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I am sure I am not the only geek who has been bored on a long road trip and though it would be cool to have a PC in the car. The inside of a vehicle can be a harsh environment for a computer, especially during the hot and cold months in some areas.
VIA has unveiled a new rugged computer that is aimed at commercial applications and would be great for use in a car. The PC is called the ART-3000 and it is a small fanless rugged machine. It uses the VIA EITX-3000 mainboard and can survive 5Gs of vibration and up to 20Gs of shock with CompactFlash used as storage.
The machine uses a 1.3GHz VIA Nano CPU and a VIA VX8000 media system processor. It has up to 2GB of RAM and graphics are thanks to a VIA Chrome 9 GPU. Three displays are supported and up to two simultaneous different video feeds are supported to the displays.
Deal of the Day: Dell Vostro 220 Desktop Computer with Core 2 Duo, 2GB of Memory, 250GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW with 20" LCD Monitor for $449
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Small Business - Dell Vostro 220 Desktop Computer with Core 2 Duo, 2GB of Memory, 250GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW with 20" LCD Monitor for $449.
Offer: Thanks to $277 instant savings, you can pick up a nicely equipped desktop computer for just $449. It features a 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with VT processor, 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory, 250GB SATA 7200 RPM hard drive, dual layer DVD+/-RW drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit and a nice Dell 20" E2010H widescreen LCD monitor.
Update: They've also got a slim tower Vostro 220 that comes with a 19" LCD monitor for just $429, and if you're looking for something with more power, they've got OptiPlex 380 and OptiPlex 740 as well as a Vostro 430 desktop computer bundles for you to check out.
In offering support for the Haiti earthquake victims, custom PC builder MAINGEAR are now running their Relief for Haiti charity auction in which they are advertising a special edition verion of their award winning flagship SHIFT gaming system on eBay with 100% of the proceedings to be donated to the "Save The Children" charity organization.
This SHIFT system is one of a kind in that it makes use of one of AMD's rare Phenom II X4 TWKR processors of which only a handful were made. In a previous eBay sale for charity, one of these processors went for over $10,000 alone. They are said to be special hand-picked chips which promise unprecented overclocking headroom.
The below image gives light on the rest of the system configuration that's up for grabs :-
So there you have it; a unique one of a kind gaming PC to be proud of by design and in knowing you've done a lot for a good cause.
As it stands right now, the current bid is at $1,125 U.S. with 9 days and 12 hours remaining.
Many business users and consumers are quickly moving away from desktops in favor of notebook computers. There is still a big market for desktops though, especially in areas where computing power is needed more than portability.
Lenovo has unveiled a new workstation for CAD and digital content creation markets called the ThinkStation E20. The desktop can be fitted with a range of Intel processors including the Pentium, Core i3, Core i5, and Xeon 3400 series processors. The machine also supports ECC DDR3 RAM.
Graphics options include Intel Core HD and a variety of NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards up to the FX1800. The workstations certifications from ISVs like Autodesk and Siemens. Lenovo uses 50% recycled plastic in the construction of the E20. Shipping will start this month with prices as low as $600.
Netbooks are great machines for those who don't need tons of power and want a cheap and portable device. Netbook hardware is also appealing to those who are looking for a computer to use in a home or office, but want a larger screen to work on. This is where the nettop all-in-one computer class comes in.
A new Asus nettop called the Eee Top ET1610PT has surfaced that runs the Intel Atom D410 processor. The machine has a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1600 x 900. Graphics are via Intel GMA X3150 and the machine will be available in black or white colors.
Other features of the machine include WiFi, 1GB or 2GB of RAM and a 160GB HDD. The screen is also touch capable for control with a finger. A version with the same specs minus the touch feature is also said to be coming to market. The machine was found after its model number and drivers were posted to the Asus support site.
I already mentioned that Gateway dropped a couple new gaming desktops on us today. Along with the gaming rigs also came a couple updates for more mundane machines including the SX series SFF desktops and the DX series multimedia machines.
The new SX2840-01 SFF desktop sells for $559.99 and uses an Intel Core i3 530 CPU. Graphics are via Intel GMA X4500HD and the computer has 6GB of RAM. Other features include 1TB of storage and a DVD burner. The machine runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS.
The DX4831-03 is the newest media computer in the DX line. The desktop has been upgraded with a Core i5 650 CPU, NVIDIA GT220 graphics, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD, and a DVD burner. The machine also includes a Blu-ray drive all for $849.99.
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.