Hard drives still confidently dominate on the notebook market, according to analysts

SSDs are gradually penetrating into mobile computers, but can not yet can become a serious competitor of hard disk drives. Even recently observed slowdown in demand for notebooks with hard drives will not lead to a decrease of the part pf these models in favour of laptops, where SSD is the main storage, analysts believe.



According to the first quarter of this year, models from the HDD larger than 500GB, offered at $ 450-550, formed the largest segment of the market at a rate of 32% of total deliveries. Second place with 26% take laptops with HDD capacity over 320GB, which cost $ 350-450. They are followed by models with HDD larger than 640GB ($ 550-650 price range), than go HDD larger than 750GB ($ 650-750), they are followed — with 250 GB HDD (price less than $ 350), next — the HDD larger than 1 TB ($ 750-900). And only in last place, relevant to market by about 3%, are laptops with SSD volume 128GB or HDD with very large volume (price — $ 900 or more).


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Meet New Nifty Qs-240 Chassis from Aerocool

The lineup of Aerocool’s chassis has been replenished by a new classy PC case – the Qs-240. The model is designed in mini-tower format targeting micro-ATX or mini-ITX motherboards with maximum of 4 expansion slots. The inventory of external interfaces entails a pair of audio ports, the same number of USB 2.0 ports as well as a single USB 3.0 port.



Internal layout of Aerocool Qs-240 provides for two 3.5-inch drive bays & three 2.5-inch drive bays. Absence of high storage cages allows installing quite lengthy videocards (up to 320 mm) and quite high CPU coolers (up to 160 mm). ATX-compatible power supply unit is to be located in the bottom section of the chassis.


The case comes equipped with one 120-mm fan (rear). In addition, it’s feasible to integrate a pair of top fans and a pair of front ones (all of 120-mm dimensional type) which are accompanied by dust filters. Instead of frontal fans the customer might install 240-mm heatsink that is a part of a liquid cooling …

PNY to Release Brand Card Reader Series

PNY company has established a global reputation for manufacturing various hardware components, among which are memory and video cards. Currently, the company decided to add a new product to their product lineup – card reader device. The release will be marked by the appearance of two models simultaneously, codenamed CR001 and UH001. The customers who choose CR001 will have an opportunity to choose between red and blue color casings. In its turn, UH001 model can operate as a four-port hub.



PNY CR001 will be able to support the following memory cards types: Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Micro, SDHC, MicroSDHC, MMCplus, CompactFlash, and xD-Picture. Nevertheless, this model will not support SDXC memory cards. CR001 is based on high-end controller which allows achieving the level of performance equaling to 1000 IOPS on reading and writing activities.


PNY CR001 offers only USB 2.0 interface support. The basic peculiarity of this card reader model is the availability of a …
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