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Qualcomm's familiar Snapdragon 805 system
     Sun, Feb 08 2015 | 12:03P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Most of the world gets a variant of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 based on Qualcomm's familiar Snapdragon 805 system-on-a-chip (SoC). In Samsung's home country of Korea, though, the firm ships a different variant of the Note 4 based on Samsung LSI's Exynos 5433 SoC. With eight 64-bit CPU cores and a 64-bit Mali-T760 GPU, the Eyxnos 5433 could make this version the fastest and most capable Note 4--and it gives us some quality time with the Cortex-A53 and A57 CPU cores that will likely dominate the Android market in 2015.

ModSynergy Microsoft Nokia Lumia 520 Smartphone
     Sun, Feb 08 2015 | 12:02P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We're celebrating being online for 12-years and 1 month by giving away, on Valentine's Day 2015, a free Smartphone! Thanks be to Microsoft for hooking us up with their Microsoft (Nokia) Lumia 520 Smartphone! Open for residents of USA only until February 12, 2015."

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix
     Sun, Feb 08 2015 | 12:01P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It was more than two years ago that Lenovo announced the ThinkPad Helix, a detachable tablet-laptop hybrid billed as a great alternative for the worker on the go. Now that low-power Intel Broadwell Core M CPUs are out, Lenovo is back with a refresh. The 2014 model has largely the same feature set as its predecessor, but Lenovo claims it’s now 15% slimmer and will last several hours longer on battery. It’s also about $500 cheaper than the original Helix.

Guardzilla All-In-One Video Security System Review
     Sun, Feb 08 2015 | 12:00P | Imaging | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Home automation is all the rage now and was a big area that was well represented at CES this year. Products are almost universally tied to mobile devices to allow home owners to interact with their residence from anywhere they have a cell or Wi-Fi signal. Home security is something that everyone needs as the FBI reports that every 14 seconds a home is burglarized and 90% of thieves will bypass a home with a security system. In other words, they go for the easy targets. Unfortunately, it can be extremely expensive to equip your home between the costs of the hardware and monitoring services. Guardzilla wants to make that task more affordable buy allowing the homeowner to do their own real-time monitoring. In essence, it’s a Wi-Fi enabled IP camera with software that allows the camera to act as a movement detector to send notifications to the user(s). We got a sample to see how well it works and lives up to the hype. I had some bumps in the road, most of which I was able to overcome and were not necessarily the fault of the Guardzilla product which I get into more in depth. Others still linger so keep reading if you want the details.

Raijintek Metis Mini-ITX Aluminum Chassis Review
     Sun, Feb 08 2015 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Raijintek are one of the hottest components brands right now, they’ve only been on the market a couple of years and they’ve already proven time and time again that they can do great things. Of all the CPU coolers and chassis products I’ve tested from the Raijintek range, every single one of them has been an award winner. They’ve shown that they can make exceptionally well-designed products, with great build quality, premium quality features and still maintain a budget friendly price tag; which obviously makes them very appealing to consumers. The chassis I’m reviewing today is the Metis, a mini-ITX cube style chassis with aluminium construction. There’s a lot of mini-ITX chassis hitting the market over the last couple of years and their demand is still growing thanks to the booming LAN gaming market, as well as the need for sleek HTPC style systems and Steambox style system. The Metis comes in a wide range of colours, giving it a lot of appeal as it’s easy to find one that best suits your taste and to colour match to the rest of your setup, with the added bonus of a luxurious brushed aluminium finish that should look great in any setting.

OCZ Challenge update: All 5 ARC 100 SSD’s hit 200TB mark
     Sun, Feb 08 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The drives all passed the warranty figure of 100TB on 10th January 2015 – our next test was to get them all past the 200TB mark. Would any fail?

NZXT DOKO Review @ Vortez
     Sun, Feb 08 2015 | 9:01A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just a few weeks ago NZXT announced DOKO -- their new streaming device which allows users to gain access to multiple computers on the same network – enjoying such activities as browsing the internet, watching movies and playing games, all in the comfort of the living room.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 review
     Sun, Feb 08 2015 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nvidia has introduced their new GTX 960 today, with a SRP of around £ 159 / € 209 and meant to allow optimum Full HD resolution gaming. Compared to its predecessors the GTX 760 and 660 the card is not only (a lot) faster according to Nvidia, but also uses a lot less power. This would make it the "overclockers dream card" according to the manufacturer. We’ve compared the GTX 960 with 21 other GPU’s using 12 games, both in Full HD and Ultra HD resolution and medium and Ultra settings.

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage USB V2.0 Review
     Sat, Feb 07 2015 | 4:03P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are looking at the Tactic3D Rage USB V2.0 which is a versatile headset that is compatible with the PC, MAC, PS4 and XBOX ONE* (*with adaptor) through its use of fully modular cables and microphone. Powered by 50mm full spectrum drivers set in a headset with a SpringSteel core, the specifications look impressive, but the real party piece is that it is LED illuminated via USB which has customisable colour and effects.

BenQ's XL2420G
     Sat, Feb 07 2015 | 4:02P | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we're turning our attention to BenQ's XL2420G, a 24" G-Sync monitor that's currently selling for about $580 at Newegg. This display is a little smaller and more affordable than some of the other G-Sync offerings we've looked at, but it's not lacking in functionality or connectivity. Quite the opposite.

A First Look At The Intel Broadwell NUC Kit
     Sat, Feb 07 2015 | 4:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With wrapping up my Core i7 5600U Broadwell Linux tests using the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon in the next few days, fortunately the Intel BOXNUC5I3RYH just arrived as the first available NUC Kit shipping with a Broadwell processor. The NUC5i3RYH features a Broadwell Core i3 processor, HD Graphics 5500, and support for a M.2 SSD card and 2.5-inch HDD/SSD."

ID-Cooling SE-214X Heatsink Review
     Sat, Feb 07 2015 | 4:00P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"By doing away with the heatsink heatspreader, inconsistencies in the solder bond between heatpipes and copper base plate are omitted. The exposed heatpipe base approach also lightens things up, the 160mm tall SE-214X weighs a modest 740grams. In addition to the copper heatpipes there is the aforementioned vertical aluminum rod going down through the center of the fins."

ARCTIC Z2 Pro Monitor Arm Review @ APH Networks
     Sat, Feb 07 2015 | 3:39P | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For less than $100 at press time, how will ARCTIC`s dual monitor arm compare against the competition?"

9-Way Linux Laptop Performance Comparison From Intel Nehalem To Broadwell
     Sat, Feb 07 2015 | 12:46P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As the latest Linux benchmark numbers to deliver for Intel Broadwell and the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook, here`s a nine-way Linux laptop/ultrabook comparison. All nine devices in this article were tested against the latest snapshot of Ubuntu 15.04 while running a big set of benchmarks and also monitoring the CPU temperatures and battery power consumption while testing for a nice look at Clarksfield/Nehalem, Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, and Broadwell mobile hardware on Linux."

Fractal Design Kelvin S36 Review
     Sat, Feb 07 2015 | 12:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Kelvin S36, Fractal Design has a first all-in-one watercooler in its portfolio. In this case you can get an AiO with 360 millimeter copper radiator and three PWM fans for just 135 Euro. This makes us hope for lots and lots of cooling performance and overall we're more than just curious too see whether Fractal Design is capable of convincing us already with their first product in this market segment.

MSI's blacked-out X99S MPower motherboard
     Sat, Feb 07 2015 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI's blacked-out X99S MPower motherboard is a menacing beast primed for overclocked CPUs and multi-card graphics. It's also peppered with slick little touches, like boot-to-firmware shortcuts, graphical fan controls, and a dual-mode M.2 slot. We've taken a closer look to see how the MPower measures up.

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