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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 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?

Well, that’s [...]

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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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March 30, 2017

Review: Samsung EVO Plus 128GB (UHS-3, 2017) microSDXC Memory Card

Better Performance, Higher Capacity

Several years ago, Samsung made their first introduction into the branded memory card space with their EVO and PRO lineup of memory cards and quickly dominated the space thanks to its great performance, reasonable pricing, and strong brand.

Following the introduction of the EVO and PRO memory card lines, Samsung also introduced the EVO Plus and PRO Plus lineup of memory cards back in 2015 to offer consumers a memory card that offers better performance and higher capacities than its predecessors. Although the EVO Plus and PRO Plus memory cards were already a great choice for customers, advancements have been made in NAND flash memory [...]

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March 24, 2017

Review: XFX Radeon RX 460 Slim Single-Slot (4GB) Graphics Card

Tiny Graphics Card for the Casual Gamer

Gaming hardware has traditionally held a reputation for being bulky and intimidating. Gaming PCs are often visualized as huge towers decked out with flashy lights and sports car inspired paint jobs. While that would’ve been accurate just a few years ago, performance PCs are no longer confined to just “big”. Thanks to ever increasing tiny hardware that pack a serious punch, SFF, or Small Form-Factor, gaming systems are significantly growing in popularity.

Today we’ll be reviewing one tiny, budget-focused graphics card that can fit almost anywhere yet provide decent gaming performance for the casual gamer, the XFX [...]

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March 19, 2017

Review: Kanto YU4 Powered Speakers

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Maybe it’s unprofitable or maybe it’s too technically difficult. Either way, there don’t seem to be too many companies out there making decent high end powered speakers at reasonable prices.

After recently speaking with some of our readers, we were introduced to a Canadian company by the name of Kanto Living, which produces high end desktop speakers similar to those found in Audioengine’s speaker lineup. As we have previously reviewed and have been quite impressed with all of Audioengine’s offerings, we were quite intrigued when we heard about Kanto Living.

Looking at Kanto Living’s website, they make everything from [...]

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March 13, 2017

Review: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass Edition Full Tower Case

The Enthoo Luxe, Now a Bit More Luxe

Several years ago, Phanteks launched the Enthoo Luxe case which was and still continues to be an excellent full tower case. While I didn’t get a chance to review it at the time, it was easily one of the best reviewed cases on the market with a full tower form factor, sandblasted aluminum exterior, completely tool-less design, great cable management options, and beautiful LED accents that made it well worth its $150 pricetag.

That said, there’s really no case that can’t be made better with a tempered glass sidepanel which is exactly what Phanteks recently added to their Enthoo Luxe. While I can resist reviewing a great [...]

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March 11, 2017

Review: Netgear Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi Router System

The Fastest Home Mesh WiFi System

Over the past few weeks, we’ve reviewed several home mesh Wi-Fi systems including the Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD, the Linksys Velop, and the Eero and found that while each one had its own unique benefits, none of them were perfect.

Today we’ll be reviewing the Netgear Orbi which is Netgear’s home mesh Wi-Fi solution. Like the Linksys Velop, the Netgear Orbi features three radios in each unit, allowing one of the radios to serve as a dedicated backhaul for better performance between the Orbi nodes.

SpecificationsManufacturer NetgearModel Orbi Home WiFi System (2-Pack)Wi-Fi Bands IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/acRadios 3 (2.4GHz [...]
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March 10, 2017

How to Undervolt Your Laptop to Boost Battery Life, Reduce Heat and Quiet Your Fans (Intel CPU Based Systems Guide)

When most people are asked what the main problems of their laptops are, the ones with Ultrabooks and other ultraportable systems would probably say performance while the ones with enthusiast and gaming laptops would probably say battery life, heat and annoyingly loud fans. While this guide isn’t going to teach you how to improve the performance of your laptop, we will cover how to increase battery life, reduce heat, and reduce the amount of time the fans kick in by using a technique called CPU undervolting.

 

What is Undervolting and Why Undervolt Your Laptop

As PC enthusiasts, we’re quite familiar with the term overclocking, a technique used to [...]

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Review: Creative iRoar Go Weatherproof Portable Wireless Speaker
 
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