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Rune: Halls of Valhalla Review

You've just defeated your nemesis, Conrack, an evil renegade Viking who threatened to destroy your village and your way of life with the help of a few powerful Runestones, and have gained the divine favour of Odin. After spending a couple moons feasting and drinking with your Viking compatriots, you begin to grow restless and long for some action. Ah, but what would a group of bloodthirsty Vikings dream up to keep themselves occupied? And so, the great arenas of Wotankeld were built to facilitate the beginning of a new era of Viking sport - the advent of Headball, Arena combat and classic Deathmatch.
August 14th, 2001

Cornerstone P1460 19" Monitor Review

CRT monitors are well-established output devices for the personal or corporate computers. The technology behind the CRT monitor is very well refined and provides graphical advantages over the relatively new technology employed by Liquid Crystal Displays. The market has always been pushing towards bigger, better and cheaper displays, be it CRT or LCD. Currently, the standard is a 17-inch CRT display, but most users are looking for larger displays since many are upgrading from older systems. Today we take a look at the Cornerstone p1460 colour 19-inch monitor.
August 13th, 2001

SONICblue Riovolt Review

Designed with a futuristic flare, the Riovolt is sleek in its silver and blue colour scheme. The main controls are all located on the top face of the player. Arrayed around the backlit 2-line LCD display are controls for song navigation, EQ settings, play mode, volume control, navigation menu, and more.
August 10th, 2001

Lexmark Z22 Color Inkjet Printer Review

The Lexmark Z22 is a budget priced inkjet colour printer with specs that put it above and beyond it’s price class. Considering it’s low cost of around $50USD, the Z22 the offers an impressive 1200x1200dpi resolution in regular black and full colour prints.
August 9th, 2001

MechCommander 2 Review

It appears that the Battletech universe is never at rest. In some form or another conflict constantly rages across the Inner Sphere, which is itself the fragmented remains of an old Terran empire known as the Star League. Strife and disorder rule the day as the various Successor States of the Star League vie for supremacy and one of the flashpoints in their struggle is the planet Carver V.
August 7th, 2001

Samsung SM-308 DVD/CDRW Combo Review

When we reviewed the Samsung SM304 a few months ago it made quite a splash: Its combination of the functionality of a CD Burner with a DVD-ROM drive made it a great all-around computing tool. Now finally Samsung has released its amazing new brother, the SM-308.
August 6th, 2001

OCZ Titan3 GeForce 3 Review

Half a year has passed since NVIDIA first revealed the Geforce3 (also known as the NV20) to the world. Not performing as well as was expected on the standard video benchmarks, it first appeared as though this new technology had failed to meet up to the hype. But upon a closer look, it was discovered that the true problem rest in the hands of the reviewers (more specifically the benchmarking software and techniques) and not with the chip itself. The “standard” benchmarks were not optimized to take advantage of the uber-cool new features of the Geforce3.
August 3rd, 2001

Half-Life BlueShift Review

Half-Life: Blue Shift is another sequel to the popular Sierra FPS series – Half-Life. Yes, “another” one. Among countless number of mods, add-ons, value packs, and special editions, Blue Shift is the second official expansion for Half-Life. Originally being developed as a bonus pack for the Sega Dreamcast, Blue Shift has oddly made its appearance on the PC and not the console.
August 2nd, 2001

Altec Lansing ATP 5 Review

Altec Lansing has been one of the original multimedia speaker giants, around since almost the dawn of the multimedia speaker age. Throughout their existence, they have come to be trusted by many casual audio enthusiasts and gamers alike. Not so long ago, they introduced their ATP3 set of speakers, a stereo speaker set featuring a unique design flare. Today, we take a look at the ATP4, the 4.1 surround version of the very same series.
July 31st, 2001

WWII Online: Blitzkrieg Review

World War II was arguably one of the most bloody and violent times in human history. It was a time when combat was still actually fought by large numbers of brave men and women who risked their lives out in the battlefield rather than by pushing a few buttons from somewhere safe and watching the result from behind computer screens (as mostly is these days).
July 26th, 2001

AOpen R-25W Wireless Mouse Review

With names like Logitech and Microsoft dominating the market for input devices, it’s easy to overlook that a lot of other companies offer some highly affordable and competitive products. In the case of pointing devices, AOpen’s new R-25W wireless mouse is one product that’s been overlooked by the media, but as we came to find, it should be given consideration as a mouse for gamers and regular users alike.
July 23rd, 2001

AOpen AW744 Deluxe Soundcard Review

Ok, so you’re an online gamer, you have a high speed CPU, plenty of ram, a kick ass video card, high speed Internet, and everything is running smoothly. However still something is missing. You don’t know what it is, but you can feel it -- like a splinter in your mind, haunting you, taunting you. You rack your brain for hours trying to figure out what it could be. You have tweaked out almost everything in your computer, all your hardware is top of the line except for… alas you still have a stock sound card in your system.
July 17th, 2001

Samsung SyncMaster 150MP 15 Inch LCD Review

Since last weeks review on the 570b LCD display by Samsung, which scored rather disappointingly, we felt it was only right to review a higher end model from this manufacturing giant. The Samsung 15” 150MP LCD was under the microscope this week and proved to be far superior compared to its sibling display. Not only did the 150MP display provide high-end text and graphics, it also included a built in TV tuner.
July 16th, 2001

Summoner Review

You play Joseph, born with the mark of the summoner. Destined to bring havoc and misery to the land with a power that rivals the gods. When Joseph was still a child, he conjured a powerful demon to protect his village from raiders. But he was weak and lost control of the creature, and it rampaged through and slaughtered everything in its wake. Only Joseph, his friend Jekhar, and a priest-turned-beggar named Yago survived.
July 13th, 2001

Epox 8K7A Socket A Motherboard Review

Epox is not one of the better-known motherboard manufacturers out there, but this board certainly moves them in the right direction. Using a DDR supported hybrid chipset combination of the AMD 761 North Bridge and the much talked about VIA VT82686B South Bridge, this board is more about setting up a machine from scratch than upgrading from a previous setup.
July 11th, 2001

AOpen KB-Media Keyboard Review

Since my review of the Logitech iTouch multimedia keyboard, I’ve been getting some queries regarding different brands of keyboards which include additional function keys. So it was with some interest when I was presented with AOpen’s KB-Media.
July 10th, 2001

Samsung SyncMaster 570b Review

Having a bulky CRT monitor on your desk is no longer the only option for consumers. The LCD display is finally making a reach for the mainstream, especially since the markdown of dozens of displays by name brand companies such as Samsung, NEC and Viewsonic.
July 5th, 2001

Mechcommander 2 Preview

The original MechCommander was but one of many games set in the Battletech universe. It had a good storyline and some cool graphics for its time and I enjoyed commanding the various mechs as they battled across the battered landscape of Port Arthur. It was followed up by the release of MechCommander Gold which included an expansion campaign as well as new options and new mechs. Now we are on the verge of getting MechCommander 2, and it looks very promising indeed.
July 4th, 2001

Power Cooler PCH141 Review

PCH141 is another socket cooler from POWERCOOLER. This is my second review on this manufacturer. The first one was for the model PCH123(7020), and oh my, was that a BIG one. But guess what? Yes, this one is even bigger.
July 2nd, 2001

Power Cooler PCH123 (7020) Review

CPU cooling has become one of the hottest topics in the personal computer market. The fact that average users starting to aware of the damage of heat to their computer and that hardcore overclockers needing to push the limits of their cores have encouraged companies to develop all sorts of design, good or bad. Today we have a specimen from POWERCOOLER. Let’s see how it fits in the big picture.
June 29th, 2001

HP Photosmart 1218 Review

Being the literal dominating force in the printer market, HP has introduced quite a few printers that have garnered the company top marks. With their Photosmart 1218, HP hopes to cover all bases with a printer to satisfy photo and regular text printing, and in many ways, they succeeded where others have failed before.
June 28th, 2001

Empire of the Ants Review

Everybody has spent some time in their childhood life examining these creatures, sometimes even playing God with them by feeding them sugar cubes and following the resulting line back to their colonies or flooding their home with water (bwahahaha!!). Some kids even went as far as getting their own ant colonies to watch them work. In any case, the developer Microids has given us the chance to run our own colony without the annoying problem of escaping ants. Published under Strategy First, Empire of the Ants can essentially be described as an RTS with elements of sim-style micromanagement mixed in.
June 26th, 2001

AMK TKO 2003 Case Review

At first glance, the case seemed to challenge me, "C'mon, I can take whatever you throw in me." Standing tall at its full tower height of 24", beautifully crafted from 1mm thick sheet metal, armed with an array of fans on the back, front, and sides, and weighing in at 32.5 lbs., the TKO-2003 was definitely a case to drool at. The design is modest and unassumingly simplistic, hiding its superior qualities under a smooth and blended exterior.
June 25th, 2001

Sonigistix Monsoon MM 2000 Review

With the popularity and success of their other speakers – the only truly high quality Flat Panel multimedia speakers on the market, it was only a matter of time before Monsoon released a surround sound flat panel speaker system. Consumer interest was quick when the company announced the MM2000, a surround system featuring 4 flat satellites utilizing Monsoons Planar Focus Technology.
June 22nd, 2001

OCZ Gladiator Review

Few coolers these days can still get my mojo flowing like they did way back when the Thermaltake Orbs were first introduced (before the widespread die cracking was well known – nothing sucks my mojo away like widespread die cracking ).
June 21st, 2001