Review Roundup november 1 2010

1-11-2010


ocmodshop reviewed the Seagate FreeAgent Go 500GB

Now Seagate is offering small 2.5″ hard drives in an attractive case called the Seagate FreeAgent Go, and they’re available in capacities of 250GB up to 1TB.

The top of the drive has an aluminum plate (which has been anodized in your color of choice). On this plate is an embossed Seagate logo, and several holes are stamped in a decorative pattern.

The FreeAgent Go drive is extremely quiet. You have to put your ear right next to it to even hear the drive click or the platters spin. The white power LED indicator stays on continuouly.

All in all the Seagate Freeagent Go 500GB Hard Drive is a great device to have around. It performs as well as you could expect from any USB 2.0 device, is very portable, doesn’t produce much heat, and looks great. It’s great in a pinch for backup, movie overflow, or just snorking up files at the LAN party.


engadget reviewed the Google TV

whether you’re adding Google TV to your existing rig with a Logitech Revue or starting from scratch with a Sony Internet TV, the basic experience of using each product is the same — it’s the web on your TV, in all its chaotic and beautiful glory.

Obviously, the Android build used for Google TV isn’t the same as what’s used on phones — in fact, unlike the phone version of Android, the Google TV stack is still proprietary within Google and hasn’t been open-sourced yet.

The Sony Internet TV is the only Google TV launch product with component inputs, so chances are you’ll have to deal with HDMI, and depending on your cable provider and number of HDMI hops you might run into some HDCP issues

Unfortunately, speed doesn’t matter if you can’t find what you want, and Google TV’s search results definitely leave something to be desired.


photographyblog reviewed the Canon PowerShot G12

The Canon PowerShot G12 is the 2010 version of Canon’s premium compact camera, aimed at the DSLR owner looking for a backup model or the enthusiast who wants DSLR functionality without the added size and weight

Brand new additions to the G12 include 720p HD video recording, a front control dial, hybrid image stabilisation system, multi-aspect shooting, High Dynamic Range mode, an electronic level, SDXC card compatibility and an optional Lens Filter Adapter.

The Canon PowerShot G12 feels very well made, with a layout that while busy avoids looking cluttered, and controls that both offer just the right amount of stiffness and resistance. Unlike some, they’re also large enough to be easily and quickly accessed in the heat of the action.

The Canon PowerShot G12 produces images of excellent quality. It recorded noise-free images at ISO 80-400, with some noise and slight colour desaturation at ISO 800. ISO 1600 shows more obvious noise and loss of colour but still remains perfectly usable, and even the fastest setting of ISO 3200 doesn’t suffer too badly.

The Canon Powershot G12 offers just enough new bells and whistles to make it a worthwhile upgrade from the previous model and keep it competitive with its main rivals, most notably the very similar Nikon Coolpix P7000. The high price-tag does put it directly in the firing line of several entry level DSLRs and and the new wave of Compact System Cameras, which ultimately offer better image quality particularly at higher ISO speeds.


overclockersclub reviewed the OCZ RevoDrive 50GB

This drive throws out what we picture as a hard drive and turns it into essentially an expansion card. The RevoDrive is a fully bootable solid state drive that uses a PCI Express x4 slot for power and to transfer data. This eliminates the bottlenecks caused by some SATA controllers and drives, allowing for much higher read and write speeds. The RevoDrive comes in several capacities ranging from 50GB for the budget conscious user all the way up to 480GB for the extreme speed and storage junkie.

Benchmarks:

AS SSD, ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Mark, HD Tach, HD Tune 3.50 Pro, I/O Meter, PCMark Vantage, SiSoft Sandra 2009, Windows Startup /

Shutdown.

The installation could not be simpler, just plug into the correct PCIe slot, set the BIOS to ACHI and boot away. The speeds were amazing and I was blown away. When compared to other drives that are in the same price bracket, there is no comparison. The RevoDrive demolished them all.

First, the RevoDrive uses the heavy over-provisioning that we saw with first generation SandForce based drives when they emerged. While there is a total of 64GB of actual NAND flash for the drives, only 50GB is allocated for space of which only 46GB is actually useable when formatted.

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~ by benchmarkstest on November 1, 2010.

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