Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

March 25, 2009

Super fast computer with 24 Solid State Drives

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 3:21 pm

SSD stands Solid State Drives. Instead of physical components like a regular drive SSDs are basically big flash drives running as a normal hard drive. Samsung’s marketing team made this video.

They linked 24 SSD using a Raid array creating a very fast computer that can transfer data at 2 Gigabytes per second. That’s Giga Byte. In Gigabit it’s 16 gbps! It opens all Microsoft Office applications at 0.5 seconds and can start 53 programs in 18 seconds!

Via Gizmodo.

February 27, 2009

Build the Perfect PC! Step by step guide

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , , — Khaled A. @ 7:29 pm

I enjoy building my own PCs, it’s the only way to go in my opinion. Never buy a Dell/HP desktop when you can build one yourself. There is a joy in DIY (do it yourself). Hopefully this post will be helpful to you!

Maximum PC posted a feature on how to build the “Perfect PC”. I will link to the individual sections:

Next is the best part, actually building the computer. The steps are fairly basic and you mainly need a Philips screwdriver. Just follow these easy steps.

Then if you really, really, really want to, you can overclock your machine to increase the performance. Here’s what you need to know about overclocking. And for each CPU: Core 2 overclocking, Core i7 overclocking and AMD overclocking.

How to buy the hardware? Most of it can be (hopefully) found in the local computer stores. In Riyadh you can find them at the “Computer Haraj” in Olaya. Softland carries most of these hardware since they import them directly to Saudi Arabia. But they are not cheap. The other solution is ordering it online and ship it using Aramex (Crapamex) or myus.

February 23, 2009

Western Digital 2TB Hard Drive

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , — Khaled A. @ 10:49 am

If you need the maximum amount of storage in a single 3.5″ hard drive then you can now get the Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB (that’s almost 2,000GB or 2,000,000MB or 2,000,000,000KB or even 2,000,000,000,000 Bytes!).

The Caviar Green “focuses on quiet performance and lower power consumption. The 2TB Caviar Green has four 500GB platters spinning at variable rates between 5,400 and 7,200rpm, with a 32MB cache, and an areal density per platter of 400Gb/square inch”. This is probably not your operating system hard drive but it’s better to hold all your data.


Maximum PC, my favorite hardware review magazine, reviewed the Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB and they gave it a 9/10 score. With it being the “Highest-capacity consumer drive on the market”, “Low power consumption” and Quietness as strong points.

How to buy it in Saudi Arabia?

Since it’s a Western Digital hard drive then you will probably find it at their dealer in Saudi Arabia, Nahil Computers hopefully soon. If not then try your luck at Softland. Or just buy it from NewEgg or Amazon and ship it using myUS or Aramex.

February 20, 2009

Good deal on a 500GB portable drive

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 10:19 am

I bought a couple of LaCie Little Disk 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive, Designed by Sam Hecht. They cost me $99 + myus shipping (400 SR, you can buy a 320GB WD for 399SR in Saudi Arabia). What I appreciated about this hard drive is that the USB cable is built into the enclosure so I won’t need to carry additional cable clutter.


I did not find it in Riyadh computer stores until now. It will probably take a few more weeks until it is available in Saudi Arabia. I bought it from and had it shipped using myus.

January 26, 2009

Western Digital in Saudi Arabia

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , — Khaled A. @ 9:08 pm

Read more about Western Digital in Saudi Arabia at Saudi TechView.

Western Digital is my favorite hard drive brand. Their drives are the most reliable I have ever used. I have contacted their email support many times and they always respond in less than 24 hours with useful information, something other companies should learn from them.


Western Digital has a strong presence in Saudi Arabia thanks to their only distributor in Saudi Arabia: Nahil Computers. I estimate over %95 of OEM 3.5″ hard drives sold in Saudi Arabia are Western Digital drives. Other hard drive makers: Seagate, Samsung, and Hitachi are missing from the Saudi market.

Seagate’s authorized distributors’ list shows Saudi Arabia as an option but no distributors are available. Even though they have a “Collection Point In Saudia Arabia”. Seagate, it’s Saudi Arabia.

The Collection Point processes Return Material Authorization (RMA) disc drives at one central location, speeding up and simplifying the return procedures for Seagate disc drives.

You can buy those brands online or from the specialty store Softland in Riyadh.

As for Western Digital’s distributor in Saudi Arabia, Nahil Computers. I’ve heard good things about their support services for hard drives. However their site is another example of inferior websites for Saudi companies. Their latest news is from 2006 and clicking on products will open an IFRAME with the other company’s website inside! If you visit their hard drive page you will notice it will just open Western Digital’s homepage in a frame (view source code and look for the IFRAME tag), so sluggish.

Apparently Western Digital also made a deal with Jarir Bookstore (not my favorite bookstore). From AME Info: “This strategic partnership with Jarir Bookstore demonstrates Western Digital’s commitment in KSA. We can now service the growing Saudi market with an established, reputable partner that will offer our customers not only the best products and technology but the best end-to-end customer experience”. The offers are on Jarir’s website, they even have the WD TV HD Media Player for 449SR.

January 18, 2009

Logitech Introduces G-Series Gaming Peripherals

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 1:35 pm

Logitech announced 3 new gaming peripherals at CES 2009: G19 gaming keyboard (US$199.99) and G35 surround sound headset ($129.99) available in March 2009. And G9x laser mouse ($99.99) available in April 2009. We don’t expect any stores in Saudi Arabia to get it other than possibly Softland so you better just buy it online.


From TMO:

The G19 keyboard features a tiltable, 320 by 240 pixel display that offer up in-game information for over 60 titles, including World of Warcraft, as well as VoIP (voice over IP) communication data, a clock, CPU load, or even pictures or videos. Users can switch between types of information without leaving their games. The G19 also includes 12 programmable G-keys with three macros per key and two USB 2.0 ports. The G35 headset features 7.1 surround sound with second-generation Dolby Headphone technology, an ear-enclosing design that shuts out ambient sounds, and an adjustable, noise-canceling microphone. Software is also included that morphs users’ voices to sound like a cyborg, a giant, a mutant, a space squirrel, a troll, or an alien. Three G-keys on the left earpiece allow one-touch voice morphing, with additional controls for volume, microphone mute, and surround sound adjustments. The G9x laser mouse offers adjustable dpi, from 200 to 5000 dpi, two interchangeable, snap-on grips, onboard memory for up to five game profiles, a weight-tuning system that can add up to 28 grams of extra weight, and custom color LEDs for matching the LEDs of other peripherals.

January 15, 2009

AMD Phenom II

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 1:11 pm

Maximum PC have a review up for AMD’s latest offering, the Phenom II.

AMD is far more interested in how Phenom II does against a Core 2 Quad. The Phenom II actually outscored the Core 2 Quad in our MainConcept encoding test, our ProShow Producer slideshow creation test, and Quake 4, and it just about broke even in our WinRar file compression test.

Where to get the AMD Phenom II (and other AMD products) in Saudi Arabia? That is the problem. The Saudi market is dominated by Intel and finding a store that sells AMD is problematic. This press release claims that BDL is the distributor but nothing is on their website regarding AMD.

So you can either buy it online or buy from Softland, a well established (since the 90s) computer store that has no website. They are in the Olaya computer market in Riyadh.

November 27, 2008

Intel X-25M Solid State Drive

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 12:32 pm

Intel released their first SSD (Solid State Drive) the X-25M. Maximum PC gave it 9/10 and a Kick Ass award.

After testing Intel’s entry-level SSD, we can understand why. The X-25M offers the fastest read speeds we’ve ever seen from a single SSD or hard drive.

Maximum PC review for the Intel X-25M and their roundup of solid state drives.

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