July 15, 2011 – Western Digital Philippines invited us bloggers and media for a movie day of the last film of the Harry Potter franchise: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at the SM Mall of Asia Director’s Lounge. Aside from the movie showing, some new products were unveiled to the local market. These were the WD AV-GP 3 media hard drive, the 3TB MyBook Studio refresh and the 1TB Scorpio Blue for notebooks. Also, one of the MyBook Studio drives was raffled off to attendees.
Here’s official press release for the three drives:
WD® LAUNCHES INDUSTRY’S LARGEST CAPACITY 3 TB SATA HARD DRIVES FOR AV PLATFORMS
New WD AV-GP 2.5 TB, 3 TB Hard Drives Offer Cool-Running, Unrivalled Storage Capacity for Reliable 24/7 Video Streaming in IPTV, DVR, Media Center PC and Surveillance Systems
IRVINE, Calif. — May 16, 2011 — Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC), a leader in the desktop, mobile, high-capacity enterprise and consumer markets for hard drives, today announced the addition of 2.5 TB and 3 TB versions to its family of WD AV-GP SATA hard drives, serving the audio-video (AV) market. Shipping immediately, the 2.5 TB and 3 TB capacity, 3.5-inch, WD AV-GP hard drives offer 24X7 reliability, low power consumption and unrivalled storage capacity for storage-intensive AV applications such as digital video recorders, video surveillance, single-drive media servers and external multimedia storage.
“Designed to go the distance in high-temperature, always-on streaming digital AV environments, WD AV-GP drives store more hi-def audio and video than ever before with our new 2.5 TB and 3 TB versions,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products and CE business units. “Combine unsurpassed capacity, power-saving WD GreenPower Technology™, and performance capabilities to capture up to 12 simultaneous HD video streams with SilkStream™ technology and the drive choice is made clear in optimizing AV applications like PVR/DVR, IPTV and video surveillance.”
The WD AV-GP family of drives delivers 24X7 reliability along with power-saving WD GreenPower Technology. The WD AV-GP drives are field tested to have a 1.0 million hour MTBF rating. Drives with capacities in excess of 2.19 TB currently present barriers for certain PC hardware, firmware and software. For example, drives larger than 2.19 TB are not supported by systems running Windows XP; and systems with 32-bit versions of Windows Vista or Windows 7 relegate drives larger than 2.19 TB to be used as secondary drives. Thus, it is important to review existing PC specifications prior to installation of either the 2.5 TB or 3 TB WD AV-GP drives. More information on navigating the 2.19 TB drive barrier is available from a new WD whitepaper, at: http://avlargecapacitydrives.com/.
Price and Availability
The WD AV-GP 2.5 TB hard drives (model number WD25EURS) and 3 TB WD AV-GP hard drives (model number WD30EURS) are available now in the U.S. at select resellers and distributors. MSRP for the WD AV-GP 2.5 TB hard drive is $159.99 USD and the 3 TB hard drive is $179.99 USD. WD AV-GP hard drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty. More information about the WD AV-GP 2.5 TB and 3 TB hard drives may be found on the company’s website at: http://wdc.com/en/products/internal/av/.
WD’S NEW MY BOOK STUDIO DRIVE MATCHES MAC AESTHETICS AND PERFORMS TO CREATIVE PRO STANDARDS
3 TB Capacity, FireWire® Speed, Brushed Aluminum Casing, and Automated
Backup Features Make Storage Easy as Plug-and-Save
Manila, Philippines – July 11, 2011 – Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC) today announced that its newest generation of the popular My Book® Studio™ external hard drives are designed for use with Mac® computers and Apple Time Machine. Now available with a 3 TB storage capacity, the new design features a brushed aluminum casing to match the appearance of a Mac computer, and also serves to keep the drive cool while in use. The aluminum exterior, combined with its WD® Caviar® Green™ drives, eliminates the need for an internal fan to reduce drive noise and extend the life of the drive. Although formatted for Mac computers, the My Book Studio external hard drives can also be reformatted for PCs.
The My Book Studio external hard drive includes all the features and benefits that have made it one of the favorites among creative professionals and Mac computer enthusiasts, including its fast and flexible Firewire 800/400 and USB 2.0 interfaces, user-controlled automatic backup software and drive management, password protection and hardware encryption. Shipping in capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB, the My Book Studio drive includes the WD Caviar Green series of internal hard drives with WD GreenPower Technology™.
“WD has updated the design of its My Book Studio drive while providing natural cooling features delivered by the new aluminum enclosure,” said Craig Davis, Director, Sales & Marketing, Branded Product Group, Western Digital Asia Pacific Region. “The drive will maintain all the features that are important to the creative community, including high speed Firewire 800 and adding large capacities up to 3 TB.”
Pricing and Availability
WD’s My Book Studio is distributed locally by Iontech Technologies Inc. MSRP for My Book Studio with 1 TB is Php 6,223; MSRP for My Book Studio with 2 TB is Php 7,969; MSRP for My Book Studio with 3 TB is Php 10,672
WD® SLIMS 1 TB HARD DRIVE TO FIT MAINSTREAM NOTEBOOKS
New 9.5 mm WD Scorpio Blue Mobile Drive Offers Largest Capacity Available for Portable Computing
Manila, Philippines. — July 20, 2011 — Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC), a leader in the desktop, mobile, high-capacity enterprise and consumer markets for hard drives, today announced that it has commenced volume shipments of its WD Scorpio® Blue™ 9.5 mm, 2.5-inch mobile hard drive with 1 TB capacity. Designed for mainstream notebook computers, the new WD Scorpio Blue 1 TB hard drive utilizes 500 GB-per-platter areal density and is now available in the highest capacity for 2.5-inch hard drives in the industry-standard 9.5 mm, two-platter (2-disk) form factor.
WD Scorpio Blue mobile hard drives are designed with ruggedness, reliability and data-protection features that actively watch over valuable data. The WD Scorpio Blue 1 TB mobile hard drive also achieves excellent power and performance, making it an ideal solution for notebook computers and other portable devices that require extended battery life and cool, ultra quiet operation.
“With the release of the 1 TB WD Scorpio Blue notebook drive in a 9.5 mm package, WD is able to offer the greatest storage capacity available for use in portable computing environments,” said Matt Rutledge, vice president and general manager of Client Storage for WD. “Mobile users no longer need to choose maximum capacity over thin and light, WD is ready with storage options, achieved without compromise to performance and reliability, that prove ideal for mobile digital devices of all kinds including PC and Mac notebook computers; external storage; and digital media players.”
WD Scorpio Blue Features:
Low power consumption – Advanced power management features and algorithms optimize the way the drive seeks for data, which significantly improves power consumption.
Cool and quiet – In a notebook drive, silence is golden. WD’s exclusive WhisperDrive™ technology yields one of the quietest 2.5-inch hard drives on the market.
Reliable – WD’s SecurePark™ parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down, and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface resulting in improved long term reliability due to less head wear, and improved non-operational shock tolerance.
Shock Tolerant – WD’s ShockGuard™ technology, now increased to a best-in-market 400Gs shock specification, protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks.
Advanced Format (AF) – Technology being adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers to continue growing hard drive capacities. New drives featuring AF are optimized for operation with the following operating system software: Windows® 7, Windows Vista™ and Mac OS X Tiger®, Leopard®, Snow Leopard® (PVT models only).
Tested for compatibility – WD performs tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in its FIT Lab™ and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give customers confidence that drives will work in specific systems.
Price and Availability
Shipping now through select resellers, the WD Scorpio Blue 1 TB (model WD10JPVT) hard drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty and have a Suggested Retail Price (SRP) of 5,995 PHP. WD Scorpio Blue 1 TB is distributed in the Philippines by Verdure Xchange Technologies Incorporated, EA Global Supply Chain Solutions Incorporated, and Ubertech Incorporated. More information about the WD Scorpio Blue 1 TB 9.5 mm mobile hard drives may be found on the company’s website at: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=140.
Fable 3 was release sometime last May for the PC (while the XBox 360 came out last year) as a port. The second Fable didn’t made it to the PC due to the preference of the XBox 360 as its platform when it was in development last 2008.
Fable 3 starts off where Fable 2 ended, the previous hero, now king has passed away, leaving his kingdom, Albion, in the care of his eldest son, Logan. However, for strange reason, Logan’s behavior changed after 4 years in his reign. Now the player assumes the role of the younger brother, the inheritor of the previous hero’s title. The hero along with some loyal retainers from the royal family plot a coup to take back the throne and rebuild the country.
Unlike Role Playing Games out there, Fable 3’s system is quite dumbed down. There’s no HP stat displayed nor life bar. There’s some physical/magic stats but there’s no complex rating save for a maximum level of 5 stars only. These stats can be improved upon through plot points in the game. Weapons are aplenty, however one can use the same weapon found at the start up until the end of the game. Control is simple use of the X, Y, B buttons for sword, gun and magic. All of the attacks can be charged to perform high damage attacks.
The game shines through its ‘social’ feature where the player earns guild points (currency used to acquire skills and improve overall weapon power), and standard to the game, the player can make friends with the citizens of Albion and get married. Also, the player can change clothes, however unlike previous Fable titles, there’s no defense bonus to be had with clothing anymore. It now plays more on making the player attractive to the populace of Albion. Plus, there’s a feature of buying properties in and around Albion, similar to Assassins Creed 2 to help in earning money. Players can play-coop in a similar fashion as Fable 2 where either player can appear on their own version of Albion and complete quests. However, the game is quite short if
And of course, as the game is conceptualized by Peter Molyneux, there would be some humor found in the game (see screenshots). And he still has a thing with chickens.
Fable 3 isn’t your typical Role Playing Game for the hardcore, it’s more like a weekend morning cartoon, easy to pick up and easy to drop.
I got invited for a quick seminar updating me on the latest development for Foxconn in the Philippines. Included was a dinner and Q&A session with Foxconn representatives from the Philippines and Taiwan.
Foxconn has released several new motherboards for the AMD and Intel, including the Z68-A board to be reviewed in my blog soon.
Some takeaways from the update was that the sales of Foxconn boards are strong for system builders creating low cost computers. Also, Foxconn has re-affirmed its commitment to support the Philippine market through further introductions of new motherboards.
Well, July’s a bit quiet right now as I’m working on the review for Fable 3 and some plastic model thingy that I bought recently. For now, here’s a test run I did with my recent Shift 2 car purchase… a Lexus LFA at the Tokyo Course.