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Monday, August 31, 2009
SoundMagic PL30 In-ears @ techPowerUp
"SoundMagic is one of the few brands out there dedicated to making quality in-ears that are affordable as well. Today we take a look at their PL30 in-ears which boast a mighty bundle and good sound quality to boot. Being priced at $25 they provide amazing value in the IEM segment."

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Thecus M3800 NAS Stream Box Review @ Legit Reviews
"Setting up the Thecus M3800 for use with your audio/video theater turned out to be quite easy. Our first step towards enjoying the multimedia stored on our M3800 is to log back into the Thecus Configuration Menu and open up the “TV Setup” panel. From here, we select our output and display parameters for our panel..."

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Can Ubuntu 9.10 Outperform Mac OS X 10.6?
"Back on Friday we published Mac OS X 10.6 benchmarks and found it to offer some terrific performance improvements, but at the same time, there were a few notable regressions. Apple engineers have been working hard at pushing technologies like Grand Central Dispatch (GCD), OpenCL, full 64-bit support, and other changes to their OS X stack to bolster its performance capabilities and reduce the overall footprint. Now that we have tested Mac OS X 10.6, we are seeing how its performance compares to that of Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu 9.10"

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Silverstone SUGO SG05 @ Bjorn3D
"We've recently have tested a few really big computer cases like the Ikonik Ra x10 and the In Win X-Fighter. These cases are perfect for when you want to put it tons of components in it. The downside to these cases are they take up a lot of space. You definitely won't put them onto a table and as they are standing on the floor they are prone to get clogged with dust and other filth that we can find on the floor."

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Thermaltake Evo Blue ( W0307 ) 650W PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at another product from our friends at Thermaltake. The product this time is one of their power supply units and is the Evo Blue Series 650watt. As usual coming from Thermaltake I expect nothing but quality."

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Sunday, August 30, 2009
Warpia Wireless USB Display Adapter SWP100 Review
"If you have ever tried to share vacation pictures or videos with friends and family then you know the 4 square inch screen on your digital camera just will not do the job. Don't like the idea of huddling around you computer or laptop to share these precious moments? Then the Warpia Wireless USB Display Adapter kit is the perfect solution. The folks at Warpia provide everything needed to view PC content wirelessly on TV's, monitors or projectors from distances up to 30 feet. Utilizing a VGA or HDMI cable to connect your TV, monitor or projector to the Video Adapter you will be enjoying 720p HD video in a few short minutes. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the wireless graphics performance of the Warpia Wireless USB Display Adapter SWP100."

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VisionTek HD 4890 OC @ Bjorn3D
"In the world of PC gaming you can never really have enough GPU power. This is why many enthusiasts choose to run multi GPU systems. When you decide to go with either SLI or Crossfire many problems can arise. The first being compatibility. Crossfire boards are far more common than SLI boards, but Intels new X58 chipset is quickly changing the tide.Today we are going to test one of the most extreme Crossfire system, two 4890's."

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Saturday, August 29, 2009
BlizzCon 2009 - Recap & Review @ Legit Reviews
"This year’s BlizzCon has definitely been the best one for me. The new World of Warcraft expansion looks like it will be the best one yet. I love the old world and getting to go back there and visit all the old content with new activities looks like it will be a lot of fun. The new raids and dungeons look amazing. The fact that they chose to concentrate on end game and environment rather than quest lines..."

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Mac OS X 10.6 Brings Serious Performance Gains
"While our focus at Phoronix is on testing hardware under Linux, we remain friendly and interested in other BSD and UNIX operating systems too, including Mac OS X . With the launch of Mac OS X 10.6"

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Friday, August 28, 2009
MSI HD 4890 Cyclone SOC 1 GB GDDR5 @ techPowerUp
"MSI's HD 4890 Cyclone SOC is the fastest model of the Cyclone Series. It comes with clocks of 1000 MHz / 1000 MHz out of the box and uses a huge heatpipe cooler to keep the card cool. As an extra feature a native HDMI connector has been added in case you want to connect the card to your big TV screen."

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BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector Review @ Legit Reviews
"The BenQ Joybee GP1 mini projector is a wonderful device that more than exceeded our expectations. Being able to plug in a USB 2.0 Flash drive that contains images (JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF) or videos (MPEG4, MJPEG, XviD, 3ivX) and having the BenQ Joybee GP1 mini projector automatically launch a media playback menu without a laptop is awesome. With a noise level under 40dBA, the GP1 is relatively quiet and has fairly decent picture quality at the devices native 858 x 600 resolution. When it comes to image quality, the 100 ANSI lumens of brightness is adequate in dimly lit areas, but during the daytime the image is easily washed out. This makes the GP1 ideal for simple work presentations, academia or casual movie watching. The integrated 2W speaker that is incorporated into the chassis is more than good enough to crank out the audio for most situations, but you can always use other speakers if you prefer better audio. BenQ has done an impressive job getting this much quali ty into a palm-sized projector with a 5.4 x 4.7 x 2.1-inch footprint. Even the user interface is easy enough to use that a first time projector user should be up and running in minutes..."

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OS X Snow Leopard: The Complete Guide @ Digital Trends
"The Snow Leopard cometh. After a modest demonstration alongside a hopped-up iPhone and slightly revamped MacBook at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, the long-awaited update to OS X finally gets its time to shine on August 28. While Apple has shied away from painting the new Mac operating system (OS) as a landmark release - even the name implies that it's just a revision - Snow Leopard will bring with it a slew of upgrades that Apple fans have long awaited, and many that should pave a path to unlock even more performance as developers learn to fully take advantage of them. But with so many features that run more than just skin deep, Snow Leopard isn't an easy beast to understand. We sat down with senior Macworld editor Rob Griffiths to better explain what's in store, what could change for the worse, and whether or not most existing OS X users will want to upgrade."

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Kingston SSDNow V+ SSD Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"Early on in their debut, Solid State Drives were planned as included equipment on new computers coming from tier one manufacturers such as Dell, HP, and Apple. In one way or another they made good on their word, but the inflated price for these premium options made SSDs a distant reality. This situation created the perfect condition for a enthusiastic upgrade market. Not surprisingly, manufacturers went after the individual consumer after losing traction with mass system builders, and upgrade kits became the obvious solution for many enthusiasts. Kingston is well known for manufacturing their own memory products, but when it came to the new SSD technology they turned to proven sources such as Samsung. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Kingston SSDNow V+ Series 64GB SATA-II MLC SSD SNV225-S2/64GB."

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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Patriot Corza NAS @ Bjorn3D
"With the average number of computers per household rising, the need for sharing files is increasing. Laptops, NetBooks, HTPC's, network capable printers, the list goes on. All of these devices will need access to files. The need to have files easily accessible is a necessity in a tech savvy home. A NAS (Network Attached Storage) device in a household will solve all file sharing issues. Once configured, a NAS device will be the center point of all file sharing. The limitations to what the NAS device is capable of depend on the type of NAS device you have. This is where Patriot's Corza NAS comes into the picture. The goal of the Corza is to be able to share files locally and worldwide while being simple. Supporting features like iTunes library sharing, FTP, torrent managing, and even printer serving, the Corza covers all bases."

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Wacom Bamboo Fun Digital Pen Tablet Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"The mouse has become the standard method of navigating graphical user interfaces, but it leaves something to be desired when you want more free-form control of your cursor. The pen tablet provides the the control that a regular mouse lacks. The Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet is meant to be an introductory foray into the world of pen tablets, featuring a 5.8" x 3.7" active area, 512 levels of pressure sensitivity, battery-less pen and mouse, 4 function buttons and a scroll pad. In this article Benchmark Reviews will test how well the Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet CTE450K holds up in Photoshop Elements."

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Best iPhone Apps @ Digital Trends
"It's now been over a year since we first gazed upon the well-stocked shelves of the iTunes App Store. While our Top iPhone Apps were tough to choose the first time around, the task was even tougher a year later, with over 65,000 apps now cluttering up the marketplace. Even for a specific task like calculating your blood alcohol content after a night of drinking, you can find over a dozen apps that fit the bill. That's a lot of apps. Which ones belong on your phone? We scoured the App Store yet again to deliver our favorites in five different categories."

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ASUS Crosshair III Formula Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS Crosshair III Formula motherboard essentially takes the 790FX M4A79T-Deluxe PCB and tweaks it a bit while adding additional features and bumping the quality in the components. Like all Republic of Gamer boards the Crosshair III Formula comes with an add-in audio module providing cleaner sound. There is also the LCD Poster which provides diagnostic information and a menu for browsing through the options provided in TweakIt. TweakIt is a hardware supported overclocking feature that lets you adjust all the BIOS settings on the fly. This can help all overclockers push their systems to the edge of stability. Before we dig into the board images and tests here's a list of the features on the board..."

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Gigabyte EX58-Extreme @ Bjorn3D
"It is a common practice among many motherboard manufacturers to have a line of motherboards with different part numbers to indicate different features, performance and price point. Motherboard manufacturers often start with a top of the line board design and stripe or tweak a few components here and there to produce a cheaper derivative. It is a way to save some bucks when it comes to product design."

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T90 Review @ Digital Trends
"We love running around during the summer - the beach, ball games, family gatherings, eating out - the usual stuff. In the heat, however, it's no fun lugging around a hefty DSLR with several lenses. That's why compact point-and-shoot cameras like the 12-megapixel T90 continue to sell well in this moribund economy. Sony and Canon execs both claim camera and camcorder sales remain relatively strong. After all, taking photos and video clips is an integral part of people's lives (post to your Facebook page or YouTube recently?) and people want their cameras with them all of the time. Since cell phone camera quality is still pathetic, the point-and-shoot digicam lives! And the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 is as easy to carry and use as you'd wish. Now let's see if it's worth the $260 it costs in the real world."

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Panasonic UJ-875A Slim Optical Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews recently reviewed the SilverStone SUGO SST-SG06B Case, and supplied with that product was the SST-SOD01 kit. As was mentioned in that review, the case supports only slim optical drives. The SST-SOD01 slim drive kit we received is actually the Panasonic UJ-875A Slim Optical Drive manufactured for SilverStone. Since many of you will undoubtedly be looking to purchase the SUGO SG06 case or another small form factor case, you will need a slim optical drive. Benchmark Reviews offers for your consideration the Panasonic UJ-875A 8X DVD +/- RW Slot Loading Slim Optical Drive with SATA interface and DVD-Burner capabilities."

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
"Tutorial" on how to mod a 25 years old mobile phone to work as a HTPC - Metku
"Oh, and the reason why I wanted to do this. My old and trusty Xbox1 with XBMC has been streaming all our videos for us but the only problem is that it isn't powerful enought to decode these new high definition file formats. I happened to have a 3.5"

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Sumo Lounge Omni
"While nearly all of our Linux benchmarking work at Phoronix is automated through the Phoronix Test Suite, it is still grueling and time-intensive work to setup all of the test systems, handle the management of the testing, and of course writing all of the articles and news posts. As a quick break from all of our Linux hardware testing and software benchmarking, the folks at Sumo Lounge asked to send out their Omni Bean Bag Chair. The Sumo Lounge Omni has been reviewed in many computer and gaming magazines as a great piece of furniture for computer gamers and has been featured in other publications like Playboy and Hooters Magazine."

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AeroCool Vx-E - Performance Gaming Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The folks over at AeroCool have released several new cases with their PGS (Performance Gaming System) value series. These are targeting to the budget – midrange gamer with two of the three models also having a “pro” version which offers a few extra features like a built in fan controller. One of the cases smack in the middle of the lineup is the Vx-E model which we received to see how we think it fares compared with others in its class. Priced at $69.99, it's twenty dollars less than the VX-9 Pro and $15 more than the VX-R..."

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Rosewill RX82-MP-SUF82-BLK @ Bjorn3D
"Since laptop hard disk drives(HDD) are getting faster, bigger and also cheaper to replace it is only natural for those with laptops to upgrade their existing HDD's. But what do we do with the extra 2.5' HDD's we just upgraded from? They're too small and too slow to be used as backup drives for our laptop/desktop computers but we can always use a large capacity portable device so we can transfer movies, music, or pictures between one computer and another."

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Top Online Clothing Stores @ Digital Trends
"You don't have drive to a Neiman Marcus to find great clothes. By using the Internet, you can save yourself time and money, while creating a unique fashion style. There are tons of web sites offering all kinds of fashions, from geeky t-shirts to designer jeans."

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Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX Review @ Digital Trends
"Logitech's latest portable mouse is as remarkable for the way the diminutive rodent fits in your hand as it is for the two new technologies that we assume contribute to its surprisingly high price tag. While the mouse isn't quite large enough to be comfortable for all-day, everyday use, it feels completely natural in our average-sized paws. But that's not to say that those new technologies we mentioned aren't insignificant. Logitech's new Darkfield laser tracking enables you to operate the mouse on virtually any surface-including clear glass and even mirrors-and the company's incredibly small Unifying receiver allows you to connect multiple wireless mice and keyboards to the same PC."

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Alienware M17x Review @ Digital Trends
"Alienware has been advertising its latest portable gaming rig as the"

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Head-Direct HiFiMAN EF2 Headphone Amplifier @ techPowerUp
"The recently launched HiFiMAN EF2 amplifier takes center stage as we test to see if it is worthy of such a name. Manufactured and sold by Head-Direct this product is both competitively priced and well equipped."

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Cooler Master SNA 95 Universal Power Adapter @ Benchmark Reviews
"The purpose is simple: offer a universal notebook adapter with widespread compatability with nearly all notebook computers in use today. It's the sort of product that fits in nicely on store shelves at your local electronics store or computer repair shop. The Cooler Master SNA 95, which stands for Slim Notebook Adapter and totals 95W of nominal output power, includes everything needed inside one small kit. The RP-095-D19A-A1 model comes with eight different charger tips to ensure compatability with the majority of popular laptop systems, and a 1A USB port to rapid-charge connected devices. Benchmark Reviews details the features and functionality behind the Cooler Master SNA 95 universal slim notebook adapter."

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Monday, August 24, 2009
Sonos Controller 200 (CR200) Review @ Digital Trends
"If you already own a Sonos Digital Music System, you'd better not pick up the brand-new controller unless you intend to buy one. The original touch-wheel controller is wonderful; the touchscreen model is absolutely irresistible. If you're not already familiar with Sonos' innovative multi-room audio system, you can read our review here. Sonos is now shipping the new model CR200 controller with all its bundled products, but it can be easily added to any existing setup. And thanks to the way the Sonos wireless network is designed, it's possible to use multiple remotes, including the older model CR100 or an iPhone running Sonos' free app."

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BlizzBabes: The Babes & Cosplayers of BlizzCon '09 @ Legit Reviews
"we really do know what our readers are looking for…it’s not the hardware, it’s not the software titles…it’s the Booth Babes! Well, we have them for you today. We encountered not only Booth Babes, but more CosBabes and even CosDudes in costume. In fact there were so many CosPeople that it was hard for us to just narrow down the top ones that we saw. Trust us, there were more people in costume for the cosplay and the BlizzCon Costume Contest than you can shake a 20-side die at...."

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Razer Arctosa USB Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"The Arctosa Gaming Keyboard is one of Razer's entry-level enthusiast peripherals to help gamers get into the world of high-end keyboards. It is a keyboard with many of the advanced features that you expect on a gaming keyboard, but with a price that wont break the bank. With such features as fully programmable macro keys and anti-ghosting technology, just to name a few. Benchmark Reviews is here to test this keyboard and its many features to discover whether it lives up to the Razer name, or if it is just another regular old keyboard with some fancy logos and shiny buttons on it."

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Sunday, August 23, 2009
BlizzCon 2009 - The Vendor Booths @ Legit Reviews
"Speaking of Kingston, we ran into our good friends from Kingston who had a late start to their day. Apparently some their luggage got lost. Specifically, their monitors that they were going to use to display some 3D gaming! Luckily, their buddies from Doghouse Systems (Texas), and Vigor Gaming Computers (CA) were on hand to help them out. I had a front row seat as they did their magic and before too long they had crowds 20+ deep around their booths. Of course the free t-shirts didn't hurt either!"

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Gigabyte, Intel, Kingston Lynnfield Core i5/i7 Demo @ Bjorn3D
"We recently made a meeting in California for the Gigabyte, Intel, Kingston Lynnfield Core i5/i7 demo on Gigabyte boards with Kingston HyperX. We have to tell you we've seen Nirvana and it was good. Imagine a room full of some of the industries leading people and having hours on end to pick their brains. Sheer nerd Nirvana."

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Friday, August 21, 2009
Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 Special Edition Intel i7 Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"The build quality is good, the hardware kit is beyond complete and will handle any i7 processor in stock or overclocked form with ease. Remember, I tested this one with one of the hottest i7 models available with a 130watt heat output and this cooler handled it perfectly fine."

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Vantec NexStar Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock @ techPowerUp
"With more and more people becoming entrenched within the digital age there is an increasing need for storage. Hard drive docks are definitely a part of the solution with easy to use USB and eSATA connections all in a package that sits on your desk. Today we will be looking at what the Vantec NexStar Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock has to offer."

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Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 Benchmarks
"Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 was released last week and with all of its updated packages and changes compared to Ubuntu 9.04, we decided to carry out a fresh round of benchmarks comparing Ubuntu 9.04 to Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4. We used a Samsung NC10 for testing with an Intel Atom N270, 2GB of DDR2 memory, a 32GB OCZ Core Series V2 SSD, and Intel 945GME graphics."

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Warpia Wireless USB Display Adapter Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Warpia Wireless USB Display Adapter is designed to allow users to view PC content on primarily TV's and Projectors at distances up to 30 feet within the same room. While I was quite sure that the adapter would exceed expectations when used to display a PowerPoint presentation, I was more interested in how well the adapter dealt with video content, and how well Wireless USB was able to perform with the higher bandwidth video demands..."

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Crucial 128GB SSD (CT128M225) @ Bjorn3D
"With SSD's at the top of the list for computer enthusiasts we've been looking at a lot of them lately. The Crucial CT128M225 128GB SSD is based on MLC (Multi-level Cell) Nand Flash technology with a whopping 64MB of cache to bolster the already lightning fast Indilinx Barefoot controller. If previous experience has taught us anything drives with the Indilinx Barefoot controller and 64 MB of cache to smooth data transfer rates its that they are among the fastest drives out there. Not that we would expect anything less from Crucial. When Crucial fields a product you can depend on it doing just what they say it will. Ease of operation and dependability are synonymous with the Crucial name."

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OCZ 550W Fatal1ty ( OCZ550FTY) Series PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"As a fairly young company founded by enthusiasts, OCZ have clearly set out how they see themselves, whilst also clearly indicating their goals and aspirations as an enthusiast serving company. Unlike many companies with ridiculous claims of 110% customer satisfaction etc, from personal experience, I know that OCZ do go the extra mile to ensure the end-user is content."

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Thursday, August 20, 2009
NZXT Sentry 2 LCD Touchscreen Fan Controller @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews has the pleasure of testing NZXT's newest fan control: the Sentry 2 Touchscreen Fan Controller. A step up from the Sentry 1 and a worthy stable mate for the Sentry LX. The Sentry 2 is a different approach to the same problem. A more elegant solution to a problem that has plagued computer enthusiasts since their earliest days; fan noise. With it's touchscreen controls it's a definite step in the right direction above and beyond it's predecessor the Sentry 1, the Sentry 2 is simplicity itself. Taking up only half the space of the Sentry LX you might think the NZXT Sentry 2 has only half the features or capabilities but you'd be wrong. Gone are the buttons bells and whistles but what's left is the best of the LX with a touchscreen to make those core features even better and easier to use with some added benefits as well."

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HTC Touch Pro2 Review @ Digital Trends
"We loved the original HTC Touch Pro. Or wanted to, anyway. Though HTC wowed us with distinct styling, a snappy keyboard, and a downright luscious screen, we could never quite get past how clunky the slow the TouchFlo 3D interface felt pasted over Windows Mobile 6.1. At the end of the day, we just couldn't recommend it. But with a company as prolific as HTC, you seldom have to wait long for a better version. With the second go around on the Touch Pro2, HTC has attentively resolved many of the most annoying issues with the first phone, delivering one of the most livable Windows Mobile 6.1 handsets to date."

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Corsair Hydro H50 - Low Cost Water Cooling unit reviewed in Metku
"Low cost and liquid cooling don't go along too well. Proper kits tend to cost a lot, and cheap all-in-one coolers have gained a pretty nasty reputation for poor performance, build quality, and leaking as a result. Anyway there usually are some exceptations to rules, and this time Corsair tries to break the ice with their new Hydro H50 LCLC (low cost water cooling) unit."

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Asus EHD3-100 Dual Hybrid TV Card @ Bjorn3D
"Looking for a versatile easy to use TV tuner card with a lot of HTPC features? The Asus EHD3-100 is a robust TV tuner that comes with a lot of the features you need for a HTPC build. Dual Hybrid tuner capable of recording two shows at once, watching one show while recording another, tuning local radio stations, XP/Vista/Win 7 ready. Not only does it provide the Dual tuner you need for watching one show and recording another you get a great USB IR receiver with 2 IR inputs, and a full featured remote control to turn the computer on and off, tune channels, record shows, pull up Windows Media Center, just about everything you need for tuning TV and Radio from the comfort of your armchair except the popcorn."

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Samsung Solstice Review @ Digital Trends
"Haven't sifted through enough smartphones this summer as is? Meet latest contender the Samsung Solstice SGH-A887, which uses a Java-based operating system capable of handling some applications and programs without the hassle of learning how to use Windows Mobile. But is the handset worth your time and money? With the Samsung Widget Bar in tow you might just think so until you realize just how unfriendly the device is towards third-party apps, that is. Oh, and if you should happen to be a Gmail user, you're out of luck as well - the onboard email client doesn't support the service either, another annoying ding against the phone right out of the starting gate."

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LG 55LH90 Review @ Digital Trends
"If you've just downed a great porterhouse steak, why have ultra-expensive Kobe beef for dessert? Because you can. That's how we felt when LG's new 55-inch LH90 LED LCD HDTV arrived after just reviewing a similarly-featured Toshiba Regza HDTV - an excellent but pricey television. Although HDTVs may have similar specs like this pair, there are always differences - some small, some huge. We quickly fired up this big boy to see if it was worth the asking price."

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HP Pavilion Slimline s5160f Review @ Digital Trends
"HP pitches its Pavilion Slimline s5160f desktop PC as"

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Chieftec Media/HTPC (HT01SL) Micro ATX Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at a new product from a well-known pc hardware manufacturer, Chieftec, and the product I will be looking at in this review is a PC chassis from their Hi-Fi series and the specific version I will be looking at is the HT-01SL."

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Super Talent Pico Mini 16GB USB Drive @ Bjorn3D
"It's funny watching movies from just a few years ago. Spy's sneaking about with 3.5 inch floppies stealing data in clandestine operations. The technology often dates the movies and we're continually amazed by the miniaturization of components. When we got a shot at the Super Talent Pico Mini 16GB USB drive we were thrilled. So small it makes a quarter look large, small enough to really be clandestine, but storing over 11,111 times the capacity of an old 1.44MB 3.5 inch floppy. That's a lot of storage punch in a very small package."

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Cooler Master Sileo 500 RC-500-KKR3-GP @ BmR
"Boasting sound-dampening foam, anti-vibration HDD mounts, and two silent-running 800RPM 120mm fans, the Sileo 500 is an interesting break from Cooler Master's usual chassis design. A long-time manufacturer of high-end gaming cases, it appears Cooler Master is now adding silent computing to their arsenal. Benchmark Review will take a closer look at the RC-500-KKR3-GP model and finds out if the Sileo 500 worthy of the name and your money."

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
G-Cube Breeze-Tini G4T-10BR Ladies 2.4Ghz Notebook Wireless Optical Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
"Even though there are lots of color and style choices in computer peripherals today, G-Cube is unique in that it offers products designed specifically with women in mind. After trying out their wireless notebook mouse I have to say I'm impressed with both the look and the performance of it. The style is feminine, classy and the tiny size is convenient for the traveling laptop user."

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World-Exclusive: Powercolor HD 4770 PCS 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"Powercolor's new HD 4770 PCS comes with a cooling solution designed by Artic Cooling and a custom PCB design by Powercolor. This should result in improved thermal performance, less noise and better overclocking. Thanks to decisive product design, Powercolor manages to offer the card at no extra price over other HD 4770 cards."

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How to Make Money Online @ Digital Trends
"So you're unemployed. Or just looking for a little extra scratch. Who isn't these days? The economy has made things tough for everyone, whether you're out of a job after a decade of work, settling for a job well below what you're used to because of the job climate, or a recent college grad hitting the real world at about the worst time possible."

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Azza Solano 1000 ATX Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The build quality of the case is also very nice; everything is rounded where it needs to be and overall the Solano 1000 is very sturdy. Azza stepped it up a notch over Antec, though, with the larger fans and being overall quieter and cool without having to tweak fan speeds. The improvement to the drive cage design with the padding and ability to use standard hardware is nice too..."

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Nokia Surge 6790 Review @ Digital Trends
"At first glance, the Nokia Surge 6790, available from AT&T, vaguely resembles all other touchscreen phones with either slide-out or flip-down QWERTY keyboards. Just one problem, however: The Surge doesn't have a touchscreen. As a result, some cell phone gymnastics are needed to make direct dial calls and navigate the menus. Sadly, for many, this ergonomic awkwardness will easily overwhelm the Surge's many other multimedia positives."

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Kingston SSDNow V 128GB Laptop Upgrade Kit @ Bjorn3D
"SSD's are an important evolution in the computer hardware field, offering greater reliability, no moving parts and higher transfer speeds. The hold back on SSD's has been price, with an unfavorable price per gigabyte ratio they have been slow in gaining mainstream acceptance."

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SilverStone SUGO SG06 mini-ITX Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Smaller, quieter, greener. These are the new key words of the industry. Computer components are reducing their size and their footprint. The next wave of computer enthusiasts isn't looking for that full tower monster case with LED lighting. They want sleek and slim, lean and trim. Benchmark Reviews takes a look today at the SilverStone SUGO SST-SG06B mini-ITX case. When you read mini-ITX, I know what you're thinking. Another HTPC case, nice and small, but useless for any type of CPU or GPU intensive activity. And that's where SilverStone breaks the trend. The case comes stock with a 300W power supply and enough room for a 9" long video card. Could this be the answer to those of us yearning for a PC that meets our computing needs as well as our space and aesthetic needs? Follow along as we delve deeper to find out."

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Monday, August 17, 2009
Hawking HomeRemote Pro Starter Kit Review @ Digital Trends
"Hawking Technology's HomeRemote Pro Starter Kit is a good, very basic introduction to home control and home monitoring. But you should be prepared for a significant investment of time and money if, after getting your feet wet, you decide to take the plunge and rig your entire house."

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Gaming Mouse Mat Roundup in Metku
"In the Assembly Summer '09, while by day we spend our time modding at the Dremel stand, we spend the nights gaming. So this time we decided to make some use of all of the gaming-time which we rack up at the event and write a Gaming Mouse Mat roundup. Included are: Ulti-mat Breathe F-X3, Ulti-mat Solid X3, Roccat Taito and Steelseries S&S."

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A-DATA 32GB XPG Series Xupreme USB Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"The dimensions on all of the capacities of the A-DATA Xupreme 200X 32GB USB 2.0 flash drive are 66.0mm x 19.0mm x 10.0mm with a weight of 15g, which makes it a fairly small USB 2.0 Flash drive with 30 MB/s read speeds. The Xupreme 200X is clad by an elegant looking dark gray aluminum housing that has been brushed. Between the two aluminum housings is a small plastic strip that I thought would light up during use, but the drive has no activity light on it whatsoever..."

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SilverStone Raven RVS01
"Last year we reviewed the SilverStone Treasure TS01, which was a 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure but what had made it unique was its use of two RFID keys, which unless in the close vicinity to the device, would impair the hard disk drive from functioning. This was a nice security buffer, but SilverStone has been at it again refining their products and seeing what else they are able to achieve. As part of their Raven series, which includes products like the unique RVM01B mouse and beautiful Raven RV01 chassis, there is now the Raven RVS01. The RVS01 does not have any RFID tags or any advanced security measures, but it does offer eSATA connectivity."

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VisionTek 4770 @ Bjorn3D
"Since the HD4770 video card has come out, most of us have been amazed at the sheer, raw performance this little video card came with.' To top that off, the pricing of this video card sits in a perfect spot for those who needed a video card to be able to play today's games with out sacrificing too much as far as visuals."

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Crucial M225 Solid State Drive Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"Until 2009, Solid State Drive (SSD) popularity was only growing in the elite enthusiast circles. Then along comes the Indilinx Barefoot chip, which quickly became the backbone SSD controller for over a dozen different products. Crucial, being The Memory Experts that they are, have returned to the market with their second SSD product. By most accounts, this isn't par for the course when you consider how often the competition reveals a new product line. Equipped with the test-proven Indilinx Barefoot controller and 64MB of DRAM buffer, Crucial is insured that the M225-series will deliver outstanding performance. Benchmark Reviews tests the bandwidth speed and IOPS performance for the Crucial M225 128GB SATA-II SSD CT128M225 against a large contingent of desktop storage products in this article."

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Saturday, August 15, 2009
AMD Previews DirectX 11 Gaming Performance on Evergreen @ Legit Reviews
"Taking a look at the back of the case we can see that the DX11 'Evergreen' graphics card is a dual slot solution. For hooking up monitors the card has a has a pair of dual DVI outputs and then both DisplayPort and HDMI connectors. There is also an exhaust port on the back for what could be an outside thermal exhaust system. This is one of the only pictures of this elusive video card on the web...."

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Friday, August 14, 2009
World-Exclusive: MSI N275GTX Lightning GTX 275 1792 MB @ techPowerUp
"MSI's latest addition to their Lightning Series is the N275GTX Lightning with 1792 MB memory and a new Twin Frozr II dual 80 mm fan cooler. Being targeted at overclockers it is overclocked out of the box of course. All this sounds like a noisy card? Nope, on the contrary, the card is actually the quietest card in its performance class, by far."

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Intel DP55KG Kingsberg Motherboard Preview at Quakecon 2009 @ Legit Reviews
"The Intel Extreme Series DP55KG 'Kingsberg' motherboard is the highest end motherboard that Intel will be offering with the P55 Express chipset. The board has a very clean layout and features six phase power management. Right now there is a debug port located just to the left of the blue SATA header, but that will be removed on the production boards. The board features a x16 PCI Express slot and a x8 PCI Express slot for graphics cards and has been licensed to support both ATI CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU technology. The board has a pair dual-channel DDR3 memory slots as these boards do not use triple-channel like the Intel X58 Express platform does. The motherboard also features on-board Bluetooth and has a location for an antenna to be attached..."

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NZXT Sentry 2 @ Bjorn3D
"Since the dawn of the computer era started, the need of fans has become as necessary to use as the heat sinks we use to cool our computer components. As chassis become bigger they are able to handle a larger amount of fans. The need to limit the amount of noise the fans produce has become a top priority for most of us computer users."

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15 Case Mods From Quakecon 2009 on Day 1 @ Legit Reviews
"I can't say that I have ever seen a full sized gas BBQ be turned into a PC, but now I can. The mod works great, but sadly the BBQ functionality has been totally lost. If only it had a working side burner! Just imagine you could BBQ up some dry rub spare ribs for dinner and frag at the same time..."

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nMediaPC HTPC 8000 Wood MCE Case
"Home Theater Personal Computers, or HTPCs as enthusiasts abbreviate them, may soon once again be all the craze. Very recently the ultra-compact NVIDIA ION platform offered up HD video and Blu-Ray content over native HDMI, and leaves the entertainment center with plenty of room left over for other components. But for those wanting just a little more, such as discreet graphics for intense CrossFire or SLI gaming, you'll need an HTPC case with full-size ATX motherboard compatibility. nMediaPC knows there's still a market for home theater PC enthusiasts, which is why the HTPC-8000 case was designed. A stained-wood case with old-time looks is modern enough to deliver LCD-based programmable Media Center Edition (MCE) display. Benchmark Reviews explores the nMedia HTPC-8000 media center computer case and delivers the verdict on HTPCs."

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Thursday, August 13, 2009
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition AM3 CPU @ Benchmark Reviews
"Back in April, Benchmark Reviews covered the release of AMD's flagship quad-core processor, the Phenom II X4 955 BE. Nearly four months later, we have that opportunity once again. Today, we look at the new king of the mountain over at the AMD, the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor model HDZ965FBGIBOX. Coming in at 3.4GHz, it not only bests the previous flagship model by 200Mhz, but also happens to be the highest clocked CPU on the market. In today's review, we find out how well that extra clockspeed translates to performance."

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AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"The AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Processor is a nice addition to their desktop lineup. The fact that the price is the same as the Phenom II X4 955 processor that came out just three months ago might upset a few people, but for the rest of the consumers it means that the prices on all the other processors just went down. AMD has a very impressive processor lineup and if the promised 'bundle discounts' arrive the prices will be just that much sweeter..."

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Kingston HyperX Memory Fan Review @ Legit Reviews
"Kingston introduced the HyperX memory cooling fan at the beginning of summer to ensure that memory kits are kept nice and cool. Designed with the gamer and PC enthusiast in mind, its dual 60mm fans optimize airflow around the modules to help memory run at peak performance for longer periods of time. Decreasing the temperature of the modules also increases the lifespan of them and how far they can be overclocked. A memory fan is often overlooked when building a gaming PC and it really shouldn't be..."

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An Open Letter To Tech Review Sites
"Have you considered embracing Linux in any of your articles? If you have, but have not acted on such thoughts, why is that? Is it the Linux learning curve? The"

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Asus M4A79T Deluxe @ Bjorn3D
"Previously I reviewed one of MSI's latest 790FX-GD70 and I considerd it to be hands down, one of the best AM3 boards I have used. Some time has past now and my collection has grown a bit more and today we get to toy with the Asus M4A79T Deluxe. It seems like we are getting rehahes of the tired 790FX chipset but with each board their seems to be more and more improvements. Even though we patiently await the newer AMD chipsets ahead it's always nice to see a new board in the pile."

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Back to School Gift Guide @ Digital Trends
"It's that time of year again. Days are getting shorter, the beach is getting colder, and secretly rejoicing parents are getting ready to shuffle off the kids onto a bus again - or even off to college. Sad as this perennial parental parting is, a little back-to-school outfitting goes a long way in soothing back-to-school blues, and tech gifts are among the most useful ones to bring them back to the classroom. From elementary-school kids, to grads and undergrads, here are a few of the most useful gadgets you can send the young ones off with (and one killer backpack to put them in)."

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review @ Digital Trends
"You don't often hear"

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Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Chassis Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Corsair Obsidian 800D might be a massive full ATX tower chassis, but it was designed to be a well functioning chassis. Corsair wanted the case to be that large so multi-GPU video card setups could be used as well as allowing custom water cooling kits to be installed. The Corsair Obsidian Series 800D chassis is also an example of what happens when you think outside the box and design something from the ground up. Several of the design features are unique to this chassis and make it stand out from the crowd. It has clearly done well enough to earn our Innovation Award and we can't wait to see what Corsair is planning for their next case design..."

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Coolermaster SNA 95 Notebook Adapter @ Bjorn3D
"While not in our typical review lineup, a universal notebook adapter is something I've wished I had around from time to time, as I'm sure many of you have as well. One of the advantages of using a universal adapter is always going to be price. Face it, things give out and have to be replaced. OEM products are almost always more expensive, sometimes significantly so."

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Thermaltake Luxa2 LM100 Mini @ techPowerUp
"The Luxa2 LM100 Mini is the smallest HTPC enclosure of that brand in the line-up. It can fit a mini-ITX board, but does it manage to deliver a compact and concentrated dose of all the features we look for in an HTPC chassis?"

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Monday, August 10, 2009
Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ Review @ Digital Trends
"Stereoscopic 3D technology for PCs - not to be confused with 3D graphics - has been around for more than half a decade, courtesy of graphics processor manufacturer Nvidia, but due to a dearth of displays that do justice to the technology, consumers have been slow to adopt it. However, Samsung's 22-inch, 120Hz SyncMaster 2233RZ has been designed specifically to let users take advantage of the delights of stereoscopic three-dimensional viewing (it even comes plastered with Nvidia's"

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Maxcube Amoris 6010 Computer Case Evaluation @ Tweaknews
"The new Amoris 6010 gaming case from Maxcube is a very nice mid-tower chassis, especially considering that it's a first effort from a relative newcomer. It has a distinctive look and an innovative front door design that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. A full-featured top I/O panel, great cooling and very good tool-free hardware mounting solutions make this case a pretty good value at just under $100 US."

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AZZA Spartan @ techPowerUp
"In a market saturated with mid-tower computer cases there are countless designs and different features to choose from. The one choice most people can agree on is getting a good value for their money. AZZA is trying to make this choice easier by offering the Spartan, a case with bold looks for gaming at a low price."

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OCZ Agility SATA 2.0 SSD 120GB
"Back in May we reviewed the OCZ Vertex SSD, which performed well against a Super Talent SSD and two different rotating mobile HDDs. This OCZ SSD was not exactly cheap but it was not too expensive either and it ended up receiving our Editor's Choice award. Since then, OCZ Technology has introduced the Agility SATA 2.0 Solid-State Drives. The Agility is designed to fill OCZ's mainstream SSD offerings with models up to 120GB in size, MLC flash memory, 64MB cache, and slightly better prices. In this review we are testing out the OCZ Agility 120GB Serial ATA 2.0 SSD, under Ubuntu Linux, of course."

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Zalman CNPS 10X Extreme CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"With our Intel Core i7 test bench running stock settings we can see how the Zalman CNPS 10X Extreme performs. With the fan running at 100% the CNPS 10X Extreme did very well. Cooling the system to a nice 57.50*C, it is a full 12* cooler than stock cooling, and only 3* off of our first place cooler, the Titan Fenrir. Running the pre-set modes the CNPS 10X Extreme fell in the pack, but still did well..."

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FW: Prolimatech's Megahalems CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Whilst Prolimatech is a very young company, the founders have a great amount of knowledge and experience. Rumours tell us that these guys were behind the ThermalRight TRUE. As such, I have high expectations for Prolimatech's first product to market - the Megahalems CPU Cooler. Let's see how it gets on."

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Asus P7P55D Deluxe Motherboard Preview @ Bjorn3D
"There are times in reviewing that you will always remember, this is one of those times. A freshly minted yet to be released P55 LGA 1156 Lynnfield motherboard beckons and there are few feelings that can compare to holding a newly minted Asus Deluxe Motherboard for the first time. Knowing that the feature packed Asus board is safely tucked away awaiting a Core i5/i7 for LGA 1156 to arrive so you can make the newest offering from Intel scream for mercy. The Asus P7P55D Deluxe offers more than most enthusiasts will ever need, packed with a ton of Asus special features and a few extras even we didn't expect."

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Prolimatech's Megahalems CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Whilst Prolimatech is a very young company, the founders have a great amount of knowledge and experience. Rumours tell us that these guys were behind the ThermalRight TRUE. As such, I have high expectations for Prolimatech's first product to market - the Megahalems CPU Cooler. Let's see how it gets on."

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Patriot Corza NAS PCZ35SNAS2 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems have found their way into homes just as they did with the office space years ago. Prices for NAS server products have dropped to the point where it's more expensive to buy the drive that goes in them than the actual storage device itself. Patriot, a company based around memory technologies, has recently began to sell the Patriot Corza Network Storage Server PCZ35SNAS2 to retailers for under $100. This dual-bay SATA NAS can accommodate either SSD or hard disk storage media, and offers RAID-0/1/JBOD configurations over a gigabit Ethernet network connection. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the transfer speeds for the Patriot Corza NAS against some of the biggest names in the industry, and determines just how much value you can get from this network storage appliance."

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Sunday, August 9, 2009
Razer Megladon Headset @ Bjorn3D
"It's been a long time coming but Razer finally brought the Megladon to market and we're here to find out if it was worth the wait. We've waited for about 9 months to get hands on the latest Razer Gaming headset. We reviewed the Moray Earbuds and Barracuda Headset and now it's time for the big dog Megladon."

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Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"After several months of use, the Syncmaster 2233SW is a simple and cost effective 21.5"

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Friday, August 7, 2009
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b Review @ Digital Trends
"Audio Technica has been setting the standard in studio quality headphones since it first released the AT-700 in 1974. With the introduction of the ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint Noise-Cancelling headphones, Audio Technica has once again raised the bar for the competition. Priced at $219.99, these cans perform better, feel more comfortable and offer more features and functions than headphones costing much more. Whether you fly often, need some"

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OCZ Vertex 60GB & Agility 128GB @ Bjorn3D
"The competition is heating up with Solid State Drives. Like many computer products it's hard to know what product will fit the bill. With Nand Flash technology and SLC (Single Level Cell) and MCL Multi Level Cell technology combined with a JMicron, Samsung, or Indilinx Barefoot Controller inside the drive how do you know where to go to get the performance you crave with the price you can afford."

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Thursday, August 6, 2009
Kingston 32GB DataTraveler 112 USB Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Kingston 32GB DataTraveler 112 USB 2.0 Flash drive is a decent little device as long as you aren't looking for blistering fast read/write transfer speeds. The DataTraveler 112 should be fast enough for mainstream use or for those that don't do a whole lot of file transfers. If you only use a USB 2.0 Flash drive to back data up or to move files around when needed, then the DataTraveler 112 should be perfect..."

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AMD FirePro V8750 2GB
"We reviewed the FirePro V8700 1GB workstation graphics card back in March, but AMD has now introduced its evolutionary successor to this ultra high-end product, and that is the ATI FirePro V8750 2GB. The FirePro V8750 continues to be based off the ATI RV770 graphics processor, but is now backed by 2GB of 900MHz GDDR5 memory. Bumping the memory speed by 50MHz has raised the peak memory bandwidth from 108GB/s to 115GB/s. How well though does this $1,800 USD graphics card work with Linux? Well, we have all of the benchmarks in this article."

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Corsair P64 SSD @ Bjorn3D
"If you have been paying attention lately to the SSD market you will see a large introduction of new models. These models range from the ultra high end 512 GB drives, to the lower end 32 GB models. The question you should ask yourself before you decide on a SSD is, will this be worth it? A SSD can certainly make your operating system load faster, or give a little boost to programs. This comes at quite a price, with all SSD's being far pricier than large traditional hard drives. If your time happens to be worth a lot, it may be a good idea to invest in this exciting hard drive technology."

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Thermaltake DuOrb Extreme GPU cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today for this review I will be looking at another product from our friends at Thermaltake. The product in question is a graphics card cooler in the shape of the DuOrb Extreme. As ever coming from Thermaltake I expect nothing less than quality. Before taking a look at the DuOrb here is some info on Thermaltake."

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Cresyn C750E Premium Sound Isolating In-Ear Headphones Review @ Tweaknews
"The comfort and sound quality from such a small package is amazing. This is the kind of headset that will allow you to see just how crappy you MP3 quality currently is and will have you trying to find a higher bitrate to fully appreciate it. Until something comes across my desk to dethrone it, this will be the in-ear headset that all future headsets will be judged against in the future."

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Top 10 Money Saving Sites @ Digital Trends
"By now, we've all heard that money's tight, that we're on the end of the verge of financial apocalypse, and that everyone will have to cut back. But don't start lining your shoes with cardboard and cooking beans over a garbage fire just yet. Stripping out luxuries may be one way to stretch your dollars, but for the careful shopper, being frugal need only mean looking a little harder to find deals, and the Web can take a lot of effort out of the process."

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Nikon Coolpix P90 Review @ Digital Trends
"Consider it mega-zoom madness, or more like a super-zoom summer fever. Fresh on the heels of the somewhat challenged 20x zoom Canon PowerShot SX1 IS and the Editors' Choice 20x Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX1 comes the Nikon Coolpix P90 with a more potent 24x lens. Like the Canon and Sony, it too is a wide-angle zoom, but in this case it's a whopping 26-624mm, versus 28-560mm for the SX1 and HX1. And the Nikon is a 12-megapixel digicam, versus the 10-megapixel Canon and 9.1-megapixel Sony. That said, the P90 isn't nearly as sophisticated or as expensive as the other two, plus it only takes VGA videos, compared to 1080P movies from the others. The P90 is really for the person who just wants to take pictures and is looking for the convenience of a huge zoom. Let's see if it's worth the cost of entry, or if you should spend more for a different camera."

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LG enV3 Review @ Digital Trends
"Cell phones always seem to come with inevitable compromises. There are sliders with both numeric dial pads and wide QWERTY keyboards that are excellent at messaging, but little else. There are cellphones with combined alphanumeric keypads that are excellent at multimedia, but make messaging difficult. LG's messaging-centric enV3 is well-named, since it includes an envious combination of both a wide QWERTY keyboard, and a separate full-sized physical numeric dial pad, but also is excellent at multimedia. But is the jack-of-all-trades enV3, available from Verizon, a master of all, some or none?"

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Cooler Master Hyper 212+ @ Bjorn3D
"When it comes to cooling our CPU's down, we all want a cooler that not only performs well, that cooler also has to be priced competitively. There are a ton of CPU coolers out there to choose from. While the good ones come in at a hefty price tag of 60 USD or more, the average person may not be able to fork out that much on a CPU cooler. Well there are other alternatives at a much lower price point. The downside with these types of coolers however is that they usually can't cut it for cooling an overclocked processor."

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 Q2-2009 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Overclockers and performance enthusiasts share the same desire to cool their processor with the best possible hardware solution. Benchmark Reviews first tested the cooling performance on the Intel Core i7 platform in the Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 - Q1 2009 article, which discovered the now-famous Prolimatech Megahalems CPU Cooler. With such a dominant hold on cooling performance, the CPU cooler industry has been slow to respond with even better products. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests a new collection of products in the Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 Q2 - 2009."

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Rugged Gear and Technology @ Digital Trends
"With summer in full swing, you might find yourself spending more and more time on the go. Then again, maybe you just work"

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Phiaton Primal PS 200 Review @ Digital Trends
"After making a splash in 2008 with its well-received Moderna MS 400 headphones and handful of other high-end audio products, Phiaton returned in 2009 with its first pair of in-ear headphones: the PS 200. Distinct metal housings and jet-turbine styling set the unique 'buds apart from competitors, while a dual-driver design promises audio a step above cheaper single-driver solutions. We put the swank new in-ear phones to the test to see whether they could live up the reputation for quality their makers are already starting to establish."

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LG enV Touch Review @ Digital Trends
"LG has gone back to the future for its"

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How To Install Windows 7 from a USB Flash Drive @ Legit Reviews
"Now we need to make the NFTS partition we just made active. This is where MBRWiz comes in. If you haven’t downloaded it, get it now and for simplicity, save it to your desktop. Click Start then Run. In the Run window type CMD and click ok. You should now be looking at the COMMAND window. Now we need to change directories so we can see the Desktop that is done by typing CD DESKTOP and hitting enter. Now we need to see what number Windows has assigned the thumb drive; to do this type MBRWIZ /LIST and hit enter. Mine is number 5..."

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Phoronix Test Suite 2.0, PTS Desktop Live 2009.3 Released
"Phoronix Media has released version 2.0 (codenamed"

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Intel i7 920 Processor Review @ XtremeComputing
"Performance wise, core i7 is in a league of its own, the hyperthreading gives a real tangible boost to multithreaded applications (sometimes close to 2x faster), and when you overclock the processor (usually limited by heat rather than hitting a overclocking wall) its performance is unrivalled."

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Monday, August 3, 2009
Kingwin Mach 1 1000watt ABT-1000MA1S ATX Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"Kingwin's Mach 1 1000-Watt ATX power supply brings a lot to the table, and it's all good. With excellent performance, quiet operation, and a very innovative feature set, this PSU could easily find a home in the most demanding systems."

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How to Encrypt and Erase a Hard Drive @ Digital Trends
"We discussed the importance of backing up the data stored on your computer's hard drive in a previous story. But what happens if your computer is lost or stolen? Notebooks are particularly vulnerable. A thoroughly executed back-up plan will alleviate data loss, but do you want strangers perusing the highly personal information you've stored on that machine? We didn't think so; that's why we put together this guide to keeping your electronic data secure."

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Beats by Dre Tour Review @ Digital Trends
"After wowing hip-hop fans and audiophiles alike with his bass-blasting Beats by Dre headphones last year, Dr. Dre returned in 2009 promising the audio equivalent of V8 power from a tiny four banger: putting the same thump in a pair of earbuds. Thus, the Beats by Dre In-Ear Headphones were born. But can Dr. Dre and the audio wizards at a cable company really overcome the laws of physics that typically make earbuds sound so tinny? We pushed our skepticism aside to try them on and find out."

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Plantronics Voyager PRO Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"There are a bunch of great Bluetooth headsets on the market today with the Aliph Jawbone, BlueAnt Z9i, and the Plantronics Discovery 925 leading the way. From my perspective, the Plantronics Voyager PRO should be considered by anyone who wants one of the best sounding Bluetooth headsets on the market. The DSP is certainly dialed into reducing background noise and excels in almost all noisy environments..."

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Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard
"Back in November we reviewed the Logitech G15, which was a well-built keyboard and offered a nice set of features, albeit it came at a lofty premium. The G15 sported a"

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Cooler Master Elite 310 @ Bjorn3D
"Cases, chassis, enclosures, towers; there are so many names for the component that houses the rest of our computer components. There are also a lot of chassis out there to choose from. Some are small, some are big, some are medium sized. There are even oddly shaped chassis. With all of the chassis choices out there on the market, you have the option to pick and choose a chassis that fits you personality."

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Thermaltake Massive23 CS Notebook Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Thermaltake's Massive23 CS notebook cooler is a well-executed product from a good design that does exactly what it's supposed to do. It cools your notebook computer and does it very quietly. The materials and workmanship are outstanding and the lighting effects bring some visual interest to an already sleek and stylish product."

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Sunday, August 2, 2009
OCZ Vertex Turbo MLC SATA SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
"With generation 3 guidelines for the 6.0 GBps SATA interface already being used in prototype motherboards for show at the not-so-distant 2010 CES in January, it's understandable to see the speeds of Solid State Drive products increase so quickly with each new model. The Indilinx Barefoot controller has become the backbone chip for over a dozen different SSD models, first introduced in the OCZ Vertex SSD, and now make a return appearance in the OCZ Vertex Turbo SSD series. Identical to the popular OCZ Vertex SSD in every aspect except NAND selection, the Vertex Turbo SSD series offers the same Indilinx 'Barefoot' controller and 64MB of DRAM buffer, but now boasts ultra-fast 270/200 MBps read and write speeds. Benchmark Reviews tests the reaction time and bandwidth performance for the 120GB OCZ Vertex Turbo SSD OCZSSD2-1VTXT120G model against over two dozen other storage products in this article."

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Saturday, August 1, 2009
Kworld DVD Maker 2 USB Review @ XtremeComputing
"Coincidentally, soon after I received the KWorld DVD Maker 2, a friend asked if I could help him copy a VHS video onto DVD. I thought this would be a great way to test the DVD Maker 2, not only for quality, but also ease of use - which is a very important thing in today's technology market where anyone and everyone can buy anything - even your grandparents (as mine have just got the internet!)."

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