TweakTown – week in review

Hello TechEye viewers, this is TweakTown’s Content Editor reporting back once again with another weekly update of the highlights over at TweakTown recently.

We started off the past week with some time spent in the lounge room checking out Panasonic’s 3rd generation pair of Active Shutter Eyewear, the TY-EW3D3MU.

The first couple generations of glasses for Panasonic Viera series TVs both had a number of differing annoyances that detracted from giving that well balanced 3D in home experience, but as our HT specialist Ben Gourlay discovered when testing out the latest version, these fare much better with the biggest improvement being in the LCD active shutter lens themselves.

Getting into our usual run of hardware and peripheral testing from there, we first checked out a couple mechanical gaming keyboards this week; one from not so well known company Rosewill in the RK-9000, and then a look at Razer’s latest BlackWidow bad boy – the Ultimate Stealth Edition which left us super impressed!

The current BlackWidow range is quite noisy, with a very, very loud click/clack sound from its mechanical keys. However, Razer has changed this with the Stealth keyboard. It’s not completely silent, but it’s a huge step in the right direction for Razer.

Moving into the home and small business storage realm, we then gave QNAP’s latest 6-bay Turbo NAS TS-659 Pro II a solid going over and while expensive (as all NAS’ of this caliber tend to be) the build quality, feature set and easy of use put the asking price into clear perspective.

It wasn’t that long ago we looked at the TS-659 Pro + and determined it was a spectacular product that improved upon an already existing design. The Pro II is a third generation product and it brings even more to the table while still keeping with core technology that makes it a great product. USB 3.0 has been added as have optimizations to the software and firmware, making the TS-659 Pro II a better all-around product.

Undeniably one of the hottest subjects in the enthusiast hardware sector at this time is that of Intel’s next top dog platform comprising the new LGA-2011 (Sandy Bridge-E) Core i7 CPU family and accompanying X79 motherboard chipset. With the launch date nudging ever closer to that glorious November 15th date, we’ve been given rights (with certain restrictions however) by ASUS to publish previews of a few of their upcoming X79 motherboard offerings which include a bunch of in-house photos.

Our first preview this week gave a look at two of ASUS’ more mainstream positioned X79 offerings in the P9X79 Pro and P9X79 Deluxe, but the real show piece everyone wants to see is the Republic of Gamers series Rampage IV Extreme, and we managed to get a full preview of that one online as well.

We haven’t seen many X79 boards in person as yet, but it’s probably fairly safe to assume that this is going to be one of the most hardcore options on the market and any true ROG fan is going to absolutely love what ASUS has brought to the table here. If money is little to no objective, this could be that perfect candidate for your next super duper gaming rig.

That wraps up the major happenings from our neck of the woods over this past week. Until next, adios folks!