SSDs at the Office and more
Posted on: 02/15/2013 12:00 PM
Here a roundup of today's reviews with 15 new articles, including SSDs at the Office – Trials, Tribulations and Still Worth It, ROCCAT Lua Classic 3-Button Gaming Mouse Review, Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review, Plextor 128GB M5M mSATA SSD Review, and Sony Xperia Acro S Review
SSDs at the Office – Trials, Tribulations and Still Worth It @ Techgage
In advance of the busiest season at the office I work at, I wondered if adding an SSD to the slightly-aging Dell I use would offer a considerable gain in performance, and thus make the onslaught of work easier to deal with. Little did I realize, upgrading a Dell business PC requires a lot of patience, planning and snacks.
Read more: SSDs at the Office – Trials, Tribulations and Still Worth It @ TechgageCooler Master Seidon 120M Review @ Vortez
ALCs (All-contained Liquid Coolers) are now regarded as a mainstay in the cooling market, bridging the gap between air cooling and custom water-cooling. Cooler Master are new to this arena and today sees their first attempt at bringing to market a 120mm offering to the enthusiast spotlight.
The Seidon series is a new venture for Cooler Master, and the 120M is the first instalment for what promises to be a successful undertaking for the cooling giants. The abundance of all-in-one coolers that are currently available take third parties for their pump design but Cooler Master have actually engineered their very own product in their own factories. This is certainly a bold move and will undoubtedly cause anticipation not just for enthusiasts and reviewers but for other manufacturers too. So what are we waiting for? Let’s begin our review.
Read more: Cooler Master Seidon 120M Review @ VortezROCCAT Lua Classic 3-Button Gaming Mouse Review @ Madshrimps
The Lua is an entry-level mouse from ROCCAT, which is using an Avago ADNS A3050 optical sensor with a maximum DPI of 2000. The product comes with some features borrowed from the Savu like the lateral “no-sweat” plastic finish or the ultra-precise 2D scrolling wheel and is priced decently.
Read more: ROCCAT Lua Classic 3-Button Gaming Mouse Review @ MadshrimpsASRock 990FX Extreme9 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
Not many motherboard manufacturers are releasing new motherboards for AMD CPUs lately, since AMD hasn't come out with a new chipset since 2011. Breaking this trend, ASRock released the 990FX Extreme9, a high-end socket AM3+ motherboard. Let's see what this motherboard has to offer.
Read more: ASRock 990FX Extreme9 Motherboard @ Hardware SecretsKingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTech
Around a month ago i was asked to attend a technology related seminar for which i had to prepare and bring enough material to fill a large part of the 6 hours total it was ment to last (i say ment because i ended up leaving a lot sooner). The result was me filling a total of 52GB worth of data from charts, benchmarks, product pictures and Full HD clips on my favorite Kingston HyperX 128GB USB Flash Drive. Now the interesting part was that i wasn't really the only person in charge of bringing material for the seminar and so in the end there were five of us each carrying a USB flash drive with enough data to fill not 6 but 30 hours. Because of that in the end we all started talking about flash drives, how their prices have reached an all-time low and which are the best ones in the market currently not only in terms of performance but also in appearance and build quality. Naturally the award winning HyperX and PREDATOR flash drives by Kingston where at the center of our discussion but it seems that Kingston is on a roll since the very next day we received their latest DataTraveler Ultimate G3 64GB USB 3.0 Flash drive.
Read more: Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTechRosewill Tachyon Series 1000W Power Supply Review @ PC Perspective
Rosewill continues to expand their power supply lineup with the introduction of four new units in the Tachyon Series. All Tachyon Series power supplies are certified 80Plus Platinum to deliver maximum efficiency. We will be taking a detailed look at the Flagship Tachyon-1000 in this review.
Read more: Rosewill Tachyon Series 1000W Power Supply Review @ PC PerspectiveAZiO Levetron GM2000 Gaming Mouse Review @ Neoseeker
When shopping for gaming mice these days, the influx of choice can be very overwhelming. Amidst a backdrop of Logitech, Microsoft, and Steelseries gaming mice equipped with growing lists of features and specifications (DPI sensitivities, weight systems, laser types, and color options for starters), AZiO steps in to provide a no-frills solution that just plain works – the Levetron GM2000 optical gaming mouse.
Based in Los Angeles, California, AZiO doesn’t offer the sheer quantity of products as its competitors, but looks to make up with quality. This review marks my first experience with an AZiO product, so I'm interested in seeing how the GM2000 stacks up to the competition. What's special for AZiO is the goal to pinpoint the most important features of gaming mice while keeping a very competitive price of around $30-$40. Let’s take a look at whether this is enough to make for a great product.
Read more: AZiO Levetron GM2000 Gaming Mouse Review @ NeoseekerFractal Design Node 304 Case Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
For those looking to build a mini-ITX system, maybe as a HTPC, server or just as a compact desktop Fractal Design recently released the Node 304. With support for standard PSUs, six hard drives and graphics cards up to 310mm in length this could make for a very flexible mini-ITX build...
Read more: Fractal Design Node 304 Case Review @ HardwareHeaven.comPlextor 128GB M5M mSATA SSD Review @ KitGuru
Today we are looking at a new mSATA drive from Plextor the 128GB M5M. Diminutive mSATA drives are without doubt a growing market, adopted in many laptop computers today. As we have seen in recent desktop motherboard reviews on Kitguru many manufacturers are now including a mSATA slot, an ideal solution for a fast boot drive.
Read more: Plextor 128GB M5M mSATA SSD Review @ KitGuruTranscend SSD320 256GB @ PureOverclock
Over the last couple of years or so we’ve looked at many Solid State Drives that feature various technologies in the attempt to boost speed and performance. Some have been successful, some have not. But there’s no mistaking the fact that SSDs are becoming increasingly popular with each passing month. Big improvements in controller technology and performance increases have also been accompanied by dropping prices, making these drives far more affordable to consumers who want to experience life in the fast lane on their computer.
We’ve looked at many SandForce drives in particular, and today’s SSD also contains the SF-2281 we’ve come to know and love. It’s a popular setup, as consumers get top notch speed without having to fork out tons of cash.
Read more: Transcend SSD320 256GB @ PureOverclockGigabyte Force M7 Thor Gaming Mouse @ PureOverclock
Thor is one of the most popular and powerful gods of the major mythologies. He is also part of modern daily life, since the fifth day of the week, Thursday (Thor's day), is named for him. Thor is the thunder god in Norse mythology. Thor also had a famous weapon, his hammer, named Mjolnir. Thor had a goat-driven chariot that created the noise of thunder, when rolling across the sky. The lightning bolts were caused by the hurling of his hammer. Gigabyte has become a major player in the gaming arena, especially with the influx of their high end Avia gaming mouse and keyboard series, which are products geared toward the high profile gamer and enthusiast. Today I have the pleasure of bringing you a new arrival from the Gigabytes Force series, the Gigabyte Force M7 Thor Gaming Mouse. The Gigabyte Force M7 Thor gaming mouse is geared toward the more cost conscious individual who is looking for a professional grade gaming mouse that’s straightforward and reliable, but will focus on their fundamental needs only. Join me as we take an in depth look at the Gigabyte Force M7 Thor Gaming Mouse to see if it brings "Thors Hammer" down like its namesake to create an exciting gaming experience.
Read more: Gigabyte Force M7 Thor Gaming Mouse @ PureOverclockRosewill Gaming Keyboard RK-8100 @ Benchmark Reviews
Despite being a PC gamer since receiving MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries for my parents' ancient Epson back in 1995, I've never really had a keyboard specifically designed as a "gaming" keyboard. They've always been generic office things from Microsoft or Logitech. Prior to receiving this keyboard for review, I used a backlit Logitech keyboard that had a flat typing surface. I've been testing the Rosewill Gaming Keyboard RK-8100 (model RIKB-11003) for the past three weeks, and typing on it still feels different to me.
The Rosewill Gaming Keyboard is not mechanical, so you won't be seeing a discussion of various Cherry-flavored inputs. It features a number of bells and whistles to appeal to a gaming audience. At a relatively low $24.99, Rosewill targets this well-featured peripheral at the budget-conscious gamer.
Read more: Rosewill Gaming Keyboard RK-8100 @ Benchmark ReviewsFractal Design Adjust 108 Fan Controller Review @ Hi Tech Legion
With computers there are times where we crave silence and other times where it is all about power. I know when I am sitting in my office and watching a movie I don’t want to hear my fans over the sound from the movie. There are other times where I am just trying to get the highest stable overclock I can possible get as a challenge and I don’t really care how much noise the system is making to accomplish that task. These situations are just a few where having a fan controller can be useful. With the manual control of the fan speed I am able to adjust the noise level to my liking while monitoring temperatures of the system.
Read more: Fractal Design Adjust 108 Fan Controller Review @ Hi Tech LegionFractal Design NEWTON R3 1000 W @ techPowerUp
Today, we will look at Fractal Design's fresh Newton R3 1000 W power supply. The press loves their cases, but Fractal PSUs haven't knocked anyone's socks off yet. Can their first Platinum efficiency unit change things for the better?
Read more: Fractal Design NEWTON R3 1000 W @ techPowerUpSony Xperia Acro S Review @ Techradar
Having tacked most of the letters in the alphabet to its Xperia moniker, Sony has certainly been busy flooding smartphone stores with its mobile wares. There is the Xperia S, the P and U; there's an Xperia E, the T, the TX and the recently announced Xperia Z.Each of these models is an incrementally different twist on the same central concept. The Xperia range has a distinct look and often feel similar to hold with Sony opting for the same soft-touch plastic chassis across the Xperia family. DesignWith its water-proof promise, the Acro S does offer something a little different from most of its stable-mates. But this extra security comes at the cost of making the handset noticeably thicker and slightly heavier than you might expect a smartphone to be in 2013. The external ports on the handset needs to be sealed too, which is pain for those of us who bite our nails with nervous fervour and then need to pick at the flap on the USB port before charging the phone each night. On the left side of the handset you'll find two unsightly copper contacts set into the frame of the phone. These certainly break the aesthetic flow of the phone's design.
Read more: Sony Xperia Acro S Review @ Techradar