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SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 2.0 Card Reader review

SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 2.0 Card Reader review

What’s the fastest card reader out there? That’s probably one of the most frequent questions, as flash storage becomes increasingly popular in everything from digital cameras to cellphones and PMPs. Of course, the answer boils down to numerous parameters such as bus medium, interface and storage. All things considered, a Firewire 800/IEEE 1394B reader with UDMA support (for CF cards) has the edge in speed, but the standard is not widely popular, especially in PC industry. Though it’s backward compatible with its lower-bandwidth sibling Firewire 400/IEEE 1394A, itself commonly found in most PCs these days, that connection will inevitably reduce the transfer rate. With that in mind, a commoditized USB-standard multimedia card reader with the fastest possible data transfer is perhaps the most straightforward choice, such as the SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 2.0 Reader.

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Pro Cyc MyStudio 20 – Tabletop Photo Studio review

Pro Cyc MyStudio 20 – Tabletop Photo Studio review

So what does an avian photographer knows about product photography? Not much, but a good image is all in the lighting and background. With the right equipment, product photography is in fact very simple, and twice as straightforward in a consistent lighting photo studio. A professional light tent with balanced lighting and seamless background can be costly, up to thousand of dollars, and is out of reach for small profit auction retailers or ecommerce that regularly add product images to their online catalogs. What we have for review today is an affordable product with an infinity virtual backdrop that the manufacturers claim can be used by anyone, regardless of experience, to get high quality product shots –- the Pro Cyc MyStudio20 Tabletop Photo Studio. (setup video after the cut)

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AAXA P1 LCoS-based pico projector review

AAXA P1 LCoS-based pico projector review

Having used four generations of home entertainment projector over the last decade, I was skeptical of small-form factor pico projectors when they first surfaced. A pocket-size projector with dimensions similar to a remote control or a cellphone, running super-cool and battery-operated for up to an hour of continuous use. That’s all tempting stuff, but can they deliver? Last month, we reviewed the UK-based BeamBox Evolution R1 Pico-projector; today, we have a close cousin with the same LCoS microdisplay but in different outfit: the AAXA P1 pico projector. (video after the cut)

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AMD outs Socket-AM3 Flagship CPU – Phenom II X4 955

AMD outs Socket-AM3 Flagship CPU – Phenom II X4 955

AMD has today unveiled the much-speculated Phenom II X4 955 Black version CPU, an upgrade of current socket AM2+ performance Quad-core processors with similar 45nm fabrication, 8MB cache (2MB L2 + 6MB shared L3) and 125W thermal envelope, but offering faster clock speed of 3.2GHz. The new Phenom II X4 also has an integrated memory controller capable of working with DDR3 memory on AM3-based motherboards, up to DDR3-1333 speed, and is backward-compatible with Socket AM2+ DDR2-1066 memory.

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Nikon 12.3MP D5000 Digital SLR gets official

Nikon 12.3MP D5000 Digital SLR gets official

First the spy shots, now the official announcement. Nikon has unveiled the much-speculated D5000 12.3MP DSLR. It is essentially the D90 in a compact chassis at cheap price -- aims to compete with the newly announced Canon Rebel T1i. The entry-level Nikon packs 12.21 million image pixel CMOS sensor, capable of 4fps continues shooting speed and 720P HD capture, which also features Nikon’s first DSLR with articulated 2.7-inch LCD display.

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Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Review – 500GB

Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Review – 500GB

As the name implies, the Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive is essentially a NAS device with media hub abilities, intended to back up and playback multimedia files across your home network. Where it stands slightly out from the crowd is in its support of UPnP for DLNA-certified devices and iTunes, allowing the NAS to store and stream music, video and pictures to a variety of PC, laptop, home consumer electronics and Apple products.

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Canon Rebel EOS T1i DSLR gets official

Canon Rebel EOS T1i DSLR gets official

It didn't take long, barely few hours into the leak, Canon has let the cat out of the bag -- the Rebel EOS T1i is official. The successor to Rebel XSi is now packed with 15MP CMOS image sensor, extended 128,000 ISO, 14-bit Digic IV image processor and a large and high Res. 920,000 dot pixels 3-inch LCD enter-level DSLR that’s capable of capturing HD video of up to 1080P at 20fps.

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Canon Rebel T1i leak? 15MP DSLR with 1080p video

Canon Rebel T1i leak? 15MP DSLR with 1080p video

It appears CNET has jumped the gun on Canon’s Rebel T1i. A long speculated Canon entry-level DSLR to be released tomorrow was leaked early today by CNET video podcasting. It was later pulled, reported from Chang’s Blog, with content revealed a 15MP crop sensor image sensor DSLR with ability to shoot 1080p video at 20fps (oddly), or 720p video at 30fps.

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Tamron intros fast aperture Macro lens – SP AF 60mm ƒ/2 Di II LD (IF) Macro 1:1

Tamron intros fast aperture Macro lens – SP AF 60mm ƒ/2 Di II LD (IF) Macro 1:1

Typical macro lenses -- normal to telephoto focus length range – usually have maximum aperture at F2.8 or slower, with the exception of Olympus Zuiko Digital 50mm F2.0 ( Four Thirds lens) at one stop faster. Tamron has today announced the development of SP AF 60mm ƒ/2 Di II LD (IF) Macro 1:1. Like the Olympus, it’s a digitally optimized Macro lens featuring a bright maximum aperture of ƒ/2.0.

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Marantz preps Reference series Universal Blu-ray desk, UD9004

Marantz preps Reference series Universal Blu-ray desk, UD9004

Apparently Denon and Oppo are not the only A/V manufacturers that are working an Universal Blu-ray desk (noted-not in production yet, presently), Marantz also got one underway with all the guts and glory built upon the technology inside their reference SACD-CD player, SA-7S1. Like the Denon, it’s another D&M Holdings product, targeting high-end audio/video enthusiasts with deep pocket.

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NZXT unveiled Panzerbox, performance LAN case with optimized airflow

NZXT unveiled Panzerbox, performance LAN case with optimized airflow

Team NZXT is at it again, unveiling another remarkable gaming chassis today with best-in class airflow. The pure aluminum Panzerbox has the capacity and power of a full-size tower, but weights only 6.3 kilos/14 pounds in a much compact mid-size tower with dimensions of 244 x 445 x 445 mm. Essentially, a performance LAN case that’s lightweight and small enough for traveling to community LAN party!

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Denon Japan postponed DVD-A1UD for the 2nd time, now October release

Denon Japan postponed DVD-A1UD for the 2nd time, now October release

Weakening foreign currencies against soaring yen are slowly affecting the prices of Made-In-Japan electronic goods, globally; even the already high-price Denon flagship DVD-A1UD Universal Blu-Ray player can’t escape the reality. For the latter, there’s more frustrating news than price adjustment, the Japanese firm has once again postponing the launch of the World’s first Universal desk, but this time, much further behind to mid of October.

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