When I think of LG I don't think of computers, images of TVs and mobile phones jump to mind. LG has unveiled a new XPION 30 line of desktop computers that are crammed inside a shiny black enclosure with some red trim.
All three of the machines run Windows 7 Home Premium and are based on Intel platforms. The T30 has a Core 2 Duo at 3.06GHz, 2GB of RAM, and a 640GB HDD. Graphics for the machine are via GeForce 210 with 512MB of RAM. The A30 desktop has the same CPU and uses 3GB of RAM, 500GB HDD, and the same graphics card with 1GB of RAM.
The high-end S30 desktop has a 2.66GHz Core i5 CPU with 3GB of RAM, 640GB HDD, a DVD burner, and a GeForce 9600GT 512MB video card. These machines should do ok for multimedia and general computer work, but they are no hard-core gaming machines.
I like the idea of a small and cheap HTPC that I can cram inside my entertainment center. Dell has debuted its Zino HD HTPC in the UK today. The machine comes in three versions. The cheapest of the three is £299 and features integrated HD 3200 graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium, 2GB of RAM, 320GB of storage, and a DVD drive.
Moving up to the next level gets the same GPU and OS, a 20-inch Dell LCD, 3GB of RAM, 500GB of storage and a DVD drive built-in. If you want more in your HTPC, you can opt for the £744 high-end model with ATI HD 4330 graphics sporting 512MB of VRAM.
The machine also features 6144MB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and a built-in Blu-ray drive. Those are some nice specs. All three machines run on an assortment of AMD CPUs ranging from the Neo X2 6850e to the Athlon 2650e. WiFi and other features are built in as well.
A mob by the name of Stealth Computer has just introduced its latest mini PC, a fanless Atom powered system enclosed in a compact chassis measuring 166 x 157 x 48 mm.
The LPC-395F is primarily aimed for the purposes of digital sign, mobile/field deployment, process and discrete control, automation, human-machine-interface, data acquisition, shop floor and machine control.
Specs wise, it uses an Atom N270 processor (1.6GHz), 1 or 2GB RAM, GMA 950 graphics, has a front loading CF card slot and also a 2.5-inch bay for SSDs/HDDs with up to 500GB capacity. Further to that is optional WiFi support, four USB 2.0 ports, DVI output and dual Gigabit Ethernet.
Stealth Computers are shipping the LPC-395F for as low as $795 USD, but that's without a HDD and only 1GB of RAM.
When we reviewed the original ASRock ION 330-BD Nettop after we saw it displayed at Computex, we were suitably impressed by a solid little computer that could smoothly playback Blu-ray HD movies and impress with a good price and stunning looks and build quality.
The good news for fans of these type of small, yet capable home theater computers is that ASRock is preparing its second generation ION nettop, called the ION330-HT-BD. We were contacted recently about getting a review done for them, but thought we would cut in early and give you some early details about the product.
Visually, the device looks almost the same as the first ION 330-BD, but it adds in a few important features that were missing from the first device such as WiFi, DTS, powered eSATA port, MCE remote control and EuP 2.0.
Check out the DM sales pitch sheets below for more details on the product.
You can expect our review to go online next week - stay tuned!
Details have come about pertaining to Apple's new range of Mac Minis. Performance will be superior thanks to the use of faster 2.26GHz or 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo CPUs along with 2 or 4GB of memory and a 160 or 320GB HDD. You can even ask for a 1TB drive but then you'll have to give up the optical drive.
With much demand for it, Apple have also decided to offer OS X Server as an official option, too.
Pricing is said to remain consistant with the base model coming in at $599.
The folks at PC Perspective were fortunate enough to get their mits on Dell's new Windows 7 based "Studio One" all-in-one PC and took both video and plenty of pics of the unit in action.
This all-in-one PC is designed in to be nearly completely wireless (power still required) and integrates an optical touchscreen interface for a unique interactive experience. I put together a short video review of the unit included below that looks at the Dell Studio One design, the touchscreen technology and how it works with Windows 7 today, general purpose computing on the machine and more.
A summary of the specs include the use of an Intel Pentium E5200 dual-core processor (2.5GHz) running on NVIDIA's ION chipset (GeForce 9400M), 3GB of memory, a 320Gb 2.5-inch HDD, DVD+RW slot loading drive, four USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet and built in webcam.
All in all, this unit appears to have some pretty nice features with its optical touchscreen interface and it looks pretty sleek, too. Definitely a unit like this is ideal in say a kitchen area or some such.
Check out the full review via the source below.
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Word on AMD's imminent arrival of its Congo ultra-thin platform has just come out that that we should see it wrapped up late this month or early next. It was originally slated for a July launch but calls for ultra-thins at the time were few.
AMD's next generation ultra-thin notebook platform (Congo) will feature a dual-core Turion Neo X2 L625 or Athlon Neo X2 L335/L325 or single-core Athlon Neo MV-40 processor and M780G chipsets.
Although AMD has not yet announced the Congo platform, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has already launched s 12.1-inch ultra-thin notebook (DV2-1113AX) in Taiwan at a price at NT$25,000 (US$776.24) that features an Athlon Neo MV-40 CPU (that will be used in the Congo platform) combined with the RS690E chipset from the Yukon platform.
AMD also plans to launch two more ultra-thin platforms over the next two years, these codenamed Nile and Brazos. A further note lets us know AMD is on track to bring out its traditional notebook platform Tigris just after the launch of Windows 7. This will sport a 45nm processor which could be a Sempron M100, Athlon II M300, Turion II M500 or Turion II Ultra M600 series.
According to Wikipedia, Google is using a camera that is capable of scanning Google Books (the company's online digitized collection) at an alarming rate of 1,000 pages per hour.
While that sounds like quite a healthy pace, it's got nothing on the scanning device a very skilled team at the University of Tokyo have managed to put together; said to be capable of scanning a 1,000 page book in just four minutes!
The core component of the device is a high-speed camera that can make 500 shots in a single second and is based on infrared laser technology. Users are required to manually flip the pages under the camera, which then makes shots of the print material. The device is able to scan everything that's printed on paper, from character written in latin or other languages to graphs or photos.
Slashgear has discovered the first all-in-one nettop running off Intel's next-gen Pine Trail Atom refresh. The unit is from KND, a chinese maker with the model being K1850.
Specis include a dual-core 1.66GHz D510 (Pineview) chip, 18.6-inch display, 250GB HDD, 2GB RAM, WiFi, 3-in-1 card reader, three USB ports and a DVD drive.
Pine Trail moves the Pineview CPU and both the memory and graphics controllers onto a single chipset, to be accompanied by a separate I/O controller called Tiger Point. That, Intel claim, means power requirements are reduced, speed is increased and heat output drops; admittedly, those factors might be more useful in a netbook, where you could squeeze out more runtime from a battery or even go fanless.
Two new all-in-one PCs have surfaced from Gateway today, both of which run Windows 7 and use multi-touch capable touchscreen displays. Both the Gateway One ZX6800 and ZX4800 respectively use a 23-inch and 20-inch display with resolutions of 1920 x 1080 and 1,600 x 900.
The ZX6800 runs an Intel Core 2 Quad 2.33GHz CPU with 8GB of RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670 1GB graphics, a 1TB hard-drive and 64GB SSD (for apps and OS); there's also WiFi b/g/n, gigabit ethernet, a DVD burner and eSATA port. A hybrid TV tuner and 5.1 surround sound outputs take care of entertainment.
Meanwhile the cheaper ZX4800 uses a Pentium dual core 2.1GHz CPU with 4GB of RAM, Intel GMA X4500HD graphics, a 750GB hard-drive and the same connectivity of its faster sibling. However it doesn't have the SSD or TV tuner options.
Both models are said to become available by late this month/early next with the X6800 carrying an expected price tag of $1,399 U.S. and the X4800 $749 U.S.
Intel have put into swing their Core i7 Custom Desktop Challenge as of October 5 which allows participants to sign up online and be in with a chance to pick up some nice prizes such as Intel processors, a netbook, Flip HD camcorder, 160GB SSDs and more.
There are two contest categories you can choose from as follows :-
Mod Creativity: a mod PC desktop that showcases innovations in lighting, cooling, liquid emersion, cut case and creativity.
Lifestyle Innovation: a futuristic home automation PC platform to improve one's lifestyle through wireless media centers, lighting automation and security integration.
Submission and Contest Rules:
Interested participants can submit entries from Oct. 5 through 11:59 p.m. PST on Nov. 16. Final submissions will be judged on five factors by a panel of judges comprised of sponsors, Intel employees and industry experts. Contestants will be awarded up to ten points per factor, for a total of 50 points. The five factors are:
Overall mod creativity
Mod paint job/creativity
For contest info and registation, head over to the official contest site here. Keep in mind, in order to participate you must be over 18 years of age and reside in Belgium, Canada (except Quebec), Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom or the United States.
So, everyone loves taking a stab at nVidia for its rebranding and why not, it is fun and very easy to do. Plus re-branding is pretty dishonest.
So I wonder what the reaction will be with AMD's new "Vision" labeling system. To me is seems like a re-hash of their older "AMD Game" labeling.
The labels are meant to take the place of the usual stickers that list out the actual CPU and GPU names. They come in three flavors (just like AMD Game) and are; AMD Vision, AMD Vision Premium, and AMD Vision Ultimate.
Each of these levels is pretty self-explanatory but are intended to give consumers a simpler way to determine a systems performance. According to AMD CMO, Nigel Dessau, "Today's consumer cares about what they can do with their PC, not what's inside," Which is not entirely accurate as according to many polls brand name recognition accounts for a large amount of purchases.
So will the new AMD Vision Labels help? I am not so sure as consumers become more tech savvy they will want to know what's under the hood of their computer purchases more and more. Hiding this behind a blanket label could put some people off.
Well well well, AMD is getting back into the thin and light game. After a few years of claiming the netbook was a fad and not really anything that AMD was interested in we see that AMD is preparing to release their platform for Ultra-Thin notebooks.
As is now typical with AMD this is a market they talked about and even demoed last year. However they were late to the ball game as Intel managed to get their CULVs into most thin and lights first.
So why would you be interested in AMD's version? Well there are a few reasons. The first is not as big of a deal as it sounds; this is 1080P playback for video. Now I love my HD TV and Projector, I even love the Blu Ray player on my notebook, but I my notebook is a 20-inch book so I can actually see the impact from 1080p Blu-Ray.
Since most thin and lights are between 13-15 inches 1080p on that size screen just does not make sense. Yes, you could connect it to your TV Via and HDMI or Display Port out but who is really going to do that.
The next item is actually the most important of the group; battery life.
Although no exact details were given AMD is claiming that with their newest ULV CPUs you will get an extra hour of battery life. Of course what you get in real life Vs what is put on paper are two different things. If AMD can really do this it will help out quite a bit as right now Intel is leading them in this race.
Last on the list is gaming. Now on a netbook I say that gaming is pointless and should not even be considered. It was a foolish idea for nVidia to push ION at the netbook and not reserve it for the nettop. All that Aside AMD is claiming a 77% better gaming experience over Intel's current platform. Sounds big on paper but in reality it was not a hard thing to do. Intel is not known for their powerful gaming GPUs so while it is nice to see it is not really a big deal.
At the time of writing we only know of two manufactures that are looking into using the new AMD ULV CPUs and platform (Asus and Acer) but you can be sure that more will follow.
Well I suppose that after the Eee PC line up was leaked we needed some good information about the small Atom powered line. This time it is the EeeBox that we are hearing about. It is a confirmation of rumors from earlier in the year.
The EeeBox PC EB1012 was rumored to contain nVidia's ION and a dual core Atom (N330). Well it turns out the rumors were correct. The new box will feature the MCP7A ION (GF9400M) an Intel Atom N330 (Dual Core) a 250GB 2.5-inch SATA HDD, 2GB of DDR2-800 (supports up to 4GB).
The best thing is going to be the ability to push out 1080p video to your display. This would put the EeeBox PC EB1012 in line as a decent low cost HTPC. Unfortunately Asus has chosen to put Windows Vista Home Premium on the new EeeBox, It would be much better with Windows 7 but maybe they will change things once it is officially released.
In our most recent poll, we asked you all what type of computer you primarily use.
We had a good turn out with the voters bringing in almost 4500 unique results. A large percentage of 40% of our readers primarily use a gaming system, while 36% use a standard desktop system.
19% said that they mostly use a laptop, while 3% said they are using netbooks.
Only 1% said they mostly use a mobile phone or mobile device and 1% also use a home theater PC, while there wasn't enough votes to register a percentage vote for tablets or other devices.
That means a staggering 76% use a full size PC still, while only 22% of our audience is mobile.
For the actual numbers, go here.
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Asus has officially released a nettop with nVidia's ION under the hood. The product in question is called the Eee Top ET2002T. This is a full 20-inch widescreen, touch capable nettop.
It will have a DVD burner, a 1600 x 900 resolution, a dual core Atom 330 1.3GHz CPU and a full 2GB of RAM.
Some of the more interesting features include an HDMI input. This means that you can connect an HDMI device to this and use the ET2002T as a monitor.
The ET2002T looks to be a nice system and should have enough power to do a few content creation tasks in addition to its role as web surfing outlet. Its all-n-one construction makes it a great space saver for any house. I could see this fitting into a kitchen, media/internet system if Asus would offer a TV tuner option.
As of this writing there is no word on pricing.
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This is something interesting, a company has created an Atom based system board that can operate at just under 4.5 Watts.
The company's name is InHand Electronics, they put together a system board they are calling firefly. This is the world's smallest and most power efficient Atom single board computer.
To get this size they did not remove functionality. I have you have both onboard DDR2 and an expansion slot for an extra SODIMM.
In most current systems you need to have an additional power board to run the system and offer the same performance as the Firefly. The Firefly can act as a stand-alone board but also has spots for daughter cards to increase functionality.
I have been trying to ignore this one all day but after a few persistent e-mails and some IMs I guess I need to get it out.
Fujitsu has a teaser site up for a new system called Celsius Ultra. There is no word on the specs, no word on price just a few tidbits that indicate Fujitsu is looking to make a hardcore system.
Some of the information that is being spoon fed out is that the new Celsius Ultra is capable of "Ultra" clocking. This, according to a few sites, is a combination of a special mainboard and custom BIOS that allows for overclocking the CPU, GPU, FSB, and RAM.
I am still not seeing too much to get excited about. In fact I did not even know there was a Fujitsu Gaming team or that Fujitsu had any plans to make a gaming system. I think it is the fact that this is coming out of the blue for most that will cause it a rough launch.
Well, well, well; Acer is going to have another go at releasing the Predator. This is the same system that had massive cooling problems earlier this year.
By massive we mean that some were reported to have actually caught fire.
So now they are going to put even more heat generating hardware in the box and stuff it inside that nice eye catching orange case.
The new specs are looking like;
Core i7-950 @ 3.06GHz CPU
6GB of DDR3 RAM (up to 12GB)
Intel X58 Express Chipset (board manufacturer not mentioned)
1TB SATA HDD @ 7200rpm
2x Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 1GB,
Blu-ray disc drive
11x USB 2.0 ports
2x eSATA ports
Two Gigabit Ethernet
I hope they upped the cooling in this system first.