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I can see the commercials now with the latest proof that no product is ever perfect. The new Apple iMac with Intel's Core i7 CPU are showing up cracked, and to make matters worse DOA. Apple, for their part have been replacing both under warranty when these issues are discovered but the issue throws a ton of mud in the face of the boasts that Macs are better quality products. The myth is that Apple has higher standards for quality, better manufactured parts and better QA processes in place. This is one of the reasons they can charge so much more than the same specification PC.
The problem is that they do use the exact same parts that your typical PC uses. In fact they are made in some of the same shops that some Dells, Gateways, and HP systems are made. SO how does this make them better hardware? Now I know I am going to get more than a few e-mails from Apple fans but before you hit the send button think about this. I am not saying Apple has bad products, I am saying that they are attempting to fleece the consumer by claiming their products are better than they really are. They purposely create an aura of infallibility and performance that is just not there. If you are an Apple fan you should be livid by this more than anyone else. Apple is basically laughing in the face of your loyalty and support by putting out products that fall short of your expectations. After all you would never accept this type of behavior from a PC manufacturer or Microsoft, why are you allowing it from Apple?
A few days back I mentioned that the Dell Zino HD desktop computer had debuted in the UK. Dell has now announced that the device is available in America as well. The machine has pretty much the same features as the UK version of the Zino HD.
The desktop computer is tiny at 7.75-inches square and 3.5 inches tall. The size means you can put the computer on top of your desk and it will certainly find its way into many entertainment centers to be used as an HTPC. The basic Zino HD with HD capable graphics will start at $229.
Many options can be added that will drive that price up including a Blu-ray player, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, a wireless keyboard and mouse, and a discrete GPU with 512MB of RAM. Basic machines use a DVD player and ATI integrated graphics.
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.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Recertified HP MediaSmart EX475 w/ Windows Home Server for only $269.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: What is this HP MediaSmart and why would you want it? The HP MediaSmart EX475 gives you (of course) storage space for your files, but it's much more than that. It lets you do network-wide automated backups, it centralizes your media files, and it streams it out to other devices at home, and allows you access to them on any Windows-based computer in the world with internet.
You get a lot of server for the money. It comes with Windows Home Server, AMD Sempron 1.8GHz processor, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 1TB hard drive, 4 USB & 1 eSATA expansion ports. The HP MediaSmart EX475 is considered one of the best servers out there!
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.