LaCie have announced two new storage servers intended for small workgroups. The LaCie Big Disk Network and d2 Network can each support up to 50 users (15 simultaneously), with the Big Disk having dual RAID 0 drives for up to 4TBs capacity, while the d2 Network has 1.5TB of its own storage plus an eSATA port for adding external high-speed drives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The original Acer Aspire One has proved a willing and able subject for modders, and the most recent hack makes the 8.9-inch netbook all the more data-friendly with the addition of an eSATA port. Piggy-backing over the Storage Expansion SD slot, modder tnkgrl used the netbook's SATA port to wire things up.
OWC have announced their latest Mercury Pro Blu-ray/SuperDrive "Quad Interface" External Drive, offering Blu-ray and DVD burning for any PC or Mac with FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 or eSATA connectivity. The new Mercury Pro also doubles the burn speed of the previous-generation version.
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 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.
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.