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Cougar Phontum Gaming Headset
     Fri, Feb 23 2018 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we have Cougar's new Phontum gaming headset in for review. The headset is advertised as being 'Real Gear For Real Gamers,' and the unit itself certainly continues Cougar's distinct orange and black theme. Being a traditionally wired unit, there is no inbuilt wireless or Bluetooth connectivity here.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Ecolink Firefighter Z-Wave Plus Smoke and CO Audio Detector
     Thu, Feb 22 2018 | 9:01A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this review we will take a look at an alarm audio detector that features Z-Wave Plus communication, allowing it to be integrated with SmartThings and other Z-Wave controllers. The Ecolink Firefighter is the device in question, and I picked one up at The Smartest House for about $40 in hopes that I would end the uncertainty surrounding my previous attempt to integrate my smoke detectors using a contact sensor.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset
     Thu, Feb 22 2018 | 9:00A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The aluminum frame of the HyperX Cloud Alpha will provide a flexible frame with a long term lifespan to fit every gamer. With the HyperX memory foam and a flexible leatherette cover, the headset earphones rest over the gamer’s ear for a comfortable feel, facilitating long term game or music sessions. The padded headband will keep the HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Headset earphones in position, helping to ensure a pleasant experience."
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

Sennheiser GSX 1000 Audio Amplifier
     Tue, Feb 20 2018 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Sennheiser GSX 1000 Audio Amplifier is a beautiful external USB sound card equipped with the best 7.1 virtual surround sound system we've heard so far, and a host of other interesting features primarily aimed towards hardcore gaming.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Micron Enterprise 64-layer 3D NAND SATA SSD
     Sun, Feb 18 2018 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU) today launched the Micron® 5200 series of SATA solid state drives (SSDs), maintaining industry-leading performance, consistency, capacity, reliability, and overall infrastructure value. Built on Micron’s new industry-leading 64-layer 3D NAND technology, the Micron 5200 series of SSDs offers a cost-optimized SATA platform for business-critical virtualized workloads that cripple on a hard drive, such as OLTP, BI/DSS, VDI, block/object and media streaming.

Leveraging the proven architecture, performance and capacity of the well-regarded 5100 SATA SSDs, the Micron 5200 series is engineered to deliver a fast, easy and cost-effective enterprise storage solution to replace existing hard drives and legacy SSDs. Micron 5200 SSDs immediately deliver better total cost of ownership and improve data center efficiency through server and storage platform consolidation, reducing IT costs and simplifying infrastructure and maintenance. Now it is easier than ever before for enterprises to add more flash into the data center and get more out of server deployments.

As the first SATA enterprise SSD available with 64-layer 3D NAND technology, the Micron 5200 SSDs deliver improved densities, throughput, consistency, and power efficiency — all at a better value. The quality of an SSD depends on the NAND it’s built on, and the Micron 5200 series of SSDs is engineered to deliver improved reliability with the industry’s lowest annualized drive failure rate for SATA enterprise SSDs according to data sheet specifications, offering better value with Micron’s known silicon-to-system quality advantage.

“Micron 5200 SSDs unleash market-leading performance, capacity and reliability, paired with a rich feature set and unprecedented flexibility, adding up to the ideal storage solution for business-critical workloads,” said Micron Storage Business Unit Vice President and General Manager Derek Dicker. “We simplified the server qualification process by leveraging the same foundational architecture that’s currently available on Micron SATA SSDs. Customers can trust the same proven controller and firmware design while taking advantage of advanced flash media for better performance, quality of service, and value.”

“Today’s business-critical, virtualized workloads simply cannot run at peak, consistent performance on yesterday’s technology,” said Dedicated Computing Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing Dave Guzzi. “Customers need advanced storage technology to achieve better performance and reliability — and a lower total cost of ownership. Fortunately, Micron offers all this along with the ease of a common platform that leverages the same proven controller and firmware design as previous SSD generations.”

“It says a lot that Micron chose to release its next-generation SSD based on the architecture of its prior generation while only changing the NAND from 32-layer to 64-layer technology,” said Jim Handy of Objective Analysis. “This shows that the company and its customers are pleased with the performance and reliability of the earlier 5100 series and are open to migrating to a new flash technology in a way that minimizes requalification costs.”

Built on Micron’s industry-leading 64-layer 3D NAND technology for enterprise SATA SSDs, the Micron 5200 series of SSDs accelerates applications that need faster, more consistent performance, while offering overall infrastructure value and quality of service (QoS) at an improved total cost of ownership. Optimized for latency-sensitive, read-intensive workloads, these new SATA SSDs minimize storage bottlenecks with faster, predictable performance, making the move from hard drives to SSDs easier than ever before.

The Micron 5200 series of SSDs offers varying levels of performance and endurance to meet the diverse needs of low-latency, read-intensive workloads. Visit the Micron 5200 series SSD product flyer for additional information on the feature and function advantages. Micron 5200 SSDs are designed to replace 10K RPM hard drives and help IT managers deliver better performance and capacity – all while using less power. As an example, in an OLTP workload environment, a single Micron SSD allows you to get 3X more IOPS performance than an entire rack of 24 10K RPM hard drives.

cron 5200 SSDs are available now for OEM qualification and for purchase through distributors, such as ASI, Avnet, CDW, Ingram, Microland, WPG-Americas, Synnex and others. For more information, visit https://www.micron.com/products/solid-state-storage/product-lines/5200#.

  FULL STORY @ MICRON

Beyerdynamic MMX 300 Professional Gaming Headset 2nd Gen Review
     Thu, Feb 15 2018 | 3:56P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Bridging the gap between a gaming headphone and an audiophile headphone is a daunting challenge. Beyerdynamic has shown with the MMX 300 gaming headset you can get a headset that confidently handles both gaming and audio like a pro.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREASYLUM

Cloud series of headsets
     Thu, Feb 15 2018 | 3:55P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HyperX has continually refined its Cloud series of headsets ever since the original became a smash hit for the company, and the Cloud Alpha is one of the latest fruits of that work. We put this headset to the test with games and music to see whether HyperX's mantra of continuous improvement has paid off.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

 
Sennheiser Game One
     Sat, Feb 10 2018 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although it doesn't look the part, the Sennheiser Game One is a serious gaming headset with great sound quality and a class-leading microphone. Its price is hefty, but you do get excellent performance in return.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

ADATA XPG EMIX I30 Review
     Sat, Feb 10 2018 | 9:00A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Memory manufacturers turned gaming peripheral provider isn't a new story, and so it doesn't come as a surprise to see ADATA develop their own line of gaming orientated products, this includes the circumaural H30 gaming headset, and the I30 in-ear gaming headset which we are looking at today.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Logitech G903 Review
     Fri, Feb 09 2018 | 4:36P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Logitech's latest flagship wireless mouse hits our test setup today. Featuring 1000Hz wireless communication, a 12,000 DPI sensor, lightweight construction and RGB lighting, is the G903 worth the £150 pricetag?
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

HiFiMAN RE800 In-ears
     Fri, Feb 09 2018 | 4:36P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HiFiMAN RE800 is a new high-end in-ear featuring a completely new driver from HiFiMAN. This new driver has a topology-optimized membrane that should reduce distortion. The RE800 launches at $699, which puts it straight into a highly competitive segment. We take them for a listen and see if the new housing and driver can make an impact.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Computer Speakers Review
     Wed, Feb 07 2018 | 9:01A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Logitech has been making speakers for computers for a very long time. I’ve owned a handful of sets over the years and have always been satisfied with their performance. Logitech recently sent us over their MX Sound 2.0 Computer Speakers, which are part of the company’s premium computer accessory line which the Craft Wireless Keyboard we recently reviewed is also part of. As the name states this is a 2.0 sound system, so you have two very stylish circular speakers with advanced drivers delivering 24 watts of peak power (12 watt RMS). On top of being able to connect these to your PC these are also Bluetooth speakers so you can easily connect a mobile device or tablet. Let’s take these speakers for a test drive and see what they can do!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

HAVIT M22 Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker Review
     Tue, Feb 06 2018 | 9:01A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Good audio quality, plenty of bass, surprisingly strong volume levels and an IPX5 certified water resistant enclosure are some of the things HAVIT offers with their latest M22 Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

Cougar Immersa Pro Gaming Headset
     Fri, Feb 02 2018 | 9:00A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cougar is a German company that’s been producing gaming oriented peripherals since 2008, and is expanded its lineup of products, from mice, keyboards, and now headsets. They recently sent us a box full of goodies, including the new Immersa Pro, their top headset. If you thought you’d forgotten about RGB all the things, well, Cougar is here to remind you with the Immersa Pro.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset Review
     Wed, Jan 31 2018 | 1:18P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in 2014 HyperX released their original Cloud Headset. It was a headset that offered incredible performance at a great price, at the time it was the undisputed best gaming headset under $100. Then in 2015 the HyperX Cloud II came out, again we were blown away. I have been using that headset as my main headset since reviewing it. So when HyperX told us they have a successor to the Cloud II I knew it had big shoes to fill. On top of great sound performance the Cloud headsets were some of the most comfortable out there. So today we are checking out the new Cloud Alpha, which has a similar design to the Cloud II, but brings with it a new dual chamber driver design. The dual chambers separate the bass from the mids and highs, allowing optimal tuning for cleaner, smoother sound. Let’s take a look a see if this headset will become our new gaming headset!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Genius Mobile Theater MT-20 Bluetooth Speaker Review
     Wed, Jan 31 2018 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Built to serve as a wireless bluetooth speaker with theater-like surround sound, the Genius Mobile Theater MT-20 makes a great wireless speaker that offers portability and surround sound on the go. The MT-20 comes with a sturdy built-in handle, a 3.5 mm AUX port, and a micro-SD card slot for playing music straight off a card. It also has a built-in seven watt subwoofer to enhance sound quality with music and videos. The MT-20 is available in two colors; silver and black. KYE Systems sent Benchmark Reviews their Mobile Theater MT-20 in black for this review.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

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