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2021 Kingston Limited Edition Mini Cow USB Drive!

To celebrate 2021, Kingston just launched the Limited Edition Mini Cow USB flash drive! Take a look at this cutesy USB drive!

 

2021 Kingston Limited Edition Mini Cow USB Drive!

The 2021 Kingston Limited Edition Mini Cow USB drive is one of the 12 collectible designs from their New Year USB Flash Drive – Mini Collection.

For over a decade now, Kingston has introduce a specially-designed USB drive, inspired by the animals of the Chinese zodiac.

This year’s flash drive features an adorable cow figurine that’s encased in a unique milk bottle package. Definitely something unique!

The Mini Cow USB drive itself features a cute, ovular-shaped design that “embodies joy, fullness and prosperity”. It even comes with a keychain ring that turns it into a personal lucky charm!

This particular bovine lucky charm has a storage capacity of 64 GB, and USB 3.2 Gen 1 performance. That’s basically good old USB 3.0 – with a maximum speed of 5 Gbps.

 

2021 Kingston Limited Edition Mini Cow : Key Specifications

Here are its key specifications :

  • Storage Capacity : 64 GB
  • Speed : USB 3.0 (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
  • Dimensions : 43.16 x 28.96 x 27.31 mm
  • Warranty : 5-year warranty with free technical support
  • Compatibility : Windows 7 (SP1) onwards, macOS 10.10.x onwards, Linux 2.6.x onwards, Chrome OS

 

2021 Kingston Limited Edition Mini Cow : Price + Availability

The 2021 Kingston Limited Edition Mini Cow USB drive is available starting 21 January 2021, with a recommended retail price of RM 89, which is about US$22 / £16 / A$28 / S$29.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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HUAWEI MateDock 2 : A Nifty Little USB-C Dongle!

Bundled with the new HUAWEI MateBook X Pro is the HUAWEI MateDock 2 – a nifty little USB-C dongle. Let’s take a closer look!

 

HUAWEI MateDock 2 : A Nifty Little USB-C Dongle!

Ultra-thin laptops like the new HUAWEI MateBook X Pro have limited ports by necessity. Ports require space and more critically, will force the laptop to be thicker.

So, the solution is to move the ports off to a separate portable device – a dongle like the HUAWEI MateDock 2.

The HUAWEI MateDock 2 is a slimmer evolution of the original MateDock, offering two display output ports and two different USB ports in a handy little dongle.

Available only in the white colour, the MateDock 2 connects to your computer’s USB Type C port, and offers these ports :

  • USB Type A : supports USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 drives
  • USB Type C : supports USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 drives
  • HDMI 2.0 : supports video resolution up to 3840 x 2160 (30 Hz) or 2160 x 1440 (60 Hz)
  • VGA : supports WUXGA resolution up to 1920 x 1200 (60 Hz)

 

HUAWEI MateDock 2 : Specifications

Specifications HUAWEI MateDock 2
Input USB Type C connector
Output 1 x USB Type C port
1 x USB Type A port
1 x HDMI 2.0 port
1 x VGA port
HDMI Support

3840 x 2160 @ 30 Hz
2160 x 1440 @ 60 Hz
1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz

VGA Support

Up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz

Material Plastic
Dimensions 58.9 mm wide
71.8 mm tall
14.5 mm thick
Weight 75 g (maximum)

 

HUAWEI MateDock 2 : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI MateDock 2 is bundled FREE with selected HUAWEI laptops, including the new HUAWEI MateBook X Pro. But here are some online purchase options (prices accurate as of 12 May 2020) :

Malaysia : RM 130.10 | RM 169.99 | RM 179RM 180.76 | RM 197.68

Singapore : S$65 | S$73.90 | S$89

United Kingdom : £44.53

 

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Kingston IronKey D300S Encrypted USB Drive Launched!

Kingston Technology just introduced an improved version of their D300 encrypted USB drive – the Kingston IronKey D300S. Find out what’s new and improved in the Kingston D300S encrypted USB drive!

 

The Kingston IronKey D300S Encrypted USB Drive Launched!

The new Kingston IronKey D300S encrypted USB drive introduces two new features to enhance its advanced level of security and ability to safeguard sensitive data.

Serialised Drive

IronKey D300S will have a unique serial number and bar code on the drive itself that allows network administrators to read or scan the code instead of plugging it into the drive.

When a drive is deployed, returned or during any physical auditing or asset management of hardware, this feature will make the process more efficient and streamlined.

Virtual Keyboard

The second feature, a virtual keyboard will enable users to enter a password with clicks of the mouse instead of a physical keyboard. It provides a greater level of protection against any possible keylogging when using D300S on other computers.

“We’re not content on standing pat with any of our products, no matter how good they are,” said Kingston “The data protection provided by IronKey D300 is already top notch, and we’ve listened to requests from our customers. These two enhancements in the D300 series add to its industry-leading data-protection capabilities. With Kingston’s 30-plus years of expertise in quality technology solutions behind it, along with the latest NAND Flash memory and controller technology, users of any D300 drive can rest assure that their confidential data and information are well protected from the risks and threats associated with loss, theft, or stolen digital devices.”

 

Kingston IronKey D300S Price + Availability

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The new Kingston IronKey D300S drives will also be available as a Managed model (D300SM) that requires IronKey EMS or SafeConsole by DataLocker , allowing central management of drive access and usage across thousands of drives.

This will be the first IronKey drive that will be supported on SafeConsole, thus enabling it to be used by customers who already have it installed.

IronKey D300SM will be available in the first quarter of 2019.

 

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256 GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive Now Available!

Hot on the heels of its recent unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES 2018), Western Digital is pleased to announce that the new 256 GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive, the world’s smallest 256GB USB flash drive, is now available in Malaysia.

 

The 256 GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive

The new 256 GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive is a low-profile USB drive for people who want to add more photos, videos, games and audio files to their notebooks, tablets, TVs, gaming consoles and car audio systems.

With 256 GB of storage capacity, people have the flexibility to keep more content at their fingertips – approximately, 14,000 photos, 10 hours of full HD video and 16,000 songs, with 64 GB still available for files.

Below are more features of the SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive:

  • World’s smallest 256 GB USB 3.1 flash drive
  • High-speed USB 3.1 performance enables write speeds up to 15X faster than standard USB 2.0 drives – A full-length movie can be transferred to the drive in less than 30 seconds
  • Warranty: 5-year limited warranty

 

SanDisk Ultra Fit Price & Availability

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The SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 flash drives are available in storage capacities from 16 GB to 256 GB. Their MSRP prices are :

Customers will also receive a free SanDisk travel pack when they purchase the SanDisk Ultra Fit (64GB and above) at 11street, Shopee, Lazada, from now onwards, while stock lasts.

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The Transcend StoreJet 200 For Mac Revealed!

Transcend Information Inc. just announced the StoreJet 200 for Mac portable hard drive. This is a large capacity and lightweight drive for Mac devices.

 

The Transcend StoreJet 200 For Mac

Featuring the USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface, a USB Type-C connector, and pre-formatted with the HFS+ file system, the Transcend StoreJet 200 is ready to go right out of the package.

Lightweight and capacious

Transcend’s StoreJet 200 for Mac is only 9.95 mm thick and weighs in at just 133 g. Yet, the StoreJet 200 for Mac comes with a storage capacity of 2TB.

Stylish and speedy

Enclosed in a sleek aluminum housing, the StoreJet 200 for Mac features a classic silver color, CNC-finished edges, and sturdy industrial design. In addition, it utilizes the high speed USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface and USB Type-C port.

Both a USB Type-C cable and a USB Type-C to Type-A cable are included in the package to ensure that it will work with all MacBook, Macbook Pro, and iMac models.

Native formatting in HFS+

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The StoreJet 200 for Mac is factory formatted with the HFS+ file system, allowing it to be used right out of the box with Time Machine. Users can select it as a backup destination directly without worrying about the storage capacity.

Advanced Transcend Elite software

Transcend Elite is an advanced software suite compatible with both macOS and Windows that features powerful and user-friendly applications, such as backup and restore, data encryption, and cloud backup that help users manage data and increase productivity.

Warranty

The Transcend StoreJet 200 for Mac portable hard drive is backed by Transcend’s three-year limited warranty.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive

24 February 2017Western Digital Corporation, a global storage technology and solutions leader, today announced its fastest, high-capacity USB flash drive to date with the launch of its high-performance 256GB* SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive. The new drive delivers the speed, capacity, and reliability of an SSD in the convenient form factor of a small USB flash drive, and is ideal for creative professionals, tech enthusiasts, or anyone who creates and shares massive files.

A game-changer in the USB storage category, the drive is capable of read speeds up to 420MB/s and write speeds up to 380MB/s. With its unprecedented speeds, you can transfer full-length 4K movie to the drive in less than 15 seconds. With its USB 3.1 interface, people can rapidly access and move files on the go, without having to worry about a cable. The new drive also features a sophisticated design with a durable aluminum metal casing and a retractable connector for ultimate style and reliability.

 

“The combination of SSD performance and a compact USB form factor offers the ultimate performance and convenience for moving files easily and quickly,” said Peter Mah, regional director of SanDisk APAC marketing for Western Digital Corporation. “With its increased capacity and blazing speeds, the SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive is our sleekest, most powerful SanDisk USB device yet.”

The SanDisk Extreme PRO Solid State Flash Drive is available up to 256GB, giving consumers plenty of room to manage large files. For added file protection, it includes the SanDisk SecureAccess software, which offers 128-bit file encryption and password protection. The drive also comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Pricing and Availability

The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive is now available in Malaysia in capacities of 128GB and 256GB with MSRPs of MYR 469 / ~US$ 104 and MYR 769 / US$ 170, respectively.

 

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I/O Interface Security from The Tech ARP BIOS Guide

I/O Interface Security

Common Options : Locked, Unlocked

 

Quick Review of I/O Interface Security

The I/O Interface Security BIOS feature is mainly found in mobile PCs like laptops and netbooks. It gives you direct control over the availability of various interfaces in the computer.

The interfaces you can control with this BIOS feature include :

  • Audio Interface – when locked, it disables the onboard audio interface and prevents the use of microphones or earphones.
  • Modem Interface – enables or disables the onboard modem
  • LAN Network Interface – enables or disables the onboard LAN functionality
  • Wireless Network Interface – enables or disables the onboard WLAN functionality
  • SATA ODD – when locked, prevents data from being burned into CD/DVD (using a CD/DVD writer)
  • eSATA Port – when locked, prevents data from being copied out to an external eSATA hard disk drive or an external CD/DVD writer.
  • Express Card Interface – enables or disables the built-in Express Card interface
  • Card Reader Interface – enables or disables the built-in flash memory card reader
  • 1394 Interface – enables or disables the built-in IEEE1394a (Firewire) interface
  • USB Interface – enables or disables the built-in USB ports

To enable or disable those interfaces, you can select between the Locked or Unlocked options. By default, all available interfaces are unlocked. Of course, the BIOS must be secured using a password for the locks to work. Otherwise, anyone can simply unlock these interfaces using the same BIOS feature.

In addition, the I/O Interface Security BIOS feature can only lock onboard devices. It cannot lock external devices. In the case of a desktop PC, this BIOS feature cannot be used to lock extra interfaces provided by add-on cards.

 

Details of I/O Interface Security

The I/O Interface Security BIOS feature is mainly found in mobile PCs like laptops and netbooks. It gives you direct control over the availability of various interfaces in the computer. The interfaces you can control with this BIOS feature include :

  • Audio Interface – when locked, it disables the onboard audio interface and prevents the use of microphones or earphones.
  • Modem Interface – enables or disables the onboard modem
  • LAN Network Interface – enables or disables the onboard LAN functionality
  • Wireless Network Interface – enables or disables the onboard WLAN functionality
  • SATA ODD – when locked, prevents data from being burned into CD/DVD (using a CD/DVD writer)
  • eSATA Port – when locked, prevents data from being copied out to an external eSATA hard disk drive or an external CD/DVD writer.
  • Express Card Interface – enables or disables the built-in Express Card interface
  • Card Reader Interface – enables or disables the built-in flash memory card reader
  • 1394 Interface – enables or disables the built-in IEEE1394a (Firewire) interface
  • USB Interface – enables or disables the built-in USB ports

To enable or disable those interfaces, you can select between the Locked or Unlocked options. By default, all available interfaces are unlocked.

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The I/O Interface Security BIOS feature is useful in many ways. For example, the USB, SATA ODD, eSATA, Express Card and card reader interfaces can be locked to prevent users from copying out any data from the notebook. Companies that wish to prevent their employees from surfing the Internet can use this BIOS feature to lock the WLAN, LAN and modem interfaces.

Of course, the BIOS must be secured using a password for the locks to work. Otherwise, anyone can simply unlock these interfaces using the same BIOS feature.

In addition, the I/O Interface Security BIOS feature can only lock onboard devices. It cannot lock external devices. For example, if you do not lock the Express Card interface, it would be possible to insert a flash card reader into the Express Card slot and use it to copy out data even if you had already disabled the card reader interface.

In the case of a desktop PC, this BIOS feature cannot be used to lock extra interfaces provided by add-on cards. For example, locking the USB interface will not disable the USB ports provided by an add-on PCI USB card. It will only disable the motherboard’s built-in USB ports and headers.

For those who are wondering what SATA ODD means, ODD is short for Optical Disk Drive. It refers to any SATA optical disk drives that uses the ATAPI command set. This includes both read-only and writeable optical disk drives.

 

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ASUS USB-AC68 WiFi Adapter Announced

5 September 2016ASUS today announced USB-AC68, a pocket-sized dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi USB 3.0 adapter with AC1900-class performance that offers an instant wireless networking upgrade for a laptop or desktop PC.

 

ASUS USB-AC68

With a 3×4 MIMO configuration and ASUS AiRadar beamforming for optimum reception, USB-AC68 delivers ultra-fast Wi-Fi performance — up to 1300Mbps on the 5GHz frequency band and 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.

The ASUS USB-AC68 has two internal antennas plus two external 3-position folding antennas that help improve reception in any environment. In order to remove potential data bottlenecks, USB-AC68 uses a USB 3.0 interface, which is up to 10 times (10X) faster than USB 2.0.

USB-AC68 has a stylish and futuristic design, featuring a black and red color scheme, and it comes with a handy cradle for desktop use.

 

Upgrade a laptop or desktop PC to ultra-fast Wi-Fi — instantly

Many laptops and desktop PCs are unable to take full advantage of the capabilities of modern 802.11ac routers, as they only have previous-generation Wi-Fi. With ASUS USB-AC68, users can enjoy an instant upgrade to the latest Wi-Fi standard simply by plugging it in to a spare USB port.

Delivering speeds of up to 1300Mbps on the 5GHz frequency band and 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, USB-AC68 offers faster-than-wired-networking speeds for smooth streaming and low-latency online gaming. Maximum performance is achieved when paired with an 802.11ac router, but USB-AC68 is fully backward-compatible with all previous Wi-Fi standards.

Flexible antenna configuration for optimum performance

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For wide coverage and stable reception, ASUS USB-AC68 has a 3×4 (3 transmit, 4 receive) MIMO configuration. It features two internal antennas, plus two additional external antennas that fold neatly into the body of the device. When the device is plugged directly into a USB port these 3-position antennas can be extended at 90° to the adapter body, and when it is used in the supplied desktop cradle they can be deployed at 180° to the adapter for optimum reception. These convenient folding antennas ensure that USB-AC68 is perfectly portable, yet delivers the best possible reception.

For the clearest signals and most stable connections, the ASUS AiRadar feature in USB-AC68 uses beamforming to focus signals towards the Wi-Fi source for better reception.

ASUS USB-AC68 is a USB 3.0 device with data-transfer speeds up to 10 times (10X) faster than USB 2.0, ensuring no data bottlenecks between the adapter and the computer. For flexibility it is also fully compatible with USB 2.0 ports.

 

USB-AC68 Pricing & Availability

 

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USB Zip Emulation – The BIOS Optimization Guide

USB Zip Emulation

Common Options : Enabled, Disabled

 

Quick Review

The USB Zip Emulation BIOS feature allows you to boot up off a USB Zip drive by making it emulate a floppy drive or hard drive.

When enabled, you can boot from any attached USB Zip drive, even in the absence of a USB driver.

When disabled, you will not be able to boot from any attached USB Zip drive. You can only access the Zip drive after a USB-compatible operating system has fully loaded with a USB driver.

If you intend to boot off your USB Zip drive, you must enable this BIOS feature. You should also enable this BIOS feature if you wish to access the Zip drive in the absence of a proper USB driver. Otherwise, you can leave it disabled.

 

Details

The USB Zip Emulation BIOS feature is a subset of the ARMD Emulation Type BIOS feature. It is not normally possible to boot off a USB Zip drive because a USB-compatible operating system must first boot up with the USB driver loaded, before any attached USB Zip drive can be accessible.

The USB Zip Emulation BIOS feature allows you to boot up off a USB Zip drive by making it emulate a floppy drive or hard drive.

When enabled, you can boot from any attached USB Zip drive, even in the absence of a USB driver.

When disabled, you will not be able to boot from any attached USB Zip drive. You can only access the Zip drive after a USB-compatible operating system has fully loaded with a USB driver.

If you intend to boot off your USB Zip drive, you must enable this BIOS feature. You should also enable this BIOS feature if you wish to access the Zip drive in the absence of a proper USB driver. For example, with operating systems that do not support USB (e.g. DOS). Otherwise, you can leave it disabled.

 

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WD My Passport Ultra 4TB Portable Drive Launched

01 August 2016 – Western Digital Corporation today announced the launch of its My Passport Ultra, and upcoming My Passport for Mac portable hard drives, with up to 4TB capacity, filling the need for people to physically carry massive personal collections of videos, photos and other content with them, in a device roughly the size of a smartphone.

The perfect blend of style and functionality, these My Passport portable hard drives meet the needs of today’s consumers with features people love like easy-to-use backup software, password protection and portable style in multiple colors, coupled with USB 3.0 connectivity.

Perfect for students, business people and general consumers on-the-go who prefer to carry their device with them, these My Passport portable hard drives are dependable, with easy-to-use WD Backup automatic backup software with cloud-ready Dropbox integration and 256-bit AES hardware encryption with password protection to help safeguard against unauthorized drive access. With these My Passport drives, it’s now easier than ever to have a content protection plan that fits everyone’s busy life.

“The increasingly mobile lifestyle has consumers capturing their lives with smartphones and high-resolution cameras, growing their personal content collections and creating demand for even more storage capacity,” says Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing, content solutions, Western Digital. “At WD, we’re committed to providing our consumers with space to take their digital lives with them through high-capacity and high-quality devices.”

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My Passport Ultra 4TB Pricing and Availability

My Passport Ultra 4TB portable hard drives have a 3-year limited warranty and are available at select retailers and distributed by Eternal Asia (M) Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the My Passport Ultra 4TB is RM699 / ~US$175.

 

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Team Group PD700 USB 3.1 Gen2 Portable SSD Launched

Team Group just announced PD700, a high speed external storage product. The Team Group PD700 has an unmatched high speed performance and an eye catching look. Its R&D, design, product quality and marketing are all highly praised by judges of the 2016 Taiwan Excellence Award and won the award out of 498 companies and 1,180 entries in the category of Computer Hardware & Peripherals.

In the generation of information explosion, ultra high capacity and an easy to carry compact size are the two must requirements for consumers’ mobile digital lifestyle. PD700 is using the latest USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface and the newest Type-c cable to provide a transfer speed of up to 10Gb/s.

With an ultra high capacity of 960GB, the Team Group PD700 offers users a fast and direct way to access, edit and transfer files or applications. Users are able to experience the sensation of a lightning fast performance without any lag problem. PD700 can also satisfy the need for high speed transfer and multimedia storage at any time. By making file sharing easier, important information is able to be completely stored instantly, offering an efficient digital mobile lifestyle to users.

With deep and wide range of expertise in R&D, and a combination of practical performance and charismatic design, Team Group has been continuously dedicated to satisfying the needs of our consumers in every aspect. Merging beauty and technology, PD700 offers an uncompromised perfection of the metal craftsmanship. It is using one entire piece of forged aluminum as basis of the process.

The exterior design is using Aluminum concentric circles and diamond cutting. Through diamond cutting technology, and with seven steps of metal anodization process, the concentric circles are made not only to display an absolute minimalist design, but also an exquisite craftsmanship.

In addition to the amazing transfer speed and the eye catching metal crafted exterior, PD700 is compact and lightweight. It is only a little larger than the size of a name card and weighs only 120g, which can be easily carried in a pocket.

It is also the perfect match for ultra slim laptops like Ultrabook, MacBook, etc. to create an ideal, slim and lightweight trend of stylish technology. The exquisite and compact size is convenient for users to carry around, and makes it a zero hassle and expandable multimedia database with high mobility that can store important files and precious memories at any time.

With the built-in solid state drive, PD700 not only can achieve the best transfer performance, but also offers an all-around protection for data with capabilities of noise resistance, shockproof and fall resistance, so data corruption or data loss caused by external factors while using can be avoided. Its unique, high quality and extreme speed performance, not only make it a highly praised winner of the 2016 Taiwan Excellence Award, but also consumer’s best partner when living in a high efficient digital mobile lifestyle.

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Team Group PD700 Specifications

 

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GELID ZenTree USB Charging Station Review

Smartphones and tablets are now so ubiquitous that most families own multiple devices. Charging them becomes a real problem. More so if you also own smartwatches or smartbands. You either use multiple chargers, or recharge them in turns. This is where USB charging stations come in. They allow multiple devices to be recharged at once.

Most are just glorified USB hubs that are used to supply power. But once in a while, you come across a really unique USB charging station that is not only functional and aesthetic pleasing, but also designed to quick charge your devices. We present the GELID ZenTree USB charging station!

 

GELID ZenTree Specifications

SpecificationsGELID ZenTree
Number of USB ports4
Maximum Output Current2.4 A per port
Maximum Power Output12 W per port
48 W total
Power Conversion Efficiency> 87%
Idle Power Consumption0.04 W
Dimensions224 mm wide x 159 mm deep x 95 mm high
Weight590 grams
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Unboxing The GELID ZenTree

The GELID ZenTree USB charging station comes in an attractive white retail box with a handle for easy transport. Be sure to check the bottom of the box for the plug type. GELID offers a choice of four different plug heads. This video takes you through our unboxing process.

Once you remove everything from the box, you should find the following items :
  • One GELID ZenTree USB charging station
  • One GELID ZenTree installation instruction sheet
  • Two cable holders (with double-sided tape applied)
  • Four micro USB cables (40 cm long)
  • One power cord (four plug type options)

Now, let’s take a closer look at the GELID ZenTree and check out how well it works!

Next Page > The GELID ZenTree, Fast & Smart Charging, 3D Tree Array

 

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The GELID ZenTree USB Charging Station

The GELID ZenTree USB charging station is made up of a base unit that contains the USB charging ports, and a unique 3D tree array lid with with a removable silicone rubber cover. The lid is secured by two locks that allow for quick access to the USB ports inside.

The four micro USB cables (provided in the package) allow you to charge up to four devices simultaneously. If you have Apple devices though, you will need to use your own Lightning cables, as the GELID ZenTree does not come with any Lightning cable. This video shows you how to install and use the GELID ZenTree USB charging station.

Now, the GELID ZenTree is not just a fancy powered USB hub. Let’s take a closer look at the GELID ZenTree’s key features.

 

Fast & Smart Charging

The four USB ports in the GELID ZenTree are not ordinary USB 2.0 ports. They can deliver up to 2.4 A of current simultaneously. Standard USB 2.0 ports can only deliver up to 1.5 A of current. This means the ZenTree can potentially recharge your mobile devices 60% faster than if you used an ordinary USB 2.0 port.

Of course, that high output is only part of the story. The ZenTree has a smart chip that automatically negotiates the best charging current for the device. This ensures the most efficient charging speed, while helping to extend the lifespan of the device’s battery. The GELID ZenTree is about 87% efficient in converting power from an AC source into the DC power for the USB ports.

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3D Tree Array

The 3D tree array is not only aesthetically-pleasing, it accommodates devices of all sizes in any position. You can also loop the cables around the “trees”.

The 3D tree array is covered with a layer of green silicone rubber. This soft anti-slip layer not only protects your smartphones and tablets from being scratched, it also prevents your devices from slipping off. This silicone rubber layer even peels off for easy cleaning.

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Space Saving

The first thing we realised after using it was how much desktop space it saved us. Take a look at these before and after photos we took of our mobile lab.

In the first picture, you can see five devices – the Samsung Galaxy S6, the ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser, the ASUS ZenFone Zoom, the honor 5X and the ASUS ZenPad 7.0. That is how we used to arrange them, and they take turns sharing two USB cables running off two separate chargers.

Once we mounted those devices on the GELID ZenTree, they took up far less space. In fact, when we stacked the ZenTree on top of our KVM switch, that really freed up a lot of desktop space!

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Our Verdict

The GELID ZenTree USB charging station is really useful for those who have many mobile devices. It gives us four high-current USB charging ports in a very unique design. You will either love the bright green colour and organic design, or you won’t. But you will definitely appreciate the convenience of being able to charge four devices simultaneously.

It is also important to point out that the ZenTree uses a Smart IC to automatically control the charging current. This is important because it ensures fast and safe charging, as well as better battery lifespan. It really pays to invest in quality USB chargers.

We like the click-lock design which allows for quick access to the USB ports, as well as the removable silicone rubber cover. It speaks of attention to detail, something which is lacking in many other products. In fact, we like the GELID ZenTree so much, we think it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, GELID!

 

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Team Group Mini Block & AmaZinc Drives Launched

Team Group Inc. today announced the release of the all new rectangular compact Mini Block USB drive C157/C156, and the AmaZinc USB drive C162/C161 which are made with a combination of two conflicting elements, tough metal and soft colors.

The body of both C157/C156 and C162/C161 are well built with high quality matte metal. The high quality and tough Zinc Alloy material gives them a low key luxurious feel and a durable micromachining. Capless design eliminates the problem of losing the cap.

Team Group Mini Block Drives

C157/C156 are respectively using USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces. The Mini Block USB drive offers high quality, low key luxurious titanium black and elegant misty silver with trendy micromachining. C157/C156 provide 16~64GB and 8~64GB in capacity for consumers to choose from according to their personal preference.

They not only support various types of car audio system with built in USB ports, it is also a space saver on the car, allowing you to easily enjoy a wonderful musical feast even while you on the move.

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Team Group AmaZinc Drives

C162 is using the fastest USB 3.1 gen 1(USB3.0) interface to suit our performance seeking business users and enthusiastic players. By cleverly combining the toughness of Zinc Alloy and the softness of the mysterious black color, the beauty of integration from two different materials can be brought out ingeniously.

C161 is using USB 2.0 transfer interface and aiming at mainstream users. In appearance, it is using the color combination of Minimalist White and Active Blue to add young and lively elements to the design, so it is closer to the needs of major consumers. AmaZinc USB drives also improve the convenience of users by adding an ergonomic structure design at both sides of the bottom for even easier, more comfortable use.

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5 Awesome Technologies Designed by Malaysians

It’s a little known fact that a team of engineers from the Malaysia Design Center (MDC) of Intel Malaysia lived out the Malaysia Boleh spirit, bringing to life ideas that have shaped the world that we live in!

As MDC celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, Intel Malaysia would love to share with us more details of the great work that they do in shaping the future every single day. Here are the 5 awesome technologies designed by Malaysians working at the MDC.

 

5 Awesome Technologies Designed By Malaysians

 

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TRENDnet USB-C Adapters Launched

TORRANCE, Calif. – Mar. 22, 2016 – TRENDnet announced today the launch of its USB-C product line. The new line will feature three USB-C adapters for HDMI, VGA, and Gigabit Ethernet.

“TRENDnet is committed to developing reliable products to improve user connectivity, and our line of USB-C adapters is designed to keep users up-to-date with the new USB connector standard,” said Sonny Su, technology director at TRENDnet. “The new USB-C line allows users to take advantage of improved data transfer speeds and more power, while extending the life of current devices.”

The Type-C port and connector are extremely compact and feature a reversible connector orientation. The new USB-C technology and connector support lightning-fast transfer speeds, and feature an increased power output. All TRENDnet USB-C products are conveniently powered by the computer’s USB port, and are Windows and Mac compatible.

[adrotate banner=”4″]USB-C to HDMI 4K UHD Display Adapter, model TUC-HDMI (Amazon)

  • Extend or mirror your computer’s display to a 4K monitor or HDTV
  • Flawless video with high speed USB Type-C to HDMI connection
  • Max resolution: 3840 x 2160 resolution at 30 Hz

USB-C to VGA HDTV Adapter, model TUC-VGA (Amazon)

  • Extend or mirror your computer’s display to a projector, monitor or HDTV
  • Flawless video with high speed USB Type-C to VGA connection
  • Max resolution: 1920 x 1200 resolution at 60 Hz

USB-C to Gigabit Adapter, model TUC-ETG

  • Adds a Gigabit Ethernet port to your computer
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Type-C port

 

TRENDnet USB-C Pricing & Availability

TRENDnet’s USB-C to HDMI Adapter, model TUC-HDMI (Amazon), and the USB-C to VGA Adapter, model TUC-VGA (Amazon), will be available worldwide through major retailers and other authorized TRENDnet partners later this month.

The MSRP for TUC-HDMI is USD $32.99.
The MSRP for TUC-VGA is USD $29.99.

TRENDnet’s USB-C to Gigabit Adapter, model TUC-ETG, will be available in late July.

 

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Sharkoon QuickPort USB Type C Docking Station Launched

Sharkoon expands its range of docking stations and introduces the fastest QuickPort to the product family, which thanks to USB 3.1, offers a data transfer rate of up to 10 gigabits per second.

The Sharkoon QuickPort USB 3.1 Type C is a compact docking station for convenient connection of a SATA hard drive to a PC or laptop. With USB 3.1 support, the QuickPort offers a transfer rate of up to 10 gigabits per second and is backwards compatible to USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. The docking station is suitable for a 2.5″ HDD/SSD or a 3.5″ hard drive, which slides easily into the drive bay of the QuickPort.

Installation is also simple; your operating system recognizes the QuickPort without having to install a driver. If there is no hard drive inserted, a spring-loaded flap protects the inside against dust and dirt. The internal SATA interface of the docking station supports SATA Revision 3.0 and is backwards compatible to previous SATA Revisions.

[adrotate banner=”4″]A status LED on the front indicates operation and data transfer. The on/off switch is located on the back, along with the power inlet and USB the USB 3.1 Type C port for connecting to a computer. A USB 3.1 cable (Type A plug to Type C plug) and a power adapter is included, as well.

Fittingly, Sharkoon also introduces a new expansion card: The Sharkoon USB 3.1 Host Controller Card Type A+C conveniently expands a PC with two USB 3.1 ports. Here, both a Type A port and Type C port are available. Each port provides a transfer rate of up to 10 gigabits per second.

The PCIe expansion card supports PCIe 2.0 x2 as well as PCIe 3.0 x1 and is backwards compatible to USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. An internal SATA power inlet provides the necessary power supply. Windows 7, 8 and 10 operating systems are supported.

 

Sharkoon Quick Port Price & Availability

The Sharkoon QuickPort USB 3.1 Type C is available now for the suggested retail price of 39.99 euros from authorized retailers. The Sharkoon USB 3.1 Host Controller Card Type A+C is also now available for the suggested retail price of 29.99 euros.

 

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