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Galaxy S6 Cases on Amazon


Happy Saturday! It’s a Verizon party at my house right now, I’ve got five phones from them and the Galaxy Tab! Wow, I’ve got my work cut out for me surely. Now only if I could get, my own carrier, AT&T, to send me stuff like Verizon does.  Anyway, let me get the news done here so I can get back to work.


Storage Related:

Putting SATA 3.0 to Work with Areca ARC-1880i and Crucial C300 256GB SSDs
QUOTE: "Today our focus is on SATA 3.0, the latest computer bus interface for mass storage devices like hard drives and of course solid state disk drives. SATA Revision 3.0 or SATA 6 Gbit/s as it is also known replaced SATA 2.0 with several improvements including importantly for us here today a doubling of the maximum throughput from 375MB/s to 750MB/s per connected device.
What do you do with all that extra bandwidth that is offered by the new bus? You put it to work, of course! We hit up the folks over at Areca about a brand spanking new SATA 3.0 SAS controller that they have started selling and they obliged our request and sent on over one of their new ARC-1880i controllers for the job. Next up, we needed something to connect up to this shiny new RAID controller and we enlisted the help of the folks over at Crucial for this part of the mission. They were friendly enough to ship over no less than four of their RealSSD C300 256GB SATA 3.0 solid state disk drives."


Mach Xtreme MX-DS 40GB SSD Review – The SSD Review

Intro: The SSD Review has recently taken the time to evaluate solid state drives from around  the world with  reviews on         products from Memoright in Taiwan and Renice in China. We are going to finish off our tour with another peak at the offerings in Taiwan as we review the Mach Xtreme Technology MX-DS 40GB solid state drive.



OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD Test @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: Over the past several years, OCZ have transformed themselves from an enthusiast system memory brand into a recognized name for high-performance storage devices. They’ve earned consumer praise for their ability to deliver Solid State Drive technology at a reasonable price, and they push the boundaries with their High Speed Data Link project. There’s a solid middle ground between SATA and HSDL, and that’s the PCI Express bus. Not long ago Benchmark Reviews tested the SandForce-driven OCZ RevoDrive, and now we’re back with the high-level version of that product: OCZ RevoDrive X2. Now using four SF1200 SSDs in RAID-0, the RevoDrive X2 series is capable of up to 120,000 IOPS at speeds up to 740 MB/s.



Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Review

Today’s market is saturated with SSD drives and it is difficult to know which drive to buy. No one wants to pay over the odds for something they don’t need, yet we all want to make sure the performance is up to stratch. This is how Kingston are marketing their SSDNOW V100 series, with fantastic levels of performance at the lowest possible prices.

The Kingston V100 series of solid state drives are available in three sizes, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. All drives have a 3 year warranty with 24/7 technical support. The 128GB model costs £198 inc vat and can be bought in ‘notebook upgrade kit’ packs which offer an external chassis, cabling and DVD with Acronis True Image for easy drive mirroring. Kingston only charge £207 inc vat for this additional bundle … £9 extra certainly seems like a great deal.

Read the review here:


TechwareLabs Reviews the Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green Drive

Quote: The more hard drive space we get the more we seem to fill it up. Drives that we thought we’d never fill are brimming with data. Western Digital hopes to give you more room to store important things, like funny cat pictures, with their new 3TB drive. So does the new 3TB Caviar Green Drive live up to its predecessor? Read on to find out.



Funky Kit Review: OCZ RevoDrive X2 – 100Gb SSD PCI-E Card

The RevoDrive X2 is also bootable, enabling quicker Windows start-up, reduce load times, and improve computing performance, while altogether promoting cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient operations when compared to traditional mechanical hard drives.


Hitachi release 3TB hard drive @


Quote: As hard drives develop and more and more manufacturers are rivalling one another it seems that Hitachi want in on the 3TB action.


Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 32GB @ Techgage


Quote: If you’re in the market for a flash drive and your PC supports USB 3.0, seeking out a compatible product is a no-brainer. The speed potential is huge, and most often, the cost premium is not. In the case of Kingston’s DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0, it’s 2.5x faster than the fastest USB 2.0 drive, and features far better IOPS performance.


Mach Xtreme MX-DS 40GB SSD Review – The SSD Review

Intro: The SSD Review has recently taken the time to evaluate solid state drives from around  the world with  reviews on         products from Memoright in Taiwan and Renice in China. We are going to finish off our tour with another peak at the offerings in Taiwan as we review the Mach Xtreme Technology MX-DS 40GB solid state drive.



Corsair Dominator 4GB DDR3 1600 CL7 Memory Review on Technic3D


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Quote: "The Corsair Dominator 4GB DDR3 1600 CL7 Memory-Kit arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will see as good they are with Overclocking against the OCZ Platinum, G.Skill Trident, Mushkin Ridgeback and Corsair GT Memory Kits on Windows 64 Bit and the Gigabyte X58 Extreme Mainboard. You can see 1.752MHz (1,65V) with 8-8-8-24 (1T) and more in the following Review."



Audio / Video:

Canon EOS 60D Review
"What a difference two years makes in DSLR Land. The replacement for 2008’s 50D, the new Canon EOS 60D not only has more resolution, higher ISO capability and the ability to take Full HD videos, it even has a swivel LCD screen. Given all these improvements, the price happily remains the same. Let’s see if this $1,100 camera is worth the cash."
Link to the review:


Etymotic HF3 Earphones
"Like the classic ER-4 earphones model, the HF3 earphones utilize a single full-range balanced armature transducer and promises to bring the utmost clarity and fidelity to a new generation of portable devices. Does it deliver? Let’s find out."


Funky Kit Review: Arctic Cooling P321 Professional USB Headset

Arctic Cooling have sent us their P321 Professional USB Headset for quick test. It’s a high-fidelity headset which is designed for users who love both gaming and movies/music. The Arctic Sound P321 features a large 50mm driver that offers crisp and clear digital sound, deep bass and comes with a bulit-in control unit for your media player.

It also has a built-in microphone that is both retractable and flexible for easy storage and positioning. The large headband is cushioned for comfort, while the earcups consists of 2 layers of material to ensure that there’s no discomfort after prolonged use.


Asus Xonar Xense Audio Bundle Review

Behind the scenes at Kitguru we are dedicated audiophiles, so whenever we get the chance to look at some of the latest and greatest PC audio hardware, we jump at the chance. Asus have a reputation as one of the finest quality enthusiast companies on the market with a wide portfolio of products.

Today we are going to look at the Asus Xonar Xense bundle which consists of Asus’ Xonar One soundcard and Sennheiser’s PC 350 gaming headset.  The bundle has been specifically optimised for FPS gaming although we shall be looking at other areas too in our tests.

Read the review here:


Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
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"No matter what form of media that I used to test the Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speakers be it music, movies, games or streaming video, the Rockus speakers were up to the task and they did it very, very well. To say that I was impressed with how they sounded is an understatement. The bass from the sub-woofer was tight and in your face, the mids and the highs were in perfect balance and I do have to say that they gave my Klipsch Promedia speakers a good whipping. Not only was the sound tighter, they actually sounded better than the Klipsch at high volumes. Now, I am not saying that the Rockus speakers dominated, as I did prefer the Klipsch speakers during the movie portion of my testing, but I think the advantage there was that the Klipsch speakers have the THX algorithms built into them and that makes for better and more immersive movie watching to me…"


brite-View HDelight Wireless Media Player
QUOTE: "The High-Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI, has been a boon to home theater setups across the world. What used to take a variety of cables to hook up can now be done with just a single cable connection between devices, both for video and audio. HDMI can transmit video from standard definition’s 480 lines to resolution all the way up to 35mm film 4k resolution. In addition, it can carry along a lossless audio signal for up to 7.1 channel surround setups and even stream 3D high definition content. The only way the standard could get even better was if magically turned into a wireless Bluetooth-like standard and just required you to pair your Blu-ray/audio receiver to your TV and eliminate those pesky electronic store employees trying to sell you overpriced cables.
But I digress. While the fantasy of wireless connections built-in to your devices remains just that, brite-View has released their HDelight system that allows you to wirelessly stream an HDMI signal to your television. Sporting a latency time of less than one millisecond, the HDelight claims it can not only handle your movies and online streaming video, but your gaming needs as well."


Samsung PN50C7000 50 inch Plasma TV Review at Overclockers Online
Quote: For anyone looking to jump into the 3D market but don’t necessarily have the biggest budget on the block, the Samsung PN50C7000 is a great place to start. At 50? diagonal you won’t be complaining about a small screen, and if you are then you can step up to 64? behemoth. The PN50C7000 brings to your house exceptional picture quality. The black level performance is the best I’ve seen and the colors are both accurate but vivid and lifelike. The integrated apps brings a ton of extra features to the table that not all competitors have, and best of all they’re free!


Brando Rechargeable 720P HD Spy Pen with Camera Cover Review

The Rechargeable 720P HD Spy Pen is an interesting gadget from Brando and can be used for taking photos, recording videos at a decent webcam quality or recording sound; compared to the Spy Sport Watch reviewed in the past, this product has better overall recording quality.




Mobile Related:

BlueAnt T1 Rugged Bluetooth Headset

As we mentioned earlier this device is long on features and functions.  The headset will allow you to answer/end a call as well as reject callers if you’re busy – all with your voice.  t doesn’t have the same level of built-in voice commands as some of the more recent BlueAnt products, but it allows you to control your phone (if supported by your phone) and this worked very well with my Google Nexus One. . .


Acer Aspire 1551 11.6" Notebook Review:

As we have pointed out before, netbooks aren’t what they used to be. These days, you’re more likely to see a new netbook emerging with a near-$500 retail price than one with a near-$200 price point. We’re partially blaming tablets. There are a number of sub-$300 tablets on the market and on the horizon (the $188 CherryPad comes to mind!), and that has allowed netbooks to up their position in the market place. Climbing up the ladder, so to speak. But this upward mobility has also allowed netbook makers to broaden their scope when it comes to internal configurations. With more latitude in pricing, you’re seeing more interesting builds and configuration options. Acer’s 1551-5448 is a great example of this…


Mobility Digest Review: WinMilk Task Manager for WP7

If you have been following my posts the past two weeks then you know I have been on a quest to find a replacement for Outlook Tasks which is completely absent from Windows Phone. I even posted a bounty for an app here that would serve my needs. I tried several of the apps available in the WP Marketplace and while they were able to list tasks, all are all lacking some of the most important features that Outlook provides; recurrence, categories, priority, reminders, etc.  I stumbled upon WinMilk which led me to Remember to Milk and I think Jimmy is once again a happy camper.


MALIBAL NINE X7200 Gaming Notebook Review:

Throwing a bunch of high-end components in a desktop chassis is easy. Stuffing those same components into your average desk drawer, while ensuring proper ventilation is a bit tougher. A month ago, boutique builder MALIBAL contacted us and asked if we’d be interested in reviewing a no-expense-spared $5500 monster gaming laptop. We, of course, said yes.





Assorted Stuffs:

Quick Review: SLEEPTRACKER Elite Sleep Phase Clock
QUOTE: "SLEEPTRACKER Elite is fantastic! See what I’ve done there? It’s like walking into a movie and at the start of the movie you see the ending; you then spend the next 90 minutes finding out how we got to that point. Well, I’m starting with the simple sentence that ‘SLEEPTRACKER Elite is fantastic!’ – Now we’ll find out how I got to that conclusion; it won’t take 90 minutes, though, unless you read REALLY slowly.
Now you’re ready to go to bed. Over the next 8 hours or maybe less depending when you go to bed / wake up, the SLEEPTRACKER Elite will monitor the times you’re “Almost Awake” with the help of an accelerometer, because during the night you go through sleep cycles in which you’re almost awake. "


Dell Inspiron One 2310 Desktop (All-In-One 23in) Review @
"On our test bench today is one of the first samples of Dell’s Inspiron One range. With a 23" multi-touch screen, Core i5 CPU, Radeon graphics and Blu-Ray we have an impressive system on paper. We will be putting the Inspiron One through a selection of real world tests which include touch screen gaming (StarCraft 2), media conversion and Blu-Ray playback. Videos of the system in action will of course also be available."


SkyMall’s Most Bizarre Products – Part 9
"As you know, the most bizarre invention that I’ve seen was a real-sized Abominable Snowman statue for you to put in your yard. The company that sells this incredible product, Design Toscano, is certain to figure in all of my "most bizarre products" selections. There isn’t an issue of SkyMall that they don’t release a new ridiculous piece of junk. But they easily had the Abominable Snowman beaten when they launched a statue of a zombie coming out of the earth for you to put in your yard. But before showing you this marvelous product, let’s take a look at other bizarre products available in this SkyMall issue: "


01: HotHardware’s Two And A Half Geeks – November 19, 2010–November-19-2010/

We have just posted the inaugural episode of “Two and a Half Geeks”, our re-vamped, weekly video podcast. In addition to our new look (which is still being tweaked!), in this episode we talk about the performance of AMD’s upcoming Zacate APU and Woz’s “quote” that Android is going to rule the world. We also go hands on with one of Apple’s new Macbook Air systems and discuss hacking the recently released Microsoft Kinect…


Five reasons Google TV could fail
"As someone who browses with Google Chrome, taps out articles on Google Docs, and watches television exclusively through the Internet these days (also known as "one of those stingy bastards"), I observed the launch of Google TV like the free healthcare crowd watched Obama back in 2008. And now I’m just as disillusioned."
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Why 3D Camera Technology Will Be The Future @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: To most people, the sudden industry interest in 3D technology is considered a fad. It’s an eccentric marketing ploy for the fringe enthusiast, merely feeding a niche market. It’s too expensive, or it’s too immature, or it’s too proprietary. If this has you believing the skeptics and naysayers, then 3D technology is already doomed to fail. Fortunately for entertainment enthusiasts there’s a difference between pessimism and reality, and I’ll use this editorial to explore the very real possibility that we’ll soon live in a world based around 3D technology. Some optimists believe that 3D is already on its way to being a mainstream technology, but realists should expect it to come in phases, based on supply and product demand. I think it will begin with 3D cameras, and their byproducts: 3D photos and 3D video.



NETGEAR WNCE2001 Universal WiFi Internet Adapter
QUOTE: "There are times that we all find ourselves wishing for wireless connectivity. It usually happens when you have an older piece of equipment that was developed before WiFi was a common item and you are not ready to give that part up.
For me it came when I wanted to put my green Xbox on to a temporary WiFi network to use up an Xbox Live gift card. The problem was the Xbox I have does not have the option for wireless and I did not feel like running a cable across the floor just to use up some points. I started looking around and found something that could be a decent solution. This is the NETGEAR WNCE2001 Universal Wireless Adapter."


Cryo Rapier Gaming PC Review @
"Cryo describe the Rapier as an entry level system and at first glance it could be with a Core i3 processor and P55 motherboard as some of its main components. When we consider that this i3 CPU is actually running at 4.48GHz things get a little more interesting though, so let’s look at what Cryo can do for under £800."


Belkin 3-Outlet Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger Review @

Quote: "Travelling with your precious devices to different destinations can be risky at times if the location you visit experiences either brownouts (drop in voltage) or spikes (too much voltage) in their electricity supply.  Some countries experience this more than others, but it can strike at any time and be detrimental to your laptop, cell phone or particular device.  Investing in a surge protector will help you benefit from some level of protection from these events.

Additionally, most power stations only offer two outlets and you may find you have more than two devices.  With the many devices we travel with in today’s age, two outlets may not be enough.  Today we take a look at a travel surge protector from Belkin which offers three power outlets and offers two additional USB ports for charging your cell phone, iPod and more.  This makes it not your typical surge protector but rather a 2-in-1 device and we’ll see if it’s any good."






Gaming Related:

Tt eSPORTS Challenger Pro Review @ Vortez

Best PlayStation 3 games for your gift list

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (X360) Review @

Thermaltake TT eSPORTS Challeger Pro Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews

Portal 2 finally has a release date @

Dinner Date Review @ FusionMods.Net

Mionix NAOS 3200 Gaming Mouse Review

Arctic Cooling Arctic M571 Gaming Mouse Review @

Mionix Naos 3200 Gaming Mouse Review @

WoW Cataclysm Giveaway @ XSReviews

Review: Kinect Adventures

Review: Pinball FX 2


Quick Links:

Thermaltake JING CPU Cooler @ Rbmods

Thermolab Baram 2010 @ Hardware Bistro

Back to the Future Part II (1989) Blu-ray Movie Review

Gtx 580 to include 3DMark11 @

Hands on with Intel’s Sandybridge, 2nd generation Core technology

News: BitFenix’s Survivor enclosure

NZXT Phantom White Case Review @

Corsair Hydro H70 CPU Cooler Tested On Intel S775,S1156,S1366 and AMD

AMD Catalyst 10.11 drivers now on

A Look at Upcoming ASUS H67 & P67 Motherboards @ Techgage

Arctic F8, F9 and F12 TC Fan Review

AMD Catalyst 10.11 Windows 7 Driver Analysis

Corsair Hydro Series H70 CPU Cooler @

Sapphire HD6850 Toxic @LanOC Reviews

Gigabyte GA X58 USB3 LGA 1366 Motherboard Unboxing Video @

Turn to the Dark Side. WIN fantastic prizes with Antec @ Vortez

Thermalright Silver Arrow vs Noctua NH-D14

PowerColor Extreme 850 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets

GIGABYTE GV-N480SO-15I Super Overclock

AMD Radeon HD 6870 Review

Cooler Master HAF 912
SilverStone External 2.5" HDD RAID Controller

Joby Gorillatorch Blade

BitFenix Colossus @ Computing on Demand

Cougar GX 1050W + power supply architecture comparison

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GIGABYTE M6900 & M6980 Review @

Asus ENGTX580 GeForce GTX 580 Review

Sapphire indroduce Radeon HD 6850 Toxic Edition Graphics Card @

Silverstone PS05B Precision Series Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets

In-Win IronClad @ LanOC Reviews

Enermax LuxuRay ATX Midi Tower Review

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