Brando Unitek Adapter Bridges USB 3.0, SATA Interfaces

Heard about that uber-speedy new USB standard, SuperSpeed USB or USB 3.0, and you don’t want it to catch you unprepared when the first products packing this technology arrive on the market? Well, if that’s the case, you don’t really have to worry, since ol’ Brando’s got you covered with its brand-new Unitek USB 3.0 to SATA adapter, a device that will allow one to easily connect any SATA HDD to their USB 3.0-capable computer in a very fast and easy manner.

According to Brando, this gadget allows users to connect SATA/IDE HDD items to a computer via a USB port, practically turning any SATA HDD device into a convenient external storage solution. Nothing new so far, isn’t it (well, apart from the fact that this thing can “take” HDDs with storage capacities of up to 2TB)?

What really makes this adapter stand out from the crowd is the fact that it provides support for USB 3.0, which means that it can, theoretically, reach transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps. Of course, the device is also backwards compatible with high-speed (480 Mbps) and full-speed (12 Mbps) USB specifications.

Plus, this will occupy only a very small amount of space wherever it might be installed, since it measures about 69 x 40 x 12mm and weighs around 67grams. Also, one won’t have to worry about the issue of operating systems either, the adapter providing support for Windows (including Windows 7) and Linux (sorry, Mac users, you’re out of luck).

As things usually stand with most of Brando’s products, pricing for this adapter is not exactly out of this world, the UNITEK USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter selling for just around 48 US dollars, which is a lot less than many of the SuperSpeed USB products we’ve seen arrive on the market lately.

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Blu-ray comes to iMac


Although it’s technically possible to use the gorgeous IPS display in the 27-inch iMac as a standalone monitor, the feature’s been pretty limited in practice, since it only works with other DisplayPort devices like the unibody MacBooks. That’s about to change thanks to Apogee, which just posted up a video demo of an as-yet-unnamed HDMI-to-DisplayPort adapter being used to play Xbox 360, PS3, and — yes, it’s true — Blu-ray movies on Apple’s latest all-in-one. Never thought you’d see the day, did you? Apogee hasn’t disclosed pricing or availability yet, but we’re told more info is coming soon –we’d guess sometime around CES.


hField Technologies Intros Next Gen Wi-Fire

When you live next to a place that offers wireless Internet for free but you have to actually be there in order to use it, it can be pretty distressing. Sure, you can use a Wi-Fi adapter but those devices usually don’t have such a long range and you might find yourself still not being able to receive the desired wireless signal. hField Technologies has come up with the Wi-Fire; however, a very long ranged high-performance USB Wi-Fi Adapter that is a lot smaller and lighter.

And by a lot smaller and lighter, I mean 40 percent smaller and about 30 percent lighter. It features an integrated directional antenna, which paired with proprietary software and a highly sensitive receiver, promises to allow better reception of wireless signals. Users will thus benefit from greater range and increased mobility. Not to mention the fact that they will be able to maintain higher speeds at a higher range with no noticeable decrease.

“Wi-Fire is the perfect device – light weight and easy to use – for the seriously mobile computer user with high bandwidth needs, and those who have problems connecting to their regular wireless network because of distance, obstacles or other interference,” said Tom DiClemente, hField’s CEO. “We’re dedicated to empowering people to connect better, faster and more economically.”
The new Wi-Fire will also feature hField’s Connection Manager 2.2 software for Windows and the WCM 1.1 for Mac. As for Linux, for most of its iterations out there, it will be as simple as plug and play. The MSRP for hField’s Wi-Fire long range Wi-Fi adapter is set at just 59 USD. Pretty good for a portable, long-range device that allows you to better connect to wireless hotspots outside of your bedroom window.

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Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter available, HDCP compliant

If you’ve been waiting for a way to connect your Mini DisplayPort-equipped Mac to an HDTV via HDMI, Knoxed has got you covered. The company has begun taking orders for its 12.99GBP  Mini Display Port to HDMI Adapter, which are expected to begin shipping this Friday.

The adapter is most significant in that it finally allows protected HD content, like that available from the iTunes Store, to be displayed on an HDTV. DisplayPort, mini or otherwise, supports the HDCP encryption scheme designed to “prevent pirating” of HD content. Unfortunately for users of new Macs, most monitors don’t support the standard—but luckily HDTVs do. Gizmodo got a unit to test and they say it works as advertised.

The adapter will transmit audio data along with video if a device’s Mini-DP supports it, however Apple’s implementation on all current Macs does not. It should especially be useful to folks using a Mac mini as an HTPC, but also for folks hooking up a MacBook or MacBook Pro to watch occasional content as well (hello, Hulu). Knoxed is also known for its other display adapters that are usually far cheaper than Apple’s own options.