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January 5, 2015
Comments (1) | Posted at 03:58PM PST by CheeseMan42
Thermaltake Shows Off Core X Series Cases at CES

Thermaltake is planning to show off its new Core X Series of cases at CES in Las Vegas this week along with the THERON+ Smart Mouse and RL240 Water Cooling Kit. The Core X Series features a trio of cube shaped cases, the X1, X2, and X9, that all carry the new Tt LCS badge, indicating that the cases are Liquid Cooling Supported. The stackable design of the cases gives users the ability to combine multiple cases into a tower for housing multiple or single systems. The X1 is designed for ITX systems, the X2 for mATX, and the X9 for systems with motherboards up to E-ATX in size. All of the cases have ample places for mounting fans and hard drives and also offer the option of windowed or solid side panels. The cases will be available for purchase later this month with an MSRP of $99.99 for the X1, $129.99 for the X2, and $169.99 for the X9.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 01:04PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

For years we have seen hybrid cars on the roads, but a look to sky only shows us airplanes with more conventional, combustion engines. There has been interest in electric planes for some time, but the technology is not there yet. Hybrid-electric planes however could come much sooner, and recently researchers at the University of Cambridge, with Boeing, have built and successfully tested just such a demonstrator plane.

One of the reasons it has taken until now for hybrid aircraft to be developed is weight. Batteries have been prohibitively heavy, but with new lithium-polymer batteries, which can be found in some laptops, the concept is becoming possible. In this case the plane's power system uses a 4-stroke piston engine and electric motor/generator. Both were attached to the propeller using the same drive pulley, allowing the engine and motor to work together at take-off and when climbing, which are the times you need the most power. When cruising though, the motor can be switched off while the engine runs at its most efficient speed, or assist the engine. It could also send some power back to the batteries, recharging them like in a hybrid car.

Compared to a similar, but combustion-only plane, the demonstrator the researchers built could use up to 30% less fuel. There is still a lot of work to do before we see more hybrid aircraft, but this opens up the possibilities, in part by allowing for new experimentation. For example, new fuels could be tested in the engine since the motor could serve as a backup, if something went wrong.

 

 

Source: University of Cambridge



Comments (0) | Posted at 11:33AM PST by bp9801
Patriot Announces the EP PRO-II UHS-II SDXC Card

CES kicks off tomorrow, but you can bet that plenty of companies are getting their products announced today. Patriot Memory has a new product it is showing off called the EP PRO-II SDXC memory card, which is a UHS-II card for devices in need of speed. The Patriot EP PRO-II SDXC card is perfect for devices capable of taking high-definition (HD) and ultra high-definition (UHD) pictures and/or videos, with between 16 and 64GB of storage to hold it all. It features read speeds of 280MB/s and write speeds of 250MB/s, so there should be no dropoff in performance when you're shooting at those UHD resolutions. Patriot designed the EP PRO-II to meet the new SD 4.0 specifications on all the latest devices, but is backwards compatible with SD 3.0 and 2.0 for those still using older hardware.

The Patriot EP PRO-II SDXC card will be available in the first quarter of this year, with prices ranging between $119.99 and $199.99 depending on capacity.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 11:20AM PST by bp9801

The start of a new week is here, and hopefully the new year is off to a good start for you all. We have a lot to get to today, so let's dive right in. There is a review of the ASUS X99-E WS motherboard, which brings some of that Workstation quality to the Intel Haswell-E platform. We also have the Thermaltake Core X1 Mini-ITX case, with plenty of room and features in a rather small enclosure. For those needing some powerful cooling, there's a look at the Noctua NH-D15 to see just what it is capable of. SteelSeries' Siberia Elite Prism gaming headset gets put to the test to both see and hear how well it would work to get you into your games. We have a whole lot more to go over to, from power supplies and hard drive enclosures, to best of lists and a look at the start of CES 2015, which kicks off this week.

Motherboards
ASUS X99-E WS @ Bjorn3D

Cases
Thermaltake Core X1 Mini-ITX @ ThinkComputers

CPU Cooling
Noctua NH-D15 @ LanOC Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
StarTech Thunderbolt Dual SSD Enclosure @ Bjorn3D

Power Supplies
be quiet! Straight Power 10 800W @ PC Perspective

Speakers/Headphones
SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps

Mobile
Mobile Trends: 10 Predictions for 2015 @ TechSpot
Kolina K100 + V6 Smartphone @ Madshrimps

Gadgets
Google Chromecast @ ThinkComputers

Trade Shows/Conventions
CES 2015 - CES Unveiled @ ThinkComputers

Miscellany
A look back at 2014's top picks @ LanOC Reviews
20 of the Worst PC Setups - December 2014 @ ThinkComputers
Podcast #331 @ PC Perspective
Our 20 Most Popular Posts of 2014 @ ThinkComputers



Comments (0) | Posted at 11:13AM PST by gebraset

ECS, a motherboard manufacturing company based out of Taiwan, has utilized CES to unveil the latest addition to its LIVA family of Mini PCs, the LIVA X. The LIVA X continues the trend of the previously released LIVA Mini PCs by packing a wealth of hardware into an incredibly small and efficient package. The latest addition to the LIVA series from ECS, which is roughly the size of a pop can and consumes less than 15 watts, includes an embedded 22nm Intel Bay Trail-M SoC CPU, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, dual monitor capabilities, and an mSATA slot for extra internal storage. The LIVA X features a 0dB thermal design, an incorporated VESA mount, and is capable of running the latest operating systems such as Ubuntu and Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 10:40AM PST by gebraset
Patriot Introduces Viper 4 Series Memory

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of computer memory, USB storage, flash memory, SSDs, and mobile accessories, has introduced its latest addition to its Viper line of extreme performance memory, the Viper 4. The Viper 4 series is built specifically for the latest Intel X99 DDR4 platform and Haswell-E processor and will be offered in quad channel kits of 16GB and 32GB, running at speeds ranging from 2400MHz to 3000MHz and starting at 1.2 to 1.35 volts. The latest addition to the Viper series memory comes with a custom heat shield and is compatible with XMP 2.0. According to Les Henry, the Vice President of Engineering at Patriot, "The new Viper 4 line benchmarks are crushing the older DDR3 scores from just about every hardware benchmark: memory bandwidth, SSD and USB just to name a few."

The Viper 4 series memory from Patriot, which features an MSRP of $250 to $700 and comes with a lifetime warranty, will be available to purchase in the first quarter of this year at select retailers and online storefronts such as Fry’s Electronics, Newegg, and Amazon.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 10:28AM PST by gebraset
Thermaltake Unveils RL240 Water Cooling Kit

Thermaltake, a leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, has unveiled a new DIY liquid cooling solution known as the Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit. The latest cooling kit from Thermaltake, which was revealed at the International Consumer Electronics Show, features a CPU water block, D5 pump and reservoir, 240mm radiator, fittings, Luna 12 LED red fan, tube, coolant, and other accessories. The Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit is a limited-edition LCS combo unit, and Thermaltake has announced that it will even release a full collection of LCS components to allow computer enthusiasts to build an aesthetically appealing water cooling system that provides amazing performance. According to Thermaltake, the Pacific RL240 Water Cooling Kit and collection of LCS components provides users with exceptional performance, unrivalled reliability, and styling.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:23AM PST by Guest_Jim_*
Thermaltake Announces New THERON PLUS Smart Mouse and POSEIDON Z PLUS Smart Keyboard

At CES, Thermaltake has announced a new mouse and keyboard pair with an interesting twist. Both the THERON PLUS mouse and POSEIDON Z PLUS keyboard have, along with a myriad of gamer-focused features, Bluetooth capability. This allows them to connect to the Tt eSPORTS+ app for iOS and Android for recording usage information. Want to know your actions per minute or top ten hotkeys? The app can tell you and even help you brag about it on social media.

The THERON PLUS mouse features an 8200 DPI laser that can be adjusted down to 50 DPI as needed, 8 buttons and 5 profiles, for up to 40 macros, on board memory, RGB lighting for up to 16.8 million colors, a glossy surface, and a gold-plated USB connector. The POSEIDON Z PLUS keyboard uses mechanical blue switches, features N-key rollover, has blue LED backlighting, and, for the first time for a mechanical gaming keyboard, a 5 year warranty.

The THERON PLUS Smart Mouse is available now at Newegg.

Source: Press Release



December 31, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 10:12AM PST by bp9801

Today is the final day of 2014 (for most of the world, at least), so hopefully everyone is ready to bid it adieu and welcome in 2015. We do have a couple of items for you to check out before the year ends, so be sure to not miss these. There is a review of several Razer Chroma products, with the Deathadder, BlackWidow, and Kraken 7.1 Chroma all getting tested to see what they bring to the table other than multi-color LEDs. Our other item for the day is a video looking at how to put together a microATX gaming PC that certainly doesn't skimp on the performance.

Keyboards/Mice
Razer Chroma Set @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
Video Perspective: Building a High Powered MicroATX Gaming PC @ PC Perspective



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:51AM PST by gebraset
TRENDnet Releases Wi-Fi HD Baby Cam

TRENDnet, a leading global networking hardware brand, has just launched its Wi-Fi HD Baby Cam, allowing users to monitor their children, pets, or home from any Internet connection through the free CloudView mobile application. The device includes a wealth of features, such as IEEE 802.11b/g/n support, LED indicators, a 720p camera, two-way audio, a built-in speaker, a built-in thermometer, a microSD card slot, and an articulated, extendable, and integrated mounting base. Users of the TRENDnet Wi-Fi HD Baby Cam can even play five soothing classical songs through the built-in speaker by using the CoudView application or by pressing a button on the top of the camera itself.

The TRENDnet Wi-Fi HD Baby Cam, model TV-IP745SIC, comes with a three year limited warranty and is available to purchase from various online and retail partners for $139.99.

Source: Press Release


Comments (0) | Posted at 09:27AM PST by gebraset

The first version of the Kinect for Windows has proved amazingly popular since its initial release, with owners using it for a wide range of applications, such as unique motion tracking and facial recognition. Despite this, Microsoft has revealed that it is officially discontinuing the original Kinect, as the company will stop offering the Windows device once the current stock runs out. As such, users who are interested in the capabilities of the original Kinect for Windows, or who rely on the device for various needs, are being urged by Microsoft to buy as many as they require as quickly as possible. Fortunately, the latest generation Kinect, which is available for $199, provides a wealth of improvements over the original Kinect for Windows, such as enhanced body tracking, greater depth fidelity, full 1080p high-definition video, new active infrared capabilities, and an expanded field of view.

Source: Kinect for Windows Blog



December 30, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 09:13PM PST by gebraset

Microsoft is continuing its efforts to make the Xbox One not only more appealing to consumers from a pricing perspective, but also from a performance perspective, thanks to a newly released SDK update for the gaming console. According to Techland, the developer of highly anticipated zombie survival video game title known as Dying Light, the latest Xbox One SDK update provides real performance improvements for the latest titles. The update allows game developers to control more of the hardware present within the Xbox One, including the dedicated eSRAM. Maciej Binkowski, the lead game designer for Dying Light, stated that "The new API allows you to do a lot more with the ESRAM, things devs have always wanted to do but were not easily accessible."

Source: WCCFtech



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:50PM PST by CheeseMan42
Tt eSPORTS Announces BLACK V2 Gaming Mouse

Tt eSPORTS, the division of Thermaltake dedicated to gaming peripherals, has announced the BLACK V2 laser gaming mouse. The BLACK V2 is an update to the original BLACK mouse, with upgrades to the sensor, buttons, and mouse software. The Avago ADNS-9500 laser sensor is capable of reaching up to 5700 DPI with four programmable DPI levels. A second thumb button was added giving the BLACK V2 a total of seven programmable buttons for up to 35 macros. The surface of the mouse and thumb grip have been modified to create a better overall grip for users. The BLACK V2 will be available in January 2015 at an MSRP of $49.99.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:40PM PST by CheeseMan42

As part of the weekly GRID Tuesday event, NVIDIA has added action-adventure game Overlord 2 to its gaming service. In Overlord 2 gamers control the Dark Master in an effort to "conquer the Glorious Empire and command hordes of Minions from Netherworld." The game will be free until June 30, 2015 for owners of a SHIELD tablet or portable device.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 10:53AM PST by bp9801

We have just one day left before the year ends, but we still have some items for your viewing pleasure. There is a review of the CM Storm Octane Gaming Gear Combo, which includes a keyboard and mouse to help get you into the game in one go. We also have a look at the Acer XB270H 144Hz G-SYNC monitor, which is a 27-inch, 1920x1080 model equipped with that sweet NVIDIA technology to ensure smooth gameplay. Wrapping up today's items is the DXRacer K Series Office Chair, with a unique style that would look perfectly at home in your home or car.

Keyboards/Mice
CM Storm Octane Gaming Gear Combo @ ThinkComputers

Monitors
Acer XB270H 27-in 1080p 144 Hz G-Sync @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
DXRacer K Series Office Chair @ LanOC Reviews



Comments (1) | Posted at 01:56AM PST by bp9801
Windows 10 May Have a New Browser in Addition to Internet Explorer

Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system is shaping up to be a worthy successor to Windows 7, if the technical preview is anything to go by. Recently a new rumor has appeared that is rather interesting, as it looks like Windows 10 may not use Internet Explorer when the OS arrives in 2015. There has been a "Spartan" Web browser in the talks for a while, which many just thought was a codename for Internet Explorer 12. However, it may be a brand new browser in its own right, with Microsoft designing it to more resemble Chrome and Firefox than IE. It should be based on Microsoft's Chakra JavaScript engine and Trident rendering engine, with even two versions of Trident in the works for two different browsers.

When Windows 10 arrives in full, it could very well have Internet Explorer 11 for backwards compatibility, and then Spartan for the new offering. Remember, Spartan is just its codename, with the folks in Redmond more than likely figuring out what best fits with the new browser. Microsoft may want to distance itself from any negative connotations with the IE name, so making a new browser with a new name would be the best option for Windows 10.

There is a chance we'll receive our first look at Spartan when Microsoft reveals more of Windows 10 on January 21, but it could also be a little too early for that. It could also be too early for the Windows 10 January Technical Preview update, with an early build of Spartan arriving in February or March. Whatever the case may be, we may finally see an end (or at least the beginning of the end) to Internet Explorer when Windows 10 launches.

Source: ZDNet



December 29, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 09:57AM PST by bp9801

The final week of 2014 is here, and hopefully the holidays last week were good to all who celebrate. We have a lot to get to today, so let's get right to it. There is a review on the ASUS Crossblade Ranger, an ROG motherboard for the AMD FM2+ platform. We also have the Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition and BitFenix Pandora cases, so if you're in need of a smaller case we have a couple of styles for you to check out. SilverStone's SFX Series 600W power supply gets tested to see how well it can work in your system. A couple of keyboards get tested, with both the Cougar 700K mechanical gaming keyboard and the Razer Deathstalker Expert. We have plenty more to get to as well, including the Alienware Alpha Steam Machine, a couple year-end articles, and more that you'll just have to check out below.

Motherboards
ASUS Crossblade Ranger @ LanOC Reviews

Cases
Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition @ ThinkComputers
BitFenix Pandora @ PC Perspective

Power Supplies
SilverStone SFX Series 600W SST-SX600-G @ LanOC Reviews

Keyboards/Mice
Cougar 700K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ ThinkComputers
Razer Deathstalker Expert Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Storage/Hard Drives
Drobo Third Generation USB 3.0 4-Bay Storage Array @ PC Perspective

Prebuilts
Alienware Alpha @ TechSpot

Mobile
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G Smartphone @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
The Best PC Cases of 2014 @ ThinkComputers
The Year in Tech: 2014 Top Stories @ TechSpot


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