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As you might already know, OCZ Technology fell on tough times, filed for bankruptcy, and sold off virtually all of its assets to Toshiba. Following the acquisition, Toshiba launched OCZ Storage Solutions as a wholly owned subsidiary, a move that allows the hard workers at OCZ to continue pumping out solid state drives (SSDs) and other storage products without the worry of securing NAND flash memory chips in what's become a volatile market. What does all this mean in terms of warranty service? That was the big question leading up to a revised warranty page on OCZ's website. Short and to the point, some existing products are covered and some are not. Good news for some, bad news for others. "Please... Read more...
We had originally planned to start this review off with a brief discussion of OCZ’s potential fate and what the company’s recent bankruptcy and looming acquisition by Toshiba could mean for its future. But in the 11th hour yesterday, news came through that the acquisition was complete and OCZ would go on producing solid state storage products and that it was now a “wholly owned subsidiary and Toshiba Group Company”. We've even got a fresh new logo to show you. Fittingly, the first product released after the announcement, and the drive we’ll be showing you here, features all home-grown OCZ tech and bleeding edge 19nm Toshiba-built MLC NAND flash memory. The just... Read more...
We had originally planned to start this review and evaluation off with a brief discussion of OCZ’s potential fate and what the company’s recent bankruptcy and looming acquisition by Toshiba could mean for its future. But in the 11th hour yesterday, news came through that the acquisition was complete and OCZ would go on producing solid state storage products but now as a “wholly owned subsidiary and Toshiba Group Company”. We've even got a fresh new logo to show you in the table below. Fittingly, the first product released after the announcement, and the drive we’ll be showing you here, features all home-grown OCZ controller technology and bleeding... Read more...
Right on schedule, OCZ Technology is receiving an injection straight to the heart via Toshiba. After falling into bankruptcy last year and nearly instantly being rescued by Toshiba, the latter has announced today that it has "finalized the purchase of substantially all assets of OCZ Technology Group, making it a wholly owned subsidiary and Toshiba Group Company." Effective immediately, the Group company will operate independently as OCZ Storage Solutions, which means that we'll yet again see OCZ storage products making the rounds and breaking benchmark records. Here's perhaps the greatest news of all, straight from Toshiba: "The acquisition provides Toshiba with OCZ’s enterprise and client... Read more...
A couple of years ago, low-cost laptop announcements usually revolved around the latest netbook release. These days the attention falls squarely on Chromebooks, and the newest player to jump on the bandwagon is Toshiba. Making a splash into the category, Toshiba's first Chromebook is a 13.3-inch model with a 1366x768 (HD) display. "We see great potential in Chrome OS as it offers both consumers and educators a simple and easy-to-use computing experience," said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "We believe that bringing a more versatile 13-inch model to market will help drive the entire category forward by giving customers... Read more...
We suspected that a deal was imminent, and now the details are being made public. OCZ, a company that engrossed gamers and power users for years with wicked-fast storage options, recently went bankrupt. Now, however, new life is being breathed into what's left by way of Toshiba. OCZ announced today that an agreement has been inked with Toshiba " to acquire substantially all of OCZ's assets in a chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding for $35M." What this essentially means is that Toshiba is acquiring the solid state drive business from OCZ for a huge discount, which actually may work out well for both parties. OCZ has a large customer base who praises its products, and Toshiba is getting all of that... Read more...
Two out of the top 5 best selling laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks (Acer C720 at No. 4 and Samsung XE303C12-A01US at No. 5). Chromebook critics are quick to point out that sales don't necessarily translate into a quality product, but if you look at the user reviews, there doesn't appear to be a lot of buyer's remorse with these systems. Out of 114 user reviews, Acer's model boasts a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, while Samsung's models is rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 3,547 casting their vote. Consumers are speaking with their wallets (and their votes), and the message is being heard loud and clear by more and more notebook makers. Of course, Acer and Samsung were on board since Day 1, and eventually... Read more...
Editor's Update - 11/27 - 7:45PM We just had a call with some key team members at OCZ. Our contacts inform us that OCZ plans to continue operations in a "business as usual" mode. In fact representatives from OCZ noted specifically that the company will continue to manufacture product for existing customers, support warranties for existing customers, support customer service requirements and otherwise continue to function normally.  The team at OCZ was actually fairly positive with respect to today's news and while the word "bankruptcy" typically conjures up a notion of the end times, it actually was portrayed more as a new beginning for OCZ.  It was specifically noted that Toshiba values... Read more...
OCZ is at the ready with a brand new line of solid state drives in its popular Vector family of products, targeted at performance-conscious PC enthusiasts. The new Vector 150 builds upon the success of the original Vector, which debuted last year at about this time, but offers better sustained performance and longer endurance, despite its use of 19nm NAND flash memory. We’ve got a couple of Vector 150 drives in-house, in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and have the full scoop laid out for you on the pages ahead. First up, take a look at the specification and projected performance of the new Vector 150 family of products and then we’ll dig in and get to some of the juicier details... OCZ... Read more...
OCZ is at the ready with a brand new line of solid state drives in its popular Vector family of products, targeted at performance-conscious PC enthusiasts. The new Vector 150 builds upon the success of the original Vector, which debuted last year at about this time, but offers better sustained performance and longer endurance, despite its use of 19nm NAND flash memory. We’ve got a couple of Vector 150 drives in-house, in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and have the full scoop laid out for you on the pages ahead... OCZ Vector 150 Series Solid State Drives Tested... Read more...
OCZ is at the ready with a brand new line of solid state drives in its popular Vector family of products, targeted at performance-conscious PC enthusiasts. The new Vector 150 builds upon the success of the original Vector, which debuted last year at about this time, but offers better sustained performance and longer endurance, despite its use of 19nm NAND flash memory. We’ve got a couple of Vector 150 drives in-house, in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and have the full scoop laid out for you on the pages ahead. First up, take a look at the specification and projected performance of the new Vector 150 family of products and then we’ll dig in and get to some of the juicier details... OCZ... Read more...
Breaking Bad may be all the rage on the television waves, but it appears that folks aren't buying new sets to catch hot new shows on... at least, not at the torid pace that we were seeing a decade ago. As the hype surrounding the HDTV has cooled, and many families have already made the leap into the HD universe, OEMs far and wide are facing massive demand issues. Profit margins in the HDTV universe are already wildly low, and Toshiba has just announced that it will have to hack around 50% of its TV staff in order to try and make the unit profitable once more. In sum, two of its three overseas factories are going to be shut down by the end of this fiscal year. In order to make ends meet, it's... Read more...
News from Intel (and Google) today includes an announcement that more Chromebooks on on their way to market packing Intel’s Haswell processors. The new chips are designed to consume less power, thus preserving battery life for an all-day charge, while still offering better overall performance. Google notes that there are schools in over 20% of school districts across the country that now use Chromebooks, and with prices for some of the machines dipping as low as $199, deploying fleets of these machines in academia is an attractive option. Partners including Acer, ASUS, HP, and Toshiba will be rolling out Chromebooks based on Haswell soon, and they’ll collectively be sporting more... Read more...
You have to appreciate a good external hard drive that faithfully ferries important data from one place to another, while safely stashed on a drive that’s wrapped inside a slick-looking, durable chassis. These days, the storage capacity on a typical and relatively inexpensive external hard drive is large; 1TB is a standard size, and it isn’t at all uncommon to see 2TB drives, too. We looked at a few external hard drives from Toshiba, WD, and LaCie, all with similar specs to see how they stacked up against one another. All three of the units in our test bank employ a speedy USB 3.0 interface with capacities that range from 750GB to 1TB in size and, as it happens, all three are compact... Read more...
You have to appreciate a good external hard drive that faithfully ferries important data from one place to another, while safely stashed on a drive that’s wrapped inside a slick-looking, durable chassis. These days, the storage capacity on a typical and relatively inexpensive external hard drive is large; 1TB is a standard size, and it isn’t at all uncommon to see 2TB drives, too. We looked at a few external hard drives with similar specs from some major manufacturers to see how they stack up against one another. All three of the units in our test bank employ the speedy USB 3.0 interface, which is a standard option for many drives, and of course they’re all backwards compatible... Read more...
Like many companies, Toshiba is busily launching products at IFA this week, and among the company’s new devices is a detachable laptop, an 8-inch tablet running Windows 8.1, and a petite Satellite notebook. Toshiba Satellite Click The Satellite Click continues a trend we’ve been seeing toward devices that are built to be laptops but with detachable displays that then function as standalone tablets. The 13.3-inch device has an IPS multitouch display and runs on an AMD A4 APU with Radeon 800 graphics. It also features a 500GB hard drive and a dual battery design, and it will run Windows 8.1. Toshiba Satellite Click Toshiba also announced a small, 8-inch (1280x800 LCD, 5-point multitouch)... Read more...
Intel's fourth-generation family of Core processors (Haswell) have shown to perform extremely well in testing, particularly in an area where Intel has historically been slightly weak: power consumption. Many PC makers have already showcased their Haswell plans, hoping to get the new silicon into new machines before the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons. Toshiba is joining that crowd today with a number of improvements to its Satellite U and M series of laptops. The Satellite U50t is the company's first 15.6-inch Ultrabook, and ships with a ten-point touchscreen for easy navigation through the Windows 8 interface. You'll also get the latest NVIDIA graphics support; in addition, M50t... Read more...
Intel and Toshiba aren't exactly strange bedfellows, but put the two of them together to collaborate on a Hollywood-quality film and, well, things tend to get a little weird. To two technology firms are working on a social film titled "The Power Inside" starring Harvey Keitel ("Reservoir Dogs"), Craig Roberts ("Submarine"), Analeigh Tipton ("Crazy, Stupid, Love"), Reid Ewing ("Modern Family"), and Zack Pearlman ("The Inbetweeners"), and possibly you as well. First things first. "The Power Inside" is described as a blockbuster-class experiment in social entertainment. This is actually the third year Intel and Toshiba have partnered with award-winning directors to produce a Hollywood-quality film,... Read more...
Toshiba has announced a major upgrade to its SD card technology that should make it easier for users to record data to a device, especially HD video that requires fast access times. The company on Tuesday showed off the latest version of its Exceria SD cards. The company's flagship Exceria Pro series will be capable of a 240MBps write speed, which Toshiba says, is the world's fastest. Its standard Exceria SD card will deliver 120MBps write speeds. According to Toshiba, they were able to achieve the faster speeds by taking advantage of the UHS-II ultra-high-speed serial bus interface newly offered in SD Memory Card Standard Version 4.10. The interface is capable of delivering up to 312MBps... Read more...
3D HDTVs didn't have a very successful run, but the television industry as a whole sure hopes that 4K HDTVs have better luck. The same technology that has wowed movie-goers in select, higher-end cinemas is headed to living rooms across the world soon. Toshiba announced the L9300U Series of 4K Ultra HD TVs will be available for purchase in the U.S. this August, starting at $4,999 MSRP for the 58-inch model. Powered by Toshiba's proprietary CEVO 4K Quad+Dual Core Processor, L9300U Series TVs deliver the highest quality 4K image processing, including Resolution Restoration to restore clean near 4K image quality from less than 4K content, Color Gamut Enhancement to create color intensity that matches... Read more...
With the KIRAbook 13 I7, Toshiba is flexing its muscles and taking on the likes of Apple, Asus, and Lenovo in the ultrabook arena. And you know what? Toshiba seems to be on the right track. With clean lines, a 2560 x 1440 resolution display and a slick magnesium alloy body, the KIRAbook is anything but a typical laptop. Hitting a home run in this market isn’t easy, because a true ultrabook should be as much about form as it is function. It should be thinner than a laptop, and lighter too. It needs processing power as well as decent battery life. But small, powerful hardware usually comes at a steep price, and driving the price too high invites unfavorable comparisons to other solutions.... Read more...
With the KIRAbook 13 I7, Toshiba is flexing its muscles and taking on the likes of Apple, Asus, and Lenovo in the ultrabook arena. And you know what? Toshiba seems to be on the right track. With clean lines, a 2560 x 1440 resolution display and a slick magnesium alloy body, the KIRAbook is anything but a typical laptop. Hitting a home run in this market isn’t easy, because a true ultrabook should be as much about form as it is function. It should be thinner than a laptop, and lighter too. It needs processing power as well as decent battery life. But small, powerful hardware usually comes at a steep price, and driving the price too high invites unfavorable comparisons... Read more...
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