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November 29, 2012

Razer BlackWidow 2013 Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Razer BlackWidow, Revamped

Contrary to popular belief, mechanical keyboards have been around for an extremely long time, and as much as you loved that IBM Model M you had back in the day (yes, that’s mechanical!), they were more expensive to manufacture and thus more expensive to purchase in comparison to the “newer” (at the time) membrane keyboards on the market.

Since price is always an important factor when purchasing a new product, keyboard manufacturers, OEMs, and us (consumers) shifted towards membrane keyboards instead. Problem is, well membrane keyboards suck – they break often and the keys feel mushy. In applications such as gaming, [...]

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November 27, 2012

Affiliate Reviews Roundup November 27, 2012

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Vortez

ZOTAC GTX 660Ti AMP! Extreme Review @ Vortez

Corsair Hydro Series H100i Review @ Vortez

Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 Review @ Vortez

 

Benchmark Reviews

RHA CA-200 Black Noise Isolating Headphones @ Benchmark Reviews

JVC HA-NC250 Noise Cancelling Headphones @ Benchmark Reviews

 

Hi Tech Legion

NZXT Respire T20 and T40 CPU Cooler [email protected] Tech Legion

AZiO Levetron Clicker Mechanical Keyboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion

CM Storm Recon Mouse with Skorpion Bungee Review @ Hi Tech Legion

 

Tech Gage

SysAdmin Corner: Getting More From [...]

 
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November 27, 2012

Razer Updates the Orochi Mobile Gaming Mouse

Press Release UPDATED FEATURES ON THE RAZER OROCHI MOBILE GAMING MOUSE LETS YOU GAME LONGER ON THE GO

The Razer Orochi Offers the Most Powerful Laser Sensor in a Mobile Mouse and Improved Battery Life

Razer™, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, announced its new Razer Orochi gaming mouse, an evolution of the company’s previous version of the highly successful mobile mouse.

The new Razer Orochi is outfitted with the most precise laser sensor ever outfitted in a mobile gaming mouse: Its 6400 dpi 4G sensor promises to take out the competition with deadly accuracy.

The Orochi connects wirelessly through Bluetooth 3.0 found in [...]

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November 27, 2012

OCZ Introduces Vector Series SSD with New Barefoot 3 Controller

Press Release Groundbreaking Barefoot 3-Based Vector SSDs Deliver Enhanced Sustained Performance and Endurance for High Performance Computing Environments

OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the availability of its new SATA III-based Vector SSD Series featuring the company’s next-generation Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller. OCZ’s worldwide technology hardware and firmware teams developed the new controller silicon and firmware completely in-house to enable full design control over the Vector SSD Series roadmap, while delivering exceptional I/O performance, enhanced [...]

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November 22, 2012

Best Custom Gaming Computer Build Under $1,000 [December 2012]

High End Gaming Performance Under $1,000

Every month I try to put together a new recommended/best computer build for you guys and generally speaking, the build I see that’s requested most often is the $1,000 gaming PC build that can be expected to last a couple years. Since it’s already Thanksgiving time (for those of you in the USA) and Christmas is around the corner (and I know a lot of you guys are really looking to put something together for the holidays), I felt that a strong $1,000 build would be the most help for you guys for this month and into December.

For those looking for something a bit more budget, be sure to check [...]

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November 22, 2012

Toshiba Satellite P855-S5200 Review

Been There, Done That. What Else?

Yup, the Toshiba Satellite. It’s one of those iconic names that’s been around for a really long time and represents a huge range of Toshiba notebooks ranging from the budget to the mid/high end. Today, we’ll be reviewing one of Toshiba’s Satellite models, the Satellite P855-S5200.

The Satellite P855-S5200 is one of Toshiba’s middle of the road Satellite notebooks which, from a performance standpoint, sits somewhere between the ultra budget Satellites’ and the high end Satellites’.

Taking a look at the specifications for the P855-S5200, we get a fairly powerful Intel Core i7 3610QM, which for [...]

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November 20, 2012

Affiliate Reviews Roundup November 20, 2012

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Benchmark Reviews

PNY XLR8 PRO Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews

NETGEAR R6300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router @ Benchmark Reviews

Cooler Master HAF-XB Computer Case Enclosure @ Benchmark Reviews

CM Storm Recon Mouse and Skorpion @ Benchmark Reviews

Genius GX-Gaming Cavimanus 7.1 Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

 

Hi Tech Legion

ASUS GeForce GTX 650Ti DirectCU II TOP Review @Hi Tech Legion

EVGA Geforce GTX 650Ti SuperSuperClocked Video Card Review @Hi Tech [...]

 
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November 20, 2012

Everspin Technologies ST-MRAM @ AIS 2012

A number of companies showed off new technologies during LSI’s AIS 2012, but one of the companies whose products really stood out to me was  Everspin Technologies with their ST-MRAM. At their AIS booth, Everspin Technologies demonstrated the first ever commercialized 64 Mb DDR3 ST-MRAM (Spin Torque – Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory). ST-MRAM is a newly developed MRAM technology that takes advantage of “Spin Torque” technology which uses the electron’s spin to record the state of the RAM.

Why is this important? Well, let me try to explain how this innovative technology works and why it could revolutionize computers of the future. Traditional [...]

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November 20, 2012

Razer Updates Iconic DeathAdder Gaming Mouse

Press Release RAZER DEATHADDER : IMPROVING ON PERFECTION

The New Razer DeathAdder Packs More Power, Better Performance and More Control

Razer™, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, announced that its immensely popular DeathAdder mouse is upgraded and set for launch.

Originally released in 2006, the Razer DeathAdder has become legendary for its combination of ergonomics and precision. It remains the world’s best-selling gaming mouse, used by countless pro gamers in the circuit as their preferred weapon of annihilation.

The new Razer DeathAdder’s optical sensor was upgraded from 3.5G to a cutting-edge 4G infrared sensor with [...]

 
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November 20, 2012

SteelSeries Flux Luxury Edition Review

Let The Music Flux

The word “Flux” is derived from the Latin word “Fluxus”, which means “to flow”. So when SteelSeries sent us a box with the phrase “Flux yourself” printed on the front, we weren’t sure if it’s a compliment or an insult. Luckily, the box contained more than just random words – inside we found SteelSeries newest addition to their ever-growing audio line-up, the SteelSeries Flux Luxury Edition, for our review.

So what makes the Luxury Edition of the Flux luxurious? Several factors. The biggest difference is the earpads. Instead of using the SND Sound Block earpads (which we love, by the way) [...]

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November 19, 2012

CyberPowerPC Zeus-M2 Ultrabook Review

Sleek Design, Good Performance, Reasonable Price

Ever since Intel’s Ultrabook push in late 2011, Ultrabooks have become quite popular in the notebook market and today we’ll be taking a look at the newest offerings from our friends over at CyberPowerPC. Now, since this is our first Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review, let’s first discuss what an Ultrabook is and what can be called an Ultrabook.

The first Ultrabooks that were released in 2011 prior to the release of Ivy Bridge CPUs had their own set of Ultrabook specifications, but with the release of Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors (sometime during Computex 2012 in June), Intel also released a new set of [...]

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November 16, 2012

PNY @ LSI AIS 2012

Over the past few days at LSI’s AIS 2012, a number of LSI partners had a chance to show off their newest lineup of products and among the more consumer / enthusiast oriented companies is PNY.

For the few who are unfamiliar with PNY, they are a USA based company who produces a wide variety of products ranging from stuff like SD cards and headphones to SSDs and graphics cards. During their showcase at LSI’s AIS, we had a chance to look at their entire line up of SSDs including their XLR8 and Prevail series products as well as a first look at their recently announced HP branded SSDs.

For those of you unfamiliar with the PNY SSDs here is a quick rundown of [...]

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