Warranty expiration dates always seem to have a way of sneaking up on us.
And recently, I found myself up against the warranty clock with my MacBook Pro. The machine was having an issue with the Retina screen. Several pesky pixels were “stuck on” displaying white dots where they weren’t supposed to.
It was admittedly a minor issue, but the Retina displays are expensive, and I definitely wanted to make sure it was taken care of under warranty.
But as it wasn’t a major issue for daily use, I put off dealing with it. And then suddenly it was do-or-die time with the warranty – and the date just happened to intersect fatefully with CES 2014. I could not take my MacBook in to Apple and be without it at CES, and I was short on time to borrow a Mac and get transferred over and tested. Article Continues…
Spring is near, and as always, it brings change. Changing of clocks, changing of the weather from a polar vortex to a slightly-less-polarish vortex (at least here at OWC headquarters in Woodstock, Ill.) But one thing never changes: OWC’s great Garage Sale deals. And this month’s crop is no exception, boasting hundreds of new items!
Here are just a few of the highlights of what we are clearing out during our early spring cleaning this month:
- SSDs up to 1.0TB from $39 including 120GB from $79
- Selection of Thunderbolt Drives, Enclosures, Docks, Cables, & More
- Large selection of Memory modules/kits up to 16GB for Macs
- The $0.99 USB 3.0 SATA 3.5” Enclosure w/Cable & Power Supply is Back!
- Selection of Drive Enclosures – Over 61 different listings from $0.75!
- Over 30 Notebook 2.5” Drives up to 1.5TB from $19.50; 1TB from $48.75
- Over 30 Desktop/Tower 3.5” Drives up to 4.0TB from $37.50; 2TB from $69
- Cases, Stands, More for iPad, iPad Air & mini, up to 61% off
- Cases, Stands, and More for iPhone 4/4S/5/5S up to 61% off
- Video Cables, Adapters, USB Video, to Video Cards from $7.50!
- Data Doublers, Trays, 2.5” Adapters, Mounting Kits, More from $2.50
- And much, much more! Article Continues…
By David Miess, Psychic Bunny
Light carves through the darkness like a scythe, bringing the archeologist in touch with artifacts from a century ago. The year is 2114. The location is downtown Los Angeles. He gingerly walks through the ancient office, gaping at dusty cheesegrater Mac Pros like the inaugural visitor to a new museum. The man then stumbles upon a peculiar sight—hundreds of shiny silver bricks. What could this be? Didn’t people back then use small thumb drives?
In the world of film production, large-capacity hard drives are a necessity. At our hybrid media studio, Psychic Bunny, we rely on OWC drives for duplicating footage during shoots, transferring materials back and forth between servers, and as backup solutions. There’s nothing like the warm, fuzzy feeling you get on a shoot after you’ve duplicated that vulnerable little RED card to not one, but two Mercury Elite Pros—one as a main footage drive, and the other as a backup. Article Continues…
When working with audio and video, noisy storage equipment can hinder the creative process.
But with longer length Thunderbolt cable options from OWC, you can move noisy storage appliances to an equipment closet or separate soundproof machine room for a quiet and productive workplace without sacrificing performance – even when working with 4K video transfers!
In fact, with cables up to 30 meter (almost 100 feet) long, you’ll be able to make your workspace as large as you need it. And even over these long distances, OWC’s cables will still perform with speeds of up to 20Gbps!
As you can see in the table below, during our testing with the Late 2013 MacBook Pro booting to OWC Mercury Helios 2 with two 480GB
Mercury Accelsior_E2 PCI Express SSDs set in a Disk Utility software RAID 0, we found no significant difference in performance between the longer cables and shorter cables: Article Continues…
Other World Computing announced today the increased versatility of Independent Mode in its multi-interface, four-bay professional-grade Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 RAID storage product for enterprise, professional and prosumer users.
The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 has been enhanced with the addition of Independent Mode to the user selectable options of Hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and Span. In Independent Mode, each drive mounts as an individual volume. With the flexibility of multiple drive modes and high-speed USB 3.0, FireWire 800 and eSATA interfaces, the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 offers the discerning user the ideal combination of speed, capacity, and redundancy to handle demanding applications.
The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 features four hot-swappable bays, multiple interface support, and up to 16TB of available storage capacity. It is engineered specifically for applications such as backup, audio/video, photography, data management, and data-intensive processes. Article Continues…