Posts Tagged ‘western digital’

DVD and Blu-Ray Prices to Rise?

February 2, 2010

It seems that prices for Blu-Ray and DVD could well rise over the course of the next couple of months, due to increasing costs of manufacturing blank discs.

Prices could rise in the coming months...

Word comes via Digitimes of the rising cost of polycarbonate, which is one of those “can’t do without” materials when it comes to manufacturing disc-based media. While the price of polycarbonate has already been on the rise, it’s been reported that if the price of raw materials continues to rise when we can expect to see that cost passed on to those of us on the opposite end.

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Special Offers – Week of January 18th

January 18, 2010

Good afternoon all, I hope everyone is well and having an alright (if a little rough) start back to work this week. We’re all doing quite well in the Komplett office, for what it’s worth. Anyway, for those just joining us now, we like to post our special offers for the coming week on a Monday afternoon, just to make sure that you guys have as long as possible to consider them before the offers end.

It’s on of those win-win situations 🙂

We won’t get too bogged down in all that for now, this week’s offers are pretty interesting, hopefully you’ll find something you like.

Nintendo DSi:

Nintendo’s DS line broke the record for the highest number of a games consoles sold in a month (it just so happened that in the same month, the Wii broke that record too). Clearly it’s a device that’s not only incredibly popular, but continuing to sell to new customers.

Click through to check out our page for Nintendo's DSi 🙂

For those of you who haven’t used a DSi yet, it’s functionally very much like an old Gameboy, though with a clamshell design and two 3.25” screens. The lower screen is touch-sensitive, and there’s a stylus included with the device. It also boasts two cameras, which tie in to various games, as well as Facebook. It’s a relatively simple little machine, but has enough of a range of games to provide some solid entertainment.

We’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Nintendo’s DS line, even if it is based on bitter intra-office rivalries of Mariokart DS and Pokémon… the important thing to remember isn’t that it’s okay to play games as an adult; it’s that Ryan cheats at Mariokart. I don’t know how, I don’t know why, he just does.

Our bitter feuds aside, Nintendo’s DSi is dropped to €147 this week.

The DSi is also available in black, for those who want to have it match their existing bits and pieces or wardrobe.

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Special Offers – Week of December 29th

December 29, 2009

Good afternoon all, hopefully Christmas was as kind to you as possible, but if it wasn’t there’s always some consolation to be had from the fact that it’s all over now. Anyway, before we get to the “happy new year” potion of the post (that’ll be at the end) we always do a post at the start of the week to detail some of our special offers.

This week, we have a solid notebook, a Wireless N router and a 1TB media player on sale. We’ll roll with the notebook first.

Acer Aspire 7730G-664G100MN:

Acer’s Aspire 7730G-664G100MN may have a model name that reads like a license plate, but aside from making its name a little hard to keep in your head that shouldn’t discourage you.

Click through to see our page for Acer's Aspire notebook 🙂

We’ll get down to brass tacks as quickly as possible. The Aspire boasts a 17” display with a resolution of 1440 x 900, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor clocked at 2.2GHz and 4GB of memory. Moreover, it boasts 1TB of internal storage, though not on one drive. Instead, it’s spread across two 500GB drives, which means you’re at lower risk of both failing. It might seem like a small thing, but it can be a godsend if you end up in a position to need it. It’s also got a GeForce 9600M-GT.

The machine does come with Windows Vista Home Premium, which means you’d be best off purchasing an upgrade copy of Windows 7 to set up on the machine when you get it, if Windows Vista is a deal-breaker.

The Acer Aspire weighs in at €695, which isn’t a bad old deal at all.

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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.

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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 Komplett.ie 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.

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Hard Drive Shortage Incoming?

December 14, 2009

It seems as though there could be something of an industry-wide shortage of 3.5” hard drives over the course of the next month or so. It seems manufacturers have been pushing 2.5” drives a little too heavily.

Get a good luck while you can 😦

Word comes from the Inquirer that manufacturers of hard drives have found themselves in a bit of trouble thanks to the fact that this year saw increased demand for 2.5” disks, most often used in notebooks. With increased demand, manufacturers including Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi, Toshiba and Samsung all moved a little away from 3.5” drives, which now seem to be in demand as people start putting together new machines over Christmas.

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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 Komplett.ie 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.

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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.

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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.

Battlestar

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.

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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.

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