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A quick look at Psyko's 5.1 PC Gaming Headset
— 11:00 AM on April 22, 2010

Psyko's 5.1 surround-sound headphones promise to envelope gamers in a perfect room filled with accurate positional audio. But can fancy waveguides really trump a proper...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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A look at new SSDs from Corsair, Kingston, Plextor, and WD
— 9:24 PM on April 14, 2010

SSDs are finally cheap enough to be tempting for use in high-performance desktops. The market is teeming with new entrants, too. But which one is...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Corsair's Flash Padlock 2 USB thumb drive
— 11:10 AM on April 6, 2010

Corsair's latest USB thumb drive boasts 256-bit encryption, a PIN code locking mechanism, and a purportedly rugged enclosure. Is it all it's cracked up to...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Western Digital's VelociRaptor VR200M hard drive
— 7:00 AM on April 6, 2010

Every time WD has released a new Raptor, the performance bar for desktop hard drives has been raised. But the new 600GB VelociRaptor VR200M enters...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage Servers Workstations

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Western Digital's 6Gbps Caviar Black 1TB hard drive
— 11:49 PM on February 17, 2010

Western Digital's Caviar Black 1TB is the first two-platter, 7,200-RPM drive to use the company's latest 500GB platters. The new Black is also WD's first...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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A couple of months with SanDisk's Sansa Clip+ MP3 player
— 10:33 AM on December 11, 2009

SanDisk's Sansa Clip has been the best mini MP3 player for a couple of years. Now there's a new model: the Clip+. We spend...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia Personal tech

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A quick first look at USB 3.0 performance
— 8:45 PM on December 6, 2009

USB 2.0 has been around for nearly a decadeā€”an eternity in the PC world. We've taken a quick first look at its replacement, SuperSpeed USB...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Seagate's Barracuda XT hard drive
— 11:38 AM on November 24, 2009

Seagate's Barracuda XT is the first hard drive to support the third-generation Serial ATA 6Gbps standard. We've taken a closer look at the 'cuda,...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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A quick look at Kanguru's e-Flash eSATA/USB thumb drive
— 4:08 PM on October 29, 2009

A new hybrid eSATA/USB connector nicely marries the two standards to provide external storage devices with plenty of bandwidth and adequate power. We take...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Western Digital's Caviar Black 2TB hard drive
— 9:02 PM on October 26, 2009

Western Digital's Caviar Black 2TB finally spins the company's 500GB platters up to 7,200 RPM. The drive has a fancy dual-stage actuator and a beefy...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Apple's aluminum keyboard
— 9:30 PM on October 14, 2009

Can low-profile chiclet keys, sleek industrial design, and an Apple logo make a good desktop keyboard? And can such a device pry a fan...

Type: Feature article Tags: Input devices Mac

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Seagate's Barracuda LP 2TB hard drive
— 11:22 AM on October 14, 2009

Western Digital's Caviar Green line popularized power-efficient hard drives, and now Seagate has joined the party with a Barracuda LP that packs two terabytes. We...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Swimming laps with Finis' SwiMP3 player
— 11:42 PM on August 30, 2009

Few things bore me more than staring at the bottom of a pool while swimming laps. Finis' SwiMP3 player promises to inject music into those...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia Personal tech

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A quick look at In Win's Ammo encrypted hard drive enclosure
— 9:23 AM on August 25, 2009

External hard drive enclosures are a dime a dozen, but In Win's Ammo brings something new to the table: RFID-authenticated AES encryption. It's a novel...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Headphone-oriented sound cards from Asus and Auzentech
— 10:26 AM on August 11, 2009

Asus and Auzentech recently released the Xonar Essence STX and X-Fi Forte sound cards designed specifically for use with headphones. We've taken them for...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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Intel's second-generation X25-M solid-state drive
— 11:40 PM on July 26, 2009

Intel has updated its X25-M SSDs with new 34nm flash chips, tweaks to reduce latency and speed random write performance, much lower prices, and the...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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A storage performance retrospective
— 4:53 PM on July 9, 2009

Over the years, our storage test rig has run through 70 desktop and notebook hard drives, SSDs, and exotic RAM disks. We've compiled all our...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Toward a more rational backup strategy
— 10:43 PM on July 7, 2009

Like many of us, my history of backup management is shameful, littered with poorly labeled DVD-Rs, manual file copies, and a minimum of forethought. ...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage Windows

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