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Happy Sunday, it’s only a few days to go before Christmas I hope all of your shopping is done. Verizon sent me over their new 4G wireless broadband adapter for review, and it’s fast, nice and fast. Check back later and that review will be up. For now though check out the news from our friends.

 

Storage Related:

Super Talent 16GB VSSD Solid State Drive Review @ The SSD Review

DESCRIPTION: If you could buy an SSD for as little as $38 (thirty-eight dollars) and I told you that the normal user would never be able to tell the difference between that $38 SSD and a top of the line SSD in normal use, would I have your attention?  I thought so and I am telling you just that because this morning I installed this ST 16GB VSSD on my laptop and then went to the internet to check out a price and found it ‘brand new’ for only $38 at a popular auction site.

ARTICLE LINK:  http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/super-talent-16gb-vssd-solid-state-drive-review/

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Startech USB3.0 to SATA Adapter Cable and PCIe Card Review

Startech may not be very well known as a brand but they have been around for about 25 years and have a diverse range of products on sale.  They specialise in connectivity so it’s no surprise that we have some of their latest USB3.0 gear to test today, more specifically a USB3.0 to SATA Adapter Cable and a USB3.0 PCIe card.

Read The review here: http://www.kitguru.net/components/hard-drives/henry-butt/startech-usb3-0-to-sata-adapter-cable-and-pcie-card-review/

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SAMSUNG 470 SERIES SSD REVIEW REVISITED AND RAID TESTED! @ THE SSD REVIEW

DESCRIPTION:  A short time ago, The SSD Review published a review of the Samsung 256GB 470 Series SSD after discovering what an excellent entry this was into the consumer SSD market with availability in many online retail outlets.

We were initially a bit hesitant and confused because the SSD appeared to be one of the top drives available yet information and reviews were virtually non-existent.  In fact, it had been released months prior without a whisper of attention.

What we have seen since is not only one of the top solid state drives being recognized as such, but a flurry of attention as well.  From a site perspective, this is rather easy to recognize through traffic increase and external links but we really didn’t expect to be linked by hundreds of blogs and sites to include those at the level of Engadget itself.  Given the attention the SSD has drawn, we thought it only fitting to dig a little deeper and see what we could uncover for those new to the Samsung SSD family.

ARTICLE LINK:  http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/samsung-470-series-ssd-review-revisited-raid-tested/

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RAID0 & the SSD – Simple To Build and Lightning Fast

DESCRIPTION:  You truly know that your a computer geek when you hollar "Woot" to your first RAID results and have to call up the wife and kids to see.  Quite frankly I don’t think I will ever forget the look of confusion on her face as much as she won’t forget the look of amazement on mine.  She felt a bit out of place when my son started telling me how amazing the speed was.

I locked myself in my office this past weekend in order to finally tackle something I have always been curious about, performance in a RAID environment and how easy it would be to construct such a thing.

After spending endless hours locked in the room, building, testing and ripping apart only to rebuild again, I have put together an article that I believe will show, not only the benefits and absolute amazing performance increase possible, but also how really simple it is to build.

ARTICLE LINK:  http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/raid0-the-ssd-simple-to-build-and-lightning-fast/

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Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Review URL: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/corsair-vengeance-ddr3-1600-8gb-dual-channel-memory-kit-review/

Quote: “Corsair is a company that we all know for memory and rightfully so, their Dominator Series of memory has been the flagship for their DDR3 line for some time now. Today we will be looking at a new enthusiast line of memory called Vengeance. The Vengeance line is aggressively priced and with a lower voltage rating of 1.5V instead of the normal 1.65V you should be able to these modules to the limit. Today we will be taking a look at the 8GB 1600MHz dual channel DDR3 kit (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9) and putting it through it’s paces. Read on to see how well them perform!"

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E3 microSD/SDHC Card Reader (Also Usable For PS3 Jailbreaking) Review

The E3 Card Reader is a multi-function device, with 4MB Flash onboard, that can be used for reading/writing to microSDHC cards, but also has the posibility to enable the PS3 load homebrew software and backups.
http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000108/E3-microSDSDHC-Card-Reader-Also-Usable-For-PS3-Jailbreaking-Review

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Adata S599 128Gb SSD (SandForce driven).

We’ll be taking a look at the Adata S599 128Gb SSD, which uses the much talked about SandForce SF-1222 controller. The drive has a total capacity of 128Gb and is based on a 2.5" inch form factor and uses the standard SATA-II interface. It offers a maximum of 280 MB/s read speed, 270 MB/s write speed and an impressive 50,000 IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second). According to Adata, it is even faster than the Intel G2 SSD. And just like Adata’s other SSD … the S596 Turbo, it features a brushed aluminum chassis, which is designed for fast heat dissipation and helps to improve its durability and longevity.

Read the rest of the review here … http://www.funkykit.com/component/content/article/6809-review-adata-s599-128gb-ssd-sandforce.html

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Audio / Video:

Asus O!Play HD2 HD Media Player Review 
Why would you watch your favorite videos on your computer monitor when you can get a full 5.1 surround sound HDTV experience in your living room? This is partly why the whole idea of a media player has really caught on in recent years. Many folks don’t want to bother with the time, complexity and expense of a HTPC, but these little media-playing set top boxes are so convenient and inexpensive.
One of the latest to join the pack is the Asus O! Play HD2 HD media player. This is far from a virgin effort on the part of Asus to enter this market, so it comes with some definite improvements over its predecessors. Is this enough to warrant an upgrade?

Direct Link: http://www.futurelooks.com/asus-oplay-hd2-hd-media-player-review/

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LG Flatron E2360V Review @ TecCentral.de

Links:
german: http://www.teccentral.de/forum/reviews-tests-artikel-ratgeber-f305/lg-flatron-e2360v-design-white-led-backlight-display-wir-stellen-vor-77572.html
english: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&langpair=de%7Cen&u=http://www.teccentral.de/forum/reviews-tests-artikel-ratgeber-f305/lg-flatron-e2360v-design-white-led-backlight-display-wir-stellen-vor-77572.html

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FaceVsion TouchCam N1 720P HD Webcam Review

Over the past few years, high definition video has become much more widely adopted in the market with the introduction and popularisation of HDTV and Blu-Ray.  But we have only recently seen the high definition standard expand into video calling with the release of a few HD webcams.  Today we are going to look at the TouchCam N1 HD webcam from HD Webcam which is designed to be used with Skype’s HD video calling service.

Read The review here: http://www.kitguru.net/peripherals/henry-butt/facevsion-touchcam-n1-720p-hd-webcam-review/

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Sharp AQUOS Quattron LC-60LE925UN Review
"2010 was supposed to be the year 3D HDTV took off, but pathetic software and programming line-ups threw a huge roadblock in the way of the TV industry’s plans. High prices in a recession didn’t help much either. The dearth of great mainstream 3D content hasn’t stopped manufacturers from introducing new models such as the 60-inch Sharp Aquos Quattron LC-60LE925UN. Is it worth the investment? Let’s put on some 3D glasses and find out."
Link to the review: http://www.digitaltrends.com/tv-reviews/sharp-aquos-quattron-lc-60le925un-review/

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Arctic Sound P531 Surround Sound Headset @ Computing on Demand
URL: http://computingondemand.com/arctic-sound-p531-surround-sound-headset

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Sanyo Xacti PD2 Pocket Camcorder.

Over the past couple years, the portable video recorder niche (or Handycams as they used to be called back in the digital stone age called the 80’s) has blossomed. Thanks to the miracle of miniaturization, what once was the size of an old fashioned metal lunch box is now the size of a small cell phone! The Sanyo Xacti PD2 pocket camcorder is one such miracle of miniaturization as it not only boasts 1080p recording but also an amazingly small price tag of only $170. So what does $170 get you these days? Read on for my full review to find out.

http://www.everythingusb.com/sanyo-xacti-vpc-pd2-pocket-camcorder-20701.html

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Mobile Related:

Dell Streak Review – ‘Ferrari red’ revisited with Android 2.2 (Froyo)

In August, KitGuru reviewed the Dell Streak and we thought it was one of the most exciting phones on the market. It was a dream combination of an iPad and a smartphone. The only downside was the early state of the Android operating system which meant it didn’t quite walk away with our top award. Dell informed me a few weeks ago that the new Android Froyo 2.2 OS was now available and that they wanted KitGuru to follow up on the previous review by taking another look at the device.

Read The review here:  http://www.kitguru.net/mobile/zardon/dell-streak-review-ferrari-red-revisited-with-froyo-2-2/

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Hardware Bistro has just posted latest review on Luxa2 H5 car mobile holder.

Quote: "If you have read about our review on Luxa2 H1 mobile holder and love it then you should really take a deep look on its brother; H5. Luxa2 H5 is a similar version of Luxa2 H1 but it is a car mobile holder rather than desk mobile holder. Read on to find how why you should get Luxa2 H5 mobile holder especially if you get bored on the road or using GPS navigation."

Read More:  http://hardwarebistro.com/?option=com_simple_review&Itemid=84&review=176-Luxa2-H5-Car-Mobile-Holder-Review

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Quick Review: Cooler Master Choiix Cruiser Mouse and Power Fort Charger
QUOTE: "The world is getting more and more mobile when it comes to technology that used to be centered on the home computer. More and more people are now depending on laptops to do what used to only be attainable via the desktop at home. While this can partly be attributed to the fact that laptops are now just as capable as desktops when it comes to basic functions like internet surfing, word processing, and the like, the move to mobile is also for convenience whenever you are away from home.
With this in mind, Cooler Master’s Choiix line of products caters to the travelling laptop and mobile device user. The two products we are looking at today, the Choiix Cruiser mouse and Power Fort portable charger, look to enhance your mobile experience without taking up a whole lot of space in your bag. Let’s take a look at what these two products have to offer."

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3738/quick_review_cooler_master_choiix_cruiser_mouse_and_power_fort_charger/index.html

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LG Vortex Cell Phone Review
Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/LG-Vortex-Cell-Phone-Review/1152
Summary: Review of the LG Vortex, an inexpensive Android-based smart phone offered in the US by Verizon.

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Nokia N8 Review
"The N8 is Nokia’s big stab at fighting the iPhone and Android onslaught in premium markets like Europe and the United States, much as the BlackBerry Torch is to RIM. On paper it looks like it has a fighting chance: The N8 has a high-quality 3.5-inch touch screen, 12-megapixel camera, 16GB of internal memory, and looks fairly slick. Unfortunately, like the BlackBerry, it is weighted down by an operating system that is showing serious age, and an underclocked processor. With a price tag in upwards of $500 (no U.S. carrier is subsidizing the phone), this isn’t going to be the beacon of hope Nokia needs to regain footing in premium markets."
Link to the review: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/nokia-n8-review/

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Android 2.2 FroYo Breathes New Life Into Dell Streak:
http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Android-22-FroYo-Breathes-New-Life-Into-Dell-Streak/

It has been claimed that Android 2.2 (FroYo) offers significant performance increases over previous iterations of the mobile operating system and one of the devices that could benefit greatly is Dell’s Streak tablet. Recently Dell released an Android 2.2 update for the Streak and it provided a good opportunity to look at the performance benefits of upgrading from Android 1.6, the Streak’s initial release version, to Android 2.2. The Streak is a good case study due to its rather mainstream hardware feature set that consists of a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. The performance analysis shown here offers that there are significant gains to be had virtually across the board from standard compute performance, to Javascript execution and 3D gaming.

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Assorted Stuffs:

‘Sky Electronics “Expeditor” 3D Gaming PC Review’
The dream machine of 2010.
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2010/12/sky-electronics-%e2%80%9cexpeditor%e2%80%9d-3d-gaming-pc-review/

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Win a NZXT Phantom at Overclockers Online
Link: http://www.overclockersonline.net/contest/
Quote: It’s the holidays and nothing beats giving away free stuff! Between Dec 18 and Jan 3, cast a ballot for your chance to win a NZXT Phantom at Overclockers Online!

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‘Win an Sennheiser PC 333D headphones’
We have a Dolby-powered 7.1 Sennheiser headphones to give away to one lucky Tbreaker!
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tbreak.com/tech/2010/12/win-an-sennheiser-pc-333d-headphones/

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WIN A CRUCIAL C300 64GB REALSSD WITH THE SSD REVIEW!

DESCRIPTION: The time has come and The SSD Review is putting out the call to all in need of a solid state drive!!!

On New Years Eve and at the stroke of midnight (not really but it sounds great), all of us here at The SSD Review will be huddled around a large barrel with small strips of papers within that have the names of each and every site member. We have 53 at present so chances are pretty darn good.  At that time, some lucky name will be drawn to win a Crucial C300 64GB Real SSD which is as close to new as it can get.

ARTICLE LINK:  http://thessdreview.com/latest-buzz/win-a-crucial-c300-sata-3-realssd-with-the-ssd-review/

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Windows7 Ultimate Commemorative Giveaway @Missingremote.com
DESCRIPTION: Courtesy of our friends at Microsoft, we have a very rare Commemorative version of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition! This was a very limited edition that was given exclusively to people who were special beta testers for Windows 7; including 32 and 64-bit versions.
ARTICLE URL: http://www.missingremote.com/blog/contest-14-windows-7-commemorative-edition

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MSI Wind Top AE2400 Review

The iMac has been selling well for Apple for many years and PC centric manufacturers are beginning to realise that there is a viable market for an attractive, capable ‘All In One’ unit. Today we are looking at the MSI Wind Top AE2400 desktop system which features an Intel processor and AMD discrete graphics paired up with a high quality 24inch 1080p touch screen.

The MSI Wind Top AE2400 on paper looks to be an ideal, general purpose ‘jack of all trades’ system to suit kids and older people who might struggle with a traditionally designed computer.

Read The review here: http://www.kitguru.net/desktop-pc/zardon/msi-wind-top-ae2400-review/

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Maylong’s $99 M-150 Tablet Reviewed:
http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Maylongs-99-M150-Tablet-Reviewed/

About a month ago, we ran a story on how Walgreens was selling the Maylong M-150 tablet for $99, $30 below the regular price. While the M-150 is an obvious iPad knock-off that would never pass muster in the US, we were curious to see what sort of product $99 could buy…

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Gaming Related:

Donkey Kong Country Returns Wii Review

Razer Lachesis 5600DPI Gaming Mouse Review @ t-break

Arctic M571 Budget Gaming Mouse Review @ OCIA.net

Emergency 2012 Review (PC)

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard Review @ t-break

 

 

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