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Sapphire Edge-HD Review reported at 05:32 PM
category: Small Form Factor     website: techPowerUp!
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The Sapphire Edge VS8 may cost a bit more than most other units, but it offers an excellent price to performance ratio. The other comparable unit would be the brand new ID83 from Zotac. It costs around 10% more and offers a dual-core CPU with Intel HD3000 graphics, which not only makes the Sapphire Edge VS8 more affordable, but also better specced - at least on paper. If you can live without IR and any remote features right out of the box - something you can easily buy separately if need be - then there is really nothing to go against the Edge VS8. Those worried about what Sapphire could install within the full system should grab the barebone unit with an SSD and their choice of memory. With such a configuration, the VS8 will not only manage to impress in3D applications and games, but also in everyday use.
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TP-LINK N900 Router, N600 USB Adapter & AV500+ Powerline Review reported at 05:31 PM
category: Internet Routers     website: HardwareHeaven
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The N900 is a great top of the range router providing excellent features and a simple set up experience. The N600 is a nice USB adapter that offers good performance for a reasonable price. And finally the AV500+ is a great product for those whose building isn't suited to wi-fi.
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Patriot Gauntlet Node Review reported at 05:29 PM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: NikKTech
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The Patriot Gauntlet Node may not be as small and as good looking as the Wi-Drive by Kingston but at the end of the day it offers more for less and that's what matters to most people, especially those on a budget. So instead of a fixed capacity the Gauntlet Node allows you to add your own 2.5" HDD/SSD up to 2TB and thus giving you enough space to store everything you'd ever want to share with all your iOS/Android/Kindle Fire compatible devices. Unfortunately although the Gauntlet Node can simultaneously connect with up to 8 devices it can't really stream HD content on them all so the best we managed to achieve during testing was streaming 720p clips to a total of 3 devices (two android smartphones and one android based tablet). Whenever we tried to do the same with a 4th (Apple iPhone4) things got extremely slow to a point which we couldn't watch anything (however bitrate also matters quite a bit so you should be able to stream extremely light 720p media or SD media to more than just 3 devices). Now according to Patriot the Gauntlet Node has a battery life of up to 5.5 hours and they are almost on the spot since after 2 full recharges we were able to use it for slightly over 5 hours continuously. USB 3.0 speeds are also a plus since the Gauntlet Node obviously has nothing to fear in that area from dedicated USB 3.0 enclosures.
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Fractal Design Tesla R2 Review reported at 11:35 AM
category: Power Supplies     website: ThinkComputers
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Fractal Design has done a great job at creating an impressive mainstream power supply. The unit itself is small enough that it will fit in most cases and has Fractal Design’s great styling, which means the unit is going to look great in your case as well. While it may not have the premium product feel like the Newton R3, it does feel like a quality product.
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SanDisk Ultra Plus Review (French) reported at 11:32 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: Cowcotland
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Phanteks PH-TC14PE Review (German) reported at 11:31 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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AZIO Levetron GM533U Review reported at 11:31 AM
category: Mice     website: Benchmark Reviews
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"The GM533U is by no means a bad mouse: it performs well in games and other tasks, its software is not the best out there, but it's usable. Macros and profiles were easy to create and executed properly. This mouse suffers most from bad ergonomics; it is awkward to hold, it gets slippery quite easily and there is no adapting to it. If you're looking for the best mouse $40 can buy, I urge you to look elsewhere."
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Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD4 Review reported at 11:25 AM
category: Socket 1155 Motherboards     website: PureOverclock.com
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If you are looking for a decently priced motherboard and won't break the bank but can handle a mild overclock with full stability the Gigabyte Z77-HD4 hits the mark.
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Jabra REVO Review reported at 11:25 AM
category: headsets     website: NikKTech
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"Although I’ve been using the REVO Wireless for just over a week i didn't feel the need for further testing nor to leave it playing for many hours prior to testing it in order to burn-in the drivers until their optimum level of quality. Regardless of what you throw at it (pop, rock, heavy metal, jazz) right from the box the REVO Wireless sounds great with plenty of Bass, accurate mids/highs and a more than just a satisfactory volume level, for a wireless headset that is. Things get even better once you start using the Sound App since you can adjust the EQ according to your liking or pick one up from the 16 available ones. The touch controls are also a plus although you will probably need some time to get used to them (actually to get used to the amount of pressure you need to use). When i comes to battery life Jabra claims that you can use the REVO Wireless for a total of 12 hours before recharging it but i hardly managed to hit 9 hours (at almost maximum volume). Of course i never used it for 9 hours straight but rather for 2-3 hours at a time (and so that explains part of the 3 hours difference) but even 9 hours is a long period of time and certainly more than enough for most people. The dual microphones could do a slightly better job since on the other end people said it seemed i sounded like if i was a bit away but on the other hand the noise blackout technology actually works since none of them could hear all the background noises while on the road and that's a plus."
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Synology DiskStation DS213 Review reported at 11:01 AM
category: Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives     website: HardwareHeaven
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"In terms of performance the DS213 runs ultra-quiet with Synology quoting 65.36mb/s up and 108.41mb/s down from a Windows PC and we saw roughly 58mb/s up and 100mb/s down in real world use. The rated power draw is 18w and our unit sat at 12w in use which is great. We also need to note that this NAS has USB 3.0 which ensures our external drives operate at their maximum speed which is a nice bonus."
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Asustor AS-608T Review reported at 09:57 AM
category: Storage Accessories     website: Computing On Demand
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"When compared to other similar SOHO/SMB NAS on the market, the AS-608T delivers high capacity storage at a price point that is lower than their competition without sacrificing quality. The NAS is simply beautiful and well crafted. Each drive tray is well manufactured and easy to install/remove. Having 8 bays to fill, dual gigabit Ethernet connectivity, iSCSI support, and a ton of features makes this NAS a good choice."
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