Hello, it’s time for the news once again.. let’s just get into it without any small talk…
Quick Review: G.Skill Ripjaws Series PC3-16000 8GB Kit
QUOTE: "Today we’re looking at another kit of RAM from G.Skill and this one doesn’t carry the new "X" tag at the end of the "Ripjaws" name, which means it isn’t quite as hard core as the previous 2133MHz DDR kit we looked at. Instead, this kit carries with it a 2000MHz DDR clock, but is twice as large with the two modules coming in at 4GB each.
This isn’t the first time we’ve looked at a 2000MHz DDR kit on our new P67 platform; we recently looked at an OCZ kit and while the kit is indeed good, the divider options on the P67 mean that 2000MHz DDR can’t be set without the BCLK moving. Of course, the P67 has also brought with it very limited adjustment when it comes to the BCLK, which on a whole has made overclocking a little different for most."
Crucial Ballistix 4GB DDR3-1866 BL2KIT25664FN1869 Review at Overclockers Online
Quote: Out of the box the Ballistix BL2KIT25664FN1869 kit offers great performance that should satisfy just about anyone. If this isn’t enough these Ballistix sticks offer a decent overclock while keeping the stock timings. Crucial has also put thermal sensors in these sticks so that you can monitor the temperatures with their Ballistix MOD Utility should you really want to push the limits.
Thermaltake Max 5G USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Quote: “External hard drive enclosures have been around for quite a long time, I can always remember having one around to use as a backup or storage drive. With USB 3.0 becoming pretty much standard on all new motherboards new enclosures like Thermaltake’s Max 5G take advantage of the super fast speeds on USB 3.0. This new enclosure from Thermaltake features a super fast USB 3.0 connection, dual 80mm active cooling LED fans and support for SATA I, II and 6GB/s drives up to 2TB. Let’s take a look…"
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 @ PureOverclock
Review URL: http://www.pureoverclock.com/article1216.html
“The Corsair Vengeance DDR3 series comes in Dual and Triple Channel configurations, ranging from 4GB to 16GB kits, and are currently available in 1600MHz and 1866MHz speeds. Today we’re looking at an 8GB kit running at 1600MHz in that’s geared toward the new Sandy Bridge platform.”
Over the last year KitGuru has reviewed many NAS systems and we have been impressed so far with the entire range from Synology. So much so in fact that we have ended up with several of their products powering our business network. Today we are looking at the new RackStation RS411 which is targeted at business workgroups with dual LAN failover and link aggregation support.
QUOTE: "Companies are starting to come out of the wood work with USB 3.0 storage products, many of which were released at CES 2011. We’ve been testing USB 3.0 portable storage enclosures since November 2009 when we hosted the very first USB 3.0 product review online. Since then we’ve seen large and small devices, but the trend is leading to smaller and more compact storage that mates us to the 5G USB 3.0 protocol.
In an effort to continue the progression of smaller, faster storage products, Patriot Memory has sourced the world’s first native USB 3.0 to flash controller. By eliminating a bridge chip the new Patriot Supersonic is smaller than any other USB 3.0 thumb drive we’ve tested and offers less latency as well. Patriot claims the new Supersonic is able to achieve read speeds of up to 100MB/s and write speeds of up to 70MB/s. These numbers are much lower than the high end SSD based storage enclosures we’ve reviewed like the OCZ Technology Enyo, but the Supersonic is also much smaller and can be had at a much lower price point."
TechwareLabs Review: OCZ RevoDrive 50GB SSD
Quote: Ever think that SSD’s are too slow? OCZ has something for the data speed junkie in all of us. Their new SSD blows all the others out of the water and looks like nothing you’ve seen before. Will all this raw performance cost you an arm and leg, or will the average Joe be able to afford it? Read on to find out!
LINK: TechwareLabs Review: OCZ RevoDrive 50GB SSD
Blu Ray writers are finally starting to come down in price and today we are reviewing the Plextor PX-B940SA drive. Plextor have been producing some of the finest drives on the market for the last decade and their optic quality has always been a primary selling point.
With HD-DVD resigned to the annals of history, BluRay as a platform is dominating the market.
Over the last few years Plextor have produced many great players. The PX-B940SA we are reviewing today is their first 12x BluRay drive. The technology in this unit is based around the Pioneer BDR-205 drive, but the PX-B940SA is capable of 12x BD-R, 12x BD-r DL and 2x BD-RE writing speeds with a maximum BD-ROM speed of 8x.
Patriot Division 2 Viper Xtreme PC3 15000 Memory Review @ Ninjalane
Quote: As a general rule of thumb you will see a significant performance increase whenever you can run your memory clock above the default 13.33x multiplier setting and that is what you will get from these modules. While the Patriot Division 2 Viper Xtreme modules may not have the best timings their overall performance is perfect for gaming and general purpose computing.
Intel 310 Series 80GB mSATA SSD Review:
As tablets, portable media players, and even ultra-thin notebooks keep shrinking in size, so too will the components they’re built around. This is where Intel’s new 310 Series SSDs come into play. The 310 Series utilize the same 34nm NAND flash memory technology and controller found on the chip maker’s 2.5-inch SSDs, but in a form factor just 1/8th the size. We’re talking a scant 2 inches (51mm) long by 1.18 (30mm) wide and flatter than a pancake. And the best part, says Intel, is that despite its diminutive stature, you can expect performance similar to that of the company’s popular X25-M 34nm SSD…
OCIA.net has posted their review of the OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCIe Solid State Drive. .
"The RevoDrive X2 is essentially an original RevoDrive with a daughter card piggybacked on top. This daughter card adds two additional SandForce controllers and room for more memory chips, bringing the total controller count to four. A RAID0 configuration manages the four controllers and memory chips, resulting in what OCZ proclaims is a blazing fast PCIe SSD solution. We were pretty impressed with the original RevoDrive and can only wonder if the follow-up product is equally as impressive."
Direct Link: http://www.ocia.net/reviews/revodrivex2/page1.shtml
Audio / Video:
Compro Videomate U680F Review @ XSReviews
Review Link: http://www.xsreviews.co.uk/reviews/other-products/compro-videomate-u680f/
Quote: "While mobile phones are certainly the gadget of choice that is seeing ever increasing numbers of features shoved into them, PCs have in-fact had this done to them for the last couple of decades. One thing that some people like to do is add TV watching functionality. If you don’t want to do it with a PCI card of some kind, Compro are offering a USB friendly solution. Enter the Videomate U680F complete with remote and 1080i support. "
LG Optimus 3D Vs. Samsung Galaxy S II
"We’re two months into 2011 and the number of competing high-end smartphone continues to grow. At the Mobile World Congress, both LG and Samsung showed off their upcoming flagship Android handsets: the LG Optimus 3D and the Samsung Galaxy S II. Samsung has chosen to pack its handset with the latest version of Android and beefy stats, while LG has chosen the more experimental path of glasses-free 3D. But which one comes out on top when the numbers are crunched? Find out below!"
Link to the article: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/lg-optimus-3d-vs-samsung-galaxy-s-ii/
Overclock3D have just published a new article titled: Arctic Sound S361 2.1 Speaker Set Review.
Quote: Tired of tiny speakers? Sick of the family crowding round the monitor or sharing headphones? Arctic have your problem solved.
Sony Ericsson LiveView Micro Display Review
Quote: Our phones have become indispensible, they’re a huge part of our lives, they go with us everywhere, and they’ve become much more than just phones. Sony has decided to make them even more useful with the addition of a second screen called the LiveView that works with most any Android phone. The LiveView is a 1.3” Color OLED screen that has a ton of uses like checking your email, reading text messages, and checking Twitter and Facebook updates. The LiveView can be clipped most anywhere or worn as a watch. It can allow you to control your phone from a distance with the many plug-ins available for it like controlling your media player or even dialing your phone. It’s a very unique and rather useful little device.
ASUS N73: One Step Closer to Perfection @ InsideHW
ASUS has definitely decided to change their image as fast as possible and catch up with the more popular brands in terms of notebook computers. Several years back, their mobile department was all but disregarded, but things changed over time, and their notebook profits have risen on a quarterly basis. The fact that they have given notebook PCs their full attention led them from churning out average models to certain series being prestigious even when compared to their competitors. Besides, ASUS has seriously undertaken the task of separating user classes, which usually provides them with a hit in every category – from the K series which covers the widest spectrum of “ordinary” users and those who are “unsure” what specifications they really need, to the N and G series which are a story on their own. The models from the G (Gaming) series are a fantastic alternative to brands such as Alienware, offering similar or better performance at a significantly lower price point. On the other hand, the N series, the representative of which we’re reviewing this time, aspires to be the best multimedia notebook in its class – and we have to admit that it’s off to a good start!…
Everything USB is pleased to announce our latest review on SmartFish Whirl Mini Notebook Mouse.
Not all that long ago I had the pleasure of using SmartFish’s first ever mouse: the Whirl. Today I am going to look at the just released Whirl Mini. This itty-bitty mouse share a lot of the same basic feature of its bigger brother, like being a laser wireless mouse and most importantly the "ergomotion" design; but unlike the Whirl the Whirl Mini has been designed to be more notebook friendly. In other words, the Whirl is still for main computer users and the new Whirl Mini is for people on the go who need portability and yet don’t want to deal with carpal tunnel even if they are "road warriors"! Now read on for my full review.
iHome iP90 Dual Alarm Clock Radio for iPhone/iPod with AM/FM Reception Review
The iP90 from iHome comes with an easy adjustable dock to fit our Ipod or Iphone, features dual alarms, EQ, a 3D sound setting, top buttons for different adjustments with backlight and more; the bass is more powerful than the iP49, but it is not as compact as the former.
OvisLink AirLive X.USB 11a/b/g/n 300Mbps Dual Band USB Adapter Review
The AirLive X.USB Dual Band USB Adapter from OvisLink is an interesting looking product, with two external antennas, to provide more coverage compared to most USB adapters on the market, that feature internal antennas.
Archos 101 Internet Tablet (Android) Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
"One company who are known for their quality mobile devices are Archos and a couple of months back they announced their own up to date range of Android tablets, the 70 and 101. These devices are based on Android 2.2 (currently) and aim to provide a better quality of product than the cheaper tablets while aiming to get close to the performance of the Tab. Today we are looking at the 101 to find out if it offers an acceptable level of quality, performance and features for those who don’t see the Tab (or Xoom) as value for money."
BlackBerry Style 9670 Review
"BlackBerry and style go together something like Razor scooters and cool, which is to say, they don’t. RIM may have perfected a straight-laced design that goes well with two-piece suits, polos and khakis, but originality, fashion and style are not words typically associated with the brand. The company attempts to break that mold with the purposefully named Style, a BlackBerry that discards business aspirations for a dress-down design destined for denim. But can the brand that started as a status symbol for the corporate elite ever be cool? Let’s find out."
Link to the review: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/blackberry-style-9670-review/
Don’t Get Verizon’s iPhone 4: Here’s Why
Well, it’s finally here. The Verizon iPhone 4 went on sale yesterday and broke the company’s first day sales records for a single device. I’ve been with Verizon, my one and only cell phone carrier, for a few years now and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t desire the iPhone at some point. In my case, it’s too little, too late. I’m more than happy with my Droid Incredible. It may not have the 400,000+ apps that iOS does, but I’ve found my fair share of Android apps. If you haven’t purchased your Verizon iPhone yet, it means you’re still on the fence. So let me give you a few reasons to climb down and stick with whatever phone you’re currently using.
Direct Link: http://www.megatechnews.com/dont-get-verizons-iphone-4-heres-why/
Intel Graphics On Linux Still Behind Windows @ Phoronix
Direct Link: http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=15690
Summary: "Now that I finally have Sandy Bridge graphics working under Linux, thanks to another H67 motherboard and Core i5 2500K processor from Intel that don’t exhibit the earlier problems, there’s many Linux benchmarks available. Overall the Core i5 2500K graphics under Linux with the latest kernel / DDX / Mesa are fast, for being Intel integrated graphics and much improved over their previous generations of hardware. But how do these first-cut Intel Linux Sandy Bridge drivers compare to the drivers of the same age under Windows? In this article are benchmarks comparing the Intel Core i5 2500K graphics performance under Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 and Ubuntu 10.10."
‘Security threats revealed: FaceBook and MMOs’
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/02/security-threats-revealed-facebook-and-mmos/
SAPPHIRE Edge Mini PC
Today Sapphire launched their first system, the Edge Mini PC, featuring the Intel Atom D510 processor and NVIDIA NG-ION graphics. Let’s see what this tiny system has to offer.
The best of Toy Fair 2011
"Not all high-tech these days is serious. This week is the annual Toy Fair at the Javits Center in New York, where toy companies from around the world show off the coolest high-tech toys you’ve never seen. Here’s some of the somewhat frivolous – but far more fun – technology we found on, and above, the show floor."
Link to the article: http://www.digitaltrends.com/gadgets/the-best-of-toy-fair-2011/
InsideHW.com has reviewed Top 11 Facebook Apps.
Facebook’s basic idea is rather confusing for new social network users. Is that a place to communicate with your friends and family, a place to promote yourself and your company, a place to link to funny and interesting websites that you’ve found on the internet, or a place to “kill” some time by playing one of the available games with your friends? In short, Facebook is all of this and more. With over half a billion virtual “neighbours”, it’s clear that this is the biggest online community. The interesting fact, however, that sets Facebook apart from all other social networks, is the sheer number of available applications. While the simple user interface has attracted users worldwide, the simple API (Application Programming Interface) has attracted independent programmers and development teams to create Facebook applications. Owing to Facebook’s rapid expansion, this social network now contains around 600,000 applications…
Article link: http://www.insidehw.com/Software/Internet/Facebook-Eleven-Popular-Applications.html
Winner – GTX 460 card plus Saitek Yoke and Pedals
10x Runners Up –Cryo USB 2GB flash drives
Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC @ PureOverclock
Review URL: http://www.pureoverclock.com/article1215.html
“Housing an entire system in what is the smallest package we’ve ever seen, the Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC appears to be a very capable little machine for consumers on a tight budget that don’t have need of the cost or horsepower of a full-sized desktop system. But does smaller mean less, or do good things really come in small packages? Let’s find out.”
Why You Should (and Shouldn’t) Bother with Ubuntu
I want to put forth a question I was asked a few months ago. A friend of mine managed to once again impress me with a new and interesting way to break Microsoft Windows. After a brief discussion, I gave my friend two choices: 1) He could leave his laptop with me for a day or two so I can attempt to repair Window XP. 2) He could give me 30 minutes to replace Windows XP with Ubuntu 10.10.
ThinkComputers & NZXT Giveaway! @ ThinkComputers.org
Quote: “We have teamed up with our friends over at NZXT to bring you, our readers another great Giveaway! NZXT is a company built upon gamer’s dreams, hopes to create products that put consumers first. With the objective of designing unique products catered for hardware enthusiasts and gamers, NZXT has grown into a globally renowned brand recognized for dedication towards creating the next great gaming product. NZXT has won numerous awards from media and publications from across the globe with a product line spanning from gaming chassis, power, and gaming input devices. As a corporation formed by gamers , NZXT continues to expand into new horizons and push the limits further with each product unveiling. NZXT has supplied us with one of their new cases the Phantom and their Sentry LXE fan controller unit to give away to you!
VisionTek Killer HD5770 Combo Card @ Benchmark Reviews
igmatek Achilles Plus SD1484 Heatsink @ Benchmark Reviews
ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews