The Retail market is changing by shrinking the marketplace, good to know that OPTODISC still supports the channel.

OPTODISC good for retail

It’s not difficult to see that the landscape for the retail marketplace is completely different than even just 5 to 10 years ago. At one time, there were strong distribution centers and retail stores and sites that gave the consumer choices and allowed for a healthy channel for manufacturers, distributors, and resellers to all coexist. Now, it feels as though those channels are contracting and many larger manufacturers are bypassing the middlemen and going direct to the consumers. Platforms like Amazon make it easy to sell direct, which has increasingly shrunk the marketplace. Long time staples in the retail market, like Toys R Us, Blockbuster, Radio Shack, and many many others have all gone the way of the Dodo bird, with unrest of similar major retails like Sears to follow. The market is trending toward new ways of consuming products and the lines between manufacturers and their dealer channels are becoming blurred, often competing directly against those they claim to support.

If you’re in the duplication market, you’re already concerned about the shrinking marketplace for your product or service. You don’t want to worry about whether you are being undercut through direct competition from your suppliers. The good news is that Vinpower’s OPTODISC gives you an alternative to the the shrinking network of options for high quality, low cost, recordable optical discs. OPTODISC respects the channel and wants to see a healthy marketplace, even in a niche field like ours. Plus, OPTODISC offers virtually every format of media, with every surface type, like white inkjet, white thermal, silver top, logo top, etc., meaning you don’t have to sacrifice options when looking for a new reliable source of media. OPTODISC maintains the highest levels of quality, reliability, and compatibility that can only be found in a smaller, more focused factory. Plus, with our lower overhead, we can offer similar and even better pricing when compared to the major factories.

OPTODISC can OEM and provide specialized packaging to make sure you can meet your customer’s requirements while maintaining the differentiation needed to be competitive in the market. OPTODISC respects the autonomy of the sales channels, and we want to build you up so your growth in turn helps propel our growth. As the saying goes, the rising tide lifts all boats…

For more details about the OPTODISC media or any of Vinpower’s product lines, please visit, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a local sales representative neat you.

Vinpower’s Standalone Autoloaders Providing Years of Reliable Production!

autoloaders

When Vinpower first developed our own line of standalone robotic autoloader duplicators, starting with the TITAN series, we weren’t sure how long the systems would last in the field. We knew we built the TITANS to be extremely robust, but only time would really tell. After nearly 15 years in production, we are still receiving compliments about systems working in the field that range anywhere from 10 to nearly 15 years old. When we started out, we were just hoping for the systems to work lights out through the 1 year warranty. But time has showed us that the TITAN systems were built to last way beyond expectations.

So if you’re looking to purchase a new standalone robotic duplicator to make continuous copies of your CD’s, DVD’s, or BD discs, Vinpower’s line of autoloaders is perfect for you. Vinpower offers a range of options from small low capacity loaders like the VDX-1 or Cube series, to the slightly larger 2 to 6 drive 200 ~ 500 disc capacity Aero, to the always reliable 4 to 8 drive 1000 disc capacity TITAN Supreme.

To learn more about Vinpower’s line of standalone robotic autoloaders, or any of our products, visit www.vinpowerdigital.com, or speak with a Vinpower representative in your area.

CDRLabs states, “…their new (Optiarc) VP series SSD, they’ve delivered a drive that focuses first, and foremost, on data integrity and long term reliability.”

Optiarc SSD CDRLabs

Data retention has become an integral concern in the flash storage industry. As the capacity continues to increase with advanced 3D NAND flash memory technology, currently utilizing 96-layer memory cells, SSD manufacturers are able to increase flash memory storage while decreasing the devices physical footprint. The problem is that 3D NAND cells are built vertically in strings, meaning a defect in a single cell will most likely negatively affect the performance of the entire cell string. This minor contamination could lead to massive failure potentially causing total data loss. Think about losing all your stored photo and video content on your computer’s SSD hard drive because a few cells were corrupted!

It is with that security and vulnerability in mind that Optiarc focuses on maintaining data integrity to prevent potential catastrophic data loss across its series of SSD. Optiarc is able to ensure this high bar of excellence across their full SSD product line by utilizing better components, an intensive QC process, and an enhanced FW to upgrade the Optiarc VP series of SSD’s beyond your standard retail version of SSD’s. You don’t have to take our word for it, click on the below link to read the review from the highly respected and accredited storage review site, CDRLabs:

http://www.cdrlabs.com/reviews/optiarc-vp-series-480gb-solid-state-drive.html

“When shopping for an SSD, people typically look at things like performance and price. What many don’t realize though is that reliability is just as important, especially when you’re trusting it to store your personal data. Optiarc knows this and, with their new VP series SSD, they’ve delivered a drive that focuses first, and foremost, on data integrity and long term reliability. Along with an enhanced firmware, the VP is equipped with high caliber components like Phison’s PS3111-S11 controller and Toshiba’s 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC NAND. Furthermore, the company puts their drives through a rigorous testing process to further reduce the chance of failure and data loss.”

For more details about Vinpower’s line of SSD or any of the products we offer, check out our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with a Vinpower representative near you.

Optiarc drives are a much better value in the long run…

Optiarc more cost effective

To determine which product is a better value, you need to take into account the full cost of ownership over the lifespan of the product. You can’t just look at the difference in price, but you need to take into account the full cost associated with the product, including durability, reliability, and longevity, to get a full picture of what it will cost you in the long run.

For example, if we compare the high quality duplication grade Optiarc AD-5290S series of CD/DVD recorder drives with a competitor’s low cost CD/DVD recorder drive. In this scenario, the alternative drive is say a couple of dollars cheaper than the Optiarc drive. However, the alternative drive lasts only 6 months at most under the heavy duplication production, while the OPTIARC lasts at least 12 ~ 15 months under the same production load. That means that you would have to purchase 2 ~ 3 replacements of the alternative drive over the lifetime of a single OPTIARC drive. So that initial minor savings is not only wiped out, but you end up paying nearly 2 ~ 3 times more for the alternative drive(s) compared to the OPTIARC over the lifespan of the drives.

In this scenario, I only looked at the true hard dollar costs of ownership, there’s also the issue that the OPTIARC offers superior quality and less rejects than the competition. That’s another cost that should be counted when determining the overall cost of ownership. Optical drives may not be very expensive and therefore you may not think it’s worth doing a cost projection for them, however, when you consider the number of times you have to replace your drives, then you’ll quickly realize how those savings can add up.

For more details about any products Vinpower Digital manufactures or distributes, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com or contact a Vinpower representative in your area.

The iXflash allows users to watch their movies anywhere, anytime, without compromise!

iXflash watch movies

Taking a trip and need something to watch during your travels? The iXflash is the perfect travel companion! You can load it up with tons of HD, even 4KUHD, movies that you can watch through your iPhone or iPad anytime, anywhere, with no lag or distortion. The best part, you don’t even need wi-fi. During these times when airlines want you to pay for their “entertainment”, you can pull out your iXflash and watch what you want when you want!

In addition, the video player used through the iXflash App offers many conveniences, such as:

• Ability to play content in UHD 4K with no lag or distortion
• Uses simple finger gestures to fast forward, rewind, pause, even raise and lower the volume
• Works with multiple video file formats, include MPEG4 and MOV
• Able to resume movies at the exact point you stopped, even if you exit the App
• Does NOT require any internet or Wi-Fi access
• Store and watch movies from the iXflash drive or load them to the iXflash App
• Plus much more!

To learn more about the iXflash or any of the products we offer, visit www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with a Vinpower representative near you.

Vinpower has controller options that meet the needs of all users for pricing and compatibility

Vin Controller meets everyones needs

Vinpower has long been known as a reliable and innovative duplication hardware manufacturer. Yet, the key to our success lies in the high quality of our standalone duplication controller. The knock on our controller was that added technological and safety advantages came at a cost, pricing our controllers above others, like ACARD. Now, with our acquisition of the ACARD duplication technology, including the controllers, we are able to offer a complete line of controllers, including lower cost versions for more price sensitive markets.

Vinpower is the largest global supplier of digital duplication controllers. This has stemmed from the overall reliability and high quality of our controllers. Another benefit is the fact that the Vinpower controllers can work with all known drives and medias on the market today, as well the ability to operate special functions with select drives and media, including the ability to offer copy protection for DVD and BD video content. These added benefits, plus lower costs, offer a greater assortment of benefits to duplication customers around the world.

In addition, when a duplicator’s drives become worn, they have issues burning certain medias and create longer duplication times or higher failure rates. Vinpower’s controllers recognizes these variances in the methods that drive’s burn media at during various stages in its production cycle and helps compensate through managing the duplication process. This not only extends the lifecycle of the drives, but also reduces the number of failed burns produced by the duplicator(s) as well. Making the Vinpower controllers able to further save money by extending the life of the drives and not wasting perfectly good media.

For more details on any of the products that Vinpower carries, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com or speak with an official Vinpower representative near you.

iXflash with write protection saves your content from accidental loss and viruses.

iXflash write protect

Picture this, you backup all your pictures from your iPhone / iPad onto your iXflash. In an effort to free up space on your iPhone / iPad, you delete those images off those devices after saving them to the iXflash. Afterwards, you let someone borrow the iXflash to copy some of your images that you wanted to share. Unfortunately, they accidentally deleted all the files from the iXflash during the process, losing irreplaceable images that you hadn’t had a chance to back up onto another source yet. That could be crushing! Or worse yet, they plug the iXflash into their computer, which unbeknownst to everyone is infected with a virus or malware. They accidentally upload that virus or malware onto the iXflash, which in-turn infects your computer when you plus the iXflash into it. Next thing you know, your computer is infected just because you wanted to share some files with a friend. There’s an easy way to prevent both of these worst case scenarios from happening.

The iXflash offers a feature that converts it to a Read Only, Write Protected drive. By turning on the read only / write protection feature on the iXflash app, with just 1 click, you can easily prevent images from being deleted, altered, moved, or infected, accidentally or on purpose. Since nothing can access the drive, you can prevent the drive inadvertently becoming infected with viruses or malware, protecting both your priceless content on the iXflash as well as keeping your computer virus clean! Don’t take chances, use the iXflash and the iXflash App to keep your content and your hardware safe!

For more details about this item or any of the products Vinpower Digital manufactures or distributes, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com or contact a Vinpower representative in your area.

Due to major disruption in Japan, the 2019 Q3 & Q4 flash pricing could be very volatile

power outage

A 13 minute power outage in the Yokkaichi province in Japan on June 15, 2019, derailed two key flash memory manufactures. Due to an unforeseen blackout, Toshiba, which is the # 2 global supplier of Nand flash memory at approx. 20%, and Western Digital, which fluctuates between the 3rd and 4th largest supplier at approx. 15%, now find themselves struggling to compensate for what could be significant loses in wafers that were in production during the time of the blackout. Add that to a growing trade war between Japan and South Korea, the two leading countries as it relates to flash memory and semi-conductor production, in which each is withholding critical components to the other for the production of flash memory, and it all spells a prolonged and volatile market for flash memory in the near future.

One of the reasons for flash pricing to be so volatile, even before it’s reflected in street pricing of the flash media is that the time frame to produce the wafer dye that is used to create the flash memory is a long process that can take months to fully produce. So when production is underway and then a seismic event like a total prolonged power loss happens, it could effectively wipe out months of progress and force the factories to start over. That means a huge amount of flash memory that was intended for the market is ruined and that there will be a gap in time between when that production can be replaced. Because that flash was intended to be used in the future, and no one knows what the true demand will be at that time, there’s no way of telling what the full affect will be right away. For that reason, it sends the market into a panic and those that have flash inventory are steadily increasing the pricing or withholding inventory so that it can be used in the future when there may be a shortage.

Add on top of that, growing tension between the two nations that each rely on the other for certain elements in the production of flash memory, then you have a very unstable situation. As South Korea and Japan begin adding restrictions and penalties against the other, it greatly affects the business communities on both countries, especially as it relates to semiconductors and related products.
With the current instability, the market can expect to see shortages and increased prices when it comes to consumer related flash products, like USB, SD, and SSD, especially. I don’t know how long this could last or what the full affects will be, but for certain, the relative stability and decreasing pricing on flash look to be taking a dramatic reversal.

The iXflash protects your most precious memories through its simple and quick back-up feature.

iXflash backup

We all know someone that has thousands of pictures and videos stored on their phone, it may even be you. In most cases, the pictures and videos are not protected and they take a great risk that they never lose or break their phones and lose those precious memories forever. Some add insurance by paying a monthly fee to store their personal image files on a cloud service. That works if you don’t mind throwing money out the window every month or don’t mind risking your privacy if that cloud service should be hacked and your images and videos could be compromised.

I could go over scary scenarios all day on what could potentially happen to all the pictures and videos stored on your mobile phone, but instead I’d rather tell you how easy it is to back up and safely store those files for FREE on your own computer, portable hard drive, or burn them on to optical discs. The answer is the iXflash drive! Using the simple 1 touch back-up solution through the iXflash App on either an iPhone / iPad or an Android mobile phone or tablet, you can back up all of your pictures and videos onto 1 convenient flash drive. Then you can take those files and store them on any device that can read a USB drive.

Here are the main benefits of backing up your pictures and videos with the iXflash over other methods or options:

1. Convenience: It’s quick and easy – in just a few minutes, you can back-up thousands of pictures and videos just through 1 icon in the App

2. Multiple Devices: You can back-up from multiple devices, including Apple and Android mobile phones and tablets with the same flash drive

3. Personal Folders: You can create separate folders to store all the images and videos, especially if they are from different devices or people, in order to keep your files clean and concise

4. Maintains Original files: The iXflash App maintains all the original time stamps, locations, image names, photo types (i.e. Live Photo), and much more, so you can easily find or restore those photos onto your phone or tablet without losing anything

5. Favorites: You can make certain images or videos favorites so that you can quickly find them anytime

6. Not Dependent on Internet: You don’t need internet access in order to back-up or search for your files

7. Prevents Redundancy: It won’t backup images that are already stored on the drive, so you don’t waste time and space backing up files you already have.

8. Plus so much more ways to make your life easier and safer

Check it out for yourself, we guarantee you’ll find it incredibly easy to use and more helpful then you could have imagined.
For more details about this product or any of Vinpower’s offerings, please visit our website, www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.

Vinpower’s SharkCopier line of duplicators can withstand high heat and still produce perfect duplication without failures for optical discs and flash media

Shark good in heat

This past June was declared the hottest June on record, especially in places like Europe where temperatures were unusually high. This is a problem as many areas where duplication is prevalent around the world do not have air conditioning for their facilities, either because it’s typically not needed or the cost is too high. Whatever the reason, the temperatures are rising and one of the biggest dangers for any electronic device is heat. As these devices are functioning, they are creating a large amount of heat, that heat needs to be removed from the device so that it doesn’t overheat and fail. This is mostly done using fans to blow the outside cooler air onto the internal component to cool it down. When the outer temperatures become too hot to cool the device down, then you have no recourse to keep the device operating and you must shut it down or risk failure. This is especially true of duplicators that use steel cases that traps hot air inside and creates a vacuum of hot air circulating around drives that are also getting hotter and hotter.

That’s where the SharkCopier becomes the perfect solution. The SharkCopier cases are made of aluminum instead of steal, which diffuses heat by pulling the hot air away from the drives and allowing cooler air to circulate and cool the drives down. In addition, with the cases side air vents, the hot air can escape without having to be pulled through the drives, like in the standard cases. By removing the heat quicker and more effectively, the Vinpower “Shark” cases allow for better air flow, cooler temperatures, and more efficient work flow, creating a better environment for the drives to work in producing better final results.

According to statistics, temperatures will continue to rise and the hot season will last longer, so if you depend on duplication for your livelihood, it would be wise to look into the one duplicators that won’t let you down when the heat is turned up. All of the “Shark” series of duplicators, from the SharkCopier, USBShark, SD/MicroSDShark, HDD/SSDShark, and any others that may come along in the future, will always be your coolest option.

For more details about the Vinpower Shark series of products or any item in our expansive product line, please visit our website at www.vinpowerdigital.com, or contact a Vinpower representative near you.