Bus-powered portable drives, those that don't need a separate power adapter to work, are not new and have been in the market for years. But the Elgato Thunderbolt SSD is the first made specifically for Macs and for now can only work with Macs.
For this reason, like many thing Apple-made, it changes everything all over, again.
For one, it's by far the fastest bus-powered portable drive on the market, though not at all the fastest among Thunderbolt storage devices. Secondly, it's super-expensive at $700 for 240GB (or $450 for 120GB).
While souped-up pricing and performance of … Read more
If you've had your computer for a few years or just got a budget one that's kind of slow, I have a quick and relatively affordable way to add a new life (speed, that is) to it: replace the machine's internal drive, the one that hosts the operating system, with a solid-state drive (SSD).
(A standard SSD looks very much like a traditional 2.5-inch laptop hard drive, but it's much faster. You can find out more … Read more
All-in-one computers (such as the Apple iMac) are the most visible part of the desktop market these days, thanks to excellent screen/PC hybrids from HP, Lenovo, and others. But these are largely mainstream machines, aimed at kiosk-like kitchen environments, or family video viewing.
Boutique PC maker Maingear is adding a different take, with its new Solo 21 all-in-one, which focuses on high-end multimedia. The company says: … Read more
No matter how big or small your computer is, there is at least one internal drive to host its operating system and programs. This drive is almost always a standard internal drive, which comes in the form of a regular hard drive (HDD) or a solid-state drive (SSD). The former is affordable and offers lots of storage space, while the latter is generally more expensive but superfast. The good news is, 2012 marked the time SSDs became more and more popular, thanks to the reduced costs and the increased number of vendors joining the storage market of this type.
That … Read more
You can read Lenovo's recall information page for all the details of the recall. A tool on the page lets you plug in your machine code and serial number to find out if you have an affected unit. The M90z is a different unit than the M91z we reviewed in October 2011.
Lenovo markets the ThinkCentre line to business customers, although it is available for anyone to purchase. Lenovo says it sold the at-risk systems between May 2010 and January 2012.
If you are at risk for a flaming all-in-one, Lenovo advises you to immediately unplug your desktop. Once … Read more
LaCie has been known to give its tech products a touch of fashion, and the 2big Thunderbolt Series is no exception.
The device looks good and sturdy, resembling the rest of the 2big family, including the already reviewed 2big USB 3.0.
The biggest difference from the previous models is that it has two Thunderbolt ports on the back that take the place of any other connection types, so no USB, FireWire, or eSATA.… Read more
HANOVER, Germany--I'm not sure exactly when overclocking computers became an end unto itself rather than a means to an end.
But I'm glad it has, just for the sheer entertainment factor of watching people take extreme measures to get their machines to run faster than they're supposed to. Plenty of techie types also are enthusiastic, judging by the throng at the CeBIT show here who gathered to watch No. 2-ranked overclocking expert Nick Shih in action.
Shih held the overclocking crown for 18 months straight. He knows his business cold, so to speak. To seriously overclock a … Read more
If you're one of the lucky thousands who snagged a $35 Raspberry Pi pocket Linux system before the first run of 10,000 sold out in just a few minutes, there's almost certainly one question on your mind--where am I going to put this thing?
The Raspberry Pi is a full system with all the needed ports that's about the size of a credit card. It's definitely cheap, but it's not exactly pretty. That's likely because its nonprofit designers are mainly focused on their mission of getting the systems into the hands of kids across the developed and developing world to get them excited about programming.
Fortunately, another emerging technology makes it easy to put some clothes on that tiny naked system.… Read more