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The Best Cases of 2011

It is December now and that means the end of the year is upon us.  This past year we have reviewed quite a few products, but I think we have reviewed <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/category/reviews/cases/">cases</a> the most.  Cases are such an important part of your system, it is the first thing someone looks at when you are at a LAN party.  We have decided to make a list of the best cases of 2011.  Keep in mind these are drawn from cases that we have reviewed so if you do not see a case in this list that is why.  Read on to see what our favorite cases from 2011 were.

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Monday’s News Post 12-5-11

Hope everyone has great start to their week! <a href="http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2630" target="_blank">Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Drive Review</a> @ pcstats <a href="http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?id=562" target="_blank">ZAGG ZAGGSparq 2.0 Portable Battery Review</a> @ rwlabs <a href="http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=337" target="_blank">Tech ARP Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.5</a> @ techarp <a href="http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Thermaltake/Overseer_RX-I/" target="_blank">Thermaltake Overseer RX-I</a> @ techPowerUp <a href="http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/MSI-X79A-GD65-8D-Motherboard/1443" target="_blank">MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Motherboard</a> @ Hardware Secrets <a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&langpair=de%7Cen&u=http://www.teccentral.de/forum/testberichte-reviews-ratgeber-aus-hardware-software-computer-f305/aerocool-xpredator-white-design-gaming-gehaeuse-im-test-80600.html" target="_blank">AeroCool XPREDATOR white Case Review</a> @ teccentral <a href="http://www.ocaholic.ch/xoops/html/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=636&sel_lang=english" target="_blank">GELID GX-7 Tower Cooler</a> @ ocaholic <a href="http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Amazon-Kindle-Fire-Review-Answering-Your-Burning-Questions/" target="_blank">Amazon's Kindle Fire: Insight and How Not To Get Burned:</a> @ hothardware <a href="http://www.techwarelabs.com/optoma-hd33-full-3d-1080p-projector/" target="_blank">Optoma HD33 3D Projector Review</a> @ TechwareLabs <a href="http://www.techreviewsource.com/Notebook-Computers/gateway-id47h07u" target="_blank">Gateway ID47H07u Review</a> @ TechReviewSource.com <a href="http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=16786" target="_blank">DragonEgg 3.0 Puts GCC & LLVM In One Bed</a> @ phoronix <a href="http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/storage/samsung_830_sata3_ssd_256gb_review/1" target="_blank">OC3D: Samsung 830 SATA3 SSD 256GB Review</a> @ overclock3d <a href="http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/12/iphone-4-app-of-the-week-%e2%80%93-infinity-blade-ii/" target="_blank">iPhone 4 App of the Week – Infinity Blade II</a> @ t-break <a href="http://www.kitguru.net/components/power-supplies/zardon/be-quiet-straight-power-e9-580w-power-supply-review/" target="_blank">Be Quiet! Straight Power E9 580W Power Supply Review</a> @ kitguru <a href="http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000242/" target="_blank">Sitecom MD-272 HDD TV Media Player 2TB Review</a> @ Madshrimps <a href="http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/phanteks_ph_tc14pe/" target="_blank">Phanteks PH-TC14PE Review</a> @ OCC <a href="http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1777/1/" target="_blank">Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 Low Voltage 1600MHz Review</a> @ Legit Reviews <a href="http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/cooling/water-cooling/14434" target="_blank">Corsair H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Review</a> @Hi Tech Legion <a href="http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=733&Itemid=58" target="_blank">SilverStone SST-EC03 USB 3.0 PCI-E Card</a> @ Benchmark Reviews <a href="http://aphnetworks.com/reports/ocz_zt_series_650w" target="_blank">[Affiliates News] OCZ ZT Series 650W Power Supply Review</a> @ APH Networks

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Techbargains Deals for 12-5-11

<strong>OUR FAVORITE DEAL OF THE DAY!</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278045">64GB Kingston SSDNow V100 Solid State Drive (TRIM) for $69.95 plus free shipping </a> (normally $173 - use <a href="http://ak.buy.com/buy_assets/retail/pdfs/11Q4/1202-1209ns-am_Kingston.pdf">this form</a>). <strong>Computers & Peripherals:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278036">15.6” Lenovo G570 Intel Core i5-2430M 2.4GHz Sandy Bridge Laptop (4GB/750GB) for $479.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $1049). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278090">Canon PIXMA MG6120 Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer w/ Wifi + Duplex for $79.90</a> (normally $179). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278116">Lenovo Enhanced Multimedia Remote w/ Backlit Keyboard for $35.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $69 – use coupon code: <b>USP1D16678</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278045">64GB Kingston SSDNow V100 Solid State Drive (TRIM) for $69.95 plus free shipping </a> (normally $173 - use <a href="http://ak.buy.com/buy_assets/retail/pdfs/11Q4/1202-1209ns-am_Kingston.pdf">this form</a>). <strong>Home Entertainment:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278061">50” LG 50PV400 Plasma HDTV (1080p) for $669.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $749 – use coupon code: <b>EMCYTZT937</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278120">42” LG 42LK450 LCD HDTV (1080p) for $447.30 plus free shipping</a> (normally $899 – use coupon code: <b>PAYPALLGTV</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278074">32” Panasonic Viera TC-L32E3 IPS LED-Backlit LCD HDTV (1080p) for $379.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $649). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278040">Belkin PureAV PF30 8-Outlet 3245-Joules Home Theater Power Console for $59.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $249). <strong>Personal Electronics:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278121">HTC EVO View Sprint 4G 32GB WiFi 7in Tablet w/ Android 3.0 for $239.95 plus free shipping</a> (normally $699). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278131">Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18MP SLR Digital Camera 18-55mm Lens Kit for $589.95 plus free shipping</a> (normally $899). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278125">Skullcandy G.I. Over Ear Headphones w/ Mic for $29.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $69). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278091">Tomtom XXL 540 S Portable GPS (REFURB, 5in, Text To Speech) for $59.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $99). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/278060">Garmin nuvi 1250T Portable GPS Navigation (3.5in, Text to Speech) for $69.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $149 – use coupon code: <b>EMCYTZT939</b>).

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November 2011 in Review

November seemed to go by so quite quickly. I can't believe it is already December! That means in just a little over a month we will be in Las Vegas for CES! It seems the weather has not been that bad at all here in Pittsburgh, we've only got snow once! This past month was another great one for us. Out of all the posts published my favorite would definitely has to be <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/3dfx-graphic-cards-history/">A Look Back: 3dfx Graphics Cards</a>. This post was not only fun to write about, but got a great response! Read on to see the stats from the rest of the month!

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Saturday’s News Post 12-3-11

Have a great night! <a href="http://www.megatechnews.com/megatech-gift-guide-five-totally-awesome-but-incredibly-useless-star-wars-gifts/" target="_blank">A MEGATechNews Flash - MEGATech Gift Guide – Five Totally Awesome but Incredibly Useless Star Wars Gifts</a> @ megatechnews <a href="http://tbreak.com/tech/2011/12/steelseries-specturm-7xb-wireless-headset-review/" target="_blank">Steelseries Specturm 7XB Wireless Headset Review</a> @ t-break <a href="http://thessdreview.com/latest-buzz/intel-ssd-520-series-sandforce-driven-sata-3-ssd-release-imminent-as-we-said-all-along/" target="_blank">SSD NEWS: Intel SSD 520 Series 'Sandforce Driven' SSD Close To Release</a> @ The SSD Review <a href="http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?id=561" target="_blank">TRITTON AX Pro True 5.1 Surround Headset Review</a> @ rwlabs <a href="http://blog.testfreaks.com/review/review-of-arctic-land-rider-403-remote-controlled-leopard-tank/" target="_blank">Arctic Land Rider 403 Remote Controlled Leopard Tank</a> @ TestFreaks <a href="http://www.techreviewsource.com/Miscellaneous/infographic-can-facebook-get-you-a-job" target="_blank">Infographic: Can Facebook Get You a Job?</a> @ TechReviewSource.com <a href="http://computingondemand.com/increase-raid-rebuild-rsync-performance-for-qnap-nas/" target="_blank">Computing on Demand: Increase RAID Rebuild / rsync Performance for QNAP NAS</a> @ computingondemand <a href="http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1343/pg1/htc-evo-3d-android-smartphone-review-introduction.html" target="_blank">HTC EVO 3D Android Smartphone Review</a> @ HardwareHeaven.com

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Friday’s News Post 12-2-11

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Friday night! <a href="http://www.ocia.net/reviews/p8z68deluxe/page1.shtml" target="_blank">ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Motherboard Review</a> @ OCIA.net <a href="http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1342/pg1/serious-sam-3-bfe-pc.html" target="_blank">Serious Sam 3 BFE (PC) Game Review</a> @ HardwareHeaven.com <a href="http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1341/pg1/razer-blackwidow-ultimate-stealth-edition-keyboard-review-introduction.html" target="_blank">Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition Mechanical Keyboard Review</a> @ HardwareHeaven.com <a href="http://www.ocaholic.ch/xoops/html/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=635&sel_lang=english" target="_blank">Layout and Design: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7</a> @ ocaholic <a href="http://www.nitroware.net/lists/lt.php?id=MUsIDFUDSw5XGFEECg%3D%3D" target="_blank">Intel Desktop Board DX79TO Preview | Sandy Bridge-E performance on a budget</a> @ nitroware <a href="http://www.technic3d.com/review/netzteile/1332-seasonic-ss-1000xp-platinum-netzteil-im-test/1.htm" target="_blank">Seasonic SS-1000XP Platinum PSU</a> @ technic3d <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/griffin-beacon-for-ios-review/" target="_blank">Griffin Beacon for iOS Review</a> @ ThinkComputers.org <a href="http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/bequiet-Straight-Power-E9-CM-680-W-Power-Supply-Review/1442" target="_blank">bequiet! Straight Power E9 CM 680 W Power Supply Review</a> @ Hardware Secrets <a href="http://pro-clockers.com/cooling/2111-prolimatech-lynx-cpu-cooler.html" target="_blank">Prolimatech Lynx CPU Cooler</a> @ Pro-Clockers <a href="http://blog.testfreaks.com/review/xbox-360/review-of-nyko-kinect-zoom-lens-kit/" target="_blank">Nyko Kinect Zoom Lens Kit</a> @ TestFreaks <a href="http://www.techwarelabs.com/roccat-alumic-gaming-mousepad/" target="_blank">ROCCAT ALUMIC Gaming Mousepad Review</a> @ TechwareLabs <a href="http://www.ocinside.de/html/results/mainboard_asrock_970_extreme4.html" target="_blank">ASRock 970 Extreme4 AMD Socket AM3+ Motherboard Review</a> @ ocinside <a href="http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/input_devices/roccat_isku_keyboard_review/1" target="_blank">OC3D: Roccat Isku Keyboard Review</a> @ overclock3d <a href="http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1764/1/" target="_blank">BIOSTAR TA990FXE AMD 990FX Motherboard Review</a> @ Legit Reviews <a href="http://www.ocaholic.ch/xoops/html/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=537&sel_lang=english" target="_blank">Charts: CPU - updated AMD FX-6100</a> @ ocaholic <a href="http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/spire_gemini_2/" target="_blank">Spire Gemini Rev. 2 Review</a> @ OCC <a href="http://www.hitechlegion.com/contests-and-giveaways/14848-hitech-legion-3rd-annual-holiday-giveaway?start=2" target="_blank">Holiday Spectacular Week 1 11/27/11 to 12/3/11</a> @Hi Tech Legion <a href="http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NZXT/Phantom_410/" target="_blank">NZXT Phantom 410</a> @ techPowerUp <a href="http://rbmods.com/razer-onza-battlefield-3-edition/" target="_blank">Razer Onza Battlefield 3 Edition</a> @ Rbmods

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Griffin Beacon for iOS Review

If there is one thing that has always bothered me it was that I have about 6 remotes for everything that is in my home theater setup.  This means I have to keep track of all 6 and if I lose one it is a pain.  Even a universal remote is something that can easily be lost.  If there is one thing that you always have with you it is your cell phone.  Griffin has come up with a really cool device that allows you to control everything in your home theater with your iPhone or iOS device.  It’s called the Griffin Beacon and we are going to take a look at it today.

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Techbargains Deals for 12-1-11

<strong>OUR FAVORITE DEAL OF THE DAY!</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277674">GoDaddy Coupon Code - $1.18 on 1-Year New .COM Domain Name Registration</a> (normally $11 – use coupon code: <b>GETFIT</b>). <strong>Computers & Peripherals:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277654">14” HP dm4x Intel Core i5-2430M Laptop (6 & 9-Cell Batts/Radeon HD6470M 1GB) for $669.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $999 – use coupon code: <b>NBK3573</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277643">14” HP Pavilion dm4 Intel Core i5-2430M 2.4GHz Laptop (4GB/640GB) for $479.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $699 – use coupon code: <b>95207</b> and use <a href="http://www.stapleseasyrebates.com/promocenter/staples/select_form.html">this form</a>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277658">12.1” Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Intel Atom N570 Dual-Core Laptop for $349.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $429). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277674">GoDaddy Coupon Code - $1.18 on 1-Year New .COM Domain Name Registration</a> (normally $11 – use coupon code: <b>GETFIT</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277628">Canon ImageClass LBP6000 Monochrome Laser Printer for $49.95 plus free shipping</a> (normally $69). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277749">Creative Labs 51MZ0310AA005 Fatal1ty Gaming Headset s/ Mic for $29.99</a> (normally $49). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277721">G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 Desktop Memory for $29.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $59 - use coupon code: <b> EMCJHKJ27</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277737">HP Photosmart Premium C310a Color Inkjet Printer (4.3in Touchscreen LCD, Duplex, 802.11n) for $69.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $199). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277687">Das Keyboard Black Model S Ultimate Keyboard for $94.99</a> (normally $144). <strong>Home Entertainment:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277666">Apple TV 720p High Def Media Player (HDMI & 802.11n Wireless) for $84.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $100). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277743">46” Toshiba 46SL417U LED-Backlit LCD HDTV (1080p, 120Hz) for $649.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $1499 – use coupon code: <b>EMCJHKJ63</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277697">Polk Audio Monitor 60 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker (SINGLE) for $99.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $299 – use coupon code: <b>EMCJHKJ59</b>). <strong>Personal Electronics:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277667">Acer Iconia A500 NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core 10in Tablet (REFURB) for $279.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $499). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277672">Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Lens for Nikon DSLR for $246.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $399). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277661">Olympus Stylus 9000 12MP 10X Digital Camera (Image Stabilized) for $99.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $139). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277651">Klipsch Image S5i Rugged Headphones w/ Mic & Moisture Resistant Remote for $59.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $119 – use coupon code: <b> ZAH49513</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277773">Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera Body Only (REFURB) for $1699.99</a> (normally $2199 – use coupon code: <b>HOLIDAY</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277665">Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens for DSLR Camera (REFURB) for $407.99</a> (normally $599 – use coupon code: <b>HOLIDAY</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277752">Garmin nuvi 2350LMT GPS (4.3in, Live Traffic/Map Updates) for $149.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $269 – use coupon code: <b> EMCJHKJ73</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/277711">Garmin nuvi 1100LM Portable GPS Navigation (3.5in, Lifetime Map Updates) for $74.88</a> (normally $129).

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Unboxing the ioSafe Rugged Portable Hard Drive

Have you ever had an external hard drive die on you? More importantly has this drive died because you dropped it or you may have spilled something on it? If that has happened to you then you may be interested in the external drive we are taking a look at today. The ioSafe Rugged Portable hard drive is made to be basically disaster-proof. It is crush proof up to 5,000 pounds, has drop protection up to 20 feet and immersion protection up to 30 feet for 3 days! That is pretty impressive, read on to see our unboxing and overview video!

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Thursday’s News Post 12-1-11

Happy December every one! <a href="http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/gaming-software/14739-batman-arkham-city-physx-and-3d-experience" target="_blank">Batman Arkham City Review: PhysX and 3D Vision 2 Experience</a> @Hi Tech Legion <a href="http://www.kitguru.net/site-news/competitions/carl/win-a-new-xfx-pro-black-edition-1250w-psu-hd6950-dd/" target="_blank">Win a new XFX Pro Black Edition 1250W PSU & HD6950 DD!</a> @ kitguru <a href="http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Enermax-Fulmo-GT-Case-Review/1441" target="_blank">Enermax Fulmo GT Case Review</a> @ Hardware Secrets <a href="http://pro-clockers.com/cases/2110-bitfenix-outlaw-pc-case.html" target="_blank">BitFenix Outlaw PC Case</a> @ Pro-Clockers <a href="http://www.kitguru.net/peripherals/keyboards/harrison/kitguru-lite-a-newbs-guide-to-keyboards/" target="_blank">Kitguru Lite: A newbs video guide to keyboards</a> @ ktiguru <a href="http://www.vortez.net/review.php?id=456" target="_blank">Tt eSPORTS MEKA G Unit Keyboard Review</a> @ Vortez <a href="http://lanoc.org/review/other/5497-configuring-a-lan-party-network" target="_blank">Configuring a LAN party network</a> @ LanOC Reviews <a href="http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?id=560" target="_blank">Synology DiskStation DS212j NAS Server Review</a> @ rwlabs <a href="http://www.techwarelabs.com/tt-esports-meka-mechanical-gaming-keyboard/" target="_blank">Tt eSPORTS Meka Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review</a> @ TechwareLabs <a href="http://www.hardwarelook.com/reviews/asus-zenbook-ux31-laptop-review_120_1.html" target="_blank">Asus Zenbook UX31 Laptop Review</a> @ HardwareLOOK <a href="http://tech-reviews.co.uk/reviews/pure-chronos-idock-series-ii-review/" target="_blank">Pure Chronos iDock Series II Review</a> @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk <a href="http://bigbruin.com/item_33848" target="_blank">Win a 128GB Crucial m4 SSD with Data Transfer Kit</a> @ Bigbruin.com <a href="http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1791/1/" target="_blank">SilverStone Raven RVS02 External USB 3.0 HDD / SSD Enclosure Review</a> @ Legit Reviews <a href="http://www.eteknix.com/reviews/peripherals/cm-storm-xornet-2000-dpi-gaming-mouse-review/" target="_blank">CM Storm Xornet 2000 DPI Gaming Mouse Review</a> @ eTeknix.com <a href="http://www.techreviewsource.com/Desktop-Computers/hp-touchsmart-9300-elite" target="_blank">HP TouchSmart 9300 Elite Review</a> @ TechReviewSource.com <a href="http://www.vortez.net/review.php?id=458" target="_blank">NZXT Phantom 410 Review</a> @ Vortez <a href="//www.cowcotland.com/articles/952/boitier-nzxt-phantom-410-plus-petit.html" target="_blank">New item on the Hardware's Farm : 410 Case NZXT Phantom: smaller</a> @ cowcotland <a href="http://www.kitguru.net/components/ssd-drives/zardon/samsung-830-series-512gb-ssd-review/" target="_blank">Samsung 830 Series 512GB SSD Review</a> @ kitguru <a href="http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/ocz_revodrive_3_x2_240gb/" target="_blank">OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240 GB Review</a> @ OCC <a href="http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Asus-Eee-Pad-Transformer-Prime-Preview/" target="_blank">Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Tegra 3 Unleashed</a> @ HotHardware

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