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SSDs Get Closer To Affordability

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By Evan Ackerman.

Solid State Drives. They’re fast, they’re efficient, they’re durable, they’re sexy, and until recently they’ve been wicked expensive. Unless you’re loaded, you’re still not going to be using them to store all of your illegally downloaded media, but that’s fine, it’s not really what they’re for. Super Talent has come out with a line of UltraDrive SSDs that might just be cheap enough for you to stuff into a netbook, where you don’t really need tons of storage but you do need battery life and shock protection. Or stick in in your desktop and move your OS there to take advantage of the fast read/write speeds.

There are plenty of ways to take advantage of an affordable SSD, and the Super Talent UltraDrive series is just about there… A 2.5″ SATAII 32 gig drive costs $128. You can get 64 gigs for about $200, and the drives top out at 256 gigs for nearly $650. The UltraDrive ME series has read/write speeds of up to 200/160 MB/sec, and should be substantially more efficient when it comes to power consumption. They’re available now from NewEgg.

$128 for a 32 gig SSD still too much for you? How ’bout 30 gigs for $83 shipped? You can get an OCZ drive from NewEgg by clicking here, downloading this rebate form, and using coupon code EMCLPMX37.

[ Super Talent SSDs @ NewEgg ] VIA [ Hot Hardware ]

Symantec Home Office PC Build: The Shopping List

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By David Ponce

Alright, so this Home Office PC (which I talked about last week) is coming a little bit closer to reality. I appreciated your help and would have loved to take your advice guys… but being from the windswept glacial regions of the North (Canada), NewEgg was not an option for me. I went with TigerDirect, and below is my shopping list.

    One Acer X223WBD 22″ Widescreen LCD Monitor – 5ms, 2500:1, (WSXGA+) 1680×1050, DVI, Black
    XFX GeForce 8200 Motherboard CPU Bundle – AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Processor 2.40GHz Retail
    Two Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1000GB Hard Drives – 7200RPM, 32MB, Serial ATA-300, OEM
    OCZ SLI-Ready Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2×2048MB)
    Power Up Black 336 ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB, Audio Ports and 450-Watt Power Supply
    Ultra X-Wind Aluminum Socket K8/AM2 CPU Cooling Fan
    HP DVD1070i 20X SATA Multiformat DVD Writer – With Lightscribe Retail
    Brother MFC Printer
    SATA Cables

To find out how much I paid for each item and to understand why I picked some elements rather than others, hit the link at the bottom of this article.

Also, you might notice there’s no keyboard, mouse or webcam. I could have bought these right away, but I’ll wait for the mail-in rebates. I got my own for now.

[ My Home Office PC Shopping List ]

Video Friday: Animals Save The Planet

By Evan Ackerman

Animal Planet has commissioned a series of claymation videos on how to save the planet. None of the tips they offer are likely to surprise you, but the videos are pretty funny and they address common sense things that we should all keep in mind. You can view all 11 clips on YouTube here, and I’ve included another of my favorites after the jump.Continue Reading

The Mega-Kart 8GB Is Unfortunately Small Enough To Fit In Wallet

megakart 8gbBy David Ponce

We’re noticing a rather stupefying marketing trend that seems intent on selling presumably delicate electronics in a format that encourages its owners to place them in their wallets; namely, making things “credit card sized”. This of course invites nothing but tears, violent hair-pulls and drama… but who are we to question people with diplomas?

The latest such device is the 8GB Mega-Kart from OCZ Technologies. It looks a little like the lower capacity, uglier brother of PQI’s U510. Most such credit-card sized drives top out at 2GB, so this one’s a good size. It comes with an extensible USB 2.0 connection and will work with Mac, Windows and even Linux. Dimensions are 85mm x 54mm x 3.5mm (L x W x H), which is indeed quite small.

Unfortunately, price or availability seem to have been left out at this point. If anyone know more, let us know.

[Mega-Kart 8GB] VIA [I4U]