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Review: Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC photo
Review: Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC
by Dale North

Before I tell you why you need this DAC or any other, let me tell you what it actually is. 

Think of a Digital to Analog Converter as an external upgrade for the circuitry of your audio device's innards. Every modern audio device, from your MP3 player to your gaming PC, has a little chip in it that takes the digital sound information and changes it into something you can hear; this chip is also a DAC. But the difference is that the external DAC, the upgrade, will be geared specifically for quality conversion, whereas the built-in one from your mass market device is likely just barely doing the job.

Spending even the smallest bit on a DAC will make appreciable changes in the sound quality of any of these devices, as sound quality is only as good as its source.

In short, get a DAC, plug it in, and enjoy much improved sound and music. Hear your headphones/speakers like never before.

That's exactly what the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC does.

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2:00 AM on 04.30.2014

Pick up select GeForce graphics card, get Watch Dogs for free on PC

Thinking about picking up a new graphics card? Nvidia your style? Starting today and continuing "for a limited time," purchase any qualifying GeForce GTX graphics card to receive a free code for Watch Dogs, redeemable via Ubi...

Brittany Vincent



Review: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate photo
Review: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
by Dale North

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Home key attack! It feels so good to type on super responsive keys, especially for someone that spends 6-8 hours a day typing on those chicklet-style laptop keyboards. Razer's new BlackWidow Ultimate has the key action that makes it hard to go back to my work keyboards. It feels like I'm typing faster. I feel connected to the machine. 

But how is this keyboard for gaming?

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4:30 PM on 03.25.2014

Nivida announces $2,999 GeForce GTX Titan Z

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the GeForce GTX Titan Z today at the company's GPU Technology Conference and, all right, there's no real getting around the card's sticker shock. 5,760 CUDA cores. 12GB GDDR5 VRAM. $2,999. ...

Jordan Devore



Two new Razer laptops offer power and profile at a premium photo
Two new Razer laptops offer power and profile at a premium
by Steven Hansen

Every time I see a razor blade in person I have to pick it up. Those things are dangerous and shouldn't be left lying about. Kids could put them in their mouth or pigeons could weaponize them. Maybe mobsters will smuggle them into prisons to slice their garlic.

The same thing happens when I see a Razer Blade. I try to keep tech fetishization to a minimum, but seeing a sort of pretty, svelte laptop playing Sleeping Dogs at 3200 x 1800, I can't help but be a little bit impressed. I pick up the Blade just to make sure it isn't attached to the desk it's on with secret desk innards powering it. Nope, it's a for-real laptop, lighter and thinner than what I'm writing on now and I can barely run Portal

If you can trick your work into expensing $2,000+ laptops, you should get one of these new two.

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1:00 PM on 01.17.2014

Which Steam Machine is the best one?

Steam Machine information is starting to roll out, and thanks to Steam Dev Days, even more info is coming in every day. Future Mark has put these systems by the test, rating them by their 3DMark Fire Strike scores from Window...

Chris Carter







Review: Nyrius Aries Pro Wireless HD for Laptops photo
Review: Nyrius Aries Pro Wireless HD for Laptops
by Dale North

Connecting your PC (or game console) to your television isn't necessarily difficult, but the cabling can be a bit of a hassle. The HDMI outputs on better laptops and most GPUs make it easier by sending both video and audio over one cable, but an optimal setup would still require Ethernet cabling as well. And if your PC is far away from your television, the situation gets a bit messier. 

What if you could just leave your PC in its room and send the audio and video signals wirelessly? Nyrius' Aries Pro lets you do exactly that. I spent a week with the set in my home, trying it out on console gaming, PC gaming, and a bit of web surfing. Read on for our full review

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1:15 AM on 01.09.2014

You're going to want Nvidia's G-SYNC

We've known about Nvidia’s G-Sync tech for a bit, but seeing how it performs first hand at CES today has moved the purchase of new compatible hardware up my priority list by quite a bit. Nvidia had several of the newly ...

Dale North

2:20 AM on 01.08.2014

Up close and personal with Razer's Project Christine

At CES today, Razer snuck us in to get a closer look at their newly unveiled modular PC concept, which they've codenamed Project Christine. We got to talk to them about how this odd looking tower of blocks would work, and then we got to get up close to take some pictures.  I got in trouble for touching it!

Dale North

3:45 PM on 01.06.2014

Digital Storm reveals Bolt II Steam Box hybrid PC

We're going to be seeing a whole lot of Steam Box models over the next several months, I suspect, and here's another option to be considered. Digital Storm has announced today the Bolt II gaming PC, which will sport both Stea...

Conrad Zimmerman

2:15 PM on 01.06.2014

Steam hardware survey shows Windows 7 is still king

The Steam Hardware & Software results make interesting reading whenever they are released as it gives us all an idea about what the average gaming PC is like. Maybe the most telling statistic is that Windows 7 continues t...

Alasdair Duncan

2:00 AM on 01.06.2014

Nvidia's G-SYNC kills screen tearing and stuttering

Monitor makers will be showing off their new models that support Nvidia's new G-SYNC technology here at CES this week. This tech synchronizes the monitor refresh rate with the GPU's rendering to make problems like tearing and...

Dale North



Review: D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router photo
Review: D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router
by Joshua Derocher

Having a good router is a necessity these days. Every electronic device you own connects to the internet, and many play games online and stream HD video. Your PC and consoles are beginning to rely more and more on digital copies of games, and patches for those games are growing in size. In my apartment we have several computers, iPods, iPads, phones, and game consoles, and they are all hooked up to the internet. I need a good router to keep up with demand.

I've had D-Link's newest gaming router, the DGL-5500, hooked up for a few weeks now, and I am actually surprised at well it's been working out. It might not be the best router you can buy, but it certainly won't disappoint.

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Review: Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro headphones photo
Review: Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro headphones
by Dale North

If you read this site regularly you'll know that I've reviewed a lot of headsets. A lot of gaming headsets, I should say. I'm not out to dump on any of them, but I want to start this review by saying that these Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro headphones sound better than any of the phones I've reviewed for this site.

Flat out. No question. 

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10:15 AM on 12.05.2013

Tongue and butt controllers created by Valve engineer

Here is something I have never thought while playing a game, "Gee! I wish I could use my butt to control this!" Even if it's something you have never thought of, an engineer at Valve, Ben Krasnow, put together two very inter...

Joshua Derocher



Review: Feenix 2014 Nascita Gaming Mouse & Dimora Pad photo
Review: Feenix 2014 Nascita Gaming Mouse & Dimora Pad
by Chris Carter

Once I find a mouse I like, I tend to stick to it for quite a while. Right now, I'm still using the Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse I picked up in April, and it doesn't look like I'm going to switch anytime soon.

But I did come across a piece of hardware that I'll use for my extra machines, or in special cases given one of its neat tricks -- the Feenix 2014 Nascita Gaming Mouse.

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