Microsoft’s first Surface model received a fairly mixed reception due to the hefty restrictions on the Windows RT operating system. For example, you could only install applications from the Windows store, and there wasn’t any support for third-party Win32 software. In theory, there is a workaround but this isn’t officially supported. Thankfully, Microsoft realized this lack of flexibility was limiting the device’s appeal and eventually supported Win32 applications in later models. The company’s latest flagship laptop/tablet hybrid, entitled the Surface Pro 4 is probably the most impressive hardware launch I’ve seen from Microsoft. The device’s premium finish and powerful internal components makes it a superb device for demanding users on-the-move.
Clearly, the Surface Pro 4’s ingenious cover design is a great asset and looks stunning. Today, Microsoft launched a new “signature” Surface Type Cover featuring an Alcantata fabric “unlike anything you’ve ever experienced,”. This is a bold claim to make but there is a great deal of truth behind it. Alcantara is used on premium headphones, expensive steering wheels and a host of other products. It feels incredibly soft and there’s a certain level of satisfaction when brushing your hands against the finish.
The Signature Type Cover incorporates a large glass trackpad and improved spacing between each key to enhance comfort. In terms of pricing, Microsoft have set a retail price of $159.99 which is $10 cheaper than Apple’s “Smart” iPad Pro keyboard. If you’re interested in the item, it should be available today from Microsoft’s store. It seems Microsoft is trying to employ a similar tactic to Apple and cater towards users wanting fashionable hardware they can proudly display. I’m not entirely convinced the company has the same appeal as Apple when it comes to producing desirable pieces of fashion. This perception is a shame because the Surface Pro 4 oozes build quality.
Portable 2-in-1 hybrid ultrabooks provide exceptional flexibility for consumers wanting a thin form factor to easily complete rudimentary tasks while travelling. Even though they’re lacking in the power department, hybrid devices allow you to use touch screen functionality in tablet mode or adopt a normal seating position when typing. I honestly see this as a major development in consumer laptops and believe they might bridge the gap between the mobile and PC market. According to a leak from BenchLife, ASUS will unveil their next line up of ultrabooks sporting various hardware configurations very soon.
The ZenBook Flip features a 13.3-inch display and will be available with either a 1920×1080 panel or whopping 3200×1800 resolution. Furthermore, the range is rumoured to launch on April 7th and despite its name, use Intel’s M series of CPUs. The basic setup includes a Core M3-6Y30 dual core processor with a 900MHz base and Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz. The mid-range Core M5-6Y54 dual core processor utilizes a base speed of 1.1GHz, and Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz. Finally, the high-end Core M7-6Y75 processor has a base speed of 1.2 GHz, and Turbo Boost reaching a maximum of 3.1GHz.
Other specifications include the choice between 4GB or 8GB of DDR4 memory and a wide range of SSD capacities. You can select a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB capacity which opts for the M.2 interface. The device will weigh a very respectable 1.3KG, contain two USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, MicroHDMI and an SD card reader. Unfortunately, there’s no current wording regarding the price but at least there’s only a few days until the official launch. Given the upcoming launch of AMD’s Zen architecture and new Intel CPUs on the horizon, I might have expected a staggered release. Nevertheless, I’m interested to see the performance numbers and how well the product line copes with daily tasks.
Corsair blew us away with their new Void gaming headsets, offering exceptional performance, comfort, style and very competitive prices that have made them an instant success with gamers around the world. Now Corsair is back again with their latest model, the Corsair Void Surround Hybrid Gaming Headset and if it’s anything like their Void USB Dolby 7.1 RGB, Void RGB Wireless 7.1 or their Void 3.5mm Stereo , we’re going to be in for a real treat with their latest.
“Enter the VOID—the innovative and exciting new family of advanced gaming headsets from Corsair. Whether you choose wireless, USB, or stereo powered audio gear, you will always be one step ahead of your enemies with fast forward design, spectacular fidelity, universal compatibility, and innovative on-headset controls – enabling you to command your gaming soundscape without hitting pause.” – Corsair
The Void Hybrid comes very well equipped, with a unique USB adapter system that allows it to work effortlessly on PC, Mobile, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, meaning it’s going to be a one-stop shop for all your gaming needs, at home, or on the go. Of course, you’ll also find the usual thrills from the Void headset, such as that comfortable microfiber padding, a noise-cancelling microphone, on-headset controls and more!
Genuine Dolby 7.1: Treat yourself to 7.1 channels of accurate and immersive surround
Universal Compatibility: The mobile-compatible connector works with PlayStation 4, Xbox One and mobile devices. The included USB Dolby 7.1 sound card unlocks genuine Dolby surround for PC
Embark on Marathon Gaming Sessions: Microfiber-wrapped memory foam ear pads enable extended play
Unlock legendary audio: Oversized 50mm neodymium drivers bring the action to life with brilliant range and precision
Crystal Clear Voice Communication: The noise-canceling microphone on the VOID headset puts your voice in the spotlight—and nothing else
The packaging is nicely designed, keeping in theme with other Corsair Gaming hardware and the previous Void series headsets. On the front, we can see that it supports Dolby, Corsair Utility Engine, multiple devices and features 50mm drivers.
Around the back, a more detailed run down on how the headset can connect to multiple devices, as well as some information on the noise-cancelling microphone, format support, and on-headset controls.
In the box, you’ll find all the usual documentation as well as a simple quick start guide.
There’s a small USB dongle soundcard included, this isn’t needed for connecting to all devices, but as you can see, it takes a USB port and outputs it to a 3.5mm jack for the headset, and there’s a small LED indicator on there for the Dolby feature.
Microsoft is probably most well-known for their software, with everything from the Windows operating system to the Office tool suite commonplace in homes around the world. One thing that Microsoft have been keen on expanding though is their hardware. With the success of the Microsoft Surface, a tablet that featured a magnetically docked keyboard and was well-known for its high power and low profile. Now the next phase in Microsoft hardware has been unleashed in the UK in the form of the Surface book.
The new Surface Book will set you back, at least, £1,299 if you are looking at an i5 model but upgrading it to the top of the line will set you back £2,249 for an i7 and dedicated NVIDIA graphics (rumoured to be NVIDIA’s 940M).
Are you interested in the Surface Book? For the price tag is the 13.5 inch screen a little too small for your taste? If you are looking at buying one you can find out more at the Microsoft store.
We’ve been seeing a rapidly growing range of peripherals from Cougar over the last year, from their high-end 700K Mechanical to their budget friendly 200K. Today, however, we’ll be taking a look at a keyboard that fits quite nicely in the middle, the Cougar 450K Hybrid, a budget friendly, yet rather feature-packed gaming keyboard that we’re hoping will be as impressive as all the other Cougar products we’ve reviewed here at eTeknix.
“COUGAR 450K brings you all the features you would expect from a high-end gaming keyboard. With highly comfortable hybrid mechanical switches, 450K provides the accurate tactile feedback of fully mechanical keyboards and a durability far above other keyboards of its class while at the same time offering a superior level of comfort and less finger strain.”
While this is a membrane keyboard, it’s marketed as a “hybrid mechanical.” Many of you will recognise this as what it really is, a plunger switch. This means you’ve got a tactile pop to the keys that gives them a mechanical feel, but they’re much quieter and cheaper than classic mechanical switches, giving you a nice bridge between standard membrane and mech switches.
“COUGAR 450K’s support for UIX allows you to adjust the functionality of the keyboards’ keys, define macros and modify many important settings of the keyboard. All of this is done with a highly intuitive interface that is shared with compatible COUGAR mice, which means that after you get used to 450K using, for example, 450M will be easy and natural. After configuring all the settings, 450K’s on-board memory will allow you to bring with you up to three configuration profiles anywhere you go.”
The 450K comes well equipped given its budget friendly aspirations. You’ll find three colour LED lighting, on-board memory for macros and profiles, 1ms response, anti-ghosting, UIX software, programmable keys and a 1.8m braided cable.
The packaging is nicely designed, with a cool image of the keyboard on the front, as well as a quick rundown of the main specifications, such as the polling rate, splash proof design, switch type and more.
Around the back, a more detailed run down of the extra features, but we’ll take a closer look at those in just a moment.
In the box, you’ll find the keyboard comes hard-wired with a good quality 1.8-meter black braided USB cable. It’s plug and play ready, but if you want to tap into all the extra features, you’ll also want to download the UIX software from the Cougar website.
While the consumer world is starting to adjust and get up to date and 4K resolution monitors and TVs are starting to enter more and more homes around the world, Panasonic is already working on the next generation of 8K monitors. We have already seen a few large-screen monitors on display that could handle this high resolution, but it wasn’t really real. The 8K image was composed out of two 4K 60Hz images spliced into one.
The reason for this was the bandwidth limitation by the current cables and connectors, but Panasonic found the solution for this and presented the first single cable and connector solution for transmission of full-spec 8K video signals. For reference purpose, I can share that the official full-spec 8K resolution features 33 million pixels in a 7,680 by 4,320 pixel setup at 120 frames per second.
The new cable is a hybrid cable made of metal wire and plastic optical fiber and it overcomes the previous trouble of alignment. With detachable connectors like this on a cable, it is difficult to precisely align optical axes at the connection, which leads to poor connectivity and other defects. That has hampered the deployment of optical fiber cables in video transmission cables with detachable connectors, but that’s about to change.
Panasonic developed the new cable and connector type together with KAI Photonics Co., Ltd., a venture from Japan’s Keio University. The plastic optical fiber and its connection technology are using ballpoint-pen type interconnects and Panasonic further added their know-how on multi-level modulation of broadband signals to achieve a transmission bandwidth that exceeds 100 Gbps with a single cable. That should be plenty even for 8K 120Hz setups.
Professor Yasuhiro Koike of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, commented: “I am delighted that Panasonic successfully developed a prototype cable for transmitting 8K images based on ‘plastic optical fiber and its connection technology using ballpoint-pen type interconnect,’ which was developed by Keio University. We would like to further cooperate with Panasonic to respond to the variety of needs for audiovisual transmission.”
Naturally this is intended for corporate usage for now, but what starts in the corporate world usually makes it to the consumer market sooner or later. For now, we need the 4K format to take off with more available content.
Cooler is better and that isn’t a motto that’s just relevant to the top of the line graphics cards, it’s something that applies to all models throughout the ranks. Those who are in the market for a new GeForce GTX 970 powered graphics card and at the same time want something that runs as cool as possible, they should take a look at the just released EVGA GeForce GTX 970 HYBRID GAMING graphics card. The new graphics card comes with an all-in-one liquid cooler as well as a blower fan for optimal cooling and without the hassle of installing an aftermarket cooler yourself.
Without the trouble of mounting aftermarket solutions, tubing and filling, the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 HYBRID GAMING is pure plug and play like any other graphics card. The only difference is that you’ll also need to mount the 120mm radiator with the fan to the chassis.
The AIO solution is utilizing a pure Copper Base heatsink for optimal cooling and maximum heat transfer. You also get a card with a virtually silent operation as the fans won’t have to work as much as traditional cooling solutions and thanks to the variably controlled fans on both the graphics card itself and on the radiator.
The cooling solution is very effective and the card will hover around 40 degrees during maximum load usage, which is quite nice compared to the up to 90 degrees seen on reference cards.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 970 HYBRID GAMING graphics card has 1664 CUDA Cores, a base clock of 1140 MHz and a boost clock of 1279 MHz. It comes with 4GB GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit memory bus and clocked at 7010MHz. The card is also ready for up to 3-way SLI setups.
CRYORIG initially unveiled the A-series hybrid liquid coolers about five months ago and while some smiled a bit about the idea, it’s a solid concept. CRYRIG took a normal closed loop liquid cooling system and added a twist in the form of an angled fan directly mounted on the CPU block.
You can very easily get heat-stagnation around the CPU area when you use liquid cooling, as there simply isn’t much airflow going past the area as there would be with air coolers. This is also a problem well-known to people like me that use test benches instead of closed cases and something one has to be careful of: there simply isn’t any normal airflow going over the system and as such, VRMs and memory placed around the CPU area can get very hot.
The CRYORIG A Series HLC is capable of lowering the temperatures of the components surrounding the CPU by up to 20%. This major drop in heat buildup effectively improves system stability, component lifespan and overall system temperatures.
The pump fan is 0 x 25mm and has a 1500-3000 RPM PWM controlled fan that matches the speed of the radiator fans. The CRYORIG A Series will come in three models based on radiator size: The A40 has a normal 240 mm radiator, the A40 Ultimate comes with a 240 mm by 1.5-inch thick radiator, and the A80 has a larger 280 mm radiator for 140mm fans.
Availability is set worldwide for mid to late November and the MSRP of the A40, A40 Ultimate and A80 is $100 USD, $110 USD and $120 USD (excl. VAT) respectably in North America, and 99,95 Euro, 109,95 Euro, 119,95 Euro (inc. VAT) in Germany/Europe.
Following the release of the 512GB SSD iteration of its new Surface Book tablet/laptop hybrid, Microsoft boasted that it was a 1TB version would soon be en route. Indeed, the higher-storage model is now available for pre-order from the Microsoft Store, but it’ll cost you an outrageous $3,199.
While the 1TB Surface Book also includes 16GB RAM and a Core i7 processor, the $500 difference between that and the 512GB model seems steep.
Following the reveal of the Surface Book laptop, Microsoft has officially unveiled the Surface Pro 4, the latest in its line of tablet/laptop hybrids, and it’s more powerful, lighter, and thinner than its predecessors, but boasts a larger screen, Windows 10, and a revised Surface Pen.
Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and creator of the Surface Panos Panay presented the new system by reminding us of the catchphrase used to promote every Surface thus far: “This challenge of the tablet and the laptop… which do you buy? Remember that problem? It’s gone.”
The Surface Pro 4 runs on Intel’s new Skylake processors, and its new keyboard includes a fingerprint sensor, while the tablet, with its 12/3-inch display, features Cortana integration. Thankfully, owners of previous models will find that older Surface keyboards are still compatible. The new, improved Surface Pen has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, and even an eraser at the base.
In order to squeeze the Intel Core processor – with the company claiming that the Surface Pro 4 is 50% faster than an Apple MacBook Air – into its thinnest ever tablet, Microsoft has heavily optimised its innards, using a G5 chipset to control the optical stack and covering the screen with 0.4mm Gorilla Glass 4.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is available for preorder now, starting at $899/£749 for the 128GB 6th Generation Intel Core M3, 4GB RAM iteration, ahead of its 26th October release.
Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.
EVGA launches the Hybrid Faceoff Program and offers their existing Hybrid Card customers a free upgrade in the form of a new and improved shroud for their cards. For a limited time, and while supply lasts, all EVGA customers who have one of the three participating cards are eligible for this upgrade.
The free does have one small hitch, you will have to pay for shipping and handling. But the new shroud in itself is free of charge. The offer applies to customers who have purchased an EVGA GeForce Titan X Hybrid, GTX 980 Ti Hybrid, or a GTX 980 Hybrid graphics card.
The new shroud will give the cards a fresher look and lighter look. EVGA removed the X-shaped design and opted for a more simple approach. The new shroud also updates the look with an LED, allowing you to light it up and show off your fancy hardware with pride.
The trade-in should be very simple and you only need to head over to the EVGA mini-site and log in with your EVGA account, fill in a few details and you should be good to go.
I like the new EVGA Hybrid shroud design quite a bit more than the old one. It looks more like a Nvidia card and generally just lighter. Would you opt for the new shroud if you had one of these cards or do you like the old versions better? Let us know.
Corsair is one of the most recognisable brand names in the PC market. They’ve huge a vast range of chassis, peripherals, storage, memory, power supplies and more! As well as years of history with consumers and a fiercely loyal fan base that has served them pretty well too. Their power supplies are some of the most popular around, especially their budget friendly models, which have been a prime choice with system builders around the world.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at their HX750i, a high-end 80 Plus Platinum rated unit that will be well suited to powerful single GPU systems and even some dual-GPU systems. The extremely efficient power delivery is certainly appealing, but will come at a premium, but you’ll also find Corsair Link, fully modular cables, a Zero RPM fan mode, a 7-year warranty and more, so Corsair is certainly doing a lot to tempt you to invest in a high-end unit.
“HXi Series power supplies give you extremely tight voltage control, virtually silent operation, and a fully modular cable set. With all Japanese 105°C capacitors, they’re a great choice for high performance PCs where reliability is essential. 80 PLUS Platinum efficiency reduces operating cost and excess heat, and together with Zero RPM Fan Mode technology, gives you virtually silent operation.” – Corsair
The packaging is really nicely designed, with a clear image of the PSU on the front, showing off those fully modular connectors.
Around the back, a few technical details about the efficiency and the zero RPM fan mode.
In the box, you’ll find a large and durable component bag, which houses all of the cables for the PSU. This is handy for storing any you’re not using, should you need them in the future.
You’ll also find a user manual, warranty guide, an AC power cable, a few cable ties and the PSU mounting screws; everything you’re likely to need to get set up.
The tablet and laptop hybrid design, made famous by the Microsoft Surface, is becoming more widely adopted as shown by the iPad Pro. Usually, these devices incur a rather hefty cost and out of the reach of most consumers. However, the Toshiba Satellite Click 10 is solely focused on the lower-end segment and retails for $349.99. In terms of its specification, the Click 10 features an Intel Atom x5 Z8300 processor, 2GB RAM, 10.1-inch 1920×1200 multi-touch display and choice between 32GB or 64GB of SSD storage. Furthermore, the maximum storage can be increased via an integrated MicroSD slot.
Toshiba also managed to include a Micro HDMI port, Dolby Digital Plus stereo speakers, front 8-megapixel camera and rear 2-megapixel rear cameras. While it’s not the most powerful device out there, the Click 10 is beautifully designed due to a 2.2 pound weight with the clip-on keyboard. Once removed, the weight reduces to 1.2 pounds and has a 9mm thick frame. This makes it extremely portable and more than capable of performing basic tasks on-the-move.
There are a number of other solid features such as Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi, and an optional external DVD drive. Overall, the lower price point allows more consumers to give the form factor a try to upgrade to flagship models in the near future.
With Zotac teasing a custom hybrid Titan X yesterday, it seems that the ban has been lifted on the custom offerings of cooling solutions for the high-end graphics card.
The cooler will be an all in one unit, requiring little maintenance, you may have to clean dust from the fans and radiator every once in a while. It will feature a similar radiator to the AMD R9 295×2, equipped with a 120mm fan and wired into the graphics card itself rather than a motherboard header.
The actual cooling solution itself looks very similar to that of other reference design EVGA cards, a snug fit to the PCB length and a typical reference blower style fan.
The Titan X, as we know, is currently the most powerful single GPU graphics card on the market; however, the heat was a slight hindrance. This cooler aims to shave off around 30°c from the standard core temperatures thanks to the hybrid liquid and air cooling design.
EVGA will offer this graphics card off the self, but also offer the cooling solution separately for those who have already purchased a Titan X.
It’s about time NVIDIA lifted the ban on offering custom cooling designs. Would you be interested in buying this new cooling solution for your Titan X or would this now push you to purchase one? Let us know in the comments.
Thank you to VideoCardz for providing us with this information.
With the upcoming release of the NVIDIA GTX 980Ti and AMD’s Fiji card(s), our focus has moved from the current most powerful graphics card; the Titan X. It now seems that NVIDIA have lifted or plan on lifting the ban on custom cooling versions of the Titan series.
So far we have seen only reference designs from manufacturers, but ZOTAC have recently released some 3D renders of what is to be the first custom cooled Titan X. The cooler will be called Arctic Storm and looks to be a hybrid water block with a basic AMP! fan and heatsink set up placed on top. It is expected to be a slightly overclocked version of the current Titan X that Zotac offer with clocks speeds around 1026/ 1114MHz core and 7GHz memory and a similar power input of 6+8 pin power connectors.
Zotac has not yet commented on pricing; I wouldn’t expect this to be cheap anyway. They have stated that this cooler will be used on the upcoming GTX 980Ti.
Would a hybrid cooling solution like this push you to go water cooled? Use the standard fans and heatsink and then add onto it later. Or would you prefer to buy a reference graphics card and then purchase a well-known brand such as XSPC or EK water block to complete the set-up? Let us know in the comments.
Thank you to VideoCardz for providing us with this information.
Luxury car maker Aston Martin is working on a pair of eco-friendly vehicles – a hybrid DBX and a fully electric Rapide S – it has revealed at the recent New York Auto Show. The hybrid will be a four-door version of the DBX that was showcased in Geneva in March (above). It will serve as a testbed for electric technology which, if popular to Aston Martin customers, “would be a nice place to go,” according to CEO Andy Palmer.
The EV, which is still in the early stages of development, will be based on the existing Rapide S (below), but four-door. The company is currently engaging in a technical study of an all-electric Rapide S, with Palmer projecting a release in two years’ time. It will be priced in line with other Rapide models, so is expected to cost around $200,000.
EVGA has introduced their new version of the Nvidia GTX 980 card and this time it’s Hybrid. The all-in-one liquid cooling solution significantly lowers the GPUs temperature and thereby allowing for more overclocking potential, quieter operation, and better performance. The self-contained liquid loop is connected to a 120mm radiator/fan and features a full copper plate for the GPU.
The EVGA GTX 980 Hybrid has 2048 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1291 MHz, and a Boost speed of 1393 MHz. The card is SLI ready for up to four cards, if you should be one of them who can’t get enough. It features the normal 4GB GDDR5 VRAM running at 7GHz and with a bandwidth of 224.3GB/s.
The card supports up to four monitors with three DisplayPorts, one HDMI 2.0 and one DVI port. Maximum supported refresh rate is 240Hz, analog resolution maxes at 2048×1536 and the digital at 4096×2160.
EVGA also added their black back plate to the card, improving the cooling and stability, as well as improving the overall optics of the card. The MSRP of this card is $649.99 and it should be available very shortly.
If you already got the normal card and want to get a hybrid version instead, then you’re in luck. EVGA also offers an upgrade kit with just the essential parts.
For $99.99 you get a new shroud for your card with the right cut outs and the AIO GPU cooler with fitting mounts for your card. An upgrade with such a solution shouldn’t take long to install, as it’s mostly just plug and play.
Thanks to EVGA for providing us with this information
Swedes can do a lot more than funny named furniture and advertising, they also know a thing or two about cars. The Regera is Koenigsegg’s take on a hybrid car and what an amazing piece of art it is. The Regera has a 5 litre twin-turbocharged V8, three electric motors and a Direct Drive Transmission that totally eliminates the gearbox.
The 5-litre twin-turbo V8 combustion engine makes 1085bhp at 7800rpm and that’s already pretty impressive on its own. On top of that, this marvell, three electric motors, of which one is placed on each rear wheel, make 192lb ft of torque and a third on the crankshaft making 221lb ft. These three add about 700bhp giving the Regera a whopping total of 1782bhp and 1475lb ft of torque… Wow.
The Koenigsegg Direct Drive is what really sets this car apart from anything else. Using a hydraulic clutch and the addition of electric motors the energy losses can be cut by up to 50 percent. The car starts the movement using the rear-mounted electric motors and as the speed increases the engine is brought into play with the help of the crank-mounted motor.
The Regera can do 0-100kmh in just 2.7 seconds and that is just the start. Keeping the pedal to the metal it does 0-300kmh in 12 seconds and 400kmh in under 20 seconds. That is seriously fast.
The Koenigsegg Regera doesn’t just impress on the inside, it also looks gorgeous on the outside. There are massive side scoops, an active chassis with active shock absorbers, active aero under the car and an adjustable rear wing.
This hybrid supercar won’t come cheap, as you might have guessed already. The Koenigsegg Regera will cost you around £1.2 million, but you won’t find such madness anywhere else. I wonder what infotainment system they’ll go for, Apple, Nvidia’s new systems or maybe their own creation?
Thanks to CarThrottle for providing us with this information
Imgur user scoodidabop had a rude awakening when the dashboard of his recently purchased second-hand Toyota hybrid car lit up. After Googling the issue, he discovered that there was an issue with the hybrid battery, meaning the car was running on 100% fuel. He was distressed to discover, after an investigation by his local Toyota dealer, that the issue would cost him more than $4,400 to fix.
Being an electrician, though, he had other ideas. He pulled the massive battery from the car’s chassis and – taking proper safety precautions with the high-voltage system – took to examining each cell, one-by-one, with a multimeter, thinking that he might have to replace one or two of the cells, costing about $45 dollars each.
To his surprise, every single cell checked out. They were all fully functional. So he pulled the copper connecting bus bars, which were quite corroded. He soaked all 34 of them in a solution of white vinegar and baking soda.
And it worked! After reassembling the battery and connecting it to the car again, the fault had been cleared. The issue had been fixed, and it cost him under $10. If you’re electric car bugs out, be sure to check those copper connectors before paying to have the whole pack replaced!
New keyboards are a fairly common thing in this industry, I see wave after wave of mechanical and membrane switch keyboards come through the office each year. However, very few of the keyboards I review have had me as excited as the NovaTouch TKL. The NovaTouch has been a long time coming, we’ve seen it at trade shows around the world for over two years now, but it’s finally here and ready for consumers! Cooler Master has ditched the usual choices of Cherry, Kailh or any other brand of mechanical switch for this keyboard, instead opting for hybrid capacitive switches from Topre.
“Built to impress, the NovaTouch TKL utilizes exclusive Hybrid Capacitive switches which are exceptionally quiet and suitable for heavy-duty typing or gaming. The actuation force is precision-tuned to the strength of your fingers, while an ultra smooth, tactile key process makes NovaTouch the best feeling keyboard on the market” – CM Storm
The NovaTouch switches are a patented design, which use a spring mounted switch with an electrostatic capacitive sensor. Combined they offer a unique typing sensation that removes the key bounce associated with mechanical switches such as the Cherry MX range, while offering smooth and linear key travel. Cooler Master say this keyboard is ideal for gaming and typing, no doubt designed with the PC enthusiast in mind. Can this really be one of the best keyboards in the world? There’s only one way to find out.
As you can see from the specifications below, the NovaTouch TKL is equipped with a 1000hz/1ms polling rate, a high quality removable braided USB cable, N-Key Rollover and more; all fairly standard stuff for a high-end keyboard.
One thing I really like about this keyboard is that it comes bundled with a set of rubber O-Ring mods. If you don’t know what these are, check out our review of them right here. There’s a gold plated USB to micro-USB cable, a key-cap removal tool and a simple quick start guide.
The keyboard is pretty standard is terms of design. It’s constructed from high quality plastics and has a nice lightly textured matte finish to the chassis and the keys; giving it a premium quality, yet understated look.
There are no glaring logos, no flashy lights, no chrome strips or any of that other nonsense which you often see on high-end gaming friendly keyboards. The NovaTouch is sleek, clean and tidy.
Each of the key caps are really nicely finished, with a clear font and a slight curve to each key that provides a nice finger resting position.
The keyboard isn’t completely void of extra features, and you’ll find a few FN shift functions on the F-keys. F9-F12 will give you access to a Windows key lock and system volume control.
The keyboard has a slightly raised rear and a slow curve from front to back; this provides a nice typing position. The height can also be increased with the rear kickstands.
Around the back of the NovaTouch TKL you’ll find a micro-USB port tucked away on one side, as well as the only bit of obvious branding on the other.
The keyboard is fairly heavy at 895g, and there are four tough rubber grips on the base; so it’s unlikely to start sliding around on your desk.
The flip up feet are plastic, but they’re still pretty durable compared to the ones we often see on keyboards. There’s also a rubber grip on the base of each foot.
The new switches certainly look different from most mechanical keyboards, in fact they’re quite similar in appearance to plunger style switches. One thing I do like, is that the switches are fully compatible with Cherry MX stem key-caps, so you can still install a set of custom caps if you wanted to. Cooler Master had these switches specially made to feature the MX stem in the middle, all other Topre switches I’ve seen do not have this.
The key caps can easily be removed with the included key-cap puller, allowing for quick and easy maintenance of your keyboard.
As I mentioned before, the NovaTouch comes bundled with a set of O-Ring mods to help reduce key noise. Here you can see I’ve installed a few on the WASD keys to demonstrate how they’re installed. This will prevent the key caps from bottoming out as hard and should make them a little less noisy to type on.
The new Cooler Master Novatouch TKL keyboard is finally here! I’ve known about this keyboard since it was an early prototype, long before it was common knowledge amongst the enthusiast PC market; so long that I started to believe it was a mythical device that would never make it to retail.
The ultra high-end Novatouch TKL keyboard offers a unique hybrid capacitive board design, which is said to offer high speed, extreme accuracy and total comfort when typing or gaming. The keyboard utilizes Japanese made hybrid capacitive switches which offer a uniform 45g actuation force and a super low 1mm actuation point.
I’ve actually had the pleasure of using this keyboard on a few occasions and the action is incredibly fast. Cooler Master say its APM is around 3x that of traditional mechanical switches, as it has a much shorter debounce time; StarCraft II eSports gamers are going to love this!
The keyboard features N-Key rollover and anti-ghosting, rate adjustment, 1000 Hz/1ms polling rate, 128kb of internal memory, a removable USB cable and it’s also fully compatible with Cherry MX keycaps.
The keyboard is available now in North America and Asia, and will also become available in European markets in mid November.
100 miles per gallon has long been the benchmark which automakers have been working to reach. Volkswagen created their Lupo 3L in 1999 which could hit 78.4 miles on one gallon of diesel, a great achievement. Now with ex Bentley and Bugatti engineer Ulrich Hackenberg on board, he was set a goal of breaking the 100mpg barrier. He came back to them with the XL1, which absolutely devastated that 100mpg target by being capable of running 261 miles on a single gallon on diesel!
The car was built from scratch to be efficient, this meant cutting weight, slimming the aerodynamics, adding carbon fiber components in place of steel ones and fitting it out with an 830cc, two-cylinder diesel engine, along side a 20kW electric motor. The car may only be able to max out at 99 miles per hour, but it will travel over 500 miles on a single 2.6 gallon tank of fuel.
This isn’t just a crazy prototype either, the company has every intention of selling 250 of these in Europe and the U.S. as a limited run. No word on price, but it’s not going to be cheap.
Thank you Popsci for providing us with this information.
Electric cars are here to stay, it doesn’t matter if they’re powered by hydrogen or a plug socket, they’ve proven to be more efficient than petrol engines and that’s an important step in the right direction. There are lots of electric cars already on our roads, but there is also still a lot of room for improvement and one of the current sticking points is the batteries, they’re big, they’re heavy and they only last so long before needed to be recharged.
Finding ways to make batteries last longer between charges, whilst also making them smaller and lighter is very important to the future success of electric vehicles, and the latest development by a team at the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo may have found a way to do it. Their new development technique can boost the storage capacity of a lithium-ion battery by 7 times, without any effect to the charging or discharging cycle.
As with most new discoveries, it’s still a long way from being put into production cars, or any other technology for that matter, but it’s a big step in the right direction. Imagine electric cars with seven times the current range, or a battery 1/7th of the size and weight, both of which can have big benefits in terms of efficiency.
Thank you Venture Beat for providing us with this information.
The new Peugeot 2008 Hybrid Air looks set to make a mockery of the electric loving hybrid cars that are currently dominating the market. It ditches the electric motors in favour of an air compressor to provide some extremely clean power to the wheels.
While the car is moving, air is pumped into a cylinder with the aid of surplus energy from the petrol engine, energy recovered from the wheels and heat energy from the brakes. The car still uses a conventional petrol engine, but can switch to using a hydraulic air motor and pump depending on driving conditions.
The air motor is ideal for lower speed driving in cities, and it activated automatically when the car is going under 43mph. When climbing hills or accelerating, the can can draw power from both the petrol and air motors and for long distance cruising, petrol only power will be enabled.
A spokesman for manufacturer PSA Peugeot-Citroen said: ‘We are not talking about weird and wacky machines. These are going to be in everyday cars.’
The car will be available from 2016 for around £16,000 and can manage around 94 miles per gallon. For a car that doesn’t need recharging, or require extra heavy duty batteries, this is really impressive.
Thank you Daily Mail for providing us with this information.
It looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie and the specifications sound like they’re pure fantasy, but Volkswagen’s new XL1 hybrid is no joke. The new XL1 Hybrid Auto tops out at just 99mph, which is more than enough for most people (it’s above 88mph, and we all know how good that is), but while it may not be a rocket ship of high-end performance, it clocks an impressive 313.9mpg!
With the price of fuel higher and higher each year, there has been a lot of pressure on car manufacturers to make their cars run more efficiently. The new car went on sale in the UK this month for a whopping £98,515, so while it does offer massive fuel saving, it could be a while before you see a return on investment.
313.9mpg is impressive, but so too is the tiny 21g of CO2 per kilometre that its diesel engine / 27bhp electric motor produces, its super light 795Kg weight, and its majority magnesium, ceramics and aluminium construction are certainly a big help in that respect.
Only 30 are available in the UK from the 250 that have been produced on its initial run. If the car proves successful it could see VW produce more models and hopefully some more wallet friendly editions that won’t set you back the best part of 100k.
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With all the fuss about electric cars in recent years, it has been tricky to find news on the real future of motoring, hydrogen fuel cells. Tesla haven’t had much in the way of direct competition recently, although it’s safe to say that hybrids have come a long way and have at least offered big improvements in efficiency. Yet even with a Tesla, that electricity you’re putting in your car still needs to come from somewhere, with most power stations still churning out plenty of pollution of their own, even if your car isn’t. Although Tesla are investing in solar powered charging stations to off-set this.
General Motors, Mercedes, Honda and Toyota are all focusing on Hydrogen fuel cells and Toyota have just revealed that their first hydrogen fuel cell car is ready for release in the US and Europe for Summer 2015. The car is expected to be priced at around seven million yet, or around $69,000 (although that’s no reflection on what the EU or US price would actually be).
The refuelling network for hydrogen certainly isn’t as established as electric, but it has to start somewhere and while electric may offer cheaper running cars it’s a far cry from the awesomeness of these new engines. Hydrogen may still be an electric car, but the fuel can be extracted from water cheaply and the only thing to come out of the hydrogen cars exhaust is clean water.
The new car from Toyota is capable of being refueled in around 5 minutes, with a range of around 430 miles. Compared to the over an hour it takes to deliver enough charge from 300 miles using a Tesla Supercharging station the benefits of hydrogen are immediately obvious.
Hybrid drives are starting to become a commonplace on the component market as a suitable upgrade solution for those wanting a drive with the capacity of a hard drive, but with read speeds that are more in the regions of a solid state drive. Keeping up with this new trend, Buffalo Technology has unveiled a new class of external hard drive which features a DRAM cache to offer faster read speeds to commonly accessed data.
Unlike an internal hybrid drive however, the HD-PGDU3’s cached area is not a true solid state partition with the cached data being held on volatile DRAM memory which is kept alive by an internal battery. Naturally this means that after a period of time the battery will run out of power and the cached data will be lost, however Buffalo do provide a small battery meter and in addition to providing the cache with power, the battery also ensures that there is no data corruption in the event of the drive being disconnected from the host device too early.
Two models of the drive will be available at launch with 500GB and 1TB capacities with both drives offering 1GB of DRAM cache backed by a lithium-ion battery. USB3.0 connectivity ensures the cached data can be accessed as fast as possible with speed of up to 400MB/s on offer.
There is no word on pricing or availability as of yet, but with Computex on the horizon we suspect any further announcements will be made in the coming weeks.