Backup isn't generally seen as glamorous, and the Iomega StorCenter ix2 is unlikely to change that perception. A sober gray box, the ix2 is as compact as dual 3.5-inch SATA-II hard-drives will let it be. However inside there lurks an iTunes-compatible media server, printer sharing facility and optional CCTV recording and Bluetooth file transfers, all for a competitive entry price. Can the StorCenter ix2's hidden charms change our mind about the unbearable dullness of archiving?
Mvix have announced their latest NAS device, the MvixBOX WDN-2000 2-Bay Ultra Performance NAS/Media Server, complete with remote file access, bittorrent downloads, dynamic website hosting and data backup. Capable of holding two SATA drives of up to 1.5TB capacity each, the MvixBOX has gigabit connectivity and will ship in a drive-free state for users to add their own storage.
VIA have taken the wraps off of their first Mini-ITX board to use the company's Nano processor, the replacement to the low-power C7-M. The VIA VB8001 board features the 1.6GHz processor itself, support for up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, gigabit ethernet and two SATA ports. There's also a mini-PC slot for adding wireless broadband cards.
Lenovo have partnered with DeviceVM to put the SplashTop instant-on OS onto a new version of the company's netbook. The IdeaPad S10e will offer the same 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU as other S10 netbooks from Lenovo, but it will boot within seconds into the "Lenovo QuickStart" OS with access to the internet and media.
Another day, another set of tiny desktop LCDs that most of us can't buy. Akihabara have been playing with Sanyo's ALBO Home Network Viewer, a 7-inch 800 x 480 LCD with integrated WiFi b/g, memory card slots and infrared receiver. It also automatically flips from portrait to landscape when you physically rotate the display.
Photos of a black Acer Aspire One with a 6-cell battery pack have emerged, believed to be the Aspire One A150. The photos are by Flickr user unten44; specifications of the netbook are in keeping with the current Aspire One netbook range, with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 160GB hard-drive. In fact, the only key difference other than the case color is the battery life, which Acer rate for up to 6hrs use.
Sony have decided that, for the moment at least, the Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters bundle will be the only way that gamers can buy the new PSP-3000 with its updated screen and integrated microphone. That means that the PSP Entertainment Pack, which was set to offer the PSP-3000 together with a 4GB memory stick and no included title, has been axed.
Sonos have released their first official app for the iPhone and iPod touch, which adds controller functionality to the touchscreen devices and allows them to manage the company's networked audio players. The software, which is a free download through the AppStore, brings not only the full functionality from the official Sonos controller but adds touch-control and text-driven media searching.