Eurocom Announced Armadillo 2 Broadwell Ultrabook

EUROCOM builds some incredible and portable systems that usually are built with one thing in mind, the best efficiency and most power possible.

The new 14″ Armadillo 2 ultrabook is slightly different as it was designed to be a perfect everyday companion. It should be compact and lightweight enough to carry everywhere while still giving you the power you need to perform your tasks.

 

The Armadillo 2 is built around the Intel Core i5-5200U Broadwell CPU and supports up to 2TB storage, Intel HD Graphics 5500 and up to 32GB RAM, all packed in a beautiful brushed aluminium chassis that only is 2.1 cm thick and weighs 1.8kg.

Armadillo 2 supports Intel’s Platform Trust Technology (Intel PTT), which is a new platform functionality for credential storage and key management. It has a 4 cells Smart Lithium-Ion 44WH battery pack for up to 7 hours of battery life.

Specifications:

  • Display: 14.0-inch (35.56cm) FHD 1920-by-1080 LCD panel 16:9 panel, 3.2mm; eDP
  • Processor: powered by Intel 5th Generation Broadwell-U (14nm), Intel Core i5-5200U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500 with Dynamic Video Memory Technology
  • Memory: up to 32GB; DDR3L-1333/1600/1866; 2 SODIMM 204pin sockets
  • Dimensions/Weight: 340(W) x 240(D) x 21(H)mm; 1.8kg
  • Power: Battery: up to 430 minutes; removable 4 cells Smart Lithium-Ion, 44.6WH; battery shipping mode; AC Adapter: 65W 100-240V, DC 19V 3.42A
  • Storage: up to 2TB SSD/HDD; 1x HDD/SSD (7mm) + 1x mSATA (SATA3)
  • Card Reader: 6-in-1 Push-Push; MMC/RSMMC SD/miniSD/SDHC/SHXC
  • Keyboard & Touchpad: large size touchpad 104x59mm; high quality A4 size keyboard
  • Sound System: High Definition Audio; 2 microphone array for high fidelity recordings with noise cancellation; 2
  • speakers 2W 4Ohm
  • Ports: Card Reader, 2x USB 3.0; HDMI 1.4, RJ-45 (LAN), DC-in (Right Side); Kensington Lock, Microphone jack, headphone jack (Left Side)
  • Security: Kensington Lock, Intel PTT (Platform Trust Technology)

You can configure your system directly on EUROCOM’s website where the fun begins at £588 and a fully equipped model easily costs you £2386. However, for that price you will get a 1TB HDD and 1TB SSD, 32GB RAM, pre-installed Windows with retail disk and ac/a/b/g/n and Bluetooth Wireless abilities.

Thecus Tease Us With New NAS Units for Computex

As so many companies right now, Thecus is getting ready to show off their latest development, ideas, and solutions at Computex in Taipei next month.

“Computex provides a great venue for us unveil our latest technologies and display existing products,” said Florence Shih, CEO of Thecus. “Users will be able to experience our wide range of NAS solutions for home, small/medium business, and enterprise uses.”

Among the units that they’re going to show off are their Windows-based solutions of which we already reviewed the W4000. These units make it easier than ever to incorporate Windows-based features into your network for a relative low price. Setting up your Azure or Office 365 on your SMB network has never been so easy.

But also newer units such as the recently released N5810 Pro NAS, that we also already reviewed for you. This is an amazing unit that doesn’t just add the usual enthusiast features but packs one on top with 5 LAN ports, 5 HDD trays, built-in miniUPS and HTPC function.

What got me excited is the yet promise, or tease, that they’re going to unveil and show off two new and yet unreleased SMB/Enterprise solutions including a 7-bay tower NAS and a 8-bay rackmount unit. These new NAS devices will be powered by Intel Core i3 processors, most likely Haswell, have 4GB built-in memory that is upgradeable to 32GB, and last but not least come 10G-ready.

 

EUROCOM Pushes the Boundaries of Mobile Workstations with P5 pro and P7 Pro

EUROCOM pushes the boundaries of mobile workstations with their P5 Pro and P7 Pro with extreme performance. The workstations are based on Intel’s Z97 chipset and come with either Intel Code i7-4700 or Intel Xeon E3-1200 V3 desktop processors as well as Nvidia’s Quadro graphics cards and packed with 32GB RAM. With that kind of power, you can easily take your work into the field.

The EUROCOM P7 Pro and P5 Pro supports Nvidia Quadro K5100M, K3100M and K1100M for professional grade reliability and compatibility. The Quadro GPUs are designed and built to provide leading performance, reliability, compatibility and stability with applications like Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, Autodesk 3DS Max, Autodesk Autocad 2011, Autodesk Inventor 2012, Avid Media Composer, Dassault CATIA, Dassault Solidworks, Siemens X, ANSYS, MATLAB, Dassault Simulia, among many others.

The 15.6-inch P5 Pro supports a variety of crystal clear displays from 1920 x 1080 to 3840 x 2160 to allow customers to choose the exact display for their projects. The 17.3-inch P7 Pro supports HD matte and glossy displays so there is no need for an external monitor. All that power is pretty compact all things considered and the resulting systems weigh just 3.4 and 3.9 kg respectively.

There’s plenty of storage capabilities as well with two M.2 SSD slots as well as 2 standard drive bays for a total up to 5TB of RAIDable storage.

The new line of EUROCOM systems has Control Center Software to give professional users the ultimate control over their workstation. Now users can control and customize their backlit keyboard, power settings, quick keys, display switching, audio enhancement and even fan speeds. Both models are equipped with a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM), finger print reader, and Kensington lock port to keep crucial data and intellectual property secure. The P5 Pro is also prewired for 3G/4G module support through a M.2 slot.

EUROCOM P5 Pro Specifications:

  • Chipset: Intel Z97 Express Chipset
  • Processor: Socket based; LGA1150; 4th and 5th generation; up to 90W
  • VGA Technology: Modular; MXM 3.0b; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, GTX 970M or GTX 965M; Quadro: K5100M, K3100M and K1100M
  • Mechanical (Frame): Heavy Duty ABS Plastic
  • Cooling: High-performance, high-quality copper VGA and CPU heatsinks
  • Memory: Four 204-pin SODIMM sockets; DDR3L-1600, 1866 or 2133; 1.35V; up to 32GB
  • Storage: up to 4 physical drives: 2x M.2 2280 PCIe SSD and 2x HDD/SSD (9.5mm) SATA3 6Gb/s and with Intel Rapid Start Technology; Intel Smart Response Technology and RAID 0/1/5/10
  • Card Reader: 6-in-1: MMC/RSMMC/SD/mini SD/SDHC/SDXC; Push-Push
  • Keyboard and Touchpad: Backlit full-size keyboard with numeric pad; TouchPad with multi-gesture and scrolling; W/A/S/D Gaming key
  • Ports: 4 x USB 3.0 (1x powered USB port, AC/DC); 1 x eSATA/USB3.0 Combo port; 2 x Display Port 1.2 (up to 3840×2160 @60Hz); 1 x HDMI output (up to 4096×2304 @24Hz); 1 x Headphone; 1 x Microphone-in; 1 x S/PDIF (digital); 1x Line-in; 1 x RJ-45 LAN; 1 x DC-in
  • Audio: High Definition Audio; S/PDIF Digital Output; Built in array microphone; Built-in two 2W speakers; Sound Blaster X-FI MB3; External 7.1CH output (headphone, mic, line-in and S/PDIF); ANSP 3D Sound Technology (headphone output)
  • Display Support: Supports up to 3 active internal and/or external displays
  • Security: Kensington Lock and Embedded TPM 2.0
  • Battery: 8cells 82Wh Li-Ion; up to 120 minutes
  • Weight: 3.4kg / 7.48lbs w/ battery
  • Dimensions: 386x262x35mm / 15.4×10.48×1.4-inch

EUROCOM P7 Pro Specifications:

  • Display: 17.3-inch FHD 1920-by-1080 with Glossy (Glare) or Matte (Non-Glare); LED Backlit; eDP and/or LVDS
  • Chipset: Intel Z97 Express Chipset
  • Processor: Socket based; LGA1150; up to Intel i7 4790K, up to 90W
  • VGA Technology: Modular; MXM 3.0b; NVIDIA GeForce GTX: 980M (8GB DDR5), GTX 970M (6GB) or GTX 965M (4GB); Quadro: K5100M, K3100M and K1100M
  • Mechanical (Frame): Heavy Duty ABS Plastic
  • Cooling: High-performance, high-quality copper VGA and CPU heatsinks
  • Memory: Four 204-pin SODIMM sockets; DDR3L-1600, 1866 or 2133; 1.35V; up to 32GB
  • Storage: up to 4 physical drives: 2x M.2 2280 PCIe or SATA SSD and 2x HDD/SSD (9.5mm) SATA3 6Gb/s and with Intel Rapid Start Technology; Intel Smart Response Technology and RAID 0/1/5/10
  • Card Reader: 6-in-1: MMC/RSMMC/SD/mini SD/SDHC/SDXC; Push-Push
  • Keyboard and Touchpad: Backlit full-size keyboard with numeric pad; TouchPad with multi-gesture and scrolling; W/A/S/D Gaming key
  • Ports: 4 x USB 3.0 (1x powered USB port, AC/DC); 1 x eSATA/USB3.0 Combo port; 2 x Display Ports 1.2; 1 x HDMI 2.0 output); 1 x Headphone; 1 x Microphone-in; 1 x S/PDIF (digital); 1x Line-in; 1 x RJ-45 LAN; 1 x DC-in
  • Audio: High Definition Audio; S/PDIF Digital Output; Built in array microphone; Built-in two 2W speakers; Sound Blaster X-FI MB3; External 7.1CH output (headphone, mic, line-in and S/PDIF); ANSP 3D Sound Technology (headphone output)
  • Display Support: Supports up to 4 active displays including internal LCD; up to 3840×2160 @ 60Hz
  • Security: Kensington Lock and Embedded TPM 2.0
  • Battery: 8cells 82Wh Li-Ion; up to 120 minutes
  • Weight: 3.9kg / 8.6lbs w/ battery

BIOSTAR Reveals Hi-Fi B85Z5 Motherboard

BIOSTAR revealed their latest motherboard and this time it is an Intel B85 based one. The new Hi-Fi B85Z5 ATX motherboard has the LGA1150 socket and support for the 4th generation Core i7 and i5 processors as well as up to 32GB RAM.

As the name suggests, this motherboard also comes with BIOSTAR’s hi-fi features for enhances sound with built-in double amplifier and Blu-ray support. Blu-ray provides higher audio output than most typical motherboards in this section, so this is nice to see. The double Hi-Fi integrated AMP allows users to enjoy the same sound quality no matter what port they use, the front or rear.

It is built with 100% solid capacitors and super durable ferrite chokes for durability and efficiency and comes with business-ready SBA features. Intel Small Business Advantage delivers security protections such as after-hours virus scans, data backup, Intel’s smart Connect, as well as detecting and blocking unwanted USB drives.

The BIOS comes with online update feature which is a really handy feature. No need to boot into an OS and download a file, all you need is to enter your BIOS and update. Other features include Intel RST, Super LAN Surge protection, BIO-Remote2 and Charger Booster.

The new BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85Z5 comes with an MSRP of $89, but no word on when it will be available yet.

Thanks to BIOSTAR for providing us with this information

 

BIOSTAR Announced TA70U3-LSP FM2+ A70M Motherboard

BIOSTAR has released the latest mainboard based on their exclusive A70M chipset from AMD, the TA70U3-LSP. The ATX sized motherboard is FM2+ based and comes with USB 3.0, SATA 3 and built in LAN Surge Protection among others.

The motherboard supports dual and quad core FM2+/FM2 processors, A-series, and E2-series processors and up to 32GB DDR3 RAM.

It has one PCI-E x16 3.0, two PCI-E x1 2.0, and three PCI expansion slots as well as six SATA connectors, one USB3 and two USB 2 headers. Gigabit Ethernet and 5.1 channel audio are also part of the deal. The TA70U3-LSP supports AMD Dual Graphics Technology and also has support for full HDMI 3D 1080p.

The LSP of the product name stands for Lan Surge Protection and that is done by adding extra integrated chips directly into the board to strengthen electrical stability.

 

 

Like all motherboards, it comes with a long list of exclusive features. BIOSTAR offers their SmartSpeedLan, ChargeBooster, BIO-Remote, BIOS malware protection and recovery. It’s also built with 100% solid capacitors.

No word on pricing or availability yet. But since they say it is released, it’s only a matter of time before it arrives at retailers around the world.

Thanks to BIOSTAR for providing us with this information

QNAP Launches High-performance TVS-x71U Series Turbo vNAS With Intel Core i7

QNAP have released a lot of new devices around the CES event, and there is more coming. They have also announced the release of the new 10GbE-ready TVS-x71U series Turbo vNAS that includes the TVS-871U-RP and TVS-1271U-RP. The new vNAS offer high performance, scalability options and a wide array of business applications to fulfill mission-critical storage needs and so much more.

The new units are available as 8 and 12-bay rack mount models and are powered by Intel Haswell CPU with options including Pentium, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors. These processors deliver high-performance with over 3,300 MB/s throughput and 162,000 IOPS for CPU-consuming tasks such as running Virtualization Station, serving large numbers of simultaneous connections, and 4K video playback and transcoding.

The come with two mSATA Flash slots for internal cache and the external scalability allows to gradually expand up to 1PB raw capacity. That is a lot of storage and of course requires multiple expansion enclosures such as the REXP-1600U-RP and REXP-1200U-RP.

“Companies require a competitive storage solution with high-performance hardware and business-ready applications to support their daily operations as well as the scalability options to ensure their growth is not hampered by lack of data storage,” said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. “The TVS-x71U series provides the power for users to operate multiple virtual machines using QNAP Virtualization Station, edit large videos on-the-fly, and enhance their business productivity with integrated SMB features.”

QNAP’s vNAS come with the exclusive QvPC technology that allows you to run numerous VMs, multimedia transcoding, HDMI output, cloud integration and NAS connection technologies. Just attach a keyboard, mouse and monitor to the NAS and use it to run Windows, Linux, UNIX and Android-based VMs, surf the web or enjoy 4K UHD videos with up to 7.1 audio with XBMC.

Being a rack mounted unit it comes with all the needs fulfilled that businesses could need, from efficiency to security. Besides offering NAS and iSCSI-SAN unified storage solution, the new series supports VMware, Microsoft and Citrix virtualization solutions, cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX platforms, support for Windows AD, LDAP directory services and Windows ACL, and the TVS-x71U series can also act as a domain controller for Windows, and much more. The IT Management Station allows businesses to centrally manage multi-OS and multi-site IT assets. The Surveillance Station offers a professional surveillance solution with real-time monitoring, video & audio recording and playback to help secure office environments.

CPU and RAM varies in these units, but they all support both 3.5” and 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s and 3Gb/s hard drives and SSD, four Gigabit LAN port, 10GbE ready (optional purchase), two PCle expansion slot, two internal mSATA cache ports, four x USB 3.0 port and HDMI.

The new TVS-x71U series Turbo vNAS should be available now or shortly at your favourite QNAP reseller.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information

Eurocom Launches P5 and P7 Pro Fully Upgradeable Gaming Laptops

Eurocom is launching two new high-performance and fully upgradeable gaming laptops, the 15.6-inch P5 Pro and 17.3-inch P7 Pro. These new laptops are powered by Intel Core i7-4700 desktop processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics.

“Our customers can now combine the power of desktop Intel processors and high performance NVIDIA Graphics into a sleek and menacing laptop for massive performance and capability on the go.” Mark Bialic, Eurocom President.

The laptops use an innovative single copper 7-pipe heat-sink for both the CPU and GPU, allowing Eurocom to use these high end components. They’re based on the Intel Z97 Express Chipset and LGA 1150 socket, come with four SODIMM sockets for up to 32 GB of memory and four storage bays for up to 4.5GB RAIDable storage. PCIe Solid State drives are also supported for enhanced storage performance. They are also prewired for 3G/4G module support so users can have an internet connection almost wherever they go.

 

The P5 Pro and P7 come equipped with a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM), finger print reader and Kensington lock  as security features and the there are plenty of GPU options with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (8GB DDR5), GTX 970M (6GB DDR5) and GTX 965M graphics depending on your needs.

The P5 Pro has either a beautiful 15.6-inch 4K 3840 x 2160 pixel display or a FHD 1920 x 1080 pixel matte display. The P7 Pro supports beautiful 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel Matte or Glossy displays.

EUROCOM P5 Pro Specifications:

  • Chipset: Intel Z97 Express Chipset
  • Processor: Socket based; LGA1150; 4th and 5th generation; up to 90W
  • VGA Technology: Modular; MXM 3.0b; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, GTX 970M or GTX 965M; Quadro: K5100M, K3100M and K1100M
  • Mechanical (Frame): Heavy Duty ABS Plastic
  • Cooling: High-performance, high-quality copper VGA and CPU heatsinks
  • Memory: Four 204-pin SODIMM sockets; DDR3L-1600, 1866 or 2133; 1.35V; up to 32GB
  • Storage: up to 4 physical drives: 2x M.2 2280 PCIe SSD and 2x HDD/SSD (9.5mm) SATA3 6Gb/s and with Intel Rapid Start Technology; Intel Smart Response Technology and RAID 0/1/5/10
  • Card Reader: 6-in-1: MMC/RSMMC/SD/mini SD/SDHC/SDXC; Push-Push
  • Keyboard and Touchpad: Backlit full size keyboard with numeric pad; TouchPad with multi-gesture and scrolling; W/A/S/D Gaming keys
  • Ports: 4 x USB 3.0 (1x powered USB port, AC/DC); 1 x eSATA/USB3.0 Combo port; 2 x Display Port 1.2 (up to 3840×2160 @60Hz); 1 x HDMI output (up to 4096×2304 @24Hz); 1 x Headphone; 1 x Microphone-in; 1 x S/PDIF (digital); 1x Line-in; 1 x RJ-45 LAN; 1 x DC-in
  • Audio: High Definition Audio; S/PDIF Digital Output; Built in array microphone; Built-in two 2W speakers; Sound Blaster X-FI MB3; External 7.1CH output (headphone, mic, line-in and S/PDIF); ANSP 3D Sound Technology (headphone output)
  • Display Support: Supports up to 3 active internal and/or external displays
  • Security: Kensington Lock and Embedded TPM 2.0
  • Battery: 8cells 82Wh Li-Ion; up to 120 minutes
  • Weight: 3.4kg / 7.48lbs w/ battery
  • Dimensions: 386x262x35mm / 15.4×10.48×1.4-inch

EUROCOM P7 Pro Specifications:

  • Display: 17.3-inch FHD 1920-by-1080 with Glossy (Glare) or Matte (Non-Glare); LED Backlit; eDP
  • Chipset: Intel Z97 Express Chipset
  • Processor: Socket based; LGA1150; 4th and 5th generation; up to 90W
  • VGA Technology: Modular; MXM 3.0b; NVIDIA GeForce GTX: 980M (8GB DDR5), GTX 970M (6GB) or GTX 965M (4GB); Quadro: K5100M, K3100M and K1100M
  • Mechanical (Frame): Heavy Duty ABS Plastic
  • Cooling: High-performance, high-quality copper VGA and CPU heatsinks
  • Memory: Four 204-pin SODIMM sockets; DDR3L-1600, 1866 or 2133; 1.35V; up to 32GB
  • Storage: up to 4 physical drives: 2x M.2 2280 PCIe SSD and 2x HDD/SSD (9.5mm) SATA3 6Gb/s and with Intel Rapid Start Technology; Intel Smart Response Technology and RAID 0/1/5/10
  • Card Reader: 6-in-1: MMC/RSMMC/SD/mini SD/SDHC/SDXC; Push-Push
  • Keyboard and Touchpad: Backlit full size keyboard with numeric pad; TouchPad with multi-gesture and scrolling; W/A/S/D Gaming keys
  • Ports: 4 x USB 3.0 (1x powered USB port, AC/DC); 1 x eSATA/USB3.0 Combo port; 2 x Display Port 1.2 (up to 3840×2160 @60Hz); 1 x HDMI output (up to 4096×2304 @24Hz); 1 x Headphone; 1 x Microphone-in; 1 x S/PDIF (digital); 1x Line-in; 1 x RJ-45 LAN; 1 x DC-in
  • Audio: High Definition Audio; S/PDIF Digital Output; Built in array microphone; Built-in two 2W speakers; Sound Blaster X-FI MB3; External 7.1CH output (headphone, mic, line-in and S/PDIF); ANSP 3D Sound Technology (headphone output)
  • Display Support: Supports up to 3 active internal and/or external displays
  • Security: Kensington Lock and Embedded TPM 2.0
  • Battery: 8cells 82Wh Li-Ion; up to 120 minutes
  • Weight: 3.9kg / 8.6lbs w/ battery
  • Dimensions: 418x282x16-38mm / 16.72×11.28×0.64-1.52-inch

Thanks to Eurocom for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Eurocom

QNAP Releases TVS-ECx80+ Edge Cloud Turbo vNAS

At what point do we start to call just call it a server again and not an NAS, that’s a very good question. Qnap sure pushes that line with their latest TVS-ECx80+ series of Edge Cloud Turbo vNAS devices. On devices like this, the term NAS probably more points towards the ease of setup due to the operating system used; one that has been specially tuned to work on this particular hardware.

The new TVS-ECx80+ Turbo vNAS series includes four models so far. The TVS-EC1080+, the TVS-EC1080 and the TVS-EC880 are powered by Intel Xeon E3-1245 v3 processors with 3.4GHZ or above. They offer 10 and 8 bays respectively and the flagship Plus model comes with 32GB DDR3 memory, pre-installed dual 10Gb Ethernet ports and built-in 256GB mSATA modules for a superior performance of up to 2000MB/s throughput and 223K IOPS. The fourth model is the TVS-EC1080-i3 and is based on an Intel Core i3-4150 processor instead of the Xeon.

The new line continues the trend with easy upgradeable memory and in this case also mSATA modules. It runs the latest QTS operating system that features a tablet-style interface with 4K2K UHD video playback and transcoding capabilities, virtualization via QvPC that allows you to run Windows, *nix and Android based VMs directly on the NAS with full keyboard and mouse support as well as 7.1 audio and much more. Server administrators can also manage other Qnap NAS devices through this centralized one, making their job a lot easier.

Key specifications on the TVS-ECx80 series

  • TVS-EC1080+-E3-32G: 10-bay tower model, Quad-core Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 v3 3.4 GHz processor or above, 32GB DDR3 RAM, 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable, 2 x eSATA, 3 x USB 3.0, 2 x 10 Gigabit LAN and 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 256GB mSATA cache, 1 x HDMI
  • TVS-EC1080-E3-16G: 10-bay tower model, Quad-core Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 v3 3.4 GHz processor or above, 16GB DDR3 RAM, 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable, 2 x eSATA, 3 x USB 3.0, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x HDMI
  • TVS-EC1080-E3-8G: 10-bay tower model, Quad-core Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 v3 3.4 GHz processor or above, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable, 2 x eSATA, 3 x USB 3.0, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x HDMI
  • TVS-EC1080-i3-8G: 10-bay tower model, Dual-core Intel® Core i3-4150 3.5 GHz processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable, 2 x eSATA, 3 x USB 3.0, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x HDMI
  • TVS-EC880-E3-16G: 8-bay tower model, Quad-core Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 v3 3.4 GHz processor or above, 16GB DDR3 RAM, 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable, 2 x eSATA, 3 x USB 3.0, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x HDMI
  • TVS-EC880-E3-8G: 8-bay tower model, Quad-core Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 v3 3.4 GHz processor or above, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable, 2 x eSATA, 3 x USB 3.0, 4 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x HDMI

The new devices should be available now, meaning they should arrive at your favourite NAS retailer very soon.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of QNAP

Lenovo updates ThinkCentre Series with M83 Mini Tower and SFF

Lenovo has updated the ThinkCentre series with the new M83 desktop PC that will be available as either a mini-tower or a small-form-factor unit (SSF). The ThinkCentre products are designed for business users who require increased processing power while maintaining a space-saving design.

With a product aimed at the business users like the ThinkCentre M83 is, it comes with a long list of useful security features. It has Lenovo’s Smart USB Protection that allows administrators to control access to all USB ports. This can prevent data theft and unnecessary risk of infections with malware and viruses. It also has the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that encrypts data and key information like passwords and digital certificates. Physical security includes a Cable lock, a Padlock Loop, a Chassis Intrusion Switch and Absolute Computrace Support.

The M83 isn’t shy about its hardware and has either a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4770 or Core i5-4430 / 4570 / 4670 processors and supports up to 32GB DDR3-1600 memory over 4 DIMM slots. It can either use the Intel iGPU for the graphics or have the Radeon HD8470 / HD 8570, Nvidia GeForce GT620 / GT630 or Nvidia Quadro 410 discrete graphics cards. The chipset used is the Intel Q85.

There’s also plenty of options to choose from when it comes to storage. The M83 has the options of 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDDs from 250 GB to 2TB and 2.5-inch 5400 RPM HDDs from 320GB to 1TB size. You can also get the M83 with 2.5-inch SSHDs in either 500GB or 1TB size and pure SSDs from 128GB to 180GB size. As optical drive, you have the choice of DVD-ROM or DVD-Recorder.

There is plenty of connection options on both models with two USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks on the front. The rear has four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports as well as options for two PS/2 connectors for mouse and keyboard. It has 1 serial port default while a second can be added and the same goes for the parallel port. It also has an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet connector, audio jacks and supports up to three independent displays with the D-Sub VGA and two DisplayPort connections.

There’s also a choice of options on the wireless capabilities with 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth combo, 802.11 ac WiFi as well as 802.11 b/g/n WiFi with and without Bluetooth. For maximum enterprise compatibility there is a wide variety of operating systems to choose from and you can have it come with Windows 7 Home, Professional or Ultimate, as well as Windows 8 Basic and Pro.

Lenovo also applied their Intelligent Cooling Engine 3.0 to the new M83 systems that will allow you to prioritising between either sound level or cooling effect. It further has the option to send out a warning before any actual overheating issues start. It has excellent energy ratings and you can get these systems with Platinum rated power supplies that have a rating of over 92% efficiency.

The mini tower measures 415 x 175 x 442 mm and weighs 11.2kg while the SFF model only measures 338 x 102 x 375 mm and weighs 7.8 kg. The ThinkCentre M83 will be available in October, starting at approximately $599

Thank you Lenovo for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Lenovo