I got me an Android tablet and I like it, I also got a nice new Panasonic Blu-Ray player for review too, and another phone, but this one is different and you’ll see what I mean real soon. We’re also going to start giving stuff away, so be sure to be on the look out for that, for now though here’s the news.
OCZ Blade ST 2000MHz Low Voltage DDR3 Memory @ Benchmark Reviews
DESCRIPTION: The default speed for a 2:10 multiplier on a Core i3/i5 CPU is 1333MHz, and most will know too well that that even lower priced Intel H55/P55 Motherboards can support a 200 BCLK. If you like to dabble in the dark art of overclocking there are a few good reasons to choose a 2000MHz (PC3-16000) RAM kit. Firstly you have the options of lower voltage and tighter timings at lower speeds, and next you have the added benefit of higher memory bandwidth at the top speed. Last but not least though is the overclocking headroom, sure you could try to push your 1600MHz kit to 2000MHz but there are not too many kits that will do that, and you will certainly have to pay a premium. OCZ have a broad range of DDR3 RAM from basic to extreme, today Benchmark reviews will be testing the Blade ST 2000MHz Low Voltage Dual Channel 4GB Kit (PN: OCZ3BST2000LV4GK) for your reading pleasure.
Last week, Adata asked us to checkout their "Military-Specification" High Speed 16Gb USB2.0 flash drive. According to Adata, this USB flash drive is meant to be waterproof and shock resistant. So when the drive arrived at our labs, we were more than happy to give it a blast!!
Part 1: Waterproof demonstration of the Adata S007 Ultra Rugged USB2.0 Flash Drive. Checkout our video clip below (click "Read more") … it shows how we dunk the unit into a bowl of water, then immediately use it on our notebook … with NO problems whatsoever. Coming soon in Part 2, we will smash the flash drive with a hammer and see much shock it can really withstand. It’s ALL fun 😉
Read the rest of the article + watch the video here … http://www.funkykit.com/gadgets/5906-going-for-a-dunk-with-the-adata-s007-flash-drive.html
Unsung Heroes: 14 Years of Hard Drive Performance
When the likes of WD or Seagate launch a new hard drive, the product is hailed as a more efficient means of storing data. Useful? Very. High class or sexy? Not so much. You’ve got to admit that hard drives have gotten a bum rap. Granted, they’re still the slowest part of the system, but HDD manufacturers deserve a bit more credit than they typically get.
We decided to take a look at how standard, spinning hard drive performance has evolved over the past 14 years. We rounded up a representative group of hard drives, formatted them, scanned them for bad sectors, and ran a few modern benchmarks to see how much performance has improved.
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 32GB USB3
Quote: " Another flash drive? You’re probably sick of seeing flash drive reviews that basically show a slow device with a moderate capacity. This is different. The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate is a new USB3 version with write speeds of 60MB/s and reads of 80MB/s. This is more like a SSD than a flash drive. "
Defining a ‘media PC’ is a difficult proposition, everyone has a different view on what makes a perfect HTPC computer. Some users will aim for high performance components in a large chassis while others will opt for the smallest possible physical footprint with virtual silence.
Today’s review of the ASRock ION3D computer falls firmly into the latter category as it features a low power Intel Atom D525 processor with nVidia graphics.
Read the review here:
QNAP are well respected for their high end business solutions and today we look at one of their newest products aimed at the mid market audience – the Qnap 259 Pro+, based around a 1.8ghz dual core Atom processor with 1GB of DDR2 memory onboard. With a retail price around £450 (inc vat) this looks on paper to be one of the more exciting mid range NAS solutions.
The Qnap 259 Pro+ can take two 2.5 or 3.5 inch drives while delivering high levels of throughput performance from multiple gigabit lan connections.
Read the review here: http://www.kitguru.net/networking/zardon/qnap-ts-259-pro-review/
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ASUS VG236H 3D-Vision Monitor Set @ Benchmark Reviews
DESCRIPTION: We live in a three-dimensional world, and yet we settle for a 2D virtual world while sitting in front of computers. The price of 3D-capable monitors isn’t affordable for budget buyers, just like LCD monitors weren’t value priced when they began showing up on shelf space beside CRT monitors, and yet they eventually became the industry standard. ASUS knows a thing or two about the computer hardware industry, and the ASUS VG236H 120Hz widescreen LCD monitor with bundled NVIDIA 3D-Vision kit could help take 3D mainstream. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology feature using stereoscopic 3D effects on this 23.6 inch monitor in single-unit and triple-display 3D-Vision Surround configurations.
Logitech G930 Wireless Headset Review @ Benchmark Reviews
DESCRIPTION: Anyone wanting the best experience at home for movies knows that a home theater is a must. The Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset combines all of that audio experience into a classy wireless headset, allowing you to enjoy full surround sound anywhere without being restricted by cables. On paper the Logitech G930 seems to be capable of redefining PC entertainment. Benchmark Reviews will be testing this headset to see what level of audio utopia the G930 can achieve.
Quick Review: Warpia PC-to-TV SWP100A Audio/Video Wireless Adapter
QUOTE: "The idea of outputting content from a PC to a TV has become somewhat limited in its usefulness, what with all the media boxes and Blu-ray players with Netflix, Blockbuster, Pandora and all the other apps that allow you to easily consume your online and digital media content. Take my current setup for example; I can watch the aforementioned online services as well as movies in a wide variety of formats and even DRM’d iTunes content. The only thing I can’t do is show PowerPoint slides, watch Hulu (though if you have a PS3 or Blu-ray player with the option to install such an app, you can make that happen), or play any of my Steam games on the big screen.
Granted it’s a small list, but every now and then I run across some media that won’t play on one of my devices (that the VideoLAN media player handles with ease) and having the ability to wirelessly stream to a TV can come in handy at times, so I was hoping the Warpia PC-to-TV wireless adapter would be an easy-to-use and powerful device that would provide such a feature."
Apple iPod Touch (4th generation) Review
"Three years after Apple stretched the definition of "personal media player" to new heights with its class-leading iPod Touch, other manufacturers are just starting to catch up with Android-powered mini tablets. Despite the added competition, the latest revision of the device stays true to its award-winning heritage while folding in even more trickle-down features from the latest iPhone, yet again securing it a place at the top of the MP3-player pyramid."
Link to the review: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mp3-player-reviews/apple-ipod-touch-4th-generation-review/
Cooler Master Choiix Boom Boom Portable Speaker Review @ Tweaknews
Article Url: http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/cooler_master_choiix_boom_boom/
Article Snippet: "Cooler Master’s idea of the Boom Boom speaker is great – a compact, portable speaker that can be used while on the road with a laptop, MP3 player, or phone will appeal to many consumers. The end result from Choiix is a product that does have some strong points but still leaves a bit to be desired."
I don’t know about you but I use my phone for more than a phone, and if you have a smartphone I’m sure you do as well or you’re wasting it. I have a Samsung Galaxy S Captivate that I love and it features a great stock music player, at least I think it is and I use it whenever I can. The Captivate does come with headphones but they’re not that great, at least I don’t think they are so I don’t use them. I like my music to sound good, so I use good headphones or earbuds actually. Today for review I’ve got a set of very good earbuds from a company called Earjax and they’re called the Moxy. They’re very well made and they sound great. One of the great things about these eabuds is that when you buy them, you’re not only getting a great set of earbuds but they’ll donate a portion of the proceeds to the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Ozaki iMini Cute iPod Dock Review
Mobile Fun has sent us over the Ozaki iMini Cute iPod Dock, and well it’s an iPod dock, but it’s also an FM radio and a clock and an external speaker. Overall it’s not a bad little product, you can use either batteries or regular AC power with it and the sound is surprisingly good for such a small set of speakers.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Review
"HD video capability on cameras is as common as trashy political ads on TV. Most digicams capture 720p clips, but several new ones take Full HD movies such as the just-released 14-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100. Does this get us to the point we can put our old high-def camcorders on Craigslist? Time to test out this new 24x wide-angle zoom model."
Link to the review:http://www.digitaltrends.com/digital-camera-reviews/panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz100-review/
Kodak EasyShare M580 Digital Camera Review
Here is a snippet:"Inexpensive point-and-shoot cameras have become quite feature-laden. Manufacturers are struggling to bring the user added functionality like smart capture, face recognition, and HD video capture, while keeping the cameras easy-to-use. Kodak has so much experience in this field that we were excited to take a look at one of their EasyShare digital cameras, the M580. This camera is designed to not only be easy to operate, but to make sharing pictures and videos extremely simple. "
Samsung PN58C6400 58 Inch Plasma TV Review @ Tweaknews
Article Url: http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/samsung_pn58c6400_58_inch_plasma_tv_review/
"With every new model year, I grit my teeth and wince while viewing my favorite programming hoping and praying that a company hasn’t screwed up a great product by trying to reinvent the wheel with every product cycle. With that in mind, I was glad that the PN58C6400 was more or less the same TV as last year’s model with some minor design tweaks and very little difference in terms of visual quality. But where this Plasma TV excels is when you focus on its size and what it accomplishes while only consuming half the power of the previous model."
Jetway Mini-Top Atom Based Nettop PC @ TechwareLabs
Quote: So the idea of a small computer in your living room, bedroom, or kitchen appeals to you. You like the idea of a computer that consumes very little power, makes almost no noise, and yet still allows you to do you daily tasks. Today we are going to take a look at the Jetway Mini-Top Nettop PC which is an Intel Atom based machine which utilizes nVidia’s next gen ION2 chip.
ASUS Eee PC 1201N Netbook Review
Quote: "The Asus Eee PC 1201N boasts a 12.1-inch HD widescreen, stereo speakers, and HDMI connectivity so you can enjoy movies, videos, and photos in arresting HD quality. With display resolution up to 1366 x 768, you’ll experience crisp, true-to-life visuals while streaming content on-the-go. Plus the LED-backlit screen saves energy for longer battery life on long flights and lengthy films. We will check the Features from the Asus Netbook in the following Review."
Arctic Cooling ARCTIC NC Notebook Cooler
Quote: " For those interested in a notebook cooler but who can’t put up with the bulk, there have traditionally been less in the way of options for compact notebook coolers. While the market is constantly growing, it still has a long way to go to match full-size coolers in variety. Today, ASE Labs has the Arctic Cooling ARCTIC NC notebook cooler. This is Arctic Cooling’s recent expansion into the compact notebook cooler market segment. "
Energizer recently released the new AP1201 Silicone case and battery backup/charger for the iPhone 4. Since I’ve been using this case, I’ve been getting about 8 to 12 solid hours of constant usage from the energizer battery alone before the iPhone battery takes over for main duty. The 8-12 hours was a lot of heavy usage. Video, Audio streaming, gaming, browsing, and tethering. This makes that iPhone 4’s already impressive smartphone battery life, nearly twice as good.
I know you all must be wondering how many more OtterBox Cases I have left to review and I can tell you that this is the last one I have to review for a while. I had to take a little bit of time off from reviewing products so I am trying to get back into the swing of things and caught up. Good news is I have 4 more reviews scheduled so stay tuned! Today, however, I have the OtterBox Defender Series Case for the HTC HD2 International Device. The International version of the HTC HD2 is different than the T-mobile release of the HD2 so you need to make sure that you are ordering the right one. We started off the OtterBox Case Reviews with the Commuter Series for the HTC HD2 that you can read here: CLICK HERE. There is a pretty significant difference in the two cases. The Commuter Series is a less bulky case that has a polycarbonate back cover and silicone insert that slips over the device. OtterBox also supplies a Heavy Duty Screen Protector. The Defender Series Case by OtterBox is simply the Ultimate in device protection. Hence the name coined by OtterBox, The Defender Series. One look and I am confident you will agree, this is simply the toughest case money can buy for the HTC HD2.
Apple MacBook Air (11.6-inch) Review
"Anyone who recalls Steve Jobs railing against netbooks at the launch of the iPad might have been puzzled when the same guy revealed the latest addition to the MacBook Air line in October. With an 11.6-inch screen, barebones processor, no optical drive and all solid state storage, it wouldn’t seem like a stretch to throw it in with a handful of similar models from Asus, Acer and Dell."
Link to the review:http://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/apple-macbook-air-11-6-inch-review/
Quick Review: Skin your life with GelaSkins
QUOTE: "Like me, you may’ve heard of GelaSkins before. You might’ve also thought the company really only did skins for mobile phones. I now know they don’t; instead they do skins for a large amount of devices and we’re going to show you what’s going on with them in a big way today.
Outside of just the consoles we’ve got a large range of e-Book readers, just about iPod everything including the brand new Nano and Touch. Microsoft also gets some love with skins available for the Zune. Laptop / Netbook support is really strong with particular models being covered also just general sizes being covered. Of course, you’ve also got phone support which just covers an absolute huge array of brands and models."
Testing this set of cables is really, really straightforward. I plugged them into my iPod Touch 2G and hooked them to a TV. Nothing happened. I unplugged them, checked the connection and tried again. This time I got a "Device not recognized" error on my iPod. Great. I consulted the manual and it stated that this can happen and if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. I did and on the fifth attempt, I got it to work. . .
ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM: The Champion @ InsideHW
Summary: After five days spent with ASUS’ netbook, eight hours of meetings, four PowerPoint presentations, hundreds of lines of Word text and an excellent episode of Family Guy, we can only say that this is the best netbook we’ve had the chance to try out so far.
Article link: http://www.insidehw.com/Reviews/Notebooks/ASUS-Eee-PC-1015PEM-The-Champion.html
Last week we reviewed the Atom powered ASRock ION3D which we felt offered a cost effective solution for media computing demands. Today we are looking at a similarly compact, higher specification system from Dell, featuring an AMD Phenom processor with HD5450 mobility graphics.
Read the review here:
: The Apple Hackintosh Experience @ Benchmark Reviews
DESCRIPTION: Our recently published guide Turning PC into Apple Macintosh: Hackintosh described my experience building a Hackintosh, and my thoughts on the concept as a long-time Macintosh computer user. The article was very popular and generated a lot of comments from our readers, some with recurring themes that I want to address here, as well as report on the longer-term use of the machine.
Turning PC into Apple Macintosh: Hackintosh @ Benchmark Reviews
DESCRIPTION: A "Hackintosh" is a computer that runs Apple’s OS X operating system on non-Apple hardware. This has been possible since Apple’s switch from IBM’s PowerPC processors to Intel processors a few years ago. Until recently, building a PC-based Mac was something done only by hard-core hackers and technophiles, but in the last few months, building a Hackintosh PC has become much easier. Benchmark Reviews looks at what it’s possible to do with PC hardware and the Mac Snow Leopard OS today, and the pros and cons of the building a Hackintosh computer system over purchasing a supported Apple Mac Pro.
Inside the Computer Hardware Review Industry @ Benchmark Reviews
DESCRIPTION: The computer hardware industry accounts for a significant portion of worldwide consumer electronic sales, which results in a proportionate amount of marketing and advertising effort expended to help push sales. After four years of aggressively working our way up the ladder, Benchmark Reviews has grown to better understand the industry around us. You probably have an interest in the legitimacy of product reviews, and there’s a lot going on behind the scenes that impacts the independent evaluations you’ve come to trust. In this editorial article Computer Hardware Reviews: Inside the Industry, I share my eye-opening observations and personal experiences with you for the benefit of extending an understanding to others.
AIDA64 Takes the Benchmark Torch from Everest @ [OC]ModShop
If you’ve been a fan of OCModShop (or any tech site for that matter), then you’ve no doubt heard of Everest. Everest is one of the premiere benchmarking suites that hardware enthusiasts use to test their motherboards, video cards, memory, and just about everything related to computers.
Some have wondered what has happened to Everest, as there hasn’t been an update in a long while. You needen’t worry any longer, because Lavasys (the publishers of Everest) have passed the torch to FinalWire. FinalWire calls their new and improved version of the classic benchmarking software "AIDA64", and version 1.20 of the software was released yesterday.
Review URL :: http://www.ocmodshop.com/ocmodshop.aspx?a=1801
How to read and write files in NTFS format using your Apple Mac
"Ok, here’s a quick and brief explanation. By default Mac OSX is capable of browsing and reading files that is saved in NTFS format, however, it does not provide the option to write/delete files in NTFS. In order to perform full write or delete operations, you’ll need some open source software. These software have been around for years, and I’ve been using them on my Powerbook and Macbook to read/write or transfer files between NTFS and native OSX file system."
Read the rest of the article here … http://www.funkykit.com/articles/5911-how-to-read-and-write-files-in-ntfs-format-using-your-apple-mac.html
TR’s Geoff Gasior spends some quality time with Bit.Trip Beat, an addictive indie game that mixes classic Pong and Breakout flavor with modern rhythm elements.
Hottest PC games for the 2010 Holiday Season
This year’s holiday shopping season is looking to be a great one for PC gamers as game developers bring out their latest wares and graphics cards manufacturers battle it out to deliver the best performing piece of hardware on the market. With just a few weeks left before Christmas, it’s likely you or someone on your shopping list are already looking forward to spend some quality time indoors playing the hottest titles on your computer.
Quick Review: Rosewill RK-V1TP Wireless Touchpad Keyboard
QUOTE: "The HTPC is becoming a more and more common part of many households. From streaming movies, music, and television to your big screen to simply doing a little websurfing from the comfort of your couch, using the computer doesn’t mean having to sit at a desk anymore. Unfortunately, a standard keyboard and mouse combination isn’t usually the best solution when you’re talking about using your computer from your easy chair.
This is where Rosewill’s Wireless Touchpad Keyboard comes into play. Combining a fully functional keyboard with a touchpad for mouse functions in a small, lap friendly package seems to be the perfect fit for using the computer away from the typical desk scenario. Let’s see if this keyboard can deliver what the HTPC user needs."
The hidden value of things: when the comparison between vendors should go beyond price?
Here is a snippet: "While online shopping has simplified comparing products and searching for something you’re looking for, the services offered by the many different online shopping websites is pretty similar. What started with a list of prices for products and possible discounts has, for example, added a mailing list to announce the latest promotions."
Lenovo IdeaCentre B500. Appreciate your help to post on your site.
Quote: "Not long ago desktop was considered as a sunset business due to the modern life style where laptop, smart phone, mobile internet device are much preferred. However with the launch of All-in-One desktop, there is a slightly hope to bring back the unique selling points of a desktop besides its affordable price. Today we have a chance to review one of the best selling All-in-One desktop systems in the market; Lenovo IdeaCentre B500."
Arctic K381 Multi-function Keyboard and the link to the review is:
"Along with the mouse, the keyboard is your primary method of input for your PC and so we feel it’s important to take a look at the models available on the market. Today we’ll look at the K381 Multi-function keyboard from Arctic Cooling to see if it’s a worthy choice for a keyboard replacement or upgrade."
SkyMall’s Most Bizarre Products – Part 7
Here is a snippet:"These are the unbelievable products I found on the SkyMall Holiday Issue 2008 from my collection, acquired on one of my trips to Las Vegas. Before talking about the fantastic items in this SkyMall issue, I’d like to reserve a brief moment to talk about a business that advertises everywhere in Las Vegas, including in the airport, on taxi cabs, and in the city’s "cultural guide": The Gun Shop, which specializes in automatic weapons, including M16s, Uzis, and Tommy guns. Vegas is the only city in the world that you can visit an art museum inside the Bellagio and 15 minutes later go to a shooting range to unload an AK47."
Mad Catz CoD: Black Ops ProGaming Glasses @ Benchmark Reviews
MSI GeForce GTS 450 Cyclone Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Performance Review @ Benchmark Reviews
PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 v2 @ Benchmark Reviews
BitFenix Colossus E-ATX Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Video Card Review @ Benchmark Reviews
AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card Review @ Benchmark Reviews
CS P55H-AK Intel P55 Motherboard Review @ Benchmark Reviews
ASUS GeForce GT 430 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Microsoft Arc Touch Wireless Portable Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews