The single-board Hardkernel Odroid-XU4Q PC Got a Massive Heatsink Instead of a Fan

The single-board Odroid-XU4 PC by Hardkernel, released in 2015, has got its new modified successor, called Odroid-XU4Q, which allows to construct devices for smart houses and Internet of things. There are no profound changes, though. A new version obtained a rather large sized (40 х 40 х 25 mm) heatsink instead of a low-profile fan. Such a solution makes the PC operation completely silent.



The board is based on the Samsung designed Exynos 5422 processor; the chipset is built on the ARM big.LITTLE architecture – it has four Cortex-A15 cores with up to 2.0 GHz clock speed and four Cortex-A7 cores with up to 1.4 GHz frequensy. The integrated Mali-T628 MP6 controller provides graphics processing.


The novelty from Hardkernel features 2 GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, one HDMI 1.4, one USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. The flash module capacity can be equal to 16, 32 or 64 GB.


Customers can purchase a monoboard ODROID-XU4Q PC at the approximate $60 …

Kingston Showcases High-Capacity SSDNow KC400 Drives

Kingston has expanded its SSDNow lineup of solid-state drives by KC400 series. It entails four high-capacity 2.5-inch models: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB. All of them are based on a 4-core 8-channel Phison 3110 controller and SATA III interface. The new-comers feature 100.1x69.8x7.0 mm dimension only and are shipped with a 5-year’s limited warranty.



Kingston SSDNow KC400 drives support SmartECC technology that serves for the maximal protection of data purposes. In addition, they accommodate SmartRefresh technology that saves the data from reading errors. The availability of onboard dedicated software ensures that the models could restart after emergency power shutdown.


All SSDs boast quite high cumulative volume of written data. The drives are able to operate in a wide range of temperatures (from -40 to +85). Their maximal power consumption index equals to 3.74 W on reading and 0.255 W in idle mode.


Moreover, the KC400 series offers unprecedented performance …

Network Storage Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition Review

Network storage solutions have become an integral assistant not only in large corporate systems but also in compact home-based platforms. They are a perfect match for people who need to work with a huge amount of information and who care about performance and safety. Iomega is one of the companies that frequently introduces ever newer storage solutions. Thereby, the manufacturer has recently upgraded its two-disk network storage StorCenter ix2-200 to Cloud Edition and equipped a new product with an advanced firmware. According to the claimed characteristics, StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition boasts easy adjustment of remote access, possibility to share files with other users, and many more benefits.



Design and Layout


It should be noted that the upgrade didn't touch upon design of the network storage. StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition has got aluminum external casing, plastic rear and frontal panels, and three LED indicators. The clipboard also accommodates a couple of …
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