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TabletKiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PC

Posted in Notebooks,PCs,Tablet PC by Nino Marchetti on July 31st, 2007

TabletKiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PCTabletKiosk is a mobile products developer which seems to fly under the radar most of the time. It has a new product out now though which is turning heads for its slate form factor featuring both pen and touch screen input.

The Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PC, priced at around $2,295 for the default configuration, runs either Windows XP Tablet Edition or Vista Business operating systems. The touch screen input is based upon resistive touch technology, said TabletKiosk, that responds to contact from a finger, gloved hand or stylus. It does not require direct skin convergence to react. There’s also a biometric fingerprint reader, 12.1-inch wide angle display and built-in 802.11 wireless networking.

fit-PC is Fanless, Quiet and Green

Posted in Computer Components,PCs by Darrin Olson on July 23rd, 2007

fit-PC is quiet with no fan and has a low power consumptionThe fit-PC is designed as a small, quiet and eco-friendly computer that fits into a niche where most computers do not. The computer is about the size of a paperback book at 120 x 116 x 40 mm and weighs only 450 grams. It also runs almost silently since it doesn’t require any cooling fan.

The case of the fit-PC is dust and splash resistant and also acts as a heat sink to prevent the machine from getting to hot, negating the need for cooling fan altogether. This also will cut down on your electric bill since it only draws about 5 Watts of power. The company advertises it as a maintenance-free PC designed to run 24/7.

The box comes pre-loaded with Linux but it has the hardware to support Windows XP if you want. The specs include …

Green PC

Posted in PCs by Chetz on July 19th, 2007

zonbu green pcThe makers of the Zonbu say that it is the world’s first green PC and they seem to be right. Unlike 99.9999% of the computers out there, the Zonbu stores all of your files on the company’s servers so all you need is a connection to the internet and that’s it. You buy blocks of hard drive space (25, 50 or 100 GB) at monthly rates ($12.95, $14.95 or $19.95). Zonbu takes care of the back-ups so you never have to worry about recovering your files. The PC machine uses a low-power CPU which draws less electricity so you could save up to $10 a month on your energy bill. The unit also includes 512 MB RAM, uses 4GB of flash-based memory for local storage, has graphics acceleration capable of delivering 1400 x 1050 (16 million colors), a built-in 10/100 Mbps Ethernet …

Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC Unveiled

Posted in PCs,Samsung by Chris Weber on May 8th, 2007

Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPCToday Samsung has officially announced the release of the Q1 Ultra UMPC in the US along with pricing, about a year after the introduction of the new Ultra Mobile PC product segment from Samsung along with Microsoft and Intel.

The Samsung Q1 Ultra will be available in a few different configurations with either a 600MHz or 800MHz Intel A100 processor, 1GB of memory, a 40GB or 60GB hard drive and either Vista Home or Windows XP Tablet OS, depending on the model. Pricing for the Q1 Ultra will range from an entry level $799 to $1499 for an enhanced commercial version.

The features of the Q1 Ultra UMPC from Samsung include a 4.5 hour continuous run-time on the included battery, and a nice array of communication support with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an optional 3.5G HSDPA cellular modem.

There is also a 300 pixel webcam and …

Motorola Rugged Notebook and Workstation

Posted in Motorola,Notebooks,Outdoors,PCs by Chetz on March 21st, 2007

Motorola outdoor rugged notebook and workstationYou may never need your computer to have a tough outer shell capable of withstanding the great outdoors but for search and rescue personnel, fire and emergency crews or military personnel stationed in out of the way places, it’s a necessity.

Motorola has stepped up to the likes of the Diamond SwitchBack offering two new PCs designed for such jobs, the ML910 Rugged Notebook and MW810 Mobile Workstation. Both systems are wireless-enabled and made to work in different extremes of climate, with the ML910 having a hard drive heater (!) just in case you snap open this baby in a place where it’s below freezing, as well as having diagnostic software that monitors the internal temperature, working to prevent any lock-ups or power outages as a result of high heat or sub-zero cold.

Powered by a Intel Core Duo 1.66 …

Dell Customers Want Linux and Open Office

Posted in Dell,Linux,PCs by Paul Patterson on February 26th, 2007

Dell Customers Want Linux and Open OfficeA Dell PC loaded with the Linux operating system may be a viable option in the near future, according to a statement posted Friday on the company’s Web site.

Dell’s decision to go with a Linux option is undoubtedly due to the overwhelming popularity of a suggestion on Dell’s new IdeaStorm website. Ideastorm is a community website where Dell customers can submit feedback and offer suggestions on how to improve the overall Dell experience including products, services, and operations.

The popular suggestion was to “Offer the 3 top free Linux versions for free pre-installation on all Dell PCs.” As of Monday the suggestion had over 75,000 “promotions” which are marks of approval from visitors to the IdeaStorm web site.

Dell’s response on the matter sums it up succinctly, “We are listening, and as a result, we are working with …

Sony VAIO TP1 Living Room PC

Posted in Home Theater,PCs,Sony by Paul Patterson on January 29th, 2007

Sony VAIO TP1 Living Room PCSporting a spherical form factor measuring 10.63″ in diameter and 3.58″ high, the Sony VAIO TP1 Living Room PC is a bold new approach to home PC design. Promoted as a “Living Room PC”, the TP1 was made to blend with your home decor and allow you to surf the web and watch live and pre-recorded TV shows from the comfort of your sofa.

The TP1 comes equipped with a matching wireless keyboard and remote control. The lightweight keyboard was designed to fit on your lap and has a built-in touchpad with hot buttons that launch your frequently used applications.

Frequently accessed features such as the optical drive, USB ports and multi-card reader are located on the front of the PC, hidden behind a curved slide-away panel, while constantly-connected terminals are hidden from sight on the back of the unit.

Specifications
The TP1 features Windows Vista …

OQO model 02 is Smallest Vista Capable PC

Posted in OQO,PCs,UMPC,Vista by Paul Patterson on January 20th, 2007

OQO Model 02Bill Gates showcased OQO’s newest UMPC, the model 02, during his keynote address at CES 2007 in Las Vegas. The model 02 is a fully-featured, pocket-sized PC that is capable of supporting Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system.

Design
The OQO model 02 is housed in a rugged, black magnesium alloy chassis that measures 5.6″(W) x 3.3″(H) x 1.0″(D) and weighs under 1lb with the standard battery (battery life of up to 6 hours). The design features a shock-mounted hard drive and drop-detect technology.

Specifications
The model 02 has a 5″ WVGA LCD with 1000×600 and 1200×720 interpolated display modes. The processing options for the model 02 include your choice of Via’s C7-M ULV processor in 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz flavors. The model 02 can be configured with up to a 60GB hard drive and 1GB of DDR2 533MHz SDRAM.

Input and Navigation
Input on the model …

Sony VAIO VGX-TP1

Posted in PCs,Sony by Darrin Olson on January 8th, 2007

Sony VAIO VGX-TP1 Media Center PCAt first glance you might think the new Sony VAIO VGX-TP1 is a new product from Apple with the white color and unusual shape, but Sony has taken a new direction in desktop design with this cylinder shaped design.

The Sony VAIO TP1 comes running Windows Vista and an HDMI port to run a display on your big flat-screen TV. It also ships with a wireless keyboard, memory card slot and a DVD burner built-in. Not to mention that this has all the amenities of a normal desktop PC, all packed into a space-conscious design.

We’re not sure if Sony is trying to take a bite out of Apple with the white hardware design and keyboard, but it gives a nice, different looking option to the mundane design of desktops. Sony will start shipping the VAIO VGX-TP1 in March of this year for …

Shuttle XPC X100 Small Form Factor PC

Posted in PCs,Shuttle by Quagmire on December 9th, 2006

Shuttle X100Shuttle has long been the leader in small form factor (SFF) PCs. Shuttle is typically the option people turn to when they have minimal space and need a case that is adaptable to any environment such as a dorm room, home office, or cubicle. The X100 is sure to continue on with that heritage for those people looking for a tiny case with big case features.

The X100 case measures 2.1″ x 8.27″ x 11.76″ and weighs 6.6 pounds, ensuring that you will have room remaining on your desktop. The case can set like a traditional desktop case or it can be positioned on its side with the stand.

The X100 incorporates notebook components instead of larger desktop PC parts. Shuttle powers the X100 with Intel’s Core Duo and Core Duo processors. The Intel 945PM Express chipset provides high-bandwidth interfaces such as dual channel DDR2 …

HP is First with Blade Workstation Solution

Posted in HP,PCs by Paul Patterson on November 30th, 2006

HP Blade WorkstationHP today introduced the industry’s first blade workstation solution. The new platform combines the benefits of a centralized data center with the performance of workstation-class machines. IT managers looking for a new workstation solution that delivers the security, reliability and manageability of a data center need look no further.

The heart of the HP Blade Workstation Solution is a small form factor client device that supports up to four displays. The client can make multiple blade connections when additional computing power is needed, thus dramatically reducing the heat, noise, and power consumption found in most desktop configurations.

Network administrators can now pack more computing power into their data centers; while adding, moving, and changing out PCs will be much easier and won’t affect operations. Other advantages include easier system maintenance and remote site operation, power and cooling, improved data security, disaster recovery support, and system uptime.

HP …

Fujitsu ST5100 Tablet PC Series

Posted in Notebooks,PCs by Paul Patterson on November 24th, 2006

Fujitsu ST5111The ST5111 and ST5112 Tablet PCs from Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation are ideal for project-based applications, as well as for mobile professionals in healthcare and field and sales force automation. The rough and tumble 3.5-pound ST5100 Tablet PCs are less than an inch thick and come with a durable magnesium-alloy lower housing and offer the latest Intel Core Duo Mobile Technology. The accelerometer-based hard disk drive with Fujitsu Shock Sensor system retracts the hard drive head if a sudden movement or vibration is detected, thus reducing the possibility of data loss.

The ST5111 Tablet PC features a 10.4-inch XGA TFT display that is ideal for outdoor viewing and direct sunlight conditions. The ST5112 Tablet PC has a slightly larger screen at 12.1 inches and features a transmissive indoor/outdoor XGA display with 160° wide viewing angles. Both models offer battery life up to 6 hours with …

PowerDesk PC

Posted in PCs by Chetz on November 3rd, 2006

PowerDeskWhat if your desk is the computer?

This is a pretty cool concept that the designers at PowerDesk have taken to new levels. They create desks that have a PC built in, complete with disc drives, power buttons and USB ports conveniently located right in the desk.

This is nice as it avoids having to find a desk that looks nice along with a place to put a PC tower and hide all the cables that go along with it. PowerDesk has many different styles of PC’s embedded into desks, counter tops or coffee tables, and according to their website they accept challenges for whatever else you would like them to try to build a PC into.

This is definitely not the thing for notebook users, or anyone who needs to frequently move their PC but it is a nice solution for keeping an office aesthetically pleasing while …

Kapsel is Swedish-Styled Media Center PC

Posted in PCs by Quagmire on October 8th, 2006

kapselHave you been shopping around for a Media Center PC for your home but you find the current models a bit too industrial looking? Perhaps the stylish Kapsel Media Center PC is just what you need.

The Kapsel was designed by Propeller, an award-winning Swedish design agency. Kaspel utilizes a small form factor (27x23x10 cm) which allows for some flexibility as it can be positioned either horizontally or vertically as well as mounted to the wall. The Kapsel shell is made out of quality ceramics which adds to its aesthetic appeal.

Kapsel enables you to take advantage of Windows Media Center Edition, such as online Music and Video services, TV viewing and recording. Kapsel comes with the Intel Viiv platform and will take advantage of dual-core processors (Intel Core 2 Duo). Thankfully there will be no long boot times as users will be able to very …

Boot your PC by Remote Control

Posted in Logisys,PCs,Remotes by Chetz on September 30th, 2006

Logisys Remote Multifunction PanelIn response to the increasing requests for non-mainstream customizations to personal PC’s Logisys has come out with a Remote Multi-functional Panel for your PC. The panel fits flush into a 5.25″ bay in your PC and can be used to boot and/or reset the PC remotely with the included remote control that is similar to a car key fob from up to 15 feet away.

This multifunction panel comes in black or silver, and has two temperature gauges to monitor the temperature of your hard drive and CPU. There is also a switch to adjust the fan speed, two USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire port.

Multifunctional Panel [Logisys]