Happy Friday, TGIF and all that. Yes the weekend is almost here. Coming up I’ve got another phone for review, the Droid Pro, then I’ve got a couple games, and a portable DVD player, but it’s a special one. I won’t tell you right now, you’ll just have to wait for that one. Then I’ve got a USB monitor, but this one is different than the last one I looked at last year. Anyway, let’s take a look at the news from around the world.
Kitguru has reviewed a wide cross section of SSD’s since we opened earlier this year, but today we are looking at something a little different. OCZ have been at the forefront of SSD development, continually pushing the technology into new and exciting performance sectors. Their latest ‘X2? is the second generation RevoDrive set to redefine the performance to value for money ratio.
Read The review here: http://www.kitguru.net/components/ssd-drives/zardon/ocz-revodrive-x2-240gb-review/
QUOTE: "Around Computex we started hearing about SandForce SF-1500 controllers being paired with SAS interfaces. At first we didn’t think these products would live to see the light of day since the SATA versions were already very fast. Well, we were wrong and the first SandForce SF-1500 SAS drive is on my desk right now in engineering sample form.
SMART Modular announced their XceedIOPS with a couple of configurations some time ago, but with a drive on my desk it is clear that this product will come to market. For the most part the XceedIOPS will be an OEM part sold to major server manufacturers, so don’t start digging through Newegg thinking they will list anytime soon. SMART Modular caters to the highest levels of the server market and doesn’t produce a retail line of products."
Iomega eGo 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review
Several technology companies throughout history have been defined by a single product. Microsoft gained worldwide notoriety with Windows 95, Intel’s Pentium processor boosted the company to new heights and many would argue that the iPod saved Apple from an untimely fate. For storage company Iomega, their claim to fame came in 1994 with the Zip drive, a disk-based storage system that filled the capacity gap between floppy disks and the rewritable optical disc that followed a few years later.
Samsung’s Hot, New 470 Series 256GB SSD Burned In:
In some ways, Samsung is a silicon ninja in the solid state drive (SSD) space. Whether you realize it or not, Samsung has been churning out their own SSDs for some time (as well as the actual NAND Flash chips themselves of course), only up until now they’ve come pre-packaged with OEM notebooks or rebadged under another company’s branding. With the introduction of the new 470 series, Samsung is finally selling its own branded SSDs, but that’s not all. Pop the hood and you’ll find the Samsung label through and through, from the memory chips to the custom controller — no Indilinx or SandForce hardware here, folks.
TechwareLabs Review: Patriot Convoy 425XL 4 x 2.5? Drive Enclosure
Quote: Looking to add a lot of storage in a small amount of space? Or perhaps you simply want a super fast Raid array without the associated cost. The Patriot Convoy 425XL is a 5.25” SATA storage enclosure which holds up to four drives in a hot-swappable configuration. Does the convoy deliver? Read our review to find out.
LINK: TechwareLabs Review: Patriot Convoy 425XL 4 x 2.5? Drive Enclosure
Seagate BlackArmor NAS Firmware Update – 4000.1101
Quote: On November 16, 2010 Seagate released firmware updates to their BlackArmor series of network attached storage (NAS) systems. The updates deliver a decent list of changes to their BlackArmor NAS 110, 220, and 400 series, and we decided to take a look at the update as it applies to the BlackArmor NAS 440 12TB unit we reviewed earlier in November.
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TechwareLabs Review: Epson EX7200 Projector
Quote: More than a projector and much less than a bank breaker would define the Epson EX7200 projector. Upon first glance the EX7200 appears very much the typical office/small business projector, but a closer inspection reveals its hidden potential. In reality the EX7200 is a small multimedia powerhouse that works as well for your theater room as it does for your conference room. With a retail price of approximately $649 lets see what this budget projector can accomplish.
LINK: TechwareLabs Review: Epson EX7200 Projector
Logitech Lapdesk N700 USB Speaker Cooler.
With today’s fast paced world, mobile and convenient notebooks gradually replacing their immobile and clumsy desktop cousins, the fidelity and immersion of entertainment offered by full sized speakers are often sacrificed for portability. While enjoying your favourite movie in HD while on the couch, it’s often difficult to miss the warpdrive-like fan spooling up over the distant and artificial sound produced by the "it will do" speakers. While there are plenty of notebook coolers on the market, as well as portable speakers, Logitech’s Lapdesk line attempts to combine the two in a perfect fusion of both convenience and quality. Today, I have the Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700, the alpha dog of the product line, to see how it improves the experience of notebook entertainment. Read on for my full review.
WD’s TV Live Hub media player has a terabyte of network-attached storage and works with just about any media file under the sun. We check one out to see if it’s any good in the living room.
LG Flatron W2340VG 23-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor
Quote: After using the LG Flatron W2340VG 23-inch widescreen LCD monitor for a few weeks, the first word to come to my mind is impressive. Out of the box, the monitor is bright and the colors are deep and rich. Add the glossy and sleek design to all of that, and this monitor would make a perfect addition to anyone’s computer desk.
Antec Notebook Cooler Designer @ Pro-Clockers
Not just one of the top producers of cases and power supplies, Antec has also manufactured a few other products over the years, one of which are laptop coolers. With the abundance of laptops being sold every day, along with the amount of work we do on them, we need a way to keep these things cool.
Evercool Royal NP-901 Notebook Cooler Review @ ASE Labs
Quote: " Build quality is obviously an important thing to take into account when purchasing a product. Even the best performing piece of hardware is useless if it falls to pieces soon after you buy it. Today, ASE Labs has the Evercool Royal Notebook Cooler which is a product designed to survive the rigors of daily use and look good doing it. But how does this cooler fit for a king really hold up? "
This year has been very healthy for the mobile sector with sales of tablets and mobile phones continuing to grow. Laptop sales are also thriving and many people are now able to pick up a well built machine with killer performance without breaking the bank balance.
With this in mind, we are looking at the MSI FX600 laptop, a Windows 7 powered, Intel Core i3 machine with a combination of IntelHD and nVidia graphics with 4GB of DDR3 memory. Best of all, this is currently available as a special offer through Argos for only £499 inc vat. Has Christmas came early? Today we will find out.
Thermaltake USB Powered Mobile Fan 12 Review
Thermaltake comes to us today with an interesting gadget in the Mobile Fan 12. A unique product, the Mobile Fan 12 is a 120mm USB powered fan meant to sit next to your keyboard or mouse and cool your hands off during the long hours of typing or gaming. Today we’ll see just how useful this gadget can be.
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1479/1/
OCIA.net has posted their review of the OtterBox Commuter Series for iPad.
"The latest addition to my mobile tech arsenal is an Apple iPad that I recently won in a Facebook photo contest. Starting at $500 for the entry level model, the iPad certainly warrants some sort of protection against the elements / clumsy hands. Even before my new gadget arrived, I was already considering protection options. A few names instantly popped into mind, one being OtterBox. We have covered several of their mobile phone cases, spanning the likes of Apple, HTC, Blackberry and Palm, but never before have we looked at anything that couldn’t fit inside your pocket."
Direct Link: http://www.ocia.net/reviews/otterboxipad/page1.shtml
Hardware Bistro has just posted latest review on Arctic Cooling Arctic C1 Mobile. Quote: "Today’s mobile phones are drawing more power than ten years ago due to largest screen, greater speed, wireless, Bluetooth, GPS and etc hence most of the internal batteries will not able to last long. To resolve this issue especially for mobility users, an external battery pack is recommended; just like Arctic Cooling Arctic C1 Mobile, a 4400mWh lithium-ion battery pack with solar panel recharging method."
A few weeks ago I reviewed the Rocketfish Hardcover Shell for the HTC Surround. While the shell has been working fine, the glossy finish was beginning to show wear, especially on the back. So I decided to try out the HTC branded hardcover shell case. Like the Rocketfish, the HTC shell has cutouts in all the appropriate places for; buttons, connectors, camera, speakers and microphones. I think HTC did a little better job here, making each cutout very sharp and professional looking. The case itself is made of a material a bit softer and more pliable than the Rocketfish case, which is a harder plastic. As such, the Rocketfish case has tabs in the 4 corners of the front & back shell that grip the phones faces. While the HTC case has what appear to be tabs in the four corners of the back shell, they don’t roll over the edge of the phone as the Rocketfish shell did. And there are no tabs on the front shell; just a smooth friction fit.
Linux Can Deliver A Faster Gaming Experience Than Mac OS X @ Phoronix
Direct Link: http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=15543
Summary: "Earlier this week on Phoronix were new benchmarks of Ubuntu Linux vs. Mac OS X using a new Apple Mac Book Pro with an Intel Core i5 CPU and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor. When looking at the tests results overall it ended up being a competitive race between these two Microsoft Windows competitors. In some areas, like the OpenCL computational performance, Apple’s operating system commanded a sizable lead. In other areas, like the OpenGL graphics performance, Ubuntu Linux backed by NVIDIA’s official but proprietary driver was in control. Here’s an additional set of tests showing the measurable leads of NVIDIA Linux over Mac OS X with Apple’s NVIDIA driver."
10 best high-tech holiday gifts for kids
"Your kids have been at their best behaviors all year long and really deserve cool expensive high tech gadgets as Christmas gifts, right? Maybe not. Regardless, as devoted moms and dads, we forget about all the troubles our little ones cause us and try to get them the very best this holiday season. We strolled through the aisles of Target and Toys ‘R’ us, pages of Amazon, watched all the new cool toy ads on TV, and compiled the below list for you. Our list of the top ten tech gadget gifts has a little something for every kid at every age. High tech toys can be on the expensive side, therefore you may want to team up with grandparents to purchase some of these tech toys."
Link to the guide: http://www.digitaltrends.com/gadgets/10-best-high-tech-holiday-gifts-for-kids/
‘Google Chrome OS: The OS of the future’
Your life in sync. Welcome to 2011
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2010/12/google-chrome-os-the-os-of-the-future/
SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday Guide @ Benchmark Reviews
Mad Catz CoD: Black Ops 5.1 ProGaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
VIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews