Daily Reviews Summary 06/06/08
Posted on: 06/06/2008 10:48 AM
HP - Elite Autofocus Webcam Review
TechwareLabs has published a review of the HP - Elite Autofocus Webcam.
Nowadays, many laptops are coming with built-in webcams, which aren't big enough, or smooth enough for our liking. HP sees this and has come out with the new Elite Autofocus Webcam! Rated at 12MP, we're sure it'll be big enough and fast enough for you. HP - Elite Autofocus Webcam ReviewSamsung SyncMaster 2253LW Review
Bit-Tech published a review of the Samsung SyncMaster 2253LW widescreen monitor
Awkwardly proportioned and packed with ostensibly clever but actually rather pointless image quality enhancements, what exactly do we make of Samsung's new 21.6-inch display? In default mode---the mode we recommend you leave this display set to---it's a solid but unspectacular performer. Samsung SyncMaster 2253LW Review
PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT Video Card Review
The real problem, therefore, is pricing. At over £200, it's not exactly cheap. Especially when you factor in the missing HDMI port and 0.4-inch shortfall in panel size. That may not sound like a lot. But in the absence of any mitigating features, it's just noticeable enough to be a significant niggle at this price point.
Legit Reviews posted a review on the PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT Video Card
For roughly $150 the GeForce 9600 GT is one of the best price versus performance graphics cards on the street today. The card are looking at today is the PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT and it features 512MB of GDDR3 frame buffer memory with a 650 MHz core clock. The PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT is ready for PCI Express 2.0 motherboards and supports NVIDIA SLI technology. Read on as we compare it to an equally priced ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB graphics card to see how it fairs. PNY Verto GeForce 9600 GT Video Card ReviewLexmark X9575 Professional All-in-One Review
BIOS Magazine posted a review on the Lexmark X9575 Professional All-in-One
Similar to the X4875 and other models in the Professional Series inkjet line, the biggest selling point of the X9575 is the new warranty program from Lexmark that includes next-business-day replacement for up to one year after purchase. Furthermore, both high-yield and standard-yield cartridges are available for this series, should you intend to do larger print runs. At the top of the new line is the X9575, which offers built-in automatic two-sided printing, colour print speeds of up to 5ppm (11ppm for black), a 48-bit flatbed colour scanner, and pigmented inks that are highlighter, water and smudge. Lexmark X9575 Professional All-in-One ReviewHiper Anubis review
DriverHeaven posted a review on the Hiper Anubis case
High Performance Group (Hiper), a UK based company, was founded in 2001. They have a varied product catalogue which includes numerous power supplies, coolers and even a few keyboards and video cables. Recently Hiper branched out into computer chassis and the first in their range is the Anubis. Hiper Anubis ReviewIntel Core 2 Duo E7200 Processor Review
The Anubis is made of 6063-T5 alloy which is military specification. This material offers outstanding heat dissipation and is very durable. Lockheed Martin make the wings of their jets with this alloy which is a hell of a talking point.
APH Networks has published a new review on the Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Processor
When we speak of heated competition in the computer world, we used to think of two pairs of rival camps: Intel and AMD, and then there were the nice memories of ATI and NVIDIA. After July 2006, it seems the maps have changed as AMD began to fight its still-ongoing two front war like Germany in World War II. Interestingly, this two front war came just at the right time after Germany took over the French capital. Those were the days when the Athlon 64 X2 was owning the Pentium D. Then they tried to blow its way against the east by spending $5.4 billion buying out ATI Technologies. Meanwhile, the other team were getting their acts together and the United States entered the war -- Intel brought in the Core 2 Duo that literally owned AMD in the enthusiast and consumer market. Two years later, Intel continued to floor the gas pedal -- and it's not a gas pedal in just any car -- continuing the cycle of price slashes, new stepping revisions, and lately the arrival of the Penryn 45nm CPUs. Well, here we are, with two vastly different CPUs sitting in our labs right now. Of which one is a so-called 'low end' dual core Wolfdale E7200 CPU (Like dang, I paid $200 for an E6300 back in 2006... this thing is low end? It's faster than an E6600) priced at $133 per 1000 units, and the second is the second best consumer processor from Intel -- the Core 2 Extreme QX9650 retailing for over $1000. Today, we'll look at the Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale CPU and see how much bang you can get for the buck. Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Processor ReviewThe pinnacle of mouse mat technology
Dan's Data posted a review on the C4 NGen mouse mats
CS Hyde Company's "C4 NGen" mouse mats are woven-substrate PTFE-coated shiny-metallic marvels of the mousing surface manufacturer's art. And they're not even expensive. The pinnacle of mouse mat technologyXFX 9800GX2 Quad SLI Review
But how well do they last?
I've been using one for half a year now, and have finally gotten around to writing a review of it.
XSReviews has reviewed 2 x XFX 9800GX2 in Quad SLI
The PC hardware world is a very "grass is greener" kind of game. As soon as something new and exciting is released, we're all clamouring for the bit of kit over the next horizon. Fortunately - to some extent - in the world of GPUs this was halted for a while with the 8800GTX ruling the roost for just over a year. Now however, we're back to the old system, and while many have their eyes glued to the next nVidia and ATI offerings, the current ones are quite interesting. Case in point, XFX's 9800GX2... in Quad SLI. XFX 9800GX2 Quad SLI ReviewCore 2 Duo E7200 CPU Review
Hardware Secrets posted a review on the Core 2 Duo E7200 CPU processor
Intel will launch a new Core 2 Duo series, E7xxx, in the second half of 2008. Just like the E8xxx series this new series is codenamed "Wolfdale" and will be manufactured under 45 nm process using the Penryn core. We had the opportunity of reviewing the E7200 model, which runs at 2.53 GHz with 1,066 MHz front side bus and 3 MB of L2 memory cache – half the cache compared to the E8xxx models. Let's take a look on the performance from this forthcoming CPU. Core 2 Duo E7200 CPU ReviewKingwin Elite Series Hard Drive Enclosures Review
OCIA.net has posted their review of the Kingwin Elite Series Hard Drive Enclosures.
The team over at Kingwin recently sent word that they would like for us to check out their latest hard drive enclosure, the Elite Series. The Elite Series 3.5" SATA enclosures, built of dual process anodized aluminum, feature a one touch back up system and are USB 2.0 and eSATA compatible. How will this combination of features stack up against the heavy competition already in the marketplace? Kingwin Elite Series Hard Drive Enclosures ReviewHiVi Swans D1080MKII Speakers Review
Hardware Secrets posted HiVi Swans D1080MKII Speakers Review
HiVi is a manufacturer of audiophile-grade speakers and today we are going to review their Swans D1080MKII stereo (i.e. 2.0) amplified speaker set for PCs, iPods or portable CD player, targeted to users that want a high-fidelity speaker system. Each speaker from Swans D1080MKII measures 7 13/64" x 10 5/8" x 8 7/64" (183 mm × 270 mm × 206 mm), uses a vented box design and features a 5" woofer and a 1" (25 mm) dome tweeter. HiVi Swans D1080MKII Speakers ReviewThermaltake BlacX SE SATA to USB Dock Review
TweakTown posted a review on the Thermaltake BlacX SE SATA to USB Dock
Last week we took a close look at the Thermaltake BlacX (USB Version) and found it to be a product that many enthusiasts will not be able to live without. Thermaltake has three versions of the BlacX; USB, USB + eSATA and finally a feature rich version called the BlacX SE. The BlacX SE is for users that want to optimize every product on their desk. Convergence is key when you only have limited space. Thermaltake BlacX SE SATA to USB Dock ReviewMushkin 4GB Ascent DDR2 Memory Kit Review
The Thermaltake BlacX SE has everything the BlacX (USB) that we reviewed last week has, but it adds an extra feature; an integrated USB 2.0 hub. The SE version sits a little taller than the other variants and has a wider base, but the size difference isn’t something you are going to notice since it is such a small amount.
Bjorn3D takes a look at the Mushkin 4GB Ascent DDR2 Memory Kit.
Recently we were contacted by Mushkin, who informed us about a new series memory products that was in the offing. This series of products called the Ascent, would be offered both in DDR2 and DDR3, have both 2 and 4GB kits, and offer varying increases in performance over their previous product high-performance product line. Today it is our pleasure to share our findings for Mushkin's 4GB Mushkin XP2-8500 Ascent DDR2 memory kit. We should also note that the official launch for Mushkin's Ascent memory series should take be taking place and be available most major vendors as you read this review. Mushkin 4GB Ascent DDR2 Memory Kit ReviewDiamond Viper HD 3650 PE 512MB Review
TheTechLounge posted a review on the Diamond Viper HD 3650 PE 512MB video card
ATI's HD 3650 replaces the HD 2600 Pro, a frustrating underachiever. Generally, I dislike video cards in the $50-100 range, mainly because they're not going to play new games well and, if you're after features, then you're better off buying a lesser model from the same series. The features here are the real selling points--two of which stand out ahead of price, connectivity (HDMI), and low power-consumption. First is video playback. ATI swings when it comes to playing movies, and even their entry-level cards are going to do well, if not flawlessly. Second is Hybrid CrossFire. All 3000-series cards an be run in CrossFire with motherboards that have the 780G (and upcoming 790GX) chipsets, in either a performance mode (like regular CrossFire) or power-saving mode, which completely powers down the video card when integrated video is good enough. Combined, these features might give cause to move up a price bracket, favoring a 36 over a 34. Diamond Viper HD 3650 PE 512MB ReviewSamsung 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor 2220WM-HAS Review
Benchmark Reviews has released a new article on the Samsung 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor 2220WM-HAS
High-resolution wide screen monitors are very hot right now. As with most computer trends, one will see a new technology start off expensive before growing into a less expensive and more mature product. LCDs have come a long way themselves; transitioning from an early-adopter, niche market due to poor viewing angles and high product costs into the de facto standard monitor for all new computer systems. Like any piece of hardware, many users aren't content with a single standard size and usually want something bigger, better, larger and more life-like or some such. Hence, large LCD monitors are becoming the new toys that many computer enthusiasts are picking up. The Samsung 2220WM-HAS represents a maturing line of larger wide screen monitors that are surprisingly inexpensive nowadays. Samsung 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor 2220WM-HAS ReviewCorsair XMS3 DHX DDR3-1600 EPP 2.0 Certified 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review
ThinkComputers.org takes a look at the Corsair XMS3 DHX DDR3-1600 EPP 2.0 Certified 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit
Today I will be looking at one of Corsair's latest system memory products, the TW3X4G1600C9DHXNV, a PC3-12800 4 gig kit verified at DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 @ 1.8v, and sports nVidia's EPP 2.0 nForce certification, along with Corsair's DHX patented heat spreaders. Will the XMS3 prove to be the strong, stable, trustworthy product that we have come to expect from memory bearing the Corsair sails? Read on to see! Corsair XMS3 DHX DDR3-1600 EPP 2.0 Certified 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit ReviewCrucial Ballstix PC3-16000 2GB EPP Memory Kit Review
HardwareLogic posted Crucial Ballstix PC3-16000 2GB EPP Memory Kit Review
Ballistics - the fine science of motion that has given us cannons, catapults, rockets, and a myriad other toys with which to play havoc with. Then there are Ballistix, the (in)famous memory line from Crucial that leaves other lesser kits weeping from sorrow in it's wake. Forgetting about projectile trajectory for a bit, Crucial has rolled out the artillery in the form of its newest incarnation wielding a rating of PC3-16000. Yes, you read that right, a whopping 2000MHz of blistering speed that breaks the sound barrier of current offerings. When looking back to how just a few months ago DDR3 could barely out pace it's predecessor, we can only feel that slight tingle of glee and anticipation that normally follows such a launch. Crucial Ballstix PC3-16000 2GB EPP Memory Kit Review TN GAMES FPS Vest Review - adding realism to games
XtremeComputing posted TN GAMES FPS Vest Review - adding realism to games
For this review I’ll be looking at something a little different from a, I assume, relative newcomer to the gaming accessory scene as before receiving the item for review I had never heard of them. The item under review today is the FPS Gaming Vest from TN Games. It’s a rather interesting item that should make compatible FPS games even more realistic by enabling users to feel the game. TN GAMES FPS Vest Review - adding realism to gamesA-DATA G Series DDR2 800 2 x 2GB Review
OCC has published a new review on the A-DATA G Series DDR2 800 2 x 2GB Memory Kit
The A-DATA G Series DDR2 800 2 x 2GB memory kit was extremely surprising. First of all, it outperformed a set of Mushkin RAM rated at DDR2 1000 but run at the same 800MHz speed as the A-Data G series DDR2 800 memory. You would guess that it just scraped by the Mushkin set, but it was surpassing it by quite a margin in some tests but just squeaking by in others. Not only did it perform exceptionally, it ran at a stock voltage of only 1.8! That is what we as enthusiasts love to see, RAM that performs great at low voltages. I was also caught off guard by how much overclocking headroom this kit had. I was able to push out 501MHz to reach DDR2 1000, and amazingly, I only had to bump the voltage up to 1.9! A-DATA G Series DDR2 800 2 x 2GB ReviewMSI N9600GT Hybrid Freezer Graphics Card Review
TweakTown checked out the MSI N9600GT Hybrid Freezer Graphics Card
It’s always nice to see companies mix it up with new coolers, and the Hybrid Freezer seems to have some pretty cool technology behind it. It makes sense that they’re installing it on the popular 9600GT series of card, and in this case MSI has decided to install it on a card carrying with it 1GB of GDDR3 memory for added appeal. MSI N9600GT Hybrid Freezer Graphics Card ReviewCooler Master Centurion 590 Review
While we’ve looked at so many 9600GTs, you have to admit that we’ve seen such a huge variety of different models; some excellent clocks, some excellent connectivity and some pretty funky aftermarket coolers.
InsideHW.com has posted an article about Cooler Master Centurion 590
Our first impressions on this case were: it is going to be drafty in there. That thought was a consequence of large number of ventilation openings for fan mounting. Case itself is build of steel and aluminum side panels and final fabrication is very well done. Design of this case is simple and elegant. Front panel is built of aluminum and quality plastics with edges that blend perfectly. Large part of front mask is covered with 5.25" drive bay covers. There is additional 3.5" drive bay cover for users that use floppy drive or internal card readers.
>>Cooler Master Centurion 590 ReviewHP SimpleSave Photo Disks Review
TechwareLabs has published a review of the HP SimpleSave Photo Disks
From time to time, we must format our computers due to either broken systems, or ones that draggg. HP makes backing up photos simple with the SimpleSave Photo Disks. Simply pop the disk in the drive and watch it go! Jack tells us some interesting conclusions about the disks. HP SimpleSave Photo Disks Review