Hands-on review: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and more
Posted on: 09/24/2013 09:42 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Hands-on review: Microsoft Surface Pro 2, Synology DiskStation DS1513+ NAS Review, Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review, QNIX QX2710 27" Evolution II 2560x1440 Monitor Review, and MSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING Video Card Review
Hands-on review: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 @ Techradar
Microsoft is taking a second stab at the table market with the introduction of the new Surface Pro 2. On the surface, the new tablet looks almost completely identical to its predecessor, but Microsoft claims the Pro 2 is so powerful that it will make you think twice about buying your next laptop.The Surface Pro 2 headlined a New York press event where Microsoft showed off two new Windows Surface tablets, the other being the Surface 2.
Read more: Hands-on review: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 @ TechradareSPORTS MEKA G-Unit Gaming Keyboard @ Modders-Inc
Finally gamers can enjoy the smooth action of a mechanical keyboard and this one has ALL the bells and whistles!
Read more: eSPORTS MEKA G-Unit Gaming Keyboard @ Modders-IncSynology DiskStation DS1513+ NAS Review @ TestFreaks
On the X-Files one of the tenets of Agent Mulder was – “trust no one”. With the recent NSA and PRISM disclosures this mantra seems more prophetic than ever imagined. Companies we thought were keeping our information safe such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook have all at some point opened up their data for NSA surveillance. Recently Google’s founder Eric Schmidt had this troublesome pronouncement. These developments have led to the shuttering of security conscious email services such as Lavabit to the silencing of other outspoken activists who wish to protect their sources.
Most people and businesses do not have anything to hide, but that doesn’t mean they want their information readily accessible by anyone without their permission. Today’s review product helps user’s keep their information under their control. Wish to have your own email server at your home or business? Want to roll your own cloud service then read on.
Read more: Synology DiskStation DS1513+ NAS Review @ TestFreaksEnermax Fulmo GT Full Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
When it comes to cases there is only so much you can fit inside and that sort of limits what type of system you can build. Well Enermax wants to break that barrier with their Fulmo GT Full Tower case. This is not just any full tower case, this is one of the biggest cases I've ever had in to review! The case not only supports ATX and XL-ATX motherboards, but even larger form factors like E-ATX and HPTX! On top of that there is room for 10 hard drives, 4 optical drives and 15 fans! (5 are pre-installed). Not only that there are 10 expansion slots so you could put together one beefy workstation or ultimate gaming machine. Having all of this space is great, but has Enermax put all of the other finishing touches on this case to make it a contender against the likes of NZXT, Cooler Master and Fractal Design? Read on as we take a look.
Read more: Enermax Fulmo GT Full Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.orgCorsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Corsair has had an exciting year so far in 2013 stretch from exciting new product releases including the acquisition of Raptor Gaming to sponsoring Team Solo Mid, one of the most accomplished North American League of Legends team. Corsair's eagerness to learn and adapt has landed them into the gaming peripheral market where their name has gained recognition within the past year since the M60 and M90 mice, and K60 and K90 keyboards made their debut. The Vengeance K70 is one of Corsair's new mechanical keyboards for 2013 bringing highly requested backlighting to the K60 design.
Read more: Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit ReviewsAcer Aspire V3-772G-9402 Review @ TechReviewSource.com
The Acer Aspire V3-772G-9402 is a gaming laptop that delivers decent overall performance, a large, bright display and good battery life. However, the hard drive is lacking and does not have a solid-state drive for cache purposes.
Read more: Acer Aspire V3-772G-9402 Review @ TechReviewSource.comSteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard Review @ Madshrimps
Based on rubber domes, the new SteelSeries Apex keyboard comes with a lot of interesting features like the ActiveZone Lighting system, extra directional arrows, raised macro keys, 4 separate layers, anti-ghosting for the most frequently used keys in games and more.
Read more: SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard Review @ MadshrimpsX2 6018B MOD Series chassis @ NikKTech
Most enthusiasts, professionals and hardcore gamers i happen to know prefer to house their systems inside the largest PC Cases possible for a variety of reasons (spacious interiors is the most significant one obviously) something that i also prefer to do myself. However although people may want to house a system inside a large PC case that's not always possible due to space limitations and so just like a friend told me recently the only possible choice is to pick one of the smaller midi tower PC cases. These may not share the same features and spacious interiors as the larger Full and HPTX towers but we've seen quite a few interesting models from time to time that even we ourselves would use if we ever came upon any kind of space restrictions. Well since we are falling back slightly with our PC case reviews today on our test bench we have one of the latest midi towers to hit the market the 6018B MOD Series Chassis which is manufactured by X2 a subsidiary of the well-known Spire.
Read more: X2 6018B MOD Series chassis @ NikKTechRosewill Silentnight 500 Watt Power Supply Review @ Futurelooks
Passively cooled computer components are kind of a holy grail item. It’s difficult to design them in such a way that they’ll operate well without failure. Especially when considering variables like climate and system application. In other words, a passively cooled computer component might operate perfectly well in the Pacific Northwest of the US, but find it a challenge to operate within tolerances in Southeast Asia. One such product that needs to be done right are power supplies. Fortunately, electrical innovation has resulted in better designs giving manufacturers like Rosewill the opportunity to provide a great product that works.
Today, we have their completely fan-less, passively cooled, and very attractive Silentnight 500 watt power supply. And, to top it off, it’s even 80PLUS Platinum efficient! Could this be the PSU you’ve been waiting for to complete your silent PC build? Let’s find out!
Read more: Rosewill Silentnight 500 Watt Power Supply Review @ FuturelooksCooler Master COSMOS SE Review @ OCC
¯This is an amazing case. Solid, well-built, and looks great from any angle. A true case for the enthusiast. It really has the "wow" factor and it is a nice compliment to the larger COSMOS II. To some, a computer case is a necessary evil. A cold, sterile place for your computer hardware. To others it is a statement. A bold line in the sand. And those people spend a lot of time examining each model, each brand - comparing features, options and prices (I am one of those people). Anytime a new model comes out I pour over the details. But it is just a case, right? Well, to me each case has a personality and selecting the right case is an essential part of the build. The COSMOS series has five models, each with a feature set and price point aimed at a specific group. The SE brings a lot to the table, and looks great doing it. It has space, expandability, and support for large top and front radiators. For the enthusiast or even the casual builder who is looking for a case with a lot of bang for the buck, the COSMOS SE hits that sweet spot of total functionality and style that won't disappoint.
Read more: Cooler Master COSMOS SE Review @ OCCADATA XPG V2 Series 2400MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ HiTech Legion
Quick! Take a look around, do you see any tech that is top of the line but over five years old? Yeah, I didn’t think so. That is because ever since the discovery of fire and the wheel, technology has fed its own development in such a way as to become exponentially progressing at ever increasing rates. Every new development leads to numerous other new developments and new technology feeds its own demise. Few things in the tech world have any staying power. Even our “smart phones” don’t stay current as long as our contracts (doesn’t seem so “smart” anymore, does it?) Yet, one item has reigned supreme for quite a while. Go ahead, guess, I’ll wait.
DDR3 has been the go to RAM format for many generations and iterations of processors. DDR3 was introduced in 2007. Of course, it has come a long way since then but the mere fact that it is still DDR3 is pretty impressive. The speeds that companies are getting from the DDR3 format are hard to believe, at least when you factor in stability. To give this some perspective, when DDR3 took the stage Intel was still piddling about with dual core processors (the “bearlake" chipset) and AMD was just introducing its quad core Phenom. Feel old yet? I do. In the tech world, DDR3 is downright archaic, but it has matured beautifully.
Read more: ADATA XPG V2 Series 2400MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ HiTech LegionCorsair Obsidian 750D Review @ Guru3D
We test and review the all new Corsair Obsidian 750D chassis. The chassis is of course based of its bigger brother the 900D which was recently released and embraced by the PC enthusiast community. The chassis is a sized down version of that big window side panel based chassis.
The 750D might be sized down, but remains configurable, has hidden options in every corner and has build quality 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 750D. 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. The 750D chassis itself made of steel, with a front panel aluminum plate that functions as cover /door. With dimensions of 560 x 235 x 546 mm the Obsidian 750D weighs about 10 kg. Inside there is room for the motherboard E-ATX, ATX or microATX, nine expansion cards, PCI Express, ATX-compliant power supply unit and multiple drives.
Read more: Corsair Obsidian 750D Review @ Guru3DQNIX QX2710 27" Evolution II 2560x1440 Monitor Review @ TechnologyX
It was't so long ago that an upgrade to a 27" 2560—1440 pixel monitor couldn't be done for under a $1000 and these were considered the highest of niche displays for the gamer and PC enthusiast. Today, value priced Korean units can be found at $319 or lower, realizing at least a 50% savings when compared to current brand name 2560—1440 display prices. In our offices, we have no less than 7 Samsung monitors/TVs and would never had considered this option but for one thing. They contain Samsung's own PLS panel. It was time to visit our friends at RFD and investigate a bit further.159 pages of further as a matter of fact.
This sent us to a company called 2560—1440.Com where we were able to do a bit of a background to help in our decision. The company is based out of Goyang, South Korea and sells just about every no-name brand monitor we could find. The advantage we had was that, as we were conducting background for this report, we could get the answers that most would ask before considering such a purchase.
Read more: QNIX QX2710 27" Evolution II 2560x1440 Monitor Review @ TechnologyXCorsair 750D Review @ Vortez
Corsair have had a very productive year where computer chassis are concerned. Both their Carbide and Obsidian series have been inundated with new additions, facelifts and refinements. Today we will be looking to the Obsidian series for yet another new inclusion to the family. Fitting in between the pioneering 800D and 650D, the new 750D hopes to bring elements from the newly released 900D and 350D together.
750D is a full-tower minimalist chassis which as tradition would have it, features luxurious brushed aluminium. This new addition to the Obsidian family has water cooling boxed off and should offer plenty of flexibility for clearance options throughout. Let’s waste no further time and begin our look at this new full tower!
Read more: Corsair 750D Review @ VortezSilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution Chassis Review @ OCIA.net
The case we were supplied with for this build comes to us from SilverStone in the form of their Temjin series TJ04-E Evolution. What might arguably be considered a Lian-Li PC6/7 lookalike, the SilverStone TJ04/E has a similar clean and understated appearance that is sure to appeal to a wide audience. Quite a lot has changed in the PC world in the last decade so one must wonder, has SilverStone's venerable Temjin case undergone a true evolution to keep pace?
Read more: SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution Chassis Review @ OCIA.netMSI GTX 660 GAMING 2 GB @ techPowerUp
MSI's new GTX 660 GAMING seeks to introduce the popular MSI GAMING brand to the GTX 600 Series. The card, which comes overclocked out of the box, was very quiet in our testing, and is available online at an affordable $210.
Read more: MSI GTX 660 GAMING 2 GB @ techPowerUpCorsair Obsidian 350D review: 900D Mini @ Hardware.Info
Earlier this year, Corsair released their latest flagship chassis, the Obsidian 900D. A bit later a mini version came out, the 350D. Almost like the mini versions from smartphone brands such as Samsung and HTC, there are many similarities with the bigger sibling, but the features are less extensive and less advanced. It's smaller, more affordable and it will only fit micro-ATX motherboards.
Compared to the Corsair 900D, one of the largest chassis we've tested, the 350D has less internal space and less room for liquid cooling. There are also fewer frontal connectors and internal fan connectors.
Read more: Corsair Obsidian 350D review: 900D Mini @ Hardware.InfoMSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING Video Card Review @ HardOCP
We have the flagship of all NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 GPU based video cards for you today to take a look at. We can say this with confidence after spending a lot of time focusing on all the aspects of this video card in relation to other GeForce GTX 780 cards we have tested. This video card today is one of these extremely high-end video cards developed for the enthusiast gamer and hardware enthusiast. It is not inexpensive, but it represents the "best of the best" when it comes to build quality, performance, and of course, overclocking.
We are evaluating the MSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING today. This video card has a set MSRP of $749.99, however current e-tail places are over charging for it currently at $764.99.. That is by no means cheap. The MSRP set by NVIDIA for standard GeForce GTX 780 cards was $649. This video card therefore costs a near $100 premium compared to standard GeForce GTX 780 video cards. Is it worth it? We will find out.
Read more: MSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING Video Card Review @ HardOCPCorsair RM750 Review @ Hexus
Corsair's branching out into PSU retailing has, in hindsight, been a good move. Debuting with the HX range back in 2006, Corsair's current catalogue numbers seven different series that span from 350W-1,200W capacities, often with overlapping wattages present in different families.
The newest member is the RM Series, released a couple of weeks ago. The all-new RM sits third in the PSU hierarchy behind the AX(i) and HX models. But third doesn't mean bronze, literally, as the RM, available in capacities from 450W to 1,000W is rated at 80 PLUS Gold, uses fully-modular cabling and has a zero-fan mode at low loads. In effect, then, it takes some of the good bits out of other Corsair supplies and amalgamates them into one new model.
Read more: Corsair RM750 Review @ HexusAdobe Photoshop Elements 12 Review @ Techradar
Photoshop Elements is designed for digital photographers of all levels of ability. You can start out using it just to keep a record of family events, and move on to develop your creative skills to see where they lead you. By the time you're using the Editor in Expert mode, you're already halfway to being a Photoshop expert, and if you do decide to upgrade to Photoshop itself, you'll be able to hit the ground running.Or you may just stick to Elements. Photoshop has become a byword for image editing, but Photoshop is expensive and you are paying for design, illustration and 3D tools that have no relevance for photographers. It's true that Elements does lack some important Photoshop tools, such as Curves, the Pen tool and CMYK colour mode, for example, but it's easy to overstate the importance of these tools. The fact is that Elements is plenty powerful enough already.The big story with Elements 12 is mobile sharing.
Read more: Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 Review @ TechradarCorsair Obsidian 750D Case Review @ KitGuru
Corsair is well-known for consistently releasing high quality hardware and today we are taking a closer look at their latest case, the Corsair Obsidian 750D. With support for double 280mm radiators and a single 360mm radiator, up to 10 storage drives and a large side panel window it is clear Corsair are targeting enthusiast builders with this full tower case. The question is, can the Obsidian 750D convince the ever critical enthusiasts to pull our their wallets?
Read more: Corsair Obsidian 750D Case Review @ KitGuru