The following guide should help beginners to choose the right PC monitor. The most important metrics will be explained as briefly and simple as possible. I am not going to provide specific recommendations, but rather give general guidelines. Here’s my 10-point checklist.
The situation is as follows: I have two computers on my desk and use them alternately, sometimes even in parallel. Obviously, I do not also want two monitors, two keyboards and two mice on the desk and therefore, I always need to switch the peripherals.
This is a brief review of the Cherry Strait Exclusive corded keyboard. It is a premium limited edition of the standard version with a real wood veneer cover. There are 3 versions: Makkassar (Ebony), Walnut and Vavona.
With a steep MSRP of 199€, I couldn’t believe it when I found this stylish keyboard for as little as 35€ on Amazon, brand new of course. I simply couldn’t resist and gave it a try.
This is quick review of the Cherry KC 1000, a slim USB keyboard which is available in black or white.
A quick review of the Cherry KC 4000 keyboard.
The Cryorig M9I is a tower CPU cooler which is compatible with most Intel Core processors (LGA 1150, LGA 1151, LGA 1155, LGA 1156). It comes with a 92mm fan and handles up to 120W of thermal design power (TDP).
Mini-ITX is one of the smallest standard mainboard formats and thus perfect to build a compact computer.
I decided to give my – admittedly outdated – computer hardware a new home. Since I already had a mini-ITX mainboard, I was looking for a suitable computer chassis replacement. My requirements for the new case include:
- flawless build quality, high-grade materials only (no plastic)
- as compact as possible
- must accomodate standard-sized components (including a dual-slot PCI-Express graphics gard and ATX PSU)
- pleasant design (since it will sit on my desk)
There are many options to choose from, but only few could satisfy my demands. In the end I opted for the UMX1 from Jonsbo (Cooltek), which is a perfect compromize between flexibility and size. With a footprint of just 30 x 16cm, it doesn’t take too much space on my desk.
As already mentioned, I basically kept my old hardware and put it into the new case, except for the power supply. Due to the very limited space in the case, I decided to replace the old power supply (Cougar A450) by a fully modular PSU, the Coolermaster V550. It offers 550W of max. output power, is certified with the 80plus Gold award (92% effeciency) and only measures 14 x 15 x 8,6cm.
Unfortunately, my watercooling solution for the CPU didn’t really fit into the new case, so I replaced it by the M9I tower cooler from Cryorig.
Besides that, I also added an additional SSD to provide more disk space for games. The Samsung EVO 850 is currently a killer product: For just 80€, you get a high-performance solid state disk with 250 GB of memory!
Enough said, here are some pictures of my setup:
Jonsbo – a division of Cooltek – has a very good reputation when it comes to high quality computer chasis. The UMX1 Plus is one of those fine computer cases: It can accomodate a mini-ITX mainboard, a full-sized ATX power supply, graphics cards up to 27cm in length and even bulky CPU coolers up to 13cm height! Despite this flexibility, it is one of the smallest computer cases on the market, measuring just 35 x 16 x 30 cm! It is available in black and silver, with or without a window side panel.
Looking 10 years back, a ‘desktop’ computer was not really made to be place onto a desk. Of course there have been many attempts to make a desktop computer smaller, but none of them pushed it as far in terms of size as Intel did with its NUC series. It’s a truly stunning piece of engineering: A full-featured deskop computer in a box that will fit into the pocket of your jacket (11.5 x 11.5 x 3.5cm).