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Sony DVDirect: optical drive and DVD player

Delkin BurnAway: portable flash reader, combo recorder and DVD player

Axim X50: Dell´s first PDAs with VGA displays

Photo of the day: Gainward PowerPack Ultra/2400 Golden Sample in our lab

Sony DVDirect: optical drive and DVD player

Another interesting novelty, this time it´s Sony DVDirect that can be used to burn DVD media when connected to PC or TV.

Sony DVDirect features:

  • Standalone mode:
    • Supports DVD+R, DVD+R DL (Double Layer), DVD+RW
    • Records DVD+VR
    • MPEG2 video
    • Automatic fragmentation: 5, 10, 15 fragments
    • Synchronous recording initiated by video player
    • Quality: HQ (1 hour on single-layer, 2 hours on dual-layer media), SP (2 hours on single-layer, 4 hours on dual-layer media), SLP (6 hours on single-layer, 12 hours on dual-layer media)
    • Dolby Digital (AC3) sound
    • Interfaces: composite (RCA), S-Video, 2 audio channels
  • External optical drive mode:
    • Records
      • DVD+R DL: 2.4x CLV
      • DVD+R: 16x CAV
      • DVD+RW: 4x CLV
      • DVD-R: 8x Z-CLV
      • DVD-RW: 4x CLV
      • CD-R: 48x P-CAV
      • CD-RW: 24x Z-CLV
    • Reads
      • DVD-ROM: 16x CAV
      • DVD-ROM (DL): 8x CAV
      • CD-ROM: 48x CAV
    • Interface: USB 2.0
    • 8 MB buffer
  • 164x66x234 mm size

Delkin BurnAway: portable flash reader, combo recorder and DVD player

Delkin introduced its BurnAway novelty that reads flash media and burns its contents to compact discs, and also works as a standalone DVD player when connected to a TV.

Delkin BurnAway features a Slim DVD/CD-R/RW drive and a CompactFlash (I&II), Microdrive, SD, MMC, SmartMedia, Memory Stick and MS PRO reader. It supports DVD/MP3/CD-Audio playback, CD-R/CD-RW recording. Interfaces include USB 2.0, NTSC/PAL TV-out. The company claims that device battery is enough to play a 2.5-hour DVD movie or to record six 700 MB CD-R discs.

In Europe BurnAway is to cost €290 and more.

Axim X50: Dell´s first PDAs with VGA displays

Dell launched a new series of Axim X50 PDAs that now includes three models. The top-end Axim X50v has 640x480 display and a GPU, while all models support Windows Media Player 10 Mobile.

Axim X50 is sized 119x73x16 mm (1100 mAh standard battery). The device finally features Secure Digital and Compact Flash slots (X30 series had only SDIO slot).

Axim X50v specs:

  • 624 MHz Intel PXA270 CPU
  • 3.7" TFT 640x480 display
  • Intel 2700G GPU
  • 64 MB RAM, 128 MB ROM (90 MB free for use)
  • Integrated Bluetooth 1.2 and 802.11b Wi-Fi
  • MSRP of $500 in North America

The remaining two models, X50 Advanced and X50 Standard, feature 3.5" 240x320 QVGA TFT displays, 520 MHz and 416 MHz processors. X50 Standard doesn´t have Wi-Fi. The MSRP of X50 Advanced is $400, MSRP of X50 Standard is $300. Novelties are expected to go on sale next month.

Photo of the day: Gainward PowerPack Ultra/2400 Golden Sample in our lab

We are currently testing Gainward PowerPack Ultra/2400 Golden Sample on GeForce 6800GT GPU. It has 350/1000 MHz clock rates and 256 MB GDDR3. Judging by the first impressions, the proprietary ExperTool utility allows raising clock rates to 400/1100 MHz. The cooler is very noisy, like infamous FlowFX, so ExperTool is compulsory as the only tool to slow down the cooler.

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