Thursday, April 26, 2018

Reviews

Cases

SilverStone Primera PM02 Case Review

If you have been involved in any real aspect of the PC building community for any amount of time in the last 10 years or so, then you are probably familiar with SilverStone. SilverStone offers a range of products for both DIY builders and end-users alike, spanning from things like power supplies and CPU coolers to drive enclosures and PC cases. Today we will be taking a look at one of SilverStone's latest PC cases from their Primera series, the PM02.

KitSound Voice One Smart Speaker
Multimedia

KitSound Voice One Smart Speaker Review

Smart Speakers are and have been one of the most popular products in the tech scene over the past couple of years. The sad thing about most of them is that they do not sound that great, especially if you want to fill a room with clear, vibrant sound. Well the award winning British audio brand KitSound wants to change that with their new Voice One Smart Speaker. This speaker features Amazon Alexa voice service, 20 Watt drivers, a stain-resistant nano coating, and a pretty great app that lets you control everything. Is this the ultimate smart speaker? Read on as we find out...

Tesoro GRAM XS Mechanical Keyboard
Gaming

Tesoro GRAM XS Mechanical Keyboard Review

Mechanical key switches have really evolved over the past 4 to 5 years. We only had a few switches to choose from and now we have quite a lot. The new trend you are going to see this year is thinner and low-profile mechanical switches and keyboards. Today we are actually checking out our second low-profile mechanical keyboard, which is the Tesoro GRAM XS. This keyboard features ultra low profile key switches with a chicklet style keycap. Being big fans of white keyboards Tesoro sent us the white version that features a white chassis with white keycaps.

Gaming

Bloody B930 Light Strike Optical Gaming Keyboard Review

Back at CES 2018, the ThinkComputers crew met up with the team from Bloody to check out their latest offerings aimed at the gaming community. While getting the rundown on all of their latest products, we were shown a few new keyboards that feature Bloody's Light Strike (LK) Libra technology, which uses optical detection as opposed to mechanical connections to register key presses. One of those keyboards is the B930, a ten-keyless model that includes RGB lighting, liquid spill resistance, and a sturdy metal body. We have seen many other keyboards that use non-Cherry mechanical switches, but we have yet to take a look at an optical switch keyboard that still retains the mechanical switch feel. That all changes today with our review of the Bloody B930.

Western Digital WD Black NVMe SSD
Storage

Western Digital WD Black NVMe SSD Review

Western Digital is a still is a major player in the storage market, but when it comes to solid state drives WD has not really broken into the gaming and enthusiast market that well. Their current solid state drive offering was late to the game by all accounts and was not all that impressive given what else is out there. Being late to the game and not having those high-performance parts that gamers and enthusiasts want has made way for other companies (specifically Samsung) to dominate this market. Well today Western Digital is releasing a high-performance NVMe SSD that is targeted directly at gamers. It is the WD Black NVMe SSD, which has been built completely in house by Western Digital and boasts read and write speeds of 3400 MB/s and 2800 MB/s respectively. Is this the new must-have NVMe SSD for gamers and enthusiasts? Read on as we find out...

Cooler Master MasterAir G100M CPU Cooler
Cooling

Cooler Master MasterAir G100M CPU Cooler Review

This year at CES we noticed a very interesting CPU cooler in Cooler Master's suite, it was the MasterAir G100M. The reason this cooler really caught out attention was the unique design and RGB lights. The cooler more or less looks like a UFO with some awesome lighting. Under the hood the G100M uses heat column technology that is 7X larger than normal heatpipes, a circular fin design, and a top-down air flow 92 mm cooling fan. The smaller size of the cooler also makes it very viable for mini-ITX builds. Let's get this cooler in our test system and see what it can do!

Displays

Viotek GN32Q 32-inch Curved 1440p 144Hz Monitor Review

Viotek is a company you might not have heard of. While they offer a variety of different products, they are really making waves with their gaming monitors. Offering some great specs and features for a lower cost than some of the well-known brands out there. Today we have their GN32Q which is a 32-inch curved VA panel with a 1440p (2560 x 1440) resolution, 144 Hz refresh rate, Freesync compatibility, and a very modern design. At only $429.99 this display could be a steal, let's see if that is the case...

Reviews

In Win 305 Case Review

Last year we took a look at In Win's 301 chassis, which was one of the most elegant micro ATX / mini-ITX chassis we've ever seen. In Win had the 303 for a while, which was the ATX version of the chassis, but they new have a newer 305, which is still an ATX chassis, which a few changes from the previous 303. This case is a combination of tempered glass and SECC steel with a splash of brushed aluminum on the front panel. In Win puts together these elements in such an elegant way that this case really has that modern look. You can pack some pretty beefy hardware inside this case with graphics card support up to 350 mm and 360 mm radiator support. Let's jump in and see if this case can wow us like the 301 did.

Gaming

HAVIT HV-KB395L Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Back in October of 2017, we looked at a mechanical gaming keyboard from a company that we hadn't really heard of before, HAVIT. Now we are in the spring of 2018 and have in our possession another mechanical keyboard from HAVIT, this time with a bit of a twist. The HV-KB395L is a low-profile mechanical keyboard that utilizes Kalih PG1350 low-profile Blue switches, resulting in a height of just 22.5mm. Add in some RGB lighting and we think the HV-KB395L might just be a winner. Let's see if our initial observations turn out to be accurate.

Cooling

Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 CPU Cooler Review

Scythe is really known for their air CPU Coolers, and we've tested a good handful over the past couple of years. Today we are checking out their Grand Kama Cross 3, which has a very unique design. While the design is a little unconventional, it might actually turn out to be a very effective cooler. The unique design is what Scythe calls their X-Struktur design that makes use of two large heatsinks, 4 large 8mm-thick copper heatpipes, and a 140 mm GlideStream 140 PWM fan. Let's see what the Grand Kama Cross 3 can do!

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