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.
Everyone has experienced wanting just that little bit more prestige to their sound if they are using a laptop, hating the poor quality of the built in speakers. If you want to try and boost the caliber a bit, or perhaps play sound from an mp3 player without having to use earphones then external speakers are usually your only choice.These external speakers come in many shapes and sizes, from the sublime to the insane. Today we're going to be looking at the strangely named Porty Speakers (Portable Speaker-System 2.0) from Maximus, so let's see how they perform.
These days portable equipment is as ubiquitous as vomit in pub toilets, which in turn has meant a general move towards devices that allow you to recharge in-situ. Presumably so as to avoid the need to wipe said vomit from a nearby mains socket, and saving you the trouble of constantly needing to replace removable batteries. It's also standard practice to make just enough of your product proprietary – or dependent on something that is – in order to maximise profit without pushing the consumer too far. This means you can end up carrying around a separate charger for every portable item you own along with the bushel of interfacing cables. Adaptors are of course abound, but it would be nice if more devices came with a selection of common fittings the way the Turbocharger 3400 does. This portable charger gives you the ability to juice up anything from mobile phones to hand-held consoles, and all on the move.
With music becoming increasingly centred around the home computer, a decent set of PC-compatible speakers has become almost a necessity. Even leaving aside the tendency towards downloading – legal or otherwise – keeping your CD collection on a hard-drive is now common-place and provides many benefits. It's easier to organise, retrieve and backup media stored to disk than hundreds (or even thousands) of CDs, tapes, LPs, mini-dics, and such. Even when recorded in one of the many loss less audio formats – FLAC, True Audio (TTA), Apple Loss less, MPEG-4 ALS, etc – a hard-drive the size of a paperback could store many hundreds of CDs, thus making it an extremely efficient use of space. Since we'll all be living in Tokyo-style pods soon anyway, larger media will probably become obsolete eventually, if not merely at an excessive premium. The thirst for a clear and precise rendering of all that binary finery is quite palpable, but perhaps Speedlink can satisfy it?
Energy Sistem™ isn't exactly a common typo on the tip of the tongue, but – much like the problem of mysteriously vanishing remote controls – they've been around for a while. Barring the kleptomaniac hoardings of some thieving soon-to-be-ex friend, or a lonely and capacious housewife, the blame must lay squarely on our quest for progressively miniaturised technology. A quest manufacturers seem determined to embark upon regardless of consequence – and to which they subsequently offer their own solutions; for a modest price, of course. So in search of a stop-gap between sanity and industrial genocide, we stumble most readily across the likes of this Universal 3100 Remote Control. Whereupon the wrath of our idle thumb-poking is more than satisfied. At least until someone miniaturises the sofas behind which it's sure to disappear.
Coolermaster is a name that will be instantly recognisable to most hardware fans, being a longstanding big player in the case, psu and cooling market. This time round though we will be trying out something a little bit different from Coolermaster, their range of CM Storm mouse mats aimed at the gaming market.As anyone who has missed that vital head shot can tell you, the surface on which you use your mouse can have a huge difference with your game play, as well as many other areas of your computing. With 6 variations of mouse mat here, there is bound to be an option to suit everybody, so let's get on with it and have a look at the offerings.
While storage space has stayed well ahead of software in terms of increasing capacities, because of duplicated and backed up data, most people now have a plethora of different storage solutions to hold their ever important information. There's pen drives, optical media, portable hard drives and more. However, the cheapest option of them all tends to be a run of the mill hard drive, with a docking point of some sort. This can also be a great way to utilise an older, smaller drive that you no longer have use for. With that in mind, lets commence today's review of the Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Duo.
With media becoming far more portable and universally accessible than ever before, the tide of products that help us enjoy our music and video on the move and within our own homes seems unlikely to abate anytime soon. With this in mind, lets continue the trend with today's review, the Veho MiMi Qube, a miniature wireless speaker that plays whatever your PC happens to be playing thanks to a small dongle USB device. The question is though, does it sound good? Lets check it out.