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Memory specialist Crucial has added three USB 2.0 memory card readers to its product list. The Hi-Speed USB 7-in-1 reader supports a bevy of formats: SD, MMC, CompactFlash, IBM Microdrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro.
Creative today rolled out the Inspire T series of speakers in the UK, three sets of woofers and tweeters, etc. designed to bring two-, five- and seven-channel sound to PC users.Borrowing from hi-fi speaker design, Creative has built both high-range and mid-range drivers into each set's desktop speakers, yield a "clearer sound picture across the audio stage" - or more treble than PC speakers usually deliver, in other words. The T2900 features two of these new 6W RMS satellites, plus a 17W RMS sub-woofer. The T5400 adds a second pair standard mid-range satellites to be placed behind the listener, and replaces the sub-woofer with a 22W RMS model.
The T7700 offers three new satellites (centre, and front left and right), plus four regular satellites, two each for rear left and rear right. There's a suitably beefy sub-woofer too. To make the most of the system, you'll need a 7.1 sound card, which can mix 5.1 sound across all eight speakers.
The three sets cost £69.99, £99.99 and £119.99 including UK sales tax, respectively.
Memorex has released its USB 2.0 Flash drive, the ThumbDrive. The key-shaped unit is available in 128, 256 and 512MB capacities now, with a 1GB version due early next year.
At just under three inches long and an inch wide, the ThumbDrive isn't the most compact Flash drive on the market. It also has a rubbed grip, which Memorex seems to believe is important. More useful, we'd say, is the write protection lock built into each unit, a feature missing from many rival products.
The silver and black ThumbDrive will be in stores this month at a suggested retail price of $59.99 for 128MB of storage, $99.99 for 256 MB of storage, and $179.99 for 512MB of storage. ®