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Intriguing Gaming/PC Desk Kickstarter Project Called ‘Paradise Desk’

  Over the years that many of us have been gaming, one of the most overlooked aspects of the experience is the desk. It’s easy to ignore it once we find a desk that is even remotely comfortable, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a better solution. Enter “Paradise Desk.” This is a new Kickstarter (crowd-funding) project we found intriguing and worth sharing. Whether you are a PC or a console gamer, or you game on both, some of us use a desk for gaming. Obviously, most console gamers will likely have their setup in the living room, so a desk is moot for them, but there are still a few out there who use a desk instead. The “Paradise Desk” could be the perfect solution for any of these needs. The folks at “Paradise Desk” aim to offer a desk that is the best of all possible worlds. It offers an attractive modern industrial design aesthetic, and melds it with the ability to utilize space more efficiently and cover up those annoying cables strewn about. Here’s a quote from the developer with a quick description of their concept, KickStarter – Paradise Desk Concept Video In the video above you get a good look at the prototype they are planning to mass-produce. What do you guys think? Could this be the gamer’s ultimate desk? Here’s a link to the Kickstarter project if you want to check out more info, or if you want to join the project. Source: Kickstarter – Paradise Desk



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Corsair RM Series 850 W

With six PSU series, Corsair decided that there was room in their portfolio for another one! Today, we will take a look at the fresh RM Series, or, more specifically, the RM850. It offers Gold efficiency and comes with a fully modular design, and, on top of that, a very quiet operation. Full Review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Corsair/RM850/



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LUXA2 Releases New P1-PRO Battery Power Pack

Taipei, Taiwan – September 30, 2013 – LUXA2, a premier designer and manufacturer of unique and functional mobile accessories including holders, portable power, headsets and cases, is proud to announce a new product to its portable power family– The P1-PRO 7000mAh outdoor battery pack. Mountain-biking in the Alps. Climbing Kilimanjaro. Exploring the Grand Canyon. All are demanding conditions, which ultimately require a demanding, durable and dependable power solution for your portable device. The P1-PRO is designed for such adventures. This 7000mAh high capacity, dual charging battery pack has more than enough juice to charge your smartphone or tablet simultaneously, and has a removable bump resistant rubber band to protect against accidental knocks and bumps- The rubber band also acts as a cord keeper to store and keep your USB cable tangle free! The P1-PRO comes with a LED battery status indicator and possesses smart overcharging prevention technology; requiring only 8.5 hours to fully charge. Simply plug it into a power socket overnight and it will be raring to go again when you wake up the next morning. The P1-PRO truly is the perfect companion for all your outdoor adventures. Key features: 7000mAh battery capacity Durable Rubber Band offers added protection from accidental knocks and bumps Removable Rubber band cord keeper function keeps your cables tangle free LED battery status indicator with overcharging prevention technology Dual Charging Functionality (2.1A,...



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MSI Unveils the GP Series, the Ideal Combination of Mobile Productivity, Entertainment and Gaming

MSI-GP60 – MSI-GP70 Exceptional on-the-go performance featuring Intel® Core™ i5 processor, NVIDIA® graphics and SteelSeries gaming keyboard now available starting from $899.99   City of Industry, Calif. – September 30, 2013 – MSI Computer Corp, leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, announces the availability of GP Series, the ideal combination of on-the-go productivity, multimedia entertainment and gaming performance.   The GP Series, currently comprised of one 17-inch and two 16-inch models, come equipped with either Intel® Core™ i7 or Core™ i5 processors, NVIDIA® GeForce® GT740M graphics and 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, giving them enough power to blaze through any task. MSI’s newest laptops are also a multimedia lover’s dream, combining Sound Blaster Cinema, Matrix Display and Audio Boost technology with gold-flashed audio jacks to pump out crystal clear surround sound, connect to up to two additional monitors and maximize sound quality to create a more immersive experience.   “The GP Series is designed to give the mobile user a balanced combination of processing power, graphics performance and gaming components,” stated Andy Tung, vice president of sales for MSI Pan America Region. “MSI understands that mobile professionals also need a unit that delivers incredible multimedia experience and enough power to handle the newest games.” Part of MSI’s award winning line of professional and gaming notebooks, the G...



 
 
 
 
 
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Diamond Multimedia BVU165 HD USB Video Adapter

Introduction Have you ever found yourself wishing you could hook up a second monitor for productivity only to find out your hardware doesn’t support it? It can be frustrating. The typical solution would be to upgrade your hardware. In some cases this could require replacing your graphics card (or adding another one) in your system, or even buying an entirely new system. Diamond Multimedia has teamed up with Display Link to offer an inexpensive solution – the BVU165HD USB Video Adapter. This neat little device hooks to any open USB 2.0 port and offers DVI output as standard with adapters for both VGA and HDMI outputs to a display. They were kind enough to send us one to check out, so let’s get to it!   About Diamond Multimedia: “For over two decades, Diamond Multimedia has been widely recognized as a pioneer in the graphics, sound and communications industries and a key player in launching the multimedia revolution. Our mission is to provide our customers with the latest quality technology combined with outstanding service and support. Diamond offers a complete multimedia solution featuring ATI Radeon graphics cards, TV tuners, USB display adapters, video capture devices, sound cards, modems, and electronics accessories all from one convenient location. Diamond video cards use the latest technology to offer the best solutions for gaming, home media and business applications. Powered by ATI Radeon Graphics from AMD, Diamond is continuously striv...



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Deepcool Officially Presents PANGU ATX Mid-tower Computer Case

Deepcool, the leading manufacturer of desktop CPU cooler, DC case fan and Notebook cooler, officially released its first computer case: PANGU ATX Mid-tower computer case, which means the beginning of an era of cooling-focused cases. Ultimate Cooling Performance The front and top panels are covered with metal mesh. These two panels have a quick-remove design to allow for quick removal for cooling installation and components cleaning. Behind both panels, 2 120mm can be installed and DEEPCOOL includes 2 blue LED fans in the front. In total, 6 120mm fans can be mounted around the frame. (2 front, 2 top, 1 rear, 1 bottom) More than that, the innovative inside cooling fan bracket attached on the 5.25” drive bay supports another 120mm fan. With a rotating mechanism, the fan can target at the CPU heatsink or down at the VGA cards. Two water cooling grommets are located on the rear. Expansions and Modular HDD Rack There are two 5.25” drive bays and six 3.5” drive bays which can accommodate 2.5” SSDs. The top three 3.5” HDD brackets in a rack can be removed for you to fit your long VGA card up to 400mm. On the rear are 7 expansion slots that are also tool free design.   Tool Free Design and Cable Management Besides the quick-remove design of the two panels, PANGU is featured with tool free design on the drive bay installation, including 5.25” ODD and 3.5” HDD. With a gap of 22mm between the motherboard tray and the side panel, cables can be routed quite well to ge...



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Thermaltake Massive TM Laptop Cooling Pad – Control Temperature Anywhere Anytime

Taipei, Taiwan – September 27, 2013 – Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units introduces from the same Massive series, Massive TM Laptop cooling pad, designed with Thermaltake the first ever adjustable temperature sensor, display control panel, aluminum design and dual 120mm temperature regulated fans to suit user’s preference in accordance with the laptop size or various heat generated points to create the best thermal performance. The excellent ergonomic design makes the most comfortable viewing angle and hand position. Temperature Control Sensor and Panel Massive TM builds with the first Thermaltake adjustable temperature sensor monitoring up to four different areas, pin-point the hottest part of user’s notebook (0℃~99 ℃). The easy and smart multi-function display panel that showing information from each sensor, as well as lock button and fan control. Extreme Ventilation Two 12cm temperature regulated fans built in the middle of Massive TM for maximum speed up to 1300 RPM, enabling laptop to produce cold air and create the best cooling performance. Ergonomic Humanity Massive TM designed with all ergonomic concepts, test out three appropriate ways for user, with the best visual angle and the height position of the hand, it is totally comfortable. Hexagon shape mesh for maximize airflow Massive TM is designed with brushed aluminum panel for added elegance. Large area of hexagonal shape cooling mesh r...



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Lian Li and Micro Center Sign Distribution Agreement

September 27, 2013 Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces that it has signed a distribution agreement with Micro Center, technology retailer focused on knowledgeable computer users. Micro Center will be carrying the latest Lian Li cases and accessories as well as older popular models. Micro Center will also be the first US vendor to carry the PC-A79 full tower and M-ATX PC-V360 chassis. Distribution begins at the end of September 2013. About Micro Center Micro Center operates twenty-two large stores in major markets in the USA. Founded in 1979 in Columbus, OH, Micro Center is a destination retailer designed to satisfy the dedicated computer user. Uniquely focused on computers and computer-related products, Micro Center offers more computer and computer-related items (more than 30,000 in stock) than any other retailer. Micro Center is deeply passionate about providing product expertise and exceptional customer service. Visit www.microcenter.com for thousands of computer-related items, electronics and other technology products. About Lian Li Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd is an Aluminum Chassis and Chassis peripheral manufacturer and provider of industrial wholesale as well as OEM & ODM services for the PC industry as required. With over 20 years of service excellence, ISO 9001 certification and a team of professional staff willing to do the utmost to deliver durable, superior quality products, all backed by a *2 year guarantee; your satisfaction...



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Introducing the S-31-JB JBOD Tower

Vol. 20130927 iStarUSA Group September 27, 2013 iStarUSA is proud to introduce our new S-31-JB JBOD Enclosure, equipped with two centronics mounting slots that allow you to build a storage system with the interface you desire. In the S-31-JB, three 5.25″ hard drives can be connected to the computer individually to provide instant storage expansion. With JBOD technology, each drive will still get full access and the best performance of each drive is realized the same whether attached using port multiplier enclosures, or installed internally in your computer. The tower is compatible with any of our 3-bay hot-swap cages, such as the BPN-DE340SS and BPU-340SATA. The cages allow instant setup by simply inserting the hard drives after opening the front cover. The honeycomb ventilated front cover and optional 120mm cooling fan in the rear will help you to keep your workspace cool. The S-31-JB tower is great for a variety of environments including media centers and home offices. A safety lock protects your hard drives from being tampered with, and a portable handle design allows you to carry it anywhere. Different colors are available for the front panel so you can style up your work space. With solid construction and a compact design, the S-31-JBJBOD enclosure is a cost-effective and flexible solution for your critical data storage. Contact your sales representative today to inquire about pricing and availability of the S-31-JB JBOD Enclosure!



 
 
 
 
 
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be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Cooler

Introduction The company called be quiet! might not be a name you’re familiar with, but you should be. They’re one of the top contenders in the market when it comes to power supplies and heatsinks with a “quiet” reputation. be quiet! is a German based company that has made some big noise in the European market and won quite a few awards. Today we will be reviewing the be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU cooler. The Shadow Rock 2 features 4x 8mm pipes, and an optimized 120 mm fan with PWM control. It will work with all current Intel and AMD processors. This CPU cooler comes in at a little under the $50 dollar mark, putting it in a price bracket with some very good coolers. Let’s see how it compares in our testing, but first let’s read a little bit about the company!         be quiet!’s track record of offering technology enthusiasts products which focus on silence and innovation has earned them the honor of being the best selling power supplies in Germany for seven straight years according to market data from GfK.  



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BitFenix Introduces Phenom

Elegantly crafted compact case brings beautiful flexibility (BitFenix Design Lab, September 26, 2013) – Today, BitFenix is proud to officially announce Phenom, the newest creation from the BitFenix Design Lab. Featuring clean, uncluttered styling and tremendous build flexibility, Phenom represents the perfect marriage of advanced functionality with next-level SFF design for a case that’s sure to be an instant classic. Engineered to be a sleek modern cube design that suits any environment, fans of clean and elegant chassis are going to feel right at home with Phenom. The mesh accents along the sides of the case perfectly complement the smooth surfaces of the SofTouch-coated top and front panels. In the center is a highly-polished BitFenix logo that contrasts the subtle matte contours perfectly, creating a design that is ideal for any modern décor. And because different systems have different requirements, Phenom comes in both mini-ITX and micro-ATX variants to meet the needs of an even larger group of users. Phenom Mini-ITX: Superior Water Cooling and Massive Storage Compatible with mini-ITX motherboards, Phenom Mini-ITX is a case that’s ideal for both water cooling enthusiasts and storage mavens. The top intake easily accommodates thick radiators up to 240mm in length. The easy-to-use FlexCage™ can store up to five 3.5″ hard disks or SSDs, or removed entirely to accommodate long graphics cards up to 330mm in length, or additional water cooling on the...



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Genius Introduces Energy Mouse in North America– A Combination of Power Bank and Mouse

Two-in-one function saves travel storage space 26 September, 2013, Chino, California – Genius is pleased to announce Energy Mouse — a unique device that serves as both a power bank and a fully functional mouse in one stylish package. With this device, business people, travelers and students can recharge their electronic devices, such as smartphones, when on-the-go, and negates the need to carry a separate power bank. Power Bank Capabilities While on-the-go, smart phones never seem to have enough battery. Equipped with a 2700mAh battery, the Energy Mouse has more than enough juice to fully recharge your electronic devices. No need to worry about draining the power bank battery while using the mouse —a separate battery reserve is used to power the mouse. The built-in lithium-ion battery can be charged with the included USB cable. Rubber Grips for Comfort As a full-sized contoured mouse with rubber hand grips, Energy Mouse brings comfort to notebook users who use unreliable trackpads and tiny, uncomfortable mice. Magic Roller The Genius patented Magic Roller scroll wheel makes it a breeze to scroll up and down on websites and documents. 2.4 GHz Wireless Technology with USB Pico Receiver 2.4 Ghz wireless technology ensures a steady and reliable connection with an operating range of up to 30 feet. The tiny USB pico receiver can be left in the USB port adding more convenient portability. When not in use the pico receiver can be stored under the mouse. Power Level Indicator...



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CoolIT Systems Selected by CoinTerra to Partner for Liquid Cooling Solutions

New custom cooling solution tames the latest super high performance GoldStrike1 ASIC  CALGARY, Alberta, Canada – September 26, 2013 CoolIT Systems, Inc., has entered into a long term partnership agreement with CoinTerra, the performance and value leader in Bitcoin ASIC Mining solutions. CoinTerra® chose CoolIT’s custom liquid cooling solution to cool the latest super high performance GoldStrike1™ ASIC chips. “Working with an industry pioneer like CoinTerra® is an important step towards liquid cooling becoming an industry standard,” said Geoff Lyon, CEO of CoolIT Systems. “We started CoolIT Systems to deliver on the promise of maximizing the performance of well designed silicon through better cooling technology. CoinTerra’s ASIC chip, The GoldStrike1™ combined with CoolIT’s DCLC™ can do just that.” CoolIT’s liquid cooling solution unleashes CoinTerra’s ASIC chip, The GoldStrike1™, a fast and efficient ASIC chip designed especially for Bitcoin mining. Hashing at a minimum of 504 GH/s, the GoldStrike1™ chip is designed for both speed and efficiency. “CoolIT was a clear choice for us. Bitcoin mining systems carry a unique thermal profile, which require the most advanced, custom cooling solutions. We chose CoolIT because they have the best technology and track record in this space,” said Ravi Iyengar, CEO of CoinTerra. CoinTerra’s GoldStrike1 ASIC Highlights: http://cointerra.com/cointerra-demonstrates-working-fpga-releases-additional-chip...



 
 
 
 
 
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OCZ Fatal1ty Series 750W

The OCZ Fatal1ty Series 750W comes with some interesting features that should appeal to the gamers in the crowd. Haswell-ready and LED lighting get it started, but what about performance? We know that sheet specs certainly don't tell the real story though, so let's take a closer look at this new unit and get it on the bench to find out what it can do.



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ASUS Announces the World’s Fastest Wireless Router is Available for Pre-Order

– The ASUS RT-AC68U features dual-core CPU and TurboQAM technology that boosts wireless performance and coverage – Fremont, CA (September 25th, 2013) – ASUS is excited to announce that the RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual-band router is now available for pre-order at select resellers. Capable of delivering speeds up to 1.3Gbps over 802.11ac and 600Mbps over 802.11n thanks to Broadcom TurboQAM technology, the RT-AC68U is the world’s fastest dual-band wireless router*. Powered by a dual-core processor, the RT-AC68U eliminates the performance drops that plague other routers with busy networks. So even on the busiest home networks HD video streaming is always smooth, low latencies enhance online gaming and VoIP calls, and file downloads are not interrupted. The RT-AC68U also features dual USB ports for file, printer and 3G/4G modem sharing that includes a USB 3.0 port for high-speed data transfers. ASUS AiCloud technology transforms home networking into your personal cloud for easy streaming and sharing to smartphones, PCs, and tablets. AiRadar intelligently strengthens the signal for extended and enhanced coverage while dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz technology ensure full backward-compatibility with current wireless devices. Pre-Order Information- The RT-AC68U is available for pre-order at the following resellers- Amazon, NCIX and Newegg SPECIFICATIONS* Full specifications are available at https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC68U . * Specifications and product ava...






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