Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2014 - 10:35 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: ups, ups store, 3d printer, 3d printing
If you have a few 3D objects that you would like to make physical, it might not make sense to purchase a whole MakerBot Replicator or equivalent device. To print, fax, and copy shops, the third dimension seemed like a natural extension to their business model (because it literally an upward extension on their previous service).
Image Credit: Wikipedia
One such retailer is The UPS Store, and they just announced that their six-location test was successful. They are now expanding to "nearly 100 additional locations nationwide". Their "Find a Location" page currently lists 45 locations which, I assume, will be appended as more stores setup with the required hardware and training.
Unfortunately, being Canadian, I cannot utilize any of these yet. I could see this being mostly useful, for me, if I wanted to print out an original 3D figurine or sculpture as a gift. Others could make replacement parts and so forth.
UPS Store has not given a timeline to complete this rollout.
Subject: Storage | May 24, 2012 - 05:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, comay, ups, sandforce, SandForce SF-2281
The Comay Venus Pro 3 comes in seven sizes, ranging from 30GB to 480GB and is powered by a SandForce 2281 controller. Those specs are not very unique, what makes the Comay special is the super-capacitor on the PCB which ensures that no data will be lost in the event of a power outage. It is not quite a UPS in the normal sense but it will provide power for long enough to ensure all data is written from the cache to disk before it powers down. As well there is onboard overload protection to ensure that power spikes cannot damage your drives. Both of these features are sought after by Enterprise clients, almost more so than the performance, which you can read about at SSD Reviews.
"Just over a month ago, we conducted an analysis of what we thought to be the Comay Venus Pro 3 and, only after the review, were informed that we were actually looking at the Venus 3, an SSD that was not only branded incorrectly, but was also a special configuration for a specific customer. It appears our orders were mixed up. Comay apologized for the mix up and promised that we would be receiving a Venus Pro 3 soon enough where we could validate some vicious ‘SandForce Driven’ performance first hand."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Accelerator 60GB SSD Cache Drive Review @ Hardware Canucks
- The SSD Optimization Guide Redesigned and Improved @ SSD Review
- MyDigitalSSD BP3 512GB SATA III Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- Data Memory Systems Celerity 6G Plus 120GB Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- OCZ Vertex 3 - 3.5 120GB SSD @ Funky Kit
- Corsair Accelerator 30GB & 60GB Review @ Neoseeker
- Comay Venus Pro 3 128GB Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB Review @ HCW
- Plextor M3 Pro 256GB SSD review @ Hardware.Info
- Corsair Performance Series Pro (256GB) @ AnandTech
- Patriot Supersonic Boost XT 32GB @ Legion Hardware
- OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD Review and 1.4RC FW Comparison - SSD Steroids for Your Vertex 4 @ SSD Review
- Patriot Memory SuperSonic Boost 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTech
- Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTech
- Kingston Wi-Drive 16 GB @ techPowerUp
- A Tale Of Two Thunderbolt Storage Devices: Seagate's GoFlex Desk and Western Digital's Thunderbolt Duo @ AnandTech
- Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Home Network Storage System Review - NAS At Its Finest @ SSD Review
- Synology DS3612xs 12-bay NAS review @ Hardware.Info
- WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo 4TB review @ Hardware.Info
- Thecus N4200ECO 4 Bay NAS Enclosure @ Kitguru
- QNAP TS-419P II @ techPowerUp
- Thecus N4100EVO 4-bay NAS review @ Hardware.Info
- Icy Dock MB994SP-4SB-1 Full Metal Quad Bay 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Backplane Review @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2011 - 06:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: battery, ups, eaton, 3s, just delivered
Just Delivered is a new section of PC Perspective where we share some of the goodies that pass through our labs that may or may not see a review, but are pretty cool none the less.
Sometimes computer technology isn't sexy - but you need it anyway. Just look at items like optical drives (debatable), floppy discs and ZIP drives? Amiright? An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is just one of those items. You might not want to think about it, but you should have one, even for gamers and general PC users.
Ever been working on a school document or maybe even a really detailed rage post on your favorite forum and had the power flicker and your PC reset, losing hours and hours of work you put into telling that moron why your GPU was better? If so, or if you can imagine the frustration, then you know why having even just a few minutes of battery time on a desktop computer can be critical.
We recently picked up the Eaton 3S battery backup which you can find online for as little as $70 - quite a steal for the peace of mind you'll get for having it. Yes, if you are gaming on a PC using more than 450 watts when the power outage occurs, you are probably screwed. If you are doing basically anything else, almost any desktop configuration should be good to go.
The Eaton 3S 750VA model includes 5 outlets for battery backup and 5 more that are surge protection only. The power button light changes colors depending on the units status and is a very basic indicator of your current power situation.
The 3S has network surge protection as well as a USB port to connect tor your PC should you wish to use the Eaton Intelligent Power Protector software that enables features like graceful shutdown (if you are away from your PC when the power outage occurs). You don't have to use that software though, and the unit will operate on a completely plug-and-play fashion using Windows, Mac or Linux integrated power management software.
The unit can be wall mounted which is nice if you have limited floor space.
The battery in the unit is user replaceable which is a nice change of pace and could lower your maintenance costs down the road for this UPS. Eaton actually offers a 3-year warranty on both the unit AND THE BATTERY; something that other companies like APC do not (as I have first had experience with).
The amount of runtime you will get with a UPS like this will obviously vary based on your hardware setup and while Eaton estimates "between 10 and 30 minutes" I would wager it would be slightly less than that for our readers. Still, a few minutes is better than NO minutes so consider this Just Delivered to double as a PC Perspective PSA.