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On Sequels (and Hollywood Twists!) – A Kingston HyperX Cloud II Review

Posted on February 13, 2015 7:00 AM by Techgage Staff
Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

Sequels… they’re either blockbusters (The Empire Strikes Back) better than the original or busts (Caddyshack II) that should have never seen the light of day. In the world of PC peripherals, it’s rare when we see a direct follow-up to a product. Kingston, though, bucks the trend with its new HyperX Cloud…..

As It Happens, Memory Speed Still Doesn’t Matter Much

Posted on February 9, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
DDR4 Memory - AnandTech

Since Techgage’s launch in early 2005, we’ve reviewed over 45 kits of memory. It might surprise you, then, to learn that the last of those was published seven years ago – almost to the day. Why? Because at some point, I was hit with the realization that “memory is memory”. What’s important…..

ASUS Republic of Gamers G20 Gaming PC Review

Posted on February 9, 2015 7:00 AM by Techgage Staff
ASUS Republic of Gamers G20 Desktop - Setup

There’s no shortage of small PCs in the market, but it could be argued that there is a shortage of small PCs that look awesome. If that’s the measurement, ASUS has hit the ball out of the park with its ROG G20. Not only does this PC have what it takes to…..

RadioShack Goes Bankrupt, But Its Name Will Live On

Posted on February 6, 2015 9:15 AM by Rob Williams
RadioShack Logo

It was inevitable: RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. The move came after the company reached an agreement with hedge fund Standard General to offload upwards of 2,400 stores, and it marks the end of an era for an American business that launched in 1921. Given the financial turmoil RadioShack dealt with for…..

Synology DiskStation BeyondCloud Preconfigured NAS Review

Posted on February 6, 2015 7:00 AM by Techgage Staff
Synology DiskStation BeyondCloud Preconfigured NAS

Pre-built NAS appliances might be easier to set up and use than a DIY server, but could they be even easier? Synology seems to think so. Its just-released BeyondCloud NASes come preconfigured with hard drives and provide a straightforward setup process. That’s right – your excuses for not owning a NAS just…..

Automotive Striptease: McLaren Video Offers Hints of Its 675LT Supercar

Posted on February 5, 2015 12:15 PM by J.D. Kane
McLAREN 675LT Teaser

Yesterday, we told you that Ferrari was set to debut its 488 GTB twin-turbo supercar at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Today, Ferrari’s greatest rival in Formula 1, and now a growing threat in the supercar market as well, McLaren, has teased its newest supercar, the 675LT, in a short video.…..

Purdue University Becomes Home To First Amazon Store

Posted on February 5, 2015 10:45 AM by Rob Williams
Amazon Purdue Store

It’s no secret that Amazon has been mulling the idea of launching its own retail stores for quite some time, but I’m sure few would have guessed that its first one would be found at a university campus. That lucky campus is Purdue University’s, located in West Lafayette, Indiana. To call this…..

Tt eSPORTS’ POSEIDON Z Forged Brings Sleekness To A Gaming Keyboard

Posted on February 5, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON Z Forged Gaming Keyboard - Angled

When I first caught a glimpse of the press release for Tt eSPORTS’ POSEIDON Z Forged gaming mech, I figured it’d look just like the original POSEIDON Z, but with an aluminum chassis. Well, I was half-right. With its all-aluminum body, Tt eSPORTS’ POSEIDON Z Forged looks similar to Corsair’s Vengeance series,…..

ROCCAT Ryos TKL Pro Mechanical Keyboard Review

Posted on February 5, 2015 7:00 AM by Techgage Staff

With its Ryos TKL Pro, ROCCAT aims to give gamers a feature-packed keyboard that gives them the ultimate gaming experience. We’ve heard that before, but most gaming keyboards don’t pack in the sheer number of features that this has. Unless you’re a gamer who needs a numpad, this keyboard is worth checking…..

Ferrari Announces Gorgeous Turbocharged 488 GTB

Posted on February 4, 2015 3:15 PM by J.D. Kane
Ferrari 488 GTB

I used to be a hardcore Ferrari fan. Perhaps not as hardcore as I’ve always been with Lamborghini (the Countach is my eternal supercar first love), but more than a few of Maranello’s cars occupy my personal list of favorite supercars. Well, Ferrari’s newest, the twin-turbocharged 488 GTB, has just been revealed…..

This Is Huge: FCC’s Tom Wheeler Proposes Title II Classification To Ensure An Open Internet

Posted on February 4, 2015 1:45 PM by Greg King
FCC's Tom Wheeler

What a nice mid-week surprise! FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler took to Wired to tell us about a new proposal that would make net neutrality a reality: Classifying it as a Title II utility. Make no mistake, this is the big one – the move that will help us preserve our open Internet.…..

Kingston’s DataTraveler 4000 G2 Offers High Security, Great Performance

Posted on February 4, 2015 10:30 AM by Rob Williams
Kingston DataTraveler DT4000 G2

When securing portable data is essential, so too is using a drive that treats its stored bits as some of the most important on earth. We can use Kingston’s just-announced DataTraveler 4000 G2 as an example. Kingston has long offered encrypted flash drives, and each new release seems to be more secure…..

Synology’s Surveillance Station 7.0 Features Brand-new Design, Improved Camera Integration

Posted on February 4, 2015 9:00 AM by Greg King
Synology Surveillance Station 7

Last month, the overriding theme of CES was the “Internet of Things.” The focus on this was so great that Samsung’s CEO, BK Yoon, crafted his entire keynote around the idea of the connected world. A good example of the idea of the connected world is home automation. As more and more…..

EVGA’s GeForce GTX 980 K|NGP|N Edition Has Arrived, Claims To Bring ‘Overclocking Perfection’

Posted on February 3, 2015 3:30 PM by Rob Williams
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 KINGPIN Edition

EVGA’s Classified graphics cards are some of the most desirable out there, but when overclocking champion K|NGP|N puts his name on one, you can bet that it’s something special. It’s for that reason that this particular GeForce GTX 980 has been hyped over the past few months, and now that it’s here,…..

Razer’s Blade Notebook Refreshed To Include Latest Intel & NVIDIA Processors, Double The RAM

Posted on February 3, 2015 2:30 PM by Rob Williams
Razer Blade Notebook - Early 2015

If you’ve been holding out on picking up one of Razer’s sleek Blade notebooks because an update seemed imminent, well, your wait is over. Today, the company has announced that it’s pushed some substantial updates to its thin 14-inch gaming notebook, with a fifth-gen Intel Core processor making an introduction, as well…..

Believe It Or Not, Amazon Prime Could Spur You To Spend More Money

Posted on February 3, 2015 1:00 PM by Rob Williams
Amazon Prime

When browsing the Web late last week, I crossed the path of a headline that made me laugh out loud. “Amazon Prime Membership Should Come With a Warning“. At that point, I felt like it’d be a good idea to take the ORLY owl out of retirement, because I think that suggestion…..

ASUSTOR NASes Gain Support For Kodi Media Player

Posted on February 3, 2015 10:00 AM by Greg King

Towards the end of last year, the XBMC team released their latest build, codenamed Helix. With v14, we got a new brand name and logo as well. One of the biggest draws for the application, outside of its supreme usability, is that is supports so many different hardware platforms. Have an old…..

Raspberry Pi 2 Announced – Will Support Windows 10 (Sort Of)

Posted on February 2, 2015 1:15 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Raspberry Pi 2

After three years, the Raspberry Pi foundation has released the long-awaited version 2 of the venerable micro PC, and it’s quite the upgrade. The processor remains of a similar architecture to maintain compatibility with the very large software library that’s been built up over the years. Switching from a single-core 700MHz ARM6…..

Synergy of Style and Design: A Review of the Corsair Graphite 780T

Posted on January 30, 2015 8:30 AM by Techgage Staff
Corsair Graphite 780T - White Full-Tower

All too often, design and style exist in conflict with each other. Form follows function, as the saying goes. But sometimes, we see products which are as beautifully-styled as they are well-designed. Corsair’s Graphite 780T full-tower becomes a perfect example of this – it’s great looking and functional. Let’s check it out.…..

Dell’s New XPS 13 Could Be The Best Looking Ultrabook Ever

Posted on January 29, 2015 10:30 AM by Rob Williams
Dell XP3 13 (2015) - Opened

No matter the product, if CES is the launching pad, it’s going to endure an uphill battle to get noticed. That’s unless the product happens to be one of the rare few that’s a true standout. Such as Dell’s brand-new XPS 13 notebook. It’s the smallest 13-inch Ultrabook to date, and I’m…..

No, NVIDIA Is Not Offering Mass Refunds On GeForce GTX 970 Cards

Posted on January 29, 2015 9:00 AM by Rob Williams
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 ACX 2+

It’s been quite the week for NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 970, and for the company’s sake, it’s too bad it’s not for good reason. As I reported on Monday, a stink has been raised about the GTX 970’s architectural design that results in the final 500MB in the framebuffer being slower than the rest. I’d like…..

Samsung 840 EVOs Still Exhibiting Read Performance Degradation

Posted on January 28, 2015 2:30 PM by Robert Tanner
Samsung 840 Pro SSD

It was only roughly six months ago that a read performance bug affecting all Samsung TLC solid-state drives came to light. Old, or “stale” data that had not been re-written would begin to see increasing level of read performance degradation based on the age of the data, at times so severe that…..

A New Web Browser Called ‘Vivaldi’ Enters The Ring, And It Looks Fantastic

Posted on January 28, 2015 11:15 AM by Rob Williams
Vivaldi Web Browser

What happens when Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder and former CEO of Opera, hates the direction his beloved browser’s taken? He spearheads development of a brand-new browser, of course. Enter Vivaldi, a Chromium-based browser that makes it clear about who it targets: power-users. Vivaldi might be one of the friendliest browsers to have…..

YouTube Strikes A Needed Blow At Adobe Flash, Makes HTML5 Player Default

Posted on January 28, 2015 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
YouTube Logo

Hot on the heels of another severe Adobe Flash vulnerability (CVE-2015-0311) getting patched, YouTube has decided to flick the switch and turn its HTML5 player on by default. This follows a staggering five-year period from when the feature was first announced, and is an enormous change for a service that delivers videos…..

BitFenix Flo PC Gaming Headset Review

Posted on January 28, 2015 7:00 AM by Techgage Staff
BitFenix Flo Headset

BitFenix has developed an enormous number of chassis models and other PC peripherals, but as far as audio goes, it’s produced just a single product. Called Flo, this headset caters to those who don’t want to break the bank, but demand an attractive design and satisfying sound quality. Sounds good – or…..

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