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MIMOPlug, a Plug Linux PC with USB Touch-screen Monitor

MIMOPlug, a Plug Linux PC with USB Touch-screen Monitor

For many niches, the negatives of a full blown computer outweigh any benefits it may bring. This does not mean the demand for some form of computer appliance is not there; rather, it just means that a more low power, low noise and low heat output device is a better solution. Take for instance frequent flyers, who do not necessarily need a full blown laptop, but still require some way to stay connected. The best and most well known media appliance is, of course, the Apple iPad. This too is not a great solution as many users need a more open computer environment, one that they need not "jailbreak" to install any software they chose. One such device which may just fit the bill for many is the MIMO Plug.

Angel Bicycle Helmet with USB-powered Halo for Attention Seekers

Angel Bicycle Helmet with USB-powered Halo for Attention Seekers

The Angel Bicycle helmet certainly is an intriguing invention. With the advent of mandatory bicycle helmets and lights on all bicycles, the number of serious injuries bicyclists suffer has greatly decreased. Sadly, while helmets do a decent job of keeping your melon intact, they do little for warning motorists that you are there. The reverse is true of bicycle lights. They help drivers be aware of you before you become road kill but that is about it. Having said that, the two have never been combined to make one product that is greater than the sum of its parts; or at least not up until now that is. With the Angel Bicycle, the net result really is the best of both worlds.

Diamond VStream Wireless HD Video Streamer

Diamond VStream Wireless HD Video Streamer

The very first thing you will notice when you take the Diamond VStream out of its box is how small the base station is. In fact, with its Lilliputian dimensions (3.4" x 3.4" x 1.6") and weight (0.10 lb.), few if any will have troubles finding room for the VStream in their home entertainment system setup. The inherent disadvantage to the Diamond VStream's size is that there is only room for a single HDMI output on the back. This unit has no component, no composite and no digital audio output options. This is perfectly fine if you are running it directly to your HDTV, as the digital audio and video signal will go over the one cable. If you have an aging amplifier or TV without a HDMI input, this device may not be right for you and your needs.

AMD Llano A-Series APU Sabine Notebook Platform

AMD Llano A-Series APU Sabine Notebook Platform

AMD Llano APUs will be available in notebooks ranging from $499 to $799 and after the performance numbers that we saw we believe they will do very well in the mainstream notebook market. For years Intel dominated the notebook market and for the first time in a decade the company needs to be worried. AMD has a mainstream notebook that excels at normal user tasks and destroys the games...

Sumo Lounge Titan

Sumo Lounge Titan

Taking a break from the usual plethora of Linux benchmarks, delivering the news about Dirndl, and providing other Linux hardware reviews and news, to end out the week is a look at the Titan from Sumo Lounge. Weighing over 35 kilograms, this is one of the heaviest products that we have reviewed at Phoronix.

Zowie G-TF Speed

Zowie G-TF Speed

Zowie are a well known company in the gaming world, famous for their high end gaming mousemats and other gaming peripherals. A company founded by tournament PC gamers, they hold a, “By gamers, For gamers” attitude and strive to create the best equipment they can for PC gamers. Today I’m checking out one of their latest mats, the Zowie G-TF Speed edition.

Elgato EyeTV Hybrid USB Tuner

Elgato EyeTV Hybrid USB Tuner

When home theater computers first came to market almost 10 years ago, the television tuners that were available were few and far between, all internal, and featured a whopping single tuner. How times have changed. Now, dual tuners are a given and hybrid tuners seek to accomplish the duty of one-size-fits-all for all customers. The Elgato EyeTV Hybrid is one of those that within its tiny dongle of a body contains an NTSC, ATSC and DVB-T tuner for $129, and works with both Windows and Mac computers. With competition so steep in the tuner world however, how does it match up in a real world evaluation?

NVIDIA USB 3D Glasses

NVIDIA USB 3D Glasses

In a perfect world, 3G gaming would be the de-facto standard by now, but the reality is the cost of getting a 3D setup can be daunting. This is compounded by the fact that not everyone is sold on the long term viability of this round of 3D (and the headaches the glass free iteration can bring to many people). People have long memories and we all remember the failure which was the last "3D" fad and the headaches associated with them. With that being said, many people would be more willing to risk it, if the investment was not too steep. This is why everyone applauds when NVIDIA will be releasing a $99 USB wired 3D Vision glasses.

Aerocool F6XT Fan Controller

Aerocool F6XT Fan Controller

Today we are testing the Aerocool F6XT fan controller, which has six channels, each one capable of controlling 12 W. Check it out!

BitFenix Shinobi Window

BitFenix Shinobi Window

Today we have a brand new chassis line from BitFenix, called Shinobi. It was named after some of the most feared Ninja assassins of the modern age. There are two versions of the Shinobi.  At the writing of this review, one comes with a side window and the other does not. From the uniquely crafted side panel window and fan vents, to the brushed aluminum accents, the Shinobi Window carries through the signature BitFenix design philosophy of clean lines, understated elegance, and modern styling. Superior cooling options allow the system to stay cool during intense gaming sessions.

The Shinobi Window is engineered to handle up to three 5.25″ drives or eight 3.5″ hard disks and can also install a 2.5″ SSD with the included adapter. The Shinobi Window should easily accommodate long graphics cards that are out in today’s marketplace. The BitFenix SofTouch Surface Treatment, for resistance to fingerprints and stains, surrounds the brushed gunmetal logo on the front and is also used on the top of the case as well.

Splitfish FRAGFX Shark Aims Squarely at XBox 360 FPS Gamers

Splitfish FRAGFX Shark Aims Squarely at XBox 360 FPS Gamers

When it comes to console gaming, there are certain games which lend themselves to gamepads and there are some that do not. If you own an Xbox 360 and wanted to use a keyboard and mouse for your favorite FPS game (for example), your options were however very, very limited. Luckily, for all you hard-core console gaming FPS'ers out there, Splitfish is coming to your rescue with their all new FRAGFX Shark.

LEVEL8 Macbook Air Sleeve

LEVEL8 Macbook Air Sleeve

While high-end motherboards, video cars, and SSDs are exciting to test and read about, we sometimes overlook the more prosaic products that we actually use day-to-day. A laptop sleeve doesn't have the geek appeal of a Z68 motherboard or fancy new CPU, but if you're going to carry your laptop around with you, you're going to need a sleeve or case of some sort. There are dozens of companies marketing laptop cases and sleeves, but LEVEL 8 Products thinks they've got a standout product with their MacBook Air sleeves, and Benchmark Reviews takes a little time off from slaving over a hot CPU to see how this product works.

Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader will Satisfy Your Need for Speed

Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader will Satisfy Your Need for Speed

While USB 3.0 multi-format card readers are becoming more and more prevalent, one crucial area that has been conspicuous by its absence is CompactFlash USB 3.0 enabled card readers! This is a shame as CompactFlash is what most professional grade cameras use, and as such, some of the largest file size pictures are stored on them. Trust us when we say using USB 2.0 CF card readers can be painful when pushing 10 or 20GB of pictures to our rig! Well thankfully, Lexar has stepped up to the plate and rectified this issue with their release of the all new Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader!

Hoyos Eyelock USB Scanner, Iris Security on the Cheap

Hoyos Eyelock USB Scanner, Iris Security on the Cheap

Ask anyone who has ever worked in the IT security sector about finger print scanners as a viable means of security and you will quickly learn they are a running joke. The sad fact of the matter is that fingerprint readers are not only easy to circumvent but also a royal nuisance to use due to their less than stellar abilities to accurately read a persons finger. This is why the all new Hoyos Eyelock USB iris scanner is so darn interesting!

RAZER Onza Tournament Edition Professional Gaming Controller

RAZER Onza Tournament Edition Professional Gaming Controller

Onza Tournament Edition from RAZER is an XBOX 360 controller which brings some benefits over the standard controller, like analog sticks with adjustable tension, face buttons with blacklight, extra programmable buttons or longer triggers; also, the rubberized non-slip surface comes only with the Tournament Edition version.

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