iconBIT Toucan Nano 4K Android Mini-PC Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2014-10-02 read/post comments(0)

The Toucan Nano 4K is a powerful mini-PC from iconBIT which houses at its core one Amlogic M8 SoC which has its four CPU cores clocked at 2Ghz and is paired with no less than 8 GPU cores (Mali 450), 2GB of RAM and 8GB of NAND. The device is capable of 4K video playback and runs two pre-installed launchers (iconBIT Media Center, Nova Launcher), but also XBMC. read more

Corsair Carbide 240 AIR Computer Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2014-10-01 read/post comments()

Corsair has been bombarding the MadShrimps reviewers with loads of new stuff since Computex 2014. Since motherboard brands are including mATX and even mITX boards in their lineup we see more and more of these tiny form factors appear at LAN parties. Portability is a big added bonus if you are a frequent LAN party visitor. Enclosure manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon and are including more frequently mITX cases. One of the biggest drawbacks of these tiny cases is the limited internal airflow, thus the heat buildup and stability of your favorite hardware components are compromised. Corsair has developed a shrinked-down version of their magnificent Carbide 540 AIR. The Carbide 240 AIR is again a two chamber cube, designed… read more

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by stefan @ 2014-09-29 read/post comments()

For the mainstream segment, Gigabyte has prepared an interesting Z97 solution, the GA-Z97-UD5H. This board has a clean PCB design, with Dual LAN, decent spacing between the PCI-Express slots, a shielded RTL1150 solution but also M.2 and SATA Express for future proofing. read more

BIOSTAR A68N-5000 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2014-09-28 read/post comments()

The BIOSTAR A68N-5000 board has a pretty small footprint and offers plenty of bang for the buck. We only need to fit one or two DDR3 modules, plug in the power supply, connect the SSD/HDD and off we go, we have a fully operating machine. We are welcome to install the desired operating system on it and for ease of access now BIOSTAR have went with a fully-fledged UEFI interface, no more Aptio here! In the following article we will try to get more in-depth with this board to see what is it capable of. read more

MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1150 by leeghoofd @ 2014-09-26 read/post comments(0)

MSI continues to update their range of Overclocking motherboards with each new major chipset release. When Intel released their brand new socket 1150 Z97 chipset MSI was ready with another three motherboards targeted at the OC crowd. The affordable Z97 MPOWER exists in two versions: the Z97 MPOWER and the Z97 MPOWER MAX AC and the ultimate flagship of all LGA1150 motherboards must be the Z97 XPOWER AC. The latter being the one and only Z97 based motherboard supporting out of the box 4-way SLI GPU setups. The included accessories are too numerous to list, most interesting for overclockers will be the inclusion of the Delid guard and the OC Fan stand. Time to unravel MSI's latest OC addition... read more

DOOGEE DAGGER DG550 Smartphone Review [GearBest]

Mobile/Smart Phones by stefan @ 2014-09-24 read/post comments()

DAGGER DG550 is a low-cost but highly-acclaimed smartphone from DOOGEE, integrating a 5.5 inch (720P resolution) screen and an octa-core MTK6592, which is paired with 1GB of RAM. The terminal runs on Android 4.4.2 and has some bits and pieces customized by the manufacturer; the back camera is 8MP and the Selfie frontal one is 2MP. In the review we will carefully analyze the product and at the same we would like to announce the fact that for a limited time at GearBest this model can be acquired at a much lower price. read more
Storage/Other Team Group Micro SDHC UHS-1 U3 32GB Review by stefan @ 2014-09-22
Storage/NAS QNAP TS-251 High Performance NAS for SOHO and Home Users Review by stefan @ 2014-09-21
Storage/Other Brando Nexus 7 II Protective Accessories Presentation by stefan @ 2014-09-15
Mobile/Smart Phones UMI C1 Smartphone Review by stefan @ 2014-09-11
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[M] iconBIT Toucan 4K Android Mini-PC Review

@ 2014/10/02 read/post comments(0)
The Toucan Nano 4K is a powerful mini-PC from iconBIT which houses at its core one Amlogic M8 SoC which has its four CPU cores clocked at 2Ghz and is paired with no less than 8 GPU cores (Mali 450),… Go To Full Article

Vertu Aster is a luxury smartphone with 'mid-tier' price, top-tier specs

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Since the launch of the Signature Touch, Vertu CEO Max Pogliani promised that "technology will be more a merging factor and not a differentiation point" for his phones. That's literally the case with the new mid-tier Aster launched today: This...… Go To Full Article

Next year's Hondas will have Tegra and Android inside

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Curious as to just which Honda models you'd see Android pop up in first? If you had money on the 2015 Civic, Civic Tourer and CRV it's time to collect your prize from the pool. Google's mobile OS will appear… Go To Full Article

GIGABYTE Releases its Latest GPU Computing Server

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GIGABYTE Technology, a leading creator of high performance server hardware, is happy to announce today the release of its G210-H4G. Developed in partnership with Carri Systems, a French specialist of GPU computing & HPC solutions, this product is a 2U… Go To Full Article

ASRock Announces UTX-110 Slim Motherboard

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging trend for the embedded market. Therefore, ASRock's industrial division introduces a compact and slim type of UTX form factor (4.4"x4.6") to help system integrator customers jump on this tremendous bandwagon of opportunities. Go To Full Article

Tt eSPORTS MetalCaps 38 Piece Mechanical Keycap Set @ PureOverclock

@ 2014/10/02 read/post comments(0)
“Not too enthusiastic about the look of your mechanical keyboard? Looking for a cool mod? Well, Tt eSPORTS may have the solution for you to add some flavor to your existing keyboard with these metal keycaps. Designed to work with… Go To Full Article

Toshiba Offers World's Smallest-Class e-MMC Embedded NAND Flash Memory Products

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Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (TAEC), a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today announced the launch of a class of e-MMCTM embedded NAND flash memory products that are among the world's smallest.The new products… Go To Full Article

Elon Musk teases Tesla 'D' unveiling on October 9th

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Did you think that Tesla was done with surprises this year after name-dropping the Model 3? Far from it. The company's Elon Musk has just teased the unveiling of what looks like another vehicle, the "D," on October 9th. There… Go To Full Article

Algae-based thread will keep your clothes odor-free

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If you're worried that the silver ions in antibacterial and anti-odor clothing might also pose serious health risks, like destroying genetic material, you'll be glad to hear that there should soon be a safer alternative. The KTH Royal Institute of...… Go To Full Article

Coolermaster Hyper D92 Heatsink Review

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"The Coolermaster Hyper D92 is a moderately sized CPU cooler which stands 147mm tall and weighs 636 grams. The Hyper D92 ships with not a 120mm... or even 140mm fan, but rather a pair of 92mm fans that spin at… Go To Full Article

How to Hide the Stupid Search Button on the Windows 10 Taskbar

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You would think that Microsoft would have learned from their Windows 8 mistakes of forcing terrible features down people’s throats, but it looks like they’ve integrated a positively awful Search button / panel into the Taskbar. Here’s how to hide… Go To Full Article

Google Nexus 6 purportedly snapped in the wild running Android L

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Leaked photos show Google’s upcoming Nexus flagship in the flesh, running on the yet unreleased version of Android. There have been quite a few rumors and leaks surrounding the Nexus 6, which is shaping up to be the largest Nexus… Go To Full Article

Here's another reason the GeForce GTX 970 is slower than the GTX 980

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I was really under the gun when I was trying to finish up my GeForce GTX 970 and 980 review. As a result, I wasn't able to track down the cause of an interesting anomaly in my test results.… Go To Full Article

Logitech K830 Wireless Keyboard Review

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Logitech is a well known manufacturer of both mouse and keyboards. The product we will review here is the brand new Logitech K830 Wireless Keyboard, with build in touch pad and plug and play connectivity. Go To Full Article

How to Make the Windows 10 Start Menu Look More Like Windows 7

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The Windows 10 Start Menu is really quite busy with all of those live tiles all over it. If that isn’t your thing, luckily you can remove them all really easily. Go To Full Article

Vuzix's smart glasses now talk to your iPhone

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Vuxix's M100 Smart Glasses may be Android-powered, but that doesn't mean you have to use its hands-free features with other Android devices. The company has rolled out an OS 2.0 update that lets you use the wearable with most iOS… Go To Full Article

UK Legalizes CD Ripping and Cloud Backups Today

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It would seem that our brothers and sisters across the pond will now be able to legally back up their movies and music for personal use. Starting today UK citizens are free to copy MP3s, CDs, DVDs and live broadcasts… Go To Full Article

Virtium Introduces DDR4 VLP UDIMM and VLP RDIMM Products

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Virtium, the embedded industry's trusted supplier of highly reliable infrastructure SSDs and industrial memory modules, today expanded its embedded infrastructure market support with two new DDR4 VLP UDIMM and VLP RDIMM memory module form factors. Virtium was… Go To Full Article

ARM attempts to speed up 'internet of things' adoption with new platform

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It's the year 2014, and we've yet to have our flying cars and commuter jet packs. But we do have a glimpse of the future with the advent of the "internet of things." It's essentially the idea of connecting everyday… Go To Full Article

The Windows 10 Technical Preview arrives

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If you can't wait to put Windows 8 behind you (and you're the adventurous type) you can now download the Windows 10 Technical Preview. As we saw, Microsoft has made the "Modern UI" all but disappear on the desktop and… Go To Full Article

LG 34UC97 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor Now Available in the US

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LG Electronics today begins selling its 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97) in the United States. The world's first monitor to incorporate a curved In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, the eye-catching 34-inch (32.7-inches measured diagonally) class… Go To Full Article

Borderlands 2 comes to SteamOS, and The Pre-Sequel will follow

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SteamOS is slowly picking up, well, you know. The number of native games has grown to nearly 700, and though most of those are obscure indie releases, Gearbox just added a couple of big-name titles. Borderlands 2 now runs on… Go To Full Article

Beats sues headphone startup CEO for saying he's a co-founder

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Beats isn't happy that ROAM CEO Steven Lamar is taking credit for co-founding its headphone business and demanding extra royalties -- it's firing back with a lawsuit of its own. The Apple-owned company claims that Lamar "deliberately misrepresented"... … Go To Full Article

Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower Case

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If you are a water cooling enthusiast looking for a new chassis, you owe it to yourself to read our evaluation of the Thermaltake Core V51 mid-tower chassis. Thermaltake has some very lofty goals set for its new mid-tower case.… Go To Full Article

Roccat Tyon Mouse Review at HardwareHeaven

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"In our Roccat Tyon Review we look at this new mouse and discover that it has fins. Yes, like a shark." Go To Full Article

Sony reminds us what the PlayStation TV can do ahead of its US launch

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If you need a video refresher of just exactly what the PlayStation TV is capable of ahead of its US and Canadian release, Sony has something to take care of that. The video we've embedded below reinforces that Sony's micro… Go To Full Article

AZZA ‘Z’ CSAZ-103 Mini-ITX Case Review

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Building a gaming computer with a small computer case is known to be a challenge for some PC gamers. It is hard to find the right case that can properly house high end components while at the same time maintaining… Go To Full Article

ZOTAC Injects Palm-Sized ZBOX nano XS with Double Dose of Performance

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ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards and mini-PCs, today injects the palm-sized ZBOX nano XS chassis with a double dose of performance from a 4th Generation Intel Core i3 processor. The new ZOTAC ZBOX MI521 nano… Go To Full Article

Corsair Releases Flash Voyager Vega USB 3.0 Flash Drive

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Fremont, CA — October 1, 2014 — Corsair®, a world leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the ultra compact, low-profile Flash Voyager® Vega USB 3.0 flash… Go To Full Article

QNAP Ships 16GB Versions of TS-x70 Pro Series NAS

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QNAP, Inc., a global network attached storage (NAS) manufacturer, is now shipping new 16GB models of the TS-x70 Pro Series Turbo NAS which is designed specifically in support of QNAP's new Virtualization Station, a centralized virtualization environment that allows users… Go To Full Article

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