Sunday, 13 October 2013

Overview: MSI GT 70 Notebook (0NE-609US)

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It can be difficult to find laptops for gamers who travel around. Fortunately, along comes the MSI GT 70 Notebook from Micro-Star International with its impressive specs sufficient to power through the levels of any current generation game.

Most reviews of this notebook are a little lacking, so hopefully you will be able to find what you need here in this quick overview of the MSI GT 70 Dragon Edition notebook. First off, any overview would be lacking without the specs:

-Intel Core i7-3630QM CPU, which is clocked at 2.4GHz
-16GB DDR3-1600 RAM, (Although the exact timings are unknown)
-Nvidia Geforce GTX 680M dedicated GPU, powered by 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
-256GB SSD as well as a 750GB 7200RPM SATA HDD
-17.3-inch no-glare display, sporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1080

With specifications like these, the MSI GT 70 laptop compares favorably with its desktop counterparts, making it an ideal machine to take to LAN parties. 

Sweet specifications

The GTX 680M GPU will allow you to crank up pretty much any game's graphics to maximum taking full advantage of all the tricks NVIDIA allows for, so you have a smooth and seamless gaming experience with full graphical immersion.

The leading competitor to this graphics processor is the Radeon HD 7970, which is slightly faster in some respects, but lacks PhysX support and has a much lower TDP.

With a total of 1TB shared between the two drives, you have the benefit of the high speed SSD and oodles of RAM to support all the processes you need.

On the 'fingerware', the keyboard really makes the laptop look stylish and is sturdy and responsive to your actions.

Summing up the beast

This laptop is a 250 lb gorilla of the gaming laptop world proclaiming it's dominance over other computers in the same class. While there are other machines with one or two numbers which are slightly higher than the MSI GT 70 notebook, the overall package is unbeatable.

This notebook provides:
-A silky smooth gaming feel
-Gamer-cred - specs wise
-An incredibly stylish laptop to make your friends green with envy

Clocking in at little more than $2000, it is likely that this will be the best laptop around for quite a while. Want a more in-depth review? Check out the MSI GT 70 0NE-609US Review over at TechWombat.

Friday, 16 August 2013

A Handful of Tech Gift Ideas for Men 2013

Want to get your husband//father/boyfriend/brother/nephew a cool gift? If not, check out these top 2013 gift ideas for men before it's too late.

Happy shopping and enjoy finding the best gift without even breaking a sweat.

Tip: sometimes all you need is the gift of love. If you're strapped for cash this year, why not learn how to be more seductive.

Perhaps the only thing a guy loves more than electronic toys and tech gadgets is receiving them. Not sure what kind of gadget he'll want? That's easy - if he doesn't yet have it, he wants it! Here are a few of the top 2013 tech toys for men.

New Apple iPad Mini

32GB + WiFi + Awesome

Apple iPad Mini MD529LL/A (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black)

The end of October last year saw Apple selling every last one of their iPad Mini tablets... Luckily, the ever-resourceful Amazon still has a handful of these amazing tablets in store - brand new and waiting for you to pick one up online.

New Microsoft Surface

32GB + WiFi + Wicked Cool

Microsoft Surface (32GB)

Microsoft's groundbreaking tablet offering is one of the most anticipated tech gadgets of 2012. With roughly the same price tag as a 4th Generation iPad, this beautiful new tablet sports a slightly larger screen in comparison, and will surely be adored by Microsoft fans for years to come.

New Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (16GB, Deep Grey)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is one of the latest, greatest, and last all-purpose 'tablets of note' for 2012. With a massive 10 inch display and a blazing 1.4GHz Quad-Core processor, this tech gadget from Samsung is easily one of the best electronics gifts a guy could receive for any occasion.

Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Media Player

Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Player

This right here is the best wireless streaming HD media player you can buy. It works with basically any TV and comes with a motion-control remote which lets you play games without touching a single button. In short - a very, very cool gift.

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Wrath Wireless Gaming Headset for PC and Mac

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Wrath Wireless Gaming Headset for PC and Mac with THX Studio Pro (GH0180)

This top-of-the-range wireless gaming headset from Creative would make a fantastic gift for your guy, but it's not just for him! Get one of these to keep those late night gaming session sounds snugly and silently locked away in his head without having to wake you, or the neighbors. If there's one deal your man won't want you to miss, it's this.

Logitech G13 Programmable Gameboard

Logitech G13 Programmable Gameboard with LCD Display

Logitech G13 Programmable Gameboard with LCD Display

WARNING: For real gamers ONLY! This wicked gaming gadget from Logitech is the ultimate command center for gamers who love to hack and tweak their gaming experience to the way they want to play. Don't quite know what it's for? Don't stress - the G13 is hands-down the hottest gameboard of 2012 and if your man's a PC gamer... He'll know what to do.

Popular Video Game Gift Ideas for Guys

So you already know guys simply love playing video games, but do you know what's hot and what's not right now? No need to panic - here are the latest and greatest video game releases on the market. All you need to do is pick the right gaming platform (PS3, Xbox, Wii, or PC) and you're all set to surprise him with your awesome taste in gaming!

Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2


Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 is one of the latest video games combining the fast-paced action and realism of a First Person Shooter with the depth and richness of a traditional Role Playing Game. You can't go wrong with this one if you're worried about what 'type' of game your guy will like. I guarantee he'll enjoy at least one aspect of this game, and more than likely he'll love it all.

Assassin's Creed III

Assassin's Creed III

Assassin's Creed III 


Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Call of Duty: Ghosts 


Remote Control Quadcopters - "Quad" is the new "Heli"!

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UDI RC U816A UFO Quadcopter 2.4Ghz with 6 Axis Gryo

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Apple MacBook Pro 17 Inch (MD311LL/A) Review

In this article, I'll be reviewing the MD311LL/A model MacBook Pro 17 Inch with Core i7, AKA "still the best 17 inch laptop of 2013".

The race to create the ultimate laptop is still raging on, despite the growing interest (and performance) of smaller devices such as tablets and cellphones.

In fact, the demand for ultrabooks is as strong as ever. Apple, arguably the leader when it comes to premium gadgets, threw their 17 inch hat into the fray with the Apple MacBook Pro 17 Inch Laptop, which - although officially discontinued by Apple - is still being touted as one of the best 17 inch ultrabooks on the market in 2013.

So what's special about this particular laptop? Read on to find out.

NEWER: Apple MacBook Pro MD386LL/A 17-Inch Laptop -- click the image below to find out more about the 17 Inch MacBook Pro Quad-Core i7

Apple MacBook Pro MD386LL/A 17-Inch Laptop


As the dimensions would suggest, the MacBook Pro MD311LLA's display should be one of its strongest suits. And yes, the 17-inch screen doesn't disappoint at all. Its screen real estate can only be equaled by a select few in the laptop market. And to make full use of this massive screen, it also displays images at an astounding 1920x1200 HD resolution. Making everything work is a powerful AMD Radeon HD 6770M image processor. When saving power, it automatically switches to Apple's integrated Apple HD Graphics processor. LED backlighting combines optimal brightness with excellent energy efficiency.


A computer of this calibre must be equipped with the most powerful hardware available. And on the processor end, this laptop definitely has it. It comes installed with the top-of-the-line processor from Intel, the much-vaunted Intel Core i7. This second generation quad-core processor comes with features that greatly improve performance for 3D gaming, digital media management, and content creation. This chip also comes with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, which allows for dynamic increase of performance during heavy-duty use. And with Hyper-Threading Technology, multitasking performance is improved by allowing each core to work on 2 tasks at the same time. Combine that with a 750GB HDD and a 4GB RAM, and you have the makings of a superb performer.

Unique Technologies

This laptop has no shortage of unique and innovative technologies. But the one that takes the headlines here is the Thunderbolt technology Apple developed in partnership with Intel. This system allows for incredibly fast transfer speeds recorded at 10GB/second. All you need is a system that is Thunderbolt-compatible. You can also use USBs and FireWire on the Thunderbolt port, but you'll need an adaptor for that.


Apple is well-known for their design genius, and this product is no different. It all starts with the unibody structure made exclusively from aluminum. The use of aluminum makes it extra light for its size and provides serious durability. Stunning looks is a bonus on selecting such material. It also uses a track pad without a button, allowing you to have more space for tracking. Not only does it recognize conventional clicking, but it also recognizes multi-touch gestures such as swiping, pinching, and inertial scrolling, among others. This allows for a more intuitive using experience.

The Bottom Line

Right from the outset, it can be seen that Apple has pulled all the stops to make this product (arguably) the best ultrabook in the market. Although the 2000+ dollar price tag might keep this machine in the clutches of only the wealthiest of geeks, the Apple MacBook Pro MD311LL/A 17 Inch is every bit as good as advertised and well worth the price of purchasing brand new.

If you're looking for even more power than this system provides (and that's a lot) you can also check out the 17 Inch Apple MacBook Pro MD386LL/A available at Amazon.


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Monday, 8 July 2013

Review: Toshiba Excite 10 SE (AT305 16GB)

If you are tech savvy, you should check out the new Toshiba Excite 10 SE. It is Toshiba’s most recent tablet release. This gadget will let you enjoy excellent features for a very affordable price. For only $350, you will be able to enjoy the performance of a quad-core processor (Tegra 3) and a 1280 x 800 display.

Nearly every Toshiba Excite 10 SE review will tell you that it is very similar to the original Excite 10, except that it runs on Android Jelly Bean and not on Ice Cream Sandwich. Here’s what makes this tablet special in its own right.

Toshiba Excite 10SE is designed with aluminum trim around the edges, and it does not have slots for SD and HDMI cards. However, it does have a built-in Micro SD and Micro USB slot, so you can easily share video clips, photos, and other files, as well as increase your storage options. It has a built-in storage of 16 GB. This gadget also has a 10.1-inch high resolution AutoBrite display. It is slim and lightweight, weighing only 1.4 lbs.

If you travel often, this gadget is perfect because it is portable and easy to carry around. You can conveniently stuff it inside your bag. It is also very user friendly. You can easily customize the home screens and quickly switch between apps. Its Voice Search app and Chrome browser allow you to search more quickly and easily. So if you need to search for something on the Web, you will not be having a hard time.

In addition, it runs on a Super 4-plus-1 quad-core processor. This will allow you to experience more speed. It is practically faster than other tablets. It will enable you to get excellent performance even for the most complicated applications. So, you will enjoy faster apps, smoother HD videos, better web browsing, and console-quality games. This gadget is really ideal for those who like to play games and watch videos. It is arguably better than your typical tablet and e-book reader.

If you want to download books, apps, movies, and music, you can go to Google Play. At the Play Store, you will find anything you need such as magazines, electronic books, television shows, and lots of other exciting stuff. Downloading is easy. You will also be presented with free and paid choices. In fact, you can enjoy more than six hundred and seventy-five thousand options. Google Play can be accessed whenever and wherever you want.

What’s more, the Toshiba Excite 10 SE features stereo speakers with crisp, rich, and life-like sound. It has premium quality that will amp up your voice communication and audio entertainment. Thus, you will be able to enjoy superior listening experience. You can access these features directly from your headphones or Toshiba tablet. You will be able to appreciate videos, video chat, music, and games better.

The dual HD cameras that come with the gadget will surely impress you, as well. Through its front webcam, you will be able to take pictures and engage in chats and video conferences. If you want to record videos and capture photos in high definition, you can simply use the rear camera. As mentioned earlier, this gadget is perfect for the frequent traveller. Whenever you see breathtaking sceneries and beautiful people, you can easily capture the moment on the fly with these dual HD cameras.

Do not worry about power because it has a long battery life. You can watch, read, write, and play continually up to twelve hours. You can enjoy its fantastic apps and features for a long time. This is great, especially if you are on a long trip on the train, bus, or any other mode of transport where there is nothing else to do. The battery can last for hours; so even if there is no outlet around, there is no need to worry about the battery suddenly dying on you.

Any Toshiba Excite 10 SE review will tell you that two of the best advantages of this gadget are its quad core processor and really huge RAM capacity. It actually has 1024 MB RAM. It also has regular features which include a calendar, a document viewer, an alarm clock, a calculator, and sensors such as compass, gyroscope, and accelerometer. Then again, some of its disadvantages are its low pixel density screen and its lack of flash.


The Toshiba Excite 10 SE may not necessarily be the best tablet on the market; but it offers great specs and features for its price. Although there may be some comparable models packed with better features for a higher price, the 10 SE from Toshiba, overall, is a good product and will prove to be worth your money.


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Sunday, 24 February 2013

6 Chatroulette Alternatives To Satisfy Your Random Cam Addiction

Ever since Chatroulette dropped that 'pesky' anonymity clause from their ToS, there's been a mad scramble to find the best Chatroulette and Omegle alternatives of 2013. Luckily for Chatroulette hobbyists and addicts, it's not hard to find a good site like Chatroulette these days.

After Chatroulette's massive success a few years ago, it was only a matter of time before cam site clones and spin-offs made their way out of the woodwork. The problem is, with so many Chatroulette alternatives out there, how do you know which ones are worthwhile?

That's where this list of the 7 Best Sites Like Chatroulette comes in. The roundup contains a neat summary of each random cam site and how they differ from the original Chatroulette. Not only that, but you'll even find a Chatroulette alternative for iPhone, iPad, and Android. After all, random web cam chatting is much cooler when you're hanging out at your favorite spot!

Check them out, and enjoy the chatting.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 Review: The Best Online Writing Service?

As a hyper-active blogger and secret fan of outsourcing content (shh...), I would like to share my review from a client's point-of-view -- especially for those who are still on the fence about trying them out. is an online content writing service similar to Zerys Content Marketplace where you can order high quality custom articles at affordable prices. That's the site in a nutshell (according to their marketing copy), but there's more to it than meets the eye.

The first thing I noticed about was the somewhat playful website design which is a nice change from the 'clinical' corporate look of many alternatives to HireWriters. The signup process is extremely quick, and once you've entered your user details you're almost ready to start hiring writers online.

The hiring process is similarly straightforward. All you need to do is deposit some funds into your HireWriters account via PayPal or Credit Card (Visa/MasterCard) and you can begin posting your projects straightaway. The minimum deposit amount is $10, which was all I was willing to risk on my first test run.

After depositing my $10, I was pleasantly surprised to see an extra $2.50 added to my account as a first-time deposit bonus... A nice touch!

So my next step was to post my article writing projects. The interface for submitting project details and instructions is dead simple and asks you for all the basics (topic, word count, special instructions, etc.). Once you're done filling it out, you simply confirm the details and... wait.

Within 20 minutes of submitting two articles to be written, I saw they had been assigned to two separate writers. I was able to have a quick browse at the profiles of the writers, which unfortunately weren't that impressive (although this does make sense, since I only selected "general writers" rather than highly-rated ones, which are more expensive).

Nevertheless, both writers delivered my articles well within deadline -- an important point for me. As for the quality? Good! After reviewing the articles, I saw they did need a tiny bit of polishing, but no major editing was required and I was really quite thrilled with how well they handled my instructions.


Overall, my experience of was a good one, and I definitely plan to use them much more in the future. I spent less than $10 and about 5 minutes of my time, and got two personalized, professionally-written articles in return. No actual correspondence between myself and my writers took place at any time, and the whole process went down really smoothly.

As a bonus, you're also given free "spin" versions of the articles, which you can run through article spinning software to create unique versions for article submissions (not really my cup of tea, but there you go).

Want to give them a shot? Sign up with now and go get some great articles for even better prices.

Getting articles written instantly and on-demand doesn't get easier than this!

For Writers: Are you a wordsmith who is considering audio transcription? Then take a look at this GoTranscript Review and start working on transcription jobs at home.

Payoneer Card: Overview & $25 Referral Promo

A free Payoneer card? With the $25 bonus for you? That's right. Sign up with this link right here and you'll get your own Payoneer MasterCard debit card, plus $25 completely free when you earn at least $100 to your card.

Payoneer is a trusted online payment services provider for freelancers and digital marketers who earn money over the internet. Payoneer offers branded MasterCard debit cards for the purpose of receiving payments from companies all over the world.

You no longer have to dream about quitting your day job - get a Payoneer card and start using your skills online as a freelance worker. You can even use it to get paid affiliate commissions from blogging.

Still not sure why you should sign up with Payoneer? Here's a short collection of helpful resources to send you on the right track.


Payoneer Card Review

For an excellent overview and summary of the Payoneer prepaid debit card, see this Payoneer Card Review.


Payoneer Card Fees Comparison (vs. PayPal)

If you're curious how Payoneer's fee structure compares with PayPal, take a look at Payoneer's Support Pages and PayPal's Fee webpage.


Popular Companies on Payoneer's US Payment Service Whitelist

Need to know how you can get paid online using Payoneer's US Payment Service? see the article: Popular Companies That Use Payoneer.

WP Engine Review + Discount Coupon Code / Promo

WP Engine Review: Best Managed WordPress Hosting in the World?



WP Engine Review + Coupon CodesWith a good number of website hosting providers offering their services to the public, webmasters and website owners are now in a predicament to choose the best for their specific needs. Websites running through the Wordpress platform are no different, as various providers offer a wide array of expertise, with some even extending free services. This leads to the question, do WP Engine’s assertions of being the best Wordpress hosting in the world hold any truth, or are the service’s founders just holding on to false claims? 

The first thing any potential user would notice about the WP Engine at the onset would be its price. Compared to other web hosting providers, the WP Engine has a noticeably heftier price tag. Website owners who plan to invest in their websites may not mind this factor, but it goes without saying a provider that has similar services but offers them for free will be preferred.
So, how does WP Engine distinguish itself from the rest? 

First is its customer service and support. This web hosting provider’s support vehicle goes beyond what customers may expect from customer service for any service. Every problem a customer forwards gets sorted out, even for other concerns that are not necessarily directly related to Wordpress, such as plug-ins. While plug-in developers should resolve issues regarding plug-ins, WP Engine customer service is also known to help customers with these concerns, to the point that even the company’s CEO has been known to provide answers to queries in their support line.    

Once initial issues with transferring WP blogs to WP Engine are ironed out, running the site through WP Engine is mostly similar to running a blog hosted on WP alone. A noticeable difference would be lower incidences of bugs and roundabout processes that WordPress has, through the years, developed, to the chagrin of most WP site owners. For example, most self-hosting WP blogs go into a redirect loop if the site owner logs into the website. This issue is immediately solved by WP Engine by directing the accountholder immediately to the dashboard so that he or she can immediately work or effect changes on the website.  

WP Engine proves from the get-go that it is the best Wordpress hosting 2013 service by letting account holders edit posts in a very user-friendly interface that runs faster and smoother than self-hosted WP sites. Users can then manage comments without hitches, so that errors, slowdowns, or explainable hangs are avoided. Through the process, the speed of hosting can be enjoyed, and is very noticeable for those who are used to the usual WP process. 

The plus with WP Engine with regard to speed is that the faster speeds can be experienced with consistency. The issue with other WP hosting providers is that in some instances. Speeds could be very fast, but eventually go very slow within minutes. These spikes in speed can cost website visitors who may get frustrated with the inconsistent speed. Even with an influx of visitors to a website, page speed does not plummet, which is very beneficial to websites that demand speed consistency even with the influx of traffic.

But aside from the speed, what contributes further to the ease and convenience in maintaining a WP website is the lack of spam.  In self-hosted WP blogs, and even in other blog platforms, webmasters and website owners have to face a constant stream of spam comments and visits. WP engine runs an anti-exploit software that just works – no frills, no bloat, and with the ability of dropping spam close to zero.

WP Engine also works for a lot of users because they adhere to their guarantees. This includes a 99.5% uptime for the server, with a guarantee of a per hour refund of monthly hosting fees if the uptime of the server goes below 99.5%.

So, is WP Engine indeed the provider of the best wordpress hosting in the world? To say it is the best would be too conclusive, although users agree that it does the job very well. If website visitors have no difficulty with loading a page or going through an entire WP site because of WP Engine, then it goes to show the product does its work great. 

In the end, what WP Engine does is that it provides not only a very able web hosting service, it also becomes a dedicated systems administrator that irons out problems at a remarkable speed and capacity. This is something a lot of website owners can definitely benefit from, as it allows them to concentrate on other pressing matters like maximizing exposure of their brand or increasing profit. 

With consistent speed, website visitors will find improved browsing experience, which ultimately should increase traffic and drive the website closer to whatever goal it wants to achieve.