Intel’s cool Next Unit of Computing (NUC) PCs have one serious limitation compared to say an All-In-One PC: storage. With room for just a single mSATA drive, NUC storage was limited to about 1TB. That’s no longer the case, though, thanks to the new NUC D54250WYKH, which accepts 2.5-inch drives in addition to mSATA devices.
Note: This review was originally featured in the May 2014 issue of the magazine.
Pocket Projector is an apt label for 3M’s MPro150 video projector. It’s not only incredibly small, but it’s completely self-contained, too. All the software you need to display digital photos and videos, PDFs, Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and even PowerPoint presentations is built right in. You can even store those files in the 1GB of onboard flash memory or on the 2GB MicroSD card that’s included. And it’ll run on either AC or battery power.
High definition used to be synonymous with high price, but today everything from HDTVs to now HD camcorders can be had without downgrading that upcoming anniversary gift from a diamond bracelet to a cubic zirconia. But a high definition camcorder for under 200 bones? You betcha.
DXG's new pocket-sized camcorder looks to capture not only the budget market, but tries to appeal to the social computing crowd at the same time. For MSRP $179, the DXG-567V HD packs a 5.0 megapixel CMOS sensor the company claims is capable of H.264 video compression at up to a 1280x720 resolution at 30 frames-per-second. And while it may look like an MP3 player at a glance, DXG says the simplified controls are intended to make it easy to use for "even Grandma Selma." She can even get one in pink if she desires. Or blue, black, or red.
Out of the box, DXG includes ArcSoft's TotalMedia Extreme video editing software, and the company's own Rapid Blog Manager software, so Selma's grandkids have a quick and easy way to upload videos to YouTube's repository of gems like 'Leave Brittany Alone' (NSFW) and, well, this (hey, hey).