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When LG first unveiled its Chromebase all-in-one Chrome OS-Based PC the tech community was set abuzz, and while many doubted that a Chrome OS desktop was worth the space it took up, more industry experts thought that the Chromebase was an excellent idea, and an indication of where the industry is going. Today LG announced that the Chromebase AIO would be arriving later this month on May 26th at Amazon, Newegg, and Tiger Direct.
"Personal computers have obviously become central to each member of the family, regardless of age, which is why it's important to have one that's easy to use," said Thomas Lee, senior vice president, LG Electronics USA. "Google's suite of programs, ability to update software and cloud-based storage allow the LG Chromebase to offer a simple, modern computing experience."
NVIDIA collaborated with a US based Boutique system builder Falcon Northwest for raising money on behalf of the Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation by auctioning a custom-designed gaming PC via Ebay. The foundation is responsible for providing needs-based scholarships and promotes physical activity among the youth.
Philip Scholz was a 35-year-old graphic design marketer in NVIDIA who lost his life when he tried to save a man who was laying down on the Caltrain tracks at the Santa Clara station in January. Scholz tried to save the man, but both men were struck by the train. Back then, NVIDIA co-founder said that his heroic act resonated Scholz's consistent behaviour as he found to be confident, aggressive and a capable person.
The auction is still active. At the time of writing, the current bid stands at US $7,200 and so far 20 bids were made. There are three days left for the auction to be completed.
Dell has pulled the wraps off some new computer systems including new Inspiron notebooks and All in One PCs. The new notebooks include the Inspiron 14, 15, and 17 5000 series notebook computers. Dell is aiming these machines at students that need a laptop they can take around campus. The 15 and 17-inch machines in the series have backlit keyboards and full HD touch displays.
Those touch screens support 10-finger touch and have scroll, zoom, and tap. The laptops have various 4th Gen Intel Core processors and battery life of up to 8 hours for the Inspiron 14. The Inspiron 15 is good for runtime of up to 7 hours and 33 minutes. The new AIO machines include the Dell Inspiron 20 and 23. The 23 uses 4th generation Core processors and have full HD displays.
GIGABYTE is really expanding its BRIX lineup of small form factor PCs, with the latest one powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 GPU. Not only that, but it had an Haswell-based Core i5 processor, too.
Inside of the new BRIX was an Intel Core i5-4200H processor at 2.8GHz (up to 3.4GHz thanks to Turbo), with a 47W TDP. As for the desktop-class GPU, the GeForce GTX 760 has a total TDP of 170W, so we should expect some serious heat to be pushed out of this particular BRIX. Inside, we have dual SO-DIMM slots, support for both mSATA and 2.5-inch drives, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet.
On top of that, we have four USB 3.0 ports, dual HDMI outputs, and a miniDisplayPort output. We should expect the GeForce-powered BRIX PCs to roll out sometime next month, with the company teasing a Core i7-based BRIX being available soon. We should see much more on the BRIX PCs as we get closer to Computex which kicks off in early June.
Toshiba has announced a new notebook computer that will launch on April 22. The machine is called the Satellite P55t and it supports 4K resolution. The native resolution of the display is 3840 x 2160. The screen also has 282 pixels per inch and supports wide viewing angles.
This machine and its high-resolution screen are aimed at photographers, graphics designers, and others that want the highest resolution possible. Each of the screens used on the notebook are Chroma Tune calibrated and Technicolor Certified.
The PC industry saw a 1.7 percent sales decline in the first quarter of 2014, though the end of Microsoft Windows XP support helped slow the bleeding, according to research firm Gartner.
Lenovo remains the No. 1 global PC manufacturer, slightly ahead of Hewlett-Packard, with Dell, Acer, and ASUS trying to catch up. The demise of Windows XP helped boost Lenovo, HP, Dell and Acer to increase their market share during the first here months of 2014, but ASUS and other companies struggled to keep pace.
"The end of XP support by Microsoft on April 8 has played a role in the easing decline of PC shipments," said Mikako Kitagawa, Gartner principal analyst, in a press statement. All regions indicated a positive effect since the end of XP support stimulated the PC refresh of XP systems. Professional desktops, in particular, showed strength in the quarter."
The last time we talked about Lenovo and a battery recall was back in 2009 when the notebook industry was in the midst of one of the biggest battery recalls ever. Lenovo has recently announced another battery recall that covers battery packs used in its notebook computers.
Lenovo says that the battery packs can overheat and pose a fire risk. Lenovo reports that it has received two notifications of battery packs overheating and resulting in damage to the battery pack, notebook, and nearby property. No injuries have been reported so far.
GTC 2014 - One of the more impressive setups at this year's GPU Technology Conference was from Origin PC, where the custom PC maker had one of its Genesis PCs on display running 4-way GeForce GTX Titan Black GPUs in SLI.
What good are all four of those GPUs if there's not going to be an insane amount of pixels to be pushed, right? Well, are three 4K TVs enough? Yeah - I thought so. The Origin PC Genesis system was pushing out an insane 1.5 billion pixels per second, running Slightly Mad Studios' Project CARS. I didn't get any hands-on time with it unfortunately, but we'll let some of the photos of the setup do some justice.
GTC 2014 - Stumbling across AVADirect at GTC 2014 was a great thing, as the custom PC maker with clients like NASA, BAE Systems, the Department of Homeland Security and much more, it was something we had to do as they had some truly impressive setups on display. One of which, was a super-powerful four-way GPU setup that was running games on a triple 4K setup.
Yes, three 3840x2160 monitors for an insane 11,520x2160... let that sink in for a minute.
Above, a shot of the always smiling Misha Troshin, the CMO and co-owner of AVADirect.
CeBIT 2014 - We have had some hands-on time with MSI's unique Nightblade gaming barebones PC at CeBIT 2014 in Germany. Take a look at our hands-on video below.
Inside of the Nightblade we have a unique OC Genie button, which is capable of overclocking the Nightblade with just a press of a button. Better yet, the overclock is represented by a red light emitting from the Nightblade. Inside of the MSI Nightblade is a case fan that was custom-made for the chassis. The fan speed is dynamically adjusted depending on what you're doing at the time, with the fan capable of driving up to 3600RPM.
As for GPU support, the Nightblade is capable of housing a full-size GPU, with a maximum length of 290mm and 35mm thick. Even something as powerful as AMD's Radeon R9 290X can be installed into the Nightblade. MSI has installed its own MSI GAMING motherboard inside of the Nightblade, as well as a 600W PSU that should be capable of driving any combination of hardware you desire.
There's 7.1-channel HD audio, a Killer NIC E2200 GbE LAN port, up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM is supported, 1 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2 x 2.5-inch HDDs can be installed into the MSI Nightblade to complete your storage setup. Finally, we have a carrying handle, which I think is a genius move by MSI, which allows LAN gamers to buy the perfect LAN PC with the Nightblade.