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IDF 2013 - This morning our own Trace Hagan took a few minutes to stop by the Lenovo booth at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, and got a chance to look at Lenovo's new ThinkServer TS140. Michael Kendall, a spokesperson for Lenovo was on hand to clue us in on the new ThinkServer's key highlights.
The ThinkServer TS140 is designed to be small, quiet and still pack a punch strong enough to handle all your server needs. Kendall says that the ability to run Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server, make it an ideal solution for environments that do not justify a full rack mount unit. The TS140 was also designed to be much quiter than its already quite predecessors.
When you think servers, you might want to think about Lenovo's just-announced ThinkServer Tower Series of PCs - I enjoyed the play on words, did you? The company has just announced two new tower servers, the ThinkServer TS140 and ThinkServer TS440.
Both of these new server PCs feature Intel Xeon E3 processors and Intel AMT 9.0 for remote manageability. Lenovo says that thanks to the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 processors, the two new server PCs can offer 15% faster performance than previous generations. Lenovo has also done the world some good, with the TS140 using 65% post-consumer recycled plastic, making it a green-friendly choice for retail stores and offices.
The Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 kicks it up a notch, featuring the ability to have up to 32GB of RAM installed, advanced hardware RAID and chassis intrusion alert. The TS440 is also environmentally friendly, with optional 92% efficiency PSUs. The TS440 also uses 65% post-consumer recycled plastic. The best bit is that these systems won't set you back thousands to start with, as the ThinkServer TS140 starts from $421 and the ThinkServer TS440 starts from just $679.
I think we're going to see more of these devices in the future, but Acer has taken some time out before IFA kicks off in Berlin to announce its new DA241HL.
The Acer DA241HL features an ageing NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC which powers the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean side of things, with the all-in-one PC crammed into a 24-inch 1080p display. The all-in-one PC can also use an MHL connection to send content to an external display. It will launch mid next month starting at 429 euros.
We loved the Intel NUC when we looked at it, but we always need more power, speed and features. This is something Intel is working on, where they were showing off a new Haswell-powered NUC at PAX Prime 2013.
The new NUC is dubbed Intel NUC D54250WYK DIY kit that uses the Intel NUC Board D54250WYB. Intel will be releasing the Intel NUC kits under the Intel NUC D54250WYK DIY kit that uses the Intel NUC Board D54250WYB, which will be released later this year. Intel looks to be dropping Thunderbolt from the next-gen NUC units, which is a shame.
The Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK featured a Core i5 4250U processor, which runs at 1.3GHz but can be pushed up to 2.6GHz with Turbo enabled, and is a dual-core part with 3MB of smart cache. Intel HD Graphics 5000 is included, with the entire processor coming in with a TDP of just 15W, which is just incredible.
Most of the refreshed NUC units have USB 3.0 ports, which is very good to see, something I missed on the original Intel NUC unit when I reviewed it, here. You can be sure we'll have reviews of the new Intel NUC when it is released later this year.
VMWorld 2013 - Today, Lenovo announced that it has expanded its end-to-end enterprise solutions portfolio with the addition of a new thin client. The Lenovo Think Centre M32 is powered by Intel's Celeron platform and includes rich legacy support that provides enterprise-level functionality while delivering great value to customers who need a desktop virtualization solution.
"The ThinkCentre M32 is a small form factor thin client that adds value to our quality desktop products and helps enterprises meet end-to-end IT solutions for desktop virtualization," said Victor Rios, vice president and general manager of Think desktop, workstation, and visuals. "It has the Energy Star 5.2 green certification, making it great energy saving solution at a great value for virtual desktop environments."
Offered in Linux, LeTOS, or Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating systems, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M32 also features Lenovo's Terminal Manager software that allows IT managers an effective, secure, and easy-to-use management software. Lenovo says that the M32 will be available starting October 2013 and will sell at a price point of approximately $259.
If you're in the market for an iMac, you might want to wait a couple of weeks, as it looks like the big boy retailers are now offering discounts on iMac configurations, with Apple slowing shipments of the all-in-one PC.
This is all happening because Apple is poised to refresh the iMac with Intel's fourth-generation "Haswell" Core processors which should be announced after the company's September iPhone media event. AppleInsider reports: "The discounts join sales efforts initiated earlier this month by Best Buy, Amazon, and MacMall -- all of which are similarly offering the four standard iMac retail configurations at discounts between $100 and $150. Given the new inventory management measures Apple adopted after January's MacBook Pro surplus scare, the discounts are likely the start of a multi-week effort to run its iMac channel fairly bare."
We all know that a lot of people are not happy with the lack of a Start menu in Windows 8, but it looks like Lenovo is set to cure this on its Windows 8-based machines with a Start menu replacement.
The company will preload its Windows 8 machines with a Start menu replacement thanks to a deal Lenovo struck with San Diego-based SweetLabs and its software 'Pokki.' The deal will see the Chinese company preload Pokki onto its Windows 8 machines, which is quite the news considering Lenovo is the largest PC manufacturer... in the world.
This will help in many ways: first off, users. Users who don't know how to get, or use third-party software to access the Start menu will enjoy it preloaded. Second, it will drag SweetLabs into the spotlight.
If you've been wanting 3G connectivity on the super-cheap Raspberry Pi, your dreams could soon come true. A company called SparqEE are developing an add-on for Raspberry Pi that would allow a SIM card to be inserted.
The startup are going to launch their project on Kickstarter for crowdfunding, with the unique ability of selling users low-cost SIM cards that they could use in their Raspberry Pis since the company has "contracted with a worldwide SIM provider" that can deliver global SIM cards on the cheap.
Earlier today iBUYPOWER unveil their new competition-grade gaming systems that involved a partnership with Computer Logic Gaming, and now they're just announced a partnership with AMD that sees their Valkyrie and Revolt systems powered by AMD CPUs.
First up, the Valkyrie is available with AMD's high-end A10 quad-core CPU and a Radeon HD 8970M GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The AMD-based Valkyrie systems can be configured with both an SSD and a HDD for the best of both worlds, super-speed and huge storage. iBUYPOWER also decided to offer an AMD option on their Revolt system, where customers can choose an AMD A10-6800K quad-core CPU. This means that the Revolt remains "the industry's leading benchmark in compact, high-performance gaming systems" according to iBUYPOWER.
Darren Su, Vice President of iBUYPOWER has said: "At iBUYPOWER, one of our core strengths is being able to offer customers a wide selection of configurations for any of our systems. Yes, we're about producing the best performing systems, but we also want to answer the call for choice. With new Revolts and Valkryies featuring AMD components, we cater to our customer's needs."
Today, iBUYPOWER and Computer Logic Gaming (CLG) have teamed up to launch several new custom-designed, high-performance gaming systems that are sure to give any gamer the advantage needed when competing in competition level events. iBUYPOWER says that the systems were designed from the ground up and built around the needs of a hardcore competition gamer and that all of the new systems have been tested by teams from iBUYPOWER and CLG to ensure that every aspect of the systems were tweaked to perfection.
The new systems come in three unique configurations and are encased in a "Custom Laser-Etched Chassis" which bears the CLG logo on the case's side panel window. "We've stayed true to our mission since day one of committing to the eSports scene. We want to support and give back to the community," said Darren Su, VP of iBUYPOWER. "CLG told us that fans demanded something competitive and we listened."
Available with up to an Intel Core i7-4770K CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 graphics, 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, and sealed-loop liquid-cooling, each of the CLG systems will most definitely plow through any game you chose to throw at it. "I'm a computer enthusiast, and as the owner of CLG, I care a lot about what we put our brand on. The specs to price ratio on the CLG edition iBUYPOWER computers are great, which makes me happy to be working with them," said HotshotGG, Owner of CLG. "Plus, have you seen the custom case designs?"