Mini-PC Sapphire Edge HD3 Review

Mini-PCs are gaining popularity among people who do not want to relinquish their demands towards the performance and aesthetic appearance. Full-Tower casings will suits probably gamers and enthusiasts, laptops – to people always on move, and mini-PCs — to individuals who appreciate efficiency and ergonomics. Sapphire gladdened its customers with Edge HD2 model last year, and this season the company offers an advanced solution in the form of mini-PC Edge HD3. Indeed, this model can substitute the full-tower PC and provide for better usability.


First of all, it should be mentioned that Sapphire Edge HD3 design befits to its predecessor, HD2. The new model has got rubbered plastic enclosure, smooth shape and black color. The basic attraction for potential clientele is the mini-PC dimensions: the product does not exceed the standard paper format and will be practically invisible on the desk. Still, there is a distinction between the two models. Edge HD3 is notable …

Asustor Introduces New-Gen AS 3 NAS Series

Asustor, an outstanding Taiwanese developer of high-end hardware pieces, has just launched a series of new-generation NAS devices, codenamed AS 3. The series involves two models – the AS-302T and the AS-304T – that are characterized by the support of advanced multimedia facilities and high-resolution video (1080 p). The first model consists of two HDD bays with the maximal capacity of 8 TB, whereas the second model boasts four HDD bays with an overall 16 TB capacity. For this reason, the retail price makes up $334.90 and $499 respectively.

AS 3 NAS devices are based on Intel Atom two-core processors that run at 1.6 GHz clock frequency. Memory subsystem is introduced by DDR3 modules of 1 GB capacity. Interface I/O panel is rich in gigabit Ethernet network port, IR-port, HDMI video socket, 3.5 mm audio socket, and USB 3.0 port. One of the blissful advantages is the possibility to unite the drives into the following RAID arrays: RAID 0/1/5/6/10 and JBOD.

Each NAS model is …

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 …
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