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: Bob May, The Robot in “Lost in Space,” Dies at 69

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

Bob May, the actor who portrayed The Robot on the 60’s campy sci-fi show Lost in Space, has died. He was 69.

May died Sunday of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Lancaster, CA, according to his daughter, Deborah May.

Lost in Space was a science-fiction version of The Swiss Family Robinson story. Professor John Robinson, his wife Maureen, pilot Don West and their children Judy, Penny, and Will were knocked off course by Dr. Zachary Smith, the hapless villain of the show, who became “lost in space” with them.

The Robot was a Model B-9, Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot. It was designed for the show by Robert Kinoshita (who also designed Forbidden Planet’s Robby the Robot; the similarities are quite obvious).

While Bob May wore The Robot suit, the voice was dubbed by Dick Tufeld, who was also the series’ narrator.

The Lost in Space series eventually devolved into the “Will, Dr. Smith, and The Robot” show, with many of the episodes centering around those three, with the rest of the cast playing second fiddle to them. Many of the episodes involved Dr. Smith getting into trouble, and Will (and The Robot) getting him out of it.

Some of the best-remembered lines of the series are catch-phrases of The Robot, who would say things like “Warning! Warning!,” “That does not compute,” and “Danger, Will Robinson!” (possibly the most iconic).

According to June Lockhart, who played Maureen Robinson, the role of The Robot was given to May because of luck, and size. As she told AP:

“He always said he got the job because he fit in the robot suit. It was one of those wonderful Hollywood stories. He just happened to be on the studio lot when someone saw him and sent him to see Irwin Allen about the part. Allen said, ‘If you can fit in the suit, you’ve got the job.”‘

He did, and the rest is campy, 60’s TV history.

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.