Acer's first desktop PC running Google's Chrome OS
Does Google's Chrome OS have the legs to stretch beyond Chromebooks and into the mini PC category? Looks like we'll find out, as Acer just announced its new Chromebox CXI line for customers in North America. Acer isn't taking aim at just one category of users -- instead, the company says the CXI series is an appropriate solution for education, small to medium businesses, and budget-conscious shoppers who don't need a mobile platform.
Mini desktop systems take aim at businesses and education
Acer today announced its new Veriton N4630G series of commercial mini desktops for businesses and educational institutions in the U.S. There are two models in the new series -- Veriton N4630G-i54570X and Veriton N4530G-i34150X -- both of which offer security features in a space saving, one-liter chassis. They're also fairly affordable, with the former selling for $649 and the latter going for $549.
Don't worry, your Full HD 1080p display isn't going out of style and will likely remain the sweet spot for a long time, but the transition to 4K Ultra HD on the high end of the spectrum is well underway. Even Acer's getting in on the action. Acer's foray into 4K territory starts with its new B286HK, a 28-inch monitor with 6-axis color adjustment for superior color accuracy, 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and 2ms response time.
Summer might be winding down, but that doesn't mean it's game over for gamers. The past few months has seen some big titles get released, and the fun will continue through the back-to-school shopping season and beyond, starting with the impending release of Grand Theft Auto V for PC. Are you prepared to play everything that's coming out? If not, check out today's top deal for an EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 760 Graphics Card for $230 with free shipping (normally $240; additional $10 mail-in-rebate). This card is factor overclocked from stock to 1072MHz (core) an 1137MHz (boost). It also features 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus running at 6,008MHz (effective). EVGA's custom ACX cooler keeps the card nice and cool, allowing for 15 percent lower GPU temps, 7 percent lower mosfet temps, and 15 percent lower memory temps.
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Nearly half of all touchscreen monitors shipped last year donned an Acer label
Time and again, we see examples of where lower priced gadgets rule the day. We saw it when Amazon stormed the Android tablet market with its smaller size, lower cost Kindle Fire (compared to what was available at the time), and we're seeing it again in the monitor market. According to the latest data from NPD Group, Acer is selling more monitors in the U.S. than any other player.
It can be argued that two of the most overlooked components in a PC build are the power supply and monitor. They're not as glamorous as a gnarly graphics card or unlocked processor, but both are critical to the computing experience -- a cheap PSU is asking for disaster, and why skimp on a monitor when you'll be staring at it every time you use your PC? If you're in need of one or the other, you've come to the right place, as today's deals are nothing but PSUs and panels. It starts with today's top deal for a Corsair 1000W RM Series Modular Power Supply for $160 with free shipping (normally $180 - use coupon code: [EMCPCHH42]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). This is a fully modular PSU with 80 Plus Gold certification and flat black, low profile cables.
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We jumped off the hate train for Windows 8 a long time ago, and with the roll out of Windows 8.1, there's a lot to like about the OS. Nevertheless, we're not oblivious to the fact that plenty of people would rather watch Bachelorette marathon than stare at Windows 8.1 on their PCs. If you're one of them, then check out today's top deal for Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-Bit OEM for $125 with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code: [EMCPCWC24]). And don't worry about those XP programs -- you can run them in Windows XP Mode.
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Nearly a third of Chromebook shipments belong to Acer
It may seem like a trivial thing to lead the Chromebook market when Windows-based PCs are so much more functional, but considering that three of the top five selling laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks, as well as five of the top 10, it's a potentially lucrative market to dominate. So in that regard, Acer should be pleased as punch that's it currently the top Chromebook player.
Rome wasn't built in a day, but you can build a in PC well within that time and play Total War: Rome or Rome II on your new component empire. It all starts with a solid foundation, and if you're looking for one, check out today's top deal for an MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard for $125 with free shipping (normally $150 - use coupon code: [EMCPCWE34]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). This socket LGA 1150 board offers native support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps, and can run multiple graphics cards.
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Sorry kids, but what you see on the horizon is the back-to-school shopping season -- always a buzz kill when you're knee deep in summer activities you wish would last forever. And with the back-to-school shopping season comes new laptop announcements. Case in point, Acer today is thumping its chest over having launched the first Chromebook to sport a 4th Generation Intel Core i3 processor inside its belly.