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Are the days of the desktop numbered? Perhaps, but if there's one group that'll keep it alive, it's the hardcore gaming crowd. For those who simply cannot be without the latest and greatest pushing the newest titles out of their Steam library, Alienware has updated its Aurora gaming desktop this week. Starting now, gamers can build one with Intel's latest Core i7 processors, including an Extreme Edition option. These chips have up to six cores and 15MB of cache, with overclocked speeds reaching a blistering 4.3GHz using Turbo Boost. These chips are, of course, a part of the new Ivy Bridge-E 4000 family, announced this week at IDF in California. The Alienware Aurora will be available on Dell.com... Read more...
Mainstream All-In-One PCs have become increasingly more popular in recent years, but AIO workstations remain a rare breed. After all, workstations typically require more horsepower than your average AIO, and IT folks demand better access to a computer’s internals than most ordinary AIOs allow. That makes HP’s Z1 workstation all the more attractive perhaps: it’s meant to give you the power and access of your big workstation box in a small footprint, with no (or few) compromises... That quad-core processor featured in the system is an Intel Xeon E3-1245v2... The CPU runs its four cores at 3.4GHz and has 8MB of cache. It supports error correction code (ECC) memory, which is ordinarily... Read more...
Mainstream All-In-One PCs have become increasingly more popular in recent years, but AIO workstations remain a rare breed. After all, workstations typically require more horsepower than your average AIO, and IT folks demand better access to a computer’s internals than most ordinary AIOs allow. That makes HP’s Z1 workstation all the more attractive perhaps: it’s meant to give you the power and access of your big workstation box in a small footprint, with no (or few) compromises. HP Z1 All-In-One Workstation Before we dive into the Z1 specifications (and its gorgeous, 27-inch display), we should give some background. HP has been receiving critical praise of late for its Z220... Read more...
The all-in-one desktop market certainly isn't as flush with new machines as it once was, and the desktop market as a whole has been slipping as notebooks and tablets begin to serve as the only computer one needs. That said, Acer has popped out a new one for consideration, the Z3-605. It's a fairly stylish rig, offering up a 23" Full HD display, a 10-point touch panel, optional hand recognition software, and a frame that tilts from 10 to 30 degrees plus an adjustable HD webcam. The unique capsule-shaped port bay on the front of the chassis groups together the on-screen display (OSD) button, SD card reader, USB 3.0 and 2-in-1 combo audio jack, for easy reach. To enhance the clean design, the stand... Read more...
What was that we were saying about the “PC market” needing to be redefined to include tablets? More market predictions are out, and this one from Canalys includes tablets in the mix, which paints a different picture of the PC market from one that’s experiencing lagging sales to one that is simply evolving to include a wider breadth of form factors in its sales numbers. When including tablets, Canalys predicts that the PC market will see 7% year-over-year growth, from 459.6 million in 2012 to 493.1 million--nearly half a billion--in 2013. In 2017, the firm forecasts shipments of PCs to reach 713.8 million. Dell XPS 11 Driving this bus will be tablets. Last year, Canalys lists... Read more...
Microsoft knows its waging a tough battle with Bing Desktop. After all, desktop search giants like Google and Yahoo have long since dominated the space. But even a small percentage of this market share means big bucks in advertising and referral dollars, and this week, Microsoft refreshed Bing Desktop with a raft of new features. Over 10 million people presently have Bing Desktop installed, and the company is hoping to reach even more following the addition of these new features. News at a Glance and Trending Topics:Interested in world news and not crazy about entertainment stories? Or vice versa? With the updates to the news app, you can stay up to date on news across categories with a glance.... Read more...
True confession: Until recently, I never owned a desktop PC. My parents had one when I was in high school that I used (primarily to email girls), but once I hit college, it was laptops all the way. I always needed to have a mobile machine to work on, hopping from class, to a job, to the library, to another job, and back to the dorm, so a desktop never made sense. Besides, who had space in a cramped dorm room for a bulky tower and monitor combo anyway? Even when I entered the tech industry, I worked in an office setting where we used notebooks connected to external monitors instead of desktops, and the only actual desktop PCs I used were builds I put together to test hardware in the lab. Fast... Read more...
We’ve already mentioned a little something about ASUS’ upcoming Z87-based motherboards, but ASUS has plenty of other products geared for 4th-generation Intel Core processors (Haswell), as well, including a new consumer desktop and a pair of all-in-ones. In addition to a 4th-generation Intel Core processor, the ASUS M51 desktop features NVIDIA or AMD graphics and the ASUS Smart Cooling System equipped with automatic fan speed control and a front-mounted hot-swap drive bay called the ASUS Universal Storage Module (USM). There’s also a removable UPS (uninterrupted power supply) called the ASUS Power Pack, which is great feature on its own, but it can also double as a portable battery... Read more...
Earlier this year, the IDC forecasted a 1.3% decline in PC shipments, which was supposed to be followed by a gradual increase, but now the research firm has adjusted its predictions dramatically: The IDC expects the PC market to drop 7.8% this year and another 1.2% in 2014; it won’t bounce back up until 2015, and even then, it will only grow 1.4% that year. Even when the market recovers and grows again, the IDC believes that shipments will only hit 333 million in 2017, which is actually below 2011’s high of 363 million as well as 2012’s 349 million. Surely, part of the cause for the sagging sales has to do with the lack of popularity of Windows 8 and cautious spending among... Read more...
Big, boxy, beige tower PCs aren't nearly as common as they once were, but oddly, neither are mini PCs. Instead, the notebook world has been eating into the desktop share, but that doesn't mean that there are no companies cranking out boxes for the niche. Gigabyte has just introduced the BRIX PC, a super small desktop with some pretty potent innards. You can order one with a Core i3, i5 or i7 within, an SSD, two USB 3.0 ports, a mini-DisplayPort socket, and an HDMI port. In other words, this would make a killer HTPC for those who don't need a monster of a GPU. Pricing has yet to be announced, but it should begin to ship soon.... Read more...
At this point, CES 2013 feels like it was eons ago. But in fact, it was but a few months ago that the technology universe descended upon Las Vegas, and Vizio decided to showcase a few new touch-enabled PCs for the first time. Now, those very machines are ready for shipment, if you've got the coin to snag one. The company's Spring 2013 Windows 8 line-up is finally rolling off of the production line, with a spate of notebooks and a trio of all-in-one desktops taking center stage. Offering the top-of-the-line quad-core processors from both AMD (A10 APU) and Intel (Core i7), the Touch PC line is fronted by the 15.6" Full HD model (starting at $1,189.99) and 14" HD+ (starting at $1,089.99) laptop.... Read more...
Lenovo's adding a new all-in-one machine to its portfolio this week, with the ThinkCentre Edge 62z being unwrapped for small businesses and enterprise spaces. It sports a conventionally tough and no-nonsense exterior, boasting an 18.5" LCD, a starting price of just $549, and a marketing plug that'll see it headed specifically to the healthcare and education markets. It's built in a way that encourages companies to mount it to the wall for additional space savings. On the inside, there's a Core i3 CPU, six USB 2.0 ports, integrated Intel HD graphics, and Wi-Fi. Did we mention that it starts at just $549? Lenovo Expands AIO Portfolio to Fit Small Budgets and Workspaces ThinkCentre Edge 62z Delivers... Read more...
Desktops may be losing steam as the segment gives way in some part to more mobile machines, but oddly, the largest desktops of all are seeing a huge uptick in attention. Supercomputers far and wide are becoming all the rage at institutions and educational facilities, as the world looks to plow more into science and computational black holes by using giant, always-on computers to handle the dirty work. Today, the Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign entered production, meaning the behemoth capable of performing quadrillions of calculations every second and working with quadrillions of bytes of data is now crunching numbers around the clock to help scientists... Read more...
Google Now, an all-purpose alert system introduced in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, is hopping over to the desktop. It will be integrated into a future build of the Chrome browser, giving desktop users access to the same groovy alerts and notifications that Android users receive, such as birthday reminders, weather alerts, nearby traffic information, and a plethora of other information to help you plan your day. It's unclear when Google Now for Chrome will debut, though a "skeleton" framework exists for the final product. And while CNet claims to have confirmed with Google its plans to port Google Now to Chrome, the sultan of search is keeping the details tight lipped at the moment, saying "we have... Read more...
2012 has been a banner year for both notebooks and desktops, in terms of design and innovation. It's not every holiday season that you get to swoon over a new Windows operating system and freshly designed hardware to go with it, but those in the market this winter will be treated with Windows 8 and some slick new machines should they choose to go that route. Whether it's for yourself or someone else, consider this your go-to guide for picking out the perfect notebook or desktop PC this holiday season. We're all about spreading the holiday cheer, and if it means sifting through dozens or even hundreds of machines to find the best ones, then so be it. This is what we do, and we'd much rather you... Read more...
Lenovo is targeting home entertainment with the introduction of its new IdeaCentre Q190 desktop and new additions to the company's C-Series all-in-one family. The IdeaCentre Q190 desktop is touted as "the world’s smallest full-function desktop PC." It measures just 22 mm (0.86 inches) wide. Looking at the specs, you can tell the IdeaCentre Q190 is configured with entertainment in mind. The IdeaCentre Q190 features full HD graphics, up to 7.1 surround sound, and an optional Blu-ray drive. You can also purchase an optional compact wireless multimedia remote with built-in mini backlit keyboard and mouse with the IdeaCentre Q190. The IdeaCentre Q190 runs on Windows 8 Pro. New additions to Lenovo's... Read more...
Acer announced the new Aspire ME and XC Series, both of which feature Windows 8. The Aspire ME Series micro towers are available in two sizes. This series targets users who want a power-packed system along with plenty of upgrade options. The Acer ME Series desktops offer Intel Core i7 or Core i5 processors, up to 10GB DDR3 memory that can be expanded to 16GB, and up to 2TB hard drives. Select models within this series also offer discrete graphics. The Acer ME Series chassis has a recessed deck on top that lets you charge smartphones and cameras. This deck provides access to two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and microphone and headphone jacks. For users who want to upgrade the system, two... Read more...
It isn't the most beautiful desktop, but it's also not designed to be a showpiece. Instead, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 is designed to be a business workhorse, engineered to serve medium and large businesses with an AMD A-series APU. It'll support up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, and it's available in a traditional tower or small form factor. You can also drive up to three monitors with it, and there are four native USB 3.0 ports on the rear. It'll start at just $449, which ought to slip well under most corporate desktop upgrade budgets. Speaking of which, isn't your cube machine about due for an update? Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 Delivers Big for Business with Advanced Processing Power Affordable desktop... Read more...
HP's starting off a week that will most certainly be remembered by those who fancy technology with a new range of all-in-one PCs. In fact, four new models are being revealed, including two new ones in the HP Envy line. The Envy 23 and Envy 20 TouchSmart AIO PCs are joined by the first AIO PC in the HP Spectre product family: the HP SpectreONE. There's also the HP Pavilion 20, which is aimed at "value-conscious" consumers. The Envy models boast 23" and 20" displays (respectively), the latest Intel CPUs, optional ExpressCache and SSDs, up to 3TB of storage, integrated Beats Audio, an HP TrueVision HD webcam, and a bunch of HP media-related software. The Envy 20 also offers HP Connected Remote,... Read more...
For as picky as individual computer buyers are, companies large and small are even moreso, because every purchasing decision is multiplied by the number of units needed. IT departments need to find computers that fit the purchasing budget, have strong security and manageability, and have a nice long lifecycle. Acer announced a series of desktops designed to meet those needs with the small form factor Veriton X6620G and mini tower Veriton M6620G. The systems start at the low low price of $300 and can be configured with Intel Core i7 processors, two DisplayPorts and a DVI port for multi-monitor support, and solid state capacitors for longer life. Acer X6620G The X6620G has one external 5.25-inch... Read more...
CyberPower introduced a new family of Intel Sandy Bridge-E, Ivy Bridge, and Xeon-based professional workstation PCs with NVIDIA Quadro graphics in the form of the new Power Mega II series. The Power Mega II series is available in three versions and six configurations. All models have been tested for use with leading business, graphics and CAD applications. The Power Mega II line includes the Power Mega II 1000, Power Mega II 2000, and Power Mega II 3000. The 1000 series uses the latest 3rd generation Intel Core processors. The 2000 series employs  Intel 2nd Generation Sandy Bridge processors and NVIDIA Quadro series GPUs. The 3000 series offers your choice of a single quad-core Xeon CPU... Read more...
HP announced four new all-in-one desktops including the HP Compaq Elite 8300, HP Compaq Pro 6300, HP ENVY 23, and HP Pavilion 23. The HP Compaq Elite 8300 all-in-one business PC is HP’s most powerful and multimedia-rich all-in-one. This all-in-one features a 23-inch diagonal HD display with an optional built-in 2-megapixel webcam and dual microphone array. The Compaq Elite 8300 runs on third- and second-generation Intel Core vPro processors and uses Intel HD Graphics or optional discrete graphics cards. The HP Compaq Elite 8300 Touch adds multitouch capabilities. The HP Compaq Pro 6300 targets business users and features third- and second-generation Intel Core processors with optional discrete... Read more...
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