Meet Run-of-the-Mill VA209N Monitor from Asus

Asus is known for designing not only gaming or enthusiast solutions. Its portfolio is rich in products, intended for average users. The 19.5-inch monitor, entitled VA209N, belongs to this echelon. It is positioned as an office device, due to the thick frames and a run-of-the-mill stand (angle of gradient is the only adjustment option). Featuring 454.6x376.3x189.6 mm dimensions, the model fits any environment.



Asus VA209N is based on IPS panel which boasts 1440x900 resolution & 16:10 aspect ratio. The monitor comes with wide viewing angles (178/178 degrees in both aspects), a large viewing area of 418x262 mm, and 80M:1 dynamic contrast. The model’s top brightness index achieves 250 cd/m2, while the response time lags behind its competitors – only 14 ms.


The VA209N offers up to 83/76 Hz of horizontal/vertical refresh rate as well as 16.7 million of displayed colors. The I/O panel accommodates only two ports: DVI-D and D-Sub. Hence, the typical power consumption index …

ASRock Surfaces J3355B-ITX Mainboard

ASRock enters the market with a mainboard, targeting new Intel Apollo Lake CPUs (14 nm, Intel Goldmont micro-architecture). The J3355B-ITX model is thought to be integrated within laptops or entry-level all-in-one solutions. As seen from the codename, the board is developed in mini-ITX form-factor. It comes equipped with Intel Celeron J3355 processor, operating at 2.0-2.5 GHz frequency. The CPU features 10 W TDP; hence, cooling is backed by a noiseless passive cooler.



ASRock J3355B-ITX accommodates a pair of SO-DIMM slots for DDR3/DDRL3 modules with 1866 MHz frequency (up to 16 GB). The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 500 GPU that runs at 700 MHz. The connection of drives is realized via two SATA III ports. The incorporated PCIe 2.0 x16 slot is optimal for expansion cards, rather than a VGA card.


To continue, audio subsystem is based on 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 controller, whereas network facilities are ensured with the help of Realtek RTL8111GR …

Plextor Refreshes The Line of M5 Pro SSDs

Plextor, a well-known manufacturer of multifarious consumer electronics, is preparing for the release of its updated high-performance M5 Pro SSD series. Similar to the older version, new drives are targeted basically at business and gaming spheres. The manufacturer does not voice the precise information concerning the release date or pricing guidelines. Nevertheless, the preview of new M5 Pro specifications has already aroused interest of many analysts and average consumers.



According to the preliminary data, M5 Pro SSDs are developed in 2.5-inch form-factor and employ Marvell 88SS9187 Monet controller as the basis of their operation. The updated drives use high-speed SATA III interface to provide for the maximal speed and reliability of all operations. Testing results show that these products are estimated for about 2.4 million hours of trouble-free operation. In addition, Plextor will ensure that all drives are delivered with a 5-year limited warranty.


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