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Rumors have Apple readying a 22-inch iMac

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.


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Dell Froot concept is cool

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.


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Lenovo debuts ThinkCentre A63 desktop

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.


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AVADirect Shows an Award Winning System



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.


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Buffalo unveils new family of TeraStation NAS Servers

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.


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Dell whips out new SFF OptiPlex desktops

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.


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Some new Core i7 iMacs are shipping DOA

Hi, I'm a Mac


And I am a PC.


Hey Mac, you look like you are hurt...(Concern in PC's Voice)


Nah, I am ok we all come like...


Hello, Mac? Mac?


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?




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Dell Zino HD comes to America

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.


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LG unveils new XPION desktop computers

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.


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Dell Zino HD breaks cover in the UK

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.


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