Archive for Computers

CTL 2go all-in-one Atom PC unveiled

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on August 3rd, 2009

allin4-sbIn theory, an all-in-one PC is a good way to save space and get a cleaner looking desktop. The reality is that for some users an all-in-one won’t do the job since most of the new ones being introduced are base don’t the Intel Atom. Gamers need not apply.

A company called CTL has announced an all-in-one PC that’s really more of a normal LCD with a holder on the back for an external Intel Atom-powered system. That means that you have a choice of monitor sizes from 17 to 23-inches and the machine can have an optional DVD drive.

Getac unveils 9213 rugged business notebook

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on July 10th, 2009

getac9213-sbRugged notebooks are typically more about function over form. They are often big, boxy machines that look like a suitcase more than a typical notebook computer. Rugged machines are also typically larger and heavier than standard machines.

Getac has announced its latest rugged notebook called the 9213. The machine is built with a magnesium chassis and a shock mounted hard drive and LCD. The notebook is designed to handle bumps, drops, and mishaps that go along with using a notebook on the road. The machine also has a spill resistant keyboard.

Ripple LOOK PC

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2009

Ripple LOOK PCIf you are in the market for a PC that won’t take up much space,(Like none at all) then the new Ripple LOOK PC might be the one for you. It measures in at just 215mm x 235mm x 69mm. The mini desktop is powered by either an Intel Atom N230, N270 or N330 processor, 1GB or 2GB RAM, and a 160GB or 320GB hard drive.

We love the size, but they went the extra mile and also made the Ripple LOOK stylish, which we appreciate. Sadly for your desk, the Ripple LOOK PC is only available in Korea at the moment. No price info yet.

CrunchPad coming soon for about $300

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on July 6th, 2009

crunchpad-sbI have talked before about the CrunchPad when a prototype of the device was unveiled back in January. I though the device looked like a kid’s toy back then, thankfully the CrunchPad has been redesigned and is getting close to a launch date. The new design looks very Apple-like.

The NYT reports that Michael Arrington has incorporated a new company called CrunchTablet and is set to make an announcement in late July or early August with availability of the device coming soon after. The CrunchPad is said to cost under $300 and have a screen at least 12-inches.

Dynamism offers new Viliv X70 MID

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on June 10th, 2009

vilivx7-sbNetbooks are wildly popular today and odds are many of your friends have them. If you want to be different and stand out from the pack, albeit in a less functional way, a MID might be for you. Sure, they lack a real keyboard, but with Bluetooth, you can carry and external with you.

Dynamism has unveiled a new MID with a tablet form factor called the Viliv X70 series. The device is a touchscreen tablet that runs on netbook internals with an Intel Atom CPU running at 1.33GHz. The MID has a 7-inch WSVGA LCD with a resolution of 1024 x 600 and haptics touch feedback technology.

Maingear Pulse is world’s greenest gaming PC

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on June 5th, 2009

maingearpulse-sbOne thing that most gaming PCs have in common is that they pack the highest performance parts they can get their hands on into a rig that sucks down power like a Hummer slurps fuel. With more people looking to go green, I guess it was inevitable that a green gaming rig was launched.

Maingear has announced the Pulse gaming PC, which it claims to be the world’s greenest gaming PC. The rig is based on the NVIDIA Ion platform and it is also the world’s first upgradable Ion PC. The small form factor machine can be upgraded from Ion graphics to an NVIDIA 9800 ECO video card that needs 40% less power than a typical 9800 GT requires.

Maingear launches uber gaming PC

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on June 4th, 2009

maingear-sbWhen it comes to gaming desktop PCs they tend to be packed with the latest hardware and massive price tags. PC gamers looking for a high-end rig have some nice machines to choose from, assuming the economy has left them any extra scratch.

For those who have the money, Maingear has announced a new gaming PC called the ePhex X58 Elite. The machine draws part of its name from the Asus X58 mainboard that allows the use of multiple video cards from NVIDIA and ATI.

PC-In-A-Vase

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2009

PC-In-A-VaseThis is a first. Normally we see PC guts or console guts stuffed into all kinds of things, but they are the result of hackers. This PC-in-a-vase was designed by an actual company, ECS. It’s actually an interesting glimpse into the future, when we will want to hide the PC and have it mesh more with our environment.

It has an Atom 230 system, a 2.5-inch HDD of unknown capacity, a Blu-Ray drive, 1GB of RAM and HDMI out, all in one package. Sometimes you just want a vase in your living space instead of a HTPC.

Supermicro crams Intel Atom processors inside low-power servers

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on May 5th, 2009

supermicroatomserver-sbTypically when you think about a server you think about massive, power gulping machines with lots of performance packed with multiple CPUs and lots of RAM. Some applications don’t need all that power though and would work just as well on lower performance servers optimized for power savings.

Supermicro has announced a pair of new servers to suit the low performance, low power needs in the datacenter. The servers are both based on the Intel Atom processor and the most efficient of the pair needs 4W of power while the higher performance server needs 8W.

Research firm says netbooks are reaching new users

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 29th, 2009

msivalentinesu100-sbIt’s not hard to understand why netbooks are doing so well in the current global economy. People still want and need new computers, they simply don’t want or can’t spend what they would have on a new computer last year.

Netbooks are cheap, light, and portable leading many mobile users to jump on the netbook train. Strategy Analytics offers a few details about the netbook market in its latest report. According to the firm 2/3 of all netbooks sell for under $500 and more than half of all netbooks sold use Windows XP Home.

Rumors of OQO Model 2+ demise are true

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 27th, 2009

oqomodel2-sbI was never a fan of the tiny UMPC machines that hit the market place at inflated prices before the massive netbook revolution. The thing I never liked about the little machines was that the keyboards tended to be sized for thumb use only and I just couldn’t see them being useful in the real world.

One of the cool looking UMPCs at CES 2009 was the OQO Model 2+. The little machine promised an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, OLED touch screen and more. I was rather excited to see it at CES 2009 and while interesting, I didn’t think it stacked up at all against the mass of netbooks around.

HP is world’s top PC shipper

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 16th, 2009

hp-logo-sb1With the poor global economy, it’s no surprise that computer sales are slipping around the globe. The only segment of the computer industry that is actually growing robustly is the netbook category as consumers look to lower cost devices.

Gartner Research announced its global PC shipment numbers for Q1 2009 today and HP sits at the top of the list. HP shipped 19.8% of the all PCs shipped globally. Total global PC shipments for the quarter were 67.2 million units.

Bella HD Mouse for video editors coming soon

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 15th, 2009

bellahdmouse-sbProfessional video editors take advantage of lots of tools that make editing video easier to do. The catch for amateur video editors is that most of that specialized gear costs lots of money. Things like jog wheels for rewinding and forwarding film and other items are out of the reach of many would be editors.

Bella Corporation has announced a new wireless HD Mouse that is designed for video editing tasks. The mouse includes software that allows users to program mouse movements to specific video functions. The X and Y axis can be programmed to work like a jog wheel moving video forwards and backwards.

HeatShift laptop cooler half off with trade in

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 15th, 2009

thermapak-sbI am here to tell you that there are few things worse than roasting your chestnuts trying to use your laptop actually in your lap. There are tons of laptop coolers on the market, many of them are bulky metal things that need power from your PC to operate.

If all you want is some comforting insulation between your nads and your laptop that doesn’t need power, the HeatShift by ThermaPAK may be perfect for you. ThermaPAK has announced new colors and sizes for the HeatShift passive laptop cooler. The cooler is now available in 13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch sizes and black, white, or pink colors.

Dream Cheeky offers Spiderman webcam for geeks

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 13th, 2009

spidermanwebcam-sbI was never a fan of comic books in my youth, but I did like the Spiderman TV series that used to come on and Hulk when I was a kid. I also enjoy the movies from Marvel that have been coming with increased frequency. That said, I am not such a big fan that I would buy the toys or other items with superheroes on them.

If you are a big fan of Spiderman and want something else to go along with your posters and Underoos with the web-slinging hero on them, Dream Cheeky has a new Spiderman USB webcam that looks like a retro film camera.