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The PC Gaming market has not short supply of great gaming mice. There are so many these days that someone could get lost looking through them all. You can even go so far as to choose a mouse that works…
21 November 2014
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ADATA’s SP900NS38 256GB M.2 SATA SSD Review Featured

The world of storage is evolving very quickly as the way PCs are built change. We have watched as the traditional single dive systems have given way to hybrid drives, multiple disk systems and even systems with additional cache in them. All of these measures are designed to give you more options for your system, but there is (at times) a limit to what can be done. This is typically the size of the drive. For years the typical disk was 3.5 inches and about ½ of what the common bay height was. With the original SSDs this dropped significantly and has been followed on by mSATA, mini-mSATA and now M.2. These offer high density storage in a very small package. Today we are checking out ADATA’s SP900NS38 256GB M.2 SATA SSD. Let’s see what kind of performance it offers shall we?

Patriot FUEL ion Wireless Charger Review
Published in Peripherals
23 October 2014
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Patriot FUEL ion Wireless Charger Review Featured

Everyone owns a mobile phone these days, it is just one of those things that you have. If you were…
14 October 2014
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Deepcool Steam Castle Case Review Featured

Anyone who’s been involved with PC building and modding for any length of time has seen their share of oddities when it comes to PC cases. These are the first thing people see after all, and as such they were…
21 September 2014
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Kingston SM22080S3 120GB M.2 SATA Drive Review Featured

As the computer market moves to smaller and smaller form factors the need to decrease the foot print of storage devices is growing. The problem that many manufacturers face is that a reduction in component size has traditionally meant a…
02 September 2014
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Thermaltake Urban T81 Review Featured

I’ve had the privilege of watching the PC industry change over the years, especially from an aesthetic standpoint. I’ve seen PC cases go from the beige and boring to the neon and gaudy to the sleek and subtle and back…

For the majority of people the term wireless means a simple router or access point (AP) and that is that. However, when you look at wireless on a larger scale you have to have a means to control access points in your organization with a little more efficiency. The thought of going from AP to AP and manually making changes to ensure proper coverage or channel plans is one that would keep most network engineers up at night. However systems that offer a centralized management point for multiple Aps are typically out of the range of small and even medium sized businesses. NETGEAR has stepped in and created a few products to cover this market. We have their WC7600 Wireless controller and a pair of WN370 Access Points in the lab, so let’s check this bundle out and see how it fits in.

CMStorm Devastator Gaming Combo Pack Review
Published in Consumer Peripherals
19 August 2014
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CMStorm Devastator Gaming Combo Pack Review Featured

Cooler Master’s CMStorm group has built up a reputation for making good gaming peripherals. Over the years we have seen them put out everything from mechanical keyboards to customizable mice and even gaming headsets. For the most part these offerings have been on the pricier side of the market, but in the recent months they have been working on a more value oriented batch of products. One these (that we happen to have in the lab) is a keyboard and mouse combo, the CMStorm Devastator. Is this combo set really worthy of the CMStorm name? I think we should find out.

One of the fastest growing verticals in the PC market is the peripherals market. There are so many different companies that are pushing out keyboards, mice, headphones and more to the masses. While this growth is a good thing, it…
16 July 2014
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Gigabyte Z97MX Gaming 5 Design and Feature Review Featured

They say that competition is good for the soul, and they are right. In just about any area you can think of having a little competition makes you better at what you do. In the computer world this is especially…
06 July 2014
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Asus Z97-A Review Part II - Performance Featured

While a nice layout, cool colors and a good feature set listed on the box might be nice performance is what most people are looking for in a motherboard. A good feature set does not matter so much if the…
22 June 2014
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Asus Z97I-Plus Review Part II - Performance Featured

One of the things that makes a board stand out from the crowd, beside features and price, is how well it performs. Even with a massive feature set a board is not going to do well if the performance is not there. With the Z97-I Asus is trying to push the same level of features that you would find in a larger board, but will they be able to get the same level of performance? That is what we are looking to find out today. So without much in the way of ceremony, let’s get into why you are here and see what the Z97-I is hiding inside its small frame. You can also check out our coverage of the design and features of the Z97I Plus.

As Intel moves more and more core components to their CPU we are seeing an interesting shift in motherboard design. The manufacturers are all realizing that the performance difference between them are narrowing. The days of seeing a massive difference in benchmark scores are almost gone. However, instead of just pushing out a bunch of cookie cutter boards some motherboard makers are looking for new ways to differentiate their boards. Asus is one of these makers and we will be taking a look at a board that has more than a few departures from the normal motherboard design philosophy. This is the Asus Z97-A. So without too much more delay, let’s dive in and see what Asus has given us.

15 June 2014
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Thermaltake G41 Commander Case Review Featured

Thermaltake Technology has always had a full lineup of cases, from elegant to subdued to downright loud. I’ve had the chance to get my hands on several of their cases over the years in all different sizes and shapes, and…
The small form factor crowd has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years. Every day on Facebook or some other spot on the internet you will see some pretty impressive builds with tiny motherboards stuffed in them.…
PAPAGO! GoSafe TPMS 500BT Review
Published in Gadgets
07 June 2014
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PAPAGO! GoSafe TPMS 500BT Review Featured

Connected devices are becoming the wave of the future. We already have TVs, refrigerators, and even cars that can call…
Thermaltake Level10M Headset Review - Style and Performance
Published in Enthusiast Audio
07 June 2014
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Thermaltake Level10M Headset Review - Style and Performance Featured

A few years ago Thermaltake decided to introduce a new line of hardware, the Level10. The thought behind it was that this was the top of the line, period. The broke into the market with a case that was almost…
Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro Gaming Headset Review - Setting a New Audio Standard
Published in Enthusiast Audio
As we have said many times before the peripherals market seems to be one of the PC related markets that continues to grow at a very rapid pace. Everyone wants to get in on the gravy train these days and…
31 May 2014
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Synology DS214SE 2200 Design and Feature Review Featured

The need for a place to put your digital stuff is always going to be. There really is just no getting around it. The question is, do you want to trust your files to the cloud, or do you want to keep them in your possession? For some the cloud looks like an attractive alternative. It is inexpensive and you can access you information from anywhere you have an internet connection. At least the cloud used to be an attractive alternative until the news about how poor security is at many of these places along with the news that when you put your files online you lose some of your ownership rights. So what do you do when a bigger or external drive will do the trick? Well simply put a Network Attached Storage device is perfect for this. Almost all of them come with multiple drives in some form of RAID to protect your data and, in many cases, can be accessed from anywhere you have an internet connection. Today we are taking a look at a NAS from Synology that is aimed straight at the home. This is the two bay DS214SE 2200. So let’s dive in and see if Synology can do for the home what they have done for small to medium businesses.

Raijintek Nemesis CPU Cooler Review
Published in Peripherals
29 May 2014
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Raijintek Nemesis CPU Cooler Review Featured

Today I had the chance to finally put the Raijintek Nemesis CPU cooler through its paces. This is currently the…
15 May 2014
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Raijintek Ereboss CPU Cooler Review Featured

Today we are continuing our testing of the primary line of CPU coolers from Raijintek. In previous reviews we’ve already covered the low-profile Pallas and the smaller tower cooler dubbed the Themis Evo. Both of these coolers performed well, with…
LUXA2 GroovyW Bluetooth Speaker and Wireless Charger Review
Published in Mobile Computing
There is no doubt that the mobile market is beginning to become the focus of hardware manufacturers. In many ways…
There is no doubt that gaming is a huge part of the PC market. This one “segment” has so many verticals inside of it that it can be difficult to keep track of. You have GPUs, Keyboards, Mouse, Headphones, Speakers,…
PAPAGO! P2 Pro Dashcam Review
Published in Gadgets
04 May 2014
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PAPAGO! P2 Pro Dashcam Review Featured

With the introduction of smaller and smaller cameras the world became almost obsessed with recording every moment of their lives.…
29 April 2014
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Raijintek Themis EVO CPU Cooler Review Featured

Last week we brought you a review of the Pallas low-profile CPU cooler from a new company called Raijintek. We put it through our torture test and we were actually surprised at how well the little cooler did. With plenty…