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For consumers who are more into spending time playing their favorite game, Asus prepared their new desktop called ROG (Republic Of Games) CG8580. This is a product that we enjoyed testing a lot. Reading the following review you will understand why.

A gaming desktop computer

The Asus ROG CG8580 is another desktop that joins the ranks of devices dedicated to an activity loved by many: gaming. Its specs are specifically made for this: there’s a an Intel Core i7-3770K processor, 1x Xonar DX sound card, an ASUS P8Z77-PRO motherboard, ASint 16GB DDR3-1600MHz RAM, 2x Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDDs, an AcBell R88 700W PSU, 2x SanDisk 128GB SSDs in RAID 0, 2GB GDDR5 RAM, a Xonar DX soundcard and an ASUS Nvidia GTX 680.

The ASUS ROG CG8580 uses a case which is identical to the one used by the manufacturer on their Republic of Gamers series. It will not get buried in fingerprints. Do not expect a headset and neither a monitor. But with this gaming desktop you will get one laser mouse complete with 4000 DPI and a mechanical keyboard.ASUS-ROG-CG8580

The CPU on this device has a clear pro over many others: there are 3 different speeds. One is 4.2GHz, the other is 4.4GHz and the last one is 4.6GHz. That way, while you are playing a game, you can shift to whatever speed you want on the spot. A word of advice: be sure you are alone in your room if you choose the 4.6GHz speed, because the sound will be dreadful. The quietest option is the 4.2GHz speed. There are signs to show you which CPU speed you’re using. For instance, red is for 4.4GHz and 4.6GHz and blue is for the 4.2GHz option. So if you are somewhere where it is dark, you will not find it hard to see what you are using.

Impressive loading speed

When it came down to connectivity, our inspection revealed that the new ROG CG8580 desktop came with the following specs: 2 3.5mm audio jacks, 2 USB 2.0 ports and a duo of USB 3.0 ports.

When we got down to business and pressed this device’s Power key, we were greeted by a loud noise. Thankfully, the loud noise died out after 10 seconds after we begin the test. The time it took for the Windows 7 to appear 12 seconds. A great speed compared with all recentky reviewed desktop PCs. The hardware placed inside this model is one which shows Asus’ dedication to gaming systems. After that we opened the . What was revealed to us were as follows: a hot-swappable 3.5-inch drive bay, 1 Blu-ray/ DVD combo drive and, finally, one memory card reader. When we were done with our examination, we pushed the hydraulic front panel to its initial position. These operations went smoothly, fortunately nothing got stuck in the process.

Review conclusion

There is no need for us to bash the Asus ROG CG8580. Simply because this is a gaming desktop that has no considerable cons to talk of. Instead of that, we will say that its performance is really good. The fact that the user can change the speed of the processor is a mighty fine pro to have. But the noise you are bound to hear while gaming is going to irritate some of you. Setting this unit up is a total piece of cake. In conclusion, Asus has proven once again that it is a manufacturer who can make great gaming desktops. Their latest model that we discussed today is now officially one of them.


Fujitsu Stylistic M532


Many tablets have been released since last year. Smartphones, as well. And they have all been more or less successful. Fujitsu joins the ranks of manufacturers who produce such gadgets by unveiling its own tablet, the £470 Stylistic M532. And it’s a really good effort from their part. It did not go unnoticed by us and so we reviewed it. Here is what resulted from that.

Fast processor

Because it is meant to be used by all kinds of categories of consumers, the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 boasts a series of diverse specs. Such as a 10.1″ touchscreen, 1280 x 800 pixels, 149 ppi, a 3170 mAh battery, an Android 4.0 OS, a quad-core 1.4GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 T30S CPU, supported by 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and stereo speakers. On the list of features we found 2 cams (one of 2MP and the other of 8MP), GPS, an organizer and all the standard options. You are also offered 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 1 microUSB, 1 USB 2.0, 1 SIM card slot and 1 microSD card slot. As you can see, this tablet is poor when it comes to connectivity options. But there is a dock that can work with both HDMI and Ethernet ports.

The Stylistic M532 measures 262.6 mm x 175.4 mm x 8.6 mm and weighs 560 g. The finish that Fujitsu uses on this gadget is made of rubber. The chassis uses a plastic material. The build is nice, because the M532 is very easy to hold for more than half an hour. There is a red edge strip included in the build. It makes sure that the tablet is offered protection against water. Even if you can easily bow it.Fujitsu-Stylistic-M532

We had no problems when using the display in the tests we did on this device. Feedback was very good. The onscreen keyboard was also very nice and we could type this review on it without having bouts of annoyance.

The speed of the processor was more than what we expected. Navigation did not lag at all. Videos loaded quickly and played very well. And the memory on board was a very good addition. We also spotted support for all DLNA-related activities.

Improved battery life

If the Japanese manufacturer would have added the possibility to attach both an external keyboard and USB mouse, we would have been even more content. But since there was no such thing, we can’t give this tablet a 10. Add to that the inability to employ USB sticks and you totally get our frustration caused by this major con.

We could in no way charge the Stylistic M532 by using a USB option. Instead, the company makes you employ a proprietary dock connector. And this means that the user needs to have a special charge cable at all times wherever you may roam. Which is so annoying in these modern times.

The 3,170mAh battery the tablet packs is not the kind you can remove in an instant. Nope. But it still is a pretty good one. In our tests it lasted 8 hours. If you are prone to performing a few activities in a day, the battery will last almost 24 hours. So in the end it all depends on how much work you want to do with it daily.

The 8MP cam on the tablet’s rear features flash. The 2MP one on the front is used for making video calls. Neither of them is brilliant, but in the absence of something else they work quite well.

Review conclusion

Fujitsu’s Stylistic M532 is a tablet that feels equally appropriate both in your apartment and at work.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1


All this time, Samsung did not remain behind. The company put all of their efforts into the Galaxy Note 10.1. Which is, as usual, a gadget with a lot of expectations that really get fulfilled. This $500-$550 tablet will find a home quickly. Even our tests said so. The next review is going to confirm this right away.

A successful tablet PC

The Samsung Galaxy Note has a screen of 10.1″. The other specifications featured on this model are 16GB/32GB of storage space, a 1.4GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, a 1.9MP camera on the front, 2GB of total memory, 1280 x 800 pixels and Android’s 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

In the case of features, there was one that blew us away in our tests. This great feature is a pen called the S Pen. This is an option which is very welcome, since it is featured with many nice things. And it is very useful, especially if you are an artist.

Yet another thing to love about the Galaxy Note 10.1 is its dual-screen. That is always a very enjoyable addition on any gadget of this kind. And it practically translates into the fact that the user can simultaneously open several windows and watch them.Samsung-Galaxy-Note-10.1

In the looks department, this Samsung tablet is the company’s least stylish model. But do not go thinking that it’s ugly, because it’s not like that. Its rear is made of plastic whose color can be either dark gray or white. This device’s weight and measurements are these: 1.31 pounds and 10.3″ x 7.1″ x 0.35″. These being said, there are other tablets who are both lighter and slimmer.

Disappointing battery life

We sure expected the touchscreen on the Galaxy Note 10.1 to deliver the best performance at the beginning of this review. But it didn’t in the end. First things first, let us see the display’s pros. The skin tones of actors or whatever person we saw on it were amazingly true to real life. Another important pro was the great quality delivered by colors; and by sharpness. Which is remarkable, because this tablet’s biggest weakness is the lack of high-pixel density. To explain that: the display did not show, when it dealt with graphics or various text, details that well. But even so, the touchscreen is way better than the competition.

Before we took a look at how the battery behaved, we first set brightness to a great value. After that, we experienced 8 hours and 30 minutes of battery life. While it is not a great value – compared to the likes of Google’s Nexus 7 and other best sellers -, this amount still makes the Galaxy Note 10.1 a good catch.

The fact that the manufacturer added a whole lot more system memory makes this model deliver better performance. And it also makes room for performing several tasks at the same time. We did not see the same amount of lags as with other tablets when they had to show images with a high resolution. To top that, the performance of the tablet’s Google Gallery meant great response times.

Review conclusion

Despite the fact that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 is not the perfect tablet we were waiting for, it sure rises up to every other expectation thrown its way. The absence of a high-pixel-density display is going to be quickly forgotten when you get to use the device and its S Pen all at once.


Panasonic Viera TC-L47WT50


As it sometimes happens, a gadget that has just been released will not manage to give the kind of performance it was expected of it. This is what happened to us when we tested Panasonic’s Viera TC-L47WT50. It starts out as a nice TV, but in the end it will only disappoint. We will illustrate what we mean with the following review.

A new 47 inch 3D HDTV

The Panasonic Viera TC-L47WT50 has, like it says in its name, a 47″ screen with LCD capabilities, a refresh rate of 240Hz, active 3D technology, a dual-core CPU, LED backlight and many more. This TV features high-speed “1920” backlight scanning, two remote controls instead of just one, Smart TV, local dimming, Viera Market and other options. The panel resolution is 1080p Full HD. The fact that there is no pair of 3D glasses is a real pity.

Both of the remote controls are very easy to use. And they respond very well. The company did not change the old menus they used to implement on older models. Which means that you won’t get lost if you want to open something. The standard remote, though, will mean a lot of fingerprints placing themselves on its surface.

Even if the performance is not the best out there, this TV is still a good-looking one. Starting with its solid stand and finishing with the very thin bezel.Panasonic-Viera-TC-L47WT50

This product is blessed with many options for connectivity. We encountered the following: 1 PC input, 4 HDMI, component- and composite-video connections and 3 USB.

Social Networking access

We have seen only a handful of TVs manage to have a display which did not show either clouding or bright spots. The display of the Viera TC-L47WT50 is now part of that handful. But the piece of resistance is said to be the local dimming feature. Yeah, right. It wasn’t in our tests. Black levels lacked depth, but the 1920 backlight scanning made sure that action scenes looked smooth all the way. The display presented very good uniformity. 3D content looked swell and we could see that there was practically no crosstalk. We got to do plenty of tasks on this TV, and all at the same time without the TV breaking a sweat in the process.

There is a wide variety of content selection. Even almighty Vudu is now an option. When we wanted to have Facebook, Twitter and the like on the same page, when we reviewed it, we used the device’s new application called Social Networking. While Samsung and other rivals sport a 3D app, you will find no such thing on this model.

Effective interface

The Viera TC-L47WT50 did add a Smart TV feature, too, as mentioned before. Its interface is a very effective one besides being very straightforward so that even beginners can use it. Black levels were not preserved that well. And reflections could still be seen at every point of watching something. But we saw that the time it took to open an app or navigate around was less than on other models. Colors looked plenty vibrant and beautiful. Viewing angles were not bad at all.

The areas that had a lot of shadows showed details. Even if they were not very realistic. The same happened with the letterbox bars. The skin tone of people on the screen was somewhat pale. We even noticed, a couple of times, the presence of a very light shade of black.

Review conclusion

The Panasonic Viera TC-L47WT50 comes with a lot of promises and expectations. While it does not fulfill all of them, this TV still remains a pretty nice choice. If, however, you are pleased only with excellent performance, specs, features and design, there are other plasma TVs to check out.


Vizio C14-A2


At $1,199, the latest C14-A2 manufactured by Vizio is a laptop with very good recommendations. Which it manages to fulfill if not 100%, then close to that value. Its pros and cons are going to be unveiled in today’s review.

A 14 inch new ultrabook

The specs that Vizio put inside their C14-A2 all look good. And they are the following: a screen of 14″, a dual-core 1.9GHz 7-3517U CPU with 3GHz of maximum speed, 4MB of L3 cache, 4GB of DDR3 memory and an Intel HD 4000 graphics unit.

The keyboard that is featured on this C14-A2 was our personal favourite during the test. There is the possibility to perform multitouch gestures and the buttons are big and very responsive. A touchpad with edge detection is also present.

This laptop is very light: it weighs 3 pounds. It is also very thin with its 0.63″ bezel. That is why the keyboard does not come with backlight.Vizio-C14-A2

You will get no flash card reader and no Ethernet port. Instead, there are the following connectivity options: only 1 HDMI, 1 dual-purpose headphone/mic port and 3 USB 3.0. There is not even a USB-to-ethernet adapter. There is, however, Bluetooth compatibility. Also, the HDMI port comes with HDMI 1.4a support. This practically translates into an ability to deal with those gadgets that work with high-bandwidth. If you have headphones of good quality, they will not be of much help when dealing with volumes over the minimum level. We heard a lot of distortions on several occasions.

Aluminum body

The body of the C14-A2 is constructed out of a very solid material: aluminum. And it is all silver, to make this laptop look even better.

If you dislike a laptop whose fan makes a lot of noise, this model is the one for you. Because you will hear no sound coming from its fan. Except a very faint one, of course. And heat is also not a problem.

Sound quality tends to be a con. Because the speakers are not good enough to produce something of quality.

This laptop has a very good processor. We experienced superb speed in whatever we did with this device.

The fact that the latest Vizio comes with Bluetooth capability makes it ideal for dual-band 802.11n and external input options. Which also mean a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard.

Limited battery life

The kind of brightness we saw on the screen was mind-blowing. So we had to turn it down a bit until it no longer hurt our eyes. Colors, however, were so and so. There were a lot of times when we noticed the said colors shifting whenever we looked at something from an off-axis angle. The only times we did not see poor colors was when we looked at the display from a bottom-up angle. Contrast also tended to shift more than once.

From what we could see, the battery of this laptop has a total life of 5 hours and a half. Which is to say that Vizio should make a better battery next time.

A gamer that wants his laptop to perform well even when he plays a complex game should opt for another model than the one reviewed here. And that is due to the fact that the GPU in this case is not as good as expected for hard gaming, especially those versions that come in 3D.

Review conclusion

As an ending to our impressions, we will say that the Vizio C14-A2 is a nice option if you are in dire need of a good laptop.


LG 50PM9700


We have tested countless plasma devices along the way. We have seen some very good ones and some really crappy ones. So we decided to try another one. This time we opted for LG’s $1,699.99 50PM9700. But we did not like it as much as we enjoyed its brethren. And the following review will explain the reasons behind this.

A 50-inch plasma HDTV

LG added the following specs on its newly released 50PM9700: a 50″ display, a 124.09 cd/m2 brightness, a black level of 0.13 cd/m2, a 600Hz Sub Field Driving mode and several others. As for features, we counted a 9.2″ remote control, an active 3D effect, motion blur reduction and so on. The TV does weigh a lot compared to other plasma TVs: almost 60 pounds. But it is rather slim with its 2.1″. Connections include one input for your computer, 2 USB ports, one RF connection, 4 HDMI ports, one 3.5 mm input for audio purposes, component and composite video inputs and many more options. With this set, though, you get no 3D glasses, even if it supports the 3D technology.

The design of this plasma TV is nice. It uses the same stylish black color.

The 50 inch display delivered great quality when we watched a movie in 3D when we turned the lights off. However, moving our eyes to a light source git us headaches because of the TV’s shutters. So remember to place this device somewhere where there is no light source.LG-50PM9700

The ease of use that the remote control brought with it was great. The keys provided immediate feedback. Not all of them have backlight, though.

Motion blur problems

LG’s 50PM9700 will produce motion blur in tests, even if there is a mode that supposedly takes care of the problem. A solution is to set the display to 60Hz. There was no problem with how the TV rendered colors, except with the greens and reds. Levels of dark were good. We could notice details in shadows well, although this model needs some work in order to be able to provide great details.

The way the 50PM9700 consumes energy is not that efficient. The amount of energy it eats up is 250W. And that happened when we watched content normally. So if you use this device for a longer amount of time, it will consume more energy. However, you can at any time set its energy saving mode to something called Medium. That way, the set is going to consume a total of 139W. And by the way: this will not affect content quality.
For everything that has to do with the Wold Wide Web, this product offers you access to all sorts of stuff. Including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Netflix and so on. Not to mention there is also an LG online store.

Review conclusion

The LG 50PM9700 is quite a good plasma TV set. But it somehow does not manage to be exceptional in the mass of other plasma TV sets reviewed and commercialized in this day and age. Among its most notable cons we will say that the poor colors and lack of proper details where shadows are concerned are the first two on our list. Followed by a lack of 3D glasses. With that in mind, we wouldn’t say that this is a bad choice as a first plasma TV if you have never used such a product before. But if you have, skip this model and go for another one.


Samsung UN46D6000


There are times when even a renowned manufacturer does something wrong with one or several of its creations. This is what happened to Samsung and their recent $1,000 UN46D6000. It has a seemingly impressive list of stuff which recommends it as a great TV set, But when we tested it, we saw that it was not quite so. Below you will find out more on this matter if you read our following review.

A new 46 inch Smart HDTV

The measurements of the Samsung UN46D6000 are as follows: 1.2″ x 42.9″ x 25.9″. The measurement of the screen is 46″. The amount of pixels we saw in action was 1,920 x 1,080. a clear motion rate of 240, a 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a contrast ratio of 16:9. The features it presents to its owners are Wi-Fi, 10W x 2 sound output, a SRS TheaterSound HD sound effect system, Smart TV with Samsung Apps, a Down Firing + Full Range speaker and many more features. Ports, inputs and whatnot are as follows: coaxial connectors, 4 HDMI ports, 1 Ethernet port and 1 VGA.

Turning this TV on when you take it out from its box is followed by a wizard which explains how to set the device up. It’s not of such great help, but the basics are well explained.

We had to get ourselves a wireless adapter because this TV has no Wi-Fi possibilities.Samsung-UN46D6000

The remote control used for this UN46D6000 has no weight problem. The buttons give good feedback and the dimensions make it large. The remote control features a key for Tools. When we pressed it in tests we got to see a mini-menu. The latter comes with some options that you can personalize to fit your watching pattern. The possibility to program this kind of remote is not available here. But the buttons are endowed with backlighting.

Some sound problems

Always remember to turn the Clear Motion Rate off when you watch something on this HDTV. Because, if this featured is enabled, the quality of the content will suffer. In the sense that saturation and contrast will not look good. And videos will have a dead appearance. We also noticed problems with the actors’ skin tones: they looked washed out and unnatural at times. However, this is not as bad as what we have already spotted on other TV sets. The Clear Motion Rate is a type of technology that offers many improvements to how something looks on a TV’s screen. Such as improvement of fast-paced action via LED backlighting, speedy processing of images, faster response times and so on and so forth. So if you keep this feature off, you will be able to enjoy a movie or several without worrying about experiencing bad quality.

There is a pair of stereo speakers used by the UN46D6000. And they are the most prominent con. We would hear distortions many times after turning the volume up when we reviewed it the sound characteristics. When we turned the volume down to 50%, we could also hear those annoying distortions. So one should always try and keep the volume at a reasonable level to make the most out of it.

Review conclusion

The features that Samsung’s UN46D6000 brings are some of the most riveting. And it all costs a decent amount of money. The only 2 issues we had with it were the way the sound reacted and the poor design. And let us not forget the set’s motion handling.


Sony Bravia KDL-46EX523


It is hard to make a name for yourself in the world of LED TVs. But a lot of manufacturers managed to gain a lot of fans for their devices. Among them, Sony. Their new Bravia KDL-46EX523 costs $1,292.95 and is a good competitor for other sets in its category. We took it for a spin to learn more about its pros and cons. Here is what resulted from that test.

A new 46 inch LED HDTV

The Sony Bravia KDL-46EX523 has a 46″ screen. There is no single-plane face, but this TV does have a swivel stand. The width of its bezel is 1″, while the depth of its panel is 1.1″. The size of the remote control you also get is 8 x 2″. The refresh rate of this device is 60Hz. Unfortunately, this is a LED TV set which does not offer 3D glasses. And it should have for this price. Moreover, you will not get to watch movies in 3D, because the KDL-46EX523 does not ship with the necessary technology to do that.

On the exterior, the company brought no modifications in design, if we compare this model with previously reviewed TVs. If you look at this model, you are going to be reminded of the ones Sony used to make 2 years ago. But that is not so bad if you are not too interested in how a TV looks. This model, however, is slim. Its black color did not necessarily send us a sense of elegance. But we enjoyed its swivel base when we tested it.Sony-Bravia-KDL-46EX523

Without 3D technology

Since there is no 3D technology to fall back on, you will have to make do with the TV’s list of features. Which are good nonetheless. Especially the onboard Wi-Fi offering. Because it means that using Netflix will be a very enjoyable experience. Having an Internet suite will most likely please many consumers. And the possibility to stream media is something that is equally important, not to mention that the Bravia KDL-46EX523 does it well.

As for what you need to access various devices, this unit sports the following: 1 Ethernet port, 1 composite video input, 1 side jack for headphones, 4 HDMI inputs, 2 USB slots, 1 VGA-style input for your PC and 1 component video input.

The remote control was plenty responsive when we used it. Its keys were very easy to press. The menu could be characterized as really intuitive. And it is a different one than in the past.

Color accuracy problems

Once we got to the fine tuning part, we hit rock bottom. Because it was, quite frankly, a lot of work to do that. To avoid wasting time and ruining some settings, you should instead opt for a mode called Cinema 1.

Where the chapter of color accuracy is concerned, this TV has a way of messing up quality whenever a scene with a lot of dark colors happens. The next biggest con was when the movies we watched exhibited weird-looking blues. All in all, colors will look full of life. The display will also show reflections and black levels did not look that good to us, compared with other reviewed Sony TVs.

Sound was pretty good. But this TV shows issues with the resolution, because it is low. And also the backlighting is a tricky affair, especially when a film with dark scenes in it is on the screen. Shadows do not have a lot of detail visible.

The device consumes about 63.98W. Which is a very important pro point.

Review conclusion

Sony’s Bravia KDL-46EX523 with its integrated Wi-Fi is a good choice to make if you want a new LED TV set.


Disgo Tablet 9104


The category of budget tablets was getting a bit rusty. In the sense that it included many models which were simply much too slow for consumers to like them. In the meantime, manufacturers featured their tablets with Google’s Android 4.0 version. Which means better speed overall, apart from other improvements. In this review that we wrote a couple of days ago we will discuss the new £200 Disgo 9104 which also runs on this operating system.

HD resolution display

The Disgo 9104 has a screen of 9.7″. The resolution it packs is 1,024 x 768 pixels. This device has a weight of 620g. Its chassis measures 9.8 mm in thinness. The connectivity department is covered by the following: one microSD card slot, one 3.5 mm headphone jack and one miniHDMI. Memory is 1GB and the processor is a 1.2GHz Boxchip ARM Cortex-A8. A Mali 400 GPU and a storage space of 16GB complete the list of specs. To take photos you have 2 cameras at your disposal. One of them is a 2MP one and it sits on the tablet’s back side.

Looking at the Disgo 9104, we could tell it had good looks. Not enough to blow us away while testing the thing, but still better than other tablets. And at least it does not feature a glossy finish.Disgo-Tablet-9104

The graphics unit that this gadget boasts is good enough to support all sorts of games. Searching something on the World Wide Web did not mean that much hair-pulling, because loading speeds were not all that bad. Only once or twice did we notice a slow pace.

Good battery life

The touchscreen is not going to offer you the best when it comes to colors. Also, brightness levels were 295cd/m2. But overall, quality was far superior to other touchscreens we have seen so far. The home screens moved really quickly. Contrast ratio was great: 720:1. All of the menus also responded at a quick pace.

When we used the Disgo 9104 for various tasks, we also tested to see how much time its battery would go on for. And we were not disappointed: we were offered almost 10 hours.
A con for us was the fact that there was no Google Apps to play with. This meant that we saw that important things such as Play Store, Maps, Gmail and other services were a no-go. We did get some other stuff in their place, although it was not the same. What you are offered are Internet links directing you to the most important applications. We advise you to search for an installer that will bring you the Play Store to your 9104 Tablet.

Another con happened when we used the device’s keyboard. It was downright slow when we typed this review. When we wanted to use an alternative, the problem still occurred. So if you have to rely on a keyboard to do your work, find another tablet or use a laptop.

Review conclusion

The Disgo Tablet 9104 may very well have a successful future ahead of it. But there is one issue: the Google Nexus 7 has not yet been released. But from what we heard, it is going to have a cheaper price tag. And its features plus specifications sound better compared to this model. So this device will have to go through a price change if it wants to survive in this competitive world. And be featured with superior specs.


Eclipse Vengeance i5357r795 OC


If you cannot find a good computer for your gaming needs, then we recommend you try a model which is called Eclipse Vengeance i5357r795 OC. It is complete with a nice set of features and specs. Below is what resulted of our testing experience.

A new gaming PC

Before looking at the Eclipse Vengeance i5357r795 OC from a design point of view, we threw a glance at its specs. Which read as follows: a 24″ screen, a 1TB 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda hard drive, a 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K processor, 128GB Crucial M4 solid-state drive, 16GB of memory, an AMD Radeon HD 7950, a 3GB double-dissapation XFX version, a 550W XFX Pro Core Edition Power Supply Unit and a BenQ GL2450 monitor. Ports and other connectivity options are the following: 6 USB 3.0 and 4 of USB 2.0. There are also speaker and mic jacks. You will miss out on memory card slots, Wi-Fi and eSATA, though.

This easily puts it ahead of many of the other systems in our Gaming PCs chart. These placed the Eclipse amongst the fastest PCs.

Out of all the gaming PCs we have stumbled upon, this one is one of the smallest and most crammed inside. The elements which are seen in almost all of the device’s slots are a bunch of cables of a fan. Because we wanted to have a better amount of memory, we simply replaced the system’s chips and everything was ready to go. But this fan is not the only one of its kind. The second one can be found if you look on the processor’s top. This means that the PC is going to get a lot of cooling while it is working. Which we liked.Eclipse-Vengeance-i5357r795

Microsoft WiFi keyboard

The screen of the Eclipse Vengeance i5357r795 OC is definitely one of the nicest ones we saw. Its high definition characteristics also turn it into something that is very enjoyable to look at. But its biggest con is the fact that there is no digital video cable even if the unit features a DVI interface. But if you move past that, you will see that the quality is really good, also thanks to the beautiful colors it provides.

A pro that you should look forward to is the product’s original design. And that is quite rare today, if we look at the recently reviewed competitors. The body in particular stands out from the herds of PC gaming tools with its looks. The color used on this model is white. Its surface is polished. You can even see it in the dark. In terms of keyboard, there is a Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800 one. Its buttons are not that great, but they are still easy to use and their feedback is good. This keyboard comes with a mouse, too, which delivers a really smooth performance.

Stable performance

The drive of this device is different from what other gaming computers use. This one is a Eclipse SH-222BB DVD drive made by Samsung. In our tests it delivered a stable performance which we enjoyed immensely. The speed with which this drive is able to write DVDs reaches 22x. In other words, extremely fast.

The video card has one HDMI and one Mini DisplayPort as its connectors.

The amount of power consumed by the model we had in our hands was 111W whenever the unit was in an idle mode. When we used it for various tasks, the Eclipse consumed 239W. And we heard no loud noises while performing daily activities.

Review conclusion

The Eclipse Vengeance i5357r795 OC can be cataloged as a pretty good gaming PC. But if gaming is your life, you should go after other devices.