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  • Ity Bytes 3 December – in this edition,
  • Western Digital Extreme Pro portable SSD here,
  • Linksys Aware for Linksys Velop mesh routers – makes you aware,
  • JBL Project Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson) headphones can be yours,
  • Aspera doing nicely – low cost smart, easy and rugged phones,
  • Acer innovates with ConceptD,
  • TCL’s 4G MOVETIME Family Watch (MT40),
  • LG slays dragons with 1ms UltraGear performance gaming monitors,

Ity Bytes 3 December is bite-sized curated news

ITy Bytes 3 December

Western Digital Extreme Pro portable SSD here

Western Digital appears to have broken the external PCIe NVMe SSD speed barrier claiming sequential read speeds of up to 1050MBps on USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps full-duplex) equipped devices. But you may not get anywhere near that – it is not the drives fault but the interface

ITy Bytes 3 December Western Digital Extreme Pro

The catch 22 is that most current PC/Mac devices are USB-C 3.0/3.1/Gen 1 (5Gbps) and tap out 600Mbps (well, in reality, half that unless you are using the right SuperSpeed/+ rated cable). And if you use the USB-C to older USB-A cables/devices tops is around 50-200MBps. You can read more about USB-C and Thunderbolt speeds in our guide.

The SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD comes with a limited 5-year warranty. It is IP55 rated, and rain won’t affect it – it is not waterproof.

Price: 500GB/$295 and 1TB/$399 and 2TB/TBA at JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Harvey Norman. Website.

Linksys Aware for Linksys Velop mesh routers – makes you aware

Linksys is alive and well and settled in well with its new owners Foxconn (and Belkin/Wemo). GadgetGuy fondly remembers Linksys WRT routers, and we will explore the Velop range soon.

Linksys Aware is an add-on app for Velop mesh routers. It can sense when connected Wi-Fi devices (smartphones – everything really) move (based on a specified motion sensitivity level). It is user adjustable to avoid false alarms. It is convenient for remotely tracking movement in the home.

Linksys Aware joins Linksys Shield in the company’s subscription software portfolio available for Velop Tri-Band users. Linksys Shield provides comprehensive parental controls. Linksys Aware is $39.99 per annum (free 90-day trial)

JBL Project Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson) headphones can be yours

JBL has the first wireless training headphones from Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in partnership with Under Armour – Project Rock Collection, UA Sport Wireless Train Headphones. The limited-edition headphones available exclusively at JB HiFi and now for $400. 

These are on-ear, gym standard cans, powered by JBL ChargeSound for maximum rhythmic motivation, premium sound quality and intensity (good bass). They feature talk-through, speed charge (16-hours or one hour for five minutes charge), oversized buttons (you have seen the plates of meat on the Rock), removable and washable ear cushions. Note they are not ANC (noise cancelling).


Aspera doing nicely – low cost smart, easy and rugged phones.

GadgetGuy recently became aware of Aspera that has a great following in niche markets of smartphones, easy phones and rugged phones. According to Aspera, buyers are not power users, wanting practical solutions like big buttons or ruggedness.

Aspera Mobile phones are sold via retailers including Big W, Harvey Norman and Bing Lee as well as in Caltex and Puma service stations, Bayio and Retravision. The range now includes Android smartphones ($99-199, Easy flip ($79-99), big buttons ($79) and rugged phones ($99-399) all with 12-months warranty.

Aspera Mobile, MD Allan Robertson, said, “With the $99 Jazz 2 smartphone we put together a product aimed at the entry-level and low affordability users. It offers Android Go, Google Play Store with all of its applications, GPS, WiFi, dual 4G SIM cards and much more for just $99.


Acer innovates with ConceptD

If that sounds a bit like ‘Plan 9 from Outer space” it is – ConceptD reflects some of the more funky design that we have seen in a long time. ConceptD is for creatives and professionals.