Monster Build Part 2 and more
Posted on: 03/12/2014 11:15 AM
Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles:AZZA XT 1 Full Tower Case Review Corsair Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard Review Diamond DS3900 Ultra Dock Review HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook review: a good deal, but with trade-offs Intel Pentium G3220 Processor Review Kingston HyperX Cloud gaming headset Review Kingston UHS-I U3 64GB SDXC Card Review Monster Build Part 2: The Machine Rapoo A3060 Bluetooth Mini Speaker Review Really Ghetto Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs! Reeven Hans RC-1205 Review Samsung 840 Evo mSATA 250 Gigabyte Review Topre RealForce 87U 55g Tenkeyless Keyboard Review
AZZA XT 1 Full Tower Case Review
I already know by the time I reach the ripe old age of retirement, I'll be a grumpy old coot. People tell me I have an old head on young shoulders, and I can see what they mean. While I dearly love new technology and science, I'm resistant to change and the flamboyance that's so prevalent in my generation is a constant source of friction. In short, there's a desperate lack of humility and I can't stand hipsters. And infographics! It's like a mass competition to see who can come up with the most cluttered presentation of anything and everything to satisfy the need for constant audio-visual stimulation. Or, should I say that satisfaction in constancy has become a lost art?Read full article @ HiTech LegionCorsair Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard Review
I'm convinced the initial success of Apple's iPod was due to little slice of stillness it offered with a clean and "simple" user interface to people whose lives had anything but stillness. Digital circuits get cheaper and ever fewer products offer something new rather than just cramming more features into a single device. So, the only way left to stand out is with marketing and attention grabbers. Personally, I much prefer clean and simple, even spartan, designs. Part of capitalism is marketing what sells, however, and boy does flashy sell. In other words, subtlety has been thrown out the window and AZZA's XT 1 full-tower case is our case in point.
Mechanical keyboards such as Corsair’s Vengeance K70 keyboards have garnered praise from industry pundits and users alike. But there’s no escaping the fact that keyboards with individual mechanical key switches are expensive: the aforementioned K70 retails for $130.00. But as it turns out, you can get much of the style and functionality of Corsair’s high-end keyboards for a lot less money. Today Benchmark Reviews takes a look at Corsair’s Raptor K40 Gaming Keyboard.Read full article @ Benchmark ReviewsDiamond DS3900 Ultra Dock Review
Are you tired of continuously reconnecting cables to your laptop, but don’t want to buy the specific docking station for your laptop? Or, perhaps you have multiple systems that you use daily. Personally, I run multiple systems from home and constantly switch between systems that require more then a remote desktop connection. Diamond Media has a solution for these scenarios. Introducing the DS3900 Docking station! Cconnected via a USB, the DS3900 allows you to keep your primary peripherals connected to the dock and switch over with a single cable swap.Read full article @ PureOverclockHP Spectre 13 Ultrabook review: a good deal, but with trade-offs
Before we get started, here’s a little about Diamond.
It's already March, dear readers, which means with the exception of this post right here, you're not going to find many laptop reviews on this site. Why? Because Intel's just three months away from launching its next-generation chips and besides, we've reviewed most of the current-gen models anyway. But not HP's. We haven't reviewed a Hewlett-Packard Ultrabook in more than a year. So here we are, picking up where we left off. The company's newest flagship, the Spectre 13, has a metal-clad body, much like the older models we've tested, except it steps up to an optional 2,560 x 1,440 display and an extra-wide touchpad designed to make all those Windows 8 gestures easier to pull off. It also starts at $1,000, making it a good deal cheaper than most of the other models we'll be name-checking throughout the review. So does that make it a good deal? Read full article @ EngadgetIntel Pentium G3220 Processor Review
The Intel Pentium name has been around for quite a long time, itâs a name that used to be synonymous with the latest and greatest processor. These days though, the latest and greatest Intel processors are part of the Intel Core series. Today the Pentium processors are more on the lower end of the product stack, and cost relatively little by comparison. When it comes to the lower end Intel processors, Iâve had a question in my mind for some time now, and finally decided to satisfy my curiosity. How well will a low end processor run a gaming system these days? To answer this question I picked up the Intel Pentium G3220 for under $70...Read full article @ Legit ReviewsKingston HyperX Cloud gaming headset Review
Kingston’s reputation as a maker of storage solutions is well cemented at this point – they have been making memory modules, flash drives and solid state drives for years now. Today however we look at something new from the company after a partnership with QPAD. The resulting amalgamation of influences has produced a smart looking piece of kit, known as the HyperX Cloud gaming headset. It has a stitched leather headband and memory foam earcups … all built around a pair of 53mm drivers.Read full article @ KitGuruKingston UHS-I U3 64GB SDXC Card Review
In February of 2014, Kingston announced the availability of the "fastest SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) card for 4K and Ultra-HD video capture". Despite not owning a camera that shoots in 4K or Ultra-HD, this card still appealled to me for capturing HD video in a different way. Perhaps a card like this could be a solution to recording HDTV in a small form factor system running something like Windows Media Center or XBMC. In a Mini-ITX system or one of Intel's NUCs, you may just have room for a single drive which might be an SSD running the operating system. Having a second drive for the live TV buffer and HDTV recording space would be nice, but may not fit inside the case. A card slot or USB 3.0 based reader with at least a 64GB SDXC would be a good fit... if it could keep up with the bandwidth requirements of multiple HD streams.Read full article @ Bigbruin.comMonster Build Part 2: The Machine
The promotional image above shows off the Kingston UHS-I U3 64GB SDXC card, where plenty of information is provided in a very small area. Some of the key points featured on the face of the card are the read and write speeds, which are far above the typical ratings for what would be considered a "fast" Class 10 card. With a claim of read speeds up to 90MB/s and write speeds of up to 80MB/s, this card should fly. We will put these claims to the test after taking a closer look at the basics of the card first.
Today we are going to assemble and show off our monster build. With a sky-high overclock and benchmarks that blow away the competition, this machine truly is a beast. Check out what we learned along the way and see whats planned for this machine.Read full article @ TechwareLabsRapoo A3060 Bluetooth Mini Speaker Review
The new thing lately seems to be adding touch controls to most everything and that can be a good thing or a bad thing, it just depends on how it’s implemented. Today for review I’ve got the the Rapoo A3060 Bluetooth Mini Speaker which acts as an external speaker for music or it can be a speakerphone for hands-free calling. The unique thing about the A3060 is that it has touch controls on the top to control things like volume, answer or end calls and play and pause of your music. The A3060 is very well made, attractive looking and best of all it sounds good, so read on to learn more..Read full article @ TestFreaksReally Ghetto Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs!
Last month we featured a post on some of the most insane Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs out there. While these are extremely impressive not everyone has the money, time or even space to build such setups. After seeing some really bad mining setups we wanted to show you the opposite end of the spectrum so we present to you some of the most ghetto Crypto-Currency Mining Rigs out there!Read full article @ ThinkComputers.orgReeven Hans RC-1205 Review
And finally, let's talk about performance. The Hans RC-1205 can handle the thermal load of normal daily use and stock performance is just fine. Overclock and crank up the load, and the Reeven Hans RC-1205 can meet the demands of heat removal. Reeven gives you great build quality to go along with the attractive styling. Pricing is yet to be released.Read full article @ OCCSamsung 840 Evo mSATA 250 Gigabyte Review
Taking a closer look at Samsung's lineup of 840 Evo solid state drives shows, there are not only 2.5 inch models but also mSATA cards with up to 1 Terabyte capacity. Today we're having a closer look at the 250 Gigabyte mSATA model and we're rather curious to find out what this piece of hardware is capable of.Read full article @ ocaholicTopre RealForce 87U 55g Tenkeyless Keyboard Review
In our first mechanical keyboard review, of the Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition, I mentioned that mechanical switches aren’t inherently better than other types of switches, at least in terms of subjective feel. Depending on design, some mechanical switches may feel awful to the end user. A good example of this is the Cherry MX Red, which is a linear switch with very low resistance (45g). This type of switch is marketed as a ‘gaming’ switch, because it allows for quick double-taps and no dead zone between activation and reset points, and doesn’t lead to fatigue over time.Read full article @ HCW
However while typing on it, or even while gaming, you may feel that the keys are too ‘soft’ and don’t offer any feedback letting you know when a key stroke has been registered. This results in having to bottom out the key for each stroke, which is actually 2mm below where the activation takes place. This is part of why Razer came up with their versions of gaming tactile switches to replace the use of Cherry MX Blue and MX Brown switches. Because having tactile feedback is important to most people while typing or gaming, but Cherry MX Blue and MX Brown switches introduce issues that may arise while gaming, but not typing.