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.
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.
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.
Great story on Businessweek.com
Here are the highpoints:
* In a humbling moment, Intel executives announced the acceleration at the Intel Developer Forum on Sept. 7, a week after AMD showed off a working version of its own multiple core processors. “We’ve had some fumbles,” says Intel President Paul S. Otellini.
* AMD has grabbed 7% of the low-end server market, up from almost nothing two years ago.
* AMD has passed 50% of the U.S. retail store sales for desktop PCs in recent weeks.
* AMD is using new manufacturing techniques in the memory-chip market to outgun rivals both on cost and technology.
* When Intel shocked Wall Street on Sept. 3 by slashing its forecast for third-quarter sales and profit margins, the chip giant cited “lower than expected worldwide demand.” But AMD says it’s seeing no indication of a broad slowdown.
Here’s the rub, and there always is one: AMD’s projected 2004 profits are $7.35 billion. Intel earns that much in 11 days. Intel is sitting on $14 billion in cash, compared with $1.1 billion for AMD. With those ratios, anyone with half a brain will tell you that Intel could crush AMD in short order. The other rub: Even though it theoretically can, will Intel able to do so in reality? Or has the company become such an air hog (with apologies to Fram) that it’s become impossible for it to react in a timely fashion?
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.
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.
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.
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.