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DEAL OF THE DAY - Western Digital 250 GB USB 2.0/Firewire External Hard Drive with Dual Option Backup and USB for $99.99 Shipped Free!
Deal of the Day details:
Offer: Western Digital's high-capacity 250 GB WD Dual-option Combo hard drive includes a USB 2.0 hub with front and rear ports. A convenient power button is equipped with SafeShutdown, a WD-exclusive feature that ensures all data has been transferred before shutting down the drive. Dual-option backup buttons let you choose how and when to backup your data - automatically or on-the-spot.
I-ROCKS have just unveiled their "Anti-Jam" RF-6570 wireless keyboard and mouse package which is based on a new technology they call "FHSS" (or Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum), this basically meaning zero interference from all other 2.4GHz wireless products active in the surrounding area. The wireless range from this duo is also said to carry up to 15 metres away from the receiver, not too shabby at all!
For full details, grab the official press release.
With the coming of the wireless workplace, consumers can now enjoy the convenience of wireless products and being unencumbered by wiring. However, some products used at home and in the office such as microwaves, wireless telephones and Bluetooth devices all use the 2.4GHz frequency band making it seem "crowded". This means these devices often interfere with each other or that the digital signal reception is suddenly cut off. To overcome this problem, I-ROCKS has released for the wireless peripheral market the RF-6570 2.4GHz FHSS wireless keyboard and mouse combo which solves the problems of short distances and interference that plague the average wireless keyboard presently on the market and offers users a pleasant surprises due to its sheer convenience.
Yet another new card surfaces on the market with the incorporation of a HDMI interface. ASUS's EAX1600PRO/I/256MB is ideal for home theatre PCs and the like, and according to the official announcement will hit shelves very soon with a price tag of around $229 AUD.
For full details, grab the announcement here folks.
Sydney, Australia: August 24, 2006 - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the leading provider of high-performance graphics solutions, today announces the launch of its new EAX1600PRO/I/256MB graphics card incorporating the HDMI interface to deliver high-definition audio and video performance with a single cable.
The EAX1600PRO is powered by the ATI X1600PRO VPU. Its low profile design perfectly matches the more compact modern Home Theatre PCs. This card also adopts S/PDIF-in for receiving digital audio to combine with high-definition video signals though the HDMI port.
To offer TV-level visual quality on monitors, the EAX1600PRO adopts an ASUS exclusive feature, Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, which enhances image quality in different video applications.
Scythe have made headlines today with the release of their very handy "Kama Connect" device.
This USB device allows you to connect S-ATA Drive (2.5/3.5" HDD, Optical Drive), 40-pin ATAPI Drive (2.5/3.5" HDD, Optical Drive, IDE/EIDE, ATA33/66/100/133 Ready) externally via USB port. This Kama Connect can eliminate the hassle of opening your case, unscrewing and detaching the drives to connect and use it.
You can even connect up an IDE and SATA based HDD simultaneously with it (As shown below).
For more info and images, check out Scythe's product page.
As a new member to their Silent Pipe series of passively cooled graphics cards, GIGABYTE have announced today the launch of their NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS based "GV-NX76G256HI-RH" card, with the biggest feature being that of its residing HDMI interface.
Grab the announcement for full details.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a world-leading VGA card manufacturer today proudly launched the GV-NX76G256HI-RH, a High Definition multimedia VGA solution with support for HDMI and HDCP.
The GV-NX76G256HI-RH features the latest generation HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) which combines both the high-definition video and audio signal into one cable for exceptionally smooth and sharp image quality and crisp audio without distortion. Additionally, the GV-NX76G256HI-RH supports HDCP encryption, allowing users to experience the highest-resolution HD broadcasts at 1080p. The GV-NX76G256HI-RH with the NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS GPU also supports PureVideo HD technology and bundles Cyberlink PowerDVD 7, allowing users to build the ideal digital media PC.
MSI have become the first graphics card partner to get one of their HDMI capable cards certified by HDMI ATC (this being the MSI NX7600GT Diamond Plus). Not a very big deal as far as us buyers go (other than peace of mind in terms of compatibility), but it's certainly something for MSI to be proud of.
More details in their official announcement.
Sydney, Australia. - August 15 ,2006 Micro-Star International (MSI), one of the world leaders in motherboard design and manufacturing has successfully passed the inspection test by HDMI ATC in July 2006 and became the world's first certification for HDMI VGA card. To keep to the pace of cutting-edge techology, MSI has been implementing extreme research and development abilities to establish the HDMI compatibility in MSI VGA cards that extend a wider scenario of PC usages.
Deal of the Day details:
Offer: Get it here before they raise the price again. Shipping is free as well!
Yet another new series of USB flash drives has just been launched by Transcend; their JetFlash 168 series of Hi-Speed flash drives sport a unique oriental art design on the casing and come in sizes of 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB.
For full details, check out their official PR here folks.
Culturally inspired design. The JetFlash 168 is the perfect example of innovation and technology, meeting art and beauty. As a Hi-Speed USB Flash Drive, the JetFlash 168 is a marvel of cutting edge design. By incorporating decorative oriental art into the JetFlash 168's body, Transcend designers have created a Hi-Spec Flash Drive that allows you to express your individual style through technology. The JetFlash 168's panel art conveys powerful symbolism in the Chinese culture with the "1GB Orchid" representing a woman's beauty, the "2GB Bamboo" representing strength and vigor and the colossal capacity "4GB Blossom" representing rebirth and new life. Capable of being plugged directly into the USB port on any desktop, or notebook computer for Hi-Speed data transfer and storage, the easy-to-use JetFlash 168 reflects your discerning taste in fashion.
Deal of the Day details:
Offer: Nice buy on a massive external drive with great specs and is from one of the most trusted names in the industry. You can even get it in store for faster service if you don't want to wait on their free shipping. Rebate expiration isn't listed so hurry if you want one before they jack up the price.
BenQ have just recently introduced what are believed to be the first HDMI equpped LCD monitors. The FP241W and FP241WZ should be a multimedia aficionado's paradise. They both sport massive 24in screens with 1920 x 1200 native resolutions to support 1080p playback, have brightness's of 500cd/m2 and contrast ratios of 1000:1 but most importantly HDMI.
More details over at Trusted Reviews folks.
For those (still) not in the know, HDMI is the digital audio/video interface which will be used to carry full uncompressed High Definition content. It is backwards compatible with DVI-D and should be fundamental to any HD fanatic's upgrade path (for a full run down check out Riyad's extensive guide here). Naturally the two models also have S-Video, Composite and Component connections. They weigh an identical 10.6Kg, measure 567 x 248 x 474.2mm, incorporate lightening quick 6ms response times too and wide 178 degrees viewing angles.