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PCTV Nanostick T2

PCTV NanoStick T2 USB TV tuner

Review Ten years ago, investing in a PC TV tuner seemed a neat way of watching while you work – integrating the gogglebox with laptop or desktop duties. Today, the idea is more questionable given access to on-line video streaming and download services from the likes of YouTube and the BBC iPlayer respectively. PCTV Nanostick T2 …
Shaun Dormon, 02 Aug 2011
Ten... USB 3.0 Portable HDDs

Ten... Portable USB 3.0 HDDs

Product Round-up USB 3.0 has been with us for nearly two years now, not that you’d notice, as adoption and availability of peripherals has been somewhat slow. However, things are looking up now as more and more portable HDDs are coming to market featuring the not-so-new interface. Here at Reg Hardware, we've put together a round up of the …
Shaun Dormon, 20 Jul 2011
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s 14in Core i5 laptop

Review I have always been a fan of ThinkPads, ever since my father brought home a beaten 560e featuring a 150MHz Pentium which was rejected from the corporate pool due to travel abuse. Even though half of its 1GB disk was bad sectors I ran it well into this century and with all the cheap tat that is flooding the market these days, I've …
Shaun Dormon, 07 Jul 2011
Samsung Series 470

Samsung Series 470 250GB 2.5in SSD

Review Reg Hardware first reviewed a Samsung SSD - the South Korean giant's first, and a device aimed at computer makers rather than upgrade-hungry punters - way back in March 2009. Rather keen we were on it too. But that was two years ago - how has Samsung managed to improve matters in the meantime? Samsung Series 470 Samsung's …
Shaun Dormon, 24 Jun 2011
Intel SSD510

Intel 510 250GB Sata 3 SSD

Review Having recently covered Crucial’s new M4 SSD, it seemed only natural to go further in-depth with it’s Intel counterpart, the 510 series. Both of these drives feature Marvell’s 88SS9174 controller, with the Intel drive using the BKK2 revision, and a SATA 6Gb/s interface. Intel SSD 510 Sata 3 performer: Intel's SSD 510 Intel …
Shaun Dormon, 14 Jun 2011
Crucial M4

Crucial M4 256GB Sata 3 SSD

Review Following on from its impressive debut in last month’s SSD roundup, it seems in order to look further into Crucial’s M4 SSD, specifically the 256GB version of this Sata 3 capable device. Crucial M4 Crucial's M4 really shows what SSDs can achieve thanks to its Sata 3 interfacing First off, the usual; Crucial has made the M4 …
Shaun Dormon, 12 May 2011
SSD teaser

Seven... SSD sizzlers

Product Round-up While there’s no escaping the fact that solid-state drives are still expensive, they are steadily getting cheaper and the capacities are increasing. For the average PC user to be convinced that it is a must-have upgrade, the performance benefits would really need to be experienced. Costs aside, no doubt concerns as to whether …
Shaun Dormon, 07 Apr 2011
Synology DS411slim

Synology DS411slim Nas box

Review As technology progresses further into the twenty-first century, the most obvious trend is the miniaturisation of just about everything. While these changes have taken most aspects of new technology by storm, conventional storage however, has been left wanting. Synology DS411slim Synology's DS411slim four bay Nas relies on 2. …
Shaun Dormon, 23 Mar 2011
Plextor PX-L611U

Plextor PX-L611U portable DVD writer

Review As Blu-Ray climbs to the top of the optical storage ladder, one might assume that manufacturers of optical drives would cease production of anything that doesn’t feature this technology. However, Plextor has seen fit to launch the PX-L611U, a smart external DVD writer. Plextor PX-L611U Etching ahead: Plextor's PX-L611U …
Shaun Dormon, 23 Feb 2011
Xtreamer iXtreamer

iXtreamer dock with IPTV

Review If you’re an iDevice owner and fancy hooking it up to your telly – but would rather not pay £80 for the rather basic combination of Apple’s Universal Dock equipped with component or composite cables – then the iXtreamer is one option that stands out from the multitude of iThing third party docking systems. Xtreamer iXtreamer …
Shaun Dormon, 16 Feb 2011
Iomega SSD USB 3.0

Iomega SSD 128GB USB 3.0 drive

Review Kingston Tech is not the only SSD manufacturer now bringing out USB 3.0 external drives. Iomega’s unimaginatively named SSD Flash Drive comes in three capacities: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. With the latter costing £624, it's a purchase that demands a significant leap of faith. iomega SSD Iomega's SSD Flash Drive joins the …
Shaun Dormon, 28 Jan 2011
Aavara PCE122

Aavara PCE122 HDMI extender

Review Ever fancied watching a Blu-ray movie in the garden? Always wondered what it would be like to isolate your Xbox 360 so you could hear the gameplay over the sound of the jet engine Microsoft calls a DVD drive? Many of us would probably like to, but 50 metre HDMI cables tend to go for £300 apiece – not exactly what you'd describe …
Shaun Dormon, 21 Jan 2011
Buffalo Linkstation Pro Duo

Buffalo Linkstation Pro Duo 2TB Nas

Review Apart from the silver-on-red “V” sticker, Buffalo's V-Series Linkstation Pro appears identical to the original LinkStation Duo Nas box. Even on the inside there are many similarities, such as Buffalo’s remote WebAccess, DLNA and iTunes DAAP media streaming along with a BitTorrent client and are standard. Likewise, the V-Series …
Shaun Dormon, 20 Jan 2011
Samsung SH-B123

Samsung SH-B123 internal 12x BD-Rom drive

Review Some feel that optical media is dying in favour of digital distribution, however, in this world of high definition content there are still those who'd rather not abandon shiny plastic discs and hence, we have Blu-ray. This is not to say that Blu-Ray is not an important development in digital optical media technology, a 50GB dual …
Shaun Dormon, 05 Jan 2011
Western Digital My Book Live

Western Digital My Book Live Nas box

Review Western Digital’s My Book line of drives spans nearly all areas of external storage, supporting fast modern interfaces from FireWire 800 and eSATA to USB 3.0. Yet the My Book Live is network drive and, in terms of connectivity, sports nothing more than a DC input and a gigabit Ethernet port. Western Digital My Book Live …
Shaun Dormon, 31 Dec 2010
Kingston HyperX Max

Kingston HyperX Max USB 3.0 128GB external drive

Review Kingston Technology's HyperX Max is the company's latest SSD offering that will be hitting the shelves next month. Packaged as an external drive, it's available in capacities from 64GB to 256GB. Kingston HyperX Max SuperSpeed storekeeper: Kingston Technology's HyperX Max Entirely bus-powered and measuring in at 74 x 119 x …
Shaun Dormon, 23 Nov 2010
Synology DS411+ with DSM Beta 3

Synology DiskStation DS411+ Nas box

Review From the outside, the Synology DiskStation DS411+ appears pretty much identical to the DS410n – a fairly heavy duty home and small business four-bay Nas box, reviewed recently. However, internally, the DS411+ is is quite a different beast, aimed at the small and medium business sector. Synology DS411+ For business and …
Shaun Dormon, 17 Nov 2010
Buffalo ExpressCard IFC-EC2U3/UC

Buffalo USB 3.0 ExpressCard 34

Review With USB 3 storage now gathering momentum, fitting a SuperSpeed interface to your computer seems like an option worth investing in now. Even laptop users aren’t left out of this buss ride, if there’s an ExpressCard 34 slot available. Such cards are still quite a rarity, with Buffalo’s IFC-EC2U3UC dual-port adapter being among …
Shaun Dormon, 15 Nov 2010
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0

Kingston Technology DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 32GB

Review The DataTraveler Ultimate is the a natural progression in Kingston’s pocketable USB flash drive range. Featuring SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support devices are available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. For something likely to live on a keyring, the Ultimate has an impressive performance, which, according to Kingston Technology, will …
Shaun Dormon, 09 Nov 2010
Apple Macbook Pro 17in

Apple MacBook Pro 17in Core i7 BTO notebook

Review Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro line earlier this year with Intel's Core i CPUs. While the glossy screens and unibody construction are now a familiar sight, Apple does offer several build-to-order tweaks that aren’t likely to appear on the shop floor. Ram and SSDs upgrades aside, MacBook Pro 15in and 17in users can opt for an …
Shaun Dormon, 04 Nov 2010
Freecom CLS

Freecom Mobile Drive CLS storage

Review The turn of the century spelled the death of VHS and cassette tapes, along with the plastic cases they came in. Fast-forward to 2010, and you can once again store your data in a translucent case with a paper label adorned with an indecipherable scrawl. Freecom CLS The new tape? Freecom's Mobile Drive CLS Indeed, the …
Shaun Dormon, 01 Nov 2010
Acer Aspire 8942G

Acer Aspire 5940G 15.6in notebook

Review If you’re after a well-crafted machine, adorned with a range of features from a media controlling touch panel to the old favourites eSATA and ExpressCard/54, then Acer’s Aspire 5940G could well fit the bill. There’s even a fingerprint reader, a 4-pin FireWire 400 port and a whopping sub-woofer. Aspire 5940G Home entertainer …
Shaun Dormon, 30 Sep 2010
Buffalo USB 3.0 Card

Buffalo USB 3.0 PCI Express card

Review In an age where the latest SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface has yet to be officially supported by Intel, storage vendors in particular, are keen to build the best add-on PCI Express adapter card to take advantage of this fast connectivity. Buffalo USB 3.0 Card SuperSpeed upgrade, anyone? Buffalo Tech's IFC-PCIE2U3 Currently, …
Shaun Dormon, 22 Jul 2010
Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB

Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB solid-state drive

Review Reg Hardware has covered plenty of solid-state disks before, but never anything to match the capacity of Kingston’s latest high density SSD. Back in January, Kingston announced the SSDNow V+ series, the higher spec members of its family of “value” drives with capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB. Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB …
Shaun Dormon, 14 Jul 2010
Iomega eGo Desktop USB 3.0

Iomega eGo Desktop USB 3.0 external HDD

Review As USB 3.0 emerges from its infancy and begins to take strides towards industry standardisation in 2011, more and more manufacturers are keen to launch products which demonstrate their ability to utilise the benefits of the newly revised interface. Iomega eGo Desktop USB 3.0 Iomega's eGo Desktop USB 3.0: nippy Today’s …
Shaun Dormon, 12 Jul 2010