Posts Tagged ‘WD’

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

December 21, 2009

Good morning all. Those of you who keep up with us on Twitter will already know that 1300 today is the closing date for people who want orders to be delivered to them in time for Christmas via An Post. With that in mind, there’s a little under three hours to get last minute orders in.

There are a few things that will always go down well, won’t break the bank and just about everyone will find a use for over the coming year that we think will make fine last-minute Christmas presents for those who haven’t managed to get all of their shopping done yet (and let’s not kid ourselves, we’re firmly in that category ourselves).

Western Digital Elements 1TB:

Western Digital’s Elements 1TB external hard drive is a simple enough thing to pick up for Christmas, but it’s also one of those “gifts that keeps on giving.” Moreover, it’s only €79, which means you can grab one for your nearest and dearest without bankrupting yourself.

Click through to see our page for the WD Elements 1TB hard drive 🙂

There’s nothing like giving someone the gift of not having to worry about deleting things; it’s relatively simple, but hard drive purchases are something that tend to get put on the long finger until, eventually, you realise you’ve got a fast-filling hard drive in your main machine and nowhere to put whatever is taking up your space.

Better still, there’s nothing like being there when someone is restoring a machine from a backup and having the self-satisfied little grin that says, “He only has that backup because picked up the drive.”

It’s the little things that help make it through Christmas, but the promise of being able to be smug later on is a bonus. You can check out the Western Digital Elements 1TB in more detail on our product page for it if you’re interested.



All We Want for Christmas

December 17, 2009

Over the next few days, we’ll be posting a single blog post from each member of the staff that details a single item they’ll be giving this Christmas, and one that they’ll be hoping to receive. It’s a simple enough plan, and today we’re starting out with Shelton from RMA, we’ll continue on to Ryan tomorrow

It’s something that works a little better than a recommendation, if only because we’ll be genuinely trying to pick out gifts for other people that won’t break the bank… and genuinely hopeful about what we might be bought 😉

From Shelton:

Shelton didn’t tell us just who he was buying for, but when we asked him what he’d be buying for someone this Christmas he managed to get a link to me nice and fast, so it seems as though he’s put some thought into it at least.

Click through to see our page for the WD TV Live Media Player 🙂

Shelton’s pick as a gift is something that we’ve seen a bit of a rush on over the last couple of months, Western Digital’s TV Live Media Player, usually shortened simply to WD TV Live Media Player.

For those not familiar with Western Digital’s TV line, they essentially allow you to play media directly from an external hard drive to your TV, without any bother. For those who have already use the lighter Media Player that WD makes, the networking options really do give this one a bit of a bump.

As the customer review on the product itself says, “All drives connected to the player are easily accessed from any PC/Laptop in my home network.” It’s always nice to be able to say that the customer review on a product is a five-star review.

Western Digital’s WD TV Live Media Player is €125, which isn’t bad at all considering what it does.


Product Spotlight – WD TV Mini

November 26, 2009

Good afternoon all, hopefully this week’s been treating you well, but if it hasn’t there’s always the consolation of it being nearly over, that may help cheer you up. Anyway, for those who don’t follow the blog too closely, you may not already familiar with our Product Spotlight posts; they’re basically a space for the staff to give one recommendation during the week on a product we think you guys might like.

Click through to see our page for the WD TV Mini 🙂

This week, our spotlit product for this week is the Western Digital TV Mini. It’s something people have asked about both on Twitter and via email a fair bit; it seems there was already a bit of buzz in the AV crowd that had initially developed around its predecessor, the still very fine indeed WDTV HD Media Player.

Of course, the newer Mini does boast much of the same functionality as the older, well-liked WD TV HD Media Player. Both play video from a USB storage device, most likely you’ll want to use a nice big external drive for this, but there are times when it’s equally handy to just plug in a USB stick and play directly from that.


Special Offers – Week of November 23rd

November 23, 2009

Good afternoon all, hopefully everyone’s had a good weekend and we’re all reasonably well recovered from last week, which was a bit of a nightmare. Anyway, for those of you who don’t read the blog too often, we tend to post our special offers for the week on a Monday afternoon, since it means they’re up for the maximum amount of time.

It gives people a chance to weigh up their options and consider whether or not they’d like to go for something while it’s on special. It’s best for all concerned really 🙂

This week, we’ve got special offers on a portable external drive, a graphics card and a digital photo frame (since nobody buys themselves a digital photo frame, it’s an excellent one to buy as a gift).

WD Passport Studio 320GB:

Western Digital’s Passport remains among the most popular USB-powered portable externals we stock, while it’s bigger brother, the Western Digital Elements, dominates the 1TB external range in a fairly similar fashion.

Click through to see our page for the WD Passport Studio 320GB 🙂

The 320GB Passport Studio is a little different though, in that it boasts Firewire support, which is nothing to be sneezed at. It does mean you’ll be paying a little more for the privilege, but the advantages are fairly plane; Firewire is that bit quicker than USB if you’re doing a big transfer.

While most notebooks (and since it’s a USB-powered external we’ll assume notebook users will be the greater portion of those interested) don’t boast their own Firewire ports, Mac users will likely already be fairly familiar with the standard. Moreover, it supports standard USB 2.0 connections as well, so if you’re an occasional Mac user it’s well worth looking into.

For those Mac users out there considering it, it’s also an ideal home for a Time Machine backup, especially considering the fact that it’s already silver, so it’ll blend in neatly with your existing hardware… which probably isn’t as important when you’re considering a backup as it is to me, but it’s a consideration 😉

All that aside, the WD Passport Studio 320GB is knocked down by 25% this week to €119. Not bad at all.


Stock at the PUP

November 6, 2009

Hey there all, from time to time we like to update people on items that we have in stock at our Dublin Pickup Point (or the PUP). Basically, if something is really popular and doesn’t take up a monumental amount of space, we try to have a couple in stock locally to save people the trouble of ordering it.

At the moment, we have some items that we think people might actually like, some are a bit cheaper than the price listed on our web page too… so if you decide to buy at the PUP you’ll not only save yourself the trouble of ordering online, but you can just show up now and pick it up, saving you delivery time too.

We were most happy to be able to sort one of our Twitter followers (the ever charming @Shiminay) out with a hard drive when he was in a bit of a pinch yesterday, so with any luck we’ll be able to do the same for more people by telling you guys what we have available at the PUP.


Click through to check out our Corsair Voyager page 🙂

At the moment we have Corsair’s Flash Voyager for €19.50, a USB stick that (thanks to the helpful @Feylya) we’ve come to know simply as “The Battlestar” for a combination of its shape and extreme durability. We can’t advise you to do nightmarish things to it, but it is water proof… white water rafting while transporting important data is at last a possibility.

It’s something people like to see as local stock because somehow there always seems to be a day when someone suddenly realises a need for some removable storage.


How To: Get Your Digital Media to Your TV

October 28, 2009

We get asked a lot about getting digital media from a PC or a piece of large-scale digital storage directly onto a nice, big display. Generally, these questions come from people looking to get their high-definition content onto their HDTV. With that in mind, we’re going to go through a few of the different ways to get some content from your PC to your TV without any big headaches.

We’ll start with dedicated devices and then work from there, but basically there are about three or four fairly easy ways to get your video library from your hard drive to your TV without burning a mountain of DVDs, which is (let’s face it) both awkward and honestly feels a bit transient.

Dedicated Media Player:

The first option, by far the easiest in terms of technical skill needed to get everything together, is to just pick up a dedicated media player. The whole thing needn’t take longer than the time it takes to copy across all of your media, though the down side is that you’ll need to sort yourself out with both a media player and storage (if you go with some of the more popular media players).

Click through to see our page on the WD TV HD Media Player :)

By far the most popular media player we sell is Western Digital’s WD TV HD Media Player. It’s nice and simple, all you need to do is plug it into the display itself (HDMI ports would be ideal), plug in an external drive and you’re ready to go. The WD TV comes highly recommended and very well reviewed. Moreover, we’ve now got the Western Digital TV Mini too, though it outputs at DVD quality rather than in HD.

To quote the folks from TrustedReviews, “… while we’ve come across all sorts of variations on the ‘getting my multimedia stored on my computer to play on my living room TV’ theme, this is the first that has taken such a simple and effective approach”

Of course, you’ll need to grab some extra storage if you pick it up. Normally we recommend that people consider very carefully whether they’ll get the use out of a drive that will have to be plugged into a wall socket, but given the fact that the drive will likely be in near-continuous use in the same place, so it’s nowhere near as big an issue.


Media Player Sales to Outdo Blu-Ray This Christmas?

October 21, 2009

With the Christmas season starting to crank up in earnest (you can tell when the ads start hitting the telly), we’re starting to see an increase in sales of both HD media players and Blu-Ray, but it’s interesting to see how well media players are performing.

Western Digitals Media Player is among the most popular.

Western Digitals Media Player is among the most popular.

This might be a little stinted, because of the fact that a lot of our customers tend to be quite technically minded, but we’re seeing a massive surge in the sales of media players and adaptors (like Western Digitials HDTV Media Player). Certainly they’ve grown to be among our most popular products, especially given the Irish fondness for external storage.


Special Offers – Week of October 19th

October 19, 2009

Good afternoon all, hopefully Monday finds you guys as well as it does us. For those of you who aren’t familiar with our Monday afternoon blog posts, we try to get up a post every Monday to detail the special offers we’ll have for the week. We like to get it up at the start of the week to give people as long as possible to weigh up their options 🙂

Anyway, without getting bogged down in all that, this week we have a gorgeous set of wireless Sennheiser headphones, a Netgear’s NAS setup, and a PowerColor Radeon HD 5870.

Sennheiser Headset RS 120:

Sennheiser has an excellent, and thoroughly deserved, reputation for excellent quality, both in terms of the physical build of a product and the sound reproduction its devices manage. Sennheiser’s RS 120 is one of the most elegant wireless setups going.

Click through to see our page for Sennheiser's RS120 :)

Click through to see our page for Sennheiser's RS120 🙂

Sennheiser’s RS 120 itself is an excellent setup, elegantly constructed (much as it might look a little cluttered in the image) once you’ve separated it from the charging loop. Essentially, they behave like any other high-quality set of wireless headphones, only when you need to charge them you just hand the headphones themselves on the charge loop, at which point the metal conducts precious charge to your battery.

If nothing else, it’s among the most convenient charging setups for any headset going and finally removes all of the fiddly cables from the arrangement (barring the one that you use to plug in the charging loop). It’s an excellent arrangement.

Sennheiser’s RS 120 is down to €62 this week, which is a nice, round 10% off. They’re a superb piece of kit, well worth checking out.


Product Spotlight – WDTV HD Media Player

September 24, 2009

Hey there all, hopefully your week is going as well as ours. For those of you who follow the blog regularly, you’re probably already familiar with our Thursday afternoon Product Spotlight post, but for those of you who don’t know about it there’s no reason not to go back over it a bit.

Basically, once a week we recommend a single product that one member of the Komplett staff has bought and is thought warranted a recommendation for those of you out there who might not otherwise encounter it.

Click through to see the WD TV product page

Click through to see the WD TV product page

Western Digital’s TV is basically a small set-top box. It’s got its own remote, acts as a USB host and is capable of decoding and playing back high definition content. The interface is also far prettier than most of the other media players out there.

So, as you might have guessed, the idea is that you just plug in an external hard drive and it’ll let you play any of the media on the device out directly from the drive to a TV. It’s ideal for those of you who don’t feel like investing the time and effort in putting together a home theatre PC, but would still like the ability to play a library of videos of any size directly out to a display.

The WDTV HD Media player itself is €89 and you can see the extensive list of different formats it supports, as well as customer reviews, over on its product page.

Of course, for some this will necessitate picking up an extra external drive. If you’re a bit judicious you can use a drive you’ve got lying around, but frankly the amount of swapping a drive in and out it’ll cause can be a bit of a headache. If you’re looking for a nice external to just sit out of the way and take a full TB of media, then we recommend the Western Digital Elements, if only because you’ll be hard pressed to find an external 1TB drive for the same price and it’s a solid piece of kit.

Click through to see the product page for the Western Digital Elements

Click through to see the product page for the Western Digital Elements

The Western Digital Elements is €77 and if you’re interested you should check out our product page for it. It’s been excellently reviewed, with all of the customers who’ve bought it and reviewed it giving it full marks 🙂

Special Offers – Week of Monday August 24th

August 24, 2009

Good afternoon all, hope Monday finds you well. If nothing else, I suppose you can always keep in mind that at least we’re 20% of the way through the week by the end of Monday afternoon. Anyway, most of you will be familiar with this already, but on a Monday afternoon we post the special offers we’re running that we think you guys might be interested in over the coming week.

Incidentally, we’ve removed the delivery charge to our Pickup Point for the foreseeable future, so these prices are the amount you can expect to pay if you don’t mind taking a drive up to the PUP and grabbing it yourself 🙂

Anyway, enough mindless prattle, this week we have on offer an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a Lynksys Wireless-N router and a Western Digital Caviar 1TB hard drive.

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400, 2.8GHz:

As ever, when it comes to processors it’s hard to know what to say. This Core 2 Duo is marked down by 17%, brining the price down to €99. For your €99 you’ll net 2.8GHz

Click here to follow through to the Core 2 Due product page :)

Click here to follow through to the Core 2 Due product page 🙂

I know the box for a processor doesn’t do it too much justice, but it’s always nce to have an image to go alongside the product name 🙂 I guess the salient point here is that it’s socket LGA775 and it’s got a 3MB L2 cache.