The Samsung 840 Pro was our top SSD until the OCZ Vector came along several months later and was able to run neck-and-neck with the Sammy through our benchmark gauntlet. As it currently stands, the 256GB versions of these drives both wear a 9/Kick Ass bandolier around their midsections, but there’s still another contest that has yet to be decided. So this month, we gathered the 512GB versions of both drives and set them loose in the blood-splattered arena known as the Lab.
Note: This review was originally featured in the May 2013 issue of the magazine.
Learn how to root your Nexus Android, HTC One, and Samsung Galaxy S4
Android offers a wide variety of advanced customization options, but that’s only scratching the surface of everything you can do with Google’s open source operating system. With root access you can get down to the system level and tweak things to your liking, even going so far as completely replacing the OS.
Mechanical, membrane, and all the Cherry switches explained
So you want to buy a mechanical keyboard, eh? Why is that? Perhaps you’ve heard that they’re the growing rage among gamers and PC enthusiasts – assuming that’s still a “cool” phrase to use. Maybe you’ve gotten your hands on one and, while you’re not quite 100% sure what exactly makes them different from the keyboards you’ve been using, you nevertheless have fallen in love with the mechanical experience. Maybe you have no idea what a mechanical keyboard really is or why it rocks, but you’re interested to find out.
Pictures and impressions from the concert in San Francisco!
Last night Maximum PC had the chance to check out the very kick-ass Video Games Liveevent. For those unfamiliar with the show, Video Games Live is the premier videogame-themed orchestral touring concert, and this week the group is performing in San Francisco at the Davies Symphony Hall with the amazing San Francisco Symphony.
The doctor tackles Wireless Uploads, Case Upgrade, Water-Cooling LAN Box, and more
Leaving the USB Cable Behind
I’d like a better way to transfer photos from my phone to my computer. Right now, I connect my device to the computer via USB and use the “drag-and-drop” method. I know I could also use AirDroid on my phone to transfer the files via Wi-Fi. The third option is to use Dropbox’s instant upload feature to transfer the file (full size, highest quality) to my Dropbox account. It is then automatically downloaded to my PC via Dropbox.
Note: This article was originally featured in our May 2013 issue of the magazine.
CrashPlan vs. Backblaze: Two cloud storage backup applications go head-to-head
We all know how useful cloud storage is for easy access to all your files from any Internet-enabled location, but there’s also an equally killer service known as cloud backup. It lets you back up files to a remote server for retrieval after a disaster strikes, such as a failed hard drive, Hurricane Sandy, an apartment fire, or any other calamity that leaves your PC’s local storage permanently damaged. It’s in these scenarios that the mirrored RAID inside your home PC or sitting on your desktop will be about as valuable as Jack Squat. When your home PC, or town, goes bye-bye, you need offsite backup, so this month we’ve taken a look at two of the most popular services that offer unlimited backups for a modest sum. May the best cloud win.
Note: This article was taken from the April 2013 issue of the magazine.
Time-tested tips for PC building that will help you avoid common pitfalls and enjoy a more fulfilling DIY experience
PC builders don’t drop out of their mommies with a Phillips head screwdriver in one hand, a Leatherman in the other, and start winning PC-building contests. No, most experienced PC builders accumulate their knowledge through horrible mistakes, case scars and flesh wounds, and the sorrow of having to completely take apart a machine they just assembled because a single, crucial step was neglected at some point in the process.
Note: This article originally appeared in the April 2013 issue of the magazine.
Maximum PC Editor Jimmy Thang talks about his experience walking the show floor as a zombie
I've been to many costume-friendly conventions like FanimeCon and Pax Prime, but have never cosplayed before. I don't have anything against dressing up, but I simply never felt compelled to do it. I was always the guy on the other end of the camera…until this past weekend.
Because our Comic Con booth was Walking Dead-themed, we were fortunate enough to have a "zombification booth" where makeup artists would turn ordinary civilians into the undead. Considering the makeover was free and professionally done, I figured I would give it a go on the last day of the convention. …The results were far more shocking than I could have ever expected.
See Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang try and run from zombies!
Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang had the chance to check out San Diego Comic Con 2013's The Walking Dead Escape with a head-mounted Go Pro camera. Taking place inside Petco Park, the goal is simple: Don't get attacked by zombies!
Over 60 pictures of cosplay costumes, celebrities, and more from Saturday
Comic Con is one of the most crowded conventions in the world and Saturday is notorious for being the busiest at the San Diego, California event. Included below are over 60 pictures of amazing costumes, celebrities, and more.
We tried our best to identify all the outfits, but there are some that we're unsure of. If you think you know some of the missing links, sound off in the comments below!