Sunday, July 22, 2018

Reviews

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (3rd Generation) Review
Laptops

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (3rd Generation) Review

The ThinkPad brand has always been the "iconic" business laptop brand and for good reason. ThinkPad's have always performed great and had the business features people want. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a great 2-in-1 that gives you the feel of a traditional notebook, but also can transform into a tablet, be set to give a presentation, or even view multimedia. The X1 Yoga is currently in its third generation, bringing with it the new Intel 8th Generation Core i5-8250U quad-core processor. This Core i5 processor does support Hyper-Threading and has a very impressive power envelope of only 15W. Lenovo has also updated the finger print reader and even put a shutter on the webcam so you don't have to worry about anyone spying on you! Is this the perfect business laptop for you? Read on as we find out!

AZIO Retro Classic Elwood Keyboard
Input Devices

AZIO Retro Classic Elwood Keyboard Review

AZIO started this whole retro keyboard thing back in 2016 with the MK Retro keyboard. A year later they took things even further with the Retro Classic, which added a real metal frame and different surface materials to truly give it that classic typewriter look and feel. This year AZIO has updated the keyboard once again, first they have added Bluetooth functionality as well as making the keyboard compatible with both PC and Mac systems. Next we have a new color-design which is called Elwood. It features a metal frame around the keyboard with the top-plate being made of real wood. Of course you have those iconic circular keycaps and mechanical key switches as well. Let's take a look at this truly unique keyboard...

Biostar B360GT3S Motherboard
Motherboards

Biostar B360GT3S Motherboard Review

When Intel released their 8th generation "Coffee Lake" processors back in October 2017 they were released alongside the enthusiast-class Z370 chipset. That was the only chipset you could use with these new processors at the time. Now you have the option of H370, B360, and H310. The B360 chipset differs from H370 in a few different ways, first you only have support for a single x16 PCI-E slot, only 12 PCI-E lanes (compared to 24), fewer USB ports, and there is no CPU or memory overclocking. Today we will be checking out a B360 board from Biostar. This is actually our first look at a B360 board, but also our first look at a board from Biostar. The Biostar B360GT3S motherboard is part of Biostar's Racing line, which is a gaming line within their product stack. Let's take a look and see if there is a lower-cost alternative to getting a Z370 motherboard.

Storage

QSAN XCubeNAS XN5004T NAS Review

QSAN's XCubeNAS XN5000T series of NAS units are designed for the workloads of both workgroups and SMB environments. Given that direction, you won't find a plethora of consumer-oriented applications like multimedia transcoding, media servers, or the like. Instead, the XN5004T we are reviewing today offers a solid base of tools and features for getting work done in an efficient and reliable manner.

AZZA Hurricane RGB Fans
Cooling

AZZA Hurricane RGB Fans Review

On our quest to see who has the best RGB fans out there we have a new kit which we are checking out today from AZZA. It is their Hurrican RGB with Lumi controller. This 3-fan kit has a rather unique design as the RGB LEDs illuminate the actual frame of the fan rather than the fan blades. The Lumi controller is actually pretty cool and allows you to control these fans (both speed and RGB effects) with your phone! No more hard buttons to find inside of your case! This kit comes in at $69.99 so not the most expensive kit out there, but not the cheapest either. Let's jump in and see what this kit is all about!

Displays

BenQ Zowie XL2546 e-Sports Monitor Review

It seems like many monitors are being marketed to consumers as "gaming monitors" with their flashy RGB lights, curved screens, and impressive specifications, but are these the type of monitors you want if you are a serious e-Sports player? From what we've gathered, probably not. Most professional e-Sports players do not use super large displays, curved screens, or even high resolutions. They are more concerned about performance and functionality. That is where the BenQ Zowie XL2546 e-Sports monitor comes in. This 24.5-inch TN panel had an HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, 240 Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and 320 cd/㎡ brightness. On top of that there are gaming-focused features like Zowie's Dynamic Accuracy technology, Black eQualizer technology, an LCD frame that was designed to reduce light reflection from the screen, and even shields on the side of the monitor to eliminate distractions. Is this the ultimate monitor for the serious e-Sports player? Read on as we find out...

HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933 16GB Memory Kit
Memory

HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933 16GB Memory Kit Review

It seems like every memory company is now offering RGB modules and HyperX is now one of them releasing their first ever RGB kit in their Predator DDR4 RGB. This kit comes with an updated heatspreader design, of course RGB lighting, and one very special feature that you won't find on other RGB kits. That special feature comes in the form of IR channels built into each module. These ensure that the RGB lighting effects don't get out of sync, by allowing the modules to "talk to each other". We were actually shown how this works at CES earlier this year. Today we are checking out the HX429C15PB3AK2/16 kit, which is a 16GB (2x 8GB) kit running at 2933 MHz with timings of 15-17-17-39 at 1.35V. Let's see how this kit stacks up against other RGB kits we've reviewed recently.

Cases

Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L & Q300P PC Cases Review

Back in January at CES when we visited with Cooler Master they showed us their Q300L and Q300P mini-tower cases. These cases not only looked great, but had an equally great price at $39.99 for the Q300L and $69.99 for the Q300P. On the inside both of these cases are the same supporting Micro-ATX motherboards, full-size graphics cards, 3 hard drives, and even some water-cooling.

Benq Screenbar e-Reading Lamp
Displays

Benq Screenbar e-Reading Lamp Review

One thing that most of us do not think about when designing and setting up our PC Desk setup is lighting. Yes, you may want some RGB lights on your desk or behind your monitor, but real functional lighting is sort of an after-thought. Well Benq might have just the thing for you in their Screenbar e-Reading lamp, which is designed to sit on the top of your monitor and provide great lighting for your work space. It also solves problems that traditional lamps face like incorrect brightness, limited space, and screen reflection. Let's take a look at the Screenbar from Benq and see if it is the ultimate lighting solution for our setup.

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