TRENDnet Announced AC750 Wireless Travel Router

The days where one only used a single device while on the go are long gone, even though every device keeps getting smarter and more functions. Bringing along a normal router to connect all these devices with each other isn’t always an option either, especially due to the different plug layout and voltages used around the world. That is until now.

TRENDnet has announced their AC750 (TEW-817DTR) Wireless Travel Router, the first portable AC router with interchangeable power plugs for use all around the world. The device uses the same method as known from some phone chargers and power bricks, where you just slide out the power connector and add the one suited for your current location.

“With more and more professionals traveling with a mixture of both WiFi N and newer WiFi AC devices, the TEW-817DTR does a great job of keeping them all connected,” said Sonny Su, technology director of TRENDnet.

It can deliver concurrent 433 Mbps WiFi AC and 300 Mbps WiFi N bands that in return allows to quickly convert a single wired or wireless internet connection into a shared WiFi network for all Wireless AC and N devices. It supports VPN pass-through (IPSec, PPTP, and L2TP) as well as IPv6, comes with pre-encrypted WiFi and supports Wireless ISP, Access Point, and Repeater modes.

Availability is set for May 2015 and the MSRP is set to $89.99, and the unit is backed by a 3-year warranty.

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Compulab’s AMD-powered Fit-PC4 Brings Performance In A Small Fanless Case

Compulab, the Israeli-based system builder, has just announced the addition of the fourth generation Fit-PC, having been built on the nettop platform. The Fit-PC4 is composed out of two variants, the Fit-PC4 Value, and the Fit-PC4 Pro.

The Fit-PC4 Value model is powered by an AMD A4-1250 APU, with a manageable 8W TDP to speak of, while the Fit-PC4 Pro model runs a more powerful AMD GX-420CA Quad-Core SoC, with Radeon HD 8400E graphics.

Both the Fit-PC4 Value and Fit-PC4 Pro have two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots which can hold up to 16 GB of memory, an mPCIe+mSATA 6 Gb/s slot, an internal 2.5-inch drive bay with SATA 6 Gb/s interface, and a micro-SDXC card slot. The case dimensions consist of 16 cm x 19 cm x 3.7 cm for the Pro and a more compact 16 cm x 16 cm x 2.5 cm for the Value.

In terms of connectivity, both models include two HDMI 1.4a ports with 7.1-channel digital audio streams and a TOSLINK SPDIF 7.1-channel digital audio output. Networking includes two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces on both variants, having a 802.11 b/g/n WLAN with Bluetooth 3.0 on the Value model and a 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0 on the Pro model.

The Compulab Fit-PC4 Value is said to have a price tag of $299, while the Compulab Fit-PC4 Pro is going to be priced at $380. Both models should be available at retailers in most countries, however Compulab’s Fit-PC website should provide more detailed information on availability.

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ASUS Reveal Zenbook UX301 13.3 Inch Notebook With WUXGA 1440p Display

With the Windows notebook market relatively stagnant in terms of bringing screen resolutions forward, ASUS are looking to buck the trend with their 2560 x 1440 WUXGA display on the 13.3 inch Zenbook UX301. Typically on notebooks we will see a 1366 x 768 display if relatively affordable, 1920 x1080 when more premium and occasionally 1600 x 900 if looking for a compromise in between the two. Rarely do we ever see a display as high resolution as 2560 x 1440 and so ASUS are really catering to that demand.

The ASUS Zenbook UX301 features a 10 point touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The notebook from ASUS uses a 2560 x 1440 resolution giving an approximate PPI of 220, something rarely seen on notebooks. The UX301 is just 15.5mm thick when closed and will boast a Haswell Core i7 processor as well as ASUS SonicMaster audio and 802.11ac WiFi. ASUS have made a little teaser video about this upcoming notebook which you can check below:


Pricing and availability is still TBA.

Image courtesy of ASUS (YouTube)

Eurocom Reveal 13.3″ M3 Gaming Notebook

Eurocom have just unveiled their latest revision of the high performance M3 Gaming notebook and it jams an incredible amount of hardware into a compact 13.3 inch form factor.

The Eurocom M3 is a highly customisable gaming notebook but the basics of the system include a choice of multiple Haswell Core i7 processors, an Nvidia GTX 765M 2GB, 8/16GB of RAM, Up to a 1.5TB HDD/ 960GB SSD, two mSATA SSDs, a variety of OS options (7 or 8), Wireless b/g/n or AC WiFi, Bluetooth, a TV tuner, card reader, enhanced capacity battery and a 1080p matte screen display using an eDP interface.

Being an Eurocom product the opportunity to tweak and tune almost every part of the system comes as standard and enthusiasts will definitely be able to craft a notebook that suits their individual needs. Pricing starts from $1100 USD/ £759 GBP / $1199 CAD so for a 13.3 inch notebook it isn’t cheap but that is as expected given the minimum specifications.

More details on this high performance compact notebook can be seen at the system configuration page.

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ASUS Announce ET2301 AIO PC With 23 Inch HD Display, Haswell and GT 740M

All in On PCs can tend to be a little bit bland these days so it is nice to see someone “jazzing them up” a little bit. ASUS’ latest ET2301 AIO PC does exactly that and for an AIO its got reasonably impressive specifications as well as aesthetics. The design is centred around the 23 inch 10 point multi touch full HD display with IPS technology and ASUS SonicMaster Premium built in audio. The internals resemble a notebook, as the base in the picture  above shows, and this is largely because it uses “notebook hardware”. An Intel Haswell mobile CPU powers the whole system with some Nvidia GT 740M graphics to support, roughly equivalent to an Nvidia GT 640 DDR3 graphics card.

In terms of connectivity the device is also pretty high-spec. The ET2301 boasts 802.11 AC WiFi, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, Gigabit ethernet and support for ASUS AiCharger II which allows up to twice as fast USB charging even when the PC is shut down. Finally ASUS include their “Ai Crosslink” technology allowing you to hook up a notebook or tablet PC with HDMI and USB cables and you can then use the ET2301 to control that device. Being a touch-screen device it is also worth noting that this device does run Windows 8 too.

Pricing and availability is currently TBA.

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ASRock Reveal The H87E-ITX/ac Mini-ITX Motherboard

ASRock have just announced their latest mini-ITX motherboard. The ASRock H87E-ITX/ac is based on Intel’s fourth generation “Haswell” CPU platform, LGA 1150. It supports all LGA 1150 processors from the Haswell generation and given ASRock’s recently announced H87 overclocking BIOS update, this mini-ITX motherboard should allow for overclocking of K series CPUs like the Core i5 4670K and Core i7 4770K.

The main unique selling point is that ASRock are bundling WLAN with the product, this is based on Intel’s i217V chipset and can provide a maximum theoretical throughput of 867 Mbps. Other features include a 4 Phase VRM for the CPU, 32GB of dual channel memory support, a PCIe 3.0 X16 slot and an mPCIe slot that’s already populated by that 802.11ac WLAN card. A wireless antenna is also provided which connects into the rear IO to provide the signal for the 802.11ac.

Connectivity is abundant with Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, six SATA III and a single eSATA (shared with one internal SATA slot), 8 channel audio based on Realtek ALC1150, optical SPDIF, four USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI. ASRock will ship this board from the end of this week. Pricing and availability is not yet available.

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D-Link Gaming Router (DGL-5500) Finally Here

It isn’t very often that a networking product gets me excited, but when I first saw D-Link’s Gaming router back last year I was very impressed. Since then Apple’s new Mac Pro has been released, and I am slightly worried about the resemblance, but that aside the D-Link DGL-5500 looks like an excellent piece of networking kit.

To give it some premium wireless it has 802.11 AC WiFi that allows for up to 1300 Mbps wirelessly and it is based on Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac technology. Furthermore D-Link have integrated something they call StreamBoost which is essentially a packet optimisation process that allows you to prioritise the applications you want in a way that prevents lag, it is supported by dynamic “traffic” management. Furthermore to ensure all your profiles stay with you D-Link offers cloud based storage of your network profiles, this also keeps your router up to date in terms of new firmware/software.

Finally it features the well known WPS push button connect feature and has four Gigabit LAN ports. The new D-Link gaming router will be available from Newegg for $199.99 soon. The estimated date that customers will get shipped these routers is around the 1st of August.

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ASRock “A-Style” Motherboards Get 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0

We have heard a lot about upcoming ASRock motherboards, more so than any other motherboard vendor. We have seen their entire Haswell motherboard line up, we have heard that select ASRock Haswell motherboards will be water proof, we have seen in detail the Z87 Extreme 4 and Z87 Pro 3 and we have heard that ASRock were the first motherboard vendor to pass Intel’s Thunderbolt certification for Haswell 8 series motherboards.

Now we get some more details about the ASRock Z87 motherboards and what features they will include. We already saw from the complete line up exposé that some models would be equipped with 802.11ac Wi-Fi but now we know more details. According to ASRock their “A-Style” motherboards are going to be getting integrated 802.11ac Wi-Fi and integrated Bluetooth 4.0 onto the motherboard. In addition some models will also come with the below ASRock Wi-SD front tray which includes four USB 3.0 ports, an SD 3.0 card slot and some kind of Wi-Fi amplifier to aid the onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi add-in card in getting a better signal. All 802.11ac motherboard models will probably include a Wireless adapter (that square half triangle thing in the picture above) should you not want to use the below add-in front tray.

ASRock is boasting about the 289% speed boost with 802.11ac compared to 802.11n Wi-Fi, although you will only be able to notice this difference if you have an 802.11ac compatible router and you find yourself needing to move files wirelessly around your network faster than 300mbps.

ASRock haven’t disclosed which motherboards will get this, we simply know “A-Series” motherboards will get it. Expect more to be announced when Intel’s Haswell and the 8 series chipset is launched in early June for Computex 2013.

What are your thoughts on ASRock’s new features and add-in bay?

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ASRock’s Complete Haswell Motherboard Line Up Revealed

ASRock have rapidly become one of the most premium and desired of all the motherboard vendors in a relatively short space of time. Since P67 ASRock have really upped their game producing some of the best looking, most featured packed and good value for money motherboards on the market. If these latest “leaked” images of the ASRock Haswell motherboard series are to be believed then this fantastic trend looks set to continue.

According to the leaked source ASRock will be producing three series of motherboards for Haswell; Extreme, OC Formula and Fatal1ty. All Extreme and OC branded motherboards will use the Z87 chipset while one of the two Fatal1ty series motherboards will use H87 and the other Z87. The H87 one is branded as performance while the Z87 one as professional. All models marked with a “/ac” will carry integrated network Wi-Fi chips.

As you can see ASRock is continuing its OC Formula motherboard series, created first for Z77, with Z87 using that excellent yellow and black colour scheme.

Revealed slides of the ASRock Extreme6 Z87 motherboard show it will be opting for what appears to be dual Intel Ethernet.

As mentioned above the Fatal1ty series is going to be delivered with two variants, the H87 Performance model and the Z87 Professional model.

What are your thoughts on the looks of, and models available in, the new ASRock Haswell motherboard line up?