Icy Dock Release ToughArmor MB998SP-B 8×2.5″ SATA Drive Hot Swap Mobile Rack

Being able to put four or even up to six 2.5-inch drives into a single 5.25-inch bay has been seen before, but having a total of eight drives in a single bay is somewhat unusual, but that is what Icy Dock’s new ToughArmor MB998SP-B hot swap mobile rack can do.

The full metal-built docking rack allows you to slide eight 7mm drives right into the enclosure and easily connect them to your SATA and RAID controllers. The rear has eight SATA ports and two SATA power ports, saving you a total of six power cables.

The MB998SP-B mobile rack also has two 40mm fans and a built-in fan controller as well as LED activity lights for each drive. The enclosure also has EMI grounding, anti-vibration, and metal heat dissipation to help the flawless usage.

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ASUS Debut Windows Laptop for $179 US

Quite often University or High School students are looking for a simple solution to type up their reports and complete various simple processing tasks to get them through the day-to-day grind.

ASUS have replied with their sub-$200 category laptop, the X205TA Signature Edition. Coming in at $179 US on the Microsoft stores (lower than the $199 announced RRP), this laptop should complete the task with ease.

Coming complete with Windows 8.1 displayed on an 11.6-inch panel at 1366×768 resolution, the Signature Edition utlizes Intel’s Z3735F Quad-Core processor running at 1.33 GHz. There’s also the standard turbo options up to 1.83 Ghz available and comes with a handy secondary cache of 2 MB. The laptop functions through 2GB of DDR3-1333 memory, built in eMMC storage and an expandable microSD card slot.

Given all of the specifications above and the overall look and ‘feel’ of the product, it seems that it will be $179 well-spent. We’d like to see it included with a little more ram however, as windows 8.1 might start to chug when running on only 2GB.

As for accessory and connection options, this model comes with two USB 2.0 ports, a 480p webcam, a combined audio and microphone port, HDMI output, 802.11n WiFi and Blutooth 4.0. Measuring at a total 11.25 x 7.61 x 0.68 inches at a weight of 2.11 pounds (0.96kg), this laptop will be small and light enough to carry around for days on end around campus.

This system is listed not only in the Microsoft shop, seeing an addition to the Amazon online store also.

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