Antec Skeleton Case

Even though we have finally move past the beige box's of the past, most pc's still stick to a standard shape and look. Antec has decided to change everything with their Skeleton that was release late October. Throwing the normal box tower shape out the window and starting from scratch with an arched open air design they have defiantly turned heads. We even got to take a closer look at Showdownlan a few months ago. Antec has shipped us one and we wasted no time to pull it out and see how it performs.

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Thermaltake M9 VI1000 Case

Thermaltake is known for making a variety of quality parts. We have tested more than a few examples ourselves even. Today we will be taking a closer look at their M9 VI1000 mid tower case. We will find out if it is a good improvement over that beige case, and if it is going to keep everything cool and quite. If our past experiences with Thermaltake are anything to go by, I expect this to be a quality case with some interesting styling. But we aren't here to guess, keep reading to find out how it really performed.

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Thermaltake Vi-ON

As I've said many times before, everyone and there mom makes a hard drive enclosure. With a few exceptions they are mostly of the same boxy design. Thermaltake has come out with a design that they hope is going to break the monotony. They focused on making something that you don't have to hide away on your desk. With that they focused on reducing vibration and heat to keep you from having to listen to your hard disk spin up, and to make sure that same hard drive has a long life. So Thermaltake sent us one of these new VI-ON hard drive enclosures and we are going to take a closer look at it.

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Das Keyboard

Considering how everyone has a different idea of what is perfect for keyboards its really not a surprise that so many companies claim to sell the ultimate keyboard. Of all of those keyboards there is only one that is rumored to improve your typing ability. All at the same time using some of the best possible components to give you the durability any hard core computer geek will need. Das Keyboard have been around, they have recently released their third design on the Das Keyboard. They now sell two different models. One standard Das Keyboard without key letters; this is what put them on the map. The other keyboard is of the same construction, but with letters on the keys incase you aren't into the idea of touch typing. Ether way you are going to get a keyboard that is known for its quality mechanical keys. If you are a fan of laptop keyboards, or have a S/O that you might keep up with clicking keys this may not be the "ultimate" keyboard for you. I myself love to drive my wife nuts and have been known to wear the letters off of keyboards in the past; we are going to find out if the Das Keyboard is the one for me.

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ComboSaver Combination Portable Notebook Lock

When it comes to your high dollar laptop you can’t be too safe. There are only a few ways of keeping it secure. Short of carrying it around with you the options are very limited, there is a good chance you will be looking at Notebook locks. With Kensington being a trusted name it’s no surprise a lot of people turn to them to keep their laptop secure. Kensington produces a variety of different options, the easiest being a combination lock. Kensington provided us with their newest model. We are going to use it in everyday life and see how well it works. Keep reading to find out how everything went.

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Icy Dock MB671IK Internal Enclosure

I’m sure you remember that amazing external hard drive enclosure from IcyDock that we reviewed a while back. They produce a wide variety of enclosures including internal enclosures. They sent one out for review to us and it just happened to come right before we packed up to go to showdown lan a while back. What a perfect chance to put the enclosure through its paces and to see what other people thought of it. Plus it was a great way to have one less thing to pack and we could leave the last Icy Dock enclosure at home. Find out how it performed and what everyone thought of it below.

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VIZO Mirrorbox CR

Everyone today has atleast one digital camera anymore. You can’t even buy film cameras at most retailers anymore. Some households have more than one along with other devices that require flash memory cards. When happens is you end up with 4 or 5 different cables to be able to transfer files to your pc. VIZO has provided us their Mirrorbox CR that works with a very wide variety of cards. They are far from the first company to produce a product like this, but they hope to produce one that has great functionality, performance, and style. We are going to take a look at the Mirrorbox CR to see how well they did at that goal.

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Kensington Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Something about being tied to your pc while you are listening to music and watching movies by a cord isn’t what I would consider comfortable. I like the idea that I can move around without being limited by a cord. This is where Kensington’s Bluetooth Stereo headphones come in. Running on Bluetooth they are compatible with a variety of devices. We are going to test them out with a laptop and on a Bluetooth enabled cell phone. We have had great experiences with Kensington products, will this one be the same? Will they hold up to our abuse? Click below to find out.

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Sunbeamtech Core-Contect Freezer

Sunbeamtech produces countless pc parts ranging from acrylic cases to keyboards. What more people don’t know about them is they also own Tuniq. Tuniq produces some of the best performing heatsinks and one of our favorite thermal pastes TX-2. With that in mind it wasn’t that surprising when they approached us about checking out their latest heatsink the Core-Contact Freezer. Considering their history I expect it to perform well. But we have recently tested a couple other good performing heatsinks. How will the Core-Contact Freezer stand up to them? Read more to find out.

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HardBody PRO 160 Disc CD Case

In the past with DVD’s, CD’s, BluRays, and any other kind of disc you have to worry about finding a case to hold your discs while traveling. I have always found that case logic cases protected your discs from scratched well but lacked style. When looking for a case with a little style I had trouble finding one that was made with good quality and protected my discs. When our lan sponsor Slappa sent us out a few things to review I was very excited too see that they included one of there HardBody CD cases. It worked out that by the time I found time to take a close look at this case I was packing up for ShowDown Lan and needed a quality case to carry my game and system discs. This was perfect chance to put the case through its paces while saving room in an already full car. Please read on to find out how the case performed.

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Antec TruePower Quattro 850

It’s hard to stand out in the power supply market, there really isn’t that much you can do to a power supply that hasn’t been done a few times at this point. Companies really have to depend on word of mouth and high wattage ratings to get people to consider their products. In the past I’ve heard good things about Antec’s power supplies, generally they weren’t considered to be top of the line but a good mid range power supply. Recently they have stepped up and are trying to change that image; one of their big gunners is the TruePower Quattro series. You can only get the Quattro series in a 850 or 1000 watts at this time, they are only looking to put these babies into high end gaming rigs. You may have noticed the TruePower Quattro 850 in our review of the Twelve Hundred; today we are going to take a closer look at it.

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VIZO 2 ½ and 3 ½ inch Hard Drive Protectors

http://lanoc.org/reviews/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/p1030559-lanoc-reviews-small.jpgWe have reviewed VIZO products in the past many times. We have found that they product a range of products. Today we are going to take a closer look at their 2 ½ and 3 ½ inch Hard Drive Protectors. These are silicon based cases that go over your hard drives to protect them.

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Antec Twelve Hundred

With cars the reason you see such a wide variety of brands, models, colors, and options is because everyone has their own idea of perfect, the same goes for PC cases. Today we are going to take a look at a new case from Antec. The Antec Twelve hundred is a redesigned and larger version of Antec’s popular 900. Dressed in almost all black with an amazing amount of fans and mess they hope for it to be a success with the enthusiast crowd. Considering how many of their 900 case that you see at Lan’s (PDX lan even did a case modding contest just for 900’s) they already have their foot in the door with the Twelve Hundred. We will take a look at the case to see how easy it is to work with, how well it keeps your components cool, and take a closer look at its aesthetics and features.

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Thermaltake DuOrb CPU Heatsink

One look at the Thermaltake website and you will be overwhelmed by the amount of products they produce. A good example is in the CPU heatsink section; just for the 775 Socket alone they carry 17! Thermaltake spends a lot of time researching and producing new and innovative products on regular bases. They have been producing heatsinks for various items using an orb design for some time now. Recently they have produced a new line of heatsinks called the DuOrb Series; this time using a two “orb” design. Today we are going to take a look at the DuOrb CPU heatsink Model number CL-P0464. We will find out how easy it is to install, how it performs and if it is a good value for your gaming dollar. Please click to read more.

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A-Data G-Series DDR2 Memory

A-Data, relatively new company, has been around for 7 years. Starting with twenty employees, A-Data has grown into Asia’s biggest Ram provider. They have recently been popping up in the US market. Their commitment to the US market is proven by their opening of the Miami, FL branch of A-Data on July 17th 2008. With Microsoft getting the bugs worked out of Vista and ram prices dropping unbelievably low you couldn’t ask for a better time to invest in more ram for your computer. Ram is one of those things that you can’t have too much, but you can have too little. We have the chance to take a closer look at A-Data’s G (Gaming) branded DDR2 memory. Specifically their DDR2-800G 2GBx2 with a Latency of 5-5-5-12. Check out how it performed

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VIZO Mini Ninja II

Not too long ago one of our reviewers 8BitGeek took a look at VIZO’s Mini Ninja. The Mini Ninja is a desktop laptop cooler. If you remember overall he was very happy with the product although he did have a few issues. VIZO has released an updated version called the MiniNinja II . We will be taking a look at it today. We will find out what they changed and see if they fixed any of the issues that were brought up in the last review.

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Evo-G IMP1 Illuminated Mouse Pad

Radio Detection and Ranging.   We commonly refer to this technology as radar.  A priceless boon to military efforts anywhere, oft the chagrin of gamers everywhere.  Strategy itself can be turned on its head in any game that allows the use of this technology.  Did I mention that a radar display generally looks pretty sweet?  Evo-G has picked up on this fact, and used the concept when developing their IMP1 Illuminated Mouse Pad.  Whether the intention is to rub salt in the wounds of all gamers betrayed by radar, or to simply look cool remains to be seen, but the IMP1 is marketed as a gaming mouse pad and Evo-G tossed one our way to find out some stuff for ourselves.

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Coolink ChipChilla

When you are overclocking every part of your system is stressed. People have been known to replace cases, fan, and CPU heatsinks to make sure they can push their system to the limit. One part that make get skipped over is the Northbridge. Without the Northbridge your CPU wouldn’t be able to communicate with the RAM, PCI Express, and the Southbridge. As you can imagine when you are really pushing your system the Northbridge is hot also. That’s were Coolink comes in with their Chipchilla. Featuring dual heatpipes and a 60mm fan it’s bound to perform better than the passive cooled heatsinks on most chipsets. Coolink was kind enough to provide us one for testing, continue reading to find out how it performed.

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Slappa HardBody Headphone Case

When you are traveling with some of your high end, high tech, and high priced gadgets it can sometimes be a little stressful. This situation is multiplied when you are taking your pc to a lan party or something similar. When you are doing all of this every piece or part has a chance of being damaged. Of course you’re going to focus on your monitor and tower, but what about everything else, specifically your headset? You wouldn’t want to get there any they are damaged would you? I know I wouldn’t. Slappa one of our lanparty sponsors was generous enough to send us out one of these HardBody Headphone cases. Its designed and made for headphones but it will work just as well with the addition of a microphone. Click to find out how it performed for us.

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Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 headset

We have reviewed a few headsets in the past and im sure we will review many more in the future. This is because as far as peripherals go the idea of a perfect headset ranges very widely from person to person. Everyone prefers a different size, shape, color, materials to make it comfortable for them. Not to mention the WIDE range of variables in everyone’s idea of good sound quality. Today we are going to take a closer look at the Sonar 5.1 headset from Cyber Snipa. We are going to find out if it is the perfect gaming headset for people who prefer “over the ear” headsets (me).

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