Hardware Preview: Belkin Wireless N Technology (Basic, Surf, Share and PlayMax) Routers

24 06 2010

The Belkin Wireless N Technology Routers Lineup

The guys at Belkin Malaysia have just launched their new line of Wireless N Technology routers on the 22nd of June 2010 here. The lineup consist of 4 types of models: Basic, Surf, Share and Play Max. The main difference between the new line of routers compared to other ones in the market would be the ease of setup and built-in apps. One of the apps in my opinion, which is TorrentGenie available on the higher end Play Max model, can actually allow you to download torrent contents off the web without turning your PC on! All you need is just a hard disk plugged into the router, run the app, and you will be downloading content in no time without a PC running overnight.

With 4 ethernet ports and 2 USB ports available, you can connect up to 4 PCs via wire and 2 USB printers or hard disk. The new Belkin routers are all running on 802.11N standard which would allow you to transfer data up to 300MB per second. It also comes with the ‘Easy Start’ and ‘Self-Healing’ feature to ensure easy installation and simple troubleshooting on your network.

Play Max Back View (4 ethernet ports and 2 USB ports for more device connectivity)

Besides the TorrentGenie app which I have introduced earlier, Belkin’s Play Max routers also come with many other apps such as Music Mover, which will allow you to play an entire music library on smart devices, like the Xbox® or PS3™. There is also a Daily DJ app serves up daily personalized playlists to match moods. By analyzing the musical DNA of a collection, Daily DJ creates playlists around three mood mixes: High-Energy, Steady Groove, and Kick Back. Lastly, there is the Song Labeller which will be able to detect and automatically label untitled songs from CDs or MP3s. Be reminded that most of these apps are only available on the higher end Play Max model.

A Sleek Looking Play Max Router from the Front

The Belkin Wireless N Technology routers will be available in Malaysia’s IT stores in mid July 2010. Expect pricing to be around RM100 to RM500 depending on the model.


The Future of Hard Disks – Solid State Drives (SSD)

22 07 2009

Burn baby Burn!How many hard disks and how many precious data have ever died on you before you did a full backup? For me, I had 2 experiences which almost made me hang myself… SERIOUSLY! In my previous encounters with dying hard disks, precious pictures, videos and document files disappeared before I even got a chance to back them up, thus causing total heartbreak! So the question that most of you may ask is: Why are hard disks failures so common today?

One of the main reasons why traditional magnetic hard disks gets spoiled so easily is because it  runs on spinning magnetic disks. This means that even a speck of dust entering this traditional drive can cause your hard disk to die a slow death, leading to data loss and damages. A strand of hair on the other hand would cause even worst damage. Spinning magnetic disks have been creating problems for so many years till I have no idea why it took so long for the engineers to come up with something new. But fast forward to year 2009, these problems are starting to get answered.

2009 have been a very progressive year for  Solid State Drives, also commonly known as SSD so far. SSD resolves the issues that we have been facing by changing the way data is being read from a disk. By using solid-state memory to store persistent data instead of spinning disks, your data could still survive even if the hard disk have fallen from the 3rd floor of a building. Check out this great video by the guys at Samsung for proof!

Besides being reliable, SSDs also offers better performance, faster startup, no noise and lower temperatures!

The only issue that is preventing SSD from kicking off at the moment though is pricing. Several companies such as Dell and Apple are already introducing SSD based laptops in their lineup. However, the price is still too expensive for the mass public to purchase. Current checks on PC-Zone’s latest brochure shows that a 32GB SSD drive will cost RM299 (USD 150)! That amount of money would be almost enough to purchase a 1 TB traditional hard disk today.  A 64GB one on the other hand would cost RM599(USD200).

Intel® X25-M SATA Solid-State Drive (SSD)

Intel® X25-M SATA Solid-State Drive (SSD)

Of course, having said that, I bring you good news regarding the latest development in SSD technology. Just today, Intel announced that they have successfully delivered the industry’s first 34-Nanometer NAND Flash Solid-State Drives. What does this means for us as consumers? SSD drives will now be cheaper by up to 60 percent! So if you are really looking into getting a SSD, you can start scouting around for it in the next few months already.

As time goes on, we hope to see SSDs replacing traditional hard disks in the future so that we do not need to end up keeping backups all the time. And there you have it, the future of more reliable hard disks is coming to you right now!

Delivers Industry’s First 34-Nanometer NAND Flash Solid-State Drives; Advancement Lowers Prices by Up to 60 Percent