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Stickers turn your MacBook keyboard into a Lego geek dream

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 17, 2010 3:28 pm

I played with my share of Lego as a kid, but as I got older, I stopped messing with the little blocks much. My kids do play with Legos on occasion though and I get to build stuff with the little blocks. Many geeks take their childhood love of Lego to the next level when they get older.




We have seen all sorts of Lego creations like a Lego computer keyboard that looked cool, but didn't seem comfortable to type on. If you want the look of a Lego keyboard for your MacBook this cool set of stickers might work perfectly.


The stickers are made from Avery MPI material, I have no idea what that is, but presumably it will last. You peel them and stick them to your keyboard. The single set that was on Etsy has sold, but the vendor may make your more is you want.

WD preparing SATA 6Gbps-ready 3.5-inch Caviar Blue series

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: May 17, 2010 11:10 am

Western Digital has more SATA 6Gbps mechanical 3.5-inch hard drives coming to market in the very near future. Tech Connect got the scoop on their upcoming Caviar Blue SATA 6Gbps series which will be availabile in capacities of 320, 500 and 640GB.




This family of drives are equipped with 32MB of cache and harness Advanced Format Technology (4096-byte sectors). The drives model names carry a suffix of AALX.


The Caviar Blue series is expected to be launched within the next month or so. We'll let you know as soon as we get hold of WD's announcement which is when we'll likely get details on pricing, too.

MSI adds 15.6-inch CX623 laptop to Classic series

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 17, 2010 10:16 am

MSI today gives its Classis series of notebooks a new addition with the CX623, a 15.6-inch model based around Intels HM55/Core i5 platform with NVIDIA 310M discrete graphics.


The notebook includes all the expected features for a mid-range model including up to 500GB storage, 8GB RAM, 6 cell battery, WiFi (n), Bluetooth 2.1, 1.3M Webcam, HDMI, eSATA and chiclet style keyboard.




In MSI fashion there's a few exclusive technologies included like ECO power saving and color film print coating with cross-hatch design.


For further details including the specs list on the new CX623, check out the press release here.

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Mitsubishi releases glossy and glare-free 23-inch monitors

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 17, 2010 9:24 am

Mitsubishi has recently added a new 23-inch LCD under its Diamondcrysta WIDE series which is available in two versions; one which is all-glossy and the other non-glare.


The Diamondcrysta WIDE RDT232WX runs a native resolution of 1920x1080 with a response time of 3.8ms. It has a 1000:1 contract ratio (or 5000:1 dynamic), 300cd/m2 brightness rating, a couple 3W built-in speakers and connectivity for D-Sub, DVI and HDMI.




Both versions of the RDT232WX 23-inch monitors are first rolling out in Japan at the end of this month, with the shiny variant costing around $465 and the non-glossy $485.

BitFenix first video log goes online - gives sneak peek at Colossus chassis

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 17, 2010 8:36 am

BitFenix is an exciting new company looking to make a big splash in the top-end PC hardware and peripherals market with state-of-the-art, high performing products.




The company's Product Manager, David Jarlestedt has just submitted his first Video Log on YouTube which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the the company's operations, what they're all about and also what they have in the works for release in the not too distant future.


On that note, there is something pretty special in the way of chassis designs coming. The video gives a sneak peek of a very interesting looking gaming chassis.....

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Tangent releases ION based 20" all-in-one PC

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 17, 2010 7:34 am

All-in-one PC maker Tangent Inc. of California has just added a new 20-inch model into its line-up, dubbed the VITA 2000.


This unit is based on NVIDIA's ION platform with an Intel Pentium T4300 (2.1GHz) or T4500 (2.3GHz) processor. The 20-inch resistive multi-touch screen uses a native resolution of 1600x900.




The VITA 2000 has 4GB of memory, options for up to 2TB of storage space, slim DVD writer, Gigabit Ethernet, optional WiFi, HDMI output, 4-in-1 card reader and 1.3MP webcam.




Tangent's VITA 2000 sells at a base price of $1,695 and is backed by a one-year warranty. For further information on the unit, head over to the product page.

Toshiba extend Satellite Pro series in Europe

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 17, 2010 6:28 am

Toshiba has revealed details on some new members in its Satellite Pro line-up of laptops for the European market which are set to be released something this quarter.




These laptops are designed primarily for business use and include both Intel i3/i5 and Athlon II (D model) powered options. There's the Satellite Pro L630 with a 13.3-inch screen, C650, C650D and L650 with 15.6-inch screens and L670/670D with a 17.3-inch screen. The displays are LED-backlit and resolutions are either 1366x768 or 1600x900 depending on the model.




The units can be spec'd up a good amount with options for up to 8GB RAM, 640GB storage, DVD or Blu-ray, Intel IGP or Mobility Radeon HD 5145 discrete graphics and Bluetooth 2.1.

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Acer readying up ChromeOS devices for Computex?

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 17, 2010 5:20 am

Acer has several playing cards up its sleeve for Computex this year, kicking off June 1st, one of which will bring something interesting to the netbook / mobile device markets if this report has any truth to it.




Apparently Acer is gearing up to launch several new devices that will use Chrome OS, Google's web-focused operating system designed primarily for netbooks. It is not known at this point what the devices will be exactly. While Chrome OS was developed with netbooks in mind, there's been whispers that it might be introduced on other mobile device types including ARM processor based products, too.



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HP release three new entry level WS LCDs

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 17, 2010 4:36 am

HP has just rolled out a few new value positioned widescreen LCD monitors to market for the home/office user which include the 20-inch S2031, 21.5-inch S2231 and 23-inch S2331. The two larger panels run full-HD resolutions of 1920x1080 with a max brightless level of 300 cd/m2, whilst the little 20-inch sibling runs at up to 1600x900 - 250 cd/m2.




Consistent specs between these three new budget monitors include a 15000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5ms response time and both DVI and D-Sub connectivity.


The little S2031 will set you back $150, whilst the S2231 and S2331 come in at $175 and $200, respectively.

Download of the Day: PowerDVD 10.0.1705

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: May 17, 2010 3:48 am

Our Download of the Day today is PowerDVD 10.0.1705.


Power DVD is simply the best Blu-ray/DVD player software today. It delivers outstanding Blu-ray and DVD movie playback quality on your PC:


•NEW Unparalleled HD movie experience: The best video quality today with incomparable support for all HD video formats like AVCHD, AVCREC, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), MPEG-2 HD and WMV-HD

•NEW HDMI 1.3 Support: HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) simultaneously transfers 8 channels of audio over a single cable


•NEW PC friendly: Play your HD movies on high or low spec CPUs.


•High-Def Home Theater Audio: Supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD

Please note: This is a commercial trial.




The latest version includes the following changes:

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