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The Daily Slash: May 19th 2010

The Daily Slash: May 19th 2010

Today was the middle of the week, but it didn't really feel like it until about half-way through. At least it wasn't the beginning of the week again, right? Not yet, anyway. Welcome to tonight's edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight, after the wake of the first keynote from Google's I/O, in the Best of R3, we've got a screenshot of the Motorola Cliq with a certain numbered update, and the Motorola i1 has finally launched. And then in the Dredge 'Net, LaCie has introduced a new net-connected RAID, MSI's revealed two new notebooks, and Foxconn's got a tablet that may actually rival another already on the market.

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Drobo S Review

Drobo S Review

Data Robotics' first Drobo model surprised a fair few people; the company billed their external storage array as an "intelligent data robot", making RAID-style redundancy if not glamorous then at least appealing. When we reviewed the first-gen model all the way back on October 2008, we felt a few qualms at its relatively high price tag but had little doubt over the security of our data. Now, with their range much enlarged, we've one of Data Robotics newest 'bots on the testbench, the Drobo S. Adding an extra drive bay to the original model, plus a few less obvious tweaks, is the Drobo S the droid you're looking for?

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Intel Atom “storage optimized” platform promises faster NAS

Intel Atom “storage optimized” platform promises faster NAS

Intel's Atom processors may be best known for their role in netbooks, but the low-power chips have also been making inroads into always-on devices such as NAS, RAID arrays and small servers.  It comes as little surprise, then, that Intel have pushed out its first "storage-optimized" Atom-based platform, using the latest D410 and dualcore D510 CPUs paired with the high-throughput Intel 82801IR I/O Controller.  Apparently the platform has already been picked up by LaCie, LG, QNAP, Synology and Thecus for upcoming products.

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Synology DS710+ NAS Review

Synology DS710+ NAS Review

Synology have made a name for themselves in the network-attached storage segment for sturdy hardware, comprehensive software and decent performance, the the company are hoping to deliver all three once again with the DiskStation DS710+. A dual-drive RAID array with some ambitious throughput promises, the DS710+ also gets a fairly premium price tag too; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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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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LaCie 12big Rack Network NAS/iSCSI packs up to 24TB

LaCie 12big Rack Network NAS/iSCSI packs up to 24TB

LaCie have outed a new NAS, and while the LaCie 12big Rack Network isn't likely to end up in many home installations, it all makes for pretty impressive reading.  A 19-inch 2U rack-mounted unit, the 12big has a full twelve 3.5-inch hard-drive bays and is offered in 6TB, 12TB and 24TB versions.  A hardware RAID controller allows for multiple different setups (RAID0, 1, 10, 5, 50, and 6, in fact) while Windows Storage Server 2008 is installed to manage data deduplication, file replication, encryption and automatic backup.

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Dell Precision M6500 Core i7 Extreme mobile workstation debuts

Dell Precision M6500 Core i7 Extreme mobile workstation debuts

Dell have updated their mobile workstation range of notebooks with the Precision M6500, packing a range of Intel Core i7 quad-core and Core i7 Extreme quad-core processors.  There's also a considerable 17-inch 1920 x 1200 display - with various degrees of LED backlighting - together with up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, space for up to three hard-drives (up to 500GB HDD or 256GB SSD in each bay; various RAID setups available) and a choice of ATI FirePro M7740 1GB, NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M 1GB, or Quadro FX 3800M 1GB graphics.

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Corsair P64 64GB SSD Review

Corsair P64 64GB SSD Review

Having long been the preserve of expensive ultraportables or performance intensive media processing and gaming machines, SSDs are beginning to trickle down the price ladder. There's still more GB for your dollar in a traditional platter-based hard-drive, but switching to solid state is cheaper than ever. On the SlashGear test bench today we've got Corsair's 64GB P64 CMFSSD-64GBG2D SSD.

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Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 gets bigger, swappable drives

Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 gets bigger, swappable drives

It's been a long time since we reviewed Iomega's original StorCenter ix2 NAS, and the company have finally got around to updating the dual-drive consumer/small-office backup and media-sharing system.  The Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 keeps the compact footprint of its predecessor but boosts capacity - 1TB, 2TB and 4TB models are on offer - upgrade potential and green credentials.

Unlike the ix2, the ix2-200 has twin user-accessible drive bays, and they're filled with low-power drives that are automatically spun-down when not in use.  The StorCenter also has DLNA media streaming, RAID 1 drive spanning for improved data security, three USB ports for plugging in external drives or webcams, and optional Bluetooth for wirelessly transferring files from mobile devices.

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