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By October 5, 2015 Read More →

Win a trip to BlizzCon with Gigabyte


Are you a gamer and into Heroes of the Storm? Gigabyte are currently running  a bit of a competition. Buy a particular 100 series motherboard and you could be entered into a draw to win some goodies and the BlizzCon 2015 Grand Prize, a trip to Anaheim, California to attend BlizzCon itself. A pretty tidy prize. Here is the press release below:


GIGABYTE,  a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce that the first round of winners has been chosen for its ongoing GIGABYTE Heroes of the Storm Sweepstakes.

On top of the thousands of instant winners of the Kerrigan Hero and Succubus Skin for Heroes of the Storm™, 10 lucky new GIGABYTE users registered their eligible 100 series motherboards at the event page and are now walking away with one of the following; a Z170X-Gaming 3 motherboard, a Aivia Krypton mouse or a Force H3 headset. The entire list of winners is available on our site. Congratulations to all!

“GIGABYTE is very excited to be this year’s official motherboard sponsor of BlizzCon 2015,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “We love gaming, and we will continue to provide new technologies and features to support the gaming community to make the gaming experience even more enjoyable.”

GIGABYTE would like to remind everyone that they still have a chance to join the GIGABYTE Heroes of the Storm Sweepstakes, to be eligible to win the grand prize that includes; one roundtrip flight to Anaheim, CA to attend BlizzCon® 2015, hotel accommodations for three nights and one exclusive BlizzCon® badge. Hurry up, you have only until October 4th 2015 to register, as the winner will be picked the next day!

How to participate

To get your chance at some great hardware, in-game skins and the Blizzcon® 2015 Grand Prize, you must buy a select GIGABYTE 100 series motherboard and register on our event page. It is as simple as that! All participants who register their eligible motherboard will be instantly notified if they win Heroes of the Storm™ Kerrigan Hero and Succubus skin and will be automatically entered into the monthly lucky draw, prizes include motherboards, mice, and headsets. Monthly Draws will be held on October 5th, November 5th, December 7th, 2015 and January 5th, 2016. Winners will be announced shortly after.

Good luck to all!

For more information about the GIGABYTE Heroes of the Storm Sweepstakes event, go to:

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By October 5, 2015 Read More →

EasyAcc USB desk fan Unboxing

CaptureEasyAcc have sent over a fan! It’s an old fashioned fan powered by USB and it’s really quire nice. There isn’t a lot to say about this one suffice to say if you are looking for a desk fan, have a free USB on the computer then EasyAcc’s offering is something to consider. I am using it a lot more than I thought I would.

A fan, for £10.99 and it’s great. You can purchase one here


By September 10, 2015 Read More →

Lenovo – Making the heart go boom

P1020076For many a year Lenovo has had been a go to brand for a robust business solution with this Thinkpad line of laptops and desktops. A serious name that lead to serious solutions. This year we are getting a whole new Lenovo, whilst possessing the straight and serious edge that gained a prestigious reputation over the year we have been shown a lighter, fresher and altogether more cuddle side.

Entering from stage let is the new Lenovo, a Lenovo with a quickly design concept, a grasp on the modern tropes and an aim to please. Wearing a new badge that many will find hard to recognise Lenovo are engaging the public with an attitude to propel themselves into the heart of their customers to pull them back for more.

They are listening to what people want and making massive efforts to provide almost every desire coupled with an alternative, without pushing the customer to pay over the odds. This change is happening across the board, not just a simple flip over to pushing out a few more phones.


Take the Y Series brand. Taking care to pay attention to the hardcore gamers in the world Lenovo have developed a line of gaming rigs called the Ideacentre that will appeal to both the customer and the system builder. Kitted out with the latest hardware Lenovo have taken the extra step to keep the machine accessible for the inevitable upgrade and or replacement with with their desktop case. There will be two tiers a Y900 and Y700, the main difference being the Y900’s ability to take dual graphics cards.

Lenovo have recognised that gaming on the PC has a massive consumer base and are trying to make the most flexible gaming system, out of the box, that a hardware manufacturer can provide.


Pushing the focus to portable gaming the same attitude has been worked into the Y-Series gaming laptops. The IdealPad Y700 is designed to appeal to a gamer and added extras to make things a little more suited like backlit keys, QHD display and a Realsense 3D camera and a range of gaming accessories to not only keep things colour coordinated but push the best quality for the money.

Whilst still retaining the Thinkpad business approach Lenovo have made some solid updates to their gaming end and there is a lot to like in these machines. Expect to see the IdeaCentre Y900 in November should cost around £1,039 and Y700 £649. The IdeaPad Y700 will land in October at £617.

By September 2, 2015 Read More →

New ThinkPad and Lenovo PCs Extend Small Business Choice

lenovo-laptops-thinkpad-brandLenovo has announced its latest portfolio of laptops and desktops specifically designed for the small and medium business. Loaded with the latest technology and stylish designs, the portfolio includes the ThinkPad E Series, the updated Lenovo M, B and E line of laptops and S series desktops including elegant all-in-ones. 

ThinkPad E series

The trustworthy and reliable ThinkPad E-Series, available with 14-inch and 15.6-inch anti-glare displays, offers remarkable performance, exceptional mobility and outstanding features for small business users seeking leading edge technology that addresses their needs and offers incredible value.

  • Optional fingerprint security to protect from external threats and facilitate PC access by allowing users to create more complex and secure passwords linked to their fingerprint.
  • Up to nine hours of battery life for virtually all day performance out of the office.
  • The latest generation Intel and AMD processors offering up to ten percent raw performance increase and up to thirty four percent for integrated graphics.
  • Power users will welcome the optional inclusion of discrete graphics, up to 16 GB of memory and solid state storage for increased muscle and efficiency.
  • Flexible ports including three USB3, one HDMI and a Gigabit Ethernet for easier remote access and management in the office.
  • The ThinkPad E560 features an optional Intel RealSense Technology 3D camera. With an ever increasing number of 3D applications to support design and creativity, collaboration and facial recognition security, the possibilities are practically endless.
  • ThinkPad E series is also kinder to the environment with Energy Star 6 and GreenGuard compliance and EPEAT Gold worldwide certification.

Finally, Lenovo offers a wide selection of warranty upgrades, services and enhanced support options to protect customer investment, manage total cost of ownership and reduce those IT headaches.

Design and budget conscious essential computing

The latest Lenovo desktops and laptops are packed with features and stylish designs for businesses looking for excellent value with business-class features to ensure a secure and efficient working environment.

Featuring the latest Intel or AMD processors, these updated models include solid state drives and discrete graphics in selected models and WiFi and Bluetooth for easy connection to wireless networks and peripherals, perfect for open office or reception environments and retail premises.

The desktops offer a variety of display sizes and configurations and include powerful security features such as Smart USB protection and Lenovo Bluetooth Lock:

  • Lenovo S series all-in-one desktops offer sleek and stylish designs with versatile performance and affordable value. Available in a selection of screen sizes, including 19.5-inch and 21.5-inch or 23-inch full HD displays with optional touchscreen to take best advantage of Windows 10.
  • Lenovo S200 tower desktop and S500 small form factor are ideal solutions for customers looking for classic desktops with large storage options and upgrade flexibility. The compact small form factor S500 is versatile and twenty six percent smaller than typical small factor desktops.

The laptops vary from feature packed and budget friendly to thin and light with high performance:

  • The latest Lenovo M41 laptop is ideal for business traveller seeking power in a thin and light package. Weighing just over four pounds, it comes with a 14-inch full HD IPS antiglare display. Featuring up to the latest Intel Core i7 processor, discrete AMD Radeon R7 graphics, 16GB memory and solid state storage, it offers uncompromising performance for up to nine hours on the move.
  • Ideal for the business traveller wanting enhanced security, the powerful Lenovo E41 and E51 laptops offer a 14inch and 15.6 inch display respectively up to full HD, includes optional fingerprint security and an extensive suite of productivity applications.
  • Lenovo B41 and B51 offer incredible value for money for day to day business needs. Surprisingly affordable and available in a wide range of configurations, these laptops can be set up to suit whatever the customers’ requirements.

“Small business users want to be mobile and secure and seek reliable high performance computing to work on their terms. Laptops for total mobile flexibility with excellent battery life or stylish desktops to meet the rigorous tasks of today’s office and retail environments,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president PC Design and Marketing, Lenovo. “Our latest range of products designed for small businesses deliver on all fronts and offer customers peace of mind with class-leading security features, renowned reliability and performance options giving them the freedom to work how they want.”

Pricing and availability

ThinkPad E460 will be available in EMEA from December with a starting price of €569 (excluding VAT).

ThinkPad E560 and E565 will be available in EMEA from December with a starting price of €609 and €539 (excluding VAT) respectively.

Lenovo S200z, S400z, S405z and S500z all-in-one desktops will be available in selected markets from Q4 2015. Please note that local pricing and availability is pending confirmation.

Lenovo S200 Tower and S500 small form factor will be available in selected markets from Q4 2015. Please note that local pricing and availability is pending confirmation.

Lenovo M41, E41, E51, B41 and B51 laptops will be available in selected markets from Q4 2015. Please note that local pricing and availability is pending confirmation.


By August 27, 2015 Read More →

YouTube Gaming gets an app

downloadYouTube Gaming has finally shifted to live, directly competing against Amazon’s Twitch. Sure enough the platform has now become completely accessible as well as launching an official application for YouTube Gaming is now available for download.

For those of you not familiar with YouTube Gaming, this is Google’s take on the live game streaming industry. While the focus is primarily on live streaming of gameplay, recorded content will also be available which includes past broadcasts, recorded gameplay, and Video on Demand. In fact all gaming related content  currently on YouTube will also available from within YouTube Gaming.

The idea is to make it as easy  as possible to stream gameplay on YouTube Gaming, so that anyone who wants to do it can easily pick it up and go for it. For content creators, and most YouTube accounts, the button to Go Live should be up in the top right when signed into your account. The layout for the application is pretty much identical to the YouTube Gaming portal in browsers as well. Flipping between the two should be pretty easy once you’ve learned where everything is.

One step Youtube Gaming may have over Twitch is that anyone with access to the streaming dashboard and monetize their stream, allowing the gamer to earn some money from their gaming experience. Twitch requires a certain amount of viewership before you can be partnered with Twitch, once down ads are used to generate revenue. With YouTune Gaming, as long as you can access the streaming dashboard, you can monetize your stream as well as enable Fan Funding cards.

By August 24, 2015 Read More →

Logitech MX Master Unboxing

vlcsnap-error577Gareth takes a look at the Logitech MX Master, Logitech’s flagship mouse. This peripheral boasts to be the designed to give power users the ultimate comfort, control and precision. It offers a newly crafted, hand-sculpted contour, advanced features and is optimised for both Windows and Mac. MX Master is equipped with a precision wheel that auto-shifts from click-to-click to hyper-fast scrolling, a unique thumbwheel for side-to-side scrolling, the Darkfield laser sensor for flawless tracking – even on glass – and a rechargeable battery with up to 40 days battery life.

By July 1, 2015 Read More →

Inateck 3 Ports USB3.0 Dual Band Wireless PCI-E Card Unboxing

vlcsnap-2015-06-30-22h57m22s219Inateck have sent over the KT9001. A combination of USB ports and wireless network card on a PCI Express board. Featuring UASP Support; Driver-free for Win 8 or above Inateck KT9001 PCI-E card has 3 USB 3.0 ports (compatible downwards to USB 2.0/USB 1.1), used for keyboard, mouse, hard drive etc.. Provide you with more USB ports and protect your PC native USB ports. 

  • 3 Super Speed USB 3.0 ports support transfer rates of up to 5Gbps. No need for extra power with 3-layer power management technology, different power management solutions for different devices. 
  • Built-in with 802.11 AC protocol dual-band wireless network card, supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Devices can select the most suitable wireless network automatically. 300Mbps plus 867Mbps provides you incomparable wireless network.

You pick one up here for £41.99:

By June 26, 2015 Read More →

ARCHOS PC Stick: A Computer On-The-Go

0 (1)Today, the French brand ARCHOS is revealing its new ARCHOS PC Stick that packs the power of a personal computer in a compact HDMI-connected drive.

“The world is always competing to build the smallest computer, and ARCHOS now offers one small enough to fit in a pocket at less than £79 explains Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. 

Pocket-sized and powerful

By plugging in the ARCHOS PC Stick to any screen with HDMI-in, such as a television, users will have a full computer at their fingertips in a split second. Keyboards, mouse’s, and other accessories are also connectable to the PC Stick directly via Bluetooth or USB port in order to interact with the content of the device. Keyboard applications or game controls on Windows, Android, or iOS smartphones and tablets are also connectable, transforming any smartphone or tablet into a keyboard compatible with the ARCHOS PC Stick.

The ARCHOS PC Stick accounts for the full range of possible computer uses and provides a foundation for them within the size of a matchbox


Latest tech with Windows 10 

The ARCHOS PC Stick runs Windows 10, the latest Windows technology, right out of the box. Microsoft Office applications are already pre-installed on the ARCHOS PC Stick including Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile.

Users will also enjoy Cortana, the Windows personal assistant, as well as the full Windows 10 Store for access to applications that can customize and enhance the device. For the first time in Windows history, multiple desktops are also supported.

The ARCHOS PC Stick features an Intel Quad-Core processor and Intel HD Graphics, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and a micro-SD card slot for additional storage if needed.

The ARCHOS PC Stick truly is a computer that goes anywhere with you and adapts to many connectivity needs. It’s your data, your applications, and your life on-the-go. It will be available for back to school at £79.  For more information about ARCHOS products, please visit our web site:







Any screen with HDMI-in


Operating system

Windows 10



Intel® Atom™ Processor Z3735F / Quad-Core @ 1.33 GHz



Intel HD Graphic(Gen7) / Dual-Core



2 GB



32 GB


Expandable Storage

Yes via Micro SD


Keyboard / mouse

Smartphone application

Bluetooth keyboard and mouse

 or RF keyboard and mouse (connected via USB port)



Wifi, RF, Bluetooth Smart Ready (4.0)Micro USB, USB


Size / Weight

113×37,6x14mm, 60g






By June 5, 2015 Read More →

ViewSonic’s new Ultra HD 4K Multimedia Monitor for Home Entertainment

0ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, today introduces the VX2475SMHL-4K, a 24-inch Ultra HD monitor designed with a professional grade panel and advanced features for home entertainment, gaming and photo editing.

According to research conducted by DisplayCast, demand for 4K monitors in Europe is forecasted to achieve 60% growth in 2015 and another 31% in 2016. “With the rise of video games, DSLR and sports cameras supporting 4K, UHD content is now widely available.  People show more interest in using Ultra HD displays at work and at home.  Seeing such demand, ViewSonic has introduced a complete portfolio of Ultra HD monitors,” said Claire Chuang LCD Monitor Product Manager at ViewSonic Europe Ltd. “The VX2475Smhl-4K has already shown it’s pedigree. We were proud to partner with Intel to showcase the VX2475Smhl-4K at Intel’s gaming booth during the CES show this year. Our sponsored eSports team, Epsilon will start using the VX2475Smhl-4K for training. ViewSonic is confident this display will deliver a whole new viewing experience for our customers.”

The VX2475Smhl-4K Ultra HD multimedia monitor features 3840×2160 native resolution which displays 4 times the image and twice more pixels per inch than full HD of the same size for an incredible entertainment experience. The sleek 24-inch monitor benefits from SuperClear® PLS panel technology with 100% sRGB colour coverage and impeccable colour accuracy across 178 degrees horizontal and 178 degrees vertical wide viewing angle for phenomenal colour performance.  Clear Motive technology with 2ms (GtG Delta) response time ensures smooth and blur free movement both for 4K gaming and video. Future-proof connectivity options including HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2a which supports Ultra HD content at 60Hz frame rate, deliver smooth 4K gaming and video content without blurring, streaking, or ghosting.  The MHL 2.0 / HDMI 1.4 input allows end users to display photos and videos from mobile devices to the VX2475SMHL-4K screen while charging it at the same time.  Equipped with dual 2W speakers, users can enjoy immersive sound and enjoy the ultimate multimedia experience.  The VX2475SMHL-4K also comes with Flicker Free and Blue Light Filter for a more comfortable viewing experience and ViewMode™ technology providing optimized monitor screen performance for different applications. 


Premium screen performance, fast response time, versatile connectivity options, crystal clear sound and advanced features make the VX2475SMHL-4K great for home entertainment. It is the perfect choice for watching 4K movies online, enjoying 4K home video, video editing, gaming, viewing photos and image editing.


The VX2475SMHL-4K will be available from June at an SRP of £329

By May 21, 2015 Read More →

ViewSonic Introduces New 4K Monitor for Business

VG2860mhl-4K_Front_2_loResViewSonic, a leading global provider of visual solution products, introduces the VG2860MHL-4K Ultra HD monitor designed specifically with business professionals in mind. Building upon its award-winning display heritage, ViewSonic’s new Ultra HD VG2860MHL-4K meets the needs of demanding business professionals.

“Business users tend to use multiple monitors in their current setups, in finance trading, and even editorial sectors. UHD monitors negate the needs for complicated and often expensive setups by allowing them to be replaced with a single UHD monitor.  With PC and monitor life cycles of 3 to 4 years, switching to a UHD monitor is a future proof choice that allows companies to save money for assets refresh.  ViewSonic is harnessing two decades as a leader and innovator in displays to deliver a complete portfolio of Ultra HD monitors which focus on the needs of business users, such as comfort or the ability to multitask,” said Claire Chuang, Product Marketing Manager at ViewSonic Europe Ltd.

For business applications like surveillance, financial trading and content editing applications, ViewSonic’s VG2860MHL-4K 28-inch Ultra HD LED monitor is the perfect solution.  With 3840 x 2160 at 60Hz native resolution, it displays 4 times more images with twice more refined detail than a full HD monitor.  The 10 bit colour processing delivers 1.07 billion colours, which is 64 times more than a conventional 8 bit monitor to ensure smooth greyscale and life like images.  The VG2860MHL-4K meets industry standard up to 96% sRGB for exceptional colour performance. 

The VG2860MHL-4K’s MultiPicture function supports Picture-in-picture (PIP), Picture-by-picture (PBP) and equally split horizontal and vertical images up to 4 video input sources which is ideal for multi-tasking, financial trading, and surveillance.  It comes with a mini PC mountable stand that keeps your desk tidy.  The VESA standard holes provide the flexibility for installation on bracket and wall mount. The stand is also fully ergonomic supporting tilt, swivel, height adjustment and pivot, which boost the productivity and provide a more comfortable viewing experience. 


In terms of connectivity, the VG2860MHL-4K comes with DisplayPort 1.2 and Mini DisplayPort 1.2 both supporting 4K resolution at 60Hz. The HDMI and MHL ports expand the connectivity to Blu-ray DVD, DSLR camera and mobile devices. It also has 4 USB ports and dual speakers built in.  It also boasts a fast response time of 2ms to ensure smooth images for surveillance video, motion picture editing and office works.

The VG2860MHL-4K also features a Blue Light Filter setting that allows users to adjust the amount of blue light emitted from the screen for a more comfortable viewing experience.  ViewSonic’s flicker-free technology completely removes flickers to reduce computer vision syndrome.  

Confident about our product quality, ViewSonic is offering industry-leading warranty and 4 years extended warranty to maximize the productivity over the product life time and to secure your asset investment. 

The VG2860MHL-4K is available now with an MSRP of US$599, £369, €499 excluding VAT.

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