Sound is one of the most overlooked areas of PC enthusiast-dom. It’s not as exciting as overclocking your GPU and it’s difficult to measure the quality. That said, getting yourself a good set of speakers/headphones can make a big difference to your media viewing and game playing, but the price can be a difficult barrier. That is why you will want to find some good deals on new subwoofers and speakers, so you enhance your experience without destroying your wallet.
Today I’m looking at a 2.1 speaker set from Microlab known as the M700. It’s supposed to have big bass, big sound without the big price tag. Let’s see if those claims [...]
Yesterday we took a look at the raw performance of the Cryo PC Alto HTPC. Today it’s more about the usage experience. I won’t lie to you, it’s going to get subjective and opinionated, but that’s what makes these types of reviews that much more fun.Media Viewing
With an HTPC, one of the biggest parts of its usage is going to be media viewing. This means watching DVDs, Blu Rays, streaming on sites like Youtube and listening to music.Physical Media
DVD watching was a nice experience with the Alto, though it’s hardly something that you’d expect to go awry. With the PC setup as a media station, it boots straight into Windows [...]
Media PCs and media centres are becoming more and more common, especially with people losing a little faith in their stalwart desktop system. Today I’m looking at a rig from Cryo PC that looks to bridge the gap between traditional desktop and media centre, offering decent performance in a lounge setting, with some media features thrown in for good measure. I give you the Alto.
Because testing a system can take quite a while, this review is being split into two parts. This first one will focus on raw performance and synthetic testing, while Part 2 will be more gaming and subjective in nature.Specifications
CPU: Intel i3 2100T Motherboard: [...]
Chillblast may not be as well renowned – or as infamous – as Overclockers or Scan, but they’ve been around the block enough to know the game and they’re well established as a solid, affordable gaming system builder. Today we take a look at another of their setups, this one that provides the full 3D experience: monitor, glasses and GPU. It’s got a Sandybridge i5 CPU too.SpecificationsIntel Core i5 2500K Processor overclocked up to 4GHz Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Cooler Asus P8P67-LE Motherboard with USB 3.0 GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Graphics Card Cooler Master Elite 430 Case 4GB PC3-10666 DDR3 [...]