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September 30, 2012

Samsung 840 250GB SSD Review

SLC, MLC, Now TLC

When we look at the SSD market today, there are currently two major barriers to increased adoption – first is cost and second is capacity. Despite recent price cuts bringing SSDs to the lowest prices we’ve ever seen, traditional hard drives such as the Seagate Barracuda 3TB are currently retailing for a mere $0.04/GB, which in comparison to the $0.76/GB found off the Samsung 830 256GB is a lot more capacity for a lot less money.

Now the solution to this problem is fairly complex, but in the most basic way, it almost always involves cramming a lot more stuff into a smaller space. In SSDs for example, moving to a smaller process from say 27nm to [...]

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September 27, 2012

CM Storm Scout 2 Review

Second Generation Scout

When Cooler Master first introduced the CM Storm Scout, it quickly became one of my most highly recommended cases. Despite the case being oriented as a budget gamer case, it had been packed with tons of features which made it one of the best price to performance cases out there. While the CM Storm Scout is still a fairly competitive case, the design is almost 3 years old and it’s definitely time for an update.

This then brings us to our review for today, the recently introduced CM Storm Scout 2 gaming case. Like the original CM Storm Scout, the CM Storm Scout 2 is still a mid tower case, still features a windowed sidepanel (albeit a bit smaller), and [...]

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September 24, 2012

Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB SSD Review

The Magic of Samsung

A number of weeks back, I had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing the famous Samsung 830 SSD and while the drive is still in the upper echelon of drives with all things considered, the performance of the drive just isn’t up to snuff when put in comparison to all the new drives popping up on the market these days. After all, the Samsung 830 was unveiled about a year ago, and in technology years, a year is a long time.

So right now, I’m sitting here in Seoul, Korea witnessing the launch of Samsung’s newest SSD, the Samsung 840 and the Samsung 840 Pro. Yes, that’s right people, Samsung is introducing two SSD models – one [...]

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September 23, 2012

Samsung Unveils 840 Series SSDs at the 2012 Samsung SSD Global Summit

Samsung is pulling the wraps off their latest and greatest SSD, the 840 and 840 Pro, and we’re here in Seoul, Korea to witness its launch!

According to Samsung’s latest press release, the 840 series will come in two flavors, a standard edition along with a “Pro” edition with the standard edition being geared towards general consumers and the “Pro” edition is geared towards “serious users” (power users, enthusiasts, etc.). Most details are still kept under wraps on these drives, but they are expected to support the SATA 3 6Gb/s interface and will contain Samsung’s all new in-house MDX SSD controller. Additionally, [...]

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September 23, 2012

Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Razer Blackwidow to Go

Razer’s BlackWidow line of mechanical gaming keyboards have become quite well known with the PC enthusiast community as of late especially with the popularity of mechanical keyboards gaining traction lately, but one problem with most mechanical keyboards is that they’re large and heavy. This is why those looking to take their mechanical keyboards on the go will find that it’s quite difficult to do so, which is what brings us to the tenkeyless keyboard – a smaller, more compact keyboard designed for those on the go or for those who simply don’t have the desk space for something larger. While companies such as Filco or [...]

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September 20, 2012

Netgear Introduces Centria High Speed Router with Automatic Data Backup

Press Release Three powerful products in one innovative solution to simplify your digital life

NETGEAR®, Inc., a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced the worldwide availability of NETGEAR CentriaTM, a powerful, all-in-one automatic backup/media server and high-speed WiFi router. Centria is a dual band high-performance router with the added convenience of automatic data backup for both PCs and Macs. The backup capability of the Centria router gives you peace of mind knowing that your data is always backed up. If your PC or Mac goes down or is lost, you can still access your data from Centria [...]

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September 18, 2012

Latest Synapse 2.0 Patch Introduces New Features for the Razer Naga

Press Release Keymapping, Unlimited Profiles and Import/Export Features Make the Award-Winning Razer Naga the Choice MMO Gaming Mouse

Razer™, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, announced that its award-winning Razer Naga and Razer Naga Epic MMO gaming mice are getting substantial software upgrades to allow them to continue to be gamers’ preferred weapons of destruction.

The three new features added to the Synapse 2.0 software suite for the Razer Naga are:

Keymapping Unlimited profiles Profile import/export

A keymapping feature lets gamers keep settings like lighting and DPI, but change the layout of the 17-buttons on the Razer Naga [...]

 
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September 18, 2012

Lexar Introduces 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Card Reader

Press Release New Card Reader Boasts Read Speeds up to Five Times Faster than USB 2.0 While Enabling Concurrent Downloads and Card-to-Card File Transfer

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the new Lexar® Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Reader, a versatile, all-in-one solution for quick and reliable file transfers from 25 of the most popular memory card formats. The reader provides five slots compatible with popular card formats such as CompactFlash, Secure Digital, including newly added support for Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) cards, Mobile, Memory Stick and xD-Picture cards. The reader is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports, [...]

 
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September 18, 2012

ioSafe Announces the N2 Private Cloud

Press Release A Disaster-Proof Network Attached Storage Solution to be Crowd-Funded via Indiegogo

ioSafe® aims to tackle data vulnerability and security in the private cloud market with the ioSafe N2, a disaster proof network attached storage (NAS) appliance powered by Synology® DiskStation Manager (DSM) aimed at the SOHO, SMB and Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO) markets.

The ioSafe N2 will provide end users with a disaster plan straight out of the box while enabling them to maintain complete ownership of their data and total control over how it is secured, accessed and backed up. The N2 is designed to provide all the benefits of the private cloud with fast local [...]

 
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September 18, 2012

Synology Releases the DiskStation DS413 Optimized for Business Use

Press Release

Synology America Corp. today announced the launch of the DS413, the latest offering for business users.

The new 4-bay DiskStation uses the attractive new case design and offers hot swap capability to help users maximize their uptime.  Consuming less than 4 watts in hibernation, it is the greenest DiskStation yet.

The DS413 features also features a hardware assist for encrypted performance.  This allows users to get the most out of the 256-bit AES shared folder encryption with greatly improved read and write speeds.

“The DS413 makes for a valuable update to the DiskStation family,” said Joshua Wise, Product Manager at Synology America Corp.  [...]

 
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September 17, 2012

M-Audio BX5 D2 Studio Monitor Review

The Way It’s Meant to be Heard

Typically when shopping for new computer audio systems, we tend to look for speakers designed specifically for computer systems. Speakers from Logitech, Corsair, JBL, Bose, etc. often come to mind and, don’t get me wrong, some of these choices are more often than not, perfectly enough for most computer users out there. However, when it comes to sound quality, most of these manufacturers put their own spin into the speaker whether it’s boosting the lows, giving the top end a little flair, or simply using lower end components that can’t be driven as hard without running into tons and tons of distortion.

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September 17, 2012

Lexar Announces Industry’s First 256GB SDXC UHS-I Memory Card

Press Release New High-Capacity 400x SDXC UHS-I Card Offers Impressive Performance and Extended Capture of High-Resolution Images and 1080p Full-HD and 3D Video

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today introduced the industry’s first 256GB Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC™) UHS-I memory card, the Lexar® Professional 400x SDXC UHS-I card. The Class 10 card leverages the SD 3.0 specification to dramatically accelerate workflow and allows photographers to capture, store, and transfer a large number of high-quality photos and extended lengths of 1080p full-HD and 3D video with a minimum guaranteed sustained read transfer speed of 60MB per second.* [...]

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