Just how fast is SSD?

Posted by Jon Peddie on September 15th 2008 | Permalink
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Samsung has been annoying us with PR emails about their solid-state drives for almost a year now. Finally, we had enough and said put up or shut up. They put up and sent us a 15.4-inch Lenovo T60p ThinkPad laptop ($2,438.) What the hell are we going to do with this, Robert asked? Kathleen also was puzzled. The cats got on to test for warmth and softness and abandoned it.

YABM – yet another benchmark

Posted by Jon Peddie on September 15th 2008 | Permalink
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We bought a nifty performance test program from PassMark. (See the mention of it in this in the review of the Lenovo ThinkPad.) It’s a full suite of tests, and totally affordable ($24.) Included in the suite is a 2D and a 3D test set. They run on DirectX 9.

ATI takes the flag

Posted by Kathleen Maher on August 18th 2008 | Permalink
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TI launched their new dual-GPU AIB, the Radeon HD 4870 X2, and reclaimed the flag from Nvidia with regard to performance. The timing couldn’t be better—occurring at Siggraph and nicely sidestepping the noise of the Intel Developer Forum and Nvision—not just a coincidence and certain to have an impact on both of those commercial events as well as the IEEE HotChips conference at Stanford.

HP TouchSmart

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 18th 2008 | Permalink
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This is the most impressive entertainment PC I have ever seen, and I think I may have invented the term EPC back in 1999 when I said we would have this kind of capability by 2003—oops.

ATI and Nvidia chips

Posted by Kathleen Maher on July 28th 2008 | Permalink
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Now that the dust and hysteria have settled, we thought this was a good time take a look at the two new competing architectures from the leading GPU suppliers.

Adobe blends Flash with Acrobat in Acrobat Pro

Posted by Kathleen Maher on July 28th 2008 | Permalink
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Adobe’s CS3 brought new interoperability between the company’s product lines, especially by extending support for Acrobat throughout the content-creation tools, making PDF a common format for markups. With Acrobat 9.0 Adobe has increased the integration of Flash in Acrobat. It’s safe to say that this is a trend users can expect to see throughout the product line as Adobe increases the ability of its products to work together and to create interactive pieces. One of the earliest products to be released for Adobe’s next gen is Acrobat 9 Pro, which will be integrated into the Creative Suite 3.3 Design Premium and Standard editions.

Samsung takes on Apple’s iPod Touch – the P2 works its way to functionality

Posted by Kathleen Maher on June 30th 2008 | Permalink
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Right out of the box the Samsung P2 is a thrill—it’s sleek, it has a whizzy interface, and it promises to do anything for you. Reality sets in later duing the experimental phase. There’s a media store, but it’s not active in the U.S. yet. There’s Bluetooth but it doesn’t have anyone to talk to. Why in the world does the USB connector have to have a proprietary connector to the device? And so it goes.

Pinnacle Video Transfer

Posted by Kathleen Maher on June 30th 2008 | Permalink
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Such a simple idea and it works. The Pinnacle Video Transfer box has plenty of forerunners and they too were often capable machines if a tad complicated. The Pinnacle Video Transfer box is a simple analog video recorder that attaches to your machine via composite, S-Video, or Stereo Audio.

Dolby Volume - Does it really work and would I use it?

Posted by Henry Choy on June 2nd 2008 | Permalink
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I’ve seen and heard more product demonstrations than I care to count. In spite of that when I heard the Dolby Volume demo at this year’s CES at Cirrus Logic’s suite, I was hopeful. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my kids to turn down the TV volume. It turns out TV broadcast volume levels are not the same from channel to channel or even from show to commercial.

Taking a new workstation and two professional graphics cards out for a test-drive

Posted by Alex Herrera on June 2nd 2008 | Permalink
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Lifting the curtain on its ThinkStation S10 and D10 models back in November of ‘07, Lenovo became the first major vendor to enter the market for deskside workstations in many years. After backing into the market for mobile workstations—with its acquisition of IBM’s PC division in 2005—Lenovo has made a more conscious step forward with deskside models, mounting a new challenge to market leaders Dell and HP.

Lenovo’s ThinkStation S10 taps Intel’s Core 2 while its big brother ThinkStation D10 leverages Intel’s Xeon for dual-socket configurations. Though both of Intel’s new 45 nm processors were announced last fall, Lenovo did not manage to ramp volume until later in Q1’08. When they did finally ramp up, the company loaned an S10 to us for evaluation.