Content and news by Matthew Harris

Thermaltake Toughpower Modular 750W PSU

Power, we all need it, we all crave it and it’s a part of life. Today I’m looking at an item that’ll have you sounding like He-Man: "I have the power!" And you won’t be wrong.

Published on October 4, 2006

Vantec SATA/IDE to USB Adapter

Working on PC’s is fun, all except data recovery. It’s a pain tearing your PC apart to simply stick another drive inside. Today we look at a smooth little gadget that takes away that pain.

Published on October 3, 2006

PNY PR Horrors

As you can imagine, we deal with PR day in and day out. More times than not, companies are completely responsive and friendly to deal with. PNY is the first company that we’ve dealt with that have proved to be an absolute headache.

Published on October 2, 2006

Spire Pininfarina

If you’re a PC enthusiast chances are you’ve heard of Spire and if you’re a car enthusiast the chances are you’ve heard of Pininfarina. If you’re into both the chances are good that when you heard those two words together your first thought was "WTF?". Well, Spire just didn’t pull a name out of a hat for this case, it was indeed designed by the folks at Pininfarina. This begs the question "Just what do car designers know about PC cases?" Read on to find out.

Published on September 26, 2006

Seasonic Power Angel

Gadgets. Any geek worth his salt lives to surround himself with them. Some are useful while some are decorative while others are just…well, odd. Today we take a look at a useful gadget that just might answer some questions the next time you look at your power bill and ask yourself "Where does it all go?"

Published on August 31, 2006

Ultra 2000VA UPS

Life isn’t certain but one thing you can be certain of in life is that your power is going to fail at one point or another. When that happens you can either be prepared with a UPS on your PC or you can go commando and be caught short.

Published on August 25, 2006

Everglide s-500 Headset

In gaming what you hear can be as crucial as what you see. Indeed what you hear can make the difference between victory and defeat. Today we take a look at a gaming headset that promises to give you the upper hand by isolating you from your real environment while immersing you in your virtual world.

Published on August 23, 2006

Vizo Mirrorbox 32-in-1 Card Reader

Media cards are becoming commonplace, we see them more and more every day. They’re found in cameras, MP3 players and now even in some cell phones, car stereos and gaming appliances. If you’ve got more than one format you’re stuck with a tough choice, either use the method of transfering data provided with each device or buy a multi-card reader.

Published on August 18, 2006

Everglide g-1000 Pro Gaming Mouse

A good mouse can be hard to find and a bad mouse can be even harder on your mind. Today we take a look at a mouse that has just a slight issue.

Published on August 16, 2006

Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000

Lasers are getting more and more popular. At one time they were so expensive and cumbersome to produce that a person could go their entire life and never see one, but no more. Now everywhere you turn you’re confronted by "fricken lasers". Supermarkets, CD players, home improvement stores, mice… you name it and you’ll find lasers either in use or for sale everywhere you go.

Published on August 10, 2006

Ultra X-Finity 500W w/APFC

Power supplies come in just about every conceivable configuration. High wattages, single 12V rails, dual 12V rails, triple, quad. You name it, you can find it. One of the newer things we’re seeing here in the states is active PFC (power factor correction). Today we take a look at an existing PSU that’s been souped up with APFC and a hidden difference.

Published on August 4, 2006

Spire DigiPanel SP203B

Temp reporting and fan control, it gets easier to do both all the time. Not long ago we brought you a look at a high dollar system that did it all but was a bit pricey. Today we look at an entry level setup that does less and more at the same time.

Published on August 2, 2006

Logisys Aluminum HDD Silencer

With the quiet computing push that’s becoming more and more popular today users are finding that the last hurdle in truly silent computing is the HDD. While there are many ways of quieting the noise generated by your drive some only help to decouple the vibrations generated by the drive from the PC chassis while others end up enclosing the drive so completely that it runs perilously hot. Today we take a look at one that offers decent cooling and quiet in one package.

Published on July 27, 2006

XTrac Ripper XXL Mouse Surface

There are mousing surfaces and then there are gaming surfaces. Up until recently a gaming surface was your desktop or tabletop at your local LAN emporium. Today we’re taking a look at a product that seeks to change all that in a BIG way.

Published on July 18, 2006


There are a lot of USB hubs on the market. Most share one feature and that is they’re generally square or rectangular. Today we take a look at a USB 2.0 hub that’s not just one of the herd. It’s shaped like its namesake.

Published on July 5, 2006

XTrac Hybrid

Mousing surfaces usually fall into one of two categories: Hard surface or cloth. Today we’re taking a look at one that defies categories and combines the best of both worlds. The smooth feel of a hard pad with the suppleness of a cloth pad.

Published on June 30, 2006

OCZ 1GB Mini-Kart USB Thumb Drive

As flash memory becomes a more mature technology we see physical sizes going down while capacities go up. Today we take a look at a product that takes the reduced physical size to the extreme and find out at what premium does this reduced size come.

Published on June 16, 2006

Brando S-ATA/IDE USB Cable

There are dozens of USB to IDE or SATA external drive enclosures on the market today. We take a look at a device that does SATA and IDE to USB conversion without an enclosure, the perfect piece of hardware for doing bench top drive testing…or is it?

Published on June 9, 2006

XG Magnum 600W External PSU

Power supplies are getting bigger and more powerful each year, pumping more and more heat into PC cases. Today we take a look at an external solution that promises to lower in case temps and help your PC keep it’s cool.

Published on June 7, 2006

Dragon Naturally Speaking 8 Preferred

There are literally tons of productivity software out there to be had. Some are applications that allow you to do specific things such as create documents, graphs, spreadsheets and do image editing. Others are used to improve your productivity by allowing you to have better control over the software you are using. Some increase the abilities of the software and some increase the abilities of the user. Today we’re looking at one that does the latter.

Published on May 31, 2006

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