Category: Hardware

Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 WiFi 6 AX5400 router announced. Same as the RAX50 but with DumaOS

Netgear has expanded their range of Wi-Fi 6 hardware dramatically this year, offering consumers as much choice as possible at different price points. This has now been extended to include gamers. Netgear claims the  Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 is the worlds first Wi-Fi 6 router for gamers. TP-Link may disagree though, the Archer AX11000 is aimed towards gamers with dedicated gamer accelerator modes. There is also the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 which couldn’t be any more gamer focussed with its RGB lighting. Anyway, this is the first WiFi 6 gaming router Netgear has launched that is running DumaOS. DumaOS...

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 & AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Benchmarks – Does the CPU bottleneck the GPU?

I was one of the small number of people that managed to buy an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 when it was launched last Thursday. After receiving an email off CCL Computers that I probably won’t get it, I luckily didn’t cancel the order, and they ended up delivering the Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity on Friday. With me not being a rich YouTuber or a dedicated PC site, I have not got the latest hardware to benchmark this card on, nor do I have every generation of card that precedes this. However, I hope some people will find this...

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 with 20GB, RTX 3060 with 8GB & RTX 3070S with 16GB could land this year – so don’t stress about your missed RTX 3080 pre-order

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 didn’t exactly go as smoothly as people would have liked, stock sold out almost instantaneously. It would seem like a short supply from Nvidia combined with a significantly greater demand than usual has caused this, potentially leaving people with weeks to wait. However, the RTX 3070 launches next month, as does the latest AMD flagship GPU so you will likely have a lot more choices in the next month. Now it looks like even more, RTX3000 series cards are on the horizon. It had already been speculated that a 20GB RTX 3080 would launch,...

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Anda Seat T-Pro Series Gaming Chair Review – Fabric chairs are better than PU Leather to avoid a sweaty back (and arse)

Gaming chairs have become insanely popular in recent years, and I get why, they look good, fit the gaming aesthetic and are generally comfy However, for many, the combination of PU leather and memory foam with long days gaming or working in the chair can have some unpleasant side effects. I am sure everyone has got up from their chair at some point this warm summer with a clammy, if not fully wet back. I suffer from overheating quite a bit so may daily chair is a Herman Miller Mira. It has a perforated plastic back with a mesh...

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Apple iPad Comparison 2020 vs 2019 – How has the iPad and iPad Air Changed & Should I Upgrade?

Yesterday, Apple updated its two mainstream tablets. Not a great deal has changed, they have not announced something revolutionary, but the new iPad Air has introduced us to the Apple A14, the worlds first 5nm chipset. Specification Comparison Table iPad Air 2020 vs iPad Air 2019 vs iPad 2020  iPad (2019)iPad (2020)iPad Air (2019)iPad Air (2020) SoCApple A10 2x Hurricane 4x ZephyrApple A12 2 × Vortex @ 2.5GHz 4 × Tempest @ 1.59GHzApple A12 2 × Vortex @ 2.5GHz 4 × Tempest @ 1.59GHzApple A14 2 × Firestorm 4 × Icestorm Display10.2" 2160x1620 IPS LCD10.5" 2224x1668 IPS LCD DCI-P3,...

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Netgear Nighthawk AX8 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Extender Review (EAX80) – Smart roaming support allows you to keep your SSID

The Netgear Nighthawk EAX80 was announced a year ago at IFA, allowing users to extend their home Wi-Fi with the highest performance Wi-Fi possible. Unlike Wi-Fi extenders of yesteryear, this claims to offer mesh support allowing home users to retain their SSID for seamless roaming across the home. Sale NETGEAR Nighthawk WiFi 6 Mesh WiFi Extender - Add 2500 sq ft and 30+ Devices with AX6000 Dual-Band Wireless Signal Booster (Up to 6 Gbps Speed), Plus Smart Roaming (EAX80) £265.25 Buy on Amazon Specification and Features AX6000 Wi-Fi speed provides up to 6Gbps performance using Dual-band Wi-Fi technology for...

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 vs RTX 2080 & 2080 Ti – RTX 30 series offers a bigger performance leap than GTX 980 to 1080

[Updated: 14th of September 2020] Added new leaked benchmarks with 3DMark, Shadow of Tomb Raider and FarCry New Dawn Hype for the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 is massive right now. This could be the best GPU release from Nvidia in years and will no doubt AMD will be worried. Currently, it is speculated that AMD will announce their Big Navi GPUs on or near the 7th of October, likely just before the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 launches that month. That may give us some idea on what sort of performance to expect from AMD, likely wanting to compete...

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EnGenius ECW230 WiFi 6 4×4 Access Point Review – Licence-free cloud-managed WiFi 6 access point

I have reviewed a few EnGenius products now and have been impressed with what they have to offer. Recently they have been shifting to a new licence-free cloud-managed approach, compared to the ezMaster/SkyKey that was used with some of my previous reviews. EnGenius Cloud has some significant advantages over competing brands. This is completely licence free with no features fenced off, unlike Zyxel, and unlike Ubiquiti UniFi there is no need to purchase or set up a cloud controller. The EnGenius ECW230 is their latest and top of the range access point providing Wi-Fi 6 with 4×4 MIMO and 2.5GbE....

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StarTech Intel X550-T2 Dual Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Card Review vs X540 vs Aquantia (ST10GPEXNDPI)

I have recently been featuring more multi-gig networking products on the site. Most of these are aimed at home enthusiast/SOHO users and are as affordable as possible. The StarTech Intel X550-T2 may not quite tick those boxes being priced between £190-280 depending on stock. While this may be pricey for your average home users and their plex server, for a business wanting a dual-port 10GBASE-T card it is one of the best (few) options out there. 44 Reviews Dual Port Network Card - PCIe 10G / NBASE-T - 5 Speed NIC Card - Intel X550 - 10 Gigabit...

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Honor MagicBook 14 & 15 announced with AMD Ryzen 5 4500U. 16-inch MagicBook Pro with Ryzen 5 4600H

Honor is going all-in with AMD and their latest updated laptops at IFA 2020. Honor MagicBook 14 & 15 – Same as the current models but with upgraded Honor MagicBook 14 & 15 They have updated the two existing MagicBook 14 & 15 models from the AMD Ryzen 3500U to the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U. In my press release, they make no mention of another CPU options, whereas the previous generation had the choice of the Ryzen 3500U or 3700U. The display and overall physical dimensions all remain identical to the Honor MagicBook 14 & 15 It looks like...

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Acer Spin 7 first laptop with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G Windows on Arm Notebook Launched with 24 Hour Battery Life

Qualcomm Snapdragon / Arm powered Windows laptops have been around for a few years now, but struggled to gain much traction. The first few iterations were bogged down with performance and compatibility problems. I reviewed the HP Envy X2 a couple of years ago, and while it was good, there were a lot of problems. I still use it now, and it has improved over the years, with Windows receiving regular updates making the laptop more usable. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 vs Gen 1 vs Intel Qualcomm has continued to develop their laptop orientated Arm chipsets and the...

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Cheap Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Cards get listed on eBay with RTX 3080 & RTX 3070 upgrade hype

Graphics cards surprisingly hold their value well, which make the ever-increasing cost of a new GPU a little more bearable. Even my old GTX 1070 which I bought for £370 in 2016 looks like it will sell for £150-ish, so £220 for 4 years of gaming is a bargain if you ask me. With the launch of the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 30-series many people are starting to list their GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards. While these cards have typically retained their value well, many people on Reddit have reported selling them for nearly RRP, the new RTX 3080...

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