If you’re a reader of the OWC Blog, then you probably already know about the Power2U – the first UL listed AC/USB wall outlet on the market that charges four devices simultaneously. And since its inception in December 2011, the Power2U has seen its share of imitators. And although they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we wanted to show that while there are copycats, there simply is no substitute for the Power2U when it comes to overall performance combined with efficiency, design and convenience.
In fact, we did some competitive analysis at OWC headquarters to see how the Power2U stacks up to three competitors and the included Apple factory adapters when charging an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4. Article Continues…
Last month we reported on the trend of rising memory prices due to DRAM supply constraints. Recently, we’ve seen a similar trend in NAND flash.
Since we introduced our first Solid State Drive in January 2010, we’ve been following the pricing and availability of components very closely. As part of our continuing efforts to keep our readers well-informed on industry trends that could affect purchasing decisions, we’ve been witnessing a price increase in NAND flash modules themselves.
For quite a while, it seemed that the longer you waited to upgrade to a SSD, the lower price you could get. Now, though, the pricing on 64Gb NAND has increased 31% since January, and just like with DRAM, it takes a few months for any component’s increased cost to affect the retail pricing of the final product. So, while prices have not yet begun to rise, the recent trend of falling SSD prices has certainly stopped at this point.
With NAND flash prices on the rise, it isn’t just SSDs that will be affected. Flash Memory Cards, USB drives, and other NAND flash based products may see similar upticks in pricing in the upcoming months.
Our purchasing suggestion?
It is very likely that we are at the bottom of the retail pricing curve and from our market analysis, prices are likely to start rising in the short term before continuing the natural progression of lower pricing over time. If you’re planning on purchasing a Solid State Drive during 2013 – now is probably the best time as far as pricing goes.
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 | Author: OWC Larry
Most households suffer from power struggles… No, not just those kinds of power struggles, but the kind that comes when a family has too many electronic devices, and not enough adapters or unused power outlets. Using my own family as an example, when the batteries run low, it can become a game of “Where’s Waldo?” – first to find the charger the kids recently used (and now can’t remember where it is) wins!
Fortunately, OWC has a solution that can bring your family harmony. The Newer Technology Power2U is the first UL listed AC/USB in-wall outlet designed to charge/power up to four devices at once with two traditional three-prong AC wall sockets and two USB ports giving you one location to charge your AC and USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 devices!
The Power2U features an energy-efficient “Smart Power” design with spring-loaded safety shutters that reduce energy costs by providing only the charging amount needed and eliminating “vampire” draw. The Power2U is also “kid friendly” with NEC tamper resistant receptacles for peace-of-mind protection!
Available in four colors, Power2U comes in 15 Amp and 20 Amp models for residential, commercial, hospitality, education, and municipal applications. Both models just require a 16 cubic inch or larger electrical box with the proper circuit. And to help make this a basic “DIY” installation into a standard wall outlet box, a step-by-step manual is included and an installation video is available at http://www.newertech.com/p2u-install. The Power 2U is sure to end your family’s power struggles and make your home “today ready” for your digital lifestyle!
Newer Technology, Inc. announced today that it will introduce its next generation Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet in Other World Computing’s (OWC) booth #5812, LVCC North Hall, during the Consumer Electronics Show which begins tomorrow in Las Vegas. Designed to enhance living and working spaces by eliminating the need for power adapters, the Power2U AC/USB outlet now features NEC tamper-resistant receptacles and is available in a new 20Amp model for residential and commercial, hospitality, education, and municipal applications. Visitors to the OWC booth will be able to experience the convenience of the Power2U firsthand by charging up one of their USB or AC powered devices.
Patented, UL Listed Design Complements Any Décor
Newer Technology introduced the Power2U at the 2012 CES show as the first patented and UL Listed device to seamlessly blend into any wall as a standard power outlet. Users can access two traditional three-prong AC wall sockets in addition to two USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 ports without encountering ‘plug barriers’ found on similar devices that can prevent multiple devices from being charged/powered simultaneously. Available in four decorator colors, the Power2U is a basic ‘DIY’ install in a 16-cubic-inch electrical box. Article Continues…
Other World Computing announced today its award-winning OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro bus-powered portable storage solution has expanded its storage and back up capacity by 50% to a massive 1.5TB. That’s enough space to hold up to 1.5 million JPEG photos, 750 DVD movies, 115 hours of digital video, or 526,000 MP3 songs in your back pocket.
The new Mercury On-The-Go Pro 1.5TB model is available in two interface configurations:
With its USB 3.0 ‘SuperSpeed’ interface, a Mercury On-The-Go Pro equipped with an OWC Mercury Electra 6G Solid State Drive up to 480GB capacity can deliver real-world, benchmark-proven data transfer speeds up to 285MB/s. Article Continues…