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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.

AlphaShield Hardware Firewall

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: AlphaShield Hardware Firewall

If there has ever been a time when protection is necessary whenever you log on the Internet, it’s now. We need to be shielded from viruses, hacks, worms, identity theft and all the other net nasties. But why don’t we do it?  Is it complexity, cost, the constant updating or the feeling that there is no all-in-one solution? AlphaShield has come up with a hardware firewall solution that promises perfect protection with easy setup and at a very reasonable cost.

Is it a mirage or does it really work?

PowerColor ATI X1300 Graphics Card

Written by Ronald on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: PowerColor ATI X1300 Graphics CardTo give you an idea of where this product stands relative to ATI's current line of next generation graphics chips, it begins at the entry-level with the X1300.  At the midrange, is the X1600 series.  The X1800 and X1900 series is where we progress to the higher to highest end graphics chips on the market.  The X1300 is an entry-level graphics card which incorporates the latest Shader Model 3.0 technology to allow you to play the latest games.  At this level, it is a matter of the kind of performance and features is offered at the budget price.

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