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Ruvo Avox A65U1 UMPC - The Unboxing Review

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Ruvo Avox A65U1 UMPC - The Unboxing Review

The vibrant world of UMPCs has many players, most of them well-known brands, others less so, but probably deserving our attention just the same.  In this category you will find the Ruvo Avox, a handsome slider UMPC.  Think of it as a Nokia N95 on steroids, but then a lot bigger!  The Avox, whilst practically unknown, has a more familiar incarnation as the Gigabyte U60.  Are they exactly the same? 

We got ourselves the first Avox in Australia, courtesy of Tegatech, the UMPC distributor par excellence down under.  They are excited about that little critter and I am beginning to see why! 

Please follow me on this unboxing and our subsequent in-depth reviews of the Ruvo Avox.

First off, the Avox is billed as the smallest full-featured PC.  In this fluid world of sub-notebooks and UMPCs that claim is probably correct but bragging rights are never long-lived and it is better to judge a device, particularly when it is this small, by its usability.  So that will be the main focus of this and the following reviews. 

Today we will be looking at the Avox from the unboxing perspective and go into the hardware details. 

A next review will highlight the software and performance aspects to be followed by a write-up of all the various accessories that can be bought separately.

Linutop Mini Linux PC Reviewed - Damn Small Linux Hardware

Written by Paul Moons on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Linutop Mini Linux PC Reviewed - Damn Small Linux HardwareThe Linutop is a small Linux PC. Of course, if you think the Mac Mini is small, then perhaps the words, incredibly miniscule are closer to the mark.

Running a customised version of xubuntu Linux, this little box could replace your desktop for most common tasks, including what you're doing right now.

And if this wasn't impressive enough in a box slightly larger than a Nintendo DS, the Linutop does it all drawing a maximum of 5 watts - That's less than an energy saver light bulb!

ZeroTherm BTF90 CPU Cooler

Written by Richard on . Posted in PC Hardware

 Read more: ZeroTherm BTF90 CPU CoolerWhen evaluating a CPU cooler, there are several things to look into.  In order of importance, the obvious factor is how well the product actually cools the CPU.  And then the next question to ask is how simple is it to install.  And then it would also be nice if the cooling solution looked good at the same time.  The ZeroTherm BTF90 is a product that provides an elegant-looking cooling solution that aims to nail down all of these key areas and excel in them at the same time.

Logitech MX Revolution Wireless Laser Mouse

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Logitech MX Revolution Wireless Laser MouseI have seldom been so enthusiastic about having to review (yet) another mouse as when we received the Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse.  The MX Revolution might sound like marketing hype but it is a Revolution in more ways than one.  If you can see beyond the initial price shock this is arguably the best all-purpose mouse out there and we will show you why.

Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision Web Cam

Written by Richard on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision Web CamWeb cams have been around for a long time, but many of them suffered from poor video and picture quality.  They had poor video quality because there was a high delay time between your actual movement and what was captured by the web cam;  poor picture quality because pictures never seemed to have the proper lighting and lacked clarity and resolution.  Logitech's QuickCam Ultra Vision web cam is a new product which addresses the issues of video and picture quality all bundled into a convenient simple package.

Bella DV 3.0 Video Keyboard

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Bella DV 3.0 Video KeyboardEver heard of Bella keyboards?  Unless you are in the video editing industry chances are slim that you would have come across the exciting range of digital video editing keyboards that Bella makes.

We chose to review the Bella DV 3.0 Video Keyboard and came away mightily impressed!

This is the only keyboard with a built in jog & shuttle dial.  And a built in lamppost!

Flybook V33i with HSDPA from Dialogue Reviewed (Part I)

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Flybook V33i with HSDPA from Dialogue Reviewed (Part I)There are few notebooks that have been head turners from the moment they were launched. The Sony Vaio is one of them and the Flybook from Dialogue another. It's been about two-and-a-half years ago when we first reviewed the original Flybook  ultra-portable notebook.

At this very moment the latest incarnation, the Flybook V33i,  is  glamming up our desk, sporting a deep Ferrari-red exterior, making its diminutive size even  more delectable...

Now that the Flybook has attained almost cult status, the question remains: is our first  love for this highly connected machine still there?

Zero Tension Mouse

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Zero Tension MouseRelief for RSI Sufferers
We generally don't review mice as they are about as utilitarian as a USB stick. But when you suffer from RSI or carpal tunnel syndrome your interest in these rodents is elevated to a much higher level.

The Zero Tension Mouse piqued my interest for promising to relieve the rather painful sensation of nervous tenseness in my right hand. The ZTM is not the prettiest of its species and it certainly was one of the hardest to get used to.  As they say “no pain, no gain” so I struggled with the ZTM for a number of weeks.  Was it all worth it?

Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 GTO (AGP) - Reviewed

Written by Ronald on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 GTO (AGP) - ReviewedSince the release of the ATI's next generation X1000 series, ATI's graphics cards have brought higher and higher performance...more pipelines, higher clock speeds, etc.  The enthusiasm for ATI's latest cards doesn't necessarily mean that the older X100 series cards are left in the dust.  In fact, it means more affordable lower prices for the older generation.

Let's face it, not everyone can keep up with technology always.  I've had my custom computer built less than 3 years ago and the switch from the AGP interface to PCI-Express passed so quickly that it makes my system seem old already.  The good news is that there are still AGP versions of graphics cards available.

Today, I will be reviewing the Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 GTO.  This product emphasizes overclocking on a budget.  If you are still stuck with the older AGP interface and love to overclock, this card may be for you.

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