Is your next PC a workstation?

If you’re a graphics professional, like a CAD designer or a 3D artist, or if you work with massive data sets, you’ll need more power — and that’s when you can look at getting a workstation.

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Is your Next PC a Workstation?
If you’re a graphics professional, like a CAD designer or a 3D artist, or if you work with massive data sets, you’ll need more power — and that’s when you can look at getting a workstation. Workstations differ from PCs in a few key ways, with a focus on performance and reliability. These machines must be able to perform demanding tasks, and they must be able to do it for long periods of time. That’s why workstations are usually built to last, with more durable parts, have optimized GPUs, CPUs with multiple cores, and SSDs for faster as well as more dependable performance. One problem with traditional workstations is that they’re massive towers that take up a lot of desk space. They can also run hot and loud when the workload gets heavy. That’s where the HP Z2 Mini G3 comes in.
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The HP Z2 Mini G3 may be Small, but this workstati on is Certified for real work
The Z2 Mini was specifically designed for professionals in mind, from designers to 3D artists to engineers. The Z2 Mini may be small, but it’s proven for work. 368,000 hours of testing have gone into this machine, and the Z2 Mini is certified for use with over 20 professional applications, including AutoCAD, Solidworks and Vectorworks. It’s the world’s first mini workstation designed for CAD users. The Z2 Mini can be outfitted with NVIDIA’s Quadro M620 GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory for demanding 3D modeling and rendering. The workstation can be configured with current and next generation Intel Core and Intel Xeon CPUs for workstation performance. You can equip the Z2 Mini with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, more than enough for most professionals, and a 1.5TB HP Z Turbo Drive SSD for rapid boot up, file loading and app response times. The Z2 Mini supports up to six displays for the ultimate work desk, four native and two additional with daisy chaining. The top lid can be detached and the internals easily upgraded. There are multiple outputs for DisplayPort, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports, and four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, so you won’t be reaching for dongles with this workstation. The Z2 Mini is 90 percent smaller than a traditional business-class tower, at 216 × 216 × 58mm that means it’s shorter than a standard cup of coffee! Its small size means it can be mounted almost anywhere, from under your desk, to the back of a monitor, or even on a VESA arm. The uniquely shaped octagonal chassis comes with custom designed fans and cooling system for quiet performance. Heat vents on the corners of the machine are designed to withstand blockage caused by loose papers, so it always runs cool. If you earn a living using your PC doing graphics or data intensive work, then perhaps upgrading your PC from a desktop to a workstation is for you. If you value both performance and design in a minimal chassis that saves space, then check out the new HP Z2 Mini G3.
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Pict ures killspencer, plantronics, razer, holdfast
1. The strap comes back
Killspencer has brought back something that’s been missing on mobile phones for a long time: a strap. If you’re old enough to remember polyphonic ringtones, you’ll remember that most mobile phones in the old days had a strap for you to secure it. The Snap Case for iPhone brings it back in style, on a case that’s made of full grain leather. Killspencer Snap Case for iPhone
2. Smaller, lighter, bett er
The new Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 has a 35% decrease in size and a 15% reduction in weight when compared to the original BackBeat Pro. It packs the same feature set that made the original headset popular you’re looking at Bluetooth Class 1 pairing, an active noise-cancelling toggle, OpenMic technology that retains environmental sounds, and a battery life of up to 24 hours. Plantronics Back Beat Pro 2
3. Thin, light, and powerful
Razer’s new 14-inch Blade notebook is among the most compact on the market to feature an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. That card will run just about any game at a 1080p resolution, and you’ll get to pair it with 16GB of RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe SSD. Oh, and it is just 1.89kg heavy and 17.9mm thick – not too shabby at all for a gaming notebook. Razer Blade
4. A bison
This camera bag is as classy as it gets. Made from American Bison leather, the Roamographer holds one DSLR, four lenses and two flashes between padded dividers. The top can be secured with a snap button as well as dual adjustable straps, which go all the way around to hold a tripod. HoldFast Gear Roamographer Camera Bag
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Pictures lume, hyperdrive, eight smart, casio
5. Light in a pill
Need more light for your pictures but don’t want to lug out heavy equipment? Meet the Lume Cube, a tiny light that’s able to provide both constant light and flash. It’s fully waterproof up to 100 feet, and produces 150 lux of light at 3m. Best of all, you can control multiple units from an app on your phone, so you can pick up a few and completely light your scene. Lume Cube
6. Mini-maxing your MacBook Pro
The HyperDrive Compact Thunderbolt 3 US B-C Hub for MacBook Pro solves port on the 2016 MacBook Pro. It trades two Thunderbolt 3 US B-C ports for one HDMI port with 4K resolution at 30Hz, one Thunderbolt 3 port with up to 40Gbps data speed and up to 100W power delivery, one US B-C port, one microSD card slot, a standard SD card slot, and two US B 3.1 Gen 1 ports. HyperDrive Compact Thunde rbolt 3 USB-C Hub for MacBookPro
7. Track and sleep
Wearing a sleep tracker on your wrist can be a hassle, and here’s where the Eight Smart Mattress comes in - the entire bed is a sleep tracker. It can track sleep data for each side of the bed, and even set different sleep temperatures for each side. If you already have a mattress, the Eight Sleep Tracker can be bought seperately. Eight Smart Mattress
8. Dress Smart
The Sheen SHB-100 is a ladies dress watch with a difference – it offers precision time-keeping across the world thanks to its ability to connect to the Casio Watch application on your smartphone. Time correction is automatically done four times a day so you’ll always have accurate time, no matter where in the world you are. Casio SHB-100
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Pict ures b&o play, benq, coolermaster, manfrotto
9. Sound embrace
The Beoplay S3 almost feels like it is more sculpture than speaker, but beneath the curious design sit two Class D amplifiers that are capable of producing an amazing 240W of power. Get a pair and they’ll connect wirelessly with one acting as a left channel and the other as the right channel for true stereo sound. Beoplay S3
10. No more motion blur
The 27-inch XL2735 boasts a 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution, a native 144Hz refresh rate, and a speedy 1ms Grey-to-Grey response time, courtesy of its TN panel. The monitor also features Benq’s Dynamic Accuracy (DyAc) feature, which helps reduce motion blur and allows objects to remain clear even while panning around. BenQ XL2735 monitor
11. The last mouse you’ll ever need
The MasterMouse Pro L RGB comes with two top panels and two magnetic side panels with differing grip textures so users can customize the shape and feel of the mouse to their own needs. It also has customizable RGB lighting and a 12,000 DPI sensor. Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L RGB
12. The st ylish moment
Manfrotto’s Windsor Collection camera bags feature genuine leather trim, premium water-repellant fabric and metal details, with a tartan pattern lining for the interiors. The collection was designed for the photographer to carry their gear safely and comfortable, while looking sleek. Four bags round up the collection, from a backpack to three shoulder bag designs. Manfrotto Windsor Collection
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Pictures vespa, oppo, hamilton, acer
13. Ride for a
The (VESPA 946) RED is a limited edition, 2017 version of the Vespa 946. It’s has been painted completely red in collaboration with (RED), the AIDS charity group cofounded by U2 frontman Bono. For each (VESPA 946) RED sold, $150 will be donated to the Global Fund and the fight against AIDS. (VESPA 946) RED
14. Audio heaven to go
The Oppo HA-2SE is a nifty little device that audiophiles shouldn’t miss. It features a slim design that can easily fit into pockets and it features a high-resolution ESS Sabre32 ES90280-Q2M DAC capable of sampling PCM up to 32-bit 384KHz and DSD up to 12MHz (DSD256). It is also a capable headphone amplifier, and is able to drive headphones with impedance ratings of up to 300 ohms. In short, it turns any mobile device into a high performance digital audio player. Opp o HA-2SE Portable Headph one Amplifier and DAC
15. Murdered out in the field
The Hamilton Khaki Field watches pay homage to their military watches from the 1940s, with rugged good looks and durable designs. The Field Day Date Full Black shown here is a 42mm automatic watch with a stainless steel PVD coated full black case paired with a rubber strap for the active wearer. Hamilton Khaki Field collection
16. A Predator in every sense
The Acer Predator 15 is one chunky notebook with a distinctly gamer-oriented design. But other than looking the part, it delivers where it matters as well, with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. One unique feature is the Predator FrostCore module, which can replace the optical drive for extra cooling to the CPU and GPU. Acer Predator 15