Posted: 15 Jan 2016 04:13 PM PST
Israeli manufacturer of computer boards for embedded systems Compulab has unveiled Airtop, its latest miniature fanless PC that relies on natural air flow to stay completely silent.
Fanless desktop PCs don’t represent a novelty, it’s just that until now they weren’t built with impressive components, and they certainly didn’t come in such a ridiculously small form factor. Launched in three different versions that have different applications, Compulab’s Airtop fanless desktop PC is firm proof that it’s possible to have a dead-silent computer without having to spend a lot on sound dampening materials.
“Compulab’s key corporate-value is innovation” said Gideon Yampolsky, Compulab CEO. “For several years we have been researching a new concept of natural air-flow (NAF) cooling and for the last 3 years we developed Airtop as a practical implementation of the technology. It is noteworthy that Airtop’s cooling capacity surpasses that of similar active cooling desktops. However, the real breakthrough in NAF technology is its scalability. Unlike conventional fanless cooling that scales with surface area, NAF scales with volume, making it an effective solution for many real-world cooling problems."
Airtop relies on a patent-pending passive-cooling system that’s based on natural airflow. Thus, it is able to dissipate up to 200W of thermal power, much more than what the energy-saving components it has could ever produce. Airtop-W is powered by an Intel Xeon Processor E3 and a full-height NVIDIA Quadro M4000, suggesting that it’s meant to be used as a workstation. Airtop-S, on the other hand, has the same CPU, but comes with 32GB ECC RAM, 4 HDDs in RAID and 6 Gbit Ethernet ports, fact that indicates at its application as a server. Airtop-G, which is running on an Intel Core i7 CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce 950 GPU, is meant for living-room entertainment or gaming. On top of these all, there’s an Airtop-DIY that comes without a CPU. All models can come with Linux Mint or Windows pre-installed, or can be offered without any OS.
“Compulab believes users should have the freedom to fit their computer to their exact needs, and Airtop is our most user-friendly computer to-date” added Irad Stavi, Chief Product Officer at Compulab. “It was very important to us to allow users to choose hardware, install and upgrade it at will. Too often, passive-cooling stands in the way of easy service, so Airtop is noteworthy for addressing the challenge of excellent serviceability of a fanless system.”
Compulab is already taking pre-orders, and the miniature fanless PCs are expected to ship in Q1 ’16. As such, Airtop-DIY starts from $1,128, Airtop-S will start at $1,810, Airtop-G starts at $1,968, and last but definitely not least, Airtop-W will cost upward of $2,999. All Airtop models come with a 5-year warranty.
For more details about these fantastic fanless PCs, head over to the manufacturer’s website. There you’ll find the complete technicals specs, along with comprehensive explanations of how the NAF cooling system works.
Posted: 15 Jan 2016 01:28 PM PST
What better way to get ready for the next summer’s picnics than with a Coolest cooler? Walyou Deals has a giveaway in progress, and the prize is a multifunctional device that’ll make your getaways much more enjoyable.
Looking for the summer? Well, when it arrives to the Northern hemisphere, you’d better be out in the open, with a cool beer by your side, music gently playing in the background and your phone charged. You know, just in case there is an emergency and people need to get in touch with you. The Coolest cooler seems like the perfect device to do all of these functions and more. If you’d like to know how to win now, carry on with the reading.
The Coolest cooler, initially a very successful Kickstarter project that I wrote about here, seems to be the ideal companion for outdoor parties. Backers were supposed to get it in February 2015, but a strike at the blending motor supplier’s factory delayed that quite a lot, and the cooler ended up being sold on Amazon for $499 before being shipped to the people that actually helped crowdfund it. That’s just a bit of information, and it shouldn’t affect the way you regard this giveaway, as Coolest is in no way affiliated with this contest.
First of all, it features a high performance blender that you could use for preparing all sorts of cocktails. If you’re intending to drive, though, make sure you don’t add any alcohol to those refreshments. Secondly, it has a built-in Bluetooth speaker with Party Pairing, so that all of the party attendants can get to play their favorite songs, without having to endure other people’s choices endlessly.
Next, Coolest sports a USB charger for keeping all sorts of mobile devices fully charged for when you’ll need them. After all, the smartphones and tablets that you’ll use for streaming music don’t have infinite battery life, now do they?
The LED lid light will help you find whatever bottles you are looking for. On top of that, there is a cooler divider that also doubles as a cutting board for salads or fruits you may want to add to the cocktails. The bottle opener should also come in hand at some point, since you wouldn’t use Coolest exclusively for canned juice. The manufacturer included an accessory deck and a 20V rechargeable Lithium battery that should prove to be very reliable in the long run. Coolest’s ergonomic design and durable materials will ensure that you have this cooler with you for many summers to come.
To enter the sweepstakes, head over to Walyou Deals, log into your account or create one if you don’t have one already, and make sure you meet the conditions for both entering and winning the Coolest Cooler. The giveaway will end in about one month, and the winner will be announced at that point.
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