New Tech
10/11/2010
FREE $20 Visa Gift Card when purchase WD 2TB Caviar Green or Black Hard Drive

It’s simple! When you buy a Caviar Black or Green Western Digital 2TB hard drive from Umart, you will receive a $20 Visa Gift Card (via redemption on WD promo website) to use in any retailer anywhere in the world.

Be quick as this promotion is limited to 100 claims in November only!


Terms & Conditions

1. Promotion: Eligible participants are entitled to one (1) redemption item per purchase (“Purchase”) of a Western Digital Caviar Green or Black 2TB hard disk drive from a the participating online retailer in Australia.
2. Each Purchase of an eligible Hard Drive entitles the participant to 1 (quantity) $20 Visa Card.
3. Redemptions are accepted only online via http://www.wdthepowerofchoice.com/pages/promotions and valid only for the first 100 qualifying redemptions.
4. Once a claim has been received by us please allow between 14-21 days for the vouchers to be sent via registered post. We accept no responsibility for loss of the gift card for wrong addresses
5. Promotion Period: Purchases of a Western Digital Caviar Green or Black 2TB hard disk drive and redemptions starts from 4 November, 2010 12pm 30 November, 2010 12pm or while gift card stock lasts.
6. Eligibility: In order to be eligible to participate in the Promotion, each of the following requirements must be satisfied:
7. Participants must purchase a Western Digital Caviar Green or Black 2TB hard disk drive
8. Submit all necessary information via http://www.wdthepowerofchoice.com/pages/promotions
9. Limitations: Eligible participants are only entitled to one (1) redemption item per hard drive purchased per 1 voucher and a maximum of 2 redemptions per customer. Eligible participants may only redeem items during the Promotion Period and no redemptions shall be permitted after the Promotion Period expires. Western Digital reserves the right to terminate or modify the terms of this Promotion at any time without notice to anyone and Western Digital shall not be liable to anyone as a result of any such termination or modification.
Participants are only entitled to one (1) redemption item per hard drive purchased per 1 voucher and a maximum of 2 redemptions per customer. Eligible participants may only redeem items during the Promotion Period and no redemptions shall be permitted after the Promotion Period expires. Western Digital reserves the right to terminate or modify the terms of this Promotion at any time without notice to anyone and Western Digital shall not be liable to anyone as a result of any such termination or modification.

Tony Lau

08/11/2010
Hear the world of Azeroth like never before!

New Creative WOW headsets

Experience the sounds of Azeroth and beyond like never before with the Sound Blaster® World of Warcraft® Headset. Designed specifically for World of Warcraft gamers, the headset features cutting-edge audio technology and THX® TruStudio PC, offering you a truly unforgettable gaming experience.

Communicate with your party or raid clearly. The Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Headset features a professional grade microphone, ensuring everyone can hear your shout of "Heal Me! Heal Me!" in all of its resonant glory. You can even declare your staunch allegiance with the interchangeable headset lenses bearing the marks of your chosen faction and 16 million programmable color illumination options. Get ready to be blown away by the amazing realism from unrivaled headphone surround and gaming sound enhancement technologies.

The New Creative WOW headsets now available at Umart Online!

Tony Lau

13/09/2010
NVIDIA GeForce GTS450 - Killer performance. Sweet Price

Designed with unparalleled levels of price/performance, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 is the perfect GPU for LAN party pwning. With more than 2x the DirectX 11 geometry processing power over competing GPUs*, GeForce GTS 450 dominates the competition and offers amazing game realism on the latest DirectX 11 titles like Civilization V. Equipped with the latest industry leading technologies including NVIDIA® 3D Vision™, NVIDIA® PhysX®, high performance NVIDIA GeForce drivers, and more, GeForce GTS 450 has everything you need to spoil your senses.

* GeForce GTS 450 has more than 2 times faster FPS versus Radeon HD 5750 in Microsoft DirectX 11 SDK subd11 tessellation test with maximum tessellation level set.

NVIDIA GeForce GTS450 will become available @ Umart Online soon!

DX11 Done Right
With more than 2x the geometry processing power over competing GPUs, you can dial-up the game realism with incredibly detailed characters, terrain, and game environments.

Big on Performance. Easy on the Wallet.
Get the most graphics bang for your buck. With NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450, you can dominate the competition* in the hottest titles like StarCraft 2 without breaking your wallet.

Immerse Yourself in 3D
Breakthrough the boundaries of your screen. With NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, lose yourself in incredibly immersive 3D games, Blu-Ray 3D™ movies, photos, and web browsing.

* StarCraft performance measured on GeForce GTS 450 vs. Radeon HD 5750 at 16x10 4xAA/16xAF.

Tony Lau

08/09/2010
Chance to win a trip to Germany - AMD Phenom II X4 & X6 Promotion

For every AMD Phenom II X4 or Phenom II X6 processor sold between July 1st and September 30th 2010, AMD will award 1 entry into the X6 promotion prize draw*.

End User will need to register their details on http://www.amd.com/au/promotions to gain their entry into the draw.

We are giving away a double pass to Germany as the grand prize! For Runner up prizes, we are awarding 5 x Nokia X6 Mobile phones and 15 x Microsoft Keyboards.

When an End-user registers their details online, they will need to upload their invoice for verification.

*For full terms and conditions please visit http://www.amd.com/au/promotions


Tony Lau

20/03/2010
New AMD 890GX Chipset Motherboards Available @ Umart!

The AMD 890GX Chipset with ATI Radeon™ HD 4290 Graphics delivers the versatile HD visual experience.*

The AMD 890GX Chipset with ATI Radeon™ HD 4290 Graphics enables an exceptionally power-efficient platform at an incredible value. Bringing features and performance that enrich what you see and do, including next generation gaming and a superior HD video experience*, the ATI Radeon™ HD 4290 Graphics with AMD 890GX Chipset transforms your PC into a digital media powerhouse.

Versatility
Redefine the Way You Play
Enjoy awesome gaming performance for the mainstream PC with stunning visual effects and dynamic interactivity with Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 and support for high-end discrete ATI Radeon™ HD graphics.

Accelerate Your Digital Life
ATI Stream technology enables AMD graphics processors, working in concert with AMD Processors, to accelerate many applications beyond just graphics. This enables superior balanced platforms capable of running demanding computing tasks fast.

Designed for Microsoft® Windows® 7
Get a smooth and amazingly visual PC experience for Microsoft® Windows® 7, with support for features such as “Aero Shake”, “Aero Glass”, “Transparent Windows” and more!#

Visual Experience*
Get the Ultimate HD Experience
Let your desktop PC be the center of your entertainment lifestyle with full 1080p HD playback. Get dual-stream PiP (Picture in Picture) on Blu-ray™ 1.1 playback with multi-monitor capability and support for DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort outputs.*,~,!,@

Enhanced DVD Upscaling*
Watch standard DVD movies in near high-definition quality with DVD upscaling. The GPU uses post processing algorithms to enhance standard and low resolution videos and movies on your HD display.*

HDMI
Enjoy the latest audio technologies using HDMI v1.3 which includes xvYCC support to enable a wider range of color when connected to a capable HDTV@.

Connectivity
Connect and Transfer
Take advantage of advanced technology to accelerate your connectivity with SATA 6Gbps, Gigabit Ethernet, HyperTransport™ 3.0 technology, and PCI Express® Generation 2.0.

Umart Online have got both the ASUS and Gigabyte AMD 890GX chipset motherboards in stock. Order one TODAY!!

* HD capable monitor required. ~ Blu-ray™ drive required for Blu-ray playback. ! Additional hardware or software may be required. @ Not all features will be supported on all machines. Check with your PC manufacturer for specific model capabilities and supported technologies. # Windows 7-capable system required

Tony Lau

13/03/2010
Introducing Mach Xtreme Technology SSD

Best-in-class SandForce SF1222 controller in an attractive price point.

The MX-DS Series delivers an enhanced computing experience with much faster application loading, ultra-fast data access, shorter boot-ups, and long battery life.

The MX-DS drive delivers best-in-class read and write speed clocking in at up to 250MB/s read nad 230MB/s write along with the stunning maximum of 30,000 IOPS and low power consumption (standby 0.5W/2.3W Actual) and superior durability (1/5 million MTBF) compared to previous generation drives.

Each of the SSD drive is hand tested - 100% guaranteed by Mach Xtreme Technology

MX-DS Series 2.5" SSD features:

· 2.5" SATAII(2.6) MLC Solid State Drive
· Max. Read Performance up to 250MB/s(100G/200G)
· Max. Write Performance up to 230MB/s (100G/200g)
· Life Expectancy: 1.5 million hours MTBF
· Sustained Write up to 130MB/s and max. I/O per second of 30,000IOPS
· Power Consumption: idle 0.5W/active 2.3W
· Warranty: 2 years

Tony Lau

06/01/2010
The New Lenovo ThinkCentre A70 All-in-One PC

AN ELEGANT, COMPACT AND ENERGY-EFFICIENT PC FOR A SMALL-BUDGET BUSINESS. The new Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z All-in-One PC consolidates a traditional desktop with a monitor in one single, sleek unit offering sophisticated simplicity, ideal for small and medium businesses (SMBs). This commercial all-in-one green desktop is free of cable clutter and occupies minimum space while delivering the ThinkCentre’s renowned quality, excellent service and ease-of-use to a small business. The all-in-one desktop saves space, time, energy, and initial investment costs, while enhancing the productivity and security of your growing business.

The ThinkCentre A70z All-in-One PC addresses your space-saving needs with an integrated LCD monitor and a CPU in a single unit, offering a small footprint (62-mm thickness). Additionally, free up your workspace with the multiple mounting options (Monitor Stand, Wall Mount, or Desk Arm), giving you an advantage over the traditional desktop and making your workspace look elegant, neat and compact.

Now, installing your desktop is easy and fast, as the ThinkCentre A70z All-in-One PC offers a box to boot time of just 3 minutes. Its unique easyaccess design makes accessing, servicing, and upgrading the hard disk and memory a breeze. The ergonomically designed handle offers a never-before convenience of moving your PC, thus providing excellent portability.

Experience the latest cutting-edge technology featuring a Microsoft® Windows®7 Home/Pro OS preload, an onboard DX10 graphics card, and the Intel® G41 platform, supporting the 45nm CPUs for a superior performance.

The Energy Star® 5.0 compliant ThinkCentre A70z All-in-One PC is now greener and eco-friendly. The 19" wide LCD screen and the Lenovo Power Manager together make it green and help you save on electricity, thus increasing your returns on investment. As part of the green initiative, the All-in-One PC is offered in a reusable shopping bag with Reduced packaging equivalent to 250 Paper Cups & 139 Plastic Bags per box3.

In today’s world, data security is of paramount concern for all businesses. Hence, the ThinkCentre A70z All-in-One PC offers data security with Online Backup and a Kensington lock for extra physical security.

The superior performance, latest technology, best security options, easy manageability, eco-friendliness, and affordability coupled with Lenovo’s excellent services, make the ThinkCentre A70z All-in-One PC an excellent choice for all SMBs.

Picture for illustration ONLY!! Package come with standard wired K/B and USB mouse.

Top reasons to own a ThinkCentre A70 All-in-One PC....

• Comfortably save up to 70% of your desktop space
• Neatly organise your workspace with clutter-free cable management - Just 1 x Power cord, 1 x Wired USB K/B & 1 x USB Mouse
• Boot up in under 35 seconds with Windows 7
• Easily access and upgrade the hard disk and memory
• Flexibly mount PCs with multiple VESA mounts
• Conveniently move your PC using an ergonomic handle.

Tony Lau

Netcomm 3G17Wn 3G Mobile Broadband Router

NetComm's 3G17Wn router is the fast and reliable solution for wireless networking at home or in remote offices, whether you already have an Internet connection and need a backup, or you just want to share your 3G broadband access with multiple users.

Simply plug a 3G USB Modem into the router and after a simple set-up process with the built-in web-based configuration interface you're ready to share your Internet access via LAN or WLAN.

The router protects devices on your network by employing an advanced SPI Firewall with the added safety of WEP, WPA or WPA2 for wireless security. The router also has security for users who need to connect to a remote office using a VPN connection with support for VPN pass-through for PPTP, L2TP and IP Sec tunnels.

•Creates an instant Wi-Fi hotspot to share your 3G mobile broadband connection with multiple WLAN clients
•Compatible with most UMTS/HSDPA/EV-DO/3G/Next GTM USB modems
•Features latest Wireless Wi-Fi N technology with up to 150Mbps
•Supports auto Internet failover from fixed-line to 3G Mobile
•One WAN port for an alternate Internet connection to a fixed line service (xDSL/Cable/Satellite)
•Two Ethernet LAN ports (10/100Mbps) for wired connections
•Browser based interface for configuration and management
•Robust built-in Firewall and VPN pass-through to protect your privacy
•One-touch WPS button for an easy and secure setup of WLAN clients (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
•Full range of wireless security

Want to find out if your 3G USB modem is compatible? Please click here.

Tony Lau

05/01/2010
OCZ Colossus 3.5 Promotion

OCZ is giving away free 6-month subscription or Atomic Magazine when purchase a special marked OCZ Colossus 120GB 3.5" SSD. (100 units of 120GB model)

From now till 28th of February 2010 for every special marked OCZ Colossue 120G sold (until stocks lasts), customer will receive 6-month free Atomic subscription or extention.



The Colossus Series 3.5" SATA Solid State Drives deliver exceptional performance for high-end desktops. Designed to offer PC enthusiasts a best-in-class storage upgrade from traditional hard disc drives, the innovative Colossus Series features incredible speed and ample storage for the complete gamut of gaming, multimedia and demanding productivity applications. The Colossus SSD series has an excellent 1.5 million hour mean time between failure (MTBF) and comes backed by a leading 3-year warranty and dedicated technical support, ensuring peace of mind over the long term.

Tony Lau

17/12/2009
Sleek black casing • Quick performance - AKAI Digital Photo Frame

Relive your memories in brilliant detail with a range of the Akai digital photo frames (available in different sizes from 7" - 15"). Start viewing images instantly - just insert a memory card or USB flash drive for instant access. Its easy to use on-screen menu and sleek design deliver class in any setting. The unit can also support MP3 audio format to play your favourite songs.

The AKAI ADPF Series Digital Photo Frame is available @ Umart Online!


Tony Lau

16/11/2009
Your dream build starts with the right case

Antec Six Hundred Gaming Case

Antec has seen enormous success with its entire Antec 200 through 1200 lineup, with the Antec 900 being one of the most popular cases in the gaming chassis market. There has however, been a noticeable gap between the budget 200/300 series and the performance oriented 900+, but this has been resolved with the introduction of the Antec 600 Mid Tower.

The case borrows design queues that have been perfected with the earlier models. The internal design is very similar, with 3 X 5.25″ external bays, and space for 6 X 3.5″ hard drives. The hard drives will use a front load system to allow for easy drive installation.

The case also maintains Antec focus on exceptional airflow with the two of the customary blue 120mm LED fans at the front, a rear 120mm exhaust fan, and of course the iconic 200mm top fan.

The Antec Six Hundred is now available @ Umart Online!!


Specifications*:

Format Mid Tower
Design: steel and plastic
Compatibility with the motherboard ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini ITX
3 external 5.25 inch bays
1 external 3.5 inch bay
6 internal 3.5 inch bays
7 openings for expansion cards
1 120mm fan at the rear (included)
2 fans 120 mm front (optional)
1 fan of 200 mm on top (supplied)
Connectors at the front: 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x 1 x headphone and microphone
Dimensions: 212 x 491 x 492 mm
Net weight: 6.9 kg
Finish: gray and black

*Specification for overseas model only.

Tony Lau

22/10/2009
Buy Windows 7 with Selected OCZ Products and Get $20 OFF!!!

Countdown to Win7 and TRIM!

An exciting new feature in Windows 7 is TRIM command, which is the final missing piece for OCZ SSDs, which have already been proven to be the single most noticeable upgrade you can do to your computer.

*Win7 is the first major OS to support TRIM

*OCZ Vertex and Agility are some of the first drives to have the ability to utilize TRIM

*TRIM (not available with XP or Vista) keeps the drive at peak performance without any user effort, but has not been readily available…until now!

Windows 7 SSD Enhancements

*Non-spinning disk (i.e. SSD) detection
- Defrag is automatically turned off

*TRIM command
- OS will notify SSD when file is deleted
- Better wear leveling and early garbage collection
- The result: Almost no performance degradation

*Partition alignment to reduce writes

Special Promotion from OCZ!! You will get $20 off when you purchase selected OCZ Products (SSD, Powersupply and DDR3 memory)* along with Windows 7 software.

* OCZ DDR3 Memory Kit
Obsidian Series (1600Mhz)
Gold Series (1333mhz~1600Mhz)
Platinum Series(1333mhz~1866Mhz)
Reaper Series (1866Mhz)

* OCZ SSD
Agility Series (60G & 120G)
Vertex Series (60G & 120G)
Summit Series (60G & 120G)

* OCZ Modular Power Supply
OCZ 550FTY (Fatal1ty 550W)
OCZ 600MXS (ModXtreme 600W)
OCZ 700MXS (ModXtreme 700W)
OCZ 900MXS (ModXtreme 900W)

Terms & Conditions:
-Promotion Period 22nd Oct ~ 6th Nov 2009
-This promotion is not in conjunction with any other offer
-Only one discount per invoice per day
-Only while stock lasts


Tony Lau

16/10/2009
Introducing the Z-Drive from OCZ - Hi-Performance PCI-Ex SSD

High-Performance Architecture

Designed for ultra high-end consumers seeking the optimum storage solution, system integrators and enterprise clients looking for a reliable high performing all in one solution, the OCZ Z-Drive takes the SATA bottleneck out of the equation by employing a high-speed PCI-Express architecture for ultimate performance. With an internal four-way RAID 0 configuration that enables up to 870MB/s read and 780MB/s write, the pushes the envelope in storage performance like no other solid state or hard disk solution. In addition, the Z-Drive features these impressive speeds all while providing lower power consumption, superior durability, and shock resistance.

The Z-Drive is ideal for enterprise and industrial applications

Enterprise Computing
Z-Drive is designed to meet the demanding storage and computing applications of enterprise servers storage arrays, super computing and data warehousing. The Z-Drive delivers faster more reliable data transfer and reduced power consumption.

Professional Media
Professional audio/video capturing and editing puts a strain on conventional rotational media and when it comes to streaming content the Z-Drive far surpasses traditional drives in performance and reliability.

Industrial
The Z-Drive can be customized to be used in industrial electronics applications and the PCIe interface allows SI’s more flexibility in their designs

Government/Education
When it comes to government/education applications a premium is placed on reliability, security and total cost of ownership (TCO). The high performance Z-Drive is well suited for these applications and is even more green friendly.


The Z-Drive is the result of the latest breakthroughs at OCZ and builds on our expertise in flash-based storage. This proprietary solution is comprised of a compact enterprise-grade RAID array and utilizes 8 PCIe lanes to deliver incredible performance that translates to professional-class data storage in a complete, all-in-one form factor. The Z-Drive offers ultra-fast data access that significantly outperforms HDDs and capacities up to 1 Terabyte, making it an ideal solution for applications that put a premium on both performance and maximum storage capacity.

Tony Lau

24/09/2009
Get up to $120.00 cashback on selected Samsung printer

Samsung Business Printer & Multifunction Cashback Promotion - Up to $120.00 Cashback

From 21 September 2009 to 30 November 2009, an eligible Samsung Printer or Multifunction purchase could entitle you to a Cashback of up to $120.

Cash Back values:
ML-2814ND $30.00
ML-2855ND $30.00
SCX-4824FN $50.00
SCX-4828FN $50.00
CLP-610ND $100.00
CLX-6210FX $120.00

To register your purchase and claim the Cashback please click the URL provided below. Please note that you must complete the online entry form within 21 days of purchase and the Promotor must receive your original purchase receipt within 28 days of purchase.

Tony Lau

11/09/2009
Umart Online is Coming to Melbourne!!

We're excited to announce that work has began for our first store in Melbourne. Located in Mt Waverely, we promise to bring you the best possible services, best possible quality parts and at the best possible prices!!

More details soon!!

Tony Lau

30/08/2009
TIRED OF LIVING IN A 2D WORLD?

Upgrade your PC to a fully immersive stereoscopic 3D experience with NVIDIA® 3D Vision™. A combination of high-tech wireless glasses and advanced software, 3D Vision automatically transforms hundreds of PC games into full stereoscopic 3D. In addition, you can watch 3D movies and 3D digital photographs in eye popping, in crystal-clear quality.

Start your 3D revolution today with NVIDIA 3D Vision

The revolution NVIDIA 3D Vision will be available at Umart Online SOON!!!


Tony Lau

29/07/2009
CoolerMaster Gladiator 600 (RC 600) NO PSU Case

Cooler Master has developed yet another top quality mid tower chassis, Gladiator 600 (RC-600). It has a pure elegant black exterior, exuding an understated but extraordinary mystery that delivers heroic style. The chassis has a fully meshed front panel with a 120mm blue LED fan for excellent airflow. Furthermore, Cooler Master uses a burnished material on the I/O panel, symbolizing the victory belt of a true gladiator.

The CoolerMaster Gladiator 600 (RC-600) NO PSU is now available at Umart Online!

•Ventilation on top and side for improved airflow throughout the case
•Top mount 140 fan for better airflow
•Supports up to five 120 mm fans
•Front I/O panel for easy access
•Retaining hole for easy CPU cooler installation
•Cable management for quick cable routing and neatness
•Front fan Blue LED switch
•PSU bottom fan can be set up facing up/down (filter included)

Tony Lau

14/05/2009
Special Promotion - Gigabyte ‘Just For U’ 1 year Swap-out Service

Australia, May 1, 2009 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY PTY., LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to announce the ‘Just For U’ 1 year Swap-out Service in Australia. This promotion targets purchases of GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 (U-series) P45 chipset motherboards between May 1st and July 31st, 2009 and allows the purchaser to register their motherboard for a 1 year swap-out service. Should there be any motherboard quality issues within 1 year of the purchase, the participant will be guaranteed a replacement motherboard of the same model number (or a similar model in the case of model’s that are no longer in production).

“The GIGABYTE Just For U 1 year Swap-out promotion highlights the absolute confidence that GIGABYTE has in it’s motherboard product quality,” commented Alan Chen, Managing Director, GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY PTY., LTD. “ With GIGABYTE’s unique Ultra Durable 3 features and 1 year Swap-out guarantee Service, there can be no doubt that the GIGABYTE EP45 U-series are the most competitive motherboards in market!”

The key feature of GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 motherboards is their use of double the copper (2oz instead of the standard 1oz) for both the Power and Ground layers of the PCB. This dramatically lowers system temperature by delivering more efficient spreading of heat from critical areas, such as the CPU power zone, throughout the entire motherboard PCB. GIGABYTE’s Ultra Durable 3 also lowers the PCB impedance by 50%, which helps to reduce electrical waste and further lowers component temperatures. The 2oz Copper layer design also provides improved signal quality and lower EMI (Electromagnetic Interference), providing better system stability and allowing for greater margins for overclocking.

The GIGABYTE ‘Just For U’ promotion applies to the following models:

GA-EP45-UD3P
GA-EP45-UD3R
GA-EP45-UD3
GA-EP45-UD3LR
GA-EP45-UD3L
GA-EP45T-UD3P
GA-EP45T-UD3R
GA-EP45T-UD3LR

For more details regarding the GIGABYTE ‘Just For U’ promotion, please visit: http://event.gigabyte.com.tw/justforU

Tony Lau

Overwhelming success for Microsoft - Umart Training Event

Thank you to all our customers who have attended the event last Thursday (23/04). More than 80 people packed the room to learn more about Windows Server 2008 with the main focus on small and medium business solutions.

Both Umart and Microsoft are extremly happy to see such an overwhelming success to the event. We would like to apologise to those who have missed out due to limited seats.

Congratulations to all our lucky customers who have received prizes including dozens of Targus backpack as well as 1 of 4 Microsoft Server 2008 SBS edition with total value of over $6000.00!!!

A big Thank You to Microsoft who have been so supportive for the event and we will definitely be organising more event with Microsoft as well as other vendors in the very near future.



Tony Lau

01/04/2009
G19 Keyboard for Gaming

When you’re gearing up for battle, you never compromise. Not on your team, not on your weapons, and certainly not on your hardware. If you take your gameplay seriously, you want the Logitech® G19 on your side

Control

Tiltable, color GamePanel™ LCD: The (320x240) display shows unprecedented levels of information—both in- and out-of-game—including game stats, system information, VOIP communication data, video playback, image slideshows, and many other items.
User-selectable backlit characters: Personalize the keyboard to better fit with the rest of your computer and gaming equipment, and easily locate keys—even in the dark.
Twelve fully programmable G-keys with three macros per key: Program up to 36 single keypresses or complex macros; use the MR key to record new macros on-the-fly.
Multi-key input: Use up to five keys at once to perform multiple complex actions.
Game/desktop mode: Disable the Windows/Context Menu keys so they won’t interrupt your game if pressed accidentally.

Convenience

Two powered Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports: Transfer data to and from peripherals—such as MP3 players and flash drives—while also charging battery-powered devices.
Intelligent cable management: Keep mouse, headset, and other cords out of the way by routing them through channels on the underside of the keyboard.
Instant media access: Use the convenient one-touch controls for volume and media playback.

Available soon at Umart Online!!!

System Requirements
Windows® XP or Windows Vista®
Mac OS® X 10.4 and later
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
20 MB of available hard disk space
CD-ROM drive
GamePanel™ LCD requires software that supports Logitech® GamePanel™ technology. See front of box for a partial list, or visit www.logitech.com/gamepanel

Package Contents
Logitech® G19 Keyboard for gaming
AC power adapter
Software CD-ROM
User documentation
1-year limited hardware warranty

Tony Lau

Cooler Master V10 Hybird CPU Cooler

Cooler Master is taking cooling technology to the next level. The innovative V10 monster generates more than 200 watts of cooling power. It is the most heavy duty machine that overpowers any competition in the market. On top of its rugged industrial design, V10 Cooler comes with remarkable and powerful features. For heat dissipation V10 is a smart 200+W cooling solution, which is modularized by 3 separate sets of aluminium fins (2 vertical & 1 horizontal), linked by 10 φ6mm heat pipes. The structural design of V10 allows for speedy heat transfer from its mirror-finished base to a large heat dissipation surface.

Equipped with the hybridization of TEC, V10 can take full control of the massive heat produced by top of the line performing CPUs such as Intel Core i7.

The distinctive RAM cooling design of V10 further enhances the overall cooling at its max. The intelligent hybrid TEC technology from Cooler Master activates only when the CPU reaches extreme temperature, enabling great cooling power without excessive energy consumption.



Extreme Innovative Engineering Design

Design and construction is inspired by today's supercharged engines, producing enough power and torque to give full control of the massive heat produced by the latest CPUs.
Generates more than 200W+ cooling power, Cooler Master's V10 over powers any cooling engine on the market.
Compatible with the newest socket (LGA 1366).
Full coverage of DRAM & CPU cooilng for best cooling performance.

Optimal Cooling Technology

Unique triple heat sink design for supreme cooling performance.
10 heat pipes (6 for main body; 4 for TEC) maximize heat transfer Dual PWM fan ensures huge airflow over the heat sinks.
Full coverage of DRAM & CPU for best cooling performance.

Hybrid TEC Solution

TEC is intelligently activated once CPU reaches extreme temperatures

TEC Specifications

Operation Temp. : 25~70oC
Rated Power : 70W (max)
Rated Current : 9.8A (max)

All specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check with the manufacturer for exact.

Tony Lau

13/02/2009
Logitech Z-5 - Great Sound, anywhere

Now your audio will sound great throughout the room. These omnidirectional speakers feature:

• Omnidirectional acoustic technology: Provides great sound throughout the room.

• USB connectivity: Delivers pure digital audio that's easily moved with your laptop from room to room.

• Wireless remote: Lets you navigate and enjoy your entertainment options at the push of a button.

• Mac and PC compatible: Allows you the flexibility to use with any computer



System Requirements
PC
Windows® XP or Windows Vista®
Available USB port
CD-ROM drive & 256 MB RAM
20MB Hard disk drive

Mac
Mac OS® X 10.3.9 or higher
Available USB port
CD-ROM drive & 256 MB RAM
20MB Hard disk drive

Package Contents
USB digital speakers
Wireless remote with battery
Logitech® software CD
USB cable(6.5 feet/1.9 m)
Audio extension cable (4 feet/1.2 m)
Quick-start guide
2-year limited hardware warranty

Tony Lau

15/01/2009
Introducing MSI Socket i7 Intel X58 Chipset Eclipse Motherboard

The MSI Eclipse SLI motherboard feature the following:

• Intel® X58 Express Chipset Based
• Gen.2 DrMOS, the highest performance with best power-saving
• BIOS-level power-saving design
• X-Fi hardware audio decoding solution
• The extra storage – Drive Booster
• The highest quality and most stable passive components
• New BIOS feature M-Flash
• Supports Three Ch. DDR3 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800
• Supports NVIDIA 3-way SLI & ATI Crossfire

The MSI Socket i7 Eclipse Motherboard is now available at Umart Online!

Tony Lau

11/12/2008
Introducing VIP warranty replacement program

Umart's VIP warranty replacement program is designed to offer consistent, fast and efficient warranty services for our valued customers. Ideally it's recommended for end user who will be using the parts to setup a system for running a business or other mission critical tasks. This VIP program is Umart's limited (see below) premium warranty program benefit available ONLY when you purchase selected product marked with a VIP logo at no extra cost.

•VIP replacement program allows you to receive a replacement* products or parts the next business day**, without having to wait for the defective part to be sent away for warranty replacement.

•The VIP program^ is available from the original date of purchase and valid for 12 months.

•Warranty on the replacement unit continues from the original date of purchase.


*All products will need to be tested by our technician to determine if the product is defective. Standard warranty terms & conditions apply.
**Based on product availability.
^Umart may add to and/or change the VIP program terms and conditions at any time, may deny VIP support for any request that does not meet the requirements, and may discontinue the program upon providing notice to VIP participants.

Tony Lau

09/12/2008
Toshiba Portege M800 Laptop

The Portégé M800 makes the ultimate statement in style and performance with a focus on bringing all your needs into one beautiful package that’s ready to work and deliver. This compact, durable and secure notebook features the very latest Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor and unique face recognition software. It is ideal for business people seeking ultra mobility with all the features and style they normally enjoy.

Product Overview
Intel® Core™2 Duo P9400 (2.53GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 6MB L2 Cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Business 32bit SP1 OEM
13.3" WXGA 200NIT CSV Display (1280x800)
2GB DDR2 (800MHz)
320GB HDD (5400rpm) SATA HDD
DVD SuperMulti Double/Dual Layer Drive
Gigabit LAN, WLAN (802.11a/g/n)

Toshiba Portege M800 Laptop is now available at Umart Online!!

Tony Lau

26/11/2008
MSI Wind Netbook - Ride with the Wind

Introduction the MSI Wind U100 series
• Intel® Atom™ N270 Processor
• Windows XP Home
• 10” Wide Screen Display
• Convenient Magnifying Capability
• Ergonomic Big-Size Keyboard and Touch Pad
• Hard Drive with Massive Capacity
• Built-in High Resolution Mega Pixels Webcam
• Built-in High-Performance 2 Channel Stereo Speakers, and Microphone
• 802.11b/g Wireless Lan
• Comprehensive Multi-Media Application Interface

MSI Wind is now available at Umart Online!!

Tony Lau

Storm Season Again - Protect Your PC!!

Summer is upon us and this year lightning packed thunderstorms appear to be the recurring theme.

Thunderstorms can play havoc with our electic and phone lines. There can be nothing more frustrating than trying to connect to the web after a storm has passed and being unable to do so. Be sure that you protect your connection from electrical surges.

Lightning strikes can causes very large electrical surges that are inducted onto telephone lines. These surges can severely damage your dialup or ADSL modem, as well as an Ethernet port on your computer.

Here are a few steps that you can take to help prevent damage and costly repairs:
1.Unplug the phone line from your modem.
2.Make sure that the computer is turned off and uplugged during a storm.
3.Use a surge protector. Surge protectors are a great tool to help prevent electrical surges affecting your computer and other peripherals such as modem and LCD monitor. They are easy to use, cost as little as $15.00 and can be purchased from Umart Online listed under our UPS section.

If you have any questions about surge protectors, please give us a call and we will be glad to assist you.

Tony Lau

22/10/2008
Think Beyond The Box - Antec Skeleton

The Antec Skeleton is a truly revolutionary enclosure. With a unique design that allows for unprecedented airflow, a front 92mm fan, and a top three speed 250mm fan with multicolor LED customization, the Skeleton goes utterly unmatched in stylish cooling. Factor in the layered component trays for top-notch convenience, as well as the rackmount quality side rails, and you have a case truly without equal.

Features:
4 Drive Bays
• External 2 x 5.25”
• Internal 2 x 3.5”
Layered tray design for greater system integration flexibility
8 Expansion Slots with room for 11” graphics cards and multiple graphic card solutions, including NVIDIA 3-way SLI®
Cooling System:
• 1 top 250mm TriCool 3-speed multi color customizable LED Fan
• 1 front 92mm HD cooling fan
Motherboard:
Supports StandardATX, MicroATX and Mini-ITX motherboards
Front ports:
2 x USB 2.0, 1 x FireWire (IEEE1394), 1 x eSATA, Audio (AC97’ and HDA compatible) In and Out
Rack mount quality side rails for greater durability
0.8mm cold rolled steel component tray and high density ABS frame reinforced with with 0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability
No Power Supply included:
To optimize performance of your Skeleton, your choice of power supply is crucial. Antec strongly recommends choosing from Signature or TruePower series.
Unit Dimensions:
• 33 cm(H) x 37.6 cm(W) x 41.9 cm(D)
Packaging Dimensions:
• 40 cm(H) x 46 cm(W) x 48 cm(D)
Net/Gross Weight: 7.02 / 9.7 kg

Tony Lau

05/07/2008
Umart Online has been awarded the Logitech Alto Awards of Excellence

For its first Alto Awards of Excellence event held in the award winning restaurant Aria in Sydney, Logitech assembled 50 of its channel and retail partners who have excelled in driving sales of the vendor's range of computer and gaming accessories.

Umart Online has been awarded the Alto Awards of Excellence among other major retailers such as Dick Smith Electronics, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi.

General manager of Logitech Australia and New Zealand, George Saad, said the awards night was symbolic of the strong relationship between Logitech and Umart Online.

“The Alto Awards provides the perfect opportunity to showcase and acknowledge the efforts of businesses and individuals who consistently support our brand and form a part of the Logitech family. As key contributors to Logitech’s success we wanted to take the time to formally recognise our trade partners and what they have achieved over the last year.”

Here are some of the companies that has won an Alto award:

Umart Online, Dick Smith Electronics, JB Hi Fi, Officeworks, Big W, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, WL Enterprise.


Tony Lau

03/06/2008
Worry-free computing @ a great value - Lenovo 3000J Series Desktop

Lenovo 3000 J Series desktops are designed for small business, offering worry-free computing at a great value.

It's the smart choice for individuals and small business

Lenovo 3000J Super G 2.0 Series includes:

LENOVO 3000J Tower (Monitor NOT included)
Intel Pentium Dual Core E2140 1.60GHz/1MB/CACHE/800FSB/LGA775
Dual Layer +/- DVD Multi Burner
2GB PC-5300 DDR2 667Mhz memory
160GB 7200rpm ATA HDD
Lenovo Keyboard & Optical mouse
Integrated Graphics & Sound
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet NIC
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit(OEM)
One Year Australia Wide On-site Warranty by Lenovo

Umart's End of Finanical Year SPECIAL - We are offering this Lenovo 3000J Desktop for the price of $469.00 (inc. GST). Hurry to grab a bargain before stocks run out!!

Tony Lau

Enhance your lifestyle with the refreshing new Sony VAIO FZ32G

The simply elegant design, with black and silver finish and convenient AV control buttons, looks great wherever you take it.

Performance reaches new heights thanks to the cutting edge Intel® Centrino® Processor technology and brings movies to life on Sony's latest 15.4" wide Clear Bright LCD Lite screen.

Key features

Genuine Windows® Vista® Home Premium (English version)
Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T5550 (1.83GHz)
15.4" Clear Bright LCD Lite
Integrated MOTION EYE Camera
High Quality Sound
S-Video Out Connector
Handy AV Control Buttons

We are happy to announce that Sony VAIO Notebook is now available through Umart Online!! Unfortunately we are not allow to show you these hot prices online. To obtain a quote today, please email us on .

The Sony VAIO FZ35GN Notebook is available at Umart Online (under the Notebook>Sony Notebook section).

Tony Lau

22/02/2008
The ultimate visual experience for gaming from AMD

AMD has unleashed a new gaming site to communicate, collaborate and stay in tune with the latest developments in PC gaming. Gamers will have the ability to access exclusive game content and contests while customizing aspects of the site to fit every user's preferences.

Site features:
- Gaming News
- Community Forums
- Contests & Prizes
- Toolbar (customized game news, trailers and chat)

Learn about all the latest and hottest PC game previews, reviews, pictures and videos along with information on AMD products & drivers, Games for Windows etc. The link is http://game.amd.com/us-en/

Tony Lau

15/12/2007
AMD Spider Platform PC Promotion

Be rewarded for purchasing an AMD Spider PC!!

Bonus Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard up for grabs when you purchase an AMD Spider Platform PC!

The Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard valued at $149.95RRP.

Promotional Period: December 10, 2007 till first 150 entries

For redemption details and terms & conditions go to www.amdpromotion.com/bonuskeyboard



AMD's first comprehensive PC platform. Code-named "Spider". It's the PC platform - evolved. A genetically engineered species of technological harmony. From the AMD Phanom processor to the ATI Radeon 3800 Series grahpics card to the AMD 7-Series Chipset. It's AMD's most comprehensive PC platform ever. Never before have platform components been designed to work together so well, to push each other so far, and to enable a computing experience so complete.

It's the PC platform of the future, but it's not the future. It's here.

www.amd.com/spider

Tony Lau

08/12/2007
Fujitsu LifeBook crowned Reliability and Service Award

Fujitsu LifeBook crowned PC Authority’s Reliability and Service Award for Best Notebook after enjoying unprecedented growth. Fujitsu PC Australia is celebrating a milestone of unprecedented growth of 120%* year on year growth to 3Qtr 2007, making Fujitsu LifeBook the fastest growing portable brand in Australia, in terms of unit shipments. Admiration for its products and services was defined by PC Authority’s Reliability and Service Award for Best Notebook Category.

Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific, a worldwide leader in manufacture of notebook and Tablet PC solutions has reached new heights of growth and recognition for its LifeBook brand in Australia. 2007 has seen the brand catapult into the Top 10 charts in Australia portable market, in terms of unit shipments according to IDC* and the company has released definitive LifeBook models in the UMPC, Ultra-portable, Corporate, and Desktop alternative markets. This enabled the company, its distributors and retail partners to provide award winning products and services to the Australian market.

Endorsement of the LifeBook brand was revealed in a survey of 14,000 votes from Australia’s tech-buying public as part of PC Authority’s Reliability and Service Award. Fujitsu PC won the Best Notebook category beating the top 5 major volume selling brands. The Best Notebook Award was presented during a glitzy evening ceremony event held at Star City on 27th November 2007. The awards are extremely competitive with the survey directly probing for user experience in reliability of the product, after-sales service and warranty support.

“Solid-build quality and reliability has always been the hallmark of the LifeBook brand with the unmatched Made in Japan assurance. We are certainly thrilled with PC Authority’s Reliability and Service Award as the recognition that our existing and future customers know they have made the right purchase decision” explains David Niu, Product Manager, Fujitsu PC Australia. “We also have dedicated service centres in major capital cities to ensure for after sales support and the satisfaction for our customers”.

In addition, 2007 has been a defining year for Fujitsu PC Australia, experiencing 120% year on year growth to the 3rd quarter 2007 bringing it to the Top 10 portables in Australia in terms of unit shipments according to IDC*. Key LifeBook models such as the S series and E series have helped in the volume sales as well as the release of the one of world’s smallest tablet convertible and ultra-portable PCs, the U1010 and P series helped gain a stronghold in the UMPC and ultra-portable markets.

This milestone is also credited to the hard work of the distributor partners Bluechip Infotech and Multimedia Technology who has contributed to establishing an extensive retail network creating the access to the much in demand LifeBook products.

“2007 has been an awesome year for us and we look forward to bringing these strong foundations and hard work to 2008 and beyond.” tells David Niu, Product Manager, Fujitsu PC Australia. “Being up against the price-driven and volume brands, we are confident that the LifeBook brand has a unique position and made in Japan quality offering to the Australian market that others cannot match.”

*Source: IDC Asia/Pacific Quarterly PC Tracker, 3Q07

Fujitsu PC Australia is the Sales and Marketing office of Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific (the Asia Pacific Regional Headquarters for PC business of Fujitsu Limited, Japan. Its responsibilities include the marketing and sales of a wide range of personal computers for the corporate and end-user markets in Australia and New Zealand. Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific pledges “Built-in Confidence” for every product under its brand name to reassure users of product and service excellence. From high performance components to stringent quality control and professional after-sales service, Fujitsu stands for reliability and satisfaction. Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Fujitsu also makes every effort to ensure that our products are manufactured in a bid to promote environment conservation and protection. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.1 trillion yen (US$43.2 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. See www.fujitsu.com for further information.

Tony Lau

22/11/2007
The AMD Spider platform is here!

The back to back release of the new AMD Phenom CPU and 790 series chipset has a lot of people talking. To have a Spider platform PC all you will need an AMD CPU, chipset and graphics card solution. This is the only platform alternative to Intel’s Centrino platform (Chipset, CPU and network card) and is directed more towards gamers rather than business. Umart already stock the AMD Phenom 9500 and have a couple of 790 based motherboards are available for pre-order.

Andrew M

02/11/2007
The updated Logitech G15 Gaming K/B - Stay informed while you game.

Good intel and the proper gear are the keys to victory, even in gaming. The Logitech® G15 keyboard keeps you informed and outfitted to win.

With the Logitech-exclusive GamePanel™ LCD, you can easily find out what server your friends are using to play Battlefield 2142™, or receive notification when your World of Warcraft® battleground becomes available. You can even identify who’s speaking in Ventrilo™. Create useful macros on the fly and play them back with a single press of a G-key. Illuminated characters allow you to play late into the night.

The Logitech® G15 gives you a winning advantage, and everyone knows it’s more fun when you win.

The Logitech G15 (Refresh) is now available at Umart Online.


Control
High-visibility GamePanel™ LCD: Displays game stats and other important system information. Illuminated characters: Choose from three levels of brightness. Locate keys easily in both bright and low-light conditions.
Six programmable G-keys: Perform single keystrokes or complex macros with six fully programmable G-keys. Create macros on the fly, without having to pause the action.

Convenience
Intelligent cable management: Keep mouse, headset, and other cords out of the way by routing them through channels on the underside of the keyboard.
Instant media access: Use the convenient one-touch controls for volume and media playback.

Tony Lau

17/10/2007
Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi

Umart now carries the latest top end motherboard from the most successful motherboard manufacturer on the planet: Asus.

I will let the guys from PC perspective explain in detail just what makes this motherboard so special.

Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi Review at PC perspective

Here is a great story from Anandtech about the new chipset that this motherboard makes use of.

Intel X38: Where's the Beef?

Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi can be found under products->Motherboard->Intel Motherboard->Asus Motherboards on the Umart Online website.



Andrew M

12/06/2007
Dell quits LCD TV market

By Matt Chapman (CRN) Production line expected to close by the end of June.

Dell is to quit the LCD television market, according to media reports in Taiwan.

Chinese language newspaper the Economic Daily quoted unnamed sources suggesting that the firm is continuing to refocus its efforts on the PC market.

Dell quietly retired from the handheld PC market two months ago after pulling the Axim Pocket PC models from its website.

The vendor is expected to roll the last of its LCD TVs off the production line by the end of June.

The world's second largest computer manufacturer entered the LCD television market in 2003 and sells its branded models in Japan, America and a handful of other regions.



Tony Lau

11/06/2007
ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 Series – Unleash the Gaming Power of DirectX® 10

The ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 unleashes the power of DirectX® 10 with awesome performance, stunning visual effects, and more dynamic interactivity than ever before. Surpass reality with easy CrossFire™ scalability, built-in HDMI, and 5.1 surround audio for an immersive HD Gaming experience.

Product Features
* Next-generation unified shader engine with 320 unified stream processors
* 512-bit memory interface
* Easy CrossFire™ scalability
* HDMI with 5.1 surround sound audio
* DirectX® 10 support

Ultimate High Definition Gaming Technology Establish a new level of performance with our next-generation unified shader engine with 320 unified stream processors, a 512-bit memory interface, CrossFire, game physics, and built-in HDMI with multi-channel 5.1 surround audio — technology designed for discerning gamers.

Leadership for Windows Vista™
Enjoy powerful graphics performance, improved stability, and an immersive HD gaming experience for Windows Vista. ATI Catalyst™ software is designed for quick setup of graphics, video, and multiple displays, and automatically configures optimal system settings for lifelike DirectX 10 gaming and the visually stunning Windows Aero™ user interface.

Click the link above to experience the difference with DirectX® 10 (video)

Tony Lau

08/05/2007
Microsoft says goodbye to MSN Hotmail

Microsoft on Sunday announced the global release of Windows Live Hotmail, the long-awaited successor to its popular MSN Hotmail free, Web-based e-mail service.

The company said the new software features a number of enhancements over MSN Hotmail, including built-in instant messaging capabilities through Windows Live Messenger, a safety bar that uses white, yellow, or red flags to rate the risk of incoming messages, and the ability to delete, block, and report spam with a single click.

The service also will feature 2 Gbytes of free e-mail storage. Many of the new features in Windows Live Hotmail are designed to help Microsoft keep pace with Internet rivals Yahoo and Google. Yahoo's Yahoo Mail and Google's Gmail already feature a number so-called Web 2.0 capabilities that go beyond basic e-mail and extend to messaging, chat, and mobile access.



While the e-mail services are themselves free to users, they carry advertisements that can be a lucrative source of revenue for Internet companies. The ads also can be a gateway to other paid services of which the e-mail providers get a cut. "E-mail is a key point of influence for consumer purchases," said Steve Berkowitz, senior VP for online services at Microsoft.

Microsoft's revenue from online services increased 11 percent to US$623 million in the company's most recent third quarter -- that's healthy growth, but it's a modest number compared with Google's multibillion dollar Internet business.

Microsoft was largely mum on reports last week that it may try to acquire or partner with Yahoo in an effort to close the gap.

In addition to more Web 2.0 features, Microsoft also is creating options for Windows Live Hotmail that may entice the millions of office workers that use Microsoft Outlook for business e-mail to choose Hotmail for personal use.

Later this month, the company said it's planning to release Outlook Connector, which will enable people to view and manage their Windows Live Hotmail account from within Outlook for free.

It also will provide contact, e-mail, and e-mail folder synchronisation between Hotmail and Outlook. Microsoft originally intended to label the successor to MSN Hotmail as Windows Live Mail, but opted for Windows Live Hotmail after many users complained about losing the Hotmail tag on their e-mails.

Microsoft originally launched Hotmail in 1996. Existing MSN Hotmail users will have the option of continuing to use that service for a time, Microsoft said.

Source: CRN Paul McDougall

Tony Lau

16/04/2007
Introducing the XFX nForce 680I LT SLI INTEL SOCKET 775 Motherboard

High-Performance motherboard by XFX

Provide features designed with the gamer in mind. Take advantage of NVIDIA FirstPacket technology to prioritize your gaming traffic and be the 'King of Ping'.

With nVIDIA nForce 680i chipset, it provides you with a comprehensive set of overclocking tools giving everyone from the most veteran enthusiast to the novice overclocker the ability to unleash the hardware in their PC.
XFX Extreme 33P-N680-ILT Gamer SLi Motherboards is now available at Umart Online!!!

Features: High Definition Audio (HDA)
Using HDA, systems can deliver 192kHz/32-bit quality for eight channels, supporting new audio formats.

Windows Vista™ Capable
NVIDIA nForce®-based motherboards are perfect for Microsoft® Windows Vista™ when coupled with an NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU and 512MB of system memory.

Designed for NVIDIA SLI technology
NVIDIA SLI technology is a revolutionary platform innovation that allows users to intelligently scale graphics performance by combining multiple NVIDIA graphics solutions in a single system with an nForce SLI MCP.

Dual DDR2 Memory Architecture
Ensures data and information are relayed through the system as quickly as possible for incredible performance.

NVIDIA MediaShield™ Storage
Suite of features that safeguards your most important digital media assets. Includes RAID and SATA drive support.

PCI Express
Designed to run with PCI Express bus architecture. This bus doubles the bandwidth of AGP 8X, delivering 4GB/s of upstream data transfer and 4GB/s of downstream data transfer.

Networking with NVIDIA nForce
NVIDIA networking delivers the highest network throughput at the lowest CPU utilization. The manageable and stable NVIDIA networking solution results in better networking management and a lower total cost of ownership. Only NVIDIA integrates this level of networking features to allow you to take your online experience to the next level.

NVIDIA FirstPacket technology
Be the 'King of Ping' with NVIDIA FirstPacket technology. Get the crystal-clear phone conversations and online gaming performance you expect. NVIDIA FirstPacket technology assures your game data, VoIP conversations, and large file transfers are delivered according to preferences set by you in an intuitive wizard.

NVIDIA Native Gigabit Ethernet
The industry's fastest Gigabit Ethernet performance eliminates network bottlenecks and improves overall system efficiency and performance.

Tony Lau

13/04/2007
ASUS Gaming Notebook Series

Need a mobile gaming unit that doesn't compromise with performance? ASUS is about to release its new gaming notebook series with the G1 and G2 models. Running on Core 2 Duo processors and 512MB of dedicated video memory, these mobile beasts are the perfect answer to gaming on the run. With 2GB of memory, DVD lightscribe, wlan, and so much more extras, this notebook is sure to catch people's eyes. With a beautifully finished cover and even sidelights, you will be the centre of attention. The G1 and G2 are born to game.

If you've been holding off on picking up a mobile gaming machine, Asus has officially launched two gamer-focused designs that should pack the power those FPS freaks want need. The 15.4-inch G1 and 17-inch G2 sport common innards and unique styling cues, as the G1 rocks green outer LEDs while the G2 is complimented in red. Beneath the hood of these beasts is your choice of Intel's T7600/T7400/T7200/T5600/T5500 Core 2 Duo processor, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, up to 160GB SATA hard drive, LightScribe-compatible dual-layer DVD burner, built-in 1.3-megapixel webcam, Bluetooth, and 802.11a/b/g.

Josh Tan

Geforce 8600 - DirectX 10 for everyone

Looking for a DirectX 10 video card, but the 8800's are just out of your reach? The new 8600 series brings a great value video card without breaking the bank. One of the few DirectX 10 compatible cards on the market, it will be released next week. And yes, you will be able to purchase the 8600's right here at Umart Online!

If you want to join the ranks of the cool kids with one of those nifty DirectX 10 cards for promoting Vista shenanigans, but don't want to sell any vital internal organs to purchase a GeForce 8800 GTX or one of those upcoming ATI R600 cards, then you might be happy to hear that the price of entry is about to get a whole lot cheaper. engadget review

Josh Tan

04/04/2007
D-Link offers 11-year wireless N warranty in Europe

Network hardware manufacturer D-Link is to offer an 11-year warranty for every product within its wireless N portfolio with immediate effect in Europe.

IEEE 802.11n, commonly referred to as wireless N, is the latest Wi-Fi connection standard which should be up to 10 times faster than current Wi-Fi with a top data speed of 540Mbps.



"We have every confidence in the high quality of our wireless N products and believe that extraordinary products deserve to be combined with extraordinary service levels," said Kevin Wen, president of D-Link Europe.

"Increasing our warranty terms and conditions from two to 11 years accentuates the confidence we have in our products and translates into a direct benefit for our customers."

The somewhat unusual 11-year life span of the warranty aims to demonstrate the company's commitment to this new wireless technology and give customers strong confidence in the product range.

Customers with products from D-Link's wireless N portfolio are also covered by the new 11-year warranty.

"D-Link's wireless N product range features an intuitive user interface, enabling customers to be online in minutes," said Andrew Mulholland, UK marketing manager at D-Link Europe.

Written By Staff Writers, VNUNET

Tony Lau

Unbeatable Muscle - Factory Overclocked 8800s

Nvidia released its 8800 chipset late last year which brought the level of graphics performance to a whole new level of realism. Not long after, overclocking enthusiasts further pushed the limits of the various cards to new heights with varying degrees of success. The restrictions placed on overclocked versions have recently been lifted and various factory overclocked 8800s are now available. If you’re not too sure what overclocking is or how it compares to original factory cards, the following article might just help.

Overclocked 8800s now avaliable at Umart Online!!!

Of late, the restriction on overclocked versions has been lifted and those thrill seeking performance hounds can find factory overclocked models. Today, we look at the performance of two overclocked versions of Nvidia's high-end, DX10 processor in the EVGA 8800GTX KO and the Foxconn 8800GTS..

Peter Chan

Catch the “Wave”!

Logitech has recently revealed plans for hopefully the first of many peripherals designed exclusively for Windows Vista - in the form of a highly stylish and functional ergonomic keyboard/mouse package known as the "Wave". The Wave offers standard multimedia functionality as well as specific buttons assigned to Vista features such as Vista Gadgets and Flip3D and promises to lift the whole Vista experience. Pricing has not been announced but is expected to fall around the $100 mark.

Logitech recently has received FCC approval for a new wireless keyboard/mouse combination called “Cordless Desktop Wave”.

Peter Chan

21/03/2007
MS Wireless Laser Desktop 4000 - easier and faster to navigate Vista

Microsoft next month plans to release a mouse and keyboard bundle that provides one-touch access to Windows Vista and Windows Live features.

The Wireless Laser Desktop 4000 includes a Comfort Curve Keyboard design that reduces physical stress from typing and a laser mouse that's more responsive than the older optical mouse, the company said.


The keyboard provides a key for launching the Windows Start menu, which in Vista features Live search for the PC or the Web. In addition, there's one-touch access to Windows Gadgets, mini-applications that display information such as weather, news, and stock quotes, and to start an instant messaging session or video call.

The laser mouse includes one-click access to an instant viewer tool that enables users to view all open windows at once and to easily switch between applications. A magnifier tool is available to enlarge sections of the screen for viewing and editing images, documents, and Web sites. The mouse also provides four-way scrolling for moving up, down, left, and right on long Web pages and spreadsheets.
Click Here The Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 4000 is scheduled to be available at retailers in April in the US. Pricing is estimated at US$79.95.
Microsoft offers a variety of keyboard and mouse bundles that are meant to make it easier and faster to navigate Windows.

Tony L

27/02/2007
Samsung turbocharges graphics memory

World's fastest now even faster.

Samsung announced today that it has increased the data transfer speed of what it claims is the world's fastest graphics memory by two-thirds.

The Korean electronics giant said that the GDDR4 advances will allow graphics memory to better process video images in desktop PCs, notebooks and workstations, and to move huge volumes of video simultaneously.

"Our new GDDR4 memory will add even more zip in video applications, making gaming, computer-aided design and video editing a lot faster than ever before," said Mueez Deen, marketing director for graphics memory at Samsung Semiconductor.

"This will enable ultra-smooth movements in animation, making games incredibly realistic and resulting in a truly immersive experience."

Using 80nm production technology, the 4Gbps (2GHz) platform is a claimed 66 per cent faster than today's fastest commercially available memory.

The 4Gbps graphics memory, offered in a 512Mb density, has a 32-bit data bus configuration. GDDR4 uses JEDEC-approved standards for signal noise reduction to help attain the highest possible speed.

Samsung said that the memory is ready for customer sampling this month.

Tony Lau

20/02/2007
Easier. Faster. Smarter.

The 2007 Microsoft Office release is the new way to get things done. Improved features help you manage information, organize your work, and stay connected. The new user interface is so intuitive, it's almost as if it knows exactly what you need.

Sales

09/02/2007
Upgrade to Windows Vista Now

Microsoft's Windows Vista promises to take the lead in bringing our everyday computing to a whole new level of productivity - however upgrading operating systems may not always be as simple as we would like. There are many factors to consider - what version to buy, in-place upgrade or new installation, system requirements, driver support, software support, and the list goes on. In light of this, we hope that the following article will be of some help to our valued customers.


Click on the above link to view:
"Build a Windows Vista Upgrade Parachute, Guy Thomas"

Peter Chan

07/02/2007
Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000


Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the road, keeping in touch with friends, family, and business associates is easy with the LifeCam NX-6000. Compact and reliable, this webcam was designed especially for notebook computers.

• High Definition 2.0 Megapixel Video
• High Definition 7.6 Megapixel Still Photos
• Built-in Microphone
• Wide-angle Lens
• 3X Digital Zoom
• Optimized for Windows Live Messenger
• Notebook Mobility



Jai F

11/01/2007
Introducing the Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor

The next generation of CPUs are here, in the form of not two cores - but four. The world's first ever retail quad-core processor is set to deliver unprecedented performance to desktop and mainstream servers:
- Up to 54% better performance for intense multimedia applications, streaming movies, music, and more with powerful Intel quad-core technology
- Up to 53% better performance when enjoying immersive 3-D gaming
- Up to 79% faster performance for highly-threaded applications when creating multimedia and 3-D content

Intel® Core™2 Quad Processors now available from Umart Online!!!

"Whether you're creating multimedia, annihilating your gaming enemies, or running compute-intensive applications at one time, new quad-core processing will change the way you do everything.."

Peter Chan

Microsoft Office 2007

Microsoft's most revolutionary update to MS Office for over a decade is finally here with the release of Office 2007. Boasting a new user interface and a pack of additional features, the new Office promises to allow users easier and quicker to produce great looking documents, high-impact presentations, effective spreadsheets, and powerful desktop database applications.

"PC World: Office 2007 beats Wii as "most innovative" product.."

Peter Chan

Corsair Dominator DDR2 Memory

One of the recent innovations in the memory market is the Corsair Dominator DDR2-1111. This new product features the 'Dual-path Heat Xchange' or DHX technology, which helps cool down your system. The 'Dominator' uses a new heat sink assembly and the addition of an airflow fan to cool down even the most overclocked DDR module.


Pushing performance specs generates heat, and that can compromise reliability and component life. The advanced cooling ability of Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHX) heat sinks keeps your memory safe and reliable even as you push it to the limit. Under the name XMS2 DOMINATOR, this DHX technology will be showing up on both Corsair parts designed for extreme overclocking and on memory designed for performance computing and gaming.

Josh Tan

04/11/2006
Canon Powershot A630

With the approach of the holiday season, camera manufacturers typically refresh their product lines. That's just what Canon has done with their popular "A" series of compact cameras. The Canon "A" series cameras offer photo enthusiasts an intermediate step between the convenient, shirt pocket point and shoot cameras, and a full-fledged DSLR.

The Canon A630 are refreshes of last year's A620, and it features both a larger screen and more megapixels. The A630 now feature a 2.5" LCD screen - pretty much the standard for this year's crop of cameras, as compared to the A620's 2.0" screen. Whereas the A620 was a 7.4-MP camera, the A630 is 8.3MP (3264 X 2448) camera.

The Canon A630 is now available at Umart Online!!!

Tony Lau

24/10/2006
Mozilla releases Firefox 2 this week

While Microsoft recently released the final version of IE 7. The Firefox 2 will release before this end of this week in USA.

Firefox 2 theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability without altering the familiarity of the browsing experience. It's also more secure, enhance search capabilites as well as improving tabbed browsing.


Tony Lau

20/10/2006
Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 7

Fresh off of the heels of the release of Firefox latest preview version of its next-generation browser, Microsoft launched a new version of its Internet Explorer browser, the first overall new version in over five years. Microsoft promises ease of use and more security, but has to deal with a vulnerability that was discovered within hours of the browser's release.

In addition to tabbed browsing - a key feature in Mozilla's Firefox browser - Microsoft claims it has integrated numerous new security safeguards into the new Internet Explorer. However, the browser's introduction is somewhat overshadowed by a minor security hole that was discovered by security firm Secunia within hours of launch: The firm said that IE7 has trouble handling mhtml URLs, which could allow malicious users - such as phishers - to "access documents served from another website" and "disclose potentially sensitive information."

Tony Lau

17/10/2006
Nvidia 680i Chipset

Here it is, Core 2 Duo + SLi. We should start seeing these in motherboards fairly soon.

here is what Nvidia had to say.

"We thought you might appreciate a sneak peek of our next generation NVIDIA nForce platform for current and upcoming Intel processors - the nForce 680i SLI - that will be the foundation for the definitive gaming platform. NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI-based motherboards will be available in November from leading motherboard partners."



Andrew M

18/09/2006
Logitech\'s mice on a scroll

In the US - Logitech released two new mice on Thursday with improved scrolling capabilities: the MX Revolution (right) and the VX Revolution. Release date for both mice in Australia is yet to be confirmed.

The MX Revolution mouse has customizable buttons and a side scroll wheel for switching between desktop windows or zooming. There is also a dedicated search button, which can be linked to any engine. A click of that button returns search results for whatever has been highlighted with the mouse.

The VX Revolution is the notebook version of the MX Revolution. It has a slot for the 2.4GHz micro-receiver and a slide button for zooming instead of a side scroll wheel. The VX, like the MX, has a MicroGear Precision Scroll Wheel that allows for faster scrolling with fewer flicks of the finger.

Tony Lau

50 years of the hard drive

Happy birthday, hard drive
September 2006 marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the world's first commercial hard drive—the 305 RAMAC Machine. The RAMAC--officially announced on Sept. 13, 1956--weighed 1 ton and stored 5MB of data on 50 spinning platters, 24 inches in diameter.

Article written by Michael Kanellos from CNET News.com
Image courtesy of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies

Facts & figures
The first hard drive (RAMAC) -- delivered on Sept. 13, 1956 -- weighed 2,140 lbs and stored 5 megabytes of data.
Today, a video iPod weighs 5.5 ounces and holds up to 60 gigabytes.
In 1956, the RAMAC cost $50,000, or $10,000 per MB.
Today, a GB of storage on a 3.5-inch hard drive can cost less than 50 cents.

Tony Lau

30/08/2006
DFi LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R

Just out from DFi, its latest Lanparty series motherboard for AM2. Based on NVIDIA's nForce4 ® SLI ™ media and communications processors (MCPs), the LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R offers users more control with extra headroom for maximum overclockability. Furthermore, NVIDIA SLI (Scalable Link Interface) technology coupled with compatible NVIDIA GeForce graphic cards can deliver up to two times the rock solid and blazing fast performance.

Andrew M

15/08/2006
Beginner\'s Guide to Motherboard Selection

We were all beginners once, and these days technology is changing so fast that it's hard to catch up even for some experts.

Internet’s premiere resource for hardware news and reviews Tom’s Hardware Guide writer Thomas Soderstrom has written an article about choosing the right motherboard for both Intel and AMD CPU. The article features a list of useful information from Pentium III/AMD Duron era to the latest Intel Core2Duo/AMD Athlon 64 X2 series.

So what goes into choosing a motherboard? Certainly the support for a desired CPU is key. But a motherboard is far more than simply the device a CPU plugs into!...



A somewhat common worst-case scenario for first-time builders is to spend hundreds of dollars in parts, only to find that they do not all fit together. Less common is when parts that fit together don't work together. But the most frequent problem new builders face is an inappropriate component selection that may limit the performance of a high-priced system, making the added expense a waste of money.

Choosing parts that fit and work well together requires consideration of motherboard size, socket type and chipset features. Getting the best performance involves intricacies such as memory configuration and graphics support. Ultimate functionality requires consideration of onboard devices and/or additional card slots.

That seems like a lot of things to consider, and with over two dozen brands offering hundreds of options, nobody said it would be easy. However, a little general knowledge and a few reviews can take the guesswork out of motherboard selection so you can narrow the market down to a small number of "best matched" models.

Tony Lau

14/08/2006
Make Your PC Leap Ahead with GIGABYTE6-Quad motherboard

With its unmatched pedigree and specifications, the GIGABYTE GA-965P-DQ6 is a high-performance platform designed by power users for extreme PC enthusiasts and hardcore gamers. Embodying intense performance, the GA-965P-DQ6 represents a fusion of the industry\'s most advanced technologies such as the latest Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo processor, together with revolutionary designs from GIGABYTE that include Quad Cooling, Quad eSATA 2, Quad BIOS, and Quad Triple Phase, not to mention durable solid capacitors with better electronic conductivity and excellent heat resistance for enhanced system durability.

For powers users to customize their systems based on their individual requirements, the GA-965P-DQ6 features a complete range of performance tuning tools, such as C.I.A.2, BIOS Setting Recovery, and the latest Easy Tune Center from GIGABYTE.

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DQ6 is now available at Umart Online!

Tony Lau

07/07/2006
Thermaltake Armor Jr. Mid-Tower Case

Thermaltake is a significant player in the PC case market and has been for many years. High quality, feature rich products with bold styling are what consumers have come to expect from Thermaltake, and they aren't often disappointed. A relatively new addition to the stable is the Armor Jr. chassis. Taking some styling clues from its older, bigger brother (the popular full-tower Armor case) the Armor Jr. is not only smaller, but has some unique features of its own.

Thermaltake Armor Junior is now available at UMART ONLINE!

Tony Lau

01/07/2006
Microsoft delay Office 2007 release

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft said on Thursday it will delay the release of its Office 2007 business productivity software to improve product performance in the latest setback for the world's largest software maker.

Microsoft said it will now aim for a launch of Office 2007 to business customers by the end of 2006 rather than an earlier target of October. Microsoft also said it would delay the general availability of the Office upgrade to early 2007 from its previous January target.

Tony Lau

26/06/2006
Asus EN7600GS Top Silent with Zero db cooling

ASUS introduced the EN7600GS TOP graphics card. It incorporated the ASUS GPU-on-the-back ReverseCool® Technology, which delivers efficient cooling at 0db. Powered by the Nvidia GeForce 7600GS GPU and -2 DDR2 512M memory, the EN7600GS TOP Silent delivers a 25% performance increase compared to generic 7600GS cards.

The EN7600GS TOP Silent adopted a unique cooling solution that positioned the GPU and heatsink on the backside of the graphics card, placing them directly in the airflow path of the CPU fan for fast heat dissipation.

Besides providing larger heat exchange area, the extended heatsink takes on a clamshell design, which enables users to open up the heatsink, like a clamshell phone, for enhanced ventilation. By leveraging the CPU fan, the all-new ASUS graphics card is fan-less and operates at 0dB for quiet computing.

Tony Lau

23/06/2006
Are you staying up late to watch World Cup matches??

Everybody is excited with Australia score their entry ticket to the second round. Soccer fans will definitely staying up late to watch the Socceroos play against Italy and other exciting matches. Unfortunately most of our bosses won't be impress if we didn't turn up for work in the morning.

VideoMate DVB-T200A allows you to watch free-to-air digital terrestrial TV shows on your PC, bringing a world of enhanced TV services directly to your PC, turning your computer into a home entertainment center by bringing digital TV viewing and personal digital video recording capabilities to your PC.

With Compro's powerful Power Up Scheduling features, you don't need to stay awake all night or leave your PC's powered up.

The popular COMPRO VideoMate DVB-T200A is available under our "Video Editing" section.

Tony Lau

XFX 7950 GX2 Extreme & XXX Edition

NVIDIA has launched the new flagship of their graphics processor line, the GeForce 7950 GX2. The 7950 GX2 in itself is one of the most highly anticipated products of the year.

The XFX 7950 GX2 XXX [default core clock of 570 MHz, combined memory clock of 1550 MHz] will have a debut price in the AUD$1100-1200 range. This would be deemed expensive by the average computer jockey, but not at all by the enthusiast that's shelled out almost twice that amount for two 7900 GTX 512Mb cards to run in SLI configuration.

While this card will probably not yet compete heads up with the 7900 GTX 512 Mb cards in SLI configuration, it's not very far off the mark at all and the slight variances certainly don't justify double the price and almost double the system resources. This among the reasons stated above in our "Impression" certainly make the XFX 7950 GX2 XXX a product that will soar to great heights once the supply meets the obvious demand.

The XFX 7950 GX2 is now available at UMART Online!

Tony Lau

16/06/2006
New security updates for Windows XP

Software giant Microsoft has gotten into the habit of releasing security updates to its Windows operating systems and flagship applications on the second Tuesday of each month, leading the monicker Patch Tuesday.

The new set of updates comprise the largest security update the company has released in over a year, including nine updates to patch flaws in its Windows operating system, two updates for products in its Office product suite for Windows, and one patch for its Exchange server software.

The security patches are available directly within Windows via its auto-update functionality, or users can connect to the Microsoft Update Web site to download the appropriate software for their system. Microsoft recommends Windows users download the updates as soon as possible. At least one of the problems patched in the update is already being exploited by attackers.


Tony Lau

BenQ FP73G 6ms LCD monitor

We have added an extra model in the BenQ LCD lineup. The 17-inch FP73G with 6ms response time, 700:1 contrast ratio with both analog and digital inputs. Their narrow bezels (12-13mm) design, which BenQ says makes them ideal for side-by-side viewing compared to FP71G series.

The FP73G is now available at Umart Online.


Tony Lau

15/06/2006
Google Earth gets a boost in high-res image data

Just in time for its first birthday, Google released an updated version of its Google Earth satellite imagery application. The company says that more than 20 percent of the landmass of the entire globe is now covered with high-resolution satellite imagery, allowing about one third of the world's population to see their homes in detail. By Wolfgang Gruener
Please click the link for download (Install at your own risk. Umart will not provide support)

Tony Lau

08/06/2006
Asus PW201

Meet the new Asus 20-Inch Widescreen LCD with built in Webcam. Overall the monitor looks very stylish and includes speakers on either side of the display.

20.1" widescreen (16:10) anti-reflection glare-type LCD panel • 1680 x 1050 high resolution • Support both DVI-D and D-SUB inputs • 800:1 contrast ratio • 300nits brightness • Response time acceleration technology • Composite, S-Video, Component (YPbPr) • Two built-in 3W stereo speakers • Flexible tilting angles and height adjustment • Portrait and landscape viewing options • Support VESA 100 x 100 wall mount • Equip KENSINGTON security lock and headphone jack • 3-year system and panel warranty

Andrew M

09/05/2006
Seageate 750gig

Seagate has just released its latest monster drive: 750 Gigabytes!

Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX), the world's number one hard drive maker, today surged to new levels of areal density and storage capacity leadership with the introduction of the world's first desktop hard drive to hit the 750GB capacity mark. The monster drive is part of the new Barracuda 7200.10 family built on perpendicular recording technology to meet the growing storage capacity, performance and reliability requirements of desktop computers and low-end servers.

Andrew M

06/05/2006
BFG Ageia PhysX Card

BFG will be releasing its PhysX card on May 9th in the US. This PCI card communicates with PC games to produce amazing physics calculations taking an immense load off the CPU and Graphics card.
Some of the games slated for release this year and next have stunning effects that are unmatched by anything ever created. Things that you only see in pre-rendered movies and real life can now be displayed in real time, interactively.
A truly amazing piece of hardware.

Andrew M

29/04/2006
Canon all new PIXMA All-in-One printers

Canon has released two new PIXMA All-in-One printers - the PIXMA MP830 and the PIXMA MP800R (Wireless).
These two new models are designed for both home office uses as well as personal photo lab uses. These two new printers offer a sleek design and uncompromising quality in both the business world as well as the photo printing world.
You’ll get speeds up to 30 pages per minute in black and 24 ppm in color as well as networked support (with Wi-Fi support in the MP800R). On the photo side, both printers offer Canon’s five color ContrastPLUS ink system with resolutions up to 9600 x 2400 color dpi.
Both MP830 and MP830R are available at Umart Online!

Tony L

Canon Powershots A540

Canon has releases two new PowerShot cameras that combine ease of use with creative flexibility – the PowerShot A700 and PowerShot A540. The PowerShot A540 delivers 6.0 Megapixel resolution and a high performance 4x optical zoom lens. It feature an extensive range of creative shooting modes and are compatible with optional converter lenses for extended versatility.
The versatile PowerShot A540 is the replacement to last year's popular PowerShot A520 and it is available at all our Umart Online stores.

Tony L

08/04/2006
MSI SATA DVD Burner - XA52P

MSI has released what they claim to be the first SATA DVD burner. Although this doesn't actually mean any kind of speed boost whatsoever, it will defiantly appeal to people who are starting to purchase drives with ONE IDE channel and 4 to 8 SATA interfaces. This is defiantly something that we will probably see more of very soon.

Andrew M

01/03/2006
OCZ Ultra-Low Latency 2GB Dual Channel Kits

OCZ produces super high quality 1GB moduals with ultra low latancy in mind... "The new OCZ PC-4000 1GB Platinum Edition was developed for the unique needs of gamers and enthusiasts. The PC-4000 Platinum XTC is the ultimate memory solution for contemporary graphic-intensive PC titles and provides unsurpassed reliability and performance to unleash every graphic possibility."

Andrew M

31/01/2006
Intel Bad-Axe

A new motherboard being un-veild by Intel geared towards the ever-growing enthusiest market. The new motherbaord codenamed "Bad-Axe" - D975Xbx sports not two, but three 16x PCI-E slots (enableing for up to six monitors to be utilized). Eight SATA (4 - 3gb/s, 4 - 1.5), 8 USB ports, both Optical and Coaxial S/PDIF Out.

Andrew M

23/01/2006
Geforce 7300

Nvidia has begun releasing it's first low-cost 7 series GFX card the 7300 GS. This should prove to be quite an good value for money card and should start to see the level of graphics developers can program for the low-end consumer base increase.

Andrew M

18/01/2006
AMD Dualcore FX-60

An end of an era - The final socket 939 CPU to be made by AMD. But what a way to go, the super powerfull AMD FX 60. Both an FX series CPU and dual core this CPU is a real monster. It is not only faster than the Intel "Extreme Edition" Processor but consumes far less power. Amd Should be releasing its new platform Socket-AM2 fairly shortly.

Andrew M

13/01/2006
Quad SLi

There has been rumor for a while concirning a four GPU SLI setup in the works for some time now. Now it is reality. An amazing feat, four 7800 GTX GPUs a masive 2.0 gigabytes of video ram. Seemless framerates in 32x Antialiasing and 16x anisotropic filtering at 2560x1600 in some of the most demanding of 3D games.

Andrew M

10/01/2006
Western Digital Raptor X

Western Digital have released a new line of the super fast (10,000 RPM) Raptor hard drives with two 75gig platers totaling 150gig. The "X" varient of this new line of drives has a small window above the platers to show the disk access.

Andrew M

03/01/2006
Cornice Micro Hard drive

Cornice is launching what it calls "The worlds smallest" micro drive. About the size of a matchbox this tiny hard drive can store from 8 gig to 10 gig and is far cheaper than flash memory $/gigabyte. The real use for these drives will be in smaller higher capacity MP3 Players and mobile phones but a USB version is available.

Andrew M

21/12/2005
Thermalrock

Thermaltake, Or \"Tt\" have just launched a subsidiary company recently called Thermalrock. It seems to do pretty much the same thing as Termaltake sporting even more colourfull and inovative cases, high quality powersupplys and exceptional cooling.

Andrew M

15/12/2005
Logitech Z-5450 Digital 5.1 Speaker System

New amazing quality speakers from Logitech have recently been un-veiled sporting wireless rear suround speakers. The Logitech Z-5450 are slightly more expensive than the Z-5500 behmoth but with the new wireless rear speakers it would be worth the extra to some people to finnally be rid of the unsightly wireing strung out over the floor.

Andrew M

14/12/2005
TDK Blue Ray Starting mass production

TDK has started shipping out mass production samples of its cartridgless Blue Ray media to optical drive companies before full production. These discs feature the new DURABIS 2 coating that boast amazing durability enabeling them to be 'bare' or cartridgless as aposed to regular Blue Ray discs. There will be four all up, 50gig(DL) & 25gig one write only discs plus 50gig(DL) & 25gig re-write discs.

Andrew M

09/12/2005
XFX GeForce 6800 GS XXX Edition

Nvidia has been churning out its new 6800GS chips for a while now and with very good performence to doller ratio companies such as XFX have been itching to show what they can do with them. Behold the XFX GeForce 6800 GS XXX Edition overclocked to 485 MHz core 1.100 MHz GDDR3 memory. This card is priced between the 6800 vanilla and the 6800GT yet still manages to pull about the same weight performence wise. Definatly a good buy this Christmass.

Andrew M

08/12/2005
Sapphire\'s Pure Inovation

Sapphire has been busy working on its new main board targeting computer enthusiasts and gamers. This board is a completely fresh approach from Sapphire, utilizing the ATI Express 200 Chipset the board will be a killer over clocker and piled high with features. [right click on image and click "view image" to zoom.]

Delivering on its promise to introduce an exciting new series of motherboards, Sapphire Technology has just announced Pure Innovation - a high end product developed for gamers and PC enthusiasts who want to get the maximum enjoyment from their AMD Sempron, Athlon64TM,FX and even X2 systems using the latest hardware and performance tuning options.

Andrew M

05/12/2005
Gigabyte\\\'s i-RAM

Gigabyte has developed a way of using regular DDR memory moduals for use via a SATA controller that enables blindingly fast access times for loading high end aplications for speedy use. Complete with a battery to hold data in the event that the PC is unplugged, so reliable that gigabyte even note that you could load your operating system onto it for insane bootup times.

Andrew M

29/11/2005
DVI Connector

Different Type of the DVI Connector! *Please Save the Image in your Computer for Large View

Johnny Tin

23/11/2005
7800GTX 512meg

Nvidia will stop at nothing to stay ahead of its arch rival ATi in this latest round of the titans. Presenting the new Nvidia 7800GTX 512meg edition, sporting insanely clocked DDR3 memory and a higher clocked GPU this killer card delivers more graphics horse power than ever before.

Andrew Meredith

12/11/2005
Astone ISO Slim 5GB USB Mass Storage Device

The 5GB Iso Slim is so small and thin it can fit easily in your jeans pocket or purse. In fact it’s hardly bigger than a business card. And its stylish brushed silver finish is the height of elegance. This 1.8'' HDD requires no external power to transfer data at a lightning-fast 480Mbps using high speed USB 2.0 technology. Whether you use it to store music, videos, photos or work documents, the Iso Slim is so delightfully sophisticated you’ll want to take it everywhere.

Tony Lau

Seagate Barracuda 500GB 16MB cache SATA NCQ

The Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 with SATA 3Gb/s and Native Command Queuing(NCQ)adheres to the SATA 2.5 rev. specification and is the industry's most comprehensive family of 3.5-inch drives, providing leading technology targeted at SATA servers, mainstream and high-performance PCs/workstations, PC gaming systems and media PCs. Backed by an industry-leading unprecedented five-year warranty.

Tony Lau

06/11/2005
Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic Sound Card Review

Creative Labs can probably be excused for bragging about its new Sound Blaster X-Fi audio platform. At the heart of the innovative technology is a CPU that houses a whopping 51 million transistors and can process more than 10 billion--yes, billion--instructions per second. Indeed, to realize the equivalent power from an Audigy setup, you'd purportedly need to connect 24 of the little buggers together in parallel. Furthermore, X-Fi sound cards allow users to tailor their gaming, music, movie, and recording experience in ways not possible with prior sound cards. The question is whether all that audio muscle is really necessary in the real world. We put the runt of the X-Fi sound card litter through its subjective paces, and the answer is a definitive…maybe.

The ETA of the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Series is Mid/Late November.

Tony Lau

Mozilla Tests Next Firefox

New features in the browser include a better system for updating software, faster navigation using the "Back" and "Forward" tabs, and a redesigned Options/Preferences window that increases the number of category icons and moves them from the left side of the window to the top. Firefox 1.5 should be available in full release before the end of the year.

Tony Lau

19/10/2005
Intel confirms Presler shipments to system builders

As part of its third quarter earnings announcement, Intel confirmed that it has begun shipping 65 nm dual-core Presler processors, which will succeed the current Pentium D 800 series. The company reported revenues of $9.96 billion and a net income of $2.0 billion for the third quarter

Nolan

06/10/2005
Intel Pentium D 820 Overclocking Performance

Intel now has so many different processor series to choose from it makes buying the right one a difficult job. The current LGA775 platform supports a number of processors featuring different clock speeds, front side bus speeds, cache and cores. The basic single-core processors at the moment are from the Pentium 4 5xx and 6xx series. However, Intel now also offers a new range of dual-core processors. There are two desktop series to choose from, the ridiculously expensive Pentium Extreme Edition series or the more affordable Pentium D series.

Nolan Leung

The WD Caviar SE16 400 GB Gets Ready to Face The World

Whenever we talk to representatives of storage companies these days - especially hard drive makers - they are always very excited about the future. The demand for storage is increasing, both in the home and business segments, and the traditional hard drive companies are feeling invigorated.

Nolan Leung

28/09/2005
Round-Up: Comparison Testing of 22 Hard Disk Drives

The jockeying for position among hard drive makers never seems to end, particularly in the areas of drive capacity and speed. As a result, hard disks have nearly doubled their capabilities over the last few years, in contrast to the performance of CPUs and systems as a whole. But that's no mere anomaly; we expect further improvements and enhancements in the immediate future.

Nolan Leung

26/09/2005
Corsair XMS TWIN2X2048 6400...

Are you looking at building a new computer or upgrading the one you already have? If so then you might want to consider a 2GB memory configuration. Corsair is now offering a number of impressive 2GB Dual-Channel memory kits and this review looks at their PC2-6400 DDR2 memory.

Nolan Leung

The Making of the Next Final Fantasy: Five Steps To A Quality RPG

The most successful role-playing games have historically excelled in five key elements. We will explore these characteristics, which represent what gamers really crave when they get involved in a new RPG. Anyone interested in creating the next great RPG will need to cover these.

Nolan Leung

22/09/2005
NVIDIA Announces AMD Integrated Graphics

NVIDIA announced today the introduction of an Integrated Graphics chipset for the AMD Athlon 64 processor. The GeForce 6100, the new NVIDIA chipset, brings a number of firsts to the market.

Nolan Leung

Three premium nForce4 motherboards from Gigabyte, Jetway, and MSI

As recently as a few months ago, there was no arguing that the best chipsets for Pentium processors came from Intel. While ATI, ULi, SiS, and VIA all offer competing products, Intel's reputation as the market leader left no doubt about who was in the driver's seat. But with the Intel Edition of its nForce4 chipset, NVIDIA has become the first vendor to call Intel's dominance of the high-end segment of the market into question.

Nolan Leung

09/09/2005
Speedy Notebook Storage with Seagate\'s latest Momentus Drive

Seagate's new Momentus allows notebooks to be equipped with hard disks featuring up to 120 GB of capacity while setting new records for transfer rates and access times. We test both versions: Serial ATA and UltraATA/100.

Tony Lau

Six Pentium Motherboards Reviewed

Intel's chipset family has come a long way to offer the broadest feature set ever. And yes, we're making it official: Intel is closing the price/performance ratio gap vs. AMD. Our tests involving six 945P motherboards tell the story.

Tony Lau

Dual Core And The Future of Gaming

Intel and AMD\'s introductions of dual-core processors may have ushered in a new age of computing, but so far, these new architectures have done little to radically change the PC gaming experience. As our tests showed in the Pentium D 840 dual core processor works only as fast as the single-core Pentium Extreme Edition counterpart with an equal clock speed. A Pentium Extreme Edition with a faster clock speed thus runs faster than the dual core Pentium D.

Tony Lau

Hitachi\'s 500-GB DeskStar Monster

Ever since the introduction of desktop hard drives with capacities of 200 and 250 GB, the pace of capacity boosts has quickened. With a total storage capacity of half a terabyte (500 GB), Hitachi breaks through into impressive terrritory without increasing data density on its drive platters.

Tony Lau

06/07/2005
Taipai 2005/6 International Computer Expo 1

Are you ready to Taiwan 2005/6 Internation computer Expo with Umart? More then 1300 Different Suppliers in the world to show up the New products, please scroll down to explore with us

Johnny Tin

Taipai 2005/6 International Computer Expo 2

Mini Case to Support Sli (Dual PCI-Ex VGA Card)

Johnny Tin

Taipai 2005/6 International Computer Expo 3

More then 50 different New Model and chipset from Intel

Johnny Tin

Taipai 2005/6 International Computer Expo 4

Do you want to experience about the DDR2 - 800 Memory Power ?

Johnny Tin

Taipai 2005/6 International Computer Expo 5

Dual/2DT/512M = The World Record Performance of the Entustiast Gaming

Johnny Tin

Taipai 2005/6 International Computer Expo 6

Silent Technology
No More Fans in the Futher Computer


Johnny Tin

Taipai 2005/6 International Computer Expo 7

Uli-M1697 Motherboard
PCI-Express x 4 !!!


Johnny Tin

Taipai 2005/6 International Computer Expo 8

Nec Dual Core Notebook

Johnny Tin

Taipai 2005/6 International Computer Expo 9

Mini PC (Similar the MAC Design)

Johnny Tin

ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Testing Report

System Configuration:
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 FX-53
Memory: Corsair CMX256A x 4@ 2-2-2-5
Display: Asus Extreme N6600GT TOP X 2
Harddisk: Seagate 7200.7 NCQ 80G x 2@ Raid
OS: Windows XP Pro. SP2


Result:
- Sandra CPU Benchmark
Dhrystone ALU 10779
Whatstone FPU 3964
Whatstone isse2 5067
Integer isse2 23026
Float isse2 24844

Sadra Momory Bandwidth Benchmark
Int Buffered isse2 5014
Float Buffered isse2 5018

3DMark (Single) 3D Mark05 3789
3D Mark03 5382
3D Mark01 21317

3D Mark(SLI)
3D Mark05 6676
3D Mark03 15174
3D Mark2001 24531

Johnny Tin

PX7800GTX + New VNidia Intellisample 4.0 Technology

+ New VNidia Intellisample 4.0 Technology
New transparent supersampling (highest quality) and transparent multisampling (highest perforance)modes
Improved sample coverage (up to 128 Taps) and new texture core
Support for normal map compression
Gamma adjusted rotated grid antialiasing and advanced anisotropic filtering


256bit / 256mb DDR3
CPU 430mhz / Memory 600mhz
Dual DVI-I
HDTV output
Vivo Function
24-pipes
38.4G/sec. memory bandwidth
10.32 billion Pixels/sec.fill rate
860 million Vertices/sec
400 jMHz ramdacs
SLI ready

Johnny Tin

NEW !! AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-57 Processor

Introducing the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-57 Processor - The World’s Most Extreme Processor for Gaming

Break the limits of Performance The first 64-bit PC processor, in a class by itself, designed specifically for gaming. Only AMD64 technology runs today’s 32-bit and tomorrow’s 64-bit software Enthusiast-friendly, enabling gamers to discover the true potential of their PC

Johnny Tin

08/06/2005
10 Mammouth CPU Coolers: Size Does Matter

CPU coolers are a necessary evil these days and we took a look at ten different super-sized coolers and try them out on a variety of motherboards and socket combinations.

Check this out!



Tony Lau

Maxtor Shared Storage Drive

The Maxtor Shared Storage Drive lets you easily centralize, organize and share family photos, music and data on a home or small office network. Installation is simple with automatic network configuration and the Maxtor Quick Start CD which sets up the Shared Storage Drive to look like a local drive on the configured PC as well as automatically placing an icon on the desktop for easy access to public and private network folders with a single click.



Tony Lau

02/06/2005
Twinhan Windows Media Centre drivers released

Windows XP Media Center 2005 Certified Drivers available for the VisionPlus VisionDTV Digital Terrestrial TV Tuner.

*Install at your own risk. Umart will not provide support*



OJ

25/05/2005
Rating for the PCI Express Graphics Cards

We know you want to play games, so we've put 18 PCI Express graphics cards under the microscope to see who really does the job the best

PowerColor X800XT Rating:107
Gigabyte NX66T128D Rating:110
MSI RX700Pro-TD256E Rating:104
ABIT RX800XT Rating:97
ASUS Extreme AX800XT Platinum Edition Rating:98
GeCube X800XT Rating:102
Gigabyte RX80X256V Rating:93
HIS Excalibur X800XT Rating:104
MSI X800XT-VTD256E Rating:101
Sapphire X800 XT Rating:98
Albatron PC6600GT Rating:104
AOpen Aeolus 6600GT PCI-Express Rating:100
Leadtek WinFast PX6600GT TDH Rating:96
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E Rating:101
Sparkle 6800GT Platinum Rating:107
XFX GeForce 6600 GT Rating:89
ABIT RADEON RX700Pro Rating:99
ASUS Extreme AX700Pro Rating:97

Johnny Tin

19/05/2005
5 reasons to Upgrade your CPU to AMD XP x64 edition

1)High performance platform for the next generation of applications 2)Large memory support 3)Flexibility 4)Multiprocessing and multicore 5)Same programming model

We will talk about how to upgrade on the next ~

Johnny Tin

16/05/2005
PC Repair

Don't forget that Umart also repairs and services desktop PC's. Please email us on the link to the right for a list of basic service charges if interested.

Johnny Tin

13/05/2005
NEW ! HP Compaq Tablet PC tc4200

The HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC is a full-function PC delivering performance and compatibility in an innovative form factor, while simplifying your computing needs with the added convenience of handwriting. The light and stylish design is meant for mobile professionals needing powerful and highly-mobile computers that also offer enhanced security and reliability. IT managers will value the full portfolio of integrated security options, breadth of integrated wireless choices, and unsurpassed common accessories and consistency with the entire enterprise notebook line. With total cost of ownership in mind the HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC is the ideal choice for enterprise-wide deployment to highly mobile users desiring innovation and versatility.

Johnny Tin

11/05/2005
4 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer\'s Performance

There are a few guidelines that you can follow to maintain your computer and keep it running smoothly. This article discusses how to use the tools available in Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) to more efficiently maintain your computer and safeguard your privacy when you're online.

Free Up Disk Space Speed Up Access to Data Detect and Repair Disk Errors Protect Your Computer Against Spyware

Johnny Tin

DCR-DVD7 DVD Handycam® CamcorderDCR-DVD7

The uniquely designed DCR-DVD7 DVD Handycam® Camcorder lets you record movies in style. Advanced HAD™ CCD technology DVD format video recording1 with DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW compatibility Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens 2.5\" hybrid touch panel LCD screen2 Designed for ease of use and portability

Johnny Tin

10/05/2005
Albatron PC6800 VGA card features Wise Fan III + New Heat Pipe Technology

new PC6800 VGA card (PCI-Express) featuring the fusion of two extreme-condition cooling technologies, Wise Fan III and Heat Pipe Technology. These cards use this double action cooling system to put the brakes on rising temperatures generated from high intensity graphics processing and allows your system to reach its performance potential while ensuring reliable stability.

Johnny Tin

06/05/2005
VoIP Router

Did you know that your Internet connection can be used for voice and even video messaging for unlimited calling by using Voice-over-IP (VoIP)?

Use your cable or DSL Internet connection to make phone calls, and you'll lower monthly phone bills and add services and features not available with traditional phone services. Why would you want to change your perfectly good telephone at home or in the office? The main benefit of VoIP is very non-technical and simple to understand - it is cheaper than traditional phone services and has more features than you probably currently know about or use. With VoIP you can call anywhere at anytime for less money. And it's better than your traditional line because it expands the power of your phone.

Johnny Tin

Now streaming to a television near you

The D-Link MediaLounge Wireless Media Player links to your home network and plugs directly into your TV and stereo system with standard digital or analog cables. You can then play your media files directly on your TV.

Play your digital music, watch your home videos, and jump through your entire library of digital photos directly on your television and home stereo system with the D-Link MediaLounge DSM-320 Wireless Media Player*.

Johnny Tin

04/05/2005
AMD 3D game overall

This benchmark is an average of compiled data from the list of overall computer gaming benchmark scores from the tests listed below. Average of scores normalized to the AMD Athlon TM64 Processor 4000+:

Computer Gaming (all at 1024x768x32) Futuremark Corp. 3DMark 2001 SE(D3D Hardware T&L) Futuremark Corp. 3DMark 2001SE (D3D Hardware T&L), Futuremark Corp. 3DMark03 Patch 340(Hardware Vertex Shaders), Futuremark Corp. 3DMark03 Patch 340(Software Vertex Shaders), Massive Development Aquamark3 FPS, Lucas Arts Star Wars Jedi Knight II Demo, Version 1.04, id Software, Inc, Quake III Arena Demo2, id Software, Inc, Return to Castle Wolfensetein: Enemy Territory, Version 1.02, Epic Games Unreal Tournament 2003 Flyby, Eic Games Unreal Tourmament 2003 Botmatch, Ubisoft Entertainment Splinter Cell (1.1.1), Ubisoft Entertainment Splinter Cell (1.1.2), Ubisoft entertainment Far Cry Version 1.1 cooler01, Ubisoft Entertainment Far Cry Version 1.1 Pier, Dreamcatcher Interactive Painkiller Version 1.3, id Software, Inc. Doom3 Version 1.0.12.62, Crafty 32bit Version 19.12 by Bob Hyatt

Johnny Tin

Upgrade XP x64 Edition from XP Professional (32-bit)

The Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Technology Advancement Program enables customers who have purchased Windows XP Professional (32-bit) to exchange it for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. You will need to have an x64 processor (the AMD Athlon 64, AMD Opteron, Intel Pentium 4 with EM64T, or Intel Xeon with EM64T) to run the new software.

Get ready to experience the speed and performance? please click on the title to access microsoft and follow the step to order a x64 edition

Johnny Tin

03/05/2005
Top 100 web around the world

every corner of the web for the most useful (and useless) sites you've never seen. Download free movies and music, find the cheapest shopping sites, get a degree make money, walk on Mars and much more.

Please click on the Title for the page re-direct

Johnny Tin

Intel Pentium 4 3.73EE - CPU

If your PC is less of a speed demon and more of a dinosaur then it\'s time to upgrade your CPU.

While AMD has been waving hybrid 32/64-bit CPUs for some time now, speculation has risen over when Intel would unleash their product onto an already expecting market. Here it is, Intel\'s newest addition to their Extreme Edition clocking in at an impressive 3.73GHz and boasting a 2MB L3 cache. The real drawcard here is the inclusion of 64-bit instructions, allowing it to operate in 32 or 64-bit, like the Athlon 64 range.

Johnny Tin

29/04/2005
Microsoft® Windows AntiSpyware (Beta)

Help protect your computer from spyware and other potentially unwanted software

Overview Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) is a security technology that helps protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Known spyware on your PC can be detected and removed. This helps reduce negative effects caused by spyware including slow PC performance, annoying pop-up ads, unwanted changes to Internet settings, and unauthorized use of your private information. Continuous protection improves Internet browsing safety by guarding over 50 ways spyware can enter your PC.

Johnny Tin

23/03/2005
Windows Media Centre cube

Albatron has a new ITX cube machine available. Perfectly designed for a small form factor Windows media Centre PC. Add a CPU, RAM, large HDD, Optical drive and remote and you are in business

Complete PC with remote and Windows Media Centre starting at $1590 assembled.

John

01/03/2005
Upgrading Notebook RAM

If your notebook supports PC2100, 2700 or 3200 RAM and you want to upgrade check out the GEIL series.

GEIL make some of the the most compatible RAM modules available.

GeIL is leading the way toward superior performance DRAMs, representing the fastest and most advanced DRAMs available on the PC market today. Innovating on the existing solid position among the world's top DRAM suppliers, our customer base is expanding beyond the top businesses of performance computing and consumer PC's around the world.

John

12/02/2005
THG Graphics Card Buyers Guide

The THG Graphics Card Buyer's Guide has been written to be a guideline for the purchase of a new graphics card. It aids beginners in selecting the right model with the right feature set, and explains the newest technologies and features.

This article covers all of the criteria involved in selecting and buying the graphics card that is right for you. How important each factor is will depend on your personal preferences and the way you intend to use the card. For example, some people will require a video-in line, and for them this will be a make-or-break feature; others will not care about this particular capability. To help you define your requirements, we will also give a short overview of the technologies used in graphics cards of the past and present.

Peter

09/02/2005
Logitech MX3100 (MX1000 mouse + MX3000 keyboard)

Whoah!!!! Fast and attractive.... I don't think I need to say more.

Ever since Logitech was founded in 1981, it has created new innovative technologies. It introduced the first infrared cordless mouse in 1984 and the first cordless radio mouse in 1991. Moreover, Logitech introduced the first optical cordless mouse in 2001 and the new Fast RF technology in 2002. In 2004, the first laser tracking mouse was invented. The MX optical engine was an intelligent invention that made the MX series mice a legend. From the first MX mouse, MX 300 to the last optical MX mouse, MX 900, where the mice sold millions. The MX 1000 introduced a new technology that surpasses it predecessors. The laser functions on more surfaces and is twenty times more accurate than optical mice.

John

03/02/2005
Windows XP 64 bit version (FREE TRIAL DOWNLOAD)

UMART HOLDS NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABITY FOR USE OF THIS OPERATING SYSTEM. UMART WILL PROVIDE NO FREE TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR THIS PRODUCT

You can now download Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional x64 edition from the Microsoft website by clicking on the title of this post.

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is designed to address the most demanding needs of high end users in areas such as mechanical design and analysis, digital content creation, and high-performance computing applications. The AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Opteron Processor are part of the minimum systems requirements for this operating system.

John

12/01/2005
Ipod Shuffle

It's small, easy to use and it's going to be fairly cheep.

iPod shuffle makes syncing a piece of cake. Cupcake, even. Use the optional Dock to connect to your computer or just plug iPod shuffle directly into a USB port on any computer(4). Then drag and drop individual songs, Autofill your favorite playlists or Autofill your iPod shuffle with a random sampling from your music library. Since iPod shuffle automatically charges while syncing, it stays ready for your next adventure.

John

17/11/2004
Different DVI cables

Ever wondered what the differences with the different DVI connections were? This link shows the different connectors in all their glory.

John

04/11/2004
Fuel Cell powered notebook

Fuel cells are off the drawing board and are in production. NEC has released there prototype of the technology that incorporates a 0.9KG fuel cell (adds 2KG total weight to the notebook at this stage) that will power a notebook for up to 5hrs. Once the technology is perfected (estimated 2006) a 40hr run time is expected.

The only thing I can see that could be an issue is taking a onto a plane. Anti-terrorist policies may have something to say against half a litre of rather flammable methanol……

The days of rushing to get your work finished before your laptop runs out of power could soon be at an end.

John

21/10/2004
3D Mark 2005 now available (click here to download free trial)

Test your computer's 3D performance with FutureMark's latest benchmarking software.

This is 283MB so don't even think about it if you don't have broadband and a download manager.

3DMark05 is the latest and hottest version of the very popular 3DMark series. By combining full DirectX®9.0c support with completely new tests and graphics, 3DMark05 continues the legacy of being industry standard benchmark.

John

SLI video (Dual PCI express for enhanced 3D performance)

SLI motherboards should be shipping from high end manufacturers such as Asus, Gigabyte and MSI some time inthe new few months. A system built with one of these boards and two identical Nvidia FX6600GT, FX6800GT or FX6800 Ultra cards would create an unbeatable gaming platform.

ATI and AMD also have plans to release their own PCI express SLI products in the near future but details are currently unavailable.

We have been told that 3dfx engineers had quite a bit to do with the design of the new GeForce 6 series, and that is finally starting to make sense when we see that SLI capabilities are built into the 6 series video cards. Dual AGP would require a custom design, but PCI Express, like PCI in the past, finally provides the kind of platform that nVidia needed to launch a new SLI solution.

John

Hard Core CPU HSF

Quiet, high powered and super funky looking (yes that is a technical term). $85 buys a big chunk of bling bling.

Intel® Pentium® 4 775 prescott 4GHz or higher
Intel® Pentium® 4 478 prescott 3.6GHz or higher
AMD Athlon™ 64 FX55/4000+ or higher
AMD Athlon™XP 3200+ or higher

John

19/10/2004
This is why you need a UPS. Check out the Burea Of Meteorology

This doesn't technically fit in the "new tech" section but we thought it was darn groovy.

The Bureau of Meteorology provides several thousand products in a variety of formats using several delivery media. Most products are freely available, however some of the more specialised ones attract a cost recovery charge.

John

Logitech MX1000

Want the best mouse on the market? get this one. Will be added to the website soon. Current price as of 19/10/04 : $149
-rechargable
-high range RF cordless
-Right handed superior ergonomic design
-Stacks of buttons and special scroll feature
-4 level battery indicator

If you thought smooth tracking optical sensors were an advancement over mechanical ball-based mice, let us introduce you to the mouse that takes precision and performance to a whole new level: the Logitech® MX™1000 Laser Cordless Mouse, the world's first laser mouse.

John

Dual CPU on a micro ITX motherboard?

Via has done it again. Taking the micro systems to the next step. Dual and possibly Quad CPU systems packed into a box the size of a toaster with NO CPU FANS!!

Dual Eden ESP CPUs, Dual LAN, DVI and lots of USB 2.0 will feature on the boards.

Linux devices Quotes "Dual-processor mini-ITX may seem like a four-wheel-drive Hyundai" but goes on to say "The Eden chips boast a TDP (thermal design power) of 7 watts, or about half that of Via's C3 desktop chips, suggesting the new DP board should work fine with commodity mini-ITX power supplies. The new northbridge, built on a 0.15µm process, could save power compared to the CLE266, too"

John

12/10/2004
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ (Socket 939)

AMD has hit back with their highest performance CPU. If you want the best performance system on the market couple this with a high end 939 Board and a FX6800 Ultra

John

28/09/2004
CoolerMaster Home Theatre case (ATC-620C-BX1) : $129

No power supply included with this case
Dimension (WxHxD): 423 x 140 x 445 mm
M/B Type: MICRO-ATX Motherboard
Weight: Case: 6.5 kg
Expansion Slots: 4
Material: STEEL case body and Aluminum Front
Panel 5.25" Drive Bay: 2 external
USB Ports: Front mount dual USB Ports and IEEE 1394 port
3.5" Drive Bays: 1 external, 2 internal
I/O Bracket: Standard ATX
P/S: Optional power supply unit 300 / 400 W
Cooling: 60 x 60 x 25 mm fan attached back side panel(exhaust)

John

15/09/2004
Pioneer A108 16X DVD RW

Arguably the best DVD Writer currently on the market the Pioneer 16X drive has the fastest Dual layer specs (4X) allowing an 8.5GB disc to be written in roughly 30 minutes.

For best results updating the firmware is recomended (Please check with the manufacturer's website before updating flash as in some cases warranty issues can arise)

John

04/09/2004
CD/DVD Duplicator

This isn't really new technology but it is darn groovy. Prices have recently come down in the autoloader duplication scene. This beasty is available for roughly $5700 including 3 DVD writers. and no it is not an esspresso machine.

Auto disc speed and quality testing, 200pc loader, easy to use operation through software management.

John

06/08/2004
Quick guide to Intel Socket 775 systems

Ok now for those who do not have 4hrs to do research and check compatability this will clear a few things up.

CPU
Socket 775 CPUs are not compatible with older model 478 Socket motherboards.

Power supply
24pin ATX (XEON) Power supplies are recomended though current boards will take standard 20 pin connection (4 pin p4 connector used instead). A 400W or higher PSU is a must for systems with a high end video card or multiple Hard drives. The Thermal Take Tsunami case (400W PSU for $228) is a good choice.

RAM
be careful of the motherboard you choose as many of the new models are not backwards compatible with standard 184 pin DDR RAM. 240 pin DDR2 RAM is the new standard so if you are unsure please check the product specs or contact a Umart sales representative.

Video cards
The 775 series with PCI express slots don't normally have AGP. Check the product specs to make sure the video card chosen will suit. More information to follow.

John

01/06/2004
Zalman Reserator 1 (Water cooling setup)

Imagine a PC with almost no noise. No Fan on the CPU, No fan on the Video card. And now imagine this starting at $350.

- Radiation Area : 1.274 m2
- Weight : 6.5 kg
- Dimensions : 150(L) x 150(W) x 592(H) mm
- Material : Pure Aluminum, Anodized
- Coolant Capacity : Max. 2.5L
- Maximum Integrated Water Pum : 5 W, Qmax 300L/h
- Maximum Lift : 0.5 m


The Zalman Reserator 1 is a funky 60cm tall neon blue tower with in built pump. Cooling with this baby will demand respect.

John

17/05/2004
BENQ FP767S ver 2

The current leader in the budget 17" LCD screens would have to be BENQ. Their latest release is the FP767S ver 2. The FP767 ver 2 boasts a high performance 16ms panel with great brightness control and reasonable speakers built in. This makes it a perfect screen for gaming or office work alike. Current red/white model is also shipping with a zero dead pixel warranty (please check in store to confirm or for more information).

High brightness 260 nits
High contrast ratio 500:1
Fast response time 16 ms
Narrow bezel design
Built-in speakers
iKey auto calibration
Tilt function and VESA wall mounting

John

16/04/2004
Nvidia FX6800 Ultra video card - Code name NV40

Now this is something every gamer will be drooling over very soon. Touted to be the to be one of the biggest jumps in 3D performance since the 3DFX Voodoo II. Will be available in 128MB/256MB and 512MB versions.

The Specs :

256-bit, 0.13 Micron, 222 Million Transistors, 256-bit GDDR3 memory bus, 35.2 GB/s memory bandwidth (50% more than the Radeon 9800XT, 400MHz GPU, 550MHz Memory Clock.

Estimated release price is $999. More details on release dates will be added soon.

What NVIDIA has achieved with the GeForce 6800 Ultra makes even experienced graphics cards editors shake their head in amazement and wonder. The performance this card offers will sweep graphics cards enthusiasts (the author included) off their feet and carry them off into a state of ecstasy in which they can only gape in awe at the sight of these simply amazing benchmark results - Freezinassin! Compared to the GeForce 6800 Ultra, the former high-end models Radeon 9800XT and FX 5950 Ultra often seem like nothing more than cheap mainstream cards...

John

MSI Mega PC 651

Imagine a PC that will fit on your bookshelf but has the grunt of a high end gaming machine and a full mutimedia remote control. For anyone with a bad back or lack of space this system is for you.

To get this bad boy operational you will need : Intel Socket 478 400/533FSB CPU, DDR RAM and an IDE HDD. A speparate video card is recomended for gaming use. Please check with someone in sales regarding card dimensions before purchase (Excessively high/wide cards may not fit).

Onboard, video, 6 channel sound, 10/100 LAN, Modem, Digital audio, 9 pin serial port, front audio, Firewire and USB, volume and player control, remote, front LCD panel, built in TV Tuner. Dimensions : 202(W) x 320(D) x 151(H) mm

John

13/04/2004
All you need for a LAN party

Tomshardware has a great write up on hosting your own LAN party. This is a great way to meet up with friends test out all of the latest games without going online.

Basically you will need :
- Network switch/switches (2 extra ports that you think is always a good idea).

-Enough Network cable for everyone (make sure the lengths are adequate)

-Sturdy tables for everyone +2

-Power to go around. This means extension cables and power boards. Remember most Australia electrical sockets can only put out 2400W. Most normal PCs will use about 400W incl standard monitor. This means that 6 people to a socket is about right.

-Chairs (somebody always forgets theirs so make sure you have enough for a few more)

Demo and shareware versions of games are a great legal way to hold a LAN session. They are normally quick to install and many have enough maps and features for hours of game play.

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS AN AMERICAN ARTICLE

When it comes to hosting successful LAN parties, there is an abundant number of details to manage. You are the overseeing contractor and will need to stay on top of all of the aspects of putting it together. So when the people come, they come home to stay. Our hope is to empower you with help from the gaming community and THG to host successful LAN parties. It is all about cooperation and fun. The more you grow and the more you help other LANs grow, the better everyone's gaming experience will be.

John

06/04/2004
Firewire 800

The IEEE 1394 standard is set to release a faster version for firewire IEEE 1394b (also called I-link). This will operate at 800Mbit (twice the speed of the original 400Mbit connection).

Despite the drawbacks, hopefully 1394b controllers will soon find favor among motherboard manufacturers, since the high-speed interface offers added value. Also, users should be able to shoulder the higher cost of the motherboard.

John

05/04/2004
MSI 5 in 1 Mega Stick MP3 player

This is one of the best multifunction MP3 players on the market. It is available in 128MB and 256MB versions. Features include : high quality MP3 player, USB memory key, voice recorder, FM radio and the fifth thing!!!! (what ever that may be).

The Mega Stick 256 is great for everyone, from youngsters who seek for entertainment to businessmen who need voice recording function. Below are some of the great features you can find in this "mini wonder":

John

30/03/2004
New ATI cards due for release late 2004/ early 2005

Check out this review from Anandtech. It may help a few of you out there putting off a hardware upgrade.

John

AMD\'s next CPU leap : FX-53

AMD is set to release their rival to the Intel P4 3.4GHz EE CPU. The socket 940 FX-53 is an extremely expensive piece of hardware that will not be for everyone. But it will give bragging rights to anyone with one installed.

The FX-53 is an Opteron based processor running at 2.4GHz with 1MB of L2 cache. The FX-53 is only the second in the series of FX processors. The third (the FX-55) is due out near the end of the year.

John

New Intel 64bit CPUs on the way

Details are out that Intel plans to release two new desktop CPUs with up to a massive 4MB on die cache. Release should come by end 2005.

Merom and its desktop brother Conroe will be made using 65nm process technology and feature a new micro-architecture that will have a number of differences with NetBurst and Pentium M architectures used today. The architecture, though, will still be 32-bit in general.

John

PCI express video cards

The next class of video cards will soon be upon us. PCI express is a new slot type that is set to replace both PCI and AGP slots and resolve current and future bandwith issues.

The initial release will double the memory bandwidth for video cards but this may not make that much difference for some time as most current cards are not taking complete advantage of bandwidth available on 8X AGP motherboards.

While we're gazing into the crystal ball, we might as well take a look at future computers. It's conceivable that we might see motherboards with two PCI Express x16 slots. That would open up the possibility of using two graphics cards in the same system, paving the way for four monitor setups. Switches for this kind of solution are already in the works.

John

29/03/2004
DVD formats DVD-R Vs DVD+R

Many customers have raised the relatively simple questions
Q: Why are there two separate DVD formats and which one should I use?

A : Ultimately the different media types are just like the old VHS vs Beta Saga from the 80's. Currently DVD-R is in the lead with equal recording speeds (8x) and a greater compatibility with standalone home theatre DVD players. DVD+R is rumoured to be better for long term data storage and is due to release faster (12X) drives by the end of 2004 and more new DVD players are designed to support both media types so it is still unclear which will be the long term winner in this battle.
br> For now though the best bet is to go for a Dual media type 8X write drive (IE the Pioneer A107) and take advantage of the extremely well priced DVD-R and DVD-RW (rewritable) media.

John

Dual Layer DVD Writers

Dual Layer DVD writers have been one of the most anticipated IT products of 2003/2004. Philips and Pioneer are currently refining production and hope to release drives mid 2004.

While dual layer (8.5GB) discs will allow for the complete backup of commercial Video and data DVDs there are currently some incompatibilities with many devices, media and originals. First release drive speeds are likely to be 2-2.4X making the complete copy of a disc about 30min. For the moment most consumers will probably be happier with current 8X single layer drives as they provide a fantastic value backup/storage device.

Currently the most popular DVD RW drive is the Pioneer A107 (OEM or Retail). Single layer -R DVD media starts at about $1.50 when purchased in 50pc spindles.

John

23/03/2004
New ATI drivers available

Keep up to date with some new drivers for your ATI chipset Video card:

Download from here

John

New Nvidia drivers available

Keep up to date with some new drivers for your Nvidia Video card:

Download from here

John

17/03/2004
Guiness record : world\'s smallest HDD

Toshiba is set to start mass producing a micro Hard Drive smaller than a postage stamp but with the storage capacity as traditional drives from just a few years ago.

Toshiba, whose 1.8-inch HDDs are used in Apple Computer Inc's hot-selling iPod digital music players, for example, aims to start producing the 0.85-inch HDDs by the end of 2004

John

108Mbps Wireless available

Netgear have just released their range of 108Mbps wireless equipment in America. We will be stocking the full range of products as soon as they hit Australian shores

Products including the WGT624, WG511T, WGE101 should arrive some time over the next month and a half. These products will be backwards compatible with current 802.11b (11Mbps) and 802.11G (54Mbps) equipment.

John

Unlimited ADSL at an unbelievable price

Want Unlimitted ADSL internet access from just $49.95 per month? click here

John

27/10/2003
Sound Blaster Wireless Music

The perfect complement to a home wireless network. This creative product is able to play any shared MP3 and WMA files on the network. With a great remote control, high definition sound and easy setup they are the perfect music toy.

Place the music receiver anywhere since the remote uses RF transmission it doesn't require line of sight. Available in Australia soon.

John

07/08/2002
How to destroy your computer

Here is a fairly true article from Dansdata.com, it is a light hearted list of the unbelievably stupid things someone could do when building a system. DO NOT USE THIS ARTICLE AS A GUIDE WHEN BUILDING YOUR COMPUTER.

We have qualified technicians available for upgrades, Servicing and testing (reasonable charges apply)

John

 


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