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Guest_Jim_* Testing Build.
     Thu, Mar 07 2019 | 9:03A | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Over the years I have written a number of game reviews for Overclockers Club, and occasionally performance analyses for these games. The way I work through these is to swap through the different graphics cards I have in my collection and then work through the settings to achieve a target frame rate of 60 FPS. You may have noticed I do not do these very frequently, and there is a reason for that. I only have one desktop and it is not always possible to take it down and then apart for this kind of testing. Sometimes I need to get to another review or sometimes to another project entirely. Basically getting these articles done just does not work well when you only have one system that you use for everything. So I have finally done something about that and decided to build a second system, specifically for testing."

Growing SSD demand to stop NAND flash prices from falling
     Sun, Jun 03 2018 | 9:01A | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
An anticipated rise in SSD demand from the handset and PC sectors may stop NAND flash prices from falling in the third quarter of 2018, according to industry sources.

OxyLED T-01 LED Touch Sensitive Light Review
     Thu, Apr 09 2015 | 11:48A | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Touch enabled is in our tablets and phones and some computers at this point but there are many other things in our lives that can be touch enabled. Today for review I have the OxyLED T-01 which is a touch enabled LED light bar that you can place wherever you need some light and might not have an outlet or the ability or skill to run wires there. The T-01 has four LEDs in it and the center section which houses the LEDs can be tilted to direct the light where you need it most. It uses four standard AAA batteries which should provide about 100 hours of use. Read on to learn more… "

Synology DS1815+
     Wed, Apr 01 2015 | 4:02P | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Synology definitely put up a strong showing in the SMB category with the DS1815+ that can support up to 18 HDDs if paired with two optional DX513 expansion units. Today, we will put it to the test to figure out how it fares against the competition.

Synology DS215j NAS Review
     Sat, Dec 06 2014 | 12:03P | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Synology’s latest two-bay NAS is the DS215j. This model looks very similar to the DS214 and shares almost all of the features, except for the loss of one USB 3.0 port (you get one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0) and a reduction in processor speed. The DS214 uses a dual core 1.066GHz Marvell while the new DS215j has a dual core Marvell running at 800MHz.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review
     Mon, Dec 01 2014 | 6:26P | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact packs all the same goodness of its larger sibling in a more manageable body. That includes a powerful Snapdragon 801 SoC, a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera, Category 4 LTE, NFC, and IP68 waterproofing. Paired with a 4.6-inch display, the Z3 Compact occupies an interesting position in the market with little, if any competition for anyone that's not particularly fond of the recent trend of massive flagships.

     Wed, Sep 17 2014 | 4:02P | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Unless you have been living under a small stone in a field behind Bilbo Baggins' home, you may have heard the term NAS (Network Attached Storage). NAS are becoming more prevalent in the home, the small office, and the Enterprise. These flexible, inexpensive, devices can nearly do it all, which is what makes them so attractive. Well, it seems like everyone and their cousin is producing a NAS of some sort, but only a few have really got their act together. Among that small few, those that have more in R&D than they do in sales, is a company by the name of ASUSTOR. Today, ASUSTOR is no longer just a startup company. Instead, they have been producing some of the best, low-cost, NAS that money can buy. We had the chance to review their AS-302T, as well as the AS-608T and absolutely loved it. Let's see if their AS-204T can live up to our lofty expectations.

iStarUSA 5K3525U Hot Swap Bay Enclosure Review
     Wed, May 07 2014 | 9:05A | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The iStarUSA 5K3525U allows 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives to come together in a single bay chassis solution. Let`s see what Tyler thinks of it now."

LG Nexus 5 Review @ ocaholic
     Wed, Jan 01 2014 | 8:59A | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over the past years LG have had the rare chance to gather experience building Google Nexus Smartphones. The Korean company are the makers of the Nexus 4, but sharp tongues would claim that it was just a cut-down version of the Optiumus G. It might be that they were right, since LG have now made the Nexus 5, a high-end smartphone that sports a surprisingly reasonable price tag."

Nest Learning Thermostat Review
     Mon, Dec 30 2013 | 4:01P | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Like many of you, I never really gave much thought to something as basic as my thermostat. So long as it kicked on the heater or air conditioner when I needed it to, I was happy. I'll admit I was a bit intrigued when I read about the Nest Learning Thermostat back in 2011 but even then, the thought of purchasing one never really crossed my mind.

Nexus 5 Smartphone Preview - the First Week with the New Champion
     Sun, Dec 22 2013 | 4:01P | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Google refreshes its Nexus smartphone with the Nexus 5, where it is an improvement in nearly all aspects. Here is our preview, ahead of our review."

CORRECTION: ROCCAT Hiro Gaming Mousepad Review @ HiTech Legion
     Tue, Jul 30 2013 | 4:07P | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Roccat Hiro uses a water resistant vulcanized silicone surface that is more durable than typical cloth mouse pads. The Roccat Hiro`s surface is also power-bonded to the rubber base with smooth, rounded edges that will not fray over time. The textured surface provides flexible movement options for speed and control players while the rubber base holds the Roccat Hiro in place while gaming. The Roccat Hiro measures 350 x 250 x 2.5mm providing plenty of room for different mouse sensitivity settings and player preferences."

[Tech ARP] Apple App Stores 5th Anniversary Freebies!
     Mon, Jul 15 2013 | 6:19A | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To celebrate the App Store`s 5th Anniversary on the 10th of July, Apple has tied up with some app developers to give away some really great apps! Here`s their official statement : *From the 500 apps available at launch in 2008 to the more than 900,000 at your fingertips today, it`s been a remarkably prolific five years for the App Store. To celebrate, we`re giving everyone five landmark games and five groundbreaking apps for a limited time. Plus, look back at the key moments that have made the App Store the world`s most innovative destination for apps.* ** You can head over to the special section in iTunes to check out the free apps, as well as take a look at key milestones in the App Store`s history. The 5 landmark games, and 5 groundbreaking apps that Apple is giving away are below. For your convenience, we have even included their original prices!"

Patriot Aero 1TB Wireless Mobile Drive
     Mon, Jun 24 2013 | 9:02A | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Given the compact design, which manages to accommodate not just a 2.5” 1TB hard drive but also a battery supporting up to 6 hours run time, we feel the Patriot Aero is a sound investment. Particularly given a standard external 1TB USB 3.0 drive is priced around $80 - $110. The wireless support and mobile apps make the Aero an ideal solution for avid media buffs, whether it be for work, travel or just relaxing with friends on a weekend.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Phablet Review
     Fri, May 03 2013 | 5:17P | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung supersizes its Galaxy Note with the Galaxy Note II - can lightning strike twice?"

Samsung 840 120GB SSD Review
     Wed, Mar 13 2013 | 4:00P | Hardware | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The 120GB Samsung 840 Series SSD features the powerful 8-channel MDX controller and TLC NAND. While this value SSD comes at a very good price, it also features much lower speeds than its larger capacity brethren. We put this value SSD through our suite of steady state tests to see if it can pass muster.

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