If you ever want a good cure for insomnia, find the nearest old British Conservative and ask them their opinion on the gold standard and whether it was the right thing to do to uncouple the pound from it. I promise you'll be asleep in around four minutes. Still, the best thing about gold is the silly ways companies cast it in order to advertise or add that "luxury edge" to a product; today it's SanDisk's turn, and their $5,000 solid gold memory cards.
There was once a time when I was ashamed to admit that I didn't own an iPod. Now being resistant to Apple's charms is discretely admired, and while the iconic DAP might still be synonymous with portable music for the man (or woman) in the street, the tech-aware are beginning to look further afield for their mp3 hit. Contrary to popular bile, Microsoft's Zune really did stand a chance - WiFi could've been their winning stroke, had they considered its potential long-term affect on the market and not the short-term walled garden of the three play/three day approach - and now it has been roundly trounced it turns to Sandisk and their Sansa Connect to fly the "iPod may be pretty but we want something less saturated" flag.
Read on for a round-up of hands-on first impressions, as well as some user feedback...
I've a shudder-inducing feeling that my own personal purgatory will be a nightmarish bombardment of acronyms and abbreviations. Seriously, is there any other industry so in love with initials and oddly-constructed names? Well, the latest to offend my eyes is USBTV, basically a USB memory stick with built-in video encoder and video line-out.
Tech-shy users slap the key into their PC, drag'n'drop a load of content onto it (which get DRM-encrypted as it transfers) and then either slot it into an LCD or Plasma TV which has a compatible USBTV USB port, or use the cradle and a bog-standard video-out cable.
It might sound bland - and compared to wireless media streamers, it is - but it's obviously caught the attention of LG, Mitsubishi, Philips, Pioneer and Zoran who have all jumped into bed with Sandisk. Expect to see USBTV products later this year, after some trial testing starts at the beginning of February.
Apetites get bigger as bodies get slimmer for tiny memory drives heading down a bullemic path. Hard disk drives just wont cut it in this world anymore, as solid state drives are ever increasing in memory capacity while staying ever so tiny and durable. SanDisk has just annouced their 32GB 1.8-inch SSD that will set the new standard for SSDs to come.
Achieving a sustained read rate of 62MB per second and a random read rate of 7,000 IOPS for a 512-byte transfer, this SanDisk SSD is more than 100 times faster than most hard disk drives, claims the company. Also, it has an extremely low power consumption rate compared to hard disk drives.
However, consumers hoping to have this new 32GB SSD in their next mobile device can expect an increase in price by around $600 in the first half of 2007.
Spectec has released a connector that fits into the SD slot of your Pocket PC and allows you to display video from your Pocket PC onto larger screens, including computer screens and projectors.
It can be connected to the screens via S-Video and VGA using an adapter that is included. The specifications can be found on Spectec's website, along with other products that take advantage of SD slots in Pocket PCs.
A remote is included with the device, although it is not very intricate. You can play and pause, and fast-forward and rewind video. The SDV-841 model uses the mini SD slot, while the SDV-842 uses the micro SD slot.
The company Brando has just released a USB key that has space for an SD or MMC card. Not only that, but it comes with headphones, and can be used to play back the music found on the SD/MMC card. There is a AAA battery that fits snuggly at the back, while the memory card is inserted in the front of the translucent unit.
The USB key at the front is USB 2.0 compliant, and the MP3 player last for 10 hours on one AAA battery. At this time the only audio format that is playable on the unit is MP3, although the unit can be used with both Windows and Macintosh. You can buy one for $15 over at Brando's Website.
SanDisk, one of the major flash storage makers has joined the gaming console accessories wave by releasing SD memory for Nintondo Wii. The white SD card is available in 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB capacity and priced from $34.99 to $89.99. The card will match nicely with your console color, however Nintendo Wii is compatible with other SD cards in the market, but hey, who does not want matching color accessories.
If you just read Rue’s review of the SanDisk Sansa e280, you’re probably wondering if there are or will be any accessories available for it. You can rest assure that Altec Lansing has partnered with SanDisk to create a lineup of accessories made for Sansa music players. The inMotion iM510 is a black docking speaker system that is every bit as sexy as the company’s Made for iPod lineup. It’s sexy, slim, dock, sync and charge the Sansa product line for less $119.95, available the week of October 9, 2006.
I had an opportunity to spend a brief moment with the inMotion at the Holiday Spectacular event in NYC. All I can say is if you’re the owner of a Sansa, the inMotion will make a perfect mate for it. More pictures after the jump.
Would you like an iPod? Or, an iPod? These days, it feels like alternative choices for comparable MP3 players are slim. However, that’s changing as the father company of memory cards, SanDisk, has reved up its Sansa e200 series of music players to become some real competition for those holy iPod Nanos this holiday season. Released earlier this month is their Sansa e280 which they claimed to be the world’s first 8GB flash memory MP3 player when they announced it in August right before Apple announced their Nano in September. The e280 can actually hold up to 10GB because of its microSD expansion slot, thus making it the largest capacity flash-based MP3 player currently on the market.
The storage capacity of USB flash drives gets bigger every day and with the huge number of models available the market is spoilt for choice; however, not all are equipped with same features and speed. In today’s review, I’m going to benchmark the Sandisk Cruzer Titanium (2GB) and Sandisk Cruzer Micro (4GB) against the OCZ Rally (2GB) and JumpDrive Lightning (2GB).