The News: Friday, March 1 Edition

Well, here’s a dilemma. I posted a bit ago about how the back corner of my laptop was separating, but that I was able to get very close to fixing it by tightening a couple of screws. Ever since then, it has been getting STUPID hot. I use it actually on my lap rather than on a table, so I put a wooden TV tray under it for stability and also to make sure the vents are open. Just now I took it off the tray so I could use it for something else, and the tray was HOT. I was actually a little concerned about fire. So now I can’t decide…loosen the screws again so it doesn’t overheat, leaving a gap in the case and my screen a little floppy, or try for the 847th time to find a cooling pad that is a) designed for a 17-inch widescreen laptop, b) actually works, c)is comfortable to use on my lap without putting a pillow under it, and d) doesn’t cost more money than I can afford. I’m kind of leaning toward putting blue ice between my blanket and the tray, to be honest.

TechRadar starts us off with some Mad Catz FREQ 5

TweakTown examines the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z77X (Intel Z77) Motherboard

KitGuru goes inside the Fractal Design Node 605 Case

techPowerUp counters with the Nox Xtreme Coolbay VX

Hardware Canucks beats the heat with the Cooler Master Seidon 240M CPU Cooler

Hi Tech Legion spends some time with the Zotac ZBOX ID83 Plus Mini PC

eTeknix tries on an Asus ROG Vulcan ANC Pro Gaming Headset

Phoronix presents its Low-End NVIDIA/AMD GPU Comparison On Open-Source Drivers

NikKTech gives a listen to some Audyssey Wireless Speakers

BCC Hardware comes back with some Edifier Predator 2.1 Speakers

APH Networks points and clicks the Gigabyte Force M7 Thor Laser Mouse

HardwareHeaven sees that and raises the FUNC MS-3 Gaming Mouse

BigBruin chills out with the Noctua NH-L9a Low Profile AMD CPU Cooler

Techgage takes on Ace Combat: Assault Horizon


To finish us off, Planet 3DNow tests out the AMD A10-5700

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