CORSAIR HS60 SURROUND Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-03-22 read/post comments(0)

We have tried the HS60 right away in The Crew, Need for Speed: Payback, Guild Wars 2, Wolfenstein and Diablo III: thanks to the large drivers, the low frequencies were well represented (but not over the top as on some other gaming headset) and the voices were crystal clear which concluded in a very good overall experience. When turning 7.1 virtual surround on, we have got a positive experience and, in many cases, it will help identifying the virtual objects which produce sound around you easier (location, distance etc…). read more

Silicon Power Bolt B10 USB 3.1 External SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2018-03-19 read/post comments(0)

Bolt B10 was thought as a very compact, light storage device which can accompany you everywhere, while providing quite a bit of storage space. Wear Leveling helps extend the SSD life span, while the LDPC Error Correction mechanisms are in place for protecting against data corruption. The drive is compatible with the latest USB standards, but backwards compatibility is also enabled for USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices. read more

SteelSeries Rival 600 Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-03-16 read/post comments(0)

After installing two 4g weights on each side of the mouse, we started gaming in CounterStrike: Global Offensive, Guild Wars 2, Diablo III but also tried a bit of Agents of Mayhem; Rival 600 succeeded to keep the comfort level optimal even 2-3 hours of continuous gaming and during this time we did not spot any erratic movement. While our lift-off setting was set at 0.5mm, players that use to lift the mouse more during the sessions should adjust the value as necessary. The main sensor (SteelSeries TrueMove 3) remains the same as with the Rival 310, but sports a more aggressive appearance, while much more RGB segments are available for configuration. read more

SuperMicro SUPERO C7Z370-CG-IW Z370 LGA1151 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1151 by stefan @ 2018-03-12 read/post comments(0)

C7Z370-CG-IW is a feature-packed ITX motherboard which supports the latest range of Intel processors and for additional reliability, SuperMicro has used server-grade components. The UEFI interface has not changed much from the previous iterations and contains plenty of options, many of which a lot of users will never touch. In terms of overclocking, this board has some limitations in place in order to avoid overheating but even in this case, C7Z370-CG-IW was able to obtain some solid scores in our benchmarks. read more

Crucial MX500 500GB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2018-03-09 read/post comments(0)

Considering the fact that the MX500 SSD does feature TLC NAND packages, we were expecting a sudden performance drop after the buffers have been filled, but fortunately it was not the case! The drive succeeded to maintain write speeds around 320-360MB/s (small-medium file sizes) even after writing a total of 176GB in one go. The 500GB version comes with a TBW of 180TB, while the MTTF is 1.8 million hours. Crucial MX500 does also feature a 5-year warranty period, which is great! read more

Creative Chrono Portable Splash-proof Bluetooth Speaker and FM Radio Clock Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2018-02-28 read/post comments(0)

Chrono is a very affordable portable speaker from Creative which provides good audio quality and can be pretty loud, judging by its small footprint. We did really enjoy its vintage LED alarm clock appearance, the multitude of inputs it does support (Bluetooth, analog, microSDHC), but also comes with a FM module. The frontal display comes with large LED segments and its brightness can be adjusted on multiple levels. At medium sound level, from our tests, the speaker has lasted about seven hours, after which it did need a full recharge. read more
Cooling/CPU Cooling CORSAIR Hydro Series H115i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Review by stefan @ 2018-02-25
Storage/SSD Silicon Power Bolt B80 USB 3.1 External SSD Review by stefan @ 2018-02-20
Motherboards/Intel S1151 Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming LGA1151 Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2018-02-17
Mobile/Smart Phones Xiaomi Mi 5X 32GB Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2018-02-06
Storage/Other Toshiba TransMemory U364 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2018-02-01

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

[M] CORSAIR HS60 SURROUND Gaming Headset Review

@ 2018/03/22 read/post comments(0)
We have tried the HS60 right away in The Crew, Need for Speed: Payback, Guild Wars 2, Wolfenstein and Diablo III: thanks to the large drivers, the low frequencies were well represented (but not over the top as on some… Go To Full Article

Toshiba Introduces Datacenter SSDs With 64L 3D NAND

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Toshiba is announcing a trio of new enterprise SSD models intended for large-scale datacenter deployments. The new CD5, XD5 and HK6-DC respectively use 2.5" U.2, M.2 22110 and 2.5" SATA form factors. The drives use different Toshiba controllers but share… Go To Full Article

HTC's Vive Pro headset is available to pre-order for $799

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Once staunch rivals in high-end VR, it now seems Facebook-owned Oculus and HTC are treading different paths. While Oculus is gearing up to launch a more affordable standalone headset, HTC has gone in the opposite direction with the Vive Pro,… Go To Full Article

Amazon simplifies gaming competitions and prizes with 'GameOn'

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Much as it has with every other retail sector, Amazon has steadily expanded its gaming presence, especially since it purchased Twitch in 2014. Now, it's unveiled a service that will allow it to break into another gaming arena. Built on… Go To Full Article

LG wants to take webOS beyond TVs with 'Open Source Edition'

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WebOS used to power HP's long-dead Palm devices and early tablets, but since LG got a hold of it in 2013, it's mostly been associated with smart TVs and refrigerators. LG is hoping to push the the platform beyond that,… Go To Full Article

Xilinx releases 7nm programmable chip

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Cost a billion to make Xilinx has revealed its adaptive computer acceleration platform (ACAP), which is a new kind of programmable chip for flexible hardware. The company spent more than $1 billion to… Go To Full Article

Google plans to boost Amazon competitors in search

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Google may be assembling a supergroup of big retail brands to go to war with Amazon over the future of online shopping. Reuters is reporting that the search engine is teaming up with Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Costco and Ulta… Go To Full Article

Apple markets its software bugs

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Don't you wish your Android had this many bugs? Apple’s buggy software is now such a part of its users lives, Jobs’ Mob has taken to promoting it in its adverts. The latest Apple’s… Go To Full Article

Apple gear swats fanboys

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Helping increase the collective intelligence of the gene pool The Apple Watch has a rather cool function which is designed to raise the standards of the world by having fanboys accidentally shot by police and thus removing… Go To Full Article

Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530 @ TechPowerUp

@ 2018/03/22 read/post comments(0)
The Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530 has amazing tracking performance, thanks to the best-in-class PixArt PMW3360 sensor. With a price of $50 the MM530 is also more affordable than most competitors and comes with fantastic software that has great RGB customization… Go To Full Article

Funky Kit Review - Gamdias ASTRAPE P1 650G Power Supply

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In the end the ASTRAPE P1 650G is a stylish, reliable, customisable and high quality power supply that you will be happy with Go To Full Article

Japan's latest supercomputer is dedicated to nuclear fusion

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This year, Japan will deploy a Cray XC50 that will be the world's most powerful supercomputer in the field of advanced nuclear fusion research. It will be installed at the National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science (QST) and used… Go To Full Article

AR firm Avegant cuts half its workforce and picks new CEO

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Avegant has drawn a lot of attention in the wearable world between its Glyph personal screen and its light-field augmented reality headset, but it's facing uncertain times. The Verge has learned that the startup cut more than half of its… Go To Full Article

US Navy launches submarine with gamepad-guided periscope

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The Navy's fourth USS Colorado attack submarine has recently gone into service with an Xbox controller onboard. No, not so sailors can play Overwatch: they'll actually be using the gaming device to steer the vehicle's two photonics masts, which you… Go To Full Article

Half of Notebooks Expected to Have SSDs

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In an effort to woo PC OEMS into adopting 64/72-layer 3D SSDs, suppliers have been cutting prices. The effect of that should be more obvious this year, as over 50% of all notebooks produced are expected to include some sort… Go To Full Article

CORSAIR Hydro H115i Pro Low Noise 280mm RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Review

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The Hydro H150i Pro RGB may be a great AIO liquid CPU cooler but because of its length it's just not for everyone. With the "shorter" Hydro H115i Pro RGB CORSAIR solves that issue for many people not only without… Go To Full Article

Nissan's electric SUV concept will enter production

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Nissan's current electric car lineup revolves almost exclusively around the Leaf, but it's ready to diversify its selection. The company's European design chief Mamoru Aoki has revealed to Autocar that a production version of the IMx concept SUV (abo...… Go To Full Article

[M] Silicon Power Bolt B10 USB 3.1 External SSD Review

@ 2018/03/20 read/post comments(0)
Bolt B10 was thought as a very compact, light storage device which can accompany you everywhere, while providing quite a bit of storage space. Wear Leveling helps extend the SSD life span, while the LDPC Error Correction mechanisms are in… Go To Full Article

Postmodern dining with the Japanese art of useless gadgets

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The Japanese word "chindogu" covers a delightful range of terrible gadgets. It's about vaguely genius concepts, ruined either in their execution or ambition. If you've seen the baby-floor-mop onesie or the upside-down umbrella for capturing rainwater... Go To Full Article

Facebook may have broken FTC deal in Cambridge Analytica incident

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Facebook may face more legal trouble than you might think in the wake of Cambridge Analytica's large-scale data harvesting. Former US officials David Vladeck and Jessica Rich have told the Washington Post that Facebook's data sharing may violate the...… Go To Full Article

Coca-Cola and US government use blockchain to curb forced labor

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The quest to end forced labor has created some unusual technological allies. Coca-Cola, the US State Department and a trio of crypto organizations (Bitfury Group, Blockchain Trust Accelerator and Emercoin) have launched a pilot project that will use... Go To Full Article

L'Oreal buys an augmented reality beauty app maker

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Makeup empire L'Oreal wants to promote its huge collection of brands the high-tech way, so it's buying Modiface to make that happen. It's now in the process of acquiring the beauty tech company, which has been teaming up with big… Go To Full Article

'Yakuza Kiwami 2' set for Western launch on August 28th

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While Western fans of the Yakuza series are still patiently waiting for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life's delayed PS4 launch next month, Sega decided to tease further by announcing that Yakuza Kiwami 2, the remake of Yakuza 2 from… Go To Full Article

Whistleblower explains how Cambridge Analytica 'exploited' Facebook

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Last night Facebook announced bans against Cambridge Analytica, its parent company and several individuals for allegedly sharing and keeping data that they had promised to delete. This data reportedly included information siphoned from hundreds of th... Go To Full Article

Amazon hires former FDA exec for secret health care team

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Amazon has made a big hire for its secret health care division internally known as 1492, according to CNBC: FDA's first chief health informatics officer Taha Kass-Hout. The e-commerce giant reportedly brought him on board to work under former Google... Go To Full Article

The rise and rise (and rise) of ’Fortnite'

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It's safe to say that when a video game that counts Drake among its fans has breakfast TV shows around the world discussing its effect on younger players, it has truly made it. No, we're not talking about Grand Theft… Go To Full Article

Court axes FCC robocall rule for being too broad

@ 2018/03/17 read/post comments(0)
The previous FCC leadership took some aggressive steps to fight robocalls, but they've just been scaled back. A DC Circuit appeals court has shot down an FCC rule for reportedly going far in its definition of an autodialer. The regulations… Go To Full Article

Far Cry 5 Has Microtransactions, Campaign Is Playable Offline

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Ubisoft has confirmed to GameSpot that Far Cry 5 will include microtransactions. They say that "all" of these items will be cosmetic only and have no effect on gameplay, but it is a little confusing, as they go on to… Go To Full Article

Google renames Android Wear to Wear OS

@ 2018/03/17 read/post comments(0)
As our technology and partnerships have evolved, so have our users. In 2017, one out of three new Android Wear watch owners also used an iPhone. So as the watch industry gears up for another Baselworld next week, weâre announcing… Go To Full Article

AMD Ryzen 2700X & 2600 Review Leaked

@ 2018/03/17 read/post comments(0)
WCCFTech is reporting that a review of the upcoming 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs has been leaked. The review shows faster inter-core communication, lower cache latency, as well as higher bandwidth. There are a ton of charts from the leaked review… Go To Full Article

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