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Hitachi releases 1.5-inch Plasma HDTVs

Hitachi releases 1.5-inch Plasma HDTVs

Hitachi's super-slim "1.5" range of plasma HDTVs are finally going on sale in the US this month, with the 1.5-inch (35mm) thick panels boasting not only their low-profile depth but improved picture clarity at any angle.  Available in four sizes - 32, 37, 42 and 47-inches - the sets will be sold as part of Hitachi's "V Series" and "Director's Series" ranges.  Prices will begin at $1,800.

LaCie add capacity to 500GB Rugged external drive

LaCie add capacity to 500GB Rugged external drive

LaCie has announced an update to its ruggedized external storage range, ideal for the clumsy traveller who insists on carrying all their media around with them.  Now available in a 500GB version, with almost no size increase on the older, smaller capacity models, LaCie have given the drive a shock-resistant rubber bumper and scratch-proof aluminium shell.  Inside, there's a well-swaddled 2.5-inch Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 HDD.

Hitachi releasing new Blu-Ray/HDD camcorder DZ-BD9H

Hitachi releasing new Blu-Ray/HDD camcorder DZ-BD9H

This camera can record on one of three things, the 60GB hard drive, an 8 centimeter Blu-Ray disc, or an 8cm DVD. Sadly the resolutions and bit rates get so high that about 720x480, the camera’s lowest setting, DVD isn’t even an option, and even at that lowest setting, you only get 20-30 minutes of recording on a DVD.

Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 – a whopping 500GB notebook drive

Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 – a whopping 500GB notebook drive

I’m a backup junkie, and I use a lot of harddrive space on my laptop to keep manual backups of our sites despite having an automated backup servers (I never trust automated backup). My MacBook Pro is my primary and only machine that I use daily in and out.

Having 500GB storage on my laptop with a single drive configuration is plain sweet! Hitachi made it possible with its new 5K500 2.5-inch laptop drives. The Travelstar 5K500 is available in 400GB and 500GB capacity.

Matsushita working on a deal with Hitachi and Toshiba

Matsushita working on a deal with Hitachi and Toshiba

Back when the large panel TV’s were first getting popular, most companies had two choices, bet on Plasma for the ease of which it scales, or bet on LCD and hope for the best. Well, Matsushita bet on Plasmas, and that worked out well in the beginning, but since then, LCDs have grown in size, and the plasma market has dwindled considerably.

Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB HDD

Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB HDD

So, Samsung has this series of hardrives called the Spinpoint F1 series, with the HD103UJ topping it at 1TB. All three drives in the series have a data density of 350GB, operate at 7200RPMs, and utilize the SATA/300 interface.

its the one on the left.

Only the 750GB and 1TB drives have the full 32MB cache though. All of that calculates to make the 1TB drive have a total average access time of 14.2 milliseconds, which, in the terabyte hard drive market (there aren’t many) is slow, in fact, Seagate and Hitachi have models that perform at 12.7ms and 13.8ms respectively, so the only company the Samsung beats out is the WD Caviar GP with its 15/15.1ms access time.

Hitachi UT Series LCD TVs – Thin and light, but full of features

Hitachi UT Series LCD TVs – Thin and light, but full of features

You don’t believe its thin and light? Well peep this, its 35mm thick, that’s a number, then for the lightness, look at the runway model carrying one and stopping to pose after strutting out with the screen in hand.

I am pretty sure a good sign of something being light is how easily a runway model can carry eat and still look good. Part of the reason its so light is because they’ve separated the actual screen, and all the other junk that usually comes built into back/side of the TVs.

Two largest manufacturers of optical drives to quit making CD-ROM and CD-RW drives

Two largest manufacturers of optical drives to quit making CD-ROM and CD-RW drives

HLDS (Hitachi-LG Data Storage) and TSST (Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology) are soon to cease manufacturing of both CD-ROM and CD-RW drives. Not too big of a surprise since the last time I went shopping for computer parts I could have gotten one of each for less that $40.

Basically what it comes down to is the fact that all the new DVD burners are so close to the price of a new CD burner, and do the same thing and more, that they aren’t selling very many, roughly 5% of their shipments right now, and they expect it to be less by the end of the year. So if you were a big fan of those optical drives, my condolences go out to you.

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