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NZXT Kraken X31-X41-X61 AIO Water Cooler Roundup

AIO (all in one) liquid cooling units continue to gain popularity due mostly to the cheaper cost to performance ratio, as well as their leak-proof and low maintenance design. If we look back a mere 2 years ago, liquid AIO cooling units were few and far between, and only a few manufacturers offered this type of cooling solution. Today we find a lot of AIO units flooding the market, and as you may already know, selecting the right one can be a hard choice with so many different styles and types readily available. I am very excited today, because I will be putting three new units on my test bench from NZXT. The NZXT KRAKEN X31, X41 and, Kraken X61 AIO coolers. These three closed-loop liquid coolers are follow-up products to the Kraken X30 X40 and Kraken X60 that were reviewed last year. The NZXT X31 X41 and X61 have kept their same 120mm, 140mm, & 280mm respective CLC design; however, they now come with some new additions in the form of variable pump speed control, increased radiator thickness, and Cam software. Before I continue, let me tell you a bit about NZXT.



Productivity and entertainment big-time – AOC presents 34″ WQHD monitor

Productivity and entertainment big-time: AOC presents 34″ WQHD monitor Amsterdam, 22 July 2014 – AOC is setting new standards for “large”: with the u3477Pqu, the display specialist has set sail to new shores as it combines size with enhanced productivity. This 34″ (86.7 cm ) WQHD monitor is the right choice for cinema enthusiasts and demanding multi-task users alike. Stunning image clarity, detail and 1.07 billion colours make sure you get the full picture when displaying high-resolution images with 4.95 million pixels on the UltraWide panoramic 21:9 screen. The monitor boasts an impressive resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels on the more than a quarter of a square meter display area, and the aspect ratio allows viewers to watch movies without black bars on top and bottom. Thanks to a great interplay between hardware and software, users can easily watch a movie and play a computer game at the same time on the same screen. Alongside many different ports like USB 3.0 and DisplayPort, AOC offers an integrated HDMI port with MHL functionality which enables the user to directly mirror smartphones and tablet screens onto the big screen.    Productivity meets cinema feeling: the AOC u3477Pqu   Productivity redefined Multimedia editors, engineers as well as stock market analysts or any other professionals working with spreadsheets are likely to appreciate the benefits of the model’s productivity-enhancing features. Gone are the days with endless scrolling or sw...



ROCCAT Debuts Two Products at Gamescom 2014

ROCCAT Debuts Two Products at Gamescom 2014 Complete repertoire of next generation gaming peripherals showcased in Cologne, Germany from August 13th to 17th  ROCC-City booth features interactive exhibits, new games and tons of prizes Hamburg – July 21, 2014 – Gamescom, one of the most highly anticipated gaming trade fairs in the world, and the largest held in Europe, once again hosts ROCCAT Studios August 13 – 17. This year, ROCCAT goes all out, bringing an entire gaming city to Hall 8, Booth A10 in what we’re proudly calling, ROCC-City, where one of the most exciting announcements in ROCCAT’s history will be shared with the public. World’s First – New mouse and keyboard at Gamescom The biggest news coming out of ROCCAT during Gamescom is the reveal of two revolutionary products set to pave the way into the next phase of ROCCAT creations, with a philosophy like no other gaming peripheral company today; one, a completely new take on the gaming mouse, and a keyboard with full smartphone integration. “We call our upcoming products “Future Ready”, and that is exactly what they are,” explains René Korte. “Moving forward, we wanted to offer something that nobody has considered yet, and that’s peripherals that adapt to the future of gaming experiences, and the user’s gaming needs. These first two products have the full potential to remain a part of a gamer’s arsenal for many years, growing with their needs, adapting to personal tastes, and maintain...



New Editions of CM Storm Devastator & QuickFire Rapid-i

CM Storm Devastator and QuickFire Rapid-i New Editions Available  Chino, CA — July 16th —Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator and manufacturer of desktop components, mobile accessories, and gaming peripherals, announced today new variants of the Devastator Keyboard and Mouse Combo and QuickFire Rapid-i Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.   Red Shift The extremely popular Devastator Keyboard and Mouse Combo is now being supplemented with a Red LED edition. The Devastator precision mouse continues to carry its on-the-fly DPI control settings in its ergonomic shell. The keyboard is durable, comfortable, and features dedicated multimedia control keys for maximum control of your system.   Blue Shift Accompanying the CHERRY MX Brown model, the QuickFire Rapid-i is now available with CHERRY MX Blue switches. The new variant is still powered by a 32-bit ARM processor that enables ActivLite Technology, a series of responsive lighting effects. QuickFire Rapid-i includes N-Key rollover functions, a compact tenkeyless form factor, solid build quality popularized by its QuickFire Rapid predecessor, and the ability to set lighting profiles on a Per-Key basis.   Availability New editions are immediately available directly from Cooler Master through the CM Store. Additionally, inventory is currently shipping to your favorite retailers and should be available for purchase in the coming weeks. Price and regional availability may vary. Please consult your local Cooler Ma...



The New LUXA2 PL3 10,400mAh Leather Power Pack

Leather Power Returns in the Shape of LUXA2’s New PL3 10,400mAh Leather Power Pack  Taipei, Taiwan -July, 17, 2014- LUXA2, a market leader in power, audio and holder solutions, today announced a new addition to their highly successful leather power pack series, the new PL3 10,400mAh Leather Power Pack. Designed to charge your USB enabled compatible device, and at the same time, provide a sense of sophistication and elegance that will ultimately leave you turning heads – even when not in use. Quality, performance and reliability are at the heart of all LUXA2 portable battery packs and the PL3 is no exception. Its leather skin has been hand stitched with skilled craftsmanship and care, packs a huge 10,400mAh Samsung li-ion battery cell that translates to an added 100 to 300 percent increase in battery life for your device, and supports fast charging with dual USB ports for multiple charging of your devices simultaneously. Offering up to a mammoth 1000 charge cycles and the provision of LUXA2’s standard 2-year warranty, users can rest assured that quality, performance and reliability are at the heart of all LUXA2 portable battery packs. Stunningly powerful for all your power lifestyle needs, the PL3 is not going to disappoint. Key features include: High Quality 10400mAh Samsung Li-Ion Cell Fast Charging (5V2.1A, 5V1A) Dual USB Ports PU leather for genuine leather-like touch feel 2 year warranty 1000 cycle charges Truly compact for added convenience LED Battery ...



Tesoro Tizona Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Now Available in North America

Tesoro Tizona Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Now Available in North America Customize Your Gaming Experience July 17, 2014, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today announces that the Tizona tenkeyless mechanical keyboard with optional mechanical numberpad -Tizona Numpad – is now available in the US and Canada.Taking its name after Spanish Hero, El Cid’s sword, Tizona, allows gamers’ to choose the setup they want, either a comfortable space-saving tenkeyless or a classic full sized board with the numberpad on either the left or right side. Detachable Numberpad for Lefties and Righties The Tizona Numpad is easily attached to either the left and right side of the keyboard via magnets – transforming Tizona into a macro-keyboard for gamers (available for games that allow in-game key assignment.) Users can even attach Tizona numpads both sides of the keyboard for a macro-heavy setup, or use it separately. Gaming Grade Mechanical Switches The laser-etched keys and gaming grade mechanical switches are built to last. The gaming grade mechanical switches yield a minimum of 60 million keystrokes, and can last for over decade of rigorous gaming. The switches for both the Tizona keyboard and numpad are available in Black, Blue, Brown and Red for true full customization. Full USB N-Key Rollover (NKRO) The Tizona features Full USB N-Key Rollover enabling simultaneous keystrokes and improved typing ac...



ASUSTOR Launches AiFoto Mobile App

ASUSTOR Launches AiFoto Mobile App ASUSTOR announces the official release of ADM 2.2 for all of its NAS devices. In addition to the features released in the beta version, the official version will also include a beta version of the Mail Server App, the HiDrive cloud storage - ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the official release of the ASUSTOR Datservice App and support for external optical drives (CD, DVD, Blu-ray). Taipei, Taiwan, July 1st, 2014 a Master (ADM) 2.2 operating system for all ASUSTOR NAS devices. In addition to the features released in the ADM 2.2 beta version, this official release will also feature a beta version of the new Mail Server App and support for external optical drives. The Mail Server App is a must-have for enterprise users and features encrypted transfers and scheduled backups for email. External optical drive support allows users to connect an external optical drive (CD, DVD, Blu-ray) to their NAS via USB and then use File Explorer to directly access any files that they have backed up to optical media and even transfer files from optical media to the NAS via drag and drop.  ASUSTOR launches mobile app AiFoto which allows users to remotely browse and manage content from Photo Gallery. AiFoto includes functions such as social media sharing, one-touch camera roll uploads and the ability to create an online album and take photos that will be automatically uploaded to the album, providing ...



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ThermalTake Level 10 M Hybrid Mouse Review

There are a lot of different features we look at when purchasing peripherals, especially when it comes to our mouse for gaming. Who wants a heavy, uncomfortable mouse that may jump around while we're trying to make the next kill? Introducing the next ThermalTake mouse capable of operating in wired or wireless mode. It has a sleek design and is capable of being reshaped to your personal comfort level. ThermalTake claims that gamers are guaranteed to find that special spot to rest comfortably spending long hours gaming. Let's take it for a spin and see if this holds true.



Take Your Musical Experience to New Heights with LUXA2 Groovy Duo Live Wireless Speakers & LUXA2 Groovy Audio Center App

Take Your Musical Experience to New Heights with LUXA2 Groovy Duo Live Wireless Speakers & LUXA2 Groovy Audio Center App   Taipei, Taiwan -July, 11, 2014- LUXA2, a market leader in power, audio and holder solutions, today announced the Groovy Duo Live Wireless Speaker, the newest and most dynamic addition to the LUXA2 Groovy audio series. The Groovy Duo is a set of compact twin speakers that provides the most remarkable musical experience for all your lifestyle experiences. You can share your twin speaker with friends for mono to mono sound, or simply pair it up with its unique dynamic pairing mode for true stereo sound – watching movies, music and game playing, or even use as a mini home theatre system, the Groovy Duo compliments all your wireless musical needs. With its smooth black matte finish, crisp physical control functions and laser lined LED indicator, the Groovy Duo mixes hi-tech with hi-fashionistic appeal for the ultimate portable musical experience. One thing you must not do is mistake the Groovy Duo as an innocent looking little speaker as it is no slouch in the volume department, for it packs a whopping 6W (Watt) combined total audio output which is more than enough to keep that party going all night long. With up to 8 hours of long lasting playtime available, and requiring just 3 hours to recharge from flat, you spend more time jamming to your beats than anything else. The Groovy Duo is also compatible with LUXA2’s Groovy Audio Center App which...



Introducing the Kraken X31, NZXT’s First 120mm Based Liquid Cooler!

It’s time to take the plunge. Los Angeles, CA – The Kraken X31 takes our Kraken liquid coolers to new depths by reimagining our industry-leading 140mm platform in a smaller, more affordable 120mm package without sacrificing performance or the cutting edge hardware the Kraken has come to be known for. By utilizing a 120mm radiator, we’re able to increase the radiator’s compatibility to include cases that don’t support our traditional 140mm standard. The X31 radiator is also optimized to run on a single fan without losing static pressure, airflow, or performance. Extended tubing make installing the Kraken X31 a breeze, while our industry leading six year all-inclusive warranty keeps your rig performing reliably at top performance. The Kraken X31 includes the same state-of-the-art integrated variable speed pump that keeps noise to a minimum during use without sacrificing top end pump power in our X41 and X61. A single 120mm pressure-optimized PWM fan connects directly with the pump to give complete software control over your Kraken cooler. In addition to the cutting edge hardware and a robust warranty, our legacy Kraken Control software has been replaced by the Kraken+ module within our new software suite, CAM. Kraken+ allows you to control your Kraken X31’s fan speeds and other custom cooling settings directly from your PC or mobile device regardless of where you are in the world. The Kraken X31’s mix of performance, affordability, and reliability makes thi...



ROCCAT Moves Forward on the Sova, Brings Fans Into the Mix

ROCCAT Moves Forward on the Sova, Brings Fans Into the Mix  The wireless modular gaming board goes full-speed into development   Hamburg – July 7, 2014 – It’s been a summer of major announcements for ROCCAT Studios, with a few more yet to come, the most recent being the E3 reveal of the in-development ROCCAT Sova Wireless Modular Gaming Board. The positive fan and media response to the Sova at E3 was massive, with fantastic articles and word of mouth. Building on the wave of enthusiasm for a wireless keyboard/mousepad combo custom made for a living room gaming experience, ROCCAT is immediately moving into its next phase of development for the Sova, and inviting our fans to join the ride. “We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response we have received for the Sova,” Says René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT. “We realize that now is not the time to sit back and wait, but to give fans what they want as quickly as possible. We’re ready to go full speed into our refinement process, and want our fans to see the hard work that goes into moving a ROCCAT product from its development phase, into what you see at retail. The Sova is coming, it is going to be an amazing piece of gaming hardware, and you’ll get to follow every step on that journey in our newly launched Sova Development Blog.” Starting today and going forward, ROCCAT’s Sova Blog will take fans into the world of our designers and developers, where they will drop in to discuss featur...



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NZXT Sentry 3 Fan Speed Controller Review

As any system builder can tell you, the proper way to tune your system involves balance. Part of that balance which often goes overlooked by many novice builders is configuring your system fans; without proper airflow, your system might not be performing to its peak potential or might just be making a bit more noise than it needs to. Let us not forget that often times we find ourselves wondering how we are going to supply power to our fans without having to use motherboard headers and having all those unseemly cables running all over the place like so many cob webs. NZXT's Sentry line of fan speed controllers has been a staple for many system builders for several years, ranging in style from simple, mesh-style rheostat dials (varying resistor to control fan speed), to dual bay touch screen units. Here to serve another segment, as well as to update their lineup, is the Sentry 3. Offering 15 watts/three fans per channel, an increased size single bay touch screen, temperature probe, five total channels and an alarm monitor, can these features really create a more balanced build for you, or does this amount to nothing more than a bit of case bling? Before we find out, here's a bit about NZXT:



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Arctic Accelero Xtreme IV 280(X) GPU Cooler Review

Today's high demanding games can cause serious heat issues with improperly cooled graphic cards, so what do we do when they start to overheat? Look into water cooling? Not if your graphics card uses a non-referenced PCB. I'm in that boat; I picked up a few video cards without realizing they were non-referenced. The question is, what other options do we have in order to better cool the GPU and memory? Arctic has came up with a solution with the Accelero Xtreme IV 280(X), which is an upgraded air cooling solution that cools the GPU and memory utilizing 5 heatpipes and a custom rear heatsink.



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Thermaltake Poseidon Z Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction   Mechanical keyboards are practically everywhere now. If a manufacturer makes enthusiast-grade peripherals, chances are there’s a mechanical keyboard somewhere in their product stack. The tactile feedback and resilience of mechanical keys has always been a draw for gamers and enthusiasts the world over, and as time progresses these keyboards get more and more bells and whistles added to them: RGB back lighting, integrated ARM processors for advanced macros and saving specific data, braided cables, and the list goes on. The one thing that has remained the same until late last year was the switches: every single switch out there was a Cherry.   Flash forward to today and we have a patent that Cherry had which has expired, allowing other manufacturers to start producing their own brand of mechanical switches. Thermaltake was among the first companies to pick up some of these new switches from Kailh (pronounced like the plant: KALE) and use them on their newest variant of the Poseidon Z keyboard. By using these switches, they have shaved off quite a bit of the premium normally seen for mechanical keyboards, but has it shaved off quality as well? Let’s learn a bit about Thermaltake eSports and find out. www.ttesports.com “Challenge is the Game” highlights the philosophy to bring out healthy addictions in gaming and the ambition of reaching the pinnacle of success. Tt eSPORTS, a gaming obsessed division from Thermaltake, is uniting gamers ...



ASUSTOR Launches Surveillance Center 2.1 Beta Version

ASUSTOR Launches Surveillance Center 2.1 Beta Version ASUSTOR NAS is the first in the world to support the local output of surveillance feeds via HDMI, users can choose between single and four feed displays as well as automatic cycling between single feeds, users can also use the official ASUSTOR remote, AiRemote mobile app, or a keyboard and mouse to control their viewing experience, users will now be able to expand their total number of channels via purchasable camera licenses providing additional flexibility. Additional features included in Surveillance Center 2.1 include IVA (Intelligent Video Analytics) playback, user defined cameras via Generic RTSP, camera patrol functions, remote viewing of surveillance feeds via the mobile app, and new compatible camera models from Grandstream, TRENDnet and Lilin. Taipei, Taiwan, June 24th 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the release of the Surveillance Center 2.1 beta version for all of its NAS devices. This new version of ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center features a range of upgraded functions that ASUSTOR users are sure to enjoy. In addition to the 4 free IP camera channels that Surveillance Center offers, users will now be able to expand their total number of channels via purchasable camera licenses. This provides flexibility for users to incrementally expand their surveillance systems. ASUSTOR’s 6 series NAS devices are able to support a maximum of 12 camera...






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