Now that Windows 8 is here, don't be surprised to see companies pimping new all-in-one (AIO) desktops with fancy touchscreen displays. Even boutique builders are getting in on the action. Enter Velocity Micro, a system builder based out of Virginia, which today announced its new Edgo AIO PC. Fully configurable on the inside, Velocity Micro says it also paid attention to the outside, culminating in a "rare combination of aesthetics and power."
If you’ve always wondered just where Velocity Micro likes to slot itself in a world of $8,000 wonder rigs and $2,000 budget gaming machines, the Edge Z55 seems to nail it.
At $4,300, the Edge Z55 epitomizes Velocity Micro’s strategy. There’s Ferrari, Lamborghini, and others at the very top and Chevy and Ford at the other end. In that car analogy, Velocity Micro believes it can live in the BMW layer, bringing you great performance, some customization, and still at a pretty good price.
In PC terms, the Edge Z55 occupies the space between the $2,000 quad-core Acer Predator we reviewed last month—a visually stimulating machine that was more show than go—and Digital Storm’s HailStorm—a multi-GPU, hexa-core beast that cost almost $8,000.
For those who can’t make up their mind: netbook or eReader, enTourage has you covered: the eDGe, a clamshell device that is half netbook, half eReader. But it looks like you’ll have a to wait a bit longer for the eDGe to make an appearance, and pay a bit more for the privilege of owing one.
It’s not a bad little device. It runs on the Android operating system, and has a 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600, and a 9.7-inch e-Ink display with a resolution of 1200 x 825. The e-Ink side is Wacom “Penabled”. Both Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth are built-in. It has 4GB of internal memory, an SD card slot, and two USB ports. Battery life depends, with 6 hours running the LCD screen and 16 hours running the eReader screen.
The eReader side handles ePub and PDF documents. And it can manage a wide range of video and audio file formats
Anticipated out now, shipping has been delayed until March, 2010. And the price of the base Midnight Blue model has jumped from $490 to $499. (Other colors will cost you another $40.)
Ever made a joke about how you’re going to trademark some ludicrous idea and sue the pants off anyone who comes within two inches of it? Well, for Tim Langdell, it’s no joke. He currently holds trademark dominion over the use of the word “Edge” in relation to any videogame product. There’s just one problem, though: Langdell hasn’t created a game since the early nineties. Now, nearly twenty years later, he sits atop his trademark throne, sicking his lawyers on such household names as (but certainly not limited to) “Mirror’s Edge,” “Edge Magazine,” and – most recently – indie game “Killer Edge Racing.”
Slightly less recently, EA attempted to strip Langdell of his precious trademark once and for all. And now, other developers are following suit, with indie developers currently leading the charge. The result? A hilarious protest campaign, wherein countless indie games have, in some way, changed their titles to “Edge.”
For instance, Fez is now Fedge, Critter Crunch is now Critter Credge, and Canabalt is now Canabedge. Also, a (huge) number of new games have been announced by a multitude of indie devs, like Edgeform: On The Edge of Insanity, EeeeeEEeeeEEEeeEEEEeEEEEEdge! A Feckless Disregard For Poopieheads, and – our personal favorite -- Edgeward McEdgington.
At this week’s CTIA trade show in San Francisco, Research in Motion, developer of the BlackBerry, announced the release of its first flip-design phone. Based on the candy-bar-style Pearl, the Pearl Flip 8220 will include a 240x320 primary display, a camera, music and video capabilities, and Wi-Fi. Like the Pearl, the Pearl Flip has been designed for the consumer market. Instead of a full keyboard, the device includes two letters on each key and also has a trackball, similar to the Pearl’s. T-Mobile will be the exclusive carrier of the Pearl Flip in the United States. Although no street price or relapse date were provided at the show. It is widely expected that the Flip will be available by the holiday season.