Greeting an Affordable Z170A-X1/3.1 Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock is known for developing high-quality hardware components for a relatively affordable price. Thence, its latest Z170A-X1/3.1 ATX mainboard is not an exception, since its price tag does not go beyond $100. In order to cheapen the prime cost, the manufacturer backed away SATA Express & M.2 connectors, limiting the PCB by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.



To add, instead of a modern 8-channel audio controller it incorporated a well-known Realtek ALC892 item. The other boons of modernity remained unchanged. Thus, ASRock took Intel Z170 top chipset as the basis for the motherboard. The chipset is targeting the latest Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates 4 DIMM slots for dual-channel DDR4-3466 MHz RAM (up to 64 GB max. capacity).


Graphics facilities are ensured thanks to a pair of PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, although there are three more PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots for the connection of other items. Network options are entrusted to gigabit Intel I219V LAN …

Acute Angle K2 – a PC, Enclosed into a Keyboard

An up-to-date desktop can be performed in a shape, other than a customary PC with a system unit, a mini PC or an AIO. The Hong Kong Acute Angle Co. offers one more form factor, categorized as a computer, embedded into a keyboard. At present, fund raising for such a specialty under the K2 name is conducted.



K2 is a high-end computer, operated by Windows 10 Home operating system. VGA/HDMI connectors allow to link it to any display, projector or a TV-set.


The novelty by Acute Angle is based on the 4-core Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor. It features 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and uses the 64 GB eMMC flash memory for data storage. There is an option to obtain the K3 modification, which is highlighted due to a more powerful Intel Celeron N3450 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB drive.


In the meantime, these computers do not differ exteriorly. Both of them are of 340 × 110 × 30 mm and weigh around 472 g. K2 is incorporated into a stainless steel case and has no fans in its construction. A …

Lenovo ThinkVision P24h and P27h Monitors with Super Slim Bezels

Lenovo product line has been refilled with two IPS-panel models – ThinkVision P24h and ThinkVision P27h. These products differ in the diagonal, being 23.8 and 27 inches respectively, though both of them offer the 2560 × 1440 pixels resolution and a 6 ms response time.



The novelties are equipped with one Type-C USB, two HDMI ports, a USB hub and a size-conscious stand.


ThinkVision P24h and ThinkVision P27h are designed with super slim bezels, which allow multi-screen setting up. Simultaneously they remove glares, render 99 % of the sRGB colour gamut and are perfect solutions for photo and design professionals.


These Lenovo monitors will be available in March 2017. ThinkVision P24h will cost $259, and the price of ThinkVision P27h will be equal to $329.
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