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CMStorm Ceres 300 Gaming Headset Review

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:16 Written by

Audio on gaming computers is one of the things that gets overlooked when people are building their systems. While they are busy making sure they have a powerful CPU, GPU and enough RAM they seem to forget that audio is an important part of the gaming experience. With good audio the gaming experience becomes more immersive. Of course even if you do get a good audio card you still need something that can reproduce the audio properly or that is just a waste of money. Headphones, Speakers, etc. all need to be able to do their job or you lose a part of the overall gaming experience. With that in mind we are taking a look at set of gaming headphones from Cooler Master’s CMStorm line, the Ceres 300. Let’s see if this set of headphones can bring out the best in your gaming audio.

Gamerstorm Lucifer CPU Cooler Review Featured

Sunday, 16 March 2014 15:36 Written by
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CPU cooling one of the prime considerations in any build. Once a new system builder decides if they’re going to use air or water for the purpose the next step is usually research. If they’re smart they’ll look at reviews…
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PC enclosure reviews are not exactly the most exciting things on the internet. In far too many cases (no pun intended… ok well maybe) we find that the differences between one company and another is wholly cosmetic and are not…

Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H Review Part II - Performance Featured

Monday, 30 December 2013 22:51 Written by
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In part one of our review of the Gigabyte Z87-UD3H we looked at the design, features and layout of the board. Now in part two we are going to see if those choices were good or bad. Gigabyte has a…

Gigabyte X79-UP4 Design and Feature Review Featured

Sunday, 08 December 2013 23:52 Written by
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The X79 chipset is nothing new, in fact in motherboard years it is quite old. However that does not mean that is it obsolete. If anything there are still many people that use the platform for their Sandy Bridge-E CPUs…

NETGEAR NeoTV Max Streaming Media Player Review Featured

Sunday, 10 November 2013 20:03 Written by
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Home Theater PCs, Streaming Media devices, and other homer entertainment electronic devices are an interesting market. It is also one…

Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H Review Part I - Design and Features Featured

Monday, 04 November 2013 22:38 Written by
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Gigabyte is not a company to be left out of any market and they are certainly keeping pace in the motherboard arena. They are one of the companies that not only leads sales, but also helps to drive innovation and…

Asus Z87-Expert Review Part II - Performance Featured

Sunday, 03 November 2013 22:29 Written by
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So now that we have covered the design and features of the Asus Z87-Expert it is time to dive into how well the board performs. Asus has always been a company that talks up the performance that their products are…

Cooler Master HAF Stacker Review.. A Modder's Opinion Featured

Saturday, 02 November 2013 23:06 Written by
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The computer case has come a long way since its beige-box inception. Anyone who’s been lucky enough to be around…

Asus Z87-Expert Rview Part I - Design and Features Featured

Sunday, 27 October 2013 17:45 Written by
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With the launch of Intel’s Haswell there was the normal shift to a new chipset. This is Intel’s Z87 chipset and everyone rushed to get their version of this new chipset out onto the market. Many of the boards that…

Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight 802.11n Wireless Router Review Featured

Monday, 21 October 2013 21:35 Written by
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Home networking gear has been making some leaps in speed and sophistication since its introduction. These leaps have made wireless in the home more usable and configurable. Much of the work on this side of the product (making things easier…

RAVPOWER RP-PB04 Dynamo-On-The-Go Power Bank Review Featured

Sunday, 20 October 2013 12:52 Written by
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One thing that the mobile market brought with it is a need for power. While it is true that the…

CMStorm Pulse-R Gaming Headset Review Featured

Saturday, 21 September 2013 23:46 Written by
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Personal computing has had its ups and downs of the last 10 years and these have not always been because of consumer reaction. In many cases the manufacturers have failed to meet the expectations of the people they are selling…

Synology DS1513+ Review Part II - Performance Featured

Sunday, 15 September 2013 23:19 Written by
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Now that we have shown you the tear down of the Synology DS1513+ we have to show you if all of the hard work and attention to detail pay off in the form of performance and ease of use. There…

TRENDNet TEW-805UB 802.11ac USB 3.0 Adapter Review Featured

Sunday, 08 September 2013 21:12 Written by
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Since its introduction there has been something of an internal battle with wireless. On the one hand it is very convenient; you just connect to an access point and you have freedom as long as you are inside the network…
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The concept of wireless display is not a new one. Many designs and devices have been built to give the…

NETGEAR ProSafe XS708E 8-Port 10Gbe Switch Review Featured

Sunday, 01 September 2013 11:09 Written by
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In the world of the enterprise bandwidth is everything. If you do not have enough or you cannot keep your systems running then you are sure to lose money. The problem is getting the bandwidth you need without spending too much to get it. The current backbone to client standard is 1Gbe (Gigabit Ethernet). This give you plenty of bandwidth for client operations as well as voice traffic (which is typically about 20% of your data usage. Now this is great when you are talking about client to server traffic, but what happens when you need servers to talk to each other or servers to talk to storage? Here you need significantly more bandwidth than you do out to clients. Right now at the high-end of the spectrum you have 40Gbe (with 100Gbe coming very soon) and just under this is 10Gbe. Traditionally 10Gbe has been the playing ground for fiber optics or for TwianAixal cables. The problem is that these are not all that economical and end up out of the hands of all but larger enterprise networks. Things have changed though, just like 1Gbe over 10 years ago, 10Gbe is now hitting the price range that puts it into the hands of small and medium sized businesses. We are going to take a look at one of these options today in the form of the NETGEAR ProSafe XS708E 8-port 10Gbe Ethernet Switch.

Thermaltake GOrb II Notebook Cooler Review Featured

Monday, 26 August 2013 04:01 Written by
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As we demand more and more from our mobile devices manufacturers are forced to try and stuff higher power CPU and GPUs inside ever-shrinking laptop and tablet shells. This leaves them in tricky position; they have to either put in…

The ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 Stops by the Lab Featured

Sunday, 14 July 2013 17:39 Written by
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There is no doubt that the mobile market has gotten huge. Everyone is building devices to enable, extend, accessorize, and…
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Editor’s Note – We delayed our release of the Haswell review due to some performance issues we saw with some of our tests. We reached out to Intel and all of the companies that provide our testing software to ensure…

Synology DS1513+ Review Part I - Intro and Teardown Featured

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 15:25 Written by
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Storage is something that everyone needs. No matter if you are a single end user or a gigantic corporation you have to have a place to keep your data. This one little fact has never changed and probably never will. The difference is that home users are now higher on the scale when it comes to storage needs than many small and medium sized business. Home users are maintain more and more data in the form of movies, music pictures and even installation files while many small businesses are only storing simple documents and perhaps a few databases.  It has changed the dynamic in the way storage products are marketed in many ways and this is not truly a completely good thing. While a normal consumer might store more information than a small business they do not have the same need to never be offline or unavailable. The typical home user also does not have the same number of connections to their data as a medium or even small business. There needs to be a class of NAS that can handle these requirements without pushing the price tag over the top. Synology has a very solid answer for these questions and more all bundled up inside the new DS1513+; this is a five-bay NAS that includes four 1Gbps LAN and a ton of other features. Let’s dive in and take a look shall we?

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When wireless networking was first introduced it was a very cool concept and people bought into it. The problem was that it was also about as slow as dial-up internet was. The good news is that all technologies advance and…
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802.11ac wireless was introduced at CES 2012. Unfortunately when the devices were launched there were no adapters to support it. This meant that people were buying expensive wireless products without having any way to support the speeds they were capable…

Kingston's HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 Drive Review Featured

Sunday, 12 May 2013 15:32 Written by
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Mobile devices are great. All of us use them in the form of phones, MP3/4 players, tablets laptops etc. The problem with a large majority of them is that they never seem to have enough storage to do everything you…

Synology DX513 Five-Bay Expansion Module Review Featured

Sunday, 07 April 2013 19:56 Written by
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DX513

Storage is one of those things that you never seem to have enough of. Just when you think that 2Terabyte drive is going to last you it seems to get full like magic. I can vividly remember buying a 1.2GB drive and thinking that would last me for a very long time. As you might have guessed it did not and the progression only got faster. It was not long before file sizes were getting larger faster than storage makers could keep up, at least in the consumer world. In the professional world we still had large arrays of disks (RAID) to help maintain capacity and performance. Unfortunately, these arrays also had a limit due to the difficulty in expanding them once you reached their capacity. As storage systems evolved this was remedied by adding in more “trays” of disks. The down side here is that these types of systems are very expensive and out of the reach of many (if not most) small and medium sized businesses.  In this space the NAS (Network Attached Storage) and not the SAN (Storage Area Network) are the most common products and have the same limitations of direct attached storage. So, what do you do when your NAS runs out of space? Synology has an answer for you in the DX513. Follow along with us as we show you just how easy and even cost effective this handy add on to the DS1512+ is.

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