Computer Hardware

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

UMID UMPC (Mini-Netbook)

UMID Mini-NetbookIn size its rival would be the Nintendo DS, but in function it can rival some decent laptops. With 1GB of RAM, a 1.3 mega-pixel webcam, a mini-USB port, wireless connectivity (WIMAX, WiBro, HSDPA), and a card reader, the UMID is a formidable netbook.

Lenovo ThinkPad X301

Earlier this year Lenovo released their ThinkPad X300, a great notebook for the business minded. Recently, the X300 has been updated to the ThinkPad X301 model. With many improvements from its already great predecessor, you can expect great things from the X301.

ASUS G50V-A1 Gaming Notebook

The ASUS G50V-A1 is a new gaming notebook to hit the market this holiday season. The G50V-A1 is one of the best machines produced by ASUS performance-wise, but it has other issues that should be considered if your intention is to use the "gaming notebook" heavily for its intended purpose.

Super Talent 64GB and 128 GB MasterDrive LX Solid State Drive (SSD)

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.

Logitech Z-500 Wireless Speakers

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.

Lenovo Ideapad S10 10″ Netbook

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.

ThermalRight Ultra 120 Extreme Cooler Kit

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.

IMOVIO iKIT Handtop (Mini-Netbook) Computer

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.

SourcingMap All-in-One Music Mouse Pad

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.

Cables Unlimited Wireless USB Adapter Set

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.

CyberPower Gamer Xtreme M1 Gaming Notebook

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.

SanDisk ExtremeFFS Significantly Improves SSD Performance

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.

NVIDIA Quadro Plex 2200 Dedicated Desk-side Visual Computing System (VCS)

The Quadro Plex 2200 is not an average consumer platform in any sense, and you're not likely to find it in or around many hardcore gaming enthusiasts’ vicinity. However, it's such a powerful and unique setup that it deserves the attention of the masses. While we're familiar with the Quadro branch of NVIDIA, which designs machines like this for high-end imaging businesses (3D design, CAD, etc.), what makes the Quadro Plex 2200 special is the use of two or four state of the art NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 GPUs for an 8GB or 16GB memory capacity (frame buffer) as a ready-made solution.