Maximum PC - All Articles en Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Mice: Choose Your Type of Sensor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_gaming_sabre_rgb.jpg" alt="Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB" title="Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB" width="228" height="233" style="float: right;" />Do you prefer an optical or laser sensor?</h3> <p><strong>Corsair Gaming, a division of Corsair that's focused on (*drum roll*) gaming hardware, today introduced the Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB</strong>, an ultralight mouse for gamers. There are two versions of the Sabre RGB, one that rolls with a laser sensor and another that goes old school with an optical sensor. The former sports an 8200 DPI with ultra-precise tracking on just about any surface, whereas the optical sensor tops out at 6400 DPI with multi-color smooth and accurate tracking, Corsair Gaming says.</p> <p>Both versions are featherweight fighters with bodies that weigh less than 100 grams. They both also sport four-zone 16.8 million color backlighting, CUE software for personalized performance and color customization, eight programmable buttons, high-quality switches rated for 20 million clicks, and braided 1.8 meter easy-flex cables.</p> <p>"As a competitive Counter-Strike GO player, I need an agile and accurate mouse to allow me to get consistent head shots with minimal effort and maximum efficiency," said Jason Christian, Product Manager for gaming peripherals at Corsair Gaming. "To this end, I designed the Sabre RGB mice from the ground up to be lean and ultralight with the same level of precision of our M65 and M45 mice."</p> <p>The Sabre RGB Laser Mouse is available for $70 MSRP and the Sabre RGB Optical Mouse goes for $60 MSRP. If you're feeling lucky, head to Sabre's website where you can enter to win a Sabre RGB mouse, Nvidia GeForce graphics card, and a copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> corsair gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals sabre rgb News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:05:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28812 at Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows Knows How to Hang <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_yoga_tablet_2.jpg" alt="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" title="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Latest Yoga tablet has a new hang mode</h3> <p>Is there a more appropriate name for a line of tablet PCs than Yoga? While you ponder that one, take note that <strong>Lenovo just expanded its Yoga Tablet 2 family with the new Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows</strong>. Joining its 8-inch and 10-inch Windows-based brethren, Lenovo's latest slate is not only the largest, but also the most flexible in that it boasts a new mode -- Hang.</p> <p>Yes, you can hang the Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows on a wall if you really want to. And like the other models, it also supports Hold, Stand, and Tilt modes.</p> <p>Lenovo's latest slate measures 12.8 inches by 8.7 inches by 0.2-0.6 inches (324.1 millimeters by 221 millimeters by 3.7-14 millimeters) and weighs 2.27 pounds. The 13.3-inch IPS display sports a Quad HD 2560x1440 resolution powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor clocked at up to 1.86GHz with 2MB of cache, 4GB of LP DDR3 RAM and Intel HD graphics.</p> <p>The system also features 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, micro HDMI port, micro USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two large chamber speaker, 1.6MP HD front-facing camera, and Windows 8.1</p> <p>Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows will be available beginnin in November for $700 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware lenovo mobile OEM rigs slate tablet Windows yoga tablet 2 News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:21:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28809 at 15 Games We Recommend for Halloween <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u166440/zombie.jpg" alt="Zombie" title="Zombie" width="200" height="177" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Turn off the lights and get scared with these games</h3> <p>October is finally here and it's time to consume enormous amounts of confectionaries without the usual guilt, even if it is accompanied by a bit of nausea. Leading up to Halloween, it is hard not to get into the mood by watching scary movies (<em>Exorcist</em>, anyone?), listening to spooky songs (how about the Marilyn Manson version of “This Is Halloween”?), or maybe reading a story or two by Edgar Allen Poe.</p> <p>Yet, while there are plenty of great books, movies, and music that suit the ghoulish atmosphere perfectly, we feel that nothing compares to the experience of playing a scary video game. Whether it's fighting off zombies, dealing with the paranormal, beheading zombies, fighting aliens, shooting zombies, encountering all kinds of monsters, and trying to survive zombies, there's a good selection of nightmarish games to choose from.</p> <p>Naturally, there are many MMOs and multiplayer games that will sometimes have Halloween events such as World of Warcraft, Team Fortress 2, League of Legends, and Dota 2, but for our list, we decided to choose titles that don't shoehorn Halloween elements into their gameplay.</p> <p>So here are 15 games, in alphabetical order, that we recommend you check out and play during the Halloween season.&nbsp;</p> <p>What games do you like to play during the month of October?</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> 15 games for Halloween Alan Wake Alice: Madness Returns Alien Isolation Amnesia Bioshock dayz dead space Don’t Starve doom 3 F.E.A.R. 3 halloween left 4 dead 2 Metro 2033 Redux natural selection 2 October outlast Project Zomboid scary Features Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:22:59 +0000 Sean D Knight 28770 at Watch for Low Cost Intel Desktops and All-in-One PCs Featuring Windows 8.1 with Bing <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_aio_0.jpg" alt="Acer AIO" title="Acer AIO" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />Cheap all-in-one PCs will run Windows 8.1 with Bing</h3> <p>For a long while, owning an all-in-one was cost prohibitive for many people, as most models carried premium price tags. Prices have certainly come down in recent years, though there's not a ton of options in the way of entry-level AIOs for those who might be interested in such a system. However, that may change. There's talk that <strong>Microsoft is cooperating with Intel to offer system builders subsidies to promote Windows 8.1 with Bing on entry-level desktops and AIOs</strong>.</p> <p>Citing supply chain makers in Taiwan, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> the low-end desktops would start at $199 retail and 18.5-inch non-touch AIO PCs would go for $349 and up, both powered by Intel Celeron J1900 quad-core processors based on the chip maker's Bay Trail-D architecture.</p> <p>One player that's already on board with Celeron J1900 powered systems running Windows 8.1 with Bing is Acer, which has placed orders, <em>Digitimes</em> says. Those rigs will also feature 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 250GB hard drive, and an optical drive. In other words, a fairly basic setup at a cheap price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> aio all-in-one Bing Hardware intel microsoft windows 8.1 News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:43:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 28808 at HP’s Sprout PC Bridges Gap Between Digital and Physical World <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sprout.jpg" alt="HP Sprout" title="HP Sprout" width="228" height="211" style="float: right;" />Content creation without the keyboard or mouse</h3> <p>You've never seen anything like this before, at least not to this extent. Embarking on a new, albeit familiar path, <strong>HP today introduced its Sprout PC</strong>, a unique "Immersive Computing" platform that's part of HP's vision for the future of computing and 3D printing. Part of HP's Blended Reality ecosystem, Sprout eschews a mouse and keyboard in favor of a built-in projector and 20-point multi-touch capacitive mat.</p> <p>The sleek looking DLP projector with LED lamp and 14.6-megapixel camera looms over the 23-inch 10-point multi-touch display. It beams images onto the mat, which you can use a secondary display, and launches Sprout-supported applications coded with a special SDK.</p> <p>It's also a scanner with a depth sensor, and what's really cool is how you can interact with Sprout. For example, you can place real-world objects on the mat and transfer them into a digital workspace, which you can then manipulate with your hands. To get a sense of the potential here, you really have to watch HP's 1-minute video (skip past the first 39 seconds of fluff if you're short on time):</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Pretty snazzy, right? Here's another look at what Sprout can do, minus the introductory fluff:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>As for the traditional specs, Sprout is powered by an Intel Core i7 4790S processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 745A graphics, and 1TB solid state hybrid drive with 8GB of flash acceleration cache. It also boasts a 1MP webcam, DTS sound, GbE LAN, 802.11n Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, 3-in-1 media card reader, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>"We live in a 3D world, but today we create in a 2D world on existing devices," said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president, Consumer PC &amp; Solutions, HP. "Sprout by HP is a big step forward in reimagining the boundaries of how we create and engage with technology to allow users to move seamlessly from thought to expression."</p> <p>Sprout is <a href=";urlLangId=-1&amp;langId=-1&amp;productId=681151&amp;storeId=10151" target="_blank">available now for $1,900</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 3d printing Hardware hp OEM rigs sprout News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:07:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28807 at Humble Bundle Celebrates Surpassing 100 Linux Games Milestone <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tower_of_guns.jpg" alt="Tower of Guns" title="Tower of Guns" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Linux ports leave little to "Wine" about</h3> <p>It's no longer absurd to build a gaming box around Linux. Sure, there are still far more titles available for Windows, but between solutions like Wine and a growing concerted effort to support the open source platform, the situation is improving at a faster rate than ever before. Valve deserves kudos for promoting Linux through Steam, and surprise, surprise, <strong>Humble Bundle is fast becoming a pioneering force with over 100 games having been ported to Linux</strong>.</p> <p>Humble Indie Bundle 13 includes three Linux titles -- Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Risk of Rain, and Tower of Guns -- which pushed the number of its in-house ports to triple digits.</p> <p>"If you didn’t already know, we’ve been hard at work to help bring great indie titles to as many people as possible. In order to do so, we’ve worked with a couple of talented porters - including our own full-time in-house porter - to bring these typically single-platform games to other platforms like Mac and Linux," Humble Bundle stated in a <a href=";utm_campaign=659e279b6d-Humble_Indie_Bundle_13&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_990b1b6399-659e279b6d-101065609" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>Humble Bundle is best known for helping find an audience for independent game developers by offering up their titles free of DRM and at whatever price gamers feel like paying for certain titles. But they're also a driving force in pushing Linux as a viable platform for games.</p> <p>Linux users seem appreciative of Humble Bundle's efforts too, as they pay on average $1 more than Mac users and $2.60 more than Windows users.</p> <p>By the way, you can pick up <a href="" target="_blank">Humble InDIE Bundle 13 here</a>, and if you pay more than the average of $6.73 (at the time of this writing), you'll unlock Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Jazzpunk, and four copies of Risk of Rain. A payment of $12 unlocks Shadowrun Returns.</p> <p>If you don't feel like spending anything, hit up the Humble Bundle link anyway and claim your free copy of Teleglitch: Die More Edition.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> games humble bundle linux Software News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:18:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28806 at Newegg Daily Deals: Samsung 27-inch LED Monitor, WD Black Series 1TB HDD, and More! <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/samsung_monitor_1.jpg" alt="Samsung Monitor" title="Samsung Monitor" width="300" height="236" style="float: right;" /><img src="/files/u154082/newegg_logo_small.png" alt="newegg logo" title="newegg logo" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>It used to be that purchasing a big size monitor meant another trip to the chiropractor -- after all, those bulky CRTs weren't going to deliver themselves from your porch to your desktop. They did, however, come with a bonus game called "Let's see if I can this monitor where it needs to go without dropping it." Ah, good times. Today's flat panel displays are much easier to move, and picture quality has come a long way too. Ready to retire that ancient display on your desk? Then check out today's top deal for a <a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-DISPLAY-N82E16824001794-_-1029&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Samsung Glossy Black 27-inch Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor</a> for <strong>$185</strong> with free shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCWPHB96</strong>]). This Full HD 1080p display sports a rated 5ms response time (GTG), 300 cd/m2 brightness, and both DVI and D-Sub inputs.</p> <p><strong>Other Deals:</strong></p> <p><a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-SSD-N82E16820147360-_-1029&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Samsung 850 Pro Series 2.5-inch 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive</a> for <strong>$171</strong> with free shipping (normally $190 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCWPHB22</strong>])</p> <p><a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-INT-HDD-N82E16822236625-_-1029&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">WD Black Series 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5-inch Internal Hard Drive</a> for <strong>$70</strong> with free shipping (normally $80 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCWPHB23</strong>])</p> <p><a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-CPU-N82E16819117403-_-1029&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">Intel Core i7-5930K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.5GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor</a> for <strong>$570</strong> with free shipping (normally $590 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCWPHB27</strong>])</p> <p><a href=";cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-DailyDeals-_-RAM-N82E16820231569-_-1029&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner&amp;AID=5555555" target="_blank">G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model</a> for <strong>$288</strong> with free shipping (normally $320 - use coupon code: [<strong>EMCWPHB32</strong>])</p> Daily Deals daily deals Newegg Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:51:49 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 28805 at XYZprinting Launches First All-In-One 3D Printer with Built-in Scanner for $799 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u166440/da_vinci_1.0_aio.jpg" alt="da Vinci 1.0 AiO" title="da Vinci 1.0 AiO" width="200" height="141" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>The price barrier continues to get lower for 3D printers</h3> <p>3D printers have slowly been making their way into online and <a title="3D printers at Home Depot" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">brick-and-mortar retailers</span></a> but there has always been the issue of price. For example, the <a title="Ekocycle printer" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer</span></a> retails for $1,199 and that is just for the printer. Hoping to jump over the price barrier is <strong>XYZprinting which has released the first all-in-one called the da Vinci 1.0 AiO</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The da Vinci 1.0 AiO is a 3D printer that comes with its own built-in hi-res scanner with which objects are scanned with an industrial grade .05mm resolution within five minutes and then saves the scan in .stl format. Priced at $799, the company is hoping to gain a larger piece of the 3D printing market. A market, according to Wohlers Associates, that values it at $3 billion and expects it to be a $21 billion market by 2020.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//" width="600" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">“With 3D printing continuing to gain traction across a variety of markets, including education, design, fashion, medical and automotive, the possibilities are just beginning to be realized,” said <a title="XYZprinting" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">XYZprinting</span></a>&nbsp;CEO Simon Shen. “The da Vinci 1.0 AiO was designed with quality and affordability in mind, to enable the continued discovery of applications and usages for 3D printing.”</p> <p>In addition to a built-in scanner, the da Vinci 1.0 AiO can print items at 7.8x7.8x7.8 inches, a scanning algorithm that will automatically fin in voids with the appropriate texture and curves, and there is also an open-sourced cloud database where consumers will be able to choose from and upload 3D models to.&nbsp;</p> <p>The da Vinci 1.0 AiO is now available for purchase on and Amazon for $799.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> 3d printer 3D printer scanner aio built-in scanner da Vinci 1.0 AiO XYZprinting News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:04:02 +0000 Sean D Knight 28804 at Condition One Releases Zero Point, a 3D VR Documentary Shot for the Oculus Rift <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/zero_point.jpg" alt="Zero Point" title="Zero Point" width="200" height="98" style="float: right;" />A VR documentary about the VR device</h3> <p>When Facebook acquired Oculus VR for <a title="Facebook acquires Oculus" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">$2 billion</span></a>, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg talked about how the Oculus Rift could “change the way we work, play, and communicate.” One of the ways VR is currently being used is to record movies and documentaries. Sir David Attenborough, for example, is shooting a documentary series for the Oculus with a special eight-camera rig. But the first such film is now out and that is the <strong>Zero Point documentary film about virtual reality and shot for the Oculus Rift</strong>.</p> <p>Zero Point, which was created by Condition One, is a 3D 360-degree short film that requires either the Oculus Rift DK1 or DK2 in order to properly view it. The 15-minute documentary was directed by Danfung Dennis and follows the “pioneers of virtual reality” with Oculus VR co-founder <a title="Palmer Luckey Interview" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Palmer Luckey</span></a> and VR researchers Jeremy Bailenson and Mark Bolas appearing in it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//" width="600" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">The short film was shot with custom-built VR camera equipment capable of capturing 360-degree video and audio in places such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and several other locations.&nbsp;</p> <p>So if you have an Oculus Rift, then head on over to Steam where Zero Point is currently on sale for $11.99 until November 3, at which point it will go back up to $14.99.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> Condition One documentary oculus rift virtual reality VR documentary VR short film Zero Point News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:47:21 +0000 Sean D Knight 28802 at Star Wars Games X-Wing and Tie Fighter Lands on <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/star_wars_x_wing.jpg" alt="X-Wing" title="X-Wing" width="200" height="125" style="float: right;" />Time to go back and relive some classic gaming moments</h3> <p>Back in October 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm from George Lucas for <a title="Disney acquires Lucasfilm" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">$4.05 billion</span></a> which was met with some enthusiasm. Then in April 2013, five months after the acquisition, Disney announced that it had <a title="LucasArts shut down" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">shut down LucasArts</span></a>, leaving many to wonder what would happen to the developer’s backlog of classic games. Today, we now know what is happening. <strong>Disney Interactive has teamed-up with and will bring over 20 classic LucasArts titles</strong> in the coming months.</p> <p>However, we don’t have to wait a while for all of them. Six classic titles are now available on the digital distribution platform and are DRM-free. Gamers are able to purchase and play Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition, Star Wars: Tie Fighter Special Edition, Sam &amp; Max Hit the Road, The Secret of Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is the first time that X-Wing and Tie Fighter are available on any digital distribution platform and will cost $9.99 each. Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition will include the Star Wars: X-Wing Collector’s CD-ROM and all of the Tour of Duty expansions while Star Wars: TIE Fighter Special Edition will come with the Defender of the Empire expansion.</p> <p>But the ride isn’t going to stop with these six titles. According to the <a title=" press release" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">press release</span></a>, more games will be on the way in the coming months though no specific names have been provided.&nbsp;</p> <p>What games are you hoping will be released on over the coming months? Sound off in the comments below!</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> classic games Disney Interactive LucasArts star wars tie fighter x-wing Gaming News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:57:20 +0000 Sean D Knight 28801 at