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Shuttle D10 with 7-inch touchscreen

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on September 18th, 2008

Shuttle D10 with 7-inch touchscreenHere’s an odd sight. A PC with a built-in 7-inch touchscreen that looks more like a microwave or other appliance. We are used to bulky PC’s that have to be tucked under desks well away from your external monitor as if they are mortal enemies in some secret war. But now it’s as if the two are enjoying a nice soft cuddle, with the Shuttle D10.

As you might expect, it only has a resolution of 800×480, so it won’t replace your current PC. Well, unless the one you’re using is reallllly old. But it might be a good PC for those odd places, like the kitchen, or in an RV or something. It will be available in Japan this week for under $500. I don’t think it’s a great idea personally. Did we not learn from TV/VCR combos?

Old PCs create a virtual sunset

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on September 18th, 2008

Old PCs create a virtual sunsetThe human race has a ton of junk. The discarded excrement of all of our endeavors. It goes in landfills, sits around our homes and in general clutters up our lives. What do you do with all of that junk? Play with it of course. In this case UK artist Sandy Smith used hundreds of old PC’s to create a wall-sized gradient effect that mimics a “sunset” emanating from their monitors. Pretty neat stuff. Imagine all of the other things we could do with junk PC’s. I wonder if you could tan people using old monitors. Or would that be unsafe? Any volunteers? Pretty ones?

Sotec E7 media center PC with iPod dock

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on September 18th, 2008

Sotec E7 media center PC with iPod dockSotec’s E7 media center PC series adds an iPod dock. A hidden compartment at the base houses a slot where you can plug in the mp3 player. The 21.6 inch PC also features a DVD drive, built-in card reader, 1.3MP camera, wireless keyboard and mouse, 8W Onkyo speakers, NVIDIA GeForce 9300 video card, integrated 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi module, Gigabit Ethernet, 1GB of RAM and a160GB hard drive as part of the standard option.

It’s powered by an Intel dual-core 2GHz with optional enhancements like 2GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, and a 2.53GHz processor. The E7 should be arriving with an October launch date. The standard version is priced at about $950, while the fully-loaded options will cost you $1560. It’s nice to see an iPod dock included, but it doesn’t make it stand out enough in a sea of PC’s that are all very much the same.

Stix 200 reviewed: Wiimotes need not fear

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Stix 200 reviewed: Wiimotes need not fearIt’s hard to take the Stix Wiimote knockoff for the PC seriously when it looks the way it does. It’s trying to hard. But the proof is in the play and at least one reviewer failed to shake any fun out of the thing. It’s only a 2D controiller after all.

The Stix 200 may look a lot like Nintendo’s wiimote, but it’s more like “a set of slightly unresponsive, highly inconvenient arrow keys” instead of an awesome motion controller. Like the device itself, the PC games that can be played with it are bad. The 3D-capable Stix 400 controller might do better, but the consensus seems to be that it’s not worth the bother after this review. The reviewer pretty much sums it up by saying, it’s the kind of gift “parents who can’t get their hands on a wii should get their children to make them cry.”

Jive multi-platform capable computer announced

Posted in PCs by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2008

Jive ComputerMost users will agree that a Mac computer costs more than a similar Windows based system. One reason for the increased cost of Mac systems is that Apple doesn’t license its operating system. This means that you are only supposed to be able to get the Mac OS on complete computers built by Apple. That little fact doesn’t stop some from trying to make Mac clones– like Psystar.

The problem with firms like Psystar that try to sell Mac clones with the Mac Os pre-installed is that it breaks the software license and leads to Apple suing the firms into oblivion. A company called RSOL PC has announced a new computer called the Jive that it says is Multi-platform capable. The Jive machine can be had with no OS or pre-installed Windows, Ubuntu, and Fedora.

NZXT Sentry LX fan controller

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2008

NZXT Sentry LX fan controller
Gamers will overclock their computers in order to get the best performance, but keeping it all cool is the key to how well it performs. If it overheats, it’s all for nothing. NZXT wants to make sure you stay chilled, with the Sentry LX fan controller.

It’s a controller that you attach to the fan so you can control the speed of said fan. This way you can be absolutely sure that your computer will not overheat. The only drawback is that it takes up at least two of your 5.25-inch bays, but hey keeping cool is important no? It will cost you $60.

Stix is a Wiimote for the PC

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2008

Stix is a Wiimote for the PC
So you’ve wanted some motion control on your PC, but so far every mod you’ve attempted fails miserably. The folks at GoLive2 are here to help with Stix, a Wiimote for the PC. No, it won’t sing Mr. Roboto or Come Sail Away, but it will let you have a Wii-like experience on your PC.

It’s launching with a companion website called sphere that has hundreds of “free Web-based games” available, which usually means suckage. The Stix 200 will work with those games while the Stix 400 will apparently work with normal PC games. It will be available in August.

Averatec launches the 12.1-inch 2575 notebook

Posted in PCs by Shane McGlaun on March 21st, 2008

Averatec 2575For many road warriors, business people and students what is most appealing in a notebook is a small size. The problem is that the smaller the notebook, the more they tend to cost on average. Thankfully, Averatec makes some decently speced systems at reasonable prices. Averatec has introduced a new ultra portable notebook called the 2575 that won’t break the bank.

The 2575 is a 12.1-inch notebook that runs on an AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core processor running at 2.2GHz. The operating system for the notebook is Vista Home Premium and the tiny computer has built-in 802.11 b/g networking as well.

French maid PC case will not get you laid

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2008

French maid PC case
Yes, buying this French maid PC case is as good as admitting that you have not yet had, and likely never will have relations with the opposite sex. And if your first reaction was wood, followed by a burning desire for an upskirt shot in the hopes of finding your new favorite USB port, I suggest you buy this sawed off plaything and go to town. Real girls everywhere will thank you for removing yourself from the gene pool.

Be warned. It costs a hefty $499. And you don’t even get boobs. In geek money that translates to about 10 Wii games. It’s only about 1/4 of a woman in it’s current state anyway. It might be fun to mix and match different body parts, both under and above this torso. You know, give it some Amphibian legs, with a terminator exoskeleton top or something.

Puget launches Deluge ultra-high performance gaming system

Posted in Games,PCs by Darrin Olson on January 22nd, 2008

Puget Deluge custom high-performance gaming systemPuget Systems today announced the release of the Deluge, the companies most aggressive gaming rig to date. The systems can be highly customized but all of these liquid cooled systems feature some of the fastest and most powerful components available, including nVidia’s 780i triple-SLI, overclocked Intel 45nm Penryn processors and OCZ DDR2 heatpipe memory. Optional BigFoot Networks’ KillerNIC and MTron Solid State drives are also available.

Puget’s goal was to create an intense gaming system that did not require gamers to pay through the nose to get own, and the system they’ve come up with looks pretty good. The company is offering three different Deluge-i systems to start from with pricing starting at around $2600 and with options can extend to well over $10k. All can be tailored to your own specs but come standard with the following:

The WIBRAIN B1 UMPC

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2007

The WIBRAIN B1 UMPC

The B1 is WIBRAIN’s 4.8-inch UMPC prototype for business customers made for the Korean market. It sports a cool new look with the QWERTY keyboard divided on both sides of the screen. The ultra mobile PC is powered by a VIA C7M ULV processor and features an integrated 3 megapixel webcam, a 1024×600 touchscreen display, Bluetooth 2.0, and 802.11b/g WiFi.

It measures 192 x 82 x 28mm and weighs in at 490 grams. Plus it provides quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE network as well as the high-speed HSDPA (3.5G) connectivity. You can see a video here.

Asus Eee PC coming in desktop version in 2008

Posted in ASUS,News,PCs by Darrin Olson on November 9th, 2007

Asus Eee PC coming to the desktop in 2008 according to Asus presidentIf you’re a fan of the Asus Eee portable PC you’ll probably be happy to hear that Asus may have a desktop version of the popular notebook in the works. According to Asus president Jonathan Tseng, the new desktop Eee PC will launch in 2008 most likely running Linux and will come with no monitor and an affordable price since it will save by not paying fees for a pricey OS.

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Jensen NVX3000PC in-car PC

Posted in Automotive,Computer Components,PCs by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2007

Jensen NVX3000PC in-car PC

The computers in cars that most people talk about have to do with the drivetrain or GPS etc. Those can’t browse the web or allow you to edit documents the way a desktop PC can. Jensen thinks it has the answer with it’s NVX3000PC, which is on show at SEMA 2007.

The device is portable of course and features a 7″ touch screen and Windows Vista operating system. Inside, it has a 30GB Hard Drive, integrated Wi-Fi modem, and a 1GHz Via processor. You can even connect it to Desktop or Notebooks with a sync port cable, which is nice. As you might expect, it comes with a built-in GPS system of it’s own. You can even play audio for navigation and music files either through it’s own speaker or streamed to the car’s speakers, because it has an integrated FM transmitter.

Suissa’s Enlighten PC is wooden and modularized

Posted in PCs,Suissa by Darrin Olson on September 28th, 2007

Suissa Enlighten is a modularized PC made out of wood separating the interfacing pieces from the processingSuissa, a company known for making natural wood encased luxury computers and components, has released its latest work called the Suissa Enlighten which has been under wraps until now. They company unveiled the modularized PC for the first time Thursday at IIDEX, showing off an expected quality wood frame in an unexpected, multiple piece design.

According to Howard Suissa, the designer of the Suissa line up, the Enlighten computer was created in an artsy fashion to separate the the parts of the computer that are interfaced by users such as the DVD drive and power button, from the parts that most users don’t often interface such as the processor, memory, video cards, etc.

Voodoo PC Envy M:152 With Core 2 Extreme

Posted in HP,PCs,Voodoo by Matt on September 26th, 2007

Voodoo PC Envy M:152 with Centrino Duo technology
Accepting configuration orders today, Voodoo PC unleashes the Envy 15.4 inch M:152. It may very well be the envy of the LAN party but with the biometric fingerprint reading physical lock you can keep your M:152 safe from prying eyes.

The Envy M:152 uses Centrino Duo technology with 802.11n Wi-Fi off the shelf. The notebook is scalable through the Core 2 line up to the 2.6GHz Core 2 Extreme mobile processor X7800, being the first Voodoo laptop to use the chipset. Equipped with a 512MB GeForce 8600M GT GPU, the M:152 will scream during game play allowing users the full experience of Windows Vista and visually rich applications while still keeping cool and Voodoo claims this system will work quieter than other Envy systems.