News for Wednesday February 17th 2010

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Galaxy S6 Cases on Amazon

It’s Wednesday, and we just keep getting more and more snow here. I hope wherever you are it’s nice and warm and snowless. I think we’ve hit over 40 inches at this point since the 5th of February, not fun at all let me tell you. Roads are nasty, schools are closed, I’ve been like stuck in my house with my kids for going on two weeks now. This snow of course is making it even difficult to get my deliveries, I had to actually chase down my UPS driver to get my stuff from before the snow hit. Speaking of deliveries, I’ve got a ton of stuff now related to USB3.0 for review. I’ve got four, yes that’s 4, USB3.0 PCIE cards, and two USB3.0 Express cards for netbooks and laptops along with several other USB3 accessories like docks and enclosures. Cirago also sent me over another media player for review along with with a little product that allows you to hook four USB drives to your network to be used like a NAS box. Oh, and Kingston sent me their new TRIM enabled 128gb SSD drive as well… Speaking of UPS, as I’m typing this they just came and dropped off the new Seagate BlackArmor USB3.0 drive to me…



Storage Related:

Seagate Cheetah NS.2 HDs & LSI 3ware SAS 9750-4i RAID Card @ Bjorn3D

This is why Seagate also comes with high-performance SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) server based hard drives, like the Seagate Cheetah NS.2. We are reviewing four Seagate Cheetah NS.2 600GB 10,000RPM 6.0Gbit/s SAS hard drives in order to see how well they perform in tasks like video editing and composing. We are going to explain everything in the results section on how many hard drives and what type of configurations will work well with uncompressed high-definition videos, but before we do that, let’s go a bit more into detail about the Seagate Cheetah NS.2 hard drives so we could understand what makes these hard drives so special.


OCZ Fatal1ty DDR3-1600 Memory Kit Review @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: OCZ introduced their latest Fatal1ty Edition Memory kit in early 2010. The difference between this DDR3 system memory kit and the previous Fatal1ty kits is that the OCZ3F1600LV6GK model supports triple-channel bandwidth and works with a relatively low voltage. DDR3 memory prices are going down and 6GB kits are very affordable now. What happens when you mix a professional video-game player with the design of a memory kit, and is the OCZ 1600MHz Low-Voltage DDR3 kit "fatal" enough to surpass Benchmark Review’s performance tests? In this article the OCZ Fatal1ty 1600MHz DDR3 memory kit is stressed to the point of failure.



Synology N410J NAS Server Review

Synology has created a great file server that is easy to use, setup as well as having the compatibility for up to 8TB of storage space using four 2TB drives. The look and size of the DS410J makes it easy to fit in any location in a home office without being intrusive. The DS410J supports all of the major file systems and operating systems including Windows and Mac. If you need a NAS Server this is a good choice for those wanting a simple to use interface and powerful file sharing system without having to pay a high price. This is a very solid Editor’s Choice product and the unit can come either pre-configured to your specifications, or you can add the drives and configure it yourself, either Synology has a winner on their hands with the DS410J.

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Title: Kingston SSDNow V+ Series 128GB @ Techgage
Quote: A couple of weeks ago, Kingston announced a revision to its V+ series of SSDNow drives. In addition to a brand-new controller from Toshiba being utilized, along with Toshiba NAND, the new V+ drives support TRIM right out of the box. This, along with good pricing and excellent performance, make the latest V+ drives well-worth looking out for.


Ineo Technology I-NA312N1 NAS:
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Quote: Today we will take a look at a NAS device from Ineo Technology. I-NA312N1 features gigalan interface for fast transfer speeds as well as expandable features using compatible binary files. Let’s have a look how it performs in our tests.


LiteON eHAU424 External DVD/CD Writer Review

"Lite-on’s eHAU424 external USB2.0 optical drive gives you writing speeds as fast as 24X for DVD+/-R media. It can burn through dual layer DVD+ and DVD- media and write to CD-Rs and CD-RWs as well. While Blu-Ray media is not supported, the LiteOn eHAU424 will work with photosensitive Lightscribe media for those who want to add a graphic element to custom mix tapes (for example) by burning the label right onto the disk itself."



Article Title: A-DATA 8GB Nobility S805 USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
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"Offered in both grey and red finishes, each wrapped in a reflective zinc alloy frame, the A-DATA Nobility S805 is a very attractive looking device. Its heft, at 25g (.88oz), is substantial for its size and certainly gives the perception that this is a well constructed and rugged piece of hardware. It comes packaged with nothing other than a warranty information brochure and is available in capacities ranging from 4GB to 16GB…"


Article Name: Sans Digital Tower Raid TR4UT 4-Bay Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews
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"The TR4UT from Sans Digital is a strong contender in the external storage market. With four drive bays supporting up to 8TB of storage, both home and small business users alike can easily back up important files using USB or the newer, faster eSATA interface. Top it all off with tool-free installation, fast performance and quiet operation, and you have yourself an external storage unit that is hard to beat."


Sandisk 4GB MicroSDHC Card and MobileMate Reader Review @ TopReviewShop

"In review today is a 4gb class 2 microSDHC from Sandisk’s ‘multimedia’ series. Intended for today’s feature-rich mobile phones, this card came bundled with the MobileMate Duo package, which consists of a USB reader and full-size SD adapter. The diminutive MobileMate M2 USB reader included in the package (and also sold separately) allows microSDHC cards to be used with any USB-enabled device, either to transfer files or as a standalone thumb drive. To see how the Sandisk product stacks up we ran the microSD card through a testing regimen against 3 other competing cards using the MobileMate M2 reader."



Mobile Related:

TITLE: Verizon MiFi 2200 @ LanOC Reviews
DESCRIPTION: Before we packed up for CES this year I had the pleasure/luck of talking with Verizon about reviewing a few of their current and upcoming products. With CES now over I couldn’t help but jump at the chance to try out the MiFi. With a whole group of us traveling around Vegas the MiFi would be perfect for helping us get the most current updates posted for everyone to read. Now that we are back to work catching up with all of our reviews, I finally have a chance to talk about my experience with it.



Windows Phone 7 Series: What the Experts Are Saying
"Windows Mobile 7 or Windows Phone 7 as it will henceforth be known has finally arrived. Steve Ballmer showed off Microsoft s long-awaited new mobile operating system at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Monday morning. But is the slick new interface a true challenger to Apple? Is it too little too late? Will a host of unknowns like Flash support trip up the fledgling OS? The Web is already abuzz with pounding keys on the subject. Here s a sampling."
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Philips Emergency Phone Charger Power2Go SCE2110 @ MobilityDigest


The product is a an interesting take on the portable charger, it’s actually from Phillips, a name I’m sure sure you’re familiar with and it’s aptly named the Emergency Phone Charger. It’s compatible with several different phones out there today, it comes with five different tips including the common mini-USB style like my Tilt uses. The Emergency Charger uses a single AA battery to give you an additional 30 minutes of talk time on your phone.


Aliph Jawbone Icon Review
"After earning the adoration of tech-savvy celebs and geeks alike with the original fashion-meets-function Jawbone and its subsequent iterations, Aliph has done it yet again with Icon. The latest Jawbone shrinks to the smallest size yet without diminishing sound quality, piles on even more techie features, and somehow yet again manages to make previous versions look old with fresh design, all for a lower $99 price tag."
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Audio/Video Related:

Motorsports HERO Wide – Video Camera @ TechwareLabs

Quote:Relive your greatest moments with a front row seat to the action provided by the GoPro Motorsports HERO Wide. This camera comes encased in a waterproof housing and records both video and still images with an astonishing 5MP sensor for its size. Mount one to your dash, your helmet, or anywhere and let the action begin.


BenQ Joybee GP1: A Little Bee @ InsideHW

Summary:BenQ Joybee is a unique projector on the market, mostly because of the implemented USB reader, which will enable you to watch images or video anywhere and anytime (with acceptable light conditions).
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Shure SRH750DJ Review
"As a manufacturer, Shure is very well known for its professional audio products. The Shure SM57 and SM58 microphones are virtually synonymous with live music performance. Now, the company is making a big move on the DJ booth with its 750DJ headphones. Like Shure s microphones, these DJ cans deliver outstanding performance in a very rugged package. Designed with a disc jockey s needs in mind, the 750DJ headphones represent what Shure is known best for: Road-tested performance."
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Patriot Box Office Network Media Player review @ APH Networks


Today, we’ll look at Patriot’s Box Office — and to say Patriot’s Box Office is probably one of the most versatile media players that can hook up to your home theater system may merely be an understatement.


Hardware Canucks is pleased to present our review of the Patriot Box Office Media Player.

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Quote: For many people, home theater PCs (HTPCs) are daunting systems where they can easily get caught up in a web of conflicting codecs and some downright expensive hardware costs.  Dedicated media players have been around for quite some time and until recently only allowed users to watch standard definition media files from a separate storage device.  Now, with devices like Patriot’s Box Office, easy access to high definition content is right at your fingertips.



Assorted Stuffs:

Interview with ATI’s Terry Makedon – Catalyst 10.2, 10.3 and more @ Elite Bastards

Terry Makedon: A bit of both. Our main goal is to have a robust Eyefinity SDK available to game devs so that they can make it work seamlessly. This is an ongoing effort and at GDC next month we will be releasing a newer version to them. At the same time I do feel it is up to us to make sure the experience is seamless, so we will do whatever we have to in the driver to make it “just work” (but of course never altering the game in such a way that would violate the ISV’s vision of the game)"


ATI CATALYST 10.2 & 10.3 Driver Preview – Application Profiles @ Legit Reviews
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Quote: "By far the Application Profiles feature is the coolest feature in CCC 10.2. I think it will revolutionize the way drivers will be updated. If it works as well as it looks like it will, we will see performance gains much sooner for newly released game titles. Despite not having as much of a cool factor as the application profiles does, let’s not forget about the ATI PowerPlay. By downloading and updating to CATALYST 10.2 video card drivers it means that consumers can save money on your electric bill, which is fantastic. Reducing your systems power draw by 7-12 Watts may not seem like a whole lot, but over time it does add up. If you are like me and leave your computer on pretty much 24/7 it will save you money in the long run. It’s not every day that you get new features, improved performance and a reduction in power. This is by far one of the greatest updates in CATALYST history!"




‘LG Haier R450 Notebook’
Netbooks can be frustrating which is why budget laptops like the R450 exist.
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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13-inch Notebook Review @

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Quote: “When you think of ThinkPad’s you think of business notebooks and they really are. I’ve reviewed quite a few ThinkPad’s over the past few years and the features are unrivaled when it comes to other notebooks. But the thing about the ThinkPad’s is that they don’t appeal to many people, even small business users. Lenovo noticed this and came out with the ThinkPad Edge. The Edge is a very attractive 13-inch notebook that provides the right amount of business and consumer features. The Edge is also one of the first ThinkPad’s that has an AMD processor option. Let’s see if the ThinkPad Edge is the perfect new laptop for you!"


Asus Eee PC 1005PE: Pine Trail @ InsideHW

Summary:Some may end up disappointed by the novelties brought upon us by Pine Trail, mainly because the advancement is the least where many would like – on the performance field.
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MSI Wind U135 Netbook Review:

We have been fans of MSI’s Wind series of netbooks. They have consistently rivaled Asus’ Eee PC range and HP’s Mini line, and the competition has been good for the industry. MSI’s Wind line has remained relatively consistent over the years, with the design staying mostly the same, but the internals progressively getting more advanced with newer hardware platforms from Intel and fresher operating systems from Microsoft (and Linux, truth be told). The Wind U135 is the first major contender in MSI’s netbook line to ship with Intel’s Pine Trail platform within, which means that it finally ditches the aging Atom N270/N280 CPU in favor of the newer Atom N450…




Quick Links:

Mionix Naos 5000 Gaming Mouse Review @ DragonSteelMods

Intel Core i5-661 Clarksdale Processor Review @ Benchmark Reviews

Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews

Thermaltake SpinQ VT CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets

I Heart Jonas Volume 2 DVD Review @ Tech Awards 2010 & Reader’s Choice Results

Travel Stix – Pet Care and Travel for Dogs USB Flash Drive @ Legit Reviews

NZXT Hades Case Review
The Budget P55 – Jetway Kuroshio BI-700 @ HardwareZone

BioShock 2 Q&A With the Developers @ [OC]ModShop

A Guide To Watercooling @ TekArcade

Arctic Cooling Accelero XTREME 4870X2 VGA Cooler @ PCShopTalk

Neuigkeiten auf DeXgo | Icy Dock MB559US-1SMB + MB884U-C

Ultra X4 1600 Watt Full Modular Power Supply @ TweakTown

Samsung PN58B850 58 inch Plasma TV Review @ Tweaknews

Foxconn Inferno Katana P55 Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane

Team Group Xtreem-G1 120GB Solid State Disk @ TweakTown

Noctua NF-P14 FLX Case Fan Review @ Verdis Reviews

Antec Nine Hundred Two Ultimate Gaming Case Review @ Legit Reviews

i5 661 32nm Clarkdale on BIOSTAR TH55XE @

GPU Computing

How To Reverse Engineer A Motherboard BIOS @ Phoronix

Thermaltake Level 10 VL30001 N1Z Case Review @

Intel Core i5 661 Processor Review @

Mushkin PC3-12800 6GB Kit @ Rbmods

Enermax Wireless Aluminum Keyboard @ High Tech Reviews

Athlon II X4 635 and Phenom II X2 555 CPU Review @ Hardware Secrets

Sapphire Radeon HD5570 1GB DDR3 Single & Crossfire Review @ Hardware Canucks

ATI Radeon HD 5570 – Sub-$100 HTPC & Gaming Solution @

Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Case Review @

Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 1GB CrossFire Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews

Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 1GB video card review @ Elite Bastards

Lavasoft Ad-Aware Game Edition Review @

Sapphire HD 5570 1 GB @ Bjorn3D


Dark Void – PC @ LanOC Reviews

HIS Radeon HD 5450 1GB Graphics Card Unboxing Video @

Thermaltake Element V Case Review @ XtremeComputing

Gigabyte Radeon HD5670 Video Card Review @ Ninjalane

Revoltec Multimedia K102 Touch Keyboard Review on Technic3D

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