The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) has passed quite a few of the mandatory steps before going official – with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications cleared, it also popped up on GeekBench and was also featured in a render video. Well, one of the preliminary units has apparently slipped out of the confines of NDAs and has gotten reviewed on video. Sadly, the video has since been taken down, but we’ll walk you through it. First
Building – or simply buying – a PC isn’t an easy task. With a seemingly endless list of components to consider, there is evidently a lot standing in the way between you and powering on that hardy rig for the first time. Among these necessities is the CPU, the central processing unit, or just the processor for short. The processor is an integral part of your computer, so much so that it’s often referred to as the brains
Enermax has started shipments of its new SteelWing chassis this week, designed specifically for small form-factor desktop PCs. The new PC case is made of aluminum and tempered glass, it has an extravagant yet capacious design with advanced ventilation and can fit in a custom liquid cooling system, a high-end graphics card and a powerful processor. The SteelWing is essentially
Not so long ago, PC liquid cooling was considered to be an extreme approach, one performed by hardcore enthusiasts and overclockers alone. There were no commercial products available and every individual system was designed by the user. Radiators were modified heater cores extracted from cars, CPU blocks were rare and occasionally machined at local workshops using a copper
EIZO has introduced two new displays designed for specialized and business environments that require multi-monitor setups. The new FlexScan EV2451 and EV2456 are equipped with ultra-thin bezels for their standout feature, and are IPS panels with 178° viewing angles as well as four display inputs to maximize compatibility. The FlexScan EV2451 and EV2456 monitors
Sometimes there is no substitute for performance. Most of the laptop market is focusing on thin and light designs, with companies attempting to outdo each other by shaving a millimeter or two off of their laptop z-height compared to the competition. But in the Desktop Replacement (DTR) category, there are no such concessions. Clevo is one of the few laptop makers that
Cooler Master is a very familiar brand name amongst enthusiasts, with a virtually endless lineup of products. The company started off as a manufacturer of PC cooling solutions and quickly diversified towards other segments of the market, such as cases and power supply units, to which they owe much of their current reputation. If you are a PC techie, chances are that you
There have already been rumors that vivo’s upcoming X9 smartphone will feature dual cameras both on the front as well as the back. The company recently outed a teaser that just confirmed there will be a dual camera setup on the phone. Now, a new teaser image has been released, which not only confirms that both X9 and X9 Plus will sport dual front-facing cameras, but also reveals that these shooters will be of 20MP and 8MP, respectively.
Seagate has announced its new Game Drive for Xbox SSD. While the name suggests it is primarily for the original Xbox, this drive is focused for the Xbox One (regular and S) and Xbox 350, allowing users to store more titles using NAND flash memory. Due to the higher performance of SSDs compared to HDDs used in an Xbox One, the Game Drive for Xbox SSD is being promoted
Today LG and Apple made a joint product announcement of sorts. Apple announced their new MacBook Pro, which uses four Thunderbolt 3 ports for IO. During the launch event, Apple also noted that LG would be launching a new pair of monitors to go along with the MacBook Pro. These new monitors are branded as LG UltraFine, and LG is advertising them as monitors designed to seamlessly integrate
The popularity of mechanical keyboards has been rising sharply during the last few years, leading not only to the release of new keyboards from almost every company that is involved in the production of PC hardware, but to the emergence of many startup companies as well. This however has saturated the market, with very few new products actually bringing new, innovative
Kicking off a busy day for the Internet of Things market, Intel this morning is announcing the Atom E3900 series. Based upon the company’s latest generation Goldmont Atom CPU core, the E3900 series will be Intel’s most serious and dedicated project yet for the IoT market. We’ve talked about Intel’s IoT efforts off and on over the past couple of years.
The PC market has been subject to challenges over the last several years. However, gaming systems and small form-factor (SFF) PCs have weathered the storm particularly well. Many vendors have tried to combine the two, but space constraints and power concerns have ended up limiting the gaming performance of such systems. GIGABYTE, in particular, has been very active in
The Wi-Fi Alliance this week began to certify products featuring wireless modules compatible with the 802.11ad standard (aka WiGig). The certification will help to ensure that all WiGig-branded devices, which have been around for some time, can flawlessly operate with each other and deliver expected multi-gigabit performance over 60 GHz spectrum. The WiGig
OnePlus has dropped the latest beta for the OnePlus 3. This is the OxygenOS 3.5.5 Open Beta 6 that is based on Marshmallow and available for download now. The list of changes in this version include: Added OnePlus FileDash functionality for convenient file transfersAdded ability to switch launcher layoutsIntegration of Google Map to share locational information in messagesRedesign of the phone calling UIAdded
Right on cue, Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro is now available to purchase from its online store in the US. The Chinese company revealed the launch date last week, and it’s stayed on schedule. The Phab2 Pro is special because it’s the first shipping phone to be Tango-enabled. Tango is Google’s augmented reality play for your handheld device. The Phab2 Pro is priced at $499.99 unlocked, and for now its launch seems to be limited to the US. Google
Update 10/23: NVIDIA has yanked the 375.57 drivers this weekend and replaced them with a new build, 375.63. The updated driver set fixes an especially annoying bug with tiles on Windows 10 that the previous driver introduced. They can be downloaded here. Following suit as this fall’s major games hit the (virtual) store shelves, NVIDIA has packaged another bundle of
LaCie this week has introduced two new workstation-grade external storage solutions using Thunderbolt 3 with the focus on big on-the-desk data storage. The 6big and 12big devices pack in six or twelve enterprise-grade hard drives respectively and can provide up to 60 TB or up to 120 TB of storage space. The HDDs can be implemented as a JBOD or work in various RAID modes.
Today vivo has outed its first teaser for an upcoming smartphone that the Chinese rumorsphere has labeled as being the X9. This should succeed the X7 in the company’s portfolio, even though that model was only made official four months ago. Things move fast in the competitive Chinese smartphone market. The teaser in question, which you can see to the left, doesn’t mention the yet-to-be-announced device by name. It
Updated: Google’s Chromecast Ultra will be releasing in November, adding one more compatible device that will allow users to watch Netflix in 4K – original review below. Netflix, the undisputed streaming king, has joined local services Stan, Presto and Quickflix in providing Australians with the future of entertainment consumption, and now we’re ready to see how it stacks up to the competition. Now that Netflix Australia
Apple released a new beta of iOS 10.1 to developers yesterday. It features a bunch of additions and improvements, but probably the biggest one for most users is going to be the new emoji. For starters, iOS finally added support for the Unicode 9.0 emoji set. This includes some new emoji, such as shrug, facepalm, rolling on the floor laughing, selfie, bacon, and a whole bunch of other food and animal emoji. Apple