Archive for Computers

iBUYPOWER unveils LAN Warrior II desktop PC

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on May 14th, 2010

iBUYPOWER has a ton of computers that it offers and the majority of them are aimed at gamers. The company has a line of notebooks and desktop systems that have been popular for a while now. The company has announced a new gaming desktop called the LAN Warrior II.

The new rig is highly customizable and comes in the new NZXT Vulcan micro ATC chassis. The PC can be fitted with an Intel Core i7 CPU, dual ATI HD 5970 video cards or dual NVIDIA GTX 480 video cards in SLI or CrossFireX.

iBUYPOWER offers professional wire routing on PCs

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

iBUYPOWER is a small builder of gaming PCs and multimedia machines that makes some very nice rigs. The offerings from the company run the gamut from entry level to very expensive depending on your tastes and pocketbook.

The company has announced that it is now offering a new pro wiring option that cleans up the inside of the PC for looks and air flow. The service adds only $19 to the price of a desktop and wraps each cable in its own sleeve.

CyberPower offers AMD Phenom II X6 in new gaming rigs

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 27th, 2010

Today marked the official launch of the new AMD Phenom II X6 6-core processor. It seems like it was only yesterday that dual core processors were coming out and now we have six cores in one CPU. If you are in the market for a new gaming PC, the X6 from AMD makes for a nice option.

CyberPower has announced that it is offering the new AMD CPU in its full line of gaming machines. The new CPU can be had in machines starting from $699. High-end rigs with the new CPU inside include the Gamer Dragon CrossFire Ultimate and the Gamer Ultra CrossFireX Pro.

Gartner reveals numbers for PC industry in Q1 2010

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 15th, 2010

Gartner tracks industry statistics for computers, mobile phones and a number of other product categories. The company has published the latest numbers for the PC industry covering Q1 2010.

Gartner reports that it expected the industry to grow 22% but the industry beat expectations and grew by 27.4%. A total of 84.3 million PCs shipped for the quarter and HP was again the top shipper with 18.2% of the market.

Maingear offers Quantum Shift workstation for creative pros

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 13th, 2010

Maingear has all sorts of boutique and high-end computers for users to choose from. The firm was first big in the gaming notebook market and it is now making inroads into the workstation market with its cool Shift computers.

Maingear has unveiled a new workstation called the Quantum Shift that is aimed at creative pros that will be using Adobe Creative Suite 5 or CS5. The Quantum Shift can be fitted with up to three NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics cards.

HP and Dell rumored to be leaving 10-inch netbook market

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

Both Dell and HP were late getting into the netbook market. The two companies ultimately offered netbooks, but by that time, they were not the most popular machines in the segment. Major computer makers were also lamenting the fact that price of the netbooks drove profits down.

DigiTimes cites sources that claim both Dell and HP are set to reduce their investment s in the 10-inch netbook market. These sources claim that HP may even vacate the market altogether.

Roundbox Computer will make learning fun

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

They never had cool stuff like this when I was a kid. The Roundbox is a portable computer that is designed to encourage creative learning for children. No boring books with boring old text. Instead there is a digital camera, video game console, TV, DVD player, computer and pen, all in one rugged device that your child can’t destroy easily.

What more do you need for learning? It’s for kids from ages 5-14 and has a computer mode, gaming mode, movie mode, art mode and camera mode. The touchpad can even be removed and converted into a wireless mouse.

OCZ kills Hypersonic-PC off

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

It has only been a few short years since memory and storage maker OCZ purchased gaming PC maker Hypersonic. Those few years have been tough ones for the PC market though.

OCZ has closed the doors to Hypersonic-PC and a page on the Hypersonic website now reads that no new orders are being taken. Hypersonic says it will continue to support current owners of its computers.

Steampunk PC is cool and not my style

Posted in Computers,Concepts by Shane McGlaun on March 19th, 2010

I like Steampunk stuff mostly because the things look cool and I can appreciate how long it would take to build some of these designs. That said you would never find steampunk gear in my house. I like my tech to look like tech, not something I might find in grandma’s attic.

A new steampunk computer with some serious attention to detail has turned up over on Yanko Design. The thing is the complete deal with a cool looking tower thingy that might be a speaker, a keyboard, mouse pad, mouse, and a display. The keyboard is my favorite part.

iTable offers multitouch for 32 fingers

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

We have seen all sorts of cool gear turn up at CeBIT in Germany ranging from PC hardware to new notebooks and netbooks. One of my favorite devices to debut at the show was the iTable. The thing is like a giant iPad that you can sit your drinks on.

The iTable has a 42-inch HD resolution screen and a full PC inside its 1.5-inch thick top. The screen support input from 32 fingers at once. It can also get input from a stylus, pen, bottle, or cup as well.

iiView Vpad tablet is a netbook on the inside

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on February 18th, 2010

Last year the product category everyone wanted to get in on was eReaders. Now we have eReaders from just about every company capable of producing them. This year the big category everyone wants in on appears to be the tablet market. We can thank the iPad for that.

The latest tablet to be unveiled is the iiView Vpad that is more like a netbook without a keyboard than the iPad. The machine runs an Intel Atom processor and Windows. It has USB ports, Ethernet, and VGA out as well as a memory card reader. The screen is a 10.2-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 x 600.

Huawei unveils 3G Soccer ball dongle

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

Huawei is offering up something that Soccer fans will love. The device above is not just a speaker in the shape of an orb, it’s a football dongle from Huawei designed to celebrate the upcoming FIFA World Cup soccer event.

A 3G broadband dongle to be precise. It works with Windows 7, Linux and Mac. We don’t have any info on price just yet, but maybe more info will be revealed when the World Cup hits South Africa. Serious Soccer fans will want to keep an eye out for this one.

Atlona offers VGA to HDMI scaler powered by USB port

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on February 9th, 2010

Atlona is a major purveyor off just about any converter or adapter the average geek could need for a myriad of uses. The company is especially keen on helping geeks get their video and audio they crave from their laptops onto the HDTV in the living room

Atlona has unveiled a new VGA to HDMI scaler/converter called the AT-HDVieW. The adapter can take the audio and video from a notebook that has VGA only and turn it into an HDMI signal that can be sent to your HDTV.

Netbook shipments grow 79% in 2009

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

While the economy has been bad consumers have still been buying and replacing computers. Rather than buying the expensive notebooks that they might have went for in years past, many consumers looked to cheap netbooks for computers.

Research firm StrategyAnalytics reports that netbook shipments in 2009 boomed with a total of 30.2 million units shipped globally. That number is a 79% growth compared to the previous year’s netbook shipments.

Kids CyberNet Station is an expensive AIO computer

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on January 19th, 2010

I have on more than one occasion thought about going to an AIO computer that is quieter than my normal desktop. My machine has so much gear crammed inside that the drone of the fans can drive you crazy some days. If you are looking for an AIO to give to a kid as their first computer, a company called Kid Computers has one.

The catch is that the machine sells for nearly $2,000, which many parents will consider a significant stretch for a first computer. A $500 to $1000 AIO from another manufacturer with netbook innards would be more appropriate in most cases.