Silicon Power Armor Series A30 USB 3.0 2TB Portable HDD Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2014-11-25 read/post comments()

The Armor A30 2.5’’ USB 3.0 portable drives from Silicon Power are built to last in harsh conditions and the manufacturer has included materials like shock-resistant silica gel which combines with the plastic external shell. Silicon Power also reminds us that the drive has passed the test in compliance with the US military MIL-STD-810G (transit drop test) which means a 300cm experimental fall test. read more

Func MS-2 Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2014-11-24 read/post comments()

The Func MS-2 mouse has given us a good impression as the MS-3 version before it and is able to deliver a good gaming experience for mainstream gamers and seems to be better suited for fingertip grip users with smaller hands. The soft-touch coating offers a good grip which is important during long gaming sessions while the extra buttons are carefully placed for easy accessibility. read more

Corsair DDR4 16GB Vengeance LPX 2800C16 Memory Kit Review

Memory by leeghoofd @ 2014-11-18 read/post comments(0)

DDR4 has finally hit the big masses with the release of Intel's high end X99 platform aka Haswell-E. Besides the massive available bandwidth these DDR4 modules can also pack a far higher density per stick. All this goodness is available at your disposal while requiring a mere 1.2Volts. Only drawback, as per each technology at launch is the high retail price. Today we have a look at CORSAIR's mainstream kit: the Vengeance LPX series, however mainstream doesn't necessarily imply low speeds. The kit we are reviewing today runs out of the box at 2800MHz; not uber high end speeds though more than suitable to satisfy both the tweakers and the die-hard enthusiasts. read more

Shuttle Barebone XH81 Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2014-11-17 read/post comments()

Shuttle proposes another compact X-type chassis with their XH81 barebone which can house the latest Intel Haswell processors and the motherboard is driven by the H81 chipset which we have also found with the DS81. Its dimensions are 238 x 200 x 72 mm (LWH) and also supports installation of one slim optical drive in front, while for storage we can use 2.5’’ drives along with mSATA storage. read more

ThL 5000 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2014-11-12 read/post comments()

If you are on the market for a high-performance octa-core MTK model, which is packed with a good Sony camera sensor, 16GB of internal memory, 2GB of RAM and a very consistent 5000mAh battery, then look no further since the ThL has all these and is bundled with plenty of other accessories thanks to Chinavasion. read more

Patriot Memory Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 OTG Drive Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2014-11-11 read/post comments()

The new Stellar Boost XT drive from Patriot Memory has quite a small footprint and also features a durable rubberized chassis. The read performance of the drive is very good, nearing 150MB/s in our tests, while the writes are in the 35MB/s area, quite close to the best performing USB 2.0 drives. These speeds are more than enough for maxing out the transfers when connected to our favorite smartphone/tablet which supports OTG for doing backups, watching Full HD content and many other activities. read more
CPU Haswell-E Part2: Intel i7-5820K & i7-5930K Tested by leeghoofd @ 2014-11-07
Videocards/VGA Reviews HIS R9 285 IceQ X2 OC 2GB GDDR5 Video Card Review by stefan @ 2014-11-04
Tradeshow & OC events HWBOT Announces the HWBOT Country Cup 2014 – from November 1 until December 20 by leeghoofd @ 2014-10-31
Storage/HDD Corsair Voyager Air 2 Mobile Wireless Storage 1 TB Review by stefan @ 2014-10-30
Others/All-in-one PC Pivos XIOS XS Entertainment Center Review by stefan @ 2014-10-29

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Far Cry 4 Review @ OCC

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"Should we visit Kyrat or let the Crab Rangoon get cold? In my opinion, Far Cry 4 is definitely a game worth playing, though it may be worth putting off so that hopefully some of the graphical issues can be… Go To Full Article

GoPro is reportedly making camera-equipped drones

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It's not enough to simply strap an action camera on your helmet these days; now that you can mount a camera on a drone or get one built-in, aerial sports footage is the way to go. And GoPro knows it,… Go To Full Article

Thermaltake 8800mAh Battle Dragon Power Bank Video Review

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"The Thermaltake 8800mAh Battle Dragon Power Bank is designed to charge your USB chargeable mobile devices on the go. It sports 2.1A and 1.0A charging ports, 90% energy conversion efficiency and a two year warranty. If someone asks you if… Go To Full Article

US warns about spyware that many believe it wrote

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Want to see a classic example of irony? Head to the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) website. The government security group has issued a public warning about Regin... you know, the extra-sophisticated malware that many suspect the US wrote...… Go To Full Article

Assassin's Creed: Unity CEO Apologizes With Free DLC

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Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat has extended a bit of an olive branch to those of you that bought Assassin's Creed: Unity in the form of free DLC. To show our appreciation for your continued support, we're making the upcoming… Go To Full Article

OnePlus is opening a retail store in China

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Still haven't scored an invitation for a OnePlus One, and missed out on the rare public sales? You may want to book a flight to China. OnePlus has revealed its first-ever retail shop, which will officially open in Beijing on… Go To Full Article

Enermax LIQMAX 120S @ techPowerUp

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Feature rich, the LIQMAX 120S from Enermax is an AIO CPU cooler ready to rock. Utilizing a 120 mm radiator and single-fan design, it makes up for what it lacks in specs with its features. Offering exceptional mounting pressure, an… Go To Full Article

Zotac ZBOX CA320 nano PLUS Review: A Fanless AMD mini-PC

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Over the last couple of years, mini-PCs in the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) have emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Zotac is no stranger to this segment. In fact, their nano xs units came… Go To Full Article

How to Manage Interruptions and Downtime in Android 5.0

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It seems like some days, our devices rule our lives and the distractions never end. Fortunately, you can manage interruptions with Android Lollipop so you don’t have to turn off your phone or tablet for it to leave you alone. Go To Full Article

Samsung says its ChatOn messaging service is staying put

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Samsung may have shut down some of its services in recent months, but ChatOn? It's not going anywhere. While The Korea Times claimed that Samsung was going to drop its messaging service on a "region-to-region" basis because it wasn't making… Go To Full Article

NZXT Phantom 820 Case

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"The NZXT Phantom 820 Case arrived Technic3D. The 820 supports XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX motherboards and have place for 6x 120mm, 3x 200mm or 6x 140mm Cooling-Fans. We will check this and many more in the following Review." Go To Full Article

Why Are So Many Video Games Broken At Launch?

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Why are so many video games broken at launch? Because consumers put up with it. Maybe these companies would pay attention if people started voting with their wallets. Even after installing Ubisoft's "day one" patch, we encountered extreme drops in… Go To Full Article

The new Sony A7 II camera arrives in the US next month for $1,700

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Sony's recently unveiled full-frame, mirrorless shooter, the A7 II, made a number of people quite excited when it was announced last week. Back then, though, the electronics company only revealed pricing and availability for Japan. Good news: Sony an... Go To Full Article

Synology DiskStation DS215j NAS Review

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The product we are looking at here, is the new Synology DiskStation DS215j. It's a 2-bay NAS box with a dual core Marvell Armada CPU and 512MB of DDR3 Memory. Go To Full Article

NZXT Kraken X31 Liquid CPU Cooler

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The crew at ThinkComputers has taken the NZXT Kraken X31 liquid CPU cooler around the block a few times to see what it is made of. Today we'll be taking a close look at NZXT's newest 120mm AIO, the Kraken… Go To Full Article

Motorola to offer $140 discount on the new Moto X on Cyber Monday

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The deal will bring down the price of the new Moto X to just a little over $300 off-contract. Cyber Monday is fast approaching, and Motorola has officially announced the deal it will be offering to customers on December 1.… Go To Full Article

Social networks under fire over soldier’s murder

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Facebook is under attack in the UK because it failed to supply information needed which might have prevented the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. Michael Adebowale, one of the killers of the soldier, had 11 Facebook accounts… Go To Full Article

Crucial MX100 256 GByte Review @

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We have just released a Review of the 256 GByte Crucial MX100 Solid State Drive based on a Marvell 88SS9189 Controller and 16 nm Micron NAND-Flash, including Benchmarks and many more details. Go To Full Article

MSI B85M ECO Review: Aiming Green at $73

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Whenever we talk about processors and silicon, one of the key major points is efficiency and performance per watt. One issue to consider is that while that new CPU uses 10W less, it makes little difference if the motherboard or… Go To Full Article

Valve changes Steam gift trading rules

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No trades for 30 days, company mandates. Go To Full Article

Speedlink Announces Kudos Z-9 Gaming Mouse

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Speedlink announces the Kudos Z-9 gaming mouse. Speed is the key: the KUDOS Z-9 responds to your commands with no delay and gives you a considerable competitive speed advantage over your opponents. Customise your KUDOS Z-9 Gaming Mouse with its… Go To Full Article

China's Google will launch a smart bike later this year

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What's the next hot connected gadget category? Forget watches, we're thinking bikes, judging by the overwhelming interest in crazy, innovative new models like Teague's 'Denny' e-bike. Chinese search giant Baidu is all over that with the Dubike, a non... Go To Full Article

Apple iPad leads but others snap at heels

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Out of the 74.53 million tablets expected to ship during the current calendar quarter, the Apple iPad will take the lead with 26.8 percent of the worldwide shipments. That’s according to Digitimes Research, which said that out… Go To Full Article

EVGA SuperNova 1600 P2 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supply Review @HiTech Legion

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"With their largest power output unit to date, EVGA has also reached 80PLUS Platinum certification with their SuperNova 1600 P2. The SuperNova 1600 P2 is the current flagship in EVGA's outstanding new lineup, and one glance shows many common traits… Go To Full Article

Cameron claims that ISPs are protecting terrorists

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UK Prime Minister David “one is an ordinary bloke” Cameron has been claiming that ISPs are responsible for the deaths of fusilier Lee Rigby. Responding to a report by the intelligence and security committee, Cameron said that… Go To Full Article

Corsair H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset Review

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Longevity is very important in any industry. It is extremely likely that, when the longevity moniker is affixed to an organization's label, consumers can buy with confidence. Corsair is one of those labels that can has been doing it well… Go To Full Article

Triple-monitor support now also available in classic cube format

@ 2014/11/26 read/post comments(0)
- Suitable for current and future Intel desktop processors - Elmshorn, Germany, 2014-11-26 – Based on the Intel H97 chipset, Shuttle today launches the XPC Barebone SH97R6, a solution measuring just…

One of Sony's first 'new' ideas is a smartwatch that's all e-ink

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Sony's first idea to be born out of its new built-in "venture style" plan to create new products and wow, well, you and me, appears to a combination of its e-ink reader tech and smartwatch devices. According to people familiar… Go To Full Article

Phanteks Also Announces the TC14S Slim Dual-tower CPU Cooler

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Phanteks announces the release of the PHTC14S. A slim dual tower CPU cooler designed from the concept of the award-winning PH-TC14PE. The PH-TC14S incorporates the dual tower and performance from the PH-TC14PE but in a slimmer form. PH-TC14S's slim form… Go To Full Article

Phanteks Announces the TC12LS Low-Profile CPU Cooler

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Phanteks announces the release of the PHTC12LS, a low profile CPU cooler. The PH-TC12LS comes equipped with the latest PHF120MP PWM High Static Pressure fan designed to overcome airflow restriction caused by high fin density. Designed specifically… Go To Full Article

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