New Vanquish line of gaming PCs make a strong argument in favor of pre built versus DIY.
One of the beneifts of rolling your own rig is that you can potentially save money versus buying a pre built machine. That isn't always true of bulk OEMs that shovel piles of trialware and other third-party bloat as a way of reducing costs, but more often than not, boutique system builders attach hefty premiums to off-the-shelf parts you can purchase and assemble on your own. Digital Storm is looking to change the game.
Apple currently owns the tablet market. Diehard Windows fans know it, Amazon knows it, and anyone with a basic understand of numbers knows it. That doesn't mean the iPad 2 is the best tablet on the market, though it's certainly arguable. It just means that in terms of market share, Apple is to the tablet market as Microsoft is to the browser scene. Should PC manufactures concede defeat and move on to other form factors, like Intel's Ultrabook and AMD's ultra-whatever?
Acer sent us word that it's expanding its projector line with the U5200, an ultra-short throw model intended for teachers and educators.
"The key features that are most important for schools have now been integrated into the new Acer U5200 projector, such as LAN control, display over USB, and Ultra-Short Throw projection to help create a compelling learning environment," Acer said.
Using an advanced mirror-reflection type of ultra-short throw projection, Acer says the U5200 can display large images even when placed close to the screen. All that's required is a distance of 13cm to produce sharp and accurate images up to 195.6cm (diagonal).
Other features include up to 5000 hours of lamp life (ECO mode), native XGA resolution, 2,500 ANSI Lumens, 1.07 billion displayable colors, IR remote control with laser pointer, and integrated 20W speakers.
The U5200 will be available starting March 1, 2011 for around $1,800.
Google has made it clear that its Android platform isn't exactly optimized for tablet computing, and won't be until Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) ships. That's when things will really start to heat up in the emerging tablet market, and we can't wait. Unfortunately, it looks like we're still a good three+ months away.
According to DigiTimes, there will be plenty of slates on the show floor at CES, though no one seems to be talking about Honeycomb just yet.
"MSI is set to display a 10-inch Wintel-based tablet PC as well as engineering samples of its ARM-based Google Android model," DigiTimes said. "MSI is also prepared to sell an Nvidia Tegra 2-based model in April or May after Google releases Android 3.0 in March."
We bolded that last bit for emphasis, as it's the only mention of Honeycomb. With CES just around the corner, we'll have more definitive info sooner than later.
Several wireless carriers plan to offer Samsung's Galaxy Tab starting in November, but none before T-Mobile, which today announced it will begin selling Samsung's upcoming slate on November 10, 2010.
"Customers want richer, deeper interactions with entertainment and online content through connected, portable mobile broadband devices that are small enough to carry and big enough to share with friends and family," said Jeremy Korst, director of broadband products and services, T-Mobile USA. "T-Mobile’s unique offerings on the Galaxy Tab paired with the power of T-Mobile’s new network allow us to bring a truly differentiated portable entertainment offering to market."
We've covered the Galaxy Tab ad nauseum up to this point so we won't rehash the specs, but will point out that T-Mobile will offer the device starting at $400 with a 2-year service agreement on a qualifying broadband plan. For the sake of comparison, here's how the Galaxy Tab breaks down with other carriers and distributors:
Sprint: $400 with 2-year data plan, available November 14
Verizon: $600 outright (no data plan required), November 11
Best Buy: $500 outright (Wi-Fi only), no announced release date
You can sign up for email alerts for the Galaxy Tab from T-Mobile here.
We thought maybe Enermax had gone and fallen into a volcano, which would explain why we hadn't heard nary a peep from them in quite some time. And we're still not ready to rule out that scenario, but the good news is they're OK, and have emerged with a new case called "Volcanus," which is also the name of the mythical God of the fire of the sky.
Not without irony, Enermax touts "outstanding cooling performance" inside its newest mid-tower case sporting an "aggressive flame-themed design." The Volcanus holds up to five fans, including a front-mounted 140mm blue/red combo LED fan with an 11-mode light control.
Other features include tool-less drive bays and expansion slots, thumb screws for both side panels, motherboard tray with cut-out for installing third-party heatsinks/backplates, HDD rails with rubber grommets, cable management accouterments, and a bottom-mounted PSU slot.
Talk about ending the week with a bang. HP on Friday announced five point-and-shoot digital cameras and three camcorders, all eight of which are aimed at the mainstream crowd and priced no higher than $199. What's most remarkable about this is that half the new models sport a touchscreen display.
Of particular interest are the V5061u and V5560u camcorders. Both come with 3-inch touchscreen LCD displays and are some of the least expensive touch-enabled camcorders around capable of shooting in 1080p. The V5560 adds 5X optical zoom to the mix and runs $199, while the V5061u is priced at $169.
On the point-and-shoot front, the CW450t ($109) and PW460t ($149) boast 2.7-inch and 3-inch touchscreen displays, respectively, along with a newly designed touch interface for viewing photos with a swipe of a finger. Both also boast 4X optical zoom and support up to 32GB SD/SDHC memory.
AMD this week unveiled a newly revamped roadmap outlining a pair of all-new processor architectures, as well as plans for its CPU/GPU integration, ArsTechnica reports.
Let's start with 'Bobcat,' which is the codename for AMD's new mobile architecture. AMD says Bobcat was built from the ground-up and will compete with Intel's Atom and VIA's Nano platforms. According to one of the slides AMD showed, Bobcat is "sub one-watt capable," though expect higher-clocked parts to sip more juice than that. The 32nm part will support SSE 1 through 3, and is slated to ship in 2011.
On the server side, AMD also announced its "Bulldozer" architecture. As ArsTechnica explains it, a single Bulldozer "module" will appear as a single processor core to the OS with simultaneous multithreading (SMT) enabled. It's unclear how many instructions per cycle the front-end can dispatch, other than at least four and probably as high as eight. Bulldozer will also launch in 2011.