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AKRACING chair
     Thu, Mar 12 2015 | 7:22P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While we aren't strangers to reviewing gaming peripherals, we haven't yet had the chance to take one of AKRACING's premium gaming chairs for a spin. The brand might ring a bell for readers familiar with eSports. Modeled after the seats used in race cars, AKRACING looks to blend fast lane sensibilities with the ergonomic features that users come to expect from any comfortable chair. On our review today is the AKRACING AK-6011 in a two-tone black and green color scheme with two extra pillows to better customize proper sitting posture. See what over $300 for a chair ought to get you.
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

Raidmax Atomic ITX-107WB Review
     Thu, Mar 12 2015 | 7:20P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in 2005, it was almost unthinkable to build a small form factor system due to the existence of a major trade-off between performance and efficiency. Nowadays, the market for small form factor systems has catapulted itself, and has gotten as far as to make companies like Raidmax to adapt and introduce itself to this market. A month ago, Benchmark Reviews took a peak the Raidmax Hyperion, the first Micro-ATX case from a company mostly known for their aggressive looking Mid-Towers. Today, we take a look at the Raidmax Atomic Mini-ITX Case, an even smaller case, with a lot of potential.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

Sentey Revolution Pro SP
     Wed, Mar 11 2015 | 12:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While the name Sentey may not ring a bell to many folks, they have been providing PC enthusiasts with components since 2001. One area that Sentey has a decent spread of products is mice. Sentey currently lists 7 mice on their website, all with varying features and complexities. Everything from a pretty standard 2-button mouse all the way up to the Revolution Pro SP which we will be taking a look at today. With so many peripheral devices on the market to choose from, what makes the Revolution Pro SP stand out from the rest of the field?
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

ASRock Vision X 471D Mini PC Review
     Tue, Mar 10 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASRock Vision X 471D is an update of the Vision X 420D that was introduced about a year ago. This barebones is supplied without an Operating System, however the hardware is complete so you have no need to install memory, storage or anything else. On the one hand this is a simple job as the Vision X comes with a slot loading DVD drive so you simply insert your Windows disc (or USB flash drive) but on the other it is more involved than merely turning on your new laptop or PC.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Dell XPS 13 Review
     Tue, Mar 10 2015 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ideal Windows laptop is very hard to find but the new XPS 13 ticks most boxes. It has a 13-inch display with a very slim bezel, the aluminium shell with a carbon fibre-style interior looks pretty darn good, there's a new Intel Broadwell Core i5 under the hood, and battery life is rated at up to 15 hours. The XPS 13 is a return to form for Dell in a big way.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

ECS LIVA is a "mini-PC kit"
     Tue, Mar 10 2015 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With decent specs, great power efficiency, fanless design and compact form factor, the ECS LIVA seems to have what it takes to be the perfect partner for your big screen TV or as an entry level computer for your child."
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

SilverStone Fortress FT05 Computer Case Review @ APH Networks
     Mon, Mar 09 2015 | 12:46P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With a rotated motherboard platform and some serious cooling performance, how does the more conservative looking, aluminum/steel version of the RV05 compare? We took in a SilverStone Fortress FT05 to find out."
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

 
Shuttle Barebone XH97V Review @ Madshrimps
     Sun, Mar 08 2015 | 12:46P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
By sporting one of the latest Intel chipsets, Shuttle has built another barebone from their Slim-PC series, which can accommodate processors from the latest Haswell or Haswell Refre"
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

Lenovo B50 All-in-One 23-Inch Multi-Touch Desktop Review
     Sun, Mar 08 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
All in one systems are all about balance. Attempting to cram an entire PC’s worth of components into the back of what amounts to a slightly wider-than-normal display can be an iffy proposition. Pare down the specifications too much and you wind up with a limp machine that’s obsolete by the time you get it. Jam in too many high-performance components and the price skyrockets to a point that you wonder if a different form factor might have been a better option, not to mention the additional thermal and acoustic concerns.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

ECS Liva SOC Mini-PC System Review
     Sat, Mar 07 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) are no stranger to the PC hardware game despite not being instantly recognisable by most as a PC hardware vendor. In fact, they are the fifth largest motherboard manufacturer in the world, producing hardware for some of the biggest PC brands such as Acer, Zoostorm, IBM and Compaq, and have been around since 1987. Although their bread and butter has been motherboards for years, they have occasionally deviated from this, releasing everything from graphics cards to SOC (System on a Chip) computers. Speaking of which, today’s review is all about their latest SOC offering; the ECS Liva Mini-PC!
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

The Best Chassis for Steambox/HTPC Style Gaming Systems
     Sat, Mar 07 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Steambox is certainly grabbing a lot of headlines throughout 2014, with system integrators (such as CyberPower) creating their own custom Steambox style systems, and chassis manufacturers creating new cases that are suitable for the job. Of course, there is a lot of smoke and mirrors surrounding Steambox, but we’re going to blow away any doubt and get you up to speed on what a Steambox is and how you can do it. First thing is first, Steambox is a PC, nothing less and nothing more. What we’re really looking at here is a clever rebranding by Valve to make HTPC gaming sound cool. Of course, it really is cool and credit goes to Valve for creating something that is appealing to both mainstream console gamers, as much as it is PC gamers. The major difference for Steambox is the introduction of SteamOS, which is still in beta, but once again all that really is a Linux distro designed to launch Steam as the native desktop. This may sound a little complicated for some, but don’t worry as I’ll be revisiting this subject over the next couple of weeks to bring you up to speed on how it all works, how you can build your own, set everything up and more. While much of the fun stuff is certainly contained within the games you’ll be playing, let’s start things off nice and easy and find out about the chassis you’ll be using. There are lots of great PC chassis’ on the market, but I’ve picked up a bunch that I thought would be ideal for the job and today I’m going to put them to the test. I’ll be looking for several key factors from each chassis, their price, form factor, hardware/component compatibility, built quality, acoustic performance and thermal performance.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Sentey Eagle Plus
     Thu, Mar 05 2015 | 2:06P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To some, the “guts” of a computer are the components that make up the entire computer itself. You have your core components like the CPU, motherboard and RAM that make up the vital organs. But they all have to live inside a body; the case. Sentey has provided us a review sample of their Eagle Plus case with which to encase all of our “guts”. Lets take a look at how Sentey goes about keeping everything together.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

MSI GS30 Shadow with Gaming Dock Review
     Thu, Mar 05 2015 | 2:04P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When we previewed the MSI GS30 Shadow and GamingDock at the end of 2014 we were blown away by the combination of Core i7-4870HQ CPU in the laptop and the desktop GTX 980 graphics card in the GamingDock. The concept of using an external dock to add proper gaming graphics to a thin and light laptop worked superbly well and we could hardly wait for the official release of the final package of hardware. We were also keen to learn the price as that has a major impact on the buying decision.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

ECS Liva SOC Mini-PC System Review
     Thu, Mar 05 2015 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) are no stranger to the PC hardware game despite not being instantly recognisable by most as a PC hardware vendor. In fact, they are the fifth largest motherboard manufacturer in the world, producing hardware for some of the biggest PC brands such as Acer, Zoostorm, IBM and Compaq, and have been around since 1987. Although their bread and butter has been motherboards for years, they have occasionally deviated from this, releasing everything from graphics cards to SOC (System on a Chip) computers. Speaking of which, today’s review is all about their latest SOC offering; the ECS Liva Mini-PC!
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Dell Venue 8 7000 Review
     Mon, Mar 02 2015 | 12:29P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
First shown off at the Intel Developer Forum last year, the new Venue 8 arrived in US store shelves little over a month ago with a unique form factor and a chassis that’s thinner than any other tablet in the world. Thisis arguably one of the best looking tablets currently on the market. The device is powered by Intel’s Atom Z3580 quad-core processor, Intel HD Graphics (PowerVR G6430), 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 16GB of flash memory.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Build a 1440p Gaming PC Under $900 – Our Build of the Week
     Wed, Feb 25 2015 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week we brought you a gaming build for under $900, featuring Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 960, which is a card best suited for playing games at resolutions up to 1080p. This week, we decided to one up ourselves, and bring you a gaming build capable of playing games at 1440p for under $900 USD. Please note as prices are listed here as of the time of writing, they are subject to change.
  FULL STORY @ TECHNOLOGYX

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