TrueFi
Sonarworks True-Fi


LG V30 Smartphone

P1 Power Sport Watch
P1 Power Sport Watch

NC50
NC50 Noise Canceling Earphones

Ken Block Can Actually Drive


Graphic Card Monday

If you are looking for a mid-summer upgrade, a new graphics card has as lot to offer.  Check out a few of the options below.

ZOTAC GeForce GT 640 2GB - TechPowerUp --=-- Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 OC Vapor-X 1GB - eTeknix --=-- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 - XSReviews --=-- MSI GTX 680 Lightning 2GB Graphics Card - eTeknix


Foxconn Nano PC Update

Smaller is better when it comes to fanless PC's and thanks to new chips by AMD and Intel they are getting ridiculously small.  Check out the new Foxconn Nano PC over at FanlessTech.  What impresses me the most with this unit is that its still available with an Intel Atom option.  I'd gladly pick up the AMD E450 version though.  You'll have to wait until September, but it might be worth the wait.

✓ Atom D2550 / AMD E450
✓ 1 x SO-DIMM socket (DDR3 memory up to 4GB)
✓ 2 x USB 3.0 ports
✓ 4 x USB 2.0 ports
✓ 1 x 2.5" bay
✓ 1 x 1.8" bay
✓ 1 x SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro/MMC card reader
✓ 1 x Gigabit LAN port
✓ 1 x HDMI
✓ 1 x VGA (looks awfully like a DVI port to us)
✓ 802.11n Wi-Fi
✓ 19 cm x 13.5 cm x 3.8 cm
✓ VESA mountable
✓ 600 g


Portable Laptop Action

If you are looking for a portable laptop for the summer, the SSDReview has posted up two parts of the new 2012 Macbook Air refresh that was released a few weeks back.  In the end, this Ivy Bridge machine is pretty solid.  If you want to steer clear of Apple products, check out the FutureLooks review of the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook.  This little machine is about the same size as a MBA, but it's not as sleek for sure.

As mentioned above, you get a silver anodized aluminum body in a remarkably thin frame. The underside is an almost rubbery carbon fiber, once again adding to the “premium” feel. Like other Ultrabooks, the XPS 13 does away with the typical optical drive in an effort to keep the weight low and the profile slim. You’ll also notice that the 47 WHr 6-cell battery is integrated into the notebook itself, adding to the svelte appearance.


Video Game Release & More

We've got a few new titles for you to enjoy this week, and there are some pretty decent titles for the console if you like football.  ShackNews has all the details and we've got the short list below.

PC

  • Babel Rising (download - $10)
  • The Sims 3 Diesel Stuff

360

  • Dungeon Fighter Live: Fall Of Hendon Myre (XBLA)
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games
  • NCAA Football 13
  • Quantum Conundrum (XBLA - $15)


PS3

  • Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition (PSN)
  • Mickey Mania (PSone Classic)
  • NCAA Football 13
  • Quantum Conundrum (PSN - $15)
  • Rainbow Moon (PSN - $15)
  • Summer Stars 2012


Wii

  • Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games
  • Summer Stars 2012


3DS

  • Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games
  • Johnny Kung Fu (eShop - $10)
  • Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure


NDS

  • Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games

 

If you want to try and play a game that has a bit more reputation (and a review), check out the Techgage review of Civilization V - Gods & Kings.  If you feel a bit more magical, check out Magic The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers at eTeknix.


Roccat Kave Real 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

KAVEWe have just taken a look at the Roccat Kave 5.1 Headset.  This headset is built for gamers and offers a great set of features, decent performance and a price-tag that is affordable.  The microphone on this headset is handy and the mute LED is ideal for gaming.  It's not just for gamers, but it make a big appeal in that direction.  Please check our review for all the details.

The people over at Roccat definitely hit the ball out of the ball park with this headset. The 5.1 surround sound, the detachable mic with mute LED, The Tip’N’Control desktop remote are things of beauty and must haves on any headset. Not to mention the extremely comfy ear cups that basically cancel out almost all outside noises and the easy ability to fold them up and carry around, really make this headset outstanding.


Audio Action

If you're looking for a bit of new sound for your PC, the Arctic Sound S362 at Vortez is a pretty decent set to get familiar with.  This is a 2.1 system that promises and delivers a fair bit of performance for a great price.  If you want to keep you audio to yourself, try out the much more expensive Sennheiser HD 558 over at TechReport.

Geared for gamers, and reviewed over at HardwareHeaven is the Razer Blackshark headset.  It looks interesting for sure.

 


Windows vs Windows... FIGHT!

It a Battle Royall between Windows 7 and Windows 8, PCMag takes a look at the performance between these two operating systems and benchmarks a lot of different aspects of an operating system.  They test browsers, shutdown, startup, rendering and even file moving.  There is a clear winner, and a reason you may want to shell out the $40 for that Windows 8 upgrade later this year.

The key thing here is startup. Windows 7 still takes just too long to get usable, and Windows 8 finally remedies this drawback. Browser performance is also notably better, and it's encouraging that Geekbench showed a little improvement and PCMark 7 a significant one.

 

Thanks to Tigger for the link... and finding the reason I needed to upgrade.


Friday Case Collection



Laptop Buying Mistakes

If you're planning on dropping some money on a new laptop in the near future, CNET has posted up a short list of three mistakes that they made when buying a laptop.  I agree with them - to a point.  If you are buying an extreme-budget (think cheap) laptop, you'll likely never be happy with it - so take their advice and enjoy!

After reading some reviews (professional and user alike), I found a system that seemed perfect. But it wasn't long before I discovered a few usability quirks that really detract from my enjoyment. If you're in the market for a new laptop of your own, consider the three things I wish I'd done differently.

 

Thanks to Tigger for the link!


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