Friday, April 30, 2010

HP Compaq 8000f Elite Ultra-slim Desktop PC Review
At this point, just about every major PC maker has jumped on the green bandwagon in some way, but HP has been more aggressive than most in forging ahead with substantive environmental-responsibility plans. Those include initiatives to eliminate brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from all of its new computing products by 2011. BFRs and PVCs, found in a wide assortment of electronics components, are compounds that have been associated with health and environmental problems. Eliminating their use from a supply chain that has multiple third-party sources is no easy feat, but that is exactly what HP has done with its new business-oriented HP Compaq 8000f Elite Ultra-slim Desktop PC. You'll pay a premium for this highly compact, smartly designed PC, however...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Asus U30Jc-1A Review
Trying to eke out both long battery life and speedy performance—especially 3D performance—from a thin-and-light notebook can be a lesson in futility. But Asus’s new U-Series of thin-and-lights attempts gives it a very credible shot by employing Nvidia’s Optimus technology, which allows the notebook to engage its power-hungry graphics-processing unit (GPU) only when needed. The rest of the time, it runs on the notebook's more battery-friendly integrated graphics. The first U-Series notebook out the door is the $899 U30Jc-1A, which features a 13.3-inch display. This first foray strikes an excellent balance among performance, battery life, and price...

Friday, April 16, 2010

Definitive 2TB HD Roundup: WD, Seagate, Samsung
Lately, it feels like the good, old, reliable hard disk drive (HDD) doesn't get any respect. When it comes to storage, Solid State Drives (SSDs) are getting all the attention these days--and it's no wonder, considering the speed, durability, low-power, and silent-running attributes of current solid state drives. But SSDs are also very expensive and offer relatively low-capacities when compared to traditional HDDs. The vast majority of systems that use some sort of fixed drive for storage--be they desktops, workstations, or servers--still use HDDs. And when it comes to maximum storage capacity in a 3.5-inch form factor, you simply can't get any higher these days than a 2TB HDD...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station Review
For years now, the tech media has been reminding you how important it is to back up your data—but how many of you (or us, for that matter) actually do it? It’s difficult and time consuming, right? Wrong. With the growing popularity of network-attached-storage (NAS) devices that seamlessly connect to your home network, such as Iomega’s new $99.99 iConnect Wireless Data Station, backing up your data is easy and affordable...