Google Chromecast Review and more
Posted on: 08/14/2013 10:32 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Google Chromecast Review, Top 5 Streaming Devices For Your TV, Intel Haswell i5-4670K vs. i7-4770K Comparison, Azio KB505U Backlit Large Print Keyboard Review, and Noontec Zoro HD On-Ear Headphone Review
Google Chromecast Review @ Legit Reviews
When Google announced the Chromecast wireless streaming device it rocked the tech industry. For just $35 shipped, the Google Chromecast will turn any dumb HDTV into a smart TV that is capable of streaming media from Netflix and YouTube. You can also send entire tabs from the Chrome browser on Macs and PCs, which means you can basically put any site or service on TV with just the click of a button.
Read more: Google Chromecast Review @ Legit ReviewsY-Cam Cube HD 1080 Review @ Vortez
Home and office security is an aspect of daily life that more and more people are becoming concerned about, especially in these times of austerity. Back at the beginning of the year Y-Cam announced their new Cube series of IP cameras, but only recently have they become available.
The Cube series is made up of the following models: 640 x 480 VGA, 720p HD and Full 1080p HD. Today we will be taking a look at the 1080p model. Our camera is designed to be sleek and discreet and features motion detection, night vision infra-red capabilities, Wi-Fi N, H.264 compression and much more.
Read more: Y-Cam Cube HD 1080 Review @ VortezASRock Z87 OC Formula Motherboard Review @ KitGuru
Built for hardened overclockers, does ASRock's Z87 OC Formula have what it takes to compete with the likes of MSI's Z87 XPower (http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/luke-hill/msi-z87-xpower-motherboard-review/) and Asus' Maximus VI Extreme (http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/luke-hill/asus-maximus-vi-extreme-z87-motherboard-review/) ?
Read more: ASRock Z87 OC Formula Motherboard Review @ KitGuruTop 5 Streaming Devices For Your TV @ ThinkComputers.org
From Blu-ray players to gaming consoles, modern home theater systems double as reliable streaming devices. Streaming has indeed become one of the most wanted entertainment media features; it is all the rage. It has come a long way since buffering, choppy, and pixilated video and audio files. Whether you're a big movie lover, a TV buff, a music aficionado, or just an all-around media junkie, here are the top 5 streaming devices for a home theater.
Read more: Top 5 Streaming Devices For Your TV @ ThinkComputers.orgZotac GTX 780 AMP! Review (Including Vs. 7970 Watercooled) @ Hardware Heaven
Today ZOTAC launch their take on a custom cooled 780 with a significant overclock applied at the factory; over 1000MHz base. We will compare it to an existing "super overclock" edition as well as taking a 7970 GHz Edition, water-cooling it and overclocking well past retail overclocked models to see how it compares in game such as Crysis 3 and Metro: Last Light.
Read more: Zotac GTX 780 AMP! Review (Including Vs. 7970 Watercooled) @ Hardware HeavenHP 2000-2b19wm Review @ TechReviewSource.com
If you only have $300 to spend on a laptop, you don't have to settle for a refurbished model or take your chances on eBay, but you will have to make some sacrifices. Case in point: With the HP 2000-2b19wm you get a brand new 15-inch notebook from a reputable retailer, but it's not a very powerful notebook and its feature set is not what you'd call robust.
Read more: HP 2000-2b19wm Review @ TechReviewSource.comSamsung S27C750P 27" LED Monitor @ DreamWare Computers
Being one of the newest additions to their LED monitor lineup, Samsung's S27C750P is geared toward movie-goers and gamers alike, carrying some generous bang for it's buck. With a price tag of $375, what can we expect from this monitor?
Read more: Samsung S27C750P 27" LED Monitor @ DreamWare ComputersIntel Haswell i5-4670K vs. i7-4770K Comparison @ techPowerUp
We compare the top two Intel Haswell processors Core i5-4670K and Core i7-4770K at stock and overclocked. Ivy Bridge results are included, too, to determine whether an upgrade makes sense. We also did a run with liquid nitrogen, resulting in maximum clocks of over 6 GHz.
Read more: Intel Haswell i5-4670K vs. i7-4770K Comparison @ techPowerUpAMD Launches Never Settle Forever Game Promo @ Hardware Canucks
AMD's popular Never Settle gaming promo may have ran its course but Never Settle Forever is bringing a whole new group of options to the table. Now, you'll have the choice of which games you receive!
Read more: AMD Launches Never Settle Forever Game Promo @ Hardware CanucksDefenderPad Laptop Radiation and Heat Shield Review @ OCC
It is clear that the average technology user in our modern civilization is not fully aware of the potential health risks related to portable devices such as laptops and tablets. Just to name a few, we are exposed to risks of cancer, fertility problems, DNA damage, skin irritation, and nerve damage. These harmful effects are closely related to our habits and the ways we use our portable devices on a daily basis. Most users don't even bother investing in a relatively affordable laptop cooler, let alone a $90 pad. Yet we all know at least one person that uses a laptop for extended periods of time with the device sitting straight on their lap. From a common sense point of view, it doesn't seem like a good or healthy practice to me. Do devices that provide protection exist? Absolutely! Do we need more education and awareness about what risks we face? Again, the answer is yes.
Read more: DefenderPad Laptop Radiation and Heat Shield Review @ OCCAzio KB505U Backlit Large Print Keyboard Review @ HiTech Legion
But different people have different needs. There is a glut of gaming keyboards on the market offering different switches, hotkeys, macros, programmability and all kinds of backlighting. They also tend to run quite a bit of money. So what does an average guy do who just needs backlighting due to environmental or vision factors? In most cases it is either bite the bullet and spend 3-4 times as much on a keyboard with a myriad of features that aren’t needed, or simply carry on without backlighting.
For those looking for better key visibility without all of the add-ons, the Azio KB505U Large Print Backlit Keyboard may be just the answer. While the Azio Large Print Backlit Keyboard doesn’t offer a wealth of gaming options, it does offer a solid, comfortable quality keyboard with backlighting and a couple of extra perks. Up at the top of the keyboard resides a set of hot keys for multimedia and frequently used commands. Keeping programming out of the picture, all are Plug and Play with Windows 7 and work flawlessly by simply plugging the keyboard’s USB interface in. Key markings are oversized for easier recognition, while backlighting is selectable between blue, red and purple. A quiet membrane keyboard is used for good feel and key travel. Azio backs the high quality KB505U with a 3-year warranty.
Read more: Azio KB505U Backlit Large Print Keyboard Review @ HiTech LegionTesoro Durandal Ultimate Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ NikKTech
Although the trend of our days demands from all the latest keyboards to feature Cherry MX mechanical switches/keys both Mad Catz and SteelSeries have proven beyond doubt that normal membrane keyboards are still alive and kicking. Now that i look back my first serious keyboard was the quite impressive (for its time) Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite back in late 1998 but it wasn't really until 2005 that i actually turned around and purchased my very first gaming keyboard the very innovative Logitech G15. Of course thanks to the massive differences and features it carried since then I've never used a normal keyboard again unless it was absolutely necessary (how many of you wish that laptops also had gaming keyboards attached?). Today we will be checking out yet another mechanical gaming keyboard that packs quite a few impressive features called the Durandal Ultimate manufactured by Tesoro.
Read more: Tesoro Durandal Ultimate Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ NikKTechNoontec Zoro HD On-Ear Headphone Review @ KitGuru
The Noontec Zoro HD features several improvements on the previous Zoro model. The company have tweaked the sound characteristics, hopefully offering higher-quality bass and the addition of an in-line microphone and call/answer button.
Read more: Noontec Zoro HD On-Ear Headphone Review @ KitGuru