Western Digital My Passport: two compact terabyte

Compact, not too heavy, with USB 3.0 interface and the volume of 2 terabytes – by these words the description of an external hard drive Western Digital My Passport can be finished. But there are more options to check: see how fast the new drive is, convenience of software and general impressions.

The line of portable hard drives from Western Digital is now consists of five main devices created to manage different tasks, but the model My Passport has a special place among them. The fact that the capacity of this drive can be up to 2 TB – and it makes possible not only to store in a portable digital stock a huge collection of videos, photos and any other materials, but also free to move it from home to work or to take with you on long journeys. Particular strain is not necessary, because the dimensions of the new item are only slightly greater than other models of Western Digital external hard drives.

The novelty comes in a small cardboard box with a blister. Inside, in …

SilverStone Expands the Tundra Lineup with Two Liquid Coolers

SilverStone has entered the market with a pair of small-sized liquid coolers which replenished the lines of Tundra family. The TD02-Slim and TD03-Slim are targeting mini-ITX chassis, showing compatibility with the majority of modern platforms: AMD FM1, FM2, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+, Intel LGA775, 115x, 2011, 2011-3, 1366. The new-comers will be available since late September at the price tag of about $73 & $96 (depending on the model).

SilverStone TD02-Slim features a sleek aluminum heatsink with 278x227x124 mm dimensions and a pair of fans, mounted side by side. At the same time, SilverStone TD03-Slim houses less voluminous heatsink (159x22x124 mm) and the fans are mounted on the different sides of the radiator.

The hardware also includes a large copper base for a more efficient heat dissipation, a pair of rubber hoses (310 mm in length) as well as a waterblock (39.2 mm in height) with an integrated pump. In addition, there is blue activity LED.

The implemented 120-mm …

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 …
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