Facebook Home Hands-On Video and more
Posted on: 04/17/2013 10:14 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Facebook Home Hands-On Video, i3DSpeed March 2013, Your Wireless Mouse Or Keyboard Acting Up? Blame USB 3.0!, Corsair Obsidian 900D Case Review, and Qanba Arcade Stick Bag
HTC First with Facebook Home Hands-On Video @ HotHardware.com
The HTC First went on sale this past Friday, to coincide with the availability of Facebook Home, the social networking giant's launcher that puts Facebook content front and center on some Android devices. We're hard at work cranking out our full review of the HTC First, but while that's being worked on, we thought some of you would like to see the phone in action...
Read more: HTC First with Facebook Home Hands-On Video @ HotHardware.comi3DSpeed, March 2013 @ iXBT Labs
The i3DSpeed project is dedicated to testing performance of a large number of graphics cards under Windows.
Traditionally, we offer you performance diagrams of popular graphics cards and inform about the best price/performance deals in the market.
Read more: i3DSpeed, March 2013 @ iXBT LabsFrame Rating: Visual Effects of Vsync on Gaming Animation @ PC Perspective
After publishing the Frame Rating Part 3 story, I started to see quite a bit of feedback from readers and other enthusiasts with many requests for information about Vsync and how it might affect the results we are seeing here. Vertical Sync is the fix for screen tearing, a common artifact seen in gaming (and other mediums) when the frame rendering rate doesn’t match the display’s refresh rate. Enabling Vsync will force the rendering engine to only display and switch frames in the buffer to match the vertical refresh rate of the monitor or a divisor of it. So a 60 Hz monitor could only display frames at 16ms (60 FPS), 33ms (30 FPS), 50ms (20 FPS), and so on.
Read more: Frame Rating: Visual Effects of Vsync on Gaming Animation @ PC PerspectiveAcer Aspire V5-571P Review @ XSReviews
So earlier on XSReviews we took a look at the Acer Aspire S7, an 11.6″ or 13″ Ultrabook with a super svelte design and powerful hardware but dogged with persistently poor battery life. Today, we’re taking a look at what Acer is doing at a more affordable range of the spectrum with the Acer Aspire V5-571P. There are a few different configurations available here, but we’ll be taking a look at the model equipped with a Core i5 processor, a 500 GB mechanical hard drive, 6 GB of RAM and a touch screen. That puts it on the upper end of configurations available, but reflections upon other aspect should be shared between models.
Right, let’s get into it, starting with a more detailed look at the specifications available. There’s nothing too out of the ordinary here, so if you’re pressed for time it can make sense to skip over to the unboxing or physical features.
Read more: Acer Aspire V5-571P Review @ XSReviewsYour Wireless Mouse Or Keyboard Acting Up? Blame USB 3.0! @ Tech ARP
Have you ever noticed that sometimes your wireless mouse or keyboard goes cranky - responding erratically to your movements or clicks, or sometimes not at all for a stretch of time? You might have tried replacing the battery, thinking that it might have just run out of juice but I'll bet that didn't work.
The problem appears to occur randomly - most of the time, the mouse or keyboard works just fine, but sometimes, for some reason, it goes all bonkers, before suddenly becoming normal again. You might wonder then if someone has hacked into your system, or if there's a ghost in the system. Well, the truth of the matter is that it's just USB 3.0!
Think about the times when your wireless mouse or keyboard has gone nuts on you. You may think it's random but what if I told you that you were using either a USB 3.0 portable hard disk drive or a USB 3.0 flash drive? In fact, your mouse or keyboard problems disappeared the second you disconnected them!
Read more: Your Wireless Mouse Or Keyboard Acting Up? Blame USB 3.0! @ Tech ARPCorsair Obsidian 900D review @ Guru3D
oday we go all big and review the all new Corsair Obsidian 900D chassis. It ain't mid-tower, not full-tower, heck this beast is called, tagged and bagged as a super tower. And yes, it is probably one of the biggest products you'll have seen to date. It is highly configurable, has hidden options in every corner and a craftsmanship that will stun you. Oh and then there's the space... good gosh, the space.
Obsidian - back in the Roman Empire, if a person discovered some sort of mineral they would call him Obsius, it nearly forms the name of today's tested product. So when the Obsius found a, usually black or banded, hard volcanic glass that displays shiny, curved surfaces when fractured and is formed by rapid cooling of lava -- it was called... Obsidian. And Corsair today launches its 900D. So it's like this, every now and then a chassis enters the top secret Guru3D test lab, and when all the scientists gather around a product, you just know it's something special. So I had to send all these other guys home, just to get my hands on the Obsidian 900D myself, heck yeah!
Read more: Corsair Obsidian 900D review @ Guru3DCorsair Obsidian 900D 'Godzilla' Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
There were some quiet rumors at CES 2012 about the successor to the Obsidian 800D, nothing concrete though. just a few whispers. At CES 2013 I was able to see the new Obsidian 900D and even snap a few shots of it. Today Corsair is launching the Obsidian 900D and it looks to be even more impressive than I thought it would be! We're gonna take a closer look at the latest and greatest Obsidian 900D from Corsair, throw some parts into it and see how it looks! Join us for our journey and let us know what you think!
Read more: Corsair Obsidian 900D 'Godzilla' Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit ReviewsRHA SA950i On-ear Headphones @ techPowerUp
RHA's new portable on-ear headphones are put to the test. These $59.99 headphones feature an Apple i-device compatible remote and microphone, which make it great for on-the-go use. With its user-replaceable cable, you do not need to worry about the cable wearing out.
Read more: RHA SA950i On-ear Headphones @ techPowerUpCorsair Obsidian 900D Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Since the 800D Corsair have cemented their place in chassis design with impressive models at each point. Today though the review NDA lifts and we are back at the enthusiast end of the case market with the Obsidian 900D. Can Corsair meet, or exceed the quality, design and features of the 800D? lets find out.
Read more: Corsair Obsidian 900D Review @ HardwareHeaven.comSamsung Mini Bluetooth Stereo Speaker YA-BS300 Review @ TestFreaks
Up for review today I have the Samsung YA-BS300 which is a mini Bluetooth speaker that can be used with most any audio device including those that aren’t Bluetooth enabled thanks to a line-in port. The BS300 has controls on it so you can control your media right from the speaker over Bluetooth, and it also has phone controls as the BS300 can act like a speakerphone as well as a regular speaker. The BS300 has four sound enhancement modes to help improve your listening experience. The speaker is very well made, it has a metal housing and even comes with a handy stand so you can set it up right on your desk. Read on to learn more about a great little product…
Read more: Samsung Mini Bluetooth Stereo Speaker YA-BS300 Review @ TestFreaksFUNC MS-3 Gaming Mouse @ Modders-Inc
With a normal mouse you have to grab the sides with both your thumb and pinky to get the most control, but with the FUNC MS-3 design three of your fingers fit right in to the grooves and make controlling the mouse a breeze.
Read more: FUNC MS-3 Gaming Mouse @ Modders-IncHP ElitePad 900 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
The HP ElitePad 900 is an enterprise-oriented Windows 8 slate tablet that combines the looks of a consumer-oriented tablet like the Apple iPad with enterprise friendly features that corporate users need. It's an all-day tablet with a plethora of add-on accessories that bridge the gap between laptop and tablet, without being classified as a hybrid or convertible tablet.
Read more: HP ElitePad 900 Review @ TechReviewSource.comFractal Design Adjust 108 Fan Controller Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Coming to us from the frozen north of Scandinavia is a product from Fractal Design. The Adjust 108 is a 6 channel fan controller from this award winning Swedish company. The minimalistic controller looks great on paper, but how does it perform? Follow along as we test this controller and see if it's up to par.
Read more: Fractal Design Adjust 108 Fan Controller Review @ ThinkComputers.orgCorsair Obsidian 900D Case Review: Think Big, That's Only HALF as Large @ Anandtech
An enclosure built from the ground up for custom liquid cooling loops is actually a fairly rarefied thing. Why wouldn't it be? Building a custom loop is expensive and time consuming, which would make that type of enclosure the very definition of niche. Yet Corsair has come forward with the Obsidian 900D for one big reason: to fill that niche.
Read more: Corsair Obsidian 900D Case Review: Think Big, That's Only HALF as Large @ AnandtechMSI GTX 650Ti Boost Video Card Review @ Ninjalane
Ninjalane has posted their review of the hot clocked MSI GTX 650Ti Boost video card. If you look at the GTX 650Ti Boost product offerings you have two basic choices. You can either go with a reference designed card as released by NVidia or select one of the hot-clocked editions like the MSI N650Ti Boost. Of course the second of these promises higher performance with a great price point for gamers.
Read more: MSI GTX 650Ti Boost Video Card Review @ NinjalaneCOBY Kyros Internet 10 Touchscreen Tablet (MID1045) Review @ Madshrimps
The Kyros MID1045 is a mainstream tablet with a single core Allwinner CPU clocked at 1GHz which sports a 10.1’’ 1280x800 resolution capacitive display. If we do not mind occasional hiccups during web page browsing inside content-heavy websites or the lack of the Play Store, then this product may be a good choice for users on a tight budget.
Read more: COBY Kyros Internet 10 Touchscreen Tablet (MID1045) Review @ MadshrimpsSamsung PM841 512GB mSATA SSD Review @ The SSD Review
On the TSSDR Test Bench today is the Samsung PM 841 mSATA SATA 3 SSD, this particular sample being the highest capacity mSATA SSD that we have tested to date at 512 GB.
Unlike the Mushkin Atlas 480GB mSATA SSD that we have reviewed previously, the PM841 is the first to be offered in a single PCB design and housing only four modules of memory, each being 128GB in size.
Read more: Samsung PM841 512GB mSATA SSD Review @ The SSD ReviewKingston SSDNow V300 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
As the SSD market gradually comes to grips with lower prices, greater popularity and higher performance metrics, the new Kingston SSDNow V300 represents an intriguing blend of possibilities for first time SSD buyers. It combines cutting edge, high performance NAND with a price that is very easy to swallow, potentially allowing for it to become one of today’s most popular drives.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been able to look at the V300. Indeed, the 120GB version was an impressive SSD, hitting well above its weight class while costing significantly less that its immediate competition. However, with the gradual march of SSDs towards more affordable pricing grounds and consumers’ never-ending need for higher capacities, 120GB of storage just won’t be enough. The 240GB version meanwhile may be part of Kingson’s “Value” brand (as opposed to the HyperX series’ focus on extreme bandwidth) but is has capabilities which were once reserved for much higher-end SSDs.
Read more: Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB SSD Review @ Hardware CanucksCooler Master NotePal A200 Laptop Cooler Review @ Hi Tech Legion
The Cooler Master NotePal A200 features two 140mm fans with an adjustable fan speed from 700 to 1200 RPM. The NotePal A200 fans are inside an aluminum pad to help spread and dissipate the heat, in a sense creating a heatsink for your notebook. Cooler Master designed the A200 cooler with comfort in mind and part of that is silence, the fans range from 20 to 28 dBA while pushing up to 92 CFM of air to keep your laptop cool to the touch. It is USB powered by one USB port and offers a two port hub so that you do not lose any of your USB ports while it is in use. Notebook cooling offers the comfort of keeping your machine cool and increase the longevity of the machine.
Read more: Cooler Master NotePal A200 Laptop Cooler Review @ Hi Tech LegionBioshock Infinite Review @ OCC
When you do find yourself running low on health, Salt, or ammunition, there is a decent chance Elizabeth will call out to you that she has something for you. With the press of a button you will receive a health or Salt vial, or an entirely new weapon with a filled clip, ready to fire. This happens in almost real-time during battles, so enemies keep moving while the item is thrown and caught. However, it did appear the enemies could not damage you during the perhaps second-long event. Oh, and in case you were worried, she does not need your help in combat. The game is not one giant escort mission.
Read more: Bioshock Infinite Review @ OCCQanba Arcade Stick Bag @ MEGATech
When you want to take your laptop with you on the go, you’ll find that there is no shortage of laptop bags available in a huge assortment of styles and designs. But what about all the fighting game fans in the audience who want a safe and secure way to transport their FightSticks from event to event? For that, the Qanba Arcade Stick Bag, available from Canadian Joysticks, could be quite the ideal solution.
It’s not just some generic backpack that happens to be big enough to hold your arcade stick, because the Qanba Arcade Stick Bag has been custom tailored for this very specific purpose. It also comes with some extra pockets and pouches where you can stow the rest of your gear.
Read more: Qanba Arcade Stick Bag @ MEGATech