QNAP Releases Budget-Friendly Dual-Core TS-x28 NAS’

We often both report on and test high-end NAS devices here at eTeknix, but that isn’t what everybody needs nor wants. Sometimes you want a budget-oriented and basic solution, and QNAP just released a new series of devices in this category. The two new NAS are called the TS-128 and TS-228 and are respectively 1-bay and 2-bay NAS’.

The new TS-x28 series is built around basically the same base as we saw in the TAS-268 NAS that we recently reviewed, just without the HDMI connector and dual Android system. The TS-x28 series is still a feature-rich NAS series for users that want to easily handle file backup and synchronisation tasks, both locally and through the internet.

Create your own personal cloud system without monthly subscription fees and storage limitations while you increase the security as all files are stored in the safety of your own home and on your own server. With the myQNAPcloud service, you get multiple remote access services to convenient access, manage, and share multimedia files located on your TS-x28 NAS from anywhere with a web browser. The mobile QNAP apps such as Qfile, Qphoto, Qmusic, Qvideo and Qmanager all work flawlessly with the new devices too. The Qsync utility is particularly useful as it supports file synchronisation across multiple devices and users can acquire the latest files from any device connected to the NAS whenever they need it.

Multimedia services are no problem with the TS-x28 series either, even though it doesn’t have the direct connection options. You can still stream through DLNA and other services to get all your media content directly on your TV and other smart devices. The Surveillance station also comes with 2 free IP camera channels for that home security setup that you might have considered for a while.

Overall, a tiny NAS that has all the basics and none of all the extras you possible don’t need nor want. Hardware wise it is powered by an ARM v7 dual-core CPU with 1.1GHz clock speed and has 1GB DDR3 memory. You get one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port besides the Gigabit Ethernet port for connectivity. The TS-228 is available now for around £200, but I could only find placeholders for the price of the TS-128 at the time of writing. My guess would be around £160.

Key Specifications

  • TS-128: 1-bay mini-tower NAS
  • TS-228: 2-bay mini-tower NAS
  • ARM v7 dual-core 1.1GHz processor
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • 3.5” SATA HDD
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port; 1 x USB 2.0 port
  • 1 x Gigabit LAN port

ASUSTOR Launches Powerful High-Capacity AS6208T and AS6210T

ASUSTOR launched two new high-capacity enterprise-class NAS units, the AS6208T and the AS6210T. The only difference between the two units is that one has 8 drive bays and the other one has 10 drive bays. They are powered by an Intel Celeron (Braswell) 1.6GHz quad-core CPU with Boost speeds up to 2.24GHz. This is backed by 4GB dual-channel DDR3L memory which is expandable.

This is a great base for a powerful system that comes with hardware encryption support and 4K capabilities. All that power can be connected through the four built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports for a read and write performance up to 398 MB/s and 355 MB/s respectively in a RAID 5 setup.

There are plenty of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well as two eSATA ports. With that amount of extra ports, you can expand the systems even further than with the 8 and 10 internal bays that each support up to 8TB drives.

It’s probably unlikely that a system like this will be used for as a multimedia hub, although it would be perfectly suitable for it. Instead, it is much more likely to be used for surveillance tasks. It is well equipped for both scenarios with its direct usage ability. It features both an HDMI 1.4b connector and an S/PDIF audio link.

As with all other ASUSTOR NAS units, these two new ones come with a 3-year warranty and a suggested retail price of $999 for the AS6210T and $899 for the AS6208T. That’s actually not bad at all.

Key Hardware Specifications

  • Intel Celeron 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (Automatic Overclocking to 2.24GHz)
  • Read Speed of up to 398+ MB/s and Write Speed of up to 355+ MB/s Under Link Aggregation and RAID 5 Configurations
  • 4GB Built-in Dual-Channel DDR3L High Speed Memory (Expandable up to 8GB, 4GB x2)
  • 4 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Front of Device: 1 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 GB/s) Port
  • Back of Device: 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 GB/s) Ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports, 2 x eSATA Ports
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4b Port
  • 1 x S/PDIF Audio Output Port
  • Infrared Receiver
  • Supports RAID Volume Management: Single, JBOD, RAID 0/1/5/6/10, RAID 0/1/5/6/10+Hot Spare
  • Supports Hot Swappable Hard Disks
  • Disk Tray Locks
  • LCD Panel
  • Supports Largest Capacity Hard Disks on the Market (8TB)
  • Smart Fan Temperature Control

The AS6208T and AS6210T both come built-in with the latest ADM 2.5.4 firmware providing RAID data protection, high-grade AES-NI hardware encryption technology, a 256-bit data encryption mechanism, firewall, network defender, antivirus software for installation and other safety mechanisms to keep data safe and secure. But you will be able to upgrade to the newest firmware very soon as ADM 2.6 is scheduled to be released in April.

Key Software Specifications for ADM 2.6

  • Seamless Cross-Platform File Access (Windows, Mac, Unix-Like Operating Systems)
  • Virtualization Support: Citrix, Hyper-V, VMware (NFS)
  • Scheduled and Automatic iSCSI LUN Snapshots
  • Virtual Machine Support with VirtualBox (ASUSTOR Portal and ADM Web Interface)
  • Comprehensive Backup Solutions (Public Cloud, Local Device, PC, Mobile Devices)
  • Integrates Windows AD, Windows ACL Permissions and Batch Importation of Accounts
  • SNMP Network Management Protocol Support
  • Instant System Event Notifications (Email, SMS or Push Notification)
  • Supports 3-Step Seamless System Migration
  • Supports Online Capacity Expansion and RAID Level Migration
  • Supports N-1 MyArchive Hard Disks with Encryption and Binding of USB Devices as Encryption Keys
  • Newly Added File System Support for MyArchive (EXT4, NTFS, HFS+) Increases Compatibility of MyArchive
  • Disks.
  • Remote Access via Cloud Connect Technology
  • App Central App Repository Features Rich Variety of Apps for Multimedia, Business Productivity and More.
  • Surveillance Center Supports up to 25 Camera Channels

Tenda AC15 Dual-Band AC1900 Gigabit WiFi Router Review

Introduction


Tenda might be a company that is mostly known for the entry-level products at lower speeds, but they also got some top of the line devices that easily can compete with anything else on the market. Today I’m taking a look at the new Tenda AC15 which is an AC1900 Smart Dual-Band Gigabit WiFi router.

Tenda designed the AC15 with the smart home in mind and as such the router brings a lot of features that can make your everyday digital life a lot easier. Starting with the dual-band AC1900 technology we know that we have a strong router in our hands that will deliver some of the best possible wireless network speeds. The AC15 also features beamforming technology that helps to boost the range of the high-powered amplifiers and external antennas.

The AC1900 standard defines a total speed capability of the router up to 1900Mbps where it is capable of delivering both 1300Mbps 802.11ac at 5GHz and 600Mbps 802.11n at 2.4 GHz concurrently. The Beamforming+ technology helps to achieve the best connection with each device as it locks onto a device’s location and strengthens the signal in that direction rather than blasting it equally in every direction.

The router is equipped with 3 external dual band antennas with a 3dBi strength. Sadly the antennas aren’t replaceable, at least not without taking the unit apart, but they should offer plenty of performance for small to mid-sized homes.

Tenda built the AC15 router around a Broadcom dual-core processor and equipped it with DDR3 memory, but the specifications page does not reveal which exact processor nor how much memory it has. That might, however, be something we can find out through the user interface or by opening it up.

Next to the obligatory WAN port, Tenda equipped the AC15 router with three more Gigabit Ethernet ports for your wired network devices. It also features a USB 3.0 port for easy storage and printer connections which then can be shared to any device that you want via your network. This also allows you to create a personal cloud system and that’s even an easy task to do thanks to Tenda’s personal cloud system. We’ll have a close look at that when we got to the user interface.

There is an ever-increasing concern what effect WiFi signals can have on us humans and it’s better to be on the safe side than sorry. Whether this is a concern to you or not, the Healthy e-life functions in the router allow you to dim the LEDs as well as turn the WiFi signal on and off by a user defined schedule. Why should you be bothered by blinking lights and wireless signals when you aren’t home or asleep. Might as well turn it off, which also saves on the electricity bill.

The initial setup and further configuration of Tenda’s AC15 is a breeze as you can do it from any device, whether it’s wired or wireless. You can either use the easy web setup wizard or use the available Tenda apps. Once setup, you have a powerful wireless router that supports IPTV, VPN, FTP, DDNS and DLNA among others.

Feature Highlights

  • Ultimate 11ac speed of up to 1900Mbps, delivering both 1300Mbps 802.11ac at 5GHz and 600Mbps 802.11n at 2.4 GHz concurrently.
  • Broadcom dual-core processor with DDR3 memory for multi-client with responsive performance and fast speed.
  • Beamforming+ technology boosts range for the 802.11ac WiFi devices.
  • High powered amplifiers and three external antennas for whole-home coverage.
  • USB3.0 for personal secure cloud and printer sharing.
  • Smart managements of WiFi schedule, LED indicator and power saving all are for your healthy E-life.

Package and Accessories

The retail package for the Tenda AC15 router is a beautiful full-coloured one. The front teases the features and the units design with its eye-catching and bright design.

The rear of the box has some more information on the routers usage scenarios as well as more information about the features.

The full network specifications can be found on the side of the box, so you know what you get before you make the purchase.

The router itself is wrapped with a plastic cover to protect it from scratches. There’s also an extra SSID and password sticker on the plastic which you can remove and place somewhere else for safe keeping.

There’s an install guide, GNU license notice, and a wireless standard certification included, but the last two are more for legal reasons.

Besides the router and the manuals, we also find a power adapter, an RJ45 LAN cable and the foot for the router inside the box.

 

Shuttle’s New DH170 1-Liter Mini-PC Now Available in the UK

Shuttle has been on a roll as of late, releasing one new system after another, but one of the most impressive ones is probably the DH170 which features impressive options in a tiny 1.3-liter chassis. Now the Shuttle DH170 is officially available in the UK. The XPC Slim Series DH170 system is built upon the H170 chipset with support for the latest Skylake processors (up to 65W TDP) while only being 43m thick.

The Shuttle DH170 can be equipped with up to 32GB of dual-channel DDR3L 1600 RAM, but there is only one 2.5-inch SATA3 drive bay. Then again, there are limits to what fits inside such a small system so that’s an understandable limitation and one drive should still be plenty for most usage scenarios for this system. While I just said that it only had room for one drive, that’s technically incorrect as the DH170 also features an M.2 2260/2242 Type B M key socket and a Half-size Mini-PCIe socket.

You get an impressive external connectivity with the DH170 as it features four USB 3.0, four USB 2.0, and two Intel Gigabit Ethernet controllers (i211 and i219LM) that support teaming. It also features a Realtek ALC662 HD audio solution as well as triple monitor connection via two DisplayPort and one HDMI connector. A wireless antenna fixture, serial ports, and a card reader are also included in the DH170.

This tiny reliable system is rated for continues 24/7 usage in 50-degree environments without the smart fan having any trouble keeping everything cool. It’s also economical with its 90W power supply. The DH170 is available now for £194 (VAT excluded).

Key Features:

  • Intel H170 chipset supports the latest Intel Skylake processors
  • Compact 1.3-liter chassis only 43mm thick
  • Rugged design and construction for 24/7 stability and high-temperature environments
  • Supports three independent displays even at 4K resolution; two DisplayPorts and one HDMI
  • Ample connectivity; four USB 3.0, four USB 2.0, two RS232; M.2., Mini PCI-E
  • VESA mount compatibility
  • Available at Entaonline.com for £194

Linksys Introduces the EA7500 AC1900 MU-MIMO Router

Linksys recently revealed their new line of MAX-STREAM devices capable of Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple Output technology (MU-MIMO) and now they have announced the first of the units becoming available. The newly available router is the Linksys MAX-STREAM AC1900 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit router (EA7500).

The MU-MIMO technology helps to ensure uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity to all the devices in the home and it functions as if multiple devices have their own dedicated router. That way you will have less lag or interruptions which are especially important when streaming 4K content. The increased bandwidth needed to stream this resolution requires a great connection at all times which the EA7500 should deliver.

Hardware wise the EA7500 is built around a Qualcomm IPQ 1.4GHz dual-core processor and naturally comes with the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 with MU-MIMO Wi-Fi standard. It is an AC1900 router with up to 600Mbps on the legacy 2.4GHz band and up to 1300 Mbps on the 5GHz band. It also comes with four Gigabit ethernet LAN ports for the wired connections and one Gigabit WAN port next to the USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

The three external and adjustable antennas should provide maximum coverage in your home while you can manage and monitor your network and easily control Wi-Fi devices remotely on a smartphone with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app. The router features the WPA and WPA2 encryption standards that are the default and also comes with an SPI firewall to help keep your network safe.

“If you have or are planning to purchase a 4K TV you will need a Max-Stream router to ensure you have a seamless 4K online streaming experience,” said Justin Doucette, director product management, Linksys. “A single stream of 4K content takes a minimum of 20 Mbps to maintain a consistent stream, and when you combine that with multiple streams plus normal Wi-Fi use from gaming, internet surfing, IoT connectivity and music streaming, it adds up fast. Max-Stream will enable multiple streams of Wi-Fi to occur so users can have the ultimate 4K and networking experience.”

The Linksys MAX-STREAM AC1900 Dual-Band MU-MIMO Gigabit router (EA7500) is available now and comes with an MSRP of £149.99 ($199.00 USD).

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

Toshiba Presents Two New 3TB Portable Hard Drives

Toshiba announced two new 3TB portable hard drives where one is an addition to the Canvio Basics line and the other is the brand new Canvio Connect II portable hard drive. Both new hard drives take advantage of the new 3TB 2.5″ Toshiba HDDs that are built with four 750MB platters.

The Canvio Basics is a simple USB 3 portable hard drive without much to say, except that it is a lot of storage on a little form factor. The line of drives is highly popular due to the reliability, size and most of all, price.

The unveiled Canvio Connect II portable hard drive is a little more interesting and doesn’t just bring along 3TB of storage, but also remote access capabilities, local and cloud backup and the ability to share and stream content. The backup system isn’t just limited to files and folders either but can handle complete system backups as well. Users can further secure everything with a password and optionally upload it to the cloud. Everything can be scheduled so you can lean back and let the Connect II take care of the rest.

The Canvio Connect II comes with 10GB free cloud storage and is backed by a 2-year warranty. It will be available later this month in 500GB ($99.99), 1TB ($119.99) and 2TB ($199.99) versions while the 3TB model will release later this year.

Thanks to Toshiba for providing us with this information

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DisplayLink Shows 5K Resolution over Single USB 3 Cable

DisplayLink knows a thing or tow about USB graphics technology and they’ll be demonstrating their latest technology at CES, able to send 5K resolution over a single USB cable. They’ll be doing this with the commercially available Dell UltraSharp 5K monitor that will be connected by a standard USB cable to a Microsoft Surface Pro III. The result is a new way to future proof devices that otherwise lack the capability to provide a 5120×2880 resolution.

“DisplayLink is proud to demonstrate the scalability of its solutions with the highest commercially available monitor again at CES,” said John Cummins, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing. “5K monitors with 5120×2880 resolutions were just released in Q4. DisplayLink is demonstrating dramatically simplified 5K connectivity to any PC, Notebook, or tablet using a single, completely standard, USB 3.0 cable, in comparison to dual DisplayPort cables currently required.”

Thanks to DisplayLink for providing us with this information

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Sonnet Introduces Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 Rackmount Enclosure

Expanding your storage doesn’t have to be hard, and that includes rack-mounted solutions. Sonnet has introduced the R400 4-bay rack mounted RAID enclosure that connects as easy as with the built-in USB 3.0 interface. This allows you to hook up more storage with a single cable, and the configuration is just as easy.

The Fusion R400 features a high-performance internal storage controller that offers five drive configuration options: RAID 5, RAID 0, RAID 10, Span, and JBOD, without requiring additional hardware or software. Drive operation and health status indications are available at a glance with multicolor LEDs and setting the RAID mode is as easy as flicking a switch.

The data transfer speed is rated up to 240MB/s reading and 230MB/s writing, but that depends on your drives and configuration. The power supply can deliver 220W, which is a lot more than is needed for a device like this. It weighs approximately 6.8 kg and comes with a one-year warranty.

The fans included are said to be quiet and temperature-controlled, generally operating at a slow speed and only speeding up when really needed. The unit is compatible with Sonnet’s line of PCIe® and ExpressCard/34 USB 3.0 host controllers and supports Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 (FUS-R4BR5-0TB) is available now at an MSRP of $349.

Thanks to Sonnet for providing us with this information

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Toshiba Introduces Canvio AeroCast Wireless HDD and Adapter

Toshiba has introduced the Canvio AeroCast Wireless Hard Drive (HDTU110XKWC1), a device that blends the benefits of 1TB external storage with the wireless freedom as well as having a built-in SD card reader. The AeroCast drive supports up to 6 simultaneous users and has its own hotspot integrated making the need for internet or router connection unnecessary. Users can also connect the drive to their Chromecast device to experience their personal digital content with Toshiba’s Google Cast Ready app.

“Storage needs are changing. By understanding the importance of mobility, we have taken storage to the next level. With integrated wireless capabilities, we empower our users to share and stream their personal digital content the way they want, wirelessly,” said Maciek Brzeski, vice president, Branded Storage

The AeroCast Wireless HDD has pass-through mode, so you don’t have to lose your internet or other wireless connection just because you connect your wireless HDD. It also comes with a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 5-hours of truly wireless storage. The maximum wireless speed is 150MB/s with the support for 802.11b/g/n. It also comes with a default micro USB 3.0 connector and cable to connect it directly and get all the speed the drive inside can do.

The size of just 121.4 x 86 x 24.4 mm and the weight of just 280 grams makes the Toshiba Canvio AeroCast Wireless Hard Drive highly portable. It comes with a 1 year limited warranty and an MSRP of $219.99. The official support list includes iOS 6 or newer, Android 2.3 or newer, Windows 7 or newer, and Mac OS X 10.7 or newer. Mac OS X users will however need to download the free NTFS driver as there isn’t any Time machine support.

Toshiba also introduced the Canvio Cast Wireless Adapter that can make any USB storage medium wireless. This is basically the wireless functions of the above hard drive but without the own storage. Attach any USB hard drive you might have to the adapter and enjoy the content on your Chromecast, Android, iOS, Windows or Mac OS X device.

Where the Wireless Hard Drive used the USB 3 interface, there wasn’t really any need for it on this device as it only supports 150Mbit/s via the wireless connection anyway. So instead Toshiba added a USB 2.0 interface to the adapter. It measures just 63 x 48 x 10 mm and weighs 24 grams.

While some might argue that it’s weird Toshiba didn’t add a direct connection feature to the micro USB charging port, there really isn’t any need for it as you could just use the drive directly. Only time it would be useful would be a firmware upgrade.

The Canvio Cast Wireless Adapter (HDWW100XKWU1) comes with a $79.99 MSRP and a 1-year limited warranty.

Thanks to Toshiba for providing us with this information

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Patriot Launches Supersonic Bolt XT Hardware Encrypted Flash Drive

Patriot has presented their newest thumb-drive; the Supersonic Bolt XT USB3. This isn’t an everyday thumb-drive as the housing might give away. The rugged housing made from rubber protects the drive from day-to-day drops and bumps while the built-in FIPS 197 compliant 256-bit AES hardware encryption keeps a keen eye on the safety of your files. On top of the encryption, the drive has a bruteforce protection and will reformat itself if the password should be entered falsely ten times in a row.

Connecting via the USB 3.0 interface, the new Supersonic Bolt XT can read data with 150MB/s and write them with 30MB/s. While it may not sound like an all too fast drive, one has to take the encryption into consideration. That is a tasking job for many processors alone, and the drive has it built-in.

The Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT USB3 Flash Drive is available now and the pricing starts at $49.99 for the 16GB model and 32Gb and 64GB will be available as well.

Thanks to Patriot for providing us with this information

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Biostar Announce Latest Quad-Core Powered Mini-ITX Motherboard

As the name suggest, this is the second motherboard from Biostar using the J1900 Celeron CPU. We’ve seen the low profile version a little while ago, and now Biostar has unveiled the more versatile version for home theatre use. They also say that gaming shouldn’t be a problem on it, but I suspect they don’t mean top titles in full details.

The on-board quad-core J19000 Intel Celeron processor runs at 2 GHz and has a burst up to 2.41 GHz. It has 2MB L2 Cache and uses a max of 10 watts. The iGPU runs at 688 MHz base and has a maximum frequency of 854 MHz with support for DirectX 11 and HDCP. The motherboard supports two DDR3 SO-DIMM modules up to 1333 MHz up to 8GB, allowing for a total of 16 GB RAM.

Connections wise this tiny board has a lot to offer; it has two SATA2 ports and headers for printer, serial and USB 2.0 connections. It also has 2 system fan connectors if the passive design should run too hot for you or you just want to be on the safe side. The IO panel has separate PS2 connectors for keyboard and mouse and four USB 2.0 ports. It also has a single USB 3 port for the high-speed file transfers. The RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port is powered by the RTL8111G and the on-board 5.1 sound is powered by the Realtec ALC662 Audio chip. It has both HDMI and VGA output to allow for older and newer hookups, and the motherboard also has a single PCI-Express x4 connector for further extensions with add-on cards.

The 1900NH2 also features two things I find awesome; the first is the Moisture-proof PCB design that allows you to use it in very humid places such as coastal and rural areas or outside-kiosks. Besides the moisture-proof PCB design it also has Electrostatic Discharge protection (ESD) against accidental electricity charges from user’s touching areas of the board or when connecting and disconnecting devices such as flash drives.

Being a Biostar motherboard it also supports the SmartSpeedLAN software for QoS and uses the solid eXtreme Durable Capacitors (X.D.C). It also has the newest BIOS version that allows for direct online updating and it supports the BIO-Remote2 for remote control via Android or Apple devices. The motherboard is available and sells for £62.95 on Amazon among other popular retailers.

Thank you Biostar for providing us with these information

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QNAP Releases New NAS Products Featuring Quad-core Intel Celeron CPU’s

QNAP announced the release of the new tower-based Turbo NAS TS-x53 Pro series (available in 2, 4, 6, 8-bay) and the 2.5”-drive SS-x53 Pro series (4 and 8-bay) that provide a powerful and reliable solution for data storage and mission-critical business applications for small and medium businesses. Coupled with exclusive QvPC Technology, these new series can serve as cost-effective PC substitutes that enable direct access to stored data, real-time surveillance monitoring with local display, XBMC digital entertainment, and more.

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series is powered by a quad-core Intel® Celeron® 2.0GHz processor with burst speed up to 2.41GHz and 8GB/4GB/2GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB), supports 2 or 4 LAN ports that provide up to 400MB/s read & write speeds in port trunking mode, and achieves 70+MB/s read & write AES-256bit encryption performance. “The new models deliver high performance that maintains smooth system operations even during intensive data access,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “The high-quality hardware also provides the power for users to operate multiple virtual machines using QNAP Virtualization Station, transcode Full HD videos in real-time or offline, and enhance their business productivity with SMB features built-in,” added Hsu.

QNAP’s exclusive QvPC Technology consolidates a number of high-end technologies including VM integration, multimedia transcoding, HDMI output, cloud integration and NAS connection technologies, allowing users to operate the TS/SS-x53 Pro series as a PC when they plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor. With QvPC Technology, the TS/SS-x53 Pro series is transformed into a cost-effective device with PC functionalities for users to directly access stored data on the NAS, run multiple applications using Windows/Linux/UNIX/Android-based VMs, surf the web on Google Chrome, enjoy Full HD videos with up to 7.1 channel audio with XBMC, monitor the Surveillance Station in real time with local display, and much more.

Users can install the Virtualization Station from the QTS App Center to extend the functionality of the TS/SS-x53 Pro series by operating multiple Windows, Linux and UNIX-based VMs. Virtualization Station offers numerous functions including snapshot, VM import/export, dedicated LAN ports, user permissions, and more. Users can conveniently operate VMs as remote desktops via web browsers for instant management or troubleshooting.

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series, with integrated hardware acceleration, provides superior real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding capabilities to convert videos on-the-fly or in the background to universal formats that can be smoothly played on computers and mobile devices. In the event of limited Internet bandwidth, users can still enjoy smooth videos by selecting lower resolutions to play the videos via File Station, Video Station, or the Qfile mobile app. The TS/SS-x53 Pro series allows multiple users to simultaneously watch different videos stored on it without affecting the performance of other running applications. “This powerful transcoding feature makes the new series perfect for organizations where videos are at the heart of their daily work or digital offerings, increasing their productivity and providing higher-quality videos near-instantly,” added Hsu.

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series has a range of comprehensive business applications and is ideal for SMBs to build a secure private cloud. It supports VMware®, Microsoft® and Citrix® virtualization solutions to simplify virtual storage management. The cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX users makes the TS/SS-x53 Pro series an ideal centralized storage solution for organizations with a large number of users. The support for Windows AD, LDAP directory services and Windows ACL improves the efficiency of permission settings. The TS/SS-x53 Pro series can also act as a domain controller for Windows, and offers flexible backup solutions for Windows® and Mac® users and disaster recovery solutions including RTRR, rsync and cloud storage backup. The IT Management Station (powered by Mandriva® Pulse) provides an IT system management solution for businesses of all sizes to centrally manage multi-OS and multi-site IT assets. With the unique Signage Station, business users can easily create animated content and advertisements for promoting their services.

Featuring a scalable design, the TS/SS-x53 Pro series allows administrators to connect a QNAP expansion enclosure (UX-500P or UX-800P) to increase the total storage capacity to 96TB with multiple volumes (varies by models). The UX-500P and UX-800P tower expansion enclosures offer SMBs with budget-friendly options to expand their storage capacity on demand to fulfill storage-intensive applications such as video surveillance, data archiving, TV broadcast storage, and for backing-up the entire content of the connected Turbo NAS.

The TS-x53 Pro series

  • TS-253 Pro: 2-bay tower model
  • TS-453 Pro: 4-bay tower model
  • TS-653 Pro: 6-bay tower model
  • TS-853 Pro: 8-bay tower model
  • Quad-core Intel® Celeron® 2.0 GHz processor (burst up to 2.41GHz) with Virtualization Technology (VT-x), 8GB or 2GB DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB); 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable; 3 x USB 3.0; 2 x Gigabit LAN ports (TS-253 Pro) / 4 x Gigabit LAN ports (TS-453 Pro, TS-653 Pro, TS-853 Pro); 1 x HDMI; LCD panel (TS-453 Pro, TS-653 Pro, TS-853 Pro)

The SS-x53 Pro series

  • SS-453 Pro: 4-bay tower model
  • SS-853 Pro: 8-bay tower model
  • Quad-core Intel® Celeron® 2.0 GHz processor (burst up to 2.41GHz) with VT-x, 4GB DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB); 2.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable; 3 x USB 3.0; 2 x Gigabit LAN ports (SS-453 Pro) / 4 x Gigabit LAN ports (SS-853 Pro); 1 x HDMI; LCD panel (SS-853 Pro)

The new TS-x53 Pro and SS-x53 Pro Turbo NAS series are available now or on route to your favourite QNAP reseller.

Thank you QNAP for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of QNAP.

Asus PG278Q ROG Swift 27″ 144Hz Gaming Monitor Is Here and Priced

It has been a long wait since January when Asus first presented us with this new monitor, and now the time has arrived. The brand new Asus ROG PG278Q ROG Swift 27″ G-Sync 144Hz widescreen gaming monitor will be available from tomorrow.

The monitor is being praised as “Quite possibly the best gaming monitor ever made” and is ideally suited to NVIDIA graphics cards with 3D Vision 2.0 and G-Sync technology. This monitor runs at a staggering 2560×1440 resolution with 144Hz technology and a 1ms response time, and that using the latest in TN technology. The refresh rate can be switched between 60, 120 and 144 Hz via on-screen buttons.

The 27″ monitor only features one display port as input, but it does have a two-port USB 3.0 hub as well. The monitor offers 16million colours and has a brightness of 350cd/m². The viewing angle is 170/160 degrees horizontal/vertical. It’s a non-glossy panel and the bezel is only 6mm. It also allows for tilt, swivel and pivot and of course has vesa mounts (100×100 mm).

Overclockers UK is ready as usual and has it listed with an ETA tomorrow and at a price of £695.99 inc VAT. A hefty pricetag for a monitor, but also a great one. Personally I would have liked more input options on a monitor of this grade.

Images courtesy Asus.