We previously reviewed the media hub AC Ryan PlayOn!HD Mini and were rather impressed with it. However, that was only a baby compared to what we're looking at today. It's price may not be much higher, but on paper the 1TB non-mini version seems to come packing a nice few extras. Lets see how it compares to its smaller brother and whether it's worth the extra investment cost.
HTPCs and media centres are growing in popularity as our houses become far more linked in terms of media. However, these systems can still be too expensive for some, or too big, too complicated; what's a guy to do? One option it seems is to get yourself a network media player. Today we're reviewing one such device, the AC Ryan Playon!HD.
With the much warned and anticipated "digital switchover" being rolled out soon the world over, people are looking to pickup digital TV boxes; if they didn't have one already. While there are subscription packages available, one other option is a freeview box allowing for a wider selection of digital channels, with no monthly charge. One such box is the Metronic Zapbox which coes with its own selection of HD channels along with HDMI compatibility. Lets see how it holds up to XSR's testing.
When it comes to portable storage there are two different improvements everyone is interested in hearing about: capacity and transfer speeds. One of the newest ones to hit the market is the advent of the new USB standard, USB 3.0. Today we're looking at a Startech package that gives you not only a hard drive dock supporting the new port, but also a PCI-E card giving you a pair of USB3 ports to make sure you're fully compatible.
With the price of NAS drives becoming a little more managable and the increased capacities necessary for the backup of everyday work and family photographs increasing, this type of hardware is becoming more proliferant in our homes. However, they arn't the only additions to your network you can make, with several add-on boxes made available by companies like Synology.Today we're looking at the VS60, an addon to the Synology Surveillance Station that allows the direct, software-less monitoring of up to 6 different network cameras at once.
Here at XSReviews we previously took a look at another Synology product known as the DS-210j which showed a lot of promise as a home enthusiast, or business user's NAS drive. Now though, we're looking at the much bigger brother. Faster, better looking and definately more expensive, ladies and gentlemen I give you the DS710+.
Nexus produce a wide variety of products, from cases to CPU Coolers, Power Supplies, and duster cleaning materials? Seems Nexus feel that dusty PCs need a bit of attention, and the best way to go about it is with a cleaning spray specifically designed for internal PC components while being "Ozone Friendly."Lets see how it does.
In the last few years, as computing has become more mainstream with products like the Wii and the iPhone bringing these electronics into the homes and hearts of an ever expanding market of consumers, one of the largest growing fields is the storage industry. This has brought out a tonne of innovation and diversity, from hard drives, to SSDs, USB pen drives, portable hard drives and network strorage. Today we're looking at a NAS device from Synology, known by the catchy name of DS210j. Still, lets see what kind of shoes it can fill.
Backing up and making sure your data is extra safe, is something people have been doing since the first digital storage device failed and someone realised they'd just lost a few bits of information. However, now with people having thousands of photographs, extensive movie and music collections, backup storage has never been more pertinent. That said, there's no reason some extra features can't be added and a little flair thrown in for good measure. Enter QNAP, makers of NAS devices for years, and today giving us a spin with their Turbo NAS known as the TS-119.
Into the big world of small gadgets, Veho come bearing their new Muvi Micro DV Camcorder. A minuscule 55mm from tip to toe, this bewilderingly petite device claims to be "officially the smallest high resolution DV camcorder in the world." In an era of the ubiquitous camera there's an awful lot of competition. Have Veho set their sights too high endeavouring to cram convenience and quality into such a small package? It's certainly rare to find both in one place. For the last week the Muvi Micro DV Camcorder has been put through its paces, and now the time has come for me to unveil my impressions.