Verbatim are best known for their data storage products and I can remember having piles of Verbatim floppy disks back in the day, as it were. Younger readers will know the company for blank DVDs, memory cards and USB memory sticks but Verbatim have recently launched an LED lighting business.
Offering direct plug-in replacements, the goal is to encourage consumers to replace existing incandescent lights with LED-based equivalents. The power savings can be considerable with 60 W bulbs being replaced by LEDs closer to 10 W in power.
At The Gadget Show Live, Ian tells me more about Verbatim’s LED lighting products and why we should all switch over.
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One of the categories that you will see a lot of at CES 2012 are Solid State Drives (SSD). With the price of regular hard drives going up due to the flooding in Thailand. (Although the price of standard hard drives seem to be going back down at this time.) As SSD drives becoming more reasonably priced they increase in popularity among consumers. Verbatim a leader in the data storage business since 1969 will be introducing some new SSDs at CES 2012. They will be introducing both new SATA II and SATA III drives. They will be bundled with NTI Echo smart cloning software which will allow an individual to copy their entire hard drive including operating system without having to reinstall drivers. It is simple to use and secure helping to eliminating the lost of data. There will also be a casing included that will allow you to convert your current internal drive into an external drive for extra storage. Also available will be a 3.5 bay adapter which will allow a desktop computer to be updated also.
What makes the Verbatim SSD drives special is the fact they have no moving parts are shock resistance and run silently. The SATA II SSD comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. They have read speeds up to 270MB per second and write speeds up to 225MB per second. SATA III drives can reach both read and write speeds up to 500MB per second. SATA III drives use Sandforce 2281 controller. Garbage collection algorithms which help to maintain stability and reliability. There is also have advance wear leveling. The SATA III drives come in 120 GB, 240GB and 480GB capabilities. These drives will work with Window 7, Window XP, Mac OX 10.4 and greater and Linux 2.4.0 and higher. Verbatim will be showing off these drives and other products at Booth MP25374 in the South Hall at CES 2012.
The folks at Verbatim sent over their new Ergo Wireless Optical Mouse to review. Most of you that have followed me know that I love trackballs, and use them primarily when I am sitting at my desk. For the first time in at least 10 years I am using this new mouse from Verbatim as my primary mouse if that doesn’t speak volumes nothing should.
Mouses are a dime a dozen and it is really hard to differentiate them apart. Here is what my experiences has been with this Verbatim Ergo mouse. First it fits into my hand like a well oiled and seasoned baseball glove. I’m serious this thing is just easy to hold and is very comfortable. I like resting my hand on a hard surface and with this optical mouse I do not have to have a stupid mouse pad or anything like that under it. It looks pretty sexy the one I received has this cool red metallic look to it.
Click response is great, while I am not sure a design consideration or not the right click action takes a little bit more force than the standard left click. The roller is responsive. Works with both Windows and Mac.
Priced at $29.00 if your looking for a new mouse definitely consider it and when I am on the go, I will have one of these in my computer bag as well.