Internet Explorer 10 Review and more
Posted on: 08/09/2013 10:23 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews with 16 new articles, including Internet Explorer 10 Review, Netgear A6200 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi Adapter Review, Acer Aspire S7 (2013) Review, Kingston MobileLite Wireless Review, and ASUS Z87-PRO Motheboard Review
Internet Explorer 10 review - Hmmm, yeah @ Dedoimedo
I is back! Worry not, all is well. Just a bit of personal reflection time and whatnot. So here's a review of Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7, including installation, look & feel, speed, performance, ease of use, W3C and HTML5 compliance, weird things like multiple conflicting options, prompts and messages that harm security and privacy, other things and considerations, and more. Try to enjoy.
Read more: Internet Explorer 10 review - Hmmm, yeah @ DedoimedoSamsung Galaxy S4 Active, a Rugged, High-End Alternative @ HotHardware
Considering just how much we all rely on smartphones every day, they're shockingly fragile. All it takes is one quick drop or spilled drink to end in disaster for your expensive gadget. For as quickly as phone technology is advancing, durability for many smartphones has remained a problem. That's where Samsung hopes to make some waves with their latest handset, the Galaxy S4 Active.
The formula is simple: take the tried and true Galaxy S4, make a few tweaks here and there to ruggedize it and you have the Galaxy S4 Active. It's a slight bit thicker and heavier and the rear has a rubber texture top and bottom but otherwise it feels just like any other GS4 and it performs like one too...
Internally, we're looking at pure Galaxy S4, which also means you get Android 4.2.2 with Samsung's TouchWiz skin. If you have been through our original review of the Galaxy S4 you'll know we found it to be an excellent phone that's among the fastest we've ever tested and that holds true with the Active as well.
Read-on for our quick-take review with a hands-on demo where the Galaxy S4 gets wet and wild!
Read more: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, a Rugged, High-End Alternative @ HotHardwareAlienvibes EP02 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review @ ThinkComputers.org
If you have never used active noise cancelling headphones before you really should. While speaker systems, earbuds and normal headphones allow you to enjoy your music active noise cancelling headphones really allow you to immerse yourself in the music. Today we are taking a look at the Alienvibes EP02 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones. These attractive over the ear headphones feature 40mm high-grade drivers for clear powerful sound, plush breathable ear cushions for hours of comfortable use, and frequency response of 20Hz to 20KHz with a 110dB sensitivity rating. Will the Alienvibes EP02 impress? Read on to find out.
Read more: Alienvibes EP02 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review @ ThinkComputers.orgNetgear A6200 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi Adapter Review @ Legit Reviews
Is your laptop or wireless PC running connecting to your network at the fastest possible speed but you are still lagging when playing online games or when streaming video? You may need to look at upgrading your client to the latest WiFi format, 802.11ac. Read on as we take a look at the Netgear A6200 USB adapter, an under-$60 wireless-AC solution!
Read more: Netgear A6200 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi Adapter Review @ Legit Reviews2560—1600: GeForce GTX 770-780 vs Radeon HD 7950-7970 @ Benchmark Reviews
Very recently Lenovo loaned us their 30-inch ThinkVision LT3053p IPS LED-Backlit LCD Monitor for review. While the AH-IPS display panel was impressive, its size really made us wonder about how much impact it would have on PC video games. Before this behemoth display went back to Lenovo, I decided to test it on some of the most recent graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests frame rate performance at 2560Ć—1600 for the Radeon HD 7950 against GeForce GTX 770, and Radeon HD 7970 against GeForce GTX 780.
Read more: 2560—1600: GeForce GTX 770-780 vs Radeon HD 7950-7970 @ Benchmark ReviewsPlextor M5 Pro 256 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
Plextor's M5 Pro is the company current flagship SSD, based on a combination of Marvell flash controller and Toshiba 19 nm NAND flash. In our testing we see solid results that can easily compete with other high-end drives. The included five year warranty is another bonus.
Read more: Plextor M5 Pro 256 GB SSD @ techPowerUpAcer Aspire S7 (2013) Review @ TechReviewSource.com
The Acer Aspire S7 (2013) is an attractive, slim Windows 8 Ultrabook that offers superior performance, speedy boot times and above average battery life. You also get a 1080p touch screen display, which is just icing on the cake.
Read more: Acer Aspire S7 (2013) Review @ TechReviewSource.comSaints Row 2 - 5 Years Later Review @ OCC
After five years, is Saints Row 2 still something worth playing? Unless you are very interested in the Saints Row Franchise, I would say no. The gameplay is fun, but the porting issues are so many that I would not recommend this game to general, open-world action-adventure fans. There are better quality games of this age and genre to recommend. If you are strongly interested in the franchise though, and can see past the porting issues, I see no reason why you would not enjoy this game.
Read more: Saints Row 2 - 5 Years Later Review @ OCCMSI N760 Hawk Review @ OCC
Pricing is rumored to be in the $280 to $290 range so this puts a price premium of $30 to $40 over the $250 base price on the reference GTX 760. For those extra dollars you get a whole hell of a lot of upside in terms of performance, cooling, and long term reliability, not to mention the tremendous upswing in gaming performance. Also, the yellow coloring just looks awesome, especially when coupled with MSI's high end Z87-based motherboard offerings, including the MPOWER MAX. All things considered, MSI hits a home run with this card, delivering impressive results across the board. In this price range it's going to be hard to beat the value this card delivers.
Read more: MSI N760 Hawk Review @ OCCKingston MobileLite Wireless Review @ HiTech Legion
Multi-tools have been around for centuries but none is more popular than the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. Aside from the blade, the original features where designed so that a soldier may be able to eat his canned rations and disassemble his service rifle in the field. More features were eventually added later as the design and the mechanism improved over time. Different variations of the Swiss Army Knife currently exist and there is even a version for the “geek army”, equipped with a precision tool, wire-stripping tool, knife, scissors and a secure USB thumb drive.
For users on-the-go, this is definitely a useful tool but sometimes a USB port may not be available such as with phones and other mobile devices for example. Thankfully, the storage experts at Kingston had the foresight to provide wireless mobile storage for these specific instances. Their initial design was dubbed the “Wi-Drive” introduced a few years ago and it has now evolved into something else that expands upon the previous feature set to take into consideration the necessities of modern mobile computing.
Read more: Kingston MobileLite Wireless Review @ HiTech LegionRaijintek Ereboss CPU Cooler @ PureOverclock
Raijintek is a name I’m sure most of you are not familiar with. They’re a new company to the PC accessory market and have debuted four new CPU coolers – the Aidos, Themis, Themis EVO and the Ereboss – as well as some slim case fans. Raijintek isn’t a company which started from nothing though. It’s actually a collaboration between some Cooler Master and Xigmatek employees so the company has some serious collaborative knowledge. They also plan on expanding into the chassis and PSU market in the near future. They were kind enough to send me out their Ereboss CPU cooler to check out, so let’s get on it!
Read more: Raijintek Ereboss CPU Cooler @ PureOverclockRise of the Triad (2013) Review @ OCC
¯After almost twenty years, does the Triad rise again? Not without stumbling more than is comfortable. The single-player gameplay is fun more often than not, but at times it becomes frustrating and almost punishing as a single challenge can set you back by minutes, with no alternative path to advance. The multiplayer is more consistently enjoyable, and once the map editor is patched in it should become even more fun.
Read more: Rise of the Triad (2013) Review @ OCCPatriot EP Series 128GB SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card Review @ TechnologyX
Capacity in a SD card is nothing without performance and today's media enthusiasts are looking for just that combination to fill their media needs for both photo and video. This is where the Patriot EP Series 128GB SDXC card, performing at up tp 50MB/s, fits the bill. Still though, one has to be in awe of the storage advance we have seen in so few years.
Read more: Patriot EP Series 128GB SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card Review @ TechnologyXOZONE ONDA ST Stereo Gaming Headset @ NikKTech
Currently in the market there are countless headset models available from a large number of manufacturers and in several different configurations from plain stereo ones and virtual surround ones (again based on dual drivers) all the way up to real 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound ones that feature up to 8 drivers (4 in each earcup) for the best possible positioning audio both in movies and games. Of course much like most things (especially electronic devices) each model type has a different focus group/audience and so although stereo ones are extremely popular amongst audiophiles, DJ's and professionals in general virtual and real surround sound ones are mostly welcomed by casual and hardcore gamers around the world. However there are also stereo gaming headsets our there for people who belong to neither one of the mentioned groups and just want a cost-effective headset to casually play games and listen to music a job which just might be the right one for the ONDA ST stereo gaming headset by OZONE.
Read more: OZONE ONDA ST Stereo Gaming Headset @ NikKTechASUS Z87-PRO Motheboard Review @ Bjorn3D
ASUS Z87-PRO ASUS along with its ROG boards also released the more mainstream channel series of boards one of which we actually looked at already in the Z87-A.
Read more: ASUS Z87-PRO Motheboard Review @ Bjorn3DDeepcool Gamer Storm Assassin Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane
High-end cooling solutions come in a variety of styles with some designed for best in class performance while others give you the silent treatment. The important thing to note is that cooler designs have inherent benefits and problems that work hand in hand.
In this review we will be looking at the DeepCool Gamer Storm Assassin heatsink. The Assassin is a dual tower cooler that utilizes eight massive heatpipes to cool just about any processor you can imagine. As you can imagine the heatpipes are "U" shaped and connect each of the towers along the baseplate.
Read more: Deepcool Gamer Storm Assassin Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane