It’s Wednesday and it’s cold outside, it’s actually snowing really big flakes outside of my window. I thought it was supposed to be getting warm by now?! Once it gets warm though we’ll have to deal with thunderstorms and the power outages that go with them. I’m prepared now though, I went and got a great deal on a 6000 Watt generator to keep my lights and other things up and running when the power goes out. I’ve been talking about getting one for a long time, and I finally got one, and I’m happy about that. Anyway, here’s the news..
QUOTE: "For years notebook users looking for desktop like performance were forced to purchase notebooks that used desktop components like processors and hard drives. The notebook main board and processor have evolved into components that rival their desktop counterparts, but the 2.5" platter based notebook hard drive has taken more time to reach the same speeds when compared to their desktop equivalent.
When Western Digital announced their new Scorpio Black 750GB and the marketing department advertised it as a notebook drive with desktop performance, I quickly took note. Last year we looked at the Scorpio Blue 750GB, the 5,400 RPM version of the Scorpio Black and came away impressed with the capacity offered, but the speed was only on par with many other 5,400 RPM drives."
OCZ RevoDrive X2 100GB PCI-E Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Quote: “OCZ is no stranger to creating some of the fastest solid state drives available. We know this from our reviews of the original RevoDrive and the Vertex 3 drive. Today OCZ has sent us their X2 version of the RevoDrive, which is to be faster and available in larger capacities. It boasts max speeds of 740MB/s read and 720MB/s write and capacities of up to 960GB. If you are a person that always needs to have some of the fastest components available in your system then the RevoDrive X2 is for you. Let’s see if it will become the fastest solid state drive we have tested to date!"
Patriot G2 Series DDR3 1600MHz (2x2GB) Memory Kit Review
The G2 Series memory modules from Patriot offer decent performance for their price and come with low profile heatspreaders, to allow installation of high performance air coolers. We take a look at the Division 2 Edition memory kit rated at 1600Mhz.
Zalman ZM-HE350 U3 Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Techgage
Quote: Choosing the right CPU, GPU, or even SSD could be considered difficult – but so could simple peripherals, such as an HDD enclosure. These seem to be a dime a dozen, and while many consumer purchases may boil down to aesthetic value, we’ve discovered with Zalman’s ZM-HE350 U3 that not all external enclosures perform alike.
Intel SSD 320 Series 300GB Solid State Drive Review
Intel officially announced the new SSD 320 Series drives yesterday, which feature proprietary Intel SSD processors paired to cutting edge 25nm NAND flash memory. This new family of drives, however, isn’t geared for ultra-high performance. While still fast, the overarching goals with the Intel SSD 320 series were increased reliability and security. In fact, despite being released after the SSD 510 series which we took a look at a few weeks back, these technically newer 320 series drives do not feature support for the faster SATA III interface. The Intel SSD 320 series drives are SATA II only.
Mach Xtreme Technology Nano 60GB MXSSD1MNANO50-60G 1.8-inch 50-Pin PATA SSD Review
The 5mm thin Mach Xtreme Technology 60GB PATA 50-Pin 1,8-inch SSD replaced a Toshiba MK8007GAH 1,8-inch PATA HDD inside of a Toshiba Portege R400 notebook.
iStorage diskGenie 128GB SSD Review @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk
Briefing: For those that want speed and security from their hard drive, a solid state drive is your best option. The diskGenie 128gb is the mid ranged option out of iStorage’s current range. They also sell a 30gb, 64gb, 240gb and 256gb; all of are priced differently at £140, £209, £689 and £919, respectively. iStorage claim that the diskGenie SSD is the world’s most secure, smallest and affordable portable hard drive. With that in mind, let’s see how the diskGenie does in the review…
MemoRight FTM-25 240GB SandForce Solid State Drive Review
QUOTE: "With SandForce on the verge of releasing the new SF-2000 Series controller, some may wonder why we are bothering with 2010 technology. The truth is that the darling 2010 controller will end up being a low cost, high speed controller for the first part of 2011. SandForce partners will be very aggressive with pricing on both old and new technology in 2011 to push market adaption, but it’s safe to say that existing products will cost less than those fresh from the oven.
MemoRight is a premium SSD manufacturer that specializes in high performance, high reliability solid state drives. Even though the company can’t be considered very old when compared to some of the larger players, their experience in solid state drive technology is just as impressive as many of the names we associate with SSDs."
‘Kingston HyperX MAX3.0 External HDD Review’
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/03/kingston-hyperx-max3-0-external-hdd-review/
Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB Hard Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
DESCRIPTION: Everyone knows that SSDs cannot offer the capacity of a hard drive, and HDDs will never deliver solid state response time. Somewhere between the speed of Solid State Drive technology and the reliability of value-priced Hard Disk storage is the Seagate Barracuda XT. The Seagate Barracuda XT series is designed for performance computer enthusiasts, as well as large-capacity storage systems. Enthusiast tools such as the free Seagate SeaTools software allow users to custom-define firmware parameters to enable performance features such as ‘Short Stroke’ and noise reduction. Featuring the industry’s largest 3TB capacity and third-generation SATA 6Gb/s controller interface, the Seagate Barracuda XT is also the first product to create a Windows XP-safe software solution for overcoming the 2TB barrier. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT hard drive, model ST33000651AS, against a cross-section of competing storage products! using the native SATA-III controller present on the Intel P67 platform.
Crucial m4 256GB (C400) SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
"Today we have one of Crucials new SSDs, the 256GB m4, connected to our P67 system and will be running it through a selection of real world and synthetic tests to establish how it compares to the Intel 510 series and OCZ Vertex 3. In addition to that we will also throw in the C300 and a first generation SandForce drive to see where this new model sits."
Intel 320 Series 300GB SATA II SSD Review – Intel Maintains Focus On SATA II SSD Consumer Need @ The SSD Review
SUMMARY: Every so often a subject presents itself that, on the surface, leaves people wondering what the heck the company had in mind when they started the production line rolling. The 320 Series SSD seems to be just that as word of this SSD was leaked a few weeks back and the technology community seems to think Intel would be crazy to release this in a time of so many SATA 3 SSD releases. What the heck is Intel thinking?!?
Intel 320 Series 300GB SSD Review w/ 25nm Flash @ Legit Reviews
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1579/1/
As a follow-up to their very successful X25-M series of drives, Intel has launched their 320 Series drives which feature a host of new features while being driven by their own proprietary controller. With the SATA 3Gbps SSD market being so crowded, can Intel tempt consumers to look their way? See the outcome of the testing and judge for yourself.
Amazon Cloud Player and Drive review: Flicker of functionality, not much flair
"Music may have kicked off the digital media revolution with the rise of the MP3, but in recent years audio has taken a major backseat to video and communications. The more devices we pile up, the more fragmented our music collections become. Some don’t even bother downloading music at all anymore, instead opting for unlimited monthly services or radio alternatives like Pandora. Well, Amazon has taken a step toward changing that. Yesterday, the online retailer unveiled and released its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, which let you upload music (or other files) to Amazon’s servers and stream them back on your computer or Android device. Apple and Google are both rumored to be launching some sort of streaming service as well."
Link to the article: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/amazon-cloud-player-and-drive-review-flicker-of-functionality-not-much-flair/
JVC Everio GS-TD1 Review
"You’ve probably heard so much about 3D that you’re red-green-blue in the face, especially with the introduction of Nintendo’s 3DS and 3D HDTV bubbling along in the background. Getting lost in the hype is JVC’s first Full HD 3D camcorder that’s loaded with 64GB of flash memory and is light years ahead of low-cost 3D movie makers currently available (think Sony Bloggie 3D). Now let’s determine if the GS-TD1 is worth its hefty list price."
Link to the review: http://www.digitaltrends.com/camcorder-reviews/jvc-everio-gs-td1-review/
‘HP Pavilion dm1 Review’
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/03/hp-pavilion-dm1-review/
‘HTC Flyer Tablet Hands-on’
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/03/htc-flyer-tablet-hands-on/
TechwareLabs Event Coverage: CTIA 2011: MobileFocus Round Up
Here’s a clip from the Event:
Quote: During CTIA TechwareLabs was invited to check out some of the latest mobile products on display at the Pepcom Mobile Focus event. As its name implies this show is focused upon technologies centered around mobile computing and data access. here is our roundup of some of what we saw at the Mobile Focus event.
Latest in Notebooks: First Half of 2011
The year kicked off to a good start in the laptop sector with AMD finally delivering its promised Fusion chips — five years in the making — and Intel launching its Huron River platform powered by Sandy Bridge processors. Fusion is doing well at the entry level market with limited competition from the Atom, but things haven’t been going so smoothly for Intel. The company discovered a design flaw in its 6 Series chipset, which resulted in product launch delays across the board for new Sandy Bridge-based notebooks.
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Review:
The new MacBook family is available in five different models: two 13.3-inch units, two 15.4-inch versions, and a 17-inch behemoth. The base prices for these models range from $1,199 up to $2,499, but with configuration options such as faster processors, more memory, and larger-sized hard drives or SSDs, you can easily boost the cost considerably. In the past we’ve dinged Apple for putting a premium price on its notebooks when compared against models with similar specs from other manufacturers. You could easily make the argument, however, that this is simply not a fair comparison–comparing apple and oranges if you will–you’re not going to find another laptop that runs the Mac OS (at least not legally) and you’re going to be hard pressed to find another laptop that comes even close to the MacBook Pro’s design aesthetics.
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, ‘Sennheiser CX310 Adidas Originals Review’
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/03/sennheiser-cx310-adidas-originals-review/
AC Ryan Playon!HD Mini 2 Review @ XSReviews.co.uk
Quote: "For those of you that took a look at the AC Ryan Playon!HD2 1TB and thought to yourself, well that looks great, but I already have a PC full of movies, why do I need one in my lounge too? Well, that’s a good question and here to answer it is the Mini 2, the storage free, networking content hub that you’ll soon want in your living room setup.
TechwareLabs Review: Kicker iK501 – iPod Docking Station
Here’s a clip from the Review:
Quote: Today Dan Shannon takes a look at the Kicker iK501 iPhone Docking Station. Kicker went above and beyond with the iK501, delivering loud, crisp, clear sound that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Made for the iPhone, but compatible with all iPod’s and other audio devices with a headphone output jack, you are able to listen to music and not have to worry about missing that important call. So, is the Kicker iK501 all its cracked up to be? Read on to find out…
Patriot PBO Core HD Media Player Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Quote: “The living room is the new battleground for old and new entertainment companies. Patriot’s PBO Core is one of the latest devices battling for position next to your Blu-ray player and game console. The PBO Core has a wide variety of supported formats from the current king, H.264, all the way back to Real Video. We’ll take an in-depth look to see if the PBO Core can be your core multimedia playing device."
Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC
Brief:More compact, quieter but still more powerful – that is what the Sapphire Edge-HD aims to deliver. The Mini-PC boasts the new ION2 chipset along with an Atom N510 dual-core processor. We open the power efficient system up to see what else makes it tick. Does the Edge-HD have what it takes to stand out in the crowded Nettop market?
Techie Twitter Tuesday Giveaway – Win ZALMAN Gear!
That’s right. It’s the giving that keeps on giving! We love giving away free stuff, so following up on our first two contests, we’re launching yet another giveaway. What better way to celebrate the third ever contest on MegaTechNews than to give away not one, not two, but THREE PRIZES. Yay!
Win a BitFenix Colossus Window White Chassis @ eTeknix.com
Quote: eTeknix are offering up another competition.
This time we have teamed up with our friends at BitFenix to offer you a chance to win a BitFenix Colossus Window White Chassis.
Title: TechwareLabs Event Coverage: MegaCon 2011 Orlando
Quote: Star Wars, Star Trek, and Anime Oh My! There was definitely something for everyone at this years MegaCon show which turned out to be huge. Hallways and corridors were jam packed with costumed hero’s, villains, and characters from just about every story ever told. Check out our amazing pictures and see who was present during the event.
The Fast-Enough Budget Computer Built and Tested @ Benchmark Reviews
DESCRIPTION: Recently, I wrote an op-ed piece here titled "The Fast Enough Computer". I argued that for gamers, low- to mid-range components provided the most bang for the buck and could readily play most modern games. The metric I used was "30 frames per second at 1680×1050". In this follow-up, I build a system based on the components I thought would be adequate and test the result with several modern games.