Hard drives still confidently dominate on the notebook market, according to analysts

SSDs are gradually penetrating into mobile computers, but can not yet can become a serious competitor of hard disk drives. Even recently observed slowdown in demand for notebooks with hard drives will not lead to a decrease of the part pf these models in favour of laptops, where SSD is the main storage, analysts believe.



According to the first quarter of this year, models from the HDD larger than 500GB, offered at $ 450-550, formed the largest segment of the market at a rate of 32% of total deliveries. Second place with 26% take laptops with HDD capacity over 320GB, which cost $ 350-450. They are followed by models with HDD larger than 640GB ($ 550-650 price range), than go HDD larger than 750GB ($ 650-750), they are followed — with 250 GB HDD (price less than $ 350), next — the HDD larger than 1 TB ($ 750-900). And only in last place, relevant to market by about 3%, are laptops with SSD volume 128GB or HDD with very large volume (price — $ 900 or more).


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Fractal Design Define R5: Silent Chassis for Ambitious Systems

Fractal Design has recently added a new R5 model to its renowned Define series. The new-comer is targeting enthusiasts longing for high performance combined with silent operation. It is represented in two chassis modifications — with an acrylic side window ($119.99) and with a blind side panel ($109.99) – as well as in three color versions: white, black, and titanium. The case is ready to accommodate motherboards of nearly all formats (mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX) with the maximum of 7 expansion slots.



Featuring 531x462x232 mm dimensions, Fractal Design Define R5 offers a pair of 5.25-inch drive bays, eight 3.5-inch drive bays, and two 2.5-inch drive bays. Herein, if necessary, all of them might be removed to allow for the installation of long graphics cards (up to 310 mm), of high CPU coolers (up to 180 mm), and of varied heatspreaders. Besides, due to a well-elaborated framework, the drives can be fixed and removed without any tools.


To continue, this chassis boasts the …

ViewSonic launches 27 "monitor VX2703mh-LED with a fast matrix

The monitor range of U.S. company ViewSonic is replenished with the product VX2703mh-LED. This is a rather large (27 ") widescreen display on the matrix TN + film, low-latency (3 ms GtG), LED backlight and democratic price tag — U.S. $ 300.



The resolution of 1920x1080 pixels suggests that VX2703mh-LED will be a big pixel. Like many other ViewSonic monitors, a new model has a sleek design. The stand allows adjusting the tilt of the display ranging from -3 ° to 16 °. There are stereo outputs 2x2 W, Mini-Jack socket for headphones and microphone, video input DVI-D, HDMI v1.3 and analog D-Sub. The power of display ranges from 17-23 watts in eco mode, up to 28-36 watts in normal mode. It supports standard mounting VESA 100x100 mm.


Among main characteristics are:

Maximum Contrast Ratio: 1200:1 (20 million to 1 dynamic);

maximum brightness of 300 cd / m ²;

viewing angles: 170 ° horizontal, 160 ° vertical;

screen coating: anti-glare, hardness 3H;

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