Lexar Launches Compact Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader

Moving on to camera equipment that doesn’t use the more-or-less default SD or micro SD cards creates an issue with most portable systems, you can’t just slide the memory card into your notebook and transfer the files over for backup or editing. Most portable systems such as notebook and ultrabooks feature SD card slots, but what if your equipment uses QXD cards instead? That’s when you need an external card reader and Lexar just introduced the Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader which is designed to aid professionals in quickly transferring files from XQD 2.0 cards to computers and not take up a lot of space.

Lexar already has the impressive Workflow XR2 reader, but this one is a more compact version that’s better suited for people with limited space on the go. It can easily slip into a pocket or bag, and offers a simple plug-and-play design with a USB 3.0 connector so content can be securely transferred on the go. Whether you capture photos in the RAW image format or record 4K video, this card reader will have your files transferred in no time.

“Given the rapid growth and widespread appeal of 4K video, we realised it was essential to create a reader for XQD 2.0 cards that provided professionals with a way to transfer great video and photo content without the wait time,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “The Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader supercharges post-production content transfer, no matter what you’re shooting.”

Lexar backs the Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader with an impressive 5-year warranty and it comes with an MSRP of £29.99. Availability is expected in late April.

Feature Highlights

  • Provides professional-level high-speed transfer of RAW images and 4K video files
  • Accelerates workflow, leveraging SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology
  • Designed for use with XQD 2.0 cards
  • Compact, portable design for photographers and videographers on the go
  • Five-year limited warranty

Sharkoon Released QuickPort XT Units With Cloning and Card Reader

Sharkoon announced two new docking station for storage and they each have their little extra function. The two new Sharkoon docking stations are the QuickPort XT Duo Clone and the QuickPort XT HC. Both will add a hot-swappable hard disk dock ability and connect through USB 3.0.

The Sharkoon QuickPort XT Duo Clone allows you to dock two drives at the same time, both can be 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch models, and it also comes with a built-in clone feature. The cloning feature doesn’t require the unit to be connected to a PC or other device at all and works simply by pressing a button on the rear of the unit. Just remember to place the full and empty drives in the correct port, so you don’t copy the full over with the empty one.

The QuickPort XT HC drive dock only supports one drive, but it comes with a card reader instead. Connect one SATA storage drive as well as SD or MMC cards via the built-in USB 3.0 connection and expand the connectivity options of your system. The integrated card reader won’t get the fast USB 3.0 5Gbps speeds as it only connects through the USB 2.0 protocol.

Both units should be available now where the Sharkoon QuickPort XT Duo Clone and QuickPort XT HC will cost you €38.99 and €37.99 respectively.

Enermax Displays Internal and External Storage Solutions at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – When you mention Enermax, most people think of cooling as the first thing. But the company produces a lot more than just fans and we’ve swung by their booth at Computex to check out their storage expansion units, card readers, and multi-purpose units.

Enermax brought along two of everything so they both could show off the units in built-in as seen in the shots above, but also let us check out the units first hand and from all sides.

We have the default hot-swap units such as the EMK5102 and EMK5102 as well as more advanced docks such as the EMK5201U3 that features both USB 3.0 front bays and hot-swappable 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives.

3.5-inch enclosures are just as well covered as the 5.25-inch ones and you’ll even find PCI expansion slot covers for 2.5-inch SSDs such as the EMK3106.

The Mobile Rack EMK3203 is a unique and pretty cool enclosure. It doesn’t just put two 2.5-inch drives into a single 3.5-inch drive bay, it allows for easy switching of drives as well as hardware-based RAID. The aluminum cover helps to keep everything cool, even when running mechanical drives inside.

It has rarely been so easy to take your RAID setup on the road and at the same time have the insurance that it will work in any system with a default 3.5-inch drive bay.

Every one of these enclosures is built great and with first class components, and should last you a long time.

Card readers are also part of the display and thanks to the USB 3.0 connection you’ll get all the speed that your memory cards can perform. No bottleneck as there used to be with USB 2.0 connected readers.

All new are the USB 3.1 enclosures Brick EB308U31 and Ultrabox EB310U31. The two new devices are capable of utilizing the new 10Gbps USB connections that are twice as fast as USB 3.0.

Featuring the new USB type-C reversible connector makes it easier than ever to connect them and you’ll never again have to do the well known 3-times-turn move to connect your USB devices.

The Ultrabox docking stations are available as single-bay and two-bay units where the 2-bay even features built-in cloning abilities with process indicators.

Overclockers UK Lists the Anidees AI-06 v2 Case Packed With More Features

Isn’t it great when manufacturers listen to feedback and adjust their products accordingly? Giving you something that you want instead of telling you want you want. And yes, it surely is. Anidees is one that did just that and they overhauled and improved on the AI-06 chassis and created the Anidees AI-06 V2 chassis.

The Anidees AI-06 V2 case has the same simplistic premium design as the first version, but it packs a lot more features and functions.

The I/O panel got a complete overhaul and now provides you with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports along with microphone and headphone jacks. Anidees also added a fan controller and an SD card reader at the same time.

The AI-06 V2 can also hold more drives now. You can add up to eight 3.5-inch hard drives in the cages and hide a 2.5-inch drive behind the motherboard tray.

Watercooling is an important factor and it was slightly overlooked in the first version that only supported on 240mm radiator. The V2 supports three 240mm radiators, one in the top, one in the front and one at the bottom of the chassis.

The version that comes with a window in the side panel got more upgrades. The windows is now tinted and 94% larger than the previous design, allowing you to see even more of the hardware you have inside.

Overclockers UK agrees that it is a great chassis and have already listed it as an option for pre-order. The price of £104.99 isn’t bad either considering that you get an amazing looking chassis packed full of features.

Cooltek Unveil GT-04 Gaming Tower

Cooltek has released their latest chassis in the Gaming Tower series and it’s another chassis packed full of features at a competitive price. The case might not look like a premium case and not be up to everyone’s taste, but one can’t argue with its features and functions.

The new midi tower chassis holds mITX to ATX motherboards and a default PS2 ATX power supplies. It comes with built-in docking station on the top that supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives, a card reader for micro-SD cards and SD cards, and it also has a built-in fan controller.

The case can hold two external 5.25-inch and one external 3.5-inch drives and internally it has room for another three 3.5-inch and three 2.5-inch drives.

The fan controller can control the front 140mm fan and rear 120mm fan just as the optional two 120mm or 140mm fans at the top.

With a side panel window, you got a great view at the built-in equipment and Cooltek also added extra vent holes near the GPU area.

You also get two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 und the obligatory HD-Audio ports that are easy to access on the top front.


The new Cooltek GT-04 has room for a graphics card with a length of up to 420mm and a CPU cooler with a maximum height of 160mm.

The GT-04 should be available in stores now for an MSRP of €54.99.

Cooltek Announces Flip-Down GT-05 Mini-Tower

Cooltek is expanding their case series with a new mini-tower that comes with a unique flip-down opening system. The new GT-05 is part of new Cooltek gaming tower series and brings versatile features and simple hardware installation to the table.

The GT-05 chassis comes with integrated card reader, and the ability to customise the colour scheme of the case with the breaking line on the top and front. The piano black line is attached by default, but it can easily be swapped with a different coloured piece, which are included, for a style more fitting to your preferences and colour layout.

The cover and front are in a piano-black style and the case offers one 3.5-inch and one 5.25-inch external drive bays for the installation of optical drives, fan controllers, docking stations, and other things you might fancy. It has another two 3.5-inch and one 2.5-inch drive bays internally.

You can mount either Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards in the GT-05 and it has room for 340mm long graphics cards and 165mm high CPU coolers. Cooltek does warn that some mITX motherboards won’t allow for heatsinks as large as that and that is due to the close proximity of the CPU socket to the edge of the motherboard, when less than 30mm.

It is divided into two chambers, a top one for the motherboard and graphics cards, and a bottom one for the PSU and hard drives. Temperature wise, this is a great layout and the GT-05 has room for one rear 120mm fan, one front 120mm or 140mm fan and one top 120mm fan, but it’s only the rear one that comes included.

The case features one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports next to the card-reader on the top, and the obligatory two 3.5mm audio jacks for your headset are also present.

The Cooltek GT-05 certainly is a case with an attractive price and interesting features. It should arrive in stores next week for an MSRP of €49.99 incl. 19% VAT.

Kingston Released Fourth-Gen HS4 Media Reader and 64GB 600X CF Card Model

One thing is to have cool and fast storage for your mobile devices, from smartphones to digital cameras, but you’ll also want to be able to transfer the files from those cards to your system with decent speeds. For this, Kingston just announced their 4th generation HS4 All-In-One Media Reader. The multi-function reader improves upon the previous model as it reads all major card format types including the latest SD card speeds (UHS-I, UHS-II) and CF Type I and II (UDMA 0-7). The HS4 media reader connects through USB 3.0 for maximised transfer speeds up to 5Gbit/s and is highly portable with its small size.

HS4 All-In-One Media Reader Features and Specifications:

  • Ultra-portable: small size makes it an easy and convenient travel accessory
  • Versatile: Supports the major types of memory cards and the latest speeds standards (UHS-I and UHS-II)
  • Fast: USB 3.0 performance for an efficient and effortless data transfer
  • Compliant: with USB 3.0 specifications, backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Guaranteed: two-year warranty, free technical support
  • Dimensions: 93.17mm x 52.68mm x 16mm
  • Speed Rating1: Up to 5Gbit/s data transfer speed
  • Operating Temperature: 32º to 140ºF / 0º to 60ºC
  • Storage Temperature: -4º to 185ºF / -20º to 85ºC
  • Supported card formats:
    – Compact Flash: CF Type I & II (UDMA 0-7)
    – Secure Digital: SD/SDHC UHS I-II/SDXC UHS I-II
    – microSD: microSD/microSDHC UHS-I/microSDXC UHS-I
    – Memory Stick: Memory Stick PRO/Duo/PRO Duo/PRO-HG Duo
  • Requirements: system with USB 3.0
  • Built-In LED Indicator
  • USB 3.0 Cable Included

“HS4 All-In-One Media Reader is a great device to quickly move data between multiple devices whether at home or on the road,” said Jean Wong, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. “The higher-capacity CF Ultimate 600x lets avid photographers and videographers capture more content and when used with the reader, data transfer is simple and fast.”

Kingston also announced a new 64GB version of their CompactFlash Ultimate 600x cards. The 64GB CF Ultimate 600x cards offers speeds up to 90MB/s read and write to support burst mode photography or HD video. The addition of MediaRECOVER software also lets you recover deleted files and restore corrupt files, if that ever should needed.

The Media reader comes with a two-year warranty while the CF Ultimate 600x memory card comes with Kingston’s great lifetime warranty. No word on pricing or availability yet, but it should be soon. I found one Italian shop with the Media reader listed for €28, but not in stock.

Thanks to Kingston for providing us with this information

 

Enermax Mighty Charger ECR301 & ECR 501 Card Reader and Front Panel Review

Introduction


It is rare that a chassis has all the front connection you want or need, especially if you need more than few USB ports and maybe an SD card reader. If you feel like that, then Enermax’s Mighty Charger ECR301 and ECR501 Card Reader and front panels might be just the right thing for you.

The ECR301 is the 3.5-inch model that naturally doesn’t have as many options as the bigger brother. Less volume is a natural limitation. It still packs a 5-in-1 multi-card reader that can access most mainstream cards such as CF, Micro SD, SD, RSMMC, MS, and M2.

Since cards aren’t for everybody, it also has a USB 2.0 Super Charge port with up to 2.4A charging power, three normal USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 and an eSATA port. There aren’t many storage mediums you can’t connect an arsenal like that at your disposal.

The bigger ECR501 5.25-inch model packs the same great features as the ECR301 but kicks it up another notch. The card reader has been extended to a 6-in-1 card reader that also takes Extreme Digital cards.

It has six USB 2.0 ports next to the USB 2.0 Super Charge, USB 3.0 and eSATA port. It packs even more features when turning it around, having the ability to mount both two 2.5-inch and one 3.5-inch drive into the enclosure.

That is a lot of expansion ability in a single expansion slot, probably the most you’ll find.

Inateck HB3001G OTG 3-Port USB Hub and Card Reader Review

Introduction


Modern smart devices can perform all sort of things and we’ve reached a time where the term smart might actually apply, that is at least until we get to the issue of connectivity. And this is where the On-The-Go (OTG) feature comes into play, it allows us to expand the connectivity to our Android and other OTG devices by turning the micro USB connector into a USB host adapter. We’ve recently tested some flash drives that support this feature, but OTG is so much more.

Inateck have taken a serious look at what smart device users could lack on features and created the HB3001G All in one Card reader and 3-port USB hub for smart devices. While the packaging highlights Samsung S4, S5, Note 3, Note 4, Tab 4 and Tab S devices, this hub will work fine with any OTG enabled device. One of the great features that USB has, the plug and play nature, makes this a possibility.

You could run into the trouble that your internal SD card slot simply can’t read the card size you have available, so plugging it directly into the smart device isn’t an option. The Inateck card reader doesn’t have this issue and should load any capacity card you can provide or that is supported by the operating system. It supports SD(HC), MS, TF and M2 memory cards just as good as any ordinary USB storage.

Many people aren’t aware that Android has native support for mouse and keyboard input, and as such you can just connect your normal mouse and keyboard and use your smart device as an all-in-one computer instead. Any true plug and play device should work like a charm, but getting printers or similar things to work isn’t a thing you should count on, although it is possible.

When you connect USB devices to your tablet or smartphone, you’ll use the battery to power these devices. There is also a natural limitation on how much power your device can provide for the hub and that is why Inateck also added a power connection that can be connected to any USB port or charger to supply those additional power requirements without putting extra drain on your devices battery.

Lexar Announces 2-in-1 USB3 Flash Drive and High Performance 128GB microSDXC Card

 

Lexar has announced to new storage products today for users that are on the go. The first is the Lexar JumpDrive M20 Mobile USB 3.0 Flash Drive that features two retractable connectors, a micro-USB and a USB 3.0. The drive allows users to easily transfer playlists, photos, videos, and files with On-The-Go (OTG)-enabled Android tablets or smartphones without the use of cables or Wi-Fi.

With read speeds of up to 120MB/s it can transfer a 3GB HD video clip in less than one minute, a lot faster and somewhat more onvenient solution that using Wi-Fi or cable connections. It’s not the cheapest drive on the market, but it aint the slowest either, so the pricing with an MSRPs of £25.99 (16GB), £39.99 (32GB), and £79.99 (64GB) seem very fair for a dual-drive. The JumpDrive will be available in October 2014.

Features

  • Transfers files between mobile devices without cables or Wi-Fi
  • Designed for use with On-The-Go (OTG)-enabled Android tablets and smartphones*
  • USB 3.0 performance (up to 100MB/s read and 55MB/s write)**
  • Retractable 2-in-1 design with a micro-USB and USB 3.0 connector
  • Works with ASTRO File Manager (download at Google Play store)
  • Compatible with both PC and Mac® systems
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices
  • Three-year limited warranty

The second new product are the Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I 128GB cards designed for sports camcorder, tablets or smartphone storage, where speed matters. So whether you’re shooting the action with your sports camcorder or an aerial camera, you can quickly capture, play back, and transfer a large amount of the highest quality 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, making it easy to preserve more than 15 hours of your greatest moments and then relive the action.

The improved speed over traditional SD cards will also benefit any tablet or smart phone user with faster access to your music and photos, as well as what other files you might transfer with your device. The cards are rated as Class 10 and are taking advantage of the UHS-I technology to deliver transfer speeds up to 633 times that of traditional cards. As a bonus it comes with an USB3 card reader to plug directly into your computer for maximum transfer speeds.

The new card will also be available for purchase in October 2014, with an MSRP of £87.99 and that includes a limited lifetime warranty.

  • Premium memory solution for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones
  • Quickly captures, stores, plays back, and transfers media files, including 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video
  • Leverages UHS-I technology for a transfer speed up to 633x (95MB/s)*
  • Stores more than 15 hours of HD video; 33,000 photos; or 28,000 songs**
  • Includes high-speed, Class 10 card and USB 3.0 reader
  • Limited lifetime warranty for card and one-year limited warranty for USB 3.0 reader

Thank you Lexar for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Lexar.

Hackers Want to Make You Play ‘Doom’… on an ATM!

Normally when you hear about hackers and ATMs, you think of someone attempting to steal your credit card details or make the machine spit-out some bills. This time however, it is more fun than drama, since you can get to see how a game can be played on an ordinary ATM.

An Australian hacker named Ed Jones, who also goes by the name of Aussie50, has posted a YouTube video which shows how he is kicking off in ‘Doom’ on the ATM machine. He is stated to give some credit to his partner, Julian, who is said to have sorted out “the software, wiring and logic side”.

There are a lot of questions surrounding the achievement, such as where did he acquire the actual ATM from or, most commonly, will we able to play games on ATMs in the future. Nobody has those answers at present, but the real question is: Does it matter? No, mainly due to the fact that you don’t get to see this everyday. I mean, who doesn’t want to play Doom on an ATM?

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There have been discussions on Ed’s YouTube channel about turning the PIN pad into a controller and using the side panel to select weapons, while also discussing about making the receipt printer into a high-score note to keep after you finish your game session.

When talking about modern games, such as Minecraft for example, Ed pointed out that it is physically impossible to get them running on ATMs, mainly due to the fact that it lacks the performance needed to run them. While he can ‘upgrade’ his customized ATM if he wanted to, that would mean he would have to change about every OEM component found in the ATM.

“I could upgrade the hell out of it and play modern games, but that defeats the purpose of using all of its OEM (original equipment manufacturer) hardware with minimal modification. It lacks a PCI-E slot, so a subtle video card and RAM upgrade is not possible,” Ed stated.

Ed is stated to be thinking of introducing a coin mech below the card reader, which wouldn’t be such a bad idea. A ‘re-invention’ like this could make old games such as Doom popular again and accessible almost everywhere. Julian and Ed are not at their first wacky invention yet. They have been stated to have made Doom available previously on a LED billboard.

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Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information