NZXT Phantom 630 Case Review and more
Posted on: 01/20/2013 11:12 AM
Here a roundup of the latest reviews, including NZXT Phantom 630 Case Review: The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection, Fedora 18 Spherical Cow review - Bad bad bad, Infographic: Siri and Google - Now Your New Wingman?, HTC One SV Review, and Antec Performance One P280 Super Mid Tower PC Case Review
NZXT Phantom 630 Case Review: The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection @ Anandtech
It wasn't that long ago that we reviewed NZXT's shiny new Phantom 820, a case that apart from its high price tag and slightly ostentatious design was pretty tough to beat. The Phantom 820 was providing some best-in-class thermal and acoustic performance, and it was a shot fired squarely across the bows of companies like Thermaltake and CoolerMaster, whose respective Level 10 GT and Cosmos II suddenly had a new, less expensive case to worry about competing with. Yet when I visited NZXT at CES 2013, they already had a descendant of the 820 on hand. The Phantom 630 is just a little smaller, a little more conservative, and a lot cheaper. At $179 MSRP it's still on the expensive side and is clearly an enthusiast case, but unlike the 820, the 630 is using an entirely new chassis built from the ground up. The 820 scored a Bronze Editor's Choice award, but as it turns out, it may not have been a flash in the pan. Once you take a look at the 630, you'll start to understand why I'm beginning to think NZXT is entering a new era and the competition needs to be on their toes.
Read more: NZXT Phantom 630 Case Review: The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection @ AnandtechFedora 18 Spherical Cow review - Bad bad bad @ Dedoimedo
Brace yourselves: here's a long, highly negative review of Fedora 18 Spherical Cow 64-bit edition with KDE, covering live session, installation and usage, including Wireless, Samba sharing, easyLife, multimedia playback - Flash, MP3, webcam, applications choice, stability, suspend & resume, system resources, and tons of problems, like no auto-login in live session, no ability to launch the installation interactively, a highly dangerous and counter-intuitive installer, various warning and error messages for Wireless, audio, disk space and repository refresh, failed updates due to missing keys, no MP3 plugins, Amarok freezes, no ability to print to Samba shares, no desktop effects, and more. There you go. It's ok to hate me.
Read more: Fedora 18 Spherical Cow review - Bad bad bad @ DedoimedoInfographic: Siri and Google - Now Your New Wingman? @ TechReviewSource.com
Personal assistants were once relegated to top executives and celebrities. But with the advent of technology like Apple's Siri and Google Now, anyone with a smartphone now has a wingman. Nuance, which in August introduced its own mobile customer service app, Nina, took a closer look at what digital assistants can really do.
Read more: Infographic: Siri and Google - Now Your New Wingman? @ TechReviewSource.comFirst Impressions: the TECK Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard @ Anandtech
This is my very first encounter with the worlds first Truly Ergonomic Computer Keyboard, aka the TECK. I received the keyboard today after inquiring about a review samplethe reason for me being the reviewer this time around is that Dustin has no interest in an ergonomic/split key keyboard. The company that makes the TECK goes by the name Truly Ergonomic, and right now this is the only product they make. Several years in the works, the main claim to fame is that the keyboard is designed from the ground up for ergonomics. To that end, theyve ditched the traditional layout and staggered keys in order to provide an optimized layout that offers better comfort while typing, but the changes are something that will take a lot of practice typing before you can type anywhere near your regular speed.
Read more: First Impressions: the TECK Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard @ AnandtechHTC One SV Review @ Techradar
The HTC One SV isn't exactly a new handset, more or a reboot of the HTC One S which launched back at MWC 2012. That said the One SV arrives sporting a new chassis and slightly differing specifications under the hood, the most of important of which is its 4G capabilities. Available SIM-free from around £315 the HTC One SV is pretty much the same price as the year-old One S - give or take a couple of quid - making it a rather attractive proposition while potentially killing off its sibling. Contract deals for the One SV are slightly more expensive on the UK's only 4G network with EE wanting at least £36 per month for two years in exchange for a free handset.
Read more: HTC One SV Review @ TechradarAntec Performance One P280 Super Mid Tower PC Case Review @ NikKTech
On a day just like today 10 months ago we launched this entirely new project and since in such a short time we've managed to make gigantic steps i just wanted to thank all of you our readers for your continuous support. Getting back to today's review some of you may recall that one of the many manufacturers that made their debut in this year's CES the Xi3 Corporation predicted the end of desktop computing when they unveiled their HTPC sized Z3RO Pro Computer system. Now i do hope that in the future technology will make it possible for us to own tiny systems with tremendous potential able to play the most demanding of games and thus remove the need for large tower based systems but until that day comes i will always choose a full tower over a midi/mini PC Case because quite honestly i like having the extra space not only to fit the largest possible hardware components but mainly to do that with extreme ease. So today we will be taking a look at such a tower and more specifically the latest addition to Antec's performance one line the Super Mid Tower P280.
Read more: Antec Performance One P280 Super Mid Tower PC Case Review @ NikKTech