News for March 10th 2011


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Hello world! it’s about time again for the news from our friends around the world. I’ve got an Epson printer and another Logitech HD webcam coming up for you guys, so stay tuned for that. Until then there’s more PR coming along with other stuff. For now just go and read the news to see what’s going on in the world.

 

Storage Related:

LITE-ON eNAU608 External Slim USB DVD/CD Writer

Quote: Have you ever though that all portable drives look alike and just wish that you could personalize it? Well LITE-ON answers your prayers with the eNAU608.
LINK: http://www.techwarelabs.com/lite-on-enau608-external-slim-dvdcd-writer/

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‘Buffalo DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 1TB Review’
The Full Article can be viewed at
http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/03/buffalo-drivestation-axis-usb-3-0-1tb-review/

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Startech InfoSafe SATA enclosure designed for 2.5" hard drives … model S252U2ERR. This is one of the first external enclosure that can accommodate two 2.5" inch hard drives, supporting various RAID modes, as well as USB and eSATA connectivity.

The enclosure comes with two removeable bays/trays and measures 25.5mm x 101mm x 153mm. It supports a range of RAID modes powered by a Silicon Image SiI5744 chip. RAID modes supported includes RAID 0 (Striping), RAID 1 (mirror), JBOD (just a bunch of disks) and BIG (Concatenation).

Read the rest of the review here … http://www.funkykit.com/component/content/article/55-storage/7639-review-startech-infosafe-25q-sata-extrernal-enclosure.html

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Thermaltake Max 5G USB 3.0 Drive Case.

Not that long ago I looked at the Thermaltake BlacX 5G docking station and walked away fairly impressed; or at least impressed enough that when asked I readily agreed to look at the Thermaltake Max 5G. Thermaltake Max 5G has basically all the features of the BlacX 5G (2.5" and 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s hard drive compatibility with USB 3.0 controller chip) but is an enclosure with a twist: dual 80mm fans for cooling! So for you readers who don’t like docking stations and are looking for an active cooled USB 3.0 enclosure is the Thermaltake Max 5G "the one" for you? Read on to find out in my full review.

http://www.everythingusb.com/thermaltake-max-5g-usb-3.0-drive-case-21011.html

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Intel 510 Series 250GB SSDs Reviewed in RAID 0 @ Legit Reviews
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1563/1/

   "So how did Intel do this round? Very good actually. Having used a few of the Marvell controlled drives before, we had an idea of what to expect although we knew that Intel was bringing their own firmware. Obviously, they brought their ‘A’ game when they designed the firmware because their 510 Series performed better than any Marvell drive we have tested. If this is just a mid-level product until their own high-end controller is ready for action, we can’t wait to see what that’s going to give us in terms of performance…"

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Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Review URL: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/western-digital-my-passport-essential-se-1tb-usb-3-0-portable-hard-drive-review/

Quote: “Portable storage has always been very popular, it is nice having a hard drive that you can easily take with you anywhere on the go. Western Digital is no stranger to portable storage solutions, they have been marking portable solutions for a while now. With technology advancing and USB 3.0 becoming very popular Western Digital has released versions of its My Passport drives that support USB 3.0. Today we will be looking at the 1TB USB 3.0 My Passport Essential SE drive."

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Lite-On eNAU608 Slim External DVD/CD Writer Review at Overclockers Online
Link: http://www.overclockersonline.net/reviews/lite-on-enau108-slim-external-dvdcd-writer/
Quote: Overall, I’m very pleased with the eNAU608. With netbooks not coming equipped with optical drives by default the eNAU608 provides a great alternative. It is slim and easy to carry around and gives you reasonable performance. It is not nearly the fastest or most advanced drive out on the market, but if you don’t need Blu-Ray than this has it all.

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Plextor M2 Series 128GB SATA 6Gbps Marvell SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1561/1/

   "Plextor is probably best known for their optical drives so it may come as a surprise to some that they also offer SSDs in their product line. Their most recent line is the M2 series which features a Marvell controller and a 6Gbps interface. We’ve got our hands on the 128GB version and we’ll see how it stacks up against the other drives we have tested. At first blush, the specifications for read and write, 420 MB/s and 210 MB/s respectively, don’t seem all that amazing compared to the newest SandForce drives emerging that hit above 500 MB/s on both fronts. However, as we have seen with SandForce controllers, they rely on data compression to boost speed so depending on the type of data being transferred, the data rate may vary dramatically. The benchmarks will paint this picture a little better…"

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MUKii TransImp X3 Hard Drive Enclosure Plus @ Pro-Clockers

Review link: http://pro-clockers.com/enclosures/1843-mukii-transimp-x3-hard-drive-enclosure-plus-.html

Something else that MUKii is realizing is that people want more for their money. Functionality and quality is one thing, but good looks are also a must.. So, often is the case that we want both; we deserve it. Right? This brings us to our latest review product from MUKii, their TransImp X3 Hard Drive Enclosure Plus. One might remember the TransImp U3 model that we reviewed some months back and think this is just a redesigned shell; however, that is not the case at all. The TransImp X3 is indeed an external enclosure with USB3 support, but it also comes with a bunch of new features, enough to make it worth of the prefix Plus. So grab a drink, perhaps a snack and sit back as we show you just what this enclosure has in store for you!

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Audio / Video:

Arctic Sound P531 Headphones @ Pro-Clockers

Review link: http://pro-clockers.com/audio/1845-arctic-sound-p531-headphones.html

I got a chance to review the Arctic Sound P321’s a while back, letting you know they were a good and affordable set.  As such, I made sure to let Arctic know that I’d love to get my hands on their upgraded Professional 5.1 Gamer headset. Well my wish was granted, and I found a set waiting at home for me after work.  Now I know I’ve talked about how I always skimped out on the audio side of things, but I had been trying to change that. I had hoped to improve my first person skills a little and to enjoy my music a bit more, so I had been looking at upgrading my audio.  While keeping my eyes open for a great deal for this audio upgrade I became big fan of Newegg’s shell shocker deals, and over the last year I’ve gotten pretty lucky and picked up a set of Creative Fatality Gaming Headset and the Creative Fatality sound card.  Those two really are meant to be together and truly provide a boost to your listening pleasure by improving the overall sound quality.  So I must admit I’m a bit spoiled, which sadly to say despite my pleasant experience with the P321, was not that confident that the P531’s would be able to compete with the paired, high priced (before shell shocker) Creative set.

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Icy Box IB-MP3011 Mediaplayer:
English link:  http://rbmods.com/icy-box-ib-mp3011-mediaplayer/
Swedish link:  http://rbmods.se/icy-box-ib-mp3011-mediaplayer/
Quote:  Mediaplayers, HTPC computers, etc… they’re  finding their way to more and more livingrooms throughout the world. Which one of them is of good quality, and should I spend more than 150$ on a unit?
Those are good questons, and today we are taking a look at a mediaplayer from Icy Box. They sent us their IB-MP3011 model that we are now going to take a closer look at.

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Mobile Related:

Google Nexus S

URL: http://www.businesscomputingworld.co.uk/review-google-nexus-s/

Conclusion: “The Google Nexus S is not to everyone’s taste. Its unskinned version Android lacks the bells and whistles of smartphones from the likes of HTC and Samsung. But it does run the latest version of the Android operating system, has some future proofing in that Google has been good at delivering updates quickly in the past, and has some up to the minute new features like NFC and SIP-based VoIP capability. The lack of expandable memory is a real annoyance though, and the SIM-free price is not to be sniffed at.”

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: Choiix Power Fort 5.5W Rechargeable Power Backup Battery Pack Review @ eTeknix.com

Link: http://www.eteknix.com/miscellaneous/choiix-power-fort-5-5w-rechargeable-power-backup-battery-pack-799/

Quote:Gone are the days of monochromatic screens, polyphonic ring tones and battery lives measured in days not hours! As smart phones have developed (particularly since the introduction of the iPhone) screens have become larger, brighter and higher in resolution, connectivity is "always on" and multimedia (be it music, movies or photos) is a minimum requirement. All this technology is wonderful but it has had a detrimental impact on battery life. Try as they might with the latest polymer battery technology, manufacturers are squeezing more features in to smaller physical forms and something has to give. Recharging your phone is now as much a part of the daily routine as cleaning your teeth or styling your hair. Forget to charge your phone and its only a matter of hours before the phone shuts down and you miss that important business call or Justin Bieber’s latest tweet on Twitter (OMFG!!).

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‘ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Tablet Review’
The Full Article can be viewed at
http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/03/viewsonic-viewpad-7-tablet-review/

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ViewSonic 10s First Impressions @ InsideHW

Summary: This device is expected to make its official European debut before the end of this quarter, and ViewSonic has shown that the company takes tablet devices very seriously.
Article link: http://www.insidehw.com/Reviews/Gadgets/ViewSonic-10s-First-Impressions-A-Serious-Slate.html

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Assorted Stuffs:

The death of DVD
"It’s strange to think that there are many of us who only have vague memories of VCRs. DVD players were truly introduced to consumers in the mid-to-late 90s, and quickly became the option du jour for home viewing. There was also a small transition period of time when you would find a family’s DVD player sitting slimly atop its VCR, or maybe you glimpsed the brief shelf life of the two-in-one, VCR-DVD combo. At any rate, DVDs spelled the destruction of VHS, which has taken its place alongside Betamax, typewriters, and Discmans as items made obsolete by their successors."
Link to the article: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/the-death-of-dvd/

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Speedlink Hardware Competition – Get Social, Get Prizes – XSReviews.co.uk
Link: http://xsreviews.co.uk/2011/03/win-free-speedlink-hardware-get-social-get-prizes/
Quote:  "To celebrate the launch of the new XSR CMS, we’ve teamed up with our buddies at Meroncourt to offer up some great Speedlink gear for anyone that wants to get a bit more social with XSReviews.
Up for grabs today we have a set of 5.1 Speedlink Fame speakers, Speedlink Medusa NX headset and 3 x Speedlink Ferret gaming mice.
To be in with a chance of winning the Fame speakers or the headset, all you need do is join us on Facebook and/or follow us on twitter."

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TechwareLabs Event Coverage: GDC 2011: Expo Floor Photos

Here’s a clip from the Coverage:
Quote: TechwareLabs didn’t attend this years Game Developers Conference in San Fransisco, but I went and took some pics for you to enjoy.
LINK: http://www.techwarelabs.com/gdc-2011-expo-floor-photos/

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TRENDnet TEW-687GA 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Review URL: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/trendnet-tew-687ga-450mbps-wireless-n-gaming-adapter-review/

Quote: “TRENDnet’s TEW-687GA 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter is a sleek and versatile piece of network equipment. While it is primarily marketed toward gamers who want wireless N performance on their PC or consoles, the TEW-687GA can also double as a bridge for your network, provide N connectivity to media players, or any other device with an Ethernet port. This ‘gaming adapter’ successfully interfaces with all of these devices while providing great performance compared to the competition."

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Apple Mac OS X Lion: A Preview of What’s to Come
http://www.techspot.com/guides/371-mac-osx-lion-preview/
Steve Jobs revealed few details about Mac OS X 10.7 Lion at the "Back to the Mac" gathering on Apple’s Cupertino campus late last year. But most recently the company began seeding a preview of the operating system to its developer program members, giving us a chance to see where OS X is headed before it becomes available to the general public this summer.
Between the iOS-like features we saw back in October and what we are seeing now, it’s clear Apple has drawn a lot of inspiration from its popular iPhone and iPad devices, making significant changes to OS X and adding features that are focused on simplifying the overall experience for both new and longtime Mac users.

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Beginner’s Guide to HTPC Software @MissingRemote.com
DESCRIPTION: Each one of these has their pros and cons. If you are using Mac OSX, you don’t have many choices beyond Front Row and Plex (below). If you’re using Linux, honestly you’re probably not reading this guide due to limited options as well–MythTV (below as well). So that leaves Windows users . This is at least 90% of you out there, and most likely what everyone reading this is interested in. Let’s take a look at some HTPC software programs and cover some of their pros and cons. By no means is this full in-depth, but should be a good starting point.
ARTICLE URL: http://www.missingremote.com/guide/beginners-guide-htpc-software

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: Using GParted To Restore A Corrupt SSD NTFS Partition
Guide  Link : http://www.bayreviews.com/guides/18740-gparted-to-restore-corrupt-ssd
Quote : "To get the quickest response time on my software development server, I decided to use a Transcend V Series TS32GSSD25S-M 32Gb SATA SSD hard drive as the primary boot partition. The risk was one day running out of free space but I never imagined that would result in a complete boot failure! Keep reading to find out more…"

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Gaming Etc:

RIFT (PC) Review @ GamingHeaven.com

Mionix Propus 380 Review @ APH Networks

Killzone 3 PlayStation 3 Review

 

Quick Links:

BitFenix Shinobi Review @ Vortez

Lamptron Fan-Atic 5-Channel Fan Controller Review @ Legit Reviews

Sparkle Calibre X580 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps

Sapphire Radeon HD 6990 4GB Video Card @ 1GHz OC

Fractal Design Define XL Computer Case @ TweakPC.de

ASUS EAH6870 1GB Radeon HD6870 Thermal Image Analysis @ Bigbruin.com

AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review: Sumptuous Dual-GPU Power

eXtreme Power Supply Calculator Update

5 CPU heatsinks for AMD platform tested @planet3dnow.de

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Modular Case @ Benchmark Reviews

ASRock E350M1 Fusion Review

Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 760W Power Supply Review

ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 & M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 Motherboards Review @ Hardware Canucks

Sentey GS-6500 Burton High Tower Case Review @ BayReviews.com

Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H Motherboard Review @ GeekInvaders.com

Asus Crosshair IV Extreme AMD 890FX Motherboard @ HotHardware.com

Nexus Prominent 5 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets

The NZXT Bunker USB Locking Device Video Review

Zotac Geforce GTX 570 Review @ Tweaknews

AMD Fusion vs Intel Atom: Clash of the Integrations @ InsideHW

AMD HD6990 will not be warranted in OC mode: confirmed

Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing

ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews

A Look at AMD’s Catalyst 11.4 Driver @ Techgage

Thermaltake Jing @ PureOverclock

Sapphire Pure Black X58 LGA1366 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks

Corsair Hydro H70 Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ OCIA.net

GIGABYTE P67A-UD4 (Intel P67 Express) Motherboard Review

AMD Radeon HD 6990 Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets

HIS HD6990 Dual CrossfireX Review

Sapphire Radeon HD 6990 CrossFire Review @ HardwareHeaven.com

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