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  • TomTom Bandit 4K GPS WiFi Action Camera Review @ ModSynergy

    Published: Monday, November 28, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Action cameras are quite popular these days.  They are currently sold by the extreme sports folks but can be used by just about anyone.  In fact many YouTube channels use them to capture multi-camera angles which are then configured in post.

    Of course those are just cameras that record to an SDcard without many extra features.  TomTom (the makers of..  GPS?) have a new WiFi action cam with 4k recording and built in GPS.  I guess the idea there is to tag where you have been so your friends know where you did those awesome flips or saw Britney Spears in the wild.

    TomTom is incorporating years of experience into their Bandit action camera, leaving no stones unturned in their conquest of the lucrative action camera market.  Bandit sports a 16MP CCD image sensor that allows it to film in FHD 1080p, QHD 2K, and UHD 4K cinematic modes.  It can take 16-megapixel still images, and features an impressive Night Lapse mode to broaden its skill set, allowing users to capture a unique perspective of night brought to life. And you can't have a TomTom product without the GPS!

    ModSynergy will put the TomTom Bandit through the paces, and see if the first generation Bandit 4K waterproof WiFi action camera is something really worth purchasing.  Should GoPro be scared?  Read on to find out

    I know my way around a camera and while there are aspects of the DSLR that elude me my limitations are not from the lack of trying.  There is usually some external force messing with my mojo and causing some small detail to be out of my control.  I'm sure it is easy to solve and is why "automatic" cameras are so popular with the action sports people.  It might be time for me to get in on that action so I can worry about other things.

  • Hardware Asylum Podcast Season 3 on YouTube

    Published: Monday, November 21, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Not much more to be said about that.  I have been in the process of converting the Hardware Asylum Podcast episodes to a video format for consumption on the Hardware Asylum YouTube channel.

    They haven't been getting much traction and every once in awhile I get a copyright strike for music that isn't even in the show but, it is a start.

    If you're into the whole YouTube thing be sure to check out our channel.  I'm hoping to flush it out with some more computer related stuff to help compliment what we are doing here on

    I'm working on getting Season 4 uploaded and then will start working on Season 5.  If you want to get the latest episodes be sure to check out the Hardware Asylum Podcast page.  You can listen to the show there or download the show using the RSS feed.

  • Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4-3000 64 GiB Memory Kit Review

    Published: Monday, November 21, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Ahh, the memory review, I re-memory doing these happy smile

    HyperX makes some really solid memory modules, they are right in the sweet spot for a good price for performance ratio and now appear to be available in 64 GB kits!  Four modules, no mercy.

    We tested the Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4-3000 64 GiB quad-channel memory kit. Let's see how fast are these memories.

    Umm,  ya.  I seem to member berry that teaser lines are supposed to get people interested in your article.  Instead we can read that you are going to see how fast they are.

    Well if you re-memory why having more memory is a good thing be sure to check out any number of 32GB and 64GB memory kits including some available on my Amazon store. *hint hint*

  • ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 @ techPowerUp

    Published: Monday, November 21, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Gaming i7?  Is Asrock attempting to dictate to me how to build "my" systems?

    Oh wait, you can't buy a LGA 2011 i5 I guess that makes sense the. happy smile

    ASRock's updated X99 board for gamers, the ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7, is fitted with all the latest goodies, including a bundled NVIDIA HB Bridge so you can get the most out of your pair of GTX 1070s or GTX 1080s. Dual M.2, dual Intel LAN, this board is all about gaming pairs!

    Personally I'm glad to see they are still building the Fatal1ty brand of gaming motherboards.  I never got to test one but on paper it seems like a really good match between gamer and hardware.

    A few things to note.

    1. This motherboard doesn't support 4-way SLI anymore (thanks NVidia sad smile)
    2. It is one of those "revision" boards that ASUS likes to release to keep their products fresh.
    3. They added the popular metal braces to the PCI Express slots (me:to anyone?)
    4. Great looking I/O shield

    Looks like I might have to hit them up for a sample.

  • The Corsair Glass Computer Case Launch Day

    Published: Monday, November 21, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Using tempered glass on computer cases isn't a new thing.  In fact it was pioneered professionally by InWin and done with Acrylic by casemodders for years.  Corsair has "finally" gotten on the bandwagon and released their interpretation of what a glass clad computer case should look like.

    Personally I'm a little "meh" over the design.  It is basiclaly a metal box with tempered glass panels attached to the outside.  stand-offs are used to hold the glass to the case which is a common method but also makes the case look like one of those office walls designed by an interior design hipster.  The only thing missing is faux wood veneer and 12v track style RGB lights.

    Web Reviews
    - Corsair Crystal 570X PC chassis review
    - Corsair Crystal 570X Tempered Glass Case Review @ Legit Reviews
    - Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB @ techPowerUp

    Plenty of companies are on the tempered glass train including Cooler Master, Phanteks and InWin.  I'm sure there are others but, they don't seem to trust me to review their products.  #shameonthem

  • ADATA Launches the SD700 Durable External 3D NAND SSD

    Published: Friday, November 18, 2016 | By: Dennis

    First external 3D NAND SSD with IP68 dust/water proofing and military-grade shock proofing

    Taipei, Taiwan – Nov. 17, 2016 – ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules, NAND Flash products, and mobile accessories today unveiled the SD700 durable external hard drive. The SD700 represents the first time 3D NAND SSD has achieved IP68 dust and water proof specifications in addition to military-grade shock proofing, all thanks to a tough protective enclosure and meticulous testing. The SD700 uses USB 3.1 Gen 1 to connect with Windows, Mac OS, and Android devices at up to 440MB/s read/write. In addition to being widely compatible, the SD700 is also very light, weighing just 100g for easy mobility.

    3D NAND external SSDs get tough
    The SD700 has been designed and tested to IEC IP68 standards. That means it is completely dust-tight to prevent particulate ingress and can operate normally even after submersion in 1.5m of water for 60 minutes. ADATA has also tested the SD700 to the popular US Army MIL-STD-810G516.6 shock and drop resistance standard, ensuring a high degree of shock proofing. With its multi-layered protective enclosure and obvious lack of moving parts as an SSD, the SD700 offers extremely survivable storage for extreme activities.

    Benefits of 3D NAND brought to a new segment
    ADATA has been transitioning more products to 3D NAND, which is faster, more reliable, and more power efficient than traditional 2D NAND. The SD700 arrives in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB at very competitive price points that deliver a better cost/performance ratio than older, non-3D NAND SSDs. For connectivity, the SD700 uses high throughput USB 3.1 Gen 1, more than enough to stream 4K content with no buffering or lag. Typical data speeds are 440MB/s read and write. The SD700 is plug and play compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Android devices to best serve global audiences.

    Strong but elegant
    Unlike durable HDDs, including those made by ADATA, the SD700 ushers a new era of even better mobility. It weighs just 100g, operates with complete silence, and does not build up any heat. Additionally, ADATA is offering the SD700 in two-tone black and yellow or all-black color schemes.

    SD700 External SSD will be available at and

    Product Webpage
    SD700 External SSD

    SD700 External SSD  256GB  US$ 109.99
    SD700 External SSD  512GB  US$ 189.99

  • Zalman ZM-K900M Keyboard @ techPowerUp

    Published: Friday, November 18, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Zalman is well known for.  Let’s see, back in the day they did some monster coolers and at one time they had a passively cooled computer case that connected your motherboard to teh chassis using a series of "tubes"

    Well heatpipes but "tubes" sounded more "internet"

    With this review at TechPowerUp it would seem that Zalman is getting into the keyboard game with some RGB lights just to keep things fresh.

    Zalman released their first high-end mechanical keyboard earlier this year with the ZM-K700M, and it was a good first attempt, but now, the brand-new ZM-K900M is here to try and impress us. It promises to be feature-packed, with multiple RGB lighting options and no software, which is a brave move!

    It has been awhile since any of us have seen any Zalman products hit the review sites.  I hope they are still doing well and keeping "cool" under the pressure.  Maybe the ZM-K9MillionM will break their resistance of "third party opinions" and convince them to start sending out product samples again.

    I will say the RGB effects are pretty cool.

  • Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard Review

    Published: Friday, November 18, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Ever think a keyboard can be Glorious?  How about Glorious and Modular?? 

    I'm like, how can a keyboard be modular?  sure, the keys can be considered modules that you press to get a pre-determined output but, those are keys, not modules.

    The Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard, or GMMK, is something special. It was announced on Instagram and a few keyboard forums, which qualifies for quite possibly the most niche and underground announcement I’ve ever seen. After 10 months of development, the GMMK is released, again announced in forums, and available.

    Well according to this little teaser the GMMK has been in development for a whole 10 months... weeee wink smile

    and that is it.

    I guess, check out the review?

  • HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Bigbruin

    Published: Friday, November 18, 2016 | By: Dennis

    Back in the day I reviewed a case from Rosewill (newegg) called the Wolf Alloy.  It really had no "alloy" on the chassis but the name was cool so I went along.  Interestingly enough when I saw this review over at Big Bruin the first thing that came to mind was "wolf alloy" even though it is a HyperX Alloy.

    Does it have any alloy? 

    HyperX used to be considered the gaming division of Kingston solely because their system memory and solid state drives offered the high performance that you needed to power a serious gaming computer. While those products are still what I would consider the core business of HyperX, they now offer other items that should also appeal to gamers. We have looked at a few of their gaming headsets in recent reviews, and this time around we will be looking at their first gaming keyboard.

    It is great to see so many companies getting behind the mechanical keyboard game and showing us how many different ways you can build a straight flat keyboard.  Eventually I'd like to see some ergo designs with gaming features.  That would be pretty darn metal.

  • Broadcom educational video on NVMe over Fabrics

    Published: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | By: Dennis

    NVMe over Fabrics offers numerous benefits including providing greater enterprise storage scalability by extending the performance and low-latency of NVMe technology for SSDs across data centers. I wanted to reach out to you because Broadcom just released an educational video that explains how these systems can be deployed.

    This is a great video that tells the story in easy-to-understand language about how NVMe over Fabrics works, the options available, and how Broadcom’s Emulex NVMe over Fibre Channel technology delivers a new and more powerful solution for enterprise data centers.

    For the PC enthusiast this might be a little on the techincal side but can give you a pretty good idea at what the future holds for NVMe storage options and why Intel chipsets have so many PCI Express lanes.