The Macworld Lab at Expo

Macworld Podcast episode 145

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Macworld Expo isn’t just about Apple and the company’s new products. There’s a lot of new hardware from third-parties at the show that are deserving of attention.

In this special From the Lab edition of the Macworld Podcast, I talk to the Macworld Lab Director James Galbraith and Macworld assistant editor (and games guy) Chris Holt. We’ll talk about a few hardware products that have caught their collective eye, from a Lab point of view.

The podcast ends with a discussion of the elephant in the room-Apple’s new 17-inch MacBook Pro.

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Show notes

From the Lab is our blog that has latest hardware reviews and testing straight from Macworld Lab.

The products we talk about in the podcast:

  • NEC’s CRVD 42DWX curved 42-inch DLP display doesn’t seem to be on NEC’s site. Here’s a Google image search. Or you can check NEC later.
  • LaCie’s Hard Disk Max, Design by Neil Poulton is a two-disk RAID array with 2TB capacity and a USB 2.0 connection.
  • Konica Minolta’s magicolor 1650EN is a $299 color laser printer. It’s not yet on the Konica Minolta Web site.
  • Iomega’s Home Media Network Hard Drive gives you a central point on your home network to access photos, videos, music, and more.
  • Western Digital’s WD TV connects to your HDTV and allows you to plug in a Western Digital hard drive with HD video. You can then watch the video on the HDTV.
  • We talked very briefly about HP’s MediaSmart Server, which was a recipient of the Macworld Expo Best of Show 2009.

We talk at length about the 17-inch MacBook Pro. Chris Holt has the lowdown on the specifications and the customization options. Aayush Arya wrote about his first impressions of the 17-inch MacBook Pro. You can also visit Apple’s 17-inch MacBook Pro product page for more information.

As soon as the 17-inch MacBook Pro is available, we’ll get our hands on one and have a full suite of benchmark tests, including battery life. Stay tuned.


This podcast is sponsored by Macworld Superguides.

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