Toshiba EXCERIA PRO M501 MicroSDXC Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2017-08-13 read/post comments()

The EXCERIA PRO M501 card from Toshiba has proven itself as being one of the speediest from the bunch we have tested so far, succeeding to even surpass the Lexar Professional 1800x read speeds in some usage environments. Write-wise however, the Lexar Professional distances itself quite a bit, offering speeds around 197MB/s, while the EXCERIA PRO M501 can go up to 130MB/s when writing large files, very close to the rated manufacturer speeds. read more

Ballistix Sport LT 16GB DDR4 SODIMM Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2017-08-08 read/post comments(0)

Besides the small performance bump in the encoding/rendering productivity applications, we have also seen lower loading times in various memory hungry games such as Forza after the upgrade and the stuttering was gone. One other aspect is that by using a larger memory quantity, we will also decrease the wear from the boot drive (a usage example would be working with a larger project in Adobe Premiere). Even if the RAM did run at the same frequency as before, the speed bump is mainly due to the switch from a single-channel (stock) configuration to a dual-channel. read more

ASUSTOR AS6404T 4-bay NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2017-08-03 read/post comments(0)

With the AS6404T 4-bay NAS from ASUSTOR we are seeing an update to the Intel Celeron Apollo Lake J3455 Quad-Core 1.5GHz processor, which is paired with no less than 8GB of DDR3L RAM in order to handle plenty of multimedia content types, but for also being able to use even more application modules at the same time. We do also see an USB 3.0 Type C port in the back for connecting modern storage devices, support up to 10TB drives (for a total of 40TB in a single NAS) and dual LAN that can be used for both Link Aggregation and Failover. The LCD panel is easy to operate via the hardware buttons, we get an IR receiver so the… read more

GAMDIAS HEBE M1 RGB Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2017-08-02 read/post comments(0)

By having its hardware/software implementation based on C-Media audio, we do get quite a rich set of configuration inside the HERA software for the HEBE M1 RGB headset. The Virtual 7.1 speaker surround can be used when watching various multimedia content and we were happy to see that the positioning of the speakers in the simulated room can be altered on our preference, including their individual volume. As most gaming-oriented headsets, the punchy bass is noticeable even at the stock settings, but it is not over-the-top in order to cause headaches after prolonged use; we can adjust its intensity by using the 10-band Equalizer but we can as well enable the vibration unit for even more immersion. read more

DOOGEE Shoot 1 Smartphone Review

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2017-07-28 read/post comments(0)

With the Shoot 1, DOOGEE is proposing a low-cost dual back shooter solution for producing bokeh-like photos and at the same time we are getting a nice 5.5’’ FHD display manufactured by SHARP, a high capacity 3300mAh battery, a MT6737T quad-core SoC, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC. The ARM Mali-T720 MP2 SoC runs at 600Mhz and is unable to provide a smooth 3D gaming experience in more complex games such as Asphalt 8, but simpler titles such as Angry Birds will work just fine. Current firmware versions do sport malware for an unknown reason (which can be removed), but also a weird issue regarding switching microphones after each OS reboot, a problem that should be addressed by DOOGEE… read more

AMD Ryzen 3 Series Review

CPU by stefan @ 2017-07-27 read/post comments(0)

Based on their latest Zen architecture, AMD is proposing a low-end to mainstream segment with their Ryzen 3 SKUs; we are not discussing about a 2-core part but a real 4-core processor (SMT disabled) with dual CCXes, where each CCX module sports two active units. The processors do feature an 8MB L3 cache and are aimed to compete against the Pentium G4560, the Core i3-7100 but also the Core i3-7300 from Intel. Given the technical specifications and stock clocks, these CPUs are recommended to be paired with mainstream video cards in order to make smooth 1080P gaming possible. read more
Storage/Other Silicon Power xDrive Z50 Dual USB Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2017-07-19
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