10 days until Christmas, wow, can you believe it the year is almost over already! The new year means that CES is right around the corner as well, sadly I won’t be there but I’m sure I’ll have plenty of news from it for you. Speaking of news it’s time for the news from around the world from our friends.
Vantec Nexstar NST-D400S3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock Review @ Tweaknews
Article Url: http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/vantec_nst-d400s3_nexstar_usb_3_dual_hard_drive_dock/
"Vantec has been on a roll lately with their NexStar line of storage products, and their USB 3.0 dual bay HDD dock is no exception. What stands out with this unit is the ability to access two hard drives simultaneously – something that is handy for all types of buyers ranging from the casual home PC user to network admins who need a quick way to access data on a hard drive."
Verbatim Store`n´Go 320 GB
Brief: There are literally thousands of choices out there when buying a pre-configured external hard drive. With many factors to account for, like warranty duration, price, looks, size or performance, the choice is hard. We take a look at the Verbatim Store’n’Go 320GB which is available in loads of different colors, to see if it delivers on all of these aspects.
Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB USB 3.0
Teaser: If you are looking for a fast external storage solution, you should take a look at the WD My Book Essential USB 3.0 and 2 TB Capacity: here in the test at TweakPC.
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 12GB Kits Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
"As DDR3 has evolved the opportunity for manufacturers to create high performance 12GB kits has drawn closer and today one of the major players in this industry, Corsair, have sent us their new DDR3-1600 12GB triple channel kit to test. In fact we have two of these and thanks to a very aggressive price they should be within reach of most consumers building (or upgrading) an X58/i7 based system. Are they worth buying? Let’s find out."
Last month we looked at the Synology DS211, a fantastic performing mainstream unit which easily earned our highest award, and today we are looking at the DS211+ which has just been released today.
Read The review here: http://www.kitguru.net/site-news/highlights2/zardon/synology-diskstation-ds211-review/
OCIA.net has posted their review of the ioSafe SoloPRO 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive.
"IoSafe has targeted those home and small business users who need a sizable amount of backup space, and can’t afford to lose their data to disasters such as fire or flood. Last year Shawn torture-tested their Solo 500GB USB 2.0 product which passed with flying colors. The only complaint he had was the relatively slow USB 2.0 access speeds. For this year IoSafe releases their SoloPRO version offering the same robust fire and flood protection, with higher capacities and new USB 3.0 interface."
Direct Link: http://www.ocia.net/reviews/iosafesp1tb/page1.shtml
Thermaltake BlacX Duet HDD Docking Station
QUOTE: "Over the last couple months we took on the mission of finding the perfect HDD desktop docking station. The first two products we looked at were low cost units that were only limited by the amount of bandwidth our motherboard was able to provide. After that we moved on to the Thermaltake BlacX 5G, another USB 3.0 docking station that included some great accessories, an extra long cable that made moving our test system from under the desk less painful and was also able to deliver amazing performance. Now that we’ve seen the best USB 3.0 has to offer, a new docking station has taken over our test bench. The Thermaltake BlacX Duet forgoes USB 3.0 entirely and sticks to a tried and true eSATA / USB 2.0 combination, but that’s not what the duo in Duet is about.
Using eSATA’s port replicator feature, Thermaltake managed to add another HDD dock to their standard USB 2.0 / eSATA docking station. This allows users to quickly add two raw hard drives to their system without cracking open the system’s side panel. If you are a user who would like to swap one drive in and out of the system with ease, then most likely you have more than one drive to swap around. The best thing about the Duet, though, is that it still offers enough bandwidth to run the fastest SATA platter drives at full speed, just like USB 3.0 does."
Performance memory used to be a luxury often associated with the wealthier enthusiast user base. This year however, you are now able to buy extremely fast memory kits without causing too much damage to your bank account.
Today KitGuru is looking at the new G.Skill Ripjaws F3 8GB memory kit (F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH 2x4GB) which is specifically designed for Core i5/i7 systems, running at 1600mhz with tight CL7 latencies. If you want a high level of futureproofing then an 8GB kit is certainly a step in the right direction.
Hardware Bistro has just posted latest review on Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0.
Quote: "Kingston, a leading memory vendor has just announced their first USB 3.0 flash drive almost a year later than the world first USB 3.0 flash drive in Nov 2009. This is understandable as it takes time for the market to accept and acknowledge all the new technologies before they go into mass production with much affordable price. Today let us have a deep dive on Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 flash drive."
Quick Review: Corsair Vengeance Series PC3-12800 12GB Kit
QUOTE: "While we see a fair bit of memory from Corsair, something we haven’t seen in a while is a new series from the company with most kits being part of the high end Dominator line-up. Recently we checked out a new addition to the XMS line, but today we’re checking out a kit from the newly launched Vengeance series.
While the Vengeance series is designed with overclockers in mind, they say the added bonus of a lower price tag leaves room in your system build budget for other items. In the technical department, though, the key point to the series is the lower voltage requirement. While most kits carry a need for 1.65v, the Vengeance line up which currently consists of seven kits requires only 1.5v."
Icy Dock (Cremax) MB668U3-1SB USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure Review on Technic3D
Quote: "The Icy Dock MB668U3-1SB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure arrived Technic3D. We will check the MB668U3-1SB Storage enclosure with connectivity Speed USB 3.0 -1 Channel – SATA-300 – 300 MBps – SuperSpeed USB- and a Intel 2,5" X-25M 80GB SSD. More in the following Review."
Corsair F40 40GB SSD Review @ [OC]ModShop
The need for throughput speed has brought us to the next paradigm shift in data access: the Solid State Drive, or SSD. If you’re any type of PC enthusiast then you know that SSDs use fast NAND flash chips to store and retrieve data, which have significantly higher throughput rates and lower access times than even the fastest of magnetic hard drives. These drives are starting to become cheap enough that they’re within reach of the average consumer, and every computing enthusiast should have at least one.
The competition has become very fierce in the SSD market, and Corsair (known for their outstanding computer memory products), has introduced their Force Series of Solid State Drives. These drives use fast Intel flash memory, and the highly-praised SandForce controller chip to delegate the digital bits. Corsair sent over a pair of their F40 drives, which have a capacity of 40 Gigabytes each for us to put through the test lab.
Review URL :: http://www.ocmodshop.com/ocmodshop.aspx?a=1810
SandForce Quietly Releases Perfomance Improving Firmware For New SSDs – Great News For The Consumer!
DESCRIPTION: SandForce has released a new firmware update to client level manufacturers that significantly improves the performance of ’SandForce Driven’ drives. As far as we can tell, the firmware is only available in new SSD purchases and we haven’t see the same firmware available to present owners of SSDs using SandForce technology.
Kingston HyperX H2O 6GB 2000MHz DDR3 Triple Channel Memory Kit Review
Remember when 2GB memory kits were considered the optimal choice for any dual channel computer? Now, thanks to 64-bit operating systems, 4GB dual channel and 6GB triple channel memory kits are the ideal minimum configuration. Designing more attractive memory modules help motivate consumers and enthusiasts to pick them over others. The HyperX team at Kingston have taken another bold step forward by introducing the HyperX H2O series dual and triple channel memory kits. Is the H2O cool, or does it just look cool?
REVIEWED! – Corsair F90 Force Series 90GB SSD Review @ TheSSD Review
DESCRIPTION: It was just a few days back that Corsair announced the news of their upcoming release of the F90 and F180 solid state drives, both member of their Force Series of SSDs with capacities of 90 and 180GB respectively. We found a very interesting bit of information in this release that seems to run along the same course of many of our SSD reviews of late and it is news that should be very exciting to the consumer.
The 4k random write thoroughput of the F90 and F180 has now been increased to a thoroughput of up to 50,000 which now matches that of enterprise-level SSDs and this is done through a recent release of SandForce firmware only available in new drives. In fact, we can even say that this firmware equals and sometimes surpasses that of the SF-1500 drive and a little known fact is that the SF-1200 and SF1500 are actually identical processors in hardware composition.
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Psyko 5.1 PC Gaming Headset Review at Overclockers Online
Quote: The Psyko 5.1 Headset sets its sights for FPS gamers and nails a bull’s eye. Psyko Audio took a new approach to 5.1 audio and nail it as they offer the best positional audio I have heard in a 5.1 headset. The Psyko 5.1?s are bulky but are balanced well so neck fatigue is minimized and vented ear cups help with long gaming sessions or keeping aware of your surroundings.
Veebeam HD Wireless Stream to your TV Review @MissingRemote.com
DESCRIPTION: In the past year, we’ve seen a number of different wireless streaming devices intended to help bridge the gap between the distance between users and the television. Unlike recent products like the Boxee Box and GoogleTV, which are intended to connect directly to your television full-time, wireless USB streaming devices such as the Veebeam HD try a different route opting to leverage your existing computer from anywhere in the room to stream content to the big screen. This is a great product in theory but can it mesh with how users currently use and expect their home theater PCs to behave?
ARTICLE URL: http://www.missingremote.com/review/veebeam-hd-wireless-hdmi-your-pc-tv
Apple iOS 4.2 Review: Refinement and Enablement:
As far as iOS releases go, this is just about as big as they come. Not since the iPhone OS revision that introduced Apple’s App Store to the original iPhone has there been a buzz surrounding one of Apple’s iOS releases, and for good reason. Much in the same way that Android 2.2 had significant impact on the path of Android’s future, iOS 4.2 will surely dictate some of iOS’ future. iOS 4.2 is significant in that it’s the first major operating system update for the iPad, which was released in March. It’s also timely. iOS4.2 is brings true, native multi-tasking to the iPad just in time for the holidays.
‘HTC Desire Z Smartphone Review’
The HTC Desire gets a keyboard.
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2010/12/htc-desire-z-smartphone-review/
Arctic Power Charger Plus review
Arctic Cooling offers several battery and battery charger solutions and in this review I’m taking a closer look at the Arctic Power Charger Plus. This device is described as a battery quick charger and the package also includes four AA batteries. The product ships in one of those typical plastic blister packages, it includes the charger, interchangeable tips for abroad and four rechargeable AA batteries.
Samsung Omnia 7: Galaxy S in a Windows Suit @ InsideHW
After the first impressions obtained (and put to words on our website) not so long ago, now, after almost a month, we’re allowed to officially present to you one of the first Windows Phone 7 smartphones. The hardware part of the device hasn’t changed one bit, but subtle changes in the operating systems are evident compared to the version that we saw before. A very elegant casing made of plastic and light alloys gives a positive impression of the overall production quality. Without unnecessary details, and a simplistic design, mostly due to its cubical shape, it’s perfectly fit for any situation…
Article link: http://www.insidehw.com/Reviews/Gadgets/Samsung-Omnia-7-Galaxy-S-in-a-Windows-Suit.html
‘A geek’s view of The Social Network’
Why Aaron Sorkin does not get geeks or the Internet.
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2010/12/a-geek%e2%80%99s-view-of-the-social-network/
‘Win a Norton Internet Security 2011 solution’
Thanks to Symantec, we giving away their latest Norton web protection software.
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2010/12/win-a-norton-internet-security-2011-solution/
Pro Football Pick ‘Em Week 15 – Win a Thermaltake BlacX 5G Drive Dock
Quote: Are you ready for some football? The Pro Football Pick ‘Em contest for NFL week fifteen has a new Thermaltake BlacX 5G USB 3.0 hard drive docking station up for grabs.
‘Win a LG E2350 LCD monitor’
Thanks to LG, we have one 23" LCD monitor up for grabs.
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2010/12/win-a-lg-e2350-lcd-monitor/
‘Win a Case-mate Fuel Lite for the iPhone 4’
Thanks to case-mate, we have one of their battery extender pack to give away.
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2010/12/win-a-case-mate-fuel-lite-for-the-iphone-4/
‘Win a AERIAL7 Phoenix Chino headphones’
Thanks to AERIAL7, we have one of their mid-sized DJ-friendly headphones available.
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2010/12/win-a-aerial7-phoenix-chino-headphones/
HP Photosmart Premium C309G All-in-One Printer Review
Summary: Review of the HP Photosmart Premium C309g, and all-in-one ink jet printer featuring wireless networking.
Maingear Shift Review
"How do you tell a desktop built by an enthusiast from one pieced together at a boutique shop? Typically, if you strip away a handful of case stickers, the answer is: "You can’t." While big names like Alienware and HP’s Voodoo arm can custom-order parts to spec, many smaller outfits are still left cobbling together gaming PCs with the same basic parts available to the end user. The Shift represents an end to that limitation at Maingear, introducing the first chassis totally unique to the company, which owns the design and even the tooling for it."
Link to the review: http://www.digitaltrends.com/desktop-computer-reviews/maingear-shift-review/
SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
Lian Li PC-V1020R Full Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews