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ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 adds WiFi-N to 1080p media streamer

ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 adds WiFi-N to 1080p media streamer

Back when ASUS announced their O!Play HDP-R1 media streamer in June 2009 we criticized it for leaving out WiFi.  Now the company have launched a new version, and the ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 does indeed bring WiFi 802.11n to the table.  The HDP-R3 is capable of playing back local 1080p HD content from attached memory sticks and hard-drives, as well as sucking streaming content over your high-speed wireless network.

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Synology DiskStation DS1010+ and DS110j NAS outed

Synology DiskStation DS1010+ and DS110j NAS outed

NAS manufacturer Synology have outed a pair of new external network drives, one for the small business crowd and another more suited to home users.  The Synology DiskStation DS1010+ has five internal HDD bays and the potential for a further five with an optional expansion enclosure, while the DiskStation DS110j makes do with just one drive.  Both support DLNA media streaming, gigabit ethernet connectivity and have a clutch of USB 2.0 ports for hooking up external drives or peripherals.

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Umazone UMA-ISO automatically mounts your DVD images

Umazone UMA-ISO automatically mounts your DVD images

Japanese accessory manufacturer Umazone have outdone themselves with a hard-drive caddy that will likely strike a chord with anyone doing regular software installs.  The Umazone UMA-ISO looks like a regular 2.5-inch HDD drive enclosure; however it also has a small display and, on the side, a jog wheel, which can be used to flick through ISO CD and DVD images stored on the drive inside.  Once selected, plugging the UMA-ISO into a host computer is pretty much the same as dropping the original disc into a CD/DVD drive.

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ASUS Eee Box EB1012 and EB1501 Ion-toting nettops get video hands-on

ASUS Eee Box EB1012 and EB1501 Ion-toting nettops get video hands-on

ASUS' latest NVIDIA Ion based nettops have been well and truly pawed over by NetbookNews.de, and considering that the Eee Box EB1012 at least seems destined for the US market it's only right that we should take an interest.  The EB1012 - and the ASUS Eee Box EB1501 - uses Intel's dual-core Atom 330 1.6GHz processor, paired with the Ion 1080p-capable graphics chipset, with the key difference being that the EB1501 finds room to squeeze in an optical drive.

Video demos after the cut

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Acer easyStore AH340-UA230N Home Server: 1TB+ for $400

Acer easyStore AH340-UA230N Home Server: 1TB+ for $400

Acer have announced their first consumer NAS running Windows Home Server, the Aspire easyStore AH340-UA230N.  It may not have a snappy name, but it does have 1TB of standard storage plus three hot-swappable 3.5-inch hard-drive bays for a total of 7TB capacity.  There are also five USB 2.0 ports and an eSATA connection.

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