Encouraging Forecasts for Ultrabooks

Notebooks and netbooks, which have been the pioneers in the field of portative devices in the recent past, are now considered to be regular gadgets available practically for all people. IT market is oversaturated with the offers from different companies that produce those devices. Growing competition makes those companies invent new strategies in the development of notebooks, providing customers with more impressive performance and stunning design. The end of 2011 and beginning of 2012 was marked by the launch of new notebook generation, the generation of ultrabooks. The mass production of ultrabooks is prognosticated for the mid 2012.

The developers of portative devices took the challenge to combine the functional characteristics of ultrabooks with their ultrafine design. Such companies as HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer, and Asustek can be called the pathfinders in this technological sphere and their masterpieces have seen the light already in the end of 2011. The representatives of …

Meet Small-Sized QC5000M Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock enters the mainboard market with a new micro-ATX solution, entitled QC5000M. The greenhorn takes Kabini platform as the basis, featuring AMD A4-5000 hybrid processor (28 nm) with 4 Jaguar cores and 1.5 GHz clock frequency. The APU is accompanied by two slots for one-channel DDR3-1600 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB) and an integrated AMD Radeon HD 8330 graphics (500 MHz clock frequency, compatibility with DirectX 11.1 standard).

The implemented APU boasts 15 W TDP only, requiring a small-sized heatsink for efficient cooling. The model takes power via 24-pin ATX connector and is based on AMD A68 chipset. It is equipped with a single PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, and the same amount of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.

Network and audio facilities are represented by Realtek RTL8111GR Gigabit Ethernet controller and 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 codec respectively. Additionally, the PCB is furnished with ELNA sound capacitors. The rear side of the motherboard …

LG Introduces a New Series of PC Monoblock Units

LG Electronics established the reputation as the global manufacturer of consumer electronics long time ago, but it still amazes the community with ever newer products and approaches. Thus, lately the company has 'shared' the news about the forthcoming delivery of its monoblock units which belong to V720 series. The first two models to appear in the open sale will be V720-D.AE50K and V720-U.AE30K. The basic distinction of both units will be their ultra-thin casings and the integration of all chief system elements at the stand base.

The two models are promised to have as similar specifications, so different features to comply with various needs. Both are furnished with Bluetooth 4.0 modules, TV-tuner, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/b, card reader. There are USB 3.0 sockets, HDMI socket, and loudspeakers of 7W efficiency. Some other major specifications are listed below.

V720-D.AE50K model:

— equipped with two-core Intel Core i5-3210M processor that works at 2.5-3.1 GHz frequency;

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