It’s Friday everywhere I believe, and I guess most of you are happy about that. Some of you are just starting your day, while I’m sure some of you might be on the way home or to happy hour! The weekend is almost here which means some well deserved rest and relaxation. The news though would be that later today I’ll have a review up of the Scoche SOLchat which is a solar powered BlueTooth enabled speakerphone for your car or wherever really. It talks to you though which is quite interesting, and it will even announce your callers names as well if it can understand them. It’s truly not a bad little product for those of you on the go. Coming up also will be the new Cirago CMC2000 CiragoTV Platinum Network Multimedia Player and the Epson MovieMate 60 Projector (which I really like…). For now though read on for all of the news from our friends…
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Synology DS210j NAS Review @ XSReviews
Review Link: http://www.xsreviews.co.uk/reviews/other-products/synology-ds210j-nas/
Quote: "In the last few years, as computing has become more mainstream with products like the Wii and the iPhone bringing these electronics into the homes and hearts of an ever expanding market of consumers, one of the largest growing fields is the storage industry. This has brought out a tonne of innovation and diversity, from hard drives, to SSDs, USB pen drives, portable hard drives and network strorage. Today we’re looking at a NAS device from Synology, known by the catchy name of DS210j. Still, lets see what kind of shoes it can fill."
Synology DS-210J Two-Bay NAS Review @ Tweaknews
Article Url: http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/synology_ds-210j_nas/
"Synology’s DS210j is a great example of a low cost and easy to set up NAS unit geared towards home users and their demands. Storing and sharing multimedia files is a top priority in the home market, and the DS210j has those needs covered by providing a DLNA media server, iTunes server, audio station, download station, and various other features."
Synology Disk Station DS410j NAS @ TechwareLabs
Quote: The need for additional storage is ever present and ever increasing for businesses and a growing need for home users and home offices. We look beyond the standard NAS device which offers connectivity to your data on a network and asked for something more. Synology responded with the Desk Station DS410j. Find out why we associated the saying "and kitchen sink" with the DS410j.
GIGABYTE SATA 6G Update – RAID 0 Just How We Like It
QUOTE: "When we tested the ASUS P55 and GIGABYTE P55 boards with USB 3.0 and SATA 6G, we found some interesting numbers when using the GIGABYTE P55A-UD4P in RAID 0. For the most part we didn’t see much of an improvement when going from a single to a dual drive configuration with RAID 0. GIGABYTE also noticed the same issue and quickly went to work with Marvell to find a solution.
When enthusiasts choose to pair a set of drives in RAID 0, they are looking to nearly double their performance. RAID 0 offers many a quick and inexpensive way to get solid performance gains out of the slowest component or subsystem in their computer. Simply put, when your hard storage system is running faster, your entire machine feels more responsive and appears to be faster."
For more information, please visit – http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/3122/gigabyte_sata_6g_update_raid_0_just_how_we_like_it/index.html
64 GB Solid State Drive Round-Up
Summary: We compared the performance of five different solid state drives (SSDs) on the 64 GB range based on MLC technology from Kingston, OCZ, Patriot, Mushkin and Intel.
Synology DS210j – 2 Bay NAS Review @ XtremeComputing
Quote: "If you’ve not heard of Synology before, it’ll probably be because they only make NAS devices (for home and office), and you’ve not really looked into any. The reason I say you won’t have looked into any, is because Synology are quite a big name in the NAS world, so you’d have been hard pressed to miss them."
OCZ Reaper Triple Channel PC3 15000 6GB Memory Review @ Ninjalane
Quote: There are several things to consider when building a new system and your choice in memory can have a profound impact on system performance. Needless to say, choosing the right module is rather important. Ideally you want the fastest module you can afford, but speed goes beyond the rating on the package.
Kingston SSDNow V+ 128GB Solid State Disk @ TechwareLabs
Quote: We were once skeptical on whether or not SSD’s would ever truly beat the performance of the HDD. Now-a-days we wonder why we ever thought that. Here to prove why is the Kingston SSDNow V+ series 128GB SSD. Join us as we match it up against the best of the best in the HDD market, the VelociRaptor. Will this SSD stand up to the challenge? You be the judge…
OCZ Vertex 2 Pro, Sandforce Powered SSD Preview:
Intel has arguably held the pole position in terms of SSD performance with their X25-M series of drives, but OCZ and others have had their sights set on knocking Intel from their perch for a while now. Though fledgling SSD technologies are still very much maturing in terms of cost and density, performance increases are coming along at regular intervals, so we knew it would be only a matter of time before there was a serious contender. OCZ’s first gen Vertex series SSD came close to catching the X25-M’s performance, but the second coming of the Vertex, aptly dubbed the Vertex 2 Pro, is what OCZ claims will put them squarely in the lead. In this article, we cover the performance profile of the new OCZ Vertex 2 Pro series 100GB SSD and present some information regarding the NAND Flash controller newcomer, Sandforce…
Pinnacle Studio HD Ultimate Collection V14 Reviewed
The old adage reminds us that a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video has got to be worth millions of words. The trouble is trying to find a suitable video editing program on the PC that is simultaneously easy-to-use yet robust enough to give you all sorts of flexibility and features. In my quest to become the next James Cameron or Martin Scorsese, I had the opportunity to give Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection a try. Version 14.0 is supposed to bring several enhancements over previous editions, but will it help me film the next Avatar?
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Mini Review
"The Bowers & Wilkins name is practically synonymous with high-end sound. Since the original B&W 801 first appeared in 1979, the English company has enjoyed a great deal of success by producing some of the worlds finest and most stylish speakers found in recording studios and homes around the globe. In September 2007, B&W announced the Zeppelin iPod dock- an eye-catching, if a bit bulky, overachiever that has become a sort of modern design paradigm for the world of electronics. Now, B&W offers the Zeppelin Mini. Scaled down in size, the Mini promises to better fit your office, bedroom or living space and fill it with extremely high quality sound. In this review, we put the Zeppelin Mini through its paces to see if it earns its asking price of $400, and dig into some of its more unique features."
Link to the review:http://www.digitaltrends.com/product-reviews/bowers-wilkins-zeppelin-mini-review/
Lowepro Pro Trekker 300 AW Camera / Laptop Bag Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Quote: “Most of the Lowepro bags we have taken a look at have been smaller bags mainly used for small day trips or for going to conferences. Today we have the biggest camera bag we have ever looked at, the Pro Trekker 300 AW. This bag is made for outdoor photographers, extreme sports shooters and serious enthusiasts who need a workhorse backpack that travels well—in rugged terrain or by air. This bag not only fits your camera and accessories, but also your notebook. Let’s take a look at the Pro Trekker 300 AW and see if it is the perfect camera bag for you."
Best HDTVs of 2010
"As we saw at CES 2010, a new year brings new TVs. Lots of them. But with release dates stretching well into fall, not all that you can ogle over on the Internet can find its way into the living room. With that in mind, we ve highlighted a few of the most stunning TVs in stores now alongside some of the most promising technology of tomorrow behold the best HDTVs of 2010."
Link to the guide: http://www.digitaltrends.com/buying-guides/best-hdtvs-2010/
iFrogz EarPollution NervePipes
Looking for a pair of fashionable and relatively decent headphones to go with your style? We put the iFrogz EarPollution NervePipes to the test.
URL : http://www.hardwarezone.com/news/view.php?cid=2&id=15628
22-inch 3D Vision LCD Monitor Showdown – Samsung vs. Viewsonic
While 3D capabilities have not exactly been in the mainstream yet, some LCD monitors have come into the market with 3D support, namely, the Samsung 2233RZ and ViewSonic VX2268WM. We take a look at both LCD monitors on standard and 3d gaming usage to see which will come up on top.
URL : http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/control.php?cid=5&id=3122&src=3rd
The Arctic Sound E361-WM was designed by Swiss and German audio experts to deliver deep bass and rich highs with quality using components which include an aluminum chassis, silicone ear caps and gold plated stereo plug. They even provide a carrying case for storing and protecting the headphones.
SanDisk’s Sansa Fuze 8GB @ t-break
The Sanza Fuze delivers a good range of features and won’t make you break the bank.
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tech.tbreak.com/2010/02/sandisk%e2%80%99s-sansa-fuze-8gb/
Mobile, Netbook, Laptop Related:
Title: Motorola Droid Cell Phone Review
Review of the Motorola Droid cell phone, which is offered by Verizon Wireless in the United States and is based on the Google Android operating system.
Best Laptops and Desktops of 2010
"Whether you re looking to surf from an ultralight netbook at your favorite coffee shop, tear into opponents on a gaming PC, or edit family videos on a touch-friendly all-in-one desktop, this year s crop of laptops and desktops offers a bounty of power and flexibility at prices that have never been more reasonable. We ve compiled some of the most worthy machines on the market today, along with a few of the most promising upcoming hardware, to highlight some of 2010 s best laptops and desktops."
Link to the guide:http://www.digitaltrends.com/buying-guides/best-laptops-and-desktops-of-2010/
Sony Vaio X Series Review
"After teasing us with the sleek but useless Vaio P, Sony went back to the drawing board for the launch of Windows 7 to design an impossibly thin and light notebook unhindered by the many, many flaws of its predecessor: the Vaio X. Though it rides on netbook hardware like the P, a speedier CPU and larger, more usable form factor put this model head and shoulders above it. Unfortunately, the price moves accordingly to $1,300, making the Vaio X a truly amazing toy for those who can manage to afford one."
Link to the review:http://www.digitaltrends.com/product-reviews/sony-vaio-x-series-review/
A VAIO to Lust For: Sony VAIO Spring Launch!
Sony’s VAIO notebook collection gets updated and refreshed just in time for Spring 2010. We hopped over to Fort Canning to see what Sony has in store for us. Read on for the report and our initial opinions.
URL : http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/control.php?cid=18&id=3138&src=3rd
MSI Wind U135 Review – An Intel Pinetrail Netbook
The new model from MSI is a special edition based on Intel´s latest Pinetrail platform to celebrate the sale of one million 10-inch U100 Wind netbooks.The special edition is available in either blue or red.
NitroX iConn+ Battery Case for iPhone Review @ [OC]ModShop
There are several battery packs available for the iPhone, all with their strengths and weaknesses. Some devices are "generic" and are meant to be used to charge any USB device, but these require one to carry the appropriate USB charge cable. Others are "emergency power" only and are very small and dangle precariously at the bottom of the iPhone. Most people don’t want to carry a bunch of extra gadgets and would prefer an integrated battery solution. NitroX agrees and have released their iConn Plus iPhone case with integrated battery power.
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Technocel Powerpak Review @ CCE Reviews
Quote: The Technocel is a pretty handy device. It is capable of charging a wide variety of devices right out of the box. It has allowed me to extend the play time of my MP3 player and, for my friends, make a quick phone call when their original cellphone battery is already dead.
NitroX X835 Bluetooth Handsfree Kit Review @ [OC]ModShop
Cell phones are practically ubiquotous in today’s modern society. A natural response to new technology are laws to make that technology safer. Most people use their cell phone as an extension of their physical being, and as such talk and text in the car, which have caused many unnecessary accidents. It is not advisable to talk on the phone while driving at all, but if you must then a Bluetooth handsfree device is the way to go.
Bluetooth handsfree car kits have been around for a while. You would think they would have fairly straightforward features such as a good speakerphone, noise cancellation, caller ID, and overall intelligence, but many of them do not. Thankfully NitroX enters the fray and stands out from the crowd with their X835 handsfree kit.
Review URL :: http://www.ocmodshop.com/ocmodshop.aspx?a=1730
Asus G60J: A Notebook for Gamers @ InsideHW
“The indigo-blue chassis glistens in the sun while Asus G60J slowly appears from the darkness to enter the testing track. The lit-up “Republic of Gamers” logo clearly states whom G60J is destined for. It’s run by one of the most powerful engines currently in production – the quad-core Core i7-820QM, and it is unmatched in the wealth of its accessories. Mentioning only some of that wealth should suffice: GeForce GTX 260M, 4 GB DDR3-1066, 2×500 GB HDD… It’s clear that Asus G60J is a sport machine that takes the breath away, taking the lead from other competitors on the track with ease…”
Article link: http://www.insidehw.com/Reviews/Notebooks/Asus-G60J-A-Notebook-for-Gamers.html
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Review
"After over a decade of filling the same matte black boxes with fresh hardware, Lenovo has finally bowed to the design gods and attempted to put a little bit of an edge on the stiff reputation of the working-class ThinkPad. Like the SL series before it, the Edge blends familiar ThinkPad design elements with a more 21st century chassis. Although it offers a fairly well-rounded package, a steep price for the Intel-equipped model, no option for discrete graphics and missing essentials like an optical drive leave it feeling incomplete."
Link to the review:http://www.digitaltrends.com/product-reviews/lenovo-thinkpad-edge-review/
Review: Uniea U-Sleaf Reversible Universal Sleeve for 10.2" Netbooks
Today for review Uniea has sent me over a simple, yet elegant solution to protect your netbooks without adding any real weight or bulk to it. The product is called the U-Sleaf, and if you can’t tell from the name it’s a sleeve for your netbook. The U-Sleaf won’t offer the protection of a full sized case, but that’s not the point of it, the idea is to offer the user protection from scratches and scuffs. It’s made of neoprene so it is durable and it’s thin so it doesn’t add any real thickness or any weight at all to your netbook. You can use it alone to travel light, or you can toss it in a bag with your other stuff and not really have to worry about marring the beautiful finish on your beloved netbook. So read on to check out a product that I really like, and one that I think you’ll like as well…
TITLE: Windows 7 System Image Disc Recovery @ Benchmark Reviews
DESCRIPTION: Very recently Benchmark Reviews published the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade and Installation guide, which helps erase the mistakes made by Windows Vista and introduces computer enthusiasts to the newly introduced O/S. Microsoft has enjoyed a successful launch for their Windows 7 Operating System, also referred to at Win7 or W7, and PCs have been made more productive and secure as a result. But like all good things that we receive, it’s in our nature to protect and keep them. The best way to accomplish this is with a solid backup, and luckily Windows 7 offers a built-in Backup and Restore tool for creating System Images. By creating a backup file users can preserve their data, but with a System Image recovering the source disk can be helpful when replacing the drive with another. In this article, Benchmark Reviews guides users on the best practices for protecting and Recovering Windows 7 with System Image Restore Disks.
Intel Clarkdale CPU Overclocking With IGP Enabled – Reaching High BCLK
Since the launch of the new CPUs from Intel, nicknamed Clarkdale, we have seen a fair share of overclocking attempts; some people even breaking world records, pushing the a Clarkdale over 7Ghz. We have read reports from overclockers who had issues with pushing the BCLK higher when the IGP was enabled. In this article we will explore possible solutions to help circumvent this limit, so you can enjoy high BCLK while using the IGP.
Intel Clarkdale: Integrated graphics benchmarks plus SMT and Turbo performance
PC Games Hardware took a look at Intel’s Clarkdale processors and tested the Core i5-661. We checked the performance of the integrated graphics unit, the Graphics Media Accelerator, in Dragon Age: Origins, Far Cry 2, Anno 1404 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Furthermore we ran benchmarks with the same games to test the effect the Turbo Mode and SMT have on the overall speed.
AZZA Solano 1000R Full-Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
Review: Konnet Power Pyramid (Controller Charging Station) @ Xbox360Digest