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QNAP TBS-453A-8G-960GB 4-Bay M.2 SSD NASbook Review
     Sun, Dec 04 2016 | 4:03P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although we all like the concept behind the new TBS-453A NASbook by QNAP quite honestly it feels ahead of its time mainly due to the current pricing of M.2 SSDs and lack of one or more 10GbE ports.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

Cooler Master MasterMouse PRO L Review
     Sun, Dec 04 2016 | 4:02P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lefties rejoice, the MasterMouse PRO L is ambidextrous and not the pretend kind that features just two side buttons. It has a total of 8 programmable buttons and features the Storm Tactix Function (Labelled TX) which means you have a second layer of programmable buttons once activated to increase the total to 14 programmable buttons. It has on-board 512kb memory, and a 32bit ARM processor. The MasterMouse PRO L also features 16.7m customisable lighting with some advanced effects that is supported by the flashy new software from Cooler Master.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

SteelSeries Rival 500 Optical Mouse Review
     Sun, Dec 04 2016 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SteelSeries Rival 500 shows it is possible for hardcore MOBA/MMO players to find a good mouse with a lot of buttons on the side that does not look like it has a phone dial pad stuck to it.
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

MSI GTX 1050 OC 2G Graphic Card Review
     Sun, Dec 04 2016 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This is the MSI GTX 1050 OC 2G graphic, Nvidia’s low(est?) current generation graphic card you can get your hands on. Most of these graphic cards have limited performance compared to the GTX 1070, RX 480 and even the GTX 1060. Typical with the GeForce xx50 labeled GPUs, its limited performance is good enough for certain titles without the need to upgrade that cheap power supply. Its also acts as a replacement for upgrading graphics provided by the current generation CPUs. As you would expect, Nvidia did compare this with previous two mainstream processors from Intel. The entire explanation of the 14nm GP107 core is covered in the GTX 1050 Ti review.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREBBQ

Cyberpower Infinity X55 VX System Review
     Sun, Dec 04 2016 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Given the psychological effect of being priced under £1000, Cyberpower hopes their Infinity X55 VX will prove an enticing deal as we head towards Christmas. Packing a Core i5 and GTX 1060 6GB, it has the makings of a decent gaming PC. However, before coming to any conclusions we run the Infinity X55 VX through our intensive benchmarking suite, including some of the most demanding games you can play.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

SilverStone Ensemble Series EB03 and EB01-E Audio Amp DAC Review @ Hardware Asyl
     Sun, Dec 04 2016 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this review I’ll be looking at two high quality audio units from SilverStone the Ensemble EB01-E DAC and the Ensemble EB03 Headphone Amplifier which bridge the gap between digital audio and studio quality headphones.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREASYLUM

what to buy for your favorite techie
     Sun, Dec 04 2016 | 9:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The TR staff knows just how hard it can be to find the right gift to please the nerd in your life, so we've compiled a list of the items we've used and enjoyed over the past year. If you're stuck on what to buy for your favorite techie this holiday season, maybe we can help.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

 
ExpressVPN Virtual Private Network Router Review
     Sun, Dec 04 2016 | 9:00A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Something a little different for Hardwareslave regulars, the ExpressVPN Virtual Private Network internet router. The idea behind the ExpressVPN Router is to allow users to browse online with any of their devices with privacy and security without worrying about connecting to VPN when they connect.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESLAVE

Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti 4G Graphic Card Review
     Sat, Dec 03 2016 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I have the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1050 Ti and MSI GTX 1050 OC graphic card. These variants do not have a Founders edition available in retail. The reference specs are nothing more than a minimum paper specification. Nvidia’s AIB partners will have its own versions with variable cooling, PCB designs and variable factory clock settings.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREBBQ

Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset Review
     Sat, Dec 03 2016 | 4:02P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro is a very well built headphone with some cool new features, but falls short against the competition in almost every way.
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Will last-gen game support hold iterative consoles back?
     Sat, Dec 03 2016 | 4:01P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Iterative consoles bring a host of benefits, but also some drawbacks: could last-gen backward compatibility be holding PS4 Pro and Xbox One S back?"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

AWD-IT Aura (GTX 1070) System Review
     Sat, Dec 03 2016 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The AWD-IT Aura system uses the GTX 1070, which we reviewed in June over HERE. Alongside that we find an i7-6700K overclocked to 4.5GHz, as well as 16GB of 3000MHz Corsair DDR4 and a Samsung 750 EVO SSD. It is certainly a good spec on paper, and with a price of £1499 it looks to offer good value.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
     Sat, Dec 03 2016 | 9:03A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HyperX used to be considered the gaming division of Kingston solely because their system memory and solid state drives offered the high performance that you needed to power a serious gaming computer. While those products are still what I would consider the core business of HyperX, they now offer other items that should also appeal to gamers. We have looked at a few of their gaming headsets in recent reviews, and this time around we will be looking at their first gaming keyboard.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

SteelSeries Siberia 840 Wireless Gaming Headset Review
     Sat, Dec 03 2016 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After connecting the Siberia 840 to our PC via USB, we started testing it by watching quite a few YouTube videos, some TV Shows, and of course, we did play some games: Carmageddon Max Damage, Devilian, Paladins, Mafia III and Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon. As the older version, the headset comes with a well-balanced output, which means that the bass is not over-the-top as we may expect from a headset exclusive for gaming; this "feature" does transform the Siberia 840 into an ideal companion for watching movies as well as listening to music."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Moto Z, Moto Z Play & Moto Mods Revealed.
     Sat, Dec 03 2016 | 9:01A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lenovo recently revealed the Moto Z and Moto Z Play smartphones, along with their very interesting range of Moto Mods and Style Shells. Check them out!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

D-Link DIR-885L AC3150 Ultra Wi-Fi Router
     Sat, Dec 03 2016 | 9:00A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
D-Link's DIR-885L AC3150 Ultra Wi-Fi router just might be the thing for homes with many devices looking to get on the Wi-Fi network. With all of your basic wireless needs, plus phones, tablets, and smart TVs looking to stream high definition content, a typical wireless router can easily become the bottleneck and hinder the performance of the connected devices. The DIR-885L AC3150 Ultra offers a solution that is designed just for such a setting.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

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