hardware

  • Review: Microsoft Arc Mouse


    Microsoft’s new mobile mouse sure looks good, but does the thing even work? *Spoiler warning* Yes! It works great. *End Spoilers* Check out the full review on the next page. Read More

  • NVIDIA drops a little more info on the new 9400M


    If you’re wondering about those new MacBooks and what exactly it is that NVIDIA contributed, they’ve got you covered. There’s not a lot of testing yet (we’ll cover it as soon as it happens), but it’s enough for them to say that the 9400M is a huge improvement over the last generation MacBooks’ integrated graphics. “Industry-Changing” is, I… Read More

  • Gigabyte's Open Overclocking Championship 2008 report


    This is pretty cool. I’m all for tweaking your setup a little bit, but the guys at this Gigabyte-sponsored Championship in Taipei take it more seriously than I ever could. Maybe that’s because there was a $5000 prize at stake. Hmm… The pictures are great if you’re a system builder: all cables and pipes and thermoses (thermi?) filled with liquid nitrogen. They had 11… Read More

  • Nehalems shipping next month!


    If that headline doesn’t get excited, may as well move on to the next story. Nothing to see here, folks! Except for a bad-ass processor that’s about to drop on November 17. If you’ve been following the Nehalem story, you know that it’s Intel’s microarchitecture “tock” to the 45nm process Penryn “tick.” You may have heard it referred to… Read More

  • Radeon 4870 with 1GB of DDR5 – is it worth it?

    Every so often, hardware makers strike out in a new direction, improving their product in an almost random manner — double the shader processors! stick two cards together! — and sometimes it actually has good results. The big move happening right now is a vast increase in the amount of RAM available to the video card, even though that’s not really what’s limiting… Read More

  • Razer introduces Lycosa keyboard variants: Mirror, Arctosa


    If you’ve been thinking about getting one of Razer’s excellent Lycosa keyboards, you now have a few more options if matte black isn’t your thing. To be honest, the original is more my style (the grippy, matte surface is nice) but if you’re more a fan of the high-gloss surface, they now have that as well. And if you’re trying to save a little scratch, you can now… Read More

  • Silverstone's "Raven" mouse: freaky, possibly nice


    As we saw in the last barrage of mouse reviews, there’s a lot that goes into making a good pointing device. While seasoned mousemakers like Razer won out at the end of the day, NZXT showed it can make a nice device even though they are more in the hard hardware business. Well, looks like Silverstone is making a similar bid for expansion. They’re known for their power supplies… Read More

  • AMD splitting in two


    Oh my. Facing mounting debt and increasing costs, AMD is splitting into two parts: one to design chips and one to make them. The move is made possible by a $6bn infusion by two Abu Dhabi investment firms, an amount which will go a long way toward relieving debt and covering the cost of establishing the manufacturing arm (“Foundry” for now) as a workable partner. They’ll… Read More

  • The Sega Vision is not what you think it is

    Our skepticism regarding the Sega Vision was well-placed. While the device is real insofar as you can buy it, it’s not Sega’s re-entry into video game hardware. The company told Unofficial RPG Site that the Vision is “primarily an MP4 video player with some basic games functionality, and not a new handheld gaming machine.” Furthermore, the device isn’t manufactured… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 500W PSU and 2GB of RAM for $39 shipped


    Damn, that’s hot! If you’re not running a crazy system that needs more than 500 watts of power (you’d know if you do), you might just upgrade here. I’m thinking about it. OCZ StealthXStreams are good PSUs and very quiet, and then getting two DDR-2 6400 DIMMs into the deal for a dollar less? Yes, with the $20 combo discount and the two $25 rebates, you pay less for… Read More

  • Griffin Airbase: the first Airport range extender designed specifically for the foolish and credulous


    The problem with radio waves is that they just can’t seem to pass through things. That’s why I maintain a direct line of sight to my wireless router at all times — even when I’m not using it! And with this range extender for my Airport Express, now I can make my router higher up and more visible in the room — because that’s why I bought a wireless… Read More

  • Study on video card failures: "It's the solder, stupid"

    A couple weeks ago we posted about allegations of widespread solder failure in NVIDIA graphics cards. This is further confirmation of that, as a study done at my alma mater comparing high-lead (90% lead, 10% tin) and eutectic (60% lead, 40% tin) found that under controlled circumstances, “…plastic energy produced in the high-lead layer is about 100 times larger than in the… Read More

  • Video: fixing a CPU with bent pins

    http://www.viddler.com/player/79a884b9/ I’m not sure how many of you out there do a lot of CPU swapping, but if you’re like me and do it every once in a while, you know the terror that strikes when the processor doesn’t seat right. “Did I get the wrong socket? Did something break off in transport? What could it be, oh god!” Or something like that. Well, nine times… Read More

  • Palm begins to ship Treo Pro

    If you plopped your name on the list when Palm started taking Treo Pro pre-orders not too long ago, expect a visit from the delivery man soon. They’ve made the jump from pre-order to immediate sales on the unlocked, $549 obsidian black handset, and a bunch of’em are already rattling around delivery trucks around the nation. According to Engadget, at least one lucky pre-order scored… Read More

  • Thousands of Radeon cards found faulty – who's to blame?

    When a serious hardware problem occurs, the buck always passes a few times before it finds a solid resting place. In the recent case of NVIDIA, it was remarkably simple, as the company itself (it seems) was responsible for pushing the bad solder that was cracking. But now we have several thousand Radeon 3800 cards that are faulty, and the finger is not quite so easy to point. Of course, first… Read More

  • Digital Imaging Systems announces 9 MP camera for mobile handsets

    With the SE C905, Samsung INNOV8, and LG Renoir set to duke it out for the 8 megapixel handset throne over the next few months, what’s the obvious next step? More megapixels, of course! Camera module developer Digital Imaging Systems has bumped it up a notch with the announcement of DIS6931, the world’s first 9 megapixel camera phone module. With its relatively hasty autofocus… Read More

  • BestBuy.com starts shipping unlocked HTC Touch Diamonds

    After right around 2 weeks of offering pre-orders for the unlocked WinMo 6.1 powered HTC Touch Diamond, Best Buy has started taking immediate orders from all the folks out there dying to get in on the TouchFlo 3D action who just can’t bring themselves to hop on Sprint. At a whopping $700 bucks before the extra $50 or so you’ll eat in taxes and shipping, the novelty of living… Read More

  • Helio Ocean II (Oz2) gets the FCC photo treatment

    Now that the Ocean 2 has slipped back until January of ’09 at the earliest, we’ve cruised right by the September confidentiality date of the original FCC filing back in March. As a result, a handful of hardware photos and a pack of details have made their way out.
    Check’em out over at MobileCrunch >> Read More

  • Nokia E72 and E75 promo video leaked, quickly pulled

    Even with the first light of the day just peeking over the hills here on the west coast, today already brings a pair of unannounced hardware leaks: the Nokia E75 and E72. The E75 is a QWERTY slider, shown above on left, while the E72 is a QWERTY candybar, shown on right. Outside of their appearance, not a whole lot is known about these new additions to the E series. One of the forum members… Read More

  • Samsung brings the Beat with two new music phones

    Samsung pushed out two new music phones this morning. Continuing the name-followed-by-superscript branding idea that began with the Soulb, they’ve dubbed the new handsets Beatb and Beats. Much of the spec sheet is shared between the two models, with both rockin’ tri-band GSM, 3.5 mm jacks, microSD support, stereo bluetooth, and FM radio. Read the rest of this entry at… Read More