Introduction Today we have the opportunity to review the ARS60 Bluetooth enabled speaker from Acoustic Research. This is their next generation speaker and it comes packed with features. It also sports a compact design without losing its design quality. It is available in black, red, blue, white, lime green, pink or yellow. The design is shaped like an hour-glass but features two speakers with a bass reflex system. This system also features a NiMH rechargeable battery, offering ten hours of music play time (at medium volume). Could this 16 watt system sound as good as what we’ve seen with other Bluetooth speakers? Continue reading to find out if it holds up to our standards. Before we get started, here’s some information on Acoustic Research: Acoustic Research (AR), a brand owned by VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), today unveiled a new addition to its line of Bluetooth indoor portable wireless speakers — the ARS60 portable wireless speaker. Using advanced audio coding, this next generation Bluetooth® equipped product offers sound quality that’s indistinguishable from wired systems, with an impressive dynamic range. The ARS60 is shaped to inspire, sized to go anywhere and sounds like miniature audio furniture.
Introduction We just received the Minx Go for review recently. Developed by Cambridge Audio, the Minx Go is a Bluetooth speaker that is designed for indoor or backyard barbecue activities. While the Minx Go isn’t something that you would want to take on an outdoor adventure, you shouldn’t need to settle for a boombox style stereo for entertaining the guests. The five speaker array is designed to deliver crisp and precise audio streamed from your Bluetooth enabled device. While the Minx Go doesn’t have your normal features like a speakerphone, the audio quality and looks make up for lacking a speakerphone. Will the Minx Go earn the recognition of gamers? Continue reading to see how it stands up… First, here’s a bit about Cambridge Audio Music is also at the heart of everything we do and we believe that every musical experience should be a magical one. Although it’s an incredible treat which we urge everyone to experience, most people simply don’t have time to listen to a dedicated hi-fi every time they want to hear great music.
SolidRun has released a new version of their CuBox mini computer. This unit has a low carbon footprint and is extremely power efficient. It comes loaded with open source SDK and measures in at 2x2x2 inches. CuBox-i can stream, play, serve, and cast multimedia. CuBox-i models have scalable ARM processor cores, memory size, GPU cores. Cubox-i is flexible allowing you to install Android or Linux, Python, Perl, compilers, IDEs, and media players. It comes with an MSRP of $119.99 for the pro version and it also supports the use of XBMC as a multimedia front end for use as home theater box. Features CuBox-i pro Chipset i.MX6 Quad Core Count 4 @ 1 GHz Memory Size 2GByte DDR3 Memory Config 64 bit @ 1066Mbps 3D GPU GC2000 3D GPU Type OpenGL|ES 1.1/2.0,OpenCL 1.1E HW Video Dec/Enc Multi Format HDMI 1080p 1.4, 3D support Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps (*) USB 2.0 Host 2 x Hosts WiFi 11n/BlueTooth yes Micro SD Interface yes eSata II 3Gbps yes RTC With Backup Battery yes Optical S/PDIF Audio Out yes Micro USB to RS-232 yes InfraRed for Remote Control Receiver & Transmitter
Introduction: Sometimes you just get lucky and happen to find a well built case that fits within a tight budget, but also looks extremely good and includes features you would not normally find at a budget price. Today we might have a good example of that. I’m talking about a new arrival from Cooler Master, the N-200. This is the latest addition to Cooler Master’s brand new N Series compact ITX / Micro ATX mainstream cases. The Cooler Master N-200 comes with water cooling support and improved air cooling performance, wrapped in a subtle and simplistic design. It could be the case that may really meets your needs and leaves your wallet happier too. The N-200 from Cooler Master not only supports a 120mm radiator at the back, but is the first mini tower that supports installing 120mm or even 240mm radiators in the front of the case! Thanks to its all mesh front panel and two high quality Cooler Master Xtra Flo fans with large air vents, it boasts excellent cooling performance. Furthermore, despite its extremely compact size, the N-200 supports 160mm tall CPU tower coolers, and long high-end VGAs, (including the HD 7990). It even has support for four 2.5″ SSDs and three of 3.5″ HDDs. Read on as we take an up close and personal look at the Cooler Master N-200 Mini Tower to see if it is the affordable answer you are looking for. Our Thanks goes out to Cooler Master for providing us with the review sample. Here’s a brief statement from them....
Introduction: Our ability to detect sound is one of our most important senses. It helps us communicate with each other, enjoy music to relax and/or detect a possible danger in our surroundings. Sound has become even more important to us over the last few years with the advent of High Definition content. Rich dialog, car chase music, gun battles with large explosions are all added to immerse you deeper into the entertainment experience. Modern day gaming is no exception. If anything, sound is even more important to a gamer then a movie watcher. You don’t get fragged if you’re not paying attention to a sound in a movie, whereas the sound of glass breaking behind you means life or death to the gamer. Gamers need to hear every nuance to perform at the top of his/her game. : This is where top of the line headsets come into play. Tritton Audio, a leader in sound reproduction for gamers has one of the most popular gaming headsets for the console. PC gamers were yearning to use them on their gaming rig of choice. Tritton listened to those requests and is now releasing the Tritton Pro+ True 5.1 Surround headsets for PC/MAC. Let’s see if Tritton carried over all of the features that made them so successful on the console. First, let us learn a little about Tritton. Headquartered in San Diego California, TRITTON technology leads the way in manufacturing high-performance consumer electronics and computer peripherals. Founded in 2000, TRITTON has since evolved and transformed...
Expanding your home networks and setting up Wireless stations throughout the house is usually a pretty simple task. The down side in most cases is without the hardwired signal transfer, you end up with poor signal strength, a dropped signal and in some cases no signal at all. Are you tired of dropping that weak wireless internet signal off your TV, laptop, PC or Gaming Console? Today I have the pleasure of bringing to you, from Diamond Multimedia, the Powerline Internet Audio Video kit. Read on and see if will elevate those wireless issues, and also offer up the speed and connectivity you desire from your hardwired connections as well...
In today’s desktop environment, multiple displays are becoming more popular whether you are working or playing. However, sometimes video cards that will enable you to accomplish this are pretty expensive. Today we will be reviewing an inexpensive solution to facilitate expanding your desktop space with multiple monitors. We have the Diamond DualView Super Speed 3.0/2.0 Dual Display Graphics Adapter on the test bench today, so let's dive in and see if its just what the doctor ordered.
With all the content now available to us on or computers we are always looking for simple ways to share and display that content, not just from our laptops or computer screens, but also on a big screen TV. With bulky set top boxes and cable connections we can do just that. However, there are alternatives. Today I have the pleasure of reviewing a device from Diamond Multimedia that is one such alternative. We have their WPCTVPRO VideoStream Wireless USB PC to your TV device on the bench and are going to put it through its paces. The Diamond Multimedia WPCTVPRO VStream wirelessly streams HD video and internet content to your HDTV. Enjoy and share your home computer content and stream movies from your laptop from sites like Hulu®, Netflix®, Boxee, iTunes® and YouTube from the comfort of your own living room. Watch 1080P video and 6 channel HD 5.1 audio content, share pictures, presentations, office documents, web content and other types of data, on your HD display without wires. Read on and let’s see how well the VideoStream from Diamond performs on a larger size display streaming video and content without any cable limitations.
Today I have the pleasure of reviewing The Rosewill USB 3.0 External all Aluminum 6X Blu-ray/DVD reader/writer, that will not only play all of your prized digital media collection, but also gives you the ability to back it up as well. The USB 3.0 Rosewill RDED-12001 Blu-ray writer offers the most comprehensive disc media Read & Write capability including up to a whopping 128GB BDXL disc, at up to 6X BD-R speeds. The Rosewill RDED-12001 also supports state-of-the-art 3D technology together with the enclosed Cyberlink Media Suite 10 to bring a true-to-life 3D experience to your desktop or laptop. The aluminum case offers enhanced durability as well as heat dissipation, and the lightweight, ultra-thin profile can easily fit into your notebook case or backpack without adding too much bulk. Read on to see what else it brings to your laptop, notebook or desktop.
The era of digital media has grown at faster rate then we might have guessed 20 years ago. The world of media streaming, sharing and Social Networking has taken a big step forward in the last few years and so has the technology behind it. Who remembers the days of sitting popping in a VHS to watch a movie on your 27" Tube TV? Obviously those days have changed. In the recent years we have seen the progression from the old school VHS, to DVD players, to Blu-ray players. Now, media players are the popular medium for entertainment. Today we have the opportunity to look at the New Pivos XIOS DS Media Player. The XIOS DS Media player combines the power of digital home theater and its powerful Android OS and aims to provide you the best overall solution. You can watch TV, stream movies (live or locally), follow your favorite social network like Facebook or even browse the internet right from your TV. All of this is without having to turn on a PC. This simple device developed almost like a "mini PC," and can be considered one of the smallest media devices available today. Can it fill nearly all of your digital entertainment needs? Let's give the Pivos XIOS DS Media Player a thorough look and find out.
One of the several names that comes to mind when you’re talking about superior air cooling performance is Phanteks. Phanteks in a very short time has become a leader in the air cooling heavy weight arena, especially with their high performance gargantuan air coolers, like the PH-TC14PE for example. Phanteks is now entering the ring with a new light-weight contender called the Phanteks PH-TC90LS. It is a new arrival with a very low profile. It looks like it is especially geared for those small form factor gaming cases and HTPC builds we now see flooding the market. Its design seems to cater to the limited amount of space that they provide. Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing a new addition to the Phanteks family of coolers, The PH-TC90LS. It is a very small, low profile cooler with the same technologies we have seen in Phanteks larger builds, like their special P.A.T.S. and C.P.S.C. technologies. The PH-TC90LS sports a low profile of just 95x95x45mm. It is made of a nickel plated copper block, with three 6 mm heat pipes embedded within the block, as well as an aluminum finned heat stack & a 90mm low profile white PWM fan. All this is packed together in a very small footprint. Read on to see if this light weight contender can score a knockout punch like its bigger brothers.
With the home theater becoming a big part of the family entertainment experience, many of us are on the lookout for the perfect home theater computer case. Most of us need something with a small foot print yet big enough to hold the necessary hardware. Also, its aesthetics need to fit in with your home theater surround sound system, so looks are paramount. Today we will be looking at the Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced HTPC to see if it’s just what the doctor ordered. Here's a brief description of the case. The Cooler Master’s Elite 120 Advanced is an ultra-compact case with support for full size high-end components. The Elite 120 supports a full size ATX PSU, the largest video cards, 5.25” optical drive bay and will hold a combination of up to 5 HDDs and SSDs. The Elite 120 Advanced also features 3 fan positions for excellent air flow to keep the system cool and quiet. It's nicely painted in a matte black throughout and topped off with a stylish front bezel that features an anodized brushed aluminum fascia. Check out more at the link...
Today we have the pleasure of reviewing the Bitfenix Prodigy Arctic White Mini-ITX Tower, and this case might just exemplify the old adage that good things come in small packages. Could it redefine the meaning of Mini-ITX platform with its modular design, cooling features, and flexibility? We are going to dive in and find out.
Low Power Consuming Mini-PC with NVIDIA GPU August 14, 2012, San Francisco, California – Giada, a brand of Jehe Technology Inc., (JEHE) is pleased to announce the i35G mini PC series. The i35G series is built on the powerful Intel® Atom™ D2500 series processor, and with the NVIDIA® GT610 GPU this mini PC can offer impressive system performance in consumer and digital signage applications. Supporting 1080p Full High Definition graphics, the i35G series has up to 2GB of DDR3 memory with 512MB of VRAM on board. The i35G keeps power consumption to a minimum at 35W, while still having the flexibility to provide high performance solutions for digital signage for advertising, hospitality, brand promotion and digital menu boards as well as for consumers looking for a compact work station that also allows for light gaming. The ultra-compact dimensions of 192 x 155 x 26mm allow this mini PC to fit virtually anywhere, and when used with the optional VES Mount Kit the users can easily and securely mount the i35G behind the large display devices or monitors. For end users, the HDMI connection and remote control capabilities for playing and controlling music and movies permit even more versatility by allowing the i35G to become a home entertainment system. Connections to other devices the i35G includes VGA, Bluetooth, and 5 USB 2.0 ports. There’s also a memory card reader port that supports SD, MMC, MS, and MS PRO. All these connections emphasize plug and play ease of use. T...
PC cooling manufacturer, Tuniq, has made their foray into the digital entertainment market with the HD-BOX.