Hardware

Samsung Launches Very Shiny SD Cards

By Published February 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Samsung continues to branch into the many different electronics fields and has opted to update its line of SD cards with new, shiny models.

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Ranging from 2GB to 32GB, the new Class 7 (7MB/s write; 24MB/s read) SDHC and Micro SD cards will be available with brushed metal aesthetics to bring a bit of pizzazz to your mobile memory needs. Granted, SD cards are normally tucked away and out of sight.

Trying to secure its presence in the newly-crowded tablet market, Samsung has unveiled an interesting new device to the market.

Dubbed a "smart notebook crossover PC," Samsung is showing off a new form factor in the PC/ultrabook market, the "slate form factor," and says they will target educators as well as business-to-business communications with this device.

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BlackSpace Brings RTS to Space Mining

By Published February 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

After decades of being the lesser-liked child of gaming, the RTS genre has recently exploded in popularity with the emergence of games like StarCraft 2 and League of Legends, both of which redefined e-sports as we know it. Luckily for those of us that have been fans of RTS games since the early days of Command & Conquer -- the DOS one -- the genre is still experiencing an influx of innovation and creativity, as Pixel Foundry boasts for their upcoming game, BlackSpace. Alongside Fray, the cyberpunk/dystopian game we posted about earlier today, this year's shaping up to look awesome for the indie market.

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Cyberpunk and dystopian settings have long been a favorite of mine, ever simulating a Tron-like (the original, not the other one), high-stakes, all-out cyber warfare between factions which have been cybernetically altered or otherwise digitized. With the existing contenders in this market aging, like the Source mod Dystopia, independent game developers Brain Candy have jumped into the, err, fray with their upcoming "simultaneous turn-based strategy" game, Fray. Damn puns.

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The sci-fi title has an intriguing backstory to any lover of computers: It's the year 2098 and, as we should hope, human interaction has been entirely limited to the Internet - or whatever it becomes in the future. Fulfilling the cyberpunk requirements of being a world dominated by malevolent companies, the world of Fray is dominated by three mega-corporations, in true 1984 fashion, with each fighting over the remaining supplies on earth. This is where the "virtual reality modules" come into play: There are multiple variations of 'modules' in the world of Fray, each serving as an escape to the definitely-going-to-happen reality of megacorporation combat -- the module we care about, though, is the combat one.

Lancool's Mid-Range Dragonlord Tower, the PC-K56N

By Published February 20, 2012 at 3:06 am

Coming to the market from Taiwan is a new budget-minded tower from the company Lancool. The PC-K56N is part of Lancool's Dragonlord series and is a full ATX tower supporting some competent features for a case of this class.

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Meet HS-G700V Cavimanus, the Rumbling Gaming Headset

By Published February 15, 2012 at 5:03 am

Having gone through dozens of headsets over the past years -- each iteration an exploratory phase on what makes headsets so hit-or-miss -- I can honestly say that I've never seen a headset with what is effectively a "rumble pack" built-in.

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Mgame USA has released new information on its new free-to-play MMOG, Rise of the Dragonian (or RODE). A recent press release scheduled their second beta test for this weekend, February 11th and 12th, from 8am to 8pm PST. This will be the final beta test before the game's official release. To encourage gamers to try out their game, Mgame has put large giveaway opportunities on the table.

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Antec Launches Budget Case Dubbed the "One"

By Published February 09, 2012 at 3:29 am

Antec has proven to be a trusted company when it comes to quality gaming cases for years running now. With the recent arrival of their newest case, dubbed the "One," Antec is venturing into the budget arena with this new case (Have more money? Check NZXT's larger Switch 810). The One looks very familiar to the popular Three Hundred Two case, just a bit smaller and more affordable.

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Coming in just under the $60 dollar mark, this case should be a good fit for anyone looking to build a custom PC on a tight budget. If that's new territory to you, check out our how-to guide for building gaming PCs.

For those having trouble cramming massive heatsinks into small boards - particularly MicroATX boards - G.Skill (and a few others) have a solution: "Low Profile RAM," which stands at only 1.26 inches high, is designed to slide unnoticeably under aftermarket CPU heatsinks that are too big and would otherwise collide with RAM.

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NZXT Switch 810 Case Released

By Published February 05, 2012 at 10:57 pm

We've recommended NZXT on occasion in our budget PC guides, but there's something different about this one: It's large, has room for up to 6 fans (almost all of which are 140mm), and is $170 MSRP. The NZXT Switch 810 follows a new trend in gaming case design (like the Thermaltake Snow) that brings a slick, white/black combination as an alternative to an otherwise dark selection of cases.

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NZXT's Switch 810 feels like it's straight out of a Clone Trooper's bedroom -- it's clean-cut and very straightforward. You get what you see (there is a black variation, though). Here's the spec break-down:

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