Kingston DataTraveler HyperX PREDATOR 512GB Review and more
Posted on: 02/03/2013 11:46 AM
Here the latest reviews from today: Kingston DataTraveler HyperX PREDATOR 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review, AMD’s Never Settle Game Bundle; Reloaded & Updated, Nyko PlayPad Review, Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB Review, and Bodhi Linux 2.2.0 Review
Kingston DataTraveler HyperX PREDATOR 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTech
Although during this year's CES many manufacturers presented impressive and innovative products there's no doubt that the most impressive storage product unveiled was the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 flash drive by Kingston. Now this was not only because Kingston managed to squeeze 512GB in a flash drive (was bound to happen sooner or later since 256GB units have been around for some time) but mainly due to the fact that the Predator is pretty much the first USB flash drive of its kind since it's basically an SSD in flash drive format. And like if 512GB were not enough Kingston announced that they will release a 1TB version in the following months. After all of the above no one can really wonder as to why we just had to check the latest DataTraveler HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 flash drive out right?
Read more: Kingston DataTraveler HyperX PREDATOR 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTechAMD’s Never Settle Game Bundle; Reloaded & Updated @ Hardware Canucks
Back in October, AMD unleashed a massive double broadside in their battle against NVIDIA for GPU supremacy. Aptly called Never Settle, this two-pronged approach consisted of an aggressive driver release which significantly boosted performance in a number of key gaming titles and the addition of free game bundles with new Radeon GPU purchases.
The Never Settle promotion worked wonders and certainly boosted AMD’s GPU sales which is understandable since they were offering up to $170 of free games with the purchase of certain cards. It also provoked an immediate reaction among enthusiasts who wanted to take advantage of their new purchases. Unfortunately, Never Settle gradually ran its course while the games being offered (Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs and Far Cry 3) became a bit long in the tooth.
Only a few weeks ago we surmised that AMD could be busy cooking up another game promotion since many upcoming triple-A titles fall under their rapidly expanding Gaming Evolved umbrella. Well, that’s exactly what is happening. Never Settle is now being “reloaded” with an entirely new batch of games, some of which will come as a bit of a surprise. Once again though, it will only be available through select retailers around the world (Newegg, NCIX and a few others in North America while others have been pegged for international support) and it will begin in the coming days.
Read more: AMD’s Never Settle Game Bundle; Reloaded & Updated @ Hardware CanucksNyko PlayPad Review @ t-break
As games on mobile devices get more complex and match the fidelity offered by console games, gamers are now increasingly looking for a traditional controller-based setup. Games like N.O.V.A, Modern Combat, and Shadowgun, though developed with touch-screen controls in mind, absolutely demand physical sticks and buttons to fully appreciate their experiences.
With a bit of hacking, an Xbox 360 or PS3 controller could be made to work with these games, but lugging them around with your phone or tablet seems counterintuitive and is not user friendly. So, a host of companies have launched compact Bluetooth controllers to satiate that need, including the PlayPad from Nyko, which we will be looking at today.
Read more: Nyko PlayPad Review @ t-breakKingston SSDNow V300 120GB Review @ Techradar
This must be a frustrating time for any manufacturer producing SSDs with the SandForce controller. You're sat waiting for the next generation of controller while Marvell, OCZ and Samsung gleefully launch their own to entice the market. If you're a smaller company you just have to suck it up, but if you're Intel or Kingston, you must act now to try to stem the interest in the new toys. Just as Intel has done with the 335 series, Kingston has come up with a new range of drives matching the old LSI SandForce SF-2281 controllers with the latest ideas in NAND technology. Where the 335 uses the latest Intel's own 20nm MLC NAND, Kingston has turned to Toshiba for the NAND in the SSDNow 300V. Aimed at consumers and business users, the SSDNow V300 is built around Toshiba's latest 19nm Toggle NAND, making it the first SandForce equipped drive to do so.
Read more: Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB Review @ TechradarBodhi Linux 2.2.0 Review @ LinuxBSDos.com
Bodhi Linux is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. It uses the Enlightenment desktop environment as the primary and only (officially) supported desktop environment.
Not too many distributions use Enlightenment as a default desktop environment, and that puts Bodhi Linux in a kinda unique category. Also, unlike most other desktop distributions, a Bodhi Linux edition is not designed to just work out of the box.
Read more: Bodhi Linux 2.2.0 Review @ LinuxBSDos.com