Reviews

Date: Jun 4th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Tradeshows
Computex 2007: Introduction

COMPUTEX Taipei, or Taipei International Information Technology Show is held in Taipei annually since 1981. It is the largest computer expo on the asian continent, with a constant growth every year. We took a quick look at behind the scenes to see a lot of construction work going on, even on the eve before the show.

8.2
Date: May 31st 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Mice
Cyber Snipa Intelliscope Laser Gaming Mouse

The Cyber Snipa Intelliscope gaming mouse comes at a price tag of under $25, but includes a lot of functions one would usually only find in mice twice as expensive. These include an on-the-fly DPI switch, programmable buttons and perfect left handed gamer support. The only real shortcoming is the somewhat bloated and buggy software. If you are willing to look past that, the mouse itself will certainly not disappoint.

9.2
Date: May 30th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Zotac GeForce 8800 GTX OC Edition

Zotac's new GeForce 8800 GTX OC Edition comes factory overclocked with clocks of 630 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory. This is a nice increase over the standard NVIDIA clocks, especially if you consider the small $20 premium and that you don't lose your warranty. For users who are not willing to spend a lot of money for a GeForce 8800 Ultra this card seems to be a viable alternative.

8.8
Date: May 29th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Power Supplies
Mushkin HP-580 AP

While Mushkin is traditionally a high performance memory manufacturer they also have several power supplies in their lineup. Today we take a look at the Mushkin HP-580AP which offers 580W of power output as the name suggests. For a sub $100 price you get sleeved cables, a modular design and Rail Fusion which keeps your system stable, even if you go beyond the rated maximum load.

7.8
Date: May 28th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Other
Good Work Systems Fragpedal Elite

The Good Work Systems Fragpedal Elite gives your feet control during your favorite game. Our feet are the only part which we still do not use when sitting in front of the computer. The Fragpedal Elite give you four fully customizable buttons to use in any fashíon you would like. The included software with its own programming environment makes this possible. We give the pedals and the software a try, to see if it makes a good addition to your keyboard and mouse.

9.5
Date: May 27th 2007
Author: Tau
In: NAS
Synology DS207

Synology's latest DS207 NAS device offers enterprise grade backup capabilities with up to 2 TB of storage at an affordable price. Being able to configure RAID 0/1 and automatic backups is great for your data protection. What makes the unit more interesting for home users is that you can download files via BitTorrent without your PC being on or you can setup your own Gigabit file, web and MySQL server in just a few clicks.

9.4
Date: May 23rd 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Memory
Mushkin XP2-8500 4 GB

Mushkin's XP2-8500 4 GB DDR2 memory is the only kit on the market that can run DDR2-1066 in a 4 GB configuration. While other manufacturers have to use CL6 @ 800 MHz, Mushkin can use CL5 @ 1066, at around 2.30 V. Having 4 GB of system memory may soon be the recommended configuration when running the memory-hungry Windows Vista. The only drawback of this memory is its price: $679.

9.2
Date: May 22nd 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
HighSpeed PC 'Top Deck' Tech Station large

If you are constantly changing components and playing with new hardware you sure have noticed that using a case is not the right way to do it. For years HighSpeedPC has been offering their easy to use Tech Stations that give you an open bench to work with. The new 'Top Deck' Tech Station removes one of the biggest problems of the original offering by placing the motherboard - just as the name suggests - on the top.

9.0
Date: May 21st 2007
Author: djbbenn
In: Cases
Lian Li PC-A12

Lian Li continues the expansion of their Classical Series cases, and today we take a look at one of the newest editions - The PC-A12. We'll take a look at the layout and features of this case to see if it's worth its 140 USD price.

8.1
Date: May 20th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Mice
Ideazon Reaper Optical Gaming Mouse

The Ideazon Reaper is a very unique mouse with a cool red Ideazon logo, which is sure to attract some attention at dark LAN parties. Due to its shape it is unsuitable for left-handed gamers. Right handed players will find the mouse to be quite comfortable and the software is solid, with a fair amount of customization features. This all makes for a good alround gaming device.

7.5
Date: May 18th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Adamas

NZXT is well known for producing some very high quality components. The Adamas is constructed of 3 mm thick sheets of aluminum and only utilizes the best in materials and some very innovative engineering. A price tag of just under $200 US Dollars demands this quality as well as high expectations on compatibility and the installation process. We take a close look at every aspect of this case to let you know if it is worth it.

8.0
Date: May 17th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Mouse Pads
XTracPads Mad Dotz

The XTracPads Mad Dotz try to overcome the weakest link between a mouse and the mouse pad - the glide feet. The Mad Dotz greatly reduce the friction between the two parts and make mouse movement a lot easier and increase the speed greatly. At a price of just under four US Dollars, these Dotz perform well for a limited time.

9.5
Date: May 15th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: CPU Coolers
Noctua NH-U12F

Noctua's NH-U12F CPU cooler is a high-performance heatsink that uses eight heatpipes to get the heat off your processor. The included fan is of the 120 mm variant and is fairly quiet. If you need to reduce the fan noise even more you can use the included Ultra Low Noise Adapter which makes the fan almost inaudible.

8.9
Date: May 13th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT

AMD's new flagship video card is the Radeon HD 2900 XT which is based on the brand-new R600 GPU. It comes at an amazing $399 price point and offers many unique features. While performance may not be as fast as the GeForce 8800 GTX, its price will definitely make this card a good choice for users who are looking for the best price/performance ratio.

7.3
Date: May 13th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: External HDDs
Verbatim Store'n'Go USB 1" External HDD

The Verbatim Store'n'Go 1" USB Hard Drive differentiates itself by using - as the name suggests - a hard drive to reach capacities of 12 GB. The 8 GB offering on the test bench today uses a minuscule 1 inch drive packed into a nice white & chrome enclosure. We take a close look and let you know if it has any advantages against solid state, flash based USB memory devices.

9.0
Date: May 13th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Headphones
Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset

Icemat may be known for their mouse pads, but the company also produces some high quality audio products. We take a look at the white Icemat Siberia In:Ear headset today, which does not only look great and is built very well, but does deliver some very respectable audio performance too.

8.5
Date: May 11th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: Mouse Pads
XTracPads Ripper

The XTracPads Ripper is the smaller brother of the Ripper XXL. The mouse pad series comes in three different sizes, all with a wide aspect ratio. The thin cloth pad is incredibly soft and comfortable, with the under-padding clinging to the table quite nicely. We give a few mice a hurl on the Ripper to see if the unique aspect ratio is just what a gamer needs.

8.4
Date: May 11th 2007
Author: t_ski
In: Cases
Sunbeam Quarterback

The Sunbeam Quarterback is a midtower ATX case with tool-less drive bays and PCI slots, Core Fan system, VGA vent and a side window. The front bezel adds a door that makes the case look as muscular as a quarterback, which definitely adds to its style.

Date: May 10th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
8.9
Date: May 10th 2007
Author: Darksaber
In: USB Sticks
A-DATA My Flash PD16 8 GB

The A-DATA MyFlash PD16 is a very solid and spacious USB 2.0 memory device with capacities of up to 16 GB. It features a lifetime warranty and can be used for Vista ReadyBoost. The aluminum/plastic construction makes it a bit heavier than other memory sticks, but also adds to the durability. We take an all around look and benchmark the PD16 to see if it performs as good as it looks.

7.9
Date: May 9th 2007
Author: djbbenn
In: Watercooling
CoolIT Freezone

The only way to get cooler temperatures than with air coolers is to use water cooling. But how do you get cooler than a water cooler without using some form of complicated exotic cooling? The answer is not very easily, until now. CoolIT has come up with a new cooler that utilizes a means of exotic cooling, yet it's designed for ease of use for the average end-user. Today we take a look at this new cooler from CoolIT and see if it really is better than any other cooler out there.

9.5
Date: May 8th 2007
Author: t_ski
In: External HDDs
A.C. Ryan AluBoxTFX

The A.C. Ryan AluBoxTFX is an external hard drive enclosure that allows the user to implement an IDE or SATA hard drive, utilizing the new eSATA connection for SATA drives, as well as USB 2.0 for SATA or IDE drives. And the TFX? That means “Tool Free Experience,” which is A.C. Ryan’s way of saying that the enclosure is completely tool-less in design.

8.9
Date: May 6th 2007
Author: Frederik S
In: Other
OCZ Trifecta 1 GB

The OCZ Trifecta is a unique SD card, it features connectors for USB, regular SD and microSD at the same time. This makes the card very useful for a variety of PDAs, mobile phones and cameras because you can easily take your data with you. With a price tag of below $30 for the 1 GB version it is not too expensive as well.

8.0
Date: May 4th 2007
Author: W1zzard
In: Graphics Cards
Twintech GeForce 8600 GTS

Twintech's new GeForce 8600 GTS is based on the NVIDIA reference design using the G84 GPU. It comes with 256 MB of fast GDDR3 memory clocked at 1 GHz, the graphics processor runs at 675 MHz. This is the first DirectX 10 card for the midrange segment with its price tag of around $210.

9.0
Date: Apr 30th 2007
Author: djbbenn
In: CPU Coolers
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 (082) Cooler

Ever hear of "the point of diminishing returns", where something gets to the point where you can't improve on what you have unless you come up with a completely new idea? With air coolers, manufacturers are hitting that wall, but recently some companies have devised a new means of heat sink technology. Direct touching heat pipes - Today we take a look at Xigamtek's new cooler using this design.