Sep 23
I'm an old dog when it comes to storage enclosures. Unlike many, I still remember when USB enclosures were $100+ (and a lot still are!). These days, sub $50 is about what you're looking at with most coming in at sub $30 for a single drive, simple to use and install drive enclosure. When shopping for these, don't let fancy labels and features mislead you. 99% of the time, these are almost..... [ read more ]
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Sep 23
(Note: I accidently squished the box, but board still works!) The folks at Wasabi Gear.com keep sending us stuff and I keep reviewing. Today comes a SATA RAID (0 and 1) card from I/O Crest. A simple SATA RAID card with two internal SATA connectors and 1 PATA/ATAPI connector. There's a lot of fancy features here for a sub $40 board and RAID performance makes it a solid bargain. I did the..... [ read more ]
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Sep 22
Don't have USB 3.0 on board? No problem, Best Connectivity offers a speedy USB 3.0 PCIe adapter. We found these go for anywhere from $28-$45 with (shameless plug) our friends at Wasabi Gear offering one at around $29. On board you'll find two USB 3.0 ports, NEC chipset and a 4-pin power connector for an extra 5 volts. I'm guessing that you can't get..... [ read more ]
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Sep 22
You might not know a lot about Connectland, but you've seen their products all over stores like Fry's, Micro Center, Amazon, NewEgg, and a bunch of other places. We recently got a USB 3.0 HDD docking station for review and our testers were pleasantly surprised. Packaging is strictly no-frills, but you get everything you need. USB 3.0 cable, HDD docking station, manuals, and power supply. ..... [ read more ]
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Mar 16
Nope, that's not Unicron's head, but the design specs for USB 3.0's connector....but you knew that already didn't you? The folks over at Tom's Hardware announced a contest from Gigabyte (the mobo and OEM PC parts makers). The contest, called "Increase Your Speed, Triple Your Power", begs you to do just that. Send in your idea on to use that ripping USB 3.0 connection and devices and Gigabyte..... [ read more ]
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Feb 01
We got a lot of feedback, again in my e-mail box, about our UWB article from last week. Not a lot of it was positive, it seems that even after we tried to provide some general information about UWB, folks were still pretty upset at how we handled wireless USB. Look, we like wireless USB. We just want folks to know more about it in a slightly different way. Ultra-Wideband (UWB) the radio..... [ read more ]
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Jan 21
USB 3.0 has finally arrived, just not exactly into your home yet. First came the news they were on laptops in a few weeks. Now we're finally starting to see more and more USB add-on cards available for mobile and home PC's (check out Brando's [ read more ]
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Jan 20
That's not a picture of Unicron, it's a USB 3.0 connector. Looks like we'll all be enjoying the next generation of USB 3.0 sooner than later. HP is now shipping Envy 15 laptops with USB 3.0 on board. Reports from CNet.com indicate that HP will be shipping additional configurations within the next..... [ read more ]
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