by RyanZ

    The new Razor NZXT H440 is beautiful; it gives your next rig character. It is both exquisite and sleek with the green aura Razor signature. This case is superior like the NZXT H440 with SECC Steel, ABS Plastic, 2-year warranty, seven expansion slots, and great radiator support. The Razor NZXT H440 is perfect for your next PC case.
    The NZXT also offers a great cooling system (liquid cooling support), filters, enough GPU clearance, effortless and optical cable management, and lastly support for Mini-ITX, MicroATX, and ATX motherboards.  The outside of the case has two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports that are outlined in green instead of the standard 3.0 blue ports. The H440 case has three 120mm and one 140mm FN V2 case fans. In order to reduce vibration noise this case has HDD drive bays that are 100% steel.
     These cases are originally manufactured by a third party; NZXT. Razer does not build these cases, but they have their green licensing logo along with the signature green lights on the case. In addition, the power supply is included with Razer’s logo. Razer has told BECT Computing, that they are not ready with the system specs requirements for the Designed by Razer Program but they will have strict guidelines. Once BECT Computing does a video review of the Razer NZXT H440, they will see how much Razer has changed the original NZXT H440 and what exactly makes it the ‘Razer Edition.’

 
 

-HiroK

     Many people around the world use Google Voice. When you activate your free account, it makes it easier to manage your voicemail and redirect your calls to multiple mobile devices using a different number that you choose. Some other important features are time of the day to ring certain phones, send calls directly to voicemail in groups, and the blocking features that give callers the message: “This number has been disconnected or is no longer in service.” You even have the choice to have Google transcribe your voicemails into text and have it sent directly to your phone via SMS text message without having to listen to your voice messages.
     Since Google Voice has started, most voicemails that have been transcribed to text are a ‘wee bit’ garbled. Some transcripts get the message across but now Google is asking for your help to make it better by allowing you to anonymously share all your voice messages with Google. They will automatically analyze the transcript to match the voicemails with their transcription systems. You have a choice to opt-out of submitting your Google voicemails if you choose not to share all your voice message information. We will see how much this improves Google transcribing automated systems.

 
 

by BrianC

     Beginning in the 1990s, we owned our first DOT matrix printer. DOT matrix   printers were like typewriters where they had an ink ribbon that would press onto the paper. It was loud and a very heavy machine that used only a particular type of paper that folded into sheets behind the printer. I guess for the 1990s, it was pretty good. In the year 2000, our family had an ESPON inkjet printer. At that point, printers were still connecting via separate printer serial ports that required their own dedicated cable. The ESPON inkjet printer at that time was terrible. It was loud, unreliable, consumed way too much ink, and had printer jams every other print job.  I made a vow never to buy another ESPON printer ever again. I’m sure the printers are better now, but it brings back bad memories.
     I started to look for another printer ranging from $100 to $300 along with the $100 replacement cartridges. Nothing really impressed me since I thought it was inefficient for any business to own a $300 to $500 inkjet printer and then purchase $100 cartridges every month. Color laser printers were of course too expensive to purchase or maintain.


    In 2014, I came across HP’s Office-jet Pro X476/X576 printer. It was one of the most versatile printers I had ever seen or used. The most attractive aspect was its cost efficiency. HP’s Office-jet Pro X476/X576 currently runs at $500+ and to replace the ink cartridges it’s $500 for all the black and color cartridges. This may seem expensive, but out of those cartridges I was able to print with laser–comparable printing speeds with around 9,000 black/white pages and around 6,000 color pages. A year after purchase with a normal inkjet printer one would spend around $1600 on printing supplies (printer included) . The HP’s Officejet Pro X476/X576 printer would save $600 every year owned because of HP’s breakthrough new inkjet printing technology.
     Some of the features of this printer are pages that are water and smear resistant, and highlighter friendly. This printer that performs two sided scanning, print, fax, and copies allows you to archive documents to the cloud for easy searching when you are at the printer with a USB drive. This HP printer supports Airprint and still be able to print without being on the same network. It also efficiently prints and scans two-sided documents. You can print professional-quality color with up to twice the speed and half the cost of color laser printers.
     The HP Office-jet Pro X476/X576 is one of the most economical printers for small and large businesses. This is result of HP PageWide technology. PageWide Technology is different from normal inkjet technology. There are 40,000 nozzles on each of the stationary ink print cartridges that are the width of the page. This makes the prints whisper quiet compared to other inkjet printers.


 
 
Zack Y.
           Apple has done it again. They have released a new, but this time more affordable 21.5-inch iMac at $1099. In the past, Apple iMac products had a higher price range of either Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processors. Did Apple add a more affordable iMac to attract different types of customers?

            Apple’s new iMac has a 1080p 21.5 inch LED backlit display with a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor at 1.4 GHz. It has Turbo-Boost up to 2.7GHz with 3MB shared L3 cache. Intel Core i5 processors are enough to support multitasking and are ideal for the average consumer. In addition, the new iMac has 8GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 on-board memory with a 500B hard drive, which supports more open programs on your desktop. The graphics on this machine is the Intel HD graphics 5000. The new Haswell processors come equipped with the HD Graphics 5000, which has 40 execution units, twice the performance of HD4000 series, and 704 GFLOPS.

            This change in price will be more attractive to different consumers looking to switch from the PC. Apple’s next step should be to reduce the price for the MacBook Pro with Retina display. This may not be an option right now considering the cost of Retina displays, but it is possible that this might happen at their event next year. Apple needs to keep releasing new products if it wants to continue to compete with Microsoft.


 
 

PC vs. Console- by HiroK

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       Many enthusiasts around the globe fight over which device is better for gaming and which is able to achieve the right frames per second for the perfect game play. This is called the PC versus Console War. This war has divided gamers in many forums on the Internet, but now it is time to settle the score. Which device is optimized for gaming? Is the desktop PC superior? Do gaming consoles by Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo conquer the PCs? We will go over the advantages and disadvantages of both, along with the infamous frames per second ordeal.

       Sony released the successor for the PS3 November 2013, the PS4 at $399, right in time for the holiday rush. For the PS3, Sony designed their own microprocessor (Cell microprocessor) which is made up of one 3.2 GHz Power Processing Element (PPE) and eight Synergistic Processing Elements. Sony for the PS4 chose AMD to develop the processor. Sony’s newest successor  the PS4, has combined the CPU and GPU into one central processing unit called an AMD Jaguar APU with 8GB GDDR5 RAM and a 500GB hard drive for storage. The CPU has 8 cores made up of two quad core x86-64 processors with an AMD Radeon GPU. The PS4 supports photos and videos at 4K, but it does not support rendering games at 4K resolution. It has a new feature called the “suspend mode”, which helps save power. The PS4 also has released a motion-sensing camera, which includes two 1280x800px lenses.

       The same time Sony released their product, Microsoft released their successor to the Xbox 360, the Xbox One also at $399 (November 2013). Compared to the PS3, Microsoft for the Xbox 360 partnered with IBM to develop their triple core IBM designed Xenon as its CPU. For the new Xbox One, Microsoft also has an AMD Jaguar APU but it has an 8GB DDR3 RAM instead of the 8GB GDDR5 like the PS4 with 500GB of storage. Unlike the PS4, Microsoft claims that Xbox One can handle gaming at 4K resolutions. Xbox One for the first time ships with the Kinect, a motion tracking device and voice recognition that can track up to six people at once.

       Nintendo, trying to keep up with the competition, launched its successor to the Wii November 2012 at $349 (which later dropped to $299), one year prior than Microsoft and Sony’s releases. The Wii U was an improvement for Nintendo since the Wii did not support 1080p.  The Wii originally had the IBM Power PC called Broadway, but for the Wii U Nintendo has the 1.24 Ghz  Tri-Core IBM Power PC called “The Expresso.” Nintendo partnered with AMD, IBM, and Renesas to develop its CPU and GPU along with 2GB of DDR3 memory and 8GB/32GB for storage. The most innovative part of Nintendo’s Wii U is the “gameboy like” Wii U Gamepad with a 6.2 inch display (854 x 480) that can be used for additive gameplay or a replacement for the TV display. It features a built in front facing camera and sensor strip along with a built in microphone, and stereo speakers. In addition the Gamepad features a 9 axis motion detection via a three-axis accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope, and a three-axis magnetometer, with a rumble feature. 


 
 

4K Monitors - Written by RyanZ

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The way we display our content is constantly changing, whether it be graphics and web design, video editing, video gaming, animation, or even professional photography, technology is always in constant flux. Throughout history we have displayed our content in a number of different ways, but innovation has improved the way computers display their content. It is apparent that not only has the image quality increased but the slender form factor has decreased in proportion with the improvement of resolution.  

We have moved away from the older analogue CRT monitors. CRT monitors require an analogue signal which is where the signal information form continuous electrical signals and not a digital signal (i.e. 10101010100010010). It used to be that the video adapter would convert this signal from digital into analogue. This day in age we use LCD monitors (or LED) which have DVI and HDMI connections and preserve that digital signal from computer to monitor. A single link DVI cable and connection supports a 1920x1080 image, and a dual link cable connection supports up to a 2048x1536 image.