Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2014-07-28 read/post comments(0)

Corsair has developed another great product in the name of the LX 256GB SSD, which has a very accessible price point and offers very decent performances all over the board. Regarding the internal construction, we could remind the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, 128MB of DDR3 buffer, but also 8 MLC NAND Flash chips with 32GB capacity each. read more

Gigabyte Z97X-SOC FORCE Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by leeghoofd @ 2014-07-22 read/post comments()

Gigabyte continues to release new products in their orange themed overclocking motherboard series. The first of the OC series was the immaculate X58 OC motherboard, a trimmed down on features board, however purely designed to provide the ultimate overclocking experience. Sadly the X58 OC board arrived just a tad too late on the market to become a major selling product. Nevertheless a trend was set: deliver affordable, yet customized for maximum tweaking potential motherboard series. Other brands had similar overclocking friendly boards yet retailing at far more elevated prices. The predecessor, the Z87X-OC was one of the most utilized overclocking boards during the last year according statistics expert Massman from Gigabyte had to live up to its name and… read more

Synology DS414j Budget-friendly 4-bay NAS Server Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2014-07-21 read/post comments()

Synology has updated their low-end 4-bay model with the release of the DS414j which retains the old version chassis and at its core we will find the 1.2GHz MindSpeed Comcerto dual-core ARM processor, which is paired with 512MB of RAM. As the more expensive models, DSM 5.0 is installed on the unit which adds great value and ease of use. read more

HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB GDDR5 Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2014-07-21 read/post comments()

With the R9 280 GPU (rebadged Radeon HD 7970), HIS have released a new card which features the proven 5-heatpipe two-slot cooling system; the product comes with a mild overclock but retains a very good overclocking potential, being able to reach and even surpass cards based on the 7970 GHz Edition. The card can handle most games at Full-HD resolutions, with or without filtering, while at 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 we may often need to adjust the detail levels. read more

Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2014-07-18 read/post comments()

Cooler Master has re-built the Quick Fire series with the Rapid-I model, which features fully-customizable backlighting, but also some preset catchy modes, which sport the ActivLite marketing name. More modes will be introduced in the near future via firmware flash and the tenkeyless design saves a lot of space while making the product lighter for going to LAN parties. read more

Shuttle Barebone DS81 Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2014-07-17 read/post comments(0)

The Slim PC chassis from been reincarnated in the shape of the DS81 which supports the latest Haswell processors with a TDP up to 65W and supports 4K video output thanks to the DirectX 11.1 IGP. The DS81 chassis features a 1.3-liter slim design with a thickness of only 43mm, so it is suitable for many commercial applications; a VESA mount is also included as a bundle in order to mount the device behind the monitor. read more
Others/Networking Gear TP-LINK AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router Review by stefan @ 2014-07-14
Cases & PSU/Cases SilentiumPC Aquarius X90 Mid-Tower Case Review by leeghoofd @ 2014-07-10
Storage/Other KingFast Encrypted USB Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2014-07-09
Motherboards/Intel S1150 BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97WE LGA1150 Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2014-07-07
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2014-07-02

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Microsoft Anti-Malware Support for XP Is Counting Down

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Another nail in the coffin of Windows XP has entered its countdown phase. All Anti-malware updates for XP are scheduled to end next July. For enterprise customers these signatures apply to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint… Go To Full Article

Pong Was Never Intended For Public Release

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Raise your hand if you have ever played a game of Pong. Well, that first gaming experience almost didn't happen, because Pong was initially designed and developed to be a training exercise and not for public consumption. In fact, there… Go To Full Article

Rock Elegant Smart View Flip Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 Review @ TestFreaks

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"On the dissection block today is a case for the elegant Samsung Galaxy S5. This case is manufactured by a company called Rock and it is part of their Elegant series of cases. The Rock Elegant case is designed for… Go To Full Article

​Amazon's new video portal makes it easy to buy while you watch

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Want to watch the latest Weird Al music video or catch a movie trailer straight out of Comic-Con? Amazon now has a place for that. Variety reveals that Amazon quietly launched a new "video shorts" section of its instant video… Go To Full Article

PCSpecialist Optimus V X13 Review

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UK system builder PCSpecialist have earned an excellent reputation in recent years by delivering cost effective rigs, using high grade components. Today we look at one of their new mobile systems, the Optimus V X13. This diminutive 13.3 inch laptop… Go To Full Article

Weave app brings Tinder-style swipes to job hunting

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Tinder's swipe-able interface is such a hit, that a lot of new apps are copying it. One new, notable app among them all is called Weave, which is essentially (there's no other way to describe it) a more boring Tinder… Go To Full Article

Gigabyte GA-Z97N Gaming 5 Mini ITX @

@ 2014/07/28 read/post comments(0) hast just posted another review. Last week we have takten a look at the Gigabyte GA-Z97N Gaming 5 Mini ITX. This board is indeed small, but the includet features are great. Creative Soundblaster X-Fi MB3 Software, golden display and… Go To Full Article

​The Tesla Model S doesn't have onboard navigation in China

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Take a Tesla Model S for a spin in the US or Europe, and you'll have the help of a integrated navigation system to help you find your way. In China, you'll have to unfold a traditional, paper map. Local… Go To Full Article

China's Baidu to challenge Google with its own self-driving car

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Baidu is often referred to as "China's Google," but it's not quite the same. It's true, the company is working on it's own self-driving car, but it thinks Google's no-wheel design is all wrong. According to Kai Yu, Baidu's Institute… Go To Full Article

John Romero: PC Is Decimating Console, Just Through Price

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During a ceremony at the National Museum of Play, John Romero talked about inexpensive PC games, Steam and F2P games decimating console games on price. He also had a bit to say about VR games being a fad. "With PC… Go To Full Article

Microsoft unleashes 'Settlers of Catan' on the web

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Microsoft has something of an extracurricular activity: When it's not releasing Office for iPad or updating Windows, it has a habit of helping other companies build websites. That's mostly because it wants to show how smoothly everything works in... Go To Full Article

BitFenix Neos Mid-Tower Chassis

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If a budget case is what you desire, the crew at eTeknix say the BitFenix Neos mid-tower chassis might be just what you need. Priced at just £30 the Neos is certainly wallet friendly, but just how much you're going… Go To Full Article

Capture experience of extreme beauty with DOOGEE DG800

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Capture can be one of the most popular derived functions in the development of mobile phones for consumers, now all the smartphones are equipped with cameras, and most of them have dual cameras: front and rear. The newly released product,… Go To Full Article

Streacom NC1-GK NUC Chassis @ techPowerUp

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The Streacom NC1 is one of the more intricate NUC enclosures available since it offers a modular approach, allowing for easy installation and upgradablilty. The NC1 is also an excellent compact alternative to Intel's retail NUC chassis. Go To Full Article

Now that Apple is buying Beats, Bose sues over noise-cancelling patents

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The ink is likely dry on the Apple/Beats deal, but it has yet to be officially stamped with regulatory approval. Bose is now going after Cupertino's big purchase though, as the audio outfit is suing over alleged patent infringement. The… Go To Full Article

Nanoxia Unveils the Deep Silence 3 Mid-Tower PC Case

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The Deep Silence 3 is a classic Mid Tower, fully soundproofed and equipped with a bunch of awesome features. The Deep Silence 3 closes a gap in our Deep Silence series. The case is aimed at users who don't need… Go To Full Article

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to go to Mars

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The United States space shuttle program no longer exists, which leaves NASA's astronauts with few options for hitching a ride to the International Space Station. One option, Russia's space program, is currently roadblocked by politics. Another other... Go To Full Article

The Pirate Bay makes it even easier to torrent on the go

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Regardless of what you may be searching for on The Pirate Bay, it wouldn't hurt to be doing so with style and ease of use. In consideration of this, the popular (and controversial) torrent-sharing property has launched a brand new… Go To Full Article

XFX XTS 520w Power Supply Review | Hardware Heaven

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"Today we are taking a look at a PSU from XFX. This model is from their new XTS range and offers platinum efficiency, fanless operation and modular cables." Go To Full Article

Mouth-watering Lenovo K920 specs revealed in full ahead of August 5 unveil

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Lenovo is nearly ready to throw its hat in the Quad HD smartphone ring, although the K920, due to be formally announced on August 5, has a lot more going for it than just an outstanding, somewhat gimmicky display. Hey,… Go To Full Article

iPhone 6 launch scheduled for mid-September (probably)

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The Apple iPhone 6 launch event is being tentatively scheduled for the second or third week of September. Go To Full Article

Google Play gets a section for offline games

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In an ideal world, your smartphone and tablet would always be online (and you'd still have an unlimited data plan), but that's just not the case. Problem is, some Android games require a connection even after you've completed your download,… Go To Full Article

Aorus Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse and Thunder P3 Gaming Pad Overview + Review

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"The Aorus Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse and Aorus Thunder P3 Gaming Mouse Pad have been designed, not just to help you win the game, but with the focus placed on functionality, customization, and being the right choice of peripherals… Go To Full Article

Triple-wide radiator defines Thermaltake's new water cooler

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Have you ever looked at a double-wide liquid cooling radiator and thought: "that's just not big enough." If so, Thermaltake might have just the thing. The company has introduced a super-sized Water 3.0 Ultimate cooler with a 360-mm radiator.… Go To Full Article

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK Motherboard

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The Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK motherboard is on the test bench today at HiTech Legion. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here. It is nice to see that Gigabyte has gotten away from some of that with their… Go To Full Article

Slew of photos presumably starring Motorola’s Moto X+1 surface online

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The most compelling, rigorous, credible Moto X+1-centric report yet has a bunch of pics showcasing every angle and curve of an alleged pre-production unit likely sporting a 5.1-inch display and clearly rocking a wood rear cover. Although it makes perfect… Go To Full Article

Repairing the Fire Phone's cameras is more difficult than you think

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The intrepid disassemblers over at iFixit have torn Amazon's Fire phone asunder in order to determine how repairable it is, but what did they find? At first blush, things seemed promising, with standard Torx screws holding the chassis together, but...… Go To Full Article

Enermax Liqtech 240 CPU Cooler Video Review | Hardware Heaven

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"Today DaveChaos takes a look at the Liqtech 240 CPU Cooler from Enermax, including benchmark performance results." Go To Full Article

Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB Review

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It has has been around a year since we last looked at a Sandisk Solid State Drive – the Extreme II … their ultimate performance model at the time. Today we look at their latest flagship drive – the Extreme… Go To Full Article

ASUS Announces Strix DSP, Strix Claw, Strix Tactic Pro and Strix Glide Series

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ASUS today announced Strix DSP, a gaming headset with audio station, Strix Claw optical gaming mouse, Strix Tactic Pro mechanical gaming keyboard and Strix Glide Control and Glide Speed gaming mouse pads. The new products follow the recent launches of… Go To Full Article

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