Daily Reviews Summary 11/16/11
Posted on: 11/16/2011 11:11 AM

Here the first reviews roundup of today with 17 new articles, including Lenovo HTPC Multimedia Remote with Keyboard Review, TechSpot Holiday Gift Guide 2011, and Synology DS212j NAS Review

Lenovo HTPC Multimedia Remote with Keyboard Review
Everything USB posted a review on Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard.

Finding the right Home Theater PC remote can be an exercise in frustration. For the last three years, I've been searching for the right combination of control, wireless range, battery life, backlighting, and price. Even as a reviewer, this is much harder than you'd think it'd be. Enter Lenovo with their second generation HTPC controller, the N5902 Multimedia Remote with Keyboard. There's a ton of improvements to be had over the older N5901 including backlighting, but how does it stack up overall? Click onward to our in-depth review to find out!

Verdict:
Lenovo's second generation HTPC remote suffers greatly the optical trackpad's low resolution, but is mostly vindicated by the comfort, backlighting and wireless reliability.

Pros:
+ Pleasant ergonomic grip
+ Efficient keyboard
+ Comfortable scrolling
+ Dedicated media keys
+ Receiver stows in battery compartment
+ Arrow keys have raised nub
+ Decent wireless range

Cons:
- Optical trackpad is terribly slow
- Lacks "Green Button"
- Escape and Backspace keys hard to locate by touch
- No recharging solution
- Arrow keys are a stretch for lefties
- Backlighting is uneven

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Antec Performance One P280 Midtower Case Review
Legit Reviews posted Antec Performance One P280 Midtower Case Review

Today we have Antec's newest addition to the Performance One series, the P280. Continuing the legacy of Performance One enclosures, the P280 integrates quiet technologies such as sound-dampening steel / polycarbonate side panels, a triple-layer front door and hard drive trays with preinstalled vibration-reducing silicone grommets. Antec says that with the P280 they have fixed some things that users didn't care for, so let's find out if they did!

Antec set out to fix a couple of the main issues users had with their recent cases. I think they hit the mark. The Performance One P280 has all the looks that the Performance One series is known for and the new features are great....

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Antec Performance One Series P280 Super Mid Tower Chassis Review
Tweaktown posted Antec Performance One Series P280 Super Mid Tower Chassis Review

As I sit here contemplating to start this based off of a revision of a previous design angle, or if I take the approach of allowing this chassis to stand on its own merits, I find that both angles are very applicable to what we are going to be having a look at. As the title mentions, essentially we are at what the evolution of what the P180 has become some years later. The external design has definitely been revisited in this new release, but there have been a multitude of changes made internally. Looking at cases that came later in the Performance One series from Antec, the P183 and P193 and their revisions, they were all based off a compartmentalized interior design. So while Antec tried to make it have aesthetic cues that hark back to the classic design that many of you reading this have used, there has been much thought and effort into maximizing what you can get into this chassis, making it easy to do, and deliver limited noise in operation.

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ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 2012 Review
TechReviewSource.com posted a review on ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 2012

With the 2012 edition, ZoneAlarm Free Firewall gets the same new look as the related antivirus and security suite products. Other than that, not much has changed. Its protection remains excellent.

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Western Digital TV Live Review
TechwareLabs posted a review on the Western Digital TV Live

Sometime ago we reviewed the WDTV which is a great product, but as with everything in technology field products evolve. The next product in the evolution of the Western Digital TV series is the WD TV Live Hub and we have reviewed it for you here.

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Mushkin Ventura Pro 32 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review
OCC has published a review on the Mushkin Ventura Pro 32 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

In regular use, I find myself commonly transferring larger files, which is where this drive excels. My biggest personal annoyance was the cap and lanyard situation, though it should not be a deal breaker. The design, if nothing else, looks and feels good. On top of that, it provides shock resistance and perhaps even temperature dispersion. Ultimately, the Mushkin Ventura Pro proved to be a very well-rounded and high-performance 32 GB flash drive.

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Intel X79 Quad Channel and Z68 Dual Channel Memory Performance Analysis
TweakTown posted Intel X79 Quad Channel and Z68 Dual Channel Memory Performance Analysis

Memory performance on the new platform has been all over the place and I've personally been talking to both motherboard and RAM manufacturers to see what we can do about the performance. The big issue at the moment is under AIDA64 - an almost industry standard benchmark for us, we see that Quad Channel isn't painted in the best light.

It's not our job to go out there and make sure the product is painted in the best light. It's not like Intel has turned around and said anything to us, though, it's just this personal issue I'm having at the moment with the numbers we're getting out of Quad Channel memory in our normal benchmarks. It doesn't make sense that from a bandwidth perspective it offers no more performance than Dual Channel, if not slightly less at times.

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TechSpot Holiday Gift Guide 2011
TechSpot posted their Holiday Gift Guide 2011

It’s mid-November already, the holidays are quickly approaching and like every year you want to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. If you are reading this, chances are someone on your list is a ‘techie’, gadget freak, or simply one who enjoys tinkering with the latest technology. Before you hit the nearest electronics shop or favorite e-tailer for some shopping, check out our shortlist on some the hottest items for tech fans this year.

Just like in previous years we’ve thoughtfully compiled a list of technology toys and gadgets from least to most expensive. Whether you’re looking to keep your spending in check or go all out and buy that big bad HDTV you've been gazing at, we hope you'll find this guide handy. So without further ado here are our suggestions.

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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 Super Overclock Review
Hardware Canucks posted a review of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 Super Overclock video card.

The GTX 570 may have been introduced over nearly a year ago (yes, it has been that long) but it is still one of the best graphics cards around when it comes to price / performance ratio. Gigabyte has taken it upon themselves to take this card to the next level by integrating it into their Super Overclock series. The resulting GTX 570 Super Overclock boasts high clock speeds and a $50 price premium over the reference version but its performance could go toe to toe against the GTX 580.

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Battlefield 3 Gaming and Performance Review on NVIDIA GTX 500 Series Video Cards
Hi Tech Legion posted Battlefield 3 Gaming and Performance Review on NVIDIA GTX 500 Series Video Cards

Battlefield 3 is the latest installment in the franchise, powered by a new Frostbite engine. Unlike other modern warfare shooters, Battlefield 3 boasts bone-crushing physics effects and an emphasis on team-work when it comes to multiplayer gaming. Much like its predecessors, Battlefield 3 gives players the opportunity to launch into the battlefield on foot, on a tank, on a jet, or any of the twenty other vehicles parked on the map. Paired with the latest in DirectX11 technology, players can enjoy highly detailed large-scale outdoor maps unlike anything ever seen in a video game. Battlefield 3 is the one of a kind gaming experience that PC gamers have been asking for and rightly deserve.

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Corsair H100 Liquid Cooling Review
R&B Mods posted a review on the Corsair H100 Liquid Cooling

Corsair recently released a new watercooler on the market that according to Corsair should outperform the Antec Kuhler 920. The Kuhler performed quite well in our tests so we have high hopes for this H100 liquid cooler. The Question is; how well will it perform and at what noise levels does it have? The Antec performed good at very low noise levels so lets get on with the review and see if the H100 can compete.

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ADATA Superior SH14 500 GB USB 3.0 Review
techPowerUp posted a review on the ADATA Superior SH14 500 GB USB 3.0

The Superior SH14 drive from ADATA offers two fairly unique attributes: shock resistance and water resistance. We take the drive for a spin and torture it to see if we can break it.

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Xclio Touch 320 Mid Tower PC Case Review
DragonSteelMods posted a review on the Xclio Touch 320 Mid Tower PC Case

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Xclio but they’ve just introduced a few new cases and they’ve sent me over two of them for review. Today we’ll start off with the Touch 320 Mid Tower Chassis that features six fans pre-installed; those fans are controlled by a touch panel fan controller located on the front of the case, that’s where the name ‘Touch’ comes from of course. Let’s just get into it…

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Alienware M17x (R3) Gaming Notebook Review: It Glows!
PC Perspective posted a review on the Alienware M17x (R3) Gaming Notebook

The purpose of a review, of course, is to move past reputation and judge the true capabilities of a product. And in the case of the Alienware M17x, there's a lot to judge. We’ll talk about its bulk later, but I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying that this laptop has big bones as well as serious hardware.

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Samsung Solid Immerse Review
Tech-Reviews.co.uk posted Samsung Solid Immerse Review

The Samsung Solid Immerse is a sturdy and rugged mobile phone for those with a more adventurous side and who prefer to spend time outdoors. And no, I don't mean leaving the computer to go to McDonalds...

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Synology DS212j NAS Review
Vortez posted Synology DS212j NAS Review

A few days ago we were looking at the DS212 but today we are looking to its sibling the 'j' model, the DS212j - to see if this budget oriented NAS has what it takes to deliver great features and performance at a lower price-point.

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ASUS TUF Sabertooth X79 review
The Guru of 3D posted ASUS TUF Sabertooth X79 review

ASUS initially had a mild success with the Sabertooth series, they carefully launched just in the USA as a tryout, yet once the concept picked up, they noticed demand worldwide. Head on over to the next page where we'll discuss the X79 chipset, the respective ASUS models. Then we'll throw a decent photo-shoot and a benchmark suite at the products and get an indication what performance is like with the Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) and X79 Platform.

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