Q-Dion Products – The Quintessence of Practicality
The company name FSP Technologies is familiar to most of our readers. Much less than those who know about the existence of Q-Dion – a subsidiary of the FSP brand. And this is quite natural, since initially components manufactured under the Q-Dion brand were not presented in retail sales and were supplied exclusively to system integrators and PC builders. However, now the situation has changed, and Q-Dion products are available to end users.
FSP Technologies is known worldwide as a manufacturer of a wide range of power systems for a wide variety of market segments. Official deliveries of FSP products to Russia and the CIS began in 2004. A lot of time has passed since then, and now the equipment and solutions of this manufacturer are in demand both by large customers (system integrators and partners), and by end users.
What is the secret of FSP success? If you answer very briefly, the company offers high quality products at an affordable price. In addition, FSP employees carefully monitor the fact that the actual characteristics and consumer properties of the products exactly match the declared ones.
Despite the apparent simplicity, this is not easy to achieve – especially in the current situation, when the demand for PC components is decreasing from year to year, and competition has escalated to the limit. Nevertheless, for many years FSP has been able to fulfill its obligations and produce affordable products without compromising on quality and reliability, without forgetting about the introduction of new technologies.
Of course, constantly changing conditions sometimes require the adoption of bold and innovative solutions. One of them was the launch of a product line under the subsidiary brand Q-Dion. It is no secret that FSP manufactures products not only under its own brand, but also for other companies – that is, it is a major OEM and ODM manufacturer. It would seem that with such experience, creating a product line for a new brand is not difficult. However, in fact, this task was very difficult.
It was necessary to create products that, on the one hand, would preserve, figuratively speaking, the brand DNA of the FSP brand, and on the other hand, would increase the company's share in the entry-level segment. The most difficult problem in this case is the risk of direct competition between the products of the main and subsidiary brands (the so-called "internal cannibalism"). After all, it is possible that potential buyers of products of the main brand will reorient to products of the budget brand. This will lead to a decrease in the company's revenues and a weakening of its technological potential, which, in turn, will further complicate the task of producing competitive products.
That is why FSP decided that Q-Dion's target audience will be large system integrators and PC builders. Based on this, characteristics and functionalities were determined that are of extreme importance for such customers, as well as what is secondary or completely unnecessary. Based on these criteria, the first Q-Dion power supply models were developed.
The basic principles underlying the products of this line are practicality, sufficiency and reliability. Q-Dion power supplies differ from FSP models in a more affordable price, but at the same time they meet the required level of quality and functionality from the point of view of mass production of primary and middle segment PCs.
Initially, products under the brand name Q-Dion were produced in limited quantities and supplied exclusively to large system integrators as part of small projects. Quite quickly, Q-Dion power supplies gained popularity and firmly occupied their niche in the segment of mass production of PCs.
The chosen strategy suggested that Q-Dion power supplies would not be available in retail. End users could purchase them exclusively as part of a finished PC. However, after a significant recession took place on the desktop market, consumers' reorientation to budget platforms became obvious and the question of the need to bring affordable power supplies to the CIS market became especially acute. Due to the fact that by that time a line of such products was already ready in the FSP asset, the company was able to contrast the competitive Q-Dion solutions to numerous crafts of dubious quality from little-known manufacturers that literally flooded the market.
Q-Dion is currently a subsidiary of FSP. In addition to desktop power supplies, the Q-Dion product line includes universal notebook power adapters and uninterruptible power supplies.
All Q-Dion products have a simple and sleek design. They do not have any frills beneficial from the point of view of marketing, but completely useless in practice – only the necessary minimum of functionality that covers the basic needs of users.
The philosophy of the Q-Dion brand is to provide customers with the necessary minimum opportunities at an affordable price combined with optimal quality. This ensures competitiveness and guarantees the PC manufacturer the high quality of its products. Thus, Q-Dion solutions are the quintessence of practicality. If you familiarize yourself with the Q-Dion product line, it becomes clear that this statement is not unfounded.
Desktop Power Supplies
The Q-Dion product catalog contains three lines of ATX desktop power supplies – QD, Z, and QD 80+. Consider the features of each of them.
Q-Dion QD350 Power Supply
Q-Dion QD power supplies are designed to equip universal office and home PCs. The range includes models with a rated power of 300, 350, 400, 450, 500 and 550 watts. All of them are made in cases measuring 150 × 140 × 86 mm and are equipped with an integrated cable system. Models rated at 400 watts or more are equipped with a PFC module. Information on the number of connectors is shown in the table:
The cooling system of the Q-Dion QD300 and QD350 models uses 80 mm fans with a plain bearing, and the rest use 120 mm fans.
Q-Dion QD400 Power Supply
The Q-Dion Z series includes models with rated power of 350, 400, 450, 500 and 550 watts. They are made in cases measuring 150 × 140 × 86 mm and are equipped with an integrated cable system. Information on the number of connectors is shown in the table:
The Q-Dion Z series power supplies are cooled by a 120mm plain bearing fan.
Q-Dion QD-400Z Power Supply
The latest at the time of writing these series of power supplies is called Q-Dion 80+. It presents low-cost models for assembling home and office computers designed to perform everyday tasks. All Q-Dion 80+ units are equipped with a PFC module, have high energy efficiency and meet the requirements of the 80Plus specification – which, in fact, is reflected in the name of the series.
Q-Dion QD400 80+ Power Supply
Power supply Q-Dion QD450 80+
Q-Dion QD500 80+ Power Supply
Power supply Q-Dion QD650 80+
The Q-Dion 80+ line includes power supplies with a rated power of 350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 650 and 750 watts. All of them are equipped with an integrated cable system and are made in cases of size 150 × 140 × 86 mm. The exception is the younger model, whose case height is 90 mm. Information on the number of connectors is shown in the table:
The cooling system of the Q-Dion QD350 80+ model uses an 80 mm fan, and the rest uses 120 mm fans with a plain bearing.
Universal Notebook Adapters
The Q-Dion product line also includes universal power adapters for laptop power.
The Q-Dion QD90 model is designed to power laptops from AC power from 100 to 240 V. This adapter is designed to work with loads that consume power up to 90 watts.
Universal adapter Q-Dion QD90 with a set of adapters
The device is made in a black plastic case measuring 125 × 50 × 30 mm. At one end there is a standard two-pin connector for connecting the power cable to the mains. On the opposite side, a cable is attached to the case with interchangeable nozzles for connecting to the external power supply connector of the laptop. The delivery set includes 8 interchangeable adapters for connecting to laptops from different manufacturers.
The voltage at the output of the adapter is 19 V DC. The maximum current in the load circuit is 4.74 A. Built-in protection systems against overload and overheating are provided.
The Q-Dion QD Car 65 adapter is designed to power laptop PCs from the vehicle’s onboard network and other vehicles. This device is designed to connect to a DC source with a voltage of 10.5 to 14.5 V and provides power to the load, consuming power of not more than 65 watts.
Model QD Car 65 is made in a black plastic case. Its dimensions are 95 × 50 × 31 mm; weight – 317 g.
Q-Dion QD Car 65 car adapter with adapter kit
A cable with a connector for connecting to the cigarette lighter socket is attached to one of the ends of the housing. At the opposite end there is a cable with interchangeable nozzles for connecting to the external power connector of the laptop. The delivery set includes 8 interchangeable adapters for connecting to laptops from different manufacturers.
The voltage at the output of the adapter is 19 V DC. The maximum current in the load circuit is 3.42 A. Built-in protection systems against overload and overheating are provided.
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