Author Archives: Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network analyst by day. He currently holds the CCNA & CCNP certifications. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day, such as cutting a side window or two.

Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset Review

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The headset market is jam packed with products. It seems like every major manufacturer has at least one headset on their product page. Some headsets standout amongst the crowd while others leave you thinking “What were you guys thinking when this was produced?” Movie and game producers put music in to elicit a specific response during the show or the ... Read More »

MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G GPU Review

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Not too long ago Nvidia introduced the world to the Maxwell architecture. The GTX 750 and 750 TI were the 1st Maxwell chips from the Green team although the the 750 series was aimed at the budget minded consumers. One of Maxwell’s  biggest features is efficiency and boast 2x performance per watt over the GTX 600 series which allows the ... Read More »

Tt eSports Ventus Gaming Mouse Review

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Are you a left handed person? Have you been browsing through the bins at The Leftorium but still haven’t found what you are looking for? Have you found that left handed crescent wrench yet? Well, I may not be able to help you with the wrench, but there is a new ambidextrous gaming mouse that I would like to show ... Read More »

Roccat Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard Review

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In a world of emerging touchscreen devices, the keyboard is still the main input device for a “traditional” PC. Comfort, ease of use and features; not gimmicks, make up a great keyboard. I know personally I switch out my GPU more than I do my keyboard. I think that I have used the same keyboard on my daily rig for ... Read More »

MSI R9 280X Gaming 3G GPU Review

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Graphics cards are what make a gamers world go-round. High levels of detail and great frame rates are crucial in their world. What good is having great frame rates if the game looks blocky and frankly, ugly? This may come to a shock to some, but not every gamer has 1000’s of dollars to pour into their components and PCs. ... Read More »

Plextor PX-G256M6e 256 GB M.2 SSD Review

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Just a little while ago I had the pleasure of reviewing one of MSI’s Z97 motherboards. With the release of the Z97 chipset came M.2 slots and M.2 SSDs. If you haven’t heard much on SATA express or M.2 they are essentially the same thing. The interface for the M.2 is simply a small form factor connector for SATA Express. ... Read More »

MSI Z97M Gaming Motherboard Review

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Recently,  Intel released their refresh of the Haswell line of CPUs and along with that came the Z97 chipset. The Z97, in a nutshell, adds and updates a few things from the Z87. The major addition to the Z97 is the ability to support M.2 SSDs. Other than an update to the Intel Rapid Storage technology the Z97 and Z87 ... Read More »

Thecus N5550 Network Attached Storage Review

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Photos, music, and files, oh my! How much data do you have on your home PC or network? Is it backed up or protected? Do you have the capacity to store all your stuff? These are just a few of the questions I tend to ask folks when we are talking about new PCs or adding storage to their network. ... Read More »

DimasTech EasyXL Test Bench Review

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As a hardware reviewer and a hardware junkie, I constantly swap parts in and out of the various PCs I have around the office. I’m constantly swapping this for that etc. Traditional PC cases make it very difficult and time consuming to swap parts. Over the years there have been various styles of open air test benches. I remember my ... Read More »