Pokémon is a series that has captured generations as they fight to become the Pokémon master, and with the 20th Anniversary bringing back classic games and cards, it doesn’t come as a surprise when you look at the impact that the popular series has had that there are discussions about a live action Pokémon movie in the works.
The reports come from the Hollywood Reporter who state that right now a “top-secret” (secrets out now people) auction is going on for the rights to make a live-action film of the franchise, with companies like Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros both apparently making a move for the rights while they go against the likes of console rival Sony for the movies rights.
With many live action films for video games getting bad or mixed reviews, with the likes of DOOM and Tomb Raider often causing smiles or tears, it would be interesting to see if such a popular franchise could break the ice in the world of cinema, a move that could even break open the door for other video game franchises such as the Metro 2033 film that could soon be hitting the big screen.
Are you excited about the film? Would you like to see Ash (or Red) conquer the Pokémon world or would you like to see a new character join the franchise amongst the hundreds of pocket monsters that you need to now capture to become a Pokémon master?
Cooler Master released their newest series of keyboards, the MasterKeys Pro series. The new MasterKeys Pro is available in two versions so you get just the size you need, want, and prefer, whether you like a full sized keyboard or rather a TKL without the num pad. Both versions feature the same functions and customizability, so pick which is best for your gaming needs. The full-sized version is called the MasterKeys Pro L and the TKL version is called the MasterKeys Pro S.
The Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro has a minimalistic design, but don’t let that fool you. The keyboard features full RGB backlighting with multiple effects and full customizability. On top of the extra bright LEDs, you find the Cherry MX switches of your choice, whether that might be red, brown, or blue switches.
It appears like a very simple keyboard when looking at it, but the MasterKeys pro is anything but simple. It is built with a 32-bit ARM processor which increases the possibilities when it comes to on-the-fly macro recording as well as general features. Most keyboards rely on software solutions to handle things and you can use Cooler Master’s software tool to configure and set up your keyboard to match your needs, but you don’t have to. You can do everything software-free too via the on-the-fly system built into the MasterKeys Pro keyboards.
“The MasterKeys Pro offers multiple lighting modes. Presets include Color Wave, Breathing, and other responsive effects. You can choose between red, brown, or blue switches to match your tactile preference,” said Kevin Yang, Peripherals Product Manager. “And you get all the features, whether you prefer a full size keyboard or a tenkeyless design. In addition to easy-to-use software, we are working on a Software Development Kit (SDK) to truly help Make It Yours.”
Cooler Master needed to completely redesign the interior of the MasterKeys to fit both the original Cherry MX switches as well as the much bigger and brighter LEDs used here. The end result looks stunning and should provide you with a stable partner for your online battles. The sleek lines, refined symmetry, and a heavy-weight quality build will help you keep things clean and simple. Speaking of clean and simple, the full-sized L version comes with hidden positioning grooves on the bottom of the keyboard, giving you 180° cable management and the ability to keep your keyboard and desktop sleek and organized regardless of arrangement preference.
The keys themselves have a soft-to-touch and long-lasting UV coating for a great experience and long-lasting effect that won’t result in missing letters and discolored keys.
Both the MasterKeys Pro L and MasterKeys Pro S are available in Europe from today, March the 15th, for a recommended retail price of €169 and €139 respectively. If all that peeked your interest, then you should check out our full review of the MasterKeys Pro S for an in-depth analysis and verdict.
G.Skill’s latest two RIPJAWS mechanical keyboards aren’t actually new ones, but rather the current ones with a reduced accessory package and thereby also a reduced price. There might be quite a few people out there that wouldn’t mind saving a few bucks on the hardware and not get the parts that they don’t need or want on the side.
The two new G.Skill keyboards are the RIPJAWS KM780R RGB and KM780R MX keyboards and they are just the same as the KM780 versions when it comes to the keyboard itself.
The KM780R models offer highly responsive and extremely durable Cherry MX key switches that are rated for 50 million keypresses without losing the same mechanical feel, a military-grade aluminum plate in a brushed black anodized finish, and the full suite of extra macro keys, onboard keyboard profiles, and media control keys with the digital LED volume display. These keyboards will also be available with the choice of Cherry MX red, brown, and blue flavors.
So what is the difference between the KM780R and KM780 series? As previously mentioned, it is the accessory pack. With these reduces version you don’t get the gaming keycaps, the puller tool, and the keycap box. All things that one can go without or already might have extra from a previous keyboard. Let’s face it, you only need on puller tool to remove your keycaps. It saves money, it saves resources, and it saves you the hassle of finding a place to put all the extras. In return, you get a keyboard that is $10.00 cheaper on the recommended retail price.
These new G.Skill RIPJAWS KM780R RGB and KM780R MX models are currently available on Amazon.com, but they will be sold via G.Skill authorized partners worldwide at a later unspecified date.
What do you think about these reduced package models? Is it a good or bad thing? Are the savings enough for you to let go of the extras or would you still get the full product version? Let us know in the comments.
SilverStone collected a lot of praise for their Raven series and now the family got a new member, and while it is the ATX-sized Raven with the smallest footprint yet it is not the runt of the litter. The new Raven RVX01 comes in two versions, one with a side panel window and one without. The one without the window is only available in red but you can get the windowed RVX01-W in three colour options: red, blue, and green.
Despite the small footprint, the Raven RVX01 has room for a lot of hardware such as an ATX-sized motherboard and PSU, graphics cards with up to 348mm length, and CPU coolers with a height of up to 162mm (159mm in the windowed version). The cooling options aren’t bad either with three 120mm Air Penetrator fans pre-installed at the bottom of the case, 1200 RPM at 19.7dBA, and the option to mount another 120mm at the front and one at the top.
The Raven RVX01 has seven expansion slots for full usage of your ATX-sized motherboard options and comes with two front-IO USB 3.0 ports as well as two audio jacks for a headset or the last surround sound connections.
The overall measurements come down to 215mm width by 485mm height by 500mm depth and a total volume of 52.1 litres. If you already been convinced that this should be your new chassis then you don’t need to wait that long for it to become available. The Raven RVX01 should be available on December the 2nd for a suggested end-user price of $84.60 USD for the RVX01BR without window and $89.40 USD for the windowed RVX01BR-W with colour options.
The Raven signature features such as a motherboard that has been rotated 90 degrees for a top instead of rear IO panel and hidden cables as well as the stylish looking front, easy access, and positive pressure design.
Signature RAVEN styling touches
90-degree motherboard mounting from legendary RAVEN RV01
Three 120mm Air Penetrator fans included for sublime vertical air cooling
Positive pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
Quick access filter for convenient maintenance
Support up to three sets of liquid cooling radiators
Mad Catz has been on a role lately and released quite a few new products, but they’re far from done. The newest entry is a budget oriented and a very weird-looking mouse called the R.A.T.1. The R.A.T.1 features an innovative modular design as well as 3D printing and personalization options that enable users to truly make it their own.
The new Mad Catz R.A.T.1 is available for preorders now and it will ship in December. The price isn’t bad at all and this new funky looking mouse can be yours for just $29.99. The mouse features three core components: A tripod chassis, a sensor module, and an adjustable palm rest that users can customize to match their personal style and usage requirements. Due to the simple design, the mouse is ultra-lightweight but still made from the same materials used in Mad Catz’ tournament-grade mice.
The R.A.T. 1 comes with an adjustable 3500DPI optical Pixart PMW3320 gaming-grade sensor module. The module itself can be used without anything else as a very compact laptop mouse, making it even more useful. The R.A.T.1 is also the world’s first gaming mouse that empower users to use a 3D Printer to create their own customized Palm Rest. Owners of the R.A.T.1, can download 3D CAD files of the Palm Rest, create, print and share their own unique designs right from their home 3D Printer! The DPI is adjustable all the way down to 250 DPI and the R.A.T.1 features six programmable buttons.
“With a gaming DNA derived from the award-winning R.A.T. PRO Series, the R.A.T.1 re-envisions what a gaming mice could be with its innovative modular design and unique customization options,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “The R.A.T.1 sets a new standard in design and personalization, appealing to both passionate gamers and casual users alike – allowing us to broaden the appeal of our R.A.T., range and drive our PC business into 2016 and beyond.”
The Mad Catz RAT1 mouse is available as a black and green model or white and red for those who want to mix it up a little bit.
Corsair is one of the most recognisable brands in the PC market, with a huge range of products, such as power supplies, chassis, coolers and more importantly today, peripherals. Their latest keyboard is the second in the Strafe series, but it’s a little bit special, as it’s not only a premium grade mechanical keyboard, but it also features the new Cherry MX Silent switches!
Mechanical keyboards have a reputation for being noisy, at least when compared to the common membrane switch keyboards. Of course, the switch type does vary, as black and red switch are not too noisy, but blue and green have that tactile click. You can mediate this a little with some 0-ring mods, which dampen the action and noise quite well, but these new switches go one further, by adding the dampening directly into the switch housing.
This keyboard is available in three formats, Cherry MX Red, Cherry Mx Brown and Cherry MX Silent, which Corsair say is “30% quieter than any mechanical switch on the market”.
Check out the video below as Corsair talk us through the latest features of this feature packed new keyboard, including a great explanation of what is possible with the Cue software and RGB lighting.
The keyboard is very well equipped, with USB pass through, 104-key rollover, RGB lighting, the new switches, built-in memory and more.
Corsair isn’t fooling around here either, this may be an expensive premium grade keyboard, but Corsair not only offer more features than the competition, but they also do it for less money; if that doesn’t get you excited, nothing will. So enough mucking about, let’s get right in and take a closer look at what the Strafe has to offer.
The packaging is typical Corsair gaming colours, with a stunning image on the front and the main specifications dotted around the edges.
Around the back, we’ve got a more detailed run through of the features, such as the RGB lighting and gaming keys.
The first thing you’ll find in the box is this handsome wrist rest, which has a gripped texture to it.
It completely optional to use and can be mounted to or removed from the keyboard in seconds.
Also in the box, a set of WASD gaming key caps for FPS gaming.
As well as a MOBA set, giving you lots of flexibility.
Oh, let’s not forget this handy key cap removal tool.
You don’t have to look very far these days to find a great gaming keyboard, or even just a keyboard for day-to-day work, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for even more! Element Gaming is a relatively new playing in the gaming market, but they’re quickly making a name for themselves thanks to their cool designs, competitive prices and robust build quality. We’ve only seen two Element Gaming products here at eTeknix, the Hyperion Micro-ATX chassis and the Atomic Mini-ITX chassis, although both scored very well in their respective reviews. After two chassis reviews, I’m certainly eager to see what they have to offer to the world of gaming peripherals.
The Beryllium comes pretty well equipped, with a full-size layout, Kailh mechanical switches, a detachable wrist rest, multimedia controls, multi-pattern blue LED lighting, some custom key-caps for gaming keys and more! So let’s get stuck right in and take a much closer look at what Element Gaming and their Beryllium keyboard have to offer!
The first thing you’ll find in the box, the instruction manual, handy for checking how to control the LED lighting, but otherwise it’s just a keyboard and fairly self explanatory.
There’s a full-width detachable wrist rest.
What I really like, is that the wrist rest features a smooth, yet grippy texture coating, giving it a luxurious and premium feel.
Two rubber grips on the base help prevent it, and your keyboard, from sliding around your desk.
And it’s mounting system is nice and easy to attach and remove without much risk of damaging the keyboard.
Not content with those extras? You’ll also find a very handy key-cap removal tool, handy for maintaining your keyboard.
The tool is also handy for removing the stock key-caps and installing these fetching custom ones! The blue of the key-caps matches the trim of the keyboard, as you’ll see in a moment.
G.Skill is probably most known for their memory products, but they do make other things too. The newest products that just had their availability announced are the new RIPJAWS series KM780 RGB and KM780 MX mechanical gaming keyboards with Cherry key switches.
The difference between the two new keyboards is basically the lighting effects that you can have. As the names already suggest, one of them comes with full RGB back lighting.
The new RIPJAWS series keyboards are built with Cherry RGB or MX key switches and are available in the choice between brown, red, and blue switches. The switches themselves are mounted directly through a solid 2mm aluminium top plate, effectively locking down the keys for a solid typing experience.
You can switch out keys tops easy as you may already be used to from your current mechanical keyboard. Replace the important WASD keys as well as the surrounding ones with ones that easier to feel and spot in hectic gaming situations and helps to keep everything in your control.
As with most gaming keyboards, this one also comes with quite a few extra buttons and functions. You get six macro buttons that you program to your needs. There are also multiple modes to switch the layout and settings of the buttons. Media control buttons are also part of the deal and it comes with a nice integrated LED volume display too.
The cable holder on the back helps you keep your desk organized and you can use it for mouse, headset, or game controller cables of your choice. The keyboard also features an extra USB port and audio jacks for easy connectivity of your extra devices.
The new G.SKILL RIPJAWS series mechanical gaming keyboards will begin rolling out worldwide starting from late September 2015 via authorized distribution partners. Both RIPJAWS KM780 RGB and KM780 MX are already available on Newegg.com at $159.99 and $119.99, respectively. Cherry Red and Browns will be initially available, while Cherry Blue will be available at a later date.
Gigabyte is probably known mostly for their motherboards and graphics cards, but they do make a lot more. The newest addition to the Gigabyte family is the Force K83 mechanical gaming keyboard built with a minimalistic approach and quality components.
The Gigabyte Force K83 comes with either Red or Blue Cherry MX switches to give that tactile feedback and durability that most gamers like and prefer. With a rating of over 50 million keystrokes, even the most demanding gamers should be satisfied. The keyboard naturally features an N-key rollover to prevent any ghosting
By removing design aspects that don’t provide any function at all, Gigabyte managed to keep the minimalistic approach. Additional functions can be access through the FN key and it also features a Win Lock key with dedicated LED indicator to lock out an accidental launch of your start menu. I do however question where that key actually is located and whether it interfere with the general operation. On the product photo above it is located right next to the spacebar while the product photo below shows it one key further up and as a replacement for the actual second windows key. I personally believe the bottom photo to be the accurate, as it would be illogical to remove the ALT key altogether. It’s too important.
The Gigabyte Force K83 is built with an island-style that makes the keys stand up above the keyboard, allowing you to clean it a lot better. The bottom features anti-slip feet to make sure that it stays where it should, even during the most demanding and hectic gaming situations.
Gigabyte didn’t reveal a launch date or price at this time.
Traffic lights could become a nightmare in heavy traffic, to the point where you never know if you can send a quick text or take a sip of your morning coffee before the light ahead changes. You always need to keep your eyes peeled and check if the light turns green before the guy behind you honks you to death, or you may never know if that green light will change before you try passing the intersection.
BMW has been working on solving this and came up with the EnLighten app, having it work with participating cities by communicating with the traffic light control system. This means that the app makes use of your phone’s GPS and knows which light you are approaching, then gives you a counter to see how long it will take for the light to change.
However, don’t think that the counter is 100% accurate, so don’t try forcing your luck on that last second. The data is received and processed based on red, amber and green cycles, as well as traffic flow cycles at different times of the day.
While there may be a slight time deviation, the app is still useful in giving drivers a chance to time their arrival at intersections when the light is green, or give them a chance to do something else while waiting at a red light.
The app is currently available on iOS and Android for use in any BMW car and a map of participating cities can be found here.
Thank you Gizmag for providing us with this information
The latest Corsair mechanical gaming keyboard is here at last! The Corsair Gaming STRAFE is their first new keyboard brand in years, although given the success of their K-series keyboards, as well as the RGB editions that followed, it’s easy to understand why Corsair haven’t been rushing to release a replacement.
This keyboard is designed for gaming, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t promise to offer a lot to day-to-day desktop users. Mechanical keys offer premium build quality that should last many years without the keys response fading, as you often find with membrane keyboards. We’ve got the MX Red edition of the STRAFE in the office today, so those fast keys should be quick and super responsive, which will be great for typing, such as the review I’m using it for right now, or for gaming, especially if you play frantic games such as DOTA II.
The STRAFE doesn’t bring a lot of new technology to the table, but it does pack some promising specifications that should satisfy the needs of any keen PC user. We’ve got super quick Cherry MX Red, Blue or Brown mechanical switches, per-key red LED programmable lighting, onboard memory, Cue-Software customisation and more; that’s certainly all the basics covered!
Here is quick video from Corsair to discuss some of the features of the STRAFE and there’s also a nice section that shows off the LED lighting features of the keyboard. Now, let’s jump right to it and take a closer look at what this keyboard has to offer.
The packaging features the new Corsair Gaming branding, that’s right, no more “tramp stamp”. We now have the faster-looking version of the old Corsair ships logo and it looks great!
All the major features are detailed on the box, perfect for those picking one up at retail who want to know a little more. The packaging looks pretty fancy, usually a good first impression that you’ve got a premium product in your hands.
It’s been two years since I first reviewed the BitFenix Prodigy M, but today, I’ll be revisiting this now classic Prodigy chassis design to take a look at the latest Colour series from BitFenix. Colour choices are always a welcome addition to any range and from a consumer perspective, having more choice is no bad thing. Colour coordinating your build becomes a lot easier when you can pick something that suits your needs and preferences. Today I’ve got the Prodigy M Red, as well as a few other bonus goodies from BitFenix to help with the build, such as the BitFenix Fury PSU, a 120mm Spectra Pro red LED fan, a BitFenix Alchemy white LED strip, as well as a red side panel window.
Prodigy M Colours available
As you can see, this is the original Prodigy shape and design, the only real difference is the colour, which is obviously red.
The SofTouch treated front panel and the handle/stands on the top and bottom blend nicely with the soft finish of the red paintwork.
The black trim fits rather well, especially since most gaming hardware is in red and black these days; this should be one of the more popular colour choices.
The back of the chassis is still finished in black, which suggests the core of the chassis is the same across the whole colour range, with just the exterior panels being swapped; makes sense really.
The top ventilation cover.
Behind which you’ll find the dual 120mm fan mounts.
The bottom of the chassis comes with a heat guard, although this can be removed if you wish to install fans in the base of the chassis.
If you don’t want extra fans here, you can opt for mounting hard drives directly to the base of the chassis.
Chillblast gave us a friendly poke to see if we were interested in taking a look at one of their mini-itx gaming range. As I am mainly used to dealing with hulking gaming monsters which are show-pieces never to be moved, I was quite interested to see what offerings are available in terms of portable PCs of tiny small form factor, and finding out if they’re actually worth it or not.
Having a brief look over the spec sheet revealed on paper at least, that this seemed a fairly decent gaming rig, even touting an AIO liquid cooled CPU cooler. We’ve seen plenty of GTX 970s, 980s and even Titan Xs, but we’ve yet to try out the GTX960. Needless to say, we gratefully took Chillblast up on their offer and sure enough a fairly large yet light parcel turned up at eTeknix HQ.
Name: Chillblast Fusion Barbarian Gaming PC
Case: Raijintek Metis Windowed Mini ITX Case – Red – modified
Motherboard: Asus Z97I PLUS
Processor: Intel Core i5 4690K Devils Canyon overclocked to 4.3GHz
Graphics card: GTX 960 2GB based on the Maxwell Architecture
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified PSU Modular Version
Optical Drive: None
Wireless: Asus A/C
Monitor: Not included
Peripherals: Not included
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Warranty: 5 Year Warranty with 2 Years Collect and Return (UK only)
Price: £869.99as configured Delivered.
The outer box, sealed and in perfect condition, a good start!
Inside the outer box amongst a large amount of paper padding on all sides we have a smaller box and a case box.
The much smaller Raijintek case box
In the side box, we have the external magnetic Asus Wi-Fi antennae, extra modular power cables, kettle power lead, PCIE blanking plates, motherboard sound speaker and various manuals and drivers discs.
Removing the rig from its case showed that extra care had been given to the components inside the case, nice.
The Z97 chipset is undoubted the king of the consumer chipsets; featured in almost all pre-built systems from the likes of OverclockersUK and PC Specialist, it is a safe yet, powerful base for even the most formidable gaming computers. Thanks to the Z97 chipset being released on the ‘tock’ cycle of the Intel production, it features all of the best bits from previous generations along with more features such as SATA Express being more widely used and M.2 support becoming common among almost every motherboard.
MSi have taken the Z97 range with both hands and stamped it well, producing some of the best-looking and best-performing motherboards on the market. Even though they offer the highest quality in terms of components and performance, the price is very conservative, almost undercutting the comparable competition by 10%.
Today on the test bench, we have the MSi Z97A-Gaming-6 motherboard. The Gaming 6 is considering to be ‘middle of the road’ in terms of MSi branding, with the Gaming 3 and M being below and Gaming 7 and 9 being above. This motherboard is poised to offer the best performance at the best possible price, while offering more features than you could possibly ever need or use.
Manufacturers nowadays need to find innovative ways to stand out from the crowd, MSi is no exception and has crammed a huge array of features into this motherboard.
Military Class 4
Oc Genie 4
Click Bios 4
Sound Blaster Cinema 2
Total Fan control
Gaming Device Port
For more information on these functions, please visit the MSi Z97A Gaming 6 product page.
Packaging and Accessories
The box follows a similar design to the rest of the gaming series. Black and red with the MSi Gaming dragon.
Inside the box is a huge amount of accessories; consisting of more manuals than I ever would have thought I’d need, cable labels, door hanger, 2x SATA 6Gb/s cables, I/O shield, MSi SLi brdge, MSi Gaming plaque, button header extensions and an audio power adapter.
Last month I had the pleasure to take a look at the Synology DS715 [review here] 2-bay NAS and today I continue with Synology’s second recently released NAS, the Synology DiskStation DS215+.
The DS215+ is an all-in-one 2-bay NAS server that offers high performance while staying energy-efficient and providing a full set of business features. The dual-core CPU is powerful enough to handle multi-tasking applications and can help small and medium businesses to centralize their backups, protect critical assets, and share files quickly and efficiently – and that on a budget.
Inside the DiskStation DS215+, we find an Annapurna AL-212 dual core ARM processor with 1.4GHz with floating point unit and hardware encryption engine and 1GB DDR3 memory.
There are plenty of connection options on the DS215+ starting with the two Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports that allow you to set all modes of failover and link aggregation, including IEEE 802.3ad. The unit has two USB 3.0 ports for external drives and other devices as well as an eSATA port. Readers familiar with my reviews will know that I love it when they add the eSATA port as it is my preferred method of attaching external storage as it doesn’t have the same latency as USB does.
The hardware encryption engine coupled with the other improvements allow this unit to deliver twice the performance over the predecessor when dealing with encrypted storage.
Synology’s drive trays in these units are awesome and allow for a speedy setup as well as maintenance. The screw and tool-less design is as simple to use as pulling the sides off, inserting the drive and putting them back on. The trays are also lockable which is another bonus. You don’t eject them by accident and no false friend runs off with your drives that easy.
The software part is well covered by Synology’s DiskStation Manager (DSM), an operating system that has won a lot of rewards, and all well deserved. It comes with most basic and used features as standard and you’ll most likely find what is missing there in the add-on section. DSM is real easy to use and has great multi-tasking support.
One of the great features of DSM is the File station, a fast and secure way for sharing and managing your files stored on the DS215+. It has built-in FTP and email clients and allows drag and drop of files from both Windows and Mac OS systems. Mobile systems can do the same with the DS file app. HTTPS, SSL/TLS encryption, and link expiry dates also ensure file sharing over the Internet stays secure.
The basic file sharing on your network isn’t any problem for the DS215+ either as it supports it all. SMB2, FTP, NFS, WbDAV, windows AD and LDAP – you’ll find it all. Network recycle bin is also available on both AFP and CIFS shares.
The DS215+ allows for seamless account integration thanks to the User Home feature that automatically creates user folders to minimize effort while the Windows ACL support allows admins to fine-tune access controls and set up privileges through a familiar interface.
This is truly an all-in-one server as it is labeled with everything it supports. From file storage and media streaming over Mail servers and VPN servers, the DS215+ lets you do it all. It can also work as a print server with your USB printers and share them over the network as well as act as DNS server, Directory Server, RADIUS Server, DHCP Server, and Log Center. All that in one tiny box.
With the support of Windows AD, LDAP, and Domain Trust, DS215+ enables seamless account integration. The User Home feature can automatically create a “home” folder for every user account to minimize the administrator’s effort in repeatedly creating “home” folders for all accounts. Windows ACL support on DS215+ allows IT administrators to fine-tune access controls and set up privileges to files and folders on DS215+ through the familiar Windows user interface. With compatibility for major protocols, DS215+ can eliminate server configuration overhead and enhance IT administrators’ efficiency.
Backup and storage works in many ways and one very useful is the personal cloud the DS215+ allows you to set up. The Cloud Station allows you to sync files between devices in online and offline mode. The Cloud Station can remember up to 32 historical versions, encrypts the traffic, and can also sync between different NAS stations as well as mobile devices.
Security isn’t just well covered in the Cloud Station and Drives with the AES 256-bit encryption, the DS215+ also supports Antivirus and basic network security. You can also enable two-step verification for your users.
All of Synology’s mobile apps work great with this device, may they be DS note, DS audio, DS video, DS photo+, DS cloud, DS file, DS download, and DS cam. Everything right at your fingertips and on your smartphone or tablet.
That is a lot of functionality and features in one little device and one that saves both the environment and your wallet thanks to the low power consumption. When the HDDs hibernate, the DS215+ consumes just about 9W and less than 21 W when accessed. Thinking small can pay off in the long run.
Tesoro are back on eTeknix once again! While we looked at their gorgeous new Lobera Spectrum recently, today we take a look at something a little further up the range, the new Excalibur Spectrum. RGB keyboards are all the rage recently, they’re often still the same keyboard they were last year in terms of performance and features, with the new addition of some funky lighting effects; no bad thing for those who love to customise their setup.
As you can see from the spec, the Excalibur is a fairly standard size keyboard, it features multiple profiles, built-in memory, RGB lighting and more.
“Tesoro Excalibur is a mechanical keyboard with an advanced backlighting processor. Unlike the original Excalibur which is capable of recording and storing macros, Spectrum also has a number of stunning illumination modes. Using this keyboard is a lot of colorful fun. Excalibur is the first Tesoro keyboard to have a classic solid look. It can be used with a gaming rig as well as on an office desk due to its straight and strong lines. The supreme spectrum backlighting, however, adds more color to our guy. Each key’s color can be set individually, the illumination will react to keystrokes, change colors in different ways, and do other crazy things.”
The packaging for the Excalibur Spectrum is simple enough, giving us a nice and colourful image of the keyboard on the front of the box.
The Excalibur comes hard-wired and you’ll be happy to hear it features a durable braided cable with a gold-plated connector.
The general design of the keyboard is nothing revolutionary. We’ve got a fairly standard chassis size, black plastic trim and a standard key layout.
The key caps look nice and smart, with a custom laser etched font to allow for the built-in lighting effects.
Here you can see we have the Kailh Red switches; it is also available in blue and brown switch.
A full-size number pad, nothing particularly interesting, but it’s all there.
The Excalibur can be switched from 6-key to n-key rollover directly from the keyboards using Fn-Shift + Ins and Del keys
The arrow keys also double up as lighting controls, allowing you to tweak things such as brightness and contrast.
There’s five built-in profiles on the keyboard, which are great for storing lighting effects.
Windows lock, as well as master volume controls.
Plus a basic set of multimedia controls; perfect for flicking through some music while you’re working or gaming.
As I said before, the keyboard is hard-wired with a thick braided cable. The cable is mounted off-center, which should help reduce conflicts with your monitor stand.
The underside of the keyboard is relatively featureless, aside from four rubber grips that will help prevent it from sliding around your desk.
There are two kickstands on the base, although they’re pretty standard and that’s a real shame, as most mechanical keyboards has stronger ones with rubber grips of their own.
MSI is one of those names you think of when compiling a list of computer components. You know that the amount of testing and quality control that goes into each product released will shine through in performance and longevity. It produces some of the best looking, cooling, sounding and performing graphics cards on the market thanks to the military grade components that go into every card.
Today we have the MSI GAMING R9 380 2GB in for some punishment. The card itself comes equipped with the latest Twin Frozr V cooling solution that not only looks great, but keeps this card cool and quiet at all times. It features a new fan design, called TORX fans; the new design is to simply force more air downwards into the heat sink and over the components at lower fan speeds.
Sadly, when thoughts turn to the R9 300 range, most consumers would laugh at the fact that they are rebranded R9 285 GPU’s with slightly higher clock speeds. While this is true, the matured manufacturing process has allowed AMD to squeeze every bit of possible performance out of the cores and then passed onto the sub-vendors to add lashings of high-quality components to ensure the core retains that performance for years to come.
The box is minimalistic with the Gaming dragon and dragon logo drawing the most attention. A faint PCB like design takes up the rest of the box, turning attention to the technologies inside the box. Inside the box you can find the typical accessories of a low-end card, DVi adapter and user manuals and disks.
The cooling shroud is very large, but it doesn’t over hang the PCB by too much on the end. Following the unique style of previous MSI Twin Frozr V cooling designs and implementing the new TORX Fans.
The Twin Frozr V cooling design and features arei well explained in the MSI video:
This backplate is so minimalistic; it’s great. Matt undercoat with a glossy dragon logo and key holes to aid cooling of the rear components.
A close up on the power connections reveals two 6-pin PCIe connections. This helps provide stable power when the card is in OC mode.
This new fan design is implemented on every other fan fin. The traditional fin helps bring in more air while the TORX design pushes less, but much faster air in to quickly remove the heat.
At the business end of the card, we see the usual connections of 2x DVI, 1x HDMI and 1x DisplayPort.
Last night was the night of the United Kingdom General Election; to those outside of UK politics, it is sort of like choosing a president in the USA. This election was to be the closest in recent history, but no one knew who was going to win, or maybe Matt Groening did.
With the unprecedented majority of Scotland voting for the Scottish National Party (SNP), whose party colour is Yellow, and Conservatives (Blue) taking the majority of the UK with Labour (Red) taking a few other places. Twitter user Alex McLaughlan noticed an uncanny resemblance to a cartoon baby.
Western Digital launched their WD RED line quite a while ago, and it’s been a successful one. We’ve previously had a look at how the 2.5-inch version with 1TB capacity performs as a single disk, but we’ve yet to look at how four of these will do in a RAID environment. The WD RED drives are primarily built for NAS usage, but they’re also well suited for SOHO users who want more performance and reliability in a small size.
Network attached storage is getting more traction every day and more and more people take the plunge into the world of NAS, but not everyone wants a large system. A tiny NAS with 2.5-inch drives is the solution, and the WD RED drives are perfect for this. They come as both 750GB and 1TB versions, but it’s the 1TB version that’s on the bench today.
The 2.5-inch WD drives run with an Intellipower spindle speed of 5400RPM and come with 16MB of cache, and an SATA 6Gbps interface. They’re rated to handle a workload of 120-150TB of data per year, which should be more data throughput than most small businesses will put their drives through.
The NAS optimized firmware, called NASware 2.0, is an exclusive technology to WD that gives their drives far more enhanced reliability with a 35% improvement in MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) over their standard desktop drives, better compatibility with NAS systems, and a more energy-efficient operation which in turn leads to lower operating temperatures, a longer warranty for piece of mind and a system known as 3D Active Balance Plus. This dual-plane balance control, has helped to drastically increase the reliability of the drives – with a better balance, there are far fewer vibrations and this means the platters will degrade at a much lower rate thus increasing the longevity of the drive and its performance.
The 2.5-inhc drives themselves are 9.5mm thick, which really isn’t a lot considering the capacity. The drives are powered by the Marvell 88i9446-NDB2 high-performance storage controller and it is paired with the Samsung K4H2816380-LCC 16MB cache chip. The motor controller is WD’s own Nautilus that handles the Intellispeed capabilities.
RED, the American manufacturer of high-end, professional HD cameras, favoured by such lauded directors as Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, loves pushing its equipment into higher resolutions. The company, which released its first 4K camera, the RED One, back in 2007, at a time before 1080p was the home standard, is preparing to launch a whopping 8K RAW camera.
The RED Weapon Vista Vision has a 8,192×4,320, 35-megapixel sensor which can shoot 8K widescreen at 75fps, can record in RAW and ProRes formats simultaneously, and has a 40.96×21.6mm Vista Vision chip.
The price, however, is where this high-end piece of kit becomes expensively prohibitive: a RED Weapon Vista Vision will cost you at least $59,500, not counting lenses and accessories. Plus, the “camera” is essentially an upgrade for the 6K Weapon Woven CF, so anyone wanting to enjoy glorious 8K resolutions needs to buy the Weapon Woven CF for $49,500 and then add the $10,000 8K sensor, the price for which doubles to $20,000 after 16th April. Owners of the RED Scarlet or Epic cameras are entitled to credits towards Weapon models.
RED is yet to announce the release date or other specifications for the Weapon Vista Vision, but it will reportedly be available before the end of 2015.
Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.
MSI have been busy lately, dishing out their latest range of MSI Gaming notebooks and they’re keen to show that they have a gaming notebook offering for virtually every budget range. Today we are looking at their mid-to-high range offering, the GS60 2QD (Ghost), and MSI kindly offered us a chance to review a red limited edition version instead of the usual black. A 15″ full HD 1080p screen, high-end i7 processor, PCIE storage and the brand new Nvidia GTX765 under the hood, we should be in for an interesting review!
Name: GS60 2QD(Ghost)-470UK-
CPU: Sharkbay Core i7-4720HQ (2.6GHz – 3.6GHz)
RAM: 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 1.35w (8GB*2)
SSD: 128GB PCIE M.2 SSD
HDD: 1TB 7200RPM
GPU:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB
LAN:10/100/1000/Gigabits Base T
WLAN: Killer DoubleShot Pro 11ac Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
It arrived well packed and undamaged I’m pleased to report; nothing more to say, so lets open it up!
On opening the outer box we can see it has been divided into 2 sections
The smaller section contains a protective case, featuring the MSI shield logo.
Close Up, it wont protect the GS60 from drops much, though it should keep all normal wear and tear to a minimum.
The notebook box itself is very nice…
With the lid lifting straight off to reveal the sheathed notebook.
Putting the notebook to one side for the minute and exploring the rest of the box, there are 2 wide compartments under the notebook and a long compartment running alongside the notebook.
The left wide compartment contains various Warranty and documentation information, the right wide compartment contains the power brick, and the long compartment contained the 3pin to clover power connector.
It looks like someone has stumbled upon a rare late Soviet computer mouse. The device is said to have been produced in 1990, but was modelled in 1989, as the documents state. The design is very weird and it comes in red colour (as it would be expected from that era).
The price for this type of mouse is also staggering, coming in at 285 roubles, which was equally translated in US dollars. This would have meant that the mouse in question would have cost around $300 back in the ’90s.
The box states that “It is the most comfortable graphic input device. You can move a cursor or piece of graphics across the screen, paint or use in business”. It even comes with its own serial number written in pen and was under a warranty.
Another odd thing about the mouse is that it comes with its blueprints in the box. But given its price tag, it would be nice to have in case something broke and a piece was required to fix it.
Lastly, the size of the mouse looks pretty realistic compared to a modern mouse, except you can’t really connect it to any modern PC or laptop due to its huge and outdated connector.
Nvidia has just released their new and quite impressive Nvidia TITAN X and EK Water Blocks introduced their new Full-Cover water block for the reference design (NVA-PG600) of the GeForce GTX TITAN X graphics card.
The EK-FC Titan X is a full-cover cooler meaning that it directly cools all the vital parts of the graphics cards: the GPU, RAM as well as VRM. Water flows directly over all these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and its VRM to remain stable even when heavy overclocked.
EK-FC Titan X water block features EK’s unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance and it also works flawlessly with reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. Moreover, the design offers great hydraulic performance allowing this product to be used in liquid cooling systems with weaker pumps.
The base is made from electrolytic copper, either bare- or nickel-plated depending on the variant while the top is made of either acrylic- or POM Acetal material. Plexi variants also feature two pre-drilled slots for 3mm LED diodes so you can light it all up and show off even more. Screw-in brass standoffs are pre-installed and allow for a safe and painless installation procedure.
EK are also offering a long list of backplates to go along with the new cooler and in a lot of colours. It’s available as normal Black and Nickel versions, but also Blue, Gold, and Red are options to choose from.
The new full cover water blocks should be available now at both the EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network starting from €99.95.
Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information
We have recently taken a look at the WD RED 6TB hard disk drive designed for NAS usage, and today it is time to see how these drives perform in a 4-disk RAID setup. Western Digital was so nice to provide us with all these wonderful drives for our NAS testing, so it will be great to have a baseline performance directly on our test bench. I’ve been wanting to do this review for quite some time, but had some trouble with my old motherboard. Actually it was a BIOS issue where it had forgotten about its RAID feature, but that’s an old story by now and I have since got a brand new and working motherboard.
WD Red drives are designed specifically for home and small office NAS systems and PCs with RAID. The last one is our queue and is what I will be doing, testing these drives on an Intel RAID controller in various configurations.
The WD Red drives are built primarily for a NAS (Network Attached Storage) environment, but are equally suited for small offices and home users who just want drives that deliver an enterprise level of performance and reliability without the hefty price tag that used to come along.
Network Attached Storage is making a bigger entry than ever before, and not just for businesses. Home users are investing in NAS devices like never before, and with good reason. We have more and more smart devices capable of using our files and we collect more and more data with the increasing resolution advances. Conclusion, we need more storage capacity.
Small and medium businesses, just as home users, will benefit greatly from using the new 6TB WD RED drives. They come with the latest firmware optimized for use in NAS environments and NASware 3.0 supports the use of enclosures with up to 8 bays.
Some people still think a hard disk is a hard disk and that there isn’t any real difference. They are wrong, there are huge differences between drives. Every type of hard disk is optimized for one type of usage and will both perform best and live longest when operated within the given specs.
What you might save in the short run by buying desktop drives, will cost you a lot more in the end. Not only will you need to buy new drives when they fail on you, you also risk losing your data. It is a bit like using an SUV as a tractor, it might work well for some time but you’ll eventually ruin the fine machinery. And since the WD RED drives don’t cost much more than most desktop drives, there really isn’t any need to comprise, get the right drives for the job.
Western Digital is backing the drives with a three-year warranty. It has 64MB onboard cache and that is a relevant factor that severely increases the transfer rates. Speaking of which, the WD RED 6TB can achieve up to 175MB/s internal transfer rates.
The drives are rated to handle a workload of 120-150TB of data per year, well over the data throughput that most small businesses will ever put their drives through.
This year marks the 20th anniversary for ASUS in the graphics cards business and that will be celebrated with a couple special graphics cards. Little is known about the cards so far, but the GTX 980 is said to come in the same Tyrant gold colours as the Z97 series while the GTX 970 will come in a black and red themed DirectCU version, but surely with a special and highlighted 20th anniversary addition of some sort.
The cards are still in the development stage and both the release date and other specifications are still unknown, but sources said to prepare for something awesome. We are prepared, now it’s ASUS turn to show what they got planned.
Thanks to VR-Zone for providing us with this information
WD expanded its suite of NAS solutions with four new products that address the increasing demands for content storage, management, protection and streaming among prosumers, creative professionals and small businesses. There is a new 2-bay and 4-bay unit in the My Cloud Expert Series and the same for the My Cloud Business Series of devices.
“As the market leader in the single-bay personal cloud category with our award winning My Cloud platform, as well as in the NAS hard disk drive (HDD) category with our WD Red line, WD understands that customers need more power and more choice in NAS systems,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and Worldwide Sales. “We are very excited about our new My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business Series NAS products that offer the performance, ease of use, reliability and My Cloud OS that customers want from WD.”
The My Cloud Expert Series will get the EX2100 two-bay and EX4100 four-bay NAS systems designed from the ground up for creative professionals and prosumers who need to reliably save, share, backup, stream and manage large amounts of digital data.
They are powered by the latest version of the dual-core Marvell ARMADA 385 and 388 processors and will offer up to 24TB of high-performance storage. The included WD Red drives can be configured using with the usual RAID options including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 JBOD and spanning modes. Backups can be centralised with the WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users, and with the Apple Time Machine backup software for Mac users.
DLNA and UPnP multimedia devices such as gaming consoles, smart TVs and WD TV Live media players are all supported using the Twonky media and iTunes server for simple streaming of your movie and music libraries. Other features you’d want in a NAS are also included such as FTP server, backup server, P2P download server as well as system health monitoring and use of third party apps such as aMule, Icecast, Transmission and more.
The two new My Cloud Business Series include the DL2100 two-bay and DL4100 four-bay NAS systems that are built to provide reliability, security and scalability. These units are powered by Intel’s Atom dual-core processors and come with up to 24TB of storage.
The business series devices come with up to 2GB RAM and can be expanded up to 6GB. Besides the same features and functions as the Expert series they also offer AES 256-bit volume encryption and business-ready capabilities including iSCSI target and initiator, replication and file synchronisation, integrated FTP, WebDAV server, SSH Shell, and Microsoft Active Directory support.
These units can also backup themselves, either to another My Cloud in a different location or to a cloud service such as Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive. USB 3.0 one-touch backup is another great feature to have. The units further shine with features such as dual power supply ports with fail-over, dual Gigabit Ethernet and UPS support.
The units are either available now or soon and the price varies depending on model and equipped hard drives.
MSRP for My Cloud EX2100 NAS is £239.00 for the diskless unit, £399.00 for 4 TB, £539.00 for 8 TB and £709.00 for 12 TB.
MSRP for My Cloud EX4100 NAS is £359.00 for the diskless unit, £699.00 for 8 TB, £999.00 for 16 TB and £1,399.00 for 24 TB
MSRP for My Cloud DL2100 NAS is £329.00 for the diskless unit, £499.00 for 4 TB, £609.00 for 8 TB and £829.00 for 12 TB.
MSRP for My Cloud DL4100 NAS is £499.00 for the diskless unit, £799.00 for 8 TB, £1,099.00 for 16 TB and £1,419.00 for 24 TB.
Thanks to WD for providing us with this information.
BitFenix is ready with the new AEGIS Micro-ATX chassis that they first showed us during Computex, and the final version looks great. Overclockers UK thinks the same and has the full colour-range available for you.
The beautiful new case comes in black, white, and three coloured versions: blue, yellow and red. The AEGIS chassis also features the same type ICON logo display previously seen on the Pandora, but this time it is 2.8-inch big. But the chassis isn’t just about looks, it also packs plenty of features.
There is room for a total of eight 120mm fans or five 140mm fans and there is also room for both custom liquid cooling loops as well as closed-loop AIO coolers. The chassis can hold dual 360 loops with slim radiators as well as dual 280mm loops. To control all these coolers, the AEGIS has a built-in fan controller.
Storage won’t be an issue either with 3 tool-less storage cages that can be moved around or taken out all together. But even if you should want to remove them all, you still have a hidden 2.5-inch slot behind the PSU and show-off slot next to the motherboard tray.
BitFenix thought of it all and made sure that there are dust filters on all sides and the PSU cover can hide away that ugly PSU you might have. But it can also be removed if you want to show your fancy and shiny new PSU. The choice is yours. The chassis even comes with reservoir and pump brackets.
Best of all, the chassis doesn’t cost as much as you might expect with a feature list like this. The case can be found at Overclockers for £79.99.
Motherboard: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Dimensions: 205 x 470 x 480 mm
Weight: 6.7 kg
– Heatsink height: 170 mm
– VGA length: 380 mm
– PSU: ATX up to 220mm
Max AIO support (push/push pull): 360 / 360
Max radiator support (push/push pull): 360 (85mm) + 240 (60mm) / 360 (60mm) + 240 (60mm)
– 3.5” Drive slots: 4 (two removable cages with 2 tool-less slots each)
– 2.5” Drive slots: 4 (one removable cage with 2 tool-less slots each, one slot next to the Mainboard, one slot behind the PSU)
Fan Controller: 4 fan headers, 3 speeds (12v, 7v, 5v) with 3 indicator LEDs (white)
– Top: 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm – click on dust filter
– Front: 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm – magnetic dust filter
– Bottom: 1x 120mm – magnetic dust filter
– Rear: 1x 120mm (included)
PCI Slots: 5
I/O: USB 3.0 x 2, Audio, Mic, Power, Reset, Power LED (white), HDD LED (white)
ICON Display: 2.8″ TFT, 240 x 320
Special Features: PSU cover, Magnetic Dust Filters, Pump bracket, Reservoir Bracket, 2 Removable HDD Cages, 1 removable SSD cage, Tool less HDD and SSD system, Hidden 2.5” slot, 2.5” Show Off slot, Window Sidepanel, Rubber Grommets.