Not satisfied with the myriad key switches available for gaming keyboards today, Razer has developed another of its very own for two brand new products: Razer Huntsman and Huntsman Elite.The Hunstman Elite is a full-sized gaming keyboard replete with number pad, a plush detachable wrist rest and media control keys beset by Razer Chroma RGB lighting not only beneath each key, but the entire device itself. (The version missing the ‘Elite’ moniker simply dials down the RGB lighting, loses the wrist wrest and lacks a macro saving feature.) But, those aren’t even the marquee features of these new keyboards.That has to be Razer’s very own key switch that it calls ‘opto-mechanical’. If you hadn’t already guessed, the switch works through optics.
Specifically, underneath each switch is an infrared light beam that is claimed to precisely detect the actuation of key presses at a 1.5mm actuation point, as opposed to most other gaming keyboards that use mechanics to do the same thing.
Razer’s new ‘opto-mechanical’ key switch
Light is better than metal
Razer says that, because these switches actuate at ‘the speed of light,’ they’re 30% faster than traditional mechanical key switches. Not only that, but Razer says that these keys require a lighter actuation force of 45g than its previous Razer Green mechanical switches.Finally, because these switches feature fewer mechanics, the opto-mechanical switch is rated for up to 100 million key presses – that’s double the reliability of proper mechanical switches, according to Razer.Will beams of light turn out to be better than mechanical key switches in the end? You’ll have to wait for our full Razer Huntsman Elite review for that answer.The Razer Huntsman and Huntsman Elite gaming keyboards are available now on Razer’s website for $149 (about £119, AU$209) and $199 (about £159, AU$269), respectively.
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if you have a growing small or medium sized business, then you’ll want to make sure you have the best server for your business needs. These are essential tools for a modern company, and while cloud-based servers are gaining popularity, on-site servers that you operate yourself can still be the best way to go.It also means it’s easier, and more affordable, to expand your SMB server as your business grows.In this top 10 list of the best SMB servers, we’ve selected the crème de la crème of servers, ranging from those aimed at small businesses to the sort that bigger enterprises depend on.So here, in no particular order, are the top servers for small and medium businesses
A bewildering array of SKU (stock keeping units) mean that you sometimes have to sift through entire price lists in order to find the needles in the proverbial haystack. Take the T30 from Dell: You can buy it either as a barebones or as a fully configured server. Aimed at the entry-level/SoHo market, the T30 manages to squeeze a lot of expansion potential into a compact, quiet mini-tower chassis plus it comes with a wealth of server features by default making it an ideal alternative to an office workstation.
Servers do not have to be massive or expensive. Take the PowerEdge T20 for example; it has benefited from a wealth of knowledge derived from the 20 years of experience Dell has building servers. While the barebones version doesn’t have a hard drive, it’s certainly cheap – in the recent past, it has been priced at less than £100 (with cashback offers, that is – it’s always well worth keeping an eye out for these).It has a Haswell-based Pentium processor that can clock up to 3GHz and supports up to 32GB DDR3 ECC RAM (note that this model comes with 4GB). Expansion capabilities include four SATA ports (32TB if you use 8TB hard drives), four I/O slots and 10 USB ports. Astoundingly for a PC of this price, you also get two DisplayPort connectors, a VGA one, two PS2 and one serial port. Other than a Gigabit Ethernet port, the other points of interest are a 290W PSU and an Intel-based RAID controller.Read the full review: Dell PowerEdge T20 [barebones]
Lenovo took over IBM’s x86 server range back in 2014 and has built on the best of the ThinkServer tradition. The TS150 is now the most affordable of the range and is a 4U enterprise-class server that competes with the Dell T20. It comes with support for RAID 0,1,10 and 5 (via an on-board controller). Like the competition, this one can accommodate up to four 3.5-inch HDDs in total, which means that it can go up to 40TB of storage when loaded with the relevant hard drives. The relatively-recent Intel Xeon E3-1200 v6 processor should be powerful enough for small and medium enterprises.Lenovo also claims that the acoustics of the TS150 are even quieter than a typical library at 26 decibels. As is the case for the competition, you also get an impressive array of ports and connectors: eight USB ports, four PCI/PCI-e slots, three video connectors (including a pair of DisplayPorts), Serial, Gigabit Ethernet and three audio connectors.
There is sometimes a very fine line between workstations and servers and there is probably no better example than the 5039A-IL from Supermicro. It is part of its SuperWorkstation range but works just as well as a server with acres of upgrade space. Given that it is a barebones solution, the 5039A-IL is especially suitable for small businesses with niche needs like creative houses that might want a server that’s a bit more than just a print or file server.This single socket, mid-tower behemoth (it weighs in at 18.1kg without any parts) offers some impressive tech on board: You can specify Skylake processors (Xeon or Core i3/5/7), up to 64GB of DDR4 ECC memory, plus there’s USB 3.1, HDMI, and twin Gigabit ports on the connectivity front, and 7.1 audio to boot. Its expansion capabilities are also breath-taking: DVI/DisplayPort/VGA, serial, eight SATA ports, six PCI/PCI-e slots and support for up to eight (yes, eight) hard disk drives, all powered by a 500W PSU. Supermicro, while not a household name, is one of the biggest server and workstation manufacturers out there with decades of experience.
When you think about servers, Fujitsu is probably not the first vendor which springs to mind. And yet, the Japanese manufacturer is one of the very few (if not the only one) that can claim to be involved in anything from SMB servers to, well, supercomputers. The TX1310 is its entry-level, SMB-focused server and comes with some pretty solid credentials plus an unmatched, industry-leading reliability guarantee. If your server breaks down within the first year of purchase, not only will Fujitsu fix or replace it, the company will also refund you the amount you paid for the server.Like pretty much everyone at this end of the market, it is designed to run silently 24/7 and offers RAID 0/1/10 but not 5. This model incudes an Intel Xeon E3-1226 v3, two 1TB hard drives and 16GB of RAM. We like the fact that it comes with an optical drive and has two Gigabit Ethernet ports for redundancy. With four DIMM slots and four storage bays, this server supports up to 32TB of storage and 32GB of memory.
One of the fastest growing segments of the server market is dominated by a single company. HP Enterprise’s Proliant Microserver Gen8 has successfully managed to fend off competition – thanks to an attractive feature mix and plenty of discounts – and ultimately own this market. These tiny servers have found a market well outside their niche with prosumers buying them en masse and touting their obvious advantages over NAS (network attached storage).Despite being very small (less than 13l in volume) and light (less than 7kg), this machine packs some impressive capabilities. We’re talking support for Intel’s Xeon E3 family, up to 16GB of RAM, on system management processor, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, one PCIe slot, support for RAID 0/1/10, a DVD writer, up to four hard disk drives, an internal microSD card slot, an integrated Matrox G200 graphics chip and seven USB ports. It only has a VGA port, though, and has just two memory modules.Read the full review: HP Proliant Microserver Gen8
If you want something a bit beefier than the aforementioned servers, then consider the TS460. It is far more expensive but then again you get a server that’s in another league. For a start, it is far bigger than the previously mentioned servers with a 50 litre volume and a 25kg weight. This 5U server runs on Intel’s Xeon E3 models with Turbo Boost technology plus it offers a three-year onsite warranty.It supports up to 64GB of RAM and its integrated RAID controller offers the four main RAID types. You get a DVD writer, four fans, a 300W PSU and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. Up to eight hard disk drives can be installed and there are a whopping eight USB ports as well. There’s a lockable door, support for ECC memory, plus a serial and a VGA connector.
Pitching in the same category as the TS440 is the ML350. This is an expensive piece of kit but just look at the feature list and it actually seems like a very decent deal. Other than the fact that it has a dedicated, integrated graphics card (Matrox G200), it offers a three-year onsite next business day warranty, four Gigabit Ethernet ports and support for 12Gbps SAS (note that it takes only 2.5-inch drives).But there’s more – this server runs an Intel Xeon E5-2603 v3 processor (not the usual E3 CPU) and supports two CPUs. The E5 has six cores which makes it particularly well-suited for more taxing tasks. We’re also impressed by the amount of memory slots (24) that it has, allowing it to hit 3TB of memory once 128GB LRDIMM roll out. Oh and other than a lockable front door and a storage controller, this server earns brownie points for having dual redundant, hot-swappable 500W PSUs.
A powerful server doesn’t have to be expensive – that’s essentially what Scan wants to convey to prospective customers. Specifically designed for the SMB market, this 3XS offering is engineered to be compact and as quiet as possible. The UK-based vendor provides real-time tracking at every stage of the server build process (the servers are built to order, and production includes a 24 hour burn test and 88 point QC check ). Each comes with a three-year onsite warranty; what’s more, you get a free recovery USB stick with diagnostic utilities.If that wasn’t enough, the components used in the system are amongst the best in our round-up. Two Broadwell-based Intel Xeon E5-2603 v4 processors provide a total of 12 cores and 30MB of cache. Then there’s 64GB of DDR4 ECC RAM from Samsung, a 1TB WD Enterprise-class hard disk drive, two Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports, a 1000W Gold PSU and support for eight hard disk drives. Built by Corsair, the case has a door and all the panels are lined with noise damping material.
Like Supermicro, Asus is not well known for its servers. Instead, the Taiwanese company, one of the biggest component vendors in the world, is popular for a wide range of consumer products including its motherboards. Its TS500-E8-PS4 is a mainstream pedestal 5U tower server perfectly built for both workstation and server dual use.It features the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product families, eight DDR4 DIMMs (supporting half a terabyte of RAM), six expansion slots, three 5.25-inch media bays and a single 500W 80 Plus Bronze power supply. There are four 3.5-inch hot-swap SATA/SAS HDD bays which is also upgradable to eight HDD bays for flexible storage requirements.In addition, with Intel’s Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0-compliant ASMB8-iKVM module in the TS500 you’ll be able to monitor, control and manage the server remotely. Other key specs include 10 SATA ports, a DVD writer, eight USB ports, a PS2 port, a VGA one and three Gigabit Ethernet ports. Note that this is a barebones server, but obviously that gives you plenty of flexibility – something this machine offers in spades.
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With Amazon Prime Day fast approaching we’re getting ready to bring you all the best deals throughout the sale when it starts at midday on July 16 and right through Prime Day itself on the 17.There will be hundreds, if not thousands of deals to choose from and we’ll be rummaging through the lot to find you the best deals on TVs, laptops, games, consoles, smart home tech, Amazon devices and lots more besides.As we’re keen tech buyers too though, we’ll also be on the lookout for a few bargains to treat ourselves on the day. So we’ve had a little roundup around the TechRadar office to show you what items we’re planning on buying on Amazon Prime Day if the price is right. I’ll get the ball rolling then.
Brendan Griffiths: Deals Editor
I’ve made my peace that the Kindle Oasis just isn’t coming down to a sane price anytime soon. Instead, I’m hoping Amazon Prime Day is going to give me a chance to finally go full Android and by that I mean buy a Chromebook. Seeing as I use my work laptop at home too, my home laptop wasn’t exactly getting much use, but I was still pretty annoyed when the most recent Windows update bricked it. So replacing it with something cheap seems like the sensible option. That being said, I’d like something new rather than the same old laptop experience. So, seeing as I’m buried deep into Google’s ecosystem now, the stripped-back OS and synchronicity of Google’s suite and Play Store apps is really appealing. Ideally, I’m hoping for something that doesn’t weigh a ton, with a brushed steel finish and 4GB of RAM so hopefully it won’t fall over every time I open three apps at once with a stupid number of Chrome tabs open permanently too. So ideally, I’d love to see something like this Acer Chromebook CB3-431 for £200. That or I’ll ply our IT guys with beer and Haribo and ask them to fix my old laptop.
Matt Hanson: Computing Editor
I’ve recently moved into a new house, and its back garden was covered in pebbles. Just in time for the summer, I’ve got rid of the pebbles and sprinkled grass seeds, which have sprouted and grown at an alarming rate. So now I’m thinking of ways to cut the new grass without stomping all over the virgin lawn (which is much nicer than any of my neighbours’, I’ve noticed with joy). So, I’m asking Father Bezos to leave a robotic lawn mower in my stocking this Amazon Prime Day. The Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower looks like it will do the job splendidly, so I am hoping it gets a nice discount on the day. It’s currently listed as one of Amazon’s Choices, and while I am not really sure what that means, I hope it results in a bit of a price cut.
Cat Ellis: Downloads Editor
I’m death to laptops. I don’t leave them on cafe tables or spill tea all over them – I’m simply a heavy-handed typist and few notebooks can handle such a hammering. I should probably invest in something you could safely run over with a tractor, but if an IdeaPad 320S saw a hefty discount this Amazon Prime Day, at least replacing my latest victim would be inexpensive. A great deal on a little coffee machine would help keep my eyes open for those long typing sessions as well (and stop me falling asleep on the keyboard). With the right Amazon Prime Day deal, a cute little Nespresso Vertuo Plus could provide the caffeine hit I need to meet my word targets.
John McCann: UK Phones Editor and Licensing Lead
Last year I got very excited over the announcement of a new computer game. Two Point Hospital is the brainchild of the folks behind the legendary Theme Hospital, and it looks to bring the iconic action bang up to date. There is a problem though. It’s a PC game and the only computer I have at home is a humble, first-gen Chromebook. There’s no way I’ll be able to run the game, which means I need an affordable, modest laptop to get my gaming fix. If the Dell Inspiron 15.6-Inch Gaming Notebook can shed another few hundred from its price tag then I’ll be curing patients til the cows come home.
Joe Osborne: Senior Editor
Since I’ve made the smartest decision of my life in relegating the horrid tasks of sweeping and mopping to a Roomba and Braava Jet, respectively, I’m chomping at the bit for the chance to automate my most hated chore: mowing my lawn(s). Yes, like my buddy Matt Hanson, I just really want a Roomba for lawns, and in particular the Worx WG794 Landroid robotic lawnmower. This beauty costs a small fortune, but can mow your lawn at 40 minutes per charge, able to return to its charger automatically to prepare itself for the next mow. This means more time to spend with my family on Sundays and less time pushing a gas guzzler around the yard. The product would be a perfect candidate for a summer Amazon Prime Day sale with all of those lawns to mow across the US.
Adam Marshall: Subscriptions and Services Editor
Ever since sitting next to a couple of dentists at a wedding last summer (more fun than it sounds), I’ve been conscious that my filling-riddled set of not-so-pearly whites are at risk from deteriorating further by my insistence on using a classic manual toothbrush. I missed out on bagging a new electric brush during Black Friday, so I’m hoping Amazon will deliver a bargain brush on Prime Day. Using the best electric toothbrush guide produced by our friends over at T3, I’ve got it narrowed down to either the Oral-B Genius 9000 or Philips Sonicare HX9332 – if either come in under the £100-mark, then I’m sold.
James Peckham: Wearables Editor
A robot vacuum and an Amazon Echo Dot are how far I’ve managed to get along the road to making my flat into a fully automated smart home. It may not be a tech filled paradise just yet, but the next stepping stone is plugging in some smart lights. This Amazon Prime Day feels like the perfect opportunity to grab my first Philips Hue Starter Kit to connect up to my Echo Dot and be one step closer to never having to leave my bed again. As much as I’m looking forward to a price drop on the Starter Kit, I hope Amazon doesn’t have a flash sale for all of its smart home products as I’m not sure if my bank balance will be able to take it…
Phil Hall: Photography Editor
Sony’s just launched the rather excellent but very pricey RX100 VI high-end premium compact camera. Now, I’m not expecting it to be heavily discounted this Amazon Prime Day, but older RX100 series cameras don’t die, they just get cheaper, and as we saw on Black Friday, there were some fantastic deals to be had on these powerful pocket cameras. Hopefully that means we’ll see the RX100 IV and RX100 V nicely discounted. My old Garmin Forerunner 910XT multisport watch is starting to look a bit tired and taking an absolute age to find a satellite when I switch it on, so with a bit of luck I’ll be able to nab a Garmin Forerunner 735XT for under £200.Fingers crossed this lot gets a discount on Prime Day then! If you want to know what the best deals are on the day be sure to bookmark our Amazon Prime Day 2018 hub.
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