If you have been looking for a mouse that will let you shoot the wings off of a fly, then Logitech’s G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse might be the one for you. Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang got to see the Proteus Core, which features a 12,000DPI sensor, up close and personal at PAX East.
HyperX is showing off its HyperX Cloud headset at PAX East. A division of Kingston, HyperX has added quite a few interesting features to this headset which Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang was able to learn about.
A 4K gaming laptop and the Aorus X7 gaming notebook
With 4K monitors on the shelves, it is only a matter of time before 4K laptops start to reach into the wallets of tech enthusiasts. Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang got to see an Alienware18-inch laptop running in 4K during his Intel booth tour at Pax East.
Technically, there’s no real definition for a “gaming laptop.” While it’s generally considered a notebook with a discrete graphics card, sometimes it can feel like the GPU was slapped in as an afterthought. The Alienware 17, however, feels like it was meticulously crafted to be a true gaming machine from top to bottom.
Note: This review was originally featured in the January 2014 issue of the magazine.
The SSD world is a bit stale these days, as we all wait for the industry to move beyond the SATA 6Gb/s interface. Most high-end drives have been able to saturate the bus for a while now, so manufacturers have been looking for ways other than performance to differentiate their products from the competition. Though we awarded the original OCZ Vector the vaunted Kick Ass award, the drive came out of the gate as one of the most expensive SSDs available, and the price never really dropped much over the past year. Sure, it’s smokin’ fast, but $300 for a 256GB SSD is too much, considering its competition is just as fast and less expensive. OCZ has addressed this problem by moving to a smaller, more-efficient process for its NAND, switching from 25nm Intel/Micron IMFT chips to 19nm Toshiba modules. These bits of ToshMLC NAND are popular and have a solid reputation, as shown by their usage in the Corsair Neutron GTX and the Seagate 600 SSDs. OCZ also increased the drive’s write endurance to a torrent-loving 50GB a day, up from 20GB on the original Vector.
Today AMD is pulling the wraps, or the briefcase as it were, off its new flagship GPU - the massively badass Radeon R9 295X2. Packing two fully-loaded R9 290X GPUs, this air-and-water cooled $1,500 GPU is the new "fastest single GPU" on the planet, and sets new records for both benchmark performance as well as sticker price.
Virtual Boy, Microsoft tablet, Dell phablet, and more
We all love innovation...when it works. Unfortunately when it comes to technological breakthroughs, timing is everything. For instance, did you know that Microsoft showed off its tablet PC way back in 2000? And who could forget Nintendo’s attempt at a VR headset with its Virtual Boy in 1995?
What's it like to build in three of the most unusual cases on the market?
A generation ago, computer cases were typically beige pizza box–shaped things that resided under beige CRT monitors. You wrangled floppy disks in and out of them and pressed the power button at times, but they weren't conversation pieces or personal statements. We don't know exactly when the shift to case fanciness occurred. It evolved gradually, like facial hair or Nicolas Cage. And in the last few years, we've seen some pretty exotic enclosures come to the home desktop, in various degrees of affordability and physical dimensions. You may wonder what it's like to build inside one of these strange containers; we certainly did. To find out, we had three distinctly different unconventional cases delivered to our Lab: the Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935, the In Win D-Frame, and the Corsair Carbide Air 540 that are pictured here.
Note: This article was originally featured in our Holiday 2013 issue of the magazine.
An impressive display to accommodate all that power
Razer has revealed the specs and features for its new Razer Blade laptop. The new 14-inch Razer Blade’s biggest feature is the 3200x1800 touchscreen display that features 5.76 megapixels. It is a significant upgrade from last year’s model that featured a 1600x900 resolution display. According to Razer, the laptop’s state-of-the-art IGZO IPS display panel results in a 250 percent increase in contrast ratio over last year’s model.
How much PC power can one jam into a bread box? (We’ll take a commercial break while the youngsters Google “bread box.”) V3 Gaming tries to answer that question with the latest iteration of its Devastator small form factor box. Unlike the four micro-towers that we reviewed in our November 2013 issue, the Devastator conforms to a boxier silhouette, using a slick new Silverstone SG10 case.
Note: This review was originally featured in the Holiday 2013 issue of the magazine