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    MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard Review

    A few months ago we had the honor of reviewing the new MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboards during the launch of the Z97 chipset. Today, we are here again to look at another MSI motherboard. We have MSI's flagship Gaming Motherboard the MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC. At first glan...
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    HIS R7 260X and R7 250X Review

    Today we're focusing on two cards from HIS, a company we're very familiar with, having seen many of their products in the past couple of generations in AMD cards. HIS typically produces cards with custom coolers and aggressive factory overclocks, but these two are a ...
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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 o...
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    Phanteks Enthoo LUXE Full Tower Case

    After all these years reviewing computer equipment, especially case reviews, it takes a lot to get me excited. There are not too many manufacturers that will spark my interest or kindle and light that fire inside of me. Today Phanteks has now moved to the top of my l...
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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...


Where are the 360mm AIOs?

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Now before I begin, I want to clarify that it’s possible to find some new All-in-One units that have the 360mm radiators if I look hard enough. I’m looking for two manufacturers to have their units start popping up with some of the major retailers; particularly Newegg because buying from them is easy for me. So the real question is, “Where is the Cooler Master Glacer 360l and the Fractal Design S36?” I’m hoping to see those for sale at more websites soon, but until then, I want to share what it is that excites me about both of these units. The Cooler Master Glacer 240l already made a huge splash (pun intended) when it released. The powerful pump combined with an all copper/brass radiator put almost every other AIO to shame, but what really set it apart was the fact that you could easily expand it by adding a GPU block and start liquid cooling extra components. The 240l could typically handle a CPU and GPU before considering adding at least an extra radiator. The 360l brings all of the aforementioned features while adding an extra 120mm of radiator to keep things cool. It’s very likely that the 360l could handle a CPU and 2 GPUs in the one loop. The problem is this unit hasn’t gone for sale yet. Cooler Master announced it back in January, but has yet to announce any solid release date. All I have to say to Cooler Master is hurry and get this thing to the consumers! It sounds like an awesome unit that will add even more capacity to t...


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 ...


Phanteks Enthoo LUXE Full Tower Case

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After all these years reviewing computer equipment, especially case reviews, it takes a lot to get me excited. There are not too many manufacturers that will spark my interest or kindle and light that fire inside of me. Today Phanteks has now moved to the top of my list as one of those manufacturers. Phanteks as some of you may already know has been on the forefront as leader in the manufacturing of thermal solutions, with their high performance fans and air coolers. Phanteks this year took the industry by surprise when the company ventured into computer case manufacturing, introducing for the very first time their award winning Phanteks Enthoo Primo full tower chassis, a chassis specifically targeting the computer enthusiast and water cooling aficionado. Today will be looking at yet another offering from Phanteks: the Phanteks Enthoo LUXE Full Tower. The Enthoo LUXE is very similar looking to the coveted Phanteks Enthoo Primo, sporting many of the distinct features and designs of its predecessor which includes multiple radiator support, modular HD cages, power supply shroud, and all aluminum look. The Phanteks Enthoo LUXE is available in both a black and a white windowed version. The Enthoo Series is all about versatility, a spacious and clean interior and, of course, Enthoo is famous for making it very easy to build water cooling systems. Read on to see why this case has got me very excited. We are taking an up close and personal look into this new arrival from Phante...


 

ThermalTake Level 10 M Hybrid Mouse Review

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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.


 

BitFenix Fury 650G Power Supply Review

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Innovation is the name of the game; if you want to keep your product line relevant and interesting then you need to mix things up a bit and give people a reason to be genuinely excited about choosing a part from your repertoire. In the world of power supplies, this innovation is coming slowly but surely as manufacturers determine how to better serve their PC enthusiast community with products that make their jobs a little bit easier and their builds a little more awesome. BitFenix opted to take the road less traveled with this, their first-ever power supply. They took a solid, stable 80 Plus Gold certified platform using all Japanese top shelf capacitors, then sleeved every single cable for you right out of the box. The name is somehow ironic to us, as they call it the BitFenix Fury, yet this power supply is poised to be anything BUT infuriating. Having well sleeved cables with a myriad of connector options and varying wattage ratings for your individual computing needs, could this be part of your next build? No spoilers yet on what we think of it, so let's read on.


 

VERTO headset – Stay sharp through fierce competition!

 VERTO headset – Stay sharp through fierce competition! Taipei, Taiwan – July 14th, 2014 – Tt eSPORTS, the leading expert in professional e-Sports gaming peripherals is releasing the new VERTO, a headset offering strong styling paired with comfort. The head band design is auto adjusting to get the right sizing for anyone who wears it, and protein leather ear pads maintain comfort even over long hours of use. The bold geometric design is strong enough for gaming yet sophisticated enough for in-office use. The stainless steel outer-headband frame was carefully tuned over time, to provide the most optimal angle and width for the best ergonomics. The inner handband, with leatherette padding for comfort, slides to conform to the weare’s head. The VERTO was designed to offer a secure grip on the head, without clamping down hard, for comfort over both short and long term wear. The earpads feature the use of protein leather, which feels soft and supple upon the skin while maximizing breathability The VERTO is a stereo headset with an overall balanced sound, and a tinge of bass emphasis. Maintaining an overall balanced sound makes the VERTO great for competitive gaming, and the slight bass emphasis maintains a great atmosphere for both movies and casual gaming. The bendable and pivotable omni-directional microphone gets in and out of the way conveniently as needed, while providing crystal clear voice communications. The VERTO features a removable cable design, and is both ...


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...





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