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Melco introduces PC-MV5/PCI TV tuner

Chieftec BX-01B Review @ Hard Tecs 4U

Iomega announces its first DVD/CD-RW drive

Jazz Speakers Wireless J9940W 5.1 Speakers system review @ MonkeyReview

Melco offers PCI and CardBus FireWire/USB solutions

MSI CR52-A2 52/24/52 CD-R/RW @ Bjorn3D

Logitec releases two PC Card adapters supporting 4 flash memory formats

HWZ review: TDK Dual Format +/- 4x DVD Writer

Dell announces new Inspiron 500m, Latitude D800 and Latitude D400 on 1.70GHz Pentium M



Melco introduces PC-MV5/PCI TV tuner

Melco Inc. announced PC-MV5/PCI TV tuner to become available early in June for about $176. the bundle also includes WinDVR3, Ulead VideoStudio 7 SE DVD, Ulead PhotoImpact 7 SE and Ulead Cool3D SE software. Minimal PC requirements are: 500MHz Pentium / 600MHz Celeron / 500MHz AMD Athlon / 600MHz Duron; 128Mb RAM, 1054Mb HDD space for the software, 48kHz soundcard, Direct Sound.

Brief specs:

  • PCI (rev.2.1) interface
  • VHF 1-12, UHF 13-62 channels
  • NTSC-M input video format
  • 320x480 to 720x480 resolutions
  • MPEG-2 compression
  • 29fps video speed
  • 2000-15000Kbps video bitrate
  • 192-384Kbps audio bitrate
  • 32; 44.1; 48 kHz audio
  • 640x480@24bit still image capture resolution
  • BMP/JPEG still image format
  • Antenna input (coaxial, 75Ŕ), composite video-in (RCA), S-Video (miniDIN7), audio-in (RCA)
  • 11W energy consumption
  • 163x15x107mm dimensions
  • 150 g weight

Chieftec BX-01B Review @ Hard Tecs 4U

"Hard Tecs 4U have just posted our latest article, a world exklusive review of the Chieftec BX-01B case, the first case from the brand-new Chieftec BX-Series."

Read more at Hard Tecs 4U.

Iomega announces its first DVD/CD-RW drive

Iomega announced its first DVD/CD-RW drive, Dual DVD ATAPI, supporting 4x2.4x12x (DVD) / 16x10x40x (CD-RW) speeds.



The device supports DVD, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM and DVD-ROM formats. The retail box includes MyDVD, Sonic Cineplayer, Sonic MyDVD, MusicMatch Jukebox and Adobe ActiveShare software.

In retail the drive should cost from $330.

Jazz Speakers Wireless J9940W 5.1 Speakers system review @ MonkeyReview

"Sound, for some itíll be an aspect in which hundreds if not thousands of dollars are spent, for others, a mere 30$ 2.1 sound system will be suffice. But, what about those of us that fit somewhere in between? Not wanting to spend our savings on a high end sound system but also realizing the quality thatís available from of a mid priced 5.1 system. With that said, today weíre going to be checking out the Jazz J9940W 5.1 Sound system from Jazz Speakers."


Read more at MonkeyReview.

Melco offers PCI and CardBus FireWire/USB solutions

Melco Inc. released two USB2.0/IEEE1394 interface cards, one of them being a CardBus (IFC-CB2IU2/UC), and the other (IFC-PCI7IU2) Ė PCI board. The novelties should arrive for sale in mid- or late June for about $74 and $36.

IFC-CB2IU2/UC features 1 USB (USB A) and 1 IEEE1394 (4-pin) ports supporting the maximum of 480Mbps USB throughput and 400Mbps IEEE1394 throughput. It consumes up to 1.3W. Sized 54x121x13mm, it weighs about 47g.

IFC-PCI7IU2 offers more ports: 3 external and 1 internal USB; 2 external and 1 internal IEEE1394. This one consumes 2.5W and needs 500mA (excluding the port output). Sized 120x94x10mm, it weighs about 70g (excluding the mounting bracket).

MSI CR52-A2 52/24/52 CD-R/RW @ Bjorn3D

"One of the most important aspects in my opinion about a drive like this is value, and I think the CR52-A2 is a good value. Additionally, I think the average user would be quite happy with its performance, especially with higher rated media. MSI has packed in some good features and thankfully included good software. Unfortunately though, Mount Rainier format is not supported with this current firmware version."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

Logitec releases two PC Card adapters supporting 4 flash memory formats

Logitec released two PC Card Type II adapter models: LMC-CA41AD2 and LMC-CA41AD2/U (USB) to become available in early and mid-June for $36 and $46, respectively.

Adapters support 4 flash memory formats: Memory Stick / SD / MMC / Smart Media. Actually Memory Stick Pro are supported as well (serial transfers only). The USB model has similar features, powering from the USB bus.

Both devices work under Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, Mac OS 8.6 — 9.2.2, Mac OS X 10.1.3 — 10.2.6.

Source: PC Watch

HWZ review: TDK Dual Format +/- 4x DVD Writer

"Optical drives from TDK have always never failed to take our notice, and our eyes certainly did not let go of the new Dual Format +/- 4x DVD Writer (DVW+A040212N) throughout the various benchmarks we put it through. And you can´t blame us for it, because this TDK DVD writer is certainly one of the best-looking drive we´ve seen around (okay, so that´s just our personal opinion). But this DVD writer isn´t all just looks and without substance of course, not as far as the results in the benchmarks are concerned."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Dell announces new Inspiron 500m, Latitude D800 and Latitude D400 on 1.70GHz Pentium M

Dell announced new models for its Inspiron 500m, Latitude D800 and Latitude D400 series, dating it to the release of Intelís new 1.70GHz Pentium M.


Besides the new CPU, Inspiron 500m features have almost remained the same: 14.1" SXGA+ display, i855GM chipset, Intel PRO/Wireless, 512Mb PC2100 DDR SDRAM, 60Gb Ultra ATA/100 HDD, DVD/CD-RW combo, a variety of interfaces, 2.5-hour battery. Sized 315x259x31mm, it weighs 2.46kg. With Windows XP Home Edition SP1 the model will cost about $2300 in Japan.


The Latitude D800 series was updated with a model featuring 15.4" WUXGA display, i855PM chipset, Intel PRO/Wireless, 64Mb GeForce4 4200 Go, Gigabit Ethernet. Sized 361x276x39mm, it weighs 3.1kg. With 1Gb PC2100 DDR SDRAM, 60Gb Ultra ATA/100 HDD, DVD/CD-RW combo and Windows 2000 Pro (SP3) / XP Pro SP1 / XP Home Edition SP1 the notebook will cost $3400.


Miniature Latitude D400 now includes a model on 1.70GHz Pentium M as well. It has 12.1" display, i855GM chipset, 256Mb PC2100 DDR SDRAM, 20Gb Ultra ATA/100 HDD, external CD-RW and Windows 2000 Pro (SP3) / XP Pro SP1 / XP Home Edition SP1. Sized 294x245x26.6mm, it weighs 1.69kg. This model costs $2400.

Source: ASCII24

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