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Raidmax Helios Review – ATX-819WB mid-tower gaming computer case


Once reserved only for deluxe rigs, fancy cases are now in the price range of everybody that intends to build their own system. We were recently provided with one of RAIDMAX latest gaming computer chassis, the attractive Helios and soon proceeded to install some hardware in it, put it to work for several days at heavy load without interruption and the experience and the results are described in this Raidmax Helios review. let us know what you think of it and, if you have any specific questions, we’ll be more than happy to answer them! Read More…

Review – RAIDMAX RX-1200AE 1200W SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


Let’s face it, even if you are not a gamer, you know that modern PCs need more and more power as the CPU frequencies are higher and more computer cores become available for general use. While certainly not destined for an average system, RAIDMAX’s new RX-1200AE 1200W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply is one of the most powerful PC power supplies available on the market and comes with all the bell and whistles you might expect including high efficiency, multiple PCI-E connectors in case you want to build a SLI system (and why else would you need a 1200W power supply?) and modular cables to help reduce the clutter. Read More…

Onkyo TX-NR809 Review – THX Certified 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver with 8 HDMI inputs


My beloved Pioneer Elite VSX-82TXS just lost a channel and anyway, it was time for a new receiver. I needed something with similar specs to the good old 82TXS but updated to the 2011 requirements (Internet connectivity, 3D support, etc). I prefer connected equipment when possible plus a bunch of HDMI inputs and, when Amazon had Onkyo TX-NR809 on sale I jumped on it. A couple of days later a large and heavy box found its way to my door and I played with its content for the last two weeks. The results are described in this Onkyo TX-NT809 Review.

Throughout the review I’ll make brief comments regarding how the new Onkyo TX-NR809 compares to my old Pioneer Elite VSX-82TXS. I think these two receivers belong to the same class and it should be interesting to see how the technology evolved in the last 5 years. Read More…

Roku 2 XS Review (3100X model)

Yesterday I had the pleasant surprise to find a package in front of my door – the new Roku 2 3100X has arrived. I unpacked it immediately so I can put it to the test – here is the Roku 2 XS review summing my impressions. I also own the previous Roku (review here)  box for more than a year, so I knew what to expect. I knew the software would be similar, so I was mainly interested in the new box responsivity and of course, the new gaming platform Roku just launched.
A bit of history on the side – Roku was the first company to release a dedicated streaming box and they are now at the 3rd generation. While weak for local content, they have arguably the lagest selection of streaming choices with content from Netflix to Vimeo and UFC to FoxNews. Private channels can be added as well to support Plex, YouTube, PlayOn, etc.


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ORB BR Review (PS3) – adds media streaming capability to your networked Blu-ray player

Orb BR is the latest products coming from ORB, a California based company specialized in digital media streaming solution for your home. Initially announced during CES 2011, the Blu-ray disk that will sell for around $20 is designed to transform any Blu-ray player equipped with a network connection into an ORB machine, just better. Among the most important features you’ll get local content (video, audio and photo streaming) plus a variety of online services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video on Demand up to 1080p.

I got Orb BR quite a while ago and followed its progress through a series of beta versions. I was (nicely) asked to postpone my review until the release day, which is today, so here it is!

1. Setup

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Genius LuxeMate T810 Review – Wireless Media Center Keyboard / Remote

Today I’ll review a very interesting product – the LuxeMate T810 Media Cruiser – a wireless Media Center keyboard / remote control manufactured by Genius and designed to stay on your lap and offer all the functions required to control your Media Center based HTPC. To be honest, I searched for a long time for the ideal HTPC controller and before the LuxeMate I used (and still use) my Harmony 880 remote together with Logitech diNovo Mini. While I still use the Harmony remote, the diNovo Mini is just too small for a comfortable use and has some range issues, so I kept looking. I was able to obtain a LuxeMate T810 wireless keyboard which seemed like a good choice for the task at hand (completely control my HTPC in a fast and reliable way) and my experience with it is described in this review. For reference, all my tests were performed using Windows 7. Read More…

LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader Review


In our never ending quest for the perfect media player / streamer, we got one of the LG newest products, the LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader, put it to the tests and produced this review for your reading pleasure. Let’s see what it is about:
Announced at CES 2011, the LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader was advertised as a cheap solution to transform your TV into a connected set with access to a myriad of web services and applications. During the official press release, services like Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, YouTube, CinemaNow, Hulu Plus, Amazon VOD, NHL GameCenter, NBA Game Live, and MLB.TV were announced as well, also an integrated web browser and the capability to run Apps from the LG App Store (social capabilities include Facebook and Twitter access). The box would be an official competitor to other boxes that we reviewed including Boxee Box, Google TV, Roku or WD TV Live Plus. Does it provide? Read away… Read More…

Jamo S 606 HCS 3 Review – Floorstanding / Home Theater speaker system


While not yet very well known in US, Jamo has quite a tradition in Europe (originally Denmark) as a speaker manufacturer company selling over 11 million speakers until 1998. Currently the brand is owned by Klipsch being purchased in 2005 and it seems to be part of an aggressive promotion on the US market considering the low price some of their speaker systems are currently selling for.
I was thinking for a while to replace my old Sony SS-MF600H based home theater system with something better while keeping the price low and found the Jamo S 606 HCS 3 speaker system Studio series home theater speaker system at Amazon for the quite low price of $400 shipped (not $350 shipped) and no taxes. They looked very good in the photos so I decided to buy them (without ever listening to them) and a week later a huge and heavy box arrived to my door. Its content is the subject of this review.


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Sony SMP-N100 Review – Network Media Player with Wi-Fi, Netflix and Hulu Plus


Since I cut the cable cord a while ago, I am constantly looking for solutions to improve my TV watching experience. At this point, I am using a PS3 in living room and ROKU / WD TV Live Plus boxes in every room I have TVs. Recently Sony released a new media streamer box that offers streaming functionality similar (but improved in several ways) to their flagship entertainment product – Playstation 3.  The box is rather cheap at only $89  so I decided to give it a try. It got shipped fast enough and the results are described in this review.
The box includes the main media streamer box, the external power brick adapter, the remote, user manual and the good old red white yellow analog audio video cable. Why Sony did not include a HDMI cable in the year 2011 is beyond me.

Tech Specs

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Review


1. Lumix DMC-ZS10 Intro

Panasonic recently released a worthy new member in their famous ZS-series of digital cameras featuring a very long zoom. The model ? DMC-ZS10 (with various letters identifying the body color). Among the most notable improvements versus the previous models we need to mention the new 16x optical system using high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens, full HD capture up to 1920×1080 pixels (AVCHD), a new built-in GPS, 14 megapixel sensor (from 12MB for the previous model), a new 3D Photo mode and a very fast burst shooting that can take 10 frames per second at full Read More…