Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Revolution or Evolution? ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU Mini On Show

Posted: 07 Mar 2013 12:33 AM PST

A noticeable trend in the current desktop ecosystem is towards the small, as evidenced by the Intel NUC and successes of mini-ITX products like the BitFenix Prodigy.  Users, gamers and enthusiasts all want something powerful in a physically small envelope, and while we have cases and motherboards that match this sort of size, the GPU ecosystem has been slow to accommodate.  Sure, larger mITX cases like the Prodigy exist, and users can select between a beefy GPU or hard drive bays, but what if you want both?  Insert the ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU Mini, debuted on the ROG Forums.

With the Mini, we have a GTX 670 on a mini-ITX sized (17cm) PCB, featuring a stunted version of the DirectCU cooler.  Instead of two 6-pin connectors we get a single 8-pin, but still get five outputs covering the range of analog and digital options (except mDP).

Apparently ASUS only has one of these back at HQ as thet are testing the idea, and these pictures may not represent the final product.  But it does come under the heading of ‘things to look forward to’ and may generate a trend towards more products of a similar line from other manufacturers.

No word on release or pricing (or how much noise it may produce), but I would not be surprised if it comes out at just above the reference models in order to recoup some R&D.

Source: ROG Forums

Truly Ergonomic Computer Keyboard Review: One Month with the TECK

Posted: 06 Mar 2013 08:35 PM PST

This January, I received an email from a company offering a new ergonomic keyboard, with the not-so-humble name of “Truly Ergonomic Computer Keyboard” (aka TECK), manufactured by a relatively new company that likewise uses the name Truly Ergonomic (hello name space collision). While the names are at least in part marketing, what they make clear is that the goal of the company and their first product is to improve ergonomics with our computer keyboards, and they sent me the TECK for review.

The transition from a traditional keyboard or even a curved “natural” keyboard to the TECK can be quite painful, and as part of the purchase agreement you commit to using the TECK for 31 days before you’re eligible for the 60-day money back guarantee. Roughly six weeks later and with the learning curve well behind me, it’s time for the full review. How does the TECK fare in day-to-day use, and is it really a better keyboard for serious typists—and particularly typists like me that suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)? That’s what I’ve been trying to figure out.

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