Happy Friday to you. Originally I intended to post the news more frequently on the main site, but that’s changed a bit as I found that I wasn’t getting that much that pertained to what the focus of our site is. We’re going to be posting the news here on the main site that is relevant to our focus. So I’m going to let it collect for a bit and then post it here, but it’s all posted in our forums so you can find it there. So what’s new with us, well I’ve got two new media boxes for review one from Patriot, the Box Office and the new one from Cirago, the CiragoTV Platinum CMC2000 Network Multimedia Player and I have to say both of them are very nice and both are very different from each other really. Patriot also sent me over their Valkyrie NAS box for review, and I got the new Canon Pixma MX340 printer and an HP all-in-one as well. Lexmark is sending one over too, so I’m running out of room for stuff here…


Some quick links for you before we get into the news:


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…now for the news…


Storage Related:

24GB DDR3 and Windows 7 @BCChardware

Quote:Recently, Crucial launched 4GB and 8GB memory modules that allow more people to be able to load up their systems for some serious multi-tasking applications.  We will be briefly looking at two pair of 12GB kits in our test system that gives us 24GB of memory to play with.  This is a pretty solid chunk of kit and it will currently set you back close to $1,000.  The interesting thing to see is if we can bog down a system and make it bleed. . .

URL: http://www.bcchardware.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8185&Itemid=40


Title: Patriot Memory Torqx 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD) Review @ ModSynergy.com

Quote: "A few months ago, I had the chance at sharing with you about Solid State Drive (SSD) technology, but it was meant as a removable storage laptop application.  I shared with you about SSD technology, how it is an alternative to the conventional hard drive, but at the same time offering you the advantages of flash based technology.  I shared with you the benefits such as zero noise, low heat and substantially faster sustained transfer speed.  But I never had the chance to experience SSD in a desktop platform day in and day out.

That chance arrived thanks to the folks at Patriot Memory and now I’d like to share with you how my computing experience has changed over the past 3 months; I reviewed the Patriot Memory Torqx 128GB Solid State Drive (PFZ128GS25SSDR).  If you thought SSD wasn’t ready for primetime, you’re dead wrong."

Link: http://www.modsynergy.com/review213.html


Thecus N4100PRO: A Data-Treasure Cave @ InsideHW

“Since he became conscious being, man has collected and kept various stuff. First, those were material things like food, land, gold or money, and how the man became more modern and educated, information has become the most valuable and most wanted good. Because we live in a time of information revolution, it is no wonder that the hunger for digital information is inextinguishable…”

Article link: http://www.insidehw.com/Reviews/Storage/Thecus-N4100PRO-A-Data-Treasure-Cave.html


Vantec NexStar Universal Storage Adapter Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Review URL: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/vantec-nexstar-universal-storage-adapter-review/

Quote: “Have you ever had an old IDE drive sitting around that you needed something off of, but you have seem to have lost the IDE cable? Well have no worries! The Vantec NexStar Universal Adapter will allow you to connect not only 3.5” IDE devices but 2.5” and 5.25” devices as well. This adapter also supports SATA devices and includes a 66-1-in card reader. Surely this device has enough to support your storage needs, read on further to find out more about it."


Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB @ Techgage
Link: http://techgage.com/article/seagate_barracuda_xt_2tb/
Quote: SATA 3.0 may have been available to consumers for the past couple of months, but the number of hard drive options out there are ultra-slim… just one. That drive is Seagate’s Barracuda XT. The question we’re looking to answer here is whether or not the $100 premium for SATA 3.0 is worth it, at least on a mechanical offering.


A-Data T907 Jack Skellington 8GB Flash Drive

Link: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AData/T907_Flash_Drive

A-DATA continues their Disney licensed series with the T907 Jack Skellington flash drive. Inspired by the movie ‘Tim Burton’s The Night before Christmas’, we take a close look at Jack to see if he brings joy or quiver to our hearts.


OCZ Vertex 2 Pro 100GB SSD Review
While we don’t expect solid-state drives to become mainstream just yet, they are by all means moving quickly in that direction. Current generation SSDs deliver more value than ever before, plus they have the speed advantage, features, and adequate capacity to become viable alternatives to standard disk drives to most users.



Overclock3D have just published a new article titled: Synology DS410j NAS Station.
Quote: With the ever growing need for digital storage, Synology have released a new 4 bay NAS solution for the home and small business user. Look inside to see if it checks all the boxes.
Link: http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/storage/synology_ds410j_nas_station/1


P55 vs X58 Memory Performance Analysis w/ OCZ Platinum Series
QUOTE: "With so many samples passing through my front door over the year, we quite often end up with some surprises; be it a company sending it without letting us know, or it taking a bit longer to arrive than we expected and we forget about it. For whatever reason, we ended up with a couple of kits of PC3-12800 memory from OCZ.
In wondering what we could do with the two kits and how we could work them both into a single article, I thought it was time to see how the old Tri-Chan vs. Dual-Chan debate is going on with our X58 GIGABYTE board and P55 ASRock one."

For more information, please visit – http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3109/p55_vs_x58_memory_performance_analysis_w_ocz_platinum_series/index.html


Kingston 128GB V+ Series SNV325-S2 SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1197/1/

"Kingston Technology’s second generation of their SSDNow V+ Series of SSDs performed very well and was stutter free no matter what the task was that we threw at it on the desktop or in our notebook. The Kingston SSDNow V+ was said to have sequential read speeds of up to 230MB/sec. and write speeds of up to 180MB/sec. We were able to meet or exceed those rated speeds when using benchmarks like ATTO…"


Kingston SSDNOW V+ Series 128GB Review And Benchmarks

Kingston has once again launched a new product, this time its an updated second generation SSD. Today we take a look at the specs and then perform some tests to see how well the new Kingston SSDNOW V+series 128GB SSD does against the competition. This is a very fast drive check out the video and see for yourself.

Review Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCa-T-R5ZKQ


Kingston SSDNow V+ 128GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Review URL: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/kingston-ssdnow-v-128gb-solid-state-drive-review/

Quote: “A little while ago we took a look at Kingston’s SSDNow V-Series 128GB solid state drive that was targeted at entry-level and mainstream users. Kingston had put out a V+ series drive which had better speeds and was targets at high-level users and corporate environments. Recently Kingston has developed a second-generation of the V+, which supports Windows 7 TRIM support, is available up to 512GB and provides faster performance over the previous version of the drive. Today we will be taking a look at the 128GB version of the drive."


Gen-2 Kingston SSDNowV+ Series SSD SNV325 @ Benchmark Reviews

DESCRIPTION: Solid State Drive technology is developed for two groups of users: large-scale Enterprise environments and individual end-users. Kingston Technology has been in the business of satisfying enthusiasts and gamers for many years, and their SSDNow series of NAND-flash storage products has been the affordable solution for system upgrades. In this article, Benchmark Reviews introduces the second-generation Kingston SSDNowV+ Solid State Drive series. Based on the high-performance Toshiba T6UG1XBG processor, the Kingston SSDNowV+ SNV325-S2 delivers native TRIM support with a maximum rated read speed of 230MBps and write-to bandwidth peaking at 180MBps.

ARTICLE URL: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=445&Itemid=60


SanDisk 8GB Gaming Memory Stick Micro (M2) for Sony PSP Go @ Legit Reviews
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1143/1/

"Today, we look at the 8GB version of the SanDisk Memory Stick Micro (M2) designed specifically for Sony’s PlayStation Portable Go or PSPGo handheld electronic gaming system. The SanDisk M2 is not only an ultra-small IC recording media designed for the PSPGo, but it is also designed to work for the growing storage needs of highly compact, multifunctional mobile phones and cameras. The M2 card that we have today is designed to offer an easy way of storing downloadable games, movies, TV shows, pictures, comics, and music. Our package included a Memory Stick Micro M2 to Memory Stick PRO Duo adapter which allows gamers to go back and forth between Memory Stick M2 and Memory Stick Duo compatible slots…"


OCIA.net has posted their review of the NZXT IU01 USB Expansion Kit. 

"In addition to their current case lineup, NZXT produces several different types of accessories, from cables to power supplies, cooling fans to fan controllers, and other case accessories as well. The item we have for review today falls into that last category, the IU01 USB Expansion module. As NZXT points out, the IU01 addresses an issue common to most gaming PCs, a lack of substantial power and expandability from front panel USB. While it is not uncommon for motherboards to have several USB headers, cases often only have one or two sets of front panel USB ports to connect to them. Some USB devices may also have higher voltage requirements than can be provided from the motherboard through a traditional USB port. This is where the NZXT IU01 can really help."

Direct Link:  http://www.ocia.net/reviews/nzxtiu01/page1.shtml


Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB @ Techgage
Link: http://techgage.com/article/kingston_ssdnow_v_series_40gb/
Quote: Want to make the upgrade to a solid-state drive, but prefer to avoid the high cost of adoption? Kingston helps ease that pain with its SSDNow V Series 40GB, a modest drive that features Intel’s NAND and impressive G2 firmware, which helps it deliver stellar performance when compared to an HDD, for an easy-to-stomach price.


Mobile Related:

MEElec RockMee II 8GB Portable Media Player Review @ TopReviewShop

"With a list price of $129.99, the RockMEE II falls square in the middle of the price distribution for most 8gb flash players on the market. However, the RockMEE boasts a very enticing combination of features including a 3” TFT widescreen display and a MicroSD expansion slot. Is the RockMEE II user-friendly enough to make it worthy of consideration? Let’s find out."


ASUS show off pictures of their DR-950 eReader @ eTeknix.com

Link – http://www.eteknix.com/news/asus-show-off-pictures-of-their-dr-950-ereader/

Quote:Ok, I’ll admit… I love to read books… There, I said it, I LOVE TO READ BOOKS. So long as it is not Twilight or some other book that foolishly tries to display romance and the unrealistic idea that there are 2 perfect guys for


VIZO EZSurf @ LanOC Reviews
DESCRIPTION: Cooling is essential to any computer, but has become even more vital for those users running higher-end laptop models, such as gamers. The nature of the notebook is a hot one, and putting extra hardware and stress in little spaces only adds to the problem. We’ve reviewed many laptop coolers in the past, each with their own tactic to tackle a common enemy. The weapon of choice has always been fans, ranging in size, quantity, and speed. That is, until now. VIZO has introduced a new, fanless tactic to the arsenal of laptop cooling, and sent us a sample to try for ourselves.
ARTICLE URL: http://www.lanoc.org/review/hardware/laptop/2304-vizo-ezsurf


XP-Pen XP-8060B 8-inch Tablet with Wireless Mouse
QUOTE: "I don’t often get to review items that have creative purposes, but I relish the opportunity when it comes along. For graphic artists and digital media peeps, the tablet is often a more commonplace item than a mouse on the desktop.
While professional tablets and pens can often set you back a few hundred spondoolicks, this enters the arena with a budget price tag so that budding artists and students can get in some practice with their digital drawing."

For more information, please visit – http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3108/xp_pen_xp_8060b_8_inch_tablet_with_wireless_mouse/index.html

BlackBerry Storm2 – For a Rainy Day
Category : Mobile Phones
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Departing from its usual QWERTY-based devices, Research in Motion launches its second touchscreen BlackBerry device, the BlackBerry Storm2. With its predecessor being marked down significantly, we put the new Storm2 under close observation and present our findings in this review.
URL : http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/control.php?cid=24&id=3120&src=3rd


Powermat Portable Wireless Charging Mat
Link: http://www.bigbruin.com/content/powermat_1
Quote:  The Powermat portable wireless charging mat can greatly reduce the number of chargers you need to power your devices… A good thing for when you are at home, and an even better thing when you are traveling. Instead of a jumble of cables and power bricks, you might only need the portable Powermat and its accessories packed neatly into its case.


Asus Eee PC 1101HA Seashell Netbook Review
A little over a year ago netbooks were the emerging trend that had everyone buzzing. Now the so-called ‘internet tablet’ seems to be stealing that spotlight. But while these new devices have yet to prove themselves on a commercial scale besides maybe some niche business applications, netbooks have already found their place on the market, at least for now.


Nitrox iConn+ iPhone Battery Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Review URL: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/nitrox-iconn-iphone-battery-case-review/

Quote: “One thing many iPhone users have complained about is the battery. If you are using mobile web, GPS, or an app that using the internet you will see your battery life start to die very quickly. For this reason many companies have made charging packing and iPhone cases that have batteries in them to charge your iPhone. Today we will be looking at the iConn+ iPhone Battery Case from Nitrox, a newcomer to the iPhone accessory market. Let’s take a look…"



Image and Video Related:

Acer P235H 23 Inch LCD Monitor Review @ RealXtreme.Net
Quote: "Come with us as we take a look at the Acer P235H 23 inch LCD monitor. To enthusiasts, this may seem like your average-joe flat screen monitor, while to many mainstream PC users this would be a dramatic upgrade. Check this monitor out with us as we give it a thorough once-over. You never know, it may surprisingly have a bit to offer that you weren’t expecting."
URL: http://www.realxtreme.net/review/23-inch-acer-p235h-lcd-monitor-review


Samsung P2350 23" LCD Monitor Review @ HotHardware.com

Today we’re taking a look at one of Samsung’s most affordable displays. Just don’t assume its nominal cost equates to inferior quality right from the start. The SyncMaster P2350 is a widescreen LCD monitor that features Samsung’s Touch of Color (ToC) design, a piano black cabinet, a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 2 ms response time, and 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. This value oriented 23" monitor does not offer speakers or a ton of connectivity options, but its performance and low price tag promise to make it an enticing option for those who want the most bang for their buck. Keep reading as HotHardware takes a look at the P2350 to see if this screen has what it takes to be on your short list…

Samsung P2350 23" LCD Monitor Review:

Veho Muvi Micro DV Camcorder
The Veho Muvi Micro DV camcorder is a diminutive camcorder around the size of a large Bluetooth headset that records videos of 640 x 480 resolution.
URL : http://www.hardwarezone.com/news/view.php?cid=7&id=15548


Western Digital Live TV @ t-break

WD Live TV is one of the easiest ways of getting your pictures and videos from your hard drive to your big screen.
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tech.tbreak.com/2010/01/western-digital-live-tv/


HP De-Branded 23-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputers.org

Review URL: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/hp-de-branded-23-inch-widescreen-lcd-monitor-review/

Quote: “So many people think that Computer Monitors are all the same, but really they are not. You cannot simply just go out a purchase a monitor and be done with it, especially if you have specific needs. Today we will be looking at a 23-inch widescreen monitor from Geeks.com which features 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution, a 5ms response time, HDMI input and integrated speakers. This display sells for just over $150, let’s see if it’s a good deal or not…


Kodak Zi8 Review @ Digital Trends

"Although our first mini HD camcorder rodeo roundup crowned Cisco’s Flip UltraHD the reigning king of mini HD camcorders, six months can make a world of difference. Kodak’s new Zi8 bucks the leader by addressing many of its predecessor’s shortcomings, while systematically outdoing the competition on just about every feature. Combined with a reasonable $180 price tag, Kodak’s Zi8 now confidently struts it stuff as king of the ring."
Link to the review:


Samsung SyncMaster F2380 23-inch 16:9 Widescreen LCD Review @ PCSTATS.com

"The Samsung SyncMaster F2380 monitor isn’t based on either TN or IPS technologies. Instead it uses a LCD pixel alignment technology called Patterned Vertical Alignment (PVA). PVA panels offer better viewing angles than TN-based LCD panels, and better contrast ratios and response times than high-end IPS-based LCD panels. It’s a compromise that gives you the best of both worlds!"

URL:    http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2492


Samsung HMX-U10 Pocket Camcorder Review

The pocket camcorder market is as popular as ever, because people want a simple and easy way to record videos on the go. As this market continues to mature, people are expecting higher resolution videos and additional features without taking away the ease of use. The Samsung HMX-U10 represents the first entry into this arena by Samsung  and, on paper, it sounds quite a bit more appealing than many of its direct competitors. Does it deliver? Let’s find out.

Direct Link: http://www.futurelooks.com/samsung-hmx-u10-pocket-camcorder-review/


QNAP Network Media Player NMP-1000 Review @ Ninjalane
URL: http://www.ninjalane.com/reviews/storage/nmp-1000
Quote: QNAP has attempted to tackle this dilemma by taking their award winning NAS appliances and adding sound and video capability. It is really a natural progression for a NAS product, simply take the thing that is already storing your media files and allow you to play them anywhere with a network connection.



Printers etc:

Title: Samsung SCX-5635FN Monochrome Multifunction Printer Review at CCER
Quote: The Samsung SCX-5635FN multi-functional printer is definitely capable of doing many things for the home or office. It is able to print a single sided Word document at 36 pages per minute or 18 sheets per minute in duplex, essentially saving you paper while not slowing down your print job. The level of detail on the scanning and capabilities offered through SmartThru Office and on the printer itself makes for a very versatile unit. You won’t have to spend time copying at one machine and faxing at another – it can all be done with the SCX-5635FN.



Assorted Stuffs:

iPad’s Identity Crisis and Apple’s A4 CPU Showstopper:

Apple has worked itself into a corner where people simply expect each and every new product release to change that product category for the better; to revolutionize things in a way that no other company has done so far.  On almost every front, the iPad doesn’t do that.  However,  what’s really interesting is Apple’s A4 CPU…


Gaming Apple’s iPad: How Well Will Video Games Play on the Device? @ Digital Trends

"Given that Apple’s new iPad tablet computer runs nearly all of the iPhone’s 140,000 apps (over 20% of which are video games), plus can power even more advanced 3D graphical experiences as well as enhanced versions of these titles and first-run platform exclusives, let’s be honest. The question we should be asking isn’t whether or not the iPad will make a decent gaming device, but rather just how long it’s going to take for it to capture players’ imaginations and actually take off."
Link to the feature:


The Five Best Features of Apple’s New iPad Tablet @ Digital Trends

"In case you missed Apple’s iPad tablet announcement, it was quite the whirlwind. There’s a lot to digest, so for those of you who don’t feel like skimming through six different live blogs to get the gist, we’ve got the Clif Notes. Here are five of the most exciting features we think the new Apple iPad brings to market."
Link to the guide:


iDisappointed in the iPad @ t-break

In its current stage, the iPad is a let-down. There is so much more potential in a device like this.
The Full Article can be viewed at http://tech.tbreak.com/2010/01/idisappointed-in-the-ipad/


Title: Is It Time to Move to Solid-State Storage?
Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/blog/162
"Everywhere you look, people are talking about SSDs (Solid State Drives) and their advantages. You may think that everybody has already replaced their hard drive with an SSD but you. This is far from the truth; what happens is that most memory manufacturers are putting a lot of effort on marketing SSDs basically because their profit margin on regular memory modules has dropped tremendously in the past few years. Add the price drop on memory itself, and SSDs seem to be a good idea for them to make more money. So a lot of people talking about SSDs don’t mean that everybody is using SSDs, but that manufacturers are pushing people to talk about them."


10 Things I Love About Technology

Teaser: I’ve been reviewing my technology-related blog posts of late and I’ve noticed a particular trend that I find troubling: I seem to be a technology doomsayer. The overriding theme I’ve identified in my own writing about technology is one of skepticism and caution. My posts tend to focus on the problems that technology creates, not on all the wonderful things it has to offer. You might think that I’m a real technology Chicken Little, constantly screaming that the sky is falling. But the truth is that I am an optimist about new media. I’m constantly on my smartphone, checking email, updating my web site, posting blogs, and using Facebook, LinkedIn, and twitter in my work.

Click here: http://bit.ly/7q7r8W


Is CES Slowly Going Away? @ ThinkComputers.org

Article URL: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/is-ces-slowly-going-away/

Quote: “I myself have been going to CES for 5 years now. For us here at ThinkComputers it is really the highlight of the entire year, we really don’t attend any other trade shows. We get to see the latest technology, new products and catch up with old friends, not to mention getting to spend a week in Vegas. Something really stood out to me this year during CES…it was very small! Also this year CEA (the company that runs CES) tried to kick out many exhibitors who opted to use hotel rooms instead of paying for a booth."