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Other World Computing have announced the launch of the 6G Mercury Aura Pro Express (say that 3 times fast), which is a replacement SSD for the 2011 MacBook Air. The new drive fully utilizes the SATA 3 (6Gbps) interface and is available in both 120 and 240GB capacities.
The drive sports the SandForce 2200-series controller with Tier 1/Grade A NAND memory which pumps along at 507MB/sec read, 454MB/sec write speeds which is roughly twice as fast as the stock SSD in the MBA.
Apple's MacBook Air ships with SATA 3Gbps SSDs even though the hardware inside is capable of SATA 6Gbps. But, the MBA uses a non-standard SSD form factor, which means the usual 2.5-inch SSDs on the market can't be used as a replacement. OWC says that the Aura Pro Express 6G SSD is the first and only 6Gbps SSD designed to work with both the 11.1-inch and 13.3-inch models of the new MacBook Air.
SanDisk is making an effort to keep the most paranoid folks at bay when it comes to the backing up of precious storage with the launch of its new "Memory Vault" which utilizes NAND Flash memory along with Chronolock technology to help ensure that all data on the device will be preserved for what they can somehow promise at this time to be up to 100 years.
The vault uses a somewhat ruggedized looking outer metallic casing, relying on typical USB 2.0 connectivty and is offered in two capacity sizes at this time; 8GB and 16GB, and priced at $49.99 and $89.99, respectively. SanDisk feels confident the Memory Vault will not let you down, giving it a lifetime warranty.
SanDisk already offers great image-capture products, and we've built upon that expertise to create a new category of image-preservation products," said Tim Sutton, senior product marketing manager, SanDisk. "The Memory Vault allows parents to preserve photos of their daughter's first steps alongside videos from her wedding and then pass those images down for generations to come.
Our Download of the Day today is Soluto 1.2.506.0 Beta.
Soluto's goal is to bring an end to the frustrations PC users encounter. Soluto developed technology that tackles this problem from two different directions:
Frustration detection: Our patent-pending low level driver technology detects when you're frustrated by your PC and tells you which application is causing it.
Power of the crowd: Soluto harnesses the power of the crowd to learn which actions really eliminate frustrations and improve user experience, and leverages this user wisdom for the benefit of all PC users. By using Soluto's software, you're putting a whole community of PC power-users at your desk to help you improve your PC experience.
We first heard about this one roughly a year ago, but were quick to forget with the lack of any updates on its development phase, or even if it was still coming period. Turns out, yes, it was real, and it's finally been released. Say hello to Angelbird's PCI-Express based "Wings" SSD.
The Austrian company behind the Wings PCI-E x4 card provides one with the ability to add up to four 2.5-inch SSDs of their choosing to it with which RAID can then be set up. There is a lite version of the Wings which comes with no onboard storage, while Angelbird also sells two other models with 16 and 32GB built-in storage options. There is also room on the card for Angelbird's own Crest SSD cartridge, of which a 60GB one will set you back 115.43, while a 120GB unit comes in at 171.69.
Whatever type of configuration you opt for, Angelbird says the Wings capabilities in the performance dept tops out at up to 800MB/sec read and 750MB/sec write rates. For more details on pricing of the cards and other relative specs, head over to the official website via the source link below folks.
A freshly obtained roadmap slide from Intel indicates that a succeeding family of SSDs to the SSD 510 series is already in the works and slated to start rolling out within the next quarter.
Intel codenames these new high-end client SSDs "Cherryville", with the formal series name taking a jump to "SSD 520". The primary changes when comparing to the SSD 510 series is most notably the broader range of capacity size models in the lineup. Where the SSD 510 series was restricted to just two capacities of 120 and 250GB, the SSD 520 series gives a complete range of options including 60 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB.
A little later than some would have expected, but as the saying goes, better late than never. Corsair has just updated its good ole' Voyager GT, Voyager and Survivor families of Flash Drives to USB 3.0, giving a significant boost in transfer rates across the board.
While the Voyager GT and Flash Survivor series stick to their traditional designs externally, the Voyager (non GT) in USB 3.0 form is more compact in stature. The Voyager GT USB 3.0 gives read and write rates of up to 135MB/sec and 83MB/sec, respectively, featuring a rubber housing to make it water resistant and coming in two capacity sizes of 32 and 64GB at respective pricing of $59 and $129.
We knew they were coming soon, just not sure exactly when. Today marks the day the world's first 4TB capacity HDD hits the scene with Seagate beating its competitors out to the milestone. However, the it isn't in naked form at this time and comes as part of their GoFlex Desk external HDD family.
The official announcement from Seagate on the new unit doesn't go into specifics about the 4TB 3.5-inch drive itself, but we are presuming it uses a 4x1TB platter arrangement. As for specific features on the 4TB GoFlex Desk, it uses USB 3.0 for its connectivity and comes pre-loaded with software to assist in automatic, continuous data backup (with encryption) and the included adapter has an illuminited gauge that makes it quick and easy to look at the available space remaining on the drive.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Corsair 32GB Flash Drive for $29.99 after Rebate with Free Shipping.
Offer: This thing not only gives you 32GB of space but is water resistant too! Rebate is set to expire 9/12/11.
It's been a busy week for Samsung with several announcements coming out, and in closing they have introduced quite an interesting device like no other.
While at first it looks to be your run of the mill slim, external optical drive, the SE-208BW has some other features lurking that you'd never normally associate with such a device. It doubles up as a wireless access point or repeater.
In efforts to highlight these exclusive features, Samsung actually refers to this device as a "Smart Media Hub" as opposed to an optical drive. As well as being able to connec to a PC via WiFi, it also has the ability to work with tablets and smartphones.
It has DLNA compatibility allowing for easy streaming to other electronic devices (phones, TVs, tablets etc.) and gives support for Dynamic DNS which helps turn it into a private server. The residing USB port can be used to plug a flash drive in which can then have its contents shared across the network.
Think you'll be able to make good use of a neat, compact portable Blu-ray writer? Samsung has just launched one dubbed the SE-506AB. It features a sleek, slim design using a hi-gloss anti-scratch coating.
While Samsung's announcement does not mention exact dimensions, they say it's a good 12% smaller than their conventional Blu-ray drive, making it a much more friendly Blu-ray partner on the go. Conveniently, the drive only needs USB connectivity, also sourcing its power from the same cable.
Samsung has implemented error-safe features such as Buffer UnderRun technology to prevent errors regardless of any possible heavy multi-tasking going on during the burning phase that may otherwise result in a coaster. Samsung ODD's exclusive AV connectivity tech is also featured on the SE-506AB that gives users the ability to plug it directly into a multimedia TV's USB port for direct playback of content.