Review of Network Drive IconBIT I-Stor IS308

Production of a new model is positioned as a replacement for modern routers with features of sharing USB-carriers. IS308 — the budget class — single-disk storage is a good device for visiting friends for movies, or for backup. In general, it is used for tasks which are not mission-critical of data loss. The speed and functionality are secondary, the main thing — the price and design. At a price of 90 $, IconBIT IS308 offers the buyer an autonomous Torrent-downloader, a network drive, support for protocols Samba and FTP, gigabit network interface and USB 3.0 port.



The device has stylish black aluminium hull and comes with a stand for vertical installation. IconBIT iS308 looks more like a normal external hard drive rather than the NAS. And if for someone Synology design seems too plastic, and QNAP — too angular, the iconBIT iS308 looks modern, simple and stylish.


The next thing that catches an eye — is the lack of a fan. Finally, there is a NAS with passive cooling. …

Meet Small-Sized QC5000M Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock enters the mainboard market with a new micro-ATX solution, entitled QC5000M. The greenhorn takes Kabini platform as the basis, featuring AMD A4-5000 hybrid processor (28 nm) with 4 Jaguar cores and 1.5 GHz clock frequency. The APU is accompanied by two slots for one-channel DDR3-1600 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB) and an integrated AMD Radeon HD 8330 graphics (500 MHz clock frequency, compatibility with DirectX 11.1 standard).



The implemented APU boasts 15 W TDP only, requiring a small-sized heatsink for efficient cooling. The model takes power via 24-pin ATX connector and is based on AMD A68 chipset. It is equipped with a single PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, and the same amount of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.


Network and audio facilities are represented by Realtek RTL8111GR Gigabit Ethernet controller and 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 codec respectively. Additionally, the PCB is furnished with ELNA sound capacitors. The rear side of the motherboard …

Main-Line Monitor Samsung S24D590P Review

New-day PC monitors are called to boggle the imagination with advanced facilities and unbelievable effects. However, their price tag is way too high for average customers who long for a high-quality visual solution for their home offices at an affordable cost. Samsung has always managed to satisfy the needs of various customer audiences, so this time it elaborated S24D590P – an etalon version of main-line monitors.



Chief Specifications


Samsung S24D590P features the following specifications:

— general: dimensions – 541.8x421.2x169.2 mm (with stand), CRT size – 23.6 inch, aspect ratio – 16:9, PPI – 93.34, coating – frosting;

— panel: type – PLS, resolution – 1920x1080 (Full HD), ultimate brightness level – 250 cd/m2, static contrast – 1000:1, dynamic contrast – mega ∞, amount of displayed colors – 16.7 m, response time (GtG) – 5 ms, ultimate viewing angles – 178/178 degrees, sRGB color gamut – 99.9%;

— I/O panel: 2x HDMI ports, …
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