Monday, June 18, 2018

Reviews

Benq Screenbar e-Reading Lamp
Displays

Benq Screenbar e-Reading Lamp Review

One thing that most of us do not think about when designing and setting up our PC Desk setup is lighting. Yes, you may want some RGB lights on your desk or behind your monitor, but real functional lighting is sort of an after-thought. Well Benq might have just the thing for you in their Screenbar e-Reading lamp, which is designed to sit on the top of your monitor and provide great lighting for your work space. It also solves problems that traditional lamps face like incorrect brightness, limited space, and screen reflection. Let's take a look at the Screenbar from Benq and see if it is the ultimate lighting solution for our setup.

ADATA XPG SX8200
Storage

ADATA XPG SX8200 480GB M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive Review

We took a look at ADATA's first NVMe solid state drive the XPG SX8000 back in early 2017. Needless to say it was not the best NVMe drive we tested at the time. Well today we have one of their newest drives the XPG SX8200. It makes use of Silicon Motion's SM2262 controller paired with Micron's 64-layer 3D TLC NAND. It seems like ADATA has got things right with this drive as both the controller and the NAND are some of the best currently available. ADATA puts specifications of this drive at 3200 MB/s read and 1700 MB/s write, so it is definitely an improvement over the previous generation. The drive is also backed by a 5-year warranty. Let's put this drive to the test and see what it can do!

Networking

Synology DiskStation DS1618+ Review

Synology, a tried and true provider of NAS, networking, and surveillance products, recently released the DiskStation DS1618+, a NAS aimed at providing both home and small-to-medium sized businesses with a scalable storage solution. Offering room for up to six drives, and the ability to upgrade to a 10Gbps NIC or M.2 SSD caching, the DiskStation DS1618+ looks to be a powerhouse system.

Alphacool Eissturm Gaming Kit
Cooling

Alphacool Eissturm Gaming Kit Review

So you’ve got yourself a brand spanking new PC on order and you couldn’t be more stoked. This time you went all out. The latest high end desktop processor, flagship motherboard, maxed out memory, m.2s galore, and you even managed to snag a pair of 1080 ti’s right out from under a crypto miner’s nose. But did you consider cooling when you put that parts list together? That processor has more cores than it knows what to do with and they run hot. Hot like Hawaii growing further out of the Pacific, hot like the forest outside LA last summer. For cpu heat like that there is no other long term solution better than a traditional water cooling loop. And therein lies the problem. Watercooling is a whole new level of technical parts and perceived dangers. Luckily manufactures have realized this; enter the kit. These boxes come complete with all the parts that you need to put together your first loop. The bonus being that you are guaranteed to have compatible parts and if you choose the right kit you get real quality parts that can be used for years to come as you expand and upgrade. Today we are taking a look at one of those kits, the Eissturm Gaming Kit from Alphacool. Alphacool are old pros in the watercooling game hailing from Germany so expectations are high for this 360mm rad equipped loop. Follow along as we find out just how cool this kit can keep your processor.

Corsair Crystal Series 280X RGB Case
Cases

Corsair Crystal Series 280X RGB Case Review

Corsair's Crystal Series is definitely their more flashy series. The Crystal Series 570X was one of the coolest cases Corsair released at the end of 2016. Well we now have a new entry into the Crystal Series, the 280X RGB. It comes in as a high performance Micro-ATX with three tempered glass panels, a dual-channel internal layout, two LL120 RGB fans, and Corsair's own Lighting Node Pro RGB controller. This cause aims to be sleek, stylish and functional. Let's get a system built in it and see what we think!

Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4-2666 32GB Memory Kit
Memory

Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4-2666 32GB Memory Kit Review

One of the first ever memory kits with LEDs on them I had the chance to experience was a Ballistix Tactical Tracer kit. LEDs really changed things up with memory adding so much more style than your typical heatspreaders. Now we are seeing so many RGB LED memory kits it might be hard to choose between different brands. The Tactical Tracer RGB is the first RGB kit from Ballistix and I have to say they are some of the best-looking modules I’ve seen. Today we are taking a look at the BLT4K8G4D26BFT4K kit which is a 32GB (4 x 8GB) kit running at 2666 MHz with timings of 16-18-18-38 at 1.2V. Ballistix also has their own M.O.D. Utility which allows you to customize the RGB LEDs as well as see the temperature of each individual module. Can this kit dethrone the G.SKILL Trident Z RGB as our favorite RGB memory kit? Read on as we find out!

Raijintek AURAS 12 RGB Fans
Cooling

Raijintek AURAS 12 RGB Fans Review

Currently in the realm of RGB fans there are quite a lot of different options to choose from. We are continuing our exploration of those different options with Raijintek's AURAS 12 RGB fans. These are Raijintek's first RGB fans and they feature an O-type LED ring around the frame which has your RGB LEDs inside. You control the LEDs and the fan speed of these fans via the included controller box. Being only $42.99 for the 3-pack with the controller these fans are one of the more affordable options out there. Let's see if they are worth it!

Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
Gaming

Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard & Lapboard Review

Corsair sells a lot of gaming keyboard, pretty much everyone I know rocks a Corsair gaming keyboard. Corsair's mechanical gaming keyboards are great, but one thing they are not is wireless, until now. Corsair announced their K63 wireless mechanical gaming keyboard earlier this year at CES and we've been testing it out for the past few weeks. While typically wireless and gaming didn't go together Corsair's new Unplug and Play initiative brings with it super-fast 1ms 2.4 GHz wireless technology. We saw this on Corsair's Dark Core RGB wireless gaming mouse and it worked flawlessly. So you are getting that great Corsair design and quality, Cherry MX mechanical switches, and no wires at all! On top of that Corsair also makes a lapboard for the K63 for all of those who want to game on a big screen on the couch. Let's jump in and see what the K63 Wireless is all about!

Gaming

Tesoro Zone Evolution Gaming Chair Review

With designs inspired by automotive racing seats, gaming chairs have become one of the next big items to add to your setup. With designs and models from many of the names and brands we have all come to know, gaming chairs seem to be here to stay. We have taken a look at a few chairs in the past few months, and today we are back with a model from Tesoro. The Tesoro Zone Evolution is an ergonomically designed gaming chair with a larger seating area and a good number of features.

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