Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mark Howland

AZZA Taurus 5000

AZZA Taurus 5000 Case Review

AZZA has released some of the more interesting cases in the past few years. They are one of the few companies left that create full tower cases on the regular. Today we will be taking a look at one of their latest cases, the Taurus 5000. The full tower case has a stylish design, room inside for 8 hard drives with a removable hard drive cage, 5 included fans, RGB lighting on the side panel window, and can handle pretty much anything you can throw at it. Is this the next case for your over the top build? Read on as we find out!

Fractal Design Define Nano S

Fractal Design Define Nano S Review

Fractal Design has been one of our favorite case manufactures since they jumped on the scene. Their cases have always been very high-quality, easy to build in, and offer a sleek design. Their Define Series really set the bar for a silent case that was functional. Most of the cases in the Define Series were made for ATX builds, but they recently released the Define Nano S, which is made for ITX builds. But don't let that fool you, the case still has room inside for long graphics cards, full-size power supplies, and tall CPU coolers. Let's jump in and see what the Define Nano S is all about!

Cheero Power Plus 3 13400mAh Portable Charger
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Cheero Power Plus 3 13400mAh Portable Charger Review

We can never have too much power, with many people using their mobile device as their main computing device and people using multiple devices (smartphone & tablet) products like portable chargers have become extremely popular. Almost everyone I know has at least one charger their their mobile device, and half of them I wouldn’t even “tech” people. Cheero has been making mobile power banks and similar devices since 2011. Their latest is the Power Plus 3 which is a 13400 mAh portable charger that fits in your pocket! It makes use of high grade Japanese-made batteries and has dual USB power outputs. Let’s see if the Power Plus performs as good as it looks.

ADATA Premier SP610 256GB Solid State Drive

ADATA Premier SP610 256GB Solid State Drive Review

This puts the 256GB version of ADATA’s Premier SP610 that we are reviewing today at $84.99 at our favorite online retailer. At this price it makes this SSD a perfect low-cost choice for an OS or game drive. ADATA is making use of the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller that we saw on the Mushkin Reactor and the Crucial BX100. The 256GB version of the drive boasts sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 290 MB/s respectively. Let’s get this drive on the test bench and see what it can do!

Tt eSPORTS Commander Gaming Gear Combo
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Tt eSPORTS Commander Gaming Gear Combo Review

Gaming accessories can be quite expensive, just looking at my current gaming setup my keyboard, mouse and headset collectively cost over $300. While my setup might be high-end it is not out of the ordinary for a gamer to spend at least $50 per device when it comes to gaming accessories. I think that most gamers would rather put that extra $300 towards a better graphics card. This is where the Tt eSPORTS Commander Gaming Gear Combo comes in. It is a keyboard and mouse combo that costs you a total of $30. Yes you heard that right you get both a keyboard and mouse for $30. This means you can have that extra money to spend on hardware. At $30 what can we really expect from the Commander Gaming Gear Combo? Read on as we take a look…

Icy Dock MB981U3-1S Hard Drive Dock

Icy Dock MB981U3-1S Hard Drive Dock Review

There always comes a time where a hard drive dock comes in handy. It could be you are building a new system and need to transfer files, want to share files with a friend, or you can even use a hard drive dock for an external hard drive setup. Hard drive docks are extremely convenient and today we are taking a look at the MB981U3-1S from Icy Dock. This USB 3.0 hard drive dock supports 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA hard drives and has USB 3.0 Boost UASP support. Let’s take a look...

Cougar MX300 Case

Cougar MX300 Case Review

Cougar is a relatively new company to us here at ThinkComputers. We have reviewed a couple of their power supplies and were actually quite impressed. Now it is time for cases, and up on the review block today is the MX300 which is part of Cougar’s MX Gaming Series. This is a rather inexpensive case with a street price of around $40, but still offers some great features like space for long graphics cards, tool-less drive options, USB 3.0 support and much more. Will this inexpensive case be a good value? We will have to find out!

CES 2014
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Mark’s CES 2014 Expectations

Incoming, it’s another year almost done and a new one about to start. That means the Consumer Electronic Show is almost upon us. Less than a month away and I’m really pumped for this year. This year we could see CES going completely crazy with new ideas and innovations. My expectations for this year are...

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung Galaxy Gear Review

I’ve owned my Galaxy gear for roughly a month now, and have to say that it is honestly a surprise. I was sketchy at first because of the $300 price tag and how much would I be using this, but honestly, I’ve used this thing more times a day than I thought possible. I get tons of notifications a day, and now instead of pulling into my pocket to grab my phone, I just flip the wrist and see what notification popped up. The 1.6-inch AMOLED screen is crystal clear, sharp and gives off great colors. Here’s my take on the Samsung Galaxy Gear...


Jabra VOX In-Ear Headphones Review

When it comes to listening to music, watching a movie or even playing a game we want great quality sound. Many people get this in the form of large bulky headphones. While this do provide great sound they are not the easiest to travel with or say take on a run with you. This is where in-ear headphone or earbuds as many people refer to them come in. Today we are taking a look at a set from Jabra called VOX. VOX features 8.6mm drivers at 16 Ohm, a lightweight design, in-line controls and much more. Are these the next set of in-ear headphones for you? Read on as we take a look.

GamingInput DevicesReviews

ROCCAT Kone XTD Gaming Mouse Review

When I got my hands on this mouse, I was thrilled to be doing the review. The German company ROCCAT is one of the top of the line gaming peripherals companies around today, very well known in Europe. Their USA launch started in 2012 and has been making a big impact with gamers. They started out with the Kone, then came the Kone[+], and now the Kone XTD, their flagship mouse. This mouse is powered by an 8200 DPI Pro Aim R3 laser sensor, a commanding 32-bit Turbo Core V2 72MHz ARM MCU processor, and the most advanced Tracking & Distance Control Unit around – all working in clockwork unison to deliver world-beating battle ability.


The CES 2013 Camera Gear

Another year gone, another new year has arrived, and that means it's the super bowl of technology, the Consumer Electronics Show. This will be my 5th consecutive year I'll be attending, and another year with the ThinkComputers crew. I'll be running the film operations again, filming interviews, and making sure the videos are posted on all ThinkComputers related video networks. Las Vegas is the location, a place I've lived and been to more times than I can count. CES is honestly the best time I go, it's the best time, lots going on, all my friends are in town, and it's just endless things to do from the time I land till the time I have to leave.

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