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Plextor Unveils New Pocket Hard Disks

Creative Introduces Wireless Headphones SE2300

Iomega Unveils 1TB Desktop, 120GB Portable Solutions

Samsung Launches First 'Optical Joystick' Phone

Plextor Unveils New Pocket Hard Disks

Extending its range of personal storage, Plextor today announced the new range of portable hard disk drives - small enough to fit in your pocket. The two models, PX-PH08U2 (80GB) and PX-PH12U2 (120GB), are also Mac and PC compatible.

Both drives offer a practical data capacity for everyday use and their compact size (only 17mm thick and 200g in weight) means you can easily slip them into your pocket, briefcase or handbag. Included is a handy carrying pouch for extra protection.

In addition to USB2.0 transfer speeds and bus-powered operation, Plextor's drives come pre-loaded with specially developed version of PlexTools software for hard disks - PlexTools Professional HDD that, among everything, offers password protection.

The PX-PH08U2 and PX-PH12U2 will be available in January 2007 from the network of Plextor dealers. They are covered by Plextor's Fast Warranty Service (2-year warranty in the EU, Norway and Switzerland (Collect & Return); 1 year in other countries).

Specifications and system requirements:

  • Model Names: PX-PH08U2 (80GB), PX-PH12U2 (120GB)
  • OS: Windows 2000/XP and MacOS 8.6/9.x/10.x or higher
  • Dimensions: 81 W x 130 D x 17 H mm
  • Weight: 200g approx
  • Interface: USB2.0, 1.1
  • Transfer rate: USB 2.0 Max 480Mbps, USB 1.1 Max 12Mbps
  • RPM: 5400
  • Buffer size: 8 MB
  • Extras: bus-powered; average Seek time: 12ms; RoHS-compliant

Source: Plextor

Creative Introduces Wireless Headphones SE2300

Creative today announced the Creative Wireless Headphones SE2300 based on Bluetooth technology. The headphones come equipped with an audio transmitter that can wirelessly operate up to a range of 10 metres and allow users to control volume with ease. The automatic pairing between the Creative Wireless Headphones SE2300 and audio transmitter creates an instant plug-and-play experience for users. Bluetooth technology's Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) allows the Creative Wireless Headphones SE2300 to be easily synched to any USB Bluetooth dongle, Bluetooth-enabled PC or PDA. Users can use the in-built Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) to control their favourite music tracks as well.

A built in-rechargeable Li-Ion battery allows up to 8 hours of music listening. In addition, the Creative Wireless Headphones SE2300 emit a beeping sound when its battery levels are low. It can be charged using either an AC outlet or USB port, and even has an energy-saving feature that allows to automatically power itself down whenever the Bluetooth link is dropped.

The company suggests ZEN Vision W portable media player, ZEN Vision:M and ZEN V series of MP3 players as companion products for the new headphones.

The Creative Wireless Headphones SE2300 is available this month in major retail outlets in Singapore at a suggested retail price of US$99.99.

Source: Creative

Iomega Unveils 1TB Desktop, 120GB Portable Solutions

Iomega Corporation today announced new versions of two of its storage products: the high-end Iomega UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive with expanded capacity of 1TB, and a new stylishly black small form-factor Iomega dual-interface Portable Hard Drive with 120GB of storage capacity.

Designed for Mac OS X users, Iomega's popular UltraMax Desktop Hard Drives deliver secure, high-capacity storage in a rugged enclosure. Drives support RAID 1 and feature built-in FireWire and Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) hubs.

In addition to the default mode of RAID 0, which stripes data across the UltraMax drive's two 7200-RPM SATA hard drives, other drive settings include RAID 1, 'spanned' (both hard drives are treated as a single volume), and 'simple' (each hard drive is treated as its own drive letter). For ease of use, the new Iomega UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive has a manual RAID switch, allowing the user to turn off the RAID configuration and use the drive configured as JBOD.

The Iomega UltraMax Hard Drive is preformatted with Apple's HFS+ file system for Mac OS X users. HFS+ makes more efficient use of large hard drives and supports journaling under Mac OS X, which makes it easier to recover data in case of a problem.

The stackable UltraMax drive enclosure complements the new Mac Pro series of Apple computers as well as the older Power Mac series. The enclosure is metallic grey with a mesh grill, an echo of the Mac Pro computer's industrial design. Its three interfaces include FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0), and it provides users with a three-port Hi-Speed USB hub for easy expansion. Cables for FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 operation are included with the drive.

The second novelty, the Iomega Black Portable Hard Drive 120 GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0/FireWire, measures 0.5 inches (12.7 mm) and weighs 5.8 oz (163 g). It is positioned as a companion for your Mac notebook, including host-powered operation and Drop Shock technology. The drive's 2.5-inch hard drive delivers 5400 RPM performance and comes with both FireWire 400 (1394a) and USB 2.0 cables.

Other features include the use of EMC Retrospect Express backup and disaster recovery software for improved data security. In addition, Iomega's Drop Shock technology provides enhanced durability by helping protect both the drive and its data from unexpected bumps and jolts.

The Iomega UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive 1TB Triple Interface is compatible with Mac OS X 10.1 or above on Apple computers with an Intel processor or G3 processor or higher. The UltraMax Drive can be reformatted to NTFS or FAT32 for use with a PC (instructions included), making it compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP Home and XP Professional editions, as well as the upcoming Windows Vista. FAT32 format allows cross-platform use.

The Iomega Portable Hard Drive 120GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0/FireWire is compatible with Mac OS X 10.1 or higher, as well as Windows 2000 Professional/XP Home/XP Professional and the upcoming Windows Vista.

The Iomega UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive 1 TB FireWire 800/FireWire 400/USB 2.0 with Hub is available now for $499.95. The Iomega Portable Hard Drive 120GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0/FireWire is available for $189.95 (All Pricing is U.S. suggested retail). Both products are currently available worldwide.

Source: Iomega Corporation

Samsung Launches First 'Optical Joystick' Phone

Samsung Electronics launched the first mobile phone featuring an "optical joystick". The SCH-V960 is suited with the latest technology that, according to the press release, may revolutionize the way users interact with the menu and user interface of mobile handsets. Users utilize the optical joystick key by placing their finger and moving a cursor to navigate through the menu, similar to a cursor of a mouse on a PC.

Optical sensors will read and react to users' finger movement, thus breaking down the traditional four-way menu navigation and providing 360 degrees of freedom. The familiarity and free movement of the V960's optical joystick should result in quick and hassle-free menu navigation.

Users can point the cursor and click directly on icons on MyScreen, similar interface to that on a PC environment, and gain direct access to frequently used menus such as photo album, messaging, and music menu. Users can also use the Optical Joystick to easily scroll through the play list while listening to their music.

Through an illumination sensor, the Samsung V960 also includes a 'Smart Lighting' feature that automatically controls the brightness of the LCD screen and keypad. In addition, the V960 also features a 2-megapixel camera, GPS and Bluetooth.

The V960 will be launched in the Korean market at the end of December.


  • Standard: CDMA 2000 1X EVDO
  • Camera: 2-megapixel camera
  • Display: 2.12" 240x320 262K Color TFT
  • Optical Joystick
  • Illumination sensor
  • Bluetooth/USB
  • Document Viewer
  • Memory: microSD external memory
  • Size: 97 x 47.5 x 18.6 mm
  • Weight: 102g

Source: Samsung Electronics

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