Week of July 24, 2011

Thursday, July 28 2011

Asus O!Play HD2 Media Player Review @ Tweaknews

Posted by Nathan @ 3:06 PM (EDT)

Asus has packed a lot of functionality into the O!Play HD2 media player. It supports all the popular HD video formats as well as a myriad of audio and photo formats, and the user interface is intuitive enough that anyone in the house can use it. A built-in 3.5" HDD bay allows the buyer to add internal storage, and the USB 3.0 port ensures you won't be waiting all day for file transfers to complete.


Rosewill announces THOR V2

Posted by Nathan @ 3:04 PM (EDT)

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA -- July 27, 2011 – Rosewill the leading hardware solution provider bringing the best choice in value, announced its newest member of Rosewill computer case family, THOR V2.

The THOR V2 comes equipped with the very features that made the original THOR so extraordinary. There are four fans in this case to insure a steady air flow from front to back. The top of this case also features fins that can be opened and positioned to create a superior airflow. Improvements made from the original include the advanced reengineered design of the case structure to secure the THOR V2 making it stronger and more reliability. The front panel also has been improved and now offers two USB 3.0 front ports.

ASUS G74SW Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 3:02 PM (EDT)

With the G74SW, ASUS has another high-end gaming notebook in its portfolio. What it offers is a lot of performance as well as a high quality 3D display and very well built peripherals as well as a unique design.

Antec High Current Gamer HCG-520 520W @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 3:02 PM (EDT)

In today's review we will take a look at Antec's HCG-520 power supply, which addresses tight budget users with not so high power demands. The PSU is able to provide up to 40 A on its single 12 V rail which is plenty for up to two graphics cards.

AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 3:01 PM (EDT)

AC Ryan are a company with a strong vision – to be the number 1 manufacturer of Digital lifestyle enhancement products globally. Being a lifestyle brand isn’t always an easy task, it requires innovation and a strong constant customer satisfaction. Their current focus is on Full HD network ready media players and recorders hoping to captivate and transform the users viewing experience. Today is our first meeting with AC Ryan and we are to look at a product that is currently their flag-ship HD Network Media Player the PlayOn!HD2.

Roccat KULO 7.1 USB Virtual Surround Headset Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 3:01 PM (EDT)

If you’re looking to buy a cool looking surround headset with very good audio quality, lots of volume and plenty of comfort without breaking the bank then the latest KULO 7.1 USB Virtual Surround Headset by Roccat is a fine choice.

A Futurelooks News Flash - Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Review

Posted by Nathan @ 3:01 PM (EDT)

A good CPU cooler is very important on hot summer days. Especially if you’re overclocking a high end multi-core processor. If cool air isn’t getting to your CPU, motherboard, or surrounding components, heat can quickly compromise your system’s stability. If you’re stuck in a chassis that just can’t quite direct that air to the right places, we think the Noctua NH-C14 CPU cooler could be a solution.


Ozone Radon 5K Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 3:01 PM (EDT)

In the customization test, I was able to give the Radon 5K a 9/10 once again. Although I was not able to customize LED colors or easily create macros that I would never use in a game, I could adjust the DPI sensitivity to any value between 100 DPI and 5600 DPI. As well, I was able to change the programming for all buttons on the mouse. The weight adjustment also came into play with the customization testing – being a fan of slim and lightweight mice, I was glad that I had the option to pull out four of the weights and make the mouse lighter while testing.

PowerColor Radeon HD 6870x2 2GB Overclocked Video Card Review @ Tweaktown

Posted by Nathan @ 3:00 PM (EDT)

It's been a while since we've looked at anything from PowerColor, but after seeing their showings at Computex, it's great to see something new from the company. Made even better is the fact that we're not talking about a card with a new cooler or anything like that, we're talking about a new card that PowerColor themselves have been working hard on.

Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM Heatsink @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 3:00 PM (EDT)

Cooler Master is a name well known to enthusiasts for their extensive line of enthusiast computer equipment, including cases, CPU coolers, power supplies, and more. They're probably best known for their coolers, though, and today Benchmark Reviews has the Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM to test against a collection of other coolers. This appears to be an update of Cooler Master's existing Hyper 212 cooler, but how will it perform? Putting it up against an overclocked and overvolted Core i7 950 processor will reveal all.

Thermaltake Shock One Headset @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 3:00 PM (EDT)

Thermaltake Shock One is made out of the high quality components and loaded with features to provide the consumer with greater level of comfort and compatibility. Due to the surround sound capability the headset is conveniently redesigned to have a USB 2.0 rather than usual 3.5mm audio input and output. The basic layout of the headset has retained the features introduced in Shock headset:comfortable velvet cushions, 10 level size adjustment frame, and portable low noise cancelling microphone attachment. Aside from the basic features however, the user is provided with a more sophisticated control box as well as personal Thermaltake software that allows for not only control of surround sound options but also customization of frequency production through an equalizer, as well as additional sound effects. With all of these features, the Shock One retails as low as USD95.26 on Newegg.com, in comparison to the simpler Shock, which costs only USD45.92. Are these features truly worth such a huge price difference?

CLICK HERE FOR Thermaltake Shock One Headset DEALS & PRICING

Kingston Wi-Drive 32GB Wireless Flash Storage Review @ Bigbruin.com

Posted by Nathan @ 2:59 PM (EDT)

The Kingston Wi-Drive 32GB wireless flash storage device is a very cool little gadget that could make using your iPod, iPad, or just about any other Wi-Fi enabled device much more enjoyable. You can effortlessly expand your capacity for movies, music, photos, and other files, and you also have the option of sharing your content with a few friends, too.

Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 2:59 PM (EDT)

With a detachable touch pad remote, the Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G is a unique 18-inch desktop replacement notebook. It is really quite a multimedia powerhouse as it has a 1080p display along with an Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and discrete Nvidia graphics.


Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC Super Overclock Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 2:59 PM (EDT)

For certain users, a good performing graphics card isn't enough and they will strive until they get the very best. Now Gigabyte have answered the prayers of those users with a range of products branded as "Super Overclock". Gigabyte are more known for their motherboards than graphics cards, but that's not to say they aren't a worthy contender in that department.

Netgear N600 DGDN3700 Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 2:58 PM (EDT)

Today we get to look at the Netgear DGND3700, an all-in-one, high-performance wireless router for the home that provides connectivity to the Internet with a built-in ADSL2+ modem or a Gigabit Ethernet port for high- speed cable or fiber service. With Dual-Band wireless support, the new router can handle multiple high-bandwidth applications across numerous networked devices with ease. It has a 4-port Gigabit switch, ReadyShare storage access with two USB ports, and is DLNA certified...

Apple's Sandy Bridge-Based Mac Mini Review @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 2:58 PM (EDT)

Apple's Mac mini hadn't seen a substantial update for about a year, but with Intel's Sandy Bridge-based second generation Core processor family arriving in 2011, it was only a matter of time before one of those chips found favor with Apple's tiniest desktop.

The Mac mini design really hasn't changed all that much in the year or so it took the folks in Cupertino to swap out the Core 2 Duo for a Core i5. In terms of volume and dimension, it's almost exactly the same as the 2010 edition, but with a major addition—support for Thunderbolt...

Wednesday, July 27 2011

Employee Turnover in the Tech Industry Marketing Department Editorial @ Tweaknews

Posted by Nathan @ 9:32 PM (EDT)

Although most of us in the hardware industry deal with a lot of marketing representatives, we are often too self-absorbed in getting a product on a certain schedule to realize that we are not the only people they deal with. Through several years in the industry, the marketing person has in my eyes gone from a position that I envied to a place that I can deduce to be a professional hell.


ASUS F1A75-V Pro Review @ ocaholic

Posted by Nathan @ 8:25 PM (EDT)

The F1A75-V Pro will be ASUS' flagship model regarding AMD's FM1 APUs' Llano. Therefore it's able to score with a long featurelist. But first of all we will check if it is able to convince.

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case Review @ Ninjalane

Posted by Nathan @ 8:24 PM (EDT)

In 2010 Thermaltake partnered with BMW to design a unique chassis for their 10 year anniversary, the result was the artful Level 10 case. The BMW designers came up with a free standing tower chassis that featured individual compartments for each of the computer components. Needless to say this case was big, expensive and looked amazing. The expensive part is what kept most users from buying this piece of history and which we believe lead the Thermaltake designers to create the case featured in this review.

CLICK HERE FOR Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case DEALS & PRICING


be quiet! Pure Power BQT L7-530W PSU Review @ Technic3D

Posted by Nathan @ 8:24 PM (EDT)

The be quiet! Pure Power BQT L7-530W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review from Technic3D the next PSU with two +12V rails (22A), a 120mm Fan, 4x SATA hard disk connectors and 2x PCI-e 6+2-Pin.

In Win BUC @ techPowerUp

Posted by Nathan @ 8:23 PM (EDT)

In Win is known for their "out of this world" designs and the BUC is no exception. While the looks may not be for everyone, the case scores big with a long list of useful features, a good set of fans and a very competitive price point.



Arctic Sound P531 USB Headset Review @ Vortez

Posted by Nathan @ 8:23 PM (EDT)

Today, Vortez takes another shot at reviewing a Sound P product: the Arctic Sound P531. The P531 is currently Arctic’s most expensive headset. Unlike the other headsets of the Sound P-series, the P531 brings 5.1 surround sound to the table, and this should allow a whole new level of gaming and multimedia experience. Other noteworthy features of this supra-aural headset include USB connectivity, vibration feedback ear cups, and a flexible and foldable design.

Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 8:22 PM (EDT)

Sapphire has just released their venture into Llano with the Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 Motherboard. The Platinum A75 offers all of the premium niceties that can be found with AMD's Lynx platform. First, there is the top tier A75 Hudson-D3 FCH chipset. This has an FM1 socket for the latest Llano APU chips. There is support for up to 16GB of 800/1033/1333/1600/1866 MHz speed DDR3 memory. This chipset offers exceptional connectivity as you get five SATA3 ports, one 16x PCI-E, two 1x PCI-E, one 4x PCI-E, two 32-bit PCI, and four USB 3.0 ports. Because the APU is a CPU/GPU combination, for video connectivity, there is an HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort available.

soundscience Halo Bias Lighting Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 8:21 PM (EDT)

Mounting the strip is as easy as removing the adhesive backing and sticking it to the monitor. The strip uses 3M adhesive and holds itself in place with no problems. The downside (or upside) to this is that once it is placed on your monitor it cannot be easily removed and re-applied. Once the strip is placed, it is on there to stay. Attempting to take it off will leave you with some sticky goo that isn’t difficult to remove, but I cannot attest to how well it will come off months down the road. The last thing to note is how the cable comes directly out the end of the strip, which means it may stick out the side of your monitor rather than hang down and around.

Scythe Kama Bay AMP 2000 Rev. B Amplifier Review @ Madshrimps

Posted by Nathan @ 8:21 PM (EDT)

The Kama Bay AMP 2000 Rev. B Amplifier from Scythe comes with no less than 4 different inputs, two decibel meters that give the product a professional look, dials for modifying Bass/Treble settings and an USB port for charging our devices; the product can be installed in a spare 5.25'' bay or outside our computer, all bundle necessary for both types of installations being offered in the box.

Toshiba Satellite L755-S5271 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 8:21 PM (EDT)

The Toshiba Satellite L755-S5271 budget laptop delivers competent processing, basic gaming, and a battery that takes you through most of your day. Aimed at students and casual users, the L755-S5271 gives you everything you need for a little work and play.

TechREACTION.net Review: Silverstonen CW02 HTPC Chassis

Posted by Nathan @ 8:20 PM (EDT)

The Silverstone CW02, with the black brushed-aluminum exterior, has a classy look which stands apart from most other cases. The front panel sports a nice LCD screen that posts information on whatever you set it up to display. This is another great addition. Hiding the I/O area behind a door helps keep a nice, clean, minimalist look to the CW02. With the case being as big as it is, the wire management was tolerable, considering that it did not have any built-in solutions. With a little bit of time and thinking, we got the wires hidden away pretty well.

SilverStone Grandia GD03 HTPC Case Review @ ReviewDesk.com

Posted by Nathan @ 8:19 PM (EDT)

The case has an attractive, sleek look to it. It is notably heavy, presumably due to its steel chassis, but it is solid and all of the pieces give the impression that they are well-made. The brushed aluminum bezel is striking, and not cheap-looking or flimsy. The case feet are large enough not to concentrate too much weight into a small area, and have a nice rubber anti-slip material on them. Also, the power button is on TOP of the machine (and dimly glows blue), which means you’ll have to be careful about putting stuff on top of it.

Corsair Hydro Series H80 Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 8:19 PM (EDT)

Today we looked at the latest addition to the Corsair Hydro Series, the Hydro Series H80. The Corsair H80 performed solidly in all of our tests. It also did it quieter than the Hydro Series coolers of the past...

SilverStone Temjin TJ11 (SST-TJ11B-W) Tower Chassis Review @ Tweaktown

Posted by Nathan @ 8:18 PM (EDT)

For those who had the pleasure of seeing or using some of the earlier Temjin Series chassis, I envy you. I have always wanted to acquire a Temjin chassis before I was writing reviews, but at that time even, they were cost preventive in me getting one. My personal favorite was the TJ07, and at a very close second were the squarer TJ09 and TJ10 models. One thing all of these cases share is that they were ahead of their time in case tech and very pleasing to the eyes. The biggest thing about the TJ07 I liked was the compartmentalized interior to break up the heat sources and offer their own ways of cooling each major compartment.

Zowie Mico RTS Mouse Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 8:18 PM (EDT)

Not every mouse needs to be some huge gamer palm gripper with MMO buttons, colour changing lights, DPI switches, different profiles and lift off sensors. Sometimes you just want to go back to basics, a slower paced rodent for a slower paced game. That’s what Zowie have purportedly put together in their Mico mouse. It’s “only” got a DPI of 1600 in three different steppings, but they’ve worked together with pro Starcraft players to make it, so it’s unlikely to lower your APM.

Swiss Army Knife Tablet: Toshiba's Thrive Reviewed @ HotHardware.com

Posted by Nathan @ 8:17 PM (EDT)

On the tablet front, Toshiba's first effort with an Android-based 10-inch slate looks to be cut from the same cloth. The Thrive doesn't make any apologies for its size and weight. It's built with very rugged construction and is designed to be full-featured. It's a tablet, so it's still relatively thin, but Toshiba took the stance that they would address some of the inherent limitations in many tablets already out there; most of which pertain to expandability and accessibility. You'll have to tolerate a slate that is just over half-an-inch thick and weighs a little over 1.5lbs. You wafer-thin types might be inclined to whine about that but we say suck-it-up and deal with it. The Thrive brings a bunch of extra utility, not just junk in the trunk...

Tuesday, July 26 2011

Energysistem DVB-T T1250HDTV Review @ XSReviews.co.uk

Posted by Nathan @ 9:15 PM (EDT)

Contemporary computers are becoming more and more integrated in the home and having a different box of electronics for each role: playing movies, gaming and even receiving TV, will soon be completely behind us.

Corsair H100 Extreme Perf. Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ [H]

Posted by Nathan @ 9:15 PM (EDT)

Corsair comes back to liquid processor cooling with a unit more tuned towards enthusiast needs. Low profile water block and pump unit and a dual length 240mm radiator with two 120mm fans. Let's how well it works when compared to other coolers we already know well.

Kingston Wi-Drive 32GB Video Review @ Legit Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 9:14 PM (EDT)

I really liked the form factor for the Kingston Wi-Drive as it just slips right into your pocket, and the fact it uses flash based memory means it is durable for travel. I also loved the ability to connect to any available wireless access point from the Kingston Wi-Drive so you do not lose your Internet connection which comes in handy if you are trying to stream your music collection and read that breaking news story on Legit Reviews. This is a great solution to extend your Apple device by 16GB or 32GB once you have filled your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to capacity...

Hornettek Defender 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure @ DragonSteelMods

Posted by Nathan @ 9:14 PM (EDT)

When it comes to USB enclosures you’ve got plenty of choices that’s for sure, but most are fairly basic. If you want something that’s rough and rugged you’ll most likely have to buy a specialized one that includes a hard drive inside and pay a premium price for it. Luckily our friends at Hornettek have a solution for that called the Defender that will thoroughly protect your hard drive from bumps and most everything else you can throw at it on a daily basis.

Sony Alpha NEX-C3 Review @ TechReviewSource.com

Posted by Nathan @ 9:14 PM (EDT)

The Sony Alpha NEX-C3 is a 16-megapixel digital camera that has a great design and fantastic image quality. It has a tilting LCD, RAW image shooting and interchangeable lenses, but they do add a lot of bulk and weight, which can pose a portability problem.


XFX HD6870 Black Edition Crossfire Review @ Kitguru

Posted by Nathan @ 9:13 PM (EDT)

If you are in the market for a system overhaul, then today’s review will be particularly interesting. Due to some recent price drops it is possible now to pick up a HD6870 for less than £150.


Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W Power Supply @ Bjorn3D

Posted by Nathan @ 9:13 PM (EDT)

Today, we will be taking a look at Thermaltake's flagship 80Plus Gold Certified ToughPower Grand 1200W Modular Power Supply. While this power supply is designed for overclockers and gamers that use multi-GPU setups, it is not 100% modular. This usually is not a problem with users that run high-end gaming hardware, but it might be a bit frustrating for those that just want to have a powerful PSU for the future but might not be running high-end hardware at first. For instance, its double 8-pin CPU power connector is hard wired into the power supply. Only a very limited number of motherboards support dual 8-pin power connectors, and this type of setup is only necessary for extreme overclockers for extra stability.

CLICK HERE FOR Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W DEALS & PRICING

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Full Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 9:13 PM (EDT)

It's quite a sad moment for me today, as I have delegated the duties of case reviews to another member of staff, and therefore I am winding down the reviews of cases that I would normally do. Due to that it is only fitting that I finish them off with a bang and in some sense of style; enter the Level 10 GT.

I was a big fan of the original Level 10, with its bold, brash styling and stupidly high price tag, but that really didn't matter as it was unlike anything else ever dreamt of, let alone built. The original did have some drawbacks though, which was mainly down to the sheer size and weight of the thing. Without components, it was still able to give the world's strongest man a run for his money, and that wasn't all down to size, but more so of how awkwardly shaped it was.


Diamond Radeon HD 6770 XOC 1GB Video Card Review @ Tweaktown

Posted by Nathan @ 9:12 PM (EDT)

It's been a while since we've looked at anything from Diamond, but today we look at a card that is showing up a bit lately, the HD 6770. Of course, in typical Diamond fashion we're checking out an overclocked model with the HD 6770 we're looking at today coming with the XOC tag."

There's not much else we need to say at the moment; you should know we're already a fan of the HD 6770 and we're looking forward to seeing what Diamond are able to offer us today with their XOC version. Before we get into the performance side of things, let's look what's going on with the package that Diamond has put together. Once we've done that we'll move onto the card and check out the specifications to find out just what kind of overclock is on offer from the XOC model we're looking at today.

Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews

Posted by Nathan @ 9:12 PM (EDT)

The time for monster CPU coolers may be drawing to a close: the latest generation of 32nm CPUs from Intel and AMD produce much less heat and thus require less cooling, even when heavily overclocked. Still, there are a lot of very power-hungry, heat producing CPUs out there, and if you have one or are contemplating buying one, then Thermaltake's new Frio OCK cooler may be of interest to you. Benchmark Reviews takes this new product through our test regimen and compares it to the best coolers available.



Topower 1000W Gold Power Supply Review @ OCC

Posted by Nathan @ 9:12 PM (EDT)

Whilst not the best power supply out there the Topower 1000W is far from the worst but its performance fell a little short of what is expected from high end enthusiast units. The DC voltage load regulation is good but when combined with borderline AC ripple/noise and poorer than expected efficiency it equates to a good but not great power supply. The AC ripple/noise levels were borderline and if measured under different circumstances, lower ambient temperature or slightly lower mains input voltage for example, it may have even scraped a pass but high-end power supplies are expected to be well under the limits set down by the ATX12V V2.2 specification and not borderline.

Zalman VF3000F VGA Cooler for Nvidia GTX 580/570 GPU Review @Hi Tech Legion

Posted by Nathan @ 9:11 PM (EDT)

The Zalman VF3000F VGA Cooler for the GTX 580/570 looks to extend the Zalman tradition of excellence. The VF3000F features high performance cooling to match the high performance power of both Nvidia GTX models. The main feature to achieve this is Zalman's IHD (or Interactive Heat transfer Design). This uses 2-way heat transfer through the high performance heat pipes and maximum dissipation area. For airflow, there are two 92mm ultra quiet fans. Zalman includes a full tube of ZM-STG2 thermal grease to maximize heat transfer. There is also Zalman's Fan Mate 2 controller system for manual fan speed adjustments.



Sunday, July 24 2011

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Case Review @ Technic3D

Posted by Nathan @ 4:31 PM (EDT)

The Corsair Obsidian 650D is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The 650D supports ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards and have place for three Cooling-Fans and a Watercooling Kit. We will check this and many more in the following Review.

Akasa Baymaster S USB 3.0 Card & Drive Reader Review @ eTeknix.com

Posted by Nathan @ 4:29 PM (EDT)

We always try to review every aspect of computing and all the likely additions you are going to add to your computer. Today is a turn of a Drive and Card Reader.

Akasa have such upgraded a popular model, the Akasa Baymaster and while it doesn't look like they have made many changes, there is one big difference. It now takes advantage of USB 3.0 Superspeed, giving up to 10* faster data transfers when compared to USB 2.0.

There are lots of varieties of card readers, drive readers and fan controllers out there which offer you the chance to upgrade your standard case with lots of extra features. Some come in 5.25" bay size and others, like the Akasa Baymaster come in the smaller 3.5" bay size. This does unfortunately mean it is less compatible with cases, however it is possible to get adaptors to fit a 3.5" drive into a 5.25" bay.

Apacer Share Steno AC430 USB 3.0 500GB HDD Review @ Real World Labs

Posted by Nathan @ 4:28 PM (EDT)

Although USB 3.0 and 5400RPM HDDs don't make the fastest combination around still the Share Steno AC430 by Apacer manages to output very good data transfer speeds while its very high quality brushed aluminum enclosure along with the leather carrying case are sure to leave you with the best possible impressions.