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October 31, 2012

OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD Review

4th Generation Agility, Indilinx Infused Yet Again

When we look at OCZ’s main SSD lineup, we generally think of two product lines – Vertex and Agility. It’s been that way for a couple generations of OCZ SSDs now with the Vertex line being engineered as the top of the line OCZ SATA based product and the Agility line being the budget option for those who aren’t necessarily interested in top of the line performance, but want to get into the SSD game.

With the 3rd generation Vertex and Agility series SSDs, the main difference between the two (other than price of course) was the NAND flash being used onboard. Whereas the Vertex 3 used faster, more expensive [...]

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October 26, 2012

Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB SSD Review

A New Contender

Not that long ago, when you went out to purchase a new SSD, there were quite a number of choices on the market in terms of brands, but the core components in terms of NAND flash memory and controller were generally the same. On the controller end, we generally had SandForce and Marvell being pretty much the only major players, and on the NAND side, we generally see some offering from IMFT or Toshiba/SanDisk. There’s very little variation here, and especially with many companies opting to use vanilla firmware on the controllers, there really isn’t much of a difference going with one SSD manufacturer over another.

Since it’s not possible for [...]

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October 24, 2012

CM Storm Ceres-400 Review

Goddess of… Agriculture?

It was only very recently that we reviewed Cooler Master’s CM Storm Sonuz gaming headset and for the most part, we found the headset to be quite good. With its respectable performance and a budget friendly price tag, the Sonuz brought excellent gaming audio to gamers who didn’t want to spend a truckload of money for a gaming headset. That said, despite the fact that the Sonuz is already coming in at a relatively inexpensive pricetag, $70 is still out of reach for a lot of gamers out there and with Cooler Master fervently pushing their CM Storm brand, a more budget oriented headset is definitely needed for the holiday [...]

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October 23, 2012

Razer Unveils 2013/14 Mousepad Lineup

Press Release

RazerTM, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, today launched its new 2013/2014 lineup of mouse mats: the Razer Invicta, Razer Manticor, Razer Destructor 2 and Razer Megasoma 2. These mats were engineered with new construction methods to provide an unprecedented level of finish, and were treated with all-new performance-boosting sensor-reactive surface coatings, selected after extensive research into the most precise and responsive treatments and materials.

“Most gaming mouse mat companies today fill their boxes with marketing jargon and slap an image of a pro-gamer on the side of the package; however, designing a true gaming surface [...]

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October 18, 2012

V-MODA Unveils Crossfade M-100 Metal, Customizable, Over-Ear Headphones

Press Release

V-MODA, the multi-platinum selling designer of headphones trusted by the pros and elite, announces the highly-anticipated M-100 headphones designed by and for mobile music enthusiasts. V-MODA uniquely crowd-sourced the input of hundreds of audiophiles, journalists, producers and renowned DJs around the globe after news of M-100 first leaked online. Rather than abolishing the information, V-MODA embraced it and openly interacted on forums and social networks which ultimately transformed into a platform of crowdsourced product development.

“This collaboration is one of the most unique design processes I’ve ever been a part of” states Val Kolton, Chief [...]

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October 17, 2012

ROCCAT Isku Gaming Keyboard Review

More Than Just Another Gaming Keyboard

Following up our recent review of the ROCCAT Kone[+] gaming mouse, today we’ll be reviewing another one of ROCCAT’s most popular products, the ROCCAT Isku gaming keyboard. With the mechanical keyboard craze that’s going on lately, it’s not everyday that we get to review a non-mechanical keyboard, but with the Isku, ROCCAT has opted for the more common non-mechanical membrane switches. Despite this lack of mechanical switches, the ROCCAT Isku is still very competitive with just the sheer amount of features they’ve thrown in at the sub-$70 price point.

Will the ROCCAT be roasted in the heated war of [...]

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October 16, 2012

Genius Mordax Gaming Headset Review

The Scorpion’s Sting

In a crowded gaming peripherals market, today we’ll be taking a look at a new gaming headset from Genius. Having never having heard of the company before, I did a little research into their product catalogue. Genius has built up an array of technological devices from audio peripherals, digital photo frames, and even children’s tablets.

Today, we’ll be specifically reviewing the the Genius Mordax Universal Gaming Headset. The Mordax falls into their newly developed GX line of gaming devices and peripherals, and being a universal headset, the Mordax aims to take on the likes of Tritton, Turtle Beach, and Sharkoon by offering a [...]

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October 15, 2012

CyberPowerPC Announces Zeus Storm Desktop Gaming Systems

Press Release Cutting Edge Performance and Style Blows Away the Competition

CyberPower Inc., a global manufacturer of custom gaming computers, today announced the Zeus Storm series – a powerful trio of desktop gaming computers equipped with cutting edge processors from Intel and AMD, godly NVIDIA and AMD graphics, and a host of performance peripherals that will prompt your opponents to batten down the hatches and take cover.

A “storm” is coming and CyberPowerPC does not want gamers to be left out in the cold. The Zeus Storm series includes three models that stand ready to battle. Customers can select from the Zeus Storm 1000 with 8-Core [...]

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October 12, 2012

CyberPowerPC Debuts Fang Taipan Gaming Notebook

Press Release The Most Powerful Customizable Dual NVIDIA GPU Gaming Laptop

Cyberpower Inc., a global manufacturer of custom gaming computers, today announced its Fang Taipan, the most customizable gaming laptop with twin NVIDIA GPUS, 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors and enough memory and add-ons to make the most demanding games and applications sizzle.

The CyberpowerPC Fang Taipan is a laptop beast that wields a lethal dose of power. It can accommodate two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680Ms in SLI model; a full range of Intel Core i7 CPUs including the fastest i7-3940XM (3.0GHz) Extreme Edition Ivy Bridge Mobile Processor; and features up to 32 [...]

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October 11, 2012

Acer Unveils V5 Series Notebooks – Thinner, Touch, and Windows 8

Press Release

Acer America today announced the Aspire V5 series, a popular range of thin and light notebooks will be available with Windows 8 beginning October 26 in North America. Ideal for consumers looking for impressive performance, style and full-featured mobility at an outstanding value, the Aspire V5 notebooks series has models suited for a wide range of consumers.

The Aspire V5 Series are 30 percent slimmer than previous value-based notebooks, making them extremely easy to handle on the go. Under one inch thin, the Aspire V5 series are available in three convenient display sizes – the 11.6-inch Aspire V5-171 is about 3 pounds, the 14-inch Aspire V5-471 is [...]

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October 11, 2012

Acer Unveils Aspire M5 Series Ultrabook

Press Release

Acer America today announced the Aspire M5 series of Ultrabooks, available exclusively at Best Buy stores in the United States. Featuring Windows 8, the slim and stylish Aspire M5 series combines the portability of an Ultrabook with powerful performance, 8-hour battery life and outstanding value. Select models also include 10 point touch for easily navigating digital media and Windows 8 touch apps.

“Many consumers desire the mobility of an Ultrabook, but still require the larger displays, optical drives, all-day battery life and value offered in a more mainstream notebook PC,” said Scott Ledterman, vice president of retail sales, Acer America. [...]

 
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October 10, 2012

Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 2133MHz 16GB Kit Review

Total Domination

When any company goes out and names one of their products the “Dominator”, you simply can’t help but think that this product, whatever the product may be, must be really good, and as luck would have it, Corsair’s Dominator line of memory has traditionally been just that – really good.

Today, we’ll be reviewing Corsair’s newest line of Dominator memory, the Corsair Dominator Platinum. The specific kit we’re reviewing today is the Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 2133MHz 16GB kit, but Corsair will be selling these kits in a variety of configurations ranging from 8GB to 64GB with frequencies from an already fast [...]

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