External DVD/CD drives are nothing new, but over the past year they have been becoming a little more popular. This is probably because of the increased sales in netbooks and slim laptops. I do prefer a small, slim notebook to a larger one and honestly I rarely use an optical drive. But there are some things you just need an optical drive for, like OS installs and making audio CD’s. Lite-On has sent us a very slim 8x USB DVD/CD writer to check out, the eNAU608. Let’s take a look and see if it is the perfect drive for your netbook or slim laptop.
HANNOVER, Germany — March 1st, 2011 — Corsair®, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the Flash Voyager® USB 3.0 family of USB flash drives.
The new Flash Voyager USB 3.0 models bring SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance to the Flash Voyager family, and share the same durable rubber housing and stylish looks that have made the Flash Voyager family a favorite of consumers looking for fast, reliable, and portable data storage. All Flash Voyager USB 3.0 models are shockproof, water-resistant, backward compatible with USB 2.0/USB 1.1, and provide easy plug-and-play compatibility with most operating systems.
AOC International, the modern descendant of Admiral, is a maker of fine display products for TV and computers alike. This year, AOC highlighted its Breeze tablet. This 800×600 8″ resistive screen tablet features Android 2.1 and retails for $179. It sports a USB port for mass storage connection, a microSD slot, and 4 GB of internal storage with 256 MB of RAM for its Rockchip processor. No cellular data, just WiFi (802.11b/g). The battery life for this 1.1 lb device is approximately six hours for video playback or 12 hours for audio. It supports orientation switching, too.
I visited the suite of Phillips and Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS) to see the company’s Plextor and Lite-On products for the new year. First is the eNAU608, Lite-On’s “most personalized drive”. It’s an external, slim, USB 8x DVD writer with LightScribe and LabelTag functionality. Users can swap out inserts inside the top area in order to identify the drive as theirs. They can also print their own using packaged software. The drive is available now for $59.
Today’s storage needs are not that of what was required a few years ago, files are increasing larger in size. Whether it is movies, games, music, or pictures there is need for faster and larger drives. Most importantly with these growing demands comes the need for better access to that data, including higher speeds of transfer and ease of swapping drives between computers to share that data. This is where Zalman’s USB 3.0 HDD docking station comes into focus, it primary function to utilize the newest USB 3.0 technology to help users gain access to their data in one of the fastest ways possible, while still allowing the options for swapping and raid functionality should it be needed or required.
With so many headsets to choose from on the market these days, manufacturers have been trying to create a product that sets them apart from the mainstream. Corsair has designed the HS1 to simulate the couch listening experience so the music is not “in your head” but rather surrounding you like your typical home stereo setup would. The design is composed of larger than average drivers, a very creative and comfortable design, and an attention to sound detail that every audiophile and gamer will be in awe of. Their hardware solution is crisp and clean in its audio reproduction and when coupled with their software, gives unmatched control of audio features that are sure to make the experience adjustable to each individuals liking.
The USB flash drive has not really changed much. We have seen all types of flash drives over the past few year, ones that are practically indestructible and other that are waterproof, but the technology in the drive itself really has not changed. Patriot has decided to change this with the Xporter XT Rage line of USB flash drives. These drives feature a Quad Channel configuration, data is intelligently managed and transferred simultaneously to 4 NAND chips resulting in vastly enhanced performance, particularly write speeds: Rage improves on traditional USB 2.0 Flash Drives to offer up to 27MB/s read and 25MB/s write transfer speeds. Let’s take a look…
Arctic Cooling is a company known for their cooling products, but recently they have been getting into the PC peripheral market. Today we have the chance to check out their attempts at a keyboard. The Arctic K381 Multi-Function Ultra-Slim Keyboard is not only small in size, but small in price. This small keyboard makes writing fun again. Read on further to get the details.
Phones, cameras, and other mobile devices are power hogs. Those who have moved to smartphones have to plan ahead if it’ll be more than ~20 hours before they’ll next be near a power outlet. A dead battery means disconnection, which means the device isn’t receiving messages, which means business isn’t getting done. Fortunately, a new class of portable batteries has hit the market. Prices on these devices are dropping, and they are diversifying in capacity and features. Once such device is the subject of this review, the Kiwi U-Powered Charger. This device sports a 2000 mAh capacity, multiple charging tips, and, as its name indicates, an array of photovoltaic cells for sun-powered recharging. ThinkComputers has the review…
Have you ever been working at your computer or laptop and felt a little hot? Being hot and uncomfortable makes working hard and you are less productive. I’ve had this happen to me on numerous occasions. Thermaltake has just the thing for this problem; they call it the Mobile Fan 12. It is a 12cm fan that sits on your desk and is powered by USB; there is even a speed control knob. Let’s take a look and see if this product is worth the $19.99 price tag.