Daily Reviews Summary 04/18/11
Posted on: 04/18/2011 09:16 AM

Here a roundup of the latest hardware reviews:

- ASUS O!Play HD2 HD Media Player Review
- GIGABYTE T1125N-CF1 11.6-inch Tablet Convertible Notebook Review
- ASUS Radeon 6970 DirectCU II Review
- ASUS RT-N56U Wireless-N Gigabit Router Review
- ASUS P8P67 PRO P67 Motherboard Review
- Evercool Transformer 4+ Plus CPU Cooler Review
- Gigabyte E350N-USB3 Review
- GIGABYTE Aivia M8600 Wireless Gaming Mouse Review
- Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower Chassis Review
- Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini ITX Motherboard/ CPU Combo Review

ASUS O!Play HD2 HD Media Player Review
ThinkComputers.org posted a review on the ASUS O!Play HD2 HD Media Player

ASUS has unleashed a super sleek, attractive and capable media player on the world, they’ve named it the O!Play HD2. There are a lot of things to enjoy about the O!Play HD2 like its iPhone remote control, intuitive interface, and the ability to playback all kinds of media including SHOUTcast and Flickr support. Are all of these flashy features enough to beat the competition? Check out the article or our video review to find out!

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GIGABYTE T1125N-CF1 11.6-inch Tablet Convertible Notebook Review
TweakTown posted a review on the GIGABYTE T1125N-CF1 11.6-inch Tablet Convertible Notebook

What we have here is an 11.6" notebook that measures in at 11.4" x 8.7" x 1.1" and weighs 3.8 pounds. It's a little heftier than you'd expect in an 11.6" device, but that's due in part to the fact that this is no ordinary notebook; it's a convertible. The hinge and touch screen adds a bit of beef to this notebook turned tablet; it would have been nice if they had made it a little thinner to compensate.

Because the GIGABYTE T1125N is a convertible tablet, there's a single, chrome-colored hinge under the screen that rotates 180 degrees to the left. The hinge felt very sturdy as this is the third generation of convertible notebook GIGABYTE has produced; they have definitely gotten the quality of the hinge right on this model.

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ASUS Radeon 6970 DirectCU II Review
The Guru of 3D posted a review on theASUS Radeon 6970 DirectCU II

Very few names in the graphics card industry have the balls to take a GPU and then redesign a completely new infrastructure around it. Amongst them ASUS as they took an Radeon HD 6970 GPU... and did just that. They designed a PCB around it, then used a rather sizable cooler and labeled the product EAH6970 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5.

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ASUS RT-N56U Wireless-N Gigabit Router Review
Benchmark Reviews posted a review on the ASUS RT-N56U Wireless-N Gigabit Router

Stylish and router are two words that would not normally be put together in a sentence without a negative term preceding them somehow, but the tables are turning now as we look at the latest offering from ASUS. Today, Benchmark Reviews brings you the ASUS RT-N56U Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router. As you will see in the images that follow, the ASUS RT-N56U certainly has an air of class about it and is different in that way from 99% of routers on offer today. The RT-N56U has five built in antennae to allow simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals to run at up to 300Mb/s concurrently, this allows you to stream HD content to your media devices (5GHz) while you enjoy uninterrupted wireless internet (2.4GHz). On the box ASUS claim that the RT-N56U allows for true Gigabit WAN to LAN throughput (900Mb/s) but as with most claims this doesn't always come true, our testing threw out some good numbers but nowhere near ASUS' claims. The ASUS RT-N56U has two built in USB 2.0 ports that allow you to share printers and USB storage over LAN and WAN, and it also allows you to download to your USB connected storage device while your PC is turned off.

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ASUS P8P67 PRO P67 Motherboard Review
APH Networks posted a review on the ASUS RT-N56U Wireless-N Gigabit Router

Stylish and router are two words that would not normally be put together in a sentence without a negative term preceding them somehow, but the tables are turning now as we look at the latest offering from ASUS. Today, Benchmark Reviews brings you the ASUS RT-N56U Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router. As you will see in the images that follow, the ASUS RT-N56U certainly has an air of class about it and is different in that way from 99% of routers on offer today. The RT-N56U has five built in antennae to allow simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals to run at up to 300Mb/s concurrently, this allows you to stream HD content to your media devices (5GHz) while you enjoy uninterrupted wireless internet (2.4GHz). On the box ASUS claim that the RT-N56U allows for true Gigabit WAN to LAN throughput (900Mb/s) but as with most claims this doesn't always come true, our testing threw out some good numbers but nowhere near ASUS' claims. The ASUS RT-N56U has two built in USB 2.0 ports that allow you to share printers and USB storage over LAN and WAN, and it also allows you to download to your USB connected storage device while your PC is turned off.

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Evercool Transformer 4+ Plus CPU Cooler Review
Tweaknews posted Evercool Transformer 4+ Plus CPU Cooler Review

Evercool's original Transformer 4 CPU cooler, with its dual 120mm fans, 8mm copper heatpipes and direct touch design should have been a top performer in the CPU cooling market. It wasn't. The newer Transformer 4 PLUS, with its higher speed PWM fans performs much better and adds socket 1156 support into the mix. In fact, the cooling is quite good and even has the cooling muscle to support some moderate overclocking.

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Gigabyte E350N-USB3 Review
OCC has published a review on the Gigabyte E350N-USB3

Overclocking the E350N was a fairly simple task. I started by bumping the bus speed up in increments of five, then adjusting the voltage until it was stable. I finally settled at 110MHz @ 1.5V (+0.250V), which remained stable during all the testing. In addition, switching the memory multiplier from 5.3 to 6.6 yielded a stable 1333MHz clock on the RAM without any voltage increase. Unfortunately, I could not squeeze any extra MHz out of the GPU without causing instability.

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GIGABYTE Aivia M8600 Wireless Gaming Mouse Review
Techgage posted a look at GIGABYTE's Aivia M8600 wireless gaming mouse.

Finding a good gaming mouse isn't hard, but finding one that's wireless is. Even high-end options suffer from a major flaw: poor battery life. GIGABYTE realizes this and made sure no one could say that about its Aivia M8600, which in our tests lasted an entire week in 'gaming' mode. Let's see if that, and its other features, warrant the M8600's $105 price.

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Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower Chassis Review
HardwareHeaven.com takes a look at the Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower Chassis

Today Xigmatek are launching the Elysium, a case with HPTX compatibility and we have one of the first samples on our test bench to find out if it has the quality and features to compete with other high end models.

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Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini ITX Motherboard/ CPU Combo Review
OCIA.net has posted their review of the Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini ITX Motherboard/ CPU Combo

After being in development since 2006, AMD was finally able to debut their Fusion APU at the 2011 CES. If you haven't been keeping up with processing technology as of late, APU stands for Accelerated Processing Unit and is AMD's CPU + GPU combo chip. Today we are going to be taking a look at a motherboard / APU combo from Gigabyte, the GA-E350N-USB3. The E350N utilizes the Brazos platform and more specifically, the Zacate APU which features a dual-core Bobcat CPU operating at 1.6 GHz and AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics.

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