SEED MA-280 Mini-ITX Reviewed

October 18, 2009

We recently had the opportunity to take a detailed look at two Mini-ITX chassis from Lutec, a Taiwanese company which has specialized in ergonomic and space saving products for the Asian market. They are extending their SEED line to western audiences and asked us for our honest and unbiased impressions. With the review that follows, I will do my best to provide you with just such an assessment.

SEED MA-280 (vertically oriented)

We tackled the SEED MA-280 this time around. This impressively small unit has a MSRP in the neighborhood of $70/USD, which is mid-priced for a Mini-ITX nettop chassis. The focus of its design is in light desktop or multimedia use, which is apparent in its form and function.

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SEED MU-380 Mini-ITX Reviewed

October 14, 2009

We recently had the opportunity to take a detailed look at two Mini-ITX chassis from Lutec, a Taiwanese company which has specialized in ergonomic and space saving products for the Asian market. They are extending their SEED line to western audiences and asked us for our honest and unbiased impressions. With the review that follows, I will do my best to provide you with just such an assessment.

SEED MU-380 (Pictured with LITE-ON Slot Load Slim CD/DVD)

First up is the SEED MU-380. With a MSRP of around $70/USD, it is a mid-priced Mini-ITX nettop chassis aimed at light desktop or multimedia use. It comes in two varieties, the always classy black and a stylish black/silver two-tone. We received the black model, although we expect little in the way of functional differences.

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Silverstone’s Spin on Case Design

October 28, 2008

Or should i say rotation, the main feature behind Silverstone’s new case is that they have rotated the orientation of the motherboard so that the I/O panel, etc, face upwards. Their reasoning behind the shift, is to push air up and out of the case, instead of through the back. It seems very logical, hot air rises, so make all those heat spewing graphics cards expel heat in an efficient manner.

Obviously there are some criticisms, why change what already works? Well now you have all of your cables coming out of the top of the case, etc. However, there are just as many pros, aside from the aforementioned benefits, heavy graphics cards will have their weight better distributed along a vertical PCIe slot, rather than horizontal, for example.

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Reactor The First Liquid Submersed System

October 28, 2008

Hardcore Computer Inc has created the worlds first production, fully liquid submersed system, called . Yeah, its obviously not the first time this has been done, its just the first time some one has marketed it. I dunno, i guess its pretty cool, and it doesn’t really say in the article, but it looks to me like the various components are hooked up to water cooling system, only submersed?

They obviously have it all thought out, but if i were to go about making a submersed system, i would just get some large passive heatsinks and call it good right?

Total Liquid Submersion allows sustainable over achievement. No instability, no overheating, no drama. We designed the entire Reactor system to attain and preserve maximum performance.

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Hippus’ HandshoeMouse Ergonomic Mouse

October 6, 2008

Despite its odd name, the Hippus’ HandshoeMouse ergonomic mouse looks pretty interesting! However it does remind us of the Logitech M1000 shape but with more curves. It should be available in black or white for €120 ($166), we’re thinking £60-£70 for UK maybe?

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HP introduces the TouchSmart IQ515 PC

October 3, 2008

HP has introduced the HP TouchSmart IQ515 PC. It’s an all-in-one PC with a 22″ touchscreen. The specs are: Intel Core 2 Duo T8100, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard disk, GeForce 9600M GS 512 MB, wifi b/g/n, bluetooth, card reader, built-in blu-ray/dvdrw-writer, built-in webcam and a wireless keyboard.

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Sony launch third generation blu-ray recorder

September 24, 2008

Sony have launched their third generation internal Blu-ray Disc recorder model BWU-300S. It can burn 25GB in 15 minutes and 50GB in just 30 minutes, which should make backups faster for sure! Ships next month with the price at $400, can be pre-ordered now from the Sony site.

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Shuttle D10 desktop PC to be released this week

September 20, 2008

Shuttle will be launching their Shuttle D10 desktop PC this week. It should be available for under $500 but only in Japan and will come in a variety of configuration options. The design doesnt look quite right, the LCD seems out of place! don’t you think?

Shuttle D10

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