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Something that hasn't been updated for quite sometime was our System Builders Guide, but over the next couple of weeks, we're going to revamp all three of our systems. Today, we've started with our ~$1000 'Sub-lieutenant' PC.
We've decided to add an SSD in by default (which will be featured in all of our PCs), a better CPU, GPU, 16GB of RAM, and much more. This is the first edit we'll do, and we'll continue to keep them more up-to-date going into the future. If you have any suggestions, do let us know, and we'll get them baked into the system specs!
British start-up, PiixL, is showing off its beautiful Jetpack PC, which is a Steam Machine. What makes it stand out from the crowd, is that it has a unique form factor.
It slides behind your TV, so that you'll never see it, making your TV into a Steam TV - awesome, right? We have a thin PC, with an overclocked Intel Core i7 processor, and a decent NVIDIA video card. Because the Jetpack is customizable, we should see some great specifications baked into the Jetpack. The Jetpack will attach to TVs of varying sizes - from 32-inch TVs to 70-inch beasts.
The Jetpack will start at $1000, which is expensive when compared to iBuyPower's Steam Machine, but this thing should have far better specifications, as well as its interesting form factor. We should see the Jetpack take flight in early 2014, and you can bet your bottom dollar we'll be checking it out when it's released.
Leap Motion is a very cool technology, but it has yet to take off like many industry insiders had predicted it would. I feel that this is due to a few factors including the fact that it is hard to just pick up and use. One needs to learn how to use gestures to control their PC.
Today HP announced that it will be expanding Leap Motion integration into 11 of its All-in-One and Desktop PC lines. This list includes HP's Envy Recline, Phoenix and TouchSmart series, and its Pavilion TouchSmart line will come packed with the Leap Motion keyboard. HP has pre-installed the Leap Motion software on all devices bundled with the technology, and includes a few free app demos.
Rikomagic has announced the launch of their new Rikomagic MK902 Android mini PC and it's up for pre-order for $143. You can choose between 8GB or 16GB of built-in storage. It runs off the latest version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The mini PC has a microSD slot, HDMI port, Ethernet jack, 4 USB ports, and an AV output. The device features a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, Mali 400 graphics, and 2GB of RAM. It can also be used to Skype because it features a built-in 5MP camera.
"Rikomagic is pleased to announce the launch of its first true Quad Core Android PC Box. Based on the same technology as the MK802IV mini PC but with increased connectivity options the MK902 really is the ultimate HTPC or desktop Android computer system."
Global gaming PC manufacturer CyberPower Inc. is now working with EVGA and are now offering mini-ITX based gaming rigs that come in a compact liquid-cooled chassis. The Hadron Hydro is designed for users that want power and space for their gaming hardware along with liquid-cooling for your GPU and CPU in a compact package. The chassis of the Hadron Hydro is 6.6" wide x 13.7" high and 12.1" deep and only 1.7" taller than the Hadron Air.
It features the same minimalist look on the front panel of the Hadron Air. The Hadron Hydro is powered by a 500 watt gold rated power supply, the Hydro can accommodate many Mini-ITX form factor motherboards including Intel's B85 to Z87 express chipsets, 4th generation IntelCore Haswell processors, and even full size GeForce GTX Titan video cards.
The water cooling kit features a 240mm radiator, high performance CPU block, stainless steel fittings, tubing, and coolant. You can choose from nine different top of the line Intel processors. Hadron Hydro has two 3.0 USB ports, support for slim slot optical drives, HD audio in/out, and two 2.5/3.5in drive bays.
Digital Storm makes some unbelievably awesome custom-built PCs, but until now, they were limited to the gaming side of the fence. Well, the company has just outed its new PRO line of machines, destined for the workstation market.
The company will use its expertise in the custom-built, liquid-cooled world of desktop PCs to push its new PRO line of workstation machines. It all starts with every PRO machine running Digital Storm's proprietary HydroLux cooling system, which combines both the liquid and airflow worlds with fully customizable control software.
All Digital Storm's PRO workstation machines have the same 72-hour stress test, as well as the multi-point QA inspection where every single part of the system is looked into, from part fitment to software setup to ensure that every single PRO workstation is a piece of custom-built PC art. The new PRO workstations will start at $2,442.
Alienware wants your old consoles, and is willing to pay money for them if you buy a new Alienware-branded PC. The Dell-owned PC outfit is offering a new trade-in program for game consoles, including most of the current-generation consoles.
If you own a Nintendo Wii, 250GB Xbox 360 Slim, 60GB PS3 "fat," 120GB PS3 Slim or 500GB PS3 "super slim" then Alienware will offer you $200 in cash when you purchase a new Alienware PC. In order to get your wad of cash, the console needs to be in working order with power adapters. Once you've purchased your Alienware PC, you'll print out a pre-paid shipping label, and send your console in.
You'll have to wait around 40 days or so to receive the money, which is better than nothing.
This morning, MSI unveiled two new additions to its All-In-One PC lineup. The new AE270 and AE221 both feature MSI's exclusive Flicker-Free and Blue Light Control technologies, and feature full HD 1920x1080 display panels. Additionally, both systems feature 10-point multi-touch touchscreen functionality.
The AE270 is a 27-inch system while the AE221 is a 21.5-inch system. Intel Core i3 and i5 processors are available, and upto 16GB of RAM can be installed. The systems feature 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and a Blu-ray drive is installed from the factory. Two 3-watt Creative Soundblaster Speakers have been integrated as well as a 2-megapixel webcam. Optionally a TV tuner can be installed from the factory, and the entire PC can be mounted on the wall via a VESA compatible mount. No pricing or availability were provided at the time of this writing.
Apple's highly anticipated Mac Pro was expected to begin shipping this month, but it now appears that the Cupertino-based company's flagship will now ship to consumers in December. First shown off earlier this year at WWDC 2013, the Mac Pro somewhat resembles an under-desk trashcan, but as we all know, looks are deceiving.
The entry-level model houses an Intel Xenon E5 quad-core processor that is clocked to 3.7GHz, and packs in 12GB of ECC RAM. A pair of AMD FirePro D300 GPUs and a 256GB SSD round things out. Those needing more power can upgrade to a 12-core processor, 64GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs are available with 6GB of RAM each as well. Standard on all models is support for upto three 4K displays, or six monitors utilizing Thunderbolt connectivity. Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and dual Gigabit ethernet is onboard as well to handle connectivity. Pricing starts at just $2,999.
Today CyberPower Inc. launched a new small form factor gaming PC to its already impressive lineup. The new Hadron Air Gaming PC is based on a mini-ITX setup that is housed in EVGA's new Hadron Air chassis. Measuring in at just 6.5-inches by 12-inches by 12-inches, this little PC packs a much larger punch than you would expect.
Available in two base configurations, the Hadron Air Gaming PC features the latest Intel and AMD processors, as well as full size NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan, or AMD R9 290x GPUs. The Chassis is sleek and modern, yet remains minimalist in design, making sure that style meshes perfectly with function.
"The Hadron gaming desktop supports all Mini-ITX form factor motherboards with Intel's Z87 Chipset as the preferred choice for the Hadron 100i, 200i and 300i. Customers can select from nine Intel processors from the Intel Core i3-4130 3.40 GHz processor to a powerful "Haswell" Intel Core i7-4770K 3.50 GHz processor with 8MB Intel Smart Cache and Hyper Threading technology. CYBERPOWERPC also has the Hadron 100a featuring AMD A-series "APUs" and its FM2 socket A75 chipset.