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GIGABYTE have just dished out a new and improved variant of their bluetooth USB adapter which now has a wireless range of up to 100 metres along with some minor cosmetical tweaks. You can get to all the details on the new GN-BTD02 Bluetooth USB Adapter within GIGABYTE's official PR here folks.
Taipei, Taiwan December 27th 2004 - GIGABYTE Technology®, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards and other computing hardware solutions, today announced its shipment of the GIGABYTE Bluetooth USB Adapter (GN-BTD02). The GN-BTD02 is GIGABYTE's second generation Bluetooth USB adapter featuring beefed up wireless range, now up to 100 meters and an eye-catching silver finish casing with deep wine colored accents. Simply connect the GN-BTD02 Bluetooth USB Adapter to the USB port of your Desktop or Laptop PC and enjoy the freedom and convenience of Bluetooth wireless technology.
This can be put under the category of totally insane computer gadgets - a hair shaver, which is powered by your computers USB port.
Quite a novel idea... until your keyboard finds itself clogged with hair, of course.
More information @ AKIBA PC Hotline
In the market for an external hard drive but can't make your mind up whether to go USB 2.0 or FireWire?
Well X-bit labs decided to find out for themslves just which one is the better and if you want to know then you better get over there.
We decided to figure out which interface of all available today is the most efficient for disk subsystems: the praised USB 2.0, the FireWire or the old buddy ATA/100. The experiments were carried out with Western Digital WD1200BB hard disk drive, and the results appeared really unexpected!More information at X-bit labs
Modfactor.com has a look at Maxtor's Personal Storage 3000LE 40GB USB 2.0 external hard drive.
If you want a fast and easy backup solution then you can't go wrong with the Maxtor 3000LE. Also, if 40GB is not enough for you (because you're some big shot or something) Maxtor also has a 120GB 3000LE unit. For the price you are paying this is well worth it.More information at Modfactor.com
MonkeyReview posted a review on the 40GB MicroGB external USB 2.0 drive from Wiebetech.
Wiebetech seems to be gaining momentum within the industry and seem to be shooting big, based on what we have seen in there white paper documentation and on there site they seem to have the combination down pat, Good performance, Competitively priced, and versatile. We have seen two of these proven to be true, Price and Versatility, but we need a little more proof before we can say it has the great performance we hope to see.More information at MonkeyReview
The Tech Report takes a look at two USB KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switches for those interested.
The USB revolution hasn't just applied to mice and keyboards, either. Portable audio players, digital cameras, printers, scanners, and even the RF remote dongle for ATI's Remote Wonder use USB. It was really only a matter of time before KVM switch makers took notice. After all, if you have multiple computers tied together with a single keyboard, mouse, and monitor, why not share your scanner and printer, as well?More information at The Tech Report
Today we've lined up Belkin's SOHO OmniView USB/Audio and IOGear's MiniView III for comparison. Belkin and IOGear each have an ace in the hole, but which one wins the hand all depends on the cards you're holding. What the heck am I talking about? Read our USB KVM switch comparison to find out.
Virtual-Hideout has a new mod guide for you today and this time, they installed a USB Extension Bracket into the front bezel of the ever popular Antec/Chenming/Chieftec/etc case.
I guess it's no secret by now that the Chieftec/Antec/Chenming mid tower case is my current favourite case. I think it's the same with Diceman too with the amount of mod projects/reviews that you see around here revolving around the case. It's not only it looks, but the features that attracts me and Dice to the case. Lot's of room, a well-thought out and balanced cooling system is just among the many features of the case that we love. But one thing that is missing from the case is front USB ports. Antec answered that shortcoming with their new line of Performance Plus cases, but it's just not at the right place. Rather awkward positioning and it kinda interferes with the overall front bezel look. But that's just me I guess. :O) But what if you're like me? Prefering the old Antec/Chieftec look but still want those front USB ports? Mod one into the case! That what! So here is the guide for you "old-skool" Antec/Chieftec lovers. Like all custom mod projects, this one requires some degree of planning and also patience. Heheh! So if you screw things up, don't look at me!More information at Virtual-Hideout
The guys at HardwareZone take a look at LITE-ON's latest external CD-RW.
Going for only S$225, the LITE-ON External USB 2.0 CD-RW drive is an affordable and easy solution for people looking for a good, slim and light portable CD-RW drive. An ideal drive for mobile users who do not have built-in CD-RW drives in their notebooks, the LITE-ON drive comes complete with all that you need to get started.More information at HardwareZone
Reviewmakers checks out TDK's new External Cyclone 40/12/40 CD Writer USB 2.0.
The drive achieved 100% perfect DAE quality and accuracy in the test, with 0 data and synchronization error. The offset (misalignment at the read start of the track) is a record-low 24 bytes / 6 samples. There are 75 samples per second in the Audio CD specifications, therefore 6 samples equal to 0.08 seconds, which is an extremely low and minor error. Thus, the DAE capability of the drive is very good.More information at Reviewmakers
3dXtreme has a short review of the Lian Li PC-68USB aluminum Mid Tower ATX case for us today.
This is the best looking and performing case that I have had the pleasure of reviewing so far. Lian Li has again incorporated a good-looking case with a lot of accessibility and great cooling. By improving their cases with little things like a blowhole and a lock latch they will always have a top notch case. It just shows you that Lian Li always strives to make their consumers happy.More information at 3dXtreme.