News for January 14th 2011

News

Happy Friday! Yes it’s finally Friday, it’s been a long weird week, the snow we got made kids have days off of school and 2hr delays, I’m tired of it already too bad it just started. Anyway, my finger is nice and healed so I can type better now, that’s a good thing I guess. I’ve got the new HP laptop on the way for review and the new Logitech HD webcam. So we’ve got more news for you today, more CES news as well, all of the round-ups have been appearing in my inbox lately. So read on…

 

Storage Related:

Synology DS211 NAS Review @ Vortez
"Synology are a strong force within the NAS market. Apart from just a few other names in the business they have an abundance of NAS products that cater for the home user right through to the corporate enterprise. Last year we took a look at the Diskstation DS410 and DS210j and we were very impressed.
LINK: http://www.vortez.co.uk/review.php?id=273

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Hardware Canucks is pleased to present our review of the new Seagate Momentus XT 500GB 2.5" Hybrid Hard Drive.

Article URL: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/39621-seagate-momentus-xt-500gb-hybrid-hard-drive-review-12.html

Quote: With SSDs making some minor inroads into the market hard drives used to have sole proprietorship over, manufacturers like Seagate needed something new to spice things up.  Enter a new generation of hybrid drives which combine the capacity of a traditional hard drive with the high speed NAND of an SSD.  The Momentus XT is one of the first which is available in a small form factor for notebooks, set top boxes and HTPCs.

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Audio / Video:

Audio-Technica ATH-A700 Review
"A close cousin to Audio-Technica’s ATH-AD700, the ATH-A700 read as if they are simply the close-backed version of the same headphone. On closer inspection however, we discovered several key differences which help to earn the A700 a much higher rating than the rather disappointing, open-backed AD700. In our review, we hone in on these key differences to expose what makes the A700 a far superior buy for just $20.00 more."
Link to the review:http://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/audio-technica-ath-a700-review/

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Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 Review
"We’ve reviewed several pairs of Audio-Technica headphones over the past year and really enjoyed them. On paper, the ATH-AD700 look like they could be another winning set of cans from Audio-Technica, a highly reputable manufacturer of all things pro-sound. At just $150.00, the ATH-AD700 offer huge drivers in an open-backed, circum-aural (around the ear) design, but we’re distressed to see the return of the "head paddles", a unique suspension system that we first met with during our review of the ATH-W5000 headphones."
Link to the review:http://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/audio-technica-ath-ad700-review/

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Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 Review
"Given the relative lack of 3D content, manufacturers have decided you should do it yourself. Enter a spate of cameras and camcorders that let you add to your 3D still and video collection. Will the Real 3D W3 fill the gap as we wait for some good programming to watch? Let’s check it out."
Link to the review: http://www.digitaltrends.com/digital-camera-reviews/fujifilm-finepix-real-3d-w3-review/

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Mobile Related:

Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 Review
"Lenovo’s ultra-compact IdeaCentre Q150 represents what may very well be one of the smallest and most-affordable PCs for practical use on the market. Obviously, one would expect some trade-offs in terms of performance, but Lenovo has packed some surprising media-playback horsepower into the Q150’s polished, diminutive form factor."
Link to the review: http://www.digitaltrends.com/desktop-computer-reviews/lenovo-ideacentre-q150-review/

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‘2011- the year of tablets’
The Full Article can be viewed at
http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/01/2011-the-year-of-tablets/

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Maingear 13.3" Clutch 13 Ultraportable Notebook Review:
http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Maingear-133-Clutch-13-Ultraportable-Notebook-Review/

Maingear is a custom PC builder that’s been making some noise lately, and for good reason. The competition is intense in this space, with a number of companies (CyberPower, Maingear, Falcon Northwest, Digital Storm, Origin, etc.) elbowing each other in order to grab the hard-earned dollars of those in need of a new machine. Maingear, like the others mentioned here, has done an excellent job staying on the cutting edge, and making sure that their lineup is full of new components just as soon as they hit the market.

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Assorted Stuffs:

TechwareLabs Editorial: Folding@Home Configuration Guide

Quote: For years distributed processing projects have been running in order to speed up the research process. Distributed processing clients are programs that are run across multiple machines worldwide. This allows for the researchers to gain access to a wealth of information faster than if they were to use a supercomputer.
LINK: TechwareLabs Editorial: Folding@Home Configuration Guide

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KRAVE Disposable Electronic Cigarette Menthol Flavor Review

See a pattern lately with the reviews? Yep I’ve got another electronic cigarette for review, this time it’s another Krave but this one is more of a mini kit that just a throw away like the last I reviewed. It’s just called the Krave Disposable Electronic Cigarette and it comes in a pack that resembles a real pack of cigarettes. I like this idea as it’s easier to carry everything with you. It comes with four cartridges and a battery and atomizer and when you’re done with it all you just throw it way. So read on to learn more…

http://www.dragonsteelmods.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16970&Itemid=1

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Tripp Lite Smart USB 750VA 120V UPS Review Posted!
Review  Link : http://www.bayreviews.com/computers/16733-tripplite-smartusb-750va120v-ups
Quote : "My office is situated along a busy thoroughfare in a suburban neighborhood on the outskirts of a large industrial complex. The power lines in our business park are susceptible to the occasional outage from falling limbs or auto accident and I must keep my office computer running as part of my role as software engineer for a national retail chain. Keep reading to find out more…"

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The State of Intel Desktop Motherboards @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: The view from the top is very nice, but the price of admission is an unpleasant reminder of what it takes to lead an industry. Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), more formally known as Integrated Electronics Corporation, is the world leader in computing innovation. Intel designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the entire planet’s computing devices. With very few serious competitors in the microprocessor segment, Intel enjoys a dominant lead over an entire industry. Strangely enough, the sentiment runs opposite when you analyze their motherboard segment…

ARTICLE URL: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13669&Itemid=8

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Extensive Benchmarks Of Amazon’s EC2 Compute Cloud @ Phoronix
Direct Link: http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=15609
Summary: "Last month we delivered our first benchmarks of the Amazon EC2 Cloud, but those initial tests were limited to just a few of their cloud computing instances due to failures with the Ubuntu EC2 operating system on their other compute instances. Earlier this month we then showed how the Amazon EC2 Micro was comparable to a Nokia N900 and Intel Atom, but now we have a more exhaustive comparison complete of all major Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud types. Using the Amazon Linux AMI operating system, we have run a plethora of performance benchmarks on the m1.small, m1.large, m1.xlarge, m2.xlarge, m2.2xlarge, m2.4xlarge, c1.medium, and c1.xlarge cloud computing instances."

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Everything USB is pleased to announce our latest review on Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse.

The original Microsoft Arc mouse certainly was innovative and ground breaking; but the downside to making such a great portable "laptop" mouse is what do you do for an encore? Well it seems MS what not satisfied with just making a minor tweak to the design and calling it an "Arc 2.0"; rather Microsoft pulled out all the stops and has created a new portable mouse that is just as innovative as the original! The new Arc Touch is not only ultra portable, like the original, but is also has a touch sensitive "wheel"! Does this new Arc Touch have what it takes to be the successor to the MS Arc? Read on to find out in my full review. Read on to find out in my full review.

http://www.everythingusb.com/microsoft-arc-touch-mouse-19828.html

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CES Stuff:

Digital Trends’ Best of CES 2011 Awards
"We came, we saw, we dozed nonstop after stumbling back home in a sleep-deprived haze. And after emerging from our hibernation, we looked back at a blur of circuits, silicon and screens that hail the beginning of the 2011 tech blitz. With more than 2,700 companies in attendance and 80 launches of tablets alone, CES 2011 brought plenty of hum-drum tech debris, but a select few companies also managed to rise above the din and make themselves heard with extraordinary products worthy of another look. Here are the products and concepts that made headlines at CES 2011, and will define the year to come."
Link to the article: http://www.digitaltrends.com/features/digital-trends-best-of-ces-2011-awards/

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CES 2011: Patriot Memory @ ThinkComputers.org

Article URL: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/ces-2011-patriot-memory/

Quote: “Patriot Memory signed on as a sponsor of ThinkComputers this past year and they have quite a selection of different products. At CES 2011 they showed us that they are revamping many of these product lines. They also showed us a new product line that we really did not expect from them. Read on to see what it is…"

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OCZ Technology at CES 2011 @ Techgage

Link: http://techgage.com/article/ocz_technology_at_ces_2011/

Quote: If you love SSDs, OCZ Technology’s suite at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas was the place to be during CES. On display were the company’s IBIS drives, the Vertex 3 EX and Pro, the short Z-Drive R3, along with 80 Plus power supplies for both the OCZ and PC Power & Cooling brand, and yes, even some DDR3 modules could also be found.

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Best of CES 2011 @ Techgage

Link: http://techgage.com/article/best_of_ces_2011/

Quote: With CES 2011 behind us, it’s time to round up the products that "wowed" the Techgage staff enough to earn our "Best of" award. Included among this list is ASUS’ Eee Slate, BlackBerry’s PlayBook, Contour’s GPS camera, Crucial’s Smart Tracers, GIGABYTE’s G1, Kingston’s MobiSX, Motorola’s ATRIX and more.

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Rob Enderle’s favorite gadgets of CES 2011
"CES is a huge toy show, and the only thing that saves my wallet is the fact that most of this stuff isn’t available yet. And some may not be available in the US. But, without further ado, here is my own personal list of the coolest stuff announced at CES."
Link to the article:http://www.digitaltrends.com/gadgets/rob-enderles-favorite-gadgets-of-ces-2011/

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CES 2011 Best/Worst of Show @ LanOC Reviews
DESCRIPTION: There’s certainly quite a bit to take in during the four days of the International Consumer Electronics show. With thousands of exhibitors and hundred thousands in attendance, a lot of opinions leave the convention center. Hopefully we’ve aided in your quest to sift through all that information, and now we are proud to give you our thoughts on the best and the worst we, as gamers, saw during CES 2011.
ARTICLE URL: http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4733-ces-2011-bestworst-of-show

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Gaming at CES 2011 @ LanOC Reviews
DESCRIPTION: Turn three gamers loose at CES 2011, and among the plethora of hardware and software booths, naturally we will be drawn to anything and everything related to video games. Sunday was the final day of the Consumer Electronics Show 2011, as Cory, Skyler, and myself hit the floor for some free coverage. Having little time for games the past four days resulted in a thorough scouring of the convention center for demos, trailers, and announcements.
ARTICLE URL: http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4727-gaming-at-ces-2011

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Futurelooks pops out a couple more last minute CES 2011 coverage compilations …

CES 2011 – Everything You Wanted To Know About Tablets, Notebooks, and Netbooks

Our continuing coverage of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show turns its attention over to a market that is quickly growing, expanding, and innovating: tablets. The Apple iPad remains the dominant force in this segment for now, but with the rise of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, NVIDIA Tegra2, and other great developments, it’s in for some stiff competition.

Direct Link:http://www.futurelooks.com/ces-2011-tablets-notebooks-and-netbooks/

CES 2011 – Checking In with nVidia, Intel, MSI, Kingston, ZALMAN, and VIA

As I walked through the airport, hotel lobbies, and Las Vegas Convention Center dodging people left and right, it seems that CES was much busier than the last couple years. In fact, it was especially busy on the roads as the Futurelooks team infiltrated CES 2011, which is at the heart of Las Vegas. We were in search of all things good and techie so let’s have a look at some of those goodies right now.

Direct Link:http://www.futurelooks.com/ces-2011-checking-in-with-nvidia-intel-msi-kingston-zalman-and-via/

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LanOC CES coverage

http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4667-gigabyte-press-conference
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4668-corsair-press-conference-
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4669-cooler-master-private-showing
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4670-antec-booth-tour
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4671-thrustmaster-booth-tour
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4672-nyko-private-showing
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4674-shuttle-ces-2011
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4700-gigabyte-private-showing
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4702-archos-at-ces
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4701-amd-fusion-and-mobile-graphics-briefing
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4703-in-win–ces-2011
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4704-futurelook-presents-kingston-zotac-and-zalman
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4708-other-world-computer-booth-tour
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4711-msi-ces-2011
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4712-raidon-and-icydock-ces-2011
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4705-rocstor-booth-tour
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4714-razer-booth-tour
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4715-madcatz-private-showing
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4706-igugu-booth-tour
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4717-lite-onplextor-booth-walkthrough
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4720-ocz-ces-2011
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4719-nox-audio-ces-2011
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4713-trendnet-ces-2011
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4722-xi3-booth-tour
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4709-kodak-private-showing
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4723-westinghouse-booth-tour
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4724-ibuypower-private-showing
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4728-patriot–ces-2011
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4729-mushkin–ces-2011
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4731-atlantic-ces-2011
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4732-steelseries-private-showing
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4734-playseat-ces-2011
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4735-corsair-booth-tour
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4730-lg-booth-tour
http://lanoc.org/news/ces-2011/4737-fractal-design-ces-2011

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CES 2011 – Funky Speakers from Speakal

The guys at Speakal have always been on the quirkier side of things. They don’t seem all that interested in sending out generic black boxes for their iPod speaker docks and that tradition is continuing with some of the new products showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

Direct Link:http://www.megatechnews.com/ces-2011-funky-speakers-from-speakal/

CES 2011 – Targus Offers Cases for Everything

The Consumer Electronics Show is a positively massive endeavor with what feels like an endless supply of tech-fueled geekiness. We’re continuing our coverage of the massive trade show with a quick visit with our friends at Targus.

Direct Link:http://www.megatechnews.com/ces-2011-targus-offers-cases-for-everything/

CES 2011 – Scosche Gets Fit and Offers Accessories A Plenty

Venturing over to the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, we were literally inundated with a wide arrangement of accessories for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. One of the biggest booths in this portion of the Consumer Electronics Show belonged to none other than Scosche.

Direct Link:http://www.megatechnews.com/ces-2011-scosche-gets-fit-and-offers-accessories-a-plenty/

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Gaming Related:

SteelSeries Ikari Laser Mouse Review @ eTeknix.com

Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews

Cyborg R.A.T. 3 and R.A.T. 7 Review – the ultimate mice?

SteelSeries Siberia V2 Special Edition Blue Sneak-Peak Review

TechwareLabs Review: Cooler Master Inferno Gaming Mouse

SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset Review

Sandberg Street Gear US Play Review @ XSReviews

 

 

Quick Links:

NZXT HALE90 750W Power Supply Review

Funky Kit Review: Zotac H67-ITX WiFi motherboard

MSI GeForce GTX 580 1536 MB Video Cards in SLI

iXBT Labs Review: Gigabyte P67A-UD5 Motherboard

Fun Facts: Intel’s Sandy Bridge Processors

Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Review

Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 @ PureOverclock

NZXT Sentry LXE External Fan Controller Review at Overclockers Online

Seasonic X-Series 850 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets

Coolermaster HAF 932 @ Rbmods

AMD Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 Overclocked Round-up @ HotHardware.com

Cooler Master Elite 100 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets

ECS H67H2-M Black Deluxe and H67H2-I Mini-ITX Motherboards Review @ HardwareHeaven.com

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600 Watt

Exclusive: CPU cooler Xilence M612 Pro @planet3dnow.de

Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 580 AMP! Edition 1536 MB @ techPowerUp

Intel D525MW Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @MissingRemote

In-Win Dragon Rider Case @ Bjorn3D

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