With a standard laptop hard drive form factor and more than 500GB of storage capacity Samsung‘s new Springpoint drives are sure to make a splash. The 2.5-inch hard drive is a mere 9.5mm thick allowing for installation into most standard laptops and sub-notebooks. The new drive has three 166GB platters spinning at 5400RPM with 8MB of on-disk cache and a standard SATA3 interface.
With the drives expected to be available in March of 2008 be on the lookout for notebook manufacturers industry-wide to be releasing portables with the increased capacities in the late spring an early summer - perfect for work or play on the go with all your data, not just the measly 60-120GB you might be toting around at the moment.
Even in the age of high-capacity SSD‘s Samsung belives in the hard drive based microdrive. The newly announced A1 features 30GB and 40GB capacities, a 3600rpm rotation speed, 2MB buffer memory, and a greatly increased shock resistance of 650G’s (650 times the gravity of a stationary object on earth).
As for how they managed to cram 40GB of storage onto a 1” platter, well, that just boggles the minds of the editors here at Gear Live. We expect to see a bevy of new handhelds, digital audio players, and cameras with built in storage with room to grow coming in 2008.
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Samsung has unveiled their new 128GB SSD (Solid State Disk) here at CES 2008. The new 1.8” drive connects to laptops via the SATA3 standard, and features a 70MB/sec write speed. These newly bumped up write speeds combined with the durability and low power consumption of SSD disks should mean a whole new crop of hard drive free laptops springing up in 2008 with stunning battery life and nearly instant-on performance.
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We know that everyone could use a bit more storage capacity in thier TiVo Series3 or TiVo HD units. Luckily, Western Digital has released My DVR Expander - a 500GB eSATA disk that is perfect for bumping up your TiVo’s storage capacity. We show you how it works in this episode.
As for the My DVR Expander unit itself, here is an overview from Western Digital:
Instantly add up to 60 hours of high-definition TV or up to 300 hours of standard-definition TV to your eSATA-enabled DVR. You’ll have plenty of room to save your programs longer and never miss your favorite shows.
Easy to set up, easy to use - Just plug it in to the external SATA (eSATA) port on your DVR and start recording even more TV shows, sporting events and movies. eSATA port must be active.
Compatible - My DVR Expander has been tested for compatibility with Scientific Atlanta 8300 Series, and has been TiVo verified compatible with TiVo® Series3 and TiVo HD DVRs. Check with your cable service provider to confirm compatibility with their system.
Quiet and Cool - A unique no-fan passive cooling system and special hard drive design makes it quiet for the living room or bedroom.
Low-intensity LED - Designed with a soft amber LED indicator, ideal for the living room or bedrooms.
As we note in the video, once you hook up and activate the My DVR Expander, if you ever choose to disconnect it from your DVR, you will lose all the content that is stored on it.
Being a gadget-geek occasionally has its downside…such as keeping track of all your “toys” and making sure they’re always charged. Brookstone’s Charging Valet can certainly lend a hand. It’s a handsome, wooden storage unit with a hidden power surge and can hold up to six devices. Just plug their adapters (which also remain hidden) into the surge and Voila! You’ll have an elegant display for your gadgets—while simultaneously charging them. Holds MP3 players, PDAs, digital cameras, portable game consoles and more and measures 13 7/16"L x 8 7/16"W x 5 5/16"L. Available for $75 USD.
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Stanford researchers have figured out a way to extend the life of lithium-ion batteries up to 10 times. Silicon nanowires will soon turn a 2 hour battery into twenty for cellphones, laptops, cameras, MP3 players, and other portable devices. Yi Cui, leader of the group, feels that the applications could include cars and storage generated by solar panels. A patent application has been filed on the Li-ion and Cui is counting on a current battery manufacturer hooking up with the idea. We hope so, too.
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Transcend has released its JetFlash V60 with up to a generous 16GB of memory. Plug in the battery-sized device into your USB for speeds of 2.0 and 1.0/1.1. It will not only transfer your data, it features password protection, a boot-up and PC lock, LED usage status display, and a lifetime warranty. Compatible with Windows 98SE/ Me/ 2000/ XP/ Vista, Mac OS 9.0 / OS X and Linux Kernel 2.4.2 or later for simplified transference, the V60 is available in 4 colors for prices of $12.40 for 1GB up to $134.00 for 16GB.
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Using your old floppy disks for coasters these days? Poland’s Baba Akcja has designed CDRs in the shape of the 3.5-inch relics. Each one has enough storage space to hold 200 MB of data and comes with white and blue, red, green, and yellow labels to write the contents. You can get one for $10.00 or four of them for $28.00 at designboom. Just don’t make a mistake and attempt to set your coffee on it or try to place its square shape in a round slot.
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Remember mixtapes? Not playlists burned to a CD, but real mixtapes on cassette, passed around among friends or maybe given to your crush. All the thought that went into choosing the songs, the agonizing over what to put on the cover, the finger crossing that the last track wouldn’t get cut off due to the tape ending… Mixtapes were awesome. Well, we’re not here to start a revolution (not a cassette revolution, at least), so here’s the next best thing.
The Mixtape USB Memory Stick has a capacity of 64 mb, which translates to about 12 tracks or 1 hour of music - just enough to get your point across musically. The stick comes packaged in a gift box designed to look like an honest-to-goodness mixtape. There’s even dedicated space to write out the track listing by hand, and spots to fill in To: and From:, so your BFF or crush never forgets who used those Phil Collins tracks to express their true feelings. Design house SUCK UK is responsible for this bit of retro brilliance.
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Now that all the holiday movies are coming out, this might be a good time to expand your TiVo or Series 3 DVR. Western Digital, the creators of My Book Hard Drive, has released My DVR Expander. It attaches to the eSATA port and gets automatically recognized. It will hold an additional 500GB for up to 300 hours of standard video or 60 hours of HD video. Western promises quiet operation with passive cooling and a minimal LED for less of a distraction. It’s available now for $199.99.
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