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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Galaxy GeForce 9500 GT Overclocked 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA recently launched the GeForce 9500 GT. This low-end card in the GeForce 9 Series is designed to offer acceptable gaming performance for the small wallet. Galaxy has created an overclocked edition which runs at higher clocks and comes with a quiet heatpipe cooling solution. In our testing we saw amazing overclocking potential of over 35% compared to the reference design clocks."

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BFG GTX 280 H²OC @ Bjorn3D
"Today we have the distinct pleasure of looking at the results of the crazy minds over at BFG Tech, and some of their cutting edge technology. You see, the gang over at BFG is never satisfied; and personally, that's the way we at Bjorn3D like it. Fast is never fast enough and there is always room for more - a great mantra when it comes to technology, though not so great when it comes to driving on the road."

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The Xigmatek HDT-S1283 CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The HDT-S1283 from Ximatek may not have a name that rolls off the tongue with ease, but it is light, easy to install, easy on the wallet, and it has a spoiler; that has to at least add 1 or 2 horsepower. Aside from the possible clearance issue with some large chipset coolers I didn’t find anything that I didn’t really like about the HDT-S1283..."

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Intel GMA X4500HD G45 IGP
"Earlier this month Intel had announced the GMA X4500 series, which is their latest and greatest when it comes to integrated graphics processors. These IGPs were greeted by same-day Linux support (it had actually arrived before the chipset was announced), but it's still next to impossible to find motherboards using the G43 and G45 Chipsets that bear this IGP. Fortunately, however, our friends at Super Micro have come through and we have managed to get our hands on the C2SEA. The Super Micro C2SEA is an ATX motherboard that uses the Intel G45 Chipset in conjunction with an ICH10 Southbridge. This motherboard provides Intel GMA X4500HD graphics with VGA and HDMI interfaces. In this article, we are looking at the performance of this new Intel graphics processor under Linux."

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Zotac GeForce 9800 GT Amp! Edition @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's new GeForce 9800 GT Series is not really new. The performance, specification and GPU are identical to that of the GeForce 8800 GT. Only a few minor features like Purevideo HD and Hybrid Power are present. At least Zotac showed a bit of creativity and added a bright orange PCB and higher clocks out of the box."

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I4U: Griffin Wave for iPhone Case Review
"Today we are going to look at a very nice case of the iPhone that is also available for the new iPhone 3G. The case is called the Griffin Wave for iPhone. Several colors are available and the case protects the screen and leaves all the controls easily accessible. The edges of the case are beveled so that they are comfortable against your ear and face when the phone is in use. When the Griffin Wave for iPhone is installed, it does add a bit of bulk to the phone, but not much. Obviously, you can no longer place the phone into the docking cradle when the case is on, but the sync/charge cable itself fits with the case installed without any issues."

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Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB DDR2 Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"For the power hungry overclocker and the bling-happy enthusiast, Benchmark Reviews brings you a review of Crucial Technology's 4GB Ballistix Tracer DDR2-800 kit (BL2KIT25664AR80A). Outfitted with red LEDs, tight timings, and EPP settings that go up to DDR2-1000, could the Ballistix Tracer be the overclocker's system memory kit of choice for the DDR2 platform?"

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sidekick LX Cell Phone Review @ Digital Trends
"The Sidekick LX is an upgrade to the Sidekick 3, with a vastly improved screen, slimmer profile, video support, and a standard headphone jack. The flip-out screen and roomy QWERTY keyboard are the centerpieces, ensuring that kids will be hammering out messages instead of paying attention to where they're going for some time to come. Prospective iPhone buyers will be disappointed by the Sidekick LX's lack of robust 3rd-party app support and WiFi. But make no mistake: You can't beat the LX for compulsive texters and instant-messaging nuts."

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Skyfire: Next-Generation Linux Mobile Browser Reviewed @ OSWeekly.com
"For many users, the iPhone has helped them rethink what they want from their mobile Web browsing experience. Everything from YouTube videos to the most AJAX-y thing you can think of, it seems to be supported. Opera Mini has certainly made great strides for those of us opting to stay off of the iPhone bandwagon for now. Yet the issue of phone resource lag can be a problem when rendering something intense or otherwise large. Based on what I have been hearing, it seems that a mobile browser called Skyfire may have a fix for this."

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amaroK: Music App for Linux Reviewed @ OSWeekly.com
"Over the past few years, I have heard a lot of noise about how great it would be to see KDE coming to Windows world. Despite this happening on its own, it really means little with the exception of perhaps one application - amaroK."

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OS X: Antisocial in a Social World @ OSWeekly.com
"By all outward appearances, it’s easy to think that Apple is on the cutting edge of technology, and in many ways they are. All you need to do is look at their product line to see that they know how to create hardware and software that people want. While that may be so, in a sense, they’ve determined for themselves what is cool and what isn’t, and they don’t really pay much attention to what others are doing. This outsider activity may be a small blip on their radar, but as a company, Apple usually prefers to do things their own way."

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Microsoft Opens Up Vista Virtualization @ OSWeekly.com
"Virtualization is certainly a hot thing right now, and it really makes using operating systems more flexible and enjoyable. In many ways, the future of operating systems is virtualization, and looking at the current market for these solutions makes that fact abundantly clear. Since virtualization is such a big deal, we might expect Microsoft and Apple to get rid of the gargantuan chips on their shoulders and embrace the future, but that’s not exactly what’s happened in the past."

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When Will Windows 7 Be Available? @ OSWeekly.com
"OK, Windows Vista may not be everything that some hopeful Windows users thought it would be, but then again, what did they expect? For Microsoft, the release of Vista has just been business as usual, and they’re still making gobs of money from this latest version of their Windows operating system. It’s not completely amazing, and there are still plenty of unresolved issues, but when has that not been the case with any version of Windows? We’re used to this, and once again, the OS is just good enough to be usable for most people."

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Apple iPhone 3G Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"We?ll get right to the chase. Apple?s iPhone 3G is very similar to the original iPhone. In fact, first-generation iPhones can be updated to use the iPhone 2.0 software, which will give a lot of the software capabilities of iPhone 3G to its predecessor. However, that doesn?t mean that iPhone 3G isn?t worth the upgrade. If you were holding out on the original iPhone in hopes of iPhone 3G, this is your chance to grab one, assuming can get past the strict requirements of activating the phone in AT&T or Apple Stores. That?s of course to prevent a lot of folks from unlocking their iPhones."

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BlueAnt Z9i Bluetooth Headset Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"BlueAnt is at it again with another wireless headset for users that want a quality experience from a sleek looking headset. The Z9i is a successor to the original Z9, which made waves when it was first announced. For BlueAnt, it was an unexpected success, and for users, it was a delightful, unforgettable experience."

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Silverstone CMD01 Commander ESA Edition @ techPowerUp
"The Silverstone Commander ESA Edition enables complete system monitoring functionality through the nTune System Monitor. Instead of going for one of the few ESA enabled cases out there, the CMD01 Commander gives unprecedented flexibility, as you can enable ESA connectivity for any case of your choice."

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HIS HD4870 512 MB @ Bjorn3D
"AMD's new HD4800 GPU's have created quite a stir in the computer world. Offering great performance for a low price they have managed to get Nvidia to cut their prices on most of their new cards just to get in line with AMD's new offerings. While the HD4850 is a nice card it is the HD4870 that many have been waiting for as it not only is clocked higher than the HD4850 but also comes with the new GDDR5 memory promising higher frequencies and of course more performance."

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OCZ Technology EliteXStream 800W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"There are more than enough cables for video cards, hard drives, optical drives, and peripherals. All cables are long and there should not be an issue reaching most locations in large full tower systems. The 120mm fan is very silent, I actually looked inside the grill to see if it was spinning. Having a high efficiency power supply will save money on your electric bill, another added bonus to purchasing the OCZ Technology EliteXStream 800W unit."

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Acer AL2002W 20-Inch WS LCD Monitor
"High resolution LCD monitors are everywhere in today's market. Seems that every PC manufacturer these days includes one with their offerings and usually has some decent upgrade offerings for better and larger models at rather reasonable extra cost. As prices are dropping, it is almost crazy to think that anyone in the market for a monitor wouldn't be looking for a nice flat panel LCD monitor like the Acer AL2002W 20" wide screen monitor. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we are going to take a look at this budget minded monitor."

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
SplashTop (ASUS Express Gate) "Instant-On Linux" Gets Hacked
"Last October we were the first to deliver a full-review of DeviceVM's SplashTop which was an instant-on embedded Linux distribution at the time found on a lone ASUS motherboard. Since then there has been a commitment to SplashTop on all ASUS motherboards and even on ASUS notebooks. While ASUS has been the primary partner with DeviceVM up to this point, other manufacturers are exploring this market. One of our few gripes about SplashTop is that it's limited in the current applications available and doesn't allow for much tweaking with no terminal access. However, members of the Phoronix Forums have hacked SplashTop. They have been able to run SplashTop from a USB stick on non-ASUS motherboards, boot SplashTop within a virtual machine, run custom applications, and launch a terminal within this proprietary Linux environment."

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Tuniq Ensemble 1200W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"I expected the Tuniq Ensemble 1200W power supply to perform well after seeing what the 950W Tuniq Miniplant had to offer a few months ago, and my expectations wound up being exceeded. The unit ran cool and quiet, managing to provide stable power to the beefiest system I could put together while producing a trivial ripple of a fraction of one percent."

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QNAP TS-409 PRO Four Bay NAS Network Attached Storage System Review @ Tweaknews.net
"It carries a hefty $600 price tag, but the TS-409 Pro is a sound investment for a home or small business network. For those who need much more than just file storage and backup, this is the NAS to get. In addition to having a central location to store and back up files this product offers hard disk monitoring, FTP, Web, and SMTP server functions, user/group management, and one touch file copy from a USB disk – and that's just scratching the surface! Everything is managed through a well organized web interface that can be accessed remotely via a secure SSL connection."

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AirLive AirTV-1000U @ techPowerUp
"The AirTV-1000U DVB-T TV Tuner is something you would not expect from a company like AirLive. They are known for their excellent networking products, not TV Tuners. The USB based AirTV-1000U features some interesting features, like recording, EPG and time shifting support."

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Monday, July 28, 2008
Cool IT Systems NV Reference SLI Cooler @ techPowerUp
"The CoolIT Systems coolers are certainly a unique way to get into liquid cooling. They come pre-assembled and are maintenance free. We are taking a look at their dual card cooler for two GeForce 8800 GTXs, but CoolIT offers a very similar variant for the GTX 260/280 and for AMD cards as well."

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SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headphone review in Metku
"In 2007 we saw Steelseries acquiring Icemat which brought the Siberia-brand to Steelseries. The Siberia Neckband headphones carry on the legacy from the Icemat Siberia headphones. Let us see if they're worthy."

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I4U: Labyrinth Lite Edition for iPhone Review
"Today we are looking at a great free application for the iPhone called Labyrinth Lite Edition. The lite version of the game has ten levels to play. The controls for the game are the star of the show and work very well. To control the ball you tilt the iPhone in all directions. The controls are simply fantastic and are so accurate that you can place the ball with ease on the screen. The settings menu of the game has a spot for calibrating the game to the sensors in the iPhone. You set the iPhone on a flat surface, press calibrate, and you are done."

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ECS GeForce 8800GT 256MB
"When AMD had unveiled the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and ATI Radeon HD 4870 last month, NVIDIA was left in an awkward position. The Radeon HD 4850 had sharply outperformed the (more expensive, at the time) GeForce 9800GTX, which led NVIDIA to immediately begin slashing prices and introducing a slightly faster GeForce 9800GTX+ that ramped up the memory and core frequencies. ATI's flagship Radeon HD 4870 also had no problems competing with the more-expensive GeForce GTX 260 / 280. Many of NVIDIA's partners as a result have slashed their prices on their earlier GeForce 8 and 9 products. One of the NVIDIA products that was previously considered a good budget graphics card was the GeForce 8800GT, but now how does it stand up against the latest from ATI and NVIDIA? In this article we are looking at the ECS GeForce 8800GT. What is particularly special about this card and some of the other newer models shipping the GeForce 8800GT GPU is a BIOS revision that should yield a performance increase."

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Maxtor BlackArmor 160GB Review @ Digital Trends
"If you're the paranoid type or just someone who cannot afford to have his or her data stolen, the Maxtor BlackArmor external backup drive will likely bring you a large dose of piece-of-mind. Data on the drive is encrypted with a key at the hardware level using government-grade 128-bit AES encryption, so if you lose it whoever finds it will have zero chance of recovering the data. Even better, if someone steals the drive and doesn't have the password, they can reformat the drive but the process destroys the encryption key, making all the data inaccessible even by data recovery professionals. This high level of security comes with a high price tag though, and the drive also suffers a few design drawbacks too, so you should only consider it if data security is a top priority."

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EVGA UV Plus+ UV16 USB 2.0 Video Adapter @ Legit Reviews
"Setting up the EVGA UV Plus+ UV16 could not be easier. First you’ll want to plug your monitor into the display adapter. As the manual states, drop in the driver CD, install the driver when prompted, reboot. Once Windows comes back up you’re ready to hook up the USB cable to your laptop/desktop. After an extremely brief “found hardware” your display may flash, and then will be visible on the newly attached monitor. On the two systems that I installed this on the monitor started in clone mode. A simple click on the system tray icon brings up options to change it to extended and even lets you choose which way you want to extended it..."

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Preview of the AMD HD4870X2 @ Bjorn3D
"When AMD launched the HD4850 and HD4870 earlier this year they continued with the strategy that they had started with the HD3000-series. Instead of trying to create a really fast, and expensive, GPU and then scale it down over the following 6-12 months for other segments, AMD decided to create the best GPU for the $200-$300 enthusiast segment and then either scale it down for the entry level segment or combine more than one GPU for the hard core gamers. The reception of the HD4850 and the HD4870 has been very good and these GPU's even got NVIDIA to lower their prices quite a lot just to be able to compete."

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Lian-Li Tyr PC-X2000 HTPC/Gaming Chassis @ techPowerUp
"Lian-Li is pulling out all the stops with the new Tyr case series. On our testbench is the X2000, which is not only the tallest case we have ever tested, but is packed with SATA backplates for six hard drives, three 140 mm fans and a long list of other features, too numerous to mention."

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Zaward Gyre (ZJ010) CPU heatpipe cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I am going to be looking at a product from a company that, until fairly recently, I knew very little about. That company is Zaward and they are best know for their cooling products so it may come of no surprise that the product in question is the Zaward Gyre ZCJ010 cpu cooler. A “gyre” is a vortex so I am hoping for some decent results."

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Sunday, July 27, 2008
Features For Phoronix Test Suite 1.2
"We're in the middle of the development cycle right now for Phoronix Test Suite 1.2"

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G.Skill F2-8800 Pi Series DDR2 CL5 4GB Kit @ techPowerUp
"The G.Skill Pi Series goes a completely different route, than other high-end memory today. Instead of pushing the envelope on voltage, it gives you some crazy performance at default or close to default DDR2 voltage."

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Lian-Li PC-V1010 Aluminum ATX Case @ techPowerUp
"The Lian-Li V1010 is the successor of the very popular V1000. It now incorporates some of the new and unique features, which you will find in the X2000 or X500, at a much lower price point."

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Saturday, July 26, 2008
I4U: Man & Machine UCool Keyboard Review
"Despite looking like a plain old keyboard, the UCool can be full submerged for cleaning and has drain holes to help get the water out. Typing feel is good and the keyboard works very well overall. The key layout is standard QWERTY and a number pad is included as well. The hallmark of the UCool Keyboard is the fact that it can be fully submerged for cleaning. It is important to note here that the USB connect shouldn’t be submerged when cleaning."

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Friday, July 25, 2008
Part 2: Which motherboard company is more efficient, ASUS or Gigabyte?
"The ASUS P5E3 Premium/WiFi-AP@n motherboard uses the EPU together with AI Gear 3+ to help attain the best power efficiency and energy savings we have seen to date. Even with no software enabled the ASUS board uses 9% less power at idle and 6.5% less under load, which is awesome. Is ASUS the hands down winner though? It really depends on what you are after. For a computer system that is used often the Gigabyte DES utility is superior as it is fully dynamic and you don't sacrifice performance when you need it..."

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Thermaltake Toughpower 1200 Watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net
"With best-of-class specs and a generous feature set with configuration options, the Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W is tough to beat. The Toughpower line represents Thermaltake's flagship PSU offerings, and the 1200W is a worthy addition, building on a tradition of power, stability and cutting edge features. The fit and finish is flawless, the connectors are numerous and the cable lengths are generous."

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I4U: Wolfking Trooper MVP Gaming Mouse Review
"Today we are taking a look at the Wolfking Trooper MVP gaming mouse. The mouse has adjustable sensitivity and a button that lets you fire multiple times with one mouse click. The fire button works very well in Quake Wars with a semi-auto pistol or any other game where the weapon in use reloads itself instantly and automatically. Where the auto fire feature does not work is with weapons like a bolt action sniper rifle or a chain gun where you have to hold the button down long enough for the weapon to spool up."

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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tagan Icy Box IB-285StU-B USB 2 1/2 @ Bjorn3D
"capacity? External drive enclosures often come with a 'Tote Along' price in the form of a power brick, extra cables, driver disks or other accessories that are just unhandy to Tote Around on a daily basis."

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bit-tech News: AMD's Phenom X4 9350e
"There doesn't seem to be too much special with this particular silicon. For the same price there are too many other processor choices that offer better performance in every other area - an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 is virtually the same price (and probably less following the recent price cuts) and offers oodles more performance, and many of our readers can testify to building a very quiet PCs based on this CPU. We're struggling to think of situations where you'd absolutely need this CPU - the only one we can come up with is if you wanted a quad-core mini-ITX board that's limited to 65W. This would be the only option that would fit, so it wins by default. But then again we fail to understand why you'd buy this over a Phenom X4 9550 Essentially, unless it fills a specific application you require, then this CPU is not for you. Even if you / which is cheaper and you can simply underclock and undervolt it a touch. /do decide you need it, you'll need to //find a Phenom X4 9350e (it's been a month since launch and they're still not available anywhere UK or State-side)."

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bit-tech News: MSI Wind - upgrading memory voids the warranty
"For those who don't know, even though MSI has left a slot free for memory upgrades, the problem MSI faces is that it doesn't include a specific flap for the memory like every other laptop - you literally have to take the whole thing apart to get to the free memory slot (or hard drive if you want to do that too). The level of complexity in getting it back together correctly is far beyond"

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I4U: Mighty Mouse 5 Waterproof Mouse Review
"Today we are going to look at the Mighty Mouse 5 from Man & Machine. The mouse is covered in silicon and is totally waterproof and can be disinfected. Overall, the Mighty Mouse 5 is very good and the added ability to sterilize the mouse to prevent germs from causing illness and the waterproof design this may be the perfect general use mouse in a shared computer setting."

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Playstation 3 Media Server Setup @ Digital Trends
"My digital media was scattered among various drives, computers, and discs. I wanted seamless central control over all of it, so I decided to use my Sony PlayStation 3 as a media hub, with my 40-inch Samsung HDTV as a monitor. Now I can view or listen to all my photos, videos, and music via my TV screen, no matter where they are. Here's a guide to building a digital media command center in your living room."

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Kingwin EL-35EU-SBL Elite USB 2.0 and eSATA Drive Enclosure Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Kingwin's EL-35EU-SBL Elite USB 2.0 and eSATA drive enclosure is a sharp looking product that could simply use some better software. If you want an eSATA drive enclosure and only need basic back up capabilities, already have back up software, or don't intend to use the back up capabilities, I could recommend this enclosure. If are looking for a back up system that offers configuration flexibility, this may not be a good choice for you."

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bit-tech News: Lian Li Tyr PC-X2000
"The Lian Li Tyr PC-X2000 is certainly an impressive piece of hardware, combining a gorgeous and unique design, an innovative layout, simply superlative noise levels and impressive cooling performance. However, there are a few minor blemishes on the face of this otherwise fantastic case, and sadly most of them are directed towards the case's front fascia panel. The problems causing the front aluminium panel to bow in the middle really should have been caught before the case went into full production, and it's certainly disappointing to see such a premium case suffering from case panels not fitting together properly. The fact that the fascia is so easily removed is also a concern, as is the placement of the fan controller, inexplicably placed behind both the front fascia //and the dust filter. While we appreciate that the fans might be a"

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Vizo Milano MIP-100 HDD Enclosure & Multimedia Player Review @ XtremeComputing
"The picture quality too is as good as, if not better than, the video recorded from my media pc, though I think it maybe not quite as good as DVD quality but it WAS a rip from a DVD so it would have been compressed and therefore cannot be as good. I played it on all outputs, composite, svideo and component and they all worked fine with component giving the best results, as you would expect."

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Tagan Icy Box IB-3218 USB JBOD External @ Bjorn3D
"it's hard to find an easy solution to your data backup needs. Most are complicated, require one set of software and another storage method that wasn't really designed to go together. Flash Drives are good for smaller things and portability but what do you do if you need gigabyte after gigabyte of data, pictures, music or video stored at the end of the day but would like to get home some time this week?"

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Thermaltake Armor+ VH6000BWS Full Tower Chassis Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Thermaltake Armor+ VH6000BWS full tower chassis will not frustrate, and will not disappoint. There are plenty of tool-less features included to simplify the installation process, and the only components that required a screwdriver were the motherboard and power supply. The design of the case is slick and attractive, but doesn't go over the top. The simple external styling is complemented by a spacious, well laid out interior that will show through the large side panel window when fully assembled."

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bit-tech News: EVGA nForce 750i SLI FTW motherboard
"EVGA offers a truly excellent overclocker with an unrivaled warranty and support, and in some ways it does offer things outside of the standard"

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Thermaltake Armor MX Mid-Tower Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Not everyone has the need or desire for a full tower chassis, so Thermaltake took many of the features of the popular Armor case and compressed it all into a very pleasing mid-tower offering. The Armor MX has a lot in common with its big brother including a massive intake fan on the side panel for cooling, ample room for hardware, and solid construction."

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I4U: Aurora Feint The Beginning for iPhone Review
"Today we are taking a look at a fantastic game for the iPhone called Aurora Feint The Beginning. The game is one of the free iPhone Apps you can get from the iTunes App Store. If this game was something you paid for it would be worth the money. Aurora Feint The Beginning is a fantastic video game and I would have gladly paid money for it. The game makes great and innovative use of the accelerometer inside the iPhone to take puzzle games and turn them upside down (and side to side). The game at first glance looks a lot like Bejeweled that you might have played on the PC, but offers so much more."

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OCZ Core Series SATA-II SSD OCZSSD2-1C64G @ Benchmark Reviews
"The OCZ Core Series delivers the performance and reliability of the latest SSDs at a price per gigabyte other high speed offerings can't begin to approach. OCZ Core Series Solid State Drives enable enhanced productivity in everyday computing and intensive multi-tasking applications. Perfect for notebooks, the Core Series is ideal for energy-efficient mobile computing to extend battery life, increase access time, and provide a durable alternative to conventional hard disc drives with superior shock resistance. High capacities and low power consuming NAND flash technology provide the necessary performance and battery life boosts generated by the proliferation of mobile gaming and new ultra-thin laptops. With fast access and seek times combined with excellent reliability, Benchmark Reviews tests to see if the OCZ Core Series SSD is going to be the answer for consumers demanding the latest storage technology."

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Monday, July 21, 2008
Nintendo Wii Fit Review @ Digital Trends
"Exercise-oriented video games aren't new, but Wii Fit is certainly the most technically advanced one yet. Fun games like snowboarding, Hula Hoop, and tightrope keep it from being tedious. The ingenious Balance Board tracks your center of gravity, and although we're skeptical about its fitness evaluation criteria, a few weeks of use has noticeably improved our balance. We wish you could save your own workout routines, and we advise against taking it too seriously as a fitness tool, but overall we're impressed with Wii Fit, and the Balance Board has lots of potential as a controller."

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Acer P243WAid 24" LCD
"In the past we have looked at several different Acer LCDs and generally have been quite pleased with them. Acer offers LCD panels that range from cost-effective 17"

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Vigor iSurf II Hard Drive Cooler @ Legit Reviews
"The iSurf II from Vigor has an MSRP of $29.99 and a quick search on our shopping link shows that it can be found for less. For that price you get a solid attractive piece of hardware. Despite having two 40mm fans, it is rather quiet. Even with the test system sitting on top of the bench and the iSurf II at the same level as my head it was not noticeable over the rest of the system..."

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Leadtek Winfast GTX-260 @ Bjorn3D
"Leadtek was nice enough to send us a Winfast GTX-260 to take for a test drive. Having heard the cries of our readers we decided to take a different tack at this test drive and do a direct comparison between the Leadtek GTX-260 and an XFX 8800 GT Alpha Dog. Going more in depth with a head to head comparison between an old favorite and the new kid on the block."

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000 WebCam @ Benchmark Reviews
"Digital video and digital photography have become inextricably entangled in the lives of people in the 21st century. Cameras are being inserted into everyday life wherever you turn. The webcam has become the least expensive option in participating on video sites like YouTube or engaging in video chat. Enter the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5000, the latest entry into Microsoft's LifeCam series. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will give the scoop on how this camera performs."

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Toshiba Satellite M300 Review @ Digital Trends
"Toshiba's latest business notebook, the M300, won't blow your hair back with whiz-bang features and record-shattering performance, but it's a very solid package that covers all the basics one needs in a laptop that's somewhere between an ultra-portable and a desktop replacement. This 14.1"

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Sunday, July 20, 2008
Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Corsair TW3X4G1600C9DFNV memory kit was found to be a solid performing memory kit that was a joy to work with and overclock as it did nearly everything I wanted it to do. This was my first time trying out the Samsung ICs and I'm very impressed by what they can do when it comes to both frequency and timings. They do seem to like a ton of voltage, which might scare some off, but for others it won't be a big deal..."

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Saturday, July 19, 2008
I4U: Man & Machine Really Cool Keyboard Review
"Today we are taking a look at the Really Cool Keyboard from Man & Machine. This keyboard has basic features with its main use being for environments where water or germs are an issue. No software is required for operation of the Really Cool Keyboard on a Windows computer. You simply plug the Really Cool Keyboard in and turn on the computer and the keyboard works. The keys of the Really Cool Keyboard are sealed for water resistance and are spaced wider apart than some keyboards I have used and the keys are smaller than your typical keyboard."

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Friday, July 18, 2008
Aten CS1782 KVM DVI Switch
"Aten, have you ever heard of them? If you haven't, it's not because they are a newcomer to the market place, as they actually have been around for nearly 30 years, but they focus all of their efforts on manufacturing KVM switch solutions. These KVM switches just aren't limited to simple multi-port analog switching, but they have a variety of enterprise-grade switches, IP-based switching, embedded solutions, HDMI switches, and many other products. One of Aten's newest products is the CS1782 DVI KVM Switch, which is designed for homes and small offices and has support for not only handling two systems with keyboard, mouse, and DVI monitor switching, but it goes beyond that to offer surround-sound audio and USB switching as well. In this review we are looking at the Aten CS1782 KVM DVI Switch."

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Asus M3N78 PRO @ Bjorn3D
"A few months ago, NVIDIA announced that any future chipset from the company would come with an integrated graphic chip built-in. This may come as a surprise to many enthusiasts, as many of us will never purchase a motherboard with integrated graphics since we are always going to need something stronger. However, in this increasingly environmentally-conscious world, going green is the talk of the town, and NVIDIA has taken this on by incorporating mGPU to their chipset. Confused? Read on."

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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Is Selling Linux Evil? @ CoolTechZone.com
"Not too ago, I stumbled onto a post that was created by a rather irate blogger who felt that Ubuntu was getting the shaft. Apparently someone had decided to"

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Kensington SlimBlade Media Mouse Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"When we first started evaluating Kensington products a few years ago, their products were very simple in design. Almost to the point of being considered last generation. In other words, they weren?t sexy at all. However, over the years, the company has worked on its designs a bit more to focus on the attraction value of its products. They are still simple, but they are drop dead gorgeous. Talk about a complete turnaround in its designs."

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Kensington Ci75 Wireless Notebook Mouse Review @ CoolTechZone.com
"Kensington?s Ci75 is another notebook mouse in the company?s portfolio with a simple twist. The way Kensington works is - they will make a change or two in a product and call it new. Usually the change isn?t even that significant, but that?s the company?s way of avoiding feature exhaustion in its peripherals. Whatever works, I guess."

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Linux 2.6.26 Kernel Benchmarks
"Over the weekend the Linux 2.6.26 kernel was released. This quarterly update to the Linux kernel introduced Kernel-based Virtual Machine improvements, new One Laptop Per Child support, a new video web camera driver, updates to the Direct Rendering Manager, and other improvements. In this article we have done some quick benchmarks of this new kernel from within the Phoronix Test Suite."

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3DConnexion SpaceExplorer 3D Controller review @ Metku.net
"This time we will take a look at higher end 3D Controller that still offers the same intuitive 3D control that can be found on the more basic SpaceNavigator that we reviewed earlier."

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BlueAnt Wireless Z9i Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"Overall, the BlueAnt Z9i is a very good headset. We found the noise cancellation to just slightly better than its older sibling the Z9. In a crowded and noisy room, the Z9i will definitely perform better than that of a normal everyday headset. The dual microphones that BlueAnt equipped it with will isolate your voice and suppress background noise. The Jawbone and Plantronics headsets will perform this function much better, but with a much higher list price. When it comes to noise cancellation we have found that you certainly get what you pay for..."

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ECS GF8200A Black Series GeForce 8200 Motherboard Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The BIOS might not offer the most exhaustive set of tweaking options, but you do get more than you might expect. Couple the overclocking potential with onboard reset and power buttons, as well as other desirable features for desktop and HTPC usage, and the GF8200A definitely has an appeal that can cover a wide array of users."

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Review: GelaSkins for DS and PSP
"There's always a balance between protection and style when it comes to your electronic peripherals. There are numerous cases on the market now to shield just about anything. From iPods to your camera, there's something for everyone. The only downside to it is that it's bulky and down right ugly sometimes. To combat this, there are now rubber or hard cases you can buy, but they still create unnecessary bulk when we're all trying to emphasize portability. I was scratching my head recently when I was using my Nintendo DS Lite and Sony PSP. They're both very portable (DS more so than the PSP), but I wanted something to protect them without the bulk. Luckily, Brian from GelaSkins.com shot me an email asking if I'd be interested in looking at their GelaSkins for the DS and PSP. From the first email, I thought this was just another rubber/clear skin that they sell just about everywhere. Little did I know, my DS and PSP were in for a visual treat."

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Hiper Osiris Aluminum ATX Case @ techPowerUp
"The Hiper Osiris is the company's newest offering in the crowded case market. It features numerous improvements over the Anubis, while coming in at a lower price point. The case also comes in black or silver and successfully improves on everything we criticized in our Anubis review."

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Leadtek WinFast GTX 280 @ Bjorn3D
"A few short weeks ago NVIDIA released to the masses a GPU that redfined high-end gaming. The GTX 260 and GTX 280 has taken gamers to new levels of performance that were out of reach only eight short months ago. Of course, this level of performance doesn't come cheap and many people have a hard time swallowing the cost of these cards that ranged anywhere from $400 USD all the way up to $650 USD. Thankfully in the past few days we have seen substantial price reductions bringing the GTX 280 within the reach of many more gamers. With 240 unified stream processors and a 512-bit wide memory bus there is a lot to like about this card. When a company like Leadtek jumps in and starts offering this card then that becomes the icing on the cake. With lots of accessories and a free game, Leadtek is positioning themselves to offer a top notch product with all the extras we've come to expect from the high end."

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q2 2008 @ Benchmark Reviews
"After publishing the first quarterly comparison article of the series, our methodology was adjusted to include test results with both reference and performance cooling fans. A follow-up article comparing the Vendetta 2 vs TRUE vs HDT-S1283 was later published using the new methods, and the results more accurately illustrated the performance an overclocking enthusiast might receive compared to someone who buys the product and uses it in the stock form. Benchmark Reviews strives to offer the overclocker and hardware enthusiast community solid evidence reflecting the true performance of computer products through rigorous testing and evaluation. I personally understand that many readers who visit Benchmark Reviews have been involved with other community websites for years, and therefore take our test results personally. So now that our test process has been reworked, we have collected the most complete source of benchmark results possible and gathered in a controlled environment. The purpose of this second article of our series is to document performance and declare the best CPU coolers available as of Q2 2008."

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Samsung Instinct Review @ Digital Trends
"The Sprint Instinct from Samsung is one of the hottest new phones on the market, thanks to its slim profile, vibrating touchscreen, and standard headphone jack. It also has features that are now standard fare on midrange phones, like GPS, a Web browser, and a microSD slot. The Instinct's lack of built-in WiFi means prospective iPhone buyers probably won't be swayed, and its live TV streaming pales in comparison to that of the LG Voyager. But Samsung has clearly been listening to consumer complaints about the competition (and its own Glyde) and has made a reliable, satisfying handset with a stellar accessory bundle."

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TekNmotion Pulsar SX Gaming Headset @ techPowerUp
"TekNmotion Pulsar SX is the name of a brand new headset aimed at gamers. The Pulsar SX features a USB sound card, vibration feature, and blue lights. This headset has a lot of unique features and costs a mere $59.99 which is cheap considering the integrated USB sound card."

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XFX nForce® 750a SLI (MD-A72P-7509) @ Bjorn3D
"The curtain of Computex 2008 has fallen and with the show ended, we are going to see many product showcased products start to appear in the market. The show brought many interesting products and one of such products are motherboards for AMD processors based on NVIDIA’s new chipsets that feature an integrated graphics processor. Motherboards with integrated processor is nothing new to the computer world but NVIDIA’s latest implementation is something new which they brand as HybridSLI. NVIDIA is planning to implement this feature in all of their future chipsets and we have seen motherboards with such feature with nForce 780a chipset. NVIDIA has just released two new chipsets, nForce 750a and GeForce 8300, which also features HybridSLI. Starting with this review, we will have more AMD motherboard reviews coming that features either one of the two chipsets. To start things off, we will be looking at the XFX nForce 750a motherboard."

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An Early Look At OpenSolaris 2008.11
"Over the weekend we had posted our synopsis of Solaris Express Community Edition Build 93, which brings a great deal of needed changes to the Solaris Nevada code-base in order to bring its packages up-to-date. While OpenSolaris 2008.05 is only two months old, work at Sun is already underway in preparing for the second OpenSolaris release, which will be known as OpenSolaris 2008.11 and has been codenamed Jericho. OpenSolaris development packages for this next release, which are currently based upon Solaris Nevada Build 93, are now available through an IPS update along with early ISO spins."

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Monday, July 14, 2008
Intel Announces The Centrino 2 Platform @ Legit Reviews
"Centrino 2 is made of of three major components, the processor, the wireless card and the chipset. Intel Centrino 2 processors are 45nm Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors with up to 6MB L2 cache and a 1066MHz FSB. Intel is introducing the Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile Processor X9100 is now the highest performing flagship processor for the Centrino 2 platform and operates at 3.06GHz. Just like other Extreme mobile processors the X9100 has 'Overspeed Protection' removed, so consumers will be able to overclock the processor if the notebook allows it. When it comes to TDP ratings the X9100 is mobile friendly at just 44W..."

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Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS vs. 8.10 Alpha 2 Performance
"With Canonical having pulled many new packages into Ubuntu 8.10 from Debian unstable and there being the Linux 2.6.26-rc8 kernel, a near-final version of X.Org 7.4 / Mesa 7.1, and GCC 4.3 among them, we've decided to run a few early benchmarks of Intrepid Ibex. In this article we have enclosed 32 benchmark results from the Phoronix Test Suite comparing Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS to Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 2."

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ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Graphics Card Preview @ Legit Reviews
"The ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card looks like it is going to be a great graphics card and it performed better than we expected for this preview. Once AMD gets the drivers perfected, enables PowerPlay in the BIOS and does some other minor changes this card will hit the street and be the fastest card available for less money than a GeForce GTX 280 graphics card..."

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Coolink Chipchilla Chipset Cooler @ techPowerUp
"The Chipchilla from Coolink manages to decrease chipset temperatures while maintaining a low noise level. It is extremely light-weight being constructed of copper and aluminum all for an decent price. Limited availability and some installation issues are all that hold this cooler back."

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Lubix UBHS-NC1 Stereo Bluetooth Headset Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Most headsets can handle phone calls just fine, but they fail to address the stereo audio playback features found on many modern phones. Lubix offers an innovative line of Bluetooth headsets capable of handling your communication needs, while also letting you enjoy the multimedia capabilities of your phone."

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QNAP NVR-1012 @ Bjorn3D
"I always thought that the little security system signs that people place in their landscaping and on their windows at home looked a bit goofy. I mean, yes, it may deter some of the more novice thieves, but like they say, 'locks only keep the honest people out'. It also seemed like putting up the signs was almost an advertisement that shouted 'Hey! Look at me, I have goodies inside!' These thoughts all came to me before I actually owned my own house, but now that I am in my second house, I see the appeal of a security system. One thing that most security systems do not come with however, is any sort of camera or video recording features, and if they do, they are outrageously expensive. This is where the NVR-1012 Network Surveillance System from QNAP comes into play. The NVR-1012 pairs the NVR-101 Network Video Recorder with two ICS-1013 IP cameras for dual-zone monitoring, with the ability to expand the system if needed. Follow along to see just how the QNAP NVR-1012 can help!"

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Video Card 100243L @ Benchmark Reviews
"When it comes to ATI products Sapphire has always offered the most influential graphics cards available, and the new Radeon HD 4870 is no different. For the first time in this industry, we have a fully-functional product equipped with 900 MHz GDDR5 video frame buffer. The Sapphire 100243L model offers 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) on its 750 MHz 800-core RV770 GPU. Benchmark Reviews tests the Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 graphics card against the closest competition, and even compare CrossFireX performance in this performance review."

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Sunday, July 13, 2008
Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile X9000 on the Dell M1730 @ Legit Reviews
"The Dell XPS M1730 was easy to overclock and it was able to run the Intel Core 2 Extreme X9000 all the way up to 3.4GHz with full stability. With the system overclocked we were able to break 10,000 3DMarks in 3DMark 2006 and run faster than many of the desktops on the market today. Intel has done a great job with the Core 2 Extreme X9000 as they were able to deliver a fast part that has room for overclocking and efficient enough to drop power consumption levels..."

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Saturday, July 12, 2008
Solaris Express Community Edition Build 93
"Two weeks back we had looked at Solaris Express Community Edition b91 to explore some of the recent OpenSolaris advancements. We weren't completely satisfied with SXCE as many of the features found in OpenSolaris 2008.05 were yet to be back-ported into Solaris Express Community. In addition, many of the packages shipping with this build were out-of-date. The good news is that SXCE Build 93 has been released this week and a number of these packages have been updated. We have screenshots in this article from SXCE Build 93 as well as a brief look at the major changes."

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Friday, July 11, 2008
Going Green? Which motherboard company is more efficient, ASUS or Gigabyte? @ Legit Reviews
"So, in the end, who is the winner? I would have to say first off that the winner is the consumer. Less power being used means less money flying out the door to the utility company, and that is a good thing for the pocketbook, especially with gas prices headed the direction they are. I would also say that the environment is a winner. I am not going to get all politically correct. In fact, no matter what your view is, you would have to admit that using less power is a good thing. Just the fact that we are even talking about this subject is a good thing. We have a responsibility to take care of the earth, and this certainly can help."

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ASUS P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP @n
"Last October we had looked at the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe motherboard that was designed around the Intel X38 Chipset and it had arrived with its share of ASUS innovations such as ASUS AI Lifestyle, Crystal Sound, and EZ DIY. In addition, this was the first motherboard on the market to feature DeviceVM's SplashTop, or Express Gate as it's called on the ASUS motherboards. Today at Phoronix we are looking at the updated version of the P5E3 Deluxe, which is now called the P5E3 Premium. The ASUS P5E3 Premium is similar to the earlier Deluxe model but is now engineered around Intel's newer X48 Chipset."

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Top Deck Tech Station (Large) @ Bjorn3D
"If your a heavy home user, technician or reviewer that goes through a lot of hardware in your quest for that perfect component, or merely testing a CPU Coolers design then you'll be interested in checking out the Top Deck Tech Station (Large) from HighSpeed PC."

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Cooler Master Ultimate Circuit Protection 900W @ techPowerUp
"Cooler Master's new Ultimate Circuit Protection power supply is among the first to receive the prestigious 80plus Silver certificate for an efficiency of above 85%. With 900W of output power this PSU can easily handle every rig that you put it into. During our testing we saw very stable voltages, especially 3.3V and 5V delivered great results."

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Super Talent MasterDrive MX 60 GB SATA-II SSD
"Super Talent is very well known for their enthusiast-grade system memory kits, such as PC3-14400 DDR3 1800MHz ProjectX kit we reviewed several months back. So when a product such as Solid State Drives (SSD's) arrived to market, it makes perfect sense to build off of their existing reputation to introduce new high-performance storage devices. The Super Talent MasterDrive MX is an example of this, which features SATA-II controller architecture and high capacities. Early SSD products offered very small capacity, leaving them out of reach for primary drive usage. Super Talent solves this problem, and introduces the 60 GB FTM60GK25H. Benchmark Reviews tests the MasterDrive MX against a large collection of competitor SSDs in this article."

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Thursday, July 10, 2008
Sony KDL-32XBR6 32-inch LCD Review @ Digital Trends
"Depending on the source you read, Sony is among the top television sellers in the United States. Ever since the fabled Trinitron (introduced way back in 1968 if you can believe it), the company is practically synonymous with TV. After a few missteps several years ago as it let the flat-panel parade go by, Sony got its Mojo back and now has dozens of flat panel sets ranging from 11-inch OLEDs to a 70-inch LCD for a cool $30K. In between are more models than you can shake a remote at or possibly try to remember. However, if you're looking for Sony's best, think XBR Series-which is what we did when we wanted to test a compact HDTV that could neatly fit in a small apartment's living room or bedroom. Sony usually puts its best video and sound processing in the XBR line-up and the KDL-32XBR6 has the Bravia 2 Engine, Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) and an alphabet soup's worth of acronyms to create its 1080p (not 1080i or 720p) image. Sony typically asks for a gets a hefty dollar premium for its TVs. It was time to see if the extra cash was worth it."

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A-DATA 16GB Turbo Compact Flash @ techPowerUp
"A-DATA is pushing the performance envelope with their Turbo series of CF cards. The series goes up to 16 GB and aims to give you the best possible performance - if you are willing to pay for it."

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sennheiser PC 350 Gaming Headset Review @ Digital Trends
"I had a very difficult time sitting down to write this review because every waking moment in front of the PC became a"

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SilverStone Decathlon 800W
"Over the years we have looked at several power supplies from SilverStone through their Strider, Element, and Zeus series. All of these power supplies have generally performed very well and a number of them are still running strong within our test labs. SilverStone though has greater competition these days from companies like OCZ / PC Power & Cooling and Corsair. However, one of their newer power supply series at SilverStone is the Decathlon, which looks to appease users by offering a high-performance single +12V rail, support for up to six PCI Express power connectors, Active PFC, and a 100% modular cable design. In this review we are looking at the SilverStone Decathlon 800W power supply."

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Mounting a CPU Cooler? The Heatpipe Direction Might Matter @ Legit Reviews
"We recently tested the newest cooler from Noctua, the NH-C12P. We received many e-mails questioning the way we, well I, had the cooler oriented. Noctua themselves emailed us as well with concerns on how we tested their product. So, due to the requests of the readers, and the manufacturer as well, we decided to re-visit the cooler to see how the CPU temperatures are affected by different mounting positions."

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Thermalright IFX-14 CPU and Back-side Heatpipe Cooler Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Thermalright IFX-14 uses eight heatpipes to move heat from the base plate to the cooling fins, and these pipes are larger and more numerous than on many of the other big coolers on the market. Overall it is larger than any other cooler I have had a chance to use, including some titans like the Tuniq Tower 120 and Zalman CNPS 9700, which we will see compared side-by-side in this review."

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Thermaltake Toughpower 1000 Watt Modular @ Bjorn3D
"Power supplies have moved from the ugly box in the computer that no one paid any attention to, to the heart and soul of modern enthusiast systems. There are a lot of power supplies out there marketed as high-end enthusiast power supplies and are little more than cheap and not worth using in nice looking housings."

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Apevia X-Supra Blue Special Edition @ techPowerUp
"The X-Supra is a new mainstream case from Apevia, which features all the usual extras like a handful of colorful fronts, screw-less design and fan controller. On top of that you can go for a huge 250 mm side fan or a windowed variant with a smaller 120 mm fan. The special edition features a solid side panel."

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Consumer Home Piracy Research Findings @ Benchmark Reviews
"It used to be that counterfeit CD and DVD media originated from overseas and found its way onto popular auction websites. But in a wake of widespread technology developments, anyone is capable of creating completely indistinguishable copies of their favorite audio CD or movie DVD. Do most people still purchase the original content, or is everyone stealing from the artists? In this article, Benchmark Reviews offers a candid look into Consumer Home Piracy as we present the Research Findings for July 2008 as provided to us by Futuresource Consulting in partnership with Macrovision."

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Pioneer Elite X-Z9 Review @ Digital Trends
"Pioneer has introduced a system that appeals to not only the distinguished ear of the audiophile, but to those that are willing to spend a little more for a lot more sound. Pioneer's X-Z9 is an all-in-one stereo solution that brings audio fidelity into the digital home with its Apple iPod interface, XM and Sirius satellite radio support and networking capability so you can stream music from your home PC."

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Antec Three Hundred vs. Twelve Hundred Gaming Case review at Metku
"Earlier we reviewed the P180 Mini from the P1-family and now two cases from the range of Gaming Cases have arrived to our review. The cases this time are the 300 and the 1200, both of which follow the theme set by the earlier 900 model."

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OrigenAE T12 Touch Screen @ techPowerUp
"The OrigenAE T12 is a 12" touch screen that will set you back 800$. It is capable of processing up to 1080p resolution - perfect for that home theater. Thanks to the umbilical cord, you not only have a mouse at your fingertips, but also an IR receiver and USB 2.0 hub. Best of all the OrigenAE T12 does not even require an external power source, everything is integrated in the single cable."

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Thermaltake Armor+ MX Midtower ATX Computer Case @ Legit Reviews
"Thermaltake has tried to cram as many features from the larger “super tower” Armor case into this standard size mid tower, and did a good job of it. You have all the classic looks, the build quality, and you can still fit everything into the case. With shrinking space comes the 'snug factor'. The Thermaltake Armor+ case has close quarters, but you can still get most full length video card in this case."

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Hiyatek CF-6160-1 Laptop Cooling Pad Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Hiyatek CF-6160-1 Laptop Cooling Pad is extremely lightweight, and becomes quite compact when the plastic tray is retracted. Those two features make it appealing for use on the go, while the integrated USB hub could be of interest to mobile or stationary users. But while it may operate in near silence regardless of fan speed, you might as well just leave it turned off since it isn't really cooling anything."

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Interview with Alex Mei / OCZ @ techPowerUp
"Alex Mei has recently been promoted to Executive Vice President of OCZ Technology. In our interview he shares interesting details about how he got into the Industry, also he talks about OCZ's past and planned future. For example DIY notebooks and the Neural Impulse Actuator."

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I4U: VOX TV-R HDD Media Player/Recorder Review
"Today we are looking at the VOX TV-R HDD Media Player/Recorder. The device allows you to record movies and TV shows from your TV to the VOX TV-R HDD Media Player/Recorder internal HDD. You can also copy files and images directly from camcorder and digital cameras. Once the DVD was playing all you do is hit record and the video is automatically stored to the VOX TV-R HDD Media Player/Recorder in AVI format. After you are done recording your video you can immediately play the recording back. There is a noticeable difference in the video quality between the DVD version and what the VOX TV-R HDD Media Player/Recorder records."

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Silicon Power 64GB SATA Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
"Silicon Power has big dreams, but this a cruel world we live in and being the new name in competitive North American computer industry usually doesn't help dreams come true. Making matters more difficult - even beyond the obvious start-up hurdles - is the latest product focus of Silicon Power: Solid State Drive (SSD) technology. But all of this isn't to say that I don't think they can do it, because there have been many a new name made by fresh companies introducing product with a dramatic improvement over the old. But will Silicon Power enjoy this luxury? Benchmark Reviews tests the Silicon Power 64GB SATA SSD model SP064GBSSD25SV10 against nearly a dozen other Solid State Drives to see how well their SSD performs."

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Monday, July 7, 2008
Review: Eagle Consus D-Series @ GideonTech.com
"On the review block for today is the Consus D-Series dual SATA hard drive external storage system from Eagle Tech. The D-Series has the ablity to use JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) spanning to combine your odd sized disk drives into one larger drive, or you can run it plain old RAID 0."

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Asus M70S Laptop Review @ Digital Trends
"If watching Blu-ray movies is at the top of your"

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Rosewill R2-RAID Enclosure & RC-218 Controller @ techPowerUp
"The Rosewill R2 is a dual bay RAID enclosure for two 3.5" SATA HDDs. It supports connectivity via USB or eSATA. With the included software you can create RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD arrays for increased performance or data safety. Since eSATA offers the same performance as you would see from an internal drive, the RAID 1 performance is very impressive with over 108 MB/s."

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ECS GF8200A Black & ASRock K10N78FullHD-hSLI
"Back in April we had looked at the ECS A780GM-A, which was a nice low-cost motherboard and had worked well under Linux with the newer desktop distributions. This motherboard had integrated Radeon HD 3200 graphics, which we had found to perform well and equivalent to a Radeon HD 2400PRO discrete graphics card. However, for those interested in NVIDIA graphics, there is the GeForce 8200 IGP that also performs well on Linux. If you are interested in the GeForce 8200 chipset, today we are looking at two of the cost-effective motherboards deploying this chipset: the ECS GF8200A Black and ASRock K10N78FullHD-hSLI."

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Antec Three Hundred @ Bjorn3D
"With technology gaining speed every day in many forms - such as the development of faster CPU's, faster GPU's, and beefier power supplies - rising temperatures inside the chassis that holds it all together become more and more of an issue. Just how small can we make an enclosure and still move enough air around all those parts to keep temperatures down? Today we find out with the Antec Three Hundred - the smallest of the 'Gamer cases' currently offered by Antec."

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Sunday, July 6, 2008
RadeonHD Driver To Use AtomBIOS
"We've talked all too often about AtomBIOS and there being two different open-source drivers that support the same ATI Radeon hardware with the key architectural difference between the two just being the use of this video BIOS abstraction layer. From the beginning, AMD was planning to have their Novell partners use AtomBIOS when writing this new (at the time, R500/600) driver, but the developers ultimately declined. These developers have expressed their opinions on AtomBIOS, which range from it being an unbearable mess to this design being nothing more than writing open-source code to power someone else's closed-source work. However, under pressure by AMD, the developers are now preparing to use AtomBIOS to a much greater extent within the xf86-video-radeonhd driver. In this article we'll tell you more about what's gone on and where you can checkout this AtomBIOS-bearing RadeonHD driver."

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Saturday, July 5, 2008
Coolink GFXChilla VGA Cooler @ Legit Reviews
"The test results show that the Coolink GPUChilla dropped the idle temperatures by 49% and the load temperatures by an impressive 45%! Our only complaint on the Radeon HD 4850 was how hot the card ran and the Coolink GPUChilla took cooling to the next level. The 49% reduction at idle put the Radeon HD 4850 at 33C, which is better than we expected. The factory heat sink works, but it obviously leaves room for improvement... Article Title: Coolink GFXChilla VGA Cooler - Cooling The Radeon HD 4850 @ Legit Reviews Article URL: http://legitreviews.com/article/740/1/ -- You may automatically unsubscribe from this list at any time by visiting the following URL: Mailing List Powered by Dada Mail http://www.legitreviews.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/what_is_dada_mail/"

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Friday, July 4, 2008
XFX GeForce 8800 GS & 8800 GS XXX @ Bjorn3D
"At times it feels like you just can't keep up with the rest of the world. There is always something that creeps up on you when you least expect it, and many times you are not ready for the changes that come along with it. Videocards are no exception to this. I am the type of person that would love to be on the bleeding edge of technology at all times, but my wallet just can't always keep up, so sacrifices are made. I recently got the chance to take a look at the NVIDIA 8800 GS and 8800 GS XXX from XFX. You may be thinking that these cards are old, as we are now in the 9000 and 200 series from NVIDIA, but for those of us who have to take a slower approach to upgrading our PCs, these cards are a great value."

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I4U: PNY GTX 260 Video Card Review
"Today we are checking out the PNY GTX 260 video card. The GTX 260 is the lower performing of the pair of GTX 200 series GPUs recently announced. The GTX 260 is about $100 cheaper than its GTX 280 brother. In the end the performance of the PNY GTX 260 was good. The price for the card is a bit high at $449.99 when compared to new offerings from AMD. The card performs well and I suspect over time the price will come down and make it more attractive."

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Thursday, July 3, 2008
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"Sapphire has always offered the most influential ATI graphics products available, and the new Radeon HD 4850 is no different. Although it still uses GDDR3 clocked at 993 (1986 MHz DDR), unlike the 4870 version that is decked out with GDDR5, the Sapphire 100242L model offers 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) on its 625 MHz 800-core RV770 GPU. Benchmark Reviews tests the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 graphics card against the closest competition, and even compare CrossFireX performance in this performance review."

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Point of View GeForce GTX 260 Assassins Creed Edition @ techPowerUp
"At this time NVIDIA's new GTX 260 graphics cards are positioned to be quite a bit more expensive than ATI's similar performing HD 4870. However, NVIDIA includes support for CUDA and PhysX. We also saw amazing overclocking potential on our GTX 260 card, even surpassing the $200 more expensive GTX 280."

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In Win B2 Stealth Bomber Mid Tower ATX Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The In Win B2 is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a rather unique computer case. There aren't any other cases I know of that are modeled after a stealth bomber, or that have a front door that opens like this. Tool-less design features can be found everywhere, and except for mounting the motherboard, there is no need to get a screwdriver out."

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ATI Radeon HD 4870 On Linux
"A week ago we looked at the brand-new ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card under Linux. This graphics card launch was unlike any in ATI's history where with the introduction of a brand new product generation, Linux users were greeted by same-day Linux support -- both through their proprietary fglrx driver and with the open-source xf86-video-ati driver. In addition, some of the board partners are opting to put Tux on their product packaging and shipping the Linux drivers on their product CDs. As we had also exclusively shared, AMD will soon be approaching a feature parity between the Windows and Linux drivers. Today we're publishing our complete review of the new ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB as well as delivering additional benchmarks from the Radeon HD 4850 under Linux, of course."

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition Video Card @ BmR
"NVIDIA has recently launched the GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 video cards. Both the GTX 280 and GTX 260 products position themselves at the most elite segment of the GeForce product line, so just imagine how much more powerful the GeForce GTX 280 could become after ZOTAC give it their special AMP! Edition treatment. The recent Radeon HD 4870 launch may have shown how close ATI/AMD can get to NVIDIA's bar of performance, but the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition graphics card has just raised that bar much higher. Benchmark Reviews tests the ZOTAC ZT-X28E3LA-FCP against the GeForce 9800 GX2 and 9800 GTX, as well as the new Radeon HD 4850 in CrossFireX configuration."

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Asus Eee PC 901 Laptop Review @ Digital Trends
"Asus has launched a bigger (and better) version of its popular Eee PC. Dubbed the Eee PC 901, this new version includes a lot of welcome improvements from the previous model, including more screen real estate, storage, and processing power. Asus also now offers the 901 with either Linux or Windows XP, and both versions cost the same too. We received a Linux version for testing and like it much better than the original unit, though the keyboard is still a bit too cramped for our tastes. We'd also prefer the XP version, as Linux is relatively easy to use but it's still disorienting for long-time Windows users like ourselves."

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PowerColor AMD TV Wonder 600 PCIe x1 @ techPowerUp
"The new TV Wonder 600 PCIe TV tuner card is the PCI-Express x1 entry level model of the new series. This is also the first time that the TV Wonder series is available in Europe with the PAL standard. It can be used for analog or DVB-T signals and manages MPEG encoding by software. The card is built on a fancy purple PCB, comes with an extremely stylish IR receiver along with a remote and PowerCinema 5."

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Sapphire 1024MB Radeon HD3850 Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"By taking the decent features and specifications that the ATI Radeon HD3850 GPU offers on its own and enhancing it with a few tweaks here and there, Sapphire just might be able to deliver on the marketing hype found on the box for this card... "Delivering mayhem to the mainstream"."

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Motorola H680 Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today we look at Motorola’s newest offering to augment their huge Bluetooth stable, the H680. Motorola designed this headset to look stylish and feel elegant. It has a very small footprint and weighs in at a very light 12 grams. Even with its small size, Motorola says the battery can last for 8 hours of talk time with a stand by time of up to 8 days. The slick-looking H680 comes with a charging case that plugs into a “micro” USB to charge up the headset. In an unusual move, Motorola even included a dedicated “on/off” button on the back of the headset..."

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SOYO 24\
"To help you with your buying decision we at Bjorn3D will be looking at one of the largest monitors offered by a company well known for making great monitors at a great price, SOYO. With us today is their 24' Pearl Series LCD monitor that brings with it plenty of quality specs on paper. Is it the right monitor for your next upgrade? How much will it cost you? And most importantly, are you getting your money's worth? Read on to find out just how well this monitor performs in our testing labs."

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I4U: iMetal iP-HS2 Isolation Headset for iPhone Review
"Today we are looking at the iMetal iP-HS2 Isolation Headset for iPhone that is designed to work specifically with the iPhone. The headset is very attractive and works well. The other day we reviewed teh iP-HS1 model from the same company. I found that the ear tips are rather small in their sizes; I typically use medium ear tips on most isolation style headsets. On the iMetal iP-HS2 Isolation Headset for iPhone, I had to move up to the large to get the same seal and fit I normally see with medium tips. If you have large ears, this could be an issue for you."

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Scratch Your Bits: A Digital DJ Guide @ Digital Trends
"Join the 21st-century and become a serious DJ with our favorite DJ gear.."

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AMD Phenom X4 9950 and 9350e Quad-Core Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"AMD has launched three more Phenom processors that are sure to get people talking. The energy-efficient 65W Phenom processors are the ones to keep an eye on. They are priced under $200 and will be a nice upgrade path for those looking to drop in a processor and move on..."

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Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Linux Performance
"Back in March we had looked at the Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 mobile processor with its Penryn core and 6MB of shared L2 cache between its two cores clocked at 2.50GHz. We were very pleased with the performance of this mobile processor on Linux, which was found within a Lenovo ThinkPad T61 notebook, and today we are looking at the Penryn's desktop counterpart. Intel's Core 2 Duo"

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AXP 2.5/3.5" SATA to eSATA & USB Dock @ techPowerUp
"AXP is now offering the very popular external hard drive docking station for SATA drives. The unit can take a 2.5 or 3.5 inch drives and offers eSATA on top of the usual USB 2.0 connectivity."

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bit-tech News: Top Spin 3 review
"It's important to realise that Top Spin 3 is more of a tennis simulator than a tennis game. There are no tennis-themed minigames in the career mode and no unlockable naked tennis modes either. //Top Spin 3 is all about the game, pure and simple. With that in mind, it's also important to realise that it isn't really possible to just pick up the game and start playing. It does take time and perseverance before you'll be winning games consistently. If you're willing to put in the time and effort, and play through hours of tournaments, you'll be rewarded with a very in-depth and involving game. Online play is the icing on the cake and its polish and relatively glitch-free operation could show some other developers how it's done properly. The inclusion of seasons in the online leaderboards means that there'll still be an incentive to play online tournaments, even in months to come. For me, I'm glad to say that my badminton wrists were up to the job, and I have just one final thing to add: move over Federer, there's a new boy on the tennis court."

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bit-tech News: Pioneer's PDCSO2BK Blu-ray drive
"Pioneer has made a very solid, very inexpensive product and the brand name should certainly go a long way to assure the quality and investment is something that's worthwhile, if you're getting into HD movies. It does what it says on the tin and for once even the retail package is at least partially compelling if you don't already have some good disc burning software and Blu-ray playback software. It's still not cheap enough to become an automatic up-sell purchase over a standard SATA DVD-RW drive, however if you //are/ after some Blu in your life, don't pay any more than you have to."

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Samsung CLP-610ND Color Laser Printer Review @ Tweaknews.net
"The CLP-610ND does what few printers are capable of. It brings the features, performance and capabilities of a expensive commercial color laser printer, but is priced low enough that the average consumer can take advantage of its functionality."

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QNAP TS-209 Pro Gigabit SATA NAS @ Benchmark Reviews
"Shoppers today are faced with many options when choosing where to store their valuable data: from traditional optical media and hard drive based storage, to flash drives and even more exotic third party online storage - each with its own advantages and disadvantages. In this article Benchmark Reviews will look at one such option that's recently emerged in the storage market; the network-attached storage (NAS), in the form of the QNAP TS-209 Pro Gigabit SATA NAS. The NAS has lately gained popularity as more and more consumers realize the need for a reliable, cost effective, and easy to access centralized way to store their data.However, with so many competing products it's not always possible for buyers to easily compare what's on the market. Read on as Benchmark Reviews puts this "all-in-one" NAS through its paces."

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