Dell Streak's Gorilla Glass display: Is it as durable as advertised?

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 31, 2010 5:01 PM CDT

Receiving a prototype of a cool new mobile device to go through the features and toys would be enough to keep most of us happy and occupied. The folks at Engadget think a little bit differently though. When they were told that the 5 inch Gorilla Glass display, made by Corning, was said to stand up to darn near anything the average consumer could throw at it, they decided to throw caution to the wind and put it to the test.

While they didn't exactly take a sledgehammer to the Streak or run a knock off of "Will it Blend?", this is a fairly impressive display, especially to the tech geeks like me who have small children and can see something like this happening to our own toys. You can almost hear the Streak chuckling at the tester banging on it with the pen with only a few ink spots left for his effort. Hopefully Corning's Gorilla Glass can catch on with more MIDs and help me take "will my kids destroy it?" out of the equation when shopping for a tablet or smartphone.

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NVIDIA's Future is so Bright...

Chris Ramseyer | Gaming | May 31, 2010 1:05 PM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - ... they gotta wear shades. Sometimes I just can't help myself but then again neither could NVIDIA today. Starting off a keynote speech asking for a moment to reflect on your technological achievements isn't a really bad way to kick things off, unless it's everyone's job in the room to already know everything you have accomplished.

Things have to be tough for the Green Team as of late and by starting off saying that we are going to look back only tells me you don't have a lot to say about your future. At that point I had a feeling it was going to be a show with a few prop tossed in. Here we see the NVIDIA CEO having a bit of a scripted conversation with ASUS' CEO. Not a bad prop to be able to call on.

At CES we experienced 3D and most of us have given it a shot in the movie theater but no one I have spoken with is ready to consider 3D TV in their home even though the tech is being pushed really hard now.

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New Gigabyte Server Boards Will Offer Enhanced Storage

Chris Ramseyer | Storage | May 31, 2010 12:22 PM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Gigabyte has two products that they will not be showing on the show floor but will have on hand for private eyes. Since my focus has been on the storage market for the last couple of years now I spotted these gems right away and thought about the possibilities all day.

With 24 memory slots this unnamed workstation / server board has a lot of potential for many things but what is interesting here is the 4x SAS connector in the back that would allow connection to an AIC MiniBOD right out of the box without the need for an additional HBA add in controller.

With SAS expanders the only real limitation is the amount of funds in your bank account. We would like to see Gigabyte move forward with this feature.

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Silicon Power offers up A80 portable USB 3.0 HDD

Shane McGlaun | Storage | May 31, 2010 11:06 AM CDT

Silicon Power has a gob of external HDDs that it offers in different styles for different needs. The company has previously offered both flash drives and external HDDs and today it has added the new A80 external HDD to its line.

The A80 is a USB 3.0 external HDD that is rugged and designed to be water resistant to IPX7 standards. That means that the HDD can survive being submerged in up to a meter of water for up to 30 minutes and still operate.

The drive is also shock, vibration, and dust resistant. The USB 3.0 interface lets the drive offer up to 5Gbps of bandwidth and the A80 is compatible with USB 2.0 ports as well. The drive is offered in 640GB, 500GB, and 320GB capacities. Pricing and availability are unknown at this time.

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Early look at the NZXT Phantom computer case

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | May 31, 2010 7:53 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Earlier on today we stopped by NZXT's booth at the Grand Hyatt to get a look at some of its upcoming products that will end up going on sale later this year.

NZXT showed us a range of different products, but the big one for designer and co-founder Johnny this year is the upcoming Phantom computer case that he kindly introduced to us. It's a white case made out of plastic with some attractive curves and some good design with some new concepts ideas that we haven't seen in the part.

With what we have seen from the likes of Ikonik, BitFenix, Corsair and now NZXT, consumers are going to have some really brilliant choices on the case market in a short time.

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Samsung demonstrate USB-only powered 18.5-inch LCD

Steve Dougherty | Displays & Projectors | May 31, 2010 5:45 AM CDT

SID 2010 - With lesser power consumption being a strong point of focus in the computing industry Samsung has reached a very impressive milestone in developing an 18.5-inch sized display that uses just 6.3w of measily power to operate properly.

Given such low power requirements, Samsung has designed it so it can be powered entirely from USB ports. That's right; this 18.5-inch TN-film panel display can draw all the power it needs from just a couple USB 2.0 ports, with one of those USB 2.0 connections also acting as the display connection.

Other specs about the monitor include a native res of 1366x768, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m² maximum brightness and LED backlit illumination. The first fully working sample was demonstrated at the SID 2010 event and Samsung plan to debut it to the mass market in 2011.

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MSI WindPad 110 10-inch Android tablet hands-on

Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | May 31, 2010 1:38 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - MSI just got done with hosting its pre-Computex press conference and launched and showcased a host of new products.

Update: Sorry folks, we had a bad line when trying to get the video uploaded and as you may have noticed, it was partly cut off towards the end. We're working on resolving the signal issues for further video content to go up during the course of this week straight from the show floor.

As we expected during this show, MSI launched one of its first tablet computers, it's called the WindPad 110. It is a 10-inch tablet based on the Google Android operating system. The MSI PM that we spoke to was a little tight on full details, but she did tell us that the retail price should be around 499 USD and come out in a month or two after the Windows and Atom based WindPad 100 that we will cover a bit later.

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BitFenix Survivor computer case prototype exclusive hands-on

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | May 29, 2010 12:52 PM CDT

BitFenix made the airwaves a little while ago with its launch and entry into the market highlighting itself as a high-end gaming hardware manufacturer. The team is built around well known tech people with plenty of experience in the industry from the likes of such well known past and present companies such as ABIT and CM Storm. The creation of the company is an interesting story, but best left for another time.

Yesterday we headed out to the brand spanking new BitFenix office and in our second video we got an exclusive hands-on video preview of their upcoming rugged and rubber coated Survivor mid tower computer case for gamers on the move. Again, this product was introduced to us by Swedish chap David who is the product manager and it is important to keep in mind that this particularly sample only just arrived in from the China factory and it is a prototype and not yet finished - i.e. it will go through some changes before the final retail version ships sometime in September with an estimated street price of around 140 USD.

The Survivor is like the Colossus a case like we have never seen before and it will most likely end up being the second product to be released by BitFenix. The rubber coating used is very soft and feels nice to touch. We also like the idea of the unique handle design that should make it easier for gamers to carry their system around to LAN parties and such.

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BitFenix Colossus computer case prototype exclusive hands-on

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | May 29, 2010 12:41 PM CDT

BitFenix made the airwaves a little while ago with its launch and entry into the market highlighting itself as a high-end gaming hardware manufacturer. The team is built around well known tech people with plenty of experience in the industry from the likes of such well known past and present companies such as ABIT and CM Storm. The creation of the company is an interesting story, but best left for another time.

Yesterday we headed out to the brand spanking new BitFenix office and got an exclusive hands-on video preview of their upcoming and really impressive Colossus full tower computer case. The product was introduced to us by Swedish chap David who is the product manager and it is important to keep in mind that this particularly sample only just arrived in from the China factory and it is a prototype and not yet finished - i.e. it will go through some changes before the final retail version ships sometime in September with a very estimated street price of around 170 USD.

The Colossus is a very hip and new breed of computer case that will come in either white or black. It is a very important product for BitFenix since it is their very first product that will go on the market; the team does not intend on rushing it and will take as long as it needs to perfect it before it goes on sale.

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Ikonik shows us its new cases and power supplies

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | May 29, 2010 12:20 PM CDT

Yesterday we visited the Ikonik office in Taipei where they gave us an early introduction of what they will be showing at the re-named Tabutex Computex event next week.

We were given an introduction to a total of three new computer cases including the SOHO, M1000 and the Optimus 1200. All very nice cases with varying uses, we really liked the Optimus 1200 model that has a front face that resembles Optimus Prime from Transformers.

We were also shown Ikonik's new Vulcan+ series of power supplies which come in sizes of 850, 1000 and 1200 watt. They look like they have the moves to impress with 80 PLUS Gold certification. Watch our video above to get a close-up look at all of the new products.

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