Category Archives: Hardware

More bigger, more better baby! LIAN LI releases the LANCOOL 215 with giant fans

Back during the good old days of CES 2020, Lian Li showed off a plethora of cases. While the LANCOOL 215 wasn’t the flashiest case of in their suite, it was good to see that the manufacturer was still thinking about those of us that want a budget option for a case instead of a Transformer or PC-O11D.

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Powme wants to power all of your devices

You may or may not have noticed but your laptop and phone charger are probably smaller than they were just a year or two ago. Thanks to a newer technology called GaN, the power blocks we are forced to carry around have been put on a diet. Now, a company called POWME has set its sights on taking the chargers we have and molding them into one and trimming off all the fat and leaving us the best bits.

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Lian Li shines a brighter light with the STRIMMER PLUS

This year during CES, one of the suites that I was able to spend a considerable amount of time in was Lian Li. The company had brought a host of products, from ready-to-ship cases to prototype fans. Out of everything that was shown off, the STRIMMER PLUS easily had the brightest future.

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Incredible tiny typing – anne pro 2 review

Unless you’ve been living under a tech rock or in a Luddite fortress, chances are that you’ve seen or heard or mechanical keyboards. And if you’ve had any interest in getting a mechanical keyboard in the past year or so, you’ve seen the explosion of popularity in keyboards that are smaller than your average 104-key clacker. One of the more popular choices in smaller keyboards is the Anne Pro 2.

This little clicker is what’s known as a 60-percent layout. As in, it has 60% of the keys found on a more traditional 104-key device. Even though it’s missing more than 40 keys, this little “keeb” as mechanical keyboards are affectionately called, has nearly all of the functionality you could want from a keyboard and then some.

To see my full thoughts on the Anne Pro 2, check the video below

Antec hits innovation hard with the Striker itx case

The ITX case niche of the case industry has recently in the last 5 years been the Shining beacon for interesting design choices. Don’t get us wrong, ATX has seen some notable entries in the “You did WHAT now” category of case designs, but those are much further and farther betwen in releases and from a much smaller selection of manufacturers. Most notably, INWIN, Cougar, and most recently Antec. ITX however, truly pushes the envelope of what’s necessary to put in a computer and where it needs to be placed.

There seem to be two distinct camps when it comes to ITX case design. One side, small form factor or SFF crowd, is mainly concerned with size management and getting the entire system as small as possible. The other side, which doesn’t have a name as far as we know, is more interested in seeing what kinds of layouts are possible given the smaller components like the motherboard and PSU.

Antec has released the new Striker ITX case that it clearly in the second camp.

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