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May 17, 2017

Review: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-04 Chassis

Introduction

Corsair recently updated their budget case lineup with the new Carbide SPEC-04, the successor to the Carbide SPEC-03. The Carbide SPEC-04 brings an overhauled design and some extra features yet maintain its budget price point.

For our review today, we received the Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 in black however, it will also come in red and yellow as well. Corsair’s Carbide SPEC case series has always had the design language that screamed gaming, but the fourth iteration of the series, the SPEC-04, is quite a bit different. Whereas previous generation SPEC series cases featured an ultra-aggressive design, the new SPEC-04 features a design that’s a bit more [...]

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May 16, 2017

Review: HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Back to Basics

With mechanical gaming keyboards being all the rage, you’d be hard-pressed to find a gaming peripherals company without a mechanical gaming keyboard. One company that hasn’t offered one until recently however, is Kingston’s gaming brand, HyperX, which recently came out with their HyperX Alloy FPS gaming keyboard, officially marking their first entry into the mechanical gaming keyboard market.

Like many of their other gaming products, HyperX developed the Alloy FPS based on testing and feedback from the numerous eSports teams they currently sponsor. As a result, the Alloy FPS is a relatively basic keyboard without many of the [...]

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May 11, 2017

Review: Thinkware Dash Cam X550

Introduction

In the premium dashcam product category, one of the most well known manufacturers is Thinkware, an innovative Korean company which has been in the automotive electronics business since the late 1990’s.

Currently their primary product line is their dashcams and today we’ll be reviewing the Thinkware Dash Cam X550 which is a new premium dashcam from the company sporting not only high quality video, but also a few more features such as parking mode recording and some innovative driver assistance features as well.

Let’s take a closer look.

Specifications

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May 1, 2017

Review: ASUS STRIX Radeon RX 570 4GB Graphics Card

Polaris Enhanced?

A few weeks ago, AMD launched the Radeon RX 500 series, which is mostly a refresh of the previous-generation RX 400 series they launched less than a year ago. Mostly because the Radeon RX 500 series is based on the very same Polaris architecture as its predecessor, albeit on a slightly more mature process. Whatever your stance on rebadges, it’s clear that AMD has decided to double-down on its Polaris architecture in 2017, at least for the midrange and entry-level segments until its RX Vega GPUs appear later on to cover the high-end market. So like it are not, Polaris is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Today, we’re going to take a look at [...]

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April 30, 2017

Review: CyberPower CP1500 AVR Intelligent LCD, CP1500 PFC Sinewave UPS

Simulated vs Pure

If you own a PC and you’d be quite bummed if it died because your utility company sucks, a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) is practically a must. This is especially important if you’ve spent thousands of dollars for the best system possible since at the end of the day, it really only takes a single surge, brown out, or power outage from the utility company to wreak havoc on your precious semiconductors.

Today we’ll be reviewing two UPSes from CyberPower, the CyberPower CP1500 AVR LCD and the CyberPower CP1500 PFC LCD, both of which are designed to protect PCs and other sensitive electronic equipment from common issues in the power [...]

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April 26, 2017

Review: Creative iRoar Go Weatherproof Portable Wireless Speaker

25% Lighter, 40% Smaller, 100% More Weatherproof

Last year, I reviewed the Creative Roar 2 portable wireless speaker which has quickly become my favorite Bluetooth speaker of all time. Along with great sound quality, the Creative Roar 2 is portable, has a long battery life, is an extremely good looking speaker, and is a good value for the price. Since then, Creative has released the next generation of their Roar speakers, the first of which is the Creative iRoar launched early last year.

Following up on the iRoar, Creative also launched a miniaturized version of the iRoar, creatively titled the Creative iRoar Go. The new Creative iRoar Go promises the same powerful [...]

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April 20, 2017

Review: Netgear Nighthawk S8000 Switch

Gaming & Media Switch

Netgear’s Nighthawk series of routers have always been advertised as Netgear’s flagship consumer router products, designed primarily for those looking for networking equipment well suited for gaming and media streaming.

In Netgear’s Nighthawk routers, Netgear has done quite a bit to cater to this market with an aggressive design backed by some of the latest and greatest technologies including radios based on the latest wireless standards, tons of antennas, built-in QoS functionality, and more.

Capitalizing on the Netgear Nighthawk routers’ success, Netgear recently introduced their first Nighthawk switch, the Netgear [...]

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April 18, 2017

AMD Launches Radeon RX 500 Series Graphics Cards

Today, AMD launched their refreshed, Radeon RX 500 series graphics which focus on the mid-range, and entry-level gaming markets. These new cards are based on the same Polaris architecture as the previously released Radeon RX 400 series of GPUs, albeit with a few notable enhancements. These new GPUS will go head-to-head with NVIDIA’s GeForce 10 series, specifically the GTX 1060 6GB and 3GB, and the GTX 1050 and GTX 10580 Ti. If you were hoping for some competition on the higher-end from AMD, you’ll have to keep waiting for their upcoming RX Vega GPUs who’s availability is still currently unknown, but AMD assures us Vega is “just around the [...]

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April 12, 2017

Review: Corsair Gaming K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Mechanical Keyboard

The Need for Speed!

Mechanical keyboards have become fairly ubiquitous in today’s market. Likewise, RGB peripherals are pretty much a dime a dozen with pretty much every component company RGB-ifiying everything in their product lineup. From the typical RGB keyboards and mice, to the not so common RGB power supplies, RGB is everywhere, and it is likely here to stay. So, with that said, it’s probably not surprising that pretty much every new “gaming keyboard” does little but combine RGB lighting with mechanical key switches and call it a day. Offering little, if not nothing actually unique to gamers. I mean, what else is there to do?

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April 4, 2017

Review: Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Sit/Stand Adjustable Desk

Stop Sitting, Start Standing

Over the past few years, numerous studies have been released linking sitting for prolonged periods of time as a contributor to health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even death. What’s more, the this is true even if you spend several hours a week engaging in vigorous exercise. (1, 2, 3) As a result, sitting/standing desks have become quite popular over the past few years as a way to help mitigate against the negative effects of sitting for prolonged periods of time.

As a tech reviewer, the new studies on prolonged sitting is quite concerning as I spend a lot of time sitting and writing at my desk. Given that death by [...]

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