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I have been using a netbook when I travel for a few years now and I find that for the most part I can do anything I want using the little netbook. The new netbooks are getting to be much better than the older machines like I am using.
The new Asus Eee 1018P has turned up at CeBIT and the thing makes me want to upgrade pretty badly. It runs an Atom N455/N475 processor and packs in USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0 tech. The machine is very sexy with its brushed aluminum chassis and white keyboard.
The rig has 1-2GB of RAM, 250 to 500GB of storage, a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 resolution screen, and WiFi. Bluetooth 2.1+EDR is stock, the new 3.0 spec must be optional. The machine is only 18mm thick.
Team Group gives the heads up on two upcoming 2.5-inch external hard disks it looks forward to launching during CeBIT next month.
The TP1022 is USB 3.0-ready and can be purchased in capacities of up to 640GB, whilst the cheaper TP1021 is also offered in capacities of up to 640GB, but sticks with the USB 2.0 interface. Both are self-powered by the USB connection alone.
The TP1022 will of course be the one most will be interested in due to its USB 3.0 support. It uses an aluminum casing with anode sandblasted surface treatment which makes it finger-mark and dirt-proof. It can be purchased in three colors; golden, silver and coffee and comes with a leather bag to use when carrying it around.
For further information on both the TP1021 and TP1022, head over to our press room and get the full rundown.
USB 3.0 hardware was spotted in droves at CES in January and more of the gear will be coming to market this year. To take advantage of USB 3.0 you will need either a new computer or an add-in card for your existing machine.
Belkin has announced its new line of USB 3.0 gear for computer users that will all ship in the US in April. The line includes a new USB 3.0 PCIe add-in card selling for $79.99. A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ExpressCard for notebooks will sell for the same $79.99 price point. Both will support up to 127 USB devices with enough hubs attached.
Belkin will also be offering a full line of USB 3.0 cables. The cables will come in 4 or 8-foot lengths with A-B or Micro to B connectors for $39.99 and $49.99. It's hard to stomach paying $50 for a cable when we all have gobs of USB cables lying around.
Vantec has given us the heads up on its upcoming NexStar SATA to USB 3.0 Adapter (codenamed CB-SATAU3) which does exactly as the name implies.
As you've probably already worked out, this device allows the user to connect a SATA based hard disk directly to it which can then be connected to a USB 3.0 port for SuperSpeed transfer rates.
Both 3.5" and 2.5" SATA HDDs of up to 2TB capacities are supported and it comes with an AC Adapter which I would imagine is only required in conjunction with larger more power demanding mechanical HDDs.
We'll have availability and pricing information very soon when Vantec officially announce the new device.
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Sharkoon's QuickPort Duo dual docking station is quite the handy little device, allowing users to very easily drop in one or even two 2.5 or 3.5-inch SATA hard disks for instant accessibility.
And now Sharkoon has made it even better, giving both of the residing 2.5"/3.5" docks USB 3.0 support for far superior data transfer rates.
Sharkoon's SATA QuickPort Duo USB3.0 is now available at an MSRP of 59.90 euros (around $82 U.S.).
If you are a one of those people getting tired of the ever increasing and changing rates of your mobile phone plan then today might have some news for you to be happy about. It seems that Verizon, in its ever increasing attempts to stick it to its competition is going to allow unlimited Skype calls over their 3G network. This is something that you cannot do on any other network provider in the US at the time of this writing.
The new "service" will become available in March for a wide range of smartphones with accompanying data plans. You will need to download and install the Skype Mobile application and of course you will need to have a Skype plan if you want to talk to people that are not already on Skype but still this is a huge step forward.
I am sure that this new feature will come up in future Verizon commercials, especially given AT&T's stance on the VoIP service and other applications that use up the limited bandwidth that AT&T's network has.
When it comes to connecting multiple computers to a 3G connection on the road, you need a mobile router or a personal hotspot. There are several on the market, but most of them are self-contained and won't let you use an existing USB modem for connectivity.
A new mobile hotspot called the Wi-Reach has been unveiled at MWC 2010 by a company called Connect One. The device is battery powered and charges via USB. It has 5 hours of run time per charge and a built-in USB port for plugging in your modem.
The device supports 3G and 4G USB modems and can connect up to ten computers to the internet via WiFi. The router is available direct from Connect One for $99 and will be offered through private label programs as well.
Combining the benefits of SSDs together with USB 3.0 connectivity for external use, Active Media Products has just launched a new series of external 2.5-inch SSDs it calls the Aviator-2.
Supporting up to 4.8Gbit/sec thanks to the use of USB 3.0, these external 2.5-inch SSDs don't suffer the huge bottleneck that comes with using USB 2.0 based external solutions. The Aviator-2 is also quite slim and tidy looking, measuring just over 3 x 5 inches.
You can purchase the Aviator-2 on its own (case only), ready for any standard 2.5-inch SATA HDD ($34.95), or you can get a bundled unit which comes with a 64GB ($259.95) or 128GB ($449.95) Predator X7 SSD thats capable of reading at speeds of up to 200MB/sec.
Active Media Products' press release mentions that secondary power is not required when using the Predator X7 SSD, with the included USB 3.0 cable being sufficient for both power and data transfer. However, to cater to some HDDS which might be a bit more power hungry, a USB 2.0 power cable is also included.