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Project CARS 3 PC/VR review

Slightly Mad Games, fresh from their sale to Codemasters, bring us the third entry in the Project CARS motor racing franchise.

As Project CARS 3 loaded, I got the same feeling wash over me as I do with most annually iterative sports game. I knew Project CARS 3 would be different to its predecessor, but just how different? And would those differences warrant the purchase of the latest game, especially if players have invested in the DLC for the previous game? Continue reading Project CARS 3 PC/VR review

PNY launches XLR8 Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs

PNY have announced their XLR8 Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards.

Overnight Nvidia revealed their new line up of second-generation RTX graphics cards. Powered by 7-nanometre Ampere technology, these new GPUs will be powering the next-generation of PC games. Continue reading PNY launches XLR8 Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs

D-Link EXO Smart AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 Router DIR-X1560 review

D-Link continues its foray into the Wi-Fi 6 router space with their EXO Smart AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 router.

If I had a dollar for every new router that crossed my desk boasting “the fastest Wi-Fi speeds yet” I’d have, well, a fair few dollars. The difference with a Wi-Fi 6 like the DIR-X1560 router is that it is, actually, a next-gen Wi-Fi device. Continue reading D-Link EXO Smart AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 Router DIR-X1560 review

EA Sports UFC 4 Xbox One review

EA Sports’ biennial UFC entry, UFC 4, starts this new season of EA Sports games.

This forth entry in EA’s brutal mixed martial arts UFC licenced franchise is more about refining the gameplay than offering anything new. In fact, UFC 4 streamlines the game, removing the Ultimate Team mode that didn’t make much sense in the game, anyway. Continue reading EA Sports UFC 4 Xbox One review

PGA Tour 2K21 PS4 review

2K cements its PGA Tour golf licencing deal and adds PGA Tour Golf 2K21 to the 2K line-up of sports sims.

If you’ve played a golf game in the last decade, you are going to be very familiar with PGA Tour 2K21. Continue reading PGA Tour 2K21 PS4 review

Epos Sennheiser Adapt 560 BT ANC enterprise headset review

Epos, manufactures of audio solutions for business and gaming, held their business audio launch remotely via Microsoft Teams. Putting their money where their mouth is, they supplied one of their Adapt 560 headsets for me to use for the launch. Continue reading Epos Sennheiser Adapt 560 BT ANC enterprise headset review

Western Digital WD_Black P50 Game Drive revisited

A while ago I checked out a WD_Black P50 Game Drive portable SSD. Whilst the mooted top speed according to the box was 2000MB/s, in my tests I got nowhere near that speed. Continue reading Western Digital WD_Black P50 Game Drive revisited

Western Digital introduces their new My Passport SSD

Western Digital has launched their new range of My Passport SSD portable data storage drives. During a live virtual event Simon Whitford, Senior Sales Manager Western Digital ANZ, introduced the new range of devices. Aimed at business user, casual users and content creators, the new Western Digital device allows fast access to data from a light and compact portable solid-state drive.

The My Passport SSD is considerably smaller and lighter than other portable external storage devices, measuring only 9mm x 55mm x 100mm. The palm-sized drive has been designed with soft rounded edges and fits nicely in your bag or pocket.

It’s a far cry from the bulky external drives of old. This new drive features fast and on-chip NVMe SSD technology, moving away from the traditional 2.5” hard drive form factor that has dictated enclosure sizes for years.

Western Digital introduces their new My Passport SSD

The stylish-looking, sleek enclosure has a metal top and a plastic underside. It is, apparently, shock proof as well as drop proof up to 1.98m. But it doesn’t really feel that robust. I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to stand on it or to drop it on a concrete floor.

The WD My Passport SSD comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities and four colours: grey, blue, red and gold. The pack includes cable for both USB Type-A and the newer USB Type-C sockets. The USB 3.2 Gen 2 SSD also works with USB 3.0 and 2.0 devices, for maximum compatibility.

The drive is pre-formatted to the exFAT file system for PC and Mac compatibility. It can be re-formatted and partitioned, as required, for use with other operating systems and file systems.  A copy of WD Discovery, is pre-loaded on the drive, for Windows and MacOS. As well as monitoring portable drives, the application provides access to further utilities for drive configuration, backups, 256-bit AES hardware encryption and password protection.

Western Digital introduces their new My Passport SSD

The packaging boasts speed of up to 1050MB/s and, with a USB 3.2 Gen 2 compatible device, these speeds are most defiantly achievable. I tested the drive using CrystalDiskMark 7. The 1TB My Passport SSD Western Digital sent to me for review achieved 1063.83 MB/s read speeds and 1018.99 MB/s write speeds.

This is a fantastic and uncompromising data transfer speed. Users can keep their valuable data with them, yet still access and work on it as if it was stored on an internal hard drive. Content creators will have no trouble editing material directly from the drive.

The My Passport SSD is a fast, stylish portable data storage solution. It’s not really that much bigger than a memory stick, but some six times faster and with a much larger storage capacity for our ever-increasing data sizes. Be it for personal back-ups, business data or storage for content creation, the SSD will save you time with the fast transfer speeds. The My Passport SSD will be available from 30th September in grey with the other colours available later this year.