Synology DiskStation DS213j NAS Review and more
Posted on: 09/28/2013 08:51 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including Synology DiskStation DS213j NAS Server, ASRock M8 Mini-ITX Z87 Barebones System Review, Nokia Lumia 1020 41 Megapixel Camera Phone Review, That's not a Steam console; it's a Steam PC, and NEC PA242W Monitor Review
Synology DiskStation DS213j 2-Bay NAS Server Review @ Bigbruin.com
Over the past four years we have looked at a handful of 4-bay and 2-bay NAS devices from Synology, and they have all managed to make a positive impression on us during those reviews. This review is going to take a look at the fifth Synology product at Bigbruin.com, and the model in question is the DS213j. This is a 2-bay device, like the DS212 reviewed in 2012, but that is about where the similarities end. The "j" at the end of the model number implies that it is a budget friendly model that would be well suited for use in a small office or home setting.
Read more: Synology DiskStation DS213j 2-Bay NAS Server Review @ Bigbruin.comASRock M8 Mini-ITX Z87 Barebones System Review @ KitGuru
Forget about the Xbox One and Playstation 4 - make way for the ASROCK M8!
Read more: ASRock M8 Mini-ITX Z87 Barebones System Review @ KitGuruEurogamer Expo 2013 Gallery @ HardwareHeaven.com
HardwareHeaven attends the Eurogamer Expo 2013...
Read more: Eurogamer Expo 2013 Gallery @ HardwareHeaven.comAsus N550JV-DB72T Review @ TechReviewSource.com
The Asus N550JV-DB72T is a power user's desktop replacement laptop. It has a fourth-generation Intel Core processor, enthusiast level Nvidia GeForce graphics, and enough hard drive space for the video editor or video collector.
Read more: Asus N550JV-DB72T Review @ TechReviewSource.comNokia Lumia 1020 41 Megapixel Camera Phone Review @ Legit Reviews
It doesn't seem that long ago that having a cell phone with a camera was only for those who had an excess of money laying around. It was more of a status symbol for those who wanted 1-up their friends and family. A few short years later, a camera phone was pretty much a standard. They've slowly replaced stand alone digital cameras at family gatherings, and events across the board. The traditional cell phone camera doesn't really compare to a quality digital camera, but Nokia is looking to close the gap with their latest Smart phone. The Nokia Lumia 1020 smart phone sets itself apart from the competition with a 41 Megapixel camera!
Read more: Nokia Lumia 1020 41 Megapixel Camera Phone Review @ Legit ReviewsThat's not a Steam console; it's a Steam PC @ The Tech Report
In his latest blog post, TR's Geoff Gasior gets all worked up about Valve's upcoming Steam machines and explains why they're another example of the company playing to the strengths of the PC.
Read more: That's not a Steam console; it's a Steam PC @ The Tech ReportHGST Travelstar 7K1000 1TB SATA III HDD @ NikKTech
Since current technology focuses a lot in shrinking everything it comes as little surprise to see that most storage media manufacturers nowadays choose to favor the developing of 1.8" and 2.5" media over the far more popular and widely distributed 3.5" ones. This certainly explains the why although 3 years ago the 2.5" HDD with the highest capacity was 750GB (highest capacity 3.5" has 3TB) just 1 year ago we breached the 2TB barrier (highest capacity 3.5" was and still is 4TB) and just a few months ago we also witnessed the appearance of 2TB 2.5" SSDs so it's really only a matter of time before we see 2.5/3TB 2.5" HDDs/SSDs in the market. That being said most people i know still use 500GB 2.5" drives both in their laptops and for their portable needs but since many of them are starting to experience the limitations of just having 500GB we decided to focus a bit on some of the latest 2.5" hard disk drives to hit the market and we will start by testing the latest Travelstar 7K1000 1TB 2.5" SATA III model by HGST.
Read more: HGST Travelstar 7K1000 1TB SATA III HDD @ NikKTechDIATEC Filco Red Majestouch-2 Soft Linear Action Keyboard Review @ Madshrimps
In this review we will take a look at another high-quality mechanical NKRO keyboard from DIATEC Filco which sports an unique red chassis, which will surely attract attention of any hardware enthusiast or gamer. The keyboard comes with red switches and an UK layout; it can be purchased from The Keyboard Company, the professionals which also offer a ton of extra accessories for it like custom color keycaps, wrist rests and so on.
Read more: DIATEC Filco Red Majestouch-2 Soft Linear Action Keyboard Review @ MadshrimpsNEC PA242W Monitor Review @ Anandtech
What separates a professional grade monitor, like the NEC PA242W, from a similarly designed consumer display? You can easily go to Dell and find a 24, 1920x1200 resolution display with GB-LED backlighting for a few hundred dollars; why are displays like the NEC PA242W worth almost twice the price? Are they just coasting off the reputation they had from their CRT days, or do they engineer their LCD displays in a way that set them apart from everyone else? I set out to examine the PA242W and find what it offers that sets it apart from the competition.
Read more: NEC PA242W Monitor Review @ AnandtechPowerColor Radeon HD 7870 Devil Review @ Hexus
High-end graphics cards have been getting our attention of late, but few can afford to lay down £500-plus for a GeForce GTX 780. The sensible end of the market, if we can call it that, provides excellent 1080p-resolution performance for under £200. AMD and Nvidia have strong hands to play in this all-important category.
Though it's been out for 18 months already, which is a long time in graphics, AMD's Radeon HD 7870 still makes a compelling case for purchase, especially as most retail cards are augmented by the Never Settle Silver gaming bundle. Available from £150 for reference-like cards and rising to £200 when in partner-overclocked form, PowerColor's been advancing its £180 'Devil' solution as the best to date.
Read more: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 Devil Review @ Hexus