Greeting an Affordable Z170A-X1/3.1 Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock is known for developing high-quality hardware components for a relatively affordable price. Thence, its latest Z170A-X1/3.1 ATX mainboard is not an exception, since its price tag does not go beyond $100. In order to cheapen the prime cost, the manufacturer backed away SATA Express & M.2 connectors, limiting the PCB by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.

To add, instead of a modern 8-channel audio controller it incorporated a well-known Realtek ALC892 item. The other boons of modernity remained unchanged. Thus, ASRock took Intel Z170 top chipset as the basis for the motherboard. The chipset is targeting the latest Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates 4 DIMM slots for dual-channel DDR4-3466 MHz RAM (up to 64 GB max. capacity).

Graphics facilities are ensured thanks to a pair of PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, although there are three more PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots for the connection of other items. Network options are entrusted to gigabit Intel I219V LAN …

Dell Brings Monitor E2414H to the Japanese Market

Dell, a renowned American computer technology corporation, starts selling its new PC monitor E2414H in the Japanese market. The new-comer is targeting budget-oriented customers, although it offers much more than traditional budgetary displays. This 24-inch model features 418.3x570.9x164.2 mm dimensions and is distinguished by an optimized color rendering quality. Moreover, it is certified to work with Windows 8 OS.

PC monitor E2414H is based on TN+film array with 3H protective coverage. It supports Full HD resolution (1920x1080) and is equipped with a power-saving LED backlit. An average power consumption level makes up 20 W, while the maximal TDP level does not transcend the margin of 30 W. This allowed the model to receive EPEAT Gold, TCO and Energy Star certificates.

The list of all major E2414H specifications is listed below:

— aspect ratio: 16:9;

— array response time: 5 ms (GtG);

— maximal brightness: 250 cd/m2;

— viewing angles: 170/160 degrees …

Compact PC Samsung Chromebox Review

PC market offers the whole range of customer-oriented products depending on the purpose of their utilization. Therefore, it's not a problem to find a high-end multi-functional PC for managing huge graphic applications and games; neither, it's a problem to search out a compact nettop to fulfill home-based tasks. Samsung Chromebox is a combination of compact design and rather progressive functional. However, despite such attractive specifications, the price for this product might satisfy the budget of any customer.


Nettop Samsung Chromebox is a high-performance hardware platform supplemented by software with the open source code. The product uses Chrome OS based on Linux, and is destined at efficient work with web-applications. The most attractive feature of the Chromebox is its price. The average market cost equals to $329; such cost is able to exceed similar products from other manufacturers and draw the lion's share of potential customer groups.

Chromebox is …
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