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Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB Single and RAID 0 - Reviewed

Written by Joe Baker on . Posted in PC Hardware

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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?

Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler - Reviewed

Written by Richard on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler - ReviewedI personally haven't heard of the company Noctua until now.  But after looking at their company website, the reason why is because they are an Austria.  But they are a well established company with a wide range of CPU coolers, Fans, and Thermal Compounds.  This NH-U12P CPU cooler is a massive cooler with 4 dual heat pipes while keeping noise in mind.

Thermaltake WingMA Case - Reviewed

Written by Richard on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Thermaltake WingMA Case - ReviewedThe Thermaltake WingMA is a bit of a departure from Thermaltake's typical gaming and enthusiast cases, but this case is meant to appeal to a more general and wider audience. With its simple construction, and stylish smaller design, this is a great product for a budget PC.

Apevia X-Master Computer Enclosure - Reviewed

Written by Richard on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Apevia X-Master Computer Enclosure - ReviewedThe X-Master case from Apevia is great for some light gaming, a home theatre PC, or a general computer.  This case is flexible since it can be stood upright or on its side.  Because of its smaller form factor, this is is great case for those looking for a computer that is not that large compared with many standard cases on the market today.

Zerotherm Zen FZ120 Cooler Reviewed

Written by Richard on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Zerotherm Zen FZ120 Cooler ReviewedToday, we have a look at another of Zerotherm's latest CPU coolers, the Zerotherm Zen FZ120. Previously, we had a look at their 'butterfly' shaped cooler and it performed exceptionally. 

Let's hope that this cooler can provide similar results. 

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