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HP Slate Looks to Challenge Apple’s iPad According to New Info

May 5th, 2010 | Comments Off | Posted in Hardware, News

The Apple iPad has recently come out to quite a bit of fan fare after a rather short cycle of hype building, compared with other Apple products, but already it looks as if the mobile device giant may have some serious competition on their hands. Word has recently been leaked that some inside the industry have seen details that Hewlett Packard had intended to keep private for a while longer regarding their upcoming Slate pad device. Sources that wish to remain anonymous have come forward to various high ranking online tech sites to say that the HP Slate looks as if it will have a major set of advantages in terms of processing power, camera quality, connectivity and graphics superiority. On the other hand, Apple’s iPad retains its advantages of a larger screen size, a longer battery life span and wireless connectivity that the HP Slate will not be able to offer. The HP marketing campaign for the Slate has already been in motion with the company releasing teaser videos over the web that are going viral at a rapid pace thanks to the number of people who do want a slate device but do not choose to patronize Apple for various reasons. The Slate will offer a camera on the front and back of the device, plus the capability to plug in USB and SD storage units – things the iPad does not yet offer.

Still, many analysts say that the early bird gets the worm and Apple holds a very strong advantage due to the success of its launch and its history of solid products such as the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Coming Western Digital Hard Drives to Offer Twice the Capacity

February 14th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Hardware

Hard drives have just gotten larger and larger over the years and the new line of VelociRaptor drives that are being released now have literally doubled their data storage capacity. The company has designed the massive hard drives to suit business and citizen users who are experiencing a much greater need for storage capacity as media becomes more and more a part of daily computer usage, especially when the web is involved. The new hard drives will work on both Mac and PC machines, as well as 1U and 2U rack servers, designed to be incredibly fast and powerful for large jobs. The company boasts the only 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive available on the market right now and has already done much work over the past years to establish itself as a premiere brand of commercial hard drive. According to Western Digital specs, the hard drives have had their performance capacity increased by a full 15 per cent and will run 40 per cent faster than the previous incarnations of the VelociRaptor drives which ran at 7,200 RPM. The transfer speeds are shooting up from 3 Gbps to 6 Gbps and the amount of data they can hold has shot up from 450 Gbps to past the half terabyte line at 600 Gbps, a shockingly large number considering that less than a decade ago, 10 Gb hard drives were still a thing of wonder to many computer users. Western Digital has sited their 5 year warranty as a major reason consumers may want to consider an upgrade for their business or personal machines.

The drives are 2.5 inch size, but consumers can also purchase a 3.5 inch IcePack mounting frame from Western Digital which has a heat sink and ventilation system already in place to improve hard drive performance.