Logic Supply Introduces New Fully IP65 Rated Industrial Panel PC

Panel PCs aren’t anything new, neither are rugged systems, nor effective ones – but the new Logic Supply UPC-V315-QM77 by IEI offers a unique combination of features, performance and ruggedness to withstand the harshest usage conditions. The entire system is fully IP65 rated which is rare for a complete system where it is rated to be fully water-resistant. This eliminating the worry of splashed liquids and even allows the system to be sprayed down for easy cleaning.

The UPC-V315-QM77 is completely fanless and isn’t just protected from water, but also dust, shock, and other contaminants. It comes with a 15-inch monitor built into an all metal chassis, featuring a front-faced camera, and programmable physical buttons beside a large range of connectivity options. The rugged system isn’t just IP65 rated, it is also MIL-STD-810F certified to resist shock and vibrations from industrial machinery, equipment, and vehicles. It even withstands extreme temperatures and is rated to work in operating temperatures between minus twenty degrees and plus sixty degrees Celcius.

The 15-inch screen features a 5-wire resistive touch interface that is ultra-responsive even when used with gloved hands. It offers a 125-degree viewing angle from left to right and a 140-degree top to bottom. The Brightness is rated for 400 cd/m2 and the contrast comes in at 700:1.

Inside the system, you find either an Intel Celeron, Core i3 or i7 processor and 2GB DDR3 SO-DIMM memory. The chipset is a QM77. Expansion wise you can get it with both SSDs or mechanical HDDs with up to 2TB capacity and you can also expand with mSATA and PCIe Mini Cards.

Connection wise you get two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports as well as four serial RJ45 ports (3x RS-232 and 1x RS-422/485). There are also two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports next to the D-Sub VGA and HDMI ports for extra monitors.

The monitor is VESA mountable right as it is and comes with screws for this included. You also get an IR remote and four RJ45 to DB9 COM port cables to attach controllable machines.

As for price, the system starts at $2012 in its basic configuration and can go up to $3328 when fully equipped with the best CPU, 1TB SSD, operating system, expedited build and extended warranty.

SilverStone MMS01 Military-Grade USB 3.0 Enclosure Review

Introduction


If you are living an active lifestyle and still want to carry around your storage while keeping it protected the best way possible, then you need something other than a normal portable storage device. There are many rugged portable drives on the market by now and we’ve had a look at several of them already. But what if you already have a drive and want to turn that into a safe portable storage drive? Then you need something like SilverStone’s MMS01 military-grade USB 3.0 portable enclosure. Today I’m taking a closer look at how this works and how well it works.

SilverStone’s MMS01 is a thick protective enclosure that has been IP65 certified which makes it dust proof and water-resistant. The enclosure doesn’t stop there, it has been tested and proven to be immune or resistant to rapid temperature change, vibration, 1.2-meter drop, salt spray, sand, and fungal growth. You shouldn’t fully submerge a setup like this, but other than that your data’s drive is well secured.

Durability doesn’t mean that we need to sacrifice performance and the MMS01 is bound to show us some great numbers. Powered by the USB 3.0 bus and with UASP support, the only limitation is the 5 Gbps of the USB bus. The enclosure is equipped with a USB 3.0 type B port and the drive is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1. Thanks to the USB interface, we don’t require any extra drivers or anything and it will work as plug-and-play with both Windows and Mac OS systems.

Inside the enclosure there is room for a drive with a height of up to 9.5mm, allowing you to mount most 2.5-inch hard disk drives. Solid state drives with the thinner 7mm height aren’t a problem either and that is what I’ll be using in my tests today.

With a weight of just 280 gram, the MMS01 is a lightweight unit despite its great protection. This is an important factor when we deal with mobile drives as no one wants to carry unnecessary weight with them. If you are looking for an enclosure that can protect your drive in the harshest environment possible, the MMS01 might be the one to get.

Feature Highlights

  • Super speed USB 3.0 and SATA 6G interface
  • Supports 7mm or 9.5mm thick 2.5” SATA hard drives or SSD
  • Supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) for additional performance
  • Unique anti-vibration silicone sleeve over ABS shell for complete protection
  • Adheres to US military standard (MIL-STD-810G) for thermal, drop, shock, humidity, sand, dust, and fungus resistance
  • Certified IP65 for dustproof and water resistance

Specifications

The specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers information and might as such be subject to changes in possible future revisions of the product.

Package and Accessories

The colour scheme on the package fits the military theme originating from the certifications and presents the enclosure well. The front has all the vital features presented for a quick and easy view.

The rear of the package contains more details information about the specifications and a multilanguage description.

Next to the enclosure itself, we find a USB cable, an Allen key to take the enclosure apart and mount the drive as well as a manual inside the package.

ADATA Launches HD650X and HD710M USB 3.0 Hard Drives

We already had a little view on ADATA’s new drive line-up during our visit at CES 2016 in Vegas last month and now two of the new portable drives have been officially launched. The two new drives are both from the rugged series and can withstand quite a bit of mistreatment. The two newly launched drives are the HD650X designed for use with the Xbox 360 and Xbox One as well as the HD710M camouflage-styled drive.

The Xbox One currently ships with a 1TB hard drive built-in, but considering the fact that a game these days easily take up 50GB and subscribers keep getting games for free, that 1TB can quickly end up full and leave you with the decision on what to delete to make room for something else. That is where the ADATA HD650X comes into play as it adds 2TB extra storage directly to the gaming console via the USB 3.0 port. The colour scheme has also been made to match the console with its green and black. Being that this basically is a normal USB drive, it’s also compatible with Windows XP and newer as well as Mac OS X 10.6 or later and Linux Kernel 2.6 or later.

The ADATA HD710M is designed for general usage and comes in two capacity options: 1TB and 2TB. The camouflage coloured enclosure is made from the same concept that we’ve seen in previous models such as the HD720 that we recently reviewed. It is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof to keep all your data as safe as possible. It doesn’t just have the basic IP6X cerification, but also the IPX8 and the US Army MIL-STD-810G 516.6 certification. These in combination allow the drive to be completely dust proof, extremly drop and shock resistant, and waterproof in up to 1.5 meters of water for an hour without damage to your drive or data.

ADATA didn’t reveal an official pricing, but you can expect these new drives to have a similar price to the other rugged ADATA HD drives already on the market.

ADATA HD720 Durable 1TB External Hard Drive Review

Introduction


People with an active lifestyle deserve to carry their storage around with them just as well as clumsy people do, but they should pick their portable storage with care and make sure that it can withstand the treatment it will get. Today I’m taking a closer look at just such a storage drive as I’m having ADATA’s HD720 ultra durable external hard drive with a sporty design on and off the test bench.

The ADATA HD720 is available in three capacity versions, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. Today I’m taking a closer look at the 1TB model and will test both its performance on my benchmark system as well as its durability with some clumsy but calculated actions. The HD720 is dustproof, waterproof, and shock resistant for an excellent data protection even when the worst case scenario should happen.

The drive has passed the stringent IP68 test thanks to its durable design. The HD720 even works normally in dusty environments as well as after being submerged in up to 2-meter deep water for up to 2 hours. The HD720 also passed the standard military-grade requirement (MIL-STD-810G 516.6) and even went beyond that and passed the 1.8m drop test.

This is all thanks to the rugged enclosure that the drive is built into. Deep inside the HD720 is a 2.5-inch sized HDD that first of all is cushioned mounted on its own. Next it is covered by a plastic shock structure followed by a special silicon layer that in combination provide the drive with its resilience. The HD720 also features a G-Shock sensor that flashes red when the drive should register a severe shock. When the shock has passed, a solid or flashing blue light displays indicating normal operation has resumed.

A portable drive also needs to be convenient. Thanks to the use of a 2.5-inch HDD you don’t need any extra power supply, the drive can draw enough power directly from the USB connection. The included cable can’t be static attached either or the drive would lose some of its durability. ADATA made a wrap around design on the HD720, allowing you to tug the drive into the groves on the edge of the drive – that at the same time give the drive an even better protection from a side impact.

There are three color choices on the HD720, either blue and black, green and black or completely black. ADATA backs this 211gram light drive with a 3-year warranty.

Feature Highlights:

  • Up to 2TB capacity
  • Dust, Water, and Shock-proof
  • USB 3.0 connection.
  • Cable wrap-around
  • Passed IP68 and MIL-STD-810G 516.6
  • G-Shock Sensor

Packaging

ADATA packed their durable HD720 in a white cardboard box that has a window to view the actual drive inside. The front highlights the capacity as well as safety features that it comes with.

The rear of the box has a little more information about the specifications in multiple languages as well as details on the waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof capabilities.

Inside the box is the drive wrapped with a USB 3 connection cable and a quick start guide should you need that.

SP Introduced the Next Generation Portable Armor A85 HDDs

You might remember the pretty amazing Silicon Power Armor A65 that we reviewed not long ago and just that drive has just been upgraded in the form of the new SP Armor A85 and A85M portable and rugged hard drives. The drives utilize a special internal structure design and rigid aluminium exterior to strengthen its protections against all sorts of things, including shock, pressure, water, and dust.

The A85 drive has passed the U.S military’s drop test of MIL-STD 810G Method 516.6 Procedure IV (transit drop test) and the IP68 standard that it can resist water and dust. Added is the pressure resistance where it can withstand a pressure of up to 500kg of force. The droptest includes freefall tests with a height of up to 122cm on 26 different contact points, so your data should be well protected.

The Silicon Power Armor A85 also offers the SP HDD Lock Utility, a free software download for full disk encryption and 256-bit AES encryption with SP Widget for Windows or Mac OS. IT also features the practical cable carry design where the USB 3.0 cable can be easily attached to the rear of the drive. Have everything in one place.

The A85 and A85M drives are backed by a 3-year warranty and are offered in three capacity options of 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB.

Dell’s Latest Tablet is Built to Withstand Extreme Conditions

Dell has expanded its Rugged line-up with a new Latitude tablet designed to operate in the harshest of environments. This model is resistant against mud, dust, sand, spillages and other hazards. The tablet can even be dropped from over four feet and has a temperature threshold between -20 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This device is capable of withstanding war zones, high-altitude mountains and industrial workplaces. According to Dell, the unit is,

“Designed for performance and reliability in the harshest conditions.”

In terms of specifications, the tablet features a multi-touch, 11.6 inch 1366×768 panel which can be easily viewed in direct sunlight. Furthermore, it is equipped with a 5th generation Intel Core CPU, Windows 8.1 (fully upgradable to Windows 10), up to a 512GB Solid State Drive and a battery lasting upwards of 12 hours. Dell also utilized a quad cooling solution to prevent throttling in hot locations. I can see this being useful during expeditions near volcanoes or climates with a blistering heat.

Pricing and availability is still unknown, but the niche nature of this device will incur a hefty price tag. Dell’s existing Latitude 12 Rugged laptop contains an Intel Core i3 CPU and 4GB of RAM which retails for $3,649. I wouldn’t expect the final price to be this high but the reinforced casing will undoubtedly increase manufacturing costs.

The Latitude 12 tablet is massive overkill for 99.99% of people but provides a vital service for those who require reliable hardware in tough situations.

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Patriot Launched Supersonic Magnum 2 and Rage 2 USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Patriot’s Supersonic series of flash drives were already some of the fastest on the block, but the whole thing gets a new boost in form of the Supersonic Magnum 2 and Rage 2 USB 3.0 flash drives.

“Patriot has revamped its Supersonic USB line with two great new additions, both with exceedingly fast speeds,” said Meng Jay Choo, Product Manager at Patriot. “There are no comparable USB drives on the market, at the moment, and we hope to continue to deliver impressive performance speeds to our customers as technology advances.”

The Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 will be available in 256GB and 512GB capacities and feature impressive read and write speeds of 400MB/s and 300MB/s making them the fastest high capacity/high performance USB flash drive on the market. It is shock resistance up to 15Gs and complimented by a matte black metal housing with laser etched logos.

The Supersonic Rage 2 is an ultra-portable and high capacity USB 3.0 drive. The rugged, rubberized casing is designed to withstand the wear and tear of everyday use while the slide-to-connect feature protects the connector. This drive has the same speeds as the Magnum 2 with up to 400MB/s and 300MB/s. It will be available in capacities of 128GB and 256GB.

Both new drives will become available during February 2015, but no word on pricing yet.

Thanks to Patriot for providing us with this information

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G-Technology Launches Rugged Mobile HDDs

G-Technology probably isn’t a company you’ve heard a lot from, but they have enough knowledge in their backs being a part of HGST (WD). They’ve announced the new G-DRIVE ev ATC and the G-DRIVE ev RaW solutions rugged HDDs with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. G-Technology also announced new Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 all-terrain cases for turning the original G-DRIVE ev, RaW, or ev SSD into a rugged all-terrain storage solution.

“My work as an adventure photographer takes me around the world to remote and sometimes dangerous locations, and keeping my once-in-a-lifetime shots safe is top priority,” said Lucas Gilman, adventure sports photographer and filmmaker. “Working closely with G-Technology, I was able to secure a G-DRIVE ev ATC and took it with me to Peru and Hawaii for recent surfing photo shoots. G-Technology’s newest G-DRIVE ev ATC helped ensure that my irreplaceable images were safe, all while withstanding sandy beaches, bumpy off-road terrain and ocean mist.”

The G-DRIVE ev RaW is a rugged and lightweight portable hard drive that is strong enough to withstand a 1.5-meter drop. It is USB 3.0 bus-powered and designed to go anywhere, providing on-the-go access to photos, videos, music and more. The G-DRIVE ev RaW can be used as a standalone device or used with the Evolutions Series’ G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt or the new ev all-terrain case. The drive comes formatted for Mac to increase out of the box compatibility as Windows users more easy can reformat the drive to their needs. Availability will be this month for an MSRP of $129.95 for 1TB and $99.95 for 500GB.

The G-DRIVE ev ATC kicks it up another notch with a waterproof and floating enclosure (for a limited time) and a resistance for drops from up to two meter height. The case is removable and also compatible with earlier G-DRIVEs as well as purchasable on its Inside it has a 7,200 RPM-based hard drive to maximize transfer speed using Thunderbolt or USB 3.0.

The G-DRIVE ev ATC will also be available later this month with a capacity of 1TB and an MSRP of $229.95 for the Thunderbolt version and $179.95 for the USB 3 version.

Thanks to G-Technology for providing us with this information

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Angelbird SSD2go Pocket USB 3.0 External Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


I recently had the pleasure to review the Angelbirds SSD wrk internal drive that did very well, so I was pretty excited when I got told about the new SSD2go Pocket. An external, On-The-Go Solid State Drive with the same power as an internal one while maintaining a tiny form factor and of course portability. With the native UASP support and connecting through the USB3 interface, it allows this drive to take full advantage of the 5GB/s bandwidth and should see it take off like a rocket in comparison to other external flash-based drives. The SSD2go pocket is available in three sizes; 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB, and comes bundled with software and music that further increases the overall value.

The SSD2go pocket is the first and only external USB drive to support both TRIM and SMART for Mac right out of the box. This is an important factor considering how popular the Angelbird drives are among musicians and other artists who have their preferred work area on Macs.

This drive doesn’t just promise us great performance and features, it is a little piece of art at the same time. The slightly curved design in combination with the magnificent finish on the coating turns this external drive into a stylish accessory rather than just a tech-gizmo. The rounded corners and shape in combination with the tiny pocket size of just 89×69.9×10.4mm allow this drive to slide right into your pocket, even when you’re wearing tight jeans.

It’s really hard to describe the feeling you’ll have when you unpack the SSD2go pocket and hold it in your hands for the first time. It has an almost magical attraction, you can’t stop looking at it, inspecting every millimetre to see if you can find the tiniest error in the finish. But you won’t, it is like it was made with magic. Those who have had the luck to hold one the SSD2go models in their own hands will know what I’m talking about.

The external finish isn’t just beautiful to feel and look at, the SSD2go Pocket is also an incredible durable drive. It is enclosed in a CNC machined aluminium housing that has been glass pearl blasted and hard anodized. Angelbird also used the far more robust type A USB connector on the drive instead of the more common used Type B-micro connector and retracted it further into the drive to protect it. The overall result is an almost indestructible drive.

While words may be just that to you, it’s worth checking out the video below. An uncut extreme-test of the SSD2go Pocket performed outside the Angelbird headquarters by Roman Rabitsch, the CEO of Angelbird. I would still like to challenge Angelbird to the tank test we’ve seen on performed on the G710+ keyboard.

When we couple all of the above with the great quality control Angelbird is running, we know we don’t have much to worry about. Each component is carefully inspected and pre-tested before assembly to ensure the production fulfils the highest standards. They’re also ISO certified to fulfil the fine production standards of medical technology. The drives pass through further quality controls such as automated optical inspection, in-circuit tests, bin-in inside a climate chamber, and of course a function test. The function tests will be repeated before the products are sent out to the customer to make sure that each and every device works.

Performance wise this 512 GB model promises us some impressive write speeds up to 390 MB/s and read speeds up to 450 MB/s. The IOPS are rated to 38.800 which is really good for an external drive and it has an access time of 0.9 ms. The power draw is only 0.8 watts in idle and 3.41 maximum, so this drive won’t suck your laptops battery dry nor need any external power supply. Backed by a 5-year limited warranty, the SSD2go Pocket has a mean time before failure (MTBF) rating of over 2 million hours and the total bytes written (TBF) are rated to 1048TB of data.

A further bonus is added to this drive by the pre-loaded content. You’ll get a full version of Parallels 10 (Mac) and Bitwig Studio 1.0 (Win, Mac, Linux) as well as the System Reflection Backup tool. It also includes PureMix Audio Production video tutorials as well as music provided by the artist themselves free for remixing. Artists featured at the time of release are Marshall Jefferson, CeCe Rogers and Trash, but the library will be expanded with new artists and content.

If you’d like to have a truly personal drive, you can add a personal touch to your Angelbird SSD2go pocket with a customized engraving. Of course, you will need to order the drive at Angelbirds’ own webshop for this as the retailers can’t predict your future engraving wishes.

GammaTech Announces the DURABOOK R8300 Fit For Extreme Environments

It looks like GammaTech Computers Corp. has just announced a new rugged notebook, the DURABOOK R830, addition to its notebook lineup. It is said to be certified with MIL-STD-810G and IPS65 specs, for short to withstand abusive harsh environments and is suitable in areas of operation normally encountered in military, utility and public safety sectors.

“It is easy to produce a computer that works well in a climate-controlled environment, where Mother Nature is held at bay,” remarked Jen Chen, GammaTech president. “It is something entirely different, however, to engineer a computer to withstand long exposure to wind, dust, rain, and extreme temperatures as well as surviving bumpy rides, drops, and working in sweltering heat or frigid temperatures. Designed specifically for outdoor usage, our new R8300 notebook offers unsurpassed performance, even in the most hostile environments.”

To describe the certifications even further, the MIL-STD-810G certification stands for extreme sock, drop, vibration and temperature environments, while the IP65 certifies equipment for water and dust resistance. Besides the latter, GammaTech has also received two more certifications for the DURABOOK R8300, the MIL-STD 461F, ANSI/ISA 12.12.01 as well as ATEX Zone 2 for operation in hazardous locations.

In terms of specs, the DURABOOK R8300 is powered by a 3rd Generation Intel i-Core LV /ULV CPU i-Core i7-3555LE or i-Core i5-3437U mobile processor, two DDR3 SODIMM slots which support 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB RAM each, all configured on a mobile Intel QM77 Express Chipset. It also provides USB 3.0 support, Intel AMT 8.0 with enhanced manageability and security, Intel Rapid Storage Technology with RAID support for enhanced performance, power management and data protection, as well as Intel Smart Response Technology and Intel Anti-Theft Technology which can disable a lost or stolen PC and reactivate it without worrying about compromising data.

The DURABOOK R8300 has a 13.3-inch TFT touchscreen LCD display featuring direct-sunlight readability for operating in extremely right and sunny environments, such as the desert or an extremely lit room. The HDD is also a plus, having a quick release storage capability, making it easier to swap 500 GB or 750 GB HDDs just by turning a couple of knobs, as well as having SSD configuration capabilities. If additional space is required, a 5.25-inch multi-slot type optical disk drive is available for another hard disk.

When it comes to security, both the administrator and boot password protection is available to configure, having the Absolute Computrace feature allowing remote management for continual tracking and securing all endpoints within a single cloud-based console. The TMP 1.2 as well as Kensington lock is provided for additional security when needed.

The notebook offers a wide range of connectivity options, such as a mini card slot for Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 Class 1 combo card, a built-in antenna, a built-in WWAN antenna, one M2 card slot for the WWAN Type 3042-S3-B module, a built-in SIM card slot, a GPS module with built-in GPS antenna and an optional Intel Dual Band Wireless 6235 802.11AGN antenna. What keeps this indestructible PC ‘alive’ is one Lithium-Ion battery which provides 8 hours battery life. A second battery can be accommodated in a second slot for an additional 4 hours worth of operation.

The GammaTech DURABOOK R8300 is said to be available starting from the second quarter of this year, having a customization feature available for unique customer requirements.

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