Shuttle XPC Slim DX30 Barebone Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2017-02-22 read/post comments()

XPC Slim DX30 is one of the latest passively cooled Mini-PCs from Shuttle, which does sport the Intel Celeron J3355 Apollo Lake dual-core SoC. The barebone can be equipped with no less than 8GB of DDR3L SODIMM RAM, a M.2 SSD, one 2.5’’ HDD/SSD while the wireless connectivity is assured by the manufacturer thanks to the preinstalled M.2-2230 WLAN card with Realtek RTL8188EE Controller. The product does feature a lot of interfaces so it can be used at home, in offices but also for industrial applications; in all cases, the overall power consumption is very small thanks to the technological process of the new Intel cores. read more

Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 2.1 Speaker System Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2017-02-19 read/post comments()

Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 is an entry-level 2.1 speaker system from Creative, which is marketed mostly at gamers, but can be also used on a wide range of devices thanks to the analog audio interface. It comes with two 2.75’’ satellites and one 5.25’’ down-firing subwoofer for a RMS total power of 46W. This should be more than enough for small apartments or for users that do not want to spend a fortune on a more advanced system, while providing easy switching with headphones, thanks to the included headphone jack located on the right satellite. read more

Fnatic Gear Duel Modular Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2017-02-15 read/post comments()

The Fnatic Gear Duel is hands-down the most interesting headset we have tested so far in our labs in terms of modularity. Thanks to the innovative design from AIAIAI, the product can be disassembled to the last bit, in order to obtain a configuration which will better suit our current needs. read more

Razer Gigantus - Black Edition Mouse Pad Presentation

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2017-02-14 read/post comments()

After the initial inspection, we put the mouse pad to work by using a Cougar Revenger mouse and running games such as Mafia III, ELOA, Black Desert Online, Ghost in The Shell but also Resident Evil 7 Biohazard: by designing the Gigantus as a control pad, we did not need a long learning curve in fast-paced titles. At different DPI levels, the Pixart PMW 3360 tracked flawlessly while the large surface of the mat meant that we did not need to lift up the mouse and reposition it during longer gaming sessions. read more

ECS Liva Z Mini-PC Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2017-02-10 read/post comments()

The LIVA Z Mini-PC from ECS is shipped in multiple hardware configurations when referring to the processor (with Apollo Lake Celeron N3350 SoC (as our sample), the Celeron N3450 SoC or the Pentium N4200 SoC) but also regarding the onboard eMMC, which can be 32GB or 64GB. You get the opportunity of installing extra storage via a M.2 SSD, benefit from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity thanks to the Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 3165 adapter, while keeping the power consumption at very low levels for 24/7 operation. read more

Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2017-02-08 read/post comments()

Since the most recent Cooler Master product series is all about customization (as we have also seen with the MasterKeys Pro L or the MasterNotepal Maker), the MasterMouse Pro L allows the user to switch the top covers in order to match their grip preference, while the side panels can be switched on-the-fly since they are kept fixed with magnetic force. The proven Avago PMW3360 optical sensor allows DPI setup up to 12000 DPI in increments of 100, while the RGB lighting adds another layer of customization. read more
Storage/SSD Silicon Power S57 240GB TLC SSD Review by stefan @ 2017-02-05
Videocards/VGA Reviews KFA2 GeForce GTX 1050 OC 2GB Video Card Review by stefan @ 2017-02-03
Videocards/VGA Reviews HIS RX 460 Slim-iCooler OC 2GB Video Card Review by stefan @ 2017-01-30
Audio/Others Razer ManO'War 7.1 Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2017-01-27
Others/Mice & Keyboards Cougar ATTACK X3 RGB Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2017-01-23

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Here’s how much AMD’s new Ryzen processors will cost

@ 2017/02/26 read/post comments(0)
Yesterday, AMD announced its highly-anticipated Ryzen family of desktop processors, offering phenomenal performance at unbelievable prices. The stars of the show were the top end Ryzen 7 processors with 8 physical cores and 16 virtual threads. However, AMD’s Ryzen family… Go To Full Article

UK government finally draws up laws for autonomous cars

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Ever since the idea of autonomous of vehicles began appearing on the roadmaps of major car makers, the UK government has made it clear that Britain can provide a strong platform for them to develop and test what they've built.… Go To Full Article

Razer's Power Bank keeps your laptop running

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External battery packs are a dime a dozen, but you might want to pay attention to this one. Razer has unveiled the Power Bank, a 12,800mAh external battery designed primarily for laptops. It's clearly intended as a companion for Razer's… Go To Full Article

48 hours with the Nintendo Switch

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Is the Switch more like the Wii, Nintendo's ambitious and wildly successful console which unearthed a whole new audience of casual gamers, or the Wii U, the half-baked followup that even the company's hardcore fans never truly adopted? That was… Go To Full Article

Kolink Continuum KL-C1050PL 1050W Platinum Review

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Kolink are a relatively new brand to market, however I was impressed with their 1200W power supply, which I reviewed in November 2016 – today we look at the new 1050W model. These products are controlled by Hungarian Kellytech, a… Go To Full Article

British scientists film massive rift in Antarctic ice shelf

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The 1,500-foot-wide crack across Antarctic's Larsen C ice shelf has grown by roughly 20 more miles since December. It's now around 110 miles long, and based on satellite observations this month, an ice berg as big as Rhode Island could… Go To Full Article

AMD rolls out Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.2.1 WHQL drivers

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Just a few days after it released the beta version, AMD has finally released the WHQL version of the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.2.1 drivers. With the latest release, AMD has also officially stopped supporting the Windows 8.1 32-bit platform,… Go To Full Article

Chrome Canary adds support for MacBook Pro's Touch Bar

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Chrome could soon follow in the footsteps of other apps (like the Microsoft Office) that recently introduced support for the Macbook Pro's LCD strip. Google has just released version 58 of the experimental Chrome Canary build, and it now works… Go To Full Article

CyberPowerPC unveils new gaming PCs with AMD Ryzen

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Custom gaming PC maker CyberPowerPC has announced the pre-sale of its new series enthusiast gaming PCs powered by the latest AMD Ryzen processors and the AM4 platform. AMD’s new AM4 platform boasts of advanced overclocking and more PCI Express lanes… Go To Full Article

BT Sport to air 'FIFA' eSports tournaments in the UK

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One of the top FIFA eSports competitions is going to be shown on BT Sport in the UK. Today, the broadcaster has announced "exclusive" coverage of the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series, an EA organised tournament built around 'FUT… Go To Full Article

Samsung and LG square off in the battle of the flagships

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Galaxy S8 and G6 hitting market close together Samsung and LG are going pretty much head to head as they launch their flagship phones at roughly the same time LG is going to introduce… Go To Full Article

Oil and Gas Wastewater Alters Microbes in Water

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West Virginia waters have become affected by fossil fuel operations. A recent study by Rutgers into the West Virginia waters downstream from fossil fuel extraction facilities, including gas, oil and fracking from shale, have concluded that the operations have lead… Go To Full Article

Intel C3000 Atom chips out

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May last longer than the 18 months that the C2000s did As Intel's Atom division gets buried under a scandal over its C2000s only having an 18 month life expectancy, Chipzilla has released its new Atom… Go To Full Article

AMD is back: Ryzen 7 takes the fight to Intel for a fraction of the price

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After months of teasers and leaks, AMD finally unveiled the Ryzen 7 series yesterday. The desktop CPUs are built on the Zen microarchitecture, and are aimed at an enthusiast audience. The shift to a 14nm manufacturing node has allowed AMD… Go To Full Article

Google turns over datacentre GPUs

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If you need a bit of heavy number crunching The search engine outfit Google is turning over the GPUs in its data centres to researchers and companies engaged in machine learning and heavy number crunching tasks.… Go To Full Article

SK Hynix thinking of buying Toshiba's entire flash memory chip business

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Seen kicking the tires SK Hynix is set to make a fresh bid for Toshiba's flash memory chip business, should the Japanese conglomerate offer more of it for sale.. For those who came in… Go To Full Article

Verizon claims it will offer 5G this year

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Jumping the gun Verizon Communications claims it will be offering its high-speed wireless 5G network to certain customers in 11 U.S. cities in the first half of 2017. Verizon will begin pilot testing 5G… Go To Full Article

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with MediaTek Helio X20

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As a member of Xiaomi’s more affordable Redmi series, the Note 4 does not have a curved screen, a ceramic body, or the latest flagship hardware like Xiaomi’s more expensive models, but it does pack a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display,… Go To Full Article

Tame Apple Press admits Iphone 8 will be a bit of a yawn

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Must be true even Reuters says it It appears that the Tame Apple Press is starting to realise that after hyping the iPhone 8 to the skies, what Apple is going to deliver for its 10th anniversary… Go To Full Article

Enjoy Incredible Performance of AMD RYZEN with BIOSTAR X370GT5 Motherboard

@ 2017/02/24 read/post comments(0)
February 24th, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is thrilled to welcome its latest entry in the 2nd-Generation family of RACING Series motherboard with the RACING X370GT5 motherboard. Featuring support for the latest AMD RYZEN processors, users can enjoy the best…

Samsung's Galaxy S8+ reportedly has a 6.2-inch display

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Phone leaker extraordinaire Evan "Evleaks" Blass is back with another doozy. The VentureBeat reporter has published a mostly full spec sheet for Samsung's Galaxy S8+, an all but inevitable upgrade to last year's Galaxy S7 Edge. We're in rumor territo... Go To Full Article

How to get banned from Disney's Club Penguin in under 30 seconds

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How do you get banned from Disney's tween-focused Club Penguin social network in under 30 seconds? Hacking. Tool-assisted speedruns have been around since the late '90s, showing off inhuman feats in games like Doom and Super Mario Bros. 3. Folks… Go To Full Article

Stealth action game 'Serial Cleaner' starts after the murder

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Many stealth action games have you creating bodies: you're a hitman, a thief or someone who otherwise needs to eliminate enemies in a hurry. But what if you were the person disposing of the bodies? That's the premise behind Serial… Go To Full Article

Tesla's mass-market Model 3 enters volume production in September

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Volume deliveries set for 2H 2018 On Wednesday, Tesla said that its upcoming mass-market Model 3 sedan is now expected to start limited volume production in June and will reach volume production by September. The $35,000 vehicle… Go To Full Article

Oppo R9S Plus Hands On: A Great Camera With A Decent Phone

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
Oppo launched the R9S recently here in Singapore, to strong responses from users and reviewers alike. VR-Zone praised it for its camera quality in particular. Now, Oppo is launching the R9S Plus, in a tactic similar to what Apple did… Go To Full Article

Firefox adds the ability to snooze tabs on Test Pilot

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It probably happens quite often: you come across an interesting piece, but you're too busy to actually read it. While you can always bookmark a web page, Firefox's latest Test Pilot experiment can help make sure you'll see it again… Go To Full Article

Failed 'Super Retro Squad' Kickstarter returns as 'Glitch Strikers'

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
When Jay Pavlina created Super Mario Bros. Crossover in 2010, he had a viral hit on his hand. The popular fan game tweaked Nintendo's classic platformer to allow characters from other retro games to take Mario's place. Two years later,… Go To Full Article

Windows 10's Mail and Calendar app finally gets a Focused Inbox

@ 2017/02/23 read/post comments(0)
Taking a cue from Outlook on iOS and Android, the Windows 10 Mail & Calendar app is getting a few new features that might actually make desktop email manageable again. The latest version now includes an intelligent Focused Inbox, plus… Go To Full Article

Watson can diagnose heart disease by looking at medical images

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IBM's Watson technology has helped doctors before, but usually by poring through databases before offering its advice. Now, it's ready to look at the patients themselves -- or rather, their body scans. It's following up on past promises by launching... Go To Full Article

Sony's 'world's fastest' SD card writes data at 299 MB/s

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Sony's upcoming SF-G series of SD cards will be available this spring, the company announced today. When that time comes, Sony said they "will be the world's fastest SD cards." Boasting a maximum write speed of 299 MB/s, that claim… Go To Full Article

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