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: Retail Store Accused of Scalping Nintendo Wiis on eBay

Nintendo WiiBy Michael Santo
Executive Editor, RealTechNews

Reports have surfaced around the web that a retail store in the Midwest, Slackers, is selling its allotment of Nintendo Wiis for a premium on eBay. Ars Technica broke the story but, in fact you can see a completed auction here, and the description of the store here. In the auction, the Wiis, which have an MSRP of $249, sold for $399.

Although Nintendo has gone to the extreme of working with GameStop to give out “rainchecks,” it’s still unable to keep up with demand. It’s also gone so far as to discourage retailers from bundles. And although it’s not unusual to see someone trying to flip something on eBay, a retailer doing so is uncommon, and frowned upon.

However, unless contractually required by Nintendo to sell the consoles at the MSRP, there’s little Nintendo can do to alter the practice, except perhaps stop alloting systems to Slackers.

On their website, Slackers responded to the allegations on Friday. Their statement, on their front page, says, in part:

Slackers is a small, 11 store chain in Missouri and Illinois selling music, movies and games. Slackers prides itself on its commitment to its customers, and offers great products with great service at a fair price. We are not big box, and our customers like that. They like that they get friendly, knowledgeable service when they come into our stores.

However, being small has its disadvantages. Unlike the big box retailers, we do not get an “allotment” from Nintendo. Rather, like all small independent retailers, we must buy our product from distributors. Since November of this year, the total number of Wii systems Slackers has been able to acquire from distributors this holiday season is 44 units – that’s it.

Does Slackers’ sell Wii systems on eBay? Yes. This holiday season, Slackers has sold a total of 5 Wii systems on eBay at a price of $399.99, while a couple units remain in stock.

We Say: The post goes on to indicate that the total profit from each eBay sale is less than $75. And while some will call this scalping, others will say it’s capitalism at its finest. What do you readers think?

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.