NEC launches ultrabook based on Core i7 weighting 875g

Japanese company NEC has prepared a unique laptop VersaPro UltraLite VG for state market of the rising sun. The use of light materials and advanced components has reduced the weight of a 13.3-inch laptop up to 875g total.

The body of ultrabook is made of magnesium-lithium alloy and has thickness of 14.9 mm. The product is designed for business travelers who need high performance in small form factor. The «heart» of the laptop is dual-core Core i7-3517U (Ivy Bridge), operating at a frequency of 1.9 GHz to 3 GHz, depending on the load. To it was joined by 4 GB of RAM SO-DIMM DDR3 and a 128-gigabyte SSD-drive. Built-in Intel HD graphics 4000 (350/1100 MHz) will provide an opportunity to play casual games on the screen with a resolution of 1600x900 pixels and LED-backlit display. Windows 7 Professional OS is installed on this ultrabook.

It is worth mentioning about the presence of USB 3.0 ports and HDMI, network interfaces Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, card reader, HD webcam and …

Fractal Design Showcases an Offbeat Define S Chassis

Fractal Design, a well-known Swedish PC hardware developer, comes out with an innovative PC chassis, entitled Define S. The new-comer offers an ideal balance of functionality with a perfect soundproofing. Its exterior is differentiated by a classic strictness and style combined with a totally black coverage. The case might accommodate as mini-ITX/mATX motherboards, so full ATX items. Moreover, potential customers are able to choose between a windowed version ($90) and an entirely blind version ($80) of the chassis.

Key peculiarity of Fractal Design Define S model is absence of traditional bays for ODD and HDD/SSD. Instead of them, there are dedicated vertical seats on the reverse side of the motherboard tray for three 3.5-inch drives and two additional 2.5-inch drives. Seats for the 5.25-inch ODD are absent at all.

The layout allows for the installation of 425-mm graphics cards (if frontal fans are excluded, the maximal admissible length of cards might be 450 mm), CPU …

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 Review

The second generation of AMD A-Series hybrid processors, announced earlier in October, are already integrated in a number of graphics solutions. The newly appeared products are compatible with Socket FM2 only and cannot be applied for Socket FM1 infrastructure. This implies that a number of motherboards lose their upgrade facilities and can't be updated with a new advanced solution. Still, the market is currently ready to present a few boards destined to operate with the updated AMD A-Series. Gigabyte is one of the pioneers in this respect, introducing its motherboard GA-F2A85X-UP4, developed specifically for Socket FM2.


Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 is designed in ATX form-factor with 305x244 mm PCB dimensions. AMD A85X chipset is a heart of the motherboard; it secures the compatibility with A-Series (second gen.) APU and Athlon CPUs in the implementation of Socket FM2. The overall TDP level claimed for the model is not more than 100W. The PCB allots four DIMM slots …
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