Computer Hardware

Computer Hardware

Gadget Advisor presents the best in computer hardware news, including PCs, notebooks, ultra-portables, peripherals, processors, video cards, etc.

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Solid state drives (SSDs) are becoming increasing popular, especially as prices drop. Super Talent now joins OCZ in leading the movement toward affordable solid state drives. Super Talent's MasterDrive LX is available in 64GB and 128GB capacities in a 2.5" form factor. As with other SSDs, the MasterDrive LX offer about five times better resistance to shock and vibration, support a wider range of operating temperatures and altitudes, consume less energy, and are absolutely silent.

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Most people use laptops to gain freedom from wires and portability. While it's true that everything is packed into a small, self-contained machine with a notebook, once you start connecting other devices, your battery life runs low, requiring the power cable, etc., sometimes it feels like we're back to square one. Logitech recently brought out its Z-500 speakers that help clear the clutter by providing wireless enhanced audio.

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The Lenovo Ideapad S10 is a small, efficient, and affordable laptop with a 10" diagonal screen. Smaller laptops are increasingly popular, and Lenovo's great reputation for quality laptops makes the Ideapad of particular interest. The S10 goes to the market for just $399, making it an affordable option that could be the perfect gift this holiday season.

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The ThermalRight Ultra 120 Extreme Cooler is a large kit that expands on the quality of ThermalRight's Ultra 120. When you open the box, you'll find the quite large Ultra 120 eXtreme unit, along with mounting hardware. As with most of Thermalright's products, the Ultra 120 eXtreme is developed to be used in combinations with just about all of Intel and AMD's recent models, including Intel's new LGA 1366 socket to support Intel Core i7 965XE/940/920 processors.

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The iKey BT-87-TP is a rugged bluetooth wireless keyboard with integrated touchpad that is fully sealed and industrial quality.  In fact, it is the...

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We've all seen small laptops, and we've also seen mini-laptops now referred to as netbooks. Now let's take a look at a mini-netbook! IMOVIO has released the iKIT, a tiny pocket-sized netbook which dimensions are 9.5cm by 6.5cm and a petite 15.5mm high. The laptop is just as portable as modern-day cell phones.

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An all-in-one mouse pad may sound like a school science project, but it's actually a very cool, funny, and useful tool. Created by SourcingMap, quite a lot of functionality is packed into a small area. SourcingMap calls the All-in-One Music Mouse Pad a normal product with abnormal features. It's not a USB pad that floats or a wireless power source, but it's a simple, yet effective mouse pad that comes with a 4-port USB hub (USB 1.1 and 2.0 compliant), high-quality stereo speakers, and a microphone.

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For those tired of not having enough USB ports or needing more positioning options, the Cables Unlimited Wireless USB Adapter Set provides an exceptional solution. It is equipped with the Wisair's single chip, which allows customers to enable wired USB devices to work with wireless USB.

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Recently, Alienware released their portable monster, the M17, easily topping the charts as the best laptop around. However, a few days ago, custom gaming PC builder CyberPower introduced a rival to the M1. The name of the PC is the Gamer Xtreme M1, and this gaming system can stand up to most Alienware machines that have been released.

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Recently memory giant SanDisk unveiled a method that can be used to achieve a drastic improvement in reliability and performance for SSDs by using an advanced flash file system created solely for solid state drives, called ExtremeFFS. ExtremeFFS is a next generation, patented flash management system. With the capability of accelerating random write speeds up to 100x in existing systems, Extreme FFS will feature in SanDisk’s products in 2009.

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