ASUSTOR AS1004T 4-bay NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-11-22 read/post comments()

AS1004T NAS takes part of the latest ASUSTOR server series meant for home use, which does sport a Marvell ARMADA-385 1GHz Dual-Core processor, is paired with just 512MB of RAM and can house up to four drives. The chassis has been completely redesigned and in order to access the drives, we will have to completely remove the cover; unlike the previous NASes we have tested from the same company, this unit lacks trays and only 3.5’’ drives are supported for installation. Because of the utilized ARMADA-385 SoC, the overall power consumption is very low, while the four bays are cooled by a single 120mm fan located in the back. We can connect more devices to the NAS, but be aware… read more

IN WIN 805 Mid-tower Computer Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2015-11-17 read/post comments()

In Win is one of those manufacturers which really dare to innovate within their growing lineup of computer cases. Last year they stole the show with their highly acclaimed S-Frame, an open air chassis made from a single sheet of aluminium. Of course these high tech cases come at a cost! This year at Computex they surprised friend and foe again with the H-frame case; compare it with a transformer case, that can open and close allowing to access the innards. It is quite expensive but nevertheless a stunning concept case that will be produced in limited numbers. Today however we are taking a look at one of their more affordable nevertheless breathtaking case solution, the IN WIN 805 Mid-tower… read more

THL 2015A Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2015-11-17 read/post comments()

The newly released THL 2015A smartphone is a lower-specced version of their previous 2015 model which now features a MTK MT6735 SoC at 1.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a HD screen and a battery of 2700mAh. The camera sensor on the back is a Sony IMX135 Exmor RS 13MP and while it can shoot good quality photos during day time, the night shots are quite disappointing because of the excessive LED flash bleeding inside the frame. read more

Corsair VOID Stereo Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2015-11-14 read/post comments()

While the VOID Stereo is compatible with a wide selection of devices which can output analog audio signal, the quality of the sound is also often influenced by the source. We have connected the headset to our trusty Sound Blaster ZxR sound card and watched some movies, several YouTube clips but also some of the latest TV Shows like Gotham, Grimm, The Walking Dead and so on. The main conclusion is that with the right sound card settings and enhancements, the Stereo is going to sound pretty good but this is also thanks to the 50mm-large Neodymium drivers it incorporates that are also used on the more expensive models. Talking about the microphone, if the sound card from our setup… read more

Rantopad FF Gaming Mouse and MAX Aluminum Pad Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2015-11-12 read/post comments()

The FF Gaming Mouse from Rantopad is clearly not in the same league as the other high-end products we have tested in more recent reviews, but comes with good quality materials and is shape is quite comfortable to be used for many hours at a time. While most manufacturers nowadays like to leave the mouse performance customization via software, FF Mouse allows adjustment via two switches on its bottom, for Polling Rate and DPI. At the heart of the mouse we will find the proven Avago A3090 sensor, which can drive the DPI up to 3500. read more

QNAP TS-563 5-bay Affordable Quad-Core Business NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-11-09 read/post comments()

This is not the first AMD-based NAS we are testing on MadShrimps and it has been demonstrated to us once again that the platform has potential even when dealing with a lower clocked SoC and to be more exact the GX-420MC. This quad-core component is lacking a GPU (hence we do not have a HDMI interface on the back of the unit), is equipped with a total of 2MB of shared L2 cache, comes with a power rating of 17.5W and a frequency of 2GHz per core. While the unit is initially equipped with only 2GB of DDR3L RAM, we always have the option to open it up and install up to 16GB (2x8GB). read more
Others/Mice & Keyboards Razer Mamba Wireless Chroma Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2015-10-29
Others/Miscelleneous Meizu M2 Note Full Body PU Leather Case Review by stefan @ 2015-10-28
Storage/SSD Silicon Power Slim S80 240GB SSD Review by stefan @ 2015-10-27
Cases & PSU/Cases Streacom FC5 Alpha Fanless Chassis Review by petervandamned @ 2015-10-23
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 2666MHz C16 Memory Kit Review by stefan @ 2015-10-22

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

OUKITEL Presents K6000, a smartphone built with elegant design and huge battery

@ 2015/11/24 read/post comments(0)
Intelligent phones, the smartphones are a real phenomenon right now and everyone owns one, no matter the age. Curiously, these are used the least for taking calls, but have the same usage pattern as smaller PCs/tablets for playing games, getting… Go To Full Article

OLED already outclassed by lasers

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
LG might be a little miffed. After betting the farm on OLED it seems a boffin has come up with a much better technology. Popular Science dubbed it one of the top breakthroughs of 2015, the world’s… Go To Full Article

'Star Wars' promo turns your Google account to the dark side

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
One downside of being a billion-dollar movie studio that owns one of history's most popular film series is that it's hard getting the word out about new releases. Take Disney, which is struggling to inform the population that there's a… Go To Full Article

TT eSports Challenger Prime Keyboard Review

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
Here at KitGuru we review many a mechanical keyboard, with some costing in excess of £100. Today's keyboard, however, is aimed squarely at the user on a budget. Priced at just £27.99, the TT eSports Challenger Prime is a membrane… Go To Full Article

Nano-sized diamond thread may be a super-strong wonder material

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Move over, graphene -- you're not the only miracle material in town. Australian researchers have discovered that diamond nanothreads (one-dimensional diamond crystals capped with hydrogen) could be extremely strong. While scientists thought they... Go To Full Article

Two-player synthesizer looks just as wild as it sounds

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
Noodling on a synthesizer is normally a solo affair, but Ben Bengler and Fiore Martin have found a way to spice things up. Their Collidoscope lets two musicians play in tandem thanks to the combination of twin keyboards and a… Go To Full Article

QNAP TS-563 Network Attached Storage Review

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
I have the opportunity to work in the Information Technology market and I get to work with some cool technology. Recently, I've been focusing more and more on visualization and network storage. To put it simply, we have the ability… Go To Full Article

Stanley FatMax LEDLISL 10W LED Flashlight Review

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
"I recommend this coming Christmas season on giving the gift of light! What better way to do that with the Stanley FatMax LEDLISL 10W LED Lithium-Ion Spotlight that is capable of illuminating from 900 to 2000 lumens of brightness. Read… Go To Full Article

Scientists create quantum entanglement at room temperature

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Quantum entanglement, where two particles are inextricably linked, is a real thing. However, creating that odd behavior has been extremely difficult so far -- you have to cool things down to near absolute zero to pull it off on a… Go To Full Article

A 'Dragon Quest' game is coming to PCs through Steam

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
At long last, you can get a Dragon Quest game on Steam... if not quite the role-playing game you might be hoping for. Square Enix has revealed that Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below is… Go To Full Article

FanDuel warned staff against winning too often on rival sites

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
DraftKings and FanDuel may have bitten off more than they can chew when they sued New York to keep their daily fantasy sports games alive in the state. FanDuel's corporate policies from before it self-regulated have been entered into evidence,… Go To Full Article

Star Wars Battlefront Review

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
It's not all about hardware. In this review we take a look at the new Star Wars Battlefront game for PC from EA. Go To Full Article

Researchers create working electronics inside a rose

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
Plants and electronics frequently get along, but you don't see electronics in plants -- not surprisingly, it's hard to insert circuitry without killing the host. Swedish scientists just overcame one of the biggest hurdles to creating these strange... Go To Full Article

China and the US create a 'space hotline' to avoid conflicts

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The Kremlin and the White House famously established a hotline between each other during the Cold War to avoid annihilating each other by mistake, and history is repeating itself now that China is a powerhouse. China and the US have… Go To Full Article

Microsoft app tries to lure you from Android to a Windows phone

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It's true that Windows Phone (and now Windows 10 Mobile) doesn't have as many apps as Android or iOS. However, the perception of that app deficit may be just as problematic -- why would you switch to a Lumia 950… Go To Full Article

Motorola's Chicago flagship store is the antithesis of an Apple store

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
Motorola has exactly one retail store, and it's located in the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop district. I happened to be in the area recently and stopped by on a Friday afternoon before its grand opening. As I found, it… Go To Full Article

Lian Li PC-O8 Review @ Vortez

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
PC-O8 is a dual-compartment chassis which combines tempered glass and aluminium. The overall objective with this stunning new chassis is to showcase the delights of a new system configuration – have you just bought a new killer rig and want… Go To Full Article

Google Play Store could finally launch in China next year

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
According to a report published by Reuters, Google Play Store is likely to make its debut in China next year. The sources claim Google is working on an exclusive version of Google Play Store for the Chinese market, so it… Go To Full Article

After Math: That's it, we're calling security

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It's been a heck of a week. With the world still reeling from the Paris attacks, more people than ever are concerned with their personal security. That's why we're featuring five of this week's best posts about stuff that keeps… Go To Full Article

SilentiumPC Fortis 3 HE1425 cooler @

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0) has just posted another review. Last week we have taken a look at the SilentiumPC Fortis 3 HE1425 cooler. Designed from scratch Fortis 3 HE1425 is a large single tower type cooler with top tier performance at moderate price… Go To Full Article

Many of your Android apps send unnecessary hidden data

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
It won't shock you to hear that Android apps send a lot of data, but you may be surprised at how much of it isn't really necessary... or public, for that matter. MIT researchers have determined that "much" of the… Go To Full Article

Snapdragon 620 powered Samsung Galaxy A9 shows up in GeekBench database yet again

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A9 phablet has been leaked yet again, and surprisingly, this time as well the device has shown up on the GeekBench database like the last time. However this time, the benchmark listing does reveal the actual model… Go To Full Article

Oddball machine makes 'analog' techno music with vinyl records

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
Many techno DJs are used to playing music on vinyl, but creating it? That's another matter. However, Graham Dunning has found a wonderfully strange way to make that idea work. His Mechanical Techno device produces full-on dance tracks by driving… Go To Full Article

Check your credit card transactions: 54 Starwood hotels hit by malware

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
Third-party forensic experts have discovered that the point-of-sale systems in 54 Starwood hotels across the US and Canada were infected with malware. The company has listed all the locations in its PSA, including various Sheraton, Westin and W pro...… Go To Full Article

Teens have trouble telling between Google ads and search links

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You may have have a keen eye for that golden "ad" marker when you're searching Google, but not everyone is so astute. UK watchdog Ofcom has posted a study showing that just 31 percent of kids aged 12 to 15… Go To Full Article

The Marines start training Google's 160-pound robo-dog Spot

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
Spot, the silent robo-dog made by Google-owned company Boston Dynamics, enjoyed the great outdoors for a week back in September. Not to fetch sticks or roll around in the grass, but to train... with the Marines. It's gone a long… Go To Full Article

Leaked Apple support app could save you a trip to the store

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
The Genius Bars in Apple's retail stores are supposed to be convenient ways to answer questions and get repairs, but the ever-growing deluge of customers sometimes makes it a pain. Ever waited 20 minutes just to get a Lightning cable… Go To Full Article

Microsoft Has Pulled Threshold 2 From Windows Update

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
Here's hoping that Microsoft didn't pull their big update because of some massive, undisclosed bug. And please don't tell me I'm going to need to go through that update process all over again. Microsoft has not made any announcement as… Go To Full Article

George Lucas On His Decision To Break Up With Star Wars

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
Regardless of George's ability to tell a story these days, I still admire his resilience and adamance. "The issue was ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans,'" Lucas said. "People… Go To Full Article

Pepsi Phone comes out of the blue in China

@ 2015/11/23 read/post comments(0)
We don't exactly know why, but China seems to have a thing for the Pepsi brand. Following the Pepsi edition Oppo N1, another company from the Far East is launching a new device that's simply dubbed the Pepsi Phone. From… Go To Full Article

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