As the capacities and prices of hard drives drop it becomes so very tempting to replace existing hard drives with something bigger, and perhaps faster. But what to do with the old drives? External drive cases, let’s face it, are passé--and in some instances will cost you more than the drive they’ll house is worth. Docks are a nice idea, and definitely offer more flexibility. But what if you’ve a hankering to go portable? Unitek’s got you covered: a USB 3.0 to SATA adapter that will get your ‘old’ drive running and on your desktop in no time.
The Unitek adapter, available over at Brando for $48, has a USB 3.0 compliant connector for the PC side, and a SATA Gen2i (3 Gbps) and Gen1i (1.5 Gbps) compliant connector for a 3.5-inch drive at the other. Th econnector will support ATA/ATAPI devices, and drives up to 2 TB. USB 3.0 will allow a theoretical data transfer rate of 5.0 Gbps, but the actual rate will be governed by SATA’s slightly lower data throughput.
The only drawback to the connector is USB 3.0, which isn’t yet mainstream. The initial round of USB 3.0 equipped motherboards are supposed to be hitting the streets about now. And for the rest of us languishing in USB 2.0 purgatory, we’ll be needing to invest in an add-in card.
We've been hearing rumors Google would release its own branded netbook, and while speculation has been spotty, the chaps over at UK's IBTimes claim to have the inside scoop.
Let's get the obvious out of the way. Google's netbook will come equipped with the search giant's Chrome OS, which is only surprising if you were expecting Android to power the platform. Less obvious is the inclusion of Nvidia's Tegra chipset, along with an ARM processor rather than Intel's uber popular Atom chip.
Other rumored specs include a 10.1-inch HD-ready multi-touch display, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, and standard-fare additions such as Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, an Ethernet port, USB ports, webcam, audio ports, and a multi-card reader.
The latest rumors suggest the netbook will be subsidized when it starts shipping during the 2010 holiday season.
A lot has happened in the last 12 months. At the start of the year, iTunes was still peddling DRM, Yahoo and Microsoft were at bitter odds over the latter’s takeover attempts, Nvidia had the fastest consumer videocard, and the ”cloud” was still a burgeoning concept. Oh, how times have changed. Follow along as we relive and reflect upon some of the most memorable moments, products, and people to impact computer users over the last year.
What was your favorite tech product or event or 2009? Let us know in the comments!
It's that time of year again, when CES looms just around the corner and company's giddy with anticipation begin teasing with sneak peeks of what's to come. Enter Kingston, the memory maker who over the weekend released a few photos of its upcoming liquid-cooled memory modules.
To be released under the company's HyperX brand, the liquid-cooled DDR3 kit comes with barbs for connecting to existing water cooling loops. And while these modules will obviously be aimed at overclockers, Kingston didn't say what frequency the upcoming chips will ship at, or any other specs, such as voltage or latencies.
According to Bit-tech, the modules are currently undergoing testing in Kingston's labs before the company makes a formal announcement during CES next month.
When you’re ready to step up to the world of cellular broadband connections, there are lots of options. The removable PC Card, USB, and ExpressCard modems deliver great performance and work with pretty much any PC, but they’ll connect only one machine at a time to the Internet—that is, unless you can successfully set up connection sharing in Windows. And while we love the always-on nature of modems integrated in notebooks, their permanent association to a single machine makes the external cards seem positively promiscuous by comparison. Enter the MiFi 2200.
Inside this tiny device—it’s about the same size as a stack of six credit cards—is not only a 3G wireless modem, but also a Wi-Fi access point and a battery to power the whole thing. That’s right, the MiFi 2200 lets you and four of your closest pals connect to the Internet anywhere there’s a 3G cell signal. We tested the MiFi with two computers and a Wi-Fi-enabled phone and were pleased with the results. The battery-powered MiFi seems designed to work with PCs that are no more than 10 feet away. While we had signal further out in some test environments, we found it worked best up close.
We don't have a DoDoNA S-100 MP3 player in front of us to evaluate, so for all we know, it could be the greatest sounding media device on the planet. And if all the attention was put into how it sounds, that would certainly explain why the aesthetics received so little attention.
While the cube design won't win any ergonomic awards, more befitting an MP3 player is the OLED display, albeit measuring just 1.1 inches. The DoDoNA also boasts an FM radio, built-in speaker, voice recording, and support for MP3, WMA, OGG, and FLAC. On the memory front, the S-100 comes equipped with just 4GB of internal Flash.
Probably most egregious, however, is the price tag - the thing runs $170.
Touchscreen digital cameras are all the rage (just ask any teenage girl who's seen Ashton Kutcher pimping a Nikon Coolpix), and while that isn't new territory for Samsung, the company's upcoming CL80 boasts a few new tricks.
Electronista describes the CL80 as "Samusng's first real connected camera," which points to the model's Wi-Fi connectivity to upload photos to Facebook, Flickr, Photobox, and Picasa without having to sync up with a PC.
The CL80 will also sport a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with haptic feedback, a 14MP sensor, a 7X wide-angle lens, and hardware image stabilization. And of course it will come ready to take H.264 videos at up to 720p.
No word yet on price or a projected release date, both of which are likely to be revealed during CES next month.
According to the latest rumors, Nvidia is likely to delay its next-gen DirectX 11 GPU, codenamed Fermi, to March 2010. That's disappointing news for a hyped up chip originally scheduled to launch back in November 2009 before being pushed back to CES in January.
Nvidia hasn't said anything officially, but market rumors suggest the original release was pushed back because of defects, and it would appear the graphics chip maker still has a few bugs to iron out of its Fermi architecture. Assuming smooth sailing from here on out, Nvidia is expected to launch its 40nm Fermi-GF100 GPU in March, followed by the high-end GF104 in the second quarter.
While Nvidia fixes Fermi, AMD is gearing up to launch 40nm Radeon HD 5670, 5570, and 5450 GPUs sometime between the end of January and February 2010.
To be perfectly honest, we're tired of hearing about Apple's tablet, which thus far has consisted of one rumor after another without any confirmation from Apple. That's going to change next month, or so we hope.
According to The Financial Times, Apple has rented a stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for several days late in January. Citing "people familiar with the plans," TFT says Apple will use the venue to make a major product announcement., which likely will center around the mysterious tablet.
"We believe there is a 75 percent likelihood that Apple will have an event in January and a 50 percent chance that it will be held to launch the Apple Tablet," said Piper Jaffray, an analyst with Gene Munster. "If Apple announced the tablet in January, it would likely ship later in the March quarter."
As has been the case all along, there aren't any more details to go on.
In the high-definition wars, Sony has been pegged as the ultimate Ebenezer Scrooge. Not only did the company's Blu-ray format destroy the cost-conscious HD-DVD format, but for a long while, Sony tried to keep the MSRP of Blu-ray players above $300. But is the perception of inflated Blu-ray player pricing really fair to begin with?
The Wall Street Journal has put together some interesting data that might have you rethinking Blu-ray's price model since its inception. When DVD players first launched over a decade ago, early adopters paid around $840. Compare that with the $800 initial price point of Blu-ray players in 2006. Here's how the rest of the price comparison breaks down through the years following each respective format's launch:
Year 1: DVD ($571), Blu-ray ($497)
Year 2: DVD ($467), Blu-ray ($388)
Year 3: DVD: ($345), Blu-ray ($322)
Black Friday: ($248), Blu-ray ($221)
Keep in mind that there's an 8-year difference between the two formats, and none of those numbers take into account inflation. In short, Blu-ray player pricing has fallen faster than DVDs, and certainly faster than most people expected.
"There's no season in the DVD saga that saw players come down like this," says Rick Doherty, an analyst at Envisioning Group, a market research firm.