The 15 Best Free Android Apps for Your New Android and more
Posted on: 12/27/2013 11:06 AM
Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles, including The 15 Best Free Android Apps for Your New Android, Gigabyte R9 270X Windforce OC Review, Synology RS10613xs+: 10GbE 10-bay Rackmount NAS Review, Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 3.0 Adapter Review, and Intel Salt Bay Android phone prototype benched
The 15 Best Free Android Apps for Your New Android @ TechReviewSource.com
Get a new Android device this holiday? After you get it setup, make sure you get these 15 best free Android Apps to get your new device running at its full potential.
Read more: The 15 Best Free Android Apps for Your New Android @ TechReviewSource.comGigabyte R9 270X Windforce OC Review @ KitGuru
If you are working with a budget of £180 or less there has never been a better time to buy a graphics card. The Gigabyte R9 270X Windforce OC that we are looking at today for instance is supplied in a preoverclocked state, with a custom cooler and has a retail price of only £164.99 inc vat (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-123-GI&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=1982) . Is this the graphics card you need for a new cost effective system build in 2014?
Read more: Gigabyte R9 270X Windforce OC Review @ KitGuruSynology RS10613xs+: 10GbE 10-bay Rackmount NAS Review @ Anandtech
Most of our enterprise NAS reviews have focused on Atom-based desktop form factor systems. We ventured into evaluating rackmount units with the QNAP TS-EC1279U-RP, and today we have results from our evaluation of Synology's RS10613xs+. Read on to find out how Synology's 2013 flagship fared in our tests.
Read more: Synology RS10613xs+: 10GbE 10-bay Rackmount NAS Review @ AnandtechVantec SATA/IDE to USB 3.0 Adapter Review @ Legit Reviews
All storage drives fail at some point and there is likely a situation where you wanted to connect a drive to your computer to work on, but couldn't easily do so. Vantec came up with a nifty little product called the Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter years ago that allowed you to take any SATA or IDE drive and connect it to your PC through a USB 2.0 data port. Vantec even included an external power brick to power 5.25" optical drives and 3.5" hard drives with this external adapter. The small adapter was ingenious as it ensured that you should always have a way to connect drives to your desktop or laptop without opening a case or fiddling about the inside of your PC to get it connected to the motherboard. Vantec recently came out with a new USB 3.0 version of this adapter and that is what we are reviewing today!
Read more: Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 3.0 Adapter Review @ Legit ReviewsSamsung HS3000 Clip-On Bluetooth Headset Review @ eTeknix
Wireless headsets are not a new innovation to the smartphone world, they’ve been around as long as the smartphone itself, but over the years a lot of things have improved as the technology inside these devices matures. Battery life has increased, sound quality has improved, pairing speed has increased and usability is near enough universal. A Bluetooth headset then is no longer an accessory dedicated to just the businessman or woman. It provides access to telephony and media on the move when driving or perhaps cycling, whatever you’re doing you can clip on a headset to your person and know that your smartphone can be put somewhere secure and not get in the way.
Today I’ll be reviewing the Samsung HS3000, a stylish and generously specced stereo headset and exploring what it offers at its asking price of £35.
The packaging is very Samsung, almost all of their modern products come in minimal no nonsense packaging in either a translucent pack or white box. Accessories like headsets are mostly translucent to give you a sneak peek at what the product looks like and gauge its size. It’s a modern look and appealing, sure to catch your attention on a store shelf compared to completely boxed up competitor models. On the reverse the specifications and other information is well laid out, there isn’t a plethora of complex technical details but instead just the right amount to know that what’s inside is going to be good with a breakdown of the core features.
Read more: Samsung HS3000 Clip-On Bluetooth Headset Review @ eTeknixSilicon Power Armor Series A30 USB 3.0 Portable HDD Review @ Madshrimps
The rugged Armor A30 drives from Silicon Power have a body composed of plastic and silica gel; they come in both 500GB and 1TB capacities while operating on the USB 3.0 bus. For added value we get SP Widget which helps us perform backups, encrypt the drive and more.
Read more: Silicon Power Armor Series A30 USB 3.0 Portable HDD Review @ MadshrimpsADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 External Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Last year we took a look at a very sexy external hard drive from ADATA. The DashDrive Elite HE720 was a great external hard drive, but it was limited by the mechanical hard drive that was inside of it. Well ADATA is back with the DashDrive Elite SE720, which looks almost identical to the HE720, but whatâ€™s under the hood is completely different. This time with the SE720 ADATA has packed it with a 128 GB solid state drive. That means you will not be limited by the hard drive that is inside and this will be one of the fastest external drives we have ever tested! How fast? Read on to find out!
Read more: ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 External Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.orgIntel Salt Bay Android phone prototype benched @ Fudzilla
Over the past year or so Intel shipped around quite a few phone prototypes to its R&D centres around the globe, including Salt Bay and Red Hook Bay devices. Red Hook Bay benchmarks appeared a year ago and the device was Medfield based, but nothing became of it. Medfield was not slow, but it was not very efficient, either. It also lacked LTE support.
However, Salt Bay is a Merrifield test platform and a year later it was its turn to show up in some benchmarks. Italian mobile news site Tutto Android seems to have found a few legit benches, which are encouraging to say the least. There's more. Salt Bay features an XMM7160 modem and supports LTE-A up to 150Mbps.
Read more: Intel Salt Bay Android phone prototype benched @ FudzillaQNAP HS-210 Review @ Hexus
Tech enthusiasts should be well aware of the benefits of network-attached storage, but for manufacturers, the ultimate end goal is to convince mainstream audiences that these pint-sized boxes are essential in the modern-day home.
Taiwanese outfit QNAP reckons the way forward is to take the NAS into the living room, and it's hoping to do exactly that with the new HS-210.
Read more: QNAP HS-210 Review @ Hexus