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Introduction Quiet computing is becoming all the rage these days. People are sick of hearing their systems sound like jet engines all the time. Manufacturers are realizing this and a lot of them are coming out with reduced noise or low noise “quiet” products. Antec is no exception. They have their own Quiet Computing section with cases intended for low noise, featuring the Performance One family and the Sonata family. The latest addition to the Performance One family is the P280. The P280 is available in four different flavors – black or white and with or without a window. Antec was kind enough to send us a P280 in black to review, so let’s get to it! Here’s a little about the P280 from Antec: “Sophisticated Performance Refined – Sophisticated and cutting-edge, the P280 emphasizes the ease of use, quiet technology and unparalleled performance characteristic of Antec’s Performance One series. This advanced enclosure comes equipped with features that will maximize your PC experience, from Quiet Computing™ panels & HDD drive bays, to grommet-lined cable routing holes with ample space behind the motherboard tray. The P280 accommodates motherboards up to XL-ATX and includes nine expansion slots to support up to four 13.0″ / 330 mm graphics cards. And with convenient tool-less optical drive bays, easy-access front & bottom PSU intake air filters, two front panel USB 3.0 ports and an affordable price, you get...
Introduction It seems like a great idea to have a small backup battery for your mobile devices these days. There are a ton of them on the market with various sizes and battery capacities. Some people also need extra storage – that 8GB iPhone fills up quick with songs, videos and pictures. What if you were to combine the two? Well our friends at RAVPower did just that. They combined a 3AH battery pack with a WiFi hub, SD card and USB storage. That’s a lot of features in a little package. How well does it work? Well they were kind enough to send us one to check out, so let’s take a look! About RavPower: “RAVPower means Reliable – Affordable – Value. As an industry leader in laptop portable power solutions we strive to offer every customer with the most reliable devices at affordable prices that value the customer need for service and support from a trusted brand, that is the RAVPower promise. We only supply superior quality products. All our products are brand new and manufactured by our high-tech factories. All products strictly follow the standards of CE, FCC and RoHS, and are carefully inspected by a responsible QA team before packaging. All products have 6 to 12 months of warranty depending on the category. We have a knowledgeable customer service team to provide helpful after-sales services. You won’t regret it!” – RAVPower. Let’s take a look at the features and specs of the RP-WD01 now.
If you’re a computer enthusiast, system builder or a heavy gamer, you’re more than likely running a high performance system with multiple video cards, an overclocked CPU, several HDD drives, and a beast of a power supply to power it all. The heat being generated has now become a big concern, so you’re contemplating taking the plunge, and putting your prized possession under water. Today I have the pleasure of reviewing several of XSPC’s products that are an integral part of the water cooling system. Read on as we dive in and take an up close look at two different styles of XSPC’s rotary fittings. The people at XSPC are gaming and overclocking enthusiasts who started XSPC over 10 years ago. They have a company vision of offering world-class cooling products that do not sacrifice reliability, quality, or quiet operation, while in the pursuit of ultimate cooling performance. As of today, XSPC’s product range has expanded to include everything you need to build the ultimate liquid cooling system. Our thanks go out to XSPC for providing us with our review samples.
You are probably familiar with the company Transcend. Transcend makes a WIDE variety of storage solutions including USB flash drives, solid state drives, external hard drives, external CD/DVD drives, SD cards, digital photo frames and more. You are also likey familiar with the concept of an external hard drive. It's simply a standard hard drive of the 2.5" or 3.5" flavor tossed into an external case that connects to your computer typically via USB. Most people have one and use them for transferring large amounts of data or doing PC backups. Transcend took the typical external hard drive idea and replaced the old mechanical drive with a 2.5" SSD. The result is the ESD200 USB 3.0 external SSD, available in 128GB and 256GB flavors. Transcend sent us a 128GB model to review, so let's check it out!
Raijintek is a name I'm sure most of you are not familiar with. They're a new company to the PC accessory market and have debuted four new CPU coolers - the Aidos, Themis, Themis EVO and the Ereboss - as well as some slim case fans. Raijintek isn't a company which started from nothing though. It's actually a collaboration between some Cooler Master and Xigmatek employees so the company has some serious collaborative knowledge. They also plan on expanding into the chassis and PSU market in the near future. They were kind enough to send me out their Ereboss CPU cooler to check out, so let's get on it!
Introduction Corsair – if you have been into PCs over the past few years, you will probably view them fondly. They make some of the best cases, RAM and power supplies available, not to mention other accessories like SSDs, keyboards, mice and audio products. Corsair got into the AiO cooler market a few years ago with the H50. It was a great cooler for an initial offering, and despite being a thin 120mm radiator, it performed admirably well. In fact, I still have an H50 running on a Q6600 @ 3.7GHz in a spare system right now! Things have come a long way since the original H50, though. The radiators are thicker and longer, the tubing is larger, and the fans are quieter. Fast forward to today and you’ll notice that Corsair’s new H100i has “all that and then some” in an effort to keep your system cool and quiet. They were kind enough to send me one to check out, so without further delay let’s get to it! About Corsair: “Meeting Performance Computing Demands since 1994. Corsair is a global company bringing innovative, high-performance components to the PC gaming market. Specializing in very high performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, and other key system components, our products are the choice of overclockers, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere. Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release...
Cases have come so far in so little time that it's almost impossible to see every single one. They've transformed from being plain beige boxes to offering just about any shape and/or color your heart desires. They also come in a variety of sizes - from cases designed for Mini-ITX boards to those designed for E-ATX or even bigger. The case we'll be looking at today fits firmly into the "E-ATX or bigger" category. You're all familiar with the name Corsair - they've been around making high-end cases, peripherals, SSDs, RAM, and more for quite some time. Corsair just released their latest top-of-the-line case - the 900D - and we've got our hands on one to check out for you guys. Grab a drink and a snack and settle in - this case is loaded to the gills with goodies.
Laptops are more common today than ever before due to their good performance yet compact size, and the fact that more people work and play "on the go" these days. Laptop performance is better than it has ever been thanks to shrinking chips and graphics processing units. With this increased performance comes increased heat which can reduce the lifespan of your laptop and also cause discomfort if you actually use it on your lap. Laptop cooling solutions are all around us and come in hundreds of different shapes, sizes and forms. Today we'll be looking at one of the latest coolers from Cooler Master - the NotePal U2 Plus. The NotePal U2 Plus comes in your choice of black, titanium or silver - (which we'll be looking at today).
Antec is a name that anyone in the PC industry is familiar with. Their offerings include PC cases, fans, CPU coolers, laptop coolers, power supplies and the list goes on. Antec has recently added a whole new line of fans to their already impressive arsenal and it's called the True Quiet series. Antec was kind enough to send us a new True Quiet 120 LED and a True Quiet Pro to check out so let' get to it!
AiO (all in one) CPU coolers have been around for quite some time now. These days just about every company is coming out with their own version and most of them typically look the same with only one or two distinguishing features. Then there's the Cooler Master Seidon 240M. The Seidon on the surface seems like your typical 240mm AiO CPU cooler, but Cooler Master has added their own unique style to this unit. They were kind enough to send one out for me to put it through the wringer so I did just that! Let's get to it shall we?
Air coolers are everywhere these days. They come in every imaginable shape, size and layout and offer varying price points and degrees of performance from "awesome" to "don't waste your money." NZXT is fairly new to the CPU cooler market, having released their first air coolers (the Havik 140 and Havik 120) just last year. Both received great fanfare and praise from their reviewers. NZXT decided to release a more budget-friendly set of air coolers dubbed the Respire series. Today we look at the baseline model, the Respire T20.
The Kingston Technology Company, casually referred to as Kingston by many PC users who are into memory modules, has for years had a reputation for putting out reliable memory modules that last, and won't break your bank account. You won't find too many people complaining about this companies' RAM sticks being a waste of money. Well the ones that know what they are talking about at least.