Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme PX-256M5P

Up until I embarked on this review, my strongest memory of Plextor is their dominance of the optical drive market in the 1990s. Simply put, they had the best CD-ROM writer in the days when making “coasters” was commonplace. These days Plextor has retained their storage beginnings with a focus on Solid State Drives (SSD). DigitalReviews would like to thank Plextor for providing a M5Pro (PX-256M5P) Xtreme for review. Here’s another review from Kevin Cheng.

Synology DiskStation DS-1512+ : a 5 Bay Powerhouse

It is no secret that DigitalReviews is a big fan of Synology products. We have reviewed a number of their Networked Attached Storage over the past few years and have always been a fan. This time around Synology has kindly supplied a DS-1512+ for a review with a different focus. And here is Kevin Cheng’s report.

Apricorn Aegis Bio 3.0 – a very secure 1 TB External Hard Drive

This review can be short because we have reviewed many products from Apricorn, including an earlier model of the Aegis Bio with fingerprint reader.
We will state our bias upfront: we are fans of this Californian outfit which specialises in manufacturing external storage devices with great security features. However, I’m not particularly a fan of fingerprint readers, much preferring keypad security.
So how did we go with this one? Check out DigitalReviews.net ‘ s take on it.

From the archive: Wal-Mart.com to Offer Thousands of Wiis for Sale, Starting Monday

walmart.jpgBy Michael Santo
Editor-in-Chief, RealTechNews

Still can’t find a Nintendo Wii? It is still the hottest-selling video game console after two years, and still hard to find, at least at the standard retail price. Your last chance for the holiday season might be Wal-Mart.com, as the world’s largest retailer has been stocking up, and will offer tens of thousands of the console on its website starting Monday.

Wal-Mart isn’t heavily discounting these, at least for the regular console. According to Reuters, the site will offer the console by itself for $249.24, and a “value bundle,” including the console and other items like an extra set of controllers, for $329, while supplies last. As the MSRP of the console is $249, there’s no real discount there, but just being able to get the console at a non-exorbitant price would a gift to many.

However, if Black Friday showed one thing, it’s that even with preparation, retailers can’t seem to keep their websites from crashing from overload. Odds are it won’t be easy to get into the site for this deal, and remember: it’s online only.

nintendowii.jpgWhile the Nintendo Wii stock situation is better than past years, it’s still hit-and-miss at many stores. Looking for the console at stores like Amazon.com and BestBuy.com usually turn up nothing except perhaps overpriced Amazon Marketplace vendors.

There are some out there, but if you can get into the site and want a decent chance at one for the holidays, this is your best shot. Remember that you’ll pay sales tax (in most states) and shipping, unlike Amazon.com, however.

Walmart.com will also be offering deals on certain Nintendo Wii games and accessories.

Hands On with A.C. Ryan PlayOn!HD3

Read more: Hands On with A.C. Ryan PlayOn!HD3 It has been a while since DigitalReviews visited the networked media player space. To mark our return, we would like to welcome A.C. Ryan’s Playon!HD3 to the DigitalReviews test bench.

Despite the rise and rise of complete media center solutions such as XBMC and Plex, there seems to still be a market for an appliance based solution. So let’s see how the Playon!HD3 performs. Check out Kevin Cheng’s article here.

Eight Bay NAS Overture – Synology DS1812+

Be it small businesses or avid prosumers, storage is one place where less is never going to be more. Understanding this, Synology’s DS1812+ has not four, five or six but eight hard drive bays. With 3TB drives entering affordability, that’s 24TB in one box.

Read on for our full review by Paul Moons.

ESDS Electronic Shark Defense System

Do shark shields or electronic shark defense systems work, you ask? Sure they do! Well it did last time we tested a similar product that produced an electrical field to keep the big “bities away” (an alternative to the ESDS, the Freedom 7 was reviewed here on this site in 2009 – see link ).

We have been using an electronic shark shield pretty much every second day in summer and occasionally even during winter for swimming protection since 2009 and we have not been eaten yet, although nearby sightings have been made. We are absolute believers in the principles that these work on and have done so since the practical first evaluation. We have just been given one that’s just been released to the market, the ESDS.
Check out Joe Baker’s review here.

ION Air Pro WiFi Action Camera – Reviewed

It’s an ever widening field populated by the likes of GoPro, Contour, Sony and Ion Air.
Most of these action cameras sport the same type of basic features: tough build, wide angle view, Full HD video and stills. Where they differ is image quality, controls, waterproofing built-in, shape, and, increasingly, WiFi capability. Most of them also have associated apps for iPhone and Android platforms these days.
Let’s look at the top-of-the-line model from a relative newcomer, ION, here.