Release roundup: USB 3.0 and tiny speakers

In this week’s look at miscellaneous press releases and product launches, we have some USB 3.0 news from Super Talent and LaCie, plus word about new audio products from Scythe:

  • Super Talent introduces USB 3.0 flash drive at less than $15. We’ve covered the arrival of several USB 3.0 drives from Super Talent in the past, but the new, 8GB USB 3.0 Express Duo might be the most exciting yet. Despite its $14 price tag, the drive features a USB 3.0 interface and a top rated transfer speed of 67MB/s. Super Talent is offering a 16GB model for $29, too. Considering both drives will work happily in USB 2.0 ports at slower speeds, they seem like pretty solid bargains—plain, eight-gig USB 2.0 drives are barely any cheaper than the 8GB Express Duo.
  • LaCie brings USB 3.0 speed to the Mac world. Speaking of USB 3.0… Steve Jobs has thrown cold water on the idea of shipping Macs with USB 3.0 ports, but thanks to LaCie, the lucky few who own Macs with expansion ports can get in on the action anyway. LaCie has released Mac drivers for its PCI Express x1 and ExpressCard/34 USB 3.0 expansion cards, which should fit in Mac Pro workstations and larger MacBook Pro notebooks, respectively.

  • Scythe announces new all-aluminum Monitor Speakers. You might know Scythe better as a maker of coolers, fans, and drive enclosures, but the Japanese firm has other tricks up its sleeve. Earlier this week, Scythe announced a set of tiny, aluminum-enclosed stereo speakers and a matching “Class D” amplifier. The Kro Craft Mini speakers cost $65, are rated for 20W of output, and measure a diminutive 4.3″ x 4.8″ x 4.1″. The Kama Bay amp will set you back $53 and can fit in a 3.5″ drive bay.

At $14 a piece, I’m almost tempted to grab one of those USB 3.0 thumb drives for myself. I think adding USB 3.0 ports to my desktop PC will have to take precedence, though.

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    • donkeycrock
    • 9 years ago

    I bought that amp awhile back. If you hook the power up to PSU you get a humming sound from the fan.
    I also noticed a high pitch sound always going. I would definitely skip this amp, it does not improve anything. only makes it worse.

    • TrptJim
    • 9 years ago

    I wonder what the real-world speeds of these USB drives will be. For the price, I can’t see them being as fast as they’re rated.

    • ludi
    • 9 years ago

    80-16kHz? No thanks. The low-end falloff can’t be helped without making things a whole lot bigger and/or more expensive, but a full-range speaker at this size and price should be more than capable of making it to the traditional 20kHz at the upper 3dB cutoff.

      • Anomymous Gerbil
      • 9 years ago

      Most of today’s music probably won’t t even have much information over 12-15kHz, so I’m not sure it’s really worth worrying about the 80-16kHz limitation. And t’s even before considering that an awful lot of people won’t hear anything above 15kHz anyway.

    • Anomymous Gerbil
    • 9 years ago

    Why put Class D in quotes? It’s the standard term for that type of switching amp.

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    Baseline for USB drives is 32G for me now. Shame this doesn’t come in larger sizes yet.

    Still haven’t used USB3 once on the few desktops I’ve had it installed ong{<.<}g

      • cygnus1
      • 9 years ago

      I plan to grab some of the 8GB or maybe even 4GB ones. They’re dirt cheap and it’s nice to have some handy for loading up OS install images.

      I wonder how much quicker installing off of a USB3 thumb drive will be…

        • nexxcat
        • 9 years ago

        Mm. I plan on booting my next NAS build from a bootable CF and use fanless ULV procs. If I go the LFS route, I should be able to fit just about everything I’d need on a 1GB CF.

          • DrCR
          • 9 years ago

          Just make sure you seutp a ramdisk. Been there, done that, killed a CF card in less than one month on a Lenny-based NAS. 🙂

    • Voldenuit
    • 9 years ago

    q[

      • plasticplate
      • 9 years ago

      TROLL TROLL TROLL…………, speaking of trolls, no post by SSK yet? wow

        • NeelyCam
        • 9 years ago

        I’d say SSK isn’t mean enough to be called a troll. Trolls are malicious.
        SSK is more like a… goblin?

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 9 years ago

          I would like to think of him as Oscar the Grouch when I read his posts.

            • ludi
            • 9 years ago

            Great, now I’m going to have that audio/visual playing every time he posts.

    • ew
    • 9 years ago

    Photos below bullet points already!

      • Asbestos
      • 9 years ago

      Yes, please. I can’t believe anybody thinks this current presentation is a good idea.

      • rechicero
      • 9 years ago

      +1 This presentation is a joke

      • 5150
      • 9 years ago

      Came here to say this, again.

        • 5150
        • 9 years ago

        WOOHOO! We finally got our way! Thanks Cyril!

          • rechicero
          • 9 years ago

          And this is why I love Techreport… These guys listen :-). Thanks a lot!!

            • Duck
            • 9 years ago

            We are not there yet. This is much better but it should go… main title bulletpoint thing >> picture >> blurb. Kthxbai.

            • ew
            • 9 years ago

            Now I feel bad for being so blunt.

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