ASUS GRYPHON Z87 Review and more
Posted on: 06/11/2013 11:08 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews with 26 new articles, including ASUS GRYPHON Z87 Review, SilverStone ARM22SC ARM Two Dual LCD Monitor Mount Review, GALAXY GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Video Card Review, How to change Flash Player update settings, and Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review
ASUS GRYPHON Z87 Review @ techPowerUp
Like the mix of lion and eagle of legend, the ASUS GRYPHON Z87 is ready to fight over air or water with a giant wingspan of features that cover a broad range of users. A warrior of The Ultimate Force, it also has a suit of fortified GRYPHON ARMOR to back it up when things get rough.
Read more: ASUS GRYPHON Z87 Review @ techPowerUpSilverStone ARM22SC ARM Two Dual LCD Monitor Mount Review @ ThinkComputers.org
We mainly know SilverStone for their cases and for good reason, they are high quality and look great. What if SilverStone took that same quality and put it into a LCD monitor mount? Then you would have what we are reviewing today which is the ARM Two ARM22SC dual LCD Monitor Mount from SilverStone. LCD arms are a great addition to any computer setup, especially if you are using a multi-monitor system. The ARM22SC is constructed with robust aluminum alloy and steel so this is a heavy duty piece of hardware. It will support two displays with VESA mounts. Read on as we get this installed and see how it transforms our desk.
Read more: SilverStone ARM22SC ARM Two Dual LCD Monitor Mount Review @ ThinkComputers.orgASRock Z87 Extreme 6 Review (w/ 4770k / GTX770) @ KitGuru
Regular readers will be aware that Intel recently launched their Haswell range of processors. Kitguru has already reviewed motherboards from partners such as MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte in the last week. Today we look at the new ASRock Z87 Extreme 6 â€“ this is a 12 phase power design featuring Premium gold capacitors. Is it worth your time and money?
Read more: ASRock Z87 Extreme 6 Review (w/ 4770k / GTX770) @ KitGuruCorsair Voyager Air Wireless Mobile Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
Corsair's Voyager Air is the first wireless all-in-one mobile drive, home network attached storage, USB drive, and wireless hub. This gadget is supposed to provide easy access to media from network-enabled smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, DVRs, and streaming media boxes. Read on to see what we've found out about this drive!
Corsair's Voyager Air is a sleek wireless media sharing device that I feel nailed this concept down quite nicely. The product itself is quite stylish, while the software is fairly easy to use. Holding a 6200 mAh battery and having a rating of 7 hours of HD streaming, I found this number to be fairly accurate. I was pleased to see that Corsair included a car adapter, which will help ensure you don't run out of a charge while on the road. The other included accessories and pouch were also great...
Read more: Corsair Voyager Air Wireless Mobile Drive Review @ Legit ReviewsQuirky Converge Universal USB Dock Review @ TechReviewSource.com
For the person with many gadgets, the Quirky Converge Universal USB Docking Station is a way to centralize your device charging. It's a sleek shelf that has four USB plugs to charge up to four devices simultaneously. It's perfect for charging a tablet, a phone and a digital camera all at once.
Read more: Quirky Converge Universal USB Dock Review @ TechReviewSource.comLogitech UE BOOM Portable Speaker Review @ Techgage
I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not a true audiophile… which might make you wonder about why I’m the one that jumped at the opportunity to review Logitech’s latest consumer electronics gem, the UE Boom (I’m sorry, Logitech, I’m not typing BOOM in all caps – it’s annoying and I know way too much marketing to buy into it). UE stands for Ultimate Ears, a subsidiary brand of Logitech (since 2008)… but, for those uninitiated, don’t let that scare you off – think more Logitech Harmony and less Logitech $20 keyboard. We’re talking a brand name with some serious pedigree in wireless in-ear monitors for professional musicians since 1995, not some off-the-cuff noisemaker.
That being said, this is a $200 (sorry, $199.95 – more marketing fun!) wireless speaker that contains such buzzwords as “social” and “life resistant.” Seriously, I couldn’t make this up if I tried. And thus, my interest was piqued – a brand for professional musicians, making a product so clearly aimed towards “social” youth… can it be pulled off with finesse, or is it just an overpriced cash-out of a premier branding? I may not be a true audiophile, but I know my way around music well enough to hear a botched job. And when your branding is this much heavier than any of your published technical specs, I start to wonder what kind of lead is being sold as gold.
Read more: Logitech UE BOOM Portable Speaker Review @ TechgageCrucial m500 480 GB SSD review @ Myce.com
Evolution continues for Crucial and their SSD products. The Crucial M500 is the SSD that is replacing the trusty old M4 SSD. As we can expect the M500 not only does everything that that the M4 did, it does much better, and adds more functions to improve not only the SSD but also the overall experience that the user gets.
Our regular users remember the review that Myce did in the past for the Crucial RealSSD C300, and later for the Crucial M4. Now it’s time to take closer look at the M500. As we expectedthe names inside are the same, Micron & Marvell, but the numbers have changed, and the M500 has the latest equipment that Micron and Marvell have to offer, so now only one question remains to be answered.
Read more: Crucial m500 480 GB SSD review @ Myce.comKingston MobileLite Wireless Card Reader Review @ Bigbruin.com
A few years ago, having limited storage on your device was more of an Apple issue. But more and more Android phones are shipping with fixed memory, and as more devices eliminate the micro SD slots they also have made huge improvements in camera resolution. It has gotten to the point that many people don't bother carrying a separate camera or video camera, not only because they can shoot HD quality videos, but because they want access to their images, videos, and music all the time. Keeping all of this on hand requires a lot of storage and phone manufacturers use that to their advantage and often charge ridiculous upcharges for additional storage.
Kingston answered this need a few years ago when they introduced the WiDrive. While this was a fantastic device, it too suffered from limited storage. Kingston listened to feedback and developed the new MobileLite Wireless which builds on the strengths of the WiDrive but takes it one step further by providing a USB port and SD card slot for removable memory.
Read more: Kingston MobileLite Wireless Card Reader Review @ Bigbruin.comGALAXY GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Video Card Review @ HardOCP
Today we have a GALAXY GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost with 2GB of memory strapped to our test bench for your reading enjoyment. We will compare it to an AMD Radeon HD 7790 with 2GB of memory across a suite of six current and graphically demanding games to determine which of these value cards can claim to be king of the hill.
Read more: GALAXY GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Video Card Review @ HardOCPZotac GeForce GTX 770 AMP! Edition @ Hexus
In the market for a GeForce GTX 770? Then you won't be left wanting in terms of choice. In a little over a week since launch, popular UK retailers have Nvidia's latest card in plentiful stock, and it comes in all shapes and sizes as the usual Nvidia partners put forth there custom-cooled variations.
Herein lies a dilemma of sorts. We're partial to Nvidia's reference cooler - it's quiet, it keeps the GPU suitably cool, and better yet, it exhausts a lot of the hot air out the rear of the chassis.
However, from what we can gather, the Titan-like cooler doesn't come cheap, and as a consequence most (if not all) partners have opted to use their own cooling solutions. We've seen Palit flaunt the triple-fan JetStream, and today we're taking a closer look at Zotac's GTX 770 AMP! Edition.
Read more: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 AMP! Edition @ HexusRoccat Isku FX gaming keyboard review @ Hardware.info
The Roccat Isku FX keyboard is an update of the Isku gaming keyboard. The only real change is that the backlight of the keyboard now can be in any of 16.8 million colors, as opposed to only blue. The new keyboard also works with Roccat Talk FX, which means you can use the lighting in a Philips Ambi-light kind of way.
For example, the game World of Tanks is able to communicate with the lights in the keyboard, and adjust it according to events taking place in the game. Not environments you're in, but things that are happening. The color can be green for when your vehicle is undamaged, orange when you take damage and it will flash red when you're destroyed. When you have an incoming message or loading a level, white light will flash. In the main menu it will be orange. We found it to be a cool addition to the gaming experience, but it in no way helps you play the game better.
Read more: Roccat Isku FX gaming keyboard review @ Hardware.infoSamsung LS24C750 review: affordable MVA monitor @ Hardware.info
If you want a higher-end quality monitor, especially in terms of colors and ergonomic features, you best look at business monitors. With the LS24C750, Samsung is bringing the best aspects of a office monitor to the consumer market, for a more reasonable price.
The LS24C750 was recently introduced and is available for an average of £224 or € 229. It's the first affordable monitor intended for the mainstream consumer that we've seen from Samsung. The second reason this monitor is special is that it's equipped with an MVA panel, while the majority of mainstream monitors still use TN, and IPS to a lesser extent. The screen outperforms basically any other monitor in this price class.
Reason enough to take a closer look at the LS24C750, in other words. This is not a monitor that will be great for shooters, as MVA isn't known for having fast response times. With overdrive enabled the performance will be fine, but where this screen will really shine is with color fidelity, contrast and viewing angles.
Read more: Samsung LS24C750 review: affordable MVA monitor @ Hardware.infoSamsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5 head-to-head review @ V3
Samsung and Apple have been wrestling for the top spot in the smartphone market for close to half a decade. It's traditionally been Apple that ultimately won the sales war, with every one of its iPhones being crowned the year's top handset.
However, with each clash Samsung has gained a little ground, with its previous Galaxy S3 handset getting close to matching sales of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. Because of this many analysts have speculated that the next battle between Samsung and Apple could decide each company's place and fortunes in the future smartphone arena. We take a look to see whether the Galaxy S4 can outdo the iPhone 5 in all the key areas.
Read more: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Apple iPhone 5 head-to-head review @ V3Tt eSPORTS SHOCK Dynamite Orange Gaming Headset @ NikKTech
I don't know if it has something to do with the increasing number of professional gaming teams coming out around every corner (a trend i will probably never figure out) but so far inside the first 6 months of 2013 we've witnessed the introduction of more gaming headsets than we did during the entire 2012. Personally i enjoy using headphones while listening to music but they are not my primary choice/preference when watching a movie or playing games (I prefer my complete A/V surround sound systems for that) although i have to acknowledge that a good gaming headset can be of extreme use especially if you are not living alone and you don't want to disturb others while playing your favorite game title which is exactly why i have assigned one gaming headset for each of my gaming systems including my main Toshiba Qosmio laptop. Todays review is about one such product and more precisely the SHOCK Dynamite Orange Gaming Headset by our friends over at Tt eSPORTS.
Read more: Tt eSPORTS SHOCK Dynamite Orange Gaming Headset @ NikKTechEnermax ETS-T40-White Cluster CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
We tested the Enermax ETS-T40-White Cluster CPU cooler. It has a tower heatsink, four 6 mm heatpipes, and one 120 mm fan, with every single visible part of the unit colored white. Check it out!
Read more: Enermax ETS-T40-White Cluster CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware SecretsHow to change Flash Player update settings @ Dedoimdo
Here's a tutorial explaining how to change the Adobe Flash Player update method without using the popup notice by editing the mms.cfg configuration file, with additional pointers on the online Settings Manager, scheduled tasks, step-by-step troubleshooting, and more.
Read more: How to change Flash Player update settings @ DedoimdoBlackBerry Z10 @ LanOC Reviews
Blackberry has a special place in my heart; my first smartphone was the original BlackBerry Storm. The Storm was their first full touch screen phone and frankly it was also a very hard phone to love. Being my first smartphone I really wanted to love it, but dealing with lockups, limitations, battery pulls, and bad battery life was just life with the Storm. After experiencing Android I never went back to BlackBerry, until they introduced their Z10. For the first time it seemed like BlackBerry had listened, so I made sure to get one in and today finally I will tell you how it went.
Read more: BlackBerry Z10 @ LanOC ReviewsAddonics Mini HDD Duplicator Station @ DreamWare Computers
Focusing primarily on data storage and security, Addonics have a wide range of products for all types of situations. This latest piece of tech, the Addonics Mini HDD Duplicator Station, serves a very specific purpose, while maintaining their penchant for quality and usability.
The Mini HDD Duplicator does exactly what it sounds like, it helps you duplicate and/or backup your data from a mini HDD or SDD with direct 1:1 functionality. Theyâ€™ve also engineered it so that you can use it as a USB 3.0 docking device for up to two SATA hard drives as well
Read more: Addonics Mini HDD Duplicator Station @ DreamWare ComputersAsus Z87-A Exclusive Mainboard Video @ KitGuru
As part of our extensive series of in-depth videos around the top Asus mainboards that are being produced for Intel's 4th Generation Core processor, we take a look at the Asus Z87-A with an engineer from regional HQ. What does this board offer?
Read more: Asus Z87-A Exclusive Mainboard Video @ KitGuruCorsair Vengeance K70 mechanical keyboard Review @ Guru3D
We review the Corsair Vengeance K70 cherry red mechanical keyboard. The K70 is the successor of the popular K60 in terms of the overall basis and concept, but it adds some more features, is much more cool looking with full LED lit keys and has a trick or two encompassed in the new design as well.
Today's tested set of keys for example comes in black anodized aluminum, and it' just looks incredible. Though I'll immediately acknowledge that taste is a very subjective thing. Still have a look at what Corsair offers with the Vengeance K70 gaming keyboard brings a smile to my face, especially since it now kas full LED lit keys. So from an aesthetics view, Corsair just gets it.The K70 is intended to replace the K60 from Corsair and is a mechanical FPS gaming keyboard. it received some criticism on the K60, so t was changed for the K70, every key is now mechanical, using Cherry MX Red key-switches. So yes, the K70 is 100% mechanical. New is also per-key adjustable back-lighting, using red LEDs, so that you can customise which keys are lit, according to the game you’re playing. Corsair keeps the the contoured red WASD and 1-6 key-caps. Though we received the black anodised aluminium version, the standard brushed silver aluminium frame is available as well, though I definitely prefer black anodised aluminium.
Read more: Corsair Vengeance K70 mechanical keyboard Review @ Guru3DViako NANO LETTER NL-HM76T i5 Mini-PC Review @ Madshrimps
The NANO LETTER NL-HM76T i5 Mini-PC from Viako is powered by an Intel i5-3317U CPU and a Giada motherboard, comes pre-equipped with 4GB of DDR3-1600 RAM and also a MX 64GB SSD. The performance of the system is really good for using it as a media center, a seedbox, browsing, word processing and more.
Read more: Viako NANO LETTER NL-HM76T i5 Mini-PC Review @ MadshrimpsGigabyte's Z87X-UD3H motherboard reviewed @ The Tech Report
For Haswell, Gigabyte has radically overhauled its motherboard firmware and software. We take a closer look at both in action on the Z87X-UD3H.
Read more: Gigabyte's Z87X-UD3H motherboard reviewed @ The Tech ReportKingston DataTraveler Workspace 32GB @ PureOverclock
PureOverclock has published our latest review, it is of the Kingston DataTraveler Workspace 32GB flash drive for Windows To Go.
Read more: Kingston DataTraveler Workspace 32GB @ PureOverclockCooler Master NotePal U2 Plus Notebook Cooler Review @ HiTech Legion
The Cooler Master NotePal U2 Plus features two 80mm fans that can be moved around to focus on a laptop's hot spots. The NotePal U2 Plus uses a solid sandblasted aluminum base to help spread the heat from laptop components. Cooler Master set up the U2 Plus notebook cooler to be a multi-functional peripheral. It can be used as protection for a laptop while transporting, using the included strap, along with the additional cooling. Each of the 80mm fans pushes a steady 31 CFM of air and run at a quiet 21 dBA. The fans are powered by a single USB port and the connector includes a pass through, so you can still use the USB port.
Read more: Cooler Master NotePal U2 Plus Notebook Cooler Review @ HiTech LegionPatriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ OCC
So let's get down to brass tacks. Is the Patriot Supersonic Magnum worthy of its relatively high (in terms of dollars / gigabyte) cost? Honestly it really depends on how you're intending to use it. The Magnum could easily serve as a high-speed backup drive, a LAN-friendly drive that holds game ISOs, or a storage device for high-speed dumps of raw HD video footage. There's also the inherent shock and vibration resistance of Flash-based media that makes the Magnum far more rugged than any external HDD. If you need fast, reliable, and spacious storage on the go, this drive is certainly worth a few moments of your time to consider. After all, a few moments are all it needs to transfer your data anyway.
Read more: Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ OCCXMG P703 Pro Gaming Notebook Video Review and Gallery with Stuart Davidson @ HardwareHeaven.com
Today Stuart Davidson tests the XMG P703 Pro Gaming Notebook, featuring the latest 4th Generation Haswell Core i7 and NVIDIA 700 Series GPU. Check it out .
Read more: XMG P703 Pro Gaming Notebook Video Review and Gallery with Stuart Davidson @ HardwareHeaven.com