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Thecus has launched a new home product with the N3200 NAS with RAID 5 support. This is the first product in the 3x00-series from Thecus and it's Thecus first high-end model for home users. It can house up to three hard drives and you'll need three drives to take advantage of the RAID 5 capabilities. The N3200 measures 160 x 170 x 215mm (WxHxD) and it has a completely tool less design. You can fit up to 3TB of storage in it and the hard drives are easily installed and removed.
The N3200 also has a front mounted LCD display that show status information and allows for some system management operations. It also has USB ports and the N3200 can be given a wireless upgrade this way via a USB dongle. Oddly enough the press release didn't mention the speed of the Ethernet interface on the N3200.
Other home features include iTunes server, a browser based photo server and a DLNA compatible media server for video streaming to DLNA compatible video players. You can also attach a web camera to one of the USB ports and use it a surveillance camera without the need of a PC and with the video recorded directly to the N3200.
Finally the N3200 has an expansion slot and this is the first time we've heard about such a feature on a NAS. Thecus didn't say what it was for apart from mentioning that they will be offering expansion cards for in the future to further enhance the N3200's functionality. No availability date or pricing was announced in the press release, but hopefully we won't have to wait too long.
At the time of writing, the N3200 wasn't on Thecus website, but you can have a look here in case they've updated their site.
LaCie, the somewhat famous external drive manufacturer has got a new designer onboard, Sam Hecht. We can't say that he's familiar to us, but apparently he's into practical design, that's a first. In all fairness, the new drives look quite usable, if a bit bland for something from LaCie.
Rather than using some kind of metallic finish the new Little Disk family as it's know as uses a "oh so in fashion" shiny piano black finish. LaCie's product manager Nolwenn Rozen had the following to say about the new drives "Designed for simplicity, the 1.8- and 2.5-inch drives are extremely portable and are bus powered, eliminating the need for A/C power. So whether you are on a bus, taking the train, or relaxing at the park, your data is always accessible."
Available in sizes ranging from 30 to 250GB the new Little Disk drives should appeal to a wide range of users and the 2.5in models are available as a combo drive with both USB 2.0 and FireWire interface. The 1.8in drives are limited to 30 and 60GB in size with the 2.5in models starting at 80GB for the USB only version and at 120GB for the combo model.
Additionally the drives come with 1-click backup and synchronization software and Windows users can encrypt their data with 128-bit AES encryption. The 1.8in models costs US$99.99 and $129.99 respectively for the 30 and 60GB drives. The 2.5in version starts at $89.99 for the 80GB model and goes up to $104.99 for the 120GB, $119.99 for the 160GB and finally $179.99 for the 250GB version. The combo starts at $119.99 for the 120GB variety, with the 160GB going for $139.99 and finally the 250GB one for $229.99. All models are available now, but not in all sizes.
You can find more info on LaCie's mobile hard drive page, here
In similar style to Corsair's Survivor series of flash drives, OCZ have announced today some very rugged well-built offerings of their own in the ATV and ATV Turbo series.
These flash drives will cop a real beating as they are both shock and water-proof, the Turbo series has extremely quick memory chips in it which allow for read rates of up to 35MB/sec and write rates of 30MB/sec, of course they are Windows ReadyBoost ready as well.
The external casing features a durable and colorful rubber 'tread' pattern which will keep the internals very safe even when submerged in water.
The ATV and ATV Turbo flash drives come in sizes ranging from 2 to 8GB.
Sunnyvale, CA-September 5, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the toughest and fastest additions to its award-winning lineup of flash drives. The all-new ATV and ATV Turbo are ruggedized storage solutions for professionals, students, and gamers on the go, and are built to handle whatever rough terrain you encounter. Developed to compete with the fastest flash drives in the world, the ATV Turbo features unbelievable speed for today's busy lifestyles.
SanDisk have found a way to make solid-state storage more affordable to the entry-level market with its new uSSD 5000 SSD series. These are small USB-based SSD offerings and will be embedded onto motherboards found in sub-$250 systems.
BERLIN, GERMANY, August 31, 2007 - Joining global efforts to bring affordable personal computers to millions of people in developing nations, SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced the uSSD 5000 solid state drive (SSD), which can be used as an economical substitute for hard disk drives in sub-$250 PCs. Among the first computers using uSSD solid state drives will be the Intel-powered classmate PC, intended for educational markets in emerging nations.
Apacer downunder have just released details of their new "Handy Steno AH421" flashdrive, this supposedly the first in the world with a blade-shaped design which can be swiveled 180 degrees for further convenience.
The USB drive is also Vista ReadyBoost approved and is available in capacities of 1, 2 and 4GB, with the 4GB model priced at $85 AUD.
Grab the announcement here for full details.
Sydney , Australia - 03 September 2007 - A "boutique" USB flash drive was born. Apacer Technology Inc, a global leader in memory modules and digital storage, today announced the new Handy Steno AH421, a USB flash drive that can embed in a notebook or PC. With the world's first blade-shaped design, its revolutionary adaptor can perfectly fit with Personal computer or Notebook, and allows user to carry Notebook everywhere without pulling it out.
ASUS have just released a new SATA based DVD writer which is capable of recording at up to 20X. The DRW-2014 L1T internal DVD rewriter includes LightScribe direct disc labeling technology and boasts 20X DVD±R write, 8X DVD±R (DL) and 14X DVD-RAM reading capabilities.
For further details head over to ASUS's website.
Taipei, Taiwan, August 29, 2007 - ASUS, provider of high-performance optical drives, today introduced the DRW-2014 L1T internal DVD rewriter with LightScribe direct disc labeling technology. This innovative DVD RW drive provides a high speed of 20X DVD±R write, 8X DVD±R (DL) and 14X DVD-RAM reading capabilities. In addition, users can expect to enjoy five times faster data transfer rates than the current DMA33 standards with the SATA interface.
Toshiba have unveiled a new lineup of 2.5" mobile SATA HDDs this week, with two out of the bunch being especially noteworthy.
One of them (the MK3252GSX) tops the storage capacity limit for 2.5" drives with a huge 320GB, whilst the MK2049GSY is a 200GB drive which is one of the quickest 2.5" drives released to date as it has a 16MB memory buffer and spins at the same speed as mainstream desktop drives, 7200RPM.
For further details on the new lineup you can grab Toshiba's PDF formatted press release here.
IRVINE, Calif., August 20, 2007 - Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today announced the world's first 320GB1 2.5-inch HDD, as the lead product in a new series of 5,400 RPM notebook drives. The company also expanded into the high-end 7,200 RPM performance class with a family of products offering up to 200GB capacity.
Toshiba's new 5,400 RPM 2.5-inch HDDs feature capacity points from 80GB to 320GB, using both 120GB-per-platter and 160GB-per-platter designs in the MK-46GSX and MK-52GSX families, respectively. The high-end 7,200 RPM MK-49GSY series features capacity points of 80GB to 200GB. All three families support the Serial ATA interface at a 3.0 Gbps data transfer rate, and free-fall sensor options are available on select models.
One of the major highlights of GMail's web-based mailing system was the massive amount of storage space available to each user, with the likes of Hotmail and other competing services struggling to compete.
Well that has now changed as Microsoft have raised the limit of their Hotmail service from what was previously 2GB up to a staggering 5GB!
More than twice the storage isn't the only thing new for Hotmail users. As noted by Hotmail program manager Ellie Powers-Boyle's blog, the webmail should now respond to user commands faster. "We've spent more time in this release identifying what parts of the product are slowest and fixing those. We hope that you notice an improvement when this update is released to your account, and we'll continue our work on performance in future releases," Powers-Boyle wrote.
Hotmail users with multiple contact entries for the same person will find that the new version will have consolidated all duplicates into one. Powers-Boyle gives the example, "If you get a message from 'Steve Kafka' and click "add contact" but there's already a Steve Kafka, we'll let you know and let you add Steve's other e-mail address to your existing 'Steve Kafka' contact entry. We're just trying to be smarter to make your life easier and faster. There's also a wizard you can run to clean up your existing duplicate contacts."
if you're often attaching and removing hard drives from your system manually, you'd be wise to look at getting yourself a removable hard drive tray. Thermaltake have just introduced a new one dubbed the Max4, designed for 3.5" SATA drives and taking up one of your vacant 5.25" drive bays.
Rack technology is another product added to the MAX4 line. The Max4 HDD rack is easily installed in any 5.25" drive bay and supports all of today's mainstream SATA hard disks with a transmission speed of up to 3Gbp/s. Patented designed connectors reduce poor attachments from the HDD to the SATA interface increasing the life of the interface disconnect/removal up to 50,000 times. The smart ejection mechanism provides gentle and smooth insertion and ejection of hard drives.
Newer Technology have announced a neat little portable NAS (Network Attached Storage) solution to the market which can be easily attached to an existing network using ethernet, as well as having USB 2.0 connectivity too.
NDAS technology is also embedded on the miniStack NAS, which means not only is your data protected from unwanted intruders, but it also makes for easier setup without the need for TCP/IP settings etc.
The miniStack NAS comes in a range of capacities from as low as 80GB through to 750GB.
For full details grab the official announcement here.
Based on the award-winning miniStack, winner of Macworld Magazine "Top Product," MacAddict Magazine "Editor's Choice," and 123macmini.com "Accessory of the Year" Awards, miniStack NAS addresses the growing trend of computers as the hub of home entertainment by offering a shared local drive for wired or wireless networked computers for drag-and-drop sharing and storage. It is the ideal server for the digital lifestyle because it offers storage capacities up to 750GB, the ability to stream multimedia and HD files to UPnP(tm) (Universal Plug and Play) compatible media players, and easy set-up by eliminating complicated network TCP/IP configurations.