Raspberry Pi Review and more
Posted on: 02/20/2015 03:27 PM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

Antec Mobile Products Lifecard Portable Battery Charger Review
ASUS GTX 980 Matrix 4 GB
Dell XPS 13 Review
Getting Data Out of the Cloud Before Disaster
iiyama ProLite XB3070WQS Review
Kingston HyperX Savage (16GB)
Kingston HyperX Skyn Mousing Surface Review
Lenovo, SuperFish and Security
OcUK GTX 970 Review (NVIDIA 980 PCB/Cooler/ Enhanced Components)
Raspberry Pi Review and PiCam HD Camera Module for Raspberry Pi Tested
ROCCAT RYOS TKL Pro Gaming Keyboard Review
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell Review
Silverstone Sugo SG13 Mini-ITX Case Review
Yoga Tablet 2 with Android

Antec Mobile Products Lifecard Portable Battery Charger Review
It seems everyone I know has a portable battery charger these days. It first started with phonecases that has extra batteries on them and now it has evolved into a vast variety of portable battery chargers. Because of this and the popularity of mobile products many companies who we typically know for other products have started up mobile divisions. One such company is Antec. Antec Mobile Products covers all things mobile including Bluetooth speakers, portable battery chargers, headphones and more. Today we will be taking a look at their Lifecard, which is a smaller portable battery charger that also doubles as a card holder / money clip. Read on as we take a look…


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org

ASUS GTX 980 Matrix 4 GB
The ASUS GTX 980 Matrix is the company's flagship GTX 980 designed to break world records using liquid nitrogen. It comes with an innovative memory heating circuit, which protects against dreaded cold bugs causing memory instability. The card also features a dual-BIOS, voltage measurement and control points.


Read full article @ techPowerUp

Dell XPS 13 Review
Dell launched the 2015 version of their XPS 13 at CES in January, and it made a big impression because of something that was very small. The first thing you see when you look at the XPS 13 is how small the bezels are around the display. At 5.2 mm, they are easily the thinnest display bezels on any laptop made today. Dell claims the XPS 13 is a 13 inch display in the chassis of an 11 inch notebook, and while they have made that claim before, for 2015, it would be hard to argue with them. But the XPS 13 is more than just a display, and Dell has outfitted it with some very modern hardware to give us our first look at an Ultrabook based on the just launched Intel 5th Generation processors, Broadwell-U.


Read full article @ Anandtech

Getting Data Out of the Cloud Before Disaster
As the size of information stored in the cloud grows increasingly larger, IT managers must plan on getting data out of the cloud when it’s critically needed during disaster recovery. For some businesses, the cloud is a place to deposit a second copy of data already retained locally. For others the cloud is primary storage, where unique data is created and modified. Problems arise in both cases: when local data is lost due to fire, flood, or theft, when the data is too large for a timely transfer across limited Internet bandwidth, or when a cloud provider shuts down. This all begs the question: is redundant data in place?


Read full article @ Benchmark Reviews

iiyama ProLite XB3070WQS Review
A 30in WQXGA monitor geared towards professional users. The market for premium computer displays is gripped by a high-resolution fetishism of which the 4K standard at the forefront. In practice the UHD resolution, 3,840x2,160 pixels, is impractical for professional usage since most productivity applications fail to deal with scaling effectively, resulting in distorted or unreadable toolbars and UIs. In this instance professionals are more likely to make use of lower resolutions to strike up an optimal balance between screen size and resolution without the need for scaling.

The iiyama ProLite XB3070WQS we're testing today epitomises that balance with a large 30in panel sporting a WQXGA resolution, or 2,560x1,600. iiyama knows its target audience will be professionals in photography and videography, and the XB3070WQS boasts an impressive colour gamut to meet the needs of that audience - 146 per cent of sRGB, 109 per cent of Adobe RGB and 104 per cent of NTSC is a bold claim but a monitor that is tailored for colour-sensitive applications needs to be as highly capable as this.

Surprisingly, iiyama makes no claims about the colour accuracy of the display which is an important requirement for a professional audience. In colour-sensitive environments a Delta-E value close to 1 is ideal, anything above 2 doesn't cut the mustard, and values above 3 should only be found in affordable consumer panels. Testing will reveal just how capable this panel really is.


Read full article @ Hexus

Kingston HyperX Savage (16GB)
The HyperX brand has a long history for Kingston. Introduced in 2002, the HyperX branded memory modules delivers excellent performance with high overclocking potential. It quickly caught on among the enthusiasts as the premium memory module of the choice when comes to performance, reliability, and overclocking.


Read full article @ Bjorn3D

Kingston HyperX Skyn Mousing Surface Review
As a third year Business student at the University of Calgary, there are many supplementary courses that I have to take to fulfill the requirements of my degree. One of these supplementary courses include Business and Environment 395, otherwise known as simply just Business Law for Decision Makers. In the latter part of January, the main topics of discussion in the course were contracts and claims. I was fascinated by the various types of claims that are involved in business, but I was even more fascinated about the ways people "interpret" their claims. This was my first thought when I got the Kingston HyperX Skyn mousepads. On the front of the packaging, were many claims mainly pertaining to the performance of the mousepads. However, one stood out to me the most. Its claim was “Two mousepads - one designed for control, one for speed - for the price of one”. As an Asian university student, this was a mind blowing moment for me. This claim would mean that as a consumer, I would be paying one price for the equivalent of two products. This sounded great. However, is this too good to be true? Additionally, will the other claims pertaining to the performance of the mousepad match up to what it states? Read on to find out!


Read full article @ APH Networks

Lenovo, SuperFish and Security
For the many of us that have purchased a laptop, we are somewhat used to the amount of bloatware that comes pre-installed. Most of this relates to the company specific software, or free trials for office applications or anti-virus software. I would imagine that the more technologically savvy users uninstall some of this bloat for themselves and their family and friends, but it does give an opportunity for the manufacturer to install what they want before the device gets shipped.

Here at AnandTech we receive laptops on a regular basis for review, and where we can we tend to ask for retail units so we can analyze the hardware without fear of getting a ‘review-focused’ sample. The same thing goes for motherboards, SSDs, and graphics cards, which also come with their own software but the user has to specifically install everything. With a laptop, smartphone, tablet, workstation, or notebook, it all comes pre-prepared for the user to plug and play. The demand to remove the bloatware has led to smartphones and tablets being offered with pure stock versions but also carrier customized ones, and some users get the choice of both.


Read full article @ Anandtech

OcUK GTX 970 Review (NVIDIA 980 PCB/Cooler/ Enhanced Components)
Think all 970s are created equal? Think again. This is our OcUK GTX 970 NVIDIA Cooler Edition Review.


Read full article @ HardwareHeaven

Raspberry Pi Review and PiCam HD Camera Module for Raspberry Pi Tested
Raspberry cake at OCinside.de - of course overclocked.
In the German kitchen the Raspberry Pie is rather less common.
However, a device is becoming increasingly popular, which owes its name to this very sweet fruit cake.
The Raspberry Pi single board computer.
In this test, we will look more closely at the shooting star of the single-board computers and clarify who could use it.
Furthermore, we will also test the PICAM - a fitting HD camera module for the Raspberry Pi.
We als show other accessories that are available also on the Arduino platform and make a small Rasperry Pi bundle.


Read full article @ OcInside.de

ROCCAT RYOS TKL Pro Gaming Keyboard Review
RYOS gaming keyboard series is quite popular with gamers. Now made up of four different keyboards they have quite the offering. Last year we took a look at the RYOS MK Glow and now we are taking a look at the RYOS TKL Pro. The RYOS TKL is in the tenkeyless form factor that we saw on the Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX. That form factor is a favorite of many gamers and I actually prefer it as well. Besides this form factor the RYOS TKL Pro comes in four different Cherry MX key switch flavors, per-key illumination, a built-in wrist rest and of course ROCCAT’s legendary gaming software. Is this the gaming keyboard for you? Read on as we find out


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell Review
Should we go to Hell to rescue the Boss of the Saints, or leave the devil his due? I believe it is worth jumping in, but only if you are already a fan of the franchise. If you are (and I admit that I am) you will find a fun experience that still does a lot right, even if it is not doing as much as the other games. If you are not a Saints Row fan, then this may not be a game for you. You will be without context for a lot of what is going on and it really does feel like a standalone DLC. Considering it only costs as much as some season passes (which in some cases offer less content, time-wise) that is a fair description. The graphics are nothing new, the story is weak but entertaining, and the gameplay does what it does well, but does not necessarily have as much content as some would like. Overall, Gat Out of Hell offers a fun experience, but it just might not be for everyone.


Read full article @ OCC

Silverstone Sugo SG13 Mini-ITX Case Review
Just when we were starting to think that the Sugo series lost its Mini-ITX mojo, after the last couple of models moved to MicroATX, Silverstone has stepped forward with the itty bitty 11.5L SG13. The thirteenth Sugo isn't quite the smallest to date, but it may be the most capable. Its 11.5L body is said to be capable of housing a standard ATX power supply up to 150mm long, a 120/140mm radiator and a 10.5" dual-slot graphics card.


Read full article @ Techspot

Yoga Tablet 2 with Android
Lenovo has made a name for itself in computer hardware over the past few years. Boasting powerful, high quality and often affordable computers, this Chinese based company has provided plenty of competition for brands more established in the West.However, Lenovo appears to have struggled to break into the tablet market in any meaningful way. Its A-series tablets are functional and cheap, but have received relatively little attention because of its utter lack of sleek design or distinguishing features.Even Lenovo's most innovative series, the Yoga Tablet 10, was received with mixed emotions. Fortunately, Lenovo has learned from its mistakes with each iteration of the Yoga tablet it has produced. As a result, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ series made much needed improvements to the overall design and quality of its predecessor.


Read full article @ Techradar




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