News for February 20th 2010

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Got a new keyboard for review and just starting using it… it takes so much time to get accustomed to a new keyboard after you’ve been using the same one for literally years. The keys are different height and size compared to my old keyboard. It’s like having to re-learn to type all over again. Later today I’ll be posting my review of the new Kingston 128GB SSD Now V series drive, it’s the new version that supports TRIM. For now though here’s a bunch of news from our friends all over the world:


Storage Related:

A-DATA 32 GB 633x Compact Flash


Brief:The 633x Compact Flash from A-DATA is their fastest CF offering available today. With advertised read and write speeds of above 90 MB/s it should be an interesting performer. We take a close look and push it to the real world limits – for your reading pleasure.


Kingston MobileLite G2 FCR-MLG2+SD4/16GB
Quote: Most consumer electronic products that use flash memory have moved to SD/SDHC media and with the convergences comes products that can be smaller and portable. Kingston produced an update to the original MobileLite brand of portable card reader known as the MobileLite G2 and this is the focus of the review.


Lite-On Slim USB 8x External DVD Writer @ TechwareLabs

Quote: Lite-On attempts to redefine portability with their newest USB-powered DVD writer. We’ll take it for a spin, and see if it’s up to snuff.


PC Games Hardware received a sample of Super Talents first USB 3.0 data stick. We checked the performance of the Super Talent Raid Drive USB 3.0 and compared it to USB 2.0 devices.,705134/Super-Talent-Raid-Drive-USB-30-The-first-USB-stick-reviewed/Practice/


Micron RealSSD C300 SATA III SSD Review:

Initially, only a couple of companies laid the foundation for storage processors when solid state drives first arrived, now we have a broad range of options to choose from. Intel, Samsung, JMicron, Indilinx, and Sandforce, all make SSD controllers, just to name a few. Today we’re going to show you yet another new SSD based on a new controller from a long-time player in PC storage, Marvell.The Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 controller at the heart of the Micron RealSSD C300 we’re going to show you today affords the drive a feature not yet offered on any competing product–SATA III support.


Western Digital’s 6Gbps Caviar Black 1TB hard drive

Western Digital’s Caviar Black 1TB is the first two-platter, 7,200-RPM drive to use the company’s latest 500GB platters. The new Black is also WD’s first step into 6Gbps SATA territory, so let’s see how it performs in a battery of performance, noise, and power consumption tests.


Title: iStorage Disk Genie Review @ XSReviews

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Quote: "Portable storage security has been quite a hot topic in recent years, especially here in the UK with government officials being rather careless with sensitive materials. To help combat this iStorage have come up with a nice little product designed to keep your portable storage protected.


OCZ Vertex 2 Pro 100GB SandForce 1500 SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
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Quote: "The OCZ Vertex Series of Solid-State Drives (SSDs) has been without a doubt one of the most successful SSDs released by any manufacturer. When we reviewed the original Vertex 120GB drive in April 2009 we found it to be an amazing SSD that was one of the first on the market that had the ability to do garbage collection and TRIM. It was truly a drive that was better than much of the competition and even today it is a solid performing drive thanks to the Indilinx Barefoot controller. OCZ has been busy working on their next generation SSD products, and rather than using last year’s Indilinx Barefoot controller they found a new controller series that they liked from an upcoming SSD controller company called SandForce. OCZ has been testing the SandForce SF-1200 and SF-1500 controllers for months internally and last month during CES they made the formal announcement that OCZ would be bringing out the Vertex 2 series of SSDs using these two new controllers…"


ASUS BC-08B1ST Blu-ray Combo Drive Review @

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Quote: “When it comes to choosing an optical drive sometimes it can be hard. A lot of people just choose the cheapest drive, but that is not always the best route. Today we will be looking at a new combo drive from ASUS that allows for Blu-ray playback and DVD/CD burning. It also has some really cool features like being able to encrypt your burnt discs with 128-bit encryption, True Theater High Definition which boosts DVD playback quality and Optimal Tuning Strategy which will perform a test before really burning a disc to generate an optimal burning strategy for the best burning quality. Let’s see if t he BC-08B1ST Blu-ray Combo Drive is right for you."


Kingston HyperX 12GB 1600MHz DDR3 Triple Channel Memory Kit Review

I often hear both consumers and industry professionals tell you that you can’t have enough memory. If you have deep pockets, then sure, why not max out those slots.  But if you’re on a budget, then there is a line where diminishing returns take place. Not to mention, if all you do on your computer is web browsing and emails, there isn’t a whole lot of benefit to maxing out the RAM. Even many games  don’t benefit from a ton of PC memory. So who’s gaining the most from lots of RAM?

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OCZ Vertex LE (Limited Edition) 100GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
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"The OCZ Vertex LE is one of the fastest SSDS that we have ever seen here at Legit Reviews. It was able to give the Intel X25-M G2 160GB SSD and Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB drives a run for their money in many of the benchmarks. We were able to reach read speeds of up to 290MB/sec. and write speeds of up to 240MB/sec in ATTO on the Vertex LE and that was impressive. We were able to get much higher than the 270MB/s max read speed, but we were unable to reach the advertised max write of 250MB/s on our test system in any benchmark.  The Vertex Limited Edition SSD has just 5,000 pieces available and with performance results like these they shouldn’t be around for too long…"






Thinksound Thunder Review
"Thinksound, a company composed of former Tivoli Audio, Infinity and V-MODA engineers, entered the headphone scene in December 2009 and so far has come out swinging. In a market that has more competition than any other CE product category, sound quality alone simply is not enough to propel you to the front of the pack. You have to rely a lot on brand, originality, price and niche."
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Title: eStarling TouchConnect WiFi Digital Photo Frame
Quote:  Two of the best features on this frame are the Wireless-N connectivity and the auto-download of pictures from various social sites. With the auto-download of pictures, just give the email address out to people and let them send updates. Just be careful on who sends pictures so you don’t get inappropriate pictures sent to the frame at the Grandparents!





Nokia E72 Review
"Look at the E72 and you ll like it. Handle the E72 and you ll love it. Nokia s $419 (unlocked, no contract) E72 follows in the footsteps of the lovable E71 with a rock-solid steel chassis built for the businessman. It also hides a hideous and complex operating system in sore need of an update, but it s still worth a definite look for S60 devotees and those who don t demand iPhone-like ease of use."
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Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700
We take a look at Samsung’s latest Android-based offering, the Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700, a decent all-rounder that caters to both on-the-go working and networking.


Speck Fitted iPhone Case Review @

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Quote: “There are sure a lot of choices when it comes to iPhone cases and believe me there are a lot of garbage cases out there, just go to your local mall to one of those stands and you will see what I mean. During CES this year I was introduced to Speck, a company who makes stylish cases and bags for many portable devices and laptops. The one case that really caught my eye at the show was the Fitted iPhone Case. Speck was nice enough to send one along for review, so let’s see if this Fitted case is a good mix of style and protection for your iPhone."


Overclock3D have just published a new article titled: ASUS K50IN Series Notebook.
Quote: One of ASUS’s greatest success stories has to be the EEE PC netbook, but has this success rubbed off on their full fat Notebook range?


ASUS Eee PC 1201N Dual-Core ION Netbook Review
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"While the Eee PC 1201N was not designed to be the leader in battery life, we were still impressed to see it surpassed the battery life performance of the ASUS N10Jc with the NVIDIA 9300m graphics. We expected the 1201N to perform similarly, but the result was an extra coveted hour of battery life both in idle and DVD playback tests. The only benefit the N10Jc had over the Eee PC 1201N was the ability to turn off the NVIDIA 9300m and just use the Intel integrated graphics in order to conserve battery life. As many may recall, NVIDIA recently announced an answer to this issue for ION2 by incorporating their Optimus technology into the new platform in order to allow the longest battery life possible while still having the discrete graphics when you need them. We look forward to this technology entering the netbook arena!"


Lenovo IdeaPad U550 Review
"Power when you need it, efficiency when you don t. So goes the premise behind Lenovo s new IdeaPad U550, a mid-size notebook with a CULV processor and switchable ATI graphics that could serve as both a desktop replacement, and a makeshift travel machine. Throw that together with a $799 price tag (as equipped) and the U550 makes an appealing pitch to computer buyers looking to make one purchase for all their computing needs. Can it follow through? We give Lenovo s perfect porridge a taste test."
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Nokia N900: A Completely Different N Series @ InsideHW

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Besides the fact that some of its solutions place it in the range of the most user-friendly phones, each portion of the phone contains a small flaw or two.



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Psychology of Technology: In Praise of the Blog "Commentariat"

Teaser: Some time ago, I wrote a post titled The Blogosphere Jungle in which I described the truly uncivil nature of the blogosphere in which respect for opposing views and dispassionate discourse were out and ad hominem attacks and demonization were in. Yet, as I have followed and responded to many comments to my own blog posts and read many other blogs, I have come to see the "commentariat" in a very different light. Contrary to my earlier belief, it is not another indication of the end of civilization as we know it. Instead, I now see it as a vital force in our democracy that, though not exactly leveling the playing field altogether, it at least flattens it some so that it is not tilted so steeply in favor of the all-powerful ruling class. To paraphrase Bill Shakespeare, today I come to praise the commentariat, not to bury it.

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