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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.

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Looking for product collateral to help you sell? We support those who sell V7.

We have an extensive library of product collateral, for you to provide information to your customer.  Check out the V7world Resource Center:

http://www.v7world.com/reseller/resource_center

You’ll find information on the V7 Brand, our Product Catalog, Category Feature Brochures and Product Line Cards.

All documents are provided in PDF format for easy distribution.v7 resource center

 

 Other helpful resources can be found at the bottom of the page including:

The Bid Desk, Product finders, link to our Product images library and V7 Logos.

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The V7 Solution

06/08/2019 13:37

Surround your core product with a solution from V7.

 

Create the solution with V7.

The V7 brand exists to help our partners create solutions. Our broad line of accessory products can turn a single product into a solution increasing our partners’ margins.

 

The profit is in the details.

Competition on a core product like notebook, desktop, or server have compressed margins. With V7 accessories, partners make the margins they deserve, with products their customers need. Our accessories allow partners to offer best in class products, at aggressive prices. V7 products are available only from Ingram Micro.

 

Here's a quick example for the Education market.Create solutions with V7

End user wants 10,000 new Chromebooks deployed throughout the school district.

 

The Solution 

• 10,000 Chromebooks 

• 278 charge carts (36 Chromebooks per charge cart) to store and charge the devices 

• 10,000 notebook cases for the one-to-one programs (children taking the notebooks home)

• 10,000 audio headsets for testing in the digital classroom

 

Here’s an example for Corporate/Enterprise market.

End user wants 500 notebook computers for their expanding workforce.

 

The Solution 

• 500 notebook computers

• 500 docking stations

• 1000 monitors

• 500 monitor mounts

• 500 keyboards and mice

• 500 USB headsets

 

For more information on how you can maximize your margins with V7 accessory products, contact us today at v7bids@ingrammicro.com.

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The Value of V7

31/07/2019 08:44

The V7 Value  

A Better Value
V7 is a high-value, alternative brand of products and accessories. We have equal or better quality and function compared to well-known brands. We offer higher margins for Ingram Micro resellers and lower price points for consumers.

The Value of V7
We design and test products to be equal to name brand products. We ensure no sacrifice to function and quality while providing products at a lower cost. 

Wide assortment of products and categories
We have an extensive product portfolio to support your customer’s core solution. We maintain 22 product categories and over 1500 skus.We have the right product at the right price to support your customer’s needs.

Consistent availability, in stock when you need it
When your customer is ready to pull the trigger, you’ll be ready to get what you need when you need it. We ensure that V7 products are in stock around the world and ready when you need them.The V7 Value

Backed by Ingram Micro customer support
Your reputation with your customer is a paramount concern with us. At V7, we provide excellent no hassle support for our products.

We help resellers win business opportunities
We provide high quality products at the most affordable price points. This allows you to submit competitive bids while still making a decent profit. V7 products help you win business opportunities while still making a profit.

Only sold at Ingram Micro
V7 products are only sold by Ingram Micro reducing over distribution, this also helps reduce value erosion.This in turn ensures the value of V7 products are consistent across the channel.

 

Need more info on the value of V7? Contact us today at v7bids@ingrammicro.com

 

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A well-renowned School in Orange County, CA recently deployed 54 of the new V7 Charge Carts to secure, store, and charge over 1500 new Chromebooks in their school.

They chose V7 Charge Carts because of the feature set including sliding shelves, numbered 1:1 numbered power supply management and ease of deployment in that the carts are fully assembled and the cable routing and built-in convenience features. The V7 Team worked with the Ingram Micro representative, the reseller and end user to help answer questions and helped submit quotes to the RFQ at attractive pricing. V7 explained the value by going through the main selling features bullets with high end features at great prices.

“V7 Charge Carts have the best power supply management available, and prices that can’t be beat.”

Benefits:

• Carts allow secure storage and mobility for up to 36 Chromebooks, Notebooks, or Tablets

• Accessible maintenance with numbered 1:1 power supply and cable management makes it easy to swap power supplies

• Easy for teachers and staff to move around with nice big 5” casters

These Charge Carts are available in the US and Europe, and are a great addition to the already robust education market V7 offering for schools including laptop sleeves/backpacks/bags, audio headsets, input devices, cable adapters and more.

For more information - contact us at v7bids@ingrammicro.com or give us a call at 716-633-3600.

cartcart open back

 
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 HD, 2K, 4K – What does it all mean?

Monitors are in more sizes today than ever before. But with all the resolutions to choose from – which one is right for you?  Lets’ start with the basics – screens are made up of pixels.  A Pixel is basically a point on a monitor that is composed of 3 dots Red, Blue, and Green.

And the term Resolution refers to how many pixels are on the screen both horizontal and vertical.

The standard from a few years ago was 720P, nowadays we’ve gone way past that.

  • 720 x 1280 — HD is 720p
  • 1920 x 1080 — FHD is 1080p
  • 2560 x 1440 — QHD (Quad HD) is 2K 1440p
  • 3840 x 2160 — UHD (Ultra HD) is 4K 2160p

resolution overview animation

Also, as monitor physical sizes have increased the need for more resolution has also increased.

This is because of the number of pixels needed to create sharp imagery. The term PPI or Pixels Per Inch basically measures pixel density. The higher the PPI the more pixels make up any image and create a sharper visual.

PPI animation

The benefit of a larger screen and higher resolution is that images onscreen are sharper and you can fit more windows and programs on-screen for increased productivity. For anyone using graphics or video programs this is a no-brainer, but even spreadsheets and web browsing is enhanced with greater resolution displays.

For all your monitor needs – look no further than V7 Ingram Micro.

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What is the difference between DDR3 and DDR4 RAM? 

First, what is RAM ?

RAM, or Random Access Memory, is your computer’s short term memory or cache. When the computer needs information and does not find it in the RAM, it then tries the hard drive to retrieve the data, which is a much slower process. Many older PCs that feel sluggish can increase performance by adding more RAM or switching to higher capacity RAM. Yet, capacity is only one specification based on the computer. RAM is also available in variety of versions and speeds. A 2GB stick of DDR2 800 RAM is not the same thing as a 2GB stick of DDR3 1333 RAM. Its important to understand the difference because computers only accept certain types of RAM based on Motherboard.

What does DDR stand for?

The term “DDR” stands for Double Data Rate. This term came into use when the first Double Data Rate Ram modules arrived. DDR RAM is capable of two data transfers per clock cycle, which gives the theoretical peak bandwidth of previous SDRAM while running at the same clock speed.

DDR4 Ram

DDR3 Ram

How can you tell the difference between speeds, DDR3, and DDR4?

The DRAM modules have different shapes, and the pin-out will only fit on the mother board based on the recommend memory that the manufacturer. As DDR4 will only work in DDR4 compatible motherboards and DDR3 will only fit in DDR3 compatible motherboards. The speed is backward compatible but will need the motherboard to be compatible. In other words, if you buy a 2666 MHz memory module, and the motherboard can only support 2133 MHz, the memory will go down to 2133 MHz.

A comparison for the RAM memory chipsets can be found in today’s computer which includes SDR, DDR, DDR2 and future DDR3 modules:

In the future when memory speeds increase to DDR5, there will be an increase in "clock speed" which means a faster data transfer rate and improved system performance.

DRAM Speed Comparison

For all your DRAM memory needs – V7 Ingram Micro has you covered.

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