How to build your own NAS box

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While there’s a wide range of NAS products available to help you quickly and easily add a NAS to your network there is another way.

Gaming laptop review: MLN Venom BlackBook 15

Gaming laptop review: MLN Venom BlackBook 15

  Price: $1799  |  Website: www.mln.com.au If you had the chance how would you go about designing a gaming laptop? If the answer is ‘inexpensive powerful and with low-key looks’ then you’re thinking along roughly the same lines as Australian retailer MLN which is exactly what it’s aiming for with its Venom BlackBook range. This…

Travelling with your iPhone

Travelling with your iPhone

First things first. You’ll need to sort out your mobile data for use overseas. Given the exorbitantly high cost of global data roaming this isn’t a feasible option for regular use. You have two options: you can take your existing micro-SIM out of your iPhone and replace it with a local prepaid SIM in your…

Like DIY? SilverStone SG07 review

Like DIY? SilverStone SG07 review

The SilverStone SG07 is the SFF for the DIY crowd — SilverStone has only included the case and PSU for the price. You’ll need to buy your own mini-ITX motherboard an easy enough task. The tricky bit will be figuring out which CPU heatsink/fan combo to use as there’s extremely limited space inside. Thankfully SilverStone…

A classic template: Shuttle SZ68R5 review

A classic template: Shuttle SZ68R5 review

It’s amazing how little has changed between Shuttle’s latest barebones SFF chassis and its debut model 10 years ago. Sharing the same shoebox size with a very similar layout only the motherboard power supply and cooling has changed. Gone is the old Socket 370 motherboard replaced by a custom-built board powered by the Intel Z68…

Pint-size powerhouses: small form factor PCs (SFFs) explained

Pint-size powerhouses: small form factor PCs (SFFs) explained

Small form factor PCs are basically the computing equivalent of a TARDIS — tiny on the outside with an amazing amount of hardware on the inside. We’ve seen SFF PCs with quad-GPU solutions paired up to high-end overclocked CPUs all tamed by miniature water cooling kits in a case the size of a shoebox. It’s…