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Hardware Reviews - 1/23/2009

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Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera @ HotHardware.com
Cooler Master Sniper CM Storm Case @ Benchmark Reviews
FSP Group Booster X5 450 Watt Dedicated Videocard Power Supply @ Tweaknews.net
MS-Tech LU-373N NAS and DAS @ TweakPC.de
nMEDIAPC HTPC 2000B Media Center Case @ ThinkComputers.org
Super Talent Godfather Flash Drive @ Bigbruin.com
Thecus N4100PRO 4-Bay Network Attached Storage System @ Bigbruin.com
Thermaltake Spedo Computer Case @ Rbmods
Verbatim MediaStation Pro @ InsideHW

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Sans Digital Introduces Newly Designed 5-Bay TowerRAID External Storage

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Sans Digital, a leading provider of high performance storage subsystems, has updated its 5-bay external TowerRAID TR5M1 RAID storage solution to the newly designed TR5M-B and TR5M. Based on the same features as the previous models, these new towers adapted a more sophisticated outer shell in both black and silver, completing the unified appearance of the TowerRAID series.

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Since its initial release, the Sans Digital TowerRAID series has generated some heated discussions on computer enthusiast sites, especially sites dedicated to Windows Home Servers and Home Theater PC (HTPC). The TowerRAID solutions are proven to be good choices for direct external storage expansion where additional capacity is needed. The TowerRAID series is now fully compatible with the newest 1.5TB hard drives. With up to 7.5TB of storage capacity, the 5-bay storage enclosures are perfect for high capacity storage needs. The TR5M-B and TR5M units utilize a cable-less backplane design and built-in ventilating protective screen front panel for a simplified contemporary design. Hard drives are installed on easily accessible hard drive trays for easy insertion and removal. Hard drive cooling is performed by a large 4.7” built-in cooling fan located inside the back panel of the units. Like other models of the TowerRAID series, the TR5M-B and TR5M utilize the latest SATA II port multiplier technology to access five SATA hard drives using only one eSATA cable.

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Samsung TruDirect Software Available As Free Download

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Samsung announced this week that it has released a new version of its TruDirect software that is compatible with its internal 22x DVD writers. By downloading and installing this free software, users can connect a digital device such as a camcorder or digital camera to their PC and burn videos or photos directly to DVD in real-time.

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To use TruDirect, you will need to update the firware of your drive. The SH-S223Q and SH-S223F will need to be updated to firmware version SB03 or higher. The SH-S222A and SH-S222L can also be used with TruDirect by updating the firmware to SB01. However, this firmware does not seem to be available yet. Once the firware is updated, you can then install the TruDirect software which can be downloaded here.

 

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Hardware Reviews - 1/21/2009

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AeroCool AeroRacer Pro Mid-Tower Case @ BCCHardware
Antec TruePower Quattro 1000W Power Supply @ HardwareLogic
ASRock N7AD-SLI Socket 775 nForce 740 SLI Motherboard @ ThinkComputers.org
ASUS My Cinema-U3100Mini HDTV Tuner @ Benchmark Reviews
IKONIK Ra X10 Liquid @ Hardware Zone
Kingwin Big Drive RAID Enclosure @ Virtual-Hideout
NZXT Whisper Full Tower EATX Case @ High Tech Reviews
QNAP NVR-1012 Network Surveillance System @ Tweaknews.net
XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition @ HotHardware.com

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Sony BWU-300S 8x Blu-ray Disc Writer

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Today, CDRLabs brings you an in depth look at Sony's new 8x Blu-ray Disc writer, the BWU-300S. Offering some of the fastest BD reading and writing speeds available, the BWU-300S is capable of 8x BD-R, 8x BD-R DL and 2x BD-RE writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 8x. The drive also sports an 8MB buffer and is backwards compatible with all major CD and DVD formats, including DVD-RAM.

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Sony Begins Blu-ray Disc Production In China

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment opened its new Blu-ray Disc manufacturing facility outside of Shanghai, China this week. According to the Nikkei Business Daily, this is is the first facility in China, capable of producing dual-layer Blu-ray Discs. Once up to speed, it will produce 500,000 discs per month, most of which will be sold in the Chinese market.

To help spur sales of Blu-ray Disc players, Sony Corp. (TSE:6758) has begun locally producing package software compatible with the format.

Shanghai Epic Music Entertainment Co., a joint venture between Sony and the Shanghai Media Group, invested about 920 million yen to install a software production line at its plant. Ceremonies to mark the beginning of production were held on Tuesday.

This is the first two-layer Blu-ray software production line in China. The facility can turn out 500,000 units per month. Most will be sold in the Chinese market, with exports a possibility as production capacity permits. 

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Hardware Reviews - 1/20/2009

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AXP 2.5/3.5 SATA HDD to eSATA/USB 2.0 Combo Dock Station @ Rbmods
DDR2 Memory Comparison Test @ InsideHW
GELID Silent Spirit CPU Cooler @ TweakTown
Hercules XPS 2.150 Multimedia Speaker System @ TweakTown
HP Mini 2140 Notebook @ Hardware Zone
Intel X25-M SATA 80GB MLC SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
Patriot 32GB Warp v2 Solid State Drive @ Metku.net
Rosewill Wind Ryder Midtower PC Case @ ThinkComputers.org
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T500 Digital Camera @ Everything USB
ZOTAC GeForce GTX285 and GeForce GTX295 Video Cards @ Futurelooks

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Transcend Announces StoreJet 25F Portable Hard Drive

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Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend®), a global leader in the digital storage industry, proudly announces its new 2.5” portable hard drive, the elegant and sleek StoreJet™ 25F. Measuring only 113.8mm long by 80.9mm wide and just 15.9mm thick, the StoreJet 25F is designed for business travelers and people who prefer an elegant way to carry their data.

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Combining its huge storage capacity with designer gloss diamond pattern and lustrous metallic finish, the StoreJet 25F is truly a marriage of technology and style. Moreover, its useful anti-slip rubber feet provide a stable base for resting on a table or computer case. Despite its compact size, the StoreJet 25F has up to 500GB of storage space so users can easily transfer, store, and share important files and data.

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Primera Technology Announces FX400 Foil Imprinting System

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Primera Technology, Inc., a leading manufacturer of specialty printers, today announced its new FX400 Foil Imprinting System.

FX400, an optional accessory to Primera's LX-Series Color Label Printers, works in-line to apply shiny gold and silver borders, fonts and other graphics to inkjet-printed labels. The effect is virtually identical to traditional metallic hot-stamp technology, adding brilliant, shiny highlights to labels. Since the process is 100% digital, there are no set-up charges. Virtually any design imaginable can be printed.

"Adding shiny gold and silver graphics to your labels dramatically increases your visibility on the retail shelf,” said Mark D. Strobel, Primera's vice president of sales and marketing. "Getting noticed almost always means more sales. This makes it easy to cost-justify adding an FX400 to your in-house label printing capabilities.”

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Transcend Releases 1.8-Inch Portable eSATA/USB Solid State Drive

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Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend®), the world’s leading manufacturer of memory products, proudly announces the release of its stylish new 1.8-inch portable solid state drive (SSD) – the SSD18M. Combining the speed and durability advantages solid-state technology with the versatility of eSATA and USB connection interfaces, Transcend’s SSD18M is an innovative new type of storage device that offers fashionable good looks and high-capacity mobile storage convenience.

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Unlike traditional hard disk drives, this handy device is made of reliable NAND flash memory that contains no moving parts, which not only eliminates the possibility of mechanical failure resulting from vibration and shock, but also provides substantial weight savings and reduced power consumption. With both eSATA and USB2.0 interface options, this portable SSD features the ultimate in connection flexibility, offering guaranteed speed along with multi-platform compatibility. Its new high-speed eSATA interface provides a maximum read speed of 90MB/s and write speeds of 50MB/s, while its USB2.0 interface assures maximum compatibility with all types of notebook and desktop PCs.

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