New for December 23rd 2010


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Hello, Hello! Two days until Christmas, or is it one? I guess it depends which way you look at it. Tomorrow is the 24th, and that would be the last shopping day until Christmas right? I bought myself a few Christmas presents this year already, just games from Steam, they’re having a huge holiday sale on single games and packs of them as well. Games from Steam would make great last minute gifts for the gamers in your life, they’re quick and easy to give, and I’m sure you’ll make someone every happy!

 

Storage Related:

Kingston SSDNow V100 (SV100S2D/128GZ)
SNIP:JMicron was one of the first budget SSD controllers to appear on the market. A year ago, if asked for a budget SSD, we would have suggested staying away from JMicron-based SSDs, simply because of their poor performance. Even with their low price, it was still not worth buying SSDs based on the JMicron 602 controller. However, the engineers at JMicron have been doing their homework, and have redesigned the controller. Their latest JM612/JM618 is supposed to have fixed the issues with the older controller.
Kingston’s latest SSDNow V 100 is one of the drives that utilize the latest JMicron JM618 controller. The Kingston SSDNow V 100 is an update to the V series targeted toward for mainstream users who need a relatively inexpensive solid state drive. Can the new JMicron controller offer a good value for those who need an SSD on the cheap? Let’s find out.
http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1969

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Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1866 Review @ XSReviews
Review Link: http://www.xsreviews.co.uk/reviews/ram/crucial-ballistix-ddr3-1866/

Quote: "Lately we’ve been producing quite a few RAM reviews. Today it’s time for another kit, the Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1866 CL9 to take the challenge. Will it perform on a decent price-performance ratio? Should you buy it? Let’s find out!"

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‘Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 500GB Review’
Freeing you from an external interface
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2010/12/seagate-freeagent-goflex-500gb-review/

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A-DATA S599 128 GB SSD

Link:http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AData/S599_128_GB_SSD

Brief:A-DATA’s S599 128 GB SSD uses the well-established SandForce SF-1222 controller. This results in a high-performance solution – actually it is the fastest SandForce drive we tested so far. Excellent performance and an outstanding price of $225 make this one of the best SSDs available on the market at this time.

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Seagate BlackArmor NAS 420
QUOTE: "We all know Seagate’s consumer and enterprise products, but Seagate also has a growing list of end user storage products. For the last couple of years we’ve pretty much ignored these consumer and entry level enterprise products, since we tend to focus on raw hard drives; but that is about to change.
Today we are looking at Seagate’s BlackArmor 400 Series of network storage products. On paper the BlackArmor 400, 420 and 440 look like solid contenders to the Thecus and QNAP NAS servers we write about on a regular basis. The one area on paper that has us excited is pricing; the BlackArmor 400 Series has a total cost that is less than what the two giants in the NAS server market deliver."

 http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3745/seagate_blackarmor_nas_420/index.html

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TechwareLabs Review: Super Talent USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache 32GB
Quote: USB 2.0 just isn’t enough speed these days. People expect more performance out of their pocketable storage devices. In an emerging market of USB 3.0 devices, Super Talent releases a flash drive that already stands out from the rest. Read on to find out why this drive is different from rest.
LINK: TechwareLabs Review: Super Talent USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache 32GB

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IcyDock MB973SP-B Tray-less 3-Bay SATA Hard Drive Bay Module

Icydock’s tool and rail free backplane module is called the MB973SP-B. It stores three 3.5" SATA hard drives in the space of two 5.25" drive bays. No hard drive rails or tools are needed, just open one of the three bays and slide a SATA hard drive in right side up, then close the door. On top of that, forced cooling is built in to prevent excessive heat build up, something that isn’t always available (or plugged in) within the PC chassis."

URL: http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2566

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QNAP NMP-1000P Media Player Review @Missingremote.com
DESCRIPTION: Today we have for review the QNAP NMP-1000P universal media player device. If this sounds and looks familiar, it’s because we have previously reviewed its predecessor, the QNAP NMP-1000 which was a very capable media player that could play a wealth of formats. Tim’s main points of argument were the cost and size of the player. While neither of those changed with this revision, there were a couple of items that have changed which make this an even more attractive unit. As you may expect, this NMP-1000P from QNAP is on our Media Player Comparison Guide if you would like to compare with other players on the market. As it is one of the highest end players available, we will look to see if the $400+ retail price is appropriate and worthy of your hard earned dollars.
ARTICLE URL: http://www.missingremote.com/review/qnap-nmp-1000p-media-player

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OCIA.net has posted their review of the OCZ Technology 120GB Vertex 2 3.5" SSD. 

"OCZ’s latest series of performance SSDs, the Vertex 2 and Agility 2, both make use of the SandForce 1200 controller, and have proven themselves to be very fast performers in our reviews. Despite more and more mainstream users adopting SSDs for their desktop systems, the majority of drives continue to be manufactured in the 2.5" notebook format. When it comes to flash memory drives, space is less of an issue and the 2.5" size is more versatile. As OCZ points out however, a 3.5" drive has a lower cost per gigabyte and is more easily integrated into desktop and server applications without the need for adapters. They now offer both their Vertex 2 and Agility 2 drives in a 3.5" format, and it is the former that we will be reviewing today."

Direct Link: http://www.ocia.net/reviews/oczv2ssd/page1.shtml

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Audio / Video:

Roku XD|S Digital Video Player Review @Missingremote.com
DESCRIPTION: The top-of-the-line Roku XD|S digital video player promises instant access to the highest quality Internet streaming content you can get up to 1080p along with local media playback via USB and a plethora of inputs and outputs to fit into almost any audio-video configuration all while being simple to use, small, power-efficient and priced just under $100. This sounds like quite a tempting offer whether you’re looking to cut the cord or supplement traditional broadcast and physical media consumption. While you can scope out how the Roku XD|S stands up to competing products in our Media Player Comparison Guide, continue reading for a detailed look at the XD|S and whether Roku’s offer can possibly be refused.
ARTICLE URL: http://www.missingremote.com/review/roku-xds-digital-video-player

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Hanns-G HZ281HPB WideScreen LCD Monitor @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: In the 2D market, the video monitor is essentially the last piece of hardware in the complex conversion of computer data into visual images. LCD monitors ranging from 22 inch to 26 inch, are now affordable to most consumers. But, many of you are hungry for bigger monitors with better than 1080p (1920×1080) resolution. And these features have generally been out of the acceptable price range. Benchmark Reviews presents the Hanns·G HZ281HPB widescreen LCD monitor by Hannspree. It’s an affordable 2D monitor with a 27.5 inch viewable screen, and native 1920×1200 resolution. If you are looking for a colossal monitor, with a great image and economic price, then the Hanns·G HZ281 might be the one for you.

ARTICLE URL: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=654&Itemid=68

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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Sound Card Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
"Today on our test bench we have the Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD, the latest high end soundcard from Creative which sets out to be the best audio card available for consumers. Aimed at audiophiles and featuring top of the range components with specifications such as the best signal to noise ratio Creative has ever achieved we will find out if this is the must have sound card of the moment."

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1087/pg1/creative-sound-blaster-x-fi-titanium-hd-sound-card-review-introduction.html

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Mobile Related:

‘Creative ZiiO Tablets and Zen Touch 2 hands on’
The iPad and Galaxy Tab get competition.
http://tbreak.com/tech/2010/12/creative-ziio-tablets-and-zen-touch-2-hands-on/

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Futurelooks Holiday 2010 Guide to Gifts for the iPad Owner
Few devices this year have made the kind of splash that the Apple iPad has. In five months it sold 7.5 million units with projections saying over 10 million by end of 2010. Not bad for a deviced criticized for being too expensive, too heavy and not useful enough. It’s meant to accompany your desktop, laptop, for reading the news or watching YouTube. Starting at $499, it’s quite an expensive toy but at the same time, there are few people out there who would say “Bah, humbug!” if they were given one for Christmas.

Direct Link:http://www.futurelooks.com/futurelooks-holiday-2010-guide-to-gifts-for-the-ipad-owner/

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Nextbook NEXT2 Tablet e-Reader

http://www.topreviewshop.com/nextbook_next2_tablet_e_reader
Here is a snippet that can be used for the review:
"The Nextbook NEXT2 combines a 7" color touch-screen with an aggressive price point of $199, all powered by the Android operating system and a partnership with Borders book store. Should the Nextbook be your choice for an eBook reader? Read on to find out."

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Lenovo ThinkPad T410s with NVIDIA Optimus Review:
http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Lenovo-ThinkPad-T410s-with-NVIDIA-Optimus-Review/

The notebook we’re reviewing today is an improvement over the original T410 we took a look at earlier this year. This latest iteration offers consumers a feature that gives it an important advantage over the majority of other laptops on the market. The ThinkPad T410s is the first model from Lenovo to offer NVIDIA Optimus technology, which provides users with seamless switching between discrete GPU performance and the power saving benefits associated with integrated graphics..

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HTC EVO 4G Review
http://hothardware.com/Reviews/HTC-EVO-4G-Review–Is-Sprints-First-4G-Handset-Still-A-Hit/

In keeping along with the "first" concept, Sprint announced the HTC EVO 4G—the world’s first 3G/4G Android smartphone, would be available on their network.  Although the EVO 4G may no longer be the only 3G/4G handset around, it is still only one of two other phones that offers users the ability to surf the web at 4G speeds (where available)…

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Assorted Stuffs:

TechwareLabs Review: Epson WorkForce 635 All-in-One Printer

Quote: The WorkForce 635 features a 4 color inkjet printer combined with a high resolution scanner featuring an ADF (automatic document feeder). The unit also has fax abilities, memory card printing, and convenient copy functions. Altogether the Epson WorkForce 635 is designed to print/scan/copy/fax all using the one neatly designed device.
LINK: TechwareLabs Review: Epson WorkForce 635 All-in-One Printer

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Beginner’s Guide to Home Theater PC (HTPC) @Missingremote.com
DESCRIPTION: I was speaking with a friend of mine who’s new to the Home Theater PC space and he brought up a great point–after saying how much he loved the new site design, he admitted to being a bit overwhelmed by some of the content that basically assumes you know some of the standard knowledge about this world of HTPC. I agreed, and thus this beginner’s guide was born. For the sake of your sanity, we will break these guides up into small categories to hopefully make it easier to digest as well as continue to evolve.
ARTICLE URL: http://www.missingremote.com/guide/beginners-guide-newbie-htpc

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Preview Shortened URLs and Avoid Security Threats
http://www.techspot.com/guides/350-preview-shortened-urls/
Today’s ubiquitous URL shorteners have seen a dramatic increase in popularity the last couple of years – much of it driven by the rise in popularity of Twitter itself. They are great for keeping character count at a minimum or to make sharing easier. Some even bring a few unique features to the table, like enabling statistics or the ability to select your own keyword, but as convenient as shorteners are they also introduce some new issues.

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In-Ear Headphones Buying Guide

I live my life rather care free, I work from home, I set my own schedule for the most part and I try not to let much in life bother me at all. There is one thing that has always bothered me though, just really irks me is the the fact that people spend an excessive amount of money on a music player or even a phone and then use the stock, cheap ear buds that come with them. I guess there are two types of people out there, those that buy music players to enjoy their music and those that buy them to be trendy and have the latest and greatest tech gadget. I personally fall into the first category, I enjoy my music and I like it to sound good so I pretty much refuse to use the headphones that come with them, the stock just don’t sound good and to me they’re usually not comfortable. Some people like them, and I don’t know why.
Anyway I thought I would share some of my insights with you on what to look for in a set of earphones. The list isn’t in any particular order, I think everything should be taken into account if you’re serious about good sound.

http://forum.ecoustics.com/bbs/messages/34579/667840.html

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Gaming Related:

Qpad 5K Pro Gaming Laser Mouse Review @ eTeknix.com

Interview: AMD’s Terry Makedon A.K.A. CatalystMaker @ Legit Reviews

Funky Kit: QPad HeatoN Gaming Mouse Pad

 

 

Quick Links:

SilverStone 850 Watt Strider Gold Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers

Eminent EM7080 hdMEDIA RT & EM7095 DVB-T Review

Gainward GeForce GTX 570 GLH Golden Sample Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven.com

Titan Hati TTC-NC15TZ/KU(RB) CPU Cooler

Das Keyboard Model S Professional @ reviewstash.com

GELID Tranquillo CPU Cooler @ PureOverclock

In Win Track Case Review @ Hardware Secrets

Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler

WIN a HIS HD 5770 IceQ 5 Turbo @ Vortez

Akasa Venom @ techPowerUp

be quiet! Dark Power Pro BQT P9-650W PSU Review on Technic3D

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Lian-Li PC-Q08B Aluminum Mini Tower PC Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Arctic K381 Multimedia Slim Keyboard Review @ XtremeComputing

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 580 1546MB Graphics Card Review

Biostar TH67XE Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

Sapphire HD 6850 1GB Review @ XSReviews

ATI Radeon 6870 Videocard

Gigabyte H55N-USB3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

XFX HD6850 Dual Fan CFx review – ultimate gaming for £300 ?

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