Subject: Systems | July 25, 2011 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: htpc, western digital
The Western Digital TV Live Hub is a 1TB external HDD with some extra tricks up its plastic sleeve. It's outputs include ethernet, USB 2.0, HDMI, Composite A/V, Component video and optical out, with support for an even wider variety of audio and video codecs but not for some premium services like iTunes and Amazon. Think Computers loved the onscreen interface controlled by the remote as well as the fact that it comes with a 1TB HDD so that you don't have to spend more money to get the full functionality of the media device, they would have loved to see some video cables included as well.
“For most people their TV is the center of entertainment in the living room. You watch cable television on it, you play your video game consoles on it and you watch DVD and Blu-ray movies on it. We all know there are devices for that, but what about all of the media you have on your PC? All the videos you have taken, shows you have downloaded and even the photos you have. No one wants to sit around a small computer screen and watch these. This is where the Western Digital TV Live Hub comes in. It is a HD media player that supports pretty much any file type and has a 1TB hard drive for all of your media. Let’s take a look an see what Western Digital has brought to the table in the HD media player market!"
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Subject: Storage | July 11, 2011 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: western digital, WD30EURS. 3TB, hdd
If you are building an HTPC or even a file server which is focused on quiet operation in a small area, picking up a Velociraptor isn't your best choice. Since the plan also includes a drive with a huge amount of storage space, you might use an SSD for your OS but it is a little expensive to pick up an SSD(s) large enough to keep all of your media. Western Digital's AV-GP WD30EURS is a 3TB HDD which will operate between 5400-7200 RPM and is designed for use in consumer electronics, hence the Audio/Visual part of the name. It is different from the normal Green Power series as it utilizes ATA streaming commands with optimize the drive for multiple, large and sequential accesses at the expense of data integrity, and it tends to run a little hotter as well. Make sure you are running Vista or Win7 and a UEFI based motherboard before picking the drive up. TechARP's full review is here.
"Today, we will look at Western Digital’s largest capacity AV-GP hard disk drive - the WD30EURS. This hard disk drive is not only quieter and cooler than regular hard disk drive, it also packs a whooping storage capacity of 3 terabytes! Let’s take a look!"
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- Apacer TurboII AS602 120GB SSD Review @ Real World Labs
- Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SSD Review - The Force GT and Force Series 3 Compared! @The SSD Review
- Corsair Force 3 120GB @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Supersonic Magnum 64GB USB 3.0 Thumb Drive @ Tweaktown
- Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G2 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Real World Labs
- QNAP TS-219P+ NAS Network Server @ Benchmark Reviews
- ineo Protection Box - I-NC05 @ Computing on Demand
- G-Drive Slim 500GB @ t-break
- Mushkin Class10 SDHC Card Review @ Neoseeker
Subject: Storage | June 10, 2011 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hdd, western digital, caviar green, 3tb
Before you go running out and buying the Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB HDD, there are a few caveats to remember. You will not be able to just pop this into a WinXP machine and expect to use it at full capacity, you need to have a motherboard with UEFI in order to boot from it and finally the implementation of Advanced Format Technology is still stuck in 512-byte emulation mode.
On the plus side, the drive spins at about 6600 RPM and is SATAS 6Gbs which makes it faster that it's smaller predecessor. Only the non-AFT version of the 2TB Green drive can beat it for throughput. Check out the full review at TechARP.
"Western Digital divides their internal hard drives into three distinct families - the WD Caviar Blue for their basic hard drives, the WD Caviar Green for their quieter, cooler hard drives and the WD Caviar Black for their performance-grade hard drives.
According to Western Digital, Caviar Green hard disk drives offer an average power saving of 4-5 watts over their competitors, a feat that they claim is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 13.8 kg per year. Of course, that’s a mere drop in the ocean but if you can help save the environment while you work or play on your computer, why not?
Today, we will look at the improved Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB hard disk drive - the new Western Digital WD30EZRX with Advanced Format Technology and 6 Gbps interface. Let’s find out how well this drive performs!"
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- SuperSpeed USB 3.0 INEO I-NA309D Pro @ TechwareLabs
- OCZ Technology Agility 3 240GB @ Tweaktown
- QNAP TS-659 Pro II NAS @ Benchmark Review
- Kingston Data Traveller G2 3.0 64GB @ XSReviews
- Centon Rush 3.0 @ HardwareBistro
- Patriot Memory Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ PCSTATS
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