In an ideal world, routers would offer the perfect amount of Wi-Fi coverage, but the truth is even the best routers have their limits. If you’ve got a big house, or live in an area with thick walls and have multiple dead spots, things can get hairy. This is where Wi-Fi range extenders come into play, and Amped Wireless is promising to fill that wireless void with its REC15A.
Windows is dead. Haven’t you heard? Yeah, right, we don’t believe that for a parsec (although we wouldn’t mind if Modern got swallowed alive by a Sarlacc to be slowly digested alive for a thousand years.) Still, for those who are living in their post-PC fantasy, the OS of choice for computing won’t be based on Windows.
It’s never good to whip out a new PC, plug it in, and click the power button, only to have absolutely nothing happen. Nada. Zilch. Zippo. The issue is only compounded when the problem box is a small MicroATX system packed with so much hardware that you can’t even get your hand inside.
Mostly known for its cases, NZXT has a formula for its closed-loop liquid coolers: make them bigger. When most everyone else was producing 120mm or 240mm radiators, NZXT introduced its 140mm and 280mm CLCs. That allowed NZXT’s units to be quieter than its competitors. But like any first-generation product, it wasn’t perfect. The company responded with the X6—which we reviewed last month and awarded a 9 Kick Ass—and now the X41, which is getting the full MC treatment this issue.
Palm itching for a new high-performance gaming mouse?
We’re going to court controversy for a moment, and say that your mouse is one of the most important parts of your PC. It’s not as central as your CPU and graphics card, or as flashy and obvious as your monitor, but it’s the mouse that’s the primary point of interface between you and your computer. It’s the tool that allows you to direct all of your bleeding edge hardware—your conductor’s baton. And on a more basic level, it’s a device that you’re in near-constant, bodily contact with. It shapes your experience with your PC much more than you likely give it credit for.
Among PC builders, Zalman is practically legendary. The company was the pioneer in the design of beautiful copper air coolers that offered both low temperatures and low noise. In recent years, though, the market has shifted from its “radial” or cylindrical design to blocky stacks of fins and even closed-loop liquid coolers (CLCs). The company has been selling conventional CLCs for several years now, but it obviously decided to do something really distinctive with the Reserator 3 Max Dual.
When you think about it, a closed-loop liquid cooler (CLC) is an odd thing to put in a computer. Tubes full of water, pumping into a radiator? Sounds like something fit more for a car than a PC. Why not just put a standard air cooler in there? To be honest, an air cooler works perfectly fine for most setups. But if you’re prepared to spend $100 or more on this component, and you want to squeeze another few megahertz out of your CPU, something like NZXT’s Kraken X61 can fit the bill beautifully (provided that your case is large enough to accommodate one).
Every now and then, a product comes along that gives a glimmer of what could be. In the case of the Minix Neo X8-H, that’s the future of using Android mini-PCs as streaming set-top boxes. While the Roku 3 and Apple TV each certainly fulfill their audiences’ needs, folks who crave better input controls and customizability may eventually find that they’ll get their wish without having to shell out serious cash for a DIY HTPC build.
"Epic" is played out today. From epic Dorito flavors to my epic video of the time I slipped on a banana peel and split my pants. In other words, not epic in any way understood, except perhaps some sexual innuendo–laden defi nition written by a drunk college kid on Urbandictionary.com.