Tech News February 2011

Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC Review
Hardware Heaven :: Monday, February 14, 2011
“On our test bench is a product from Sapphire which contains a NVIDIA GPU… yes, NVIDIA. The Edge-HD is a small ATOM/ION system which Sapphire say could be the smallest PC in the world. We will be putting it though a number of real world tests which include Blu-Ray playback, GPU media encoding and power use to find out whether it meets the needs of the average consumer.”

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hands-on 
t-break :: Monday, February 14, 2011
Samsung officially showcased their 10″ tablet at MWC yesterday and I got a chance to do a quick hands on. First of all, I think it was wise of Samsung not to call it Galaxy Tab 2, even though this really is leaps and bounds ahead of their 7″ tablet released late last year. Calling it Galaxy Tab 2 would have certainly infuriated early adopters who might feel that their still new tablet is obsolete.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a pure honeycomb experience meaning it won’t be loaded with Samsung’s Touch Wiz interface that I’m not a big fan of. Specs wise, it’s powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and has a front-facing 2 megapixel camera as well as a 8 megapixel imager around back. The 10.1″ screen has the same 1280×800 resolution that we saw in the Motorola Xoom.

Tablets of 2011: What to Look For
Tech Spot :: Friday, February 11, 2011
Last year promised to be the year of the tablet, and at least for Apple, it was indeed. The nearly ubiquitous iPad managed not only to outsell every other tablet on the market by a wide margin, it also exceeded Mac sales in the last quarter. But even if Apple is not likely to lose its throne anytime soon, competition is finally making itself present. If Android’s gains in the smartphone market serve any indication it should be an interesting year for tablets as well.

We’ve compiled a comparative table with what we consider are the hottest tablets either currently available or announced so far. Rivals such as Motorola and LG are coming on strong with the first Android “Honeycomb” tablets, while Research In Motion is launching the PlayBook using a completely reworked operating system based on QNX Neutrino. HP will start to see the fruits of its Palm acquisition when it launches the TouchPad, the first webOS-based tablet, this summer.


Augen EBA701 TheBook eBook Reader
Test Freaks :: Friday, February 11, 2011
“So I’ve never quite figured out e-book readers, I never really liked them but then I never had one to actually judge for myself. I can gladly say that my mind has changed on the subject now that I have one. At one time I read a lot of books, at least one per week usually, but I was young and I didn’t have a family and I had a lot more time on my hands then. I think I need to start reading again and I just got 150 books to read included with the product I have for review today, the Augen TheBook eBook Reader. Geeks.com sent it over to me and it sells for under $100. It features a nice crisp and clear 7-inch screen, full keyboard and the ability to play videos and music. ”

Patriot PBO Core HD Media Player 
Viper Lair :: Friday, February 11, 2011
“As a devout believer in the HTPC, I was really quite surprised and taken with the PBO Core. It’s the simplicity of it that I liked. You get nicely displayed media in an easy to use interface, playback of even HD Media formats (not Blu-Ray obviously) and you don’t have to mess about with extra codecs or plugins for software. So if you can’t be bothered with an HTPC, don’t want to pay out for an HTPC but actually wouldn’t mind an HTPC, then the PBO Core is for you. If you want a better media player than the one your TV has built in, the PBO Core is for you. If you’re a devout HTPC user looking for simplicity in your media playback, the PBO Core might surprise you.”

D-Link Boxee Box DSM-380
Technic 3d :: Friday, February 11, 2011
“The D-Link Boxee Box (DSM-380) with Intel Atom CE4100 arrived Technic3D. The Boxee Box by D-Link brings all the stuff you normally watch on a computer to your TV; movies and TV programmes streamed from the Internet, 400 different apps that let you access content from most popular websites, and a full web browser. The Boxee Box will also help you rediscover your own media collection by automatically identifying all the files on a hard drive or home network and then building a stunning visual media library for you. Technic3D will check the Features in the following Review.”