News for February 21st 2011


Hello, Hello!  It’s time for the news once again from our friends around the world. This week be on the look out for another media player review from us, another HTPC keyboard and something from Grace Digital along with some other stuff. On a side note my desk chair is broken, I’m sad, wonder what the chance of getting once for review?!


Storage Related:

Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3 1600 CL9 Memory Review on Technic3D


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Quote: "The Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3 1600 CL9 Memory-Kit arrived Technic3D. Technic3D will see as good they are with Overclocking against the G.Skill Trident, Mushkin Ridgeback and Corsair Dominator Memory Kits on Windows 7 64 Bit and the Gigabyte X58 Extreme Mainboard. You can see 1.932MHz (1,65V) with 9-11-11-24 (2T) and more in the following Review.


PQI 64GB SDXC Class 10 Flash Memory Card Review @ Legit Reviews
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Quote: "The 64GB PQI SDXC card has a very impressive storage capacity with respectable performance numbers. For example the Canon EOS Rebel 550D/T2i DSLR camera records HD video and the user’s manual recommends at least Class 6 memory cards in order to record 1080p video smoothly. The PQI 64GB SDXC card should be able to keep up when recording 1080p video and images in continuous burst mode. Having a card that pushes 20MB/s read and write also means you can easily offload all of images and videos from the memory card to computer…"


SuperTalent About To Unveil Worlds Smallest And Fastest SSD @ The SSD Review


OVERVIEW:    SuperTalent is about to unveil the worlds fastest mPCIE card with SATA 3 speeds of 354MB/s read and 257 MB/s write respectively. Not really transparent at first, this is very exciting news in the laptop industry as this means we will be seeing SATA 3 laptops capable of blistering speeds sooner than imagined.


Quick Review: Kingston HyperX T1 Series PC3-17066 8GB Kit
QUOTE: "With the release of P67 has come a massive amount of memory to look at, and as I was sitting here testing a bunch of 2133MHz DDR 4GB kits, I was thinking to myself; I wonder if we could get two kits of something and have 8GB of memory running at 2133MHz DDR. I knew it would have to come in the form of four modules, as there are simply no 4GB modules that carry 2133MHz rated speeds.
Of course, four modules and all, your memory banks full can open up a whole lot of more issues. Anyway, I continued to think that once CNY was over I would email someone and see if they could send another 4GB 2133MHz DDR kit over to see if it was possible. Much to my surprise, I already had a set in the form of Kingston HyperX. I originally thought the Kingston was two different sets, but when I examined it, even though packed in pairs, it’s an 8GB kit. In conclusion, it seemed like I was going to answer my own question a lot sooner than I thought."


Viking Modular 25GB SLC SATADIMM Review – It Fits into a RAM slot! @ The SSD Review


OVERVIEW:    Every now and then something comes around that is particularly eye catching and the world of SSDs  is no different.  The Viking Modular SATADIMM is just one of those things and we thought we might venture outside the box just a bit and put a 25GB SLC version of the SATADIMM to the test.  It can be described as a wolf in sheeps clothing because, although it does look like a typical RAM module, it is really anything but.


Quick Review: Mach Xtreme MX-FX USB 3.0 Thumb Drive
QUOTE: "Last month Mach Xtreme celebrated their first anniversary. As a company starting business in the middle of a global recession, the hill is high from the start, but once you take a look at the companies Mach Xtreme is dog fighting against, the odds don’t look all that good. Mach Xtreme is taking on the industry big boys, OCZ Technology, Kingston and the rest of the well known companies making SSDs, flash drives and memory modules. In order to survive, Mach Xtreme has to do things differently and that is what they have done from the starting block.
Mach Xtreme offers ‘urban’ themed products and recruits inner city graffiti artists to design logos and product graphics. The result is a different form of technology, one that offers a unique style while still retaining function. Today we are looking at the Mach Xtreme MX-FX USB 3.0 thumb drive. Physically the MX-FX looks a lot like the Patriot Magnum; they share the same external aluminium housing, but the Magnum is a USB 2.0 drive and the MX-FX makes use of USB 3.0 technology. Mach Xtreme is offering the MX-FX in 16, 32, 64 and 128GB capacity sizes."


OCZ Gold 4GB DDR3-2133 @ PureOverclock

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“Today we are looking at a flagship set of sticks from OCZ: some Gold XTE DDR3-2133 modules that are reasonably priced for the speed rating. The timings loosen up just a bit here though as a result, so while we don’t think these will be absolute barn stormers, they should do the trick for just about anyone looking to push their Sandy Bridge platform.”


Kingston DT Ultimate 3.0 32GB Review @ XSReviews
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Quote: "Kingston have long been known for producing high quality memory products, from laptop/desktop memory to flash drives and SSDs. What we have today falls into the flash drive category. It’s a 32GB USB 3.0 version of the DataTraveler series, the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0.  Available in 16, 32 and 64GB versions and boasting some pretty quick read/write speeds it certainly looks impressive but how does it really do? Let’s take a look."


Crucial Ballistix PC3-17000 DDR-3 4GB Kit @

Link: has just posted the Crucial Ballistix PC3-17000 DDR-3 4GB Kit review. This memories works with 2133 MHz and 9-10-9-24-1T at 1.65 Volt. So we’ve found a very interesting kit for our Sandy bridge system, that supports memories up to 2300 mhz. But what about the performance? Can the 2133 MHz kit also develop their full power? We’ll see….


OCZ Vertex 3 Pro SandForce SF-2582 200GB SSD Preview @ Legit Reviews
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   "In the end, we think the Vertex 3 line will live up to the expectations their predecessors set by being a high performance, quality drive and OCZ did well to retain the moniker. OCZ does manufacture their own PCB which is an extra peace of mind knowing they didn’t source it to the lowest bidder as others may do. At speeds of 550MB/s & 500MB/s reads/writes, those that moved up to a Sandy Bridge platform should strongly consider holding out for these newer drives fueled by the SandForce SF-2000 series controllers…."


MUKii TransImp TIP-330U3-BK USB 3.0 Drive Enclosure
Quote:  The MUKii TransImp TIP-330U3-BK USB 3.0 drive enclosure is easy to use and simplifies the task of turning any 3.5" SATA drive into a portable device. As with other USB 3.0 devices, it is fully backwards compatible to USB 2.0; so even if you have this enclosure before you have USB 3.0 in your computer, it will still function just fine with your current USB 2.0 connections.


OCZ Vertex 3 Pro SandForce SF-2000 Based SSD Preview:

OCZ Technologies’ Vertex 2 series of products are undeniably some of the more popular Solid State Drives currently on the market. Since their introduction, the drives have offered excellent performance, competitive prices (which have dropped considerably in recent weeks), and excellent support in terms of constant firmware updates and guidance / tweaks via the OCZ forum community, from both customers and OCZ staff.


Hardware Bistro has just posted latest review on Icy Dock MB662USEB-2S.

Quote: "Today we have an interesting brand landed on our doorstep; Icy Dock which a leading vendor for storage enclosures. If normal external storage is not able to fulfill your need and NAS is totally out of budget then you should probably take a look on MB662USEB-2S. This enclosure is a dual-bay 3.5" external HDD enclosure which supports RAID 0, 1 and JB"

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Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 2.5" Hard Drive.

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Quote: SSDs have been stealing the limelight as of late but Western Digital is well on their way to heading off this push with their latest generation of Scorpio Black 2.5" hard drives.  By offering a combination of performance, extremely high capacity for small form factor drives and low power consumption, they hope to offer up a tempting line of products in an age of rapidly expanding storage needs.  In this review we take a look at the highest capacity Scorpio  Black drive to date:  the 750GB version.


G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 MHz DDR3 CL9 8 GB


Brief: The G.Skill Ripjaws come in various flavors and capacities, but focus more on the mainstream overclocker. With many different versions and color variants of the kit out there, one could wonder if G.Skill is not simply trying to create models to cover every memory chip they get their hands on. But, we take a look at the 1600 MHz kit and are surprised to find headroom, lots and lots of headroom.




Audio / Video:

Playon!HD Mini 2 Media Player Review @
"Recently AC Ryan announced their next generation players and today we take a look at the Playon!HD Mini 2 which as well as featuring improved specifications also gets the new GUI and some extra features such as social media integration."


HornetTek Showcase: An Updated Phantom
About a year ago, we reviewed the HornetTek Phantom, a 2.5 multimedia player capable of playing almost anything we threw at it. The Phantom is a very nice unit. It has small footprint, and users simply have to install a 2.5 hard drive and they can play everything stored in it. Since 2.5 hard drives have yet to reach the same capacities as 3.5 drives, HornetTek has brought out another media player based on the same Sigma chip, but which now supports 3.5 SATA drives. With 3.5 mechanical hard drives selling at 5 cents per gigabyte, the upgrade is much-welcomed for anyone who has a large collection of digital media. The new media player, the Showcase, accommodates either 2.5 or 3.5 drives. Furthermore, it also adds the component video output for those who still have older TVs without HDMI ports.


Aim iPair:
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Quote:  Have you ever wanted to listen to music from your iPhone or iPad at the same time as your friend does? Don’t think one of those adapters is enough? iPair has made a product that makes it possible to have two listen at one phone at the same time and this device also boosts the signal so it sounds better for both listeners.





Mobile Related:

‘SuperTooth Disco Bluetooth Speaker Review’
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Speck TuckPack Review

Today’s review item is a notebook-carrying sleeve from Speck called the TuckPack.  It appears to be a cross between a messenger bag and a laptop sleeve.  The TuckPack is designed to fit notebooks up to 13”.   It comes in two styles, which are familiar to those who have or looked at Speck’s CorePack Fly bags. 


‘Why are mobile phones limited to one operating system?’
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Speck PixelSkin HD iPhone 4 Case Review @

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Quote: “Like many iPhone case manufacturers Speck has updated many of their popular iPhone 3 and 3GS cases to the iPhone 4. This way if you loved your old iPhone case and upgraded to the iPhone 4 you can still get the same great case. A while ago we took a look at the PixelSkin iPhone 3 & 3GS case and today we are taking a look at the PixelSkin HD case, which is the newer version for the iPhone 4. This case seems to be slimmer and does not have the same rubber finish as the original PixelSkin, let’s take a look…"


JellyCar 3 Review @

Description: Today, we’re reviewing JellyCar 3. JellyCar was first brought to our attention when it was first released back in 2008 for iPhone and iPod Touch. It has proven to be extremely popular on the App Store, having received top ratings and feature-status. On the developer’s website it states, “Greatly improved third instalment in the JellyCar series”. Let’s dive into the game and see whether or not this is true.



TechwareLabs Review: Cooler Master NotePal U3 Laptop Cooler

Quote: Streaming HD Video across the house? Gaming? Have a Huge house and 802.11g just won’t due? Come see if this 450Mbps router from TRENDnet is worth your time.
LINK: TechwareLabs Review: Cooler Master NotePal U3 Laptop Cooler


Smartphone Buying Guide: First Half of 2011

The year kicked off with two major events in the technology world — CES in Las Vegas and MWC in Barcelona — playing host to the launch of numerous smartphones. And if there’s anything that was made abundantly clear at the multiple stages where products were unveiled is that Android has taken the mobile world by storm. Almost every significant device launched in the last two months or so is powered by Google’s platform, which last year managed to leap past iOS in terms of total users.

But there’s also stuff going on elsewhere! To help you navigate through the sea of new smartphones getting released week in and week out we’ve put together a selection with what we consider are the hottest devices out there. They are listed alongside their respective specs, price, and features from newest to oldest. Many devices listed here are not yet available but will be in a relatively short timespan. We hope this will help you narrow down your purchase, and as usual your feedback is always welcome.


Mivizu A90 iPad Stand. 

"As one of the millions of happy iPad owners, I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting accessories to pair with my tablet. We have looked at several iPad cases from a variety of manufacturers that offer both style and protection. Today we will be looking at an accessory with a different purpose, the Mivizu A90 iPad Case. The term “case” might be a bit misleading as I would consider this more of a stand than a case, but I digress."

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Assorted Stuffs:

VMWare: Windows 7 Ethernet is Missing @ Computing on Demand

I recently created a VM for Windows 7 and proceeded to waste hours trying to figure out why the Ethernet controller was missing from the Device Manager.  Installing VMWare Tools didn’t fix the issue, tracking down the correct Ethernet driver didn’t help; other people that created the same Virtual Machine were not having problems (of course), just me.  Fixing the problem is easier than you may think…


Trendnet TPL-401E2K Powerline AV Kit:
Quote:  Powerline ethernet adapters are theoretically the perfect approach to retrofitting an existing building with wired ethernet. The premise of being able to simply plug two adapters in to the existing power outlets and instantly have a wired network covering several hundred feet has a great appeal. The Trendnet TPL-401E2K Powerline AV Adapter Kit is a product that looks to provide this functionality and at the same time promises speeds of up to 500Mbps. We take a quick look after the break.


‘Canon Mark 1 M Mouse Review      ‘
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Intel’s updated Core i3 processors are still set to launch at the end of this weekend, but what kind of mainboards will system builders use? Also, these chips will be totally locked down, will that give AMD a chance to regain market share?

Major eTailer DABS announces further price reductions offer on AMD processors. KitGuru looks at the latest cut and wonders, will two tenners be enough?

The Sandy Bridge recall is almost a memory for Intel as KitGuru reveals that the updated artwork for the new boxes has been sent to the printers in China by MSI, Gigabyte and Asus. What words of comfort will be printed on the boxes? Also, with only a month to go until the new boards arrive, should anyone really be considering buying incomplete boards?


From IBM’s Watson to The Extinction of the Human Race 

Even if you aren’t an avid viewer, the news is a little hard to avoid: Watson, the IBM computer that was created to decimate its human opponents on Jeopardy, did just that. Watson came out on top, earning thrice the score of second place runner-up Ken Jennings. Jennings took it in stride, even sneaking in his Final Jeopardy answer “I for one welcome our new robot overlords.”

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The upcoming battle between Smartphone and next-gen Consoles
QUOTE: "Let’s discuss something that is not really being talked about right now, the smartphone and gaming industry. Smartphones really shined throughout 2010, with Apple’s iPhone and iOS dominating as well as Google and their Android OS. These were based off single-core designs and relatively basic GPUs included.
This year we’re on the verge of having quad-core CPU smartphones backed up with 12-core GPU’s all inside a smartphone (or should it be ‘super-smartphone’?) that will barely get warm under load. Tablets are becoming a tour de force in all industries and will surely take pot shots at the notebook industry and possibly overtake it in a relatively short period of time."


Today we have some info on waiting a month before buying a $200 video card, finding Windows 7 x64 drivers for an older USB WiFi adapter, and we help someone find some benchmarking and diagnostic software.


Livescribe Echo Smart Pen Review on Technic3D


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Quote: "The Livescribe Echo Smart Pen arrived Technic3D. Transfers notes and audio to your computer and recharges your smartpen using a standard cable connection. High–contrast OLED display makes it easy to navigate smartpen apps? Technic3D will see the functions in the following Review."





Gaming Etc:

Tt eSPORTS Black Laser Mouse review @ APH Networks

Zalman FG1000 FPS Gun Review @

Tt eSPORTS Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard review @ APH Networks

Test Drive Unlimited 2 (PC) Review @

Corsair HS1A Analogue Gaming Headset review

Stacking Xbox Live Arcade Review

Cooler Master Storm Spawn: The Red-Black Fury @ InsideHW

Zowie Celeritas Review

Razer Banshee StarCraft II Headset Review @ t-break

Test Drive Unlimited 2 Review (PC)

Test Drive Unlimited 2 Xbox 360 Review

Razer Spectre StarCraft II Mouse Review @ t-break

Crysis 2 Performance Preview

RIFT MMO Preview (PC) @

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse @ Techgage



Quick Links:

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Review @ Hardware Secrets

Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers

Neuigkeiten auf DeXgo | Enermax ErPro80+ 500 Watt

MSI P67A-GD65 Sandybridge Motherboard Review

Gigabyte G1 Assassin Review

Scorpio case and Titan Cooler 99p EXCLUSIVE @

NZXT Phantom Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews

HP OfficeJet Pro 8500A Plus Review

Sapphire Pure Black P67 Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane

In Win Dragon Rider Full Tower Case Review @

Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Vapor-X @ Techgage

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card Review

AMD’s E-350 Fusion APU on the desktop

Sapphire Radeon 6870 FleX Edition @ PureOverclock

Fantasia (1940) Blu-ray Movie Review

MS-TECH MC-1200 Rev. C

Crucial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan Review at Overclockers Online

HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo 1 GB

Asus E35M1-I Deluxe Fusion Mobo & Thermaltake Armor A30 Review

Lamptron FC-8 Fan Controller Review @ Legit Reviews

Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000 Watt Modular Power Supply Review

LLVM 2.9 Clang Performance On Intel’s Sandy Bridge @ Phoronix

SilverStone Strider Gold 750W Power Supply Review @

Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler Review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti to launch on March 15

Next gen. 22nm Ivybridge will be compatible with Sandy Bridge platforma and vice versa

ASUS GeForce GTX 570 Direct CU II

Inno3D GTX570 1.25GB Review @ Vortez

MSI N560GTX Ti Twin Frozr II Review – the ultimate 560 ?

eXtreme PSU Calculator Update

Gigabyte X58-USB3 Intel X58 Motherboard Review @

Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler CLP0574 @ Benchmark Reviews

Neuigkeiten auf DeXgo | Titan Hati TTC-NC15TZ/KU(RB)

Palit GTX 560 Ti Sonic 1GB @ PureOverclock

Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB Phantom Video Card Review