News for Thursday January 21st 2010 and a poll


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Hmm, it seems I’m a bit behind in my news postings. Sorry about that, but I’m just a busy and things like this just fall off to the side sometimes.. I’ve just updated my blog for the first time since December 24th actually, I don’t think I’ve ever let it go that long before. For us though we’ve got some great things coming up for review like the Epson MovieMate 60 Projector, I’ve got the a new Palm phone on the way, another netbook, along with a few printers from HP, Lexmark, Canon and Epson, and some USB3.0 stuff as well. of course there’s a lot of other things as well like the ear buds from Arctic Cooling, and the Mionix Keid 20 gaming headset, and even the new Das Keyboard Professional S keyboard.

I was also curious as to what you guys and gals out there might like to see reviewed besides the things we’re planning on. So I’ve got a poll for you and then news from our friends follows it.

So here’s a poll for you, it’s a chance to vote and tell us what you want type sof products you want to learn more about:

 

The last one you can see is ‘Other’ so you can just tell us your thoughts in the comments sections below.

 

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Storage Related:

OCZ Throttle 32Gb eSATA and USB Memory Stick Review @ madshrimps

The fastest memory stick on the face of the earth? OCZ is definitely gunning for the title with their Throttle eSATA 32Gb unit, we measured read speeds up to 85.9Mb/s, almost three times as fast compared to your standard USB variation. More performance numbers and stress testing inside.
http://www.madshrimps.be/gotoartik.php?articID=961

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NZXT USB Expansion System Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Quote: “One thing that many motherboards have lacked up until recently was extra USB ports. Many people do not need a lot of extra USB ports, but people like me do. I run 4 external USB hard drives, have a USB webcam, 2 USB receivers for my keyboard and mouse, card reader, USB speakers, iPhone dock, and always need 1 extra USB port open for my flash drive! Wouldn’t it be nice if I could move a few of those connections inside the case and not have to worry about them? Well NZXT has developed something that is a no brainer, the IU01 USB Expansion System."

Review URL: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/nzxt-usb-expansion-system-review/

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G.Skill Falcon II 128GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks

Quote: As the SSD marketplace expands at a near-breakneck pace, OEMs and manufacturers alike are moving quickly to cover as many price points as possible. One of the most popular portions of this market doesn’t lie with the high-performance, stratospherically-priced drives but rather with drives that offer the perfect mix of value and performance. G.Skill’s new Falcon II 128GB is one of the SSDs which is leading the push towards affordable, large capacity SSDs.

Article URL: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/27702-g-skill-falcon-ii-128gb-ssd-review.html

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Axus Fit 300 Hard Drive Raid Enclosure Review on Technic3D

Quote: "The Axus Fit 300 External Hard Drive Enclosure for Raid arrived Technic3D. The heart of FiT is adopted with hardware RAID technology which offers high performance. eSATA connectivity with Raid see you in the following Review."

Link: http://www.technic3d.com/article-1010,1-axus-fit-300-externes-performance-wunder.htm

Translation: http://translate.google.de/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.technic3d.com%2Farticle-1010%2C1-axus-fit-300-externes-performance-wunder.htm&sl=de&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

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LSI MegaRAID SATA and SAS 9260-8i RAID Card Review @ Legit Reviews

Quote:
"Besides the small file random read/write the LSI 9260-8i surpassed the Adaptec 5805 in nearly all the SSD tests while the two cards were roughly equal in the HDD tests. What really helps the LSI 9260-8i is the SAS/SATA 6Gbps support enabling maximum performance on upcoming storage drives. This will be quite important with SATA 6Gbps SSDs easily pushing 500MB/s in sequential reads. It is a close call between the two cards but consideration must also be taken regarding firmware maturity. The Adaptec 5805 has been on the market for a while but the LSI 9260-8i is still relatively immature. There is a possibility that the small file random read/write performance could be bolstered, making the Adaptec 5805 effectively obsolete…"

Article URL: http://legitreviews.com/article/1178/1"

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G.Skill Falcon II 128GB SSD Review @ TechSpot
http://www.techspot.com/review/231-gskill-falcon2-128gb/
In our first solid-state drive round-up last year we quickly learned that a SSD can only be as good as the controller working the magic behind it. That was the last time we checked a solid state drive from G.Skill, who is better known for its overclocking friendly memory modules.

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LSI MegaRAID 9280-8E SAS 6G PCIe 2.0 RAID Controller @ TweakTown
QUOTE: "Seagate and LSI Logic teamed up to bring SAS 2.0, 6Gb/s technology to enterprise and prosumer users in late 2009. The Seagate 15K.7 3.5 inch form factor and 15K.2 2.5” drives both showed performance improvements with the new 6G interface. We have already tested both drives on the internal version of the card we are reviewing today, the LSI 9260-8i, and saw large single drive performance increases just by moving to SAS 2.0.
External SAS enclosures are categorized as Direct Access Storage (DAS) and the technology has now trickled down from enterprise and is a popular way of adding very large disk arrays to professional Audio / Video users. Small companies with a small number of users have found that DAS offers the same disk redundancy features of NAS servers, but offers higher data transfer speeds and in many cases lower costs."

For more information, please visit – http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3101/lsi_megaraid_9280_8e_sas_6g_pcie_2_0_raid_controller/index.html

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Mobile Related:

Psychology of Technology Less Input, More "Innerput"

Teaser: The Web, the Internet, and all of the new media that has sprung from them, have been a boon to the information age, making information available at our fingertips instantaneously. The sheer volume of information now accessible on line is staggering. Information continues to become more available to more people in less time; from web sites to email to RSS feeds to Twitter, we have input at an unprecedented rate and volume. Ironically, as the frequency of information grows, the length of messages shrinks (e.g., Twitter’s 140-character limit. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; think of haiku). For all its benefits, an unfortunate consequence of this torrent of information is that our “mental inbox” becomes overloaded. With our minds spilling over with information, our primary motivation is to empty it as quickly as possible.

Click here: http://bit.ly/4EZbIk

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Printers:

Epson WorkForce 1100 Printer Review @ Hardware Secrets

"Although all-in-one printers that can copy, scan and print have become the most popular segment of printers, there are many other types of printers currently available. One of these specialty types of printers, called wide-format, has the often useful ability to print on large sizes of paper. Epson’s WorkForce 1100 is a new wide-format printer. This specialty type of printer has to be especially heavy duty. So we set out to find out if this WorkForce is a workhorse or a wimp."

Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/903

 

 

Some more CES2010 Coverage:

2010 CES: Computer Technology Highlights @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: The International Consumer Electronics Show offers a vast and overwhelming panoply of products, with exhibitors ranging from tiny, two-man booths from unknown Taiwanese companies to 4+ acre spreads from Microsoft and Intel. In addition to CES exhibits in the Las Vegas Convention Center, vendors have invitation-only hospitality suites set up in various hotels around the Strip. With over 2,700 exhibitors from more than 140 countries, you’re not going to see everything even if you spend every waking moment traipsing the show floor. What follows is a list of things which caught my eye, or that I thought were technically cool; it’s in no way comprehensive, or even very organized, but should give you some idea of what the show was like.

ARTICLE URL: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=446&Itemid=46

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CES 2010 – Wrap-up @ Bigbruin.com

Quote:  CES is finally over (has been for several days), and a lot of things were shown. Some were really cool new things, while others were just updated models or those with an increase in speed/capacity. Instead of focusing on the many SSDs or USB 3.0 enclosures that dominated a good part of the show, we will focus on a broad range of other new products in this article.

Link: http://www.bigbruin.com/content/ces2010wrapup_1

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CES 2010 – Spotlight CoolIT Systems @ TechwareLabs

Quote: CoolIT releases a few new products for 2010 at CES this year, furthering their collection of outstanding products to keep your computer system cooler than OEM products.
LINK: http://www.techwarelabs.com/ces-2010-coolit-systems/

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HotHardware’s CES 2010 Highlight Wrap-Up:
http://hothardware.com/Articles/CES-2010-Highlights/

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas gets the year going in the right direction for everyone in the high tech industry. It allows manufacturers to showcase their current products to thousands of media outlets, as well as give a sneak peak at impending launches all the while creating buzz and excitement among consumers.  And yeah, It’s not bad for a few thousand press folks like us as well.
Although we already showed you several noteworthy products in our various CES Showcase, there’s still a bit more to cover. Companies tend to go all-in during CES and show us more exciting hardware than we can analyze in just one or two articles. Here’s a wrap up to our CES 2010 coverage that includes spotlights on Intel, Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA, MSI, Dell, OCZ, CyberPower, Toshiba, Sony and more. 

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CES 2010: Nvidia @ ThinkComputers.org

Quote: “Nvidia showed off new Ion netbook and nettop designs this year, plus an entirely new GeForce architecture—Fermi— designed for triple headed machines and 3D displays. Nvidia’s Tegra line of embedded chipsets is also growing rapidly through OEM adoption, most notably in the Boxee Box by D-Link."

Review URL: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/ces-2010-nvidia/

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2010 CES: MSI @ OCIA.net

"Without a doubt, the main focus of MSI’s display this year was on their motherboards. Our MSI rep was very passionate about their goals for the US market with their two flagship boards leading the way, Big Bang Fuzion and Big Bang Trinergy. He emphasized the need for MSI to focus on hardware as this category is slowly taking a backseat to more general consumer electronics among the buying public, especially in the US."

Article Link:  http://www.ocia.net/articles/msices10

 

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