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Not-so-cool companions

Not-so-cool companions
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First Published: Tue, Jun 08 2010. 07 16 PM IST

Byte box: The WD My Passport Studio.
Byte box: The WD My Passport Studio.
Updated: Tue, Jun 08 2010. 07 16 PM IST
WD My Passport Studio 640GB
A stylish storage companion for PCs as well as Macs, with USB 2.0 as well as FireWire 800 connectivity, this drive is targeted at Mac users. The e-label is a constant display, similar to the one seen on desktop WD hard drives. It displays the type of data you are storing on the drive.
Byte box: The WD My Passport Studio.
The electronic label can be changed with the help of SmartWare. It allows you to add security and backup to your hard drive. Below the label, an indicator shows used and free space. The WD SmartWare also allows you to back up data based on categories such as Documents, Photos, Videos, etc.
We tested this drive on a PC as well as an iMac. HD Tach gave an average read/write score of 30.8 and 16.8 Mbps, respectively, whereas SiSoft Sandra gave a drive index read and write of 30.4 and 24.3 Mbps, respectively. On the PC it took 189 seconds to write a 4GB assorted file with the USB interface, and 133 seconds with the FireWire Port. FireWire 800 showed an improvement in all scores, compared to the PC speeds.
At a price of Rs10,750, we feel it’s overpriced. Many USB 3.0 drives are selling at that price point, so it’s ridiculous to shell out so much for a USB 2.0 and FireWire port.
SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions: 124 x 83 x 18.5mm Weight: 180g
Interface: USB 2.0
FireWire: 400/800
Cache buffer: 8MB
Website: www.wdc.com
Price: Rs10,750
Ratings*
Build quality: 6.5
Features: 7.5
Performance:7
Value for Money: 4
Overall: 6.5
Cooler Master NotePal U1
The Cooler Master U1 fan edition is a smaller laptop cooler that can be used for netbooks as well.
Fan out: The Cooler Master NotePal U1.
The cooler is made of perforated aluminium. A fan at the back of the cooler comes with a protected grill, ensuring you don’t touch the fan. Rubber pads at the base of the cooler stop the cooler from sliding around the table. One of the key features is the movable fan at the bottom of the pad. This is useful in cooling hot spots at the bottom of the laptop more effectively.
This device, which does a decent job of cooling the laptop, should ideally be placed on a table. The design doesn’t lend itself to placing it on your lap. There are quite a few things missing as well. There is no fan controller or USB hub built into the cooler. The USB connector that is used to power the fan has an extender to connect an additional USB device.
At Rs1,400, the Cooler Master U1 is a little expensive for what is just a pad with a fan connected to it. An inclination-adjusting feature would have been good.
Only people using their laptops on desks should buy this.
SPECIFICATIONS
Aluminium frame, rubber padding, supports 7 x 14-inch laptops, 80mm fan
Dimensions: 269 x 210 x 53mm Weight: 355g (fan edition)
Price: Rs1,400
Ratings*
Build quality: 6.5
Features: 5
Performance: 7
Value for money: 5
Overall: 6/10
*Ratings out of 10
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First Published: Tue, Jun 08 2010. 07 16 PM IST