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Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme SSD Review (256GB)
     Sat, Feb 02 2013 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It seems that our relationship with Plextor has had a shot of Adrenaline since our meet at CES Las Vegas 2013 and ‘first up’ analysis of the new Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme SSD is the result. We did have a bit of a heads up when Plextor asked us to review the M5 Pro in this meeting, but definitely never expected the M5 Pro to arrive at our office, even before us, and not two weeks before this Xtreme we just finished testing! The Pro and the Extreme should be virtually identical, considering both contain the same controller, the same cache, same firmware and even 19nm NAND flash memory. The difference is that the Xtreme contains 16 modules of NAND flash memory vice the 8 of our M5 Pro review, the Xtreme also promising IOPS of 100,ooo. But wait…. didn’t we get that from the M5 Pro as well?
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

Toshiba Satellite U945-S4390
     Sat, Feb 02 2013 | 12:00P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Toshiba Satellite U945-S4390 is a decent choice for anyone in the market for a reasonably priced Windows 8-equipped ultrabook. It doesn't shirk on overall performance or useful features like USB 3.0 connectivity, Intel's Wireless Display technology, and a full-size HDMI port. One noticeable flaw, however, is its lack of a touch screen, but it's still worth checking out."
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTERS

Asus VivoBook S400CA Review @ TechReviewSource.com
     Sat, Feb 02 2013 | 11:50A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Asus VivoBook S400CA is a Windows 8 touch screen ultraportable laptop that offers a strong feature set and solid performance all without a high price. It does lack in battery life and overall display quality, but for the money, it is still a good value."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

[DreamWare Computers] Vantec NexStar Wi-Fi HDD Dock
     Sat, Feb 02 2013 | 9:47A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
External hard drive enclosures are a dime-a-dozen. They come in all shapes, sizes, capacities, and colors with interface connections ranging from USB 2.0 and the new USB 3.0 to eSATA. However, very few hard drive enclosures let you untether from the enclosure itself and take your information to the cloud. Vantecs latest edition to their NexStar external hard drive enclosure allows you to do just that by giving you the ability to access your data over Wi-Fi. You can access your data with any Apple iOS device or Android device with the download of a simple, free app, and with smart TVs as well as Wi-Fi tethering and gaming consoles. With such a large selection of compatible devices, the Vantec NexStar Wi-Fi hard drive dock has wide application potential. So, without further ado, lets take a closer look at the NexStar Wi-Fi hard drive dock and see if this is the Wi-Fi enabled hard drive dock for you."
  FULL STORY @ DREAMWARECOMPUTERS.COM

SSD NEWS: MyDigitalSSD BP4 mSATA SSD Review (240GB) ? Best Value Available For an SSD To Date
     Sat, Feb 02 2013 | 9:22A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Perhaps one of the hottest tech items to hit in the last year is the ultrabook, a laptop typically measuring under 1/2 thick, weighing less than 3 lbs, having performance as high as 1GB/s transfer speeds and being capable of up to ten hours battery life. As new and amazing as the ultra is, the consumer also learned of the solid state drive and, more specifically, the mSATA SSD measuring 1/3 the size of a credit card, just over 3mm thick and weighing just under 7gm. As with any other new technology, such things as storage capacity are considered premium and, even now, we are seeing systems sell for as much as $500-$750 more, simply the result of a storage upgrade from 120 to 240GB. The smart consumer is one who buys the lower capacity system with full intent of upgrading the SSD themselves and, in doing so, saves themselves hundreds of dollars. If you are one of these consumers, you have come to the right place because our SSD analysis today is on the newly available MyDigitalSSD BP4 240GB mSATA SSD, this SSD quite possibly being the best value for the money on the market right now."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

Fractal Design Define XL R2 Full Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Sat, Feb 02 2013 | 9:02A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Fractal Design Define XL R2 is built to be one tough case. The design behind the Define XL R2 is performance, silence, and with the option for more airflow and water cooling. Fractal is one of the only manufacturers to include high density matting in their system builds to reduce the vibration and noise, all unused fan mounting locations are also filled with their ModuVent system so the user can decide between more airflow or silence. The motherboard tray features support for ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX, E-ATX, and XL-ATX form factors. Plenty of cable management options are available on the Fractal Define XL R2, with rubber grommets all over the motherboard tray and tie downs on the back of the tray. The stock cooling system consists of three 140mm fans and four additional 120mm/140mm fans can be installed, along with plenty of mounting locations for water cooling using 240mm and 120mm radiators."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

Lamptron Fan Controller FC10 Review
     Fri, Feb 01 2013 | 4:03P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The FC10 from Lamptron is not a fan controller like you are used to see. Lamptron gave it's latest toy a cool vintage/steampunk design using four Nixie tubes as displays. Apart from that it's a regular fan controller that allows you to drive up to four fans and monitor four temperature probes via remote.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

 
HP Envy 23 TouchSmart Review
     Fri, Feb 01 2013 | 4:02P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: The all-in-one with touchscreen. HP was actually the first manufacturer to introduce this concept to consumers about five years back with its TouchSmart computers. By now touchscreens are no longer an exotic feature, they're common, large and work quite well. Windows is finally designed with touch operation in mind. Can HP distinguish itself with its years of experience, will it be able to make the HP Envy 23 TouchSmart stand out from the crowd?
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Case Conundrum: Affordable Midtowers Compared
     Fri, Feb 01 2013 | 4:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we're reviewing a series of mid-tower cases at a variety of affordable price points. These four cases are all marketed towards enthusiasts and ship with what were once considered upscale options, including external water cooling mounts, multiple 120mm fans, screwless installation, removable case vents, and board cutouts for easy third-party heatsink installation. That's great news if you're tired of seeing full towers get all the high-end love from case manufacturers, but it makes the prospect of picking a single enclosure a bit daunting. We've rounded up options from Antec, Corsair, Fractal, and Rosewill, the Antec P280, Corsair C70, Fractal Design R4, and Rosewill R5 and have the full scoop for you here:
  FULL STORY @ CONUNDRUM

Can A New GPU Rejuvenate A 5 Year Old Gaming PC?
     Fri, Feb 01 2013 | 4:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
New video card launches from AMD and NVIDIA are almost always reviewed on hardware that’s less than 12 months old. That's not an arbitrary decision -- it helps reviewers make certain that GPU performance isn't held back by older CPUs and can be particularly important when evaluating the impact of new interfaces or bus designs. The downside of this policy is that it leaves a gap in product coverage. Gamers with older systems often miss out on whether or not a new graphics card will be a meaningful upgrade for aging systems. That's particularly important as the speed of the desktop replacement cycle has slowed. Here, we're going to compare the performance impact of upgrading the graphics card on an older system that doesn't have access to any of the substantial performance gains Intel introduced with Nehalem in late 2008. Our upgrade card of choice is an EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SuperClocked with 2GB of RAM:
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Antec One Budget Gaming Case Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Fri, Feb 01 2013 | 3:29P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Antec?s One may only cost $60 but it boasts a great feature set, plenty of fan options and the exterior design isn`t particularly offensive like some competing cases. However, with Corsair`s 200R and several other cases breathing down their necks, Antec has a lot to prove with this one."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

KingFast F3 Series mSATA3.0 SSD KF1310MCF 120GB Review @ Madshrimps
     Fri, Feb 01 2013 | 12:50P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The F3 mSATA 3.0 SSDs from KingFast come in multiple storage variants and are especially made for fitting inside low profile HTPCs, high-end ultrabooks or light notebooks. Thanks to"
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace.
     Fri, Feb 01 2013 | 12:03P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Episode #196 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace. This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech - not only around BCCHardware, but also the world. Check it out over here - as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace. In this episode we are discussing Cisco bails on the Linksys brand, only criminals unlock their phones and someone dropped the Apple. We have those stories and more. . .
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

Troubleshooting and Fixing Windows 8's Boot Configuration
     Fri, Feb 01 2013 | 12:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Windows 8 received a decent amount of enhancements on the desktop side that I tend to appreciate versus running Windows 7. One such area of improvement is notification management and how it handles updates and system restarts. Running the final version of the OS for a few months now, it’s been a painless affair until this past weekend. Unable to boot all of sudden, after some troubleshooting I settled on the idea that it wasn't a hardware problem. With a long history of dual booting different versions of Windows over the years, finding a corrupt MBR, boot sector, or Boot Configuration Data (BCD) is nothing new, but it took me longer than usual to come to a solution.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Toshiba THNSNF256GCSS 'Thin Sniff'
     Fri, Feb 01 2013 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QUOTE: "You don't hear a lot about this drive since it's a business class product, but it does pack some new technology and innovative features straight from Toshiba's R&D department."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

[Affiliates News] PC Power & Cooling Silencer M k III 1200W Review @ APH
     Fri, Feb 01 2013 | 9:44A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Up to 600W fanless? That`s the PCP&C Silencer Mk III 1200W. Let`s see if it is any good."
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

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