Hardware


Reviews
SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 27th, 2015

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The folks at SteelSeries are no strangers ‎to the creation of great audio products. I have reviewed a few of them before, as has Shaun Hatton when he wrote about a pair of Siberias. While I have never experienced the Siberia line in the past, I have heard lots of great things about them. A few weeks ago, SteelSeries sent Toronto Thumbs a Siberia V3 Prism to review. The V3s are not marketed as the highest tier in the line (that honour falls to the V3 Prism Elite), but they perform well and give PC gamers a nice enough option if they don’t already have a pair of good headphones, though they have a few shortcomings for the price.

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Reviews
Linksys AC2400 Wi-Fi Router E8350
Stealth Router

By Seán O'Sullivan - January 23rd, 2015

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In most homes, the router isn’t something you tend to think about until something goes wrong with it. The “unplug it and plug it in again” ritual of addressing misbehaving routers has been commonplace for so long that South Park lampooned it back in 2008. If you’re looking for a router that offers a robust feature set that won’t get in your way, you’ll want to consider the Linksys E8350.

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Reviews
ASUS Republic of Gamers
G20 Desktop Gaming PC

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 15th, 2015

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‎Building a decent gaming PC isn’t a big deal to us nerds; it’s just a matter of pulling together a set of parts, after all. However, not everyone is savvy in the ways of desktop construction, and even us nerds have to invest a fair amount of time shopping around for the best deals‎ on parts, so as to maximize the value of our money. Enter ASUS’ Republic of Gamers G20, a small form-factor PC that has been put together to simplify the process of acquiring a decent gaming PC. ASUS sent one to us to try out, and I found that it performed very well, though there are a few small items that need to be addressed.

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Reviews
Dual Driver Earphones
Degauss Labs

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 26th, 2014

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Most of the headsets with three-button remote controls that I have seen on the market are geared more for iOS devices than for Android ones. While it may not sound like it is inconvenient, until you have used a three-button remote to control your hand-held device you don’t know what you are missing. Degauss Labs, makers of the Pocket Couture, have created a set of decent-sounding earbuds that have a three-button remote that can be used with Android devices. It is called the Dual Driver, and it is a pretty slick set of earphones.

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Events
Chilling With Sony Mobile

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 22nd, 2014

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Not too long ago, I was invited to hang out with Sony Mobile to check out some of their new hand-held devices. So, I made my way over to where they were holding the Touch & Try Event, and was lucky enough to have arrived before everyone else! I sat down with Rob, a product representative from Sony Mobile, to check out a few of their new products – including a demonstration of Playstation 4 Remote Play on some of those very devices!

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Holiday Hints
I-Have-a-Few-Extra-Pennies Gift Guide
Audio

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 11th, 2014

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I find that giving the gift of audio is something that is definitely appreciated – if you give the right solution, that is. Giving someone a junky pair of headphones or a crackly Bluetooth speaker is the opposite of friendship – so it’s important to choose your weapon carefully when the time comes. Here are a few ideas for audio if you have some extra coin burning a hole in your pocket this holiday season.

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Reviews
Creative MUVO mini
Weatherproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 3rd, 2014

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There are many portable Bluetooth-enabled speakers on the market, and they come in many shapes and sizes. While sound quality and portability will always be two of the factors that people will look at to determine which speaker they will buy, other companies will attract consumers with other additional useful features as well. Creative’s MUVO mini is one such product. Boasting resistance to water and dust, Creative has given customers another practical reason to grab one of their products. They sent us one to try out, and I have to say that though the sound is not quite perfect (as is the case with portable speakers in general), its size and utility more than make up for any shortcomings.

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