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Comay BladeDrive G24 480GB PCIe SSD Review - World Exclusive
     Mon, Jan 06 2014 | 2:30P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Chris takes an exclusive look at the Comay BladeDrive G24 and defines a new product category. Are All-in-One RAID products right for you?"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

PCSTATS TechTip - Fix Excel Being Extremely Slow to Opening Network Files
     Mon, Jan 06 2014 | 2:05P | Tips | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Accountants will want to pay attention to this PCSTATS TechTip.

Here's what usually happens; someone in accounting goes to open up an Excel spreadsheet stored on another users computer. They navigate across the network to the folder share, locate the .xls file and double click it. After waiting for a minute or possibly several minutes, the spreadsheet finally opens. Perplexed by this slowness, the user who owns the file will usually try opening it up on their PC system and find it responds immediately, so what gives?

The extremely slow response is not because your office Ethernet network is slow, the computer is out of RAM or antivirus is gumming up the works, it's because of something called "Microsoft Office File Validation". This comes into play with Excel 2003 and sometimes Excel 2007 files. OFV causes excel spreadsheets accessed over a network to open painfully slowly, even if the file itself isn't very large.

PCSTATS can help you fix this problem with a simple Registry hack. We found it most reliable to apply the registry fix on both source and destination computers.

First, exit Excel 2003. Then go 'Start' > 'Run' > type 'regedit'. Navigate to 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\11.0' and right click on '11.0' to bring up the properties menu > select 'New' > select 'key' > type "Excel" and hit Enter. Right click on "excel" > 'new' 'key'> type "Security" and hit Enter. Right click on "security" > 'new' 'key'> type "FileValidation" and hit Enter. Right click on "FileValidation" > 'new' 'DWORD Value'> type "EnableOnLoad" and hit Enter. EnableOnLoad will automatically be set to a value of '0' which disables OFV.

Most tips for this issue stop there, but in our office network where there is a mix of Office 2003, 2010 and 2013 we found it necessary to repeat this Registry hack for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\11.0, ...\12.0 and ...\14.0.

After that's all done Excel files open across the network normally! Catch more PCSTATS TechTips like this on our Facebook page - LikeUs to get the Tips as they're posted!

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS ON FB

CES 2014 AMD Press Conference and Kaveri updates - CES2014
     Mon, Jan 06 2014 | 12:44P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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AMD will be hosting a press conference at CES 2014 on Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. PST. It will cover the latest consumer technologies and innovations from AMD.
  FULL STORY @ AMD CES ANNOUNCEMENT

Philips 28-inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor - CES2014
     Mon, Jan 06 2014 | 12:27P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.pcstats.com
The PhilipsUltraClear Display debuts today, combining 4K UHD high resolution with a color depth of 1.07 billion colors to deliver brilliant performance, screen clarity and detail with four times the resolution of Full HD. Whether you require extremely detailed information for CAD-CAM solutions, use 3D graphic applications or are a financial wizard working on huge spreadsheets, this Philips display will provide UltraClear 3840x2160 pixel images to meet the visual demands of the most sophisticated power user. The 28-inch monitor (model 288P6) is also ideal for those seeking superb onscreen clarity and color accuracy for personal applications, and includes built-in stereo speakers for multimedia and MHL technology for easy mobile device connectivity.

Designed with the user in mind, the PhilipsUltraClear Display provides a plethora of connectivity options and comes equipped with HDMI, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI and VGA SmartConnect ports, enabling the enjoyment of high resolution uncompressed video and audio content. USB 3.0 ensures super speed data transfers and smartphone charging while having global connectivity. Additionally, an integrated MHL port allows users to connect compatible phones and tablets directly to the monitor to mirror content to the widescreen display while charging the mobile device at the same time.

The Philips UltraClear Display also features MultiView functionality. This technology enables active dual connect and view so that users can work with multiple devices like PC and laptop side-by-side simultaneously, making complex multi-tasking work a breeze. With the Ultra HD Philips MultiView display, you can now experience a world of connectivity in a comfortable way whether at office or at home.

Another people-friendly feature is the advanced SmartErgoBase, which allows the monitor to be lowered down almost to desk level for a comfortable viewing angle. Low bezel-to-table height is the perfect solution for those who use bifocals, trifocals or progressive lens glasses for computing work. Additionally, the adjustable base allows for users of greatly different heights to use the monitor in their preferred angle and height settings, helping them reduce fatigue and strain. The SmartErgoBase’s height, swivel, tilt and rotation angle adjustments position the monitor for maximum comfort, while its cable management function reduces cable clutter and keeps the workspace neat and professional.

SPECIFICATIONS

 LCD panel type

TN

 Backlight type

W-LED system

 Panel size

28-inch

 Aspect ratio

16:9

 Optimum resolution

3840 x 2160

 Brightness

300

 Color

10-bit

 Viewing angle

 170º (H) / 160º (V)  @ C/R > 10

 Signal input

VGA (Analog )x1; DVI-D dual link x1; MHL-HDMI x1; DPx1

 USB

USB2.0 x2; USB3.0 x2; + fast charger

Audio

3W x2

 Power supply

Internal

 Cabinet color

Black

The Philips UltraClear Display will be available in spring 2014 for $1,199.99 MSRP.

  FULL STORY @ PHILIPS.COM

Philips 27” Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC - CES2014
     Mon, Jan 06 2014 | 12:24P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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The Philips 27” Gaming Monitor with G-SYNC debuts today bringing a stunning visual experience and ultra-smooth play to gamers looking for a serious competitive edge. This advanced Philips gaming display (model 272G5DYEB) delivers revolutionary performance through NVIDIA G-SYNC, a new technology that synchronizes display refresh rates to the PC’s GPU, eliminating screen tearing and minimizing display stutter and input lag. With G-SYNC, images display the moment they are rendered, scenes appear instantly, objects are sharper, and game play is smoother.

The Philips 27” Gaming Monitor with G-SYNC will be showcased at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas at both Pepcom’s Digital Experience! event and the NVIDIA booth, which is located at LVCC, South Hall 3 - 30207. The display will be available for purchase in spring 2014 for $649 MSRP.

In addition to delivering consistently smooth frame rates and ultrafast response through G-SYNC display technology, the Philips 27” Gaming Monitor offers 144Hz refresh rate with 1ms response time for fast action, 300cd/cm2 brightness and a 1000:1 typical contrast ratio, and displays up to 16.7M colors. The slim black monitor is both wall mountable and height adjustable.

“This 27-inch Philips monitor is a perfect gaming partner, with G-SYNC technology bringing breakthrough display performance and giving major competitive edge,” said Chris Brown, TPV Global Product Marketing. “We believe anyone who really cares about their gaming experience is going to want a G-SYNC-enabled display.”

  FULL STORY @ PHILIPS.COM

IN WIN 904 Review @ Vortez
     Mon, Jan 06 2014 | 10:02A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
904 is a mid-tower computer chassis which uses a combination of aluminium, thick tempered glass and a unique feature-set enabling it to break out of the mould of traditional computer case design. IN WIN have made bold moves in the past, how will 904 shape up?"
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

News: Clash of the terabyte titans: Crucial M500 960GB vs. Samsung 840 EVO 1TB
     Mon, Jan 06 2014 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Despite the fact that they both sell for over $500, the Crucial M500 960GB and Samsung 840 EVO 1TB are relative bargains. These SSDs have the lowest price per gigabyte around, and they`re very different drives. We`ve pitted them against each other in an epic clash of terabyte titans."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

 
WildStar Closed Beta Coverage Levels 1-15 Video Gameplay with Kaeyi Dream @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Mon, Jan 06 2014 | 8:59A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
WildStar Closed Beta Coverage Levels 1-15 Video Gameplay with Kaeyi Dream @ HardwareHeaven.com "
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

Seasonic S12G Series 750W Power Supply Review
     Sun, Jan 05 2014 | 4:58P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new S12G Series is a great addition to Seasonics formidable power supply lineup. It is targeted towards gamers and PC enthusiasts who want solid performance at a user friendly price. The S12G-750 we tested produced excellent load regulation with high efficiency and very good AC ripple suppression. The S12G-750 is very quiet at low to mid power and comes with a good compliment of connectors."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset
     Sun, Jan 05 2014 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At the time i was writing these lines Paul Walker the actor we all learned and loved from the Fast movies died at the age of 40 after a very tragic car crash involving a red Porsche GT driven by one of his friends. We are well aware that this is not something that has to do with a technology related site but we are all humans above all else so we would just like to extend our condolences to his family and close friends, he will be missed by millions around the world that`s for certain. Moving back to todays review i think we all know the importance of having a good quality headset when watching your favorite movies, playing your favorite games and listening to your favorite tunes. However most of the time really good headsets that deliver high audio clarity cost quite a bit but thanks to SteelSeries and their latest H line of headsets featuring their brand new tournament grade audio driver technology this may change for the best. Today on our test bench we have the"
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 External Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Sun, Jan 05 2014 | 3:33P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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 whats 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!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

HIS R7 250 iCooler Boost Clock 1GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
     Sun, Jan 05 2014 | 10:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HIS R7 250 iCooler card is a low-end offering for people on a budget, supports the latest technologies and can deliver decent 3D performances at resolutions up to 1680x1050 (22 "
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Sun, Jan 05 2014 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lately we have been taking a look at a lot of Radeon R9 280X graphics cards. These are based on the Tahiti GPU that was also found in AMDs Radeon HD 7900 series cards. For those not looking to spend as much money the next step down in AMDs latest graphics cards is the R9 270X/270 series. These cards are based off the Pitcairn GPU and still offer a very good price / performance ratio. Today we are looking at MSIs Radeon R9 270 Gaming graphics card. This card will feature a factory overclock and MSIs own Twin Frozr IV cooling solution. Is this the best graphics card for under $200? We are going to find out!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tablet Review
     Sun, Jan 05 2014 | 9:01A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just over a year ago, Samsung broadened its Note portfolio to not only include phones, but tablets as well. The company saw a need to introduce a slate that catered to working professionals, power users, and those who need more content creation capabilities -- hence, the Galaxy Note 10.1 with the S Pen was born. In the ever-challenging world of product naming and differentiation, Samsung decided on quite the mouthful for the Note 10.1's successor. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is perhaps awkwardly named, but it's shipping in a market where work-capable tablets are certainly generating a lot of buzz. On paper, there's no reason to doubt the Note 10.1 2014 Edition's power with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC at the heart of the device. Android 4.3 is on-board and Samsung has tossed a heavy coat of its own TouchWiz interface on there in order to best take advantage of the included stylus; pardon us, S Pen...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Cooler Master N200, N300, N500 & N600 review
     Sun, Jan 05 2014 | 9:00A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cooler Master has a series of affordable chassis called the N series. They're supposed to cool well and are made for liquid cooling including 240 mm radiators, perhaps making them a good and affordable option for a powerful rig. We tested four N series models and compared them to 28 other chassis in the same price segment.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Patriot Viper 3 Low Profile PC3-17000 4x8GB DDR3 RAM @ APH Networks
     Sun, Jan 05 2014 | 8:59A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What heatsink is a good heatsink? The Patriot Viper 3 Low Profile series goes back to the basics."
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

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