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.
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.