cooler from Swiftech. The H220 X2 Prestige looks to one-up the competition by not only offering exceptional performance but more customization options. The only question is whether you can you overlook its… Go To Full Article

Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge water-resistance feature confirmed through import site

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Waterproof components for the two devices are being tested in India. Another day, another feature of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge is being confirmed. The S7 and S7 edge have been rumored to be water-resistant like the Galaxy… Go To Full Article

Apple TV is getting badly-needed voice-dictation

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Apple is really trying to fix one of the biggest complaints about its generally solid 2015 Apple TV: text input. The previous beta 2 of tvOS 9.2 introduced a bluetooth keyboard, and the latest beta 3 version of tvOS 9.2… Go To Full Article

Smanos X300 plug and play alarm system

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While a smart home was once thought the preserve of the uber rich today with wireless apps and plug-in security systems, anyone can have a connected household. All you need is something like the Smanos X300 Plug and Play Alarm… Go To Full Article

Amazon's new game engine comes with Twitch baked in

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Amazon might be known for selling you things, but its cloud services now have just as much of an impact. It already powers many of the most popular apps and websites on the planet, but it's easy to forget that… Go To Full Article

Flash beats HDD areal density

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Coughlin Associates has said that NAND flash memory has surpassed hard disk drive (HDD) technology in areal density for the first time. Believe it or not. The market researchers told the assorted throngs at the 2016 IEEE… Go To Full Article

Verizon thinking of buying Yahoo

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The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn claiming that the US telco Verizon is thinking of buying the very troubled search outfit Yahoo. Verizon wrote a cheque for the supplier of beer… Go To Full Article

Apple sued for creating bricks in its wall

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The fruity cargo cult Apple is facing a class action for bricking the phones of naughty users who dared not to use its genii to repair their phones. Apple issued an update which bricked iPhone 6 devices… Go To Full Article

3D officially dying again

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It is looking like 3D technology is dead in the water with both Samsung and LG phasing it out in new TVs. This confirms what we noticed at CES where there were few people even showing 3D… Go To Full Article

OEMs appear to kill AMD’s Carrizo

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AMD’s hopes that its Carrizo might boost performance are being stuffed up by its OEM partners crippling the chip and over-pricing products made with it. Anandtech has just done a detailed review a five-way comparison between four… Go To Full Article

Diatoms are a biological wonder material, new study says

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Caltech professor Julia Greer and her team have taken a really close look at diatoms and found them to be tougher and more resilient than previously thought. Diatoms are single-celled, mostly microscopic algae encased in hard shells made of silica… Go To Full Article

Plextor Unveils the M6S Plus Series SSD

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Plextor announced the M6S Plus line of performance consumer SSDs, succeeding the company's current M6S lineup. The drives implement Toshiba A19 toggle NAND flash memory built on the 15 nm process, and are driven by Marvell 88SS9188 controllers. Available in… Go To Full Article

Kickstarter lists 100 facts from 100,000 funded campaigns

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After almost seven years online, Kickstarter can now boast that it has 100,000 successfully funded campaigns under its belt. A photography project called Falklands/Malvinas: One War, all Wars by a Nat Geo photographer helped it get to that number whe... Go To Full Article

ASUS Announces the RP-AC68U Gaming Router

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ASUS today announced RP-AC68U, its top-of-the-range 802.11ac (AC1900) dual-band Wi-Fi repeater. The compact and stylish RP-AC68U features four internal high-performance antennas (3 transmit, 4 receive) and allows users to easily extend coverage of an existing 802.11ac Wi-Fi network with ultra-fast… Go To Full Article

Stanley FatMax LEDLISL Lithium-Ion LED Flashlight Review @

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Star Wars fans rejoice as you can have your own literal light saber in your hands! Today I share with you two of Stanley's latest flashlights that are part of their FatMax lineup. These flashlights utilize Lithium-Ion battery technology as… Go To Full Article

Firewatch Photos will print and ship your in-game snapshots

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In-game photo modes are cool and all, but beyond sharing your Driveclub or Arkham Knight snaps via social media, there isn't much you can do with them. Well, in the PC version of Firewatch (out this week, and on PlayStation… Go To Full Article

Synology DS716+ review: This is the NAS you’re looking for

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The DS716+ is the latest two-bay NAS from Synology, offering a quad-core CPU that can transcode 4K videos on the fly. The NAS also offers a host of other features, such as the new Btrfs file system, Docker virtualization, which… Go To Full Article

Smart car algorithm sees pedestrians as well as you can

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It's one thing for computers to spot people in relatively tame academic situations, but it's another when they're on the road -- you need your car to spot that jaywalker in time to avoid a collision. Thankfully, UC San Diego… Go To Full Article

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