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  1. 1. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! using the Marvell controller and others using SandForce, how VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication will these drives measure up? Read on to see. covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. LG Super-Multi N2A2 2TB NAS Review Description: when LG told us they had a new 2-bay NAS thatThe Daily VR-Zone News costs less than $250 with a pair of 1TB hard drives included, we sat up and took notice. As we have repeatedly discovered whenSummary - 21 Mar 2011 dealing with NAS products, there is much more to considerSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--21- than just storage capacity and price. These devices are highlymar-2011/11668.html dependent on the hardware and software that drives themMarch 21st, 2011 and either can cause the product to fail. Realizing that, were extremely eager to find out what makes the LG N2A2 tick, lets take a closer look... Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Review @Hi Tech Legion Description: The Noctua NH-C14 may be the most versatile “convertible” CPU cooling solution around today. The NoctuaIn todays news roundup: Digitimes discusses the impact NH-C14 has the ability to go from ultra-low profile and silentlimited wafer availability will have on the DRAM market; to a dual 140mm fan enthusiast cooler with just a couple ofFoxconns A9DA-S motherboard gets reviewed; Motorolas clips. Standing at only 105mm tall with a bottom mountedAndroid-powered tablet, the Xoom, gets reviewed; Gizmodo fan, the NH-C14 can fit into almost any case. Despite its smallreviews the iPad 2; Microsofts Kinect motion controller gets height, the NH-C14 still has six copper heatpipes runninghacked to run on the PlayStation 3, and The latest installment through a 140mm square aluminum fin array, making theof the Dissidia series, Dissidia 012 Duodecim: Final Fantasy , absolute most of a small space. The included Low and Ultra-gets compared against its predecessor Low Noise Adapters throttle back the fan (or fans) to near dead silence while still maintaining excellent cooling.Hardware news MSI 890FXA-GD65 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech LegionFoxconn A9DA-S Motherboard Review @ Vortez Description: The MSI 890FXA-GD65 motherboard is a lowDescription: To trade blows (and quite often better) a high cost option for value-minded enthusiasts. The 890FXA-end board like the Crosshair IV Extreme is something else. Of GD65 is part of MSI’s gaming series of motherboards,course there are caveats in that updated chipset drivers could featuring Military Class II high quality components and highhave a noteworthy effect on scores but in all honesty I couldnt overclockability. The MSI 890FXA-GD65 supports all thesee the boosts being so great that the A9DA-S would get left latest AM3 processors and has two PCIE x16 slots for AMDbehind. CrossFireX. Despite being a budget 890FX board, the MSIDigitimes Insight: Limited wafer availability good for DRAM 890FXA-GD65 is rife with connectivity options, with eightindustry USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports at the rear and support for upDescription: With major silicon wafer plants remaining closed to six SATA 6Gb/s devices.following the recent earthquake and tsunami that struck Deepcool Ice Blade Pro Review at Overclockers OnlineJapan, there is growing concern in the memory industry Description: Deepcool has hit the intended mark again. Thewhether chip companies are preparing for any possible Ice Matrix Pro triumphs above its contenders with four heatdisruption to production. pipes, 47 aluminum fins, and a single 120mm fan. The well-Corsair Performance 3 Series 128GB SSD Review in RAID 0 @ constructed base also contributes to the heat sinks exceptionalLegit Reviews performance. And who wouldn’t give an aesthetically pleasingDescription: Corsair jumps feet first into the 6Gbps equipped CPU heat sink a second look?SSD race with latest installment of their Performance series Zalman CNPS5X-SZ Heatsink Review @ Frostytech.comdrives. This time, they put a Marvell controller at the heart Description: Zalmans CNPS5X-SZ heatsink is an updated,of their Performance 3 Series. With multiple manufacturers vertical interpretation of a 2006-era heatsink Zalman released under the CNPS8000 nomenclature. Like its forefather, the 1
  2. 2. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCNPS5X-SZ fills the role of a lower profile, light weight cooler with deep bass can be achieved at the same time and for almostthats ideally suited to sub-95W TDP processors. Its stacked every types of game. In-line microphone control enables usersaluminum fins are connected by three 6mm diameter copper to easily mute or talk to teammates when needed-. We willheatpipes to a small aluminum base block with a thin bit of check this and many more in the following Review.copper covering the otherwise exposed heatpipes. iPad 2 ReviewConsumer Electronics and Software news Description: Heres the simple truth about the iPad 2: There is nothing else like it. Maybe it wont make you feel the wayIntroducing Nexus S 4G for SprintDescription: Recently, we introduced Nexus S from Google, it makes me feel. Maybe it wont replace your laptop. Maybe it could be even thinner and lighter and faster. But there isthe first phone to run Android 2.3, Gingerbread. In addition to nothing else like it.the UMTS-capable Nexus S, today we’re introducing Nexus S4G from Google, available for Sprint. Nexus S 4G is part of the Gaming newsNexus line of devices which provide a pure Google experience GameSpy Reveals Six of the 3DS Most Exciting Upcomingand run the latest and greatest Android releases and Google Gamesmobile apps. Description: With the 3DS nearly in gamers sweaty, tremblingT-Mobile USA Is Not Getting the iPhone (Yet) hands, Nintendo has graciously revealed some of what wellDescription: A burning question among users following eventually see on the system. Zelda, Star Fox, Animal Crossing,AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA was: Will T- and -- yes, shock of shocks, a new Mario platformer -- are onMobile start offering the iPhone? The answer is no. their way. But beyond those obvious titles, what other games can we expect? Well, we here at the GameSpy Humor DivisionThermaltake Black Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews have been working our (possibly imaginary) sources hard, andDescription: Thermaltake is best known for the variety of are ready to reveal, for the first time anywhere, six of the mostcases theyve released, aimed at budget-conscious buyers exciting games in development for Nintendos new handheld.as well as high-end hardware enthusiasts. In contrast tothis, they have recently decided to expand their grip on DISSIDIA 012[duodecim] F Reviewthe market by releasing a new line of gaming peripherals, Description: When you first start playing Dissidia 012dubbed Thermaltake eSports. This lineup includes a handful Duodecim: Final Fantasy (a mouthful, that title), you mightof gaming devices such as mice, keyboards and headsets. be struck by how little progress has been made since theThermaltake consistently pumps out quality cases, but are first Dissidia fighting/role-playing hybrid was released. If youthey able to do the same with gaming peripherals? Within this give it time, however, Duodecim reveals its unique strengths,review Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the Thermaltake building on the original in meaningful ways without sacrificingeSports Black laser gaming mouse (model MO-BLK002DT) its cinematic energy.and sees how this new competitor fares against the many well- Xbox Kinect Running on The Playstation 3established gaming peripherals manufacturers available. Description: Microsofts Xbox Kinect is hacked together toMotorola Xoom Review @ TestFreaks play Killzone 3 in this early tech demo of the two rival consolesDescription: The latest and greatest Android tablet is here, working together.the Motorola Xoom that runs the newest version of Androidcalled Honeycomb. The Xoom is a 10.1 inch tablet that comeswith dual cameras and even a flash along with the ability to Crysis 2 Launched: Quickcapture 720p videos and play it back over HDMI. This tabletfeatures a dual core 1Ghz processor and 1 gig of ram and 32gig Performance Preview Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/crysis-2-launched-quick-performance-of memory. The Xoom is available right now on the Verizon preview/11662.htmlwireless network for $600 on contract, and it’s well worth the March 21st, 2011cost.Epson WorkForce 840 All-in-One Printer @ TestFreaksDescription: Today for review I’ve got the latest Epson printer,the WorkForce 840 that is an all-in-one style printer that doeseverything your home or small office might need it to do.The 840 is something for users that need a workhorse of aprinter like this. The 840 features dual paper trays so it can The most anticipated game of the year has finally arrived!handle a whopping 500 pages, and it has built-in double sided We do a quick performance runthrough and use the built-inprinting so you won’t waste paper on those less important timedemo facilities.documents, like draft or like coloring pages for your kids. The Quick Observations/Notes:Epson WorkForce 840 is a worthy addition to the WorkForceline of printers, it certainly live up to the name. Still no DirectX 11 supportTt eSports Shock Gaming Headset Review on Technic3D Day 1 Patch used(German) Uses 3-4 CPU threads hovering around 70% - doesnt scaleDescription: (Machine translation) The Tt eSports Shock with CPU after 3ghzGaming Headset arrived Technic3D. -Thanks to its oversized40mm drivers and enclosed ear cups, ultra-crisp audio quality 2
  3. 3. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNear 100% GPU usage - scales linearly with shader clocks/memory bandwidth.FOV options can be changed in console/launch command line(default 55 degrees)We will provide a more in depth review and include moresystem configurations during the next few days after the gamelaunch on the 22nd March 2011, and hopefully include DX11numbers when available.Hmmm.... the way its meant to be green?!! Samsung launches new compact digital cameras Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-launches-new-compact- digital-cameras/11666.html March 21st, 2011 Today, Samsung Asia held a media event to announce their new digital cameras - ST700 dual LCD; WB210 and PL210Graphical Settings are now renamed to High, Very High and with high zoom and wide angle technology; SH100 with Wi-FiExtreme. connectivity; and the stylish ST6500.Additional options like details and antialiasing can be specifiedat launch/in the drop-down console. The WB210 boasts a 12x optical super zoom lens set in a slim 22.4mm body, to make capturing distant subjects in perfect detail easier. The new camera also includes the option of a 21mm wide angle setting, through its super wide shot mode, to get deeper shots at close range. The WB210 also includes 14-megapixel sensor for crystal clear pictures, and a large 3.5-inch touch screen with Samsung’s new Smart Touch 3.0 UI to deliver unprecedented usability. The camera delivers HD quality movie recording, as well as Face Detection technology. With Smart Filter 2.0, users can change their still images and movies with new modes including ‘Soft Focus’ for smoother looking images, ‘Half Tone Dot effect’, ‘Old Movie’ for a retro style shot and an ‘Enhanced Movie Filter’ to capture the unique feeling of a special day within your films. The WB210 will be available end of March. Pricing to be announced later. 3
  4. 4. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe ST700 features a 1.8-inch front LCD screen, the largestever incorporated into a dual screen camera, giving more The SH100 is a compact, Wi-Fi enabled camera with 14.2-opportunities to take great self-portraits. It also features megapixel and 26mm Wide Angle Lens with 5X optical zoom.an impressive 3-inch Touch Panel featuring Samsung’s The Wi-Fi capability lets you upload your pictures instantly toinnovative Smart Touch 3.0 feature on the back of the camera, your social networking sites such as Facebook, Picasa or Photo16.1-megapixel image sensor and a 26mm 5x optical zoom lens Bucket, or to email them to individual email addresses straightfor closing up to your subjects. from the camera, meaning the people you care about can enjoyThe Smart Filter 2.0, which includes ‘Soft Focus’, ‘Half Tone your experience from wherever they are.Dot’ and ‘Cinema’, sit alongside more common features such You can also use your Samsung Galaxy S smartphone or evenas ‘Fish-Eye’, ‘Miniature’ and ‘Sketch’ in the ST700, giving Galaxy Tab tablet device as a remote control and viewingentertaining and professional finishes at the touch of a button. device for your camera. If you are shooting over a crowd atThe ST700 will be available end of March. Pricing to be a concert, you can enable the Remote Viewfinder function,announced later. meaning that you can hold your camera high over your head while you can see a preview of the picture in real time on your phone screen. The Samsung SH100 is available at Courts, at S $399. Futuremark Unveils PCMark 7, Windows 7 Only Benchmark Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/futuremark-unveils-pcmark-7- windows-7-only-benchmark/11667.html March 21st, 2011The ST6500 incorporates the latest angled design, with thecamera’s body curved around the lens and angled at 7-degreeto make for a more ergonomic fit in the hand. It comesequipped with a 16-megapixel sensor, to guarantee crisp and Futuremark announced PCMark® 7 today, a new benchmarkclear images, alongside the powerful 5x zoom lens. With a new offering complete PC performance analysis for Windows 7.Smart Touch 3.0 User Interface which works with a wide 3.0- PCMark 7 includes 7 separate test suites combining moreinch multi-purpose LCD touch screen, users can quick access than 20 individual workloads covering storage, computation,the various modes and settings easily. image and video manipulation, web browsing and gaming. The Storage suite is ideal for testing SSDs and external hard drivesThe ST6500 can also capture boasts the latest 720p HD in addition to the system drive. Pricing is unannounced yet andMovie settings with additional voice recording, along with high is to be available soon according to Futuremark.definition (HD) shooting and playback. It is available at allretail stores now, with a price tag of S$429. 4
  5. 5. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • The PCMark Suite measures overall system performance and returns an official PCMark score. • The Lightweight Suite measures the capabilities of entry level systems unable to run the full PCMark suite. • The Entertainment Suite measures system performance in entertainment, media and gaming scenarios. • The Creativity Suite measures performance in typical creativity scenarios involving images and video. • The Productivity suite measures system performance scenarios using the Internet and office applications. • The Computation Suite contains workloads that isolate the computation performance of the system.HELSINKI, FINLAND – MARCH 21, 2011 – Futuremark®, • The Storage Suite contains workloads that isolate thethe developer of the worlds most popular benchmarking performance of the PC’s storage system.software, announced PCMark® 7 today, a new benchmark Price : Unannouncedoffering complete PC performance analysis for Windows 7.PCMark 7 includes 7 separate test suites combining more than20 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image KiWi PC aims to sell Linux-and video manipulation, web browsing and gaming. A releasedate has not been announced though the official website states loaded PCs to senior citizensthat PCMark 7 is coming soon. http://www.pcmark.com/ Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kiwi-pc-aims-to-sell-linux-loaded-pcs- to-senior-citizens/11665.html March 21st, 2011"Hardware innovations like solid state drives (SSDs), andnew form factors such as netbooks and tablets are greatlyincreasing the range of PC performance available to businessesand home users," said Jani Joki, Director of PC Productsand Services at Futuremark. "With so much choice available,PCMark 7 is an essential and easy to use tool to test and What is the most user-friendly operating system in use today:compare PC performance accurately and reliably across a wide Windows 7 or Mac OS X? Well, it seems that KiWi PCs answerrange of usage scenarios." to that question will be a resounding none. Apparently, the American OEM which claims to specialize in selling seniorPCMark 7 provides a set of 7 suites for measuring different citizen-friendly PCs believes that Ubuntu is the OS usersaspects of PC performance with a high degree of accuracy. should be looking for if one intends to get aged people startedOverall system performance is measured by the PCMark on the digital life the younger generation takes for grantedSuite. The Lightweight Suite measures the capabilities of entry today. To that end, it has even rolled out its own KiWi PC forlevel systems and mobility platforms unable to run the full sale that is aimed squarely at senior citizens.PCMark suite. Common use performance is measured by the When it comes to building a PC meant to be used by an ageingEntertainment, Creativity and Productivity scenario suites. senior citizen, it goes without saying that raw performance andComponent performance is measured by the Computation and power is no longer the top priority. Instead, youd want such aStorage hardware suites. The Storage suite is ideal for testing PC to be as user-friendly as possible, if only just to ensure thatSSDs and external hard drives in addition to the system drive. you do not receive phone calls late into the wee hours of the day from the user asking for help over simple issues such as how to press the Any key.Platforms Needless to say, the OS used in such PCs play an extremelyPC: Windows 7 important part in ensuring that senior citizens feel right atDirectX 9 graphics card required for PCMark score home with their PCs at all times. And while most people will swear by Windows 7 or Mac OS X as the ideal operating systemDirectX 10 graphics card required for some additional tests for such users, an American OEM which specializes in makingDirectX 11 graphics card required for some additional tests PCs for aged users believes that there exists only one OS which is suitable for senior citizen use. Enter the KiWi PC, a senior citizen-friendly nettop PC which runs of....Linux. Or moreBenchmark Suites specifically, a Linux distribution known as Ubuntu.PCMark 7 includes more than 20 individual workloadscombined into 7 separate suites to give different views ofsystem performance. 5
  6. 6. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone phone calls from parents asking for help in disinfecting their PCs from various Windows-specific malware. If that sounds like the kind of PC youd want to set up for your parents, perhaps youd want to start saving. This is because the KiWi PC is not going to be the cheapest nettop in the market with its retail price of US$499.99. LGs passive 3D television sets to be available for sale in Korea soon Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-s-passive-3d-television-sets-to-be-According to KiWi PC, the Linux-based PC which is currently available-for-sale-in-korea-soon/11664.htmlbeing sold under the same name as the OEM which assembled March 21st, 2011it will be pre-loaded with a customized version of Ubuntu10.10. The website goes on to claim that the customizationsmade to the operating system include a certain Me Menuwhich provides easy access to often-visited websites andprograms straight from the desktop. KiWi PC also states thatthe Me Menu will be completely customizable, and that thefont size has been increased to make onscreen text more Do you remember the news about LG announcing its new linereadable for senior citizens. of passive 3D television sets way back during CES this year? Well, the good news is that the aforementioned television sets are no longer just display units; LG has just announced that the company plans to release the devices for sale in its domestic Korean market soon.On the hardware side, the KiWi PC does not feature impressivespecs, although this is understandable if one takes intoconsideration its nettop nature and the variety of tasks its Do the current batch of 3D television sets making use of activeintended user base might use it for. Powering the nettop is shutter 3D glasses give you a nasty case of giddiness? If so, LGsIntels Atom processor clocked at 1.66GHz and 2GB of DDR3 latest announcement might be just the news you need to perkmemory, while the other essentials include a DVD-RW drive, up your Monday, especially if you eventually plan to get a 3Da 250GB hard disk for storage purposes and onboard Intel television set someday. This is because the Korean electronicsGMA 3150 graphics. Internet connectivity is achieved via an giant has just announced in an official press release that itsEthernet connection which is handled by the motherboards new line of passive 3D television sets that were first introducedonboard Realtek controller. way back in this years CES will be made available for sale inLast but definitely not least, the KiWi PC comes bundled with Korea soon.a 19-inch monitor for complete out-of-the-box functionality,and 24/7 tech support ensures that senior citizens do not haveto call up their children every few minutes just to learn how tonavigate a Linux desktop.That being said, the user interface found on the customizedUbuntu 10.10 Linux distribution does not appear to beanything more than a slightly tweaked version of the Unitydesktop environment. Which, for those who are unfamiliarwith the Ubuntu distribution, is currently an an experimentaluser interface ported over from the netbook versions of theoperating system. While it is debatable as to just how muchuser-friendlier a PC can get by ditching Windows for a Linuxdistribution, users will be hard pressed to deny that they canrest easy at night knowing that they will not have to deal with 6
  7. 7. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAccording to the press release, the new LW6500 smart TVsare touted as being the solution for "the next generation" of3D imaging as its use of passive 3D technology means thatusers do not have to splurge on expensive active-shutter 3Dglasses. In addition, LG claims that the aforementioned glassesare responsible for various discomforts viewers commonlyexperience when viewing 3D images, such as vertigo and eyefatigue.Furthermore, LG claims that its new LW6500 3D TVs arecapable of achieving a 180-degree viewing angle, which makesit idea as a living room television.The LW6500 line of 3D television sets will be made availablefor sale in Korea soon, although LG claims that early birds who According to Chinese gadget website Shanzhaiben.com, thepurchase these TVs before the end of April will be able to enjoy tablet shown in the image above does not have a name yet,"special offers" in the form of a 3D Blu-ray player and various although its hardware configuration appears to be somewhatfilm titles. For those who decide to pass up on the offer, the decent. Apparently, the tablet will feature a seven-inchLW6500 will be available in three different display sizes: the resistive touchscreen that sports a native resolution of 80055-inch version will cost 4.5 million won, while the smaller 47- x 480 and will be preloaded with version 2.2 of the Androidinch and 42-inch versions will be sold at the retail price of 3 operating system. On the hardware side, a Marvell PX166million won and 2.3 million won respectively. processor based off the ARM11 processor family is used to power the device and is clocked at 800MHz, and isHTC clone surfaces in China, complemented with 256MB of memory and 2GB NAND flash for storage purposes.looks nothing like the original The back of the tablet is kept simple with nothing more thanSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-clone-surfaces-in-china-looks- a simple speaker grille, along with a decorative array of dotsnothing-like-the-original/11663.html situated at the lower right corner which make up the AndroidMarch 21st, 2011 mascot.Clones of popular consumer electronic devices are usuallyavailable at a dime a dozen, especially when China has gotanything to do about it. That being said, one common featureabout cloned devices is that they often bear an uncannysemblance to the original product in terms of design, right?Well, it seems that this is not always the case, considering howthis little device right here has little to no similarity to theactual device its design is allegedly based off on. Read on tofind out more. Shanzhaiben.com claims that the biggest selling point of theWe have been featuring Chinese clones of various well-known unnamed tablet stems from the fact that it features a built-consumer electronic devices like notebooks, smartphones and in GPS module, a feature which is generally found only intablet PCs for quite some time already, and in most cases the higher-end tablet devices. This allows consumers to use theclones biggest selling point is usually involves being able to device as though it were a GPS navigational system, a factmimic the original devices design and most of its functionality which is further backed up by the assortment of car mountingwhile retailing for only a fraction of the formers asking price. accessories available for the unnamed tablet.After all, no one is going to buy a clone if it is does not looksimilar to the real deal, or is going to cost an arm and a leg,right?Well, it seems that the latest clone to make its wayout of the factories of Shenzhen has completely doneaway with clones-are-supposed-to-look-like-the-real-dealpractice, opting instead to produce an imitation which bearslittle to no semblance to the original product. After all, onewill be quite hard pressed to find any similarities betweenthis device and a certain seven-inch HTC device which it issupposedly modelled after. 7
  8. 8. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Apple has a new TV ad for their iPhone and it began telling the audience that if one does not have an iPhone, one cannot do and enjoy a lot of things - access the App store, download the apps, show your mobile boarding pass, pay for coffee etc. This is unlike its previous ads that focus more on the apps that are available on the App store and what they can bring to the iPhone users. And the new ad ends with "If you dont have an iPhone, well, you dont have an iPhone" which looks to be indirectly mocking users. While the Android camp may not surpass the Apple App Store in terms of the number of apps or downloads, however, it does have a huge number of apps of 170,000 and growing. On top of that, there are Android versions of the various airlines that lets you access your flight bookingWith that being said, chances are you will be just a little curious and even mobile boarding pass, and with more smartphonesas to how much this unnamed HTC clone will be retailing coming up with built-in NFC technology, you can pay for yourfor, right? Well, according to Shanzhaiben.com, the device is things with your smartphone.currently being sold to wholesalers at the low price of 825yuan, or approximately US$130. Of course, like what the ad said, if you dont have an iPhone, you dont have an iPhone. But you do have other choices available that can do the same.New Apple iPhone ads look tomock indirectly at users who NTT establishes free wirelessdo not own one LAN networks in areas damaged by the Great TohokuSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-apple-iphone-ads-look-to-mock-indirectly-at-users-who-do-not-own-one/11661.htmlMarch 21st, 2011 Kanto Earthquake Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ntt-establishes-free-wireless- lan-networks-in-areas-damaged-by-the-great-tohoku-kanto- earthquake/11660.html March 21st, 2011Apple has a new iPhone ad which shows that if you do not havean iPhone, you cannot do a lot of things. Somewhat indirectlymocking users who do not own the phone and missing out onthe wonders of what the iPhone can bring. Read on. Even as Japan struggles to recover from the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that has claimed the lives of thousands of Japanese, digital information still needs to be disseminated around the wrecked places in order to facilitate everyday life. To that end, the NTT Group has announced their latest contribution to the countrys disaster relief efforts: free wireless LAN networks in various areas for all to access. 8
  9. 9. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone So Apple has just released their iPad 2, and it is getting an extremely warm reception in countries all over the world.Even though natural disasters such as the recent quake that That is to be expected though: after all, Apple does have anlevelled much of North-Eastern Japan may have knocked out impressive track record for producing well-designed, drool-much of the regions digital infrastructure, it should be of worthy consumer electronic devices that always have a knacklittle surprise that service providers and telecommunication for fitting neatly into a users digital lifestyle.operators are working to ensure that the dissemination of However, it is also a given that Apple does not believe indigital information suffers from as little impact as possible. standing still and letting the competition catch up to it in termsAfter all, information about disaster recovery efforts and of innovation and design, especially when it concerns theirdevelopments are vital for survivors, and anything than can best selling devices. To that end, the rumour mill is churningfacilitate such efforts will be important to ensure that the out information claiming that the Cupertino giant is not aboutpopulace remains calm and do not panic. to give its competitors any breathing room, for some sourcesApparently, in a bid to ensure that areas affected by the recent close to Apple are claiming that an upgraded version of theearthquake and tsunami do not suffer from a communications iPad might be well on its way to making an entrance on theblackout, the NTT Group has announced that it is setting market by as early as September this year.up free wireless LAN spots in various locations around the Should this information be true, it will mean that Apple isaffected areas. To prevent people from abusing the free giving itself less than six months of development time tonetworks, each user will only be allowed to sign in onto the design, test and finalize its new product. To put things infree networks for a maximum of 30 minutes, after which he or perspective, the iPad 2 was only launched an entire year aftershe will be disconnected from the network to ensure that other that of the first iPad; this suggests that Apple might haveusers can utilize the service. already had new features and designs planned for the iPadThe free networks will remain operational until June 30. A 3, but decided to release an iPad 2 as a stopgap to ensurecomplete list of the areas which will be receiving the service that consumer interest in its tablet PCs remain high. Thiscan be found at NTTs press release here. will make sense, considering that the rapid introduction of equally well-design Android-powered tablets are starting to take some attention away from Apples iPad; indeed, MicrosoftRumour: iPad 3 to debut in also adopted a similar approach with its Windows MobileSeptember this year? platform when it introduced Windows Mobile 6.5 to maintain its market presence while it focused on Windows Phone 7.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-ipad-3-to-debut-in-september-this-year-/11659.html In addition to the estimated release date of the iPad 3, theMarch 21st, 2011 rumour mill is also claiming knowledge of certain new features that are most likely to make their way into the new tablet. Examples of such features include the introduction of iOS 5, which is extremely possible considering how the iPad 3 will debut after the iPhone 5s introduction, which is almost definitely going to come bundled with the aforementionedSure, Apples iPad 2 has just been released to widespread version of Apples iOS platform.fanfare across the world, but it seems that the Cupertino giant Other features that are speculated to make an appearanceis not about to stand still, especially with the competition in in the rumoured iPad 3 include a Retina Display in orderthe tablet space is starting to heat up. Once again, leave it to the to truly position the tablet as the real media consumptionrumour mill to churn out a never-ending stream of juicy tidbits device Apple markets it to be, along with a built-in cameraregarding Apples upcoming products, and the latest bit of info flash and HDMI-out, most of which are standard features infrom China seems to suggest than an iPad 3 might just make all of its competitors products today. Last but definitely notits appearance on the market by September this year. Read on least, it is said that the iPad 3 will finally feature a built-in SDto find out more. card reader, a feature which has been conveniently missing in 9
  10. 10. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApples entire Mac (until recently) and existing iPad productlines.Last but not least, all the information shown above are nothingbut the latest churnings produced by the rumour mill, sochances are their accuracy is anything but. Therefore, it willbe wise to take in the news with nothing less than a hugetruckload worth of salt.Android Gingerbread updatecoming to LG Optimus OneSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/android-gingerbread-update-coming-to-lg-optimus-one/11658.htmlMarch 21st, 2011 Sony rumoured to launch Chrome notebook and hybrid PC Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-rumoured-to-launch-chrome- notebook-and-hybrid-pc/11657.htmlKorean manufacturer LG has announced that the Android March 21st, 2011Gingerbread update will be coming to the Optimus One,and it could arrive around May. Definitely good news forOptimus One owners over here who had bought the phone Details of what is said to be future VAIO notebooks fromsince October last year. Sony have turned up online and if they turn out to be true, we have a couple of rather unusual and intriguing products to look forward to from Sony later this year. Apparently Sony is not only working on a Chrome notebook powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 SoC, but also some kind of hybrid notebook/ desktop solution which is said to feature support for Intel’s Thunderbolt interface. Details of what is said to be future VAIO notebooks from Sony have turned up online and if they turn out to be true, we have a couple of rather unusual and intriguing products to look forward to from Sony later this year. ApparentlyFor Android phone owners, the main concern is whether their Sony is not only working on a Chrome notebook powered byphone is able to get future update in order to have a better user Nvidia’s Tegra 2 SoC, but also some kind of hybrid notebook/experience. And while phone manufacturers have promised desktop solution which is said to feature support for Intel’supdates to their various Android phones, some had failed to Thunderbolt interface.deliver their promises. The Google Chrome OS model is interesting in more than oneThe latest Nexus S from Google and Samsung is equipped with way, as Google’s on Cr-48 notebook is using an Intel Atomthe new Android 2.3 Gingerbread mobile operating system. CPU, whereas apparently Sony is going for an ARM basedAnd apparently, from a recent FaceBook post, the Optimus Tegra 2 SoC from Nvidia. We’re not sure how demandingOne (LG P500) may be getting the update this May. Google’s Chrome OS is, but 1GB of RAM seems a bit on theThe LG Optimus One is currently retailing at S$428 (without stingy side, but might very well prove to be sufficient. Wecontract). doubt that this will be upgradable, although this wouldn’t be impossible, just improbable. For storage Sony has gone with 16GB of eMMC memory which is an embedded type of memory that doesn’t quite offer the performance of an embedded SSD such as the one on offer from SanDisk, mainly due to the different interface used for the Flash memory. Other features include an 11.6-inch display, Wi-Fi of some kind, a regular notebook size keyboard said to be similar to that on Google’s Cr-48 notebook and finally it’s said to feature both a GPS and Bluetooth functionality, but neither will apparently be working from day one. The notebook is said 10
  11. 11. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneto be weighing in at around 1kg, yet offer up to 8h worth ofbattery life.As for the hybrid PC, well, here things get complicated. Thenotebook part is said to feature an Intel Core i7 CPU, an SSDand Intel’s Thunderbolt technology. This means that it’ll havea mini DisplayPort connector, although it’s also said to havean HDMI port and support for Intel’s second generation WiDitechnology. It’s meant to weigh a mere 1.13kg yet offer 8hbattery life, although this can be extended to 16.5h presumablyvia an optical battery solution of some kind.However, this is said to be only half of the system, so if thatwasn’t impressive enough, Sony will be offering an add-onunit which presumably connects via Thunderbolt and is saidto feature a Radeon HD 6700M series graphics card with Apparently, things are going so well over at Intel that they are1GB of memory, a Blu-ray drive, a further HDMI port, a D- going to launch their 25nm MLC based 320 Series (Postvillesub connector, Ethernet port, USB ports and presumably a Refresh), ahead of schedule, on the 28th of March. Intel 320mini DisplayPort connector, although oddly enough this isn’t series Gen3 SSD is set to replace the current X25-V andmentioned specifically. This units weighs in at 680g although X25-M series at the same price point targeting mainstreampresumably it’ll be some kind of dock that you’d leave at home consumers, SMBs, data centres and embedded markets.most of the time, hence the duplicated ports. VR-Zone first revealed about the Intel 320 series earlier thisIt sure sounds like Sony will have some interesting toys coming month and now we are going to bring you the finalized specslater this year, although we’d expect the hybrid PC to be and estimated retail pricing.quite expensive while the Chrome OS notebook might be thecheapest notebook yet from Sony. • Up to 39,500 IOPS random 4 KB reads; up to 23,000 IOPS random 4 KB writesIntel First 25nm SSD On March • Full Disk Encryption via AES 128 bit Encryption Technology28th, Pricing Unveiled • Enhanced power loss managementSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-first-25nm-ssd-on-march-28th-pricing-unveiled/11655.html • 1.2M hours MTBFMarch 21st, 2011 • Intel® 25nm compute NAND Available in 6 capacities; 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB, 300GB and 600GB, they are estimated to be priced at $109, $189, $239, $329, $569 and $1119 respectively. Apparently, things are going so well over at Intel that they aregoing to launch their 25nm MLC based 320 Series (Postville NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590Refresh), ahead of schedule, on the 28th of March. Intel 320series SSD is set to replace the current X25-V and X25-M series listed in E-tailat the same price point targeting mainstream consumer, SMB, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-geforce-gtx-590-listed-in-e-data center and embedded markets. VR-Zone first revealed tail/11653.htmlabout the Intel 320 series earlier this month and now we are March 21st, 2011going to bring you the finalized specs and estimated retailpricing. Canadian e-tailer EXPC has jumped the gun and listed NVIDIAs upcoming flagship, GeForce GTX 590. The card in question is a GTX 590 and comes with a straight "Buy Now" button and complete specifications and price. As expected, the GTX 590 combines two of massive GF110 GPUs on one package. All units are enabled and the GTX 590 is essentially GTX 580 SLI with severe downclocks. The final clock is 612 MHz for the core, 3420 MHz for the 3GB GDDR5. The card features 3x DVI outputs, 1xHDMI and even 1xMiniDP - finally bringing NVIDIAs 3D Surround to a single graphics card. Needless to say, the GTX 590 is one massive card, 11" long and 4.5" thick. That makes it slightly shorter than the HD 6990, but slightly thicker, and right on the limit for dual-slot graphics 11
  12. 12. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecard. While TDP is not mentioned, the GTX 590 is expected toconsume 375W.The price? CA$799. That is more than $100 more expensivethan the HD 6990, setting up an intense fight between the two.Of course, the final pricing may vary.The GTX 590 was originally scheduled for 22nd, but is nowset to release on 24th. The reason cited has been last minutedriver tweaks, especially for Crysis 2 which releases around thesame time.You can view the EXPC listing here.Cubitek Announces Magic Magic Cube B210Cube Modular Chassis The main "box", compatible with all Micro-ATX, ATX, and E-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cubitek-announces-magic-cube- ATX motherboards, has seven expansion slots, two rear holesmodular-chassis/11652.html for water-cooling tubes, and a top-side I/O panel with twoMarch 21st, 2011 USB 3.0 ports, eSATA and audio connectors. It comes with three pre-installed fans (x1 rear 120mm, x1 front 140mm, & x1 top 140mm fans) and supports both long graphic cards (up to 310mm) and tall (up to 180mm) CPU coolers.Taipei-based Cubitek Co. Ltd has expanded its line-up of PCchassis aimed at enthusiasts with the addition of the modularMagic Cube series. Available in two models (Magic CubeB210 and Magic Cube B211), the aluminum chassis sports aanodized black coating, and boast a modular design i.e. madeup of three "boxes" - one for mainboard, expansion cards, &PSU, one for 5.25" optical drives, and a third one for 3.5" SSDs/HDDs. Main "Box"Magic Cube B211Taipei-based Cubitek Co. Ltd has expanded its line-up of PCchassis aimed at enthusiasts with the addition of the modularMagic Cube series. Available in two models (Magic Cube Main "Box"B210 and Magic Cube B211), the aluminum chassis sports aanodized black coating, and boast a modular design i.e. madeup of three "boxes" - one for mainboard, expansion cards, &PSU, one for 5.25" optical drives, and a third one for 3.5" SSDs/HDDs. 12
  13. 13. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMain "Box" 5.25" "Box"Main "Box" - Stripped Bare B210 3.5" "Box"The B210 comes with a "box" that holds three HDDs (cooledby x1 80mm fan), whilst the B211 has a "box" that houses eightHDDs (equipped with x2 140mm fans). Last but not least, the5.25" "box" has room for up to two 5.25" optical devices or 3.5"drives via a bundled adapter. B210 3.5" "Box"5.25" "Box" B210 3.5" "Box" 13
  14. 14. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone March 21st, 2011 Designed for professional users, the new ASUS P6X58-E WS workstation motherboard is based on the tested-and-proven Intel X58 Express chipset. Notable features include dual Intel Gigabit LAN, an NVIDIA NF200 bridge chip, USB 3.0 and ASUS-exclusive Xtreme Phase 16+2 power delivery and EPU energy saving optimizations. The new board ships with theB211 3.5" "Box" ASUS 24X24 pledge - 24-hour non-stop operation and 24- month guaranteed market availability.B211 3.5" "Box" Singapore (March 15, 2011) - Proving the Intel® X58 architectures enduring potential and value, the P6X58-E WS ships with multi-GPU support for both NVIDIA® SLI™ and AMD CrossFireX™, SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0. It also includes built-in server-class Intel® LAN, as well as ASUS- developed highlights such as Xtreme Phase power delivery and EPU energy consumption optimization. The new board ships with the ASUS 24X24 pledge, meaning 24-hour non- stop operation and 24-month guaranteed market availability to reduce costs due to involuntary product replacement. Flexible multi-GPU configurationB211 3.5" "Box" A dedicated expansion slot controller ensures increased bandwidth availability for each connected graphics card,The Magic Cube B210 and Magic Cube B211 are available hence the P6X58-E WS supports up to 3-way NVIDIA® SLI™,now from www.caseking.de at MSRPs of €179.90 and€199.90 with each of the triple PCI-E channels working at full X16respectively. speeds. For AMD CrossFireX™, the P6X58-E WS offers up to quad-GPU arrangements, with each PCI-E channel working inNews via [Techconnect] X16. This graphics flexibility and capacity aims to serve theASUS launches P6X58-E WS needs of workstation users who require advanced graphics processing capabilities for professional ventures, includingworkstation motherboard computer-aided design, graphics rendering, high definitionSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-launches-p6x58-e-ws- video editing, animation, engineering and modeling.workstation-motherboard/11651.html 14
  15. 15. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Intel® Core™ i7 desktop processors Intel® Xeon 5500 / 5600 / 3500 / 3600 series server processors Chipset Intel® X58 Express NVIDIA® NF200 Memory 6 x DIMM, max 24GB DDR3 2000(OC) / 1866(OC) / 1800(OC) / 1600 (OC) / 1333 / 1066MHz, ECC / non-ECC unbuffered memory Power delivery Xtreme Phase 16+2 Expansion slots 2 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 (@x16 orSATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 x8)The P6X58-E WS represents the first appearance of SATA 2 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 (@ x8)6Gb/s and USB 3.0 data transfer standards on an Intel®X58-based workstation motherboard. USB 3.0 works up to 1 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 (@ x16)ten times faster than USB 2.0, offering significant timesavings when handling large amounts of data. SATA 6Gb/s 1 x PCI-E x1 (@ x1)likewise doubles the throughput of SATA 3Gb/s, expediting Multi-GPU support NVIDIA® 3-Way GeForcetransfer rates and creating a more reliable and efficient work SLI™environment. AMD® quad CrossFireX™ CUDA support Up to 4 NVIDIA® Tesla™ GPUsDual server-class Intel® Gigabit LAN Gigabit LAN 2 x Intel® 82574LTwo hardware-accelerated Intel® Gigabit LAN ports double Storage 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/sthe connection bandwidth available to users, while at the 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/ssame time reducing CPU utilization. The implementation by USB 2 x USB 3.0 (at back panel)ASUS of server-grade Intel® LAN reduces CPU load in half 12 x USB 2.0 (6 ports at mid-when compared with competing workstation motherboards by board, 6 ports at back panel)carrying out net-related calculations off the main processor.As a consequence, connections become faster and more stable, Audio Realtek ALC889, 8-channelfeaturing reduced packet loss and lower latency. Users also HDbenefit from an overall faster system, as greater CPU resources Firewire 2 x 1394a (1 port at mid-remain free to tackle other tasks. These accelerated Gigabit board, 1 port at back panel)ports support dedicated server operating systems as well Back I/O 1 x PS/2 KB / Mouse, 1 xas VMWare® virtualization for increased functionality and IEEE1394a, 2 x Intel LAN,efficiency on streamlined hardware. 1 x S/PDIF Out (optical and coaxial), 8 x USB (2 for USB 3.0 and 6 for USB 2.0), 1 x 8-Exclusive ASUS Features channel audioTo better handle professional applications, the P6X58-E WS Form factor ATX, 12" x 9.6"features ASUS Xtreme Phase power delivery componentsfor more efficient, cleaner power, improved stability andincreased reliability. Users also benefit from the inclusion ofthe exclusive Energy Processing Unit, or EPU, a proprietary Source: ASUS Press ReleaseASUS programmable microchip that supervises energyconsumption across the system to reduce power wastage. TheAI Suite II application center brings together a wide range ofutilities and ASUS tools, offering users greater control oversystem performance, capabilities and features, among them ASUS prepares new M5Athe versatile TurboV overclocking interface. motherboards, BIOS updates for AMD AM3+ CPU supportSpecifications Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-prepares-new-m5a- motherboards-bios-updates-for-amd-am3-cpu-support/11650.htmlCPU 1 x Socket LGA1366 15
  16. 16. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMarch 21st, 2011 debut while Turbo Unlocker offers real-time adjustments to enhance system performance. All utilities are designed to help the user achieve maximum performance from their systems. BIOS upgradable models: AMD 890FX / SB850 AMD 890GX / SB850ASUS has announced the release of the industrys first AM3+ Crosshair IV Extreme M4A89GTD PRO / USB3CPU enabled motherboard solution based on the existing Crosshair IV Formula M4A89GTD PROAMD 8-Series chipsets. Current owners of an AM3-based M4A89TD PRO / USB3board can make their AMD 8-Series motherboards compatiblewith the latest AM3+ CPUs with a simple BIOS update from M4A89TD PROthe official ASUS website. Upcoming ASUS M5A models (AM3+ socket): AMD 880G AMD 870 AMD 760 M5A88-V EVO M5A87 M5A78L M5A88-M EVO M5A78L LE M5A88-M M5A78L-M / USB3 M5A78L-M PLUS M5A78L-M LE M5A78L-M Note: Current BIOS updates are beta releases. Please check the ASUS support site for continual updates. Source: ASUS Press Release Why UPS systems are ratedSingapore (March 16, 2011) - ASUS, the worldwide leader in in VAs and PSUs in Watts;motherboard design and sales, today announced the releaseof the industrys first AM3+ CPU enabled motherboard Explaining Watts, VAr and VA Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/why-ups-systems-are-rated-in-vas-solution based on the existing AMD 8-Series chipsets. Current and-psus-in-watts-explaining-watts-var-and-va/11473.htmlowners of an AM3-based board can make their AMD 8-Series March 21st, 2011motherboards compatible with the latest AM3+ CPUs with asimple BIOS update from the official ASUS website.ASUS provides options for users to be the first to enjoy AM3+AMDs new AM3+ CPU is a complete microarchitectureredesign from previous AMD CPUs, and offers betterperformance over the previous generation. As such, ASUS When shopping for an uninterruptible power supply (UPS),is committed to provide continuous support for the latest almost everyone would have noticed that they are eithertechnologies, and is the first to market for a product solution rated in VAs only or in both VAs and Watts. This is not sofor users needs. Current ASUS 890FX and 890GX series with the vast majority of household equipment, including themotherboards can be upgraded to enjoy the extra performance very power supply unit (PSU) of the computer itself whichoffered by future AM3+ CPUs. ASUS will also be releasing comes rated in Watts only. As a result, this usually leads toAMD 8-Series Chipset motherboards based on 880G and 870 confusion as most people either lack the technical knowledgeas well as the 760G with the AM3+ socket for increased to understand the difference between VA and Watt units or,selection so users can enjoy AM3 and AM3+ CPUs. even worse, do not even realize that there is a difference. When shopping for a UPS, almost everyone would have noticed that they are either rated in VAs only or in bothCurrent AMD 8-Series chipset based motherboards feature VAs and Watts. This is not so with the vast majority ofaward-winning overclocking utilities, along with ASUS Core household equipment, including the very power supply of theUnlocker which was widely recognized by global media at its computer itself which comes rated in Watts only. As a result, 16
  17. 17. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethis usually leads to confusion as most people either lack thetechnical knowledge to understand the difference between VAand Watt units or, even worse, do not even realize that thereis a difference.Of course, this is something natural because such knowledge isusually limited to electricians and electrical engineers, peoplewho are educated and work on the AC power grid. To makematters worse, not only VAs (Volt-Amperes) and Watts aredifferent but there is even a third "form of electrical power",Volt-Ampere reactive or VArs.In this article, we will try and explain in terms comprehensiblefrom the majority of users, who possess only basic skills andlittle to no knowledge on the matter, the difference between Tt eSPORTS spoke to gamers around the world about whatthe three types of power. they wanted to see from the MEKA and as a result added two additional USB ports to allow plugging additional devices in to the keyboard. The MEKA has been designed to allow forTt eSPORTS Unleashes MEKA the 1.8m braided cable to be positioned based on the users requirement, whether left, right or centre of the keyboard.Mechanical KeyboardSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tt-esports-unleashes-meka-mechanical-keyboard/11649.html The MEKA is a smaller design compared to the original MEKAMarch 21st, 2011 G1 Mechanical keyboard but as Tt eSPORTS grows, it shall continue to develop a complete range of gaming peripherals to meet different gamers requirements. Tt eSPORTS aim to continue releasing a range of gaming products to allow all gamers to find their right equipment, whether a social, hardcore or professional gamer.Tt eSPORTS has announced the MEKA Mechanical Keyboard, New MEKA Keyboard Joins The Tt eSPORTS Mechanicaladding on to its line-up of peripherals aimed at gamers. Product RangeMeasuring 370 x 150 x 3.5mm, it has a smaller footprint http//www.ttesports.comproductsproduct.aspxs=19compared to the original MEKA G1 Mechanical keyboard andfeatures a 1000Hz polling rate, two USB 2.0 ports, CherryBlack mechanical switches (50 million keystrokes beforefailure), anti-ghosting function (up to 16 keys), and a 1.8m For more information, please visit http//braided cable with gold plated USB connector. Prices and www.ttesports.comindex.aspxavailability is unknown so stay tuned for more news.TTESPORTS PRESS RELEASE Genius Announces TravelerTt eSPORTS are very excited at being able to announce the 6000 Miceimminent release of our new and exciting MEKA Mechanical Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/genius-announces-traveler-6000-Keyboard, which was on display last week at Cebit 2011 in mice/11648.htmlHannover, Germany. March 21st, 2011The MEKA keyboard is the first USB Mechanical Keyboardthat is offering Anti-Ghosting without the use of a PS2 adapter.This gaming keyboard has been designed and manufacturedusing the popular Cherry Black Switch, which allow for up to Genius has started shipping its Traveler 6000 series of50 Million Keystrokes and by using this product an increase in wireless mice in both America and Canada. Available inAPM (Actions Per Minute) is a high possibility. two variants (Traveler 6000 & Traveler 6000 Classic), these ambidextrous mice boast a 1200 dpi optical sensor, a 2.4 GHz wirelss interface (via bundled pico receivers), three buttons (with scroll), and are powered by one AAA battery. 17
  18. 18. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Toshibas Satellite L750 Sandy Bridge notebook leaked Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-s-satellite-l750-sandy-bridge- notebook-leaked/11646.html March 21st, 2011 Notebooks with Intels second generation of Core i processors are slowly starting to trickle out to retailers and today we found an unannounced model from Toshiba on sale online. The model is the Satellite L750 which appears to be a replacement model for the current Satellite L650. Its a consumer model that should end up somewhere in the middle of Toshibas notebook range.Genius has started shipping its Traveler 6000 series ofwireless mice in both America and Canada. Available intwo variants (Traveler 6000 & Traveler 6000 Classic), these Notebooks with Intels second generation of Core i processorsambidextrous mice boast a 1200 dpi optical sensor, 2.4 GHz are slowly starting to trickle out to retailers and today we foundwirelss interface (via bundled pico receivers), three buttons an unannounced model from Toshiba on sale online. The(with scroll), and are powered by one AAA battery. The model is the Satellite L750 which appears to be a replacementTraveler 6000 is available in Diamond Black, Royal Blue or model for the current Satellite L650. Its a consumer modelRuby Rose patterns whilst the Traveler 6000 Classic has a that should end up somewhere in the middle of Toshibaselegant top cover design. They can be purchased from major notebook range.resellers and e-tailers at a MSRP of US$14.90 and US$16.90.News via [Techconnect]Rumour: AMD preparingPhenom II X4 980 BESource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-amd-preparing-phenom-ii-x4-980-be/11647.htmlMarch 21st, 2011Just as we thought the Phenom II X4 975 BE was the last The L750 is a 15.6-incher with a standard 1366x768 resolutionhurrah for the Phenom II X4 series, AMD is rumoured to be screen which is driven by a GeForce GT525M which is pairedpreparing yet another top Phenom II X4 part - the 980 BE. As with 1GB of DDR3 memory, although we couldnt find anysuggested by the nomenclature, the 980 BE is another minor details of Optimus support, but it might be supported. It hasspeed bump, to 3.7 GHz. It retains the same 125W TDP and is a Core i5-2410M CPU which has a base clock of 2.3GHz;expected to release sometime between April to August. although were sure other CPU models will also be available. It only comes with 2GB of RAM as standard, but again thisWith all the anticipation focussed towards AMDs next-gen might differ between the various markets its sold in. The hardFX and A series processors, releasing in June/July, it is drive configuration on the models we found on sale includedcommendable that AMD has been eking out these minor speed a 640GB 5,400rpm drive, but again wed expect other optionsbumps at regular frequencies. The close proximity to the next- here. You do of course also get an optical drive.gen releases also suggest the 980 BE will release closer to Aprilthan to August. Pricing is an unknown, but is likely to end upunder $200.Surely, the 980 BE will be the final Phenom II X4 product.However, given AMDs track record, we are not entirely readto dismiss a future 985 BE! 18
  19. 19. March 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone has a volume of just 0.6 of a litre, but it can handle HD streaming and playback; Dell has introduced the Inspiron R Series Of Notebooks ; The worlds first LTE phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, is now officially available from Verizon; HP is betting on the Cloud and WebOS , and Angry Birds developer Rovio aiming for IPO. Hardware news: Description: Now equipped with the next-generation heat sink, HyperX T1 memory kit is Kingston’s latest offering for the most exquisite overclocking memory product one could ask for. Featuring an all new heat sink construction, the HyperX T1 is capable of challenging the limits to deliver a new overclocking experience like never before.Other features include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS,an HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, a Gigabit Description: The Xigmatek Aegir SD 128264 features the latestEthernet port, a D-sub connector, a memory card reader and a in stacked Heatpipe Direct Touch design, taking layering andpair of audio jacks. The webcam is a standard VGA resolution heatpipe mass to a new level in cooling. Breaking down theaffair and Toshiba is using its own keyboard type which should model number of the Xigmatek Aegir SD 128264, we know thatfall in the “floating island” category. The touch pad is offset it features a 120mm fan, 2 8mm pipes and 4 6mm pipes, whichto one side thanks to the inclusion of a numerical keypad and is quite an impressive array.looks quite small considering the size of the notebook. Description: The Kühler H2O 620 from Antec is another all-in- one water cooler which does not need any maintenance during its lifetime, and it is recommended for people who want a very easy installation, without the hassle of building a complete water cooling loop from scratch. Description: Rosewill recently released Thor case is an XL- ATX tower able to support the extra large motherboards like the EVGA X58 Classified 4-way SLI, Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7 and others. This XL-ATX case enters a rank in terms of size that few other cases venture to, so lets see if it can hold up to the competition and rise above the rest. Description: With a volume of only 0.6 of a litre, the Foxconn NT-535 is a significant step forward from its predecessor with an upgrade to DDR3 memory and the inclusion of two specificThe standard battery pack is a 6-cell unit, but sadly its only chips to enable true Blu-ray standard of HD streaming andgood for about 4.5h of usage and thats with the discrete playback.graphics switched off and the battery life will fall to about 2hwhen its enabled while on battery power. The L750 weighs in Consumer Electronics and Software news::at 2.6kg, it will be available in at least brown and white and Description: Dell has introduced the Inspiron R series, whichWindows 7 Home Premium is the operating system of choice. features Intels new and improved Sandy Bridge series ofThe retail price is NT$32,800 in Taiwan which is about S processors. These new rigs are designed for style-focused$1409/US$1107 which seems a little bit on the expensive side, consumers, with loads of color options and an interchangeablebut its worth keeping in mind that consumer electronics and lid option standing out.computers, especially by Japanese brands, arent all that cheap Description: Bored bloggers at a German website tried typingin Taiwan. the expected address of Amazons forthcoming app store, and were rewarded with a glimpse of the initial stock and pricing.The Daily VR-Zone News Description: The Mozilla wiki page lists March 22 as the shipUpdate - 18 Mar 2011 date; when asked if that was accurate, a Mozilla spokeswoman said the company was "trying to make that decision today."Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-update--18-mar-2011/11645.html Description: The Razer Ferox portable speakers boast bigMarch 21st, 2011 sound for a pair of speakers that are barely bigger than a standard computer mouse, and they are outstanding audio- enhancing companions for virtually any portable media players (iPods, iPhones, Droid phones, etc) and gaming laptops. Description: It’s becoming increasingly clear that with lastTo round up this weeks news: Review of the Kingston year’s purchase of smartphone maker Palm and its WebOS, HPHyperX PC3-2133 CL9 memory modules; Foxconn NT-535 is going to develop its own cloud offering. 19