Lifting the Veil from USB Type-C Bus

Since the launch in 1995, Universal Serial Bus (USB) has proved itself as the most successful ever computing interface. Nowadays tens of billions of electronic devices are connected together due to it. It goes without saying that this bus has outlived a few modifications, each distinguished by higher speed and reliability. Thus, today the community is able to revel in a completely new modification – USB Type-C – that forecasts a lot privileges of connectivity process. Let’s see what users will get with a new bus.

Layout and Connectivity

In physical terms, Type-C is a bit larger than USB 2.0 Micro-B but a bit tinier than binary USB 3.0 Micro-B, featuring 8.34x2.56 mm. Such dimensions enable its connection to the devices of any type, including the thinnest smartphones/tablets. The oval-shaped socket houses 24 contact outputs (to compare: USB 3.0 sockets feature only 9 outputs).

The most outstanding physical peculiarity of Type-C is a symmetric connector that …

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. …

Monitor Envision H2776MHAL (MVA Panel) Review

Envision can’t be called a well-known brand label, though it enters into the group of companies headed by Gigabyte. Despite this fact, the manufacturer tries to offer its potential customers only worthy and outstanding products. Let’s have a look at one of its latest developments – monitor model Envision H2776MHAL.

General Specifications

The first two things that catch the eye in monitor Envision H2776MHAL are display dimensions and panel type. The display features 27 inch dimensions, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 1920x1080 pixels resolution. The model is based on MVA panel type equipped with a power-saving LED backlit. Its response time equals to 12 ms. The integration of such panel is thought to provide for the highest image qualities which are manifested through the following parameters:

— display brightness: 300 cd/m2;

— viewing angles: 178/178 degrees (down and across);

— contrast: static – 5000:1, dynamic – 50 million to 1;

— number of …
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