Happy Friday, aren’t you happy it’s Friday? Let’s just cut to the chase here, it’s time for the news from our friends around the world.
ASUS B@-12B1LT Blu-ray Writer @ PureOverclock
Review URL: http://www.pureoverclock.com/article1213.html
“The ASUS BW-12B1LT is an internal powerful Blu-ray ReWrite drive capable writing BD-R media at 12X and reading BD media at up to 8X speed. In this review we will demonstrate the performance of the BW-12B1LT by putting the drive through many tests on a considerable amount of various CD/DVD/BD media. Is this “drive” for you? Keep reading and let’s find out.”
Zalman N-Series Sandforce SSD Tests @ Benchmark Reviews
DESCRIPTION: Zalman is best known for their very quiet coolers, stylish computer cases, and power supply units. Now they’re adding high-speed storage devices to their product stack, begining with a SandForce-driven Zalman N-Series SSD. The Zalman N-Series solid state drive is capable of 50,000 IOPS, with read bandwidth topping 280 MB/s while maximum write speeds reach up to 270 MB/s. In this article, Benchmark Reviews demonstrates that 4K IOPS performance is more important than speed for high-power computer users tests, and tests the 128GB Zalman SSD0128N1 SSD against some of the most popular storage devices available.
Thermaltake Max 5G Hard Drive Enclosure @ Techgage
Quote: It’s been a while since Thermaltake released an update to its "Max" line-up of hard drive enclosures, but the Max 5G looks to be a great one. Aside from looking good, it supports SATA 3.0 hard drives and a USB 3.0 interface, and helps keep your drive cool by employing dual 80mm quiet fans. Read on as we see if it’s worth your hard-earned $60.
TechwareLabs Editorial: Speed on the Cheap: Seagate Momentus XT RAID 0
Quote: Now we are going to take it a little further with the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid drive. This little guy is a standard 2.5" 7200 RPM laptop drive with 32MB cache and a beautiful 4GB SSD attached. This SSD brings the performance up considerably. So, what are we going to do with it? Well Seagate gave us two, so we are going to RAID them in a RAID 0 and short stroke them to see what kind of performance we can get. Just like Artiom did with the VelociRaptor. We are directly comparing this to the SSD in Artiom’s last editorial using the VelociRaptors.
LINK: TechwareLabs Editorial: Speed on the Cheap: Seagate Momentus XT RAID 0
OCZ Platinum XTE 4GB DDR3-2000 @ PureOverclock
Review URL: http://www.pureoverclock.com/article1212.html
“OCZ is typically known for producing rock solid memory kits at very attractive prices. And while we can understand the rationale behind OCZ’s decision to leave the memory market in the near future, we’ll be sorry to see them go. So there’s a good chance these OCZ Platinum 4GB XTE DDR3-2000 modules might be one of the last of their kind in a long line of successful sticks from OCZ.”
QUOTE: "This time it’s Patriots turn to get in the lime light with the Viper Extreme Series Division 2 kit. Yes, it’s got quite the name. First up, we’ve got the package which while being nicely designed, doesn’t contain much more than the two modules which comes as no surprise.
What we’re dealing with today is an 8GB kit which consists of two 4GB modules that come in at PC3-15000 or 1866MHz DDR. The timings come in a little more relaxed at 9-11-9-27-1T @ 1.65v, not bad timings, but a little looser than the last kit we looked at which was higher clocked. The reason for this, though, is because we’re dealing with higher density 4GB modules instead of 2GB ones."
Max5G Active Cooling 3.5 External Enclosure
SNIP: Thermaltake recently sent us one of their latest external hard drive enclosures: the Max5G USB 3.0 Active Cooling product. It sports two 80mm fans that force air against the bottom of the hard drive and out the bottom of the case. We will be testing its throughput via both a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connection to the computer. In this review we used a Samsung F4 2TB hard drive inside the enclosure.
Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 128GB Portable SSD @ Techgage
Quote: Often on the go and require a super-fast storage solution to take along? Portable SSDs are not exactly new, but they are constantly being improved. Though Kingston was a bit late to the party with its HyperX Max 3.0, we’ve found it to be the best portable SSD we’ve tested to date. It features huge speeds, and very good performance consistency.
ADATA Superior Series S102 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review
ADATA started to introduce speedy USB 3.0 flash drives to the market, one of them being the Superior Series S102 16GB model. These products have different read/write speeds depending on the capacity and thanks to their very high read speed performances we can use them successfully for booting Live USB Linux distributions or for transferring the Windows 7/Vista install kits, to speed up the OS installation.
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Logitech Revue with Google TV @ Rbmods
English link: http://rbmods.com/logitech-revue-with-google-tv/
Quote: The concept of viewing content from the internet on your TV is not a new idea. HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) have been around since 1993, but have had limited success due to their cost and complexity to operate. In May of 2010 Google announced their internet-connected television platform, known as Google TV. Billed as “Television, meet search engine” the Google TV platform promises a lot – easy to use internet from your couch. Does it manage to live up to these lofty dreams? Our thoughts after the break.
3D LED TV & Blu-ray Player: The Three-Dimensional LG @ InsideHW
Three-dimensional video content, although currently only available in the tiniest proportions, seems to have become a trend that pushes the video industry forward. Owing to it, tens of new Blu-ray player models with 3D capabilities have been released, and that’s set off the 3D TV receiver industry as well. Read on to find out what LG has come up with to compete…
Antec are renowned among enthusiast circles for creating some of the finest computer cases and power supplies on the market. Like others in todays climate they are expanding into new territories and have turned their attention to speakers. This isn’t a half hearted attempt however, with a new subsidiary entitled ‘SoundScience’.
The Californian based company are proud to announce that this new brand of speakers is the result of “two years of evolving prototypes, constant fine-tuning, and hundreds of hours listening” and the end result is what we are testing today – the Soundscience Rockus 3D. Unlike many other designs, Antec aren’t using an OEM, these are developed and created in house.
‘Flip minoHD Camcorder Review’
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/02/flip-minohd-camcorder-review/
Panasonic HDC-SDT750 Review
"Can’t find a good 3D movie to watch on your new 3D HDTV? Make your own-or so say the good folks at Panasonic, Sony and other camcorder makers. The third dimension has hit home video in a major way in 2011 and whether this is a good thing, we’ll soon let you know."
Link to the review: http://www.digitaltrends.com/camcorder-reviews/panasonic-hdc-sdt750-review/
Tablets of 2011: What to Look For
Last year promised to be the year of the tablet, and at least for Apple, it was indeed. The nearly ubiquitous iPad managed not only to outsell every other tablet on the market by a wide margin, it also exceeded Mac sales in the last quarter. But even if Apple is not likely to lose its throne anytime soon, competition is finally making itself present. If Android’s gains in the smartphone market serve any indication it should be an interesting year for tablets as well.
Quick Review: NAVIGON GPS iPhone App
QUOTE: "When I first started to hear about GPS software making its way to the App Store, I found myself excited. It was going to be nice to get rid of the TomTom I had in the car. Sure, I loved it, but it would battle with the iPhone for power. Also, after my car was broken into once because it had the holder for another TomTom I had, I never liked having the suction cup holder on the window."
In his latest blog post, TR’s Geoff Gasior attacks his notebook’s glossy finish with a scouring pad. That takes care of the gloss, but at what cost?
Is There a Market for Windows 7 Tablets?
If you were paying attention during the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, then you’ll know that Android tablets have suddenly become the hottest thing since sliced bread. How, then, are Windows 7 tablets supposed to fit into the mix? The reason I ask is that Dell held a business-centric media event yesterday wherein they revealed a whole bunch of new notebooks and desktops. Intermingled in that announcement was the mention of a new ten-inch tablet device that will run on Windows 7.
Choiix Power Fort 5.5whrs Review @ XSReviews
Review Link: http://www.xsreviews.co.uk/reviews/other-products/choiix-power-fort-55whrs/
Quote: "With the ever expanding use of smartphones and other clever little electronic gadgets, one problem the world is starting to come to terms with is that there is just never enough power to go around. Lugging around chargers can be a real pain, especially if you need a different one for each device. However, Coolermaster have produced what a few others have done, a backup power supply. However, this isn’t its first iteration, this new version of the Power Fort comes with a simple USB interface hoping to standardise backup charging. Let’s see if it’s as effective without the myriad of charge heads. "
HP’s TouchPad – What You Should Know @ ThinkComputers.org
Quote: “Yesterday HP (Hewlett-Packard) announced their TouchPad WebOS slate device. It seems everyone was talking about it yesterday and after gathering all of the information we have all the facts for you and how it stacks up against current slate devices (iPad) and ones that have been annouced, but are not available yet (Xoom and PlayBook). It seems HP has done away with the Palm brand so we will see if that is a step in the right direction for them. Read on to see what HP’s TouchPad is all about."
Dell Streak 7 Android Tablet Review:
The first half of 2011 is shaping up to be all about tablets. Truly, the tablet mania that everyone was so adamant about last year is finally here. While dozens of tablets were announced and shown off at CES in January, most of them won’t be arriving until later this month or the March time frame at the earliest. The main reason for the delay is because most manufacturers are stuck waiting for Google to release Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, the first version of Android to be configured specifically for use on tablets. Motorola has the honor of releasing the first Honeycomb device, the Xoom. Of the tablets announced at this year’s CES though, one of the first to be released is Dell’s new Streak 7 and it’s powered by NVIDIA’s potent Tegra 2 low power, integrated SoC.
Clausoft Meenee Laptop @ eTeknix.com
Quote: Laptops are becoming more popular as of late with the likes of schools giving them out to students and the prices dropping so that they are more affordable. Over time they have developed more and use newer technology whilst the prices are still coming down.
Installing Linux on a Netbook from a USB Thumbdrive @ Computing on Demand
In my household, netbooks fly around like curse words. I have had more Acer’s come through my home office than I would like and for some reason, they either come with Windows XP or Windows 7 Starter; both are worthless in my opinion. So when my friend asked me help him install Ubuntu on his Aspire One, I obliged. Remember, netbooks do not come equipped with CDROM/DVD drives and unless you have an external drive or converter, your only option is to use USB.
WIN 1 of 3 BitFenix Chassis @ Vortez
CONTENT: "BitFenix and Vortez have teamed up to give 3 lucky winners the chance of winning some truly fantastic prizes. BitFenix have had phenomenal success with the launch of the Colossus and Survivor chassis. The Colossus has been that much of a success that BitFenix released additional versions of this case in the VENOM Edition and Window. The Survivor, Colossus and Venom Edition each achieved our coveted GOLD award for excellence. So here’s the deal. We are giving away:
BitFenix COLOSSUS WHITE WINDOW
BitFenix COLOSSUS VENOM EDITION"
TweakTown’s Aussie Flood Appeal Dream System Built and Tested
QUOTE: "In January the north east of Australia was devastated by floods destroying homes, businesses and even whole towns. The one thing the state needs to get back on track is money, and our humble overlord Cameron came up with a great idea to help get everyone around the world involved. At the end of January TweakTown’s Aussie Flood Appeal Dream System was born and for a small donation of just $10 USD you could get a chance to win a beast of a PC that comes in just shy of $5,000 USD.
It’s all great and everything to have the parts listed, but don’t you wonder just what kind of performance you can get from a machine that could set you back as little as $10 USD? – Well, we did and thought since all these great companies took the time to help bring the parts together, we would take the time to build it and show you just what you can expect. There’s no real formula for what we’re doing today, so we’ll just be covering the parts we’ve got in the system while at the same time giving a shout out to the companies that help provide them."
Aria Dominator 560Ti System Review.
Quote: If the recent hardware releases have you salivating but you want a one-stop upgrade, Aria might have just the thing. We take a look at their Dominator 560Ti Gaming PC.
Corsair CA-HS1NA USB Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
Antec Kühler H2O 620 Water Cooling System @ Benchmark Reviews