Crucial BX100 250GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2015-09-02 read/post comments()

With the BX100 we have another very good product for the price which is able to sport very good read speeds and decent writes for the 250GB model, while the 500GB and 1TB versions have even higher rating write speeds. For conserving the costs, the manufacturer has used an aluminum chassis with no screws, but the build is high quality and the internal PCB is kept steady and secure inside. While BX100 does come initially in a 7mm format, we are getting a free spacer with adhesive in order to able to mount it on more systems. read more

OUKITEL U10 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-08-28 read/post comments()

OUKITEL has impressed us with the release of the new U10 model, with features a 5.5’’ Full-HD JDI screen, one of the latest MTK 64-bit SoCs, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, dual-SIM capabilities but also a good Samsung 3M2 13MP CMOS sensor, which is able to produce good quality photos. The manufacturer has adopted a modern design with 2.5D curved glass while on the back we will find a super-thin metal alloy chassis so the phone does have a thickness of only 7.9mm, with the expense of a non-removable battery. The SIM tray can be ejected thanks to the included pin and supports multiple configurations: SIM+SIM or SIM+TF card for storage expansion. read more

SISWOO C55 Longbow Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-08-26 read/post comments()

With the SISWOO C55, the manufacturer has created a device for users which are in need of larger screen sizes than the previous C50 while the performance has been also upgraded with a better SoC, now housing eight cores at 1.3GHz each. The camera quality does not disappoint and reaches the impressive levels of color detail which we have also seen with the C50, only that the focus may not be spot on sometimes. The battery has also suffered a small upgrade, but since we are now dealing with a more powerful SoC and a bigger screen size which both consume quite a bit of battery resources, the tests reveal a lower usage time versus the C50. read more

Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-08-23 read/post comments()

We have reviewed quite a bit of Corsair gaming keyboards in the past and we can say that while they are a bit more expensive, the quality is top-notch and the experience is quite unique. With the Strafe, Corsair wants to introduce its premium products to more budget-conscious people, by eliminating some of the elements like the aluminum layer, the wrist rest or using a single-color LED for the Red/Brown Cherry-MX switches. The product is accompanied by the powerful CUE (Corsair Utility Engine), which offers the same levels of customization as on the more expensive variants and within it we can also update the keyboard firmware to its latest version. For added value, Corsair has also included two sets of… read more

BIOSTAR N3150NH ITX Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2015-08-21 read/post comments()

By including the Celeron N3150 Braswell SoC from Intel, the BIOSTAR N3150NH board takes part of the low-end segment and we can clearly see that from the benchmarks we have ran, since the performance per core is quite low, the Celeron 3205U we have found with the Shuttle DS57U surpassing it with flying colors. The power consumption though is like one third of the mentioned Celeron and the temperatures are much lower too, the included passive heatsink remaining cool during even most stressful conditions. read more

HIS R7 370 IceQ X2 OC 2GB Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2015-08-18 read/post comments()

As we have mentioned before, the R7 370 GPU from AMD is basically one of the most refreshed components from the 300 series since we have seen it since Radeon HD 7850, then in the R7 265/270 cards and now again. While the speeds have been boosted, we have the same architecture involved which basically means that older game titles should work fine at Full-HD resolution but newer titles need to be dialed down at lower detail levels in order to reach playable FPS. read more
Others/Mice & Keyboards Tt eSPORTS BLACK V2 Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2015-08-16
Tradeshow & OC events Gigabyte Z170 Launch at Gamescom by leeghoofd @ 2015-08-15
Cases & PSU/Cases Fractal Design Node 202 Enclosure Review by leeghoofd @ 2015-08-13
Videocards/VGA Reviews HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 OC 2GB Video Card Review by stefan @ 2015-08-10
Others/All-in-one PC Shuttle DS57U Barebone Review by stefan @ 2015-08-04

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Razer Updates The Diamondback And Orochi Gaming Mice

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Today Razer is updating some of their most classic accessories. The Diamondback mouse was first released way back in 2004, and it was the first gaming mouse to feature an optical sensor, the Orochi is Razer’s mobile gaming mouse, and… Go To Full Article

OSVR Updates Hardware And Software For VR Dev Kits

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OSVR is Open Source Virtual Reality, which is trying to stake its claim in the yet unrealized Virtual Reality landscape. Today they have announced that they have updated their Hacker Development Kit (HDK) to version 1.3, and they have also… Go To Full Article

'Borderlands' is the latest backwards compatible game on Xbox One

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Even if you spent $399 on the ultra-crazy edition of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection there was a pretty gaping hole in it. No, I'm not talking about what that purchase did to your bank account, I mean the anthology's distinct… Go To Full Article

Facebook-owned WhatsApp reaches 900 million monthly active users

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WhatsApp has grown tremendously from the time Facebook acquired it in 2014 for $19 billion. The messaging app's founder, Jan Koum, has just announced on Facebook that the service has reached 900 million monthly active users (MAU). That means it… Go To Full Article

EVGA Z170 Classified, GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N and 1600W T2 Set Unigine Heaven Record

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Extreme Overclocker Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido has once again raised the bar with a new Unigine Heaven Xtreme World Record, a popular stress test and benchmark, using EVGA hardware. Armed with the new EVGA Z170 Classified motherboard, a GTX 980 Ti… Go To Full Article

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Benchmarked, Performance Review

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Almost a year after Ground Zeroes we have a new Metal Gear Solid V title and this time around it shipped simultaneously for PC and console players on September 1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was built using… Go To Full Article

AMD FX-8320E CPU & MSI 970 Mobo Review @ OCC

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"Overclocking the AMD FX-8320E was one of the simplest overclocks I've ever performed. Feeling ambitious, I started by attempting to hit 5GHz with "safe" voltage around 1.55 volts. While the system would boot and be generally stable in Windows, heavy… Go To Full Article

Acer Announces Predator 8 Gaming Tablet With Intel Atom x7 And Android 5.1

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Acer has introduced a dedicated gaming tablet called the Predator 8. This is a new play from Acer and has some pretty interesting hardware packed in. All of it is packed in an 8.7 mm thin package which weighs in… Go To Full Article

Chrome's next update makes it less resource hungry

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A big part of what's won Chrome a lot of converts is how much faster it is over the competition. That speed comes at a price, though: The web browser is notoriously a resource hog (especially if you have a… Go To Full Article

Acer Refreshes Predator Gaming Lineup With Skylake And Windows 10 At IFA

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Acer is also taking the opportunity of the timing of the IFA trade show in Berlin to announce updates to many of their notebook computers. As is the theme this year at IFA, Skylake and Windows 10 are the major… Go To Full Article

GTX 950 SLI Testing @ LanOC Reviews

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So yeah I know, it's starting to look a little like all we cover around here are GTX 950's and R7 370's. Don't worry today is the last time. Today I'm going to follow up the R7 370 Crossfire article… Go To Full Article

DOJ's new Stingray rules: feds need a warrant to track phones

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Contents Over the last few years, we've learned that US law enforcement agencies not only regularly use "Stingray" devices to locate suspects by their cellphones, but go to great lengths to hide this activity. After extensive reporting on the subjec... Go To Full Article

Toshiba Announces UHD Satellite Radius 12, Satellite Radius 14

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Toshiba announced a trio of convertible notebooks today. The two Satellite devices offer a 360° hinge, and the third device is the Satellite Click 10 which is a tablet with an attachable keyboard. It looks like Toshiba has gone all… Go To Full Article

Autonomous robosub hunts starfish with poison-tipped needles

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Crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) are voracious coral consumers with a propensity for population explosions, which makes them very real threats to the world's coral reefs. And while they're typically held in check by fish higher in the food chain, ov...… Go To Full Article

Apple will reportedly outfit the 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display

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Almost a year ago, Apple put a Retina display inside its 27-inch desktop. A report from 9to5Mac says we could see a high-res panel on the smaller 21.5-inch model soon as well. The word comes from Mark Gurman, who has… Go To Full Article

Samsung teases Galaxy View tablet at the end of IFA event

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Samsung is making a habit of teasing its next announcement at the end of launch events. After today's Gear S2 official reveal, the company teased a new tablet: the Galaxy View. Of course, details are quite scarce right now, but… Go To Full Article

Antec ISK310-150 micro Case Review

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Most people know Antec and their high quality Cases. In this review we look at the new and small Antec ISK310-150 micro case. Go To Full Article

LC-Power Gaming 930W Case Review

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LC-Power is a well known manufacturer of computer water cooling components and accessories. In this review we look at their new LC-Power Gaming 930W Case in Wite with logo and window on the sides. … Go To Full Article

Waze sued for allegedly stealing map data

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Google and its mapping service Waze are being dragged to court over allegations that Waze stole data from a rival's map database. The lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court on Tuesday by PhantomAlert alleges that the navigation app used… Go To Full Article

ASUS Announces Zen AiO S Series

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ASUS today announced the 23.8-inch Zen AiO S Z240IC and the 21.5-inch Zen AiO S Z220IC, the first models in the incredible new Zen AiO S Series, a premium range of all-in-one PCs that fuse art with industry-leading technology. Zen… Go To Full Article

Windows 10 "Threshold 2" Update Slated For November Release

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According to this site, the Windows 10 "Threshold 2" update has been pushed back to November. For those who don't know, Microsoft is currently working on it's first non-patch update for Windows 10, currently codenamed Threshold 2 and was originally… Go To Full Article

Philips Hue Lighting Review @ Hardware Secrets

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Today we review the Philips Hue smart lighting system including easy set up instructions and suggestions on how to get the most out of the system. Go To Full Article

Your phone knows if you're bored by how much you use it

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Researchers at Barcelona's Telefonica Research lab have developed a smartphone-based algorithm that determines a user's level of boredom based on how much they're using the device. The algorithm also takes a number of factors such as time of day an... Go To Full Article

The gaping maw of Lian Li's PC-V33 is ready to swallow ATX mobos

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Lian Li hasn't been afraid to mix it up when it comes to its PC enclosures. While the company's PC-V33 isn't an entire desk, this aluminum ATX cuboid is at least a little different from tower-style ATX cases. Thanks to… Go To Full Article

Tech giants settle anti-poaching lawsuit for $415 million

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Silicon Valley's anti-poaching conspiracy has reached its conclusion. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has approved the $415 million settlement, suggested by Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe earlier this year. The four tech giants have long been accused... Go To Full Article

Mercedes' newest mini car is one you'd actually want to drive

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If you live in a metropolitan area like San Francisco, New York or Chicago, you understand the appeal of a tiny car. It's easier to swoop through traffic and it can be parked nearly anywhere. Smart says the Fortwo is… Go To Full Article

T-Mobile lets you dial up a video chat just like a regular call

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T-Mobile has launched a video calling feature that you can access straight from your smartphone's stock phone dialer. With T-Mobile Video Calling, "there's no need to search out, download, configure and register additional apps," said CTO Neville R... Go To Full Article

Google Introduces New Street View App

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Today Google introduced a new Street View application for iOS and Android. Due to the differences between Google's app offerings on iOS and Android it's a bit confusing to describe what this app is replacing. On Android it simply serves… Go To Full Article

PowerColor Launches Radeon R9 390 X2 Devil13 Dual-GPU Graphics Card

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TUL Corporation, a leading and innovative manufacturer of AMD graphic cards since 1997, has proudly announced a new and most powerful graphics card in the world among AMD Radeon R9 390 series. The PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390… Go To Full Article

Bang and Olufsen's BeoPlay A6 is a $1,000 wireless speaker

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Luxury audiovisual brand Bang & Olufsen (B&O) has just announced a pricey wireless speaker, the $999 BeoPlay A6. The style evokes the back of a chair, gently curving and covered in designer fabric from Danish studio Kvadrat. Apparently, thi...… Go To Full Article

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