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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Intel
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Out is Light, in is Copper

Yup, you read that right: Intel Light Peak is no more and it has been replaced by the official branding of Intel Thunderbolt Technology. Love it or hate it, that is what we are going to be using for the future and now it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty about what it does and what it can do.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Logitech
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Introduction

A well-known peripheral company, Logitech makes everything from keyboards to webcams to racing wheels, and is generally well regarded. The G series of gaming peripherals has many successful products in its portfolio, and among them is the G13, which Logitech calls an “Advanced Gameboard.” That’s a fancy way of saying “keyboard replacement.”

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Corsair Components
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Corsair 2.1 Audio: Hold the DRAM!

Corsair is a name well known in the industry for making high quality memory aimed at enthusiasts and high end applications. For the past few years they have expanded into other areas including cases, power supplies, and CPU coolers. The latest push is for computer audio, and the SP2500 is a hefty shot across the bow for the current competition.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Gigabyte
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Introduction and Specifications

Gigabyte has a reputation of being one of the industry's top motherboard and graphics card manufacturers and now they are focusing their efforts on expanding their product line to include more PC components aimed at the PC gaming crowd. One of their newest additions to accommodate PC gamers is the Aivia K8100 gaming keyboard. This $69 keyboard comes in red, yellow, and black and includes LED backlight keys and Gigabyte's Ghost Macro Engine.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Corsair Components
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Introduction and Specifications

Corsair has reinvigorated its product line in 2010 by adding several new components including new solid state drives, power supplies, PC enclosures, and now their first 7.1 USB gaming headset dubbed the HS1. The HS1 is a combination of style, comfort, and immersive Dolby 7.1 surround sound technology that should give other popular gaming headsets on the market this holiday season a run for their money.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General
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Introduction, Features, Technical Specifications

Lamptron has quietly created many quality PC gaming and modding products that expand how users monitor and track a variety of system functions. Their latest fan controller is dubbed the FC6 and combines a colorful temperature monitor and fan controller system into one 5.25" bay device. Users can monitor the CPU, hard drive, graphics card, overall case temperatures, and case fan speeds easily through a configurable LCD display that can be changed to match seven different color schemes.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General
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Introduction

The love of mechanical keyboards is a secret bond that most “normal” people can’t understand. Indeed, those who find the clickity-clack of mechanical keys to be as relaxing as a gentle spring rain seem to be a special breed of geek who is sometimes misunderstood even by fellow enthusiasts. As a result, some geeks have had to choose between the happiness of their fingertips and the happiness of their family or co-workers. In most cases, the later wins.

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Manufacturer: General
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Introduction and Features

Modern home networking technology solutions integrate all types of home appliances and security devices that can be monitored from any smartphone or PC connected to the internet around the world. WowWee wanted a piece of the action and introduced the Rovio mobile webcam at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2008. Their goal with the Rovio was simple -- create a wireless and portable webcam that could be manipulated and viewed from any PC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General
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Introduction and Specifications

Hardcore gamers know the importance of quality sound when they are playing online or during gaming tournaments. Plantronics has always had their back and their new GameCom 777 headset gives them Dolby 7.1 virtual surround to add depth and clarity to their gaming experience. The GameCom 777 features a lightweight frame, noise cancelling technology, and 7.1 sound to make any movie, Skype conversation, or gaming match sound like your in a virtual surround sound theater.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General
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Introduction and Specifications

Psyko AudioLabs is bridging the gap between the benefits of a stand-alone 5.1 surround sound setup and standard gaming headphones with their Psyko 5.1 headphones. These $300 headphones were previewed at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and were even recognized with a 2009 CES Innovation Award. We will see if these high-end cans give us an edge in our favorite FPS games.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General
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The new Xbox 360 "Slim" Gets Unwrapped

We picked up one of the new Xbox 360 S / Slim consoles and decided to rip it apart to see what was inside. How does the technological shift in the new system change the properties of the console and how does it affect power consumption, noise and heat? Step in to read, and watch, our results!

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: AMD
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Tired of Benchmarks? Here's the Dirt!

Industry Dirt will be exploring some of the more suspect rumors and happenings around our beloved technology firms. Today I take a look at some of the latest from AMD and Intel, and while Intel certainly is still controlling the industry, AMD looks like it could be in for a surprise quarter. Plus I explore the ramifications of Intel's latest "K" series of unlocked CPUs.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: AMD
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Falling and Rising...

AMD today has shifted "Vision" into high gear by announcing 130+ laptop design wins using two new platforms based on 45 nm processors and the 880G graphics chipset. AMD has also made huge strides as a company to get into a position to be profitable and have meaningful and competitive products in the face of a strong Intel.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: HTC
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Introduction and Hardware Overview

The world of mobile phones is constantly evolving. With the average contract commitment being 2 years, most smart phones are considered to be obsolete by the end of their initial contract. Today we look at another phone to further the continual upgrade cycle, the HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon Wireless.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Asus
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It Slices, It Dices...

PC Audio has certainly taken a major downturn in importance for the majority of users, but Asus is still fighting the good fight by offering an extensive selection of quality sound cards. Today we look at the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe, and see what it can offer users willing to pay the steep price of entry into audiophile class PC audio.

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Manufacturer: General
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Introduction

This week we decided to take a break from the usual computer hardware reviews to evaluate a couple products for creative artists and graphics professionals from a well-known company called Wacom. Wacom was kind enough to send us two products from their line of digital art tablets that meet a wide range of free-hand artist's needs and desires. We received a medium-sized Intuos4 professional tablet and a Bamboo Pen and Touch tablet to review.

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Manufacturer: General
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A GlobalFoundries Update

We spent some time recently with the team at GlobalFoundries to get an update on its status as an independent foundry company, its first and second customers, how the move to 32nm and 28nm is progressing and to speculate on what it means for the rest of the industry.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: AMD
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Introduction, AMD VISION technology update

AMD hosted a select group of technology reviewers Nov. 3 at their LoneStar campus in Austin, Texas, to brief them on their next generation of notebooks featuring their new VISION technology.

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Asus
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A Changing Audio Landscape

The thirst for High Definition content has now spread to audio on the PC. Asus is hoping to capitalize on this push by releasing a series of soundcards designed to be HDMI passthrough devices able to bitstream HD audio codecs such as TrueHD and DTS-HD. The HDAV 1.3 Slim is designed to be used in HTPCs of any size, and to be as transparent as possible to the user. Now... can Asus succeed there?

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Manufacturer: General
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See you at QuakeCon 2009!

At this summer's Quakecon 2009 LAN party and enthusiast gaming expo, we are hosting our first PC Perspective Hardware Workshop! At the event we will have live demos of brand new gaming hardware, an overclocking demonstration, case mod contest finale and of course, we will be giving away lots and lots of prizes ($20,000 worth!!!). Come in and see when it is, where it is and how you can be involved!