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With Sony about to release their new Xperia Z smartphone into the world, here is our unboxing and hands-on video.

Here is the unboxing and hands-on video:

And don’t forget to watch me drop it in a bowl of water while it’s on.

We have been testing the Xperia Z for a little while now so stop back soon for our review. The Xperia Z is due to be released next month.

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Today saw the release of the iPad mini from Apple. We got one today and have been playing with it for a while. Here is our first impressions and our unboxing.

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So this is Apple’s first iPad mini – it has a 7.9 inch display and is very thin and lightweight.

What’s in the box?

Along with the iPad mini itself is a plug and a lightening cable, plus a small amount of paperwork.

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A Closer Look

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First Impressions

When I opened the outer packaging on the box and removed the actual iPad mini box, the first thing I thought was just how small it was compared on the “normal” iPad.

Upon opening the box and removing the mini, I was surprised just how small and lightweight it was – I could easily hold it in my hand and use it, but at the same time the screen quality was excellent.

Setting it up was just as easy as the iPad or iPhone – a few taps, swipes and key entries and I was up and running.

Despite the screen size difference, you get the familiar screen view:

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Apps were working as fast as they did on my iPad 2 – I haven’t yet done a test against my iPad 3 because I don’t have it with me at the moment.

Battery life has been great, and just what I have come to expect from my iPad.

So far I am very happy with it and can see me taking it even more places than I did my iPad.

Have you got one? If so what do you think of it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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My new iPad arrived on Friday and I have been playing with it ever since, and I have to say I am really impressed so far.

Unboxing the new iPad

The box contains the iPad, a cable, the power plug and some documentation – just as before.

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A Closer Look

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Comparing the New iPad to the iPad 2

If you put the new iPad next to the iPad 2 then you really won’t see a difference – for those of you who want to know, the new iPad is the one on the right.

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The new iPad is a little bit thicker, but not much (it’s the one on the top).

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What is really noticeable however is the quality of the retina display – it is amazing.

This is a photo of the new iPad – the wording under the icons is crystal clear.

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The same picture on the iPad 2 and the wording isn’t as sharp or defined. It’s interesting that after only a few minutes of using the new iPad it is hard to look at the iPad 2 again!

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Using the New iPad

The initial screen has a different backdrop that the iPad 2, other than that it’s business as usual.

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The quality on the camera is excellent though. The picture below is taken with the new iPad.

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And here is the same Moomin taken with the iPad 2, notice the difference!

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Final Thoughts

After only two days I am really impressed with the new iPad. I wasn’t sure if the retina display was going to be all it was cracked up to be, but it turned out that it certainly was. The quality is just amazing, and when you use apps that are design specifically for the retina display it’s even better.

I am also really impressed with the quality of the camera, although I can’t see myself standing in the street taking pictures with it!

Did you get a new iPad? If so let us know what you think of it.

Last month we told you about the new Viridian PC VHS-3HC Windows Home Server 2011 Server. Here is our exclusive review of this new Windows Home Server.

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The new entry-level model is specifically to run Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 and powered by Intel ‘Sandy Bridge’ processors with 4Gb of DDR3 memory as standard. The VHS-3HC, like our other ‘Sandy Bridge’ models, features dual server-class Intel network adapters and a server chipset (Intel C206).

In base specification the VHS-3HC features an Intel Celeron G530T dual-core CPU, 4Gb of DDR3 RAM and160Gb drive for the operating system and three free hot-swap drive bays. Upgrades to the system drive are available including mirrored drives and/or solid state drives

Who are Viridian PC?

From their website:

Viridian PC Systems Ltd. are a new company, based in the North West of England and founded with a mission to deliver the best range of home and small business servers in the world.

We had previously reviewed the Viridian PC VHS-5HC Colorado Edition Windows Home Server 2011.

Specifications

CPU : Intel Celeron G530T, 2.2GHz, dual core, 64bit, 3MB cache (other processor options available)

Chipset : Intel C206

Memory : 4Gb DDR3 1333MHz, Max 8Gb

Networking : 1 x Intel 82574L Gigabit LAN port, 1 x Intel 82574LM Gigabit LAN port

Storage : 3 x free SATA hot-swap drive bays, 1 x 160 Gb SATA drive

Graphics : Intel Integrated Graphics

USB : 6 x USB 2.0 (2 front & 4 Rear)

Expansion slots : 1 (x16) PCI-Express

Power supply : 200wPhysical dimensions : 9.85” x 7.88” x 11.82” (H x W x D)

2 years return-to-base warranty as standard.

The VHS-3HC Colorado Edition is available now, with prices starting at £441.67 excluding VAT.

What’s in the Box?

Along with the server is a Getting Started guide, power cord, Ethernet cable, Recovery DVDs and a set of screws and drive bay keys.

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A Closer Look

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Earlier this month we told you about the new Viridian PC VHS-3HC Windows Home Server 2011 Server. Here is our exclusive unboxing.

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The new entry-level model is specifically to run Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 and powered by Intel ‘Sandy Bridge’ processors with 4Gb of DDR3 memory as standard. The VHS-3HC, like our other ‘Sandy Bridge’ models, features dual server-class Intel network adapters and a server chipset (Intel C206).

In base specification the VHS-3HC features an Intel Celeron G530T dual-core CPU, 4Gb of DDR3 RAM and160Gb drive for the operating system and three free hot-swap drive bays. Upgrades to the system drive are available including mirrored drives and/or solid state drives

Specifications

CPU : Intel Celeron G530T, 2.2GHz, dual core, 64bit, 3MB cache (other processor options available)

Chipset : Intel C206

Memory : 4Gb DDR3 1333MHz, Max 8Gb

Networking : 1 x Intel 82574L Gigabit LAN port, 1 x Intel 82574LM Gigabit LAN port

Storage : 3 x free SATA hot-swap drive bays, 1 x 160 Gb SATA drive

Graphics : Intel Integrated Graphics

USB : 6 x USB 2.0 (2 front & 4 Rear)

Expansion slots : 1 (x16) PCI-Express

Power supply : 200wPhysical dimensions : 9.85” x 7.88” x 11.82” (H x W x D)

2 years return-to-base warranty as standard.

The VHS-3HC Colorado Edition is available now, with prices starting at £441.67 excluding VAT.

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Our review will be ready soon – so keep checking out UWHS!

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Last week we brought you the exclusive unboxing of the Riley RU8 and our exclusive review of the Riley CP30 Storage Processor. Today we bring you our exclusive review of the Riley SU8 Storage Unit.

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This is how Tranquil describe the Riley server:

The Riley Server is possibly the finest server design ever created, it is now available. Hewn from a single billet of aerospace grade aluminium, and then hand finished to a soft satin texture, the Riley SU8 is simple and beautiful.

Who Are Tranquil PC?

From their website:

Tranquil PC, a UK based family company, was formed in the early part of 2003, by Managing Director, David Thompson. David is a passionate designer and entrepreneur, who has always committed his time and invested his skills into developing innovative products and building business to supply new markets. He started his first business at 16 years of age and went on to win the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise in 1982. Tranquil PC is now a world leader in the field of low energy IT systems. The move to brand new premises in 2007, and the appointment of new technical / sales staff has broadened the range of products and services offered.

Specifications

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What’s in the Box?

The box is very well packaged, and comes in a very sturdy black box and everything is seated nicely inside.

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Along with the Riley SU8 there is power supply and an eSATA cable.

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  • Riley Server SU8 Storage Unit
  • 4x 2TB HDD (depending on which version you buy)
  • External PSU (12v DC) Universal 120-240VAC (50/60Hz)
  • eSATA cable
  • 36 month RTB (return to base) warranty

Over the weekend we brought you the exclusive unboxing of Tranquil PC’s latest Windows Home Server – the Riley CP30 Storage Processor. Now it’s time for the review.

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This is how Tranquil describe the Riley Server:

The Riley Server is possibly the finest server design ever created, it is now available. Hewn from a single billet of aerospace grade aluminium, and then hand finished to a soft satin texture, the Riley CP30 is simple and beautiful.

Who Are Tranquil PC?

From their website:

Tranquil PC, a UK based family company, was formed in the early part of 2003, by Managing Director, David Thompson. David is a passionate designer and entrepreneur, who has always committed his time and invested his skills into developing innovative products and building business to supply new markets. He started his first business at 16 years of age and went on to win the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise in 1982. Tranquil PC is now a world leader in the field of low energy IT systems. The move to brand new premises in 2007, and the appointment of new technical / sales staff has broadened the range of products and services offered.

Specifications

The specs are slightly upgraded from those that we reported on back in November.

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What’s in the Box?

The box is very well packaged, and comes in a very sturdy black box and everything is seated nicely inside.

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Along with the Riley CP30 there is power supply and an Ethernet cable.

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The specific contents for a Riley CP30 are:

  • Riley Server CP30 Processor unit (i3)
  • Incl Window Home Server 2011 licence
  • WHS2011 boot key (USB) and recovery DVD
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable)
  • No HDDs – fit your own 2.5″ HDDs (max 2x)
  • Intel i3-2100T Microprocessor
  • External PSU (19v DC) Universal 120-240VAC (50/60Hz)
  • Media Kit including PC Restore CD and Server Restore DVD
  • 36 month RTB (return to base) warranty

Back in November we brought you news about Tranquil PC’s next Windows Home Server – the Riley Server and yesterday we brought you the exclusive unboxing of the Riley CP30. Today we bring you our exclusive unboxing of the Riley SU8 Storage Unit.

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Specifications

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What’s in the Box?

The box is very well packaged, and comes in a very sturdy black box and everything is seated nicely inside.

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Along with the Riley SU8 there is power supply and an eSATA cable.

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A Closer Look at the SU8

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As you can see, there is a series of 5 dip switches that control the storage configurations.

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Quick Thoughts

My initial thoughts when I took the SU8 out of the box was that it was slim, sleek and looked very cool (which is exactly what I said about the CP30). It is very heavy, but then you would expect that given the material it is made out of! Which is what I also said about the CP30, only this is MUCH heavier – but it also contains 4 hard drives as well!

Look out for the full hands-on review this weekend.

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Back in November we brought you news about Tranquil PC’s next Windows Home Server – the Riley Server. We have been testing it now for a while, and here is our exclusive unboxing.

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Specifications

The specs are slightly upgraded from those that we reported on back in November.

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What’s in the Box?

The box is very well packaged, and comes in a very sturdy black box and everything is seated nicely inside.

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Along with the Riley CP30 there is power supply and an Ethernet cable.

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A Closer Look at the CP30

As you can see from the specs above, there are a number of ports on the back of the CP30, include multiple USB 3.0 ports.

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Quick Thoughts

My initial thoughts when I took the CP30 out of the box was that it was slim, sleek and looked very cool. It is very heavy, but then you would expect that given the material it is made out of!

Look out for the full hands-on review this weekend.

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We have mentioned the AWIECO Windows Home Server 2011 box on various occasions, and now we have the exclusive unboxing of the great looking box!

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The AWIECO HS-Pro SSD provides a simple, familiar, and reliable way to store, stream, share and automatically protect your data, system and computers. It keeps your data safe by performing automatic, daily backups of every computer and server on the network. A personalized web address and remote access website on the servers enable you to connect to your family´s documents, photos, videos and music virtually, wherever you are. Equipped with the latest Intel® Sandy Bridge processor and a fast solid state disk (SSD), this server is powerful, fast and the ideal solution for your digital lifestyle.

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Specifications

CPU : Intel Core i3 2120T 2,6GHz

RAM : Up to 16GB DDR3 1333Mhz

Storage harddrives : 5x 3,5” bays (up to 15TB storage capacity), Intel RAID support

System drive : 2,5” internal SSD

LAN, USB : Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0

LCD : 2×16 lines display, black with white font

Optical drive : Slim line slot-in optical drive (if selected)

Weight : 4,5 to 10kg

Dimensions : 20cm (h) x 24cm (w) x 24cm (d)

Warranty : 1 year (optional 2 years)

Operating system : Microsoft® Windows Home Server 2011 (64-Bit)

Included in delivery : Preinstalled OS (if selected), External 10A power supply, LAN cable, Quick-guide, System restore CD/DVD

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The price for this little beauty is €1099.00 (EUR) incl tax.

Watch out for our full exclusive review shortly.

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