Labs Briefs Review March 2014 - Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8, Asrock Fatality Z87 Killer

4/6/2014 11:56:18 AM

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8

The most important thing to remember with the Yoga Tablet is that it has little to do with the Ultrabook of the same name. Instead it is an 8in Android model, built around a folding hinge designed to act as an integrated stand. At first blush it looks like a great device, with a decent 1280 x 800 resolution IPS screen and Android 4.2.2.

While the concept is decent enough, the Yoga is let down by a sluggish Mediatek CPU and only 1GB of RAM. We also found the screen just wasn’t up to par with some of the better tablets out there. Add in the fact that you can buy a better-equipped Nexus 7 for a touch less cash and we find it hard to recommend this tablet. It is useful if you plan to make full use of the integrated stand, but otherwise the Yoga Tablet 8 is just a touch too overpriced to stand out from what is becoming a very crowded part of the market.

Description: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8


·         Price: $349

·         Processor: Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7

·         Graphics processor: PowerVR SGX 544

·         RAM: 1GB

·         Built-in storage: 16GB

·         OS: Android 4.2.2

·         Screen: 1280 x 800 resolution IPS, 8inch

·         Battery capacity: 6000 mAh

·         Camera: 5 mp

·         Front-facing camera: 1.6 mp

·         Dimensions: 213 x 145 x 8 mm

·         Weight: 399g

Rating: 4/6

Asrock Fatality Z87 Killer

Gaming motherboards have evolved from incredibly high-end products to ones that deliver a better experience to mere mortals, bringing some of the important extras seens at the high end down to a reasonable price. The latest Z87-based gaming board from Asrock sports the company’s Purity Sound chip, Asrock’s special accelerated Fatal1ty mouse ports and a Killer E2200 GbE chip. It all makes for a well-rounded solution, as long as you don’t want to run more than two GPUs (the third lane is 4x only). Bear in mind that this board only has the Killer networking chip, which could prove a problem for Pro gamers competing at LAN events. For everyone else this is a great all-round solution, lacking in the bells and whistles seen on some other brands of board, but at a very tempting price.

Description: Asrock Fatality Z87 Killer

Asrock Fatality Z87 Killer


·         Price: $189

·         CPU: Intel LGA 1150 Processors

·         Chipset: Intel Z87 Express


·         Memory: 4x 240-pin DDR3 DIMMS, up to 32GB

·         Expansion slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 (16x0, 8x8, 8x4x4), 4x PCIe 2.0 x 1 slots

·         Onboard SATA : 6x SATA 6G ports

·         USB: 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports, 6 USB 3.0 ports

·         Audio: Realtek 7.1 Channel Audio CODEC

·         LAN: Killer NIC e2205

·         Form Factor: ATX

Rating: 5/6

Corsair Hydro H105

Positioned at the high end of Corsair’s closed-loop water cooler range, the H105 is designed to be the most effective of the company’s dual radiator coolers. It does this by employing a different radiator to other models in the range, one that is a full 11mm thicker. This increased size means increased surface area on the fins, which in turn means theoretically increased cooling power.

This played out in our testing, where we saw temps a few degrees cooler than what we have previously seen with the H100i. Suffice to say that we have no qualms with its cooling ability, which is very much top of class. That said, this cooling power definitely doesn’t come cheap, and you have to pay attention to your choice of case, thanks to the increased thickness of the radiator. It also lacks Corsair Link, which won’t matter to many, but will have some sticking with the H100i. Yet another great closed-loop cooler from Corsair, but one for the high-end user who is fine with paying such a premium price.

Description: Corsair Hydro H105

Corsair Hydro H105


·         Price: $180

·         Compatibility Intel: LGA115x, LGA1366, LGA2011; AMD: AM3(+), AM2(+), FM2(+), FM1

·         Radiator size: 120 x 272.5 x 38 mm

·         Water block size: 90 x 90 x 32 mm

·         Tubing length: 300 mm

·         Fan(s): 2 x SP120L 120mm (PWM), 800~2,700RPM

·         Stated Noise: 37.7 dB(A)

Rating: 5/6

Microsoft Wireless Mobile 3500 Mouse

Over recent months we have seen a lot of different mobile mice flow through the labs, mostly based around bluetooth connections. This mouse, on the other hand, is a little more old school, coming with a dedicated receiver and a very reasonable pricetag. Being a mobile-focused model, it is relatively tiny, but it feels okay in the hand, delivering satisfying, solid clicks and a good clicky scrollwheel action.

The mouse itself is based around Microsoft’s Bluetrack technology, which still stands as one of the best engines out there for tracking on all kinds of surfaces.

It means this mouse doesn’t need a pad, and is ready to go wherever you may be. It comes in a variety of designs, with models suiting all kinds of tastes, and while we see Microsoft’s textured. patterns to be largely gimmicky, they don’t actually detract from experience of using the mouse in any way.

Description: Microsoft Wireless Mobile 3500 Mouse

Microsoft Wireless Mobile 3500 Mouse


·         Price: $20

·         Compatibility: Windows 7, Windows 8

·         Power supplier: 1 x AA Alkaline Battery (packaged)

·         Weight: 89.87g

·         Movement Detection: BlueTrack

·         Movement Resolution: 1000 dpi

·         Number of Total Buttons: 3

·         Scroller Type: Scroll Wheel

·         Ergonomic Fit: Symmetrical

·         Pointing Device Host Interface: USB

Rating: 5/6



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