In Juanuary 2008 Apple announced the original Macbook Air and within months everyone wanted one just to be seen with it. It was as much a computing device as it was a fashion statement. There have been a few devices of this kind over the years, devices you wanted to be seen with. The new Lenovo Yoga Book is such a device, it begs to be picked up, and you want it to be looked at. The Yoga Book brings innovation to tablets and 2 in 1’s as well as an impressive feature list, and it does it all with style.
A few months ago Lenovo announced a cool new addition to its product lineup, the Lenovo Yoga Book. What makes the Yoga Book a unique and eagerly awaited product at its unveiling was a combination of features not found in most other products. Topping the list is the Halo Keyboard a backlit, almost virtual looking keyboard that is really done well. But that’s not its only interesting quality.
Let’s take a look at our initial impression of the Yoga Book:
The Yoga Book employs a variation of the watchband hinge design used in many other Lenovo products. This style hinge has excellent stability while providing an attractive look.
The Yoga Book design comes in at a super thin 9.6mm with each panel coming in at 4.05mm which means that any thinner and the inclusion of even a micro-USB would have been impossible. This also meant that due to its thinness Lenovo used a magnesium-aluminum alloy to address strength and durability issues. The resulting product feels sturdy and has almost no frame flex. It feels just right in your hands.
The thin nature of the Yoga Book does mean that there is a distinct lack of ports and expansion. The same Micro-USB used to charge the device is also your only means of plugging in any USB devices. You will of course need an adapter to use any full size USB devices and Lenovo does not include one. Lenovo has instead included a pop out sim card slot which also allows for use of a Micro SD card for expansion. Given that the Yoga Book comes with 64GB of storage this will come in handy. The sim card slot brings the Yoga Book into the mobile warrior or professional on the go arena and for the price of a cheap laptop. The Yoga Book is really starting to pile on the features so lets take a look at its specs before we dive in further.]]>
Megacon 2016 is here and brings with it a huge turnout of cosplay, celebrity appearances, and some of the coolest merchandise you can get your hands on. From rare collectibles to clothing and that perfect accessory for your costume, Megacon has it all. This show is one not to be missed and there were attendees from all over the USA and other countries.
Take a peek at our awesome gallery and see what you missed if you weren’t there. Where will you be next year?
[See image gallery at www.techwarelabs.com]]]>
Every builder or techie has at some point arrived at a search presenting some very flashy and amazing looking towers, from the automated expansion of the H-Tower to the portable durability of the D and H Frame, these cases are well thought out and many times inspired design from other products such as the Ducati and other flashy vehicles. Frame models cost around 200-500 dollars while the H-Tower runs for a whopping 9,000 or more dollars.
While we drool over the heavenly models that are presented by In Win I couldn’t help a thought from escaping over and over again, so much dust… While the actual effect and ability to clean out the cases themselves is much easier due to the many openings available, that’s exactly the problem, openings to the outside dust bunny ranch. The dust does not stop after one cleaning calling out a high level of maintenance to keep the evil dust particles from creating a dust bridge between circuits and short-circuiting that expensive motherboard you worked so hard to get. However, they still look phenomenal and the functionality is out of this world (literally).
For instance, the H-Tower has laser guided release automation that will detect its immediate environment and confirm that it is clear for expansion. When the laser guide and firmware confirm that there is space around the frame it will proceed to unfold automatically and lift the base board from a vertical position to horizontal, letting the technician have direct access to the internal components without any screws, removable parts, or disassembly of any kind. This may be the leading product that will be present in the future hardware releases that In Win states will be server based.
Imagine a full server system capable of disassembly without time constraints or the hazards of losing, destroying, or reassembling the device by hand. This will increase uptime of servers, increase diagnostic speeds and upgrades to server units. By far this is the most fantastic idea I have seen in tower cases for both visual appeal and functionality and surely hope they will Wow us in their future server based products. But that’s as far as it goes, the timeline may be a year to two years before they begin release but no other word was said about the future of this server based product line.
One particular question arose when observing these machines, especially with the H-Tower, the stress testing process. Imagine having a device with moving parts, how dependable are the parts? Normally friction is the villain of the physical realm and when presented with delicate moving parts I couldn’t help but wonder what solutions In Win presented to their users. Asking about stress testing, this seemed to be a subject to be discussed between the staff for a moment with a secondary question towards me on which line of products, consumer or industrial, I was asking about. Of course, I was curious at the general sense to be listed as examples, but I continued to direct the subject to pressure, part durability, and thermal durability of the parts themselves. Their official answer was that they follow the Intel stress testing standards, without a full explanation of the process. On this subject, I’ve seen companies use personal labs to stress test their cases and systems, from pressure to thermal to electrical impulses. just about every aspect of their product being tested by their own equipment right in front of me. In the process of durability what if I owned the H-Tower and a simple joint was misfunctioning? Would I be able to get this part myself and if so how much of my wallet will this part. If this raises a question to their delayed answer then you’re not the only one.
The future of In Win however looks bright as they expand into the industrial level of the market, their creativity outperformed any other that I have seen when it comes to case construction. Their design is elegant, their functionality is pricessless and their team is a group of many insightful individual catering both to the creativity of the design and their brainstorming abilities in making life easier for the user.
There wouldn’t be any way to verify the quality of each product without personal tests which will require a model to be tested on. In the future, we hope to partner with In Win and qualify their product on all levels by including durability factors. Until then this product remains to be on the high-value user, ones that have financial security to spend thousands of dollars on the case solely meant for ITX motherboards. Still for those that like their case to showcase their on edge lifestyle any of the H-Towers do indeed meet that qualifcation for the price.
Edimax has been known for its networking abilities, from producing home routers to diversifying a corporate headquarters with the full network topology with industrial level routers and hubs. But as we come closer to the future of Edimax we begin to see their vision on how wide they want their hardware to span. Wide enough to potentially cover a full cityscape, and then theory met development. With a few models right now being tested in the city, these wireless devices are capable of spanning out a wireless signal across a large field. Think in the lines any radio frequency method that expands a city like AM and FM,but i speculate a certain frequency range that has both data and integrity dependability.
On a smaller scale Edmiax is also harboring their line of cloud connected home devices that range from motion sensors to camera systems. As the market grows into a smart home systems, possibly because of the like-named movie “Smart House”, markets are beginning to be flooded with simple solutions to smart homes. While most smart home systems must be set up with wiring inside the walls during construction of the home, otherwise modifying a none-wired house can be a headache, these devices work on wireless technology that do not require an topological wiring system inside the walls. This provides a simple consumer based solution to an advanced systematical assembly of a full fledged smart home. Many other companies also include home media control such as speaker systems, media servers that house all content synchroniously inside the household, garage openers, telecom systems and countless other attachments that provide a very similar experience to fictional movies that depict intelligent home systems. Minus of course the artificial intelligence. With the entry into the smart home field in an already established market Edimax hopes to become unique in its efforts by centralizing the systems using the Edimax Cloud so devices are easier to access to consumer level buyers and to manage over remote locations. While Edimax is focusing on its EdiLife line of home products, this isn’t the only project under their belts.
Edimax has been known to work industrial grade networking systems and consumer level wireless tech. From usb adapters to full out environmentally durable outdoor routers, Edimax has crafted networking solutions for just about any situation and thus has a strong backbone when it comes to their trade. All in the process of their entry into the Internet of Things cloud movement, expect to see many features to become synchronized in the future.
The AC4300 shown to the left is a huge focus for Edimax with the highest SMB AP in the market and its Tri-radio band provides housing of 3X the regular set of users on the network, with such power this device is perfect for outside connectivity hotspot for work or play.
In a study based project, Edimax has released the EdiGreen revolution in order to support green based solutions to their ever-changing environment. As we know manufacturing areas in the eastern hemisphere have side effects of geographical instability and pollution of smog in many locales in China for instance, cause a health hazard to the local population. While Taiwan increases it’s home manufacuring and neighboring an already polluted locale, Edimax presented the beginning to a solution.
The AirBox analyzer has the ability to gather data based on the air in its immediate surrounding, capable of identifying humidity ranges, temperature, and pollution based ratings in its geographical location. Partnering up with the Taiwan government their goal is to gather enough data on the flow of pollution and hot spots that can be futuristically identified and remedied with specialized methods. Currently their progress shows the device itself is already distributed in countless public domains such as schools, business buildings, parks, and other establishments. Their software tool to analyze the data is presented in an app the can communicate with all of these devices and their geographical location on a map and present a colored dot representing different levels of PM (Particular Matter) based on landscape area. Their interest in this solution has been edged on by a rise in a PM2.5 (harmful matter existing within 2.5 micrometers in area. The ISO has identified 2.5 as the target level for deadly effects on biological beings, capable of causing death without sign. The EdiGreen AirBox aims at identifying and maintaining an eye on these levels and when solutions become more clear targetting these highly toxic locales to be remedied.
As Edimax and Taitra grow into the global market we expect that their exposure will begin to rival those of the west market wireless manufacturers like Netgear and Linksys. While many products between popular western companies and Edimax show a higher feature set in the Edimax devices, the market speaks based on popular opinion and thus Edimax falls behind on many ratings on their many comparison articles online, which does not at all mean that the device itself is more capable, just more widely used by the western consumer. As the potential for feature full devices become a reality in the western market we hope Taitra and Edimax gain the exposure they deserve.
As the definition of sporting has now included eGaming it is no wonder that there is such a crowd following. Just as any sport measures and pushes certain physical traits to the maximum, physical tune-ups like muscles all the way to reflexes and mental tune up’s like reaction time and accuracy of predictions in physical sports, eSports push for strategic problem solving and improves on clarity of thought as efficiency proves to be the basis for success. Parts of the brain, when under thought and stress, create new neurological pathways for increased efficiency of thought (but do remember to also give yourself moments of silence for the other parts of the brain, Grey Matter Efficiency).
Also, for those RTS folks out there, when approaching life and its unknowns, remember the first rule of battle, upgrade the units to improve battle outcomes which saves you resources that provides for higher tech (now change the perspective from RTS game to life; upgrade yourself, save resources, invest in things that bring back value).
So with the rise of eSports, Gigabyte enters the media-centric gaming route by working with Twitch and specializing their Aorus, as George Carlin an American comedian said clearly “We are a warlike people”. Thus, the ‘warlike’ theme continues as the Aorus boasts a camouflage design that is embedded into the plastic itself and not a paint job on the outside. The design turns the gamer on into the gamer focus mode. As a professional eSports gamer the next step after acquiring the skills is to broadcast and create a following. This was Gigabytes next step in improving the gaming experience on their Aorus gaming laptop. They boast Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (Note: Normally used in desktop tower-based systems) to create the world’s most powerful 17.3″ laptop, and here’s why they needed more power. Entering two markets the Aorus aims at providing the best VR environment with the best performance available on the market, as well as create a seamless experience with screen recorders during high graphics gaming events for the best quality and highest frame processing for multitasking with games and streaming software to begin in creating that community.
As Virtual Reality becomes more and more feasible to the general public companies like Gigabyte begin preparing their future projects to create a more convenient experience.
This Aorus branded harness for your laptop will let you move around freely as you play the virtual reality game of choice. The problem this harness solves is the inability of current technology to overcome the data transfer quantity required for a set of wireless VR goggles without losing quality, and may take years to research. With VR requiring double the processing of a regular graphics CPU, one for each eye, the data processing between the laptop (Brain of the VR engine) to the output (VR goggles) can only be achieved through cable for optimum experiences.
Though question may arise on the general VR future based on hardware size and living space, it does give a decent job to commercial services to provide these Virtual Reality “Parks” maybe? These parks could be locales virtual reality enthusiasts can meet and play, but thats just an idea for someone out there to get in the middle of the night and perfect it in the new and rising Virtual Market. It just seems so limiting to most of the population that nowadays shops at Ikea for space saving furniture… to have to wave around a virtual rifle and risk smacking into the wall and or breaking that vase your fiance bought for your anniversary… ouch. It doesn’t take too much to imagine what a virtually “blind” person with a controller in the shape of a rifle can do in a tiny room full of stuff.
Gigabyte is working closely with Twitch and their community to assert their efforts into the gaming community as the media capture leader, in essence, they are building their products to be able to stream and play simultaneously with as least lag possible for the expansion of the gamers’ online profile and community.
More on the potential Gigabyte and Twitch.tv partnership in the future, for now check out their channel here!]]>
League of Legends, Gamer Rigs and Mods, Liquid Cooling, RGB LED flavored Mousepads, Keyboard, and Mice. Just say Thermaltake and the inner gamer begins to stir up from the deep busy day by day work week. Try and get away from the challenge of exciting and stressing your mind under strategic processes to overcome your opponent. Now try and do so without a proper cooling system, mouse dpi, keyboard swiftness and ergonomics to top off the comfort factor. You couldn’t, you simply cannot perform at maximum capacity without the little details… Now try not squealing while walking through the main headquarters of Thermaltake with its own built in League of Legends gaming room. I couldn’t.
Welcomed by Charlotte Chen we began the presentation into Thermaltake and their passions of the gamer’s realm. Being gamers themselves (with their own sweet LoL room!!) they knew the importance of every millisecond of game time, every decision and missed opportunity to bring the gamer further away from the spotlight. With their design team and engineers pairing together they make sure their products provide the best experience for the casual gamer all the way to the professional team player, and recently they’ve begun the MFC (Modding Fighting Competition) involving teams around the world being challenged at PC moding. A trailer found (click here) on their YouTube channel.
Afterwards Tt Alvin showed us a bit about the product line available from Thermaltake and hints at future products as well as provided us a tour of the headquarters (including the game room!). They are beginning to create an automated system where gamers can have greater control over their system in personal gaming statistics as well as computer remote command control. With an app and an internal firmware level integration the hardware that Thermaltake is using will be capable of pinpoint accurate temperature monitoring and in all internal components including the power supply itself. With such hardware integration there will be also ways to wake up your computer from cold boot as well as control the shut down options. Currently there will be one model that is fully integrated with Smart Power Management (SPM) but Thermaltake hopes to begin partnering with manufacturers soon to begin integrating these modules. All by which, are controlled by your favorite iOS or Android app.
Click Here for a Demo of SPM.
Every now and then I am surprised by a products offers, almost always in relation to its price. The emotion is usually shock and bad, but sometimes its a good surprise. The Nextbook Flexx 10 I am happy to say is a great offering and the pricetag is a welcome surprise. This little 2 in 1 laptop and tablet has a lot to offer especially given its sub $100 price tag. It’s perfect for the home user or professional on the go that wants a simple to use tablet and laptop running the latest OS with support for full applications in a small portable form factor. This is what Nextbook has to say:
Sleek and powerful, the Nextbook Flexx 10 Tablet is the all in one compact electronic powerhouse you’ve been looking for. The Nextbook Flexx 10 features a 10.1-inch High-resolution IPS screen (1280×800) resolution and a 16:10 aspect ratio for vivid picture quality to play, read, watch, stream or work. Weighing less than 3 pounds, the Nextbook Flexx 10 is a compact and sleek tablet that you can take with you just about anywhere.
The Nextbook Flexx 10 comes with the Windows 10 operating system, 32GB of internal memory that can be expanded to 64GB with the microSD card slot, and an Intel® BayTrail-T CR quad-core processor to power your applications. With WiFi and Bluetooth support built-in, the Nextbook Flexx 10 can connect with everything you need at home and on-the-go.
The Nextbook Flexx 10 also features connectivity through its USB and microHDMI inputs. Video chat or capture your favorite moments with the 2.0MP front webcam and 2.0MP back camera and integrated microphone. With a 3-axis G-sensor and a USB Keyboard, it allows you to immerse yourself into various games without constraints or boundaries.
This quote form their site is actually incorrect in that the Flexx 10 will run up to a 128GB microSD, we proved it. Let’s get this lightweight party started.
On a recent tour of Acer, it was quite nice to see the headquarters of one the biggest low to mid end systems available to the masses. Their strategies became apparent as they began explaining their plans for the western market, namely the US. They began with their focus on software and cloud-based system integration, named
BYOC short for Build your own cloud (if that isn’t western I don’t know what is!). BYOC is a process of integrating tablets, computers, and countless other ACER systems to the cloud process (in an obvious attempt at gaining market share in the service business, which will be apparent later in this article).
So let’s begin, they begin to enter the Cloud Service pay-per-month business, quite late of course since everyone else and their grandmother already has created their own proprietary cloud service from steam to apple to… well… just name a tech company at this point. Acer is joining the game. On the list of products they aim at the US market came the
Grandpad take off the d from the end and you have basically the interest they are going for. Yep, the elderly, we’ve seen companies attempt to gain interest in the senior market, but lately, it’s been a huge interest (think jitterbug, think of those emergency necklace buttons for your grandma just in case she falls down the stairs, and of course staircase elevator thing). It’s becoming more and more prominent in the market. My guess at the reasoning to this interest is the wide availability of the senior market, particularly in the USA. Not many use technology everyday, and if you find that one tiny little niche to get them to buy and become socially cultured in your product, you have millions of sales, and another interesting business proposition to consider; the baby boomers are growing up, that a huge chunk of the market in the US, and thus the reason (potentially, not stated officially) that the Grandpad will be a focus in the US and so far the US only.
So let’s take a look at some of the details of the Grandpad, simplistic design, button based look for the familiarity of tactile feedback. Pieces of information that will be easily transferable from the senior generations’ modern technology of flip phones and tactile feedback. One interesting twist to the Grandpad is that it will be proprietary to LTE primarily with the ability to connect to wifi for the sake of dynamics and flexibility, imagine how angry the market would get if they decided to make it strictly LTE and remove any other form of connection? It almost seemed like they really wanted to but realized that little bit of motivation to include the Wifi module. So here’s the real kicker, the device is free to own and free to use, with a contract opt-in of 60$ a month for the LTE service… for as long as you wish to use the device, and once you stop paying the service the device must be returned.]]>
From air cooled to fully mineral-oil submerged systems, enthusiasts take the idea of cooling in new builds to the next level. Air cooling is the basic form of cooling the consumer can purchase for their PC. It comes in many forms, shapes, and sizes, with the price ranging between $20 to $255. An air based cooler was likely included with the CPU you purchased. This
stock cooler won’t cut it for long if you plan to do intense gaming or if you want to get the most from your system. This of course means that any form of overclocking with a stock cooler is pretty much out of the question. Heat is the enemy and air based coolers can’t effectively dissipate heat as quickly as modern CPU’s can generate it.
On the other hand a starting enthusiast may opt in for a water cooled build and buy a closed-loop cooler. The best of the best in coolers comes in an open loop, water cooling kit. The difference between
closed loop kits is the ability to add coolant, and components to the system. It is also a big difference in the ability to customize the cooling system to meet your needs and usually in overall quality. If you want to add a block for your video card or coolers for your ram then a custom open loop system is what you want.
There are many kits on the market, but today we get to test one of the best we have gotten our hands on. Thermaltake’s Pacific RL240 is the icing on the cake, the real deal in water cooled kits. This Limited Edition kit comes with a 240mm dual-fan radiator, a PT40 D5 w/Silent Kit reservoir/pump combo, W1 CPU waterblock, 2 Luna Red 12-LED fans, and more. The RL240 is not for the water cooling newbie, though it could be installed, we recommend you have some experience or have someone to help you who has had experience. Directions are light and minimalist as you would expect with a custom kit of this caliber. Thermaltake includes some necessary tools you will need that they have custom created for their kit. Let’s talk about what you get.]]>
Being a busybody is tough, having to carry countless devices, and in modern days if you work with any data, you probably have USB storage devices in all nooks and crannies of your house, car, and office. MobileLite Wireless G3 storage center provides a centeral server to host all the files you would need to use. The first step to an organized system: centralize your resources.
MobileLite is an ad hoc wireless file sharing server capable of connecting up to three peers by WiFi and providing access to files on an attached SD card or USB storage device. The MobileLite also provides a bridge between the three devices connected and your main internet access point by WiFi or Ethernet.
This unique tool is very useful for the busy-at-heart lifestyle—those who are ready to do data transfers with person-to-person interactions. As a Graphic Designer, I commonly need to do quick file transfers while interacting with customers at any number of locations I visit in a single day, and being readily able to request and obtain the resources needed to complete a job makes a subtle but important impression of my business to clients.
So let’s get into some details.]]>
Action camera’s, seems like every manufacturer in the market has one and they are all competing with GoPro for market share. With all of them trying to live up to the performance offered by the GoPro and all of them falling short, their only edge has been in being less expensive. Till now you only had two options, the expensive and high performance GoPro, or cheaper and much less performance offered by any other manufacturer. ACTIVEON only recently entered the market with the CX Gold, a small but powerful action camera with versatile options, software, and a pricetag to match. The CX Gold should easily be your next action camera, unless you like throwing money away.
The Synology DS416j was announced at CES 2016. This 4 bay NAS from one of the leading vendors is targeted at home and personal use, but dont sell it short. Lets take a look at what this unit has to offer.
Aside from the NAS itself you have the power supply, a network cable, and a quick start guide. All of the hardware to mount the drives is included as well.
While this unit is targeted at home and personal use, it still has the blood and genetics that all of Synologys products share. The full system specifications can be found Here.
Despite the release of USB 3.0 and USB C standards, USB 2.0 Micro B is still the preferred connector of choice for most electronics. Between Bluetooth speakers, headsets, watches, drones, cameras, and potentially your phone you probably have somewhere between 10 and 20 cables lying around. If you’ve ever had a cable break, stop working, or shock you when the wires became exposed; it’s time to consider a higher class of cable.
The Ventev 4ft alloy Micro cable showcases an ultra-sleek brushed aluminum housing and is braided with a high tensile wrap providing a premium finish and ‘no-fray’ durability. Available in six colors.
This is definitely premium packaging. Some cables you buy come in little more than a plastic bag.
It is no surprise the cable is stiff the extra layers that provide the protection usually lead to this, it usually works itself out within a few days of use.
The brushed aluminum is only for housing the ends themselves, the “high tensile wrap” is plastic.
As you can see with some force applied to the end you could separate the silicone boot and the brushed aluminum housing.
Twisting the cable also distorts the high tensile strength wrap to where it could get caught on items in your bag.
You may thing I’m being pretty critical on a USB cable. In the back of my mind this cable is being compared with the braided USB cables that I regularly buy from amazon. Here’s a simple comparison chart
Ventev chargesync alloy:
Random USB micro cable from amazon:
This cable is tangle free, looks nice, and works just like a micro USB cable should. With that said at $24.99 price tag I don’t see a market for this online. In a certain popular electronics store next to $40 HDMI cables this is probably right at home.]]>
Today we are taking a look at the Ventev Powercell 3015c. This is a 3000maAh battery with a built in micro USB cable. If you don’t know what an external battery with a micro USB port is used for, or why you might want one then I would stop reading here.
Now that we have that out of the way, here are the manufacturer specifications:
There isn’t anything out of the ordinary here, standard retail packaging.
The unit comes pre-charged which is nice. It is presumable when you’re buying this at a store you might need it right now.
The form factor is good this would easily fit inside any bag or purse. Even a pocket.
The attached Micro cable certainly makes the unit more convenient (as long you are charging a micro USB device). The unit doesn’t have any additional USB ports so charging two devices or any other type of USB device is out of the question. (It’s worth mentioning they have other units that accommodate that type of wish list.)
The feel of the unit is nice. The weight is good, and the case is metal. The USB cable is firmly attached and fits nicely into the side. It doesn’t snap in though so I suspect it will fall out after time if you did keep it in the bottom of a purse or bag.]]>
Bling is a humble word when observing this little golden egg that I am going to review here. Let me first begin with modesty, I’m not one to get attracted to shiny objects, nor am I fond of carrying anything that I would have to keep in mind where it is at all times due to the effect of shiny object theft, but this speaker is quite good at what it does.
Now for the device, this thing is LOUD. Capable of spreading a living room with sound that sounds really good. In my observation of the device’s capabilities I go over a few tracks I like to test audio devices such as headphones and stereo systems with thorough analysis.
First, the look and feel…
If you like android phones (and I love android phones) then there is no cleaner experience than a Nexus branded phone. I have happily carried the Motorola Nexus 6 since release day, and my wife carries the LG Nexus 5x. Initially, I was concerned I would miss the screen real estate if I upgraded to the Huawei Nexus 6P. Also I was not having any performance issues with the Motorola Nexus 6 so I was in no hurry to upgrade. I spent two weeks with the 6P and I’m never going back.
|Huawei Nexus 6P||Motorola Nexus 6|
|Display||5.7 QHD 518ppi Amoled||5.96 QHD 493ppi Amoled|
|Rear Camera||12.3MP 1.55μm pixels f/2.0 aperture||13.0MP f/2.0 Optical Image stabilization|
|Front Camera||8MP 1.4 µm pixels f/2.4 aperture||2.0MP|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Processor
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Adreno 430 GPU
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Quad-core, 2700 MHz, Krait 450
Adreno 420 GPU
|Memory and Storage|| 3GBRam
32GB, 64GB, or 128GB internal (depending on color)
32GB or 64GB internal storage
On paper some of the large differences that jump out:
In a world full of wireless Bluetooth signals engulfing the space around us, maybe its time to clear the air a bit… Nah, why even think of that? We need ‘Moar’ wireless! Thus, the Monster Adistar came into existance. With a pricey price tag and a light weight body for those jog-aholics out there this may be your device to hold dear during those long trips, please, please… the sidewalk was made for a reason…
Anyway, this device is lightweight, snug in the ear, attractive to look at with the Adidas logo shining at the tips subtlely reminding me of Cybermen (DW fans rejoice) and best of all there are no heavy pieces that will tug at your cords until it flings off like a boomerang and into the sewage gutter it goes… experience goes a long way.
This device is very low power, taking less than 500 mA to charge and going for a good day of full sound. The control features 3 buttons: multifunction, volume up, and volume down. As with all compact devices there is a process and memorization to be able to fully control the headset, as opposed to my beloved LG neck “brace” that has 6 buttons on the neck piece. But of course I wouldn’t jog in that LG device, unless i wanted to keep chasing it or even worse, put it in rice because you know, sweat.]]>
When trying to achieve flawless performance in the lag stream we call death, online gamers need to be aware of their options, especially those planning on building a positive rank to enter competitions. The router could be the difference between a Killing Spree and a Legendary kill streak. Of course given that the skillset is present. At some point we become bottle-necked between our personal growth in a competative game and the hardware we implicate between us and that satisfying click.
Introducing the Netis WR-2681 Gaming Router, capable of prioritizing data packets for gaming software first before other packets on the network. Combined with PC or Nic based prioritization on the local machine this allows for full throttle direct packet transfer between clicks and spell casts.
Contrary to popular belief opting in for a higher ISP plan with a higher transfer plan is not the solution to lag and other interruptions on the network. Luckily we are away from the dial up days where a phone call can disconnect a whole connection, however we are not away from the network traffic that can bog down the efficiency of the network. From a moviephile roomate to your sisters skype hangouts, these can drastically decrease the organization of the packets as they travel over the wires, that click could take a second lag time, and as professionals know even a .1 second is enough to turn the tides in the middle of a hostile gaming environments.
The Netis Router provides Qos packet prioritization, optimum software prioritization, and give access to the +5 network boost available now widely on the public market for routers. So lets take a look at the relative specs to this research:
As far as Netis goes this is their spec sheet for data transfer:
Providing Real Time monitoring here’s what I’ve found:
File Transfer Size: 5,167,717,323 bytes
Distance < 5 ft
Time of completion 7 minutes
Average Transfer Rate: 8.25MB/s — 66Mbps
Highest: 12MB/s — 96Mbps
Lowest: 4MB/s — 32Mbps
While the transfer rate may be questionable, this router again is meant to hold a connection efficiently without (many) dropped packets, so how did it do?
By simple math we can see the Success rate of the router is nearly 99.1% with a minuscule .9% drop rate (the command prompt rounds… this is why i like precise data…)
This test was run with normal usage of the system, streaming, video and audio, web browsing, and other connections like Live View Screencasting on my Airdroid app on my Venue (Very heavy on resources). All of this was run with basic setup and no prioritization as well as only two systems on the network with minimum noise outside of the regular usage.
Now for manufacturing quality…
Announced January 19th PNY has launched the XLR8 SSD. The CS2211 targets the Gamer/Enthusiast Market with read speeds of up to 565 MB/s. Today we have hands on the 480Gb model and we are going to see exactly how it performs in our system.
Running the PHISON PS3110-S10 controller, this drive offers the full range of features you’d expect to come in an SSD. The four-year warranty is no joke either, although it’s not hard to stand behind a product boasting 2 million hours mean time between failures.]]>
Ever thought to yourself “Gee, I would love my charger brick to hold some energy so I can recharge it later, i don’t think that haunted house has electricity and I’ll be damned if I run out of power for my Flashlight app…
Well worry about poltergeists no more! (not really) You’ll be able to spend twice as much time exploring deep caverns, haunted shipyards, and of course, trying to escape in a real life film recreation of The Blare Witch project…
Alright, so I’m not good at creating real life situations, my imagination won’t let me. But this battery pack is really sweet! The addition of the wall charge really does seem like a basic thing but for functionality its very convenient. I took it for granted until I needed it between my double shifts at work.
So lets take a gander at what this little guy provides…]]>