Tesoro is a new company to us here at ThinkComputers. Founded in 2011 the company primarily focuses on gaming peripherals and devices. I would say they are most known for their gaming keyboards and today we are going to be taking a look at one of their latest, the Excalibur Spectrum. The Excalibur Spectrum has a very simple keyboard design, but it jam-packed with features. First you have mechanical key switches (Kailh), you can choose between browns, reds or blues. The keyboard is also fully backlit with RGB backlighting so you can really mess around with the colors and customize it how you want. Tesoro also has some awesome lighting effects that you can use to show off the keyboard. On top of that the keyboard has full N-key rollover, built-in memory to store up to 200 macros and 2000 keystrokes in 5 gaming profiles, multimedia keys and a very solid design. Let’s jump in and see what this keyboard can do!
The original Tt eSPORTS Black gaming mouse was a no frills gaming mouse designed to give you the best performance possible. Tt eSPORTS is bringing new life into this mouse with their release of the Black V2 Gaming Mouse. The laser sensor has been upgraded, a new surface coating has been added, a textured grip on the left side has been added and an addition thumb button has been added for even more macros. Tt eSPORTS has kept the same shape and adjustable weight system that we saw on the original mouse. Is this the new gaming mouse to get? Read on as we find out!
Bluetooth headphones are great, they eliminate the annoying wires of traditional headphones and work with any Bluetooth device. This makes them extremely versatile and you don’t need to have your Bluetooth device on you at all times. This means you can have your device charging in the other room and still be able to listen to music etc. Not that long ago we took a look at LUXA2’s Lavi S Bluetooth headphones, they were a sort of mix between a set of headphone and a Bluetooth speaker. Well LUXA2 has sent us their Lavi D, which is purely a pair of Bluetooth headphones. LUXA2 tells us these headphones are made for listening to music and have state-of-the-art 40 mm drivers to bring you the best sound possible. Are these the Bluetooth headphones for you? Read on as we find out!
ASUS has a pretty complete line of X99 motherboards. There are a total of 8 motherboards currently in their X99 lineup and they range from sub-$300 boards to the super high-end of almost $500! With so many different boards it might be confusing, but today we will be taking a look at ASUS’s most entry-level X99 motherboard. This motherboard will get you on to the X99 platform for under $300. The motherboard we are talking about is the X99-A and while it is ASUS’s entry-level X99 motherboard it has many great features you just won’t find on other motherboards out there. The board features ASUS’s patent pending OC socket, ASUS’s Dual Intelligent Processors 5, ASUS’s Crystal Sound 2 audio solution, a 32Gb/s M.2 x4 slot, and much more. Will this be the motherboard for your X99 build? Read on as we find out!
Okay lets stop accentuating the negatives, because there are some good parts as well. For the compromises you do make you get a nice looking case that has a really nice mirrored finish emblem two fully autonomous USB 3.0 Ports and some small amount of foam on the inside of the panels to keep them from vibrating to the heartbeat of your hard drives for $50.00. The engineering is really neat as the whole top panel can be completely removed to easily build inside. Don’t worry, there are no mention of the 10 screws that hold the top cover on, in the manual, but if you are fortunate enough to have read this review or you figured out on your own why they used Phillips head screws to hold the top panel instead of rivets, then you can remove them quickly and effortlessly and replace the top back on after the build is completed.
We have not seen a new solid state drive from Patriot in a while. Over the past couple years they sort of took a step back from the SSD industry and focused more on flash memory products and mobile accessories. Well it looks like they are back full a line of solid state drives. Today we will be taking a look at their Ignite drive, which sits at the top of the pack. This drive is powered by the Phison’s latest S10 controller and offers sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 545 MB/s respectively. The Corsair Neutron XT drive, which took home a perfect 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award is also based on the same Phison S10 controller so we are expecting good things from the Ignite. Will it perform? Read on as we find out!
After my recent review of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX I felt that I wasn’t quite done with the review. What good is a case designed for watercooling with all air cooling installed? And aside from that travesty, I felt that in order to properly test Phanteks’ made for watercooling mini-ITX case I should actually do a proper install. With that in mind follow along with this guide as I install a full custom loop in the Enthoo Evolv ITX.
Back in December we took a look at Cougar’s flagship gaming keyboard the 700K, which took home our Editor’s Choice Award. We are moving down Cougar’s gaming keyboard product stack and next up is the 600K. The 600K is a small step down from the 700K, but it still features the same aluminum chassis design, mechanical key switches, repeat rate buttons, FPS palm rest and more. The only real big difference between the 600K and 700K is that the 700K has the 6 extra programmable G keys and individual key backlighting. The 600K still makes for a really great keyboard and has a complete feature set that many gamers are going to enjoy. Read on as we take a look…
The past year has been a real interesting one for solid state drives. The “big” companies have really taken a real interest in the consumer market and since they are the ones that own the fab houses it is really hard for smaller companies to offer an advantage in price and features. Corsair is a company we always know for quality products and have made a pretty good name for themselves in the SSD market. Today we will be taking a look at their Neutron XT 240 GB solid state drive. They have teamed with Phison, making use if their PS3110 quad-core controller and Toshiba 19 nm MLC NAND. With this combination Corsair says this drive is , “designed for the absolute best in class performance” for a 2.5-inch solid state drive”. Will that hold true? Read on as we find out!
The SilverStone Kublai KL05B-W edition is the sport model of the two similar cases. This one has a very nice thin tall window to show just the right amount of glamour of your motherboard and cooling without showing too much. I find it a welcomed change to some of the other full paneled windowed versions that show every bad wiring mistake or give the appearance of TMI. “Too much Information”. The SilverStone Kublai has a taller stance than most with a plastic top cover made to house the Radiator or fans depending on your building needs. This mostly gives room on the top side of the motherboard for any size radiator you might have including a nice fat radiator. The tall thin look of the Kublai is just an illusion because it still gives plenty of room for that large air cooling solution that you may have been thinking of.
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