Oculus Go Review: The wireless-VR future begins today for only $199 and more
Posted on: 05/02/2018 09:42 AM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

ACGAM AG6X Mechanical Keyboard Review
Atari VCS hits Indiegogo on 30th May, priced from $199
Braven Ready Solo Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Review
Corsair H60 Review
Dino PC Primal Light Review
GIGABYTE AORUS X470 GAMING 7 WIFI Review
Intel EOLs Kaby Lake-X
Kingston A1000 480GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review
MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC Wifi Review
MyDigitalSSD SBX SSD Review
NZXT H700i and H400i Review
Oculus Go Review: The wireless-VR future begins today for only $199
QacQoc GN30H Review
Sennheiser GSP 600 Review
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review
The Best Storage 2018: SSD, HDD, External Drives & NAS
The Swords of Ditto Review
ΑΖΙΟ RETRO Classic Typewriter Backlit Mechanical Keyboard Review

ACGAM AG6X Mechanical Keyboard Review
ACGAM is a fairly new company that formed up in Asia, with the name a shortening for Action Game, and they decided to focus on PC peripherals for their product line. This is an extremely competitive market in that I alone have experienced keyboards from over 50 different companies thus far already, but based on where most of the action is when it comes to manufacturing and design, they do have a good starting point. I also noticed an aggressive marketing campaign in online communities, including in the western half of the globe, to where I had actually heard of the brand even before they contacted me about a review here. They currently have two each of mechanical keyboards, mice, and mouse pads, and given the other was based off a keyboard design I had covered here already, it made sense to go with their AG6X keyboard. Thanks again to ACGAM for providing us with a review sample.

It was interesting to see a new company go with a full-size keyboard first and a 60% form factor keyboard after that. The former is a safe bet with a vast majority of the customer base used to the form factor, but offering the AG6X 61-key (or 63, depending on the region) keyboard does help them participate in a less crowded market. Indeed, I can count on my hands the number of non-artisan keyboards in this size and even here, a lot go with metal cases and thick PBT keycaps with little to no backlighting. The ACGAM AG6X goes the other route with a plastic case to keep costs low and hopefully pass those savings on to the customer and adds white backlighting to the entire keyboard. There is also a software driver for the keyboard, which aims to provide more customization options that will be quite important on a keyboard with fewer keys than most. So let us begin the review with a look at the specifications below.


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Atari VCS hits Indiegogo on 30th May, priced from $199
AMD custom SoC powered console runs Linux and supports 4K, HDR, and 60fps content. As readers of previous news pieces related to the Atari VCS will know, this upcoming console is powered by a custom processor with Radeon Graphics Technology, and runs on a Linux base OS. According to the official press release “The Atari VCS platform will offer support for 4K resolution, HDR and 60FPS content, onboard and expandable storage options, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as USB 3.0 support.” For the full hardware spec list, which we hope includes technical details about the SoC, RAM and storage, we will have to wait for the commencement of the crowdfunding.


Read full article @ Hexus

Braven Ready Solo Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Review
Summer is on the horizon and that means going to the beach, campfires with friends, long days at the pool and much more. One thing that brings us together is great music and one thing you should always have handy is a great Bluetooth speaker. We might have found the ultimate Bluetooth speaker for the summer, it is the Braven Ready Solo which is IP68 waterproof and dustproof, has an extended range driver and all-direction subwoofer, offers 12 hours of playtime, and it even floats! Let’s take a look at the Ready Solo and see if it really is the perfect Bluetooth speaker for summer!


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Corsair H60 Review
In this review we go back to basics with a 120mm LCS, we check out the new and updated (2018) model H60 - a single fan 120mm AIO Liquid cooler series. No extravagant software control, just a simple enough cooler with nice capacity, low acoustics and more than adequate cooling capacity.

These days you can pick a hundred different heatpipe based coolers, where many are shaped, formed and priced the same. The better heatpipebased coolers are good though. Next in line are LCS systems (liquid cooling), the entry-level products are affordable, easy to install pre-fab liquid cooling kits. We've seen and tested many of them as Corsair, Asetek, CoolIT, NZXT, Cooler Master and so on, all have interesting kits. The bigger problem is cooling performance. The gear behind these kits are good yet the performance is often battling a small included 120mm radiator with thin tubing and lacking coolant levels due to missing reservoirs. To compensate FAN RPM goes up making a good looking product noisy again. With that in mind, Corsair started to develop a new H series (for Hydro) coolers. The product we test in specific is the Corsair 2018 model H60. It is an updated design based on the previous model, yet with a new cooling block and regulated control for pump and fans. The Hydro Series H60 is an all-in-one liquid CPU cooler with a 120mm radiator built for low-noise liquid CPU cooling and bold styling with a white LED-lit pump head.


Read full article @ The Guru of 3D

Dino PC Primal Light Review
Seemingly ideal for those seeking a PC gaming experience on a tight budget, the Primal Light AMD Gaming PC from Dino PC offers entry-level performance. Priced at just £429.99, the system is similarly priced to the top specification consoles from Sony and Microsoft, but does it offer a similar experience?

The processing power is offered up by the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU, housing both the GPU and CPU in one package, helping to reduce that price substantially compared to a discrete graphics solution. There’s also 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB Seagate HDD and lighting inside the case providing a stylish appearance.


Read full article @ Vortez

GIGABYTE AORUS X470 GAMING 7 WIFI Review
AORUS, since their conception by GIGABYTE, have produced premium gaming hardware for enthusiasts, concentrating on the motherboard and graphics card markets, among others. Their focus on particular sectors helps to reduce overall costs while maximising features within a specific price bracket.

Today we look at the top-spec’ AORUS X470 GAMING 7 WIFI, priced at roughly £205 in the UK. The GAMING 7 WIFI arrives with a whole host of features, designed with a single purpose in mind, of extracting as much performance from a Ryzen 2nd Gen. system as possible.


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Intel EOLs Kaby Lake-X
Intel has officially discontinued the Kaby Lake-X CPUs, just like we reported back on April 9th. There are still some good tidbits that will come to pass as well as explained in our "Intel Rumors - Kaby Lake-X - Skylake-X and Cascade Lake." You can read the official PDF from Intel on the discontinuation. Goodbye to a CPU that no one wanted to begin with.


Read full article @ HardOCP

Kingston A1000 480GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review
Recently we could see a premiere of the A1000 SSD from Kingston. It’s an entry-level SSD which is designed for all who wish to have high performance storage but don’t want to pay as much as for the highest SSD series. It’s also in M.2 form factor which is more popular in last months because of high speed but also because nearly all new motherboards support PCIe M.2 SSD and it really saves space in PC. Since it’s based on a PCIe 3.0 x2 then even those who are using AMD APU or other, lower series processors on cheaper motherboards with limited PCIe lanes can use fast SSD.

In this review we will show you what Kingston A1000 480GB SSD has to offer. As usual, we will start from specifications and key features.


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MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC Wifi Review
Worth £230? We find out. Getting the absolute best out of the new 2nd Generation Ryzen CPUs requires the use of an also-new chipset, the X470. By and large the same as existing X370, better overclocking support, slightly lower power consumption, and a couple of minor feature updates make it the logical choice if you are planning a high-performance Ryzen build.

You needn't spend a fortune on X470; motherboard are available from £115, but if you want to go the fully-loaded route, the major manufacturers all have high-end models in their arsenal. Almost doubling that entry £115 price is the MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC Wifi. So let's examine just what else you get over a basic MSI board.


Read full article @ Hexus

MyDigitalSSD SBX SSD Review
The MyDigitalSSD SBX is one of the first SSDs to use a controller designed for low-end NVMe SSDs. The combination of the Phison E8 controller and Toshibas 64-layer 3D TLC has allowed the MyDigitalSSD SBX to be one of the cheapest NVMe SSDs on the market, priced near mainstream SATA SSDs but with higher performance than any SATA SSD can offer.

MyDigitalSSDs business model revolves around selling drives based on Phison reference designs. Like any other small SSD brand, MyDigitalSSD lacks the resources to develop their own SSD controller or even write their own firmware from scratch. The way MyDigitalSSD distinguishes themselves from the many competing brands is by offering drives for substantially lower prices and by being one of the first to market with new controllers from Phison. The SBX checks both boxes: it is priced below the Samsung 860 EVO SATA SSD, and it hit the market in December 2017 as the first Phison E8 drive to ship and one of the earliest retail SSDs to feature Toshiba/SanDisk 64-layer 3D NAND.


Read full article @ Anandtech

NZXT H700i and H400i Review
NZXT recently launched its new H-series chassis, consisting of the H700i (atx), H400i (micro-atx) and H200i (mini-itx). The new cases all have more or less the same look and layout, and share NZXT's new smart device, a fan controller with built-in microphone that promises good cooling and a quiet PC. We tested all three and first report on the H700i and H400i.

Although the three chassis are similar, the small H200i really has a different purpose than the larger H400i and H700i. The latter two are so similar to each other that we will discuss them together in this review, the H200i we will review later. At the time of writing, the NZXT H700i costs an average of 192 pounds / 199.95 euros in our price comparison, while you have to pay 149.99 pounds / 149.95 euros for the smaller NZXT H400i.


Read full article @ Hardware.Info

Oculus Go Review: The wireless-VR future begins today for only $199
Surprise! Oculus released a new virtual reality headset today. The Oculus Go standalone headset is now for sale at Amazon, Newegg, and Best Buy starting at $199—yes, $199, with no other hardware required—following a retail-launch unveil at Facebook's annual F8 conference.

What's more, Oculus sent us a working headset last week for the sake of a review—and I have no shortage of thoughts about what Oculus has gotten right with its first "budget" VR product. Before I break down performance, software, features, and limitations, I want to set the scene by rewinding to another era in which a "futuristic" gadget sector began plummeting in price.


Read full article @ ArsTechnica

QacQoc GN30H Review
Our verdict of the QacQoc GN30H USB-C Shuttle:The GN30H provides all the ports you'll ever need, and more. Reasonably priced and available in four colors, go ahead and buy it already!810The QacQoc GN30H is a USB-C hub like no other. Not only does it provide USB Type-A and Type-C ports, but also HDMI, device charging, Ethernet, and an SD card reader. Not sure if you can use this device? Why not take a look at our USB cable types guide? Lets see what this hub can do, and if its possibly one of the best bargains around.


Read full article @ MakeUseOf

Sennheiser GSP 600 Review
With gaming headsets such as the Game Zero and Game One (reviewed here) in their lineup, Sennheiser didn't really have to come up with something new and even better, but that's exactly what they did. In this review, we'll dissect the GSP 600, one of Sennheiser's two freshly launched gaming headsets. It's a spiritual successor to the closed-back Game Zero in the same way their other new headset, the GSP 500, succeeds the aforementioned Game One. The main difference between the GSP 500 and 600 is that the GSP 500 sports an open-back design, while the GSP 600 opts for a more traditional closed-back approach. The latter is valued among gamers looking for a high level of passive noise isolation, those who don't want the sound of whatever they're listening to leaking out. With that in mind, it's pretty safe to assume that the GSP 600 will cater to a wider audience. Worry not, though—the good people of Sennheiser also kindly provided us with the GSP 500, so you can look forward to its upcoming review as well.

Even though it looks futuristic, the Sennheiser GSP 600 is essentially a simple analogue headset. It uses a pair of 3.5-millimeter TRS plugs (or a single 3.5-mm TRRS plug) to connect to computers (PC, Mac) and consoles (PS4, Xbox One). Don't mistake simplicity for low quality, though. If Sennheiser taught us anything in the past, it's that you don't need a ton of features to produce an exceptional gaming headset. The hefty $250 price tag makes my expectations quite high, so let's find out if the GSP 600 delivers.


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Star Wars: The Last Jedi 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review
We Star Wars fans are a truly special bunch. On one hand we're hugely protective of the series, eagerly to gobble up all the overpriced merchandise and analyse every nugget of information provided, and on the other hand we're also some of its harshest and most vocal critics. Naturally, it was going to be no different for The Last Jedi. But it seems to me that the film is dividing fans like none before it, even as the critical class give it a clean bill of health.

From the opening scenes, it's clear that The Last Jedi is going to be a big departure from what's come before it. I won't spoil the joke (if you can call it that), but the reaction that Luke Skywalker gives Rey (and in turn, the audience) to the epic conclusion of its predecessor, signals that this is a film which is going to take your expectations and turn them on their head. That's inherently not a problem - in fact it should be welcomed. But as the film goes on, it starts feeling a little less light-hearted and almost as a gleeful attack on the fans that continue to feed the beast.


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The Best Storage 2018: SSD, HDD, External Drives & NAS
The SSD 960 Evo showed no faults throughout our testing back in 2016 and its price vs. performance ratio remains largely unparalleled, being even more affordable today at $200 for around 40 cents a gig for the 500GB version. Offering sequential reads and writes of 3,200MB/s and 1,800MB/s, the 960 Evo is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB versions, though the smaller drive will cut down on performance, so our buying recommendation exclusively applies to 500GB and larger variants.

Like the more expensive SSD 960 Pro, the 960 Evo is powered by Samsung's Polaris controller coupled with Samsung's 48-layer V-NAND. Although the 960 Evo has been outfitted with TLC memory instead of MLC, the impact on performance is relatively minor with sequential read speeds dropping from 3.5GB/s to 3.2GB/s and write throughput going from 2.1GB/s to 1.9GB/s. In other words, you'd be paying over 20% less for the 960 Evo and yet the impact on performance could be considerably less than that.


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The Swords of Ditto Review
In a colorful land torn apart by strife and magic, one evil being known as Mormo threatens a dark rule across the land of Ditto unless one or two brave heroes can stand up to her reign. With but a few short days to prepare before Mormo becomes strong enough to remain unchallenged. Those with the fortitude and skill with toys and swords alike are the only ones that can stand any chance at bringing peace to the land. Their name? The Swords of Ditto.

The Swords of Ditto are a group of heroes that show up but once every hundred years. Tasked with the goal of pushing Mormo out of power and delaying the inevitable, their task would be insurmountable to overcome in only a few days time. In each generation, the Sword you play as is random and ever-changing cosmetically (with no effects to skill and power); sometimes you’ll be a cat, luchador, robot, or plain poofy-haired heroine. Don’t like the hero you’re playing as? Sacrifice yourself to Mormo and plunge the island into despair for another century for a chance with a more stylish hero.


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ΑΖΙΟ RETRO Classic Typewriter Backlit Mechanical Keyboard Review
Due to its massive size the PC gaming market may be the most influential one currently when it comes to keyboards, mice, headsets and many other peripherals but gamers don't represent the entire consumer base and that's something most manufacturers know all too well. Of course some choose to cater to the needs of gamers mostly because let's face it that's where the big profits are but many still try their best to have variety in their product lines in order to cover every consumer out there. Now as most of you know the market is currently overflowing with RGB mechanical gaming keyboards aimed towards demanding gamers but for people who're not really interested in RGB lighting and are instead looking for an elegant mechanical keyboard designed specifically for their office desk AZIO has them covered with their latest RETRO Classic Typewriter Backlit Models.

Azio Corp. is a manufacturer dedicated to providing innovative tech gear to make everyday life more engaging and fun. We believe that design has the power to alter not only perceptions, but also emotions. Through superior design, we are driven to provide a better experience for people of all ages from all walks of life, no matter what your hobby, profession, or need may be. Technology can simplify complicated things, or complicate simple things. Our design goal is to create cutting-edge products that are intuitively easy to use, provide maximum comfort, and leave a minimal environmental footprint. Through the use of color, material, and finish, we strive to design our products with the perfect blend of elegance and ferocity. Our brand, Azio®, is an acronym for "A to Z, Input-Output". This reflects the core of our business as a manufacturer of computer and electronic peripherals. The Azio brand logo employs a simple, geometric typeface to resemble solidity, efficiency and forwardness. This simplicity and cleanliness avoids all decorative and nonessential elements to demonstrate that Azio aims to only offer succinct products that have the optimum balance between aesthetics and functionality.


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