If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably been fascinated with thermal images from the first time you saw your favorite Austrian born actor battling a fictional extraterrestrial trophy hunter in a Guatemalan jungle. Ten points to you if you correctly guessed the name of the 1987 science fiction thriller poorly described above. Outside of some action-packed theatrics, thermal imaging is very real and has an unbelievable amount of uses in the real world. From search and rescue to aviation to preventative maintenance, FLIR has been on the forefront of thermal imaging industry-wide for more than half a century.
When you start building your own computer, be it entry-level or enthusiast level, you need a screwdriver. While your average screwdriver can do the job, there is something special about this one that makes it a must have for any system builder. One of the problems you sometimes encounter while working inside of a computer case can be the ability to see what you are working on. There have been times where I have had to hold a screwdriver in the one hand, and a flashlight in the other. That poses a risk of damaging parts of your computer. With the Craftsman LED Lighted Ratcheting Screwdriver, you can avoid just that! Worried about screws falling off the screwdriver and inside of the computer or poking the wrong parts, this tool will really come in handy.
I am sure many of you that frequent friends and family members PC station, the first thing you hear when the PC fails to boot is “I think the power supply is dead”. This may or may not be the case but in order to confirm this is to give the PSU a quick test to see if all the rails are working properly. Several companies have sent their version of this particular type of product to our lab. Today, we will be taking a look at the latest Dr Power II from Thermaltake. The Dr Power II has an over-sized display and able to measure idle rails voltage with pretty good accuracy
Last week we reviewed a device that should be in the toolbox of every computer repairman, network tech and enthusiast: the Vantec universal adapter. Truly a bit of hardware to make life much easier. Today, we will be reviewing another product in the same class. Let me introduce you to the PS228 from Coolmax. It has a nice blue backlit LCD listing all the voltage readings for connections on a computer power supply. Furthermore, it sounds an alarm to let you know if anything is wrong.