Friday, November 26, 2010

IQ Smart Solutions IQ-1175 Vent Clip Mount Review

Up for review is the IQ Smart Solutions IQ-1175 Vent Clip Mount. I initially labeled it as a GPS mount, but in reality it is a universal mount. It holds multiple GPS devices, as well as other portable devices such as iPods, iPhone, SM Radio and Sirius Radio receivers. The included adapters are a belt clip, as well as a vent mount.

The mount can work with just about any device. While the list is fairly extensive, it still does not cover all models for all manufacturers. It looks like you are pretty covered for XM Radio, Sirius, and most iPods. The good news is that it also comes with some universal mounting tabs. So if your device is not on the list, just use the universal mounting tabs.

The packaging was pretty good, with a lot of adapters. Each one was individually wrapped in clear plastic and labeled for this make it supports. So it was pretty simple to look through the pile for the adapters that were needed. Construction was also good, as they all seem fairly durable.

The included instructions were simple to follow. There are multiple sized vent clips to work with just about any dash. I was able to get mine installed to my vents, and the mount appeared very stable. I would have no reservations with using this mount. If you are looking for a device mount that will not take up your dash space, this could be for you. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ion Tape Express+ MP3 Converter Review

The Ion Tape Express+ is a clever tape to mp3 converter/player. It is a portable tape player, like a Sony Walkman. It can be used just like a portable player as it has a traditional headphone jack, volume control, as well as the other normal controls. But unlike a walkman, it also has a USB output, to hook it up to your computer.

The instructions were pretty simple and straight forward. Before you use the device, the included software needs to be installed. Installing the software was easy and went well. But this is where the positives slowed down.

The device came with the player, software manuals, and a pair of headphones. The quality of the player was questionable. It looked cheap. But hey; if it works, it works. After all, it was probably not going to be used as a daily player. I just needed it to get the tapes into the computer. Then you can transfer them to your iPod, or burn the music to CD.

Then the software took me step by step for importing the music into the computer. There was a lot of noise and thumping coming through the music. So far, I was a little concerned, but it ended up just being the connection. Sound was ok. The end of the side came, and while the player has auto-reverse, it did not work on the player. Hmmm… On the positive side, the software worked well. It automatically sensed the tracks. When it was done, you typed in the name of the Artist, Album, and Tracks. It then converted the file and saved it in my iTunes library. The sound quality of playback was actually fairly good. You could tell it was tape based and did not originate from a CD. But there also wasn’t a lot of tape hiss or crackling. The software did pretty good.

It sounds like I got a bad unit with the auto-reverse not functioning. But the software works well. And in my case, all I had to do was manually flip the tape and all was well. So I did one side at a time. But based on its MSRP $59.99 price, you may want to get the gift from a reputable store. That way, if your loved one has a problem with their player, it can be exchanged. If you are looking for a cool gadget to give a loved one, this could be it. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at:

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Samsung Fascinate Galaxy S Android Smartphone Video Review

Samsung Fascinate Galaxy S Android Smartphone Video Review
It is an excellent smartphone which based on its features and performance has earned our Highly Recommended award. Check out the video review below:

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Targus Lap Chill Mat Laptop Pad Review

It is easy to forget, but laptops need to breath. They do not need much room for ventilation. They have small rubber feet on the bottom, so if you use it on a desk, there is sufficient space for ventilation. Laptops, however, have the added benefit of portability. Now you can set it in your lap on the couch, or on the bed. But that gives zero ventilation and can cause overheating and shorten your laptop’s lifespan.

The Targus Lap Chill Mat solves this problem. It has built in fans to keep your laptop cool. Not only does the pad give back space for sufficient ventilation with the laptops built in fan, the Targus Lap Chill Mat gives extra cooling. The dual fans will keep your laptop nice and cool.

The construction was very good. The top is a hard plastic mesh air can travel thru. The neoprene bottom is padded and feels comfortable in your lap. The dual fans perform very well! They provide a nice flow of air to your laptop. They also do so very quietly, so much so that it is inaudible. Power for the Chill Mat is conveniently supplied through a USB cable.

The Targus Lap Chill Mat turned out to be an excellent product. It is built well to last a long time, it looks great and is comfortable to use. And best of all, it also works as advertised! I have bought the cheap ones that don’t work well and also don’t last very long. With an MSRP of $39.99, it is a bargain. If you have a laptop, I highly recommend getting a laptop pad. And I suggest the Targus Lap Chill Mat being added to your list to check out. For more info, check out their website at:

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

2010 Holiday Gadget Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again when we start doing up our shopping lists for the holidays. To help with this, and give some gift ideas, we are happy to present our first annual Holiday Gadget Gift Guide. The gift guide will include a list of the items, brief descriptions, photo, and review schedule for each of the items. If you are not sure what to get loved ones for Christmas, here are some great gift ideas.

Samsung Fascinate. This is an excellent Android 2.1 based Smartphone. It is thin, has great display, and has a multitude of multimedia possibilities thanks to the Android operating system. Full review will be available here this week, the third week of November.

Targus Lap Chill Mat. This pad is a multi-functioning laptop pad. Not only is it comfortable to use in your lap, it also keeps your laptop cool. Full review will be available here this week, the third week of November.

Ion Tape Express+. This unique product helps you get your audio collection into the digital age. Now to can store your cassette tapes on your computer as MP3’s. The full review will be available here in the fourth week of November.

IQ Smart Solutions GPS Mount. GPS receivers usually come with windshield and/or dash mounts. This GPS mount uses your dash vents. The full review will be completed in the fourth week of November.

RCA MP3 player. There are many mp3 players out there to choose from. This one is not only small, it makes using the device simple. The full review will be completed here the first week of December.

AKG NC309 IEM. When it comes to headphones, it is not just about the sound. We can also look for functionality. These In Ear Monitors are also Active Noise canceling. For the full review, check here the first week of December.

JVC UX-LP5 Shelf System. This shelf system is more than just a clock radio. While it does have an alarm, it is also big on sound. The full review will be available here the second week of December.

Ion BlockParty. Now you can have your own block party or tailgate party. This portable sound system helps share your tunes with others. Check out the full review here the second week of December.

DLink Boxee Box. This little box plays a vast array of video formats. Connectable to the internet, it also allows you access to online content from services such as NetFlix. The full review will be available here the 3rd week of December.

Bracketron Universal USB charger and MobileDock Dash Mount. The 1st item is the USB charger for your vehicle. The 2nd is a dash mount for your portable device. The review will be completed the 3rd week of December.

One item I thought would also be great to include are a couple items while previously reviewed are also excellent gadgets. The 1st is a soundbar by ZVOX. The link is here:
The 2nd is a GPS review of the Magellan RoadMate 1700. It's full review can be found here:

The holiday shopping season can be fun, yet also difficult. We all like different things. Keeping that in mind, we tried to get a good variety of different devices and items. Hopefully, this will give you some great ideas and save you from resorting to just gift cards!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Convertible Car Component Speaker System Review Part One: The Two-Ways

When it comes to car stereo speakers, there are typically two types of speakers – coaxial and components. Basic stock speakers sometimes feature a single dual cone speaker. It is a cheap paper cone single driver speaker. When you want to upgrade, you will often choose between coaxial or components. There are pros and cons to each.

When you go with a coaxial speaker, you now get a midrange/midbass driver and a separate tweeter. The tweeter is mounted over the midrange, usually where the dust cap usually is. The nice thing about a coaxial speaker is there is only one speaker to mount, and the sound quality is good. They usually have a single cap mounted on the tweeter to block the lower frequencies from the tweeter.

With component systems, the tweeters are mounted separately. You also get a separate passive crossover network that sends the specific frequencies to the midrange and the tweeter. So with components the tweeter is mounted separately, usually higher, so you get better sound from the tweeter. The midrange is also by itself giving you better performance. And the passive crossover network adds to the performance even more. On the downside there are two separate speakers to mount, rather than just one. Depending on your vehicle, however, components may not be ideal.

Enter the convertible type speaker. It has all the pieces you find in a component set, but the tweeter can be mounted over the midrange/midbass driver. This extra versatility gives more installation options. Now if you need a coaxial for your current vehicle, you can get the improved performance of a convertible speaker set with a passive crossover network, and can be mounted as components if you ever change cars.

Today, we are comparing three different 2-way component systems. They are the D662 from Diamond Audio, CXS62 from Image Dynamics, and RS65.2 from Kicker. Now you can get mid to upper level performance in a coaxial mount system. The Diamond Audio 662 retails for $380, $380 for the Image Dynamics CXS62; and $449 for the Kickers RS65.2.

The Diamond Audio D662 has the following features:
-Hard anodized aluminum cone
-Rubber surround
-High density proprietary ABS composite frame
-Flat progressive spider
-Inductively controlled motor design
-Model specific crossover
-RAF (Rear Acoustic Fill)
-Silk or aluminum tweeters
-Power handling 75 RMS/150 peak
-Sensitivity 87.2 dB
-Frequency response 45-22,000
-Mounding depth 2.32 inches and diameter 5.5 inches

The build quality of the Diamond Audio D662 system is excellent. The aluminum cone is stiff for good bass response. I liked the screw on the terminals for which you will need a 3 mm allen wrench. ABS plastic is a feature found in some high end speaker components, as it will not color the sound through resonation. It also helps to reduce distortion. At the same time, you do need to remember the ABS when installing them does not bend like metal. It will crack. So if you are installing them yourself, you will want them installed on a flat surface. For tweeter I chose the silk dome option.

The crossovers were also well built with a black aluminum frame and a clear glass window to show off the air coils and components. There are also jumpers to adjust the tweeter attenuation and phase. A very nice unique touch is the RAF (rear acoustic fill) outputs. This allows you to add a pair of speakers to the rear using 15-20% of the power without a change in impedance on your amp.

To start things off, I went to my Fresh Aire II: Going to Another Place. The string guitars were nice and crisp and clean. The flute had nice air to it, and was smooth sounding. The percussion was also very sharp, and the bass was nice and tight. The resolution was excellent!

Next up was Throne Room from the Star Wars Trilogy album. The horns were nice and smooth sounding and not overly brassy. The imaging was great and they threw a nice soundstage. It sounded so good it gave me goosebumps! One of my reference home systems is NHT Classic Three’s which uses aluminum drivers. I’m familiar with the sound of aluminum drivers, and the Diamond Audio D662 sounded amazing with high resolution material, such as a full orchestra.

Going with something more recent I now turned to PCD: Don’t Cha. There is a good amount of midbass in this track to see how they can handle it. The snaps were very dynamic and crisp. The vocals were natural sounding. But what surprised me was the bass response. The midbass/midrange is not an overly deep driver, and at only 2.3 inches deep may even fit in some shallower locations. They had excellent bass output and extension for a midbass driver. With some speaker systems, I would question their frequency response, but not on these. Overall, the sound was very good. And these aren’t their Hex line of speakers. Ok, time for the next one before I start drooling.

The Image Dynamics CXS62 has the following features:
-Multiple layer composite with black woven glass fiber cone
-Light weight and rigid for excellent clarity and definition
-Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR) surround
-Fiberglass composite basket
-Silk dome tweeter
-X-over with true audiophile components
-Frequency response – 50-22,000 Hz
-1.45” 4 ohm voice coil
-5-125 watts RMS
-Tweeter mounting - .83” depth, 1.97” diameter
-Midbass mounting – 3” depth, 5.55”diameter

As with the Diamond Audio’s, the Image Dynamics CXS62 is excellent in quality. The Image Dynamics Kameleon was the 1st convertible component system, so it is only fitting that they be included today. Just like with the Diamond Audio system, you will want to mount them on a flat surface. Build quality is also excellent. The cone of the midbass driver is very deep for great bass performance. I also liked the aluminum phase plug to help voice coil cooling. The magnet is quite large. While attributing to its performance, you will need to make sure the location where installing them can handle that deep of a speaker. The cones did prove to be light, and also very stiff. The tinsel leads are also sewn into the spider. Image Dynamics apparently used some technology from their subwoofer line. And the high quality surround lends well to cone excursion.

The crossovers have good quality construction, and ok in size. The aluminum cover does not display or show off its components. There are however a lot of potential adjustments allowable using the internal jumpers. This can also be a double edged sword. You will want to pay close attention when setting the jumpers as to not mess up your settings, as they are more complicated that your typical crossovers. And I was surprised at the speaker terminals. You need a fairly small screwdriver to work with it, and could be inconvenient.

It is time to turn on the music and see how they perform, so onto Gershwin: Blue Rhapsody. The piano sounded very natural. The resolution was excellent, and they threw a nice soundstage as well. The dynamics are also excellent for a 2-way system. The clarinet had good air, and the trumpet was very clean sounding.

With No Doubt: Hella Good, the sexy lyrics of Gwen Stafani came out loud and clear. The percussion was really crisp and clean sounding. The bass beats showed a nice low end extension, providing plenty of excursion from the midbass driver. The CXS62 appeared to handle it with ease. At times however the tweeter was a bit bright.

Huey Lewis and the News: Heart of Rock and Roll made it seem easy. Huey sounded just like Huey. The kick drum had a lot of punch. The sax and harmonica solo were also clean sounding. But on occasion as with No Doubt: Hella Good, the tweeter sounded a tad bright and just a little over the top to my liking.

The Kicker RS65.2 has the following features:
-25 mm DuPont Tetoron elliptical tweeter dome for great off-axis response
-Incandescent tweeter protection
-Curvilinear polypropylene cone
-Selectable tweeter attenuation 0/+3/+6
-100 watts RMS, 200 watts peak
-Sensitivity 87dB
-Frequency response 40-21,000 Hz
-Woofer mounting – 5 7/16 hole, 2 7/16 depth
-Crossover point 3.5 k
-Crossover slope 18 dB hi/ 12 dB low

The build quality is nothing short of superb. The construction appears to have taken a thing or two from their subwoofer line. I prefer a metal gasket, and the cast aluminum gasket is impressive. For a midbass driver it is very solid. The spring loaded terminals were a nice touch. And the sewn in tinsel leads in the spider is overkill in the best way! The spider is only about 1 ½ “ from outer edge to the voice coil. One stitch would have been sufficient, but the kicker R565.2 has four stitches! And there is nice venting for the voice coil. The cone material is also light and stiff. The rubber surround also is sufficient for high excursion. I was also impressed with the 16 gauge wire that was used with the tweeter, instead of usual much higher gauge. The rubber boot for the magnet like the one found on the Diamond Audio is a nice touch.

Although a bit bulky, a very well built crossover network with a clear plastic cover to show off it’s air coils and components, which even includes jumpers for tweeter attenuation, and phasing. It is also the only one in the group with incandescent tweeter protection. There is also a cool little jumper for the speaker wire terminals. Just remove the jumper and now you can easily bi-amp the system.

For the first track I turned to Limehouse Blues from Jazz at the Pawnshop. The RS65.2 threw a nice soundstage. Imaging was excellent! While I really enjoyed the level of resolution, what really got me was the xylophone. The harmonics were great, with a dynamic yet smooth sound that was an aurally delicious treat!

For the next track I will just apologize up front for some of the guys out there: I know the stigma the Twilight movies can have. But track one of the first album, Supermassive Black Hole, rocks. I liked the smooth vocals. The electric guitar was edgy. And there was a lot of midbass that shined through. The RS65.2 had great extension in the low end, and a lot of bass response! Kicker has the theme “Livin' Loud,” and it shined forth in their RS65.2. On Supermassive Black Hole, I couldn’t help but turn the volume up, and up some more as the RS65.2’s almost seemed to dare me into doing it. They handled every decibel very well!

Last up is Journey: Faithfully. Imaging again was excellent, with great natural vocals. The keyboard was very clean sounding. The tweeters had a wide dispersion as advertised. And then when the drums kicked in, it was tight with nice bass extension, and goosebumps all over again. I had to put down my pen that had turned into a drumstick and stop singing, reminding myself to focus on the review. But then again, I guess getting caught up in the music is one of the best compliments to give!

This was very difficult when comparing the systems from Diamond Audio, Image Dynamics, and Kicker. They all have their strengths, all of which far outweigh any weaknesses they have. All three have won well deserved awards. I will sum it all up below.

As I started the review in alphabetical order with Diamond Audio, I will start there again. Thanks in part to the aluminum driver, the D662's are an excellent all around performer. One thing I failed to mention that I also liked was the housing for the tweeter when installed as a coaxial. It was not only a simple install but the tweeter sat at an angle upward toward the listening position. The D662 performed better than expected and has earned our Editor's Choice Award!

Next up is the Image Dynamics CXS62. Build quality was also top notch, even if it is abnormally deep for a midrange driver. You will want to make sure your install location can handle it. The tweeter at times did seem a bit on the bright side, and the crossover network was not quite at the same level of the Diamond Audio or Kicker. They did their job well and had more options with tweeter response curves and crossover points, but is also more confusing with the various jumper settings. Sound quality however was excellent. Distortion was not apparent on this clean sounding component system that also had great resolution and midbass performance. The CXS62 has earned our Highly Recommended Award.

Last but not least is the Kicker RS65.2. Again, we have another excellent component system. Build quality was stellar and had some nice touches such as the spring loaded terminals, and the 16 gauge tweeter speaker wire. Kicker builds on the theme "Livin' Loud" and it shows! They play loud well and sound great doing it! I was skeptical of the Dupont Tetoron tweeter material, but they sounded great and detailed and gave a wide dispersion. The RS65.2 played well with a variety of music, yielding great harmonics and nice imaging. All of this combined has earned them our Editor's Choice Award.

Kudos to all three manufacturers on delivering excellent products. If you are in the market for an excellent set of component speakers, they should be on your short list. And as convertible speakers they give a lot of versatility in installation options! For more information and complete specs, check out their websites at:,, and Reference gear used was a Kenwood Excelon KDC-X991 receiver, and Vibe Audio LiteBox 4 Class GH 4 channel amplifier.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Onkyo Debuts Audio-Video & Stereo Mini Systems

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ, 11/4/10 -- Onkyo, a brand known worldwide for quality home entertainment electronics, has introduced an audio-video mini system and stereo mini system that are each well suited for the office, bedroom, dorm room, or summer cottage. The AV mini system consists of a powerful DVD/CD receiver with a built-in dock for iPod, a USB connection, high definition HDMI video output with 1080p upscaling, and a pair of two-way loudspeakers. The step-down stereo music system has a CD receiver, built-in dock for iPod/iPhone, and slightly smaller two-way speakers.
The Onkyo CS-V645 DVD/CD Mini System plays a wide range of audio and video formats from DVDs, CDs, iPod, and USB. In addition to standard DVD and CD playback, it supports MP3, WMA, JPEG, and DivX file formats. Video programs are upscaled to 1080p resolution for output to a high definition video display over an HDMI connection. The dock for iPod is located on the top of the receiver, and the USB jack is on the front panel for easy access for flash drives and cable-connected systems.
The Onkyo CS-445 CD mini system plays CD's CD-R and CD-RW media with standard CD-audio, MP3, and WMA files, and the top-panel dock for iPod/iPhone dramatically increases the available music sources.
Both systems have powerful 40-watt stereo amplifier sections and a pair of high-performance two-way bass-reflex loudspeakers with 1-inch soft dome tweeters and the company's signature OMF (Onkyo Micro Fiber) woofer cones. The DVD receiver has a 20-preset FM tuner, the CD receiver has an AM/FM tuner with 40 presets, and both models include a full-function remote control.
The Onkyo CS-V645 will be available in early December with a suggested retail price of $399. The Onkyo CS-445 will reach dealers in early November with a suggested retail price of $329.
Since 1946 Onkyo has been passionately committed to developing audio products that deliver uncommon performance, quality and value. Bundling proprietary technologies and innovations with other sound-enhancing exclusives, Onkyo continues to created award winning products that are lauded by many of the industry leading audio publications. The company's philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. Today, Onkyo is at the forefront of the home theater and digital revolutions. For more information about this and other fine Onkyo products, visit or call 800-229-1687.
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Patriot Memory® Extends Viper Xtreme Series of High-Performance DDR3 Modules

Adds new densities, speeds and tri-channel kits to new copper/aluminum heatshield lineup

Fremont, California, USA, November 4, 2010 - Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage and enthusiast computer products, today expanded the product lineup of their recently announced Viper Xtreme Series of DDR3 memory solutions. New Sector 7 (tri-channel) kits are available in 12GB and 6GB capacities with speeds of 2000MHz and 1600MHz. New Sector 5 (dual-channel) kits are available in 8GB and 4GB capacities with 1600MHz speed. The Viper Xtreme Series of products utilize a custom developed aluminum and copper heat shield to achieve improved cooling and stability.

Patriot Viper Xtreme Series modules have a custom designed heatshield with a hefty copper insert (6 grams) across the DRAM chips and a slim profile extruded anodized aluminum outer piece. This unique design offers enhanced thermal performance in heat dissipation over aluminum based heatshields. Viper Xtreme modules pass a thorough qualification and screening process on multiple high-performance motherboards to ensure performance and reliability for overclocking. These modules are targeted and designed specifically for performance enthusiasts and overclockers looking for an edge in benchmark efforts and to push the boundaries of computing performance.

“Today we introduce new speeds and capacities to our flagship heatshield design”, says Les Henry, Patriot’s VP of Engineering. “Now enthusiasts using either the Intel® P55 or X58 platforms have a variety of options in terms of capacity and speeds with our new high performance heatshield design. Our Viper Xtreme Series showcases our expertise in developing and delivering performance solutions for the enthusiast market.”

Product Description
Model #
Viper Xtreme 12GB (3 x 4GB) 2000MHz DDR3 memory kit
Viper Xtreme 12GB (3 x 4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 memory kit
Viper Xtreme 6GB (3 x 2GB) 2000MHz DDR3 memory kit
Viper Xtreme 6GB (3 x 2GB) 1600MHz DDR3 memory kit
Viper Xtreme 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHzDDR3 memory kit
Viper Xtreme 4GB (2 x 2GB) 1600MHz DDR3 memory kit

For more information on the Patriot Xtreme Series of DDR3 modules. please visit the product page here.

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For more information about Patriot’s Viper Xtreme or other Patriot products and solutions, please contact your Patriot Sales Representative or visit Patriot Memory:

Patriot Memory designs, manufactures and markets high performance, enthusiast memory modules, flash products, and computing technologies. Patriot products have become world renown for their extreme performance, reliability and innovation. Patriot Memory sells its products through original equipment manufacturers, retailers, e-tailers and distributors. It has operations in North America, Asia and Europe. Patriot Memory’s parent company, PDP Systems, Inc., was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Fremont, California, USA.

All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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-- GIGABYTE Announces Core Prime Overclocking Contest on HWBOT --

-- Holiday Wprime Showdown --

City of Industry, California, November 3, 2010 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions today announced a new overclocking competition in conjunction with called the Core Prime Contest.

The holidays are quickly approaching, so GIGABYTE thought we’d give you a break from forcing down Aunt Bertha’s fruitcake surprise with our latest GIGABYTE Core Prime contest. For the next 6 weeks (Nov 1 ~ Dec 18), submit your top Core Wprime scores to HWBOT for your chance to win a GIGABYTE X58A-UD7, GIGABYTE X58A-UD3R, or GIGABYTE H55N-USB3.

This competition consists of 6 stages including 6 Core Wprime 32M & 1024M, 4 Core Wprime 32M & 1024M, and last but not least 2 Core Wprime 32M & 1024M. You will receive points for getting into the top 10 of each stage, and the person with the most points at the end wins. The more submissions you make, the better your chances, so get out there and start benching. Let’s be honest, your stomach and teeth will thank you in the end, and you may just walk away with a brand new GIGABYTE motherboard. Good luck everyone!

As HWBOT is hosting this event, HWBOT submission rules apply.

To learn more about the GIGABYTE Core Prime Contest, please visit:

About GIGABYTE Upgrade Your Life
GIGABYTE, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, is known as a global leading brand in the IT industry, with employees and business channels in almost every country. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE started as a research and development team and has since taken the lead in the world's motherboard market. On top of motherboards and graphics accelerators, GIGABYTE further expanded its product portfolio to include notebook and desktop PCs, digital home entertainment appliances, networking servers, communications, mobile and handheld devices, servicing every facet of people's lives at home or business. Everyday GIGABYTE aims to “Upgrade Your Life” with the most innovative designs and impeccable quality and services. Visit for more information.
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Patriot Memory Adds D&H as Authorized U.S. Distributor

Combining forces to offer breadth of product to system builders, resellers and integrators
Fremont, California, USA, November 3, 2010 - Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash and computer technology, and D&H Distributing, a leading national technology distributor, today announced their immediate agreement for the distribution of Patriot Memory products in North America. Resellers, system builders and integrators will now find the wide selection of Patriot Memory products available for purchase through D&H.

“D&H is recognized as a leader for distributing technology products throughout North America ” states Mai Kosla, Vice President of Sales for Patriot Memory. “Resellers and system builders looking for Patriot Memory products can now turn to this industry stalwart for our products, just as they regularly do for their other IT needs. We are proud to have D&H as our partner.”

“D&H is pleased to welcome Patriot Memory and their products into our portfolio of solutions,” added Rob Eby, Vice President of purchasing at D&H. “Our customer base is always on the leading edge of technology and looking for the latest products. Patriot Memory has a deep line of memory products, and offers an interesting variety of innovative supplemental solutions as well. This partnership is a great fit for our business model and for servicing our loyal customer base.”

For more information on Patriot Memory solutions, please contact your Patriot Sales Representative or visit us at
About D&H Distributing

D&H has built its business on servicing the channel with individualized attention for customers and manufacturer partners alike. Its broad reach and breadth of product have contributed to D&H’s ability to cater to businesses of all sizes, from small independents to large national accounts. These core focuses have afforded D&H recognition from the industry for both performance and loyalty.

About Patriot Memory:

Patriot Memory designs, manufactures and markets high performance, enthusiast memory modules, flash products, and computing technologies. Patriot products have become world renown for their extreme performance, reliability and innovation. Patriot Memory sells its products through original equipment manufacturers, retailers, e-tailers and distributors. It has operations in North America, Asia and Europe . Patriot Memory’s parent company, PDP Systems, Inc., was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Fremont , California , USA .

All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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WS Distributing Becomes US Distributor of Legendary Thorens Turntables

Full range of German engineered turntables and accessories shipping by December 1st

Grand Rapids, MI Nov. 2nd, 2010—WS Distributing ( has announced that it has become the official distributor of Thorens for the US market effective immediately. WS Distributing will have a comprehensive line-up of Thorens turntables available beginning at a retail price of $399.95. WS Distributing also represents Vincent and Pangea, and all three brands will be on display at CES 2011 in The Venetian, Booth 29-326.

In 2008, Thorens celebrated its 125th birthday, making it the oldest entertainment electronics company in the world. Thorens turntables have earned the highest regard worldwide for performance, quality and longevity. Thorens has remained true to its analog heritage, which is why music lovers all over the world associate Thorens with audio components of the highest quality—particularly those for whom the vinyl record is their first choice when enjoying music.

The most recent introduction from Thorens is the sleek and stylish TD-309, which has already received rave reviews from the audio press. The TD-309 features an innovative Tri-Balance Suspension, low noise DC motor, precision machined sub-platter and a tonearm designed specifically for the TD-309. MSRP for the TD-309 is $1699 including tonearm and cartridge.

WS Distributing plans to place Thorens with traditional retailers in major US markets, a select group of retailers in smaller markets throughout the country, and as well as two or three e-tailers including Audio Advisor. “Thorens is a wonderful addition to the family of products we represent at WS Distributing, and we foresee having success with this legendary brand via a presence in both online and traditional retailers,” said WS Distributing Sales Director Tom Myers. “Dealers can expect efficient product delivery and service beginning December 1st thanks to our warehouse/service center here in Michigan as well as service centers on each coast,” Myers added.


Please visit Thorens at CES 2011 in The Venetian, Booth 29-326.

About Thorens:, Thorens is the oldest entertainment electronics company in the world. Founded in 1883, Thorens manufactured their first Edison-type phonograph in 1903, and has continued to develop electric motors, turntables, tonearms and cartridges for well over a century. In 1957, Thorens introduced the legendary TD124 Hi-Fi record player, which was an unprecedented worldwide success and helped shape the future direction for the company. Currently based in Switzerland and manufactured in Germany, Thorens has remained true to the analog format. After well over 100 years of manufacturing heritage and countless awards for innovation, discerning consumers continue to choose Thorens turntables today.

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Kingston Digital Launches Next-Generation SSD Technology for Corporate Client System Use

· New 96 GB Drive Extends Existing Range of Capacities to Cater for Different Needs and Usage

· “Always On” Garbage Collection Function Allows SSD to be Optimized in Both TRIM and Non-TRIM Supported Operating Systems

· New Kingston SSDNow V+100 Offers 25 Percent Performance Increase Over the Previous Generation Thanks to Improved Controller

Fountain Valley, CA -- November 1, 2010 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the launch of its next generation SSDNow V+ solid-state drive (SSD), the Kingston SSDNow V+100. The new V+100 provides corporations with a viable solution to extend the life of currently installed client systems while meeting user performance expectations.
The new drive features enhanced garbage collection that is not OS dependent, making it a solid upgrade path to extend the life cycle of older client systems. The V+100’s drive performance has also been increased by 25 percent1, enabling more efficient data transfer over the previous generation. In addition, a new 96 GB capacity has been added to the family offering a broader range of choices to enterprise customers.
“Kingston SSDNow drives have been extremely well received in the worldwide IT marketplace. Our customers have told us that they need an SSD solution that ideally sits both price- and capacity-wise between the 64GB and 128GB drives," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “The feedback through our innovative customer facing programs yielded the 96GB V+100 as the perfect solution to meet these needs, especially as an SSD upgrade path is the preferred execution model rather than spending more on a new system in most corporate environments.”
”Managing costs while also meeting increased performance demands are the major factors driving more and more global IT decision makers to upgrade their PC assets with an SSD drive rather than buy new systems,” said Mark Peters, Senior Analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. ”Kingston's new SSDNow V+100 Series also enables a great 'straddling' of operating systems; its compatibility (including the garbage collection feature) with both XP and Windows 7, means that users can enjoy the immediate benefits of cost-effective performance improvements for their XP systems and/or as they move to Windows 7.”
The new Kingston SSDNow V+100 also has an enhanced ‘always-on’ garbage collection feature, which cleanses redundant data from the drive to prevent performance degradation and maintains the drive over its life cycle. Since the garbage collection scheme operates independently from the OS, it works with both modern, TRIM-supporting systems such as Windows® 7, as well as older legacy OS’ such as Windows Vista® and XP that do not support TRIM. This means the drive can maintain optimal performance levels without additional upkeep costs or manual software maintenance.
The new SSDNow V+100 drive showed a 25 percent performance improvement over the existing V+ drive when tested with the PCMark® Vantage benchmark. This is due to an improved controller that enables more efficient data transfer.
With a 2.5" form factor, this new series is now available in 64GB, 96GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities. To help IT decision makers quantify the financial benefits of upgrading to SSDs, Kingston Technology has created the Kingston SSDNow ROI calculator. To find out more please visit:

Kingston SSDNow V+100 Features and Specifications:
· Sequential Speed1: 230MB/sec. read; 180MB/sec. write
· Capacity2: 64GB, 96GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
· PCMark® Vantage3: 64 GB – 35,046
96 GB – 34,971
128 GB – 35,073
256 GB – 34,795
· Performance: PCs boot 3 times faster than a standard HDD; applications opened 2.5 times quicker; enhanced productivity makes users more efficient
· Silent: Runs silent and cool with no moving mechanical parts
· Ease of upgrade: Upgrade times can be reduced by up to 4 hours
· Support: Simplicity, speed and endurance of SSDs decreases calls to IT departments, freeing up staff to focus on core responsibilities
· Shock Resistant: No moving parts so the SSD handles rougher conditions than a hard drive
· Supports TRIM: TRIM notifies the SSD which data blocks are available to be written to
· Supports S.M.A.R.T.: Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology
· Guaranteed: Backed by a three-year Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support
· Power Specs: 3.4W (TYP) Active / 0.05W (TYP) Idle
· Storage temperatures: -40° C to 85° C
· Operating temperatures: 0°C to 70° C
· Dimensions: 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm
· Operating shock: Operating 2.7G
· Vibration: Non operating 20G
· Weight: 64GB, 96GB, 128GB, 256GB=128g; 512 GB=150g
· Life expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF
· Warranty/support: 3 year warranty with free 24/7 support

1 Based on internal testing. Performance may vary based on system settings.
2 Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston's Flash Guide at
3 Test System: Intel® DG45ID Desktop Motherboard; Intel® Core 2 Quad Q9550 CPU at 2.83GHz; 4GB system memory; on-board SATA 3Gbps with AHCI-enabled; Windows® 7 Professional x64

Kingston SSDNow V+ 100 Solid-State Drives
Part Number
Capacity and Features
64GB 2.5″ SATA SSD (stand-alone drive)
$ 220.00
96GB 2.5″ SATA SSD (stand-alone drive)
$ 274.00
128GB 2.5″ SATA SSD (stand-alone drive)
$ 390.00
256GB 2.5″ SATA SSD (stand-alone drive)
$ 885.00
512GB 2.5″ SATA SSD (stand-alone drive)
$ 1,885.00
64GB 2.5″ SATA SSD (complete bundle)
$ 236.00
96GB 2.5″ SATA SSD (complete bundle)
$ 290.00
128GB 2.5″ SATA SSD (complete bundle)
$ 405.00
256GB 2.5″ SATA SSD (complete bundle)
$ 900.00
512GB 2.5″ SATA SSD (complete bundle)
$ 1,900.00

About Kingston Digital, Inc.
Kingston Digital, Inc. (“KDI”) is the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Established in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please visit or call 800-337-8410.

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TV Rulemaking Helps Improve Energy Use Transparency

Arlington, Va., October 27, 2010 – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today applauded the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new TV energy labeling rules. In response to the rules, Douglas Johnson, CEA’s vice president of technology policy, made the following statement:

“We applaud the FTC for its rulemaking today. It’s an exciting and important development for consumers that will provide helpful energy use information for TVs. CEA has long supported efforts to provide consumers with more information about the energy use of the electronics they purchase, and we look forward to working with the FTC as it considers similar measures for other product categories.

“The consumer electronics industry worked hard to develop standard ways of measuring TV energy use that support such labeling programs while at the same time dramatically improving the energy efficiency of digital TVs. The average TV today uses less energy than two 75-watt light bulbs, while providing a rich viewing experience. As the new TV energy use labels will demonstrate, the energy cost of enjoying high-definition digital TV is on average only one or two dollars a week, even for the largest TVs.”

The FTC’s rules, which go into effect in mid-2011, call for the primary disclosure on the label to be the product’s estimated annual energy cost, with comparative information on similar-sized TVs in most cases. For further details on the FTC’s requirements for TVs, please visit:

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $165 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at

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Quick & Easy Video Instructions – Speeds to 7200 RPM & High-Performance SSDs
OWC’s Store Saves You 40% – Offers 60 DIY Kits Priced at $57.99 & up

Be “Green” Re-use Your Old Hard Drive as New Portable Drive with DIY Kit Enclosure

October 26, 2010, Woodstock, IL -- Other World Computing (OWC®), the leading provider of Mac® and PC performance upgrades, storage drives and accessories, announced today the OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit, the easiest and lowest-cost way to upgrade your laptop hard drive at home, school, or office to a faster (to 7200RPM!), larger (to 1TB!) hard drive or high performance SSD without sending the laptop out for repairs or buying a new laptop. The OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit provides everything you need to increase space and performance for your MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini storage, or PC laptop and be “green” by re-using your “old” hard drive as a new portable external drive.

The OWC DIY Drive Kits includes:
· New Hard Drive: 2.5” up to 1TB hard drive, 5400 or 7200 RPM, or high-performance SSD.
· OWC External Enclosure to re-use old drive: 2.5” bus-powered (FireWire and/or USB 2.0).
· 5 Piece Toolkit: provides all the tools needed to complete the DIY project.
· Cables for transferring data from the old drive to new drive, with instructional info at:
· How-to Guide and Installation Videos at:
· 24/7 U.S.-based high-quality tech support.
· 60 Configurations priced starting at $57.99 for 40% savings.
· Select Kit’s software bundle ($200 value)

Super Fast High-Performance SSD Drives for Laptops

When your laptop starts getting slow or you’re running out of hard drive space, the DIY Hard Drive Kit lets you easily upgrade your laptop’s drive for faster boot times, application loading, and overall system responsiveness. OWC offers high-performance hard drives or even higher performance SSDs for the best blazingly fast load time speeds, which you have to see to believe. In addition, the free Online Instructional Videos, How-To Guides, and 24/7 tech support provided from USA, make it very easy to install your new drive, walking you through the steps to replace the drive and showing you how to transfer data from the old drive to the new.

Save Money & Be “Green” - Re-use Your “Old” Drive as New Portable Drive

Available in 60 configurations, priced starting at $57.99 according to capacity and speed, the kits provide a savings of up to 40% versus buying all the components separately. After upgrading their laptop with the new hard drive, consumers can also save money and be more environmentally responsible by re-using their old drive with the included OWC enclosure instead of throwing the drive out. “OWC is helping customers to ‘be green’ and re-use their old hard drives as external portable drives, thereby saving money, and the planet at the same time,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder & CEO, Other World Computing (OWC).

Available immediately from at priced starting at only $57.99, the OWC DIY Hard Drive Kits are compatible with Mac or PC laptop and Mac mini internal drives, Apple OS 8.6 to 9.2.2, Apple OS X (all versions, including the latest 10.6 "Snow Leopard") and Windows 98SE or later operating systems. -- Place for All Things Mac -- Largest Catalog of Computer, iPod, & iPhone Products

The Store is the premiere place to buy all things Mac since 1988, with the largest online catalog of computer, iPod, and iPhone enhancement products. is known for its exemplary service, including fast delivery, priced from $1.95, Free Delivery for orders over $179, industry-leading selection of shipping options, and priority same day shipping for orders made as late as 10:30 PM EST. Other famous services include 24/7 Live Chat Support at:, Online Video Training, How-To Guides at:, helpful customer service, knowledgeable online Tech Support, and product warrantees. For more info, see

About Other World Computing (OWC)

Other World Computing (OWC) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad™ enhancement products through its e-commerce portal As an Apple Certified Developer, OWC also provides extensive U.S. based technical support for Macintosh users around the world as well as Internet access via and
OWC’s industry awards and recognition include: Crain’s Chicago Business 2009 “Fast 50” List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Inc. 5,000 “Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America” list honoree 2007-2010; Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009 & 2010; Better Business Bureau Top Rating of A+ 2010; Reflex Packaging Commitment to Excellence Recycling Award 2009; Computerworld Magazine Top Green-IT Companies for 2008; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation 2008 Business Champion Award.
In March 2010, OWC’s corporate campus was designated as LEED Platinum by the Green Building Certification Institute ( Platinum is the highest achievable LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program level, which began in 1998. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program’s inception, OWC is one of less than three hundred to achieve the Platinum standard. In September 2010, OWC’s headquarters earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR rating for building operations that perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency

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Patriot Launches Torqx TRB Solid-State Drives

New family of SSDs offers performance, value pricing, to consumer upgrade market

Fremont, California, USA, October 25, 2010 - Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash and computer technology, today announced the immediate availability of the Torqx TRB series of solid-state-drives (SSDs). The Torqx TRB series of SSD offer improved system responsiveness with quicker boot times and shorter application loading times over traditional hard disk drive storage solutions.
Patriot’s Torqx TRB series, available in 32GB and 64GB capacities, is designed around the latest generation controller from JMicron: JMF616. With a controller level cache of 64MB DDR2, the Torqx TRB series provide stutter-free performance and offer speeds of up to 260MB/s Read and up to 115MB/s Write. To maintain performance integrity over the life of the drive, the Torqx TRB series SSDs include native support for the TRIM command in Microsoft Windows® 7.
“As solid-state drive technology advances, we are able to develop SSD solutions that provide the performance users want while reaching the affordable price points they demand. Patriot’s objective is to offer the latest technology while providing the best performance and price options”, states Les Henry, Vice President of Engineering at Patriot. “Our Torqx TRB family of SSDs meet these goals. Users upgrading with a Torqx TRB SSD will benefit from improved transfer rates, quicker boot times and the reliability of solid-state storage in their boot drive option. Including a Torqx SSD in your desktop or notebook upgrade plans provides one of the best bang-for-the buck improvements you can make to your system.”
The Torqx TRB family of SSDs are durable and reliable, with an aluminum housing to minimize typical wear and tear. With NAND memory at their core, there are no moving parts to fail, or be damaged from daily use in portable computing solutions and system boot times are drastically reduced. Additionally, the Torqx TRB family of SSDs provide incredible performance, silent low-power operation and a 3-year warranty.
Model #
Read speed
Write speed
Torqx TRB
Jmicron JM616
up to 260MB/s
up to115MB/s
3 years
Torqx TRB
Jmicron JM612
up to 245MB/s
up to 60MB/s
3 years

For more information on the Patriot Torqx TRB series of SSDs please visit the product page here.
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For more information about Patriot’s products and solutions, please contact your Patriot Sales Representative or visit Patriot Memory:
Patriot Memory designs, manufactures and markets high performance, enthusiast memory modules, flash products, and computing technologies. Patriot products have become world renown for their extreme performance, reliability and innovation. Patriot Memory sells its products through original equipment manufacturers, retailers, e-tailers and distributors. It has operations in North America, Asia and Europe. Patriot Memory’s parent company, PDP Systems, Inc., was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Fremont, California, USA.
All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Osprey Tension Dual, a versatile 16:9 to 2.35:1 projection screen at the push of a button

Cerritos, California. Oct. 22, 2010-For those who have not been to our latest tradeshows or would like to know more about this new Award Winning Anamorphic projection screen from Elite, here it is. The Osprey runs two separate motorized projection screens, a native 2.35:1(Cinemascope) and a 16:9 (HDTV) in tandem with lens memory to accommodate the variable modes of an anamorphic projector. The screens are spaced at a 12mm interval to minimize any perceivable depth of focus distortion. In addition to this, the Osprey is pre-set to maintain a centered image aligned with the projector's lens memory.

The Osprey utilizes Elite's award winning CineWhite 1.1 gain, matte white tension material. It has wide diffusion uniformity and a black backing to eliminate light penetration.

As is customary with Elite's electric screens, a full control package is included with Infrared and Radio Frequency receivers, IR and RF remotes, an RJ45 port for input and operation with the included external wall switch or extended IR "eye" receiver. When other manufacturers are charging extra for such features, Elite Screens includes these as standard to the customer at no extra charge.

The Osprey Tension Dual comes pre-assembled and ready to install utilizing its sliding wall brackets for quick and convenient positioning in line with wall studs.
Sizes are available from 97 to 133" in 2.35:1 and 78" to 106" in 16:9 with optional in-ceiling trim kits available as well. In addition, models with extra top masking for high-ceiling installations are also available.
For more information about Elite Screen's various product lines, please visit the website at

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