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  1. 1. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! bonus that USB 3.0 offers and in reality theres no reason for VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication a device with USB 2.0 ports today. covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. In related news, were also hearing that Apple is working with some of its partners to create more affordable ThunderboltApples considering USB 3.0 storage solutions suitable for demanding consumers or small businesses that dont need the throughput offered by high-as an addition to Thunderbolt end RAID enclosures. Further on the subject of Thunderbolt,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-considering-usb-3.0-as-an- Intel might allow third party companies to create deviceaddition-to-thunderbolt/13467.html side Thunderbolt chipsets, although the company is notSeptember 1st, 2011 considering allowing the competition in on the host side. Exclusive preview of Lenovo IdeaPad U400A lot of people have been disappointed over Apples lack of Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-preview-of-lenovo-ideapad-interest in the USB 3.0 standard, but thanks to a little bird, VR- u400/13466.htmlZone has heard that the company is still looking at USB 3.0 as September 1st, 2011a potential feature to add on future products. As to when andhow this might happen is not something we know, but fromour understanding itll happen before Intel integrates USB 3.0support into its chipsets.A lot of people have been disappointed over Apples lack of VR-Zone was one of the media to get an exclusive previewinterest in the USB 3.0 standard, but thanks to a little bird, VR- of the new Lenovo IdeaPad U400 notebook PC in Singapore.Zone has heard that the company is still looking at USB 3.0 as Although it is not the U300 UltraBook, the U400 is designed asa potential feature to add on future products. As to when and an affordable laptop with style and good functionality. Detailshow this might happen is not something we know, but from inside.our understanding itll happen before Intel integrates USB 3.0support into its chipsets.Sadly we cant reveal all the information at hand, as not onlywould we cause problems for our source, but also the entirecompany in question, but suffice to say, Apple has been lookinginto USB 3.0 host controllers, especially as the price has finallyreached an affordable level. A USB 3.0 host controller is pricedat somewhere between US$2-3 in large quantities today whichshould be compared to US$10-15 for Intels Thunderbolt chip.Its also important to remember that Thunderbolt not onlyrequires a host chip, but also a device chip and additionalchips on the device end depending on the type of device.This makes Thunderbolt a very expensive solution for simplestorage device etc.For this simple reason it makes sense that Apple is consideringimplementing USB 3.0 support into its products, especially asthe device end is very simple and equally affordable, if not evencheaper than the host end. USB 3.0 can of course not matchthe performance of a device connected over Thunderbolt,but that level of performance is often not required by theconsumer market and Apple is seemingly catering more andmore towards consumer. Backwards compatibility is another 1
  2. 2. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad U400 looks extremelystylish with round edges and from its exterior design, it isinevitable to draw comparisons with the renowned AppleMacBook Pro. According to the company, the U400 we seehere is a prototype unit. Its chassis is made of aluminiumwhich makes it fairly durable and comes in graphite grey at thispress time. The laptop has spacious palm rest, a huge multi-touch touchpad with left/right clickable buttons and uses achiclet-styled keyboard for comfortable typing. The power button is on the top left corner of the keyboard, and we did not find any notification LEDs as the body is one piece aluminium. Needless to say, it is impossible to replace the battery or even upgrade the memory modules without having to void the units warranty. Looking at the dxdiag.exe information, the U400 is equipped with 2.2GHz Intel Core i3-2330M, 2GB DDR3 memory and ATI Radeon graphics. The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 is currently available as an exclusive bundle with StarHub MaxInfinity Ultimate 100Mbps fibre home broadband plan (S$99.30 per month). The U400 offered with StarHub is valued at S$1,899 and comes with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-2620M, 4GB DDR3 memory, 500GB hard disk, ATI Radeon HD 6470M graphics (1GB VRAM), DVD SuperMulti drive and preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium. According to Lenovo, the IdeaPad 400 would be retailing soon at their authorized resellers and retail stores with similar hardware specifications and price point.On the right, we find the system recovery button, air vent, LANand USB3.0 port, while on the left holds the headphone jack, Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray pre-two USB 2.0, HDMI out connectors and a slot-in DVD drive. orders began; retails on 9 September in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-xperia-ray-pre-orders- began-retails-on-9-september-in-singapore/13464.html 2
  3. 3. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSeptember 1st, 2011 September 1st, 2011Sony Ericsson has a booth at the COMEX Show 2011, located HP Singapore announced the promotion prices for theiron level 6, hall 602, booth number 6341, to showcase their WebOS-based TouchPad tablets just a day before the COMEXcurrent offerings which include the Xperia Arc, Xperia Mini, Show. Needless to say, there are a lot of enthusiastic buyersXperia Mini Pro and Xperia Play. But if you were at their booth, who want to grab the special offer. But in the end, manyyou would notice a banner that says taking pre-orders of the were angry and disappointed when they found out the tabletsXperia Ray. Yes, pre-orders have started, which means the new have been fully redeemed even before the show started.Xperia Ray Android smartphone is arriving here in Singapore. UPDATE: HP has issued a statement that due to safety and security concerns, the sale of the standalone HP TouchPads at COMEX will be discontinued. However, HP PCs purchase with purchase offers for the HP TouchPad will still be available at the COMEX show.The much anticipated Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is comingto Singapore with pre-orders commencing today. Measuringjust 9.9mm thin, the Xperia Ray sports a 3.3-inch screenand runs the latest Android platform for smartphones(Gingerbread 2.3). The phone packs a powerful 1GHz UPDATE: HP has issued a statement that due to safety andprocessor, Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, a security concerns, the sale of the standalone HP TouchPads8.1-megapixel camera with Exmor R for mobile and high at COMEX will be discontinued. However, HP PCs purchasedefinition video functionality. with purchase offers for the HP TouchPad will still be available at the COMEX show.The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray will be available for sale on 9September at a recommended retail price of S$598. If you pre-order the Xperia Ray smartphone from today until 9 Sept, you At the COMEX Show 2011, the 16GB HP TouchPad is goingwill receive an exquisite gift from Mont Blanc. for S$126 (w/GST) while the 32GB version is selling at S$201Pre-order of the Xperia Ray is available at M1, Singtel and (w/GST). However, only 100 units of each model will be soldStarhub, Sony Ericsson Concept Stores (Parkway Parade and with only one tablet per person, and on the first two days ofAng Mo Kio Hub) and selected Sony Stores and Sony Centres. the show. On top of that, the company will only accept cashAlso available at COMEX 2011, Hall 602 at the Sony Ericsson payment; no credit cards or NETS, and there will also be non-Booth 6341. Redemption of gift at Mont Blanc boutique at returnable and non-refundable policies. With such attractiveMandarin Gallery from 10 Sept to 30 Nov, while stocks last. price tags, ever since HP USA announced the US$99 TouchPad tablets just about ten days ago, it makes sense why people are going "ga-ga" over them.HP TouchPad at COMEX 2011 Unfortunately, the arrangement for the COMEX promotiondraws huge (angry) crowd was badly planned. There was no mention as to where oneSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-touchpad-at-comex-2011-draws- can queue to get the TouchPad tablets. Not even on the HPhuge-angry-crowd/13460.html Singapore Facebook Page. Not to mention, the comments on the popular social networking website are not very encouraging either, with some citing the obvious fact that why the company is only selling 200 units each day when there are so many people who would kill to buy the tablet. HP Singapore 3
  4. 4. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneonly said that if you missed the special promotion, you can stillpurchase it with their purchase-on-purchase program which Notebook PCs promotion @include buying either a HP TouchSmart610 -1138d, 1178d, COMEX Show 20111188d; HP Pavilion dv4-3020TX, or HP Pavilion dv6-6144TX, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/notebook-pcs-promotion--comex-dv6-6105TX and dv6-6106TX. You can then get the chance to show-2011/13462.htmlbuy the HP TouchPad 16GB and HP TouchPad 32GB for S$49 September 1st, 2011(with GST) and S$119 (with GST) respectively. The COMEX Show 2011 is here. For those who are hunting for a new notebook PC, well, there are some good offers from the various manufacturers including ASUS, Sony, Samsung and Toshiba. Who knows you might find something that would suit your computing needs. ASUSVR-Zone was at the COMEX Show 2011 around 10am,and learnt that all the TouchPad tablets have alreadybeen redeemed even before the 12pm official opening time!Apparently, the company had handed out queue numbers tothose "in queue" when there was no mention anywhere (noteven on their Facebook page) as to where the queue would takeplace. One of the lucky buyers (above pic) was 83 in the queueand said that he was there since 6.45am in the morning. Thismeans that by 8am, all 200 queue tickets would have been soldout. The best part was that, there was a huge crowd waitingoutside the halls and they were unaware of this. The hallswere opened 30min earlier at 11.30am and the mad hordeall ran to the HP booth at the rear, only to be left angry and The K series laptop is one of ASUS star products whichdisappointed when they learnt that all the TouchPad tablets features highly durable premium aluminum textures andhave been redeemed. comes in variopis stylish colors - red, green, blue, pink and black. The 14-inch ASUS K43SJ29i5 which is equipped withCheck out the crowd pic and video below:- 2.9GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor, 4GB DDR3 memory (after free upgrade), 500GB SATA hard disk, Nvidia FeForce GT520M with 1GB VRAM, DVD Super-Multi double layer drive, and preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium, is selling at S$799 (U.P. S$999). The slightly more power variant, K43Sv29i7, which comes with 2GHz Intel Core i7-2690QM processor, 6GB DDR3 memory (after free upgrade), 640GB SATA hard disk, Nvidia GeForce GT540 with 1GB VRAM, DVD Super-Multi double layer drive, and preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium, is retailing at S$1,099 (U.P. S$1,398). Dell 4
  5. 5. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGamer enthusiasts who are looking for a powerful Incorporating a 14-inch display with LED backlight, theyet portable gaming laptop would have to check out VAIO C features 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor, 4GBthe latest Dell Alienware M14x. In terms of hardware DDR3 memory, 500GB hard disk, AMD Radeon HD6630Mspecifications, the Alienware M14x is equipped with Intel (1GB VRAM) graphics and preloaded with Windows 7 HomeCore i7-2630M processor, 4GB dual-channel DDR3 SDRAM, Premium 64-bit operating system. Available in four stylish500GB 7200rpm SATA hard disk and Nvidia GT555M colors of black, orange, green and pink, the VAIO C (model:graphics with 1.5GB DDR3 memory. The 14-inch gaming VCPCCA15FGD) is selling at a decentS$1,399.monster, which is one of Dells star products, is selling Acerat S$2,299. But if you want a slightly lower Intel Core i52410M processor variant with Nvidia GeForce GT555M (1.5GBVRAM), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, and 500GB SATA hard disk,you can get it at S$1,999 with free Razer Gaming Mouse andHeadset.Samsung The Acer Aspire 4750G-2634G50MN is one of the few very attractive purchases at the COMEX Show. Inside the 14- inch notebook PC are 2GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM processor, 8GB DDR3 memory (after free upgrade), 500GB hard disk, Nvidia GeForce GT540 graphics with 2GB VRAM, DVD+RW combo drive and preinstalled with Microsoft Windows 7Powered by 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor and comes Home Premium operating system. For such high-specificationwith 4GB DDR3 memory, 640GB hard disk, Nvidia GeForce machine, it is selling at S$1,098.GT520M graphics with Nvidia Optimus technology and Blu- Toshibaray combo drive, the Samsung RC420E is designed for workand play. If the attractive price tag of S$1,099 (U.P. S$1,299)isnt enough to swing you over, the manufacturer also throwsin free Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security software,carrying case and second year extended local warranty.Sony 5
  6. 6. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 8th Prize: S$ 600 cash 9th Prize: S$ 500 cash 10th Prize: S$ 400 cash 11th Prize: S$ 300 cash 12th Prize: S$ 200 cash The COMEX 2011 Show Lucky Draw Results will be published in the New Paper on 12th September 2011.At the Toshiba booth, the Satellite P745 stands out amongits peer with its sleek and stylish looks. In the hardwaredepartment, it comes with 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410processor, 8GB DDR3 memory, 750GB SATA hard disk,Nvidia GeForce GT525M with 2GB VRAM and Optimustechnology, DVD SuperMulti drive and preloaded withWindows 7 Home Premium. All these at an attractive price ofS$1,399 (U.P. S$2,199).COMEX 2011 Lucky DrawRedemption Counter on Level Making a purchase at COMEX 2011? Remember to redeem6 Suntec Exhibition Centre and fill up your Lucky Draw Coupons on Level 6. For every $100 spent at the show, you will get a chance to win up toSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-2011-lucky-draw-redemption- $20000 cash.counter-on-level-6-suntec-exhibition-centre/13461.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011 Lucky Draw Redemption Counter / Organisers OfficeMaking a purchase at COMEX 2011? Remember to redeemand fill up your Lucky Draw Coupons on Level 6. For every$100 spent at the show, you will get a chance to win up to$20000 cash.Lucky Draw:For every $100 spent during the show, you will get a chanceto win1st Prize: S$ 20,000 Cash Coupon Filling Up Area2nd Prize: S$ 3,000 Cash3rd Prize: S$ 2,000 Cash4th Prize: S$ 1,000 cash5th Prize: S$ 900 cash6th Prize: S$ 800 cash7th Prize: S$ 700 cash 6
  7. 7. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Considering that this is a weekday and just the start of the show, we dont expect the situation to change anytime soon. AMD FX-Series Lineup Revealed Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-fx-series-lineup- revealed/13458.html September 1st, 2011 As we move ever closer to the release of AMDs FX-Series, Gigabyte has revealed a CPU compatibility list for its 990FXDriving to COMEX 2011? - motherboards, which all but confirms the final FX-SeriesCarparks Full Already SKUs. As expected, there will be 8-core, 6-core and 4-coreSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/driving-to-comex-2011--carparks-full- CPUs, with the flagship clocked at 3.6 GHz.already/13459.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011Our correspondent on the ground managed to snap this The final shipping stepping is B2. The top part, FX-8150, ispicture just now - looks like visitors to COMEX 2011 @ Suntec clocked at 3.6 GHz, with a TDP of 125W. Next in line is theCity will have to take public transport or park their cars FX-8120, clocked at 3.1 GHz. There are two versions - 125Wsomewhere else as all the parking lots near the exhibition and 95W. This suggests that the FX-8120 was initially targetedarena is unavailable. for 95W but may ship with a 125W TDP to begin with. The final 8-core CPU is the FX-8100, clocked at 2.8 GHz. The sole 6-core CPU will be FX-6100 at 3.3 GHz while the 4- core CPU will be FX-4100 clocked at 3.6 GHz. Both feature 95W TDP, and will likely compete up against the Core i5 series. All CPUs feature 8MB L3 cache. This suggests that FX-6100 and FX-4100 are likely to be Zambezi with 1 module and 2 modules disabled, respectively, rather than native 3-module / 2-module dies. The clock speeds mentioned in the table only refer to the base frequencies, with no mention of Turbo Core. The latest rumours still suggest a launch in September, while other rumours suggest mass availability may happen only in October. COMEX 2011 Pricelists now available @ http://vr-zone.com/ comex/pricelists Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-2011-pricelists-now-available--Our correspondent on the ground snapped this picture just http-vr-zone.comcomexpricelists/13457.htmlnow - looks like visitors to COMEX 2011 @ Suntec City willhave to take public transport or park their cars somewhere elseas all the parking lots near the exhibition arena is unavailable. 7
  8. 8. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSeptember 1st, 2011 One slight issue with the announcement is that various Samsung websites contain slightly different details with regards to the exact specifications and features, so well suggest a smidgen of caution here. The Series 7 carries the sub brand Chronos borrowed from the Greek god of time, as Samsung claims to have added several new features that helps to reduce the boot time of the system and in general speed things up.Samsung Series 7 notebookshave big screens in smallfootprintsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-series-7-notebooks-have-big-screens-in-small-footprints/13456.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011 Most of the speed increase comes from what Samsung calls ExpressCache, which sounds a lot like Intels Smart ResponseEven if the rumours about Samsungs interest in HPs PC technology, but apparently its not, as Samsung is using a muchbusiness were refuted by the company, if Samsungs Series 7 smaller 8GB SSD, whereas Intels Smart Response requiresnotebook announcement is anything to go by, the company at least 20GB of SSD storage. It works more closely to thathas a bright future in the notebook market. The Series 7 is of a Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive; albeit with the SSDSamsungs new performance line of notebooks, but possibly part being fitted to the notebooks PCB rather than inside thethe most impressive feature is the fact that Samsung claims hard drive. Combine this with something that Samsung callsthat theyve managed to stuff a larger screen size inside a FastStart and you end up with a claimed POST time of twosmaller chassis size, but is this even possible? seconds and a cold boot time of 19 seconds.Even if the rumours about Samsungs interest in HPs PCbusiness were refuted by the company, if Samsungs Series 7notebook announcement is anything to go by, the companyhas a bright future in the notebook market. The Series 7 isSamsungs new performance line of notebooks, but possiblythe most impressive feature is the fact that Samsung claimsthat theyve managed to stuff a larger screen size inside asmaller chassis size, but is this even possible? In terms of battery life, Samsung claims an impressive 9h on a single charge and the company goes on to say that its "Life Plus" battery technology keeps 80 percent of the cells original capacity for up to 1,500 re-charge cycles. As such Samsung claims that its batteries can last up to five times as long as some of its competitors. This is all great stuff, but the real selling point of the Series 7 in our opinion is that Samsung has managed to squeeze a larger screen size into a smaller notebook size. As such, the model with a 14-inch screen is the size of a 13.3-inch notebook, the model with the 15-inch screen the size of a 14- inch notebook and the model with the 15.6-inch screen the size of a 15-inch notebook. If that wasnt good enough, Samsung is offering 1600x900 resolution panels across the board, all sporting 300nits brightness. It gets even better though, as all four models have matt screens, which is a really welcomed 8
  9. 9. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneaddition and hopefully something that Samsungs competitors $1,299 (S$1,565) and Samsung is expecting to start selling thewill pick up on. Series 7 on the 2nd of October in the US. Check out the video below for some additional details. OCZs SSD caching solution launches Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-s-ssd-caching-solution- launches/13455.html September 1st, 2011 Its hard not to call OCZ an innovative company as they keep coming up with new ways of either connecting your SSD or take advantage of SSD technology somehow in your PC. The latest addition to the RevoDrive series of PCI Express basedAs for the actual hardware specs, well, Samsung will be SSDs is the RevoDrive Hybrid and if youve been around for alaunching with Intels updated Core i7 and Core i5 processors while, you might remember that once upon a time ISA cardsand all but the 14-inch model (or is that 13-inch?) will come with a hard drive strapped to them werent so uncommon andwith a quad core CPU, while the smaller model will have to the RevoDrive Hybrid somewhat harkens back to those days.make do with a dual core CPU. All models also have discreteAMD graphics, 6GB of DDR3 memory and a 750GB hard driveas standard. Do keep in mind that this is the US spec and this Its hard not to call OCZ an innovative company as they keepmight be different in other markets. The rest of the specs can coming up with new ways of either connecting your SSD orbe found in the somewhat messy table below. take advantage of SSD technology somehow in your PC. The latest addition to the RevoDrive series of PCI Express based SSDs is the RevoDrive Hybrid and if youve been around for a while, you might remember that once upon a time ISA cards with a hard drive strapped to them werent so uncommon and the RevoDrive Hybrid somewhat harkens back to those days. Although the Hardcards as they were known as, are long since history it looks like well once again shove hard drives into our expansion slots, at least if OCZ has anything to do with it. Early details from the Flash Memory Summit last year suggested that OCZ was working on a hard drive caching solution using a RevoDrive with a pair of SATA connectors on it, but apparently this idea was scrapped in favour of the RevoDrive Hybrid.We almost forgot to mention that the keyboards features bluebacklight and that Samsung has of course implemented a pairof USB 3.0 ports and a slot-loaded optical drive in all models.The trackpad is also massive and very similar to the one found OCZ demoed an early version of the RevoDrive Hybrid back aton Apples MacBooks. Price wise were looking at a starting Computex, but quite a few things have changed since then. Ok,price of US$999.99 (S$1,205) stretching all the way to US so OCZ is a couple of months later than it planned, but these 9
  10. 10. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethings happen and there are some upsides and downsides performance and reliability under the harshest operatingto this. For starters larger 2.5-inch hard drives have become environment.widely available and the RevoDrive Hybrid will now ship with • Double-forward switching circuitry: offers low powera 1TB drive rather than a 500GB drive. The SSD part has also loss and high reliability.been boosted from 60 to 100GB which should hopefully meanimproved performance and OCZ is claiming speeds of up to • Unparalleled DC to DC converter provides highest910MB/s in the press release alongside 120,000 IOPS at 4K efficiency, most stable performance, and perfectrandom writes, all very impressive numbers indeed. regulation.The not so good news is that the price also went up, from • 3oz PCB design reduces heat generation and allowsan estimated US$350 to US$499.99 making the RevoDrive greater efficiency.Hybrid a very costly SSD caching solution. This clearly puts it • Robust & dedicated +12V output: comes with dual +12Voutside of your average consumers reach as well, but hopefully rails design providing up to 40A for 12V1 and 80A forOCZ will consider launching more affordable options in the 12V2.future. • FanDelayCool Technology allows 14cm fan to continue to operate 15-30 sec after system shuts-down to ensure allThermaltake Toughpower components are properly cooled.Grand 1050W PSU Review • Multi-GPU ready: comes with 8 x PCI-E 6+2pin forSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/thermaltake-toughpower- cutting-edge gaming machine.grand-1050w-psu-review/13454.html • Auto switching circuitry for universal AC input fromSeptember 1st, 2011 90-264V. • Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) with PF value of 0.95 at full load. • High reliability: MTBF>120,000 hours. • DIMENSION: 5.9”(W) x 3.4”(H) x ?7.1” (L);150mm(W) Thermaltake is a well known company and carries a good x 86mm(H) x 180mm(L)reputation as a high quality PSU manufacturer. Not too • Built-in industry grade protections: Over Current, Overlong ago we had a look at one of Thermaltake’s mainstream Power, Over Voltage, Under Voltage, Over Temperaturepower supplies, the TR-2 800W unit. Today we are going to and Short-Circuit protection.examine and review one of the company’s best products, theToughpower Grand 1050W unit, a power supply aiming to • Safety / EMI Approvals: CE, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, GOSTsatisfy the craving needs of hardcore enthusiasts. Let us have and BSMI certified.a closer look at it.Thermaltake is a well known company and carries a goodreputation as a high quality PSU manufacturer. Not too Acer finally launches thelong ago we had a look at one of Thermaltake’s mainstream Iconia Smartpower supplies, the TR-2 800W unit. Today we are going to Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/acer-finally-launches-the-iconia-examine and review one of the company’s best products, the smart/13453.htmlToughpower Grand 1050W unit, a power supply aiming to September 1st, 2011satisfy the craving needs of hardcore enthusiasts. Let us havea closer look at it. • Compliance with Intel ATX 12V 2.3 & SSI EPS 12V 2.92 standards. • 80 PLUS Gold certified – with 87-93% extreme high efficiency @ 20-100% load to cut down electric cost. Sometimes waiting for something good can take too long and in the case of the Iconia Smart from Acer, which was first • 24/7 @ 50oC: Guaranteed to deliver 1050W continuous announced back at the Mobile World Congress in February power. has finally launched, well, at least in Taiwan. That said, • Pure aesthetic design with uncompromising the company did deliver on its September launch date, performance. although judging by the fact that no hardware changes were • Proprietary dual ball bearing 14cm flower-shape fan implemented, it feels like the phone is about six months late. enables longer lifespan and lowers overall noise output by dramatically reducing bearing frictions. Sometimes waiting for something good can take too long and • 100% 105oC (221oF) Japanese made electrolytic in the case of the Iconia Smart from Acer, which was first & solid state capacitors: provide uncompromised announced back at the Mobile World Congress in February has finally launched, well, at least in Taiwan. That said, 10
  11. 11. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe company did deliver on its September launch date, Sadly the tech specs are a bit long in the tooth now with aalthough judging by the fact that no hardware changes were single core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 SoC, 512MB of RAMimplemented, it feels like the phone is about six months late. and 8GB of internal storage the Iconia Smart is pretty average in terms of spec today, no matter if you compare it to otherWe got some hands on time with the Iconia Smart at Acer’s smartphones or to tablets. Other features include 802.11b/g/low key launch event in Taipei and not much has changed n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, an 8 Megapixel camera thatsince February. The only really good news is that Acer has put can shoot 720p video, a micro HDMI and USB port and finallyAndroid 2.3 on the Iconia Smart which does at least put it HSDPA speeds of up to 14.4Mbps and HSUPA speeds of up toat level playing ground with the competition. To be fair, the 5.76Mbps.Iconia Smart doesn’t have a ton of direct competitors thanksto its 4.8-inch screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 1024x480resolution and this is the saving grace of what can only bedescribed as something of a hybrid tablet. Overall Acer has come up with a unique form factor, but we don’t think this on its own is going to be enough considering all of its competitors are now offering dual core devices on their high-end devices. Luckily, Acer has priced the Iconia Smart atDespite its fairly large size at 141.7x64.5x13.6mm, it’s a reasonable NT$14,800 (S$615/US$510) which does at leastsurprisingly slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy S II with its make it competitive price wise and we’d expect actual retail4.27-inch screen as it’s 66.1mm wide. That said, at 185g pricing to drop lower than this quite quickly.the Iconia Smart is bordering on obese when you’re talkingphones, but if you consider it a competitor to say the Dell We’ve added a few more pictures from the event on the nextStreak for example, then it’s actually quite light and pocket page.friendly. HP Singapore unveils TouchPad pricing at COMEX Show 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-singapore-unveils-touchpad- pricing-at-comex-show-2011/13452.html September 1st, 2011 While HP has officially dropped their WebOS-based TouchPad tablet pricing to US$99, there was no news whether the pricing would be applied at this part of the world. Well, apparently the company has unveiled the latest pricing of the TouchPad,Kudos to Acer for hosting the entire presentation from an though there are some terms and conditions. Details inside.Iconia Smart thanks to its micro HDMI port, this is a first tous, as we haven’t seen any other company brave enough to hostan entire presentation including demos from the device beinglaunched. 11
  12. 12. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone having large computer systems, even up to the supercomputer grade, for a long time. A*CRC is a unique combination of diverse high-end hardware resources led by a team of experts to support the growing user base. A Choice of Systems for Every User In the Asia-Pacific region, Singapore may be smaller in scale compared to the resources of China, Japan or Korea when it comes to the scientific, research and engineering base, but it has had accumulated expertise and user base to justify having large computer systems, even up to the supercomputer grade, for a long time. Top Singapore universities, NUS and NTU, as well as variousAccording to HP, the 16GB and 32GB HP TouchPads will institutes and even companies involved in rendering farms orbe available at S$126 (with GST) and S$201 (with GST) oil exploration simulations have been using large computerrespectively, for the first two days of COMEX Show. However, here, either vector or parallel single image supercomputers,only 100 unit of each of the versions will be available each day or clusters of standardised servers. As the usage increased,and that the purchase is limited to only one unit per person leading to many disparate systems in various locations, theregardless of whether it is 16GB or 32GB. Best of all, the mode Government agency A*STAR created A*STAR Computationalof purchase is cash and carry only; no credit cards or NETS, Resource Centre (A*CRC) where, at least for the numerousand it will be a non-refundable and non-returnable. So, if institutes under the A*STAR umbrella as well as other researchyou want to grab one, you will have to be quick. The units bodies in Singapore, there was now a centralised high endwill be available at HP booth 8428 (specifically the HP Direct supercomputing resource base.counter), Hall 402/403.For those of you who are purchasing the HP TouchSmart610 Located on the 17th floor of the humongous Fusionopolis-1138d, 1178d, 1188d; and HP Pavilion dv4-3020TX, HP behemoth of a building on top of the soon to open One-Pavilion dv6-6144TX, dv6-6105TX and dv6-6106TX, you will North Circle Line MRT station in Ayer Rajah area, A*CRC hasalso get to buy the HP TouchPad 16GB and HP TouchPad one of worlds rare heavy-duty supercomputer data centres32GB for S$49 (with GST) and S$119 (with GST) respectively. located on a high floor of a tall building. It is dividedThe purchase-with-purchase HP TouchPad will be available at into five functional areas: Computational Systems, Storage,RewardsLINK in a first come first serve basis, while stocks last. Networking, Operations, and HPC Software.The two dozenRewardsLINK can be located at 3 Temasek Boulevard #02-163 staff, headed by Dr Marek Michalewicz, Director, and StephenSuntec City Mall, Singapore 038983. Wong, Deputy Director in charge of systems, among others,Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 11.00am – 7.00pmEve of provide support for over seven hundred of local, and someX’mas /New Year/CNY: 11.00am – 3.00pm. Closed on X’mas, international, users on a variety of systems. A*CRC operatesNew Year and CNY another data center with large storage, located at the Biopolis, aimed mainly at bioinformatics users.A*Stars ACRC: Singaporeaims for SupercomputingHeightsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a-star-s-acrc-singapore-aims-for-supercomputing-heights/13450.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011In the Asia-Pacific region, Singapore may be smaller in scalecompared to the resources of China, Japan or Korea whenit comes to the scientific, research and engineering base, butit has had accumulated expertise and user base to justify 12
  13. 13. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNow, A*CRC cant yet fight in size with multi-petaflop systems main systems here, one being a brand new IBM p755that can now be found in Japan or China, but the centre has Power7 cluster of 30 nodes, each with 32 cores runningdiversity of hardware platforms that makes it interesting: from at 3.3 GHz and 128 GB RAM per node; the other one istheir 2048-core Westmere-EX single-image shared memory an older 32-node cluster of 8-socket quad-core Opterons,machine with 12 TB RAM, the largest of its type in the region, made by HP, but its excellent PCIe I/O bandwidth asto a 3,800+ core Xeon DP Fujitsu general purpose cluster, well as 128 GB RAM per node make it good for hostingAMD Opteron SMP cluster combination as well as one of the multiple GPGPUs, for instance.largest IBM Power7-based RISC clusters in the region. • SMP machine, aimed at very large tera-scale tasks in terms of both processor and memory load, like the aboveThe first one would obviously make hackers salivate - how mentioned SGI Altix UV with its 256 eight-core Intelabout seeing a Linux (or Windows, as the machine could Xeons put together sharing 12 TB RAM, all under onerun it too) task prompt showing 2048 cores available with Linux OS boot. Each of the cores runs at 2.66 GHz with12,000 GB system memory - and theres a good reason for peak 4 flops/cycle, offering theoretical peak performanceit. Too long there was an overemphasis just on the TOP 500 of over 21 TFLOPs in a single machine.supercomputer ranking in terms of peak and tested GFLOPsor TFLOPs according to the (in)famous Linpack linear What would seem to be good to add here to the resource,algebra benchmark routine, however the underlying system I feel, would be a nice visualisation cluster, driving a ~architecture can influence the real application execution 100 Mpixel 3-D CAVE-style VR facility. Such combinationpotential even more. Dr Mareks team has, over the past is normally driven by dozens of tightly interconnected dual-few years, consciously diversified the available resources for CPU workstations, each with a powerful Open GL GPU orvaried usage types so, whether your application can scale to two, which use Chromium or similar parallel OpenGL software1,000 cores in a single task, or you just dump 1,000 simple layer to parallelise real-time 3-D across dozens of GPUs at theunconnected threads at the same time, there is the right kind same time. Cave Automatic Virtual Environment, which reallyof system to run either kind of jobs - plus many other types - gives the user an immersion of being in a virtual world cavein the centre. recursively acronyms as CAVE anyway. A*CRC sister institute IHPC has a small setup of this type already for awhile. Machines alone, even with petabytes of associates storage, huge ventilation, power and backup facilities, and hardware support staff monitoring the usage constantly, are not enough. A*CRC expert team helps the users acquire the right applications - commercial or open source - or, where needed, additional hardware that can be housed at the premises - as well as user code tuning and optimisation. And, as more users from within and outside A*STAR, including NUS, NTU, associated schools and commercial, as well as selected international collaborations, are added to the roster, the pressure to increase resources is constant. It may sound unbelievable to an outside user, but most of the A*CRC system resources are constantly used, every moment, at 90% to 100% usage. Imagine your computers CPU loaded at that level for, say, 5 years of its life, non stop!.There are three types of computer systems right now atA*CRC: • Cluster of large number of small, dual processor nodes for heavy loads of many serial jobs as well as highly parallel codes that run well with message passing (MPI); The Fujitsu BX900 450-node cluster of dual-XeonDP small nodes, each with two CPU sockets and 24 GB or more RAM per node, all connected via generic Infiniband QDR, is the main resource here. Its 45 TFLOPs performance capability puts it close to the ~ 50 TFLOPs class where the worlds Top 200 systems start right now. • Cluster of smaller number of larger nodes, more suitable for large memory-footprint applications with higher degree of CPU and thread communication. There are 2 13
  14. 14. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneTherefore, to keep up with the user requirements and alsocompeting centres in the region, A*CRC has to increase itscapacity rapidly, as soon as possible. After all, Japan andChina both have multiple petaflop-class systems right now,including the worlds largest one in Kobe reaching close to 10PFLOPs at RIKEN right now. While we cant have a petaflopmachine in Singapore yet as of today, a slightly smaller one,say half-petaflop cluster of large core-count noder, wouldmake very good sense right now, to attract more users toour shores and provide a good base for an even largernational level supercomputing core. This takes an investmentin systems, infrastructure and of course people, but wouldcement Singapores role as the high performance computingcentre of the region. Samsung D7000 LED TV The LED D7000 incorporates improved backlight scanning technology with Samsung’s new 3D proprietary frame interpolation algorithm, which improves 3D picture quality and creates sharp 2D and 3D pictures and smooth frame transitions without blurring. With access to Smart Hub, the LED D7000 Series is an ideal media center, complementing consumers’ ever connected and mobile lifestyles. Usual Price: 46-inch - S$4,499; 55-inch - S$5,999 COMEX Promotion:TBAIn the Part 2 of the story, we will look at some good applicationand code examples how A*CRC users actually make fullutilisation of thousands of cores and terabytes or memory, atone go, as well as challenges in configuring, benchmarkingand maintaining huge supercomputer systems of this sort,especially in our hot, humid climate here.COMEX Show 2011Promotions: SamsungSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-show-2011-promotions- Samsung NX11 Camerasamsung/13449.html Equipped with a built-in flash and electronic VGA (640x480)September 1st, 2011 viewfinder, the NX11 sports a 3-inch AMOLED LCD screen which reduces glare from sunlight so that images can be seen under any lighting conditions. The NX11 also provides high quality video with 720p HD recording, and its large APS-C sensor allows the videos to be recorded with shallow depth of field, providing effects similar to in-motion picture movies. The NX11 will come complete with an 18-55mm i-FunctionSamsung will be showcasing their range of products from lens, as well as two new i-Function lenses, a 20mm pancakelaptops, smartphones, LCD TVs, Blu-ray players, home and a 20-50mm zoom silver color lens.entertainment systems to tablet devices, video camcorders anddigital cameras at this weeks COMEX Show 2011. The COMEX Promotion: S$999 with 20-50 mm i-FunctionSamsung booth can be located on level 4, booth 8321, 8328. standard kit lens 14
  15. 15. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSamsung Series 9, 900X3A, 13.3-inch NotebookWith a maximum thickness of 16.3mm and an ultralightweight of 1.31 kg, the 9 Series Notebook 900X3A sports ahigh quality screen boasting market-leading 400nit brightnessand 16 million colors. It also comes equipped with an Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1Intel CoreTM i7/i5 Processor, solid state drive and genuine The GALAXY Tab 10.1 features Samsung’s own TouchWiz userWindows 7 Home Premium. Using Samsung’s innovative interface implemented on the Android Honeycomb platform,PowerPlus charging technology and a power-efficient and offering superior multi-tasking and enhanced user interactionadvanced Lithium-Polymer battery, it has a battery lifespan and navigation. It is the world’s thinnest mobile tabletthat lasts up to 6.5 hours. available, at 8.6 mm and weighs approximately 560g. TheCOMEX Promotion:S$2,488 GALAXY Tab 10.1, with its WXGA TFT LCD display (1280 x 800) is powered by 1GHz dual core AP. It is the perfect device for sharing and enjoying media content with family and friends. COMEX Promotion:16GB 3G version - S$848 M1 announces new mData mobile broadband plans Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/m1-announces-new-mdata-mobile- broadband-plans/13448.html September 1st, 2011Samsung GALAXY S II M1 Limited (M1) has announced that it will launch four newThe Samsung GALAXY S II features a 1.2GHz dual-core competitively priced mobile broadband plans for customers onprocessor, HSPA+ connectivity providing data transfer of September 1 this year. The new plans, which are claimed toup to 21Mbps, a Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display. be aimed at providing a better mobile surfing experience toAt just 8.49mm in thickness, the new smartphone is a consumers, will reportedly start from the low price of S$12 apowerful evolution of its predecessor in speed, screen and slim month and will be differentiated by data bundle sizes.design. Weighing 116g, the GALAXY II has a 4.27-inch Super M1 has announced the availability of four new mData mobileAMOLED Plus screen, making improvements in screen size, broadband plans for customers starting from September 1 thiscolour gamut and power consumption. year. According to M1, the new plans, which start from the lowCOMEX Promotion:16GB - S$998 price of S$12 per month, will help the company to provide a better mobile surfing experience to customers The new plans will be provisioned at the speeds of 7.2 Mbps or 21 Mbps theoretical download speeds, although M1 has claimed that users can expect to experience typical download speeds ranging between 0.6 to 6.7 Mbps under most circumstances. M1 has also confirmed that customers who opt to go for the 7.2 Mbps package will be given the chance to 15
  16. 16. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonechoose from a range of plans valued from $12 for 5GB to $40 The newly launched Microsoft Touch Mouse is optimallyfor 50GB. designed for Windows 7 PCs. The new multitouch mouse lets you click, flick, scroll and swipe, so it is easy, fun andLast but definitely not least, the company has also confirmed interact more intuitively on your PC. The top of the Touchthat mData’s monthly mobile broadband data usage bundle Mouse is composed of a matrix of capacitive touch-sensingwill be capped at a maximum of $69.30 to help eliminate the electrodes to track the position of the user’s fingertips alonglikelihood of consumers suffering from a heart attack caused its surface.by astronomically high data charges due to freak incidents. COMEX Promotion: S$99 (Free S$10 shopping voucher)The full list of mData mobile broadband plans from M1 are asfollow:COMEX Show 2011 Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000Promotions: Microsoft The Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 features an ergonomist-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-show-2011-promotions- approved contour layout that creates an organic arc tomicrosoft/13446.html encourage natural wrist posture. It has a slim and glossySeptember 1st, 2011 design makes a modern statement while minimizing clutter on your desktop, and media keys that provide one-touch access to popular media functions, such as play, pause and volume. COMEX Promotion: S$27Microsoft is making a great presence at this years COMEXShow with great promotions on their keyboards, mice and webcameras, as well as XBox 360 and Kinect games. You can alsotrade in your old console and receive up to $150 off a new Xbox360, as well as pre-order for the higly-anticipated GEARS OFWAR 3. Their booth can be located on level 6, booth 6126. Microsoft LifeCam Studio Enjoy great video chat with friends and family with the new Microsoft LifeCam Studio webcam. It incorporates a full high definition 1080p sensor that can deliver widescreen video at 16:9 at up to 30 frames per second. With ClearFrame Technology, it can offer smooth, detailed video with an improved de-noiser, which reduces image graininess — especially in low light. Usual Price: S$149Microsoft Touch Mouse COMEX Promotion: S$129 16
  17. 17. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGears of War 3 Limited Edition Xbox 360 consoleCustom designed with artwork inspired by Gears of War 3, HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-OneXbox 360 is offering this exclusive console with Wi-Fi built-infor easier connection to the world of games and entertainment The HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One allows smallon Xbox LIVE. This limited offer also includes a copy of the businesses to get professional colour and laser performancegame Gears of War 3, two custom-designed Xbox 360 wireless at a low cost per page. Featuring HP ePrint, users can printcontrollers, and a 320GB hard drive. Available only for a anytime, anywhere using any mobile device1. The printer alsolimited time. features a 2.36-inch (5.99cm) color touchscreen display to easily copy, fax, print, scan and more.COMEX Promotion: S$649 COMEX Promotion Price: TBACOMEX Show 2011Promotions: HPSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-show-2011-promotions-hp/13445.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011Even though HP has announced the price drop of US$99for thier TouchPad tablet devices, there is still no news asto whether the company will be offering that price tag toconsumers. (Probably the reason why we have yet to receiveall the promotions). Well, here are some of the great deals ontheir printers and all-in-one devices. You can check out theirbooth on level 4, hall 401, booth 8150. HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer The HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer is designed to be easy to use and requires minimal maintenance. Whether you are in the office, in a car, or at an airport, you can print wherever you want, knowing that you will get the same quality you expect from desk-top printers. COMEX Promotion Price: TBA 17
  18. 18. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone HP ePrint technology, users can print anytime, anywhere and from any mobile device. COMEX Promotion Price: TBA COMEX Show 2011 Promotions: Olympus Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-show-2011-promotions- olympus/13444.html September 1st, 2011 Photographer enthusiasts would be delighted with some of the good promotions on Olympus digital cameras including the Olympus E-PL1, E-P3 and E-PL3 which use micro four-thirds system, and XZ-1. The Olympus booth can be located on level 4, hall 404, booth 8205.HP Laserjet Pro CM1415FNWThe HP LaserJet Pro CM 1415FNW is the first LaserJet printerthat allows users to print from the Web and mobile devices.Users can minimize environmental impact with the Instant-on Technology and Instant-on Copy. It features wireless andEthernet connectivity which lets you print from anywhere inthe office via a shared network.COMEX Promotion Price: TBA Olympus E-P3 The Olympus E-P3 claims to be the flagship of the PEN series of new generation Micro Four Thirds system cameras with the world’s fastest autofocusing (AF) achieved through the FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor) AF system and a lens incorporating the MSC (movie and still compatible) mechanism. It also boasts superb image quality and high ISO12800 sensitivity, thanks to the new 12.3-megapixel High Speed Live MOS Sensor with full HD movie compatibility and new TruePic VI image processing engine. Usual Price: Option 1: E-P3 14-42mm Lens Kit - S$1,298 (w/ GST) Body (Available colours: Black, White and Silver)HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-All-in-One C410aThe HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-All-in-One C410a is an all- M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm II R f3.5-5.6in-one that allows you to do more. You can boost your homeprinter capabilities by easily faxing, scanning and copying with Bundled with 8GB SD Cardthis 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF), and print Option 2: E-P3 Twin Lens Kit - S$1,548 (with GST)photos and web content without a PC. With the revolutionary Body (Available colours: Black, White and Silver) 18
  19. 19. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneM.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm II R f3.5-5.6M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 40-150mm R f4.0-5.6 lensBundled with 8GB SD CardCOMEX Promotion Price: TBA Olympus E-PL1 Availabile in white, champagne gold, and black, the Olympus E-PL1 is an entry-level micro four-thirds camera that is equipped with a new Live Guide interface which makes it easy for photographer enthusiasts and beginners. With the dedicated Movie mode button, you can quick access to movie shooting at any time. The E-PL1 also comes withOlympus E-PL3 six Art Filters, including new Gentle Sepia, for enhanced photographic creativity.Launched on 29 June, the Olympus E-PL3 is designed as thecentrepiece of Olympus’s popular PEN series of versatile, high- E-PL1 14-42mm Lens Kit - S$698 (with GST) Body (Available colours: White, Champagne Gold, and Black)performance interchangeable-lens digital cameras. It is thefirst PEN series camera with a swivel type 3.0-inch display M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14–42mmthat can tits 80-degree up and 45-degree down for improvedfunctionality and compatibility with size reduction.Option 1: E-PL3 14-42mm Lens Kit - S$998 (w/ GST)Body (Available colours: Black, White, Silver and Red)M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm II R f3.5-5.6Bundled with 8GB SD CardOption 2: E-PL3 Twin Lens Kit - S$1,248 (w/ GST)Body (Available colours: Black, White, Silver and Red)M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm II R f3.5-5.6M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 40-150mm RCOMEX Promotion Price: TBA Olympus XZ-1 The Olympus XZ-1 uses the brightest i.ZUIKO DIGITAL f1.8 lens which is the first to be designed for a point and shoot digital camera. It has a large f1.8-2.5 aperture that assures maximum brightness from wide-angle to telescopic and combines with the large 1/1.63-inch high-sensitivity CCD sensor to achieve amazing picture quality close to that of digital SLR cameras. Usual Price: S$698 COMEX Promotion Price: TBA 19
  20. 20. September 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone control and the option to disable the Windows key whileRazer announces Stealth gaming.versions of BlackWidowand BlackWidow UltimatekeyboardsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/razer-announces-stealth-versions-of-blackwidow-and-blackwidow-ultimate-keyboards/13443.htmlSeptember 1st, 2011Razer has announced the availability of the new Stealthversions of its BlackWidow and BlackWidow Ultimate series ofmechanical gaming keyboards. According to the company, the The Razer BlackWidow Stealth Edition and BlackWidownew Stealth Edition keyboards have been designed to offer the Ultimate Stealth Edition gaming mechanical keyboards aretactility of a typical mechanical keyboard, but with the added now available for purchase from Razerzone.com at the price ofbenefit of having a much quieter feedback that is reportedly US$79.99 and US$139.99 respectively.ideal for the “true silent assassins of gaming”.If you love Razers line of mechanical gaming keyboards but COMEX Show 2011cannot stand having to deal with the annoying clicky soundsproduced by the keyboards mechanical switches any longer, Promotions: Nortonyou are in luck. This is because Razer has just announced Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/comex-show-2011-promotions-the availability of the new Stealth editions of the BlackWidow norton/13442.htmland BlackWidow Ultimate mechanical keyboards, which the September 1st, 2011company claims have been designed to deliver the sameperformance as the non-Stealth versions, but with the addedbenefit of more quiet feedback.As they are essentially the same keyboards with quieterswitches, the BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition andthe BlackWidow Stealth Edition have access to all of the While consumer products like digital cameras, smartphonesfeatures that are present on their non-stealth counters. In and laptops are hugely popular at PC Fairs, security solutionsthe BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Editions case, this includes are also well sought after. Norton will debut their newsupport for anti-ghosting across the entire keyset to allow for Internet Security 2012, Antivirus 2012 and Norton 360 V5.0up to six simultaneous key presses, programmable keys with at tomorrows COMEX Show 2011. Symantechs main booth ison-the-fly macro recording, keys for media control and audio located on level 6, booth 6251.jacks.The BlackWidow Stealth Edition, on the other hand, dropsthe anti-ghosting support that is present on the Ultimateedition, but otherwise sports the same features present on theBlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition, such as programmable Norton Internet Security 2012keys with on-the-fly macro recording, buttons for multimedia The new Norton Internet Security 2012 offers various security features such as the Norton Identity Safe that provides a 20
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