18L Project Nova Case Reintroduced as The Cerberus

We could post the news that the impressive Project Nova was nearing its end and turn into a full-fledged product a couple of days ago and now that time is upon us. Project Nova got its official name which is the Cerberus and the company behind is called Kimera Industries. We could also reveal that the case would make its appearance on a crowdfunding site before making it to the retail market and the campaign date for this has also been announced.

So let us dive right into it with the most important information: The fundraising campaign will be launched on March 1st via Indiegogo which is when we’ll find out about its pricing too.

The team behind the Cerberus mATX SFF enclosure made a few changes since the last test build, and these changes make the case even better in my opinion. The top handle has been removed and made an optional upgrade for those that would like that kind of feature and they also introduced a version capable of using AIO cooling solutions along with a full sized ATX power supply.

“After many design iterations, and following all of the enthusiast feedback we’ve received, we couldn’t be more excited to announce Cerberus — as well as the impending crowdfunding campaign we’ll be launching on March 1st, to support production” said Joshua Ramirez, cofounder and design lead of Kimera Industries. “With Cerberus, it’s possible to create almost any high-end system — from octa-core workstations, to dual-GPU powerhouses, to multi-radiator liquid-cooled rigs — in a desktop you’ll actually want to put on your desk.”

Another one of the new changes in design is the optional side panel with a plexiglass window at the bottom. This will allow you to show off your high-end graphics cards in this impressive little chassis. The entire Cerberus chassis started as a scratch-build project by modders so this was an update that was to be expected and it is great that it’s an optional upgrade. Not everyone wants to show what’s inside.

While SFX power supplies have come a long way, they’re still not close to the wattage that is possible with normal ATX sized PSUs. Although you can get SFX PSUs up to 600W these days, Kimera Industries also created a second version of the case that takes higher needs this into consideration. In the ATX-PSU version the power supply is mounted in the more default rear location which also frees up the front for the AIO cooling that doesn’t fit the mounting arm anymore.

Colour is another thing where the Cerberus comes in several options. It will be available in default Obsidian Black as well as Pearl White and Carmine Red versions to match the colour of your internal hardware. The red version will be a stretch goal for the fundraising campaign, but I have no doubt that the goal will be met quickly.

The Cerberus breaks with the norm in more places that we’ve already covered and the next is the way it’s put together. Most cases rely on screws or simple plastic clip-and-pin systems, but not so with this case. The Cerberus is built with industrial-grade clips and pins made entirely of steel and that allow the case to come with a convenient yet reliable mounting system.

Cerberus Features

  • Size: At just 18.2L, Cerberus is smaller than some of the most popular mITX cases on the market, from Fractal Design’s Node 304, or BitFenix’s Prodigy. When compared to most mATX cases, Cerberus typically bests the competition by 10L or more – a whopping 40%+ volume reduction.
  • Quality: Made entirely of powder coated steel, and assembled in the United States, Cerberus is built to last for the long haul, with thoughtful features such as user replaceable parts, durable metal hardware, and all-steel panel clips and pins.
  • Design: Cerberus embraces a minimalist, refined aesthetic, with a luxurious matte finish and industrial design that embraces clean edges and understated features over bright lights and garish plastic accents.
  • Customizability: With multiple colors on offer, additional colors available as stretch goals, and the option to add an optional metal handle and/or plexiglass window, Cerberus is engineered to be customized to enthusiasts’ exact preferences.
  • Flexibility: From SFX and ATX PSU support to the hinged side bracket, to the innovative Infinite Vent system, Cerberus retains some of the most diverse hardware support in the industry, and can comfortably contain systems as simple as HTPCs and as sophisticated as water-cooled, multi-GPU gaming powerhouses.
  • Craftsmanship: Through a unique partnership with Sliger Designs, every Cerberus is built by trained and talented engineers on Sliger’s production floor, located in Sparks, Nevada, USA. By manufacturing enclosures domestically, instead of through nondescript factories in China or Taiwan, Kimera Industries is able to maintain strict quality controls, communicate constantly with engineers on the floor, and greatly expedite production and shipment of units to backers – all while supporting local workers, businesses, and communities.

NZXT Introducing the Manta mITX case

During our visit to CES in Vegas earlier this month, NZXT invited us and a few other partners to have a look at their brand new chassis and there were no doubt that we liked what we saw when presented with the new Manta PC chassis. At that time we were told that it would be officially released today and NZXT were true to their word.

The new NZXT Manta mITX chassis is a unique enclosure for your PC with its soft and round corners. The bold outsides are matched with a level of elegancy thanks to the curved steel panelling. Inside it features double the cable management space usually found in mITX cases, it has support for a dual 280mm liquid cooling setup in the front, and comes with an integrated PSU shroud to hide the things away that you don’t want to show off.

The 245mm wide, 426mm high, and 450mm deep Manta chassis can hold an mITX motherboard as well as a few internal drives. As we can see on the picture below, the front is entirely used by the two 140mm fans which eliminate the option of external 5.25-inch drives for once. But internally you can mount more than enough storage as the case supports two 3.5-inch and three 2.5-inch drives. With the increase in storage capacity, those bays can hold a lot of raw storage capacity.

Even in an mITX chassis you need room for a dual-slot graphics card, at least most of the time. The NZXT Manta can easily fit most graphics cards with a clearance for cards with a length of up to 363mm. That is quite a bit more than the 170mm that the mITX motherboard is sized. The PSU maximum length is set to the same as the graphics card, which should eliminate any possible bottlenecks in that area. Should you go for air cooling rather than liquid cooling of your CPU, than the maximum clearance for that is 160mm.

The front panel ports and buttons are located at the top front of the chassis. On larger chassis this can cause trouble when they’re placed on a desk because they get too far away from your sitting position or be tough to use when placed under a desk because it is so close to it. On an mITX chassis like the Manta, this isn’t a problem. You find two USB 3.0 ports here as well as the obligatory audio and microphone ports.

Within the NZXT Manta you’ll also find other NZXT ideas and features such as rear I/O lighting, integrated PWM fan hub, and SSD display. The new case will be available in several colour options: Matte White/Black, Matte Black/Red, and Matte Black with or without a windowed side panel. A model for every build and personal taste.

The new Manta will be available for pre-order for £99.99 or €139.99 +VAT and the stock is expected in February. The current UK estimate is set for the third February which is very soon.

EVGA Launches GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW ACX 2.0+

After having released the fastest GTX 980 Ti with their K|NGP|N edition, EVGA introduced the GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW to take the second place. The EVGA GTX 980 Ti FTW is using Nvidia’s top-end consumer chips to deliver an amazing result when coupled with EVGA’s technologies.

The card is powered by two 8-Pin power inputs and has a 8+2 phase power design as well as the dual BIOS feature for two settings or a backup. EVGA equipped this card with their acclaimed ACX 2.0+ cooling technology and also added a good-looking backplate that helps with the cards structural strength as well as cooling. Users of this card will get 2816 NVIDIA CUDA Cores at their disposal next to the 6GB GDDR5 memory, more than enough for most tasks.

The EVGA ACX 2.0+ cooling technology comes with a memory MOSFET Cooling Plate (MMCP) that can reduce the MOSFET temperatures up to 13%, and it also has optimised Straight Heat Pipes (SHP) that additionally reduce GPU temperature by 5 degrees. One of the best features is the silent mode where the fans won’t spin up until they’re actually needed, providing you with a 0dB operation. It also uses optimised swept fan blades, double ball bearings and an extreme low power motor that delivers more air flow with less power.

Key Features:

  • Fastest EVGA GTX 980 Ti Next to K|NGP|N and Classified – 1291MHz Boost Clock with room for more.
  • 8+2 Power Phase Design allows for robust overclocking with an additional 25W of power headroom.
  • EVGA ACX 2.0+ Cooling offers dramatically lower GPU temperatures and saves power, allowing for more power to be allocated for overclocking.
  • Double Ball Bearing Fans offer 400% longer lifespan than traditional sleeved bearing fans.
  • dB Noise Inverter turns the fans off below 60C, generating 0dB of noise.
  • Pre-installed Backplate included.
  • Built with 6GB of high-performance GDDR5 memory for the best image quality and 4K gaming performance.

Transcend Introduced Dual-Lens Car Video Recorder

There can be a lot of different reasons why you’ll want to record video from your car while driving. You could be a professional driver of some sort, maybe you just want to capture where you’ve been to review it later on, or even for security reasons. No matter what it might be, Transcends latest offering, the DrivePro 520 Car video Recorder, might be a good choice as it comes with plenty of features that also include a dual lens to record both what’s going on inside the car as well as in front of it.

The camera lenses are equipped with infrared LEDs for clear night view and it features a large front lens F/1.8 aperture with a 130-degree viewing angle where it can record clear and smooth 1080p videos at 30 fps. It also comes with a GPS receiver that can log GPS coordinates, date, and time directly into the footage. With the DrivePro Toolbox for Windows, you’re also able to rewatch your drive route based on the GPS coordinates and speed. The Wi-Fi connectivity allows users to view live video footage during recording, playback, as well as the ability to download videos and easily adjust DrivePro 520 settings directly from their smartphones or tablets; just don’t do it whilst driving.

The DrivePro 520 Car Video Recorder will start recording by itself when the car is turned on, so you don’t need to worry about remembering that. It also features a handy snapshot button to take still photos of moments. Bundled with the car recorder is a 32GB microSD MLC-based memory card that supports up to four hours continuous Full HD recording. The whole thing is backed by a 2-year warranty.

BenQ Announces True-to-Life sRGB HC1200 Projector

Monitors aren’t the only thing BenQ can create though we’re staying in the same category. BenQ is ready to unveil their newest projector at CES 2015 dubbed the HC1200.

It is built to provide the best possible sRGB precision out-of-the-box and one that supercedes other top-selling projectors. Using precise sRGB colours accuracy and up to twice as much ANSI contrast as typical, the HC1200 can offer images that look as bright as 4000 lumen projectors. Judging from the name this one has 1200 lumen, but it isn’t specified yet.

The projector is said to be very long lasting and to provide continuous display accuracy for years to come without the risk of fading, ghosting or yellowing. From the photo, we can glance that it has an HDMI port, but the connections aren’t visible.

Thanks to BenQ for providing us with this information

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Aerobot Has Arrived, the New Aerocool Mascot

A company that creates cool products also needs a cool mascot. Aerocool is a cooling company, among others, which lines up a whole lot of bad jokes I’ll spare you from. We’ve had the pleasure to review several of their products like the Dead Silence fans or the DS200 chassis in the past and I have to say that the new mascot looks just as cool as their products perform.

After months of planning, discussions and designing, the five body parts came together from five different designers. What started out as an internal project to boost the morale of the designers by allowing them to create something completely different, turned into a lean fighting machine to keep them, and now us, company.

The ten full-sized Aerocool AEROBOT Wallpapers can be downloaded from the official site.

Thanks to Aerocool for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Aerocool

Creative Launches Sound Blaster X7

Creative Technology is launching the Sound Blaster X7, their most powerful and technology advanced sound solution to date. The Sound Blaster X7 is designed to deliver great sound for gaming as well as entertainment and has a wide variety of connection options for different setups. It has a 24-bit/192 KHz sound resolution, a 127dB digital-to-analog converter (DAC), and an amplifier of 100W. The result is the best, clearest and most powerful sound experience for games, movies and music from Creative and the Sound Blaster X7 is already nominated in two categories for CES 2015.

Specification Highlights:

  • Burr-Brown (PCM1794) 127dB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) supports high-resolution audio playback of HD audio tracks up to 24-bit/192kHz when connected to PC/Mac, including 24-bit/88.2kHz and 24-bit/176.4kHz
  • Texas Instruments (TPA6120A2) 600Ω headphone amplifier is capable of driving audiophile-grade headphones, with full and detailed clarity
  • High power, high efficiency Texas Instruments Class D amplifier (TPA3116D2) delivers up to 100W power (2 x 50W @ 4Ω)* to passive bookshelf and tower speakers
  • Burr-Brown (PCM4220) 123dB analog-to-digital converter (ADC) delivers high quality, low noise analog line-in audio playback and audio recording of up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Nichicon “Fine Gold” capacitors offer rich sound in the bass register and clearer highs
  • USB 2.0 Host connectivity allows direct streaming of high quality, lossless audio from Android and iOS devices
  • Asynchronous Mode USB Audio greatly reduces jitter and allows accurate high-resolution audio data transfer from the computer
  • Swappable op-amps for customizable tonality
  • ASIO support allows for reduced latency for a higher resolution audio experience
  • Gold-plated audio connectors create precise contact for low signal loss
  • *100W speaker output requires upgrade to high power adapter (24V 6A).
  • Supplied power adapter provides up to 2 X 38W @ 4Ω.

The Creative Sound Blaster X7 should become available sometime in December at an MSRP of $499.

Thanks to Creative for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Creative

 

ARM Unwraps Mali-T800 Series with H.265 Support on One Core

ARM has introduced their next generation Midgard architecture that consists of three new designs in the Mali-T800 series. It’s been about a year since ARM introduced the T700 series based on the third generation of the Midgard architecture, and this fourth generation looks even more impressive.

The T600 is the dominant ARM series at the moment while the T700 series, that was introduced about a year ago, is just starting to hit the market inside of consumer products. Since ARM only develops the intellectual property (IP) and doesn’t build the silicon themselves, we have to wait for partners to create the actual chips. ARM expects initial consumer devices based on the T800 series in late 2015 and early 2016.

The new series support OpenGL ES 3.1, DirectX 11.1, OpenCL 1.2, and RenderScript Compute as well as ARM’s frame-buffer compression mojo and Smart Composition. The T860 will be the new flagship for maximum performance, the shrunk T830 is the balanced model on a smaller silicon area where the T820 is the entry-level that isn’t just the smallest in product number, but also silicon size.

The Mali-T860 GPU is designed for the most demanding consumers that want nothing but the best visual experience on their mobile devices. It provides an even higher performance at a 45 percent better energy-efficiency compared to the Mali-T628 GPU. The Mali-T860 features a total of 16 shader cores.

The Mali-T830 GPU strikes the perfect balance of performance and efficiency, delivering up to 55 percent more performance than the Mali-T622 and the entry-level Mali-T820 achieves up to 40 percent more performance compared to the predecessor, Mali-T622. Both of these have four shader cores and that is just half of what the T720 has.

ARM also introduced us to the Mali-V550 video accelerator and Mali-DP550 display processor, both of which implement 10-bit YUV support in order to handle 4K content. The Mali-V550 has eight cores that can be used to encode and decode 4K video at 120 Hz. ARM says this is the first video encoder that can both encode and decode H.265 video on a single core. This is very impressive on its own.

The Mali-DP550 display processor is designed to offload composition from the GPU in order to save power. It can composite up to seven layers and of course also supports up to 4K resolutions.

Thanks to ARM for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of ARM

LG Introduces 31-inch Digital Cinema 4K Monitor

LG has introduced their latest UHD monitor, the 31MU97 31-inch 4K Digital Cinema Monitor. The monitor was previously spotted at IFA Berlin this year, but now the release is official. This new monitor is targeted at content creators rather than consumers, meaning photographers, video editors and graphics artists.

The Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution of 4096×2160 keeps the right aspect ratio for people with this line of work, preventing distortion and misalignment due to the usual used 3840 x 2160 resolution that isn’t a true 4K2K as defined by the standard. Colour accuracy is crucial to content creators and this monitor has a 99.5 percent Adobe RGB colour space. This IPS panel further features the Dual Colour Space that lets the monitor display two different color modes to help in comparing images.

The viewing angle is 178 degrees and the new LG monitor consumes 49W during normal use and 1.2w during sleep. The higher sleep consumption is due to the USB3 hub and charging features. It does however feature a real power button next to the power connection to turn it off. The two built-in 5W speakers are powered by the MAXXAUDIO functions to deliver the best sound at the same time as displaying the best images.

The connectivity to most things should be ensured with two HDMI, three USB 3.0, one Display Port and one mini DisplayPort. There are actually two models of this monitor and the specifications listed here are from the 31MU97-B model found on  LG’s North American site. There is also a version without the B that is listed on the Australian site, and this one also features Thunderbolt connectivity and Mac support.

The new LG 31MU97 should start to become available next week in the US, South Korea, Germany, Australia and UK. The rest of Europe and Japan should follow shortly after. There is no official word on the MSRP yet, but the Thunderbolt model was listed to $2499,99 AUD and the B model without was listed for $1399,99 USD.

Thanks to LG for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of LG

Thermaltake Release New Core V31 Chassis with Exclusive Tt LCS Certification

Thermaltake have received a lot of praise for their previous Core series of cases and now they have launched what looks to be another great case in the form of the Core V31 mid-tower chassis with exclusive Tt LCS Certification. The new case retains the curved metal mesh appearance while delivering outstanding cooling options for enthusiasts.

The new mid-tower chassis has support for the standard ATX, mATX and mITX motherboards and can fit power supplies up to 220mm length. These chassis are designed with gamers and enthusiasts in mind, with their ability for maximum heat dissipation and rapid air intake which will provide the best possible ventilation and cooling for your components.

Thermaltake have used heightened case-stands to allow further air flow while keeping the magnetic dust filters that help with easy cleaning and maintenance by keeping the unwanted dust outside.

The new case is highly modular and has many great options for hardware placement. Behind the motherboard-tray, you have room to mount up to four 2.5″ SSD drives. The two 5.25″ bays can be completely removed to create additional clearance for cooling equipment and so can the three 3.5″ bays. You can further choose to move the placement of the 3.5″ cage into other orientation options. The drive-cages use a tool-less design, making mounting and replacing parts a breeze.

Let us get to the really interesting part, the Thermaltake Core V31 supports up to 360mm liquid cooling radiators along with graphics cards up to 420mm and has 155mm clearance for the CPU cooler. This should give you enough room for most of your dream builds.

It can hold three 120 or 140mm fans at the top and two in the front. The bottom and rear sides can each hold an additional 120mm fan. There is support for liquid cooling radiators up to 360mm at the top and front while the rear allows for another 120mm radiator for maximum liquid cooling. It’s also worth mentioning that it supports 1/2″, 3/8″ and 1/4″ water tubes.

The chassis is not only aimed to provide the best overclocking potential for your hardware but also to protect your setup by simply keeping it at a colder level.

The front panel offers two USB 3.0 and HD Audio ports besides the Power and Reset buttons. Overall this looks to be an awesome chassis, no matter if you prefer to use air cooling, AIO Liquid systems or create full and custom liquid loops and at the same time providing a lot of flexibility in part placement.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Thermaltake

BIOSTAR Introduces iDEQ-T1 Mini-PCs

Biostar has introduced us to their latest products, the iDEQ-T1 Mini-PC designed to subvert the conventional desktop PC by being smaller, lighter and more mobile while still having similar features and capabilities. By using a motherboard that is based on the mITX form-factor, these miniPCs are only about two-thirds of an A4 sheet of paper in size and weigh just 800 grams.

The Biostar iDEQ-T1 comes in two versions, one with Karaoke support and one without. The Karaoke version has a C-Media CM108AH Audio chip whereas the non-karaoke version has a Realtek ALC662 Codec instead. Inside these tiny machines, we find a quad-core Intel Celeron N2940 processor with 2MB cache and a boost speed up to 2.25 GHz. Intel’s Bay Trail processor provides the Gen7 display chip which can run a 2560×1440 resolution and has DirectX 11 support while maintaining a very low power consumption.

Using dual-channel DDR3 SO-DIMM memory with speeds up to 1333 MHz, the miniPCs can have up to 16 GB RAM over the two memory slots. For additional expansions it features a mini PCI-E slot that can be covered with the optional WiFi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n module, or anything else you can find that fits. You can add a 2.5-inch storage drive up to 9.5mm thickness and it will connect to an SATA2 port.

Wired network is performed by the Realtek RTL8111G Gigabit Ethernet controller and the system has three USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports. Monitors can be connected via the HDMI or VGA port and both can be used simultaneous for multi-screen setups. While speaking of monitors, the iDEQ-T1 is VESA compliant and can be mounted with optional 75/100 VESA brackets if the foot-stand isn’t to your liking.

This clearly isn’t a gaming machine, but I can see many scenarios where it would be a great system. The processor can pull any normal office or HTPC task with ease. The karaoke version might be a hit for some people, where others might just laugh a bit and move on.

As any device from any manufacturer, these mini-PCs feature a row of exclusive in-house features. We have the Magic BIOS that is able to install the LAN driver for you after you installed your operating system, a minor but great function. The BIOS also supports Rescue BIOS that automatically can load a working and error-free version if you’d ever run into a BIOS crash. For the more every-day usage, it has support for BIO-Remote 2 and Charger Booster technology.

Thank you Biostar for providing us with this information

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MSI Introduces AIO Gaming Desktops with GTX 980M and 970M

MSI have launched their latest two All-In-One desktop systems aimed at gamers, the AG270 2QE and the AG270 2QC. These are the first AIO systems to feature the newest Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M and 970M discrete graphics cards, but that’s just one of the many features added to improve the gaming experience.

The only difference between the two new models is the graphics card that is either the GTX 970M with 6GB VRAM or the GTX980M with 8GB VRAM depending on the model and both these graphics cards should run your latest games without any trouble.

The AG270 All-in-One has a 27-inch LED screen that runs at a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It features Multi-touch with 10 points and has Anti-Flicker, Anti-Glare and Less Blue Light technologies to reduce the eyestrain when having those marathon gaming sessions. There is also a 2 megapixel HD webcam built-in for the streaming or video-chat sessions.

MSI has teamed up with Yamaha for the sound and they are using 5W + 5W speakers and an amplifier within the AG270. Each speaker features a built-in full-range monomer, and an independent subwoofer monomer to form a 2-way speaker system.

Both models are powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4860HQ quad-core processor with a base speed of 2.4GHz and a Turbo mode up to 3.6GHz. The Intel HM87 Chipset is in control and the system supports up to 16GB DDR3 SO-DIMM over two slots.

When we get to the storage, the whole thing gets very interesting. Both models have the MSI Super Raid 2 that supports three mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 for read speeds up to 1500 MB/s. Of course, there’s also a 3.5-inch 7200RPM SATA Harddisk available. For the external storage requirements, it has a tray-in DVD Super Multi & Blu-Ray writer and a 3-in-1 card reader.

In order to provide all the connectivity a gamer could want, MSI have added the Killer LAN E2205 Gigabit Ethernet controller with its well-known QoS system designed for streams and gaming. The wireless part is covered by an Intel Dual-band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11ac and Bluetooth module.

There are plenty of connection options on this all-in-one wonder with four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. One of the USB 3 ports supports super-charging. It has one HDMI-in and one HDMI-out as well as a D-Sub VGA out. Internally it has two Mini PCI-E expansion slots where one is covered by the Wi-Fi module and the other one can be filled with an optional TV Tuner card, or anything else you’d like that exists in that expansion form-factor.

Nvidia’s new graphics cards barely use any power, so a 230W AC adapter is enough to power this entire machine. It measures 672.23 x 66 x 482.96 mm and it weighs 16.15kg. No word on pricing or availability yet.

Thank you MSI for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of MSI

Samsung Chromebook 2 Now Also with Intel Processor

Samsung has just launched their newest Chromebook 2 model and this time it features an Intel processor. The new XE500C12-K01 is powered by an Intel Celeron N2840 processor running at 2.16GHz and a boost up to 2.58GHz. The CPU has 1MB L2 cache.

The LCD display is 11.6-inch LED HD and has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and a brightness of 200nit. The anti-reflective technology helps to prevent glare and allow for usage both inside and outside.

Just like the other Chromebooks, this Intel model has 2GB DDR3 system memory running at 1600 MHz and a 16GB eMMC storage module. The graphics are covered by the CPU-integrated Intel HD Graphics that shares the memory with the rest of the system. The stereo 2 watts speakers, built-in microphone and the 720p webcam makes the Chromebook perfect for video chats with Google Hangouts for example.

The Intel Chromebook 2 has the latest 802.11ac wireless LAN powered by the Intel Wireless-AC 7260 card with 2 x 2 antennas and built-in Bluetooth 4.0. Physical connections are covered by an HDMI port for the video signal, headphone out and microphone in for a headset and one of each USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. It also features a Micro SD card reader for additional storage.

The AC adapter is only 26 watts and the Chromebook itself is powered by a 2 cell Li-Po battery with 4080mAh. Depending on the working scenario it can provide up to 9 hours battery life for the long work sessions on the go.

The build is nearly seamless and it has a strong metal from top to bottom of the device to make it as sturdy as possible. It isn’t much bigger than a sheet of A4 paper with its measurements of 289.6 x 204.8 x 16.8mm and the weight of just 1.2 kilo makes it highly portable. The keyboard is ergonomically designed with curved keys that are said to allow for a more comfortable and faster typing experience.

It comes with a 1-year warranty and it is running Chrome OS, of course. US customers can pre-order it on Samsung’s own site for an MSRP of $249.99 while it will be widely available through the week of October 20, 2014.

Thank you Samsung for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Samsung