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Back Breaking Loads

12.11.2019 09:42

If your backpack is too heavy you could be hurting yourself.

It’s more common than you may think. There are over 2,000 backpack related injuries each year and over half of people carry loads that are excessive.

Is your pack too heavy?

v7 backpacks

If you experience any of these symptoms, take some of that weight off.

      • Hard to put back pack on or take off

 

      • Experience back pain

 

      • Get tingling or numbness in your back

 

      • Have strap marks on your shoulders

 


If your backpack is too heavy your body will strain to compensate for the extra weight on your back.

 

You may be leaning to far forward causing you to potentially lose your balance and fall more easily. You may also be putting too much weight on the natural curve of your back, causing muscle strain.

It is recommended by medical professionals that you should carry no more than 10% of your body weight on your back to reduce the potential for injury and fatigue.

So, for example a 10 year old weighing 70lbs. should carry no more than 7 lbs. in their backpack, or a college student weighing 175lbs –should be carrying no more than 17.5lbs.

Here’s a couple of simple tips on packing your backpack. Take only the essentials. Books can weight 2-3 pounds and snacks and drinks add a few more pounds. If you’re not going to use it that day don’t pack it. Your backpack is not a storage locker.

Place heavy items low and closest to your back. Lighter items should be in pouches and higher towards your shoulders. Always lift with your legs, not your back. Lift straight up and don’t shift while lifting.

Use both straps so that the weight can be distributed evenly. Padded straps and back pads can help reduce friction and rubbing. Make sure to not overload your pack today to save your back tomorrow.

 

For backpacks, laptop bags and more – contact us at v7bids@ingrammicro.com

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What’s the difference between SSD and Mechanical HDD? 

What’s the difference between SSD and Mechanical HDD? The simple answer is that SSD has no moving parts and functions similarly to USB memory sticks, while the Mechanical HDD has a magnetic tape and a lot of moving parts. SSD is also considerably smaller and takes up less space in a PC case, in some instances even mounted directly to the motherboard. SSD is also way faster – 10 times faster than an HDD.

SSD vs. HDD

What is SSD Storage? 

SSD stands for Solid State Drive, and it’s like an oversized, more sophisticated version of a USB memory stick. Like a USB memory drive, there are no moving parts, and the data is stored in microchips. Storing data on a chip is what makes the SSD so much faster. A typical SSD uses what is called NAND-based flash memory, which is a non-volatile type of memory. A non-volatile memory is that it will not forget where the data is store when the disk is off. An SSD does not have any mechanical components to read and write data, instead it relies on an embedded processor called a controller to perform operations related to reading and writing data. The controller is a very important factor in determining the SSD read and write speed. As the controller will make decision to where it will store, retrieve, cache and clean up data that can determine the overall SSD performance. 

 

What is HDD Storage?

Hard Disk Drives or HDD, was first introduced by IBM in 1956 and uses magnetism to store data on a rotating platter. A read/write head floats above the spinning platter reading and writing the data. The faster the platter spins, the faster an HDD can perform, a typical laptop drives today spin at either 5400 RPM ( revolutions per minute) or 7200 RPM, though some server based models are up to 15,000 RPM. 

When it comes to appearance, the most common size for laptop hard drive is 2.5” form factor while a larger 3.5” form factor is used in desktop computers. The larger size allows for more platters inside and thus creating a larger storage capacity. 

 

This chart breaks down the major factors of storage between HDD and SSD.

Attribute 

SSD (Solid State Drive)

HDD (Hard Disk Drive)

Winner

Power Draw / Battery Life

Less power draw, averages 2 – 3 watts, resulting in 30+ minute battery boost

More power draw, averages 6 – 7 watts and therefore uses more battery

SSD wins this category as it draws less power and result better battery life for mobile devices

Cost

Expensive, roughly $0.08 per gigabyte (based on buying a 1TB drive)

Only around $0.03 per gigabyte, very cheap (buying a 4TB model)

HDD wins this category, but HDD will soon lose this category as new QLC NAND technology will be releasing toward end of the year and will release SSD that are about $0.03 per gigabyte

Capacity

Typically, not larger than 2TB for notebook size drives; 4TB max for desktops

Typically, around 500GB and 2TB maximum for notebook size drives; 10TB max for desktops

HDD wins this category, but HDD will be losing this category toward end of the year when QLC NAND is released and will be matching the same capacity as the HDD 

Operating System Boot Time

Around 10-13 seconds average bootup time

Around 30-40 seconds average bootup time

SSD wins this category as it boots a computer 2x faster and will not slow down, as HDD will slow down when its ages

Noise

There are no moving parts and as such no sound

Audible clicks and spinning can be heard

SSD wins this category as there are no moving part and no noise

Vibration

No vibration as there are no moving parts

The spinning of the platters can sometimes result in vibration

SSD wins this category as HDD can be very fragile and can brick if it was drop

Heat Produced

Lower power draw and no moving parts so little heat is produced

HDD doesn’t produce much heat, but it will have a measurable amount more heat than an SSD due to moving parts and higher power draw

SSD wins this category as SSD does not draw a lot of power and there is very little heat that is produced

Failure Rate

Mean time between failure rate of 2.0 million hours

Mean time between failure rate of 1.5 million hours

SSD wins this category as the failure rate is lower as there are no moving parts

File Copy / Write Speed

Generally, above 200 MB/s and up to 550 MB/s for cutting edge drives

The range can be anywhere from 50 – 120MB / s

SSD wins this category as SSD is 10x faster for transferring and booting the OS

Encryption

Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Supported on some models

Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Supported on some models

Tie both devices have FPE built in

File Opening Speed

Up to 30% faster than HDD

Slower than SSD

SSD wins this category as the SSD does not need to keep spinning to reach the data

Magnetism Affected?

An SSD is safe from any effects of magnetism

Magnets can erase data

SSD wins this category as there are no magnetic parts that would corrupt any data

Now if we tally up the total, the winning category is SSD with 9. This means that SSD will be the replacement technology for all HDD in the near future. As new technology is being released, lower capacity SSD will be cheaper than a standard HDD and will be at the same price point. By that time, there will be no benefit to choose an SSD over an HDD.  

V7 will be launching a complete line of SSD products in the next few months so stay tuned for more. For more information contact v7bids@ingrammicro.com.

Posted By V7 Team

V7 Products for Education

16.10.2019 10:47

Today’s schools have a lot more than just books and chalk boards. They are modern learning centers powered by information technology products.

Students in the digital classroom now are connected to their learning curriculum through Chromebooks, watch presentations on smartboards, check their grades on LCD monitors, and carry their homework in laptop bags.

V7 supports our schools with products that are feature rich and durable, while still being cost effective.

The new V7 charge carts and charging station can recharge multiple Chromebooks at the same time while keeping them safe and secure.

V7 Charge Carts  

The mobile TV cart supports screens up to 70” and allow teachers to easily move their presentation screens from room to room.

A large offering of laptop bags and backpacks ensure there’s the perfect solution for any size laptop and style preference.

Our headsets and headphones come in a variety of sizes and styles. They provide excellent sound quality and are built for all-day comfort.

We believe that making products that supports the education market can be done efficiently and cost effectively. Education happens with V7 products. 

For more information on contact us at v7bids@ingrammicro.com

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V7 Photo Contest Winners

08.10.2019 14:20

contest header

 

The results are in! First place wins a 27" 2K Monitor – 2nd Place winners receive a USB Docking Station and 3rd place wins a Powerbank.

Thank you all who entered – Congratulations to the winners!

 






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Are You Ready to Rock?

02.10.2019 09:47

So, you want to be a rock star.

Get ready to lay down your tracks with a digital desktop recording studio.

 

One of the best recording studio packages for the money can be found at Guitar Center. 

The Complete Desktop Recording Studio comes with all the equipment and software needed to get you on the road to stardom.  This recording studio features a Mac Mini Computer, V7 21.5” Widescreen LED Display, Audio Interface, Studio Microphone, Studio Headphones, V7 Keyboard & Mouse and complete software recording suite. 

V7 Recording Studio 

The V7 21.5” Widescreen LED Display, Keyboard and Mouse have been an integral part of the Guitar Center Recording Package for more than two years.

Like all V7 products, you’ll have the functionality and durability needed to ensure a successful recording session, all at a price that won’t break the bank. Free up your musical imagination and get your ticket to ride with this complete digital recording studio featuring products from V7.

For more information on V7  please contact us at v7bids@ingrammicro.com

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LATAM ONE 2019

26.09.2019 14:03

One of the largest Latin American tradeshows just happened.

Latam One 2019 At A Glance.

This year Ingram Micro hosted one of the largest events supporting Latin American markets.

Latam One was held September 9th to the 11th in Florida. The event’s key message was themed “Imagine Next” which illustrated how Ingram Micro is helping customers grow their business in ways they haven’t thought of yet. With nearly 900 attendees and 49 vendor sponsors, the show provided the perfect stage for collaboration and insight into current and future product solutions.

V7, Ingram Micro’s house brand, displayed several products at our booth during the ”Solution Showcase”. V7 sales manager, Charles Erdei commented “There was a great deal of interest in our new ergonomic input devices. There is definitely a growing trend in this area.”  Being an international brand, V7 is dedicated to supporting the Latin American market with high-quality, cost-effective products that provide a better over all value to channel partners and consumers.   Having over 22 product categories and over 1000 active skus, V7 has the right products to support your customer’s core solution requirements.

Now it’s time to look forward, because just around the corner is the Ingram Micro ONE event, this November in Denver, Colorado.  This year’s event is sure to be the largest ever with channel partners coming from all over the world to attend.

 

latam one

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V7 RJ-45 Ethernet Cables keep your network running smooth 

If you are getting ready to purchase Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat7 RJ-45 Ethernet network cables, of course you’ll want to make sure the ones you are choose offer quality, durability and performance. 

Pure Copper Cables vs. Copper Clad Aluminum Cables

One of the common tactics of some manufacturers to save cost is to use aluminum instead of copper for the core of the cable. This can lead to issues with your network transmitting and receiving data from having inferior materials that are less durable. It is not easy to tell the difference between them especially from a visual inspection. 

 

The safety and performance safety of cables made with aluminum can violate IEC and TIA standards for Cat5 and Cat6 cables. CCA (Copper Clad Aluminum also known as CCE for Copper Clad Ethernet) can have higher attenuation leading to loss of packet data resulting in slower network because of re-transmissions. Aluminum cables are compounded by the fact that they are less resistant to heat, and can cause issues for installers as fail much easier when bent or pulled. Make sure you use pure copper cables.

 

V7 - pure copper cables 

 

All V7 Ethernet cables are guaranteed to use pure copper

CPR (No 305/2011,EN50575)

The Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) includes requirements for CE marking of cables for Safety in the Event of Fire. This impacts all cables that are being used as a Construction product as part of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR No. 305/2011). The inclusion of EN 50575, “Power, control and communication cables – Cables for general applications in construction works subject to reaction to fire requirements" in the OJEU provides the standard that all cabling must meet to achieve a CE mark for certain fire performance categories.

UL Verified

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When a product has been UL Listed, a representative sample has been tested by UL and found to meet all relevant UL-published Standards for Safety as a product in its own right.

 

Verified to ANSI/TIA-568.C.2, ISO/IEC 11801 and EN50173-1

V7 network cables have our cables have met high performance, quality, and reliability design standards to ANSI/TIA-568.C.2, ISO/IEC 11801 and EN50173-1.The IEC (International Elecrotechnical Commission) and TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) standards designed to ensure networking products for consumers and businesses are safe, durable, reliable, and adhere to strict specifications ensuring optimized performance. These standards are led by a collaborative group of engineers that focus on network operation and structured cabling.

 

All V7 Ethernet cables include these industry certifications

  • UL/cUL listed
  • Verified to ANSI/TIA-568.C.2, ISO/IEC 11801 and EN50173-1
  • CPR (No 305/2011,EN50575)

 

For more information on V7 cables, or to place an order please contact us at v7bids@ingrammicro.com

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How Ergonomics Can Help Maximize Productivity Through Comfort

Choosing the right keyboard and mouse can help improve posture and minimize the risks associated with repetitive motion and daily tasks of being in front of a computer. 

There are a variety of products from gel wrist pads to compression wrist gloves that help deal with the symptoms of Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) but these are usually used as a last resort remedy since they don’t address the issue of the keyboard or mouse as the main cause.

An ergonomic, split keyboard design increases comfort by encouraging a natural arc for hand, wrist, and forearm positions.
Also, choosing a keyboard with a palm rest helps maximize productivity by preventing the wrists from dropping while typing which reduces wrist extension and fatigue.

 Ergo Comparison Graphic

 

Mice also come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate multiple users and a vertical ergonomic mouse can encourage a vertical wrist posture to help reduce pressure to the wrist.

 Mouse Ergonomics Graphic

For a closer look at the MW500 Vertical Mouse - you've got to see it from all angles. 

MW500 Animation

 

For more information on all of our ergonomic product offerings, and how V7 can help your team increase productivity, contact us at v7bids@ingrammicro.com today. 

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Are you protected from visual hacking?
 
Most computer users are familiar with common cybersecurity threats like phishing and malicious software. Fewer know the risks of “visual-hacking”
 
Visual-hacking is fairly self-explanatory – it means the confidential information you have on your screen is susceptible to being compromised visually by people around you.
 
prying eyes
 
What is a computer privacy screen?
 
A computer privacy screen, sometimes called a privacy filter, is a special, thin piece of plastic that’s placed over your laptop or computer monitor. This helps to prevent prying eyes from stealing your information.
 
Computer privacy screens protect against this by attaching to your screen to restrict the viewing angle –so that only the person in front of the screen can see what’s on it.
 
 
Anyone trying to steal a glance from the right or left side will only be able to see a blank screen.
 
privacy filter in use - animation
 
Passwords, anti-virus programs, and secure systems do a lot to keep your information secure, but they can’t defend against visual hacking.
 
 
V7 privacy filters are excellent for open, high-traffic environments – limiting screen visibility to directly in front of the monitor without blurring or distortion +/- 30 degrees.
 
Plus, our filters have a blue light reduction, blocking approximately 35% of harmful blue light emitting from your screen, reducing eye strain.
 
V7 privacy filters are available for almost all sizes of laptops and monitors – for more information contact us today at v7bids@ingrammicro.com
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How Loud is Too Loud?

28.08.2019 13:12

How Loud is Too Loud?

Of the roughly 40 million Americans suffering from hearing loss, 10 million can be attributed to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL can be caused by a one-time exposure to loud sound as well as by repeated exposure to sounds at various loudness levels over an extended period. Damage happens to the microscopic cells found inside the cochlea part of the inner-ear. These cells respond to mechanical sound vibrations by sending an electrical signal to the auditory nerve. The healthy human ear can hear frequencies ranging from 20Hz to 20,000 Hz, and different groups of these cells are responsible for different frequencies (rate of vibrations). Over time, the cell’s hair-like stereocilia may get damaged or broken and if enough of them are damaged, hearing loss results. The high frequency area of the cochlea is often damaged by loud sound.

How is Sound measured?

The energy in a sound wave is measured in Decibels (dB). Like a temperature scale, the decibel scale goes below zero. The average person can hear sounds down to about 0 dB, the level of rustling leaves. Some people with very good hearing can hear sounds down to -15 dB. But if sound reaches beyond 85 dB it can cause permanent damage to your hearing. The longer you listen to a sound at high dB will affects how much damage it may cause. Low range sounds may be listened to safely, they will cause damage even over extended periods, but exposure to even some common sounds may cause permanent damage. And extended exposure to sounds above 85 dB can cause permanent damage to the cells in your inner ear, leading to hearing loss. 

dB Chart

Many common sounds may be louder than you think…

  • A typical conversation occurs at 60 dB – not loud enough to cause damage.
  • An idlingdiesel engine is loud enough at 85 dB to cause permanent damage after only 1 workday (8 hours).
  • When listening to a personal music system with stock earphones at a maximum volume, the sound generated can reach a level well over 100 dBA, loud enough to begin causing permanent damage after just 15 minutes per day!

Decibel Exposure Time Guidelines

Recent studies suggested that nearly 50 percent of teens and young adults get exposed to unsafe volume levels from mobile devices. And 40% of that is potentially damaging levels of sound. That’s over 1 billion people at risk, which is why setting a volume limit is probably a good idea.

Some studies have found that people in their 20s have hearing loss more typical of people aged 50 years and older because of exposure to music at this volume.

For every 3 dB over 85dB, the permissible exposure time before possible damage can occur is cut in half. - Recommended permissible exposure time for continuous time weighted average noise, according to NIOSH and the CDC, 2002.

 

 typical loudness chart

FAQS

– Do manufacturers provide info indicating how loud their devices actually are?

Audio devices and mobile phones including iPhone have a sound level of 100 dB or louder. iPhones can produce a maximum of 115 decibels (software limits European iPods to 100 dB; U.S. models have been measured higher), the equivalent of attending a rock concert amplification.

–  Does loudness vary a great deal from one brand/model to another?

The output levels across various brands of models tested are about the same, especially in the high decibel output. Apple’s iPhone iOS and the latest versions of Android OS have a ‘safe volume’ warning built into their software. 

– What about the headset, over the ear vs. ear buds; is one less damaging than the other?

It can depend on how loud you set the volume and for how long you listen to that volume.  Despite their inclusion with every mobile phone, researchers stress caution when using earbuds.

Because of their ‘in-ear’ design, earbuds are more likely to cause hearing damage than headphones that sit on or over the ear. They can also be up to 9 dB louder than over-the-ear headphones. This isn't a big deal when going from 40 to 50 dB, but more serious when going from 70 to 80.

– How loud is too loud when the volume control doesn’t provide information on the output level?

A rule of thumb is if you cannot understand someone talking to you in a normal speaking voice when they are an arm’s length away… it’s probably too loud. This rule works with standard earbuds and headphone. 

– Is there a rule of thumb about setting limits on the volume wheel?

Since the combination of volume and length of listening can cause hearing loss, researchers recommend applying the 60/60 rule. This rule suggests listening to an iPhone for 60 minutes at 60 percent of its maximum volume, then taking a break. Ears that get a rest have time to recover and are less likely to be permanently damaged. No more than 30 minutes at the 80% volume.

– Loud music damages the nerves in the brain

Loud music on headphones has the same effect on nerves as multiple sclerosis and causes hearing loss.

Loud music played on earphones causes hearing loss by having a similar effect on nerves as multiple sclerosis, research finds. The research shows that noise levels above 110 decibels strip insulation from nerve fibers carrying signals from the ear to the brain. Loss of the protective coating, called myelin, disrupts electrical nerve signals.

The same process, this time due to an attack from the immune system, damages nerves in the brain and results in multiple sclerosis.

It is well known that loud noises can lead to hearing problems such as temporary hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and even permanent hearing loss. But this is the first-time scientists have been able to identify damages to nerve cells as a result of noise exposure.

"The research allows us to understand the pathway from exposure to loud noises to hearing loss. Dissecting the cellular mechanisms underlying this condition is likely to bring a very significant healthcare benefit to a wider population. The work will help prevention as well as progression into finding appropriate cures for hearing loss", said the lead researcher Dr. Martine Hamann, from the University of Leicester in the UK.

 

 

Hearing can recover

Scientists found that myelin loss, as a result of noise exposure, re-grows in time, meaning hearing can recover.

The work is part of ongoing research into the effects of loud noises on the cochlea nucleus, a brainstem region that receives sound signals from the inner ear. Based on these results, scientists may be able to develop a future treatment method.

We at V7 are working on adding volume control limitations to headsets made for the education sector. This will help limit some of the early exposure of damaging sound levels. As part of our constant effort to bring our customers high-quality products with top features for less than the competition.

 

 The results have been published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Posted By V7 Team

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