Whap! Sock! Pow! Batman Adds Punch to Samsung’s Ultrafast 830 Series SATA 3.0 Solid State Drives

Samsung’s new 830 Series SATA 3.0 SSDs are not only twice as fast as their predecessors, but they also come with a free copy of Batman: Arkham City.

It takes a lot to make the jaded technology press crack smiles at a press conference, but there were toothy grins all around Monday when a tall, well-muscled, Batman character suddenly appeared onstage to help Samsung introduce its new 830 Series of ultrafast SATA 3.0 solid state drives.

 Not only are the 830 Series 2.5-inch SSDs slimmer (7mm) and twice as fast than Samsung’s 470 Series SSDs, they come with a code for a free download of the PC version of Batman: Arkham City, a new video game from Warner Bros. The game, which launched last week, usually sells for about $50.

“The game will boot in a flash,” said Reid Sullivan, senior vice president for mobile entertainment for Samsung Electronics America just after the onstage visit from the caped crusader.

Samsung is marketing the drives as affordable upgrade options for performance-hungry gamers as well as anyone who can benefit from the inherent speed advantage of SSDs over standard rotating disk hard drives. One chart displayed at the conference showed that gamers can expect to boot their PCs and get into their games twice as fast with a PC with one of the new SSDs than with a standard hard disk.

The 830 Series SSDs offer read speeds of 520 megabytes per second and write speeds of 400MB/sec and come in 64GB ($130), 128GB ($200), 256GB ($430) and 512GB ($850) versions. They also come with Norton Ghost for duplicating data from one drive to another and Drive Magician for maintaining top performance from the SSDs. 

The 830 Series drives come in a fairly attractive metal casing for an internal drive and will fit in many of today’s new ultrathin notebooks, said Samsung representatives.

“We’re raising the performance bar even higher than ever before,” said Sullivan. “It’s an absolutely beautiful product.” 

All drives come packaged with the cables and drive cages needed for installation in a laptop or a desktop. They also come with USB to SATA cables that essentially turn them into external drives, thus making it possible to copy data to and from a computer before they’re actually installed.

“It’s really not that hard to install. Once you’re inside [your computer] you kind of can’t mess it up,” said N’Gai Croal, founder of consulting firm Hit Detection. Croal was part of a panel discussion of SSDs and video games.

The Samsung Series 830 solid state drives are available now from various vendors, including Amazon.

Amar’e Stoudemire Big Man with Small Fry at Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure Video Game Debut

Amar’e Stoudemire is used to standing out in a crowd, but when much of the crowd barely rise to the level of his kneecaps, there’s not much else to do but to smile and enjoy the moment. 

Stoudemire, who has a temporary reprieve from his regular job with the New York Knicks while the National Basketball Association’s players and owners wrangle over a new contract, used some of his free time to introduce Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, a cross-platform video game which allows action figures to virtually enter the game.

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure comes with an electronic platform called The Portal of Power, which connects to the video game console. Place an action figure on the platform and it enters the game. As the character gains new skills and powers, they’re memorized in the action figure, thus allowing the modified character to be used on another game console with no loss of capabilities. For example, a character played and enhanced on an Xbox 360 can be used on the Wii version of the game. 

The basic starter pack includes the game, the Portal of Power and three characters (Trigger Happy, Spyro and Gill Grunt), but additional characters out of the family of more than 30 are available separately. Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg explained that the actions figures are a bit more than just plastic playthings. 

“They’re not toys, OK? These are superheroes. And they’re alive inside,” said Hirshberg to a predominately pajamas-clad crowd. He explained that, according to the story of the Skylanders, the characters had been expelled from their homeland to Earth in a frozen state and the only ones who can bring the back to life are those who play the game, otherwise known modestly as “Portal Masters.”

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, which is available in versions for all major gaming platforms, is available now.

Text, images and video Copyright 2011, Robert S. Anthony, Stadium Circle Features