Archive for Computers

Enermax Rubber Vegas Fans Need No Screws

Posted in Computers by Reuben Drake on June 28th, 2011

The new USB Rubber Vegas fan line from Enermax is unique because of how you mount the fans and move them around in your system. You don’t screw them in place. They use magnetic skin pads to attach to your case. Great news unless you have a plastic case.

The fans measure 12cm, are USB powered, and include 18 red or blue LEDs. You can switch between seven different lighting effects. These fans push 52.51CFM, spin at 1250RPM, and are rated at 21dBA.

Commodore USA C64 up for pre-sale

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2011

I remember typing away on the Commodore 64 all those years ago. If you have fond memories as well, Commodore USA has a new Commodore 64 prototype. The basic version is $595 with an 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom D525 chip, NVIDIA ION 2 graphics, 2GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive.

Delivery is scheduled for “early June” and you can add features like an additional 2GB of memory, a Blu-Ray drive, up to 1TB of storage, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth. Who would have thought that we would be using a C64 in 2011?

NZXT H2 Classic keeps things quiet

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

Gaming computers can get pretty loud. Especially if you have built it yourself, with powerful video cards, CPUs and fans all doing their thing. Loudly. Power does come with a price and that price is often ungodly noise. Well, NZXT has a new case that might help.

The H2 Classic is said to deliver “a new era of whisper-quiet gaming.” That is literally music to our tired ears. It is so quiet thanks to a layer of noise dampening foam between the gear inside and the outside. Aside from that the case uses a three-phase fan controller that allows you to put the fans at 40%, 70%, and 100% speed.

Bioshock casemod sinks HTPC in mineral oil

Posted in Computer Cases,Computers,DIY by Shane McGlaun on October 5th, 2010

Over the years, I have laid eyes on some strange casemods and have seen more than one machine that was submerged in oil. A new casemod has surfaced that has a Bioshock theme. The builder uses an aquarium to put his new HTPC under four gallons of mineral oil.

The mineral oil is normally used as a laxative for horses apparently. The mainboard and PSU are mounted to a clear plastic sheet and placed into the aquarium. The only hardware part not under the oil is the HDD. The maker rounded the design out with a bubble filter, gravel and a few other things.

ExoPC slate delayed thanks to Pegatron assembly line issue

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on October 4th, 2010

Back in September the ExoPC slate went up for pre-order. The machine was pegged to ship on October 15. If you pre-ordered and have been counting the days until yours showed up at home, you have a bit more time to wait.

The company has announced that a problem on the Pegatron assembly line with a piece of automated equipment that was using too much force to install the touchscreen and causing cracks. There are a small number of 32GB machines that didn’t get cracked screens. The machines that were ok will ship during the week of October 18.

Getac updates B300 rugged notebook with new screens and faster CPU

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

Rugged notebooks come in different levels of rugged. There are some that are only a bit more rugged than your average notebook and then there are some that are able to withstand the harshest of conditions and survive drops, water, and dust. The Getac B300 is one of the most rugged machines you will find.

Getac has announced that it has updated the B300 with some new specifications and features. The machine now gets a faster Intel Core i7 CPU running at 2GHz that can be boosted to 2.8GHz with Intel Turbo Boost tech. The machine also gets a standard 700-nit brightness LCD and has an optional 1400-nit rated screen.

Cooler Master USNA 95 notebook power adapter is world’s smallest

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on September 8th, 2010

Notebook users know that the power adapter for their machines often seems as big and heavy as the notebook itself. It can be a real challenge to fit that adapter into your notebook bag or suitcase when going on the road because of the bulk. Cooler Master has unveiled a new universal 95W adapter for small notebooks that is very thin and small.

The adapter is called the USNA 95 and it has 95W of power with 150W peak. The small adapter measures 2.4″ x 0.7″ x 4.1″ and is billed as the world’s smallest 95W power adapter. The device ships with nine tips that work with the majority of notebooks on the market.

Origin unveils crazy powerful PC called The Big O

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on September 7th, 2010

We have seen gaming machines before that cram processors aimed at the server market inside for higher performance. We have also seen those machines get overclocked CPUs for even better performance. What we haven’t seen is a machine that rolls so much gaming win into one package like the new Origin gaming rig does.

The machine is called The Big O and it is an absolute beast of a computer. The machine has dual 6-core Intel Xeon X5860 CPUs that are overclocked to 4.3GHz. The machine supports ECC memory and up to 24GB of Corsair RAM can be added. The machine can also be fitted with four EVGA GTX 480 FTW video cards in SLI.

ExoPC can now be pre-ordered

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on September 6th, 2010

That ExoPC Slate has been teasing us with it sexiness for a while now. If you are among the many that have a hankering for the sexy little Slate, you can now pre-order yours from the manufacturer. Before you whip out that credit card, you do need to know a few things.

The big issues with the pre-order 64GB version of the ExoPC Slate is that it is unknown if GPS will be featured on the device at this time. The maker has had issues getting GPS to work. That said the final product could have GPS, but that isn’t looking promising at this point.

Efika MX Smartbook from Genesi available to purchase

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on September 6th, 2010

I will say right up front that I never really saw the point of smartbooks. They are the same basic size as a netbook, though they are a pound or so lighter. The big downside in my mind has always been the performance of a smartbook.

Inside the smartbooks netbook looking shell hides hardware with more in common with a smartphone. If you like the smartbook promise a new machine from Genesi has landed called the Efika MX Smartbook. The machine can be purchased now for $349.

Standivarius Aero laptop stand sticks to the notebook

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2010

All of the laptops stands I have seen over the years are basically the same. They lift the screen of your notebook up for more comfortable work and are separate from your notebook.

A company called Standivarius has announced a new laptop stand called the Aero that is not only much thinner than the average notebook stand, but also sticks to the bottom of the notebook so you always have it at hand. That means you can slip the notebook and the stand into your bag as one unit.

eMachines mini-e ER1402 breaks cover

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2010

More and more people are adding HTPC machines to their living rooms now that prices for the systems are coming down along with the size of the machines. eMachines has unveiled a new HTPC that can also be used for basic computing called the Mini-e ER1402.

The little machine is about the size of a book at 7.1-inches in diameter and it weighs nine pounds. It has HDMI out and an optical audio output. Other features include 802.11b/g/n connectivity and support for full HD video.

iBUYPOWER offers gaming PCs exclusively for Newegg

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on June 24th, 2010

We have talked about iBUYPOWER before. The company makes a full range of gaming PCs that are available to fit the budget of just about any gamer. iBUYPOWER has announced that it is now offering a couple configurations of its Phenom II X6 machines as Newegg exclusives.

The two machines are the LAN Warrior and the Chimera. Both use the Phenom II X6 6-core CPU at 2.8GHz. The LAN Warrior has ATI HD 5830 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage space for $1069.99.

Synaptics shows off touch pad that can tell a palm from a finger

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on June 1st, 2010

When I first started using my netbook when I travelled for work I often ended up hitting the track pad with the palm of my hand. That made whatever I was typing end up in a place other than where I wanted it to be. I ended up having to turn the track pad off when I was doing lots of typing to stop that from happening.

Synaptics has announced new technology at Computex that will stop accidental activation of the track pad by the palm of your hand. The tech is called TouchPad-IS and is capable of recognizing up to four fingers.

Motion Computing debuts two new rugged tablets

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on May 21st, 2010

Motion Computing has been making rugged tablet computers for a long time. The company’s machines find their way into medical facilities and the work vehicles for field service folks.

The company has announced two new rugged tablets today that share most of the same features. The machines are the C5v and the F5v. Both have hot swappable batteries, a 160GB HDD, and up to 4GB of RAM.