Today, CDRLabs brings you an in depth look at Leadtek's MPEG-2/H.264 transcoding card, the WinFast PxVC1100. This low profile PCI Express card features Toshiba’s SpursEngine SE1000 processor which allows it to encode HD content in less than real time and improve the quality of upconverted video. The PxVC1100 also comes bundled with TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress. Using this software, the card is able to encode virtually any video file at resolutions ranging from iPod to HD and at bit rates as high as 50Mb/s.  Add a comment

CDRLabs kicks off the week with a brief review of HornetTek's new hard drive enclosure, the X2-RAID. This stylish, dual bay enclosure holds two SATA hard drives and can be connected to a Windows, Mac or Linux computer using either USB 2.0 or eSATA. The X2-RAID also features a versatile RAID system that can be configured for data protection, maximum capacity or a balance of the two.

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CDRLabs finishes up the week with a review of ASUS's external slim Blu-ray combo drive, the SBC-04D1S-U. This stylish and compact drive is capable of 8x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 4x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and can read Blu-ray Discs at 4.8x. ASUS also designed the SBC-04D1S-U to be  powered completely off a computer's USB bus. Without the need for an AC power source, you can burn a DVD or watch a Blu-ray movie wherever you go. Add a comment

CDRLabs has put together a brief review of Matrox's CompressHD H.264 encoding accelerator card. This low profile, half-length PCI Express card supports Matrox MAX technology and features a dedicated hardware processor which allows it to encode H.264 video at resolutions ranging from iPod to HD in less than real time. Add a comment

CDRLabs kicks off the new year with a review of Lite-On's 24x DVD writer, the iHAS424-08. This Serial ATA equipped "Super AllWrite" drive is capable of 24x DVD±R, 12x DVD±R DL, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW  and 12x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. Along with support for HP's LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling system, the iHAS424 also features many of the technologies we've come to expect from Lite-On, including more advanced ones like SmartWrite, SmartErase and OverSpeed. Add a comment

Today, CDRLabs brings you an in depth look at LG's new Super Multi NAS, the N2R1DD2. This two-bay NAS device provides 2TB of storage as well as support for various RAID levels. It also offers a number of consumer oriented features including USB/memory card backup, Apple Time Machine support, Torrent file sharing and a built in DLNA media server. Most notable though, is the N2R1DD2's built in DVD writer.  This drive serves as a secondary storage medium as well as a way for computers to burn discs and play movies over a local network. Add a comment

CDRLabs finishes up the week with a review of Lite-On's new 4x BD-ROM drive, the iHOS104. Affordably priced, this read-only drive gives consumers the ability to watch Blu-ray movies on their computers. Along with 4x BD read speeds, the iHOS104 is capable of reading DVD's at 8x and CD's at 32x. The drive also comes with CyberLink's PowerDVD software, which can play back both Blu-ray Discs and standard DVD's in high-def

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CDRLabs kicks off the week with a review of ASUS's external slim DVD writer, the SDRW-08D1S-U. This stylish and compact drive is capable of 8x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 6x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x. A truly portable solution, the SDRW-08D1S-U is also USB powered, eliminating the need for an AC adapter.  Add a comment

CDRLabs has taken a long overdue look at Pioneer's 8x Blu-ray Disc writer, the BDR-2203. Featuring some of the fastest BD reading and writing speeds available, this retail version of the BDR-203  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 BDR-2203 also sports a 4MB buffer and is backwards compatible with all major CD and DVD formats, including DVD-RAM. Add a comment

CDRLabs finishes up the week with a review of Lite-On's new 8x Blu-ray combo drive, the iHES208. This highly anticipated drive is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD±R DL, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 12x DVD-RAM writing speeds and can read Blu-ray Discs at speeds as high as 8x. Along with support for HP's LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling system, the iHES208 also features many of the technologies we've come to expect from Lite-On, including more advanced ones like SmartWrite and OverSpeed.

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