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Valve shows off 13 Steam Machines, we have all the prices and specs

CES 2014 - Valve has just hosted its CES 2014 event, where details on its 13 third-party Steam Machines have been unveiled. Each machine has basic specs, with even the cheapest offerings kicking dust into the next-gen consoles' eyes.

 

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We've already heard about some of these Steam Machines, including the iBUYPOWER SBX Steam Machine, but we have some amazing looking machines here to drool over for the rest of the year.

iBUYPOWER unveils its SBX Steam Machine, promises 60FPS gaming

CES 2014 - iBUYPOWER has just unveiled its sleek new SBX Steam Machine, something it collaborated with Valve on. The new iBUYPOWER SBX Steam Machine is capable of delivering 60FPS gaming to the world, which will be a nice change with these not-so-great 'next-gen' consoles.

 

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There will be two models on offer, providing gamers with the choice between AMD and Intel CPUs. Darren Su, co-founder and VP of iBUYPOWER says: "What we really wanted to do was make an impact in the living room. We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way."

 

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Each iBUYPOWER SBX Steam Machine will come with an included Steam Controller, with all aspects of the SBX machien optimized for the gaming experience on Steam OS - so don't consider this a small, cheaper PC. iBUYPOWER's SBX Steam Machine will be available later this year, starting for $499 including a Steam Controller.

CyberPower unveils AMD and Intel Steam OS-powered Steam Machines

PC manufacturer CyberPower has unveiled its Steam Machine PC, opening up access to Valve's Steam gaming library directly from the living room. The entry-level Steam Machine A, powered by an AMD A6-6400K 3.90GHz and AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5 GPU for $499, while the Steam Machine B starts with an Intel Core i3-4330 3.50GHz CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX760 2GB GDDR5 for $699.

 

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The Steam OS won't suddenly take over the PC market, but is highly appealing for OEMs trying to cater directly to gamers. Everyone from CyberPower and Alienware to iBuyPower and GIGABYTE are chomping at the bit to release Steam OS machines, with around one dozen companies expected to launch products in early 2014.

 

Both systems include high-density storage, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, and ship with the Steam Controller.

Lenovo also unveils an all-in-one PC, new 4K display and Android

CES 2014 - Lenovo has just finished taking the wrapping off its new ThinkVision Pro2840m 4K-capable display, but now we're hearing about the new N308 all-in-one PC, and a new 4K display with Google's mobile OS, Android, on-board.

 

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The Lenovo ThinkVision 28 is the first 4K monitor to feature Android, but is being pushed as a professional 4K display first, with the Android desktop when required. The new ThinkVision 28 display features three HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, and five USB 3.0 ports for connectivity. Matt Bereda, Lenovo's Marketing Director, said: "Now you get a very high resolution display that you can use for work situations, as well as being able to have an Android interface that can access applications."

 

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Inside of the ThinkVision 28 is an NVIDIA Tegra processor, and stock version of Android. One of the standout features here is that there is no Lenovo UI being splashed over the stock Android OS - which is a nice surprise. Bereda added: "There are base Android apps installed, similar to what you'd get with your phone. You can expect a similar interface. Kind of the baseline video, camera type of apps, but then you will also be able to download others."

Valve outlines its 12 partners for Steam Machines

CES 2014 - 2014 is destined to become the year of the Steam Machine, but it looks like we now know 12 of the companies that Valve is working with to build these new PCs.

 

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We have: Alienware, Falcon Northwest, CyberPowerPC, Origin PC, GIGABYTE, Materiel.net, Webhallen, Alternate, Next, Zotac and Scan Computers and of course, iBuyPower (pictured above). We should expect all of these Steam Machines to be on display at CES 2014 this week, so expect a slew of pictures from us as we see them.

HP embraces Android with all-in-one desktop PC for businesses

Hewlett-Packard started the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) by launching the company's first Google Android-powered all-in-one desktop PC for businesses. The Slate 21 Pro has a $399 price tag and includes a 21.5" HD touchscreen (1920x1080), NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core CPU, Bluetooth 4.0, 2GB RAM, and a 16GB solid state drive. It runs Android 4.3. Cloud-based apps are used to provide business productivity, and an auto-sync feature to Android smartphones and tables makes it easier to share files.

 

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All apps can be viewed in landscape and portrait mode, thanks to clever back-end changes provided by the No. 2 global PC manufacturer.

 

Microsoft has plenty to cheer about with PC OEMs showing off Windows 8/8.1 devices, but Android's rise in the mobile and desktop market is concerning. The Google Chrome OS is seeing wider adoption, while OEMs also dabbles bringing Android to the desktop. Meanwhile, AIOs are continuing to increase in popularity among consumers, but there is much work to be done to increase adoption in the business sector.

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iFixit opens up the new Mac Pro, praises its repairibility

Ifixit is back with yet another teardown of a high-end electronic device. This week they take on Apple's new Mac Pro, and unlike any other Apple product iFixit has torn down this year, the company praises the repairibility of the Mac Pro.

 

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iFixit says that the Mac Pro uses no proprietary screws, and many of the units hardware can be accessed without the use of any tools whatsoever. One very unique feature of the new Mac Pro is its completely modular design. Each GPU is custom designed to fit in the enclosure and one of the GPU cards even houses the systems SSD Storage. It appears that the only issues iFixit has with the Mac Pro is the lack of expandable external storage, and users must rely on expensive Thunderbolt 2 external devices.

Apple's new Mac Pro will begin shipping on December 30

Apple's new, sleek Mac Pro will begin shipping just before the end of the year, on December 30 to be precise. Many people have already slapped down their cards for the new Mac Pro, with some of their cards begin charged, and order statuses changed to "Preparing for Shipment".

 

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Preparing for Shipment would lead us to believe that nothing can be changed now, as it is being prepped to be delivered. There are some users reporting that their delivery dates are stating December 27, so we could see people receiving their new Mac Pro machines a little earlier than December 30, and as a nice, slightly late Christmas present.

Apple's new Mac Pro's arrive on sale tomorrow starting at $2999

Apple is set to release its long awaited next-generation Mac Pro tomorrow, after passing previous release deadlines twice for the new models. The new Mac Pro's have been highly anticipated for quite some time now, and the company's current Mac Pro model is beginning to age.

 

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The new Mac Pro's feature a round cylinder design that is clearly a nod to the company's new "space ship" campus it is building in Cupertino, California. The device will ship with Intel Xeon E5 processors, up to 64GB of RAM and dual AMD Fire Pro video cards. 1TB of storage is provided thanks to a PCIe SSD, and optional HDD-based storage is available. You can own a new Mac Pro as early as tomorrow, for $2,999, just remember not to mistake it for a trash can.

LG announces the Chromebase, the world's first all-in-one Google PC

LG will unveil its all-in-one, Google Chrome OS-powered Chromebase, at CES 2014 next month. The LG Chromebase features Google's Chrome OS, a 21.5-inch Full HD IPS-based screen, and much more.

 

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We have an Intel Celeron CPU inside, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB iSSD for storage, HDMI-in, three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, LAN, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam. There's some built-in speakers, coming in at a whopping 5W. It looks like the Chromebase will be enough for most casual users, but it won't be forming any performance world records.

 

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We'll be hands-on with this Chromebase at CES 2014 in just a few weeks time.

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