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  • Samsung SpinPoint T166 500GB: Cool, Quiet, and Quick @ AnanTech
    Samsung introduced the SpinPoint T166 series last fall after the P120 series had success in the market as a low cost alternative to similar offerings from Seagate, Maxtor, Hitachi, and Western Digital. While the P120 series was certainly a bargain in terms of cost, the drive series did not receive much press coverage nor did Samsung actively promote the product in the same manner you see from their competitors. However, those drives developed almost a cult following from people who perceived them as great price to performance alternatives, not to mention drives that were whisper quiet and easy on the electric bill.
  • Seagate 7200.10 500GB: Hitting the Sweet Spot @ AnandTech
    Seagate announced the Barracuda 7200.10 series over a year ago as the successor to their Barracuda 7200.9 series with much surprise as that particular product line had only been marketed for a very short period. The Barracuda 7200.10 series quickly became their flagship product for personal desktop solutions with the 7200.9 series quickly being regulated as a value performance offering. The Barracuda 7200.10 product was the first desktop centric hard drive to feature perpendicular magnetic recording technology.
  • WD`s 750 GB Hard Disk Sets New Records @ Tom`s Hardware
    The storage marketplace has grown noticeably faster than have markets for other PC components in the past few years, primarily because hard disks are being used in more and more devices. These have a way of showing up in living and family rooms, unlike PCs: consider high definition DVRs, for example. Nevertheless, the subject of hard disks is often described as odious or boring, because big capacity targets have already been attained, and not much new has come along in many months. After drives hit the 250 GB mark, there was a long pause in new developments. Then, if Hitachi hadn`t come through with a 5-platter 500 GB monster, WD would have trumped the field with its 400 GB Caviar drive. Next, Seagate led the pack with its 750 GB Barracuda, after which the hard drive market languished for nine months before the Hitachi 7K1000 Terabyte Deskstar came along. Now, after a year off from running out front, Western Digital once again takes a lead, and blackens a few competitors` eyes in the process. In short, it looks like there`s major movement in the hard disk market once again!
  • Which Screen Is For Me? - 20, 22 and 24" Market Compared @ TFTCentral
    Choosing a new display is never easy. There`s a mass of different models to consider, many different specs to understand, and a whole range of different sizes to choose between. With prices of LCD displays falling nicely over the last year, many buyers are now looking to the larger screen sizes which have begun to flood the market. Gone are the days of people looking at 17" or even 19" screens. Nowadays, 20, 22 and 24" models are abundant, and affordable; and users are drawn not only to the extra screen real estate, but to the extra features and technologies these models offer. This article will hopefully help you with your decision. We`ve split the following into 3 sections, looking at each of the 20, 22 and 24" sectors in turn. We`ve picked out arguably the best and most popular models available at the time of writing, and offered some insight into how you might go about choosing your new screen.
  • Sharp LC32RD2E 32in LCD TV (EU) @ Trusted Reviews
    Having tried its hand at full HD with some success with the XD1E models, Sharp is now having its first stab at another en vogue picture-boosting technology: 100Hz. As you may recall from reviews we’ve carried of other TVs carrying this technology, such as Toshiba’s WLT68 models and Panasonic’s new LXD70 LCDs, 100Hz uses processing to double the picture’s refresh rate. Originally designed to counter flicker with old CRT technology, it’s now used in the LCD world in a bid to tackle problems with motion blur, where difficulties in making LCD pixels cycle fast enough can cause moving objects to lose resolution as they pass across the screen. So far, we’re pleased to say, we’ve found the 100Hz approach to work pretty well, making moving objects look clearer without throwing up the sort of processing side effects that used to plague some CRT 100Hz incarnations.
  • Fujifilm S5 Pro DSLR @ DPReview
    It`s taken a while, but we`ve just posted our in-depth review of Fujifilm`s S5 Pro. The S5 Pro may have the same sensor (well, almost) as the S3 Pro, but as a camera it is a quantum leap forward over the models that preceded it, being based on the highly-regarded Nikon D200 (all the previous models were based on consumer level Nikon film cameras). On paper the S5 Pro seems to address most of the issues we - and many potential purchasers - had with the S3 Pro; find out if it delivers on its promise of hugely expanded dynamic range after the link....
  • Best Gaming Cards for the Money: July 2007 @ Tom`s Hardware
    Detailed video card specifications and reviews are great - that is, if you have the time to do the research. But at the end of the day, what a gamer needs is the best video card within a certain budget. So if you don`t have the time to research the benchmarks, or if you don`t feel confident enough in your ability to make the right decision, fear not. We at Tom`s Hardware Guide have come to your aid with a simple list of the best gaming cards on offer for the money.
  • LG HL-DT-ST GSA-H62N DVD Rewriter @ CDRInfo
    18X DVD writing speed, DVD RAM support and SATA interface are just a few of the features of this Super Multi DVD Burner from LG, that looks like it has the makings of a very high quality and reliable device. It offers maximum writing speeds of 18X for SL DVD±R, 10X for DL DVD±R, and 12X for DVD-RAM.
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