We have talked about some of the cool BitFenix compute cases before here at Tweak. The company has some of the coolest cases that I have seen in a long time. I am particularly fond of the cool Colossus case with the green lights and black housing. That is a sweet case for my next computer. The big problem for geeks in the US has been that the cases weren't offered here.
All that will soon change. BitFenix has announced that staring at 11am on January 10, 2011 it will start taking pre-orders for an "extremely limited" number of computer cases through its new US online store. It's not clear, if the whole line will be offered in small numbers or if only one case will be offered. I would assume that after the initial batch is sold out the company would be trying to get more of the cases available for computer fans in the US.
"After receiving emails almost daily inquiring about BitFenix in the US, we are excited to finally say that both Colossus and Survivor will be available for pre-order," says David Jarlestedt, BitFenix Product Manager. "By bringing BitFenix products to North American shores, users in the US will finally be able to experience what BitFenix users in Europe and Asia have been raving about."
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Anyone that is into sports and has tried to film themselves performing their favorite extreme sport knows that taking a normal camcorder on a skiing trip or to a skate park with you is asking for the death of a normal gadget. If you are a swimmer or diver, a normal camera isn't an option at all. Swann Security has all sorts of cameras in its line up and most of them are aimed at home and office security.
The company has announced that it will be showing off a new consumer camera at CES 2011 that is called the SportsCam Waterproof Mini Video Camera. The camera records in relatively low 640 x 480 resolution and comes in a watertight housing. That housing will keep water out down to 65-feet deep and it is also shock proof to prevent the camera for breaking if you drop it or crash. The camera can be mounted to just about anything with several included mounting options.
Those mount options include several Velcro straps, a double clipper, pouch, and several different clips for various mounts. The camera stores video to microSD cards and a single 16GB microSD card is good for five hours of video and the internal rechargeable battery is good for 2.5 hours of recording. The camera will ship in February for $99.
Lexar has been making storage cards for cameras and other devices for a long time now. The company has announced a new storage card for SDXC compatible cameras and camcorders that has the highest amount of storage in the industry. The new card is the industry's first 128GB offering. The card also comes in a 64GB SDXC version as well.
Both the 128GB and the 64GB versions of the memory card are speed Class 10 offerings with 133x performance. That means that the cards offer a minimum of 20MB/s data speed. That should make them fast enough for HD video recording and for fast burst shooting. The pro-level cards are aimed at the professional photographer.
As you can imagine, cards with this capacity are far from cheap. When these cards land in Q1 2011 they will be priced at nearly $700 for the 128GB unit and nearly $400 for the 64GB offering. Both will come with software to help you recover deleted images.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Each time I build myself a new computer I end up with one 5.25-inch drive in the thing for my software discs and having to lay some of my HDDs around inside the case when I run out of 3.5-incn bays. I don't use all of those drives all the time, but I like to have them in case I need any of my old data. If you have a bunch of 5.25-inch bays vacant and you want more storage space the new Icy Dock MB973SP-B may be just what you need.
The device is a three bay dock that uses any 3.5-inch SATA HDDs and allows you to slip them in and out to use all those extra drives. The dock has a power switch of its own so you can power it down when not needed to save power for your machine. The HDDs just slide into the enclosure and need no trays. The device keeps the drives cool with an 80mm fan that uses smart cooling tech.
The enclosure has a fan controller to sense the temp of the drives and turn the fan on when needed. Other features include an eSATA port and USB 2.0 port on the front. The device can be connected to your mainboard RAID controller for RAID 5 and will support RAID 1 for two drives and a third drive for other needs.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - G.Skill has announced that it will be showing off new RAM at CES 2011 that is specifically for the new Intel Sandy Bridge CPU platforms. The RAM is optimized for H67 and P67 platforms and is called RipjawsX. The new line has a number of products in it with the fastest being a 4GB kit running at 2,300MHz.
The 2,300MHz kit has latencies of CL7-10-10-27 and is made up of dual 2GB DIMMS with red heat sinks. The RAM will also be offered in other kits ranging from 4GB to 16GB with speeds of 1333MHz up to the 2300MHz kit I just mentioned.
Some of the RAM has heat sinks with fans and the heat sinks come in red, blue, or black depending on the kit. The RAM will ship with a lifetime warranty and the top of the line 2300MHz kit has data bandwidth of 25K MB/s bandwidth. Pricing and availability are unannounced, but we should hear more when CES kicks off.
Samsung have reached their goal of selling 10 million Galaxy S phones worldwide. They've achieved this within seven months - which for a non iOS based device is a great achievement.
Working on Samsungs math, that's a phone sold every two seconds since it first went on sale. Insane! According to Samsung Tomorrow, 4 million were sold in North America, Europe with 2.5 million - great job Samsung!
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Intel have officially taken Sandy Bridge chips out of the oven today with a massive lineup of reviews, overclocking results and testing being done across various tech sites.
Intel's next-generation Core architecture dubbed Sandy Bridge is an LGA1155 socket which runs off of P67 and H67 chipsets. The new Core i5 and Core i7 chips from the Sandy Bridge architecture are promising even better performance than current Nethalem based CPU's at no extra cost.
Our Download of the Day today is Sandra Lite 2011c (17.30).
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, and so on.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - 1TB Seagate FreeAgent Go External USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive for $69.99.
Offer: This is a great price for this portable (laptop sized, with no separate power brick) 1TB external USB 2.0 hard drive at just $69.99. Order online and pick it up at your local Best Buy to avoid the $6.99 shipping charge.
HTC's new Thunderbolt is set to include an 8-megapixel camera, a sizable screen and possibly even 4G video chat!
The details have been leaked from a banner ad running on tech sites from HTC - except the phone is hitting by what seems like some sexy lingerie (in phone form), which should hopefully be unveiled soon.