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Linksys Velop Whole Home Wifi (Mesh)

We have just posted up our review of the brand new Linksys Velop Whole Home Wifi system. This is Linksys' first dive into mesh networking for the consumer and it's certainly a solid product. If you want to simplify your WiFi at your home, business or cottage, this is a great way to make it happen. Take a look and see if it performs like a champ or suffers from the same issues that affect traditional range extenders.

Do I recommend Velop? Yes. If you have a large building, home or dwelling and you want to have one network that covers the entire installation. It's fantastic to be able to stream a video, make a Skype call or otherwise consume data and be able to move around without dropping the connection and having to restart the download...


Thecus W2810PRO NAS - Powered By Windows Server

With all of the Linux powered NAS products on the market, it's getting pretty hard for companies to set themselves apart. QNAP, Thecus, ASUStor and Synology all have very good products with similar processors, similar software packages and similar performance. The new Thecus W2810PRO is a bit of a fresh take on the NAS market as this unit is powered by Windows Storage Server 2012. I'm not sure why they went with 2012 - maybe the licenses were cheaper. Check out the review and see how it stacks up.

Then there's the case where the NAS vendor is great at hardware but just can't seem to make the custom OS easy to use. That was definitely the case when I looked at the Thecus N7710-G, a device with 10Gb/sec speed, but a terrible user interface. So what did Thecus do to help remedy the situation? They released the W2810PRO, a product that uses Microsoft's Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials (just rolls off the tongue) as the OS.

Source: Neowin

Smart Watches Fell on their (smart)Face in 2016

One of the biggest things I've noticed over the past few years is how marketing really works. Companies create a product that isn't in demand, try and create excitment around the product that no one really wants and then convince us that we need it. 3D TV was one such product - as well as Smart Watches. While they can be handy in certain situations, they aren't a product that everyone needs - and people are figuring that out - which is why sales of these devices was pretty flat this past year. What would it take for you to buy one - if you haven't already?

Battery life continues to be unsatisfactory, the cases are usually still too thick, and companies still struggle to balance timeless design with futuristic functionality. Google, which originally planned to launch Android Wear 2.0 this year, is pushing that update to early 2017. The new version will apparently allow for apps that can run independently on smartwatches without requiring a companion phone, something that Apple's watchOS 2 has offered since fall 2015.

Source: Engadget

Dell's New Convertible 13-inch XPS Is Awesome

There are a lot of hardware companies pushing out their latest products this week at CES, and Dell is one of the companies we'll be meeting with. They've been teasing their new XPS 13 that is a 2-in-1 convertible with serious performance and a beautiful edge-to-edge display. While Ultrabooks set the stage a few years ago, there have been some amazing 2-in-1 and tablet units that pack in amazing processors, great battery life and fantastic performance all under a beautiful screen. This could be the year I upgrade my Thinkpad for sure.

Building on the most recent upgrade to the 13-inch XPS laptop, it looks like Dell is about to make a 2-in-1 version. First spotted by Windows Central, a convertible XPS 13 with what looks like an Infinity Edge display has appeared on Dell’s website. There are no other details yet, but if Dell builds on everything it got right with last year’s impressive model it should be a contender if it appears at CES 2017.

Source: TheVerge

Game Mode in Windows 10 to Improve Performance

Microsoft is hard at work making sure that consumers demand Windows 10 Universal Apps for their games. How is that you say? Well, they are working on a new mode for Windows 10 that will do some major optimizing and boost performance on your favorite games. While this sounds awesome (who doesn't love better performance for free?), I bet the catch will be that it will only work on games purchased through the Windows Store. If they pull this off, that will put pressure on developers to market their games through the Microsoft Store - making Origin and Steam suffer.

Our own sources have said this feature works similarly to how Xbox One handles running a game. Xbox OS, when a game is launched, will allocate resources to make sure the game is running the best it possibly can. Up until now, Windows hasn't had a built-in option for this that benefits games directly, but with the Creators Update that will be changing.

Source: WindowsCentral

Android App Pick - Amazon Shopping

We have just posted up another Android App Pick and this week we basically recap how we did most of our Christmas and Boxing Day shopping here at BCCHardware. Amazon Shopping is our pick this week and it helped me save a bundle! If you don't use the App yet, you should check it out and find out why you really should.



ROCCAT Suora FX RGB Frameless Keyboard Review

We have just posted up our review of the ROCCAT Suora FX RGB Illuminated Frameless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This is a very sweet keyboard that looks very minimalistic, until you plug it in and showcase the awesome RGB illumination. It's available with a couple of different mechanical switches, so you should find the perfect solution to fit your needs - maybe. Take a look at our review for all the details.

If you're looking for a gaming keyboard that has quality, performance, function and that is flashy, the Suora FX is pretty hard to beat. If you want a keyboard that is quiet, please look elsewhere - or at the very least try the brown switches...

Suora FX

Android Superbook misses launch date

The Android Superbook project, which raised a cool $3 million on Kickstarter, has missed its launch date. The Superbook takes your Android smartphone and turns it into a notebook, all for $99. Kickstarter projects don't have a great track record of being on time with their launch dates but anytime a deadline gets missed people start to get nervous as to whether or not they'll get their product. Endgadget has the full story.

The Superbook, a device that converts your smartphone into a laptop, is the latest high-profile Kickstarter project to delay shipping to backers. The $99 device, basically a screen and keyboard shell powered by your smartphone's processor and memory, raised nearly $3 million after garnering pledges from 16,732 backers. However, the company has announced that it will postpone shipping from February 2017 to June 2017 because design changes and supplier issues.

Lenovo updates ThinkPads

Lenovo is going to be updating their ThinkPad lineup and showing them off at CES 2017. The updates include new trackpads, new CPUs, and some new Windows features. Overall it might not be a leap above the previous generation but if you have been putting off picking up a new laptop or ultrabook you might want to hold off a little longer. The Verge has the story.

Several new laptops, including the ThinkPad X270, the ThinkPad Yoga 370, four new ThinkPad T Ultrabook models, and the less-expensive ThinkPad 13, will include support for Microsoft’s Windows Precision Touchpad, a new-ish set of drivers and interface for configuring touchpad gestures that was released with the launch of Windows 10. ThinkPad trackpads for years have been iconic at best and awful at their worst, with their little red TrackPoint buttons and sometimes-jittery touchpads. The TrackPoint button still makes an appearance on these newer laptops, but at least with the Precision Touchpad support there’s the promise of a smooth, fluid trackpad.

Top Memes and Viral Videos of 2016

Just in case you were living under a rock for part of the year or spent some time in a coma, BBC has come up with a list of the biggest memes and viral videos of 2016. Chances are good you've seen most, but you might just find a gem you missed.

It is that time of year again when I, in a disgusting post-Christmas rotund state, look back on what made it big on the internet in 2016.

This isn’t a scientific list. It's certainly not a comprehensive one. I am the sole judge of what can be considered list-worthy, using criteria as fluid as the rules of Calvinball.

That said, it’s not a complete free-for-all. To keep things focused, last year I added a rule: nothing miserable should make the list.

Now I’m adding two more. Firstly, nothing related to Brexit or the US election.

You’re welcome.

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