Surface Pro 3 Review and more
Posted on: 06/21/2014 12:04 PM
Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles:Attitude One Tunguska 7.1 Review Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Motherboard Review Kingston HyperX Fury Red DDR3 1866MHz 16GB Memory Review Legit Reviews’ E3 2014 Best of Show Mionix Naos 8200 Gaming Mouse Video Review with DaveChaos MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro 15.6 inch Laptop Review MSI Z97I GAMING AC (Intel LGA 1150) Noctua NH-D15 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler Review Poweradd Pilot X1 5200mAh Battery Charger Review Surface Pro 3 Review Thecus N2310 NAS Review – Home Networking Made Easy Thermaltake Commander G41 Mid Tower Case Review Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Blue Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review Z97 & Z87 Motherboard Charts: 35 Models tested - Update ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 Zotac Zbox OI520 Plus "Sphere" SFF PC Review
Attitude One Tunguska 7.1 Review
Today we are going to test a gaming headsets from Attitude One. Tunguska 7.1 headphones are solid and comfortable with an attractive design. On the website of the American company are available in two colors and on the market you can also find the stereo version.Read full article @ ocaholicBiostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Motherboard Review
Overall, the Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE is a decent value option with some unique extras for a budget level Z97 board including dual Gigabit LAN, a 5-phase VRM and even LN2 mode.Read full article @ Modders-IncKingston HyperX Fury Red DDR3 1866MHz 16GB Memory Review
Today we take a look at some memory with a name that just sounds awesome. Meet Kingston HyperX Fury… an action hero name if ever there was one. Hopefully the performance and quality won’t be a let-down after the great branding…Read full article @ Hardware HeavenLegit Reviews’ E3 2014 Best of Show
It's been a week since E3 2014 closed its doors for the year and the crew at Legit Reviews is just gaining their strength back. In case you missed it, we covered E3 from the very first press conference to having in-depth interviews on the floor with some of today's most popular companies. After attending so many E3 conventions, the number one question I get is, âSo what was the coolest thing you saw at E3??â We decided to put this article together detailing the Best of Show from E3 2014...Read full article @ Legit ReviewsMionix Naos 8200 Gaming Mouse Video Review with DaveChaos
Today DaveChaos takes a look at the Naos 8200 gaming mouse from Mionix.Read full article @ Hardware HeavenMSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro 15.6 inch Laptop Review
Today we have a very special review for our readers, a look at the world’s slimmest and lightest 15.6 inch Gaming Notebook. The MSI GS60 2PE Ghost Pro is currently available in 3 different flavours – one will ship with a 3K screen, another with Nvidia GTX860M discrete graphics. The model we are looking at today however is the most interesting. It ships with a Core i7 4700HQ CPU, a powerful Nvidia GTX870M GPU, 256GB Solid State Storage in ‘Super Raid’ and a more usable 1080p Anti-Glare eDP Wide View angle panel. MSI pack in 8GB of fast DDR3 memory and another 1TB of mechanical storage to sweeten the deal. At only £1,399 is this one of the most portable, but powerful gaming laptops money can buy?Read full article @ KitGuruMSI Z97I GAMING AC (Intel LGA 1150)
If you're looking for a miniature board to toss into a portable LAN box, MSI has the board for you! The Z97I GAMING AC we are looking at today is a GAMING-centric mITX board, equipped with everything you need to blast your enemies into GAMING nirvana.Read full article @ techPowerUpNoctua NH-D15 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler Review
Noctua are one of the best CPU cooler manufacturers around, their CPU coolers have pushed air cooling to new highs over the last few years and most importantly, their NH-D14 was and still is one of the best on the market. The rule generally goes that if something isn’t broken, it doesn’t need fixing, but the NH-D14 is getting a little older now and the competition from companies like be quiet! and Thermaltake (to name but a few) means that Noctua have to do something to stay relevant. The NH-D15 is based on the NH-D14 design, but brings with a it a few tweaks and improvements that Noctua hope will help them compete with many of the newer rival products.Read full article @ eTeknixPoweradd Pilot X1 5200mAh Battery Charger Review
Noctua are a premium brand, and as a consequence, their products are often quite expensive. Price around £75 the NH-D15 costs about the same as most mid range AIO water coolers, many of which offer some pretty incredible performance figures in terms of CPU cooling and overall acoustic performance, so there is no doubt in my mind that the NH-D15 has got its work cut out. That being said, there may be a lot of benefits to water cooling, but the same is true of air cooling, not forgetting that fact that there are still those loyal to air cooling, or that are too afraid to dabble with liquid cooling. On top of all that, not all chassis have room for a radiator, so it will be very interesting indeed to see how the NH-D15 stacks up against its air and water cooled rivals, especially within such a premium price bracket.
All major socket types are supported, the only tricky part being that this cooler is pretty large, clocking in at 165mm tall with the fans mounted and a weight of up to 1320g should you have all the fans installed, so you best check your chassis has clearance or you may not get your side panel back in place.
I’ve got a quick review for you today of a small portable battery from Poweradd called the Pilot X1. This battery is 5200mAh in capacity and should provide about two charges for most phones out there today. The Pilot X1 is small and portable, really pocket size and it’s well made and best of all it’s inexpensive coming in at under fifteen dollars. The Pilot X1 has a single USB port on it for charging but it also has a built-in LED light so it would be great for emergency situations or taking it with you on a hike or camping. Read on to learn more…Read full article @ TestFreaksSurface Pro 3 Review
Does the Surface Pro 3 really replace your laptop? Microsoft makes some bold moves with their new Surface design but it remains to be seen if people will buy it. Microsoft has big goals and a new message for the Surface Pro 3. Instead of attempting to compete with the all-popular iPad from Apple, they're targeting laptop owners and wannabe in-betweeners. Emblazoned everywhere is their new motto: "The tablet that can replace your laptop." So has Microsoft achieved this goal with the redesigned Surface Pro 3? After spending four weeks with the Surface Pro 3, I think for the most part the answer is a resilient 'yes', but it won't necessarily convince diehard laptop users to switch. Regardless, it's an impressive, category-defining device, even if there's limited adoption by the masses.Read full article @ WPCentralThecus N2310 NAS Review – Home Networking Made Easy
In our home, we have 6 PC’s, 4 laptops, an iMac and a MBA. Perhaps the most frustrating thing over time is the constant requests for so-and so to provide so-and-so something from their PC. Installing a separate drive, via network attached storage, has always been an option, but let’s face it; it just isn’t that easy. Imagine if we could, not only create a network that enables easy file sharing by all, but also centralize media so we can watch movies from attached TVs through a central storage location, and also, access your computer’s files worldwide from this new home NAS; the Thecus N2310 makes this all possible.Read full article @ The SSD ReviewThermaltake Commander G41 Mid Tower Case Review
I remember a time when the case choice for your system depended greatly on your system components. If you opted to build a system with fast HDDs (usually several to store all the acquired data), then you needed a case with room to mount several fans to keep those multiple high speed, heat generating HDDs cool. If you opted for liquid cooling for your CPU, then you needed a place to mount a water radiator and pump; both already take a lot of room, and you still had to contend with the fluid hosing snaking throughout the case. Lastly you had to consider your VGA card length, as many older (and sometimes newer!) cards were long due to the number of discrete chips they used.Read full article @ NeoseekerTt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Blue Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
Fast forward to modern computer components and we still face similar considerations, but for totally different reasons. HDDs have increased in data and storage/retrieval speeds, but heat generation has been kept in check. Now users keep several HDDs for movies, pictures and other multimedia files with a reduced cooling requirement. Add the tremendous improvement in fan technology, and now we can use one or two case fans.
Looking at CPU and VGA cooling, we find options for heat pipe technology (which also use improved fans) to help remove the processor thermal component. The possibility of accomodating for a longer than standard video card remains unchanged, as it is no less likely that VGA cards will feature several large processor components needed to process displays on several monitors (or one large monitor).
Cherry MX is no longer the only recognized manufacturer of mechanical switches in the market (although certainly the most popular) and although some people feel that others can't reach the same level of quality due to lack of experience/expertise i believe that manufacturing a good mechanical switch is not nuclear science and the fact that even gaming peripheral manufacturers like Razer have decided to do so on their own is proof enough. That being said there's a good amount of research that needs to go into the design and manufacture of a mechanical switch but since Cherry MX is the standard currently others need only to "clone" their solutions. Roughly a month ago we had our first encounter with the brand new Kailh Brown mechanical switches which are basically clones of the very well-known Cherry MX Browns and the results were very good. Well to have a better opinion for Kailh mechanical switches today we decided to take a look at the Poseidon Z mechanical gaming keyboard featuring their Blue ones.Read full article @ NikKTechZ97 & Z87 Motherboard Charts: 35 Models tested - Update ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2
“Challenge is the game” highlights the philosophy to bring out gamers’ addiction in gaming and the ambition of reaching to the extreme. Tt eSPORTS, a gaming obsessed division from Thermaltake, is uniting gamers from all over the world in a unique & fascinating eSPORTS culture, inherited the spirits of Thermaltake, is an energetic, powerful, bold and intelligent challenger who never says “no” to the extreme competition. We do not only provide gamers the ultimate gaming gears but also fulfills the passion to achieve the ultimate success. Thermaltake has been a well-known brand in the gaming & DIY market for PC Chassis, Coolers and Power Supplies PSU for many years. The brand personality of unique, aggressive, vivid and stylish makes Thermaltake an expert in creating exciting things and fascinating environment for gamers and enthusiasts. Tt eSPORTS inherited the brand personality with unique and creative design by observing users’ behaviors and requirements. The fan cooling design on Tt eSPORTS Challenger keyboard demonstrate the brand spirit. It is the worldwide first keyboard with fan cooling function that could dry your hand sweats and blow tension away during cut-throat competition.
As mentioned in our previous review of the Poseidon Z using brown switches TteSPORTS took the gamble of using Kailh mechanical ones mainly because Cherry MX simply can't cover all demand so instead of having a limited supply of products to offer to consumers they decided to turn to Kailh. Well after testing the Poseidon Z featuring their brown mechanical switches we all feel it was the right call to make although we'd probably do things a bit differently to avoid confusion amongst consumers (we'd probably launch an new keyboard line based on an entirely different design instead of just placing a Z in the end of the model name). However since when testing the Poseidon Z brown model i didn't have a keyboard with Cherry MX browns here i decided to take things a little bit further and since the Das Keyboard Professional Model S (Cherry MX Blue switches) sits on one of our desks i decided to also ask for the Poseidon Z that makes use of the Kailh Blue switches to see just how different they are (if at all) when used at the same time.
In our comparison tables, meanwhile you find benchmark values regarding 35 recent Z97 and Z87 motherboards. Furthermore we do not comment the benchmark values. The idea and also the goal is to present to you a market overview which helps you choose the right motherboard.Read full article @ ocaholicZotac Zbox OI520 Plus "Sphere" SFF PC Review
The small form factor market has seen a ton of innovation as of late, and while it’s quite nice to have so many tiny PC options that offer generally impressive performance in a package that you can stick just about anywhere (often with price tags that make these machines affordable enough as your second PC), system builders need to work harder than ever to differentiate their products.Read full article @ HotHardware.com
Zotac has decided to take a stab at a radical chassis design with its Zbox OI520 Plus “Sphere”, and indeed, the black orb will make you do a double-take when you see it. It’s small. It’s spherical. It’s certainly different. And it has an icy blue LED light band around its entire circumference...