Thecus W4000 4-Bay WSS 2012 R2 NAS Review

Introduction


Most NAS devices we look at are based on some Linux or BSD distribution, but once in a while something different comes along. I’m excited to take a look at the new Thecus W4000 four-bay NAS server today, powered with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials (WSS).

Thecus are the first to bring WSS 2012 R2 to NAS users as you might remember from our press coverage back in October. The use of a WSS system offers a host of benefits to SMB users, including data protection, integrated cloud services and secure remote access.

The integration of an NAS into Microsoft’s cloud-based applications and services, including Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, has never been as easy before as with these new devices. The WSS NAS offerings look like they will provide users with an affordable and flexible solution with enough performance for SOHO and SMB environments.

The Thecus W4000 is based on a dual-core Intel Atom running at 2.13Ghz and it has 2GB of DDR3 RAM. The memory sadly isn’t as easy to upgrade as in some of Thecus other devices, but it is possible due to the use of standard sized SO-DIMMs.

There is plenty of connectivity options on the W4000 with two USB 3.0 ports on the front and two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA, dual Gigabit Ethernet, a line-out, a D-Sub VGA, and a HDMI port on the back; if that shouldn’t be enough, the W4000 also has a PCIe x1 slot for add-on cards.

The features don’t stop there, as it also comes with an embedded SSD as boot drive and offers data deduplication for performance optimization, built-in automated client backup, Bitlocker drive encryption, and native NTFS support as well as online scan and repair.

Thecus have created a great looking devices with the W4000, no doubt. It looks like a NAS should, simple, yet it features a lot of minor curves and design options that break the monotonous a bit. Adding the USB 3.0 ports on the front is a smart move as it’s likely those that will be used most as ports for temporary connections while more permanent devices are connected via the rear connections.

The tower features horizontal mounted drive bays, which I believe to be better for the hard drives over time. At the top, we see the space for the OLED display and its four control buttons and on the side it has the iconized LEDs for connectivity and activity.

Thecus also added an unmentioned feature to the motherboard, an mSATA slot. It is located at the top of the motherboard and easily accessible without the need to take everything apart. The use of a standard SSD further allows you to upgrade or change drive depending on your personal needs.

LaCie Unveiled Mirror Portable Hard Drive

LaCie, a premium brand of Seagate’s, has introduced their new Mirror portable hard drive created by the French designer Pauline Deltour. The drive is enclosed in scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 3, making this 1TB drive both stylish and useful.

“You have to look twice to discover the LaCie Mirror’s true ambition,” said Deltour. “Covered by mirrored glass, it’s first an elegant and functional object, and only on second glance is it revealed to be a slim high–performance hard drive.”

 

The drive connects through USB 3.0 and offers LaCie Backup Assistant and Private-Public that is an AES 256-bit software encryption. The drive itself measures 80 x 128 x 13mm and the wooden stand measures 80 x 155 x 14mm. The drive weighs 230g without the stand, so it’s highly portable.

The new 1TB LaCie Mirror portable hard drive will be available in late January for an MSRP of $279.99 at LaCie.com. Wider availability will come later this year. The drive also comes with a carrying pouch and cleaning cloth to keep it pretty and great looking.

Thanks to LaCie for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of LaCie

Silverstone MS06 2.5″ USB3 Enclosure with Docking Station Review

Introduction


Drive enclosures aren’t anything new and neither are hot-swap drive bays, but it is rare that we see the two combined in the way Silverstone has done with the MS06 2.5-inch USB 3.0 HDD/SSD enclosure with 3.5-inch hot-swap drive bay. Now that’s a really long name, so I’ll just refer to it as Silverstone MS06 from now on.

It is great to have a drive in an ejectable enclosure so you can take it with you on the go, but it isn’t everyone that has the same docking system. In fact, it will most likely be difficult to find anyone among your friends who uses the same system. At least this is the case when we talk traditional hot-swap bays. To combat this issue, Silverstone created their MS06 enclosure on a pure USB 3 basis that in return allows for full compatibility with almost any system. When you leave your home, you just press the eject button, grab the drive and the included USB3 cable and you ready to head out on your adventures.

Silverstone used a USB 3 micro B-type connector on the enclosure and it is also this connector that plugs the drive into the docking bay. Internally the enclosure connects to a USB3 header on your motherboard, which by definition is a dual header. To not waste that second connector, Silverstone used the extra space on the 3.5-inch docking bay for an extra USB 3 port. A simple but smart and effective way take advantage of everything we have at our disposal. The eject mechanism is a simple mechanical function and works very well.

Inside the enclosure Silverstone used the JMicron JMS567 SATA to USB3 controller, a good choice. The JMS567 has UASP support, is windows hardware compliant and backward compatible. It also supports a lot of add-on functions from SHA encryption to NVRAM addition, but what features it has depends on the package.

There was paid attention to both big and small details on the Silverstone MS06 enclosure. Except for the two ends, the entire enclosure is made from a single piece of aluminium that makes it sturdy, good-looking and light as well as helping with drive coolign. Inside is a foam pad to keep the inserted drive firmly in place. Silverstone also included everything you need to hook the enclosure up to your system, from extra screws to a tiny screwdriver to fit the tiny enclosure screws.

The Silverstone MS06 enclosure is a unique solution to a problem you maybe didn’t even knew you had, that is until now.

Silverstone Noble Breeze NB05 Notebook Cooler Review

Introduction


Silverstone are known for their amazing cases such as the TJ11 or TJ07, if you want a chassis that is simply a modders dream then these are for you. Silverstone don’t only do Chassis though, they also have some amazing power supplies such as the platinum rated fan-less NJ520, completely silent with great performance. If this isn’t enough for you, Silverstone are also experts in cooling. This is the category we are going to concentrate on today and unusually it’s a notebook cooler rather than a CPU or GPU cooler that we going to put through its paces.

The Silverstone Noble Breeze NB05 is a multifunctional notebook cooler which combines cooling with a USB hub as well as an RJ-45 socket so that you can easily give a notebook without an RJ-45 socket Ethernet access. Let’s see how it performs and see if it lives up to the high expectations that I have for a Silverstone product.

For the packaging, Silverstone have used a clear PET blister pack. It’s a very simple and cheap way to package a product. With the nice insert, it does improve the look a lot. It protects the product as well as showing it off, the clear box also allows a lot of information to be shown.

As you can see, on the front of the package it lets you know that it’s compatible with notebooks up to 17″, it’s light, easy to carry and boasts a cross flow fan which results in better cooling and lower noise.

The back of the packaging gives you the same above information in a range of different languages along with the QR codes for the corresponding websites.

The most important information for us is the spec sheet that can be seen at the top of the packaging. It lets us know that the cross flow fan has a RPM of 1250 and a voltage of 5v resulting in a low 25db noise output. It also gives its dimensions and connections.

On the reverse side of this card it has more detailed information about the NB05’s dimensions as well as explaining that to use the USB3 hubs it might require an external source of power, which is sold separately. The warranty information can be found here also.

Inside the box, you will find the cooler, the USB cable and some foam pads to stop slipping and also give some protection to the cooler.

Shuttle Released XH97V Barebone Mini-PC with 4k Support

The European subsidiary of Shuttle has released their latest and most powerful Mini-PC Barebone system, the Shuttle XH97V. Powered by the Intel H97 chipset and the LGA1150 socket for fourth and fifth generation Intel Core processors and having a volume of just 3.5 liters, make these new Barebones great for a multitude of scenarios.

Just because something is small, doesn’t mean that it can’t pack a punch. Shuttle is a master in this area and they’ve packed this tiny 240 x 200 x 72 mm slim X-type chassis with basic features and expansion options to meet both 4K media presentations, as well as office productivity. This is also the first Shuttle mini-PC barebone to support simultaneous use of up to three displays out of the box.

The front ports are hidden behind moveable panels to offer a better dust protection as well as giving the unit a cleaner look. Opening up the panels expose the two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, and there’s also two 3.5mm audio jacks for headphones and microphone. It has room for an optical disk drive (ODD) with a max height of 12.7mm, seen at the top of the photo.

Users who don’t need an optical drive can use the bay for an additional 2.5-inch drive. Speaking of 2.5-inch drives, the Shuttle XH97V can hold a 12.7 mm  and a 9.5mm drive beside the optional one in the ODD tray allowing you to install up to three SATA3 2.5-inch drives in this tiny unit.

The rear of the Barebone offers just as much connectivity as the front with two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. Shuttle also added an eSATA2 and an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port. The Ethernet is powered by the Realtek 8111G Ethernet controller. The three 3.5mm jacks for the 5.1 surround sound are run by the Realtek ALC 662 HD Audio Codec.

There are two DisplayPort 1.2 and one HDMI 1.4 ports for up to three simultaneous display connections. The DisplayPorts can display 4k content in 60Hz while the HDMI port does it at half the refresh rate; 30Hz.

There is also a COM port, clear CMOS button and a DC IN for the power brick. The Kensington-style lock is cleverly placed to pass through both parts of the chassis, allowing Shuttle to use thumbscrews for the chassis and still being intrusion safe.

The motherboard inside is a standard mITX form-factor and it can handle up to 16GB memory over the two SO-DIMM slots. The maximum memory speed will depend on what CPU you use. The H97 chipset and LGA1150 (H3) socket gives you a wide variety of options from Core i3 / i5 / i7 processors as well as Pentium and Celeron models with a max TDP of 65W.

The XH97V doesn’t stop there and offers another two mini PCI Express expansion slots, one half-sized and one full-sized. The half-sized supports PCIe 2.0 and USB 2.0 and is intended for use with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth cards. The full-sized also supports SATA3 and can be used for mSATA drives as well.

Shuttle only used solid capacitors in this system and the processor cooling uses an integrated heat-pipe system with two 60mm fans. It also has an Always-On jumper that when set will make the system automatically boot after power loss.

The new Shuttle Barebone XH97V is available at retailers across Europe now or very soon and it has an MSRP €193,00 exclusive VAT. At some retailers, it’s already down to €186.47 inclusive VAT before it even has arrived in their storage.

Thanks to Shuttle for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of Shuttle

 

ADATA launches HC500 External Hard Drive for TV & PC

Ever since the digital TV signal was launched, most set-top boxes and TVs have supported broadcast-recording to USB devices. ADATA has just launched the latest addition to their external drive line-up in form of the HC500 2.5” Hard Drive with TV recording support features.

The new USB 3.0 hard drive is housed in a sand blasted metal case and will be available in the colours Gold and Titanium-black. The available capacity choice is 500GB, 1TB or 2TB. Besides just being an ordinary external drive, it has one additional feature you might find useful, or not. The built-in G-Shock sensor will use the activity LED to warn you with a flashing red light when a shock with too much G-force occurs and it will stay red if the disk has been damaged. This won’t really help you protect your disk more than usual, but it will at least tell you if there is a problem.

The new drive comes bundled with some software as well. With NTI’s Backup Now EZ you can easily create backups of your valuable business and personal files while NTI’s MiST cloud software allows you to create your own personal cloud-drive on this hard drive. NTI’s Backup Now is available for most platforms including mobile ones where the MiST cloud software is a windows only system. The free personal-cloud software is only free for the first year after which you’ll have to pay to continue to use the service.

The physical dimension of this drive are 115 x 77.6 x 15.5 mm and it weighs between 178 and 216 grams depending on capacity. The HC500 USB3 drive comes with a 3-years warranty. There is no word on pricing or availability yet. There aren’t any transfer speeds mentioned either, but it can be assumed that it’s a 5400 RPM drive that is being used inside the housing.

Thank you ADATA for providing us with these information

Images courtesy of ADATA

QNAP SilentNAS HS-251 2-Bay NAS Review

Introduction


This is not the typical every-day NAS we are testing today, it is a somewhat special device. When we usually think of NAS devices, it goes in the direction of tower and rack-systems; and that is not the thing you would like next to your well designed home-theatre system. Another thing that prevents most people from having their NAS in that particular location is the noise generated by fans to keep the device cooled; QNAP have tackled both these problems in the HS-251 silent and fanless NAS.

QNAP is one of the leading brands within NAS and storage, along with Synology and Thecus. Asustor have also grown into a bigger competitor in this market, and it takes something special to stand out from the crowd. QNAP is no stranger to this scenario and with the many years of experience they have in the bag, they packed this tiny 2-bay device with all sorts of useful features; this is far from the every-day NAS device.

This isn’t just a stylish and silent NAS either, it is also a HTPC at the same time. You can connect it directly to your TV or monitor via the built-in HDMI port to browse the web, stream media or play what you already have stored on the same device. There are three ways to control the HTPC part of this device, you can either attach a mouse and keyboard or use your mobile-phone or tablet with QNAP’s official control App. The third option is an extra remote control that can be bought separate.

Out of the box, the HS-251 has access to Google Chrome for your web browsing, while it features YouTube and Spotify application for your media on demand needs; best of all is probably the XMBC media player, allowing you to playback all your stored media files with more options and file support than most smart TV’s offer via the built-in DLNA player. The HS-251 of course supports DLNA too, for those who prefer it that way.

Being a QNAP device, it comes with a long list of installed applications and tools ranging from download manager to online photo albums and web-server. It also has the personal cloud feature to automatically synchronise all your files across your devices and keep an extra safe backup at home. The new QTS user interface is overall amazing and should give you pretty much any function and feature you could want from a NAS like this.

The QNAP HS-251 even has real-time and offline HD video transcoding to convert your videos to formats that can be smoothly played on PCs, mobile devices and Smart TVs. It allows multiple devices to simultaneously view different videos stored. This in return also allows to enjoy your videos, even on multiple devices, that lack computing power or have limited file format support.

The package content isn’t a big surprise and nothing special overall, but it does have everything we need to get our NAS up and running. Along with the quick installation guide there’s also a Getting Started guide. We get two Ethernet cables and a DC power brick with AC power cable depending on the region you bought your device. Of course the NAS is included too. Normally you’d also get 8 screws for 2½ inch drives and 8 for 3½ inch drives, to screw the drives into the caddies, but it looks like the packing robot however forgot to put those into this sample, so they aren’t shown below; if this should happen to you, I’m sure QNAP would be very quick to dispatch a new set to you.

Apacer Launches Dual-mode SATA and USB3 SSD

I am one of those people who gets exited every time something new that hasn’t been seen before is launched, especially if it’s storage technology. It’s not only my bread and butter, it’s also my biggest interest. Apacer has just launched its newest AS710 SSD drive and it isn’t like anything we’ve seen before. This is a dual-mode drive that works as-is in two modes. You can either connect it via the default SATA3 interface or you can turn it around a use the USB 3 interface. The new Apacer SSD AS710 is the first SSD that comes equipped with both these ports at the same time.

Apacer is no stranger to making weird storage modules, at least looking from a normal perspective. They’ve both released USB Disk Modules as well as ultra slim SSDs that only measure 5 mm in thickness.

Apacer promises that they only use the best flash chips in these drives, but we wouldn’t expect anything else from them. The speeds look quite promising with a read speed up to 550 MB/s and the sequential write speed reaches up to 530MB/s. It isn’t shy on speed over the USB port either and can offer up to 380/420 MB/s read/write speeds when connected to a USB3 interface. These speeds of course require your USB host to support UASP, but even without it should give great speeds to the possible maximum.

In addition the AS710 supports Microsoft Windows-To-Go. This allows you to store the start-up system of Windows 8 Enterprise on the SSD. When connecting it to other computers via USB, one can enjoy fast start-up and run one’s own Windows 8 desktop. This is a great addition, allowing you to use your own system with full mobility and convenience without having to have all hardware with you.

The drive comes in a simplified black with a metallic cutting design and can withstand 30G vibrations and 3000G shocks, thus also protecting your data from corruption while on the go. It measures a default 7 mm in thickness and weighs 75 gram. It of course has built-in wear levelling and error correction code (ECC) as well as trim support.

The only place this drive lacks a little bit is on the capacity, as the release only mentioned a 120 GB model, which isn’t really that much in today’s storage needs and there’s no word on pricing or availability just yet.

Thank you Apacer for providing us with these information

Images courtesy of Apacer

 

 

 

Synology Launches DiskStation DS415+ 4-Bay Quad-Core NAS

Synology has launched their newest NAS today, the DiskStation DS415+. This is a 4-bay NAS targeted at small and medium sized businesses as well as enthusiast home users. Built with a Quad-core Intel Atom processor that runs at 2.4GHz and a hardware encryption engine, this NAS should deliver in all situations. This is Synology’s first desktop DiskStation model to include both a quad-core processor and AES-NI hardware encryption engine.

“Thanks to its best-in-class combination of hardware specs and DSM software integration, DS415+ handles data transfer and encryption at blazingly fast speeds, bringing peace of mind to businesses or individuals who wish to safeguard their data while maintaining excellent performance,” said Michael Wang, Product Manager at Synology Inc.

The new 4-bay NAS has 2 GB DDR3 memory that runs at an unspecified speed. It has two USB 3.0 ports on the rear side and one USB 2.0 port on the front. It also has an eSATA port, and that is a big bonus in my opinion. Many manufacturers have started to cut it away, but I use it quite often on my own NAS’ and miss it when it isn’t there.

It wouldn’t be a NAS without the network ports and as such it has 2 Gigabit RJ45 ports that support Link Aggregation and Failover modes. It of course supports the current 6 TB Hard drives to give you the maximum storage capabilities and it can handle both 3½ and 2½ inch drives. The file system itself allows for a size up 108 TB, but that requires the extension devices.

This NAS promises performance you’d otherwise only find in the enterprise series of servers. The Synology DS415+ can archive read and write speeds that exceed 228 MB/s and 233 MB/s in unencrypted mode. With the hardware encryption enabled, the NAS still performs great at reading and writing with 232 MB/s and 206 MB/s.

The DS415+ doesn’t have a heavy power consumption either, so you don’t have to compromise between running costs and performance level. It only requires 17.3 watts with the hard drives hibernating and peaks at 46.2 watts during maximum usage. The two 92mm system fans should barely be audible at 20.2 dB(A) and the devices come with a 2-year warranty.

The new Synology DS415+ NAS is shipping globally now and local retailers should have stock soon. Having a look around the different web shops, some have started to take pre-orders already and have set the estimated time of arrival on three weeks. As usual, the German shops and the Geizhals price-comparison site are some of the first to list the new products, and as such it can be found on German e-Tailors for just €420.

We aren’t so lucky here in the U.K, unless you want to get screwed from the looks of it. Amazon UK has the device in stock via a couple of third party merchants, it however costs a heavy £543.13 and up. I’m sure we’ll see some more reasonable prices as soon as the stock arrives at the other shops too. This might just be a few trying to take advantage of the situation. I couldn’t find it at any of my known U.S. sites at the time of writing.

As a little bonus information, I can add that Synology have also released the latest Beta version of their DiskStation Manager today. Version 5.1 Beta can be downloaded and tested from the official page, however users should keep in mind that it has the beta tag for a reason. It might contain undiscovered bugs, but also a long range of new features and apps that will enrich every Synology owners experience.

Thank you Synology for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Synology

Angelbird SSD2go Pocket USB3 Solid State Drive Released

Angelbird have released their brand new SSD2go Pocket today; a durable USB3 powered Solid State Drive for the person on the go. The newest member of the Angelbird family delivers everything you would expect from a premium brand, including first-class components, superb craftsmanship and breathtaking read/write-speeds.

The SSD2go Pocket is a small drive, but only in terms of physical size; measuring 89.0 x 69.9 x 10.4 mm and weighing just 90 grams. The case is made of CNC-machined aluminium, with a stylish pearl blasted and hard-anodised finish. At the time of launch there are four colour options for the SSD2go pocket: Silver, Blue, Red and Black. The power consumption is equally low with just 0.8W at idle and 2.4W under full load, making sure the drive doesn’t drain your battery unnecessary.

With it being an extremely durable 

and portable drive, you’d want it to work under extreme condtions as well, and it does. It works flawlessly from -20°C to 70°C and has a guaranteed data integrity from -40°C to 85°C. Angelbird have also put some extra thought into the connection type, and used an extremely robust type-A USB 3.0 port on the drive itself. Not only is it more durable than the micro versions, it also allows them to move the port further into the drive.

The SSD2go pocket is rated with transfer speeds of 450 MB/s read and 390 MB/s write. Those transfer speeds are possible through the native implementation of UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), which makes optimal use of the Silicon Motion 2246EN-controller and custom packed original micron NAND (16nm/L95B).

Angelbird is so sure of the quality they deliver here, that they offer a 5-year warranty on the drive, and rate it to a MTBF of over 2 million hours.

 It’s not just robust and fast, it’s also user-friendly and will work straight from the box with computers, TV sets and a huge range of multimedia devices in your car and home. Even USB On-The-Go (OTG) is supported, so you could attach it directly to your smartphone or tablet.
 The SSD2go pocket has surge and overload protection built in (ESD, EMS, ECC), as well as TRIM and SMART. It’s actually the worlds first USB drive to support TRIM and SMART on Mac devices.

Each SSD2go pocket has a unique serial number which can be used to register the device online with Angelbird’s PSP (Personal Support Portal), giving you access to useful information. This one-stop-shop will let you know how much time remains on your warranty etc., as well as giving you access to exclusive software downloads. It is worth noting that the software is already loaded onto the drive when you buy it. Full versions of Parallels 10 (limited to 6 months), Bitwig Studio 1.0 (limited to 3 months), System Reflection back-up tool (unlimited) and PureMix instructional videos are all available at your disposal. In addition, renowned musicians like Marshall Jefferson, CeCe Rogers and Trash Junk offer exclusive music and samples for remix purposes too.

The SSD2go pocket is currently available in capacities of 128, 256 and 512 GB. Customers who choose to order directly from Angelbird’s own website, can now order special personalized units, with a bespoke two-line engraved message. Considering what you get here, the drive is more then reasonable priced at £119.99 for 128GB, £159,99 for 256GB and £269,99 for the 512GB model.

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If you’d like to convince yourself just how durable this drive is, then I’ll encourage you to watch the video above. Angelbird’s CEO, Roman Rabitsch, gives the drive an extreme test in an uncut video. The test starts around 2:50, if the entire video is to long for you. We’ll also have a review of the drive ready for you soon.

Thank you Angelbird for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of Angelbird

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.

Silicon Power Unveils Latest 4TB USB3 External Hard Drive

SP/ Silicon Power unveiled their new-designed 3.5-inch USB 3.0 external hard drive, the Stream S06. Taking all aspects into consideration without compromising, the Stream S06 is build upon the USB 3.0 interface and with high capacities up to 4TB. The elegant look and exclusive handle design is the wonderful combination of beauty and functionality and allows for an easier carrying.

With a capacity of 4TB it can store up to 1.952 million high-resolution digital photos, 976 thousand songs or 1,760 hours Full-HD videos and with the USB 3.0 interface the transfer should be swift, may it be backup or storage. The Stream S06 features special-designed case that can be put upright or flat to perfectly fit in different space conditions. Equipped with ventilation holes, Stream S06 enables excellent energy-efficiency and great cooling effect.

To satisfy different users’ needs, the Stream S06 USB 3.0 external hard drive is available in three sizes, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB. All Silicon Power external hard drive products are backed by a 3-year warranty and come with the free download software SP Widget, which provides seven major backup and security tools and a 60-day trial version of NIS (Norton Internet Security). No word on pricing yet.

Stream S06 Product Features:

  • Extremely high storage capacity up to 4TB
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Intelligent handle design, easy to carry and use
  • Special-designed case that can be put upright or flat
  • Exclusive ventilation holes, enabling incredible cooling effect
  • LED indicator, easier for users to recognize the transferring status
  • Power saving sleep mode
  • SP Widget free download software, providing 7 major back-up and security functions

 

Stream S06 Product Specifications:

  • Dimension:199 * 117.7 * 36.3 mm
  • Weight:770~876 g (by capacity)
  • Capacity:2TB、3TB、4TB
  • Material:Plastic
  • Color:Black
  • Interface:USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 compatible
  • Data transfer rates:Max. 5 Gbps (USB 3.0 Mode)
  • Power supply:DC12V
  • Supported operating systems:Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, Linux 2.6.31 or later, Mac OS 10.5 or later
  • Operating temperature:5℃~ 55℃
  • Storage temperature:-40℃~ 70℃
  • Warranty:3-year warranty

Thank you Silicon Power for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Silicon Power.

TeamGroup Announces New USB 2.0 and 3.0 Flash Drives

The most energetic days are collected during the summer vacation. Team Group enjoys the summer vacation with students by promoting two visual Flash drives C141/C145. C141 and C145 are in the form of retractable USB design without cap-loss issues. They have the streamlined design of American roadster, in addition to bright/matted inter-coating. Finished with a colourful push button and delicate stripping, to convey a colourful concept and create a fine and high level individual style.

That is how TeamGroup presents their new line of Flash Drives. The C141 is a USB 2.0 stick while the C145 is a USB 3.0 stick. Both models are available in sizes from 8 to 64GB. The read and write speeds are the same for both, rated at 10 MB/s for reading and 2.5 MB/s for writing.

Team Group is the leader vendor for storage and mobile computing peripheral products. In order to meet comprehensive needs of consumers and provide consumers with storage and sharing of videos and data without constraint, perfect warranty and maintenance and exchange services are provided for Team Group full series of products. For any product related information, please visit Team Group official website: www.teamgroup.com.tw, or Team Group Brand Fans Group: www.facebook.com/teamgroupinc

There isn’t that much spectacular to say about these two new drives, but they do come with a lifetime warranty. The design is also pretty nice, so if the price is set to match, why not.

Thank you TeamGroup for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TeamGroup.

Biostar Ready to Launch Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard

BIOSTAR has announced that they’re getting ready to launch the newest member of their Hi-Fi motherboard series, the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97Z7. With a name that already has Hi-Fi in it, we expect it to be have some solid audio functions. And it has, packed with Gold Plated Audio Connectors and Hi-Fi 7.1 channel Blu-Ray Audio.

The board is ATX form factor and features the Z97 chipset and LGA 1150 CPU socket and has 4x DDR3 2900(OC) memory slots. An 8 Phase Power Design and Super Conductive Heat sinks as well as Super Durable Solid Capacitors are among the assets of this board.

The I/O area looks to have 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet and 6x Audio connectors for the surround sound. HDMI 4k is also supported and there are DVI and D-SUB connectors as well.

In addition, the board will feature new BIOSTAR innovations that improve durability and stability such as Super Rapid Debug3, Super Durable Box Headers, Super Durable Solid Capacitors and Super Durable Ferrite Chokes.

Other features worth mentioning are the PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot and an M.2 slot wired through PCI Express. The press release was very short, but I’m sure we’ll see more news on this board very soon. No word on price or availability yet.

Thank you BIOSTAR for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of BIOSTAR.