• Toshiba Japan to roll out inexpensive HDD/DVD recorders

    After losing the format war against Sony, Toshiba is yet to produce Blu-ray hardware, but at least they keep on rolling out DVD hardware in their VARDIA series. The company yesterday announced two new HDD/DVD recorders for the Japanese market [JP]. Read More

  • For netbooks: Stand with built-in DVD drive, USB port and HDD slot

    A Japanese company called Marshal (yes, one “l”) announced [JP] the MAL 1925 today, a netbook stand that doubles as a DVD super multi drive, has room for a second HDD and comes with an extra USB 2.0 port. Century’s stand, which I blogged in April, is pretty similar but lacks the slot for an alternative 2.5-inch SATA HDD or SSD. Read More

  • Panasonic Japan announces new VIERAs with built-in HDDs

    Panasonic launched the VIERA R Series today in Japan [JP], consisting of a total of seven new plasma and LCD TVs. The first TVs of the series will be available over here starting July 1, with Panasonic not yet saying anything about sales in overseas markets. Read More

  • Ultrastar C10K300: Hitachi unveils new power-efficient HDD

    Hitachi Japan today announced the Ultrastar C10K300 [JP, PDF], a 10k RPM HDD that will be sold mainly to businesses as 147GB and 300GB versions starting today (worldwide). The 6Gbp/s SAS HDD boasts double the data throughput when compared with the previous model that featured 3Gbp/s. Read More

  • Apricorn outs pocketable 1.8-inch HDDs

    We’re big fans of portable hard drives and the smaller they are the better. And Apricorn’s Aegis Mini portable HDD is pretty frackin sweet. The 1.8-inch external not only packs as much as 240GB of storage space but it’s small enough that you can slide it into your front pants pocket. Read More

  • Fujitsu launches 15,000 RPM, 147GB 2.5-inch HDD

    While Fujitsu certainly isn’t the first to launch a tiny 2.5-inch 15,000 RPM hard drive, it’s the first to launch one with 147GB capacity. The new line from Fujitsu come in both the aforementioned 147GB size and also a 73.5GB size. The HDD has an average seek time of 2.9ms with a buffer size of 16MB and the super fast, high capacity laptop drives should drop sometime in the… Read More

  • Japanese company sells "green" external HDD

    Tokyo-based computer hardware maker Logitec [JP] (not to be confused with Logitech) today announced an external 1TB HDD [JP], which will go on sale in Japan at the end of next month. The LHD-ED1000U2L comes with a power saving feature that makes the HDD drive rotation stop if the user doesn’t access the device for one minute. Windows fans can adjust the time by themselves (the HDD also… Read More

  • Toshiba's new SATA hard disk will make our notebooks even slimmer

    Another Japanese company, another record. This time, Toshiba today in Japan [JP] unveiled the industry’s first quarter-terabyte 1.8-Inch HDD (MK2529GSG). The company’s new 1.8-inch lineup also includes 120GB and 160GB models (MK1229GSG and MK1629GSG). The 250GB flagship SATA model spins at 5,400rpm, weighs 62g, has an average seek time of 15ms and boasts 3Gbps data transfer. Read More

  • High capacity 1.8-inch HDDs announced by Toshiba

    Just in time for the holidays. Wait. Who are we kidding here, Toshiba? Is anyone remotely excited about a 240GB 1.8-inch dual-platter HDD or a 120GB single-platter HDD? Yeah, I didn’t think so, but we’ll probably see these invading our PMPs, camcorders and UMPCs in the coming months. Read More

  • Panasonic Japan to introduce Plasma TVs with built-in 1 TB HDDs and YouTube support

    Panasonic announced today in Japan [JP] they will release three Viera PDP TVs in this country starting September 10. All models (42, 46 and 50 inches) of the new PZR900 series will house a 1TB HDD for recording terrestrial and digital TV programs, which can then be copied on DVDs or Blu-ray discs. From September 30, Japanese customers will also be able to view YouTube videos on their… Read More

  • Epson rolls out 4-inch high-res photo viewers

    Epson Imaging today announced the P-7000, a photo viewer with a 160-Gbyte HDD, which holds RAW data of about 9,000 shots from a 10 megapixel resolution digital camera. The low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) TFT LCD displays 16,770k colors (200 ppi), supports SD/CF (Type II) cards and is equipped with two USB 2.0 ports. Users will have to wait only for 1.5 seconds to see a 10 megapixel JPEG file… Read More

  • Hitachi to ship their 1TB Cinemastar HDDs next month

    It has been in development for quite some time now but Hitachi Global Storage Technologies finally announced they will start shipping the first CinemaStar 7K1000.B hard drives. The 3.5-inch devices feature a recording capacity of 1 terabyte, holding up to 247 hours of MPEG4 video in high definition. Hitachi says their CinemaStar drives are particularly suited for video equipment. The HDD… Read More

  • Hitachi rolls out new hybrid Full HD camcorder

    Today Hitachi unveiled [JP] its newest Full HD camcorder, the Woo DZ-BD10H, which will be available in Japan from August 9th. The company plans to produce 6,000 units per month. Here are the main specs:
    – recording on 8cm Blu-ray discs (BD-R/RE) and DVD (DVD-R/RW/RAM)
    – integrated HDD (30 GB) that can hold 4.5 hours of video in Full HD
    – support of recording in AVCHD
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  • New 3 in 1 HD recorder from Victor-JVC

    Yesterday Victor-JVC unveiled a new recorder [JP] in Japan, which is capable of simultaneously recording two programs on either VHS, DVD or HDD. The DR-HX500 comes with the following features: – HDMI connection
    – D4 connection
    – 500 GB HDD
    – VHS player / recorder
    – DVD player / recorder (DVD-RW/-R)
    – Digital / Analog TV tuner
    – DTS and Dolby… Read More

  • Hitachi raises CinemaStar HDDs to 500GB

    There isn’t enough room on my DVR, not remotely. I don’t even watch that much TV, but my hard drive is small. Sure, there are ways to hack them to make them bigger but I like to do right by my TOS agreements, so I don’t. But now that Hitachi has released the 500GB CinemaStar 3.5-inch HDDs, I’m considering it. They’re made to run quiet, specifically for devices… Read More

  • Onkyo releases stereo system with HDD and featuring "floating technology"

    Today Onkyo unveiled a new stereo system which will go on sale in Japan on June 28th. The Nippon-only BR-NX10A is priced at $710. It comes with two bookshelf speakers, a CD player and an LCD color display. The most distinctive feature is the 80 GB HDD which is integrated into the main unit. Onkyo says this is enough to store a total of 40,000 songs. The company placed “cushions”… Read More

  • Drobo shacks up with Western Digital: special multi-terabyte offers!

    In case you missed our recent review of the Drobo and Droboshare, they come highly recommended, and if you’re looking to take the plunge, now is probably the best time ever. Data Robotics has teamed up with Western Digital and they’re bundling up to four terabytes of WD’s new GreenPower storage with new Drobo systems for pretty solid prices. 1TB drives are going for between… Read More

  • Digital Cowboy's HDD video dock is simple yet rad, like me

    While I remain an Apple TV fan, this set-top dock is pretty neat. It’s a dock that basically acts as a video out for the included 2.5-inch portable hard drive that’s full of all of your porn. Neat! It works with all the most popular video formats, including DivX, so you can download from BitTorrent right to the device and plug it right into your HDTV. We like it. Read More

  • External HDD coming for PS3 from Sony?

    Sony seems to be uncomfortable with the current HDD configuration of the PS3 or so it seems according to David Reeves, the SCEE head honcho. They did reduce the price of the PS3 by switching to a smaller capacity hard drive, but I don’t see anyone wanting to buy varying options from Sony if it were an option. I’ll gladly use one of my existing portables or buy a cheap 2.5-inch SATA… Read More

  • Why are Xbox 360 HDDs so damn expensive?

    I’ve always wondered why the HDD for the Xbox 360 was so expensive and just assumed it was a proprietary matter because Microsoft likes to do that sort of thing, but I never bothered to look into it. My Elite has 120GB so I don’t ever need a new one. Anyway, MTV’s Patrick Klepek really wanted to know why a 120GB drive is $180, so he called up iSuppli and this is what he found. Read More