After a recent review of Onda OBook 20, we were wondering what are further developments in the world of affordable tablets and convertibles. Onda’s dual boot feature was quite intriguing, but being based on Cherry Trail meant the performance was somewhat lagging even behind the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors (in case of Android OS). After some digging, we discovered the Cube i7 Book 2 tablet/laptop. Amazingly, it isn’t all that more expensive than the Cherry Trail-based Obook. Decision to name the product “I7” in order to bring attention to the processing side would pay dividends if the Cube I7 actually featured Intel’s Core i7 processor. Instead, this
When Oculus announced the final specification and launch details of Rift VR headset on CES 2016, the company also announced they will be returning to the carrying case in which Oculus shipped the first Development Kit (DK1). At the Game Developers Conference 2016, we visited the Oculus booth and saw the retail packaging live. First and foremost, materials are of premium quality, and you feel you’re getting your 600 USD worth. But no, you’re not getting the DK1’s protective box. The box is actually bigger than the first or second developer kit (DK1, DK2 or Crescent Bay). The reason for that is simple – previous prototypes did not feature the
Regardless of how fast the adoption of Virtual Reality happens, 2016 could be remembered as the ‘year of VR’, where a lot of companies will have to change their own design in order to create a VR experience. Adoption of VR requires significant changes to the product lineup, and the approaches could not be more different. Oculus Rift is based around stationary position, HTC Vive Pre bases itself around a living room experience (with unfortunate wires), Microsoft HoloLens concept has a whole on-your-head computer (but also requires a hook up to a very powerful multi-GPU server), etc. Regardless of what you may think about VR, the fact is that this
In the world of computing, the big iron – workstations, servers and HPC, were my main focus for the most of the past three decades. However, something on the opposite end of the spectrum from HPC, the kind of uber-mini desktop device, even smaller than HTPC – attracted my attention. This miniature box platform, using laptop CPU and chipset platforms & integration, but desktop peripherals and connectivity, is called many names: from NUC (Next Unit of Computing) by Intel, whose ex-desktop mainboard division is in charge is this product line; to Gigabyte’s BRIX line, likely named in the honor of their ex director and our
Today LaCie announced the Mirror portable hard drive that is encased in mirrored Corning Gorilla Glass.
Today LaCie announced the Rugged RAID mobile drive featuring user selectable RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration.
With so much media available today the need to either backup or store it creates the need for external storage. Samsung’s D3 Station line is out to provide storage at a good price point while not having much extra “fluff” in the package. It has some simple functions via software that is for both OSX and Windows like automated backups and password protected partitions. In testing we hope to see just how fast this thing can be for a 4TB hard disk with USB 3.0. Samsung D3 Station STSHX-D401TDB 4TB specifications • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP SP2, Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later • SuperSpeed