ASUS’ RAIDR Express PCI-e SSD is compatible with both legacy and UEFI BIOS

These days, it’s fairly easy to find a PCI Express-based SSD to transform one’s desktop — Angelbird, Fusion-io, Micron and ASUS will sell you one, just to name a few. That said, the last of those three has just revealed a new entrant that will certainly catch the eye of many, as the RAIDR Express claims to be the first PCI-e SSD to be compatible with both legacy and UEFI BIOS. The so-called DuoMode feature is joined by 240GB of storage space, sequential 830MB/s read and 810MB/s write speeds and a reported 620,000 hours mean time between failure (MTBF).

You’ll also find the latest LSI SandForce controller, Toshiba-built 19nm MLC flash, and 100,000 4K read/write input/output operations per second (IOPS). The bundled RAMDisk utility allows users to dedicate up to 80 percent of a computer’s available RAM for use as a high-speed virtual drive, and if you needed any further proof that it’s fast, look no further than in the video after the break. Curiously, ASUS isn’t talking pricing just yet, but it should start shipping in the very near future.

ASUS PQ321Q UltraHD Monitor Review: Living with a 31.5-inch 4K Desktop Display

Many consider me to be a 4K hater. The past few trade shows I’ve attended have been pushing it on consumers to replace their TVs, but I see less value in it. When it comes to a computer display, it is a different game. Unlike a 50” TV, we sit close to our monitors, even if they are 30” in size. We also have no worries about a lack of native content, since everything is rendered on the fly and native. There are no issues with the lack of HDMI 2.0, as DisplayPort 1.2 can drive a 3840×2160 screen at 60 Hz.

When it comes to 4K on the desktop, my main question is: how much difference will I see? ASUS is one of the first with a HiDPI display in the PQ321Q. While not truly 4K, it is a 3840×2160 LCD display that can accept an Ultra High Definition (UHD) signal over HDMI and DisplayPort. It also clocks in at a wallet-stretching $3,500 right now. The question is, are we seeing the future with displays here, or are we seeing a niche product?

What does 4K/UHD/HiDPI bring to the desktop? We’ve seen it for a few years now in smartphones and tablets, making their smaller screens more usable for reading and general work. My initial thought is more desktop space, as that is what it has meant before. With a 32” monitor and a pixel density this high, running it without any DPI scaling leads to a desktop where reading text is a huge pain. Instead I believe most users will opt for DPI scaling so elements are larger and easier to read. Now you have something similar to the Retina screen on the iPhone: No more desktop space compared to a 2560×1440 monitor, but one that is razor sharp and easier to look at.

To get to this pixel density, ASUS has relied upon a panel from Sharp that uses IGZO technology. IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) is a material that replaces amorphous silicon for the active layer of an LCD screen. The main benefit is higher electron mobility that allows for faster reacting, smaller pixels. We have seen non-IGZO panels in smartphones with higher pixel densities, but we don’t have any other current desktop LCDs that offer a higher pixel density than this ASUS display. IGZO also allows for a wide viewing angle.

Wireless USB AC D-Link It Runs in the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz

Jakarta – To facilitate a wireless connection with your device, the D-Link introduces the Wireless Dual Band Mini USB AC Adapter DWA-171. It is shaped AC adapter Wireless mini and can operate Dual Band. The device is intended for the novice user can operate at a frequency of 2.4 GHz (up to 150Mbps) or 5GHz (up to 433Mbps). With these two options, you can freely switch device that works on both the frequency.

Seagate claims the use of these products is as easy as installing the device in your PC and press the WPS button. Then the device can be directly connected without the need for updates and additional adapter. D-Link DWA-171 uses AC frequency which is a new network of IEEE standards. This new network architecture has a higher data rate and greater reliability.

This new standard was launched to address the challenges of our time, with more and more users use mobile devices that in fact definitely use the wireless wave. Therefore, the problem of wave interference, become an increasingly important issue. Therefore, more and more wireless devices are running on the same wavelength, the greater interferensinya. This interference makes the response rate (response rate) the lower the device. In addition, a variety of applications used also requested greater bandwidth. It would require a device that can deliver greater the bandwidth.

Adapter with USB 2.0 interface is also compatible with all Wireless N products from the previous generation, you’ve had. DWA-171 Wireless USB Adapter ACDual Band Mini will be available in stores and distribution partners in the third quarter of 2013. This device also supports encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2.

Have a Dell Precision M3800 will QHD Screen Resolution 3200 x 1800 Pixels + and Thin Design

Latest Notebook product from Dell, Precision M3800 would seem to be the most anticipated devices this year. Dell claimed that laptop workstation will be the thinnest and lightest in the world, regardless laptop also offers high performance.

Precision M3800 is also said to have a body with a weight of about 2:04 kilogram. 18milimeter thin body is also another attraction of this notebook.

This notebook also said will have a screen with a higher resolution than Apple’s Retina Display. More precisely, this notebook will come to market with a qHD screen + 3200 × 1800 pixels that supports multitouch.

In addition, this notebook will use Quadroo NVidia graphics card and an Intel Haswell fourth-generation Core i7, Nvidia Quadro possibility is K5100M. In addition, this notebook also has a certified Independent Software Vendor (ISV), which indicates that this device can run an optimum software.

Other rumors say that this notebook will have HDD1TB or 512GB of SSD. For RAM, this notebook is estimated to have 15GB of RAM and four USB 3.0 ports.

Logitech headsets and webcams for the business professional

As many of you know, I’m a full-time telecommuter. Although a portion of my work involves some travel, most days I am working from home, and a lot of that involves sitting on conference calls with colleagues and customers/partners.

Until recently, much of that required that I be desk-bound.

Anyone who has to work with VOIP and IP-based conferencing systems such as Skype, Microsoft Lync, Cisco WebEx and Citrix GoToMeeting knows that voice quality is everything if you’re going to have an effective business conversation.

And that means using devices that typically tie you to your desk, such as a wired headset or an Bluetooth/USB speakerphone, such as the Plantronics Callisto, which I have and think is an excellent product.

While there are many Bluetooth headsets and earpieces on the market which are perfectly suitable for mobile phone conversations, few are specifically optimized for use with PCs that have VOIP “Soft Phone” software, and do not deliver what I would regard as business critical voice quality.

They are perfectly fine for short calls, but not ideal when you are on a VOIP conference for as much as an hour at a time, or even longer, particularly when you need to be an active participant and when paying close attention to who is speaking and the clarity of what you are saying is essential.

As we all know about Bluetooth when it comes to audio streams, the farther you get away from the transceiver, the worse the audio gets. So it’s not practical to stray too far away from your PC.

Logitech’s latest wireless headsets have been a total game changer for my personal work situation since I’ve been using them the last few months. I’ve been using the H820e stereo version which retails for $199 but can be found for considerably less.

Installation and use of the headset is pretty straightforward — you plug the DECT 6.0 transmitter and charging base into a free USB port on your PC or Mac, and the AC power cord to power the base. The headset charges on the base when not in use, and has a built-in rechargeable battery.

The operating system recognizes it automatically, and depending on the VOIP program you are using, you may need to alter the settings to use the headset as your primary audio device.

If you’re familiar with the DECT 6.0 1.9Ghz wireless transmission standard, particularly if you have cordless phones in your house that use the technology, you know that you can get some pretty impressive range and not lose any voice quality. That’s exactly what the H820e headset gives you for VOIP calls.

My home office is a good 60 feet away from my living room and around 75 feet from my “breakfast area” which has my espresso machine and a table which faces my outdoor patio and pool area with outdoor furniture which is about 100 feet or so away from the base transmitter.

So regardless of what VOIP software I am using, and where I am in my house, I get the same crystal-clear voice quality as if I am sitting right in front of my PC. For example, this wearable computing podcast that I recorded with Rick Vanover of Veeam was actually done in my living room, while wearing the H820e using Skype.

So the quality of the audio is without dispute. What about the overall design and using it?

The H820e was designed for use for hours at a time. The stereo version is comfortable and after a while you forget you even have it on your head. While I am extremely pleased with the device, I have only a few nitpicks:

First, the “Mute” button is attached to the microphone boom and is recessed back towards where the headphone is. It doesn’t stick prominently out, so you have to sort of feel your way up the boom to finding it.

If you’re away from your PC and are not near the software controls of your VOIP client, and some sort of unplanned audio distraction occurs that you don’t want to be heard by everyone else, then it could take a few seconds to mute the audio while you fumble around with the boom. It would be better if in the next version of this product that they put it on the exterior side of the headphone holding the boom.

It’s a minor annoyance but it’s still an annoyance nonetheless.

The second is the boom mic’s sensitivity to airflow. Now, normally you don’t have a lot of “wind” in an indoor or office setting but in the summertime in Florida, I like to have a fan going in my office for better air circulation.

If that fan is pointed directly at me, it sounds like I am in an outdoor breeze. And if you are actually outdoors (like sitting on my patio and having a cup of coffee) and a little bit of wind picks up, you’re going to hear it if the mic isn’t muted, no question.

Also, if you are a heavy breather, you’ll probably want to have the boom twisted a lot farther away from your mouth than you think you need it.

Despite what I would call these two minor nitpicks I think the H820e is an excellent product and I heartily reccomend it. I’ve also spent some time with their wired headset, the H650e on business trips with my laptop and also on my Surface RT using Skype and Lync, and the audio is just as high quality as the H820e, provided your bandwidth supports the fidelity of the connection.

Not all telecommuting and conferencing is about audio, however. From time to time I do need to do video as well.

My corporate laptop, my Lenovo X1 Carbon is a great little machine but its webcam isn’t its strong suit. When it’s docked to my monitor on my desk at home, I need something that delivers much more robust and HD-quality video.

I’ve written about small busines and SOHO/workgroup video conferencing products before, like Logitech’s BCC950. While the BCC950 is an excellent product for small meeting rooms and for having three to five people on camera at once, it’s overkill for a telecommuter or just someone in a single office.

Enter the Logitech C930e, a “Business” webcam. Like any other webcam it clips to the top of your monitor and plugs into your USB 2.0 or 3.0 port. But this is no ordinary webcam.

At a street price of $129.00 it’s more expensive than Logitech’s consumer/prosumer webcam offerings, but there’s considerable enterprise-class video conferencing technology built-into this little device.

First, provided your bandwidth supports it, the C930e can capture 1080p video (or 15MP stills) at 30 frames a second because it includes Scalable Video Coding using H.264 and UVC 1.5, the second of which is needed to be certified for use with corporate-grade video conferencing tools.

Second, the camera has a 90-degree diagonal field of view so you get a widescreen capture of the subject without any “fish eye” distortion. You also get a Carl Zeiss lens and 4X digital zoom with software pan and tilt control, as well as built-in stereo microphones

Logitech also offers the consumer-oriented C920 which is about $30 cheaper than the C930e, but it lacks the the Scalable Video Coding and UVC 1.5 capabilities used with corporate applications like Lync and Cisco UC and is more suited towards Skype and other consumer video applications like Google Hangouts. It also lacks the 90-degree FOV of its more expensive sibling.

While the two cameras look very similar, they shouldn’t be confused with each other. If corporate video conferencing capability and quality is definitely what you need, you want the C930e.

Acer Aspire V5-122 with AMD Temash

Jakarta-ultrabook exorbitant price makes it less attractive thin notebook. Despite having a number of advantages compared to notebooks in general, such as fast boot time and lightweight body, the average price is above USD 10 million to be a serious obstacle.

As an alternative, some computer vendors began marketing sense ultrabook notebook with a more affordable price. Call it VivoBook X202E Asus, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, Dell XPS 12, or Acer Aspire V5-122.

Yes, with many excellent features adopted from the ultrabook, notebook sold in the under $ 10 million. But in terms of performance is less than the true ultrabook. But the experience of computing an ultrabook can still be felt on the notebook.

In the past week, Tempo had tried Acer Aspire V5-122. Body is lightweight and thin making the Aspire V5 easily incorporated into the bag and convenient to carry anywhere. Interestingly, in the Aspire V5-122 grafted Temash low-power AMD processors.

DESIGN

Thin, lightweight, and stylish. That first impression when touched obtained Tempo Acer Aspire V5-122. Body wrapped in metallic silver color adds an elegant notebook with a 11.6-inch wide screen. While at the bottom, cover plastic dark black plated.

Every corner of the Aspire V5-122 made rounded. While the keyboard on the inside of the black chiclet design. Fairly wide spacing between the keys making it comfortable to use for fast typing.

Touch pad size is not too big, but it’s not a problem. Therefore, Aspire V5-122 is equipped with a touch screen that is able to respond to ten touch points. The touch screen was optimal when used with the Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft.

Like ultrabook, Aspire V5-122 also brought the concept of unibodi. That is, the types of Li-ion battery 3-cell it carries can not be removed. But you do not need to worry because Acer ensure the battery life is long enough.

Connectivity

Like most new output notebooks, Aspire V5-122 is equipped with the latest features for connectivity. One of which is USB 3.0 is capable of transferring and receiving data 10 times faster than USB 2.0. USB 3.0 port is located on the left side.

In addition to USB 3.0, Aspire V5-122 is equipped with a USB 2.0 port is on the right side. In addition there is a card reader slot. As for the wireless connectivity, Acer presents Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0.

SCREEN

Screen Aspire V5-122 is able to produce high levels of brightness. Using glossy reflective technology, the Aspire V5-122 black color makes it look more dense and the resulting image sharpness deeper than the regular screen.

Only, with a relatively cheap price than the ultrabook, Acer just immerse the display with a standard resolution, 1,366 x 768 pixels only. That is, watch the video with 1080p high definition resolution was less than optimal on-screen Aspire V5-122’s.

Moreover, with the use of the Windows 8 operating system and the increasing number of applications that require content HD screen resolution, screen technology Aspire V5-122 feels a little left behind.

PERFORMANCE

Acer Aspire V5-122 is equipped with AMD processors Jaguar Temash APU A6-1450 quad-core processors with speeds up to 1 GHz of computing processes. As for the graphics processing embedded AMD Radeon HD 8280G which has a thermal design power (TDP), only 8 watts.

Jaguar AMD A6-1450 APU processor is the new output. This low-power processor platform is the successor of Zacate and Ontario, the first generation processor which is equipped with power-saving features with four cores.

Low power consumption that makes the battery life to be quite long. During the trial, Tempo get the battery can last up to 5 hours with normal use and use the Wi-Fi connectivity.

To support the performance of the processor, Acer relies DDR 3 RAM memory of 6 GB with a storage capacity of 500 GB hard-disk. Hard-disk usage is what makes the Aspire V5-122 can not be called as an ultrabook, but of course the use processors made by AMD.

CONCLUSION

Pegged at a relatively affordable price, about Rp 5.5 million, Acer Aspire V5-122 can be regarded as a substitute for the ultrabook much cheaper price. Elegant design and weighs only 1.3 pounds, this slim notebook comfortable to carry around.

As a colleague, Aspire V5-122 can be relied upon, especially he amplified output low-power processors AMD. In the market, the Aspire V5-122 directly compete with VivoBook S200E Asus, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 and Sony Vaio SVE 1111.

SanDisk Connect: Two Wireless Data Storage Solutions

Pendrive and portable hard disk is currently the most convenient solution for storing data. But how fast and large capacity of a flash would have added value if the wireless feature. Well, the idea is now realized by SanDisk SanDisk Connect with presenting line consisting of a Connect Wireless Flash Drive SanDisk and the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive. By utilizing the wireless connection then it will be easier for users to share content and moving data, into the gadget only through WiFi connection.
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SanDisk Connect: Two Wireless Data Storage Solutions
SanDisk Connect a Wireless Flash Drive with 32GB capacity flash Wi-Fi feature that termini exist today. With this flash, users can directly access the data in them as image files, movies, music or documents anytime and anywhere without having to use wires. Users can also stream video content from gadgets owned by streaming time up to about 4 hours to completely recharge the battery.
While SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is designed for users who have higher needs. Media Drive comes with the ability to stream content up to approximately 8 hours before the battery must be recharged. Another specialty, SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive can be connected up to 8 gadgets simultaneously and can stream content such as HD movies at the same time for 5 gadgets at once. Its capacity is also greater than the Flash Drive, the 32GB and 64GB capacities. Still not big enough? You can use a memory card slot SDHC / SDXC have available.
SanDisk Connect lines can be used for iOS devices, Android, Windows and Mac. For the price, SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive 16GB version sold for U.S. $ 49.99 and the 32GB version for U.S. $ 59.99. Connect to Wireless Media Drive SanDisk 32GB version priced at U.S. $ 79.99, or about 800 thousand dollars while the 64GB version priced at U.S. $ 99.99 or approximately 1 million dollars. For a while, there is no information when the line of SanDisk Connect will be present in Indonesia.

LCD Panel Full HD Thinnest In The World For Mobile Devices From LG

Processors are getting faster, increasing the screen resolution and packaging design into its own color thinning on the development of smartphones and tablet PC technology today. With the presence of the latest innovation from LG, the trend will continue. LG introduces the thinnest Full HD display panel in the world for mobile devices. With this innovation, the body seems to be getting thinner smartphone.
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LCD Panel Full HD Thinnest In The World For Mobile Devices From LG
LG’s latest display panels present in the 5.2-inch size. There is a possibility this panel will be present in larger sizes for use on Tablet PCs. Thickness is only 2.2 mm, including the bezel or frame size 2.3 mm. The key to the success of creating a panel LG world’s thinnest LCD screen is located on LG Display panel technology, Advanced One-Glass-Solution (OGS). Even to create, LG brings touchscreen technology that is specifically designed and applied the first time through this panel.
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LCD Panel Full HD Thinnest In The World For Mobile Devices From LG
So what’s the secret to this panel can be very thin? The secret lies in between the display panel and touch the film (layer touch screen). LG Dual Flexible Printed circuit inserts instead of regular single circuit. All components are then combined with Optical Clear Resin parts in between the panel and touch the film with immediate unification system. As a result, it will automatically reduce the thickness of the panel itself as much as 30 percent.
With the presence Optical Clear Resin, this new tech screen brightness can have a better screen. With a full HD screen resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels and it has a maximum level of 535 nits brightness, the LCD screen of LG’s latest look more perfect and claimed to still be clearly visible even under the conditions used in the scorching sun.
Unfortunately, LG has not announced when the LCD screen will make her debut for smartphones and tablet PCs. Most likely we will see it the first time in LG branded products.

Ultrabook Not Be Superhero?

Intel aggressively promote thin laptop “Ultrabook” which recently has begun equipped with a touch screen. Products “2-in-1 ‘was introduced, with various forms of” magic “that can be changed from laptop to tablet and vice versa.

But all of that as not enough to subvert the glory of Apple’s MacBook Air as the pioneer and the most sought after consumer thin laptops, at least for the U.S. market.

In Uncle Sam’s, as revealed by research agency NPD report cited by Cnet, controlled 56 percent of the MacBook Air slim laptop sales during the first five months of 2013.

The remaining 44 percent is divided between partners-manufacturers Intel Ultrabook.

The latest generation MacBook Air (model 2013) also received positive feedback thanks to the durability of the battery reaches a dozen hours and expected to help maintain the market dominance of these devices in a thin laptop.

It should be noted that the battery life of the MacBook Air in 2013 made ​​possible by the Core 4th Generation of Intel. Thus, the processor manufacturers also benefit from the success of the MacBook Air.

But stronghold Windows laptop was not keep silent. In last week’s Build conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that the hybrid device (2-in-1) with touch screen feature will eliminate the need to carry laptops and tablets separately.

On the other hand, Apple considers that the touchscreen is more suitable to be applied to the iPad than a laptop. Most consumers seem to agree.

Sprint’s HTC 8XT brings BoomSound and HTC camera to Windows Phone 8

Sprint HTC 8XT retail package

I was given an HTC 8X at the Windows Phone 8 launch event and loved the design that seemed to disappear in your hand. Sprint hasn’t seen much Windows Phone love, but has two decent options for customers. I’ve been using the HTC 8XT for a couple days and wanted to share some first impressions.

The HTC 8XT from Sprint brings a mixture of HTC’s best with design aspects of the HTC 8X and 8S, along with features from the excellent HTC One. It is available now from Sprint for $99.99 with a 2-year contract.

Hardware

It comes in California Blue and at first glance looks like a slightly larger 8S with a different shade of color on the bottom button area. Specifications include:

  • 4.3 inch 800×480 pixels resolution Gorilla Glass display
  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB integrated storage with microSD card (up to 64GB supported)
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.6 megapixel front camera
  • HTC BoomSound front facing stereo speakers
  • Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, and NFC
  • 1,800 mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 5.2 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches and 4.9 ounces

As you can see this is more of a mid-range device with the lower resolution display, 8GB of internal storage, and processor. Then you see high end aspects with the HTC BoomSound speakers, Beats Audio, NFC, and 1GB of RAM.

Like the HTC 8X, the 8XT feels great in your hand and if I was a Sprint customer looking for a Windows Phone then this would probably be the one. The camera has been improved over the 8X with a more attractive design around the lens and new HTC Camera utility. The HTC Camera utility gives you some different effects to use when you capture your photo, just like the HTC One camera utility. You also get the ability to capture photos in burst mode with the software then selecting the best shot so you can make sure to capture the best photo. You can also capture still images while recording video, something again seen on HTC Android devices.

Software

The HTC 8XT launches with Windows Phone 8, which is a very functional OS that has enough apps to compete with iOS and Android. You will find all the typical Windows Phone 8 functionality in the 8XT with some HTC-specific experiences included. Windows Phone 8’s latest Data Sense utility is included with Office, OneNote, Wallet, and more. Don’t forget you can also download and install HERE Maps from Nokia on the 8XT.

HTC includes their weather/news/stocks utility, handy flashlight app, photo enhancer, unit converter, and utility to manage space on your device. As I mentioned earlier, they also provide an HTC Camera app similar to what Nokia does with their special apps. I haven’t taken a ton of photos yet, but so far I am pleased with the camera performance and functionality of the HTC Camera application.

Sprint also includes apps and services, but like all Windows Phone devices you can easily remove anything you want, unlike on Android devices. Sprint apps and services include Sprint Music Plus, Sprint TV and Movies, Visual Voicemail, and Slacker Radio.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Telenav Scout on the HTC 8XT since I find this application to be quite useful on my iPhone 5. I did not know they had a Windows Phone 8 client and after trying it on the HTC 8XT I saw it is also available on T-Mobile Windows Phone devices so I installed it on my new Nokia Lumia 925.

First experiences

The HTC 8XT is a solid Windows Phone device for Sprint customers. The device feels excellent in your hand and the resolution looks good on a 4.3 inch display. All the user reviews on the Sprint site show nearly all five star ratings so it seems Sprint customers like the device so far.

The light weight and curved design of the 8X always appealed to me and the 8XT continues that look and feel. With the soft touch material all around, the 8XT doesn’t slide around and the California Blue looks great.

I understand that there is still no LTE coverage in the Puget Sound area so I won’t be able to test out those speeds unless I travel in the next couple of weeks. With Seattle being the home of Microsoft and Windows Phone, I find this lack of LTE to be rather disappointing.