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Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips

Introduction OK, let’s lay this right out there before we really get started… Here at Pure Overclock we sometimes like to create mods for our PCs that are not strictly about performance. Yes indeed, on occasion, we also mod our PCs to make them look great, or make them quieter, or to make a statement. Today’s review is about two of these: making your PC look great and making a statement. Today, we’re going to be looking at the newly released Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED-Strip lighting kits. As part of the BitFenix Premium Modding Series, the Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic LED Strips are an update of the BitFenix Alchemy LED Strip line. They do have a couple of significant new features, which we’ll get to a bit later in the review. Before we get to the bright glowy things, let’s see who BitFenix is: Focused on combining superior design with the latest advances in technology, BitFenix creates state-of-the-art computer hardware and peripherals that blur the line between man and machine. Users shouldn’t have to adjust themselves to the way their hardware works. So, we strive to put the user in complete control of his hardware, so that it functions as an extension of his will, and not as another variable he has to compensate for. In the heat of battle, the user should not have to worry about the state of his equipment, which is why BitFenix products are engineered to perform under even the most extreme conditions. No matter how taxing the s...

ADATA Launches the UV140 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

ADATA Launches the UV140 USB 3.0 Flash Drive Featuring a Compact Clip for Handy Storage July 21, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the UV140 USB 3.0 USB Flash Drive. It features a unique tail wing-shaped bookmark clip and a capless, light, and compact design. Users save time on data transfers with the USB 3.0 high speed interface, while enjoying convenience, efficiency, and ease when using the drive on the go. The UV140 helps users embrace a more successful lifestyle. Unique, Compact, and Convenient Designed with a bookmark clip at its tip, the UV140 can be clipped onto folders, books or lanyards whenever necessary, making it portable and convenient to use. A capless design frees users from worrying about losing a cap. The UV140 comes with a strap mount at its tip, so buyers can get creative matching it with a strap that best suits their personal style. The matte texture material on the UV140 is scratch, smudge, and fingerprint-resistant, so it can be used worry-free in any setting or environment. USB 3.0 Speed and Efficiency The UV140 uses the USB 3.0 high speed specification which greatly enhances transfer speeds and reduces waiting times when transferring large media files and documents to boost productivity. The UV140 is available in Calming Blue and Passionate Red, and comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions for different aesthetic preferences and capacity needs. ...

SP Silicon Power Introduces High Capacity Power Banks with Anti-Slip Rubber Design – Power S102 and Power S82

SP Silicon Power Introduces High Capacity Power Banks with Anti-Slip Rubber Design – Power S102 and Power S82 Taipei, Taiwan – June 25th, 2015 – Catering to the increasing demands for fast and safe charging for mobile devices, SP/ Silicon Power, the world’s leading provider of memory storage solutions, today announces the launch of its brand new power banks – Power S102 and Power S82, with high capacity of 12000mAh and 8000mAh respectively. In addition to high quality Li-Polymer battery cells, S102 and S82 feature textured rubber back cover that prevents slipping and scratching your devices, and makes it easy to hold. Moreover, users can enjoy a real worry-free mobile life with the S102 and S82 safety protections compliant with highest international standards. Unique Design of Anti-Slip Rubber Cover, Easy and Faster Charging SP puts great efforts into product design to make Power S102 and Power S82 more user-friendly and modish. The Silicon Power professional team expresses, “The front side of S102 and S82 mimics a smartphone’s back cover, allowing an easier and more comfortable touch of holding. The special-textured rubber back cover provides slip resistant and scratch-resistant functions, and makes it a good heat insulator. So users can put their device on the power bank stably and safely.” Power S102 and Power S82 are available in two charming designs – one is a vivid combination of black and red and the other shows elegance with white and grey. Wi...

ADATA Launches PV120 Power Bank with Opulent Leather-Like Exterior

ADATA Launches PV120 Power Bank with Opulent Leather-Like Exterior An Elegant Companion to Charge up Your Mobile Life! Taipei, Taiwan – April 23, 2015 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launches its PV120 Power Bank. Featuring a leather-textured exterior with smooth metallic side-striping, a bright LED power level indicator shows how much power remains for more charging. The ultra-slim PV120 Power Bank comes with metallic-trimmed siding in black, white, or blue and packs a sizable 5100mAh capacity for discerning users who need to charge up to two mobile devices at once. A Great Look! A Great Charge! No need to worry about running out of power when you‘re on the go! Thanks to its elegantly streamlined easy-grip design, you can carry your PV120 with confidence. With a smudge-free leather-textured exterior colored in your choice of black, white, or blue, the opulently stylish PV120 Power Bank sports a single 2A input for faster self-charging, and 1A / 2.1A outputs so you can charge up to two devices simultaneously. The PV120 comes with a whopping 5100mAh charge capacity – enough for nearly 2 charges on an iPhone 6 and more than 1 charge on an iPhone 6 Plus.  To save your time, the PV120 supports simultaneous charge and discharge for improved efficiency. No need to wait for the PV120 to be fully charged: you still can charge your mobile devices simultaneously while the PV120 is being charged. Pe...


HyperX Fury Pro Gaming Mouse Pad (420mmx500mm)

Introduction HyperX, a division of Kingston technologies, has started to step up its game in the accessories department. The popular memory and storage manufacturer has expanded it wings and is now bringing additional accessories to the table, adding to its gaming product line. With the popular PC gaming scene, it’s not a surprise that HyperX is looking to join into this market share. Today, we are going to be looking at the new HyperX Fury Pro Gaming Mouse pad. Mouse Pads are a pretty universal accessory for most gamers today. Finding the right fit and feel is important but most of all, finding the right thickness and surface is vital. So… we are going to take a quick look at the HyperX Fury Pro Gaming Mouse Pad and see what it brings to the table.   Before we move forward, let’s read a bit about HyperX:     “HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology, the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer. Started in 2002, HyperX began with one line of high-performance memory and has grown over the years to encompass multiple product lines of memory modules, solid-state drives, USB Flash drives, headsets and mouse pads. Featuring best-in-class components that have delivered superior performance, quality and aesthetic design for more than a decade, HyperX products are the choice of top-rated gamers, tech enthusiasts and overclockers worldwide. From setting memory world records to achieving the most stringent produc...

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ECS LIVA X Mini PC- Review

Introduction   Here we are at the beginning of a new year where we can start fresh on old habits, forgotten projects of days past, and new promises to self and others; it is all about moving forward. Last year ECS released a mini PC kit called LIVA. We were invited out to a press event in San Jose to discuss it and a few other products.  Article here.  The small black box PC was meant to be assembled before the end user installed their preferred OS. This wasn’t overly difficult for even a beginner but it may have intimidated some into looking for other solutions. LIVA had a decent amount of processing power, small footprint, built in Bluetooth/WiFi and was priced competitively. Overall it was a good first out for ECS. Now we have a new year and a fresh attempt to introduce Mini PCs to those with an imagination, limited space, HTPC or even digital signage. The LIVA X is an update to add features and correct some of the pitfalls found in the first iteration of the LIVA MINI PC. I have high hopes for the LIVA X so let’s see if it can replace my current full size HTPC solution.     ECS, the Elitegroup Computer Systems, was established in 1987, and almost 30 years of business. More than two decades, ECS has overcome a great deal of obstacles facing new businesses and has experienced the joy of significant growth and development. Her main focus has expanded to not only motherboards, but also desktop and notebook computers, graphics cards and other mo...


Gamdias Hermes Ultimate Keyboard Review

Gamdias is a company that is likely not well known by many computer enthusiasts, except for perhaps some of the diehards in the crowd. In truth, Gamdias has only been around for a couple years, designing keyboards (and the company) from the ground up. The Gamdias Hermes Ultimate mechanical keyboard is a fully backlit mechanical board that caters to discerning consumers who want something unique,, offering some very innovative features and software, extensive macros, full N-Key rollover, backlit illumination, sound dampeners, and onboard memory. Let's have a closer look.

TRENDnet® Ships Home Smart Switch with Wireless Extender

TRENDnet® Ships Home Smart Switch with Wireless Extender TORRANCE, Calif. – December 4, 2014 -TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the Home Smart Switch with Wireless Extender, model THA-101-a combination smart electrical outlet and powerful N300 wireless extender. Place the THA-101 in a location where there is still two bars of home wireless signal strength from an existing wireless network, displayed on a mobile device. Plug in the THA-101 and follow a quick app-based installation. The powerful built-in N300 wireless extender then broadcasts a strong wireless signal to an area of your home with low or no wireless coverage. Plug in a light, fan, or appliance into the electrical outlet on the front of the THA-101 and use the free Apple® or AndroidT mobile app to turn the outlet on/off from a mobile device with an Internet connection. Users can also use the app to create a weekly on/off schedule, with varying daily on/off times, so that lights are on when returning home or to give the illusion of being home. Overcurrent protection trips a circuit relay, cutting power to the built-in outlet, when current exceeds 16 Amps. The free app displays detailed real-time electrical consumption including the current (in mA), voltage, power (in Watts), and total energy consumption (in kWh). “The THA-101 is easy to install,” stated Sonny Su, TRENDnet technology director, “and the app can mana...

Club 3D SenseVision Docking Stations

Docking Stations USB 3.0 is about 10 times faster than USB 2.0, making it the best choice for connecting a Docking Station and a great way to save time cutting down the transfer times and also the number of connections required for portable devices. Many users are stuck with a few connectivity ports in their portable device. Club 3D SenseVision Docking Stations allow them to add multiple external components like monitors and peripherals through a single USB 3.0 cable, making it easier and flexible. Whether you’re away from the office for an hour, a day or a week, the last thing you want to do when you get back is fumble with a chaotic web of cables in order to get your portable device connected. A Docking Station can make it a lot quicker and easier to reconnect your fully functioning desktop environment with wired network, keyboard, mouse, storage devices and external monitors. Embrace the new Club 3D SenseVision Docking Stations USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station CSV-3242HD Supports Dual Graphics DVI-I resolutions up to 2048×1152 2x USB 3.0 ports with BC 1.2 charging* 4x USB 2.0 ports Gigabit Ethernet 2.1 audio and microphone jack *Allows fast charge on Smartphones USB 3.0 4K Docking Station CSV-3103D Supports Dual Graphics DVI-I resolutions up to 2048×1152 HDMI™ resolutions up to 3840×2160 30Hz 3x USB 3.0 ports with BC 1.2 charging* Gigabit Ethernet 2.1 audio and microphone jack *Allows fast charge on Smartphones Y-Cabled DockPort A Hybrid MST H...


VisionTek USB Pocket SSD 120GB- Review

One may come to the conclusion that we do not need faster or larger pocket drives considering the average file transfer is done being copied in a few seconds. VisionTek does not think we have reached a suitable transfer speed yet and has created a drive to challenge any other portable storage device. The VisionTek USB Pocket SSD uses the same technology many of us now use to achieve quicker boot and application load times, just in a smaller more portable form factor.


IN WIN iEar Headset Hanger

Introduction They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single footstep; unless your an octopus, then it starts with a single suction cup. That may not seem relevant but when you consider this is my first time to review here at PureOC, and the product is the IN WIN iEar headset hanger, then maybe the correlation makes a little sense. Let’s begin with a brief explanation about who IN WIN is.


COUGAR 700M Aluminum Gaming Mouse & Speed Mouse Pad – Review

Introduction   Cougar is known for making exotic looking cases, performance chassis fans and the color “orange”. They’ve also been working on expanding to other product sectors over the last few years; We even saw them release a line of power supplies that was generally well received. Hoping to expand on that success, we are now witnessing Cougar reach into the very competitive “gaming peripherals” market. As eSports continues to pick up momentum and followers, hardcore gaming itself is rising from parent’s basements to being broadcast to millions across the globe. As a result, each day new gamers are born into this growing market, and Cougar is looking to “pounce” on this potential revenue stream (Editor’s Note: I see what you did there… -Mike). Cougar sent us the 700M Gaming Mouse and the Cougar Mouse Pad Speed, their latest enthusiast gaming products, to take a look at. We’re going to see if Cougar has what it takes to survive in this tough market, or if they could end up on the “endangered products” list. First, a few words about Cougar:   About COUGAR COUGAR was started in Germany in 2007 by a group of computer peripherals engineers who wanted to design with passion. We established a professional team, adhered to the design philosophy of technology centered on human use and aesthetic perfection. These combinations lead to products that met the global demand for high-end profession...


ANDROMEDIA AM Bluetooth Speakers

When you are shopping for a Bluetooth speaker, Andromedia I believe has covered all the bases, with the four options available. I personally like them all for various reasons, the first being portability, they are easy to store and carry, for the money spent the features included on all four are phenomenal, and sound quality is the best I have heard from speakers in this price range of this size.

Scythe presents Kama Thermo 3 Thermometer with two temperature sensors and aluminum chassis

Scythe presents Kama Thermo 3 Thermometer with two temperature sensors and aluminum chassis 25.08.2014, Oststeinbek (Germany) – Japanese cooling-expert Scythe announces the third version of its Kama Thermo thermometer, featuring two individual temperature channel. Unlike its predecessors, new Kama Thermo 3 comes in a solid aluminum chassis, which benefits the sturdiness and lifetime. The Kama Thermo 3 comes with a built-in screen, which displays the temperature values of two individual temperature sensors both in degrees Celsius and degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the application, users are able to connect one or two temperature sensors on the rear side of the thermometer. Scythe offers an alternative power source, by adding a USB connector to the rear side of Kama Thermo 3. The alternative power source activates the blue screen illumination in addition. The backlight is deactivated when used with the integrated Button-Cell Battery, in order to allow a long-term stand-alone operation of the thermometer.   Scythe Kama Thermo 3 – Product Page Scythe Kama Thermo 3 – Data Sheet About Scythe Scythe is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of CPU coolers, graphic card coolers, fans, fan controllers, power supplies, cases and other PC accessories. Operating since November 2002, is headquartered in Tokyo (Japan) and has offices in Oststeinbek (Germany) and Taipei (Taiwan). Scythe Kama Thermo 3 suits many different applications from measurement of temperatu...


Inside the ECS Press Event

LIVE & LIVA ECS (EliteGroup Computer Systems) recently held what they titled the “LIVE, LIVA, LEAD, L337″ press event in San Jose to unveil some new products and to discuss the future of ECS. PureOverclock was one of the lucky few to be invited to attend this event. One of the main products ECS seemed to be most proud of and focused a large amount of their attention to was the LIVA mini PC Kit. LIVA is one of the smallest fully functional PCs capable of running Windows 8.1 I have seen. There are a few models available based on color (Black or White) and Drive space size(32GB or 64GB). The plan is to install the OS and a few other apps on the internal non upgradeable drive and use an external drive for storage, either a USB flash drive or an external Hard drive. I/O options starting from the left are a micro USB for power, Realtek RTL8111G 10/100/1000LAN, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI and VGA. The tiny passively cooled pc is powered by the 64bit Intel Bay Trail-M N2807 1.58GHz Celeron processor with 2GB DDR3L memory. LIVA is fully capable of pushing dual displays as well. Within the kit is a M.2 WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 card that needs to be installed during assembly. Hey look it is everyone’s favorite song! Let’s sing along! Just kidding please don’t! ECS setup the LIVA to support Karaoke with dual microphones and HD video playback. I will be experimenting with my own LIVA over the coming days to see what I can really do with it. Window...

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