As we reach the end of the year, it's a good time to look back and draw a line between the best tech product launches of 2013 and the rest of the pack. Leveraging the power of TechSpot's Product Finder, here come 2013's most popular and noteworthy tech products across 14 categories.
The WD Black2 sports both a 120GB SSD and a 1TB HDD in a single package. Unlike other hybrid configs such as Seagate's Momentus XT which combine ample magnetic storage with a little NAND, the Black2 crams both technologies into one drive too, but it simply does what desktop users have been doing for years by making the flash portion a primary boot drive with the disk serving as bulk storage.
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The Vector 150 is an evolutionary step forward for OCZ's enthusiast series, improving the original Vector's endurance and security by supposedly being able to withstand 150% more writes along with providing AES-256 encryption. By focusing on those features, OCZ left us with the impression that speed wasn't a priority, but that hasn't prevented the company from boasting about breaking performance barriers.
At no less than $1.00 per gigabyte, we're skeptical about OCZ being able to justify the Vector 150's price, but the company has surprised us with knockout performance in the past so it only seems fair to expect big things from them.
Topping today's deals is the PNY Prevail 240GB SSD for only $159.99 shipped. We also found a huge coupon on the amazing new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, a convertible 13.3" ultrabook with a gorgeous 3200x1800 multi-touch screen.
Monday tech deals: HP Split X2 $663, SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD $175, 1TB Seagate External Hard Drive $50
Topping our list of today's deals is the sleek HP Split 13t convertible touch laptop starting at just $662.49. You'll also want to check out Dell's premium U2312HM 23" 1080p IPS monitor is only $189.99 shipped and has a 3 year warranty to boot.
I often tell people that SSDs work better with more free space, so anything that increases free space will keep WA lower. The two key ways to expand free space (thereby decreasing WA) are to 1) increase over provisioning and 2) keep more storage space free (if you have TRIM support).
Flash performance and endurance is a tricky subject, and yet Samsung's flagship, the SSD 840 Pro remains one of the best in both categories.
Having aced its attempts at speed and durability, Samsung seems focused on solving flash's biggest sacrifices: size and affordability. Its new SSD 840 Evo lineup has models spanning from 120GB to 1TB, with the largest costing only $0.65 per gigabyte thanks to its use of TLC NAND.
Topping our lists as one of the best bargain laptop deals ever, right now you can grab a 17" Inspiron 17 laptop with Core i3 and in-home warranty for only $399.99. Students will want to snag the bundle deal that includes Microsoft Office 365, 1 year Xbox Live Gold membership, and a $25 Dell e-gift card for just $99.99.
Inside a research lab at the University of Michigan, there’s an Intel chip covered in wax. It’s a Core i7 microprocessor -- the same chip that runs many of today's desktop and laptop PCs -- and the wax is stuffed into a metal mesh surrounding this tiny sliver of silicon...