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Intel CES 2016: Compute Stick Updated With Skylake Based CPUs

Posted on January 7, 2016 6:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel m5-m3 Compute Stick

Intel’s Compute Stick is a noble concept, a personal computer the size of a thumb-drive, with all the benefits of an x86 processor. Many thumb-drive computers have emerged and failed over the years, largely because of poor software support, too limiting hardware, or the price was never right. It’s a very hard…..

CES 2016: Synology Introduces DiskStation DS416j NAS For Affordable Media Streaming

Posted on January 7, 2016 11:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Synology DS416j NAS Press Shot Front

Synology’s annual update of its NAS line continues with the introduction of the DS416j, a 4-bay NAS for streaming multimedia content over a home network. Rather than being built like a tank of a NAS, suitable for enterprise use like much of the other NASes that Synology has released this year, the…..

CES 2016: Corsair Shows Off New Chassis, Bulldog DIY PC Kit, RM-Series SFF PSUs

Posted on January 7, 2016 10:30 AM by J.D. Kane
Corsair CES 2016 SPEC-ALPHA Close-Up

Corsair wowed us with several items in its private suite. It had a couple of new chassis, a DIY PC kit, and a family of SFF PSUs that are designed for the aforementioned DIY PC kit but can be used for small form factor systems. We covered the press release earlier this…..

SteelSeries CES 2016 – New Rival 700 Mouse With OLED Display And Tactile Feedback

Posted on January 7, 2016 9:30 AM by Greg King
SteelSeries Rival 700 OLED Close-up

We’re familiar with SteelSeries. Last year, their Sentry was included in our best of CES piece and we’ve looked at many of their devices over the years. Meeting with the team earlier today, it was happy to show us its new Rival 700 gaming mouse. To some, a mouse is a mouse…..

TRENDnet CES 2016 – New AC2600 StreamBoost MU-MIMO Router & AC1900 USB Adapter

Posted on January 6, 2016 10:50 PM by Greg King
TRENDNet TEW-827DRU AC2600 StreamBoost MU-MIMO Router

One of our primary tasks at CES, is meeting with the companies that we cover. One that we always make a point of meeting is TRENDnet. We’ve covered them for years, and they have always been very accommodating when it comes time to scheduling a meeting. This year, we met early in the CES week.…..

Patriot Shows Off Wide Range Of Products And Custom PC Builds At CES

Posted on January 6, 2016 10:07 PM by Rob Williams
Patriot-2013-logo_BLK

Not too long ago, Patriot’s biggest focus was DRAM and flash, but over the past couple of years, the company has expanded its portfolio to include battery-related products, and most recently, peripherals. At its CES suite, Patriot had pretty much everything on display, with our first stop being a table where a vast…..

Oculus Makes A Rift In Your Wallet – Pricing Revealed

Posted on January 6, 2016 12:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Oculus Rift Headset

We’ve been seeing murmurs of the Oculus rift going on sale soon over CES, but it’s finally happened, we can now tell you the price – not that it’ll do you much good right now, as it’s already sold out. For that next generation experience that we’ve all been waiting for over…..

Kingston Updates MobileLite Wireless Lineup With G3 And Pro Models

Posted on January 6, 2016 11:40 AM by Rob Williams
WD MobileLite Wireless G3

Last summer, we took a look at Kingston’s MobileLite Wireless G2, a product we ended up loving thanks to its multi-purpose design and ease-of-use. With it, you could share data wirelessly to various devices, charge up a mobile device, and act as a router if a LAN cable is plugged in. At CES,…..

Kingston Targets Enterprise Clients with KC400 SSDs

Posted on January 6, 2016 11:10 AM by Robert Tanner
Kingston SSDNow KC400

Kingston is taking the lid off its latest Enterprise-grade SSDs with the SSDNow KC400 series. While metrics such as “15 times faster than a hard-disk drive” are one thing, the KC400 aims to deliver end-to-end data security thanks to SmartECC protection and SmartRefresh to safeguard against read errors, as well as firmware…..

Kingston’s DataTraveler 2000 Flash Drive Keeps Your Data Secure With Physical Pin Entry

Posted on January 6, 2016 11:08 AM by Rob Williams
Kingston DataTraveler 2000 Encrypted Flash Drive

Kingston has long produced secure flash drives, but its latest, the DataTraveler 2000, could very well be its best ever. There are two reasons for that: it offers a hardware PIN to keep it secure, and the OS you use doesn’t matter. As a hardware-based solution, the DT 2000 keeps your data…..

QNAP Unveils TBS-453A – A Compact And Portable NAS

Posted on January 6, 2016 9:30 AM by Jamie Fletcher
QNAP TS453A Portable NAS Press Shot

Network Area Storage units are not always the most sleek of designs, having to cater for the rather boxy 3.5-inch mechanical drives they are often packed with. QNAP wants to change that, and bring with it some interesting technology – swapping out the boxy hard drives for sleek M.2 slots. Bring on…..

Patriot Announces Blazing Hellfire M.2 and PCIe AIC Solid State Drives

Posted on January 6, 2016 8:36 AM by Robert Tanner
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Patriot has taken the lid off its first pair of NVMe equipped PCIe-based SSD drives, this year at CES 2016; the Hellfire M.2, and the Hellfire PCIe AIC. SATA-based SSDs hit a bit of a wall almost as soon as they were released, capable of maxing out the bandwidth over the interface.…..

ASUS Announces New ROG Line At CES 2016

Posted on January 5, 2016 6:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
ASUS GX700 Hydro Docking Station

If the onslaught of CES press releases isn’t enough to get you excited over cool new gear coming over the next year, well, there’s still plenty more. ASUS announced a flurry of new products that will be gracing us over the coming year, and there’s bound to be something to appease everyone.…..

ASUS Adds Photography-focused ‘Zoom’ To ZenFone Lineup

Posted on January 4, 2016 5:00 PM by Rob Williams
ASUS ZenFone Zoom ZX551ML

With its ZenFone 2, released earlier this year (check out our review), ASUS seemed to hit the nail on the head. It produced a $200 phone with large 5.5-inch 1080p screen that offered a solid design, and a fantastic featureset (even including dual-SIM). Even our own JD Kane decided what it offered…..

MAINGEAR Unveils ALPHA 34 – A 34-Inch Curved AIO With Monstrous Specs

Posted on January 4, 2016 3:30 PM by Jamie Fletcher
MAINGEAR-ALPHA-34-AIO-PC---Front-Press-Shot

Desktops are so passé, that giant tower on the floor or hidden away in a cupboard can take up a lot of space, leaving less room for things that matter – like a giant 34-inch ultra-wide 4K curved display. So MAINGER took said display, and bolted every imaginable high-end desktop component inside…..

Corsair Unveils Exciting New Chassis for CES 2016

Posted on January 4, 2016 3:00 PM by Tom Roeder
Corsair SPEC-ALPHA Chassis Press Shot

Corsair is putting its best foot forward this year at CES with an impressive offering of new cases that are sure to please the eye of even the most discriminating PC enthusiast. Firstly, we take a glimpse of the Corsair Carbide SPEC-ALPHA Mid-Tower.  In an ever changing gaming market, these cases offer styling…..

NVIDIA Announces VR-Ready Program For PC Builders And Add-In Cards

Posted on January 4, 2016 9:01 AM by Jamie Fletcher
NVIDIA GTX VR Ready Logo - White

It looks as if 2016 will be the year of VR, with a number of vendors releasing headsets in the coming months (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive). As a result, NVIDIA will be starting an initiative to help consumers spot systems that are ready for VR with a new badge bundled with select…..

Thecus Releases Beta For Next Major NAS OS Release: ThecusOS 7.0

Posted on December 31, 2015 12:50 PM by Greg King
Thecus OS 7

With our inboxes inundated with CES related content, sometimes a news story gets overlooked.  Case in point: on Christmas Eve, Thecus announced the availability of its latest NAS operating system, ThecusOS 7.0.  While still in beta, 7.0 is designed for a 64-bit architecture and is fully compliant with HTML 5.  These two details combine to offer…..

Valve Details Steam-crippling Christmas Day Issue

Posted on December 31, 2015 12:36 PM by Rob Williams
Steam Client

On Christmas Day, one where many people would have been on Steam to cash in gift cards, the service experienced one heck of a screw-up. Between 11:50AM PST and 13:20PM PST, a huge number of users experienced an odd phenomenon where on a page refresh, a page destined for someone else was…..

Comcast To Offer 1Gbps Without Needing A Fiber Connection

Posted on December 28, 2015 8:05 AM by Tom Roeder
Comcast Logo

Just three years ago, Google Fiber debuted in Kansas City, and it’s been the envy of anyone that covets serious bandwidth ever since.  Not to be left behind, Comcast has decided to offer 1Gbps speed as well, but it is doing things a little differently.  Comcast already offers an insane 2Gbps tier, but its availability…..

Samsung Delivers ‘I Will Survive’ Parody, Celebrating Success In The Tech Report’s SSD Endurance Experiment

Posted on December 22, 2015 8:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Samsung-SSD-Video-Parody-I-WIll-Survive

It’s that jovial time of year as the festive season dawns upon us, and Samsung spreads some light-hearted joy in the form of a parody song about its success in an SSD endurance experiment. At the end of a tortuous 18 months, a single surviving SSD breathed its last digital breath, reaching…..

ASUS’ E3 Pro Gaming V5 Motherboard Opts For Xeon Over Core i5/i7

Posted on December 21, 2015 3:48 PM by Rob Williams
ASUS E3 Pro Gaming V5 Motherboard

Well, here’s an interesting specimen. ASUS’ brand-new E3 Pro Gaming V5 motherboard looks similar to many others in its Republic of Gamers lineup, but in actuality, it’s quite different. The “E3” in its name refers to Intel Xeon E3 processors, which are designated as “workstation” or “server” models. With this board, ASUS…..

NVIDIA Releases Iray Plugin For Autodesk’s Maya

Posted on December 18, 2015 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Iray Square Logo

In our in-depth look at NVIDIA’s latest Iray solutions earlier this month, we noted that a plugin for Maya would launch soon. Well, that “soon” is now, so if you’re interested in purchasing a license, you can do so right here. Like Iray Server and Iray for 3ds Max, Iray for Maya…..

castAR Kickstarter Backers To Get Refund & Free Consumer Unit On Release

Posted on December 16, 2015 5:15 PM by Jamie Fletcher
castAR-technical-illusions-small-web

With some disappointment, backers of the successful castAR Kickstarter campaign will have received an email today about getting a refund for any hardware tiers they may have sponsored. However, it’s not all bad news; the same people will also be getting a free castAR unit when it’s released in 2017. castAR initially…..

AMD’s Big Push For Open Source With GPUOpen & CUDA/C++ Compilers

Posted on December 15, 2015 8:00 PM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD GPUOpen Logo

There are big changes coming to and from AMD these last couple months. The release of the Fury GPUs introducing HBM for the first time in the consumer market, the corporate reshuffle and creation of the Radeon Technologies Group, and now we have AMD going open source on a number of projects.…..

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