Dell have just unveiled their latest creation, the XPS 18 All-in-One. You might have guessed already, but the the latest XPS 18 All-in-One, is an all-in-one Windows 8 PC. What makes this stand out from the crowd is that it's an 18.4-inch beast.
This means you can use the XPS 18 All-in-One on your desktop, fold it up, put it under your arm and walk away. Set it up on your lap as a tablet, and voila - an 18-inch Windows 8-based tablet. The 18.4-inch display is Full HD, so you won't be missing out in the pixel department, and we're to expect Intel's latest Core ULT processors and SSD drive options to be baked inside. There's not much else to know just yet, so watch this space.
Among the various news and releases from Mobile World Congress from ASUS, we missed their Transformer AiO. ASUS' Transformer AiO is an all-in-one Windows 8 PC with a big twist - it doubles as an Android tablet.
Essentially, there are two products with the Transformer AiO, with a full PC powered by a third-generation Intel Core i5-3350P, 8GB of RAM a 1TB HDD. Detaching the 18-inch Full HD display gives you a large 18-inch tablet with Android Jelly Bean powering it, inside we have NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
I think it's a very cool device, and it's great to see ASUS thinking outside the square yet again. I'm surprised we haven't seen Apple do this yet. We should see the Transformer AiO release in Q2, priced at $1299 in the US.
CeBIT 2013 - One of the final great videos we'll see from Johannes Knapp after his trip to MWC and CeBIT 2013 is of the MSI WindTop AG2712 AIO PC.
This new all-in-one computer from MSI is claimed to be the world's first true gaming AIO and MSI does manage to back that claim up with some pretty solid specs. It comes packing an Intel Core i7 3630QM processor running at 2.4GHz, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory and a speedy NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX CPU with 3GB of GDDR5 memory.
The screen included on the unit is 27-inches in size with a solid 1920 x 1080 resolution and includes 10 point multitouch support. The screen is also of the non-glare type, which Johannes liked during his hands-on with the unit. The unit includes a whole bunch of I/O options, with one of the better being HDMI IN, allowing you to use the AIO as a television for other HDMI devices such as your PS3 or Xbox 360.
If you're an education customer, or were looking to buy a new Apple iMac for one of your children in school, then now is the time. Apple has updated the pricing on their education-only 21.5-inch iMac, but have also provided beefier internals to go with it.
The 21.5-inch iMac now starts at $1099 - a slight $100 increase on the old price - but gives you an Intel Core i3 dual-core 3.3GHz processor, HD Graphics 4000, 500GB HDD and 4GB of RAM. There's always the option to bump the storage and RAM up, something I would suggest on any system. 8GB of RAM is cheap and your main drive should always be an SSD these days, the performance increase is worth it.
Education customers can begin ordering these new iMacs, with 5-7 business day shipping times at the moment.
In celebration of the first anniversary of Raspberry Pi, RS Components, one of the two main manufacturing distributors for Raspberry Pi, is releasing a limited edition run of 1000 blue Raspberry Pis complete with matching blue cases from One Nine Design.
Ironically, blue is the traditional color used for raspberry flavoring. Raspberry-flavored slushies and Jolly Ranchers are both blue. Unfortunately most people won't be able to get their hands on one of these special edition Raspberry Pis. Most are heading to charitable causes, though some are being given away in a competition.
For four weeks from today, everyone who tweets #bluepi to @RSElectronics along with a suggestion for uses for a blue Pi, or with a great Pi design idea, will be entered into a competition to win one. (Please tweet your entries to @RSElectronics - don't leave your entry here in the comments, because it won't be counted.) Every week, the top ten entries will be selected by a panel from RS and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and those ten winners will be sent a blue Pi. Easy! There will be another competition when these four weeks are up - RS will be running Blue Pi events until June.
System integrator AVADirect has jumped on the NVIDIA GTX Titan bandwagon and announced that they will be offering the new NVIDIA GPU in some of their custom configured machines in the coming days. The new GPU is a beast of a card, at $1000, and will be available in limited quantities.
AVADirect would like to help get the GPU into the hands of as many customers as possible, so it will be available in some builds that have a relatively cheap starting price. According to their announcement, "The NVIDIA GTX TITAN is provided in all respectable and compatible configurations listed on AVADirect.com"
ORIGIN has announced that they are the first to bring a liquid cooled NVIDIA GTX Titan system to market. The graphics card, just announced earlier by NVIDIA, is the single fastest consumer GPU on the market with over 2,600 CUDA cores, 6GB of RAM, support for 4-way SLI. It's a beast of a card with over 7 billion transistors.
ORIGIN worked closely with EK Water Blocks in order to be able to offer a liquid cooled system right at launch. It's important to keep such a large card cool and there is not many better ways than water to do it. The system, named the CRYOGENIC liquid cooling solution, keeps the GPU cool, even when overclocked.
"When NVIDIA first showed us TITAN, we were simply blown away by its single GPU performance on even the most demanding games and applications." said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and cofounder. "Just wait until you see it running on an ORIGIN PC. With support of our CRYOGENIC Liquid Cooling Solution, Professional Overclocking and up to 4-WAY SLI, TITAN brings us the first true gaming supercomputer."
Digital Storm have just unveiled their latest addition to their award-winning Bolt line, the Titan Edition. If you don't remember what Digital Storm's Bolt PC is all about, well, it's only the slimmest gaming PC ever.
The new Titan Edition chucks in the just-announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan GPU - the world's fastest graphics card - which features the same technology that powers the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan - the world's fastest supercomputer. Digital Storm's Bolt PC is one of the only small form factor PCs on the market that is designed to house the GTX Titan, thanks to their custom ventilation system.
The custom designed chassis features vents near each critical part of the PC, with large top and rear vents to get all of that hot air out of the system quickly, backed up by a dedicated air channel created by a slotted side vent in order to cool down your power supply.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Kimir wanting to upgrade his already awesome PC with something new.
Q: [lots of system specs]
I plan on upgrading my motherboard to the ASUS Maximus V Formula Z77 for better OC of my 2600k, purchasing a single 6970 for Tri-fire, then possibly getting a premade liquid cooling system for my CPU.
If I do what I described above, will I see a significant performance boost? Is this a good decision, or should I sell my 6990, not purchase a 6970, and get another GPU?
Also, what liquid cooling system (premade) would you recommend (Swiftech 220) for overclocking 5 ghz, or would you stick to the Coolermaster V8?
A: You can view the answer to Kimir's question right here.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we find Robert in the US wanting to upgrade his PC.
Q: Hello, I've been out of the component game for a while currently running the following setup and want to know if it's worth upgrading and any suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you!
- ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
- Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
- EVGA GTX 470
- SSD for startup
- 1TB for storage
- 12 Gigs Corsair RAM
A: You can view the answer to Robert's question right here.
Eurora, Italy's supercomputer which uses NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators based on NVIDIA Kepler, has set a new world record in energy efficiency. The new Eurotech manufactured supercomputer went online last Wednesday at the Cineca facility in Bologna, Italy.
Eurora is Italy's newest and most powerful supercomputer to date and achieved the world record by sustaining an astonishing 3,150 megaflops per watt of energy consumed. Aiding in the record breaking performance is 128 high-performance, energy-efficient NVIDIA Tesla K20 accelerators.
Sanzio Bassini, director of HPC department at Cineca said:
"Equipped with the ultra-efficient Aurora system and NVIDIA GPU accelerators, Eurora will give European researchers the computing muscle to study all types of physical and biological systems, while allowing us to keep data center power consumption and costs in check."
Apple hasn't upgraded the Mac Pro in a significant way since 2010. The case is still the original aluminum design that the Intel Mac Pro launched with back in 2006. Many professional users have felt a bit left out since Apple normally updates their systems yearly. These lack of updates have even sparked rumors that Apple is planning to discontinue the Mac Pro line of systems.
However, Tim Cook has continued to say that a new Mac Pro will be coming later this year. Apple is unable to continue selling the current version of the Mac Pro in Europe as it doesn't meet new regulatory standards for safety. One French retailer has said that Apple pointed them towards a spring launch of a new Mac Pro design.
Spring will officially end on June 20, meaning Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, which runs June 11-15, is within that time frame. If a new Mac Pro is to be launched this spring, the Worldwide Developers Conference is the most likely suspect for when and where it will be launched.
Of course, this is just a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. However, we do feel that this rumor has a bit of merit as Apple would likely want to get a Mac Pro back into the European market.
A job posting popped up on Apple's website recently that alludes to Siri coming to Mac devices. The position is labeled "Siri UI Engineer" and calls for someone with experience with Unix, with a concentration in OS X.
The position must have filled quickly as the posting has been removed, but luckily it was spotted by both TechCrunch and Apple Insider. We believe that the new position would bring Siri to Mac devices as it only listed OS X development experience, and not iOS which is the only OS which Siri currently runs on.
Rumors about Siri on OS X have been abundant in recent months, and dictation software has been included in Apple's desktop OS since Mountain Lion. Other sections in the listing described close collaboration with app designers, which could mean that Siri on OS X could have expansive integration with applications as well.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Cory in the US having issues with his computer shutting down every time he goes to play a game.
Q: My computer shuts off completely when i try to play a game, it lets me play for a few then shuts off. Also, I have checked all the hardware and put fresh gel on the heat sink and in the video card, and it is still doing it. What else could it be?
A: You can view the answer to Cory's question right here.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Jeff in the US having some problems with his HP desktop system.
Q: I have a HP Pavilion desktop that I purchased in late 2009. All of a sudden it has started shutting down. I have rebooted, I have cleaned out all the dust, Windows 7 has been rebooted with a disc. I carried to a computer technician who kept it for a week and it ran fine with him. No shut downs! I brought the computer back home and it started shutting down all over again. Windows will come up and a few seconds later it will say "logging off" and "shutting down". I have done everything I can think of. It ran fine with computer tech. it stayed on the whole time with hiim. What's wrong?
A: You can view the answer to Jeff's question right here.
Shipping estimates for Apple's new 21.5-inch iMac have slipped from previous estimates. Since their introduction, the 21.5-inch model has seen estimated shipping dates of 7-10 days. However, in many European countries, those shipping estimates have slipped to 2-3 weeks.
These shipping delays could be attributed to either an increased demand or trouble with the supply line. An educated guess would put the constraints on the supply side, as demand should be lower now that we have gone through the Christmas season. Estimates for the 27-inch iMac model remain at 3-4 weeks.
Apple has warned that supply could be constrained due to the new lamination process used on the screens. This new process is designed to reduce glare and allow the screen and overall system to be slimmer.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Saura in India wanting to spend $545 or so on a PC upgrade, and needs some help selecting some components.
Q: I am planning to overhaul my PC into a decent gaming rig that could run latest games at high display settings without a hitch. My budget is INR 30000 or $545. What motherboard, processor, Graphics Card, RAM and PSU do you suggest to meet my criteria within the budget?
A: You can view the answer to Saura's question right here.
VIA has today announced the latest additions to its APC line. For those of you not in the know, VIA's APC line consist of small Android based PC motherboards. The original APC was released last spring for around $45.
The Rock is the first new APC board and is a complete redesign of the original APC. It features a faster processor, more RAM, and a metric ton of expandability by not only breaking out the processors 20-pin ARM JTAG header, but also opening up GPIO, SPI and I2C buses on header pins.
The Paper features a slick faux book-like case and does not have a VGA port like the Rock. Both boards feature an ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 800MHz, 4GB of NAND flash based storage, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, HDMI port, microSD, 10/100 Ethernet and run Android 4.0. The Rock is currently available from the APC.io website for $79 and the Paper is expected to begin shipping in March at a price point of $99.
This news has come totally unannounced from Google and Samsung, but we're looking at the Chromebox Series 3 unit which features a Core i5 processor and is listed as 'in-stock' at multiple retailers.
The XE300M22-A01US sports a Sandy Bridge-based dual-core Core i5 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 4GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD. It won't wipe the floor with a high-end PC, but these days a fast dual-core, 4GB of RAM and an SSD is all you need for a system to feel snappy.
Prices floating around right now suggest we're looking at around $405, which is a little more than the older model.
CES 2013 - iBUYPOWER, makers of custom gaming desktops and laptops, announced a new desktop gaming machine at CES 2013 last week. The Revolt is a slim desktop PC that doesn't compromise on performance. iBUYPOWER say that they designed this system from the ground up and turned to what they would like to have on their desk for inspiration.
"We didn't look to the industry for inspiration when we were developing Revolt. What we looked for was the burning question of, what would we like to have on our own desks? We wanted to shake up the industry and make something beautiful. This is what Revolt is," said Darren Su, Co-Founder and VP of iBUYPOWER.
Even the pricing revolts against the standard, with an i7-3770K machine only setting you back $1399. For that you also get a GTX 680 and a solid state drive. Pricing begins at the low end with a GTX 650, Core i3 processor, and traditional spinning hard disk drive.
The unique case features airflow channels which help provide the cooling capacity of larger systems. This SFF system has been developed in conjunction with NVIDIA, MLG, and Microsoft, so you know it is a quality product.
The Raspberry Pi has become quite the little Internet hero since it launched, and it has now reached quite a milestone - by selling over one million of the units since launch.
For just $35, you get a PC that is capable of booting a streamlined install of Linux - and there are plenty of uses for the Raspberry Pi which makes it the perfect buy for modders and tweakers. In order to celebrate, the company have released a pretty cool infographic detailing a bunch of stats on the device - for example, if the Raspberry Pi's were stacked end-to-end, they would be higher than 111 Empire State Buildings.