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Sarotech Frigo RAID enclosures

Sarotech Frigo RAID enclosures

With a name that sounds awfully like a certain other external RAID enclosure, and a logo that's also pretty similar, we could waste plenty of column inches calling Sarotech's Frigo hard-drive enclosures Drobo knock-offs.  Instead, let's just accept that these things happen, and ask whether space for up to two (Sarotech Frigo RS-2) or four (Sarotech Frigo RS-4) 2TB SATA drives are tempting enough to overlook any similarities.

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Apricorn DVR Expander gets welcome makeover

Apricorn DVR Expander gets welcome makeover

When it launched back in January, you couldn't really fault Apricorn's DVR Expander for its specifications: 1.5TB of storage for plug'n'play expansion of your DVR, with a range of connectivity to suit various different TiVo, Cable and DirectTV receivers, among others.  What was less impressive was the casing; it looked cheap and, certainly in the case of the pink unit Apricorn bizarrely chose for their press shots, not something you'd want sat next to your TV.  Now the DVR Expander has had a makeover: the same impressive capabilities, but with a far slicker case. 

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Niveus ZONE HTPC: Blu-ray & multi-room from $1.5k

Niveus ZONE HTPC: Blu-ray & multi-room from $1.5k

We've drooled over Niveus' multi-room HD hardware before, but it's only now that the company has released a relatively mainstream product our meager blogger budgets could even hope to afford.  The Niveus ZONE is a Core 2 Duo based small-form-factor media player, capable not only of upscaling DVDs and playing 1080p Blu-ray content, but distributing it to other networked ZONE units around the home.

Video demo after the cut

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Samsung Q320 & R522 Core 2 Duo notebooks

Samsung Q320 & R522 Core 2 Duo notebooks

After the flurry of netbooks earlier this week, Samsung have now announced two new Centrino 2 notebooks.  The Samsung Q320, shown here, and Samsung R522, shown after the cut, are aimed at "mobile enthusiasts" and "families" respectively, with the Q320 having a 13.4-inch zero-bezel display and the R522 a more traditional 15.6-inch panel.

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OCZ boasts Thumb Drive speed with eSATA Interface

OCZ boasts Thumb Drive speed with eSATA Interface

USB thumb drive is convenient. The interface is standard with most computers made in the last decade and almost guarantee to work in any platforms. The only downturn is its speed remains an area for improvement. OCZ engineer looks to break the tradition, their new line of ultra fast thumb drive has an eSATA interface instead of a conventional USB ones. The result is sensational; the new integration boasts an astonishing transfer speeds of 90MB/s in reading and 30MB/s in writing.

The OCZ Throttle eSATA drive family ranges from 8GB, 16GB to 32GB capacities. Like the USB with plug-and-play capability, the Throttle allows instantaneously data access from any computer without the need to install any additional hardware or drivers. Product availability and pricing have not yet announced.

Kangaru e-Flash dual eSATA & USB 2.0 32GB flash drive

Kangaru e-Flash dual eSATA & USB 2.0 32GB flash drive

Kangaru Solutions have announced what they're claiming is the first ever eSATA flash drive.  The double-ended e-Flash drive has a USB 2.0 connector on one side and an eSATA connector on the other, offering users either the paltry 480MB/s of dull old USB or the blistering 3Gb/s of everyone's favorite external SATA interface.  Of course, those are just theoretical speeds: when you dig into the spec sheet you see the e-Flash is slightly less impressive than the headlines might suggest.

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Gateway FX6800-05 Intel Core i7-940 Gaming PC

Gateway FX6800-05 Intel Core i7-940 Gaming PC

If our review of Gateway's FX6800-01e Intel Core i7-powered desktop PC whetted your appetite, but you want more Nehalem goodness, you'll be pleased to hear that the company has unveiled a second FX6800-series PC.  The FX6800-05 swaps the entry-level model's Core i7-920 processor for an i7-940 CPU, running at 2.93GHz.  That's not the only change, either: out goes the graphics and three single gigabyte RAM chips, to be replaced by ATI Radeon HD4870 X2 video cards and 6GB of DDR3 1066MHz memory.

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