Boston Venom 1801-0T Mini Workstation Review and more
Posted on: 04/08/2014 10:24 AM

Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles:

ADATA PV100 Power Bank Review
Avantree Juno 6800mAh Portable Power Bank Review
Boston Venom 1801-0T Mini Workstation Review
Cougar MX300 Review
Enermax ETS-T40 Black Twister
Logitech G400s
NVIDIA SHIELD OTA Update & Performance Review
Qualcomm Announces Next-Gen Snapdragon 808 And 810 SoCs
Samsung PN64F8500 64 Inch Plasma Smart TV Review
Thecus N5550 5-Bay NAS Server and XBMC Home Theater Computer Review
Titanfall Performance Boost: NVIDIA R337 Drivers
XSPC Razor R9 290/290X Full Cover Cooling Block Review

ADATA PV100 Power Bank Review
Power comes in all forms, and it's all around us. Our entertainment streams are full of power struggles, and they continue to play out on the world stage - all day, every day. My own power struggle is much more mundane. I just need to keep my cell phone charged up all day long, and sometimes for more than a day. One way to do that is to carry an external battery pack, like the one in the picture below. Benchmark Reviews has been testing a brand new power pack from industry leader ADATA, on a daily basis for several weeks now. The ADATA PV100 Power Bank is small, slim, and relatively lightweight, courtesy of the advanced Lithium Polymer battery inside. It has a capacity of 4200mAh, which is close to a median value for this type of device.


Read full article @ Benchmark Reviews

Avantree Juno 6800mAh Portable Power Bank Review
Up for review today I have some power for you in the form of the Avantree Juno portable power bank which has a 6800mAh capacity battery inside of it and can charge not only phone but tablets as well since it can output 2.1 amps on the USB port. The Juno has a built-in USB cables with both microUSB and standard USB connections on it so you don’t have to carry a cable with you to charge the Juno, your devices or even for syncing. The Juno is small and portable and it seems nicely made and it has four LEDs on it to indicate battery capacity and charging. Read on to learn more..


Read full article @ TestFreaks

Boston Venom 1801-0T Mini Workstation Review
The Venom 1801-0T acquits itself well for a small form factor workstation, with decent results in graphics benchmarks. However, its compact case leaves no room for expansion and makes maintenance difficult, while the desktop-class processor makes it less suitable for high-end workloads.


Read full article @ V3

Cougar MX300 Review
Looking at the pictures below, Cougar takes a different approach to the ever growing problem of the generic standard chassis, by going with a bee-hive front design to stand out. The front itself has two exposed 5.25" bays behind the grated bee-hive design, with a Cougar logo near the bottom and the chassis O/I ports at the top. The back comes with a silent 120mm rear fan, seven expansion slots, and a bottom mount for a power supply. On top of that, the chassis itself is slightly more compact than usual, making it necessary to have the expansion cards stick out when installed. Cougar also included a plastic cover that hides the thumb screws for the slots.

The left side panel includes an extruded section, both a window on the right, over the hard drive bays, and a vented section on the right for up to two 120mm fans. The right panel continues the design with a slightly extruded middle to complete the look and effetely adds more space behind the motherboard tray.


Read full article @ OCC

Enermax ETS-T40 Black Twister
Enermax seeks to ruffle the feathers of their competitors with the ETS-T40 Black Twister. They do so by combining solid performance with low noise output; all without compromising on quality and style.


Read full article @ techPowerUp

Logitech G400s
At this point Logitech’s gaming mouse lineup is extremely well rounded. They have a mouse for just about every price point and gaming style. Some of you might remember back in the day when all they had was the G5 and later the G7 for gaming mice. The design of the G5 has carried through into a lot of their current day mice, especially the G400s. At a first glance the G400s has carried on with the same design that made Logitech gaming mice so popular back in the day. Today I’m going to take a look at the G400s and see how well that design is holding up compared to competition as well as Logitech’s own product line.


Read full article @ LanOC Reviews

NVIDIA SHIELD OTA Update & Performance Review
The NVIDIA SHIELD is potentially the next evolution of mobile gaming. The SHIELD in a nutshell is a blend of mobile android devices, PC gaming, and console gaming. When the NVIDIA SHIELD first came out last year, it was carrying a price tag of $299, eventually that dropped to $249 and that remains the current price for the SHIELD. Though for right now through the end of April NVIDIA has lowered the price to $199 to celebrate the latest and greatest over the air update that we announced last week here.


Read full article @ Legit Reviews

Qualcomm Announces Next-Gen Snapdragon 808 And 810 SoCs
Last week, we took a trip to San Diego to meet with Qualcomm and discuss the company's cutting edge 20nm radios and upcoming Snapdragon processors. Unlike the already-launched Snapdragon 801 and 805, these are fundamentally new chips with updated CPU cores as well as Qualcomm's new Adreno 400-class GPU. Qualcomm is announcing two new chips today -- the Snapdragon 808 and the Snapdragon 810.

The 810 will be the highest-end solution, with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A57 paired alongside four Cortex-53 CPUs... The 808 will also use a big.Little design, but the core layouts will be asymmetric -- two Cortex-A57's paired with four Cortex-A53's. The Cortex-A57 is, by all accounts, an extremely capable processor -- which means a pair of them in a dual-core configuration should be more than capable of driving a high-end smartphone. Read-on here to get our full scoop...


Read full article @ HotHardware

Samsung PN64F8500 64 Inch Plasma Smart TV Review
With close to six months of use in my den, I can easily say that Samsung's PN64F8500 Plasma Smart TV is an excellent TV with pretty well every feature any buyer would appreciate. If you are looking into buying a large TV that will not have to be upgraded for years to come and with every bell and whistle known in the industry, then your search stops here.


Read full article @ Tweaknews

Thecus N5550 5-Bay NAS Server and XBMC Home Theater Computer Review
NAS (Network Attached Storage) units have been growing in popularity over the years, due to their ease of use in providing a lot of storage in a compact enclosure, while making redundancy a simple matter of replacing drives when warned. With the HTPC continuing to evolve however, where does the NAS stand in supporting or replacing your traditional server box filled with your media? The N5550 from Thecus has been out for almost two years now, but the modifications made to this affordable five-bay NAS box allow us to pose the question whether a NAS can truly replace your need for a traditional HTPC. By having simple integration with XBMC media center software the N5550 can offer the unique hybrid opportunity of being both your NAS and your media center in a single unit.


Read full article @ MissingRemote

Titanfall Performance Boost: NVIDIA R337 Drivers
Titanfall has been one of the most-anticipated games of 2014, and for a very good reason. Combining the best first-person shooter aspects of Call of Duty and Battlefield into a mech-themed FPS video game isn’t easy to pull off, but Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts do so with great success. Available for console and PC, gamers who want ultimate immersion and control will likely gravitate towards the desktop gaming platform. For good reason then, NVIDIA has focused a significant amount of its resources towards optimizing performance so that players can enable the best graphical quality settings possible.


Read full article @ Benchmark Reviews

XSPC Razor R9 290/290X Full Cover Cooling Block Review
Too often we find a singular facet of an item’s performance focused on far too much. Typically this is caused by a marketing ploy that creates a buzzword, but it can also be caused by a misrepresentation of actual performance. One of the misrepresentations I recall most vividly revolved around car audio amplifiers in the 1990s. Subs and boom were at their peak, and everyone and their brother was trying to cash in. There were literally hundreds of budget amplifier companies selling giant amps labeled as “1000 WATTS”. Never did they give you a THD level….or frequency response at that level….or if it was RMS or simply a peak it could hit for less than 1 ms. Typically inside of these giant cases was a PCB the size of a pack of cigarettes, that output what most reputable audio companies would call 20 watts. Could these amps produce 1000 watts? Well…..sort of. Could they produce a usable 1000 watts? Absolutely not.


Read full article @ HiTech Legion




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