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The Corsair Show: SSD, Water Cooling and Power Supply – Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: The Corsair Show: SSD, Water Cooling and Power Supply – ReviewedWe are by no means the typical PC builders who love to modify their rigs every week but when Corsair sent us their latest SSD as well as a power supply and water cooling unit, we figured that it is high time we build ourselves a kick-ass system that incorporates these components and then some! Our main focus is on the Corsair Series GT 120GB SSD and the HX1050 ATX Power Supply and the H80 Water Cooling unit as well as the Antec TAKE 4 case it’s all housed in and this is how we implemented them. 

Samsung Series 7 Chronos Notebook -First Impressions Review

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Samsung Series 7 Chronos Notebook -First Impressions Review Samsung made the announcement of the new Chronos series of notebooks a few months ago but availability in Australia was non-existent until very recently. I was happy to see that finally JB hi-fi got these great business notebooks in stock. Today I will give you our first impressions having used this machine for about a week. Hint: it's by far the best business notebook I've had the pleasure to use. And here is why.

Linutop 4 showing the way toward the "Green Computing Appliance"!!

Written by Martin van Zanten on . Posted in PC Hardware

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This morning I woke up, and felt ready to write my review for the Linutop 4. If you expect some pprp (polished public relations prose) here, I will disappoint you! I am going to write a real life story of what I have experienced, and offer you my opinion from my perspective.

I have taken the Linutop 4 - this great, small example of ict-engineering - for some thorough test drives these last few weeks, and experienced many ups and some downs with it. Testing a system, I like to take it to the limits! In this sequence most tests were positive, a few left me with questions. I also feel I have some ideas to improve the product in the next version.

Cooler Master Notepal U Stand Notebook Cooler - Reviewed

Written by Ronald on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Cooler Master Notepal U Stand Notebook Cooler - ReviewedHaving a notebook on your lap can be uncomfortable.  The heat from the bottom of the notebook can make your lap warm and it isn't healthy either.  Also, using a notebook on your lap isn't the most ergonomic either.  For those who might wonder why you might need a notebook cooler when you don't have one to begin with, consider this...heat is one of the primary factors of notebook degradation and failure.  No matter if you have a compact, mainstream, or a heavy gaming notebook, heat is an issue and the bottom of the notebook is bound to get warm or sometimes even hot.  Today, we will be reviewing one of CoolerMaster's latest notebook coolers, the Notepal U Stand.  With an aluminum frame, and moveable fans, we have flexible product that helps to get the most in cooling your notebook.

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB Single and RAID 0 - Reviewed

Written by Joe Baker on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB Single and RAID 0 - Reviewed

The VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB has higher performance than that of the previous generation, WD3000GLFS 300GB and the designers have also changed the fining arrangement to horizontal rather than vertical as shown in the GLFS model.

Following the successful tried and proven build lines of previous WD Raptors with the 3 GB/s interface, we found that with the 16 MB cache the 3.5-inch SATA Hard Drive Raptors can deliver staggering performance.  They are approximately 35% faster than the older models but with a commensurate percentage drop in power requirements.

I guess the name “Raptors” came from the prehistoric carnivore that could out run anything on the planet and just hunt the prey down.  Well these hard drives are fast, spinning at 10,000 rpm, so it’s little wonder that they benchmark so well.  It’s obvious that the VelociRaptor has retained a lot of the performance based on its 10,000 rpm spindle speed.

Norhtec Xcore Gecko Edubook -- Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Norhtec Xcore Gecko Edubook -- Reviewed Sometimes the real surprising things in life come in small packages.  Particularly when they combine innovation, usefulness and amazing value for money. 

I'm talking about the Norhtec Gecko Edubook.  This is a netbook aimed at a specific market: the same market as the OLPC which aims to bring a laptop to every child in the developing world.
While that is a laudable goal and an immense market by itself, I think the market for this little beauty is even bigger!

I can feel a big review coming on which is sort of ridiculous given the low cost of this product but there is so much to tell about the Edubook which has gotten me excited all right, so hang on!

Wacom Intuos 4 Pen Tablet - Reviewed

Written by Richard on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Wacom Intuos 4 Pen Tablet - ReviewedThe Wacom Intuos 4 is an excellent professional pen tablet that allows creative professionals or even consumers to have their movement captured so precisely in digital form.  With an excellent sense of style while bringing in productivity features, this product allows you to get your drawings in digital from more accurately and more quickly than ever.

Verbatim Tune Board Keyboard - Reviewed

Written by Richard on . Posted in PC Hardware

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The Verbatim Tune Board isn’t quite your everyday normal keyboard.  It offers a unique blend of features not really found on other keyboard: illumination and sound.   With these features, this keyboard can be used for gaming, entertainment, and everyday use.

TabletKiosk MediSlate MCA i1040XT First Impressions

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: TabletKiosk MediSlate MCA i1040XT First ImpressionsTegatech's Medical Clinical Assistant Reviewed

We introduced the MediSlate to you last week when Tegatech announced its availability here in Australia.

The TabletKiosk MediSlate MCA i1040XT, or Medical Clinical Assistant, as its full name is, has now arrived at our office for a quick hands-on review. Now I am faced with the almost impossible task to do justice to this incredibly cool looking slate PC in just 3 days.

So how did we fare?

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