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Today I try out the new Samsung GALAXY S4 Smartphone! Read on to see what it can offer you and if its worth purchasing.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M 16GB 4G LTE (Black Mist) Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 Smartphone Review @ ModSynergy.com
"I've had the opportunity to review the Galaxy Note line of Smartphone's from Samsung, and both the original Note and Note 2 have left a lasting impression on me. A couple of weeks ago Samsung contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their latest Galaxy S4. This would be my first real life introduction into the S series, but I've heard countless things about their past S, S2, and S3 Smartphone's over the years. I could not pass on the opportunity to give it a try. Today I get to share with you about my experiences with the latest Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M. I will be reviewing the 16GB Black Mist model with the Android 4.2.2 operating system."
Silicon Power Armor A30 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive @ NikKTech
"I've always believed that having an excessive amount of free HDD space available around is always a lot better than to need it and not have it so whenever someone comes up to me and tells me that he/she plans on purchasing a new model to replace the old and smaller one i always say to also keep the old one either as a secondary drive or as an external backup drive even if they think there's no point in doing that. That being said when it comes to portable needs most people will never even fully utilize a 500GB portable hard drive but there are quite a few people that will do so and to them a 1TB PHD is really a one way. Capacity however is not the only important thing when we're talking about portable hard drives, the enclosure also pays a significant role since it's responsible for the health of the drive inside so it's always preferable to choose one of the rugged models that offer superior protection. The Armor A30 by Silicon Power is the latest addition in their Armor line of PHDs and today we will be taking a thorough look at it."
Kingston's Fastest Ever SSD? SSDNow V300 240GB Benchmarked @ PCStats
"Looking at the numbers, Kingston's SSDnow V300 SSD is spec'd for 4KB random reads at 85,000 IOPS and 4KB random writes at 43,000 IOPS. The SSDNow V300 drive supports SMART, NCQ, and TRIM. Peak power consumption is rated at 2.052W, idle is a scant 64mW; this puppy can certainly help extend notebook battery life if you're considering an SSD to replace a 2.5" HDD. The 1.0 million hours MTBF rating Kingston assign to the SSDnow V300 is lower than other SSDs PCSTATS have tested (average is 1.2M - 2M hrs MTBF). The drive is backed by a 3 year limited warranty."
MSI R9 270X HAWK 2 GB @ techPowerUp
"MSI uses the same cooler on the R9 270X HAWK, that they've used on their R9 280X cards, which means the cooler has lots of power to spare, resulting in amazing noise levels, while still keeping temperatures reasonable. The card is also overclocked out of the box, giving it a nice performance boost."
Fractal Design Define R4 Case @ TechwareLabs.com
"There are two main schools of thought when it comes to enthusiast case design. One can be thought of as attention-seeking: make it as flashy, splashy, and eye catching as possible. The other is most often described as minimalist: strip the design down to bare essentials, keep the design accents subtle. Fractal Design has an established reputation in the second school, and today we’re going to be taking a look at one of their latest efforts: the Define R4."
Antec High Current Gamer 750M 750W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
“Antec’s High Current Gamer series of power supplies have been out for a while now and Antec decided to update some of these units with modular cabling, giving them them the High Current Gamer M naming. Today we are taking a look at the HCG-750M which is the 750W unit. All units in this series feature a semi-modular design, Japanese capacitors and a 135 mm double ball bearing white LED fan. The 750W unit also features an 80PLUS Bronze certification and is NVIDIA SLI ready. We have always known Antec for great power supplies so will the HCG-750M impress? Read on as we take a look…"
Leap Motion Controller LM-010 Performance Review @ BenchmarkReviews
"Back in May the announcement of the Leap Motion Controller had me with the first sentence on the home page: “With a wave of a hand or lift of a finger, you’re about to use your computer in a whole new way.” However I had to wait until the product launch in July before Benchmark Reviews was able to obtain one for me to conduct a review. Of course, once the review item arrived it was out of the box and on my computer in no time at all. I was really keen to begin testing so that I could share my exploits in discovering how effective this “amazing device” really is. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests and evaluates the Leap Motion Controller (model LM-010) for functionality and innovation."
ASUS Z87 Motherboard Roundup October 2013 @ HardwareHeaven.com
"For some time now ASUS haven't been shy to release a wide range of boards for each socket/CPU. In fact some of their product families are well into the double digits in terms of different models. Size, features, price, performance... all can be tweaked to offer a range that meets the needs of every consumer. And that goes for the high end boards too, under the Republic of Gamer branding. So today we take a look at what they offer there in the form of the Maximus VI Extreme (ATX), Hero (ATX), Gene (mATX) and Impact (mini-ITX)."
Synology DS213j Home to Small Office 2-bay NAS Review @ Madshrimps
"Synology has NASes available for all price ranges. In this review we will look upon one of their offering aimed at budget conscious people, with two internal bays for 3.5’’ drives (for 2.5’’ we need to purchase an optional adapter), which also features a single-core 1.2Ghz processor along with 512MB of RAM and runs the latest version of DSM."
Corsair Graphite 230T Review @ Vortez
"The new 230T is a mid-tower computer chassis available in orange, grey and black and is aimed at budget conscious system builders. Can Corsair triumph in the low-mid range market with this new Graphite chassis?"
REVIEW: Cooler Master N-200 Mini Gaming Tower @ PureOverclock
"The Cooler Master N-200 is the latest addition to the brand new N Series compact ITX / Micro ATX mainstream cases. The N-200 comes with water cooling support and improved air cooling performance, wrapped in a subtle and simplistic design. It could be the case that may really meets your needs and leaves your wallet happier too. Read on as we take an up close and personal look at the Cooler Master N-200 Mini Tower to see if it is the affordable answer you are looking for.”
XSPC Raystorm 750 EX240 Watercooling Kit Review @ PCPerspective
"The kit itself was packed well, with all of the components well padded against harm. All parts were finely machined and without burrs or manufacturing defects of any kind, pointing to a high attention to detail on XSPC's part. And the kit itself included almost everything necessary to get the system up and running with little incident. XSPC even went the extra mile by including the LEDs necessary for back-lit effects and the hardware for hanging the radiator if desired. Performance-wise, the numbers speak for themselves with the XSPC kit able to hold its own against the other high-end cooler offerings."
Kingston mS200 120GB mSATA SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"Now that mSATA drives are really starting to grow in popularity, we are seeing more models pop up from various SSD manufacturers. Kingston has the latest one we've received powered by a SandForce controller paired with Toshiba NAND. The SSDNow mS200 line is part of their 'System Builders' series which they state is "specifically designed for use in OEM branded servers". What this means for most is that it's geared toward mobile hosts with a focus on value (it comes with no accessories) and power savings while still pumping out up to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write performance. Read on to see how it performs!"
SilverStone LS01 LED Case Lights Review @ APH Networks
"The latest set of LED case lights from SilverStone. How easy is it to light up your case?"
MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming Video Card Review @ Ninjalane
"In this review we will be looking at the new MSI R9 270X Gaming 2G video card. As the name suggests the card features the AMD Radeon R9 270X GPU targeted at the occasional gamer and budget minded enthusiast."
ASUS RT-AC66U AC1750 Wireless 802.11AC Router Review @MissingRemote
"When you cannot install Ethernet throughout your house there are a few options available, but none tantalize the same way as 802.11AC’s promise of Gigabit-esque bandwidth with ease of wireless installation. Admittedly the recent trend in marketing routers by summing their potential speed is a bit confusing, but given the chance to redefine the home networking landscape we can forgive a lot. With a pair of ASUS’s RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 on hand we have the opportunity to explore this exciting new standard in depth. Can this $189 802.11AC multifunction home networking appliance deliver, or will it simply join the list of “not good enoughs” when it comes to meeting our most demanding media streaming needs."
Silverstone NT01-Pro Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"Silverstone's NT01-Pro is a heatsink designed for small form factor cases or finicky situations where a standard tower heatsink just won't fit. Really though, if you've got a SFF chassis, HTPC or a height restricted 4U rack mount case, the Silverstone NT01-Pro heatsink is going to be of particular interest. "
EVGA GTX 760 Superclocked w/ ACX Cooler 2GB Review @ RWLabs
"The EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Super Clocked ACX graphics card is just $10 more expensive than the standard models, but it offers better acoustics, thermal performance, visuals and it can be overclocked through the roof. To us it is a no brainer which card is the one to get."
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