Alienware 18 Notebook Review and more
Posted on: 08/27/2013 12:34 PM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Alienware 18 Notebook, CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 4200 Haswell Gaming System Review, Antec SP1 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review, Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 Review, and HTC One (Red) Android Smartphone Review
Alienware 18 Notebook: Haswell, GeForce GTX 780M @ HotHardware.com
Dell has updated its Alienware series of gaming notebooks with the refreshed Alienware 18, and what an update it is. In addition to a new generation of hardware, with both Intel's Haswell and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780M rumbling under the hood, Alienware has completely redesigned the look of the chassis, keyboard, and touchpad, all of which we'll examine more closely in just a moment.
One thing that has definitely not changed from the previous generation Alienware notebooks is the size and weight of these monsters, but of course, all that weight belies components built for serious gaming firepower...
Read more: Alienware 18 Notebook: Haswell, GeForce GTX 780M @ HotHardware.comThermaltake Chaser A71 Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
Thermaltake is constantly revamping their case line to provide users options. The original Chaser MK-I full tower was popular among enthusiasts; Thermaltakes response was evident at CES 2013 when they expanded the Chaser line. Continuing with the style of the MK-I, they have released the A31, A41 and now the A71 Chaser cases.
Read more: Thermaltake Chaser A71 Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit ReviewsCyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 4200 Haswell Gaming System Review @ ThinkComputers.org
When it comes to getting a new computer not everyone knows how to build their own. They leave that job to the professionals. CyberPowerPC is one of the premier custom system builders out there and today we are taking a look at one of their latest gaming systems. CyberPowerPC always builds quality system that are not extremely overpriced. The Gamer Xtreme 4200 system we are looking at today features an Intel Core i7-4770K processor, GeForce GTX 770 graphics card, ASUS Z87-A motherboard, 16GB of DDR3 memory and much more. Read on as we take this custom system for a spin!
Read more: CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 4200 Haswell Gaming System Review @ ThinkComputers.orgLogitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 Review @ Techgage
Logitech’s Zone Touch T400 may look weird for the lack of some features you expect in a modern mouse – a scroll wheel, thumb buttons – and it might be easy to dismiss since it doesn’t boast a premium-level price point. But its revolutionary feature – a touch zone that takes the place of the scroll wheel – just might be right for you.
Read more: Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 Review @ TechgageHP Pavilion TouchSmart 11z Review @ TechReviewSource.com
For only around $400, the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11z has a responsive 11.6-inch touch screen display. It also has good battery life and plenty of ports, but it is a little heavy for an ultraportable.
Read more: HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11z Review @ TechReviewSource.comAntec SP1 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review @ Benchmark Reviews
The Antec SP1 features all the common goodies needed in a mobile speakers. Bluetooth wireless connection allows stable connections up to 30ft away. The SP1 can also be used as a speakerphone and has a built-in mic for you to easily switch between calls and music. To top that off, the Antec SP1 comes in a variety of colors to match your needs. Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the beautifully colored Antec Bluetooth wireless speakers and see show it performs against the competition.
Read more: Antec SP1 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review @ Benchmark ReviewsSamsung ATIV S Cell Phone Review @ Hardware Secrets
The Samsung ATIV S smartphone has a 4.8", 1280x720, Super AMOLED screen; a 1.5 GHz dual core CPU; 1 GiB RAM; 16 GiB of storage; an 8 Mpixel main camera; and a 1.2 Mpixel front camera. It runs the Windows Phone 8 operating system. Let's take a closer look at this product.
Read more: Samsung ATIV S Cell Phone Review @ Hardware SecretsLinksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 Review @ KitGuru
Routers are the life and soul of the media party in many modern households. They are also under an ever increasing demand to deliver high definition media content to multiple devices simultaneously. Whether this be for streaming TV, gaming online, downloading or uploading content it all requires a fast connection to the router. The Linksys Smart Wi-FI EA6500 is a 5th generation router featuring incredible speeds of up to 1750 Mbps (between the 2.4GHZ and 5.0GHZ bands).
Read more: Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 Review @ KitGuruThermalright Archon SB-E X2 CPU Cooler @ NikKTech
This summer maybe almost over but temperatures are still holding strong but even if this was not the case still a high-performance CPU Cooler is always a good thing to have regardless of season. Of course with the increasing amount of AIO (all in one) liquid CPU Cooler models around if you are into serious overclocking one of the high-end dual radiator solutions is without doubt the most ideal solution however for people who just want to do a mild overclock to their systems and require good performance even normal CPU Air Coolers are sufficient. Thermalright introduced the very good Archon SB-E CPU Cooler quite a long time ago but since some people required even a higher cooling efficiency Thermalright decided to release the dual fan Archon SB-E X2 solution and since quite a few of you have been requesting that we take it for a spin that's exactly what we did.
Read more: Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 CPU Cooler @ NikKTechSplinter Cell: Blacklist Performance, Benchmarked @ Techspot
Equipped with his iconic night vision goggles and a new counter-terror agency, Sam Fisher has returned to foil another anti-US plot in Ubisoft's sixth Splinter Cell game. Titled Blacklist, the latest entry is a sequel to 2010's Splinter Cell: Conviction and attempts to find a better balance between stealth and action while reintroducing some franchise favorites.
Many Splinter Cell fans felt that Conviction veered decidedly toward the "bag 'em and tag 'em" side of shooters, encouraging you to kill jumpy guards instead of avoiding them. While Blacklist refines Conviction's "Mark and Execute" system with a mechanic called "Killing in Motion," you can also look forward classic stealth abilities such as dragging downed foes and baiting enemies with vocal noise -- even if it's not from Michael Ironside, the longstanding voice of Fisher who is replaced by actor Eric Johnson in Blacklist.
Read more: Splinter Cell: Blacklist Performance, Benchmarked @ TechspotASUS GTX 780 DirectCU II OC Review @ Hardware Canucks
The ASUS GTX 780 DirectCU II OC has some big shoes to fill. Its predecessor, the GTX 680 of the same name was one of the best previous-generation cards we tested and highlighted the ways ASUS leveraged their engineering division to create something special.
Amidst the nearly endless number of custom GTX 780 cards, the DirectCU II OC is still quite unique. It uses ASUS’ excellent custom heatsink design, some advanced PWM technologies, a nearly endless list of features and higher clock speeds. But, most importantly of all, the GTX 780 DirectCU II OC goes for just $669 or $20 more than a reference version.
Read more: ASUS GTX 780 DirectCU II OC Review @ Hardware CanucksDiamond Multimedia DS3900 Ultra Dock USB 3.0 Docking Station @ MEGATech
I like my thin and light Ultrabook as much as the next bloke, but there is a price to be paid for this slick form factor: lack of ports. You might only have a couple of USB 3.0 ports and most thinner notebooks lack a LAN port for wired connectivity. And there’s no way that you’re going to find one of these thin-and-light machines boasting a DVI output. Effectively elevating your laptop to near desktop-like connectivity is the Diamond Multimedia DS3900. It’s not just any old docking station; Diamond is referring to it as an “Ultra Dock” and you can tell right away that they mean business.
Read more: Diamond Multimedia DS3900 Ultra Dock USB 3.0 Docking Station @ MEGATech HTC One (Red) Android Smartphone Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
So what if HTC could design a handset which looked to compete not with Samsung but Apple in terms of build quality... and what if they refined their OS experience to add some differentiation from Samsung while staying a little closer to Android's stock experience than Sense had in the past. Well with the HTC One in exclusive Red we find out and that is the focus of today's review.
Read more: HTC One (Red) Android Smartphone Review @ HardwareHeaven.com