Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Western Digital 1.5TB Elements External USB 2.0 Hard Drive for $99.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: This 1.5TB external hard drive with USB 2.0 connection is just $99.99 with FREE shipping, expiring 12/16/09.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - ASUS MS238H 23" LED Backlight HDMI 1080P LCD Monitor - $189.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: Great deal on this latest ASUS creation. It features:
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- LED Touch-Sensor Buttons
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Microsoft is now catering to netbook users without an optical drive who wish to install Windows 7. They've released an open source Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool which makes a bootable Windows 7 USB Drive with ease.
If you've been scratching your head wondering how to get Windows 7 onto your netbook, scratch no more and download the tool from Microsoft's store here.
NZXT has just launched a handy little internal USB expansion/controller which solves the many headaches that can come with trying to use front USB 2.0 ports with certain devices due to limiting power woes.
The IU101 Internal USB Expansion System boosts power to the front USB ports by connecting them directly to the power supply rather than the motherboard. Further to that is six additional ports on the PCB that are very handy for devices that are always plugged in such as Bluetooth modules, USB wireless routers etc. which in turn frees up external USB ports for other devices.
What makes it more attractive as a little handy extra for your system is its price, under 20 bucks U.S.
Check out the full PR here for further info folks.
If you work exclusively from a notebook computer and you often take the machine with you on the road or to and from the office, you probably don't look forward to plugging and unplugging all the cables that connect your peripherals. Targus has announced a new docking station that has video called the ACP51US.
The docking station has four USB ports for connecting your gear and two of the ports are powered for charging devices like mobile phones or cameras. The dock also has DisplayLink technology that allows the connection of an external monitor to the dock.
The display solution supports resolutions of up to 2048 x 1152 and works with Windows 7, XP, and Vista. Other features include an Ethernet port and a pair of ports for mic and headphones. The dock is available now for $159.99.
I was bummed when I heard it would be 2011 before Intel would build USB 3.0 support into its chipsets. Until USB 3.0 hits the mainstream, adoption of the format by vendors won't be as strong. Vantec has announced that it will be offering a full USB 3.0 range in the coming months.
The company will debut 2.5-inch and a 3.5-inch enclosure that use the USB 3.0 interface. The enclosures will be in the NexStar 3 family and have a black mirror finish. The enclosures are for the DIY market.
The enclosures, like other USB 3.0 devices, will be fully backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1. The products will ship early next year at undisclosed pricing. You will probably need a USB 3.0 add-in card to use the things though.
Quick and Easy USB storage is becoming a popular item. And while there are no end of small medium capacity drives it can become annoyingly inconvenient to constantly have to search for the drive you need once you fill up your 2 and 4GB flavors. I can tell you from personal experience that having five of six 4GB USB drives is more of a hassle than they sound. Yes they can make it easy to transfer small files but anything over about 2GB in size (as many ISOs are) make them useless.
Thankfully there are a few companies out that are changing that; Team Group is one of them with their announcement of the new X091 128GB USB drive. This drive features a four channel storage layout that offers a theoretical speed of 30-34MB/s read and 25-31MB/s write. Team Group has also made sure that this drive will stand out with a sleek and cool design. The X091 will ship in sizes from 16GB to 128GB. At the time of this writing there is no word on how much one of these will set you back.
A USB specific mob by the name of Brandon has jumped into the still highly premature USB 3.0 market early with an ExpressCard that gives USB 3.0 support to one's notebook via a couple of ports (which are of course backward compatible for USB 2.0 devices; albeit at USB 2.0 capped transfer rates).
It's assumed the card uses the NEC controller and is now readily available with a USB power cable included for $39 US.
Buffalo has made a big stride in the Blu-ray burning market with the world's first 12x speed Blu-ray burner which harnesses USB 3.0 technology.
Given there's no 12x Blu-ray media available yet and wide adoption of USB 3.0 won't be for quite a while, this product has certainly arrived well before the market calls for it. But being able to say "we're the FIRST" is enough to make a company proud and get some attention at the same time.
If you like the idea of being well and truly future-proof, the BR-X1216U3 can of course be used with USB 2.0 as well, but you'll be limited to 7x speeds.
The drive has been seen available in Japan for 39,100 yen (about $448 US).
The folks at Engadget thought they'd try Google's Chrome OS on a standard USB thumb drive and quickly learned that it's a very rewarding move with lightening speeds across the board.
A video was taken which clocked the whole boot process (from power on to login), coming in at just 22 seconds. The platform used tp time was Dell's Vostro 90 netbook, a business-oriented model of the Mini 9.
If you minus the time it takes to run through the POST and BIOS startup phase, it's down to a mere 10 seconds. This is particularly impressive when you see it was just a run of the mill Samsung 4GB thumb drive running off the very limiting USB 2.0 interface.
USB 3.0 isn't really on the market yet and already manufacturers are making claims of the fastest this and smallest that for the new specification. OCZ and Symwave have announced that they will be debuting a new external storage product during CES 2010 that uses the USB 3.0 connection.
OCZ claims that the product will be the smallest, highest performance, and lowest power consuming USB 3.0 device. That is all the hard facts that either company will offer. If you think about the product line at OCZ, you don't have to be a genius to guess what is going on.
OCZ is going to pull the wraps off some sort of SSD that is inside an external USB 3.0 connecting chassis. The small bit means it will be a 2.5-inch SSD or perhaps a flash drive. I would like to see the 1TB Colossus SSD crammed inside a USB 3.0 housing myself.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - Simpletech Signature Mini Espresso 500GB USB 2.0 Portable Drive.
Offer: Great price for 500GB worth of portable storage (based on 2.5" laptop hard drive, pulls power from USB 2.0 connection, no additional power supply necessary). It comes with automatic backup too.
Earlier this week we visited the GIGABYTE headquarters here in Taipei to check out some USB 3.0 versus USB 2.0 performance numbers.
GIGABYTE bought a Buffalo branded USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure and hooked it up to its new P55A-UD6 motherboard, which comes complete with USB 3.0 support, powered by a new NEC controller.
GIGABYTE installed a Kingston SSD inside the Buffalo enclosure and we ran some tests. First of all we show you standard Windows file copy performance and then we fire up HD Tach and run the numbers comparing the new SuperSpeed USB technology against the now aging USB 2.0 standard.
Can't wait for USB 3.0? Me neither. I just got done installing my new X58A-UD7 motherboard, now I just need some USB 3.0 hardware to test. Who wants to send me some?
Every now and then, I really need mobile broadband access. Typically, this is only the few times per year I am traveling or need to access something on the road. The catch is that I don't want to pay for monthly mobile broadband when I know I won't use the service.
AT&T has announced a new DataConnect Pass service that gives a day pass with 75MB of data for $15, a week pass with 250MB for $30, and a month pass with 500MB for $50. The plans require no contracts to use.
The catch is that the data plans are used via a SIM card rather than compatible modems that plug in via USB. That means that only AT&T-certified notebooks and netbooks will work with the service seriously limiting its appeal. You have to buy the SIM card from AT&T stores. Perhaps a modem accessory for the SIM card will be offered.
Support for USB 3.0 is rumored to be pushed quite about for most Intel chipset, but AMD fans are soon going to get a board that offers support for both USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps. The board is called the GA-790FXTA-UD5P.
Gigabyte uses the AMD 790FX + SB750 chipset. The board features a redesigned expansion slot layout and support for dual channel DDR3 memory. The CPU gets its juice from an 8+2 phase VRM supporting 140W processors and a 2 phase VRM powering the four DDR3 slots.
DDR3 1866 will be supported with overclocking and DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1066 are naturally supported. The system uses a heatpipe to cover the CPU VRM, Northbridge, and Southbridge.
Amongst only a few other mobs in the storage market, Buffalo have jumped on the USB 3.0 bandwagon nice and early with a nice USB 3.0 external hard disk they've just finished working on.
Buffalo calls it the HD-HXU3 and says it's capable of sustaining transfer rates of 625MB/sec (using USB 3.0 connectivity of course). As the majority of motherboards are yet to incorporate USB 3.0 as a part of their feature-set, Buffalo has also come to the rescue here with the IFC-PCIE2U3, a USB 3.0 PCI Express card to pair up with the HD-HXU3 series of external drives.
Capacity wise, you have options of a 1TB model, priced at $200, a 1.5TB model at $250 and a 2TB model for $400.
Details have come about that OCZ is preparing an external portable SSD solution with over 4Gb/s of bandwidth to play with.
This is accomplished thanks to the use of USB 3.0 connectivity, with its source of power being to the same port, meaning only one cable should be needed to see some incredible transfer rates on tap to your USB 3.0 equipped PC.
A prototype will be on display at OCZ's booth come CES 2010 at the beginning of next year.
I was really looking forward to wireless USB technology when I first heard about it. I couldn't wait to lose the cable from my printer to the PC and other cables too. One of the things that I was interested in were wireless external HDDs. Wireless USB is pretty much dead today, but that didn't stop Imation form unveiling a new external hard drive that is the world's first to offer wireless USB connectivity.
The drive is called the Imation Pro WX Wireless USB hard drive. The drive inside the case is a 3.5-inch unit and Imation promises that the drive is capable of data transfer speeds of 15MBs/second. The wireless range for the drive is 30 feet according to Imation.
That would mean that you could just take the wireless dongle from computer to computer and back up the data on all the computers within that range. The drive also has buttons for one-touch sync and backup and it is compatible with PC and Mac computers. The Pro WX is available now for $449.99.
Super Talent have just submitted a video to their YouTube channel which shows their first USB 3.0 supporting 64GB flash drive being benchmarked in both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports for comparison on an ASUS P7P55D Premium motherboard. Check it out below :-
Yep, wide adoption of USB 3.0 can't come soon enough.
We Americans live in a broadband backwater for the most part. Internet users in a few locations can get super fast speeds from fiber optic and cable networks, but for the bulk of Americans broadband really isn't very broad. Australian web surfers on Telstra are set to get a new speed increase that will bump available speeds up to 100Mbps on cable access.
That is very fast and there will certainly be a premium for the access. Exactly what that price premium will be is unknown a this point. The new speed is set to hit on December 1 in selected areas of Melbourne.
Along with the new speed is a new BigPond Velocity Home Network Gateway that is capable of parting that 100Mbps speed out through four Gigabit Ethernet ports and an 802.11 wireless network. The box also has dual TV tuners and works as a DVR.
There is a lot of talk today about AT&T's new USBConect Lightning 7.2Mbps Cellular wireless device. For the most part the only thing of note is the 7.2Mbps speed. The rest is a pretty boring USB device. It is powered by a Sierra Wireless Chip.
The thing that many are missing though is that, although the new product will hit the streets on November 22nd, the network to support it is not there yet. In fact by the end of 2009 there will only be a handful of cities with support for the new speed. AT&T hopes to have the new 7.2M wireless service rolled out in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami.
Another interesting thing to note is that there is no mention of the iPhone 3G S. This device was touted at one time as being ready for AT&T's next network upgrade. With the lack of mention it does make you wonder if it really will be able to take advantage of the new speeds or if it will still have to rely on the current spotty 3G network. Hmmm, now that I come to think on that; why doesn't AT&T fix their current network before spending money on a new one? Well, I suppose they may think that they will try and kill two birds with one stone. I just hope that the coverage of the new network ends up better than the current one.