SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD Review

SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD Review

Dec 15, 2015

Hard Drives (HDD) have come a long way, you probably even have a couple right now all running at the same time to keep all your important files. Portability wise, it has been more compact therefore they are now easier to pack on the go. The Extreme 500 Portable SSD from Sandisk is one them, and yes portable SSD’s are here! SSD’s are ususally used as your computer’s internal storage, but not anymore. Not only will these next generation drives be compact but will also boost the media transfer speed by 4X faster than a standard USB 3.0 hard drive. The packaging is simple and minimal. You get a tiny booklet, a micro-USB cable and the SSD drive itself. It’s a plug and play drive meaning you don’t need a special driver to run it. Design wise – it is rugged thanks the rubber frame around it that also absorbs impact from drops. It can also handle hot and cold temperatures between -20C to 70C. My only concern is that it is a little flimsy when it comes to overall build quality but other than that, this little drive is quite special. (Available in 120GB and 240GB size) It weighs less than 80g and only 1cm in thickness. It’s so slim that you can just put it in your pocket. Oh, there’s a metal ring, too, to clip it into your bag. When it comes to performance, it all depends on your machine. I am currently using a 5 year old HP laptop with Intel Core i7 processor (Ivy), 12 GB RAM and GT650M 2GB graphics. I have used CrystalDiskMark to benchmark the drive and also did a real file transfer for real world usage test. The drive was hooked up to a USB 3.0 port and the results are below. If you are a videographer (or photographer) like myself that does a lot of quick back ups then this is a must have addition to your gear. Especially if you do 4K videos where you need the speed in order to get the work done quicker. As for security the drive supports 128-bit AES encryption to protect your files, that’s available using the SanDisk...

Tesoro’s new Excalibur keyboard has a 16.8 million color backlight

Tesoro’s new Excalibur keyboard has a 16.8 million color backlight

Nov 5, 2014

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Editors Keys launch Kickstarter Campaign

Editors Keys launch Kickstarter Campaign

Oct 16, 2014

    Editors Keys has launched a Kickstarter campaign for making the world’s first Backlit editing keyboard. “Although backlit keyboards have been around for a few years now, up until today there has never been a shortcut keyboard available for video editors, audio producers or graphic designers. Editors Keys hopes to right this wrong, by launching the world’s first ever backlit editing keyboard on Kickstarter.”     Editors Keys have used a new production method in this keyboard. Rather than a small portion of the kay having back lights shine through, the entire key lights up. This helps the user see the shortcuts, text reference and Key’s letter which will speed up the editing process.     The company chose to use Kickstarter to enable a much quicker roll out for the product line. “As we’re quite a small business, we usually have to launch the product in one region, then slowly roll out to other countries, which means it can take a long time for some customers to get the products. We hope by running a Kickstarter campaign we can let our fans join in on the journey and help create an instant global roll out.” Says Founder Mark Brown. The keyboard will come in a gloss black color imitating a Piano. While it is being designed and marketed for editing, the keyboard can also be used for standard apps, like Word, email and internet browsing. The first batch of keyboards will be available for programs such as Avid Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase, EDIUS, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Sonar X3, Ableton Live, Presonus Studio One and Adobe Photoshop. Check out their Kickstarter campaign, and back it if you like the...

Neutron Mini: A PC that fits in the palm of your hand

Neutron Mini: A PC that fits in the palm of your hand

Oct 12, 2014

In a time when PC’s are getting bigger and bigger (Overcompensating?), its a refreshing change to see something nice and compact. A long-time reader of MaximumPC, a magazine, has now taken to kickstarter to fund his ‘Neutron PC’.  What is Neutron, you may ask? Neutron is PC that’s designed to do everything a regular sized PC can do, but can fit in the palm of your hand. If Ariane Nazemi’s Atom Computer raise the desired $30,000, there will be two versions of the said PC- the standard model and a Pro SKU. The regular Neutron will come with a Haswell-based Intel Core i3 processor, Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 256GB mSATA SSD, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 3.0 ports, LAN port, mini HDMI and mini Displayport output, Intel HD audio, IR receiver, and Windows 8.1. The Neutron Pro sports a similar configuration, but with an Intel Core i5 processor (also based on Haswell), Intel HD 5000 Graphics, and twice the amount of RAM (16GB DDR3) and storage (480GB mSATA SSD). The pro version is a little more intriguing considering it has an i5 haswell, and 16GB of ram. Though it may not be replacing anybody’s gaming rig at this point, it’ll be nice to see what Nazemi can do with the form factor as time progresses. Part of the Neutron’s charm is in the exterior. It’s made of a completely transparent material with a variety of Neon color options. To know more, visit the Kickstarter page.     This article is based on a Maximum PC article by Paul Lilly,...

Garmin Forerunner 15 Review

Garmin Forerunner 15 Review

Aug 27, 2014

Over the past few months I have checked out different fitness tracker with different key features and it’s just a matter of what you really need. Whether you want a wearable for communication or fitness it’s out there. You can even browse the web on some of them. The newest addition to the list is Garmin’s Forerunner 15 – a full on sports dedicated watch to all the fitness lovers. Packaging Inside the box you’ll find a proprietary cradle for charging and syncing, a micro-USB charger and some literature. Garmin was also nice enough to send me a heart rate monitor to complete more workout session. In regards to the cradle, I would’ve appreciate it more if there was no need for it or perhaps it shouldn’t have to be that big as I don’t like to carry them around. Hardware Comparing the Forerunner 15 to the competitors on the market – I find the Forerunner 15 to have a slightly bigger built but not very noticeable though. It also has a very sporty design, as expected, and pretty light-weight which is what you’re after since you’re going to be running with this. There’s a tiny as well with a resolution of 55 x 32 pixels and built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery. Garmin sent me the black edition with blue accents which I was really hoping to receive and in my opinion this is the best colour scheme. The straps are entirely soft plastic, not rubber, like the ones on the Magellan Echo watch. My main issue with it is it tend to hurt the side of my wrist as it’s not as flexible as rubber – after using the watch I would have marks on my wrist already. On the other hand – the watch felt very secured on my wrist, thanks to the metal buckle. Not just the buckle, overall in my opinion this is a one durable watch that you can just throw around and will still survive. Performance Using the Forerunner 15 was a great experience, it reminded be of the Fitbit Flex so much because of how it was tracking my movements. If I stopped working out it will...

D-Link DIR-880L Review – Performance and Simplicity

D-Link DIR-880L Review – Performance and Simplicity

Aug 10, 2014

D-Link’s brand new router is the DIR-880L, a true 802.11ac router capable of a blazing speed of up to 1,300Mbps using the 5GHz frequency band and up to 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency band at the same time. AC routers have been out for quite a while but hasn’t got much attention unlike your typical dual band router that has been out for years. In able to maximize the best speed you must have a supported devices but if you don’t have them don’t worry, you can still use you old devices. Most features on today’s router such as QOS, Firewall, Web-filtering, Port-forwarding, VPN support using L2TP over IPSec and so on. What separates this to other routers is the cloud feature which will enable you to manage your home network over the Internet using MyDlink portal. In order to get it working you will need an account to access – it’s free. Once you’re good to go you will be able to check your router’s status and manage it. There’s a support for VPN server which you’ll need a profile if you to access your home network securely. A VPN client must be installed – and setup Dynamic DNS to get the most out of this feature. Design The DIR-880L isn’t the most sleek or slim routers on the market but don’t take that reason for not buying this – that would be crazy. The addition of USB 3.0 is a bonus for better response and transfer time. Although the biggest issue I’ve experienced was it took ages to load my 16GB USB 3.0 flash drive, I’d say around the 3 mins mark. If you’re going to be mounting your hard drive (FAT32/NTFS) expect a longer waiting time. Once it’s loaded though the experience have been great. I’ve loaded a few of my videos and I was able to stream the with no issues. There’s about 5 seconds buffer to load the video, as expected but that’s about it. Interface   As person who purchased a D-Link router before, I am quite shocked at how far they’ve come in terms of web portal UI. I love how it looks, it’s a lot simpler,...

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