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Friday, July 31, 2009
Eagle Tech ET-CSIU2-BK I-Series 3.5 Dual Bay JBOD Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews
"One of the great things about today's hard drive enclosures is the sheer number of choices available. Do some shopping around and you'll quickly realize there's a solution for any storage requirement no matter how large or small. For those in search of a simple dual-bay JBOD enclosure, the I-Series ET-CSIU2-BK definitely fits the bill."

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Samsung Highlight SGH-T749 Review @ Digital Trends
"Essentially a low-cal version of its Omnia, Samsung's 3G Highlight is a compact, full-touchscreen phone - no physical keyboard or dialpad - with all the multimedia and messaging features you'd expect from a modern cell. The otherwise-fun Highlight for T-Mobile could live up to its name if not for two lowlights having nothing to do with the phone itself: T-Mobile's limited 3G network, and coming competition from the cooler MyTouch Android phone."

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AeroCool Touch-2000 LCD Fan Controller Review @ Legit Reviews
"When the AeroCool Touch-2000 is installed, it is a thing of beauty. It's very modern and touch screens are all the rage these days and are showing up virtually everywhere. At $53.99 shipped, you can certainly find a cheaper fan controller but not one with an integrated temperature monitor, touch screen operation and the added bonus of audio jacks, eSATA and USB ports...."

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Thermalright HR-03 GTX (On GTX275) @ Bjorn3D
"If you feel that your new GTX275 is running too hot then you are not alone. I also can not stand to see that temperature gauge go well into the 80's. If you are sick of these temperatures (like me), then you will be glad to hear there is a solution. Thermalright has had the HR-03 GTX out for awhile, but it has never been certified for the GTX275. This is because a few of the GTX275's differ from each other, which causes some obstructions so this cooler will not mount right."

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Using Dual-Monitors to Optimize Productivity @ Benchmark Reviews
"Historically most people couldn't justify the expense of a dual-monitor setup in spite of the productivity gains multiple screens afford. So most people were relegated to drooling over the possibility while watching movies like "Swordfish" (possibly the most eye popping multi-monitor setup ever) or the 2008 remake of "The Day The Earth Stood Still" which reflects not only the broad adoption of multi-display configurations, but also demonstrates currently available "next generation" display technologies like Microsoft's "Surface". Today, even entry level PC's as well as nearly all laptops have graphics cards capable of multi-monitor support - so at Benchmark Reviews we decided to address the most important questions: "Will you really be more Productive?", "What do you need to know?", and "What will it cost?". Benchmark Reviews will answer all of these questions in-depth in this article on Using Dual-Monitors to Optimize Productivity."

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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Iomega eGo Mac Edition Review @ Digital Trends
"For Mac owners, deciding between USB and FireWire interfaces can be an agonizing decision. While USB has the advantage of near-universal compatibility, the rarer FireWire 800 standard offers better speed, and to make matters worse, FireWire 400 is slower but more common, making it a midpoint between the two. Any choice is a tradeoff. Unless you can get all of them. Iomega's triple-interface eGo Mac Edition drives come with USB 2.0, FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 ports for compatibility with any computer you happen upon, plus a sleek design, DropGuard for surviving those inevitable falls to the floor, and bundled backup software."

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Patriot Xporter Magnum 64 GB Flash Drive @ techPowerUp
"If you need to move a lot of data around then the Patriot Xporter Magnum 64 GB is a great choice for you. It offers enough storage for all your needs on the road and pairs that with maximized transfer rates of up to 33 MB/s. Patriot has also thought of aesthetics and designed their $150 USB stick in a menacing red."

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Travelling With Technology : What and What not to Bring With you on your Trip @ Tweaknews
"Whether you are an average consumer, businessman, college student or computer enthusiast, it is inevitable that you will have to bring your technology with you. But the question is what exact tech will you use, and what are you bringing along that is extra unneeded weight."

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GeForce GTX 275 Versus Radeon HD 4890 Video Card Battle @ Legit Reviews
"This article included the performance analysis of the video games Velvet Assassin and Wall-E, along with the OpenGL benchmark FurMark on the GeForce GTX 275 and the Radeon HD 4890. I feel it's always good to switch things up and to go out and buy a couple games every now and again to see how video card performance is on games that the driver team really hasn't spent much time on optimizing. The results of the three new benchmarks showed that the..."

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Max Cube Amoris 6010 @ Bjorn3D
"Chassis, are the most looked at piece of computer component's we have. Well, when our friends, family, or when we take pictures of our computers the first thing that grabs our eyes is the chassis."

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Review @ Digital Trends
"Hybrids aren't just on the highway - they're moving to the camera aisle in a big way. One of the newest is Canon's PowerShot SX1 IS, an expensive 10-megapixel digicam with the ability to record full 1080P video clips - a cut above 720P. Until the introduction of this model, only high-priced DSLRs such as the Canon 5D Mark II could capture 1080P at 30 fps. The more affordable Canon EOS T1i only shoots 1080P at 20 fps, and Nikon DSLRs shoot 720P. Along with the higher-quality movies, the SX1 IS has a potent wide-angle 20x with a focal range of 28-560mm, and a swing-out 2.8-inch widescreen LCD."

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Corsair Hydro Series H50 CPU Water Cooling Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"Corsair decided that for their third CPU Liquid cooling solution that they would work with Asetek and implement a couple of minor changes on their LCLC (redesigned the pump and cold plate) and then bring it to the retail market under the Corsair brand name. The plan worked and Corsair announced the Hydro Series H50 CPU Cooler on June 2, 2009, which is improved Asetek LCLC cooler. The result is a CPU cooler that Corsair claims is an easy-to-install CPU cooling solution that outperforms stock CPU coolers by more than 30%. Article Title: Corsair Hydro Series H50 CPU Water Cooling Kit Review @ Legit Reviews Article URL: http://legitreviews.com/article/1025/1/ -- You may automatically unsubscribe from this list at any time by visiting the following URL: "

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Boost Your PC's Performance for Free @ Digital Trends
"Windows Task ManagerThere are two ways of making your PC run faster: You can spend money upgrading to new components (buying a faster videocard, more memory, or maybe even a more advanced CPU), or you can follow our guidance and invest a little of your time instead of your greenbacks and tune up your computer for free."

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GELID Solutions GC-2 Thermal Compound @ techPowerUp
"The new GC-2 thermal compound by GELID Solutions is unique from its competition. It comes in a large 7 gram container and is priced the same as competitors' 3.5 gram products. Its thermal conductivity is excellent and an included applicator tops this product off."

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Announcing PTS Desktop Live 2009.3 "Gernlinden"
"It has been no secret that we have been working to create our own Linux distribution that is designed to run off a Live DVD/USB device and would provide a standardized free software stack for running hardware benchmarks whether you are a computer review web-site like us, an independent hardware vendor interested in seeing how well their hardware performs on Linux, or just a hobbyist wishing to compare your system's performance against that of your friends. We first shared our plans for this a few months ago when talking about driving Linux-based benchmarking with Sandtorg (a.k.a. Phoronix Test Suite 2.0). We also briefly mentioned this Linux OS again last week when providing a detailed guide to Phoronix Test Suite 2.0, but today we are formally announcing PTS Desktop Live 2009.3 (codenamed"

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In Win Ammo @ Bjorn3D
"Designed with a military theme in mind, the Ammo features many things that set it apart from ordinary 2.5' enclosures. Made of military grade metal, the Ammo is designed to withstand harsh conditions. Along with its data access RFID security feature, the physical protection of the drive was thought of as well. Within the enclosure is a silicon absorbing unit that reduces vibration and physical damage to the drive. Paired with the military grade casing and RFID security feature, In Win's Ammo is much more than a standard drive enclosure."

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Xbox 360 Media Server Setup @ Digital Trends
"Got an Xbox 360? You're probably already using it to frag friends in Halo 3, take down Big Daddies in BioShock, and skulk around in the dark in Call of Duty 4, but if you're not also using it as a home media server, you're missing out. In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to set up a UPnP sever on any Windows or Mac computer so the Xbox can access it, and then how to connect and browse your media. That way, when friends come over with their laptops, they can connect to your network and play their digital media too."

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Asus Eee 1008HA Seashell Review @ Digital Trends
"Strip away the plastic shell, aluminum cladding and Chiclet-style keys, and every netbook boils down to almost exactly the same hardware. They all seem to share about 90 percent of their DNA - which is why many companies are starting to look past the stagnant hardware inside and turning to the outside as a way to stand out. Asus already joined the party with the fashion-savvy S101, then with the metal-clad 1002HA, and now continues its quest for thin with the 1008HA Seashell. It may not pull anything unusual under the hood, but super-slim dimensions and a sleek shell make it one of the most lust-worthy netbooks we've laid eyes on."

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BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review @ Digital Trends
"Targeting the business professional always on the go, whether it's across the ocean or across town, Canada-based Research In Motion released the first global 3G BlackBerry into the wild. Sharing design features with last year's Bold and Storm, the Tour marries everything BlackBerry devices are known for with the best Verizon data speeds we've seen."

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Windows 7 versus Windows XP on the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA Netbook @ Legit Reviews
"As you can see, Windows 7 performed very close to what Windows XP did. Windows XP only lasted 9 minutes longer than Windows 7 at idle, but both lasted over 10 hours on our ASUS Eee PC 1005HA! Our movie playback test showed a slightly larger difference of 26 minutes, but we were still satisfied with the results. Our overall impression is that we were not overly impressed with Windows 7's battery life performance, but it did not disappoint, either...."

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OCZ Reaper HPC 6 GB DDR3 1866 MHz CL 8 Kit @ techPowerUp
"OCZ expands the Reaper series with the HPC tri-channel kit. This one runs at 1866 MHz and offers CL8 right out of the box. The heatspreader design with heatpipe cooling looks menacing, but will it manage to keep cool under pressure when we push the memory to the limit and reap some praise?"

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WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFS @ Benchmark Reviews
"Considering the state of the global economy, along with local recession and unemployment, performance computer builders have had to make some difficult decisions. It's not easy to convince enthusiasts that they should invest their money in mechanical hard disk products in the age of Solid State Drives, especially when performance favors SSD's almost two-fold. But the cost of high-performance HDDs has remained very affordable, and the capacity is ever-expanding. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 10,000 RPM SATA Hard Disk Drive against a large field of high-performance storage solutions."

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Monday, July 27, 2009
How to Rip a DVD or Blu-ray Movie @ Digital Trends
"Are you ready to turn outlaw? Hollywood wants you to buy its movies on DVD and Blu-ray disc, but then it wants to control what you do with them once you get home. We're going to show you how to do something that Hollywood most definitely does not want you to do: Copy those movies to your hard drive or media server so that you can enjoy them without ever having to get off your couch to drop a disc in your DVD player."

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NZXT Beta Mid Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The build quality is surprisingly good for a budget case. There are no acutely sharp edges or corners, the panels slide off and on with ease and the drive bays are sized properly – not overly spacious or tight. The NZXT Beta case primarily employs rivets and bends for its construction with nary a weld in sight. The panels are thin and somewhat flexible but not excessively so and the aforementioned interior paint appeared flawless to my visual inspection. For those on a budget looking for a solid case minus the frills but offering more than the average comparable chassis, you can't do much better than the NZXT Beta..."

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SilverStone Sugo SG05
"Back in 2005 we had reviewed the SilverStone Sugo SG01 and found this innovative small form factor chassis with its unique design to be very impressive and a wonderful case for gamers and computer enthusiasts. There were a few areas with the case's design that was not perfect, but SilverStone had then introduced the SG01W Evolution model complete with a case window and a few internal improvements. Pushing forward to 2007, there was then the Sugo SG03 that had the same basic layout as the SG01 but was rotated so that it would stand vertically. This was, yet another, excellent SilverStone chassis to work with and was wonderful in almost every aspect. A year later, after initially only being available in the Asian countries, we got our hands on the Sugo SG02-F, which was a budget version of the SG01. Last year we then reviewed the Sugo SG04, which built upon the SG03 and was still another great chassis. What though do we have to look at from SilerStone this year when it comes to the Sugo series? You guessed it, the SG05. The SG05 (and the already launched SG06) are radically different from the earlier Sugo enclosures in that they are for micro ITX systems rather than micro ATX."

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Eagle Tech Arion 2.1 Speakers @ Bjorn3D
"If you are like me, then having an awsome sound system on our computers is an absolute need. We have gone way beyond the, any old speakers will do for us. Not since our movies, music, and our games are taking advantage of 5.1 or even 7.1 surround sound. Any one can have loud music, gaming, or movie playing, but is it clear? Does it distort while the volume is at its absolute loudest? We need speakers that are crystal clear, that can re-produce accurate tones through out the full spectrum of sounds we are dealing with."

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ULTI-MAT Breathe, Seven and Solid Mouse Mats Review @ XtremeComputing
"They were surprised by the very positive feedback from the customers, which was given to them at this event. Because of the good feedback, they decided to continue the development of our first commercial product. They also kept on bringing improved products to the market."

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MSI N275GTX Twin Frozr OC Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"The graphics card market is pretty much a two man slugfest at the moment. ATI and NVIDIA trade blows at irregular intervals in a brutal game of strategy. The GeForce GTX 275 was a punch that NVIDIA held in reserve, just waiting for ATI to release their HD4890 card. When launch day came for ATI, lo and behold, NVIDIA had the GTX 275 up their sleeve, ready for production. Essentially, the GTX 275 combines the GPU of the GTX 285 with the memory architecture of the GTX 275 with performance and pricing that neatly slots between the two. MSI is an established player in the graphics card market, and their take on the GTX 275 pulls no punches. They put together a unique design, featuring twin PWM fans and a 5-heatpipe cooler, for their N275GTX Twin Frozr OC Edition, and one look should tell you that they are serious about performance. Benchmark Reviews is pleased to offer you a detailed, fact-filled look at one of the products at the heart of the sweet spot for gaming graphics."

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Friday, July 24, 2009
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO 785G Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews
"Today, we have the ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard to take a peek at. This socket AM3 motherboard uses the AMD 785G and SB710 chipsets and is packed full of features that one wouldn't expect on an entry level AMD motherboard. For starters, the AMD 785G platform will be the first to feature highly anticipated ATI Radeon HD 4200 Graphics, which means that DirectX 10.1 gaming performance will be coming to IGP mainboards. The M4A785TD-V EVO uses Stack Cool 3+ and is part of the Xtreme Design initiative that ASUS is currently promoting. The board has a very clean layout and features an 8+2 phase power design as you can see from the image..."

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Intel Celeron Dual-Core Linux Performance
"While nearly all of Intel's attention is focused on their newer LGA-1366 platform with the high-end Core i7 processors and then the forthcoming Core i5 series, there are still plenty of viable processors left for the LGA-775 motherboards. There are of course a number of different Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, and Core 2 Extreme CPUs on the market, but beyond that Intel's Celeron family does still exist. Most computer enthusiasts simply write off the Celeron products as being too slow, but among the newer Celeron parts there are even some dual-core processors. For a forthcoming article we had picked up an Intel Celeron E1400 for looking at the Linux video decoding performance on a slow system (similar to our HD Video Playback With A $20 CPU & $30 GPU On Linux article), but as we have never published performance results for a dual-core Celeron on Linux, we have decided to get those numbers out there today for those that are interested."

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Phiaton Moderna MS 400 Review @ Digital Trends
"If the Phiaton brand isn't exactly on the tip of your tongue when it comes to high-end audio, we'll forgive you. Phiaton (pronounced fee' ah ton) emerged not long ago from South Korea's equally low-key Cresyn corporation as a retail name to peddle its own high-end audio products. Between the chic Moderna series products and fashionable Primal series, nothing the company makes sells for below $200. The $250 carbon-fiber-studded Moderna MS 400 'phones occupy the middle of the line, between its $200 MS 300, and PS 500 and PS 300 NC, both marked at $300. They promise audiophile-pleasing sound from a package that looks slick enough to bust out around town, and folds down neatly into a carrying case to bring them out of the studio."

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Nanovision MiMo UM-710 - 7" USB Monitor Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today, for this review, I will be looking at something a bit different, that is a Mini Monitor from Nanovision, I'll let you work out where they chose the name, that is connected by a single USB lead and nothing else using the technology designed by Display Link. The monitor I will be looking at is the MiMo UM-710."

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MSI X58M @ Bjorn3D
"There are many users out there who do not need a full ATX case. Whether it be because you only have one graphics card, or just a lack of case space, a micro ATX board is just what you have been looking for. Currently there is not much selection, with just one more high end oriented micro ATX board. Today we have MSI's X58M, a micro ATX board for the masses. This happens to be the cheapest X58 board currently, certainly putting it as at least worth a look for many users."

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Contest: Win a FREE OCZ Agility SSD from Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews is giving away a brand-new OCZ Agility Solid State Drive to one lucky visitor! All that you have to do is visit our give-away contest topic, and post your entry. Join the fun, and speed up your computer..."

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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Intel X25-M 160GB 34nm MLC G2 SSD Benchmarking @ Legit Reviews
"The first generation drives used an Intel branded controller with the part number PC29AS21AA and the new second generation drivers use an Intel branded controller with the part number PC29AS21BA0. The controller was changed for a number of reasons, but you can bet that performance and added features is the number one reason for going to a new controller. The new controller architecture still employs the same 10 parallel NAND Flash channels used in the original controller but can now support features like TRIM. Legit Reviews asked Intel if TRIM would ever be supported in the first generation Intel SSDs and they stated that"

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Klipsch HD Theater 500 (HDT500) Review @ Digital Trends
"Situated in the middle of Klipsch's affordable HD Theater line, the HDT500 offers a healthy serving of bang-for-your-buck performance. With impressive midrange, well-balanced highs and a capable sub in a tight little package for under $600, this system earns a merit badge for outstanding value."

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Review @ Digital Trends
"You've read our squawks about the endless search for the perfect two-in-one imaging device (good pictures and videos in a single package). For the most part we've concentrated on camcorders since they start out with fine video. Unfortunately other than a few Canons we've been generally disappointed with these supposed hybrids since they really can't grab quality still images. Panasonic is flipping this formula on its head, starting off with a solid camera and adding high-quality movies to the mix. In this instance, the Lumix DMC-ZS3 is the first digicam with AVCHD Lite, a lesser quality codec compared to the AVCHD used in most high-def camcorders. Rather than 1080I, Lite records 720P at 60 frames per second, which in theory should be far better than 1280 x 720 30 fps clips taken by many 2009 cameras. In fact we just reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD970 IS with this feature and weren't too thrilled with the video results. Now will AVCHD Lite be a heavyweight or a bust? Time to check it out."

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MP3 Players That Rock @ Digital Trends
"Face it - with well over 120 million units sold, no company even comes close to touching the extraordinary success that Apple has enjoyed with its iPod-branded portable media players. Between classic, nano, shuffle and touch models (not to mention nearly 35 million iPhones sold to date), the almighty iPod has become all but synonymous with MP3 players in just a few short years (and perhaps the first"

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Roccat Vire - Mobile Gaming Headset review in Metku
"Gaming earphones, you say? When will this gaming madness ever end? If those were your first thoughts, I can't really blame you, because I for one thought exactly the same..."

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Razer Megalodon USB Headset @ techPowerUp
"The newest addition to the Razer headset lineup is the USB powered Megalodon headsets. Featuring an all new USB sound card developed by Razer called the Maelstrom sound engine. Depending on user preference you can run in either 2.0 or 7.1 mode."

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A Detailed Guide To Phoronix Test Suite 2.0
"In less than two weeks we will be officially releasing Phoronix Test Suite 2.0"

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OCZ Agility MLC SSD OCZSSD2-1AGT120G @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews has seen Solid State Drive products from every angle, and while SSDs have overtaken hard drive products in terms of speed, there still remains the giant task of beating HDDs in price. That's exactly why OCZ has created the Agility Solid State Drive. Identical to the popular OCZ Vertex SSD in every aspect except NAND selection, the Agility SSD series offers the same Indilinx 'Barefoot' controller and 64MB of DRAM buffer allowing a fast 230 MBps read speed. Benchmark Reviews tests the reaction time and bandwidth performance for the 120GB Agility OCZSSD2-1AGT120G model against over two dozen other storage products in this article."

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Asus Netbook Computing : Cruising the World with the Asus EEE PC 1000HE @ Tweaknews
"It's functional, reasonably powerful for most tasks, handles all administrative chores I have thrown at it with ease and all while having a battery life of over 7 hours with normal use. You couldn't have asked for more. The LED backlit screen is bright, the keys are set apart enough to allow for a very easy typing experience even if you have fat fingers like myself, and the trackpad is a pleasure to use."

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[Beta Giveaway] Come Play This New Linux-Native Game With Us!
"S2 Games may not be as well known as id Software or Epic Games, but what distinguishes them from most of the other game companies is that they actually support Linux. With S2 Games' Savage 2, for example they provide a Linux-native game client. S2 Games is hard at work on another title, Heroes of Newerth, and that too will be supported on Linux. In fact, it's already running on Linux and Linux gamers will likely find a native client binary around the time of the game's release on Windows (read: it won't be released months or years later, like what we frequently find with Linux ported titles). Sound pretty great, but too impatient to wait for the game's release? Well, come play it with us right now! And for free!"

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NVIDIA 190.16 Driver Brings OpenGL 3.2 To Linux
"Yesterday NVIDIA released their first 190.xx Linux beta driver for their GeForce and Quadro graphics cards. The NVIDIA 190.16 Beta driver brought a number of VDPAU fixes, PowerMizer control features, a number of new official and unofficial OpenGL extensions receiving GLX protocol support, and there were a number of other fixes and enhancements too. However, now that we have had a chance to analyze this driver, there is more in store than what the change-log shares regarding this driver. There is in fact support for the unreleased OpenGL 3.2 specification."

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Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews
"The Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 Motherboard has support for four SATA 6Gbps in RAID 0, 1 and six SATA 3Gbps in RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 on the board itself. If that is not enough storage space there are also two more SATA 3Gbps eSATA connectors on the boards I/O backplane and an one PATA header on the board itself. That means you can connect 12 SATA devices and 2 IDE devices on the Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 Motherboard at the same time!"

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FW: eDIMAX Wireless 802.11n (BR-657n) Router Review
"For this review I will be looking at another piece of equipment from out friends at Edimax. The piece of equipment in question is a Wireless 802.11n Gigabit Broadband Router the rather attractively named BR-6574n..."

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Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Preview @ Bjorn3D
"At Computex 2009 Gigabyte revealed their GA-EP55-UD6 flagship Lynnfield/Core i5 motherboard and we managed to get a behind closed doors look at the board. We have to tell you with the P55-UD6 and it's 24 phase power and 2oz copper PCB design and a host of advanced features GiGabyte pulled out all the stops on this board."

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EDIMAX Wireless 802.11n (BR-657n) Router Review
"For this review I will be looking at another piece of equipment from out friends at Edimax. The piece of equipment in question is a Wireless 802.11n Gigabit Broadband Router the rather attractively named BR-6574n..."

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ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim Sound Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"You don't have to be an audiophile to appreciate the enhanced surround sound effects from Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio found on most Blu-ray Disc movie discs over the standard Dolby Digital or DTS formats found on standard DVD movie discs. The lossless audio compression formats and/or the two extra channels of sound output really adds a significant amount of realism to the whole movie watching experience. The problem is most HTPC owners don't have the ability to experience these enhanced formats due to a lack of sound cards on the market that can support these formats. Benchmarkreviews has the ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3 Slim sound card that does just that. Benchmark Reviews have put it through a series of tests and have determined whether HTPC owners can rejoice or not."

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Backup Strategies to Prepare for Computer Catastrophes @ Digital Trends
"Here's an unpleasant fact of life: Your computer's hard drive will eventually fail, taking all your precious digital photos, meticulously ripped music and movies, crucial banking records, email archive, and every other bit of your digital life with it. Looking at the bright side, recovering from such a disaster can be a breeze-provided you have a back-up strategy. We'll explore several back-up alternatives, but before we dive into that discussion, we'll show you a couple of easy ways to monitor your hard drive's health so a drive failure won't catch you by surprise. That way, you can move the drive's contents to another drive before it goes belly up. PC hard drives have this monitoring capability built in-it's called S.M.A.R.T. (Self-monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology)-you just need software that can access the information and present it to you in a meaningful way."

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Five Must-Have Features for the Modern Digital Camera @ Digital Trends
"You're flipping through the weekly flyers from your local electronics store and marvel at the new digital cameras on the market. Not only are prices dropping all the time - for both the compact point-and-shoot cameras as well as the bulkier yet more powerful DSLR models - but new features are continually added, offering even more bang for your buck. Oh sure, you already know about megapixels, a quality lens and fast processor being key considerations, but there are many other convenient bells and whistles. It can be difficult to keep up with all the lingo - be it image stabilization, facial detection or interchangeable lenses - plus you might not be aware which features are worth noting, and which ones are not."

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ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 Dual Hybrid TV Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"After having used the ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 exclusively for a couple weeks vs. my TiVo DVR it is my belief that this product brings the HTPC market much closer to where it needs to be for mainstream usage. Part of this belief however is based on the way in which Vista Windows Media Center is able to leverage the card, and not based on the software provided by ASUS. If Media Center did not exist and the ASUS application was my only avenue, my experience would not have been near as smooth or enjoyable. For those looking for a complete HTPC setup to add to their existing Vista installation, The ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 Dual Hybrid TV Card does deliver..."

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Battlefield 1943 (Xbox 360) @ Bjorn3D
"While the Swedish developer DICE have created a lot of cool games they are probably most know for their Battlefield-series. It all started back in 2002 with Battlefield 1942 and since then they have released several new versions of the game including Battlefield Vietnam, Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142 as well as the spin-off Battlefield: Bad Company."

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Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"Last month, we took a look at AMD's new mainstream processor: the Athlon II 250. We were impressed with both performance and cost. Today, Benchmark Reviews looks at an equally impressive motherboard: the Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P. Based on AMD's 770 series chipset, the MA770T-UD3P is one of the first mainstream motherboards to offer full support for AM3 processors and DDR3 memory. Throw in Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 3 manufacturing process and price tag of only $80, and it's easy to see why this board is quickly becoming a budget-build favorite."

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Monday, July 20, 2009
HP Photosmart Premium C309a Review @ Digital Trends
"We love the utility of multi-function printers, but trade-offs seem inevitable-especially when you're talking about an all-in-one that claims photo-printing prowess. When we reviewed Epson's Artisan 800 a few months back, we concluded that it was a better photo printer than productivity machine. HP's Photosmart Premium C309a settles on the opposite side of the spectrum, competently cranking out office documents, but underperforming on photos."

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Able Planet True Fidelity PS500MM Review @ Digital Trends
"Colorado-based manufacturer Able Planet specializes in audio devices designed for people intent on preserving their hearing. To that end, their new True Fidelity PS500MM multimedia stereo headphones are geared specifically for gamers who want to be able to hear those crafty Call of Duty players sneaking up behind them, but would rather not blow out their eardrums with explosive machine gun fire the rest of the time."

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ASUS Eee PC 1005HA Seashell Netbook Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS Eee PC 1005HA was king when it came to battery life. What else can we say when a battery lasts a whopping 10 hours and xx minutes at idle by just unplugging. We didn't alter the default monitor brightness at all. ASUS seems to have found a very low power consuming LCD screen for the 1005HA! Benchmarks were also another strong point for the 1005HA Seashell. In almost all tests, the 1005HA performed slightly faster than its 1000HE predecessor. Both feature an Intel N280 Atom processor that runs 60MHz faster than the other netbooks with the N270 processor. The only test that the 1005HA didn't come out on top with was..."

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iPopperz Fashion Earbud Headphones Review @ Tweaknews
"Sometimes, quality and good looks don’t come hand in hand. However, after spending some time with the iPopperz earbuds I can say that’s not the case. They are a nice upgrade from the set that comes bundled with iPods and other media players. You have your choice of several different colorful designs and don’t have to give up good sound quality in order to add some style to your digital life."

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Altec Lansing VS2421
"It is not often that we look at audio products at Phoronix. Usually we are looking at sound cards with their Linux driver, like the Creative X-Fi Linux fiasco and the ALSA drivers for high-end sound cards. Occasionally we will look at gaming headphones and we have even looked at multi-million dollar home theaters, but in this review, we are checking out a simple 2.1 speaker system. The folks over at Xoxide recently sent out the Altec Lansing VS2421 speaker system, which we are testing out this morning."

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Gigabyte 9800 GT Silent Cell @ Bjorn3D
"Have you been looking for a card that is silent yet is able to play all of the latest games without looking like mud? Well look no further, today we have the Gigabyte 9800 GT Silent Cell. Powered by the Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT GPU, this card has enough power to play just about every game maxed. So you may ask, how does this thing cool itself yet still be silent? Well, unlike normal 9800 GT's, this card has no fan. This may seem like quite a surprize, I know I didnt beleive it when I heard about it!"

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Thermaltake Element T (VK90001N2Z) Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at a new product from an old friend of Xtreme Computing and a well-known pc hardware manufacturer, Thermaltake. The product I am reviewing is a new Mid Tower Chassis in the shape of the VK90001N2Z or the Element T to you and me. Coming from Thermaltake I expect a very high standard."

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Sunbeam SATA-IDE-USB Adapter @ Benchmark Reviews
"If you have a lot of spare hard drives laying around that you want to see if they work and what they contain, but dont want to take the effort to install them in your desktop, Sunbeamtech has a solution for you. This device is also a perfect fit for an IT person to use as a data recovery tool. The device I am referring to is the SATA and IDE to USB Adapter. Benchmark Reviews is pleased to give you a closer look at this device, and just what we can expect from a tool like this. It boasts USB 2.0 high-speed tranfer rates, and the ability to access files on drives both 2.5" and 3.5" in size. So, if you are an IT professional, or just someone who has a lot of spare drives laying around that you want to see what is on them, check out this product from Sunbeamtech, and the review from Benchmark Reviews."

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Sunday, July 19, 2009
Nanya Elixir DDR3 1600 @ Bjorn3D
"Elixir commonly refers to medicine, which I hopefully will not need when overclocking this RAM kit. I know the Mushkin I had would not get to 1802 stably on this board, but maybe Nanya has a trick up their sleeve which gave them just the edge they need to acheive this high RAM clock. At that speed memory bandwidth is extremely high, especaly with the RAM running in triple channel. Such high memory bandwidth will be a big help in server, and heavy encoding environments. These speed boosts will undoubtedly vastly increase production, but if your not into such professional tasks, then there are always games. Games take advantage of the added RAM in a system, but enough talk about the RAM, lets see what this RAM can do!"

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Friday, July 17, 2009
GELID Solutions GC-Extreme Thermal Compound @ techPowerUp
"The new GC-Extreme thermal compound by GELID Solutions is definitely one to consider when you are in the market for some thermal grease. It has amazing thermal conductivity and does better than the competition."

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Jabra SP700 Bluetooth Speaker Phone Car Stereo Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Jabra SP700 has up to 14 hours of talk time and up to 225 hours of standby time, which is more than enough for the average daily driver that commutes locally. When it comes to warranties the SP700 comes backed by a one year warranty that will cover the normal wear and tear. Not bad considering the Jabra SP700 retails for just $37.89 shipped at buy.com when this article was published. In States like California it is illegal not to use a hands free device while driving and the base fine for the FIRST offense is $20 and $50 for subsequent convictions. By the time you add in penalty assessments, the fine can easily be more than triple the base fine amount. Taking that into consideration a Bluetooth Speaker phone like the Jabra SP700 is an ideal hands free car stereo kit that will keep your hands on the wheel, eyes on the road and hopefully more money in your pocket..."

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TomTom XL 340 S Review @ Digital Trends
"If the tiny screen on TomTom's minimal-but-adequate One navigators has you careening into other lanes as you squint to see your next turn, the XL line of navigators represent an easy step forward to the land of 4.3-inch widescreen bliss. (And relative safety for the people driving next to you.) The XL 330 and XL 340 models line up identically with their smaller One 130 and One 140 cousins on the feature front, with only a $50 gap separating the big guys from the little ones. Both lines use"

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Artic Cooling Accelero XTREME 4870X2 @ Bjorn3D
"We all known Artic Cooling for years now, not just because they have some of the quietest GPU coolers on the planet, but for their uncanny ability to incorporate a stylish design with great cooling capacity. When anyone is looking for a GPU cooler to help cool their video cards Artic Cooling is always one of the first ones to get mentioned, by both entry level people and also those from the enthusiast crowd."

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Thursday, July 16, 2009
NZXT Sentry LX SEN-001LX Digital Fan Controller @ BmR
"With multiple core CPUs, multi-GPU video graphics sub-systems and hotter than hot mainboard north and southbridge chipsets it becomes necessary for most gaming computers to have more and more fans. With the fans comes noise. Of course there's water cooling, but not everyone is capable or even brave enough to give that a try. So what do you do? Well one option is to use a fan speed controller. There are many fan controllers available but today Benchmark Reviews will look specifically at the NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry LX aluminum digital dual-bay fan controller."

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DFI LanParty Jr. 790GX-M3H5 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"I would have to say that I was pretty excited to get my hands on a DFI motherboard. It has been awhile since I have had the opportunity to look at one, so I was eager to see how the DFI LanParty Jr 790GX-M3H5 motherboard would stack up against some of the others we have tested. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed, and here is why..."

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Jays v-Jays Headphones Review @ Digital Trends
"From the same icy lands that bring us flat-packed particle-board furniture, savory meatballs, and chewy candy fish, a company by the name of Jays set up shop in 2006 producing premium headphones. (We're talking about Sweden, by the way.) Though Jays began carving out a name for itself with an extensive line of in-ear headphones, 2009 ushered in the very first on-ear models: including the bass-loaded v-Jays, which retail for £60, or about $98 with current exchange rates. Despite a rather unassuming design, the v-Jays impressed us with their comfortable fit, clean highs, and uncharacteristically skull-rattling bass."

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Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB @ Bjorn3D
"Hard Drive suppliers have recognized this and have alternative 'Green Drives' available for those that want to have good performance, tons of storage, and keep utility costs down. To that end we're going to take a look at the Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB 5900 RPM drive that consumes only 3.88 Watts Idle and 6.88 Watts during drive operations. The idle power consumption on this 'Green' drive is barely more than some LED power lights you see on common electrical appliances (Some LEDS operate at 3.3w). Lower power consumption, great performance, entry level pricing, there's a lot to like about he Seagate Barracuda LP 2 Terabyte drive."

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Intel BOXD945GCLF2D Atom 330 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"For years, the focus on computers has been on faster, better performing systems.  Recently, however, with rising energy costs and more environmentally conscious consumers, computer manufacturers have turned to designing machines that use less energy, cost less, and still have many of the advantages of modern computer systems.  In the realm of mobile and energy efficient computing, two real competitors have recently emerged.  Via, with their Nano chipsets named after biblical references, has dominated the field until recently; at least as far as pure statistic performance is concerned.  Intel is the other name, and with that name they have competed quite fiercely for the lion's share of the mobile and ultra-economic computing market.  But name is all they had to go on, since their products, the Atom series, have fallen short of the standard set by Via.  With the release of Intel's newest Atom, though, that has all changed.  Benchmark Reviews is bringing you the down and dirty on the first ever dual core processor made specifically to combine improved performance with low energy consumption as we test the Intel BOXD945GCLF2D Atom 330 Intel 945GC Mini-ITX Motherboard/CPU combo kit."

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Best Free Alternatives to Commercial Software @ Digital Trends
"Sometimes, you just have to cheap out. Whether it's picking up six-pack of Shasta at the grocery store rather than Coke, a packet of generic acetaminophen at the drug store rather than Tylenol, or a Kia Amanti instead of a Mercedes E-Class, the option to go with"

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Canon PowerShot SD970 IS Review @ Digital Trends
"With the warm weather finally here, there's no better time to pop a camera in your pocket and take on the world-or at least capture it on SDHC cards. Canon continues to dominate the point-and-shoot market and with models like the 12-megapixel PowerShot SD970 IS for less than $350, it's easy understanding why. The compact aim-and-forget has just about everything a casual shutterbug needs including a terrific 3-inch LCD screen and the ability to grab HD video clips. Now should you rush out and buy it? We'll let you know soon enough."

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Sony Ericsson W995a Review @ Digital Trends
"The evolution of the cell-phone camera takes yet another leap forward with the Sony Ericsson W995a. Along with a Walkman-branded digital music player, the W995a includes an 8.1 MP camera, the highest resolution camera yet available on a phone. But the W995a is an unlocked phone, which means its $600 price tag goes unsubsidized by a carrier. From a price point-of-view, would you be better off buying a subsidized $99 phone, and standalone point-and-shoot high-megapixel digital camera?"

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Netbook Performance: Ubuntu vs. OpenSolaris
"In the past we have published OpenSolaris vs. Linux Kernel benchmarks and similar articles looking at the performance of Sun's OpenSolaris up against popular Linux distributions. We have looked at the performance on high-end AMD workstations, but we have never compared the OpenSolaris and Linux performance on netbooks. Well, not until today. In this article we have results comparing OpenSolaris 2009.06 and Ubuntu 9.04 on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook."

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Making An NTFS USB Boot Disk @ Bjorn3D
"This morning when I got up I had no intention of writing a guide to making a bootable NTFS USB Drive. As things often happen on a review site you often find yourself waking up intending to get one thing done and end up going in a totally different direction. Today was one of those days. I've been dealing with SSD, Platter hard drives and USB Drives all week. Suddenly this morning I found myself thinking wouldn't it be nice to be able to boot to a USB disk with the NTFS file system and run diagnostics, memory tests, and maybe install Vista or XP from a USB disk. How about being able to not only install Vista from a USB disk but once Vista is installed have all the review benchmarks and files I needed consolidated on one flash drive instead of searching for a bunch of disks scattered around my review area."

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XtremeComputing has posted 2 new reviews - 15/07/09
"Until recently I had never heard of Roccat, but rather co-incidentally the same day my editor told me about them a friend informed me he was getting one of their gaming mice, so having only just looked them up that day I was able to sound all knowledgable about who they are!"

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
A-DATA S805 Flash Drive @ techPowerUp
"The S805 from A-DATA is the perfect storage companion for the outdoor user or as a key chain. The nice metal clip along with a solid frame make this stick perfect in that regard, even if it is not a speed demon, but the S805 still manages to be Vista Readyboost ready."

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ASUS P7P55D EVO Core i5 Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews
"The P7P55D 'EVO' motherboard pictured above is based off the most recent revision and was sent to Legit Reviews just hours ago. The color scheme has been updated and i/o ports have been updated as well to include External SATA (eSATA). It should also be noted that SATA6G not being present anymore due to Marvell limitations (yield and other issues of the Marvell controller are to blame according to our sources in Taiwan). As a result the SATA color scheme has been adjusted. Due to the Marvell yield issue SATA6G was removed from the EVO and also all of ASUS' P55 mass production boards. The only board that will ship with SATA6G support now is the ASUS P55 Premium motherboard. Once Marvell get all issues resolves in terms of yield and a few other areas ASUS will reintroduce this feature into their P55 boards."

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Aiaiai Pipe Earphones Review @ Digital Trends
"Not interested in the microphone included with Aiaiai's curiously funky Y-com headset? No matter, the Danish design cooperative knows how to build a stripped-down pair, too. Aiaiai's Pipe earphones discard many of the frivolous novelties from the Y-com in favor of a design that's right on par with Apple for sheer minimalism, but miles above stock earphones in sound."

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Super Talent SATA II Mini 2 PCIe MLC 64GB SSD @ Legit Reviews
"When looking to upgrade the Mini PCIe SSD inside the ASUS Eee PC 900 you can pick from brands like Patriot, OCZ, RiDATA, Runcore, and Super Talent. Back in May of this year, Super Talent released a new line of SSDs designed to be a drop in replacement for the ASUS Eee PC S101, 900, 900A, and 901 netbook PCs. The SATA Mini 2 PCIe SSDs are Super Talent’s second generation product and are focused on enabling better performance for ASUS Eee PC users. It also happens to be the fastest SATA Mini 2 PCIe SSD on the market today with sequential read speeds up to 150 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 100MB/s..."

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Monday, July 13, 2009
ASUS Radeon HD EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5 Video Card @ Legit Reviews
"With the EAH4890, ASUS designed their own PCB and installed a custom cooling solution to create a Radeon HD 4890 video card that should push the envelope when it comes to performance and overclocking. Not only should it perform better, but it also looks better since it is no longer a cookie cutter Radeon HD 4890. What's that, my friends? That is a real heatsink. ASUS did not prance around with this one; I believe this heatsink could have handled the notoriously hot ATI Radeon HD 2900XT and asked for a second helping of heat. It has been a while since a"

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Thermaltake Element T @ techPowerUp
"The Element T is the most affordable case in the Element family from Thermaltake. It aims to please both the the professional user and the mainstream gamer. This is certainly no easy task, but he case has space for up to six hard drives, an excellent construction and clean looks along with a large red LED fan up top."

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Prolimatech Megahalems: A New Player in the Town @ Bjorn3D
"You probably have never heard of Prolimatech. It is an up and coming manufacturer founded in 2008. The company is based in Taiwan with a team of people who are specialized in designing “aerospace resource-saving technology and advanced heat conducting technology.” Their products include CPU cooler, VGA cooler, RAM cooler, and thermal compound."

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ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 HDTV/FM Tuner @ Benchmark Reviews
"Those who want to watch over the air TV at all must either purchase a TV with an ATSC tuner installed or purchase one of the conversion boxes out there. For the HTPC crowd, it means that their tuner card must support ATSC just the same. Most cards out there are going to produce video results that are exactly the same, especially considering the signal and quality are more a factor of antenna reception than card quality. So, what's to make someone decide on one TV tuner over another? The ASUS My Cinema-EHD3-100 answers this question by going one step further than most cards out there to be your all-in-one media center card. It fully supports the ATSC and QAM digital TV specifications allowing you to access digital TV in high definition resolution. It also fully supports analog NTSC TV, analog video and radio. Plus, its on-board mpeg-2 encoder chip helps on-the-fly analog video recording. Is the My Cinema-EHD3-100 your HTPC answer? Benchmark Reviews will fill you in!"

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Saturday, July 11, 2009
July Forum Drawing Almost Over @ Legit Reviews
"This past weekend I found myself wanting to sit down and read a good book. I picked up a copy of The Geek Atlas last month, but never got around to actually reading it. The Geek Atlas is more or less a travel guide for those interested in science, math, and technology. The book covers 128 places where science and technology come alive (if you are a computer geek the number 128 will instantly stand out to you like a secret sign, if you are not you'll have to buy the book to find out why)..."

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Friday, July 10, 2009
Philips Streamium NP2500 Review @ Digital Trends
"Rolling a dial through a handful of FM stations seems like an ancient exercise, compared to the nearly limitless variety of free music available through Internet radio and other Internet music stops. Perhaps that's why Internet radios have become an essential add-on for stereo buffs with even the most impressive CD collections. Nothing can quite match the variety."

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T-Mobile myTouch 3G Review @ Digital Trends
"Warning: This review is not as in-depth as we would like, so we will be updating it when we can. We got a chance to fiddle with the second-ever U.S. Android phone, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G made by HTC, for around 45 minutes at an introductory event yesterday. The myTouch became available for pre-order to current T-Mobile subscribers Wednesday, and will be available to all August 5 for at $199.99 (with a two-year service contract). Our initial quick-take verdict? This sleek, lightweight touchscreen smartphone offers several improvements to its predecessor, the G1. But one major similarity to the G1 and a third Android phone due later this year may keep many potential T-Mobile customers from touching myTouch."

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ASRock NetTop ION 330
"Over the years we have looked at dozens of ASRock motherboards, and as we have noted in recent reviews, over the past year or so they have really ramped up their efforts on providing feature-rich motherboards while still delivering them at very low prices, as they have long been known for their budget status. Two recent motherboards we had looked at that illustrate this trend is the M3A780GXH/128M and the X58 SuperComputer, both of which motherboards had bolstered a nice set of features, were priced well, and carried other unique advantages. ASRock has not only been focusing upon driving innovation into their motherboards, but now other products too. In conjunction with Pegatron Corp, ASRock has released its first Atom-based nettop computer. We have our hands on this new ASRock NetTop ION 330 product and to say the least it is a wonderful system using Intel's Atom processor with NVIDIA's ION platform."

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GELID Xtreme & GC2 Thermal Paste @ Bjorn3D
"Back in March of 2009, I reviewed some of GELID Solutions thermal paste called GC1. During my testing phase I was amazed at the performance of this thermal paste. I was notified by GELID Solutions that they were making newer, & better thermal paste that rivals even there GC1. At first hearing this, I was a bit skeptical of this, GELID Solutions offered me to review some of this 'Better' thermal paste. Well, of coarse I was more then happy to check out this new and improved thermal paste."

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Thursday, July 9, 2009
Samsung HMX-H106 Review @ Digital Trends
"Flash memory marches on! Samsung recently introduced a trio of high-def camcorders using advanced solid state drives (SSDs) rather than hard drives-or ancient media like tapes and shiny three-inch disks. SSDs read and write faster than HDDs, are lighter, use less power and have no moving parts making them just right for capturing video on the fly. Samsung sent us one with a 64GB drive-the HMX-H106-but the -H105 and -H104 are available with 32GB and 16GB storage, respectively at lower prices. The new AVCHD camcorders are fairly tricked out and it would be good to see if Samsung should be considered a key player in the HD Camcorder Game."

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TomTom One 140 S GPS Review @ Digital Trends
"When it comes to budget GPS systems, TomTom has the formula nailed. The company's One line of navigators have consistently earned high marks for value in years past, delivering navigation on par with the big guys, but without the extras that typically inflate price tags. Despite the bare-minimum reputation, TomTom hasn't let the One line stagnate either. The latest model, the One 140 S, pads some meat onto the barebones model with the inclusion of many trickle-down features from pricier navigators, and a $200 price tag. Are the extra features worth the upgrade for budget users when the baseline One 125 model can be had for $120 - more than fifty dollars less? We stuck it up in the windshield to find out."

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Kingston SSDNow V Series 128GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Kingston SSDNow V Series should be of interest to consumers due to its price versus value. When we first found out that the Kingston SSDNow V Series was using the JMicron JMF602 controller we thought the drive would suffer from stutters like many of the early SSDs did with the same problematic controller. Even though the benchmarks showed some weird performance spikes and slow 4K random access writes, none of the stuttering issues were seen during our testing period. It seems that the new firmware update that was designed Kingston, J-Micron and Toshiba in the six months leading up to the launch of the V Series paid off. By implementing a firmware workaround for the stutters the performance of the drive did take slight hit..."

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Vantec ezSHARE Adapter @ techPowerUp
"With more people having more than one computer the need to share and transfer files between them has grown. Vantec has come up with a product geared towards this market with the Vantec ezSHARE Adapter. It boasts an easy setup with no additional software to install and a setup time of only seconds. Let's see what the ezSHARE Adapter has in store."

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QNAP TS-809 Pro Turbo 8 Bay NAS Review @ Tweaknews
"If several terabytes of storage and a ton of features are what you need, than the TS-809 Pro NAS will have your business network covered both now and in the future. The eight drive bays combined with robust processing power and a much improved interface provide reliable storage and a host of other server functions for up to 512 network users."

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Sapphire HD4770 with 40 nm Technology Reviewed in Metku.net
"In addition to being a cost-effective solution for some sunday-gamers, this card is the first one to utilize the new RV740 chip, which is the only graphics chip at the moment which is produced with the new 40 nm process at TMSC."

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Xigmatek Midgard @ techPowerUp
"The Xigmatek Midgard aims to redefine the mainstream case segment by packing it full with all kinds of features. From plenty of fan mounts to screw-less systems everywhere, along with an all black interior and a low, low price tag of $60. That is bound to get our attention, so we take a real close look, but will it manage to do away with the doubts?"

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Avantalk BTSP-200 Bluetooth Stereo Speakerphone @ Legit Reviews
"When you are listening to music, you aren’t going to get THX-level sound reproduction from the device, but the sound that is produced is much better than your stock mobile phone speaker or even your laptop speaker. The Avantalk BTSP-200 Bluetooth portable speaker does a fairly good job of sound reproduction so that you can easily share with friends. For us, it didn’t really matter whether it was in a classroom or at the beach, the speakerphone had enough “umph” to rock the crowd..."

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10 Essential Summer Vacation Gadgets @ Digital Trends
"The average business traveler already has a solid roundup of tools and technology for the road, but there's a whole different bag of gear for leaving the office behind, donning a pair of flips flops or a luau skirt, and traveling for pleasure. Smart travelers pack light, finding multi-purpose gadgets that help minimize how much stuff they try to cram into their carry-ons. The ideal schwag bag is filled with electronics that are high-tech, low-weight, and have true staying power (battery power, that is). Who says getting away from it all means you can't stay connected? Certainly not us. In fact, the 10 products that we deem most essential for summer holiday travel are designed to let you enjoy your time off while staying connected-in the right way."

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Best Office Furniture & Accessories @ Digital Trends
"Your new home office has fresh drywall from floor to ceiling, a fragrant new patch of short-nap carpet, and a window that looks out on the backyard garden. Now you just a need a spot to put that computer. And the printer. And all those papers. And the phone. Maybe it's time for some furniture. But before you make a trip to the local office store and come back with a minivan full of flat-packed particleboard, it's worth doing a little research and planning. We've broken down the key elements to any office, explained some of the key factors you should weight when picking them out, and given a few of our favorites."

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WWF Panda 16GB USB Drive @ Bjorn3D
"The limitation on flash storage has been size, people love the portability and convenience of a good flash drive. Size has been an issue for a while. Now it's not uncommon to see 16GB and larger drives reasonably priced. Select companies are ramping up sizes (in limited quantities) of drives as large a 128 GB so we can expect to see even larger sizes soon. With the size limitation lifting flash storage is once again back in the news."

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"Everything from music to gaming seemed to undergo an audio resurrection with the Altec Lansing VS2421 computer speaker system, convincing me that if you have the standard 2.0 speaker system you really are missing out. Clarity was fantastic and I was surprised at the amount of bass that was pushed out, even loud explosions showed no distortion."

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Altec Lansing VS2421 Computer Speaker System Review at Bigbruin.com
"Everything from music to gaming seemed to undergo an audio resurrection with the Altec Lansing VS2421 computer speaker system, convincing me that if you have the standard 2.0 speaker system you really are missing out. Clarity was fantastic and I was surprised at the amount of bass that was pushed out, even loud explosions showed no distortion."

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ASRock NetTop ION 330 AMCP7A-ION HTPC @ Benchmark Reviews
"NVIDIA Recently unveiled their ION platform, which combines a GeForce 9400m GPU to the Intel Atom mobile processor. The synergistic effect of GeForce and Atom processors have combined to deliver true high-definition performance beyond any mobile platform before it, allowing more range from 'NetBook' and 'NetTop' products. A dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU are packaged onto a Mini-ITX DDR2 AMCP7A-ION motherboard to create the ASRock ION, and ultra-efficient NetTop system. Delivering an compact HTPC or desktop computer alternative with native HDMI high-definition playback capability and powerful computing power isn't easy, and Benchmark Reviews discovers how well the ASRock NetTop ION 330 performs against mobile competitors using the Windows 7 Operating System."

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Klipsch Image S4 Headphones Review @ Digital Trends
"Somewhere between the chintzy OEM earbuds that came with your last MP3 player, and a $400 pair of Ultimate Ears, lies the venerable midrange category. It seems to be growing like a wildfire lately, as existing PMP (portable media player) owners figure out that their players sound 100 percent better with a pair of earphones that weren't manufactured for 17 cents somewhere in China, but don't want to spend more than the price of the player on an upgrade. Klipsch's $80 Image S4 headphones are an outgrowth of that swelling interest in audiophile quality on a budget, stepping quality down a notch from its previous efforts to a price any PMP owner can afford. Are they worth it, or do you get what you pay for? We popped them in to find out."

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AIAIAI Y-com Headphones Review @ Digital Trends
"While the rest of the headphone world is following Apple with soft white designs or going stealth with seven shades of black, the quirky Danes at Aiaiai have thumbed through a pile of Dr. Suess books for inspiration and designed something different. Aiaiai worked hand-in-hand with fellow Copenhagen-based design firm Kilo Design to produce the Y-com headset, and strays from the conventional in favor of the whimsical, and includes a microphone for use with cell phones too. But does the same cool factor translate to great sound? We decided to find out."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 512MB GDDR4 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The video card market is an ever-expanding one that sees new cards from ATI and NVIDIA alike month after month. Granted, some are just core refreshes or 're-branding,' but there is always something new. Usually cards that are released in between series updates offer a good price/performance ratio, and lower the price of main cards as well; two of those cards will be compared today. Up on the review block are the ASUS GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB and the Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 512MB..."

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Kingston DataTraveler DT200/64GB @ Bjorn3D
"USB Flash storage has mainstreamed to the point that people going to school are required to have Flash drives to copy assignments and files to. Until recently flash storage has been limited in size and the smaller sized are quite inexpensive. What happens when you need to store tons on files whether it be Video, Music, Large Work Files, and the smaller USB flash drives just won't cut it. Until recently you could haul a laptop around with you, a portable hard drive, of a pocket full if smaller flash drives."

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Thermaltake V1 AX CPU Cooler Review at Bigbruin.com
"The V1 AX is one of 8 CPU coolers currently offered by Thermaltake for the Socket 1366 platform, and like many of their coolers it is capable of cooling most modern processors. It is similar to their V1 cooler in every way, except that this cooler has aluminum cooling fins rather than copper, which gives it a different look and ultimately makes it a less expensive solution."

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Monday, July 6, 2009
Scimitar Computers Vertex Pyramid Case @ techPowerUp
"The Vertex is a very unique HTPC chassis. Shaped like a pyramid and constructed of solid metal sheets along with a choice of three colors, the case is certainly an eye catcher. The chassis is currently available in very limited quantities, but you can count on us to get one of them to fill up with hardware for your viewing pleasure."

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MSI 790FX-GD70 Socket AM3 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"We have the opportunity to look at another AMD Socket AM3 motherboard in our review today. This one is the 790FX-GD70 from MSI and it is poised to be the flagship motherboard of the AM3 lineup for MSI. MSI has been around for quite some time, and so it is no stranger to competing in the motherboard business. This board sports the 790FX/SB750 combination of chipsets, so it is the best that you can get now in the AM3 scene. It also has a total of four X16 PCIE slots, so it is ready for a multi-GPU setup to take gaming to its graphical extremes..."

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Quick and Easy Home Theater Enhancements @ Digital Trends
"Spending a lot of money on your home theater and then not getting the most out of it is like eating pizza without tomato sauce. It's really just a bunch of cheesy bread. To get that special sauce for your room, we recommend making a few simple adjustments and enhancements to let your theater truly shine. >From a budget system to a high-end pin-up of a system, the following tips will get you dialed in, quick."

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X-Trac Logic mouse Pads @ Bjorn3D
"Up until a couple of years ago, I thought a mouse pad was a mouse pad. It made no difference what the manufacturer was, or the type of mousing surface used. Having a large mouse pad was basically just for our E-Peen size. I sure was not going to buy a 30 USD mouse pad when a 5 dollar Walmart special would do just as good. Well, was I ever wrong, dead wrong."

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Lian Li PC-A05N
"Besides SilverStone, Cooler Master, and Antec, another leading computer enclosure manufacturer is Lian Li, which is a brand well known among computer enthusiasts for building some of the best and most unique computer cases that have ever hit the markets. One of the most recent products introduced by Lian Li is the PC-A05N, which may be sized very small, but has a unique layout with its back-to-front design. Rather than pulling air into the chassis from the front and exhausting it at the rear, the Lian Li PC-A05N is designed to pull in the fresh air from the back of the ATX chassis and then the exhaust is at the front, which Lian Li engineers claim will deliver dramatically better performance."

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QNAP TS-809 Pro 8-Bay SATA NAS @ Benchmark Reviews
"Not every enterprise needs a file server to fit their needs; sometimes storage is the primary concern. Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers have helped corporate IT professionals delivery massive storage capacity at a price more in touch with a basic workstation. QNAP, a pioneer in NAS products, is the first to offer a an unmatched level of network storage. The QNAP TS-809 Pro allows up to eight SATA drives to be installed in RAID-0/1/5/6/5+Spare, and JBOD; all featuring iSCSI target services and AES 256-bit volume-based encryption. The 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of DDR2 memory allow the dual Gigabit Ethernet network adapters to move data at speeds most network products only dream of. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests bandwidth performance on the QNAP TS-809 Pro against some of the fastest NAS products available."

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Sunday, July 5, 2009
In Win X-Fighter @ Bjorn3D
"Inspired by a spacecraft theme, the X-Fighter is In Win's latest offering for gaming enthusiasts. Having a case that supports water cooling, big video cards, and good air flow is important to gaming enthusiasts. Fortunately for gamers, In Win has been listening. The X-Fighter supports all those things and looks good while doing so. With its hard angles, and multi-colored theme, the X-Fighter is certainly attractive. Sporting a $120 price tag, lets take a look at the X-Fighter to see if it meets a gamers standards."

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Saturday, July 4, 2009
NZXT Summer Give Away - Three Prizes at Bigbruin.com
"NZXT is teaming up with Bigbruin.com to sponsor another give away! Up for grabs are three great items from the NZXT line up; the Beta PC Case, the Avatar Gaming Mouse, and the Cryo S Laptop Cooler. There is a new twist for winning this contest, and this time around you have to leave Bigbruin.com in order to enter."

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Friday, July 3, 2009
Koolance CPU-LN2 Liquid Nitrogen Evaporator @ Legit Reviews
"The times are a-changin'. In the past for extreme overclocking cooling solutions your options were rather limited. You could pay an arm and a leg to a machine shop to make a one-off pot or turn to the handful of pot makers and wait till they had another batch complete. With Koolance things have been simplified to directing your browser to Koolance.com and swiping(typing in) your credit card. Within a week you could be up and running, easily pushing your processor beyond what is possible with air, water, or simple phase change cooling systems. Koolance's CPU-LN2 is a nickle plated copper pot designed to be used with dry ice and liquid nitrogen for extreme overclocking..."

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NZXT Cryo S @ Bjorn3D
"With portability and space constraints becoming a nessecity in today's busy world, people are leaving their desktops behind for powerful laptops. To keep those powerful laptops cool, NZXT has released the Cryo LX and most recent the Cryo S. We give the Cryo S a test drive to see how well it does with a work-focused based laptop."

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An Interview With A Linux Game Porter
"Recently on our forums, Frank Earl (who goes by the synonym Svartalf), has been seeking the input of Linux gamers as to what games they would like to see ported to Linux. Frank has been working for Linux Game Publishing for a few years porting various titles to Linux and has done work independently on bringing new software from Windows to Linux. Frank was overwhelmed by the response on our forums and it has even led to new Linux games with many other possible ports being looked into. To get his view as where Linux gaming is currently at, he has answered a few of our questions about Linux game porting, Linux gaming in general, and other questions that may be of interest to gamers and Linux enthusiasts."

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Thursday, July 2, 2009
Maximo iM-590 iMetal Earphones @ techPowerUp
"Relatively unknown Maximo recently released their iM-590 earphones. Based on a 9 mm driver and boosting a metal exterior these earphones will undoubtedly turn some heads. The price of just $59 certainly will."

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Sparkle GeForce GTX 275 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"If you're in the market for a new video card and wondering if Sparkle is a brand you can trust, I'd say the answer is yes. The company's card and bundle doesn't include any goodies or extras to wow or surprise, but the actual product is as stable a video card as one could ask for, and that's what ultimately matters. As for the Geforce GTX 275, it's a solid design that's generally a bit faster than its closest competitor, the ATI Radeon HD 4890. The GeForce GTX 275 is also a bit more expensive than its closest ATI competitor, so the price/performance ratio between the two is more-or-less consistent..."

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Top Digital Camera Accessories @ Digital Trends
"Whether you just picked up Panasonic's amazing Lumix DMC-LX3 or dropped some more coin for a starter DSLR like Sony's excellent DSC-HX1, your investment is far from over. Now that you've got the camera, it's time to get the gear for it. From flash cards to cases, we've compiled a list of all the most useful accessories to deck out your new digital shooter."

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Rosewill RM-8500 @ Bjorn3D
"The computer mouse is one of the most overlooked peripherals, in my opinion. We often upgrade everything inside of a computer but overlook one piece of hardware that is frequently used. Choosing the right mouse is a challenge because you need to balance budget, comfort, and performance. And it's especially true if you are into gaming and want a mouse that has a fast DPI (dot per inch) and is comfortable enough so that you will not feel the pain on your wrist after hours of playing games."

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009
MSI Wind U100 Netbook Overclocking Guide @ Legit Reviews
"Once the dynamic overclock setting has been enabled you then must pick the percentage of the overclock. You can select a CPU overclock of either 8%, 15% or 24%, for a maximum overclock of 2GHz. Once the percentage picked you just load the operating system like normal and use the Wind U100. When you are ready for a little more processor power you just need to press Fn+F10, and 'Turbo' mode will be enabled. You have to be plugged into AC power for the setting to work and you should see one of the above icons when you enable or disable the feature. Our MSI Wind U100 was unstable with an overclock of 24% due to instability of the memory module. That means the highest overclock that could be reached was 15%, which is still a great overclock on the Intel Atom N270 processor...."

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Setting Up A Split Loop Water Cooling @ Bjorn3D
"When water cooling multiple video cards we still daisy chain the two video cards together. This becomes increasingly problematic when dealing with 'High Restrictive' video card water blocks. This guide is a modification of these types of cooling systems, and with a bit of time, luck, and also a lot of patience, they can be integrated into other aspects of water cooling."

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Razer Salmosa Gaming Mouse
"Razer has long been known as a manufacturer of high-end gaming mice with such prestigious products as the Copperhead, DeathAdder, and most recently the Lachesis. Razer has also expanded to offer other products such as the Barracuda Sound Card, Tarantula Keyboard, and the Piranha Gaming Headset. Razer's products generally do not come cheap, however, recently they have begun offering lower cost products such as the Arctosa Keyboard, which is still built and designed well but is a step-down from their flagship product lines. Most recently, Razer has now further entered the entry-level gaming mouse product with the introduction of the Salmosa, which is a sub-$40 USD but still promises high precision with its 3G infrared sensor."

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JVC Everio X GZ-X900 Review @ Digital Trends
"Traditional camcorders have a basic style that hasn't really changed since the '80s. Oh, you'll see a few attempts at a vertical shape now and then, or some fun with body materials, like the new Samsung models that use the Touch of Color finish first seen on Samsung HDTVs. But JVC has taken a completely radical approach with its Everio X, a high-def video maker that looks like a chic clutch held by a Louis Vuitton model scampering down a catwalk. This is by no means all beauty and no brains, either. The AVCHD camcorder has a 10.3MP CMOS sensor and records at 24 Mbps, the best compression rate possible for the format. It even takes 9-megapixel stills, the current camcorder peak for native resolution. Like a legit Vuitton bag, you'll certainly pay for the style, since it's close to a grand for the package. Let's see if this camcorder is as much an object of desire as it appears to be on the surface."

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Antec ISK300-65 Mini-ITX HTPC Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews recently called on the Antec ISK300-65 Mini-ITX HTPC computer case to complete our NVIDIA ION Home Theater PC project. The lightweight mITX case offers a 65W power supply and room for a slim optical drive and 2.5" SSD or HDD. The Antec ISK300 fits two 80mm fans along the side, which help exhaust heated air out of the enclosure. Enthusiast can stand the ISK300 case upright, allowing this HTPC enclosure to fit nicely beside other entertainment center electronics."

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