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The other day we made mention of a rumour that ZOTAC was bringing an NVIDIA ION2 based barebones system to market in March at a price of just $249. But today we've learned from ZOTAC that this information is incorrect.
No word on when or if ZOTAC plans to bring an NVIDIA ION2 powered barebones system to market as yet. We'll keep you posted.
Apple helped to pioneer the all-in-one segment of the computer market with its iMac long ago. The machine is now one of the cooler and more popular Mac computers for many users. The 27-inch iMac is the largest of the bunch, but has had more than its share of issues since it launched.
The screen on many of the large iMacs has had serious issues. Today reports are coming in that the shipment delay on the biggest iMac has grown from the previous one-week estimate to three-weeks now. Apple has offered no official explanation for the delay.
It would be easy enough to assume the screen issues the machine is experiencing are at least a part of the reason for the delay. The 21.5-inch version of the iMac is still shipping within 24 hours.
When my son asked me for a computer, I did what most geeks would do and built one myself. However, if you need a computer for a kid and either you can't build one or you want an all-in-on machine Kid Computers has one just for kids.
The machine is called the Kids CyberNet Station and is an AIO machine with a 19-inch screen. The system has an Intel Dual Core E5200 CPU and that 19-inch screen is touch sensitive. Other features include 4GB of RAM and 500GB of storage.
The AIO machine has Intel GMA3100 3D enhanced graphics and HD audio. The machine ships with software packages for kids ranging from K to 12th grade. The big catch is that the machine is very expensive at right under $2000. You can certainly get more in an AIO package for that price.
At a time when focus is more toward compact and power efficient PCs (ie. netbooks and nettops), SPARKLE have added to the mix of options with its new CalibreCUTi Supermicro Computer.
This small form factor desktop PC uses Intel's Dual-Core 1.6GHz Atom processor paired with NVIDIA's Ion platform to provide 1080p capable video playback and DX10 graphics with PhysX support thanks to the integrated 9400 IGP.
Other features of this highly compact and power efficient PC include HDMI and S/PDIF output, DVI-I, 802.11n LAN (plus Ethernet), 5-in-1 card reader, Bluetooth (optional) and six USB ports.
It can take up to 4GB of DDR2 memory and comes with a 160 or 320GB SATA HDD (with the option to use up to 500GB capacity drives or go solid state.
For the full press release, head over to our press room here. No word on pricing or availability just yet.
I have an iPhone, but I have never been able to convince myself that learning a new OS is a good thing for long enough to use a Mac. Some people love the Mac OS though and have a particular fondness for the iMac.
If you are the iMac type, this rumor is just for you. Engadget reports that Apple is said to be working on a 22-inch iMac computer set to debut sometime this year. According to reports, it will be built by Quanta like the other iMac machines.
The screen size would fit well between the 21.5-inch and 27-inch models, but why bother with only a half inch extra space? No details are available on the rumor at this time.
I have used keyboards that are projected onto a surface with a laser light before and they sucked. I have also used a few pico projectors and while they are cool and work in dark rooms, they aren't ready for the big time just yet.
A new design concept submitted to a Dell design contest by Pauline Carlos has turned up today using both a pico projector and a projected keyboard. The thing looks cool, but with the tech available today it just won't work in most instances.
The concept is constructed from a biodegradable starch-based polymer and lacks a mouse. In the future Dell computers will just read your mind I guess.
Many computer buyers are opting for notebook computers today for the portability and smaller space requirements that they offer. However, there is still a market for desktop computers. Many gamers, enthusiasts, and businesses still prefer desktops.
Lenovo has announced a new desktop computer called the ThinkCentre A63 that is aimed at small businesses. The desktop can be had with AMD Sempron, Athlon II, or Phenom II processors at a price starting at $329.
The machine can be fitted with up to 1TB of storage and uses 1333MHz DDR3 RAM. GPUs used in the computer support DirectX 10 and multiple monitors. The machines are also green and have the Greenguard certification. The A63 line starts at $329.
CES 2010 - AVADirect displayed two systems at CES in 2010. The first system was used in a private showing at NVIDIA and the second system was showcased at CoolIT's booth. Here we see the system in all its glory. This was the same system used for a magazine shootout a few months ago and it is still looking good.
The motherboard and video cards are from EVGA, one of AVADirect's leading partners.
The cooling was all CoolIT and the system was so quiet we couldn't hear it on the show floor even with our ear right next to the case. The storage system was run off of four OCZ Technology solid state drives in RAID 0 and they managed to make the system extremely fast at, well everything!
Here we see AVADirect's Misha Troshin with Geoff Lyon, the CEO of CoolIT. These guys are working on some really cool products for 2010; some of them are already announced but a few will be disclosed later this year. Keep an eye on TweakTown for some announcements here in a few months.
Buffalo has just put the finishing touches on its new TeraStation (TS-XEL/R5) series of NAS devices.
The family comes in 2, 4 and 6TB capacities with the enclosure supporting up to four SATA HDDs in RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 modes. Of course, it also supports hot swapping and Apple's Time Machine and sports Active Directory integration. Connectivity for extra storage is possible via two USB 2.0 ports and the unit can be connected via dual Gigabit Ethernet.
The first shipments will begin in Japan this month at prices of $946, $1,180 and $1,535 for the 2, 4 and 6TB models respectively.
The notebook has pretty much taken over in many categories with the average home user and office drone preferring the smaller notebook to more bulky desktops. For some uses, the desktop is still popular through and among the most popular growing category of desktops are small form factor machines.
Dell has announced a couple new SFF machines for its OptiPlex line including the ultra small form factor 780 and the 380 available in three styles. The 780 claims to be the world's smallest fully functional desktop and has lots of options for graphics, storage, and uses Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Pricing for the OptiPlex 780 starts at $629.
The OptiPlex 380 is offered in minitower, SFF, and desktop versions and pricing starts at $329. Both models can use Vista, XP, Windows 7, or Linux operating systems.