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.
If there's one thing that Apple's iMacs aren't, it's cheap. This is all set to change according to an analyst with KGI Securities. Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will be more aggressive with its iMac pricing in 2014, where it will introduce a new "budget" model.
Kuo believes that the lower pricing stamped onto the iMacs will increase shipments of the all-in-one PC by around 10-20% year-over-year. Right now, the cheapest iMac starts at $1299, which isn't cheap when compared to a decent all-in-one PC. Kuo says that fewer-than-expected iMacs were shipped worldwide after the redesigned models arrived late last year.
The analyst believes that Apple priced it too high, which has forced Apple's hand to prepare a budget iMac that will help shipment numbers in non-US markets.
We are just 11 days from the release of Microsoft's Windows 8.1, and boutique system builders are beginning to announce availability of the operating system on new PCs. Today Origin PC announced that it has now began offering Windows 8.1 on all new desktops and laptops and will begin shipping those systems on October 17th.
"One of my favorite things about Windows 8.1 is now having the ability to choose where you want to boot directly to, your desktop or directly to the start screen menu." said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and co-founder. "With Windows 8.1, it's an evolutionary step in the right direction and we're extremely excited to immediately begin offering it to all ORIGIN PC customers to have it ready to ship by launch day."
Origin PC says that all existing customers who run Windows 8 can upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free on launch day through the Windows App store. For those who wish to stick with the tried and true Windows 7, Origin PC says that it will still continue to offer Windows 7 for the time being. With the inclusion of a "start button" Windows 8.1 is slowly working its way back to its roots, but personally, I am sticking to Windows 7.
Boutique system builders usually stock both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs to appease both sides of the "which GPU is better argument," as you will always have customers who want both. It appears that the folks over at Origin PC have decided that stocking AMD GPUs is just not worth it anymore.
Citing "customer experiences" and "poor customer support" Origin PC has decided to stop offering AMD GPUs in their system builds as it has just became too much of a headache. With AMD just launching its new Radeon R series of GPUs, this new development has to be a crushing blow and shows that companies need more than new hardware to keep customers coming back.
This decision was based on a combination of many factors including customer experiences, GPU performance/drivers/stability, and requests from our support staff. Based on our 15+ years of experience building and selling award winning high-performance PCs, we strongly feel the best PC gaming experience is on NVIDIA GPUs.
If you've got $1,000 to spend this holiday season and didn't want to pick up the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, then you might want to consider Xi3's super-small modular gaming PC, PISTON.
The Xi3 PISTON features a 128GB SSD by default, 12 USB ports, patented modular motherboard design, an AMD Trinity quad-core processor clocked at 3.2GHz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and an AMD Radeon HD 7000-Series GPU. A second HDD can be installed, and thanks to Xi3 providing support for Windows, Linux and Unix, this means you can install SteamOS onto the PISTON, making it a quasi-Steam Box.
On top of the 12 USB ports, we have three display outputs: miniDisplayPort, HDMI and DisplayPort which supports up to 4K resolutions. If you pre-order the PISTON now, you will receive it before, or on November 15 compared to the street date of November 29.
The new Apple iMacs were released just days ago, but iFixit has already ripped it apart for its usual teardown treatment. Both the 21.5- and 27-inch models feature the new 802.11ac wireless standard.
The 27-inch model features PCIe-based flash storage, which was first introduced into the MBA in June. The 21.5-inch model has a couple of changes from its bigger brother, where we have a new empty PCIe SSD, so that consumers can upgrade the based model iMac to the awesome Fusion Drive combination HDD/SSD drive that Apple released last year.
The CPU on the 21.5-inch model is soldered onto the logic board, which means there will be no upgrades on the smaller model. iFixit didn't seem too impressed with the 21.5-inch model, giving it a 2 out of 10 score for repairability for the soldered processor. The 27-inch model received a 5 out of 10 score.
This week, MSI launched two new mobile workstations, the GT70 20K and the GT60 20J. Both workstations feature NVIDIA Quadro graphics processors and Intel Core i7 processors for adequate power even when on the go. MSI says that the GT70 and GT60 have both been certified by Adobe, Autodesk, and Solidworks.
The GT70 features an NVIDIA Quadro K3100M graphics processor and the GT60 sports a K2100M GPU, which have both been designed to tackle the most intensive software out there, including AutoCad Design Suite, Avid Media Composer, Pinnacle Studio 16, AutoDesk Smoke, Siemens NX, PTC Creo Parametric 2.0, and more. Both units possess NVIDIA Optimus technology, which enables designers and engineers to perform simultaneous rendering or structural/fluid analysis on the same system.
"MSI has long been praised for the performance of our gaming laptops, and the new workstations leverage that expertise to deliver the same quality and effectiveness for professionals," said Andy Tung, Vice President of Sales for MSI Pan America Region. "We've successfully combined the power and design of our acclaimed GT70 and GT60 laptops with the performance needed to tackle professional applications.
The GT70 2OK and GT60 2OJ are currently available for $2,599.99 and $2,009.99, respectively, at Newegg, Amazon, Tiger Direct, BestBuy.com, B&H Photo, and Adorama. MSI plans to expand their line of mobile workstations in the following months with a 17-inch K4100M model and a 15.6-inch K3100M model.
Earlier today, Apple unveiled its new range of iMacs that are said to be as much as 50 percent faster than previous models. The company is able to achieve this performance boost because it has switched over to PCIe-based SSD storage in the form of 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drives.
The first model will feature a 21.5-inch screen and will feature a quad-core 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 Haswell processor and Intel's new Iris Pro graphics. A 27-inch model will also be available, and both machines can be upgraded to a Core i5 processor clocked in at 3.4GHz alongside an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700 series discrete GPU.
Both machines come standard with 8GB of DDR3 RAM, which can be upgraded to as much as 32GB if you have the money to spend. A 1TB Fusion Drive come standard on both models and can also be upgraded to a 3TB model. Pricing begins at $1299 for the base 21.5-inch model, while the 27-inch machine starts out at $1999.
If you haven't been able to tell, I am a certified home theater junkie. I have built my share of HTPCs, Raspberry Pi-based media servers, and even hacked a few phones to serve as streaming devices. Nothing I have done can come close to the awesomeness that Steiger Dynamics has just released.
Today, Steiger Dynamics announced what I consider to be one of the sexiest home theater PCs ever constructed. The new LEET Monochrome Limited Edition Gaming HTPC is a special edition of the company's Core and Reference lines of elegant, high-end HTPCs.
"The LEET Monochrome Limited Edition Gaming Home Theater PC endows gamers and creative professionals with peak performance capabilities and visually immersive computing," said Martin Hehensteiger, CEO and co-founder of STEIGER DYNAMICS. "The Monochrome Limited Edition Gaming HTPC gives enthusiasts an insane amount of power in a system that is both aesthetically beautiful, and incredibly dynamic."
As the name implies, the new LEET Monochrome Limited Edition features black and white hardware, including an all white and black accented water cooling system alongside custom sleeved white cables. All of this is highlighted by built-in interior LED lighting, which can be adjusted based on customer specifications.
ASRock is said to be close to launching its highly anticipated M8 barebones PC. The mini-ITX-based PC was designed in collaboration with BMW's Design Works team and is one hot looking mini PC. Although it may be small, the M8 barebones packs one heck of a punch even before the processor, RAM, and GPU have been added.
The M8 features an ASRock Intel Z87 mini-ITX motherboard, which supports 4th-Generation Intel Core Processors code named Haswell. Also included is built-in Creative SoundCore 3D 7.1 HD audio, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. ASRock has also integrated its A-Command with G-Sensor technology and the device supports ASRock Key Master. 3 Months of XSplit Premium is also included in the package.
TweakTown got to take a sneek peek at the new ASRock M8 during the Computex 2013 show that was held in Taipei, Taiwan, earlier this year. Our own Shawn Baker was quite pleased with the new M8 and said that it is an innovative little PC. You can find his full preview here along with many photos of the new micro-PC.
ASUS unveiled its M70 PC over the weekend, which has become the world's first desktop PC with NFC. ASUS also included Qi wireless technology in the M70 PC, which will charge your Qi compatible smartphone or tablet by just resting it on top of the M70 itself.
The company is offering a choice of Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, all Haswell of course. Up for grabs in the GPU department is a maximum of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650. ASUS' SonicMaster audio technology and its Universal Storage Module (USM) hot-swap drive bay are also on offer. Both pricing and availability are not yet available for the ASUS M70.
Earlier this week at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, Intel announced the addition of two new products to its small form-factor NUC lineup, both of which feature the company's new Haswell processors. The D54250WYK sports a Core i5-4250U and the D34010WYK houses the i3-4010U.
While both of these Haswell processors feature hyper-threading, only the Core i5 model supports TurboBoost, which can boost the processor's clock speeds up to 2.6 GHz when temperatures are favorable. The Core i3 model is stuck at its 1.7GHz clock and features a slower integrated GPU than the HD Graphics 5000 IGP inside the i5.
Other than the processors, the two models are basically the same machine. Both feature 4K monitor support thanks to DisplayPort technology, and a mini HDMI connector also provides additional video out connectivity. Gigabit Ethernet is also supported via a port on the back of the box.
You will need to bring your own memory, storage, and Wi-Fi to the party, but with a pair of SO-DIMMS and full and half-height mini PCI-Express slots, there is plenty of room for an mSATA SSD and wireless card. The NUC chassis measures in at just 4.59 inches by 4.41 inches and enclosure is only 1.36-inches thick.
IDF 2013 - While at the DisplayLink booth, Trace Hagan was able to check out a demo of a very early prototype of a mobile device running Intel's new Merrifield Processor which is one of the first USB 3.0 compatible mobile chipsets. The massive board seen in the middle is what your Android phone most likely looked like in the very early stages of its development.
The demo also shows off a Dell S2340 monitor which features DisplayLink's USB to Video connector in its base. The whole elaborate demo is designed to showcase DisplayLinks DL3700 product which enables touchscreen display technology over USB. Displaylink says that this now enables the smartphone to become a major productivity device.