September 9, 2006

Mac Pro reviews

Its been one month since Mac Pro was launched by Apple at WWDC, everyone was impressed with the hardware configuration and value of the system. Now after one month and after being tested by different people, Mac Pro has been judged as one of the best Desktop workstation around. The internal and external design is appreciated by many and the performance is also very good. Apple's default video card choice is not liked by many but to keep a price tag of $2,499 that was not a option, but you can use build-to-order option of ATI Radeon X1900XT and it makes an excellent system.
The default configuration of Mac Pro is dual 2.66 Dual Core Xeon processors, 1GB fully buffered DDR2 RAM, Nividia GeForce 7300 GT graphics card with 256MB memory, 250GB SATA Hard drive and 16x double-layer SuperDrive. It costs $2499 for this configuration. The change that you should make to this configuration is of video card replace the NIVIDIA with ATI Radeon X1900XT in build-to-order option.
Over all its the best Mac desktop ever and one of the best desktop available in both PC and Mac worlds. You can read review here:
  • Mac Pro Review by Arstechnica

  • Mac Pro Review by CNET
  • Cowon iAudio T2 Review

    CNet has reviewed Cowon iAudio T2 which comes in 512MB, 1GB or 2GB flash capacities. It has a OLED screen with 65K color, FM tuner, 12 Hours battery life and best of all is very small, measures 1.14" x 2.0" x 0.53" and weighs 0.86 oz. Audio output is really good and CNet verdict says it, " Mac and Windows users in need of a small, music-centric MP3 player with great sound quality and an FM tuner will be pleased by the Cowon iAudio T2." Its 2Gb version costs $149.00 only. Let see what Apple has up its sleeve on 12th of this month.
    You can read the review here:
  • iAudio T2 Review
  • iMac Core 2 Duo benchmarks by Macworld

    Macworld has posted benchmarks for the new iMac Core 2 Duo which were released this Wednesday, they have posted benchmarks for the 17" 2Ghz and 20" 2.16Ghz iMacs and they are waiting for there 24" iMac for further testing. Over all the iMac showed 10% improvement, if you consider individual tests it showed gains up to 20%. The 2.66Ghz Mac Pro with Intel Xeon processor outperformed iMac in every test as was expected but the number for the new iMac are impressive. you can check the benchmarks at:
  • Macworld
  • JBL's Mt Everest speaker

    JBL has released new speaker named Mt. Everest, by name you can judge the size of the speaker. It measures 38 x 18.5 x 44 inches and weighs 313 pounds. It is a 500 watts speaker which will be available in Japan for ¥ 3,460,000 that is almost $30,000.

    Sony Mylo (my life online)

    Sony Mylo is a slick communicator device which offer WiFi, music player, video player and Skype on the go. It has Slide out QWERTY keyboard for instant messaging and web surfing, orange button for navigation, a 2.4 inch QVGA screen and built-in 1 Gb flash memory . Mylo comes with Google talk and Yahoo Messenger. You can check the complete review of Mylo on:
  • Sony Mylo Review

  • and you can check Mylo videos on youtube:
  • Sony Mylo Video
  • September 8, 2006

    Blackberry Pearl 8100 Launched

    RIM has announced its first Blackberry device with complete multimedia capabilities like music player, camera, video player, the Pearl 8100. Blackberry Pearl is being launched with T-mobile and it is RIM first phone aimed at consumer market as well as there traditional business market. Blackberry pearl includes all the features that people have come to expect from RIM plus multimedia features for consumers. It has a 1.3 megapixel camera, 240x260 resolution screen with 65K color, MicorSd card slot, 64MB Memory and bluetooth 2.0. Its multimedia player has audio support for Mp3, MIDI, AMR-NB, ACC, ACC+, eACC+ and video support for MPEG4/H.263. It supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz frequencies. The phone size is also small at 4.2"x2.0"x0.57" and weighing 3.16oz. The talk time is 3.5 hours and standby time is 15 days. It will be available through T-mobile on September 12, and its cost is yet not known.

    Nokia E62 Launched in Canada

    Nokia with Rogers Wireless has launched the Nokia E62 which was rumored to be launched in America by Cingular Wireless. Nokia E62 is almost like Nokia E61 with the exception of WiFi and UMTS both are missing from this phone.

    Amazon launches Amazon Unbox video download service

    Amazon Unbox is a DVD-quality video download service which will offer movies and TV shows. Unbox offer video encoded at 2500 Kilobits per second for DVD quality video and it also includes a second file optimized for playback on windows media portable device at no extra cost.
    If you have very fast broadband connection then you can start watching the video without completely downloading the video as Unbox uses progressive download system. Unbox has RemoteLoad technology by which you can purchase the video from you office computer and download it to your home computer.
    Movie studios like 20th Century Fox, paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios are participating. TV networks like BBC, Cartoon Network, CBS, Comedy Central, Discovery, Fox, MTV, VH1 and many more are participating.
    Unbox runs only on Windows XP system and you cant make a DVD to view on other devices like DVD player. You can re-download your video from Amazon unbox in case your computer crashes. Amazon Unbox uses an Amazon Unbox player, files downloaded from Unbox can be played only with the Unbox player the smaller file can be played on windows mobile devices.

    September 7, 2006

    Apple releases new 24" iMac and updates 17" and 20" iMacs

    The best desktop computer in the market today just got better! Apple adds more to their iMac range with a new 24" iMac with Intel Core 2 Duo processor. They also announced updates to their existing 17" and 20" iMacs as they move from G5 to Intel Core 2 Duo. The processor speed ranges from 1.83 Ghz to 2.33Ghz, Apple also claims a 50% performance increase then previous 20" iMac. The 2.00, 2.16 and 2.33 Ghz processor have 4 MB of L2 cache and the 1.83 GHz has 2 MB of L2 cache.
    The standard options on all new iMacs include iSight camera, wireless, Bluetooth, Apple remote, Keyboard, Mighty Mouse, 2 Firewire, 3 USB 2.0, gigabit Ethernet, optical audio out, built-in Microphone and Built-in stereo speakers. Specs of the 17" lower end model are a 1.83 Ghz processor, Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of shared memory and combo drive at a reasonable $999.
    You can also get your 17" iMac with 2.0 or 2.13Ghz processor, hard drive upgrade option upto 500GBs, 8x Superdrive, 128MB GDDR3 ATI Radeon X1600 Graphics card and 1GB DDR2 memory starting at $1199.
    The new 24" iMac comes with 1920x1200 resolution screen, 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB memory, 250 GB hard drive, 8X superdrive NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT graphics card with 128 MB GDDR3 (option of 7600GT 256MB card) and other options same as 20" iMac. They are priced from $1999 onwards.
    Apple claims 24" iMac screen is 40% brighter then the previous 20" iMac and the viewing angle is also highest in iMac for 24" screen. Typical brightness on the 24" screen is 400 cd/m and the contrast ration is 700:1. For 17" and 20" the brightness is 250 and 280 cd/m, contrast ratio is 500:1 and 800:1 respectively.