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An announcement from Shuttle today lets us know they've introduced their new J1 4100 series small form factor PCs that come in three configurations to suit HTPC/entertainment, gaming and professional users.
Further to this and for a limited time, if purchased directly from Shuttle these J1 4100 series SFF PCs will come bundled with a free additional package that includes a copy of Red Faction: Guerrilla, a Quito 7-button laser mouse and a processor upgrade to an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 (2.5GHz).
You can learn more about each of the varying models in the hotlinks provided above and there's further info about the bundle offer in the press release here.
Rugged computers tend to spend lots of time in the outdoors and often are used in harsh environments where they will have to stand up to drops and bad weather. Logic instrument has unveiled a new rugged touchscreen computer called the FieldBook for rugged environments.
The machine runs Windows and has a 7-inch sunlight readable touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 x 600. The machine runs an Atom 1.6GHz processor and the touchscreen works when the user is wearing gloves.
Other features of the machine includes WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, camera, USB, Ethernet, a Barcode reader, and more. The machine promises up to five hours of runtime thanks to a pair of hot swappable batteries.
The folks at Engadget have spotted a compact nettop'ish type system from Pegatron which is said to be based on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 platform. This would mean it should have no worries in decoding 1080p and flash video content, making it a nice cheap, tidy little option for the right type of HTPC user in the lounge.
The style is interesting, but certainly not to everyones taste. It looks to be a bamboo designed casing over a thin plastic box.
The unit has HDMI, Ethernet, microphone and speaker plugs located round the back.
You can find some more angles of the unit at the source. No word on pricing or availability yet.
Dell has just rolled out its latest Vostro desktop PC members in the 230 series. These two units are available in both mini-tower and slim tower sizes and one of the main points of focus for these is on value, hence pricing beginning at just $389 for the slim tower and $299 for the mini (which can go up depending on what your upgrade path at purchase is).
The base models come equipped with Pentium dual-core CPUs, but you can go for a Core 2 Duo or Quad if you want some more horsepower. Other specs include up to 4GB of RAM, 2TB of storage via a couple 1TB drives, DVD reader/writer and choice of GMA X4500 IGP or GeForce G310/GT220 512MB discrete graphics.
Both units come shipped with Windows 7 pre-loaded and are backed by a 1 year warranty.
Power efficiency is very important tin notebooks and desktops for different reasons. The notebook user wants an efficient machine for longer run time. Efficiency in a desktop means less power used and lowers electric bills.
Fujitsu has unveiled a new line of computers in the proGREEN family that are all power saving with power management features and power optimized CPUs. The Esprimo PC series includes the E9900 and P9900 that have 89% efficient power supplies and are Energy Star 5.0 certified.
The Lifebook E780 and S710 notebooks are 14-inch and 15.6-inch machined that are Energy Star 5.0 certified. They use LED backlit screens and the E780 with two batteries installed can run up to 18 hours per charge. The proGREEN workstations include the Celsius W280 and H700 with NVIDIA graphics. Both machines use Core i7 processors.
Maingear unveiled its SHIFT every day supercomputer a while back and the machine is quite impressive on paper. The boutique computer maker has now announced that the machine has been updated to include the Intel Core i7 980X and some other goodies.
The new 980X is a 6-core processor that runs at 3.33GHz that can execute 12 threads in parallel. The machine has has SATA 6Gbps connectivity and uses the new Crucial RealSSd C300 storage device to hit 335MB/s on sustained reads.
The beast of a computer also gets USB 3.0 connectivity for fast external storage. That is a lot of power in a machine that can also be had with liquid cooling and more. The SHIFT starts at $1,799.
We reviewed Intel's new monster 6-core, 12 threads Core i7-980X 'Gulftown' processor last week and without much surprise found it to totally kick ass in multi-threaded applications and games. Deanzo even impressed us all even more by taking the same processor and overclocking it damn near close to 6GHz on liquid nitrogen.
Word has just arrived from the folks over at CyberPower that three of its top gaming systems, the Black Pearl, Gamer Xtreme 3D and Fang Series Black Mamba will all be getting the 6-core Intel treatment with X58 based motherboards.
The new gaming systems should be shipping within a week or so when Intel finally begin letting the new processors out onto the market. For more details, head on over here and read the press announcement which was just released.
Alienware are well reknowned for bringing some of the most extreme all-out pre-built gaming rigs to town and they've certainly done their best to top any previous efforts with the soon to be available Area-51 ALX desktop PC.
The lucky folks at Hot Hardware were given one of these rigs to tinker with and quickly learned that it brings the best of everything available on the market today, including Intel's new Core i7-980X processor with six cores jammed inside.
The attention to detail with this beauty is second to none and brings several finishing touches not seen on a desktop system before, not to mention unprecedented performance with dual HD 5970s and the aforementioned Gulftown monster of which gets some self-contained water cooling treatment.
Stay tuned for Hot Hardware's full review on this beheamoth. In the meantime, check out the source link for further pics and details on its extensive feature-set.
HP has been offering its line of MediaSmart servers for a while now. The servers are perfect for the home user who has lots of digital content that they use and store across their network. HP has announced a new addition to the server that can be downloaded free.
The new software is the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo. The app lets MediaSmart owners that have TiVo DVRs transfer shows to and from the DVR and the server. DVR recordings on the server can also be managed directly.
Once shows are transferred to the server, they can be sent to any computer on the network for viewing. The new software works on the MediaSmart EX90, EX495, and the HP Data Vault.
Dutch owned company Point of View has just given out details of its upcoming Mobii branded mini PC based on the Intel LGA 1156 platform. They call it the Mobii Core i3 miniPC which runs dimensions of 220 x 330 x 129 mm.
Housed inside we have a 250W PSU, whilst the heart of the system is 2.93GHz Core i3-530 CPU with 2 or 4GB of DDR3 RAM, IGP (plus the option of using the vacant PCIe x16 slot), option of a 320 or 500GB HDD and an 8x DVD writer.
Other features include 10 channel Realtek audio, Gigabit ethernet, eSATA connectivity, DVD and HDMI outputs and the inclusion of Windows 7 Home Premium.
The company hasn't yet revealed its pricing for this model.