February 2013 System Guide and more
Posted on: 02/14/2013 11:03 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including February 2013 System Guide, Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP & Sport VLP 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review, Canon Pixma MG6350 Review, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dragonborn DLC Video Review, and VP2770-LED Vs. S27B970D: 27" Monitors At 2560x1440
February 2013 System Guide @ The Tech Report
In the latest edition of the TR System Guide, we've tweaked our usual builds to incorporate newer components and price changes, making our recommended systems better than ever. We've also included a small-form-factor gaming build priced just under $1,000.
Read more: February 2013 System Guide @ The Tech ReportCrucial Ballistix Tactical LP & Sport VLP 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
Today, Legit Reviews is looking at two 16GB (2x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3 memory kits from Crucial that are a little different from the dozens of other kits at this memory speed. The Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP and Ballistix Sport VLP memory kits both have low profiles and run at just 1.35V! No other brand has a memory kit on the market that has both of these features, so it will be interesting to see how they perform!
Read more: Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP & Sport VLP 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Legit ReviewsA4Tech Ultracore3 V7 Gun3 Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
Being an enthusiast doesn't necessarily mean pouring an incredible amount of money into a hobby. While going to a web site that sells computer components, sorting by "Highest Price" and just adding everything at the top of the list to your cart will probably result in a fast computer (probably...) I'm not sure if that is what defines an "enthusiast." Sometimes finding those products that ride that price/performance line, getting the absolute most for the money spent - that's where enthusiasm can be found. A4Tech, a company with 25 years of experience with mice and other peripherals, has just released a new line of gaming mice that Benchmark Reviews is going to take a look at today. First up, the A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 wired gaming mouse - let's see what A4Tech has in store for gaming enthusiasts...
A4Tech's new line of gaming mice had caught my eye on Newegg earlier, and seemed intriguing given the price at which they were listed. $40 for a gaming mouse? Surely, in a world of $80+ gaming peripherals, all with a promise of game-changing features to make you the most skilled player on the server, the V7 couldn't possibly compete right? I'm always on the lookout for a great mouse for a great price, so I couldn't pass up the chance to give one a try. I was curious to see what A4Tech could bring to the table, other than the ever-increasing DPI race. Options are always good, and it seemed at first glance the A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 was a good option. Time to put that notion to the test!
Read more: A4Tech Ultracore3 V7 Gun3 Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark ReviewsDropCam Wireless IP Camera @ Modders-Inc.com
Dropcam has released the Dropcam wireless IP camera with advanced features such as AES-256 encryption, night vision, and two-way communication.
Read more: DropCam Wireless IP Camera @ Modders-Inc.comNZXT Kraken X60 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
The Kraken X60 is a sealed liquid cooling system for CPUs, with a 280 mm radiator cooled by two 140 mm fans placed side-by-side. Check it out!
Read more: NZXT Kraken X60 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware SecretsEagle Tech Bluetooth Mini Keyboard with Speakerphone ET-KB100B-BK @ TechwareLabs
So you are looking to buy a keyboard for your Playstation 3, or you just want a Bluetooth device for your everyday needs with your smart phone. Well today I got the chance to review the Bluetooth Mini Keyboard with Speakerphone (ET-KB100B-BK) from Eagle Tech, which was founded in 1993. Eagle Tech is well-known for the gorgeous quality designs and award winning portable external hard-drives. Now its stemmed from PC hardware to high quality audio devices and stereos.
Read more: Eagle Tech Bluetooth Mini Keyboard with Speakerphone ET-KB100B-BK @ TechwareLabsHP Officejet 150 Mobile Review @ Techradar
We've seen portable printers and mobile scanners before, but according to HP, the Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One is the world's first portable all-in-one device, enabling you to print, scan and photocopy on the move.It could be of real interest to business travellers who spend a lot of time in hotels, away from the company laser printer or their home office all-in-one inkjet printer.The HP Officejet 150 Mobile can be powered from the mains electricity or by using a supplied rechargeable lithium-ion battery that's good for around 500 prints. It connects to your Mac or PC over USB or Bluetooth, but if you opt for the wireless protocol, you can only print - scanning is only possible on a USB connection. There's no support for Wi-Fi or Ethernet networking, so don't expect features that rely on a network or internet connection such as Google Cloud Print or AirPrint. You can print, scan and copy from the 6cm/2.36-inch colour touchscreen, and scan to your computer, USB flash drive or memory card.
Read more: HP Officejet 150 Mobile Review @ TechradarCanon Pixma MG6350 Review @ Techradar
Read more: Canon Pixma MG6350 Review @ TechradarEVGA GTX 650 Ti SSC 2 GB @ techPowerUp
Today we have on our testbench the EVGA GTX 650 Ti SSC with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. The card runs at 1072 MHz GPU clock, which is higher than any other GTX 650 Ti available at this time. Using manual overclocking we could even increase memory clocks by 40%!
Read more: EVGA GTX 650 Ti SSC 2 GB @ techPowerUpOCZ Vector 256GB Review @ OCC
OCZ's Vector line of solid state drives is every bit the performer that the Vertex 4 drives are with very few exceptions. In many of the tests, the two fastest drives were the Vertex 4 and OCZ's latest Indilinx Barefoot 3-equipped Vector. The only real weakness I saw was that the Vector was less frugal with the CPU cycles than the other Indilinx equipped drives. OCZ's move to the Barefoot 3 controller is beginning to pay dividends as it uses the technologies it has available in-house after the Indilinx and PLX acquisitions. It's taken a while to go all-in but that time has come. As the first totally in-house designed controller from OCZ, it seems to have hit on a controller that does better at managing real world usage scenarios and handling both compressible and incompressible data streams.
Read more: OCZ Vector 256GB Review @ OCCThermaltake Level 10 Mouse Review @ OCIA.net
When the Thermaltake Level 10 case debuted at CeBIT in 2009, it garnered quite a bit of attention for its radical concept design. Now Tt aims to broaden the Level 10 product stable further by adding gaming peripherals such as headsets and mice. The Level 10 M Gaming Mouse, like previous Level 10 cases, was designed in partnership with BMW DesignworksUSA. One look tells you that this is not your average ordinary mouse.
Read more: Thermaltake Level 10 Mouse Review @ OCIA.netFractal Design Newton R2 Power Supply @ Dreamware Computers
Our introduction with Fractal Design was with their Define R3 case - a review that just came out shortly before todays. With the Define R3, I was pleasantly surprised at how much innovation Fractal Design provided in designing the case. It was a case of astoundingly great quality; with the results of their hard work showing in the final product.
Other than the increasing drive towards higher 80PLUS certifications, lower noise, and modular cables, we haven't seen many other great changes in the power supply industry over the last while. Today I have the Fractal Design Newton R2 power supply here for review. Although there is little wiggle room in designing a power supply, Fractal Design is hoping to bring a quality modular power supply to its customers with the Newton R2.
Read more: Fractal Design Newton R2 Power Supply @ Dreamware ComputersElder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dragonborn DLC Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
Kaeyi Dream brings us her thoughts on the latest DLC package for Skyrim: Dragonborn in her latest video for HardwareHeaven.
Read more: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dragonborn DLC Video Review @ HardwareHeaven.comFuturemark 3DMark Review @ Neoseeker
Futuremark has been working on the new 3DMark for quite some time now and the developer's experience has really paid off for the 2013 release of the long-running benchmark program. 3DMark features three different test suites targeted at different hardware platforms, eventually allowing you to benchmark everything from smartphones to high performance gaming systems. The new 3DMark works a little differently from their previous benchmarks because it doesn't give an overall score. Instead, each test will produce individual results. Futuremark designed 3DMark to be extremely demanding, so don't be surprised if your system scores lower than you expected.
3DMark is the ultimate cross platform benchmarking solution and the first to allow you to test DirectX 9, DX10 and DX11 hardware using a single tool. Shown below is the first screen you will see when you start Futuremark's 3DMark, and from here you can run the full suite of tests included with the program. If you have not yet registered your copy you can also do so from here.
Read more: Futuremark 3DMark Review @ NeoseekerRazer Orbweaver Mechanical Gaming Keypad Review @ Custom PC Review
Having been a keyboard/mouse gamer my whole life, I’ve always been a huge fan of Razer products ever since the days of the Diamondback and the Boomslang, and when Razer unveiled the Nostromo gaming keypad a couple years back, I thought it was possibly one of the coolest peripherals ever. At the time it kinda felt like something that had dropped out of the command center of the USS Enterprise or something as it was something that just seemed like it could be the future of the gaming peripheral.
While I did get to play with demo units of the Nostromo here and there, I never actually ended up owning one, which is why I was so excited when Razer offered me the opportunity to review the Orbweaver.
Read more: Razer Orbweaver Mechanical Gaming Keypad Review @ Custom PC ReviewRoccat Kone XTD Gaming mouse @ Rbmods
There are so many gaming mice on the market these days so how should a normal gamer or consumer know how to choose which one is the right one? Today we are going to try to show you at least one mouse option; Roccat, who sent us their latest gaming mouse named Kone XTD. In our test we are going to compare it vs some other well performing gaming mice on the market.
Read more: Roccat Kone XTD Gaming mouse @ RbmodsVP2770-LED Vs. S27B970D: 27" Monitors At 2560x1440 @ Tom's Hardware
If you demand maximum pixel density and the highest resolution on your desktop PC, these 27-inch screens from ViewSonic and Samsung do not disappoint. Today, we put ViewSonic's VP2770-LED and Samsung's S27B970D to the test. Is QHD right for you?
Read more: VP2770-LED Vs. S27B970D: 27" Monitors At 2560x1440 @ Tom's HardwareNZXT Phantom 630 review @ Guru3D
The original Phantom chassis from their 'crafted' series of PC cases we were impressed. And really, it's hard to not be impressed by any of NZXT's chassis but that one was something totally new and refreshing. As such I was excited to hear about the new Phantom 630 release. A bit of a warning is advised though, the Phantom 630 seems to be a trimmed down version of that magnificent Phantom 820.
NZXT has been around for years, building an ongoing reputation with mostly their controversial chassis designs. It all really started with the Guardian chassis years ago and have ever since put numerous chassis designs out on the market. Rising from the ashes of their crafted series is the Phantom 630 full tower chassis, absolutely impressive in many ways as the design is simply great, the features are grand and then the extras still need to kick in. What about a digital fan controller connected to a plethora of pre-equipped fans?
We have a changing enthusiast PC landscape with features like backplate cut-outs, many water cooling options and digital fan controller. The chassis lends a lot of its looks to the Phantom 820, a similar looking chassis with smooth edges and that distinct Phantom front panel design.
Read more: NZXT Phantom 630 review @ Guru3DGigabyte Z77X UD4H Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
As the world waits for Haswell and the unknowns associated with a new processor and chipset release we have to wonder if existing motherboards based on the Z77 are worth keeping since an upgrade will likely require entirely new hardware beyond just the processor. The rule of thumb when it comes to upgrading is a generation of two. For instance if you are more than two generations behind then you might be in for an upgrade.
In this review we will be looking at an excellent example of what a well rounded motherboard should look like the Gigabyte Z77X UD4H. For those familiar with the Gigabyte line up you'll realize the UD4 is a mainstream motherboard designed for power users who want a little more from their system.
Read more: Gigabyte Z77X UD4H Motherboard Review @ NinjalanePCSpecialist Vanquish Z11 System Review @ KitGuru
Not everyone has the time or inclination to build a new system themselves and luckily we have some great system builders in the UK. PCSpecialist have proven their worth in previous reviews on Kitguru and today we are looking at their latest Vanquish Z11 system which features an overclocked Core i5 3570K, fast solid state drive and GTX660ti graphics card.
Read more: PCSpecialist Vanquish Z11 System Review @ KitGuruSilverstone Precision PS08 @ techPowerUp
The Precision PS08 is the newest addition to the Precision family of cases from Silverstone. Its key selling point is the ability to hold large graphics cards within its compact and nearly weightless belly, but is it enough to sway people away from mid-tower cases for the same price?
Read more: Silverstone Precision PS08 @ techPowerUpLogitech T650 Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad Review @ Techradar
It's no secret that Windows 8 is an operating system that's geared towards touchscreen devices. This means if you haven't got a touch-enabled computer then you'll miss out on quite a few features and shortcuts of Windows 8.
Read more: Logitech T650 Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad Review @ Techradar