Lexar Announces New 200GB High-Performance microSDXC Card

Lexar released a new memory card for those that need a lot of speed and a lot of storage at the same time as they announced the release of their new 200GB microSDXC card that comes with a 633x speed rating and an SD Class U1 rating.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a 200GB card in this size, but it is the first time that it goes mainstream and becomes an available card for normal people that want that extra capacity in their smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices based on SD cards. The 633x speed rating (633 times 150KB/s) equals to about 95MB/s which is the read speed that this card can perform – far higher than the official U1 rating. The 200GB capacity is enough to store up to 17 hours of 4K and Full HD video, 33,000 photos, or 28,000 of your favourite songs – if you even got a library that size at all.

“Professional and everyday photographers are now more passionate about shooting high-quality video, on everything from digital SLRs to sports and aerial cameras,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “With the Lexar 200GB microSDXC UHS-I card, photographers can continue to capture and store large amounts of content on the go, without having to worry about running out of space.

Lexar also included a USB 3.0 card reader for high-speed card-to-computer transfer of all your captured moments. The card reader is naturally backward compatible with USB 2.0, so a connection to legacy systems won’t be an issue either. The 200GB Lexar High-Performance 633x microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a limited lifetime warranty while the card reader itself has a 1-year limited warranty.

Should your interest be tickled by this news, then the good part is that it’s already available and it isn’t even as expensive as you might think. The new card is currently available for purchase with an MSRP of £109.99.

SD Association Introduces New Video Speed Class Rating

It has been a while since we got the last official speed rating for SD cards from the SD Association and the current ratings are quite low compared to the speeds we see from other hardware parts these days. Granted, the SDA ratings are minimum speeds and we’ve long had cards that got past this, it will be nice to have a new official rating that will make sure our modern video recorders won’t skip frames.

The new Video Speed Class will be identifiable by the letter V in it and they are part of the new SD 5.0 specifications. The rating is made to make sure that you can record 4K, 8K, 3D and 360-degree video without hick-ups. The two fastest options, V90 and V60 are made to support up to 8K resolution while V6, V10, and V30 are designed for HD and 4K captures.

“With Video Speed Class, SD device and memory card manufacturers can offer the highest-quality video recording to consumers and professionals that keep pace with the awesome video resolutions not only offered today, but anticipated tomorrow,” said Brian Kumagai, president of the SDA. “New products leveraging the capabilities of Video Speed Class will be based on the high storage capacities offered by SDHC and SDXC memory cards.”

One of the nice things about the SD standard is the easy-to-understand speed ratings as compared to the CFast standard for example. The original SD Class 2, 4, 6, and 10 referred to the minimum speed in MB/s and the same goes for the U1 and U3 specifications except that you had to multiply them by 10. The new video speed class is prefixed with a V followed by the minimum speed rating as a number, much like the original Speed Class scheme.

Now, clever users will quickly have noticed that we already have SD cards on the market capable of these speeds, but they weren’t officially rated for it. That was more down to the natural advances in NAND technology, but now we also have official ratings and official certifications for it.

A new white paper, “Video Speed Class: The new capture protocol of SD 5.0,” outlines how the latest SD specification enables Video Speed Class. You can download the white paper at this page.

Lexar Releases A Bunch of New Flash Products

Lexar released a bunch of new flash-based products and we naturally also want to update you on these. While HDDs are the go-to medium for NAS and SSDs for the PC systems, we shouldn’t forget about our portable storage and mobile devices.

The drive pictured above is the first of Lexar’s new flash drives and it is actually an SSD, just an external one. We have previously reviewed Lexar’s Professional Workflow SSD in the same form factor and that is compatible with the Workflow drive dock system, and this new Lexar Portable SSD is compatible to that system too despite not being from the Professional Workflow series.

The compact and durable drive reads with up to 450MB/s and writes with up to 245MB/s, making it quick and easy to take your files on the go. The LEDs on the front work as capacity meter and the drive is available as 256GB and 512GB models. Since it’s a full-fledged SSD, the drive supports NTFS, FAT, and exxFAT without any trouble. The Lexar Portable SSD will be available in Q1 2016 with MSRPs of £120.99 (256GB) and £200.99 (512GB), a more than fair price.

The second new Lexar product is the 1800x microSD card with impressive speeds that hold up to even the most demanding tasks. The Lexar 1800x is available as 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models and it leverages Ultra High Speed II (U3 technology) to provide you with the best experience. The card is capable of speeds up to 270MB/s read speeds and is designed for high-speed capture of extended lengths of 4K, 3D, and 1080p full-HD video and high-quality images.

Lexar’s Professional 1800x microSD UHS-II cards are already available with an MSRP of £65.99 (32GB), £109.99 (64GB), and £219.99 (128GB).

The next new Lexar product is quite ingenious. Whether you’ll want to call it a 3-in-1 drive or an Apple Lightning charging cable with built-in flash storage, you’d be right. The JumpDrive C20i is all that and also a USB 3.0 flash drive at the same time, completing the 3-in-1 scenario. The drive can read with up to 95 MB/s and write with up to 20 MB/s for easy expansion of your iPhone or iPad memory. The new JumpDrive C20i flash drive will be available in Q1 of 2016 and have MSRPs of £28.99 (16GB), £39.99 (32GB), £56.99 (64GB), and £79.99 (128GB).

The last new Lexar drive is a little more traditional and it is called the JumpDrive S45. The tiny nano-styled drive is designed for a plug-and-stay setup with its low profile. It is capable of speeds up to 150MB/s reading and 45MB/s writing and be available in capacities up to 128GB. An impressive capacity for a nano-drive. Depending on the capacity, the JumpDrive S45 comes in different colours: Orange, Blue, Teal, and black. Along with the JumpDrive S45, you also get the EncryptStick Lite software for 256-bit AES encryption of your content. The flash drive has MSRPs of £7.99 (16GB), £10.99 (32GB), £18.99 (64GB), and £28.99 (128GB) and will be available in Q1 2016.

Lexar Professional Workflow Card Reader and Drive Hub Review

Introduction


There are many ways to get your data from memory cards to your system, server, or other memory cards, but it is far from all of these ways that are equally great. One of the best solutions for this comes from Lexar in the form of their Professional series Workflow card readers, portable SSDs, and storage drive hubs. Lexar provided me with a full set of these readers and a drive hub for reviews and today I’ll be showing you what they can do.

We’ve previously already reviewed the very affordable and compact Workflow DD512 portable USB 3.0 SSD and that is just one of the many options you have in this series. No matter what memory card type you use, you’ll find a reader for it and best of all, you can easily hook them up by simply plugging them into the drive hub.

Let us first talk a little about the drive hub itself, The Lexar Professional Workflow HR1. This is a four-bay drive hub that connects through a single USB 3.0 cable and comes with an external power supply to make sure that you got the optimal performance to all four readers at the same time.

While an external power supply can a little annoying, it is necessary to ensure a proper power supply to all four connected devices. The included AC adapter isn’t large and it won’t be a power hog either with its 20W maximum power consumption.

There is a second model available that also features a Thunderbolt 2 connection that will be particularly useful for Mac OS users on their iOS based systems. Whether you’re a pro photographer or videographer or an adventure seeker using a sports camcorder or aerial camera, it’s easy to create your custom workflow setup.

Thunderbolt 2 technology gives photographers and videographers the power to quickly transfer 4K video and other large media files at up to twice the speed of Thunderbolt and up to four times the speed of USB 3.0 devices. With a hub, you can easily copy and move files from one memory card to another, or back them up on a portable SSD that fits right into the hub next the card readers.

There are quite a few card readers available, among them the Workflow UR1 three-slot microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-II reader, the Workflow SR2 SDHC/SDXC UHS-II  reader, the Workflow CFR1 CompactFlash reader, and the Workflow CR1 CFast 2.0 card reader that I’ll be stocking my drive hub with today. All card readers are available with USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 to match your needs and drive hub.

The modular design allows you to easily swap card readers and storage drives depending on your needs, without the hassle of extra cables for each drive and the at times difficult connection access. Do you need four SD card readers at the same time? No problem. Do you need up to 12 micro SD cards at the same time? That’s no problem either. As you see, the choices are many and they are yours.

Feature Highlights:

  • Transfers images and video from multiple memory cards at once
  • Hubs leverage Thunderbolt 2 or USB 3.0 technologies for high-speed transfer of RAW images, high-res photos, and HD, 3D, and 4K video
  • Readers support today’s latest card formats—SDHC/SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II, CompactFlash UDMA 7, XQD
    2.0, CFast and CFast 2.0 (Thunderbolt or USB 3.0), and microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I and UHS-II
  • Innovative, modular design
  • Use the card readers with a hub or on the go
  • Two-year limited warranty on hub and readers

Google Photo Update Helps Save Space On Your Device

We all love taking pictures, first it was that camera you took around and wound up after every shot. These days though you either have that high-definition camera or if you are caught unprepared for the moment you use your mobile phone. The only problem with using your mobile phone to take all those life changing moments on camera is that you often store other things, such as your music or apps on there too. With so many things on your phone, Google Photo hopes to make keeping those memories slightly easier.

Stated in a post on Google+, Google Photos gets several new features in an update released today. First up is its ability to “Free Up Space” via a new button on the settings screen. This button starts to bulk-delete copies of photos, but don’t worry, it only does this to photos that have been backed up.

Users can now also downgrade their photos from “Original Quality” to “High Quality”,  a process which will create a smaller file by compressing your photo, this means you can store more photos, as long as you don’t want to view them in their full glory all the time.

How often do you find your space running out on your phone or tablet? Are these changes welcome additions or just options for those holidays pictures you might take next year?

Transcend Newest UHS-II Class 3 SD Card Performs 285MB/S

If you need a memory card that performs better than most, then you should take a closer look at the UHS-II Class 3 SD Card that Transcend just announced. The Transcend SD2U3 memory card is UHS-II U3 compliant and featuring a maximum read speed of up to 285 MB/s along with a write speed of up to 180 MB/s thanks to being built with embedded MLC flash.

The memory card will be perfect for professional photographers shooting in RAW or JPEG images and videographers filming in Full HD, 4K or 3D videos. With a performance like that, you’re assured uninterrupted consecutive shooting and smooth playback. Transcend released two different capacities of the card, a 32GB and a 64GB model.

You will, of course, need a compatible device to achieve these high speeds that the new UHS-II bus standards with a UHS Speed Class rating of 3. Transcend’s RDF9 card reader would be one option here, at least on the PC side of things. Your camera also needs to support the fast memory card.

Transcend’s SD2U3 memory card is waterproof, static proof, X-ray proof, and shockproof, and it will work in temperatures ranging from -25°C to 85°C. It also comes with built-in Error Correcting Code (ECC) and the free Transcend RecoveRx software to recover lost files on the card. The cards are also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

SanDisk Retail Products at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – We had to stop by the SanDisk booth and check out their storage drives, and we were not disappointed. They brought along pretty much their entire portfolio of current and new products.

In the Retail section the had anything from the tiny UltraFit USB 3.0 over the iXpand USB 23.0 drive to the Ultra Dual USB drive with both micro and normal USB plug.

Memory cards are used everywhere from cameras to smartphones and a lot in between. Sandisk has quite a few different models on display, both microSD and full-sized SD cards.

SanDisk’s SSDs were also among the retail products, that includes the Ultra II in mSATA and 2.5-inch form factor, SSD Plus, and the awesome Extreme PRO that you might remember from our review.

SanDisk also has Wireless storage in their portfolio, for example the Connect Wireless Flash Drive and Wireless Media Drive.

Say Hello To Your MicroSD Computer, Courtesy Of Google

Data security is a big issue in the news and politics, with everything from hacking to ransomware affecting a variety of both personal and business users. Mobile phones are used to store everything from personal pictures to work login details. Google aims to solve this with their latest gadget, Project Vault.

The vault looks like your everyday micro SD card, with sizes ranging from 4GB to 64GB announced. The difference being is that this little memory chip has a miniature computer built in. Powered by an ARM processor running ARTOs, an operating system focused on privacy and data security, the chip is designed to allow you a full range of security features such as batch encryption and hardware random number generator. The chip even features a NFC (near field communication) chip and an antenna to allow authorization and authentication services for the device its plugged into.

With all the new security features, allowing a more secure way to store your data on the go the device is designed to be compatible with everything from Android and Linux to Windows and OS X. With no additional software required the chip can be plugged into any micro SD readers and will be picked up as a generic storage device with a standard file system, no additional work required.

Currently, the device is being aimed at companies, with their first version being used internally at Google, however, they have not ruled out plans to make a consumer-focused version in the future. With the release of the Open Source Development Kit they hope that people can test and understand the hardware before they invest more time and finalise the details. In the demonstrator, Vault was used in a chat conversation, with vault taking care of encrypting and decrypting messages, meaning the phones used never actually had to use a key or algorithm, allowing secure communication easily.

With digital security such a big issue these days, generic hardware which can help encrypt everything like this are going to make a big difference to everyday users and giant corporations alike.
Thank you Tech Crunch for the information and images.

 

Toshiba Announces High-Speed Exceria Pro Memory Cards

Xiaomi’s VP Hugo Barra might try to convince you that SD storage shouldn’t be in smartphones as it is a too slow medium, but I strongly disagree with this and I’m sure Toshiba does so too.

Toshiba just released the proof that slow speeds and memory cards don’t need to go hand in hand with their new EXCERIA Pro SD memory cards and EXCERIA microSD memory cards.

The new EXCERIA Pro SD cards are intended for high-speed and high-resolution image capturing from 4K video and high-speed DSLR shots. With read speeds of up to 260 MB/s and write speeds up to 240 MB/s, the EXCERIA Pro SD card can transfer files in a fraction of the time otherwise needed. The Pro SD card is available in four capacities with the largest being 128GB.

The EXCERIA microSD isn’t as fast as the PRO models, but still feature great read speeds up to 95MB/s and write speeds up to 60MB/s. They are designed for action camera adventurers, videographers, phones and tablets where it will keep your memories safe thanks to being both waterproof and X-ray proof.

The EXCERIA microSD card only comes with capacities up to 64GB, but that’s still a big improvement on the built-in memory you find in most smartphones.

Both types of cards come backed by a 5-year warranty. The EXCERIA Pro starts at $99.99 for 16GB and goes up to $699.99 for the 128GB model. The EXCERIA microSD card starts at $59.99 for 16GB capacity and goes up to $179.99 for the 64GB card.

 

Samsung Unveils New and Faster PRO+ and EVO+ Memory Cards

Samsung might be moving away more and more away from the memory card usage in their smartphones, but that doesn’t mean that they are planning to give up on that market sector. They have just released two new versions of their EVO and PRO SD and microSD cards dubbed the plus series and coming with capacities up to 128GB.

The new memory cards follow the same scheme as the solid state drives with the Samsung EVO+ memory card being the budget version with slightly less speed but also a more affordable price tag. The EVO plus series of memory cards are U1 rated and can still perform with 80MB/s at reading and 20MB/s at writing. The EVO+ will be available as 32, 64 and 128GB variants.

The PRO plus line provides better transfer speeds, as it is to be expected. With 95MB/s at reading and 90MB/s at writing, this card is perfect for high-speed video recording, 4K photo shooting, 3D recordings, or anything else that requires a large data stream to be stored quickly. The PRO cards are faster than the EVO cards, but they aren’t as big. The new Samsung PRO plus memory cards will be available as 64GB and 32GB capacities.

Both series come with upgraded Samsung 5-proof features: Waterproof, temperature proof, X-ray proof, magnetic proof and shock proof. Plus cards can withstand 72 hours of being submerged in seawater, which is a 48-hour improvement over current products. The new cards should become available this month, but no word on pricing yet.

Transcend Launches 256GB SDXC UHS-I Class 3 for 3D and 4K Video Recording

Transcend announced the launch of a 256GB capacity SDXC UHS-I card with full support for the Ultra High Speed Class 3 (U3) specification. The card is able to reach read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 60MB/s respectively while giving you a lot of space for all your 3D, 4K and Full HD recordings.

The Transcend SDXC cards are now available starting from 64GB cards and moving up through the 128GB and now the 256GB has been added, a size to fit almost every usage scenario. All the cards ensure that your video won’t be cut off due to the exFAT support that won’t limit you to a maximum of 4GB file-size. While the max speed is rated to 95MB/s while reading, the guaranteed minimum speed when writing is what matters when recording digital video. The UHS-I Class 3 specification guarantees a minimum of 30MB/s, but Transcend’s new card can do double that with its 60MB/s write speeds. This is due to the use of top-quality MLC flash chips. The cards are also backward compatible as SD Speed Class 10 that ensures a constant speed of at least 10MB/s, easy enough for Full HD video recording.

For added value, Transcend’s exclusive RecoveRx software features a user-friendly interface that allows users to search deep within a storage device for traces of erased files that can be rescued; the files include digital photos, documents, music and videos. With just a few mouse clicks, users can easily recover virtually any type of digital files. Moreover, RecoveRx supports SD Card Formatting and Data Protection functions, providing the ultimate convenience to manage any memory card.

With Transcend’s Lifetime Warranty, the SDXC UHS-I U3 cards look to be a great investment. The MSRP is set to $49 for the 64GB, $109 for the 128GB, and $289 for the 256GB capacities and should be available now.

Thanks to Transcend for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Transcend

Kingston Upgrades Their SD Cards

Memory cards aren’t just memory cards and there can be a huge difference between them, just the same way that a USB device doesn’t have to be fast just cause it has a blue connector. Kingston is no stranger to good memory products and have just announced a double-up on two of their high-speed memory cards. The Class 10 UHS-I microSD is now available up to 128GB capacity while the Class 10 UHS-I SDHC/SDXC card will be available all the way up to 256GB.

The microSD card is perfect for apps, music, photos and videos that take up significant space on a smartphone or tablet and is compatible with microSDHC and microSDXC.

The increased size in the SDHC/SDXC cards will allow photographers to shoot even more full HD and 3D video without switching their cards or offloading the content to a 3rd device. The cards can perform up to 90MB/s while reading and 45MB/s while writing, a nice performance for the size. Over-the-counter default memory cards provide less than 10MB/s transfer rate, just as a comparison.

Class 10 UHS-I microSD cards are available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. Class 10 UHS-I SDHC/SDXC cards are available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities. Both types are backed by a lifetime warranty and free technical support.

Kingston Class 10 UHS-I microSDHC/SDXC Features and Specifications:

  • Versatile: when combined with the adapter, can be used as a full-size SDHC/SDXC card
  • Compliant: with SD Card Association specification
  • Compatible: with microSDHC & microSDXC host devices; not compatible with standard microSD-enabled devices/readers;
  • microSDXC cards are not compatible with microSDHC- enabled devices/readers
  • Warranty/support: lifetime warranty, free technical support
  • Capacities*: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • High-Speed Class Rating**: Class 10 UHS-I: 10MB/s minimum data transfer rate
  • microSDHC/SDXC Card Dimensions: 11mm x 15mm x 1mm
  • SD Adapter Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C

Kingston Class 10 UHS-I SDHC/SDXC Features and Specifications:

  • Performance: 300X up to 90MB/s read and 45MB/s write, Ultra High-Speed bus I (UHS-I)
  • Versatile: Class 10 performance when used in a non-UHS-I capable device
  • Compliant: with the SD Card Association specification
  • Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
  • Compatible: with SDHC & SDXC host devices; not compatible with standard SD-enabled devices/readers; SDXC cards are not compatible with SDHC-enabled
  • devices/readers
  • File format: FAT32 (SDHC 16GB–32GB), exFAT (SDXC 64GB–256GB)
  • Guaranteed: lifetime warranty, free technical support
  • Capacities*: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB
  • Dimensions: 0.94″ x 1.26″ x 0.08″ (24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm)
  • Operating Temperatures: 13°F to 185°F (-25°C to 85°C)
  • Storage Temperatures: 40°F to 185°F (-40°C to 85°C)
  • Voltage: 3.3v

Thanks to Kingston for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Kingston

Netflix Testing New Subscription Plans, Including 3 streams for $9.99

Netflix often run little tests and promotions right before they go bit time with their new ideas, it’s a great way to test the water and see how popular something will be, as well as test the underlying infrastructure. Recently we’ve started seeing the roll-out of their next new subscription plan, which allows a single SD stream for just $6.99. Cheaper options may appeal to some, but it looks like Netflix have bigger ideas, more streams for  more money.

They already offer up four streams for $11.99, but they look to be treading a steady middle ground with a $9.99 option for three streams, which will include HD and SD streams. They’re still avoiding the more common subscription TV-style tiered pricing, such as you see on Sky TV and Virgin Media here in the UK, but it is clear they’re trying to find a sweet spot to appeal to a wider audience.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Engadget.

ADATA Premier Pro 32GB UHS-1 microSDHC Memory Card Review

Introduction


In today’s connected world, storage is a fundamental part of our day-to-day activities in one way or another. With a rapidly increasing number of smartphones coming on to the market, having enough storage to hand for all of your photos and music [for example] is one of the key decisions that comes into play when it comes picking the right phone for you. Whilst there are many phones out there that offer large storage capacities out of the box, such as iPhones and a number of Android phones, there are also a large number that do not. To fight back the problem of not having a great deal of storage space, a number of handsets offer up a microSD card slot, allowing the user to buy a card, insert it and instantly boost the storage capacity on their phone.

Looking at other market areas, digital cameras for the most part utilise full-sized SD cards or CompactFlash (CF), however there are a small number of cameras that only accept microSD format cards. When we look at what microSD cards are actually available on the market, it soon becomes clear that the range is actually quite small. Out of all the vendors that do produce microSD cards, ADATA are one of the few that manufacture high performance models alongside the likes of Kingston and Sandisk. Given the relatively small size of a microSD card, there is still enough space to cram up to 64GB of storage into the tiny plastic housing with speeds that fast enough for Full HD recording.

The Premier Pro line of SD and microSD cards are some of the fastest cards that ADATA have to offer and with speeds of 45MB/s read and 40MB/s write on offer, the Ultra-High-Speed Class 1 cards offer up more than double the performance of a standard class 10 card. With a large number of cards only coming close to their rated speeds, is ADATA’s Premier Pro worth the extra cost?

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  • Capacity: 16GB/32GB
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 15 x 11 x 1.0mm
  • Weight: Approx 0.25g
  • Standard: N/A
  • Performance: Read/Write speed up to 45/40 (MB/s)
  • Performance: Random Read/Write: 1400/150 IOPs
  • Operating voltage: 2.7~3.6Volt
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty
  • Voltage: N/A
  • Compatibility: Smartphones, tablet computers
  • Certifications: FCC, CE, BSMI, VCCI
  • Note: Read/write speed based on ADATA internal testing; performance may be lower depending on host device.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless Reader & Charger Review

Since the first wireless storage device came into my hands a few months ago (at a time when I couldn’t see the point in having such a device when mobile internet speeds were becoming greater and cloud storage becoming more popular), I’ve seen a better side and more applications for such units and since the market potential that these have.

The MobileLite Wireless that I’m having a look at today is not the first wireless storage device that Kingston have brought market and their ever popular Wi-Drive as shown that such products are sought after due to their ease of sharing files across multiple devices at once, making them ideal for say storing extra movies on for the kids to watch on their tablets on long journeys or for working on documents between multiple devices for businessmen on the go.

Over the Wi-Drive, the MobileLite Wireless has one or two more features to offer, including a built in battery for charging a mobile device such as a phone, and an SD card reader and USB instead of built in flash, giving greater flexibility in the capacity of storage that is accessible whilst on the go.

Inside the box, the unit itself comes snugly wrapped in bubble wrap on top of the accessories the lie underneath. As far as accessories go, there is not much required with a short USB cable for charging the device up and a microSD to SD card adaptor alongside a brief instruction manual to get you started. As noted on the bottom of the box, the MobileLite works with both Andriod and iOS devices and their respective apps can be downloaded from Google Play – MobileLite for Andriod and from the App Store – MobileLite for iOS.

AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable Capture Card Review

A few months ago I took a look at a product that entered a new line on to the list of different products that I’ve looked at over time. This is namely AVerMedia’s RECentral Live Gamer HD – a PCI Express based hardware encoder that takes the effort out of video capture with a simple plug and play installation and a instant record button that connects via USB.

Following on from this bit of kit that ticked all the boxes for me, AVerMedia’s R&D teams have been busy working away, thinking a little outside of the box and this brings us forward to what I’ve got to look at today.

Whilst the PCI-e based capture card is a great bit of kit, there is one slight downfall (if you was to see it as one) in that if you’re capturing footage from say a games console such as the Xbox 360 or PS3, you need to have your PC nearby in order to capture the footage. If you’re at a LAN event such as Multiplay’s Insomnia series or you’re popping round to your mates house for a gaming session, the prospect of having to lumbar an extra system around isn’t exactly going to rate well and the thought of having a compact portable alternative is music to the ears for many gamers. Fear not as this is exactly what AVerMedia have done.

Gearing the LGP for a whole heap of different sources, AVerMedia include quite an extensive set of cables with the device. These include (from left to right) component A/V, a short HDMI to HDMI, USB, 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio and a PS3 to A/V cable. On top of all this, there is a carry case for the recorder, which I have to say feels really nice with its suede texture and also a 3-month subscription to XSplit for live broadcasting. Drivers and software can be downloaded from the AVerMedia product page, meaning you will always have the latest set of drivers when you come to install.

ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 Wireless Storage Reader and Power Bank Review

With mobile devices being the way forward, we know that storage for these devices is becoming ever more important. Because of this we have been seeing through recent months a number of wireless storage solutions appear on the market that expand the capacity of multiple devices simultaneously giving the freedom to take your data anywhere and share it with ease, such as Kingston’s WiDrive and the Gauntlet wireless hard drive that we looked at recently from Patriot.  At the same time we’ve also seen battery packs becoming more and more popular as the need to charge your battery on the go also becomes more crucial and chargers such as the PowerFreakz Evolution 3000 are here to meet that demand.

Whilst this is all well and good, let’s face it, with all these add-ons of chargers and drives and mobile routers that we end up having to carry around with us (especially for us reviewers when we are at events such as CES and CeBIT) it’s inevitable that we are going to get caught out either by the bulk of these items combined or by forgetting one of them.

This is where the DashDrive Air comes into play. In essence it is a wireless storage device the also features a built in router for sharing a wireless connection to multiple devices and a battery pack as well to keep those mobile devices topped up. Not surprisingly it was only time before we saw something like this crop up, saving on space and money, but also by creating convenience at the same time.

Packed inside a rather compact box, we find some images across the bottom showcasing the units three main features on offer. We can also see the unit itself through a window with its honeycomb style upper face.