Budget All-round PC - February 2016 and more
Posted on: 02/29/2016 05:41 AM

Here a roundup of the latest reviews and articles:

30 of the Coolest Movie and Television Gadgets
64-bit Raspberry Pi 3 with WiFi and Bluetooth!
Acer Predator Z35 35-inch Curved G-Sync Monitor Review
Budget All-round PC - February 2016
How to Use a USB Flash Drive with Your Android Phone or Tablet
ID-Cooling Hunter VC-Twin CPU Cooler Review
Loroce Bluetooth Speaker Review
Maingear Factory Tour
Mushkin Reactor 512GB Solid State Drive Review
Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC, NF-F12 industrialPPC, NA-SAVP1, NA-SAV2 Cooling Fans Review
OCZ Trion150 240GB and 480GB Solid State Drive Review
Streacom F12C Aluminium PC Case Review
Synology DiskStation DS216+ NAS Review: Solid performance, great value
The be quiet! Silent Base 800 Enclosure Reviewed
Zalman Z11 Neo Review

30 of the Coolest Movie and Television Gadgets
It's no secret that science fiction has paved the way for technology. Sci-fi authors are scientifically-inclined by design and they often introduce the world to concepts that they know will come to fruition at some point down the road. What's always fascinated us, however, are all the things that science fiction has promised that haven't come to fruition. It's just human nature to want what you can't have and books, television shows, and especially movies have introduced us to a host of must-have toys, if only they existed.

These gadgets aren't strictly science fiction, some aren't even "gadgets" per se, and some of them even exist in some form or the other, but everything listed here - mainly from movies, some from television - appeals to the geek in all of us.


Read full article @ MTN

64-bit Raspberry Pi 3 with WiFi and Bluetooth!
The FCC photos show a design that appears to be almost identical to the quad-core, Cortex-A7 Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, which shipped a year ago. The system-on-chip continues to be a Broadcom model, but it’s impossible to say whether it’s an all 64-bit, ARMv8 SoC, such as a quad-core Cortex-A53 design, or a dual-core design, or perhaps even a half Cortex-A53, half Cortex-A7 Big.Little combo. The RAM allotment cannot be confirmed, but appears likely to stay the same at 1GB.


Read full article @ Linux Gizmos

Acer Predator Z35 35-inch Curved G-Sync Monitor Review
We thought we had seen it all when we tested Asus' 165Hz PG279Q recently. Now Acer raises the bar even higher with its 200Hz Predator Z35. To sweeten the deal, the new monitor has G-Sync, ULMB and a curved 35-inch screen.


Read full article @ Toms Hardware

Budget All-round PC - February 2016
The all-round PC is a PC with comprehensive features for around £650 - £750 that can do a little bit of everything. It should have enough speed and capacity to meet your needs for some time. Currently it can run all applications, and you're able to upgrade it with small future investments when you need more power or storage capacity.

Surfing, gaming, business applications, photo and video editing should all be possible on the all-round PC without giving you the feeling that it's lacking in performance.

This means a fast processor and graphics card with an excellent price/ performance ratio, in combination with more than enough memory and storage space. Let's not forget a good computer case and a power supply that will remain energy efficient and silent enough for some years to come. Since the monitor, mouse and keyboard will be used daily you should definitely not skimp on these peripherals.


Read full article @ Hardware.Info

How to Use a USB Flash Drive with Your Android Phone or Tablet
Ever want to watch a video on your phone or tablet without wasting its storage space? Or maybe you just need to view a file your friend gave you. Most modern Android devices support standard USB drives, so you can plug in a flash drive just like you would on a computer.


Read full article @ Howtogeek

ID-Cooling Hunter VC-Twin CPU Cooler Review
ID-Cooling are a name that are quickly growing in popularity. Having had many years of experience building CPU coolers of their own in Eastern markets, as well as working as the OEM for many popular brands, they’ve proven that they know a thing or two about CPU cooler production and design. We’ve seen some great products from them in the past here at eTeknix, and ID-Cooling have shown us that not only can they compete in terms of cooling performance, they can also do it as very affordable prices, so we’re eager to see what the VC-Twin has to offer today.


Read full article @ eTeknix

Loroce Bluetooth Speaker Review
Up for review today I’ve got a great speaker from a company called Loroc’e and it’s a Bluetooth speaker yes, but it also has line-in and even a microSD slot to play MP3 files, alogn with an FM radio and there’s even a standard USB port so you could charge your phone in an emergency from the 4000mAh internal battery. The sound quality is amazing from this little speaker, it can get very, very loud and still stay clear. Read on to learn more…


Read full article @ Technogog

Maingear Factory Tour
We dropped by Maingear's New Jersey headquarters and factory for a tour.


Read full article @ Toms Hardware

Mushkin Reactor 512GB Solid State Drive Review
After I recently had a look at Mushkin’s Striker SSD, it is now time to take a closer look at the Mushkin Reactor SSD and that’s just what I am doing in today’s review. Mushkin’s Reactor solid state drive promises simultaneous capacity and performance while also keeping the initial costs of purchase in the mainstream spectrum. The Reactor drive is available in three capacities from 256GB to 1TB, but I’m taking a closer look at the 512GB model today.

The Mushkin Reactor is a basic mainstream drive that will be a great solution in any workstation system or gaming rig. It is built around the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller which is a little cheaper than the Phison S10 for example. In return, we get a drive that is cheaper to purchase. It still delivers a great performance thanks to the use of MLC NAND and it is rated for sequential operations up to 560MB/s reading and 460MB/s writing. The random access performance isn’t bad at all either and the drive comes with a rating of up to 71K IOPS reading and up to 75K IOPS writing.


Read full article @ eTeknix

Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC, NF-F12 industrialPPC, NA-SAVP1, NA-SAV2 Cooling Fans Review
A while ago, I was sitting in a restaurant with my parents and siblings, and on the wall we saw a funny poster. On the poster it said, "Heaven is where: The French are the chefs, the Italians are the lovers, the British are the police, the Germans are the mechanics, and the Swiss make everything run on time." Just below all that was another section, and it read, "Hell is where: the British are the chefs, the Swiss are the lovers, the French are the mechanics, the Italians make everything run on time, and the Germans are the police." I find in any hobby, or pretty much anything people do to keep themselves busy with, there are particular people or manufacturers you will go to for the specific parts you need, and this is no different in the PC enthusiast world. We all know which components we like from what manufacturers. Most builds will feature an Intel processor and an NVIDIA graphics card. Of course, there are many disagreements on which parts are best, and how they complement each other, but most enthusiasts will agree Noctua makes some of the best PC cooling products in the market today. Today, we have four different fan models to review; namely, the Noctua NF-A14 Industrial PPC 24V and NF-F12 Industrial PPC 24V fans, each of which has a 2000 RPM and 3000 RPM version as well. To go along with these fans, the good people in Austria sent over some anti-vibration pads and anti-vibration mounts, which are the NA-SAVP1 and NA-SAV2, respectively. Will we find the same quality and performance we have come to expect from Noctua? Read on to find out!


Read full article @ APH Networks

OCZ Trion150 240GB and 480GB Solid State Drive Review
OCZ introduced us to the Trion series about half a year ago and the first drive already impressed us with its performance versus value offering and now OCZ is back with the next generation of Trion drives. The newly released Trion 150 series brings the newest in TLC NAND technology coupled with a great controller in order to provide an amazing drive for people on a budget. Today I’m taking a closer look at this series as I’ll be testing the 240GB and 480GB models.

The OCZ Trion 150 SSD is aimed at people who want to make the move from traditional mechanical hard disk drives and into the modern flash-based storage. There is no comparison when it comes to performance and access speeds, the SSD wins this by miles. Traditional storage does however have the benefit of more capacity per dollar and that is where TLC-NAND based drives come into play. They offer a great capacity at a lower price compared to MLC or SLC-based drives.


Read full article @ eTeknix

Streacom F12C Aluminium PC Case Review
If you've been around personal computers as long as i have then you should recall that up until 20-25 years ago most systems were housed inside rather small desktop cases and that didn't really change until the very first DVD-ROM drives made their appearance in the late 90's. Because of that I’ve never been able to wrap my head around the fact that even though today the market is overflowing with midi and full towers of all shapes and prices there are nowhere near as many desktop cases available for people to choose from. Some of the leading manufacturers did try to keep such cases available mainly for HTPC systems but most of them gave up soon afterwards. Well thanks to some smaller manufacturers like our friends over at Streacom HTPC and desktop systems will always have a high-quality home like their latest F12C Aluminium PC Case which we have here with us today.

Streacom was founded in 2010 by a small but experienced team that shared a common vision of producing uniquely designed and engineered computer cases. With our head office in Holland and manufacturing base in China, we entered the market by focusing on SFF and passive cooled products all made from premium grade aluminium. This combination of premium quality and compact design has established Streacom as a global player in the PC component market and earned us a reputation for making stylish well-crafted products. With a truly multinational team, we have the perfect balance of European design, Asian manufacturing and Global sales channels. This mix of influences also give us the ability to think outside of the box, pushing the design envelope, finding new and innovative solutions for our products and manufacturing processes, and importantly, allows us to fully understand and support the needs of our customers. Unlike many brands on the market, Streacom directly designs and manufactures all of its cases. Our production facilities don’t produce cases for anyone else which is one of the reasons Streacom cases are truly unique. From our design, engineering and fabrication process right through to end user support, our years of experience ensure a product and service that is unsurpassed.

Streacom is one of the very few companies out there that uses pure aluminium for their cases so just like the FC8 EVO which we reviewed a couple of years ago the F12C features the same quality exterior (with 4mmm thick panels it has even higher). Unlike the FC8 EVO however the F12C has room for even regular ATX size mainboards (micro-ATX and mini-ITX are also supported) and virtually any hardware component you may want to fit in it (with 7 full height expansion slots it can be a lot). Unfortunately this time over Streacom skipped on the slim optical drive bay and the passive CPU cooling feature but with the amount of space inside the F12C (which can be used with up to six 120mm fans or three 240mm radiators) that shouldn't be a problem. And if all the above weren't enough Streacom has also made it possible for the end user to install up to 24 2.5" and/or 12 3.5" disk drives inside the F12C (if you decide not to use any fans or radiators) a number which we don't even see with full towers.


Read full article @ NikkTech

Synology DiskStation DS216+ NAS Review: Solid performance, great value
The two-bay DiskStation DS216+ is designed to bridge the pricing gap between the DS716+ and DS216. Priced at $300 it's the cheapest Synology device to support the more modern B-tree file system (BTRFS). In this review we'll compare the performance between EXT4 and BTRFS while also checking out the new features offered by Synology's latest DSM 6.0 Beta software.


Read full article @ TechSpot

The be quiet! Silent Base 800 Enclosure Reviewed
If you're hunting for a creative flashy full tower enclosure, there are definitely plenty of those on the market that cater to gamers and enthusiasts. However, some folks want a bit less flash without sacrificing all the cool features. You know, those cool features like tooless drive bays, modular bays, room for all-in-one or custom liquid cooling loops, plenty of ideal cooling and of course something that isn't ugly!

One such enclosure that fits the list is the be quiet! Silent Base 800. It offers all of these aforementioned features and more. And after spending quite some time showing it off at shows, LAN parties and college campuses, we have the short and sweet technical skinny to help you decide if it's your next enclosure.


Read full article @ Futurelook

Zalman Z11 Neo Review
Zalman are well-known for their quirky CPU coolers and expertise within the cooling sector but are perhaps not so well-known for their computer cases, yet inside their portfolio of products they have a considerable number of designs and offerings. Today we’ll be looking at one of their most recently released computer chassis; the Z11 Neo.

Z11 Neo is a mid-tower chassis which is tailored to the gamer. It’s physical appearance is aggressive with futuristic lines and LED lighting – all of which will suit those with a leaning away from the plain and mundane.

We’ve produced a video review of Z11 Neo which details all of the included features, demonstrates a an ATX test system installed and highlights the clearance options inside for components such as water-cooling.


Read full article @ Vortez




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