The News for Thursday February 25th 2010

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Galaxy S6 Cases on Amazon


I’m just looking at the calendar here and I just realized that in two days it’s my birthday… I’m getting old, but thankfully I don’t feel it, at least not most of the time… So we’ve got the news from our friends today for you and yesterday UPS dropped off the new Canon Pixma MX870 all-in-in printer to me, and I’ve got another nice Qnap NAS box here that features a dual core CPU as well along with a lot of other stuff and of course more USB3.0 reviews are on the way.

Storage Related:

QNAP TS-459 Pro Turbo NAS with Intel Atom D510
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Quote: "When comparing the QNAP TS-459 Pro Turbo NAS to the older TS-419P, there is not much to compare.  They both look exactly the same.  They both have the same Ajax-based software included.  Basically, the main upgrade in the TS-459 Pro is in the processor and chipset that QNAP selected.  By upgrading the processor to Intel’s latest (and fastest) Atom D510, the TS-459 Pro picks up an incredible performance boost…"



Title: Plextor PX-B940SA 12x Blu-ray Disc Writer

As we move on to Blu-Ray media we take a look at both BD-R Single Layer and BD-R Dual Layer disks.  BD-R Single Layer disks are getting to be quite affordable at ~$3 / disk but Dual-Layer disks will set you back almost $30 per disk.  This is crazy and shows that Sony is controlling the Dual-Layer prices in order to prevent people from making straight copies of disks.  It works. . .


Addonics Pocket eSATA/USB DigiDrive


Brief:The Addonics Pocket DigiDrive combines both the flexibility of a card reader and the speed of the eSATA interface into one functional package. We take the unit for a spin with a blazing fast Compact Flash card to see how it will keep up.



Seagate BlackArmor NAS 110 @ LanOC Reviews
DESCRIPTION: Storing and backing up your files on a USB or eSATA hard drive is an important part of computer use today. If you are like a good portion of computer users today, you have multiple computers. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to backup your files from all of your PCs and access them from any computer on your network? That is where NAS (network attached storage) comes in to the picture. Today we are looking at Seagate’s BlackArmor NAS 110. We have already been impressed with Seagate’s storage products in past and I am curious to see if they can uphold that standard with their NAS product line.



Synology Disk Station DS210j Review at CCE Reviews
Quote: When most people think of performance NAS units, we often think of them as being expensive. Thankfully, that is not necessarily the case; there are a number of NAS units on the market priced very affordably. The Synology DS210j is one such example. As a crossover breed, it marries high-end functionality, features and performance with an entry-level price.



Synology DS710+ NAS Review  @ XSReviews

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Quote: "Here at XSReviews we previously took a look at another Synology product known as the DS-210j which showed a lot of promise as a home enthusiast, or business user’s NAS drive. Now though, we’re looking at the much bigger brother. Faster, better looking and definately more expensive, ladies and gentlemen I give you the DS710+."


Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA3 Hard Drive Review @ FutureLooks

Now that motherboards with the Intel P55A Chipset are flooding the channels, it means USB 3.0 and SATA3 devices are going to become more popular. But, we’re just now starting to see these peripherals leaking in to the market albeit very slowly and in limited quantities. The first SATA3 hard drive to make it to the shelves was the Seagate Barracuda XT.

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Synology Disk Station DS410j NAS Review @ Techspot
There are a number of legitimate reasons why NAS devices are becoming so popular in work environments, but because of the costly setup investment, they have remained more of a luxury than a necessity for home users.


Seagate BlackArmor PS 110 – Review
Article Clip: Technology sure does changes quick. Just a few years ago we have gotten a USB connection. Can anyone remember what we used before USB connection? That’s right , serial. With invention of USB we have gotten so many applications and accessories that when looking back on the technology it puzzles us how we got our work done. With time USB 1.0 changed in to USB 2.0 and nearly quadrupled the speed of the connection. And now it is time for USB 3.0 version. USB 3.0 offers much faster transfer speed than USB 2.0. As manufacturers change and re invent their technologies, we as a consumers only benefit from the technological advances. Today we are going to take a look at Seagate’s external storage unit, BlackArmor PS 110.
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Micron RealSSD C300 256GB SATA 6Gbps SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
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Quote: "The Micron RealSSD C300 256GB SSD is an amazing SSD that has the ability to take advantage of the SATA 6 Gbps interface. When we first looked at SATA 6 Gbps performance using the Seagate XT 2TB hard drive we found the burst speed to be impressive, but found that a hard drive was able to fully use the new interface since it wasn’t fast enough. We were seeing the Seagate XT 2TB hard drive have a maximum read transfer rate of 144MB/s, which is nothing to write home about these days. The Micron RealSSD C300 on the other hand was able to peak at 387MB/s in ATTO, which is insane for a single SSD. When it comes to read performance nothing on the market today can beat the Micron RealSSD C300 256GB SSD! This drive has spectacular read performance and the write performance is not too far behind other drives like the OCZ Vertex LE. "


Overclock3D have just published a new article titled: Synology DS710+ 2-bay All-in-1 NAS Server.
Quote: Synology have just released their latest NAS aimed at the SMB market. But can it hold its own against a fully fledged file server?





Mobile Related:

Sony VAIO Y Series Notebook Review @

The VAIO Y-Series that we’re testing today is one of Sony’s newest machines, and just as Lenovo ThinkPad machines wear their legacy on their sleeves, this one screams VAIO from end to end. The exact model number is VPCY115FX/BI, and it’s definitely one of the most stylish ultraportables out today…

Sony VAIO Y Series Notebook Review:





Audio/Video Related:


Sandisk SlotRadio
Quote:The variety on the "Rock" SlotRadio card was very good and while not all songs are #1 hits I found that the majority are very decent and for the most part I didn’t find myself skipping many songs. These SlotRadio cards offer a mix of very well-known artists as well as a mix of some "lesser-known" artists that you may have never heard of (or maybe totally forgot about). . .


ASUS MY-CINEMA PHC3-150 HDTV-Tuner Card @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: The recent switch from analog to digital television was mainly driven by the benefits of digital technology over its analog predecessor. Though digital television has become ubiquitous the conversion cannot be instantaneous, nor will analog technology simply vanish. During this transitional period of converting analog infrastructures into a digital foundation, hybrid devices like the My Cinema PHC3-150 Combo TV-Tuner Card will be essential. These hybrid devices work with both signal types allowing for a smoother transition. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the performance of the PHC3-150. Even if you’ve already made the transition to digital systems you may want to check out some tricks to extract even more utility from the hybrid features of this card.




Samsung 55in. UN55B8000 LED HDTV

Today we are looking at their flagship model from the "8" series – the UN55B8000 and this TV offers incredible contrast ratios, stunning blacks and a fast 240Hz Auto Motion Plus technology that guarantees that you’re sports will look crisp and clean.  Just for kicks and giggles, Samsung also includes Medi@2.0  and combined with some Yahoo Widgets, you’ll be able to do a lot more than watch TV on your TV. . .


Samsung ST550 Dual LCD Digital Camera Review

The digital camera market is constantly on the hunt for new and exciting features. In recent years, we’ve seen more and more consumer-level cameras implement such things as GPS geotagging, HD video recording, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Offering a refreshing take on the form factor is the Samsung ST550 digital camera.

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Assorted Stuffs:

Mean Time Between Failure: A Misleading Spec
Here is a snippet:"MTBF stands for Mean Time Between Failures. It’s a term that IT professionals use this number to predict the reliability of hardware devices, especially hard disk drives. But this idea is usually flawed. Here’s why."



The War on Web Content @ TechwareLabs

Quote: As a network administrator, content filtering is one of the most difficult challenges I face. Whether you’re keeping your employees off time-consuming social networks, or protecting your family from the dangers of the web you need a strong solution to combat the threats the open internet contains



How to Install Windows 7 From a USB Flash Drive @ [OC]ModShop

It took me about a day of messing around with Linux?s Easy Peasy OS, designed for the EEE netbook, to realize that I wanted anything but Easy Peasy. So I went on a Google search trying to figure out how to get Windows 7 on my netbook without springing for an external optical drive. The answer was obvious; I had to use a flash drive. Now, getting a computer to see a flash drive as a bootable source isn?t easy. You basically have to turn your flash drive into a hard drive with boot sectors, an exact replica of the original Windows CD or DVD. It sounds hard, and unless you know what you?re doing, it is. It took me hours of searching before I came across a forum that had instructions that worked. That?s what I?m sharing with you today.

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Remove and Prevent Spyware, Malware, and Viruses Fast and Easy! @ TechwareLabs

Quote: Malware, Spyware, and Viruses are a plague of computer users and the bane of the internet. Our guide is intended to help inform you about the true purpose behind these problems and what you can do to simply and easily avoid and or remove them from your PC. Knowledge is the key and we give you a helping in this guide.


That’s what I call security!
Here is a snippet:"A very interesting way to hide valuables is to use a safe that doesn\’t look like a safe. If a burglar enters your house and you have a safe, it will be the bandit\’s primary target and we heard stories of people coarsed to open their safes at gun point when bandits entered their houses. If you Google "diversion safes" you will find all sort of "camouflage" safes, from Coca-Cola cans to surge protectors. You can see some examples here. But… Would you use this "safe" made out of a underwear with a skid mark?"



ATI 5830 Coverage:

ATI Radeon HD 5830 1GB Video Card @ tweaktown

Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 1GB GDDR5 Review @ Hardware Canucks

ASUS EAH 5830 DirectCu @ techPowerUp

ATI Radeon HD 5830 DirectX-11 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews

ATI Radeon HD 5830 Review: Filling The Gap @

ATI Radeon HD 5830 Review @ techspot

Ati Radeon HD 5830 reviewed: New price performance king? @ PCGameshardware

ATI Radeon HD 5830 – AMD Completes its HD 5000 Line-up @ Techgage

ATI Radeon HD 5830 1GB DX11 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews

AMD HD5830 @ Bjord3d


Quick Links:

Gorillapod SLR-Zoom and Ballhead SLR-Zoom @ DragonSteelMods

Razer Orochi Mobile Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Intel Core i3 530 and i3 540 @ techPowerUp

AMD Athlon II X4 635 @ TechwareLabs

Arctic Sound E351 and E361 Earphones – Arctic Cooling Chills with Sound @BCCHardware

Sapphire Radeon HD5670 1GB Graphics Card Review @

Thermalright VenomousX CPU Cooler Review on Technic3D

Enermax Tomahawk 500 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets

HIS Radeon HD 5750 IceQ+ 1GB Video Card @ tweaktown

iXBT Labs Review: Pegatron IPX7A-ION/330 Motherboard

Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Edition Video Review @ Hardware Canucks

Thermaltake Element V Full Tower Case Review @ Tweaknews

Thermaltake SpinQ VT CPU Cooler @BCCHardware

ATI Catalyst 10.2 and 10.3 feature preview – CrossFireX profiles and more @ Elite Bastards

Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

ASUS P6X58D-Premium SATA6G Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Lancool Dragonlord PC-K56 @ LanOC Reviews

Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Toxic 1GB video card review @ Elite Bastards

Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Review at Overclockers Online

Dorcy 220-Lumen Rechargeable CREE XRE LED  41-4299 Flashlight Review @

Cooler Master CM Storm Sentinal Advance Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews

Thermaltake SpinQ VT CPU Cooler Review @

HIS Radeon HD6750 IceQ Video Card Review @ High Tech Reviews

Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo Pro Review @

Asus EAH5670 1GB @ Bjorn3D

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