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Today’s EIO post is on our newest headset: the SYBA CL-AUD63032 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Headset.

Why over-the-ear-headphones

Over-the-ear headphones that are large enough tend to provide sound that can be reminiscent of a good pair of speakers. Many over-the-ear headphone enthusiasts are so satisfied with the quality of audio from their high-end cans that they don’t even own a pair of hi-fi speakers.

What are Circumaural (around-ear headphones)?

These types are the largest out there and are generally designed to fit around your earlobes. Of course, some versions of circumaural cans merely cup the back of your ear instead of completely surrounding your ear, but they still work the same way. The idea of around-ear-type headphones is to be able to accommodate larger drivers which can make a musical performance sound more realistic. The larger earcups also allow manufacturers to position the drivers at some distance from your ear, implement multiple drivers and angle the drivers in various ways to affect sound quality. Having earcups instead of earpads also ensures that they’re more comfortable when worn for longer listening sessions.

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Specifications:

  • Brand: SYBA
  • Model: CL-AUD63032
  • Driver Unit: 40mm
  • Headphone Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz
  • Headphone Input Impedance: 32 ohm
  • Headphone Sensitivity: 108dB S.P.L. at 1KHz
  • Connector: 3.5mm
  • Ear Coupling: Circumaural
  • Cord Length: 4.83 ft.
  • Weight: Package: 0.8 lbs.
  • Microphone Sensitivity: Microphone Unit: 58 +/- 2db
  • Features: Purple/White colors match your taste. The lightweight design ensures excellent comfort for hours of use. Compatible with any device that features a 3.5mm outputs.                Rated Power: 100mW

 

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Today’s Eio post is on the computer mouse.

Different Types

Ball Mouse

The ball mouse is one of the earliest forms of mice. It contained a ball that could roll in all directions and track movement. The main drawback of the ball mouse was that one had to constantly clean the wheel of grime which would reduce the amount of friction. Ball mice have been made largely obsolete by newer technology.

Optical Mouse

Optical mice use LED and photo technology to detect movement, rather than a physically moving ball. It tracks the cursor’s movement through photo sensors which take over 1,000 pictures per second. This instantly tells the computer the position of your mouse’s cursor.

Most optical mice are plug and play, meaning you usually do not have to install any software to make the mouse work. You simply plug it into its proper connector, and your mouse is ready to be used.

Optical mice normally do not require a mouse pad. Only on rough, black, or glass surfaces do the optical mice not detect movement as well.

Laser Mouse

Laser mice, as its name suggests, uses infrared laser technology to detect the mouse’s movement. The laser mouse is very similar to optical mice, only instead of an LED to track movement, it utilizes lasers to monitor the movements of the mouse and represent them on the screen.

Other Things to Consider

  • Wired or Wireless?
  • Regular or Ergonomic?
  • USB connector?

Check out some of Eio‘s options for computer mice!

Optical & Wired: iMicro MO-5013U USB Optical Mouse

Wireless & Laser: Microsoft ZJA-00046 Wireless Laser Arc Mouse

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Today’s Eio post focuses on how to choose the right computer case for your personal computer.

Computer cases, also called chassis or enclosure, are commonly thought to be of little importance to one’s personal computer. While some may see it as a box that looks nice on the outside, cases are not just about aesthetics.

The computer case holds a “very significant role: not only does the computer case affect the type and number of components that can be installed, the layout and design of the case and its internals also determine the cooling performance of the entire system.”

While there are several different variables to think about when choosing the correct computer case, I will focus mainly on case size and case specifications.

Case Size

One of the main things to consider for a case is its size. Generally, there are three main case sizes: mini towers, mid towers, and full towers.

  • Mini towers are about 14 inches high and can fit comfortably on your desk.
  • Mid towers average 18 inches and can house more equipment than the minis.
  • Full towers average two feet and are usually placed on the ground. These are the optimal cases for a most upgraded computer.

In more technical language, case- and motherboard- sizes are referred to as “form factors.”

ATX form factor motherboards are older but the current mainstream form factor in motherboard specifications.There are extended ATX, standard ATX, and micro ATX sizes. Extended ATX motherboards only fit in full towers. Generally, a computer case that supports a standard/full-size ATX motherboard should be compatible with all smaller ATX boards as well.

The other form factor, BTX, is the newer motherboard technology but is not as widely used. BTX motherboards have unique layouts and set up required, so they require BTX compatible computer cases.

Along with size, you also want to consider the case type. There are desktop cases, which are horizontal and you can stack a monitor on top to save space; and there are tower cases, which stand vertically erect and are most often placed on the floor.

Visit xoxide.com for some charts on form factor dimensions.

Case Specifications

The second thing to think about for computer cases is its specifications. Specifications is a broad topic, so I will list some things to think about via bullet points.

  • Drive bays – these include internal and external drive bays, such as CD/DVD drive and burner, and a floppy disc drive. Consider how many you want on your computer case.
  • Expansion slots – these include how many expansion slots you want to include, which house video cards.
  • Cooling – The computer case’s interior layout, including how many products you place within the case, will determine the airflow and how hot your computer tower gets.
  • Fans – larger the case, more fans it can hold.
  • Front ports – case will determine how many and if the front of the case will have USB or audio ports.

Computer Case Brands

Eio has a variety of computer case brands.

Antec – Antec VSK-2000 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ApeviaAPEVIA MX-PIDER-NW-BK/500 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case ATX 500W Power Supply

Cooler MasterCOOLER MASTER RC-360-KKN1-GP Elite 360 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

SenteySentey SS1-2421 Slim 2421 Slim Flex Case w/Power Supply LCD DISPLAY SECC 0.7mm 2x USB/1x Fan/Micro ATX-ITX

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Today’s Eio post is on the differences between inkjet and laser printers. While thinking through which technology is right for you and your needs, there are a few essentials to think through before purchasing.

Amount of Usage – How much will you use your printer?

Laser printers are often the better choice if printing bulk quantities in only black-and-white. While inkjet printers may be more versatile in their uses and have better picture quality, they use more ink per page and the ongoing costs will build up in time. PC World states that the average price per page for inkjet printing is 20 cents, while lasers are 6 cents per page.

Type of Usage – What will you use your printer for?

As mentioned before, inkjet printers’ usages are much vaster and more versatile than laser printers. Inkjets can print on several types of media, such as T-shirt designs, craft paper, and printable CD/DVD discs. Inkjet printing quality often comes close to that of photographs! Laser printing is often used for the sole purpose of black-and-white text. If one buys a color laser printer, it is often big, bulky, and impractical for a personal or small business space.

But if you care more about speed and efficiency, laser printers are the right choice. Their print speeds are often up to 20 pages per minute, while the fastest inkjet printers print an average of six sheets per minute.

These things all said, size of the printer also matters. If you work for a big business or factory, you’ll probably invest in a heavy duty laser printer. In the long run, you’ll save on toner (ink) and electricity. But if you’re a small business owner or a student or do sporadic printing jobs, then an inkjet printer is probably the better bet. Inkjet printers are often built for the individual user.

In Conclusion

Each technology has its various pros and cons. Where inkjet technology surpasses lasers in one area, lasers are far superior than inkjet in another. So all in all, we recommend that you consider these various pros and cons of each, and weigh them in relation to your own printing needs. PC World offers some good closing remarks:

If you’re buying based on price — and most consumers are — the choice between a laser printer and an inkjet is simple. If you can afford to pay a little more upfront and if you’ll only be printing black text documents, a laser printer is a convenient solution. Inkjet printers are far more versatile, which is important for home use, but you’ll pay more in ongoing running costs and will have slower print times. Choose carefully!

Here are some popular printers are Eio.com!

SAMSUNG ML-2545 Workgroup Up to 24 ppm in Letter Monochrome Laser Printer

HP CN547A Officejet 4500 wireless Up to 28 ppm 4800 x 1200 dpi Wireless Thermal Inkjet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer

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Eio carries many standard and Pure AV Belkin products on our Amazon.com site. Customers may wonder why they should pay almost double the price for a Pure AV cable than a standard Belkin cable when both cables serve the same purpose.

Today’s post focuses on the benefits of Pure AV Belkin cables over their standard counterparts.

What is Pure AV?

Whereas Belkin products are standard level audio-video products, Pure AV are the brand-name for Belkin’s top of the line products. Teckmagazine defines Pure AV as:

PureAV by Belkin provides the highest-quality connectivity solutions necessary to unleash the performance of all your audio video devices. The development of this premiere AV solution results from Belkin’s 20-plus years of leading-edge experience in digital connectivity and power protection. Designed to extract the full potential of your components, PureAV integrates technology and high-quality performance with a modern, clean elegance previously obtainable only at a premium price.

Belkin Pure AV cable

Comparisons

Compare two Hdmi-to-Hdmi cables:

Pure AV cable (AV52300-08) – Benefits:
  • Price on Amazon.com: $20.98 (including S&H)
  • 8 foot hdmi-to-hdmi grey cable with superior cable material (mesh)
  • Delivers best high-frequency response for optimal resolution using silver-plated conductors
  • Featuring quad-shielding, the cable can isolate from outside noise for superior clarity.
  • Reduces cross talk and interference using impedance-matched, twisted-pair construction
  • Maintains stronger signals that yield superior sonic and video accuracy with precision-formulated, polyethylene dielectric material

    Belkin Standard Cable

Standard Belkin cable (AV22305-06-WHT) – Benefits:
  • Price on Amazon.com: $10.47
  • 6 foot Hdmi-to-hdmi white cable
  • Provides maximum bandwidth for true HDTV resolution up to 1080p
  • Precise contact and increased durability with corrosion-resistant, 24k gold connectors

For more Belkin cables of superior Pure AV quality, visit Eio now on Amazon.com!

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Standard hard disk drives (HDDs) versus solid state drives (SSDs). These two contendors have been followed closely to see which will emerge triumphant in the word of computers. From hard drives’ inception up until 2011, HDDs have been the head honcho. But consumer sales estimate that 2012 will be the year SSDs “break out” and surpase HDDs due to their plummeting prices.

Top: Hard Disk Drive
Bottom: Solid State Drive

Despite the estimated price drop of the SSD, it is still much more expensive than HDDs. And, since both items serve roughly the same purpose of booting your system and storing your applications and personal files, one needs to understand the differences before deciding which is right for you.

How an SSD works

While SSDs differ from the HDD on many account, the main difference is how they store data. SSDs use electrical currents and flash memory, instead of the HDDs’ magnetic and motorized technology. SSD data storage uses flash memory, similar to the technology of camera memory or in USB flash drives, so it does not need to connect to an external power source.

If you’d like to know the basics of how a HDD works to compare, visit our previous post: Hard Drives 101.

Advantages

SSDs have many advantages over HDDs.

  • Durability – Since SSDs have no moving parts, you most likely won’t lose data if your computer faces an impact. They have greater shock and impact resistance, and are almost impervious to magnetic fields.
  • Speed – SSDs have much faster read and write times and boot up in seconds. HDDs are literally disks: they must start up and then spin to process data, often taking several minutes to boot up.
  • Power Usage – SSDs use much less electricity because they don’t spin a motor.

Disadvantages

Writer Paul Woodman argues the disadvantages of SSDs compared to HDDs are “few, but significant.”

  • Price – while SSD’s prices are plummeting rapidly in 2012, they are still much higher than HDDs. They are projected to reach around $1 per gigabyte in 2012. But compared to an HDD of same form factor, you’ll still pay around 300% more.
  • Availability – HDDs are much more plentiful and come in all the top brand names: Toshiba, Seagate, Western Digital, etc. The SSD selection is much more limited as of now.
  • Maximum Capacity – because of SSD’s higher prices, most computers include SSDs from 128GB to 500GB, while HDD computers easily top out at 1TB. Buying a computer with a 1TB SSD is a rarity and will cost an arm and a leg.

In terms of an overall conclusion of which is better, most commentators agree that if it were not for SSD’s higher prices and limited availability, SSDs would be the obvious victor. Columnists Joel Santo Domingo summarizes it in this way:

HDDs win on price, capacity, and availability. SSDs work best if speed, ruggedness, form factor, noise, or fragmentation (technically part of speed) are important factors to you. If it weren’t for the price and capacity issues, SSDs would be the winner hands down.

Your best bet, then, would be to wait until SSD catches onto the general populace so that the demand will drive prices down. For the next few years, however, HDDs will continue to be the most commonly used hard drive.

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Eio has both wired and wireless keyboards to choose from. Here are the pros and cons of each when thinking about which is right for you.

Pros of Wireless:

  • Flexibility and mobility: Can type many feet away from one’s desk.
  • No clutter: No tangled wires everywhere.

Cons of wireless:

  • Batteries: must buy batteries to power, which can add up over time.
  • Input Lag: There can be a delay in response after you hit a key.

Which Brands are Good?

While there are numerous brands to choose from, in our opinion, here are some of our favorites:

Adesso – they have a wide array of keyboards to choose from, such as card reader keyboards (built in sd card reader/writer hub), wireless, touchpad, ergonomic, minikeypads, numeric keypads, and flexible keyboards.

Logitech – they have illuminated keyboards, gaming keyboards, wireless solar powered keyboards, the whole gamut!

Microsoft – they have compact keyboards, macintosh compatible, even spill resistant keyboards!

So check out our many wired and wireless keyboards:

Logitech K750 Black USB RF Wireless Slim solar-powered Keyboard

Microsoft Wireless Arc Keyboard – White

ADESSO WKB-2000CB Black 76 Normal Keys 5 Function Keys Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard

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