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January 18, 2017

Review: Cherry MX Board 6.0 Mechanical Keyboard

Cherry’s No Frills, Mechanical Keyboard

Up until the patents on Cherry’s mechanical switches expired several years ago, Cherry was practically the only major player in the mechanical switch space, but despite supplying most of the world’s mechanical switches, Cherry wasn’t really known for their keyboards. The reason for this is that while Cherry offered keyboards for business, industrial and enterprise applications, they did very little in the consumer space.

However, with the rise in popularity of the mechanical keyboard, it’s difficult to ignore how quickly the consumer market for mechanical keyboards is growing and [...]

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January 14, 2017

Review: Audioengine HD3 Premium Powered Desktop Speakers

Clean, Crisp, Clear

When it comes to premium desktop computer speakers, few manufacturers on the market match the level of Audioengine when it comes to sound quality. Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to review the Audioengine A2+ and the Audioengine A5+ which were outstanding speakers that are simply unmatched by other computer speaker manufacturers.

Recently, Audioengine launched their latest Audioengine HD3 speaker which is similar to their popular Audioengine A2+ with several improvements including magnetic speaker grilles, Bluetooth support, an improved internal DAC and more. Given how impressed we were with the Audioengine A2+, we jumped at [...]

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January 18, 2017

Review: Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset

Kraken Reloaded

Today we’ll be reviewing the Razer Kraken Pro V2 gaming headset which is successor to the Razer Kraken Pro gaming headset launched all the way back in 2012. While Razer has unveiled numerous editions of the Kraken headset lineup including the Kraken Forged Edition, the Kraken 7.1, and Kraken Chroma over the years, the original that everything has been based on has gotten quite long in the tooth and as such, Razer recently revamped the headset offering several major improvements over its predecessor.

Specifications Manufacturer Razer Model Kraken Pro V2 Formfactor Over Ear Interface 4-pole 3.5mm plug (splitter included) Speaker [...]
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December 24, 2016

Review: AVADirect Avant Mini Cube Gaming PC

Big Performance in a Mini Cube

AVADirect is a boutique system builder with its origins in the suburbs of Cleveland Ohio. It’s probably not one of the first names that pop into your head as a system builder, but they’ve been making everything from gaming to business systems for over a decade.

Recently, AVADirect launched their Avant Mini Cube Gaming PC which is exciting because it’s based on Corsair’s excellent Carbide 240 Air PC case. Despite the relatively small size of the mATX formfactor case, AVADirect managed to fully kit it out with an overclocked Intel Core i7-6700K and GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition. Given how much we love big performance in [...]

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December 22, 2016

Review: Google Home Smart Speaker – A Good Start

OK Google

Several years ago, Amazon unveiled the Echo, a smart speaker designed to use Amazon’s Alexa AI (Artificial Intelligence) platform to help make life easier for its customers. While the Amazon Echo’s functionality was relatively basic when it was launched back in 2004, its functionality has improved significantly over the years as newer functionality and additional compatibility with services have been added.

As Amazon’s Echo has been in the market relatively uncontested for the past two years, it was about time someone else jumped into the smart speaker game and who else is more appropriate than Google who revealed back in May that [...]

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November 30, 2016

Review: Synology DiskStation DS916+ 4-Bay NAS

Powerful 4-bay NAS for Media and Business

While cloud storage has become a very popular form of data storage for individuals and businesses alike, there are a few drawbacks to using the cloud.

For those who live in areas with slower internet or datacapped internet for example, cloud storage may not be an ideal solution. Aside from internet issues, data breaches, government monitoring, or simply not being allowed enough storage capacity constitute additional issues with cloud storage.

As such, there are some clear benefits when using a self hosted NAS solution and when it comes to NAS makers, few are more well known than Synology.

Today we’ll be reviewing [...]

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November 26, 2016

Review: Samsung 960 EVO 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD

TLC NAND and PCIe Done Right

When Samsung launched the Samsung 960 series SSD at their annual SSD Global Summit back in September, they promised two new drives – the Samsung 960 PRO and the Samsung 960 EVO.

Last month, we reviewed the Samsung 960 PRO which is designed for performance enthusiasts and professionals. In our testing, it exceeded our expectations making it the fastest M.2 PCIe SSD we’ve ever tested to date. Unforutnately, the Samsung 960 EVO wasn’t available at the time however, Samsung was hopeful that early samples would be available soon.

Fast forward and today we’ll be reviewing the Samsung 960 EVO, which is [...]

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November 22, 2016

Review: Transcend DrivePro 520 Car Video Recorder (Dashcam)

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Think about the last time you, your family or your friend got into a car accident. Was the insurance process easy? Or was it difficult? Did the other party make up or exaggerate what happened?

In the lawsuit-happy society that we live in, the need to record what happens on the road has become more important than ever and although car video recorders are common outside of the US, these devices are only starting to gain traction here.

Today we’ll be reviewing the Transcend DrivePro 520 which is a car video recorder which is designed to help give drivers evidence of events that occur on the road to ensure that parties are truthful about what really [...]

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November 14, 2016

Review: Gigabyte X99P SLI LGA 2011-3 Motherboard

Gigabyte’s Mid-Range X99 Motherboard

When Intel launched the Broadwell-E platform earlier this year, Intel’s X99 chipset saw a surge in interest as many users became interested in upgrading their systems which required a suitable motherboard to match. Today we have an X99 platform motherboard that sits at below the $250 pricepoint and has the features to keep up with most users needs.

Today we’ll be reviewing the Gigabyte X99P SLI which is a motherboard that falls into the $200 range with a fairly extensive list of features making it quite competitive on paper.

The original X99 SLI motherboard from [...]

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November 10, 2016

Review: Razer Ornata Chroma Mecha-Membrane Gaming Keyboard

Testing Razer’s New Membrane/Mechanical Hybrid Switch

Over the past few years, Razer has made quite a few innovations in the mechanical keyboard space. After developing their own mechanical switches several years ago, Razer went on to develop several unique new switches earlier this year including their Ultra-Low Profile Mechanical Switch and most recently their Mecha-Membrane Switch.

Several weeks ago, we got an opportunity to review Razer’s Ultra-Low Profile Mechanical switches in their Mechanical Keyboard Case and found it a pleasant alternative compared to typical low profile membrane switches. Today, we have the opportunity to [...]

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