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HP launches three new LCDs for PC users

By: Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

HP has pulled the wraps off a trio of new LCD monitors for computer users that are all under $200. The screens include the new S2031, 2010i, and S2231.

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The S2031 is a 20-inch widescreen LCD that has a 1600 x 900 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 200 nits of brightness. The LCD has VGA and DVI inputs and sells for $159.99. The 2010i is a 20-inch widescreen with the same resolution and contrast ration but 250 nits of brightness. It also sports integrated speakers and an adjustable stand for $179.99.

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USB cufflinks hide 2GB of storage each

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 10:00 CDT

I try to stay away from any function that requires me to wear a suit or a tuxedo. For that reason I don't own a pair of cufflinks and the last time I wore any was years ago when my cousin got married. Geeks that do have to get dressed up frequently might find these USB flash drive cufflinks perfect.

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The cufflinks come in silver, gunmetal, or gold colors and each hides a USB connector with 2GB of storage per cuff. The cufflinks can be engraved as well for $8 more for eight letters.

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Design house shows off some rock solid flash drives - literally

By: Steve Dougherty | Storage | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 6:34 CDT

Many a times we've heard the words "rock solid" used to describe the build quality of a technological product. Seldom does that actual term fit literally, however.

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But in the case of some new flash drives a design house has been working on, the meaning can be used quite literally here.

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ViewSonic VEB632 JinYong eBook e-reader hands-on from Taipei

By: Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 6:23 CDT

Today we attended a ViewSonic press conference in Taipei where the company used the event to launch a range of new eBook e-readers appropriately held at the eslite bookstore.

Next up Mike Chen, a ViewSonic product manager for its digital media business unit, introduces the special editor VEB632 JinYong Reader e-reader that is at the top-end of ViewSonic's new eBook range. It will go on sale in Taiwan in July with a rather rich street price of 14,800 NTD or around 462 USD at today's rate.

Yin Yong is a very famous Chinese martial arts novelist who has written some 36 books on the ancient Eastern fighting art that are enjoyed by Chinese all around the world. The VEB632 e-reader comes bundled with all of Jin Yong's books included on the 2GB of internal storage. The e-reader sports a six-inch e-ink display that supports an 800 x 600 resolution with up to 16 levels of grey. This model is slightly bigger and heavier than the previous VEB620 model we looked at, but it comes in at a still quite nimble and comfortable 250 grams or around 9 ounces.

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Vroom Vroom, Team revs up new USB 3.0 ext. 2.5-inch HDD

By: Steve Dougherty | Storage | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 5:36 CDT

Team Group will be displaying a new type of TP series external hard drive at Computex next week. It won't be hard to miss when you look at the boldened, unique external design and colour scheme :-

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This is the TP1023. And yes, its design was inspired by a certain super car manufacturer. Might be an eye sore for many, but if its sports/super cars you dream about all day every day then i'm sure you'd be very proud of having this piece of kit sitting on your desk.

The TP1023 is designed to be shock proof with a unique hard drive suspension system and it surpassed the industrial specification for shock proof designs by a good margin in testing. The unit is USB 3.0 ready and is of course backward compatible with USB 2.0.

Team will be selling the TP1023 in capacities of 500GB, 640GB, 750GB and 1TB. For further details, you can read the official announcement here.

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ViewSonic VEB620 eBook e-reader hands-on from Taipei

By: Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 5:19 CDT

Today we attended a ViewSonic press conference in Taipei where the company used the event to launch a range of new eBook e-readers appropriately held at the eslite bookstore.

First up Mike Chen, a ViewSonic product manager for its digital media business unit, introduces the cheapest of its new e-readers, the VEB620 eBook. But when we say cheap though, don't let they confuse it. It comes packed with features and the only thing it really misses out on is wireless connectivity, so you will either need to use a microSD card or copy books etc over via USB from your computer.

The unit will go on sale in Taiwan in a week or so with a street price of 6,990 NTD - which works out to be around 217 USD at today's exchange rate. The device comes with a six-inch screen with 16 levels of grey that is capable of an 800 x 600 resolution. It weighs in at a rather light and comfortable eight ounces or around 227 grams. It was really nice to hold and is made using soft plastics that feel good.

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MSI starts bundling Assassin's Creed II with select HD 5800 / HD 5900 series cards

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 5:06 CDT

We don't see as many video card partners these days including full version games to give the icing on the cake; certainly not as much as we used to. So it's nice to see MSI deciding to do this :-

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There's no doubt they've picked a real good'en to bundle with their new R5970 and R5870 series cards, being named Game of the Year by the New York Times and getting a big thumbs up from game reviewers everywhere. Nearly all of MSI's video cards in their lineup are non-reference in one form or another, be it superior coolers, factory overclocks or higher grade components for better stability, and in some models a mixture of all.

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Logitech goes color mad with Fantasy Collection

By: Steve Dougherty | Peripherals | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 4:32 CDT

Logitech has been thinking very colorfully and has just re-launched a lot of its most popular and affordable peripherals (beginning with mice) that use very bright and loud colour schemes.

Logitech calls the new line-up the "Fantasy Collection". Products in this collection are available in a large range of color options, including Fleur Dark, Blue Swirl and Pink Balance just to name a few.

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Logitech is now advertising M305 and M310 mice in a wide range of colour schemes at the Fantasy Store.

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AMD releases Catalyst 10.5 WHQL Drivers

By: Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 4:08 CDT

In usual monthly fashion AMD has just released its latest Catalyst driver suite for Radeon graphics cards; the 10.5s. A separate Mobility 10.5 driver suite is also now available for mobile Radeon users.

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There are two major additions to the 10.5 release. These include 120 Hz display support for all Radeon HD 4000 and 3000 series GPUs, meaning stereoscopic 3D is now possible. The other enhancements are found in the ATI Overdrive area, giving full support for overclocking functions even when cards are connected to multiple displays.

As always, AMD have managed to introduce a lot of bug fixes for the new release including Alien vs. Predator, Bad Company 2, Empire: Total War, IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, Resident Evil 5 and Splinter Cell Conviction. Some of these fixes are only applicable to certain versions of Windows, however.

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Download of the Day: Piriform CCleaner 2.32.1165

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: May 27, 2010 @ 3:28 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Piriform CCleaner 2.32.1165.

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)

Cleans the following:

• Internet Explorer

• Firefox

• Google Chrome

• Opera

• Safari

• Windows - Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.

• Registry cleaner

• Third-party applications

• 100% Spyware FREE

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