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CES 2012: LaCie Introduces New 2 TB 2big Thunderbolt Drive And eSATA Hub.

  • January 12, 2012 8:45 pm

How exciting can hard drives be. Right? Well, partially. Truth be told, when designed well hard drives can actually be pretty sweet. Case in point: LaCie. Their attention to detail has resulted in a long line of successful functional and stylish storage options.

At this year’s CES, LaCie once again expanded their line by introducing two new thunderbolt models: the 2 TB 2big and eSATA Hub Thunderbolt series. The 2big ships with support for RAID (0 and 1), hot swappable drive bays, and of course, the ability to daisy chain up to six connected devices. Meanwhile, the eSATA hub connects via Thunderbolt and provides two eSATA ports for such devices. And, because you can daisy chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices, one could theoretically connect up to 12 2 TB hard drives for up to 24 TB or storage!

All in all, we’re glad to see more manufacturers (non-Apple ones too) finally getting more into the Thunderbolt arena.

CES 2012 Exclusive: Western Digital WD2go 2.0…And Some Other Stuff

  • January 12, 2012 7:12 pm

Western Digital didn’t have a huge presence at this year’s CES, but they made a big impact on us here at Gadgetsteria. A blogger meet-up was scheduled last night and after a long trek through the Caesar’s Palace, we finally made it to the event. As we drank our beverages we were given a sneak peak at their new line of drives featuring Apple’s highly utilized Thunderbolt technology. A handful of companies had Thunderbolt hard drives announced and demoed over the week, and as we have seen all of them running we were really impressed by what WD had to offer. These were unannounced prior to CES, as was most of the stuff we saw that night.

We’ll touch on that a bit inside, but what we are really excited about is the update to Western Digital’s WD2go mobile app. We got a demo of the new UI in action across iOS, and after being told no about the pictures and only given permission to do a write up, we were finally granted access to a full suite of shots and an in-depth look into the 2.0 update.

Hop on in for a full gallery and the highlights of everything we saw at the event…

CES 2012: Hands On With P2i’s Moisture Repelling Technology.

  • January 12, 2012 6:53 pm

The Droid RAZR by itself isn’t necessarily anything special. Sure. It’s a fast Android phone. But unbeknownst to us is one small feature that is (thankfully) beginning to catch on: Waterproofing.

Now to be clear, P2i’s nano technology as it is implemented on the RAZR does not protect it from water should you go swimming with it. However, it greatly adds resistance to moisture based corrosion and small splashes of liquid.

Interestingly enough, P2i president, Dr Stephen Coulson, originally invented their coating technology for military specific scenarios.

Perhaps the best proof of concept/demo we saw involved napkins coated in P2i’s proprietary substance that literally kept said napkin bone dry despite being repeatedly submerged in water.

We’re not lying when we say that our entire basis of life as related to the assumed physics of water absorption by napkins has changed drastically. But don’t take our word for it. Hop past the break for a chance to have your mind blown compliments of P2i…

CES 2012: X-Doria iDevice Protection

  • January 11, 2012 11:05 am

Through out our wanders yesterday we happened to stroll by a booth that had about 10 iDevices laying around with cases strewn about. We walked on in to see what was going on because we are in iPhone case mode and what we found was actually quite interesting. They had your normal every day cases, but some of the designs were actually quite nice. Their website has most of those cases on them to look at. Different styles ranging from leather to plastic. They have them for iPhones, iPads and iPods.

The product that X-Doria had that really caught our eye was the Defense Pro. I have personally never been attracted to a lot of cases out there because of the bulk they add to the gorgeous iPhone, so I’ve always leaned towards using protective skins. When he was showing us the Defense and the Defense Pro, we were blown away. We couldn’t even tell it was on there. The greatest part about the Defense Pro, other than the self-healing material, is how the application takes place. If you’ve ever used BodyGuardz or Zagg, you’ll know that bubbles are our worst nightmare. Defense Pro utilizes an iOS app that places a grid on your screen that lines up with the skin itself and the grid printed on a top layer of the material. You line up the lines with the lines on the iOS app and the result is a bubbles-less protection for your iDevice.

Their website is up, but they are an incredibly new company. Look out for their products this Spring and hopefully check back here for a review.

CES 2012: BoostCase Hybrid Hands On.

  • January 11, 2012 5:08 am

We first heard about the BoostCase Hybrid at CES Unveiled this past Sunday and we were crazy impressed. We’ve used so many different battery cases in the past and to be falling in love with one now seems whacky to us. After seeing the Hybrid and meeting with the reps at the booth on Sunday, I decided I would spend the majority of my walks through the CES Halls looking at the battery case competition. I wanted to see if what I was excited to learn more about would stand up against all of the other competition out there, especially the likes of Incipio, that have been doing this for a few years.

We’ll spend more time on that subject in a future post this week once we’ve had enough time to play with every case out there. But for now, please join us inside for a hands on with one of my personal favorites - the BoostCase Hybrid…

CES 2012: Samsung Note Hands On.

  • January 11, 2012 4:42 am

CES blasted into full swing today as the convention opened to the masses. We started our day at the Samsung booth with a nice tour and some hands on time with a couple of the new devices Samsung has on the market. The main reason I wanted to walk through the sea of people at the Samsung booth (read: city) was for the Note. Samsung crushes the smartphone competition with a gorgeous 5.3″ HD Super AMOLED that will please the tablet and smartphone users alike.

My first thoughts about a phone with a 5.3″ screen were that it would burn the entire side of my face and be horribly uncomfortable. But after greasing up the Note’s screen for a few minutes I have some completely different thoughts on the device.

Hop past the break for Gadgetsteria’s officia hands on with the Samsung Note…

CES 2012: Hands On With Polaroid’s SC1630 Android Camera.

  • January 11, 2012 2:04 am

Polaroid hasn’t been on our (and probably a good number of peoples’) radar for quite some time. The once innovative company has seemingly fallen into stagnant state, unable to produce the once great products of years past. But this year is different thanks to a “smart camera” in the SC1630 — a 16 megapixel point-and-shoot camera powered by Android.

We got our clammy paws all over Polaroid’s latest and greatest. Hop past the break for the visual evidence, and of course, our oh so important thoughts…