Microsoft's 12 days of deals promotion kicks off on Monday
If you're reading this, it means you're interested in finding out how to get a Dell Venue 8 Pro for $99. The answer is simple: Be fast. Starting Monday, December 9, Microsoft will begin its 12 days of deals promotion in which it will offer up a new item each day at a discount. Dell's Venue 8 Pro is kicking off the promotion, though you'll have to be super fast to snag one for a Benjamin. Here's how it works.
Touch computing doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg
If you spend enough time with a tablet or smartphone, you may find yourself instinctively wanting to tap at your notebook on occasion, too. More and more models are starting to support touch input, including ones with a low cost of entry. If that's the goal (touch computing for cheap), it doesn't get much more budget friendly than Gateway's new touchscreen models: 10.1-inch LT41P and 15.6-inch NV570P.
Imagine swapping out that 1TB mechanical hard drive that's been making grinding noises with a 2GB solid state drive. Talk about an upgrade! If your pockets are stuffed with enough cash and you can justify spending what's likely to be a small fortune on a 2TB SSD in 2.5-inch knickers, you'll have your chance in 2014. So says a leaked Intel roadmap outlining the company's SSD plans.
In November, cloud backup firm Backblaze posted some detailed data on the life expectancy of hard drives based on the company's experience with over 25,000 HDDs. One thing Backblaze found was that evaluating such a thing is bit tricky for a number of reasons, though it was able to make some observations. As a followup, Backblaze has posted another blog that examines how reliable enterprise drives are compared to consumer drives, and the results are surprising.
Putting together a modest system that doesn't require a nuclear reactor to power up and sustain during gaming sessions? EVGA might have what you're looking for. The hardware player announced a couple of new power supplies -- a 500W model and a 430W model, both aimed at budget builders who aren't looking to spend all their holiday skrilla on a PSU, yet still want a name brand unit.
Built-in battery lasts up to 2.5 hours in between charges
Most all-in-one (AIO) systems won't get very far if you rip the power cord from the wall, though there are a few exceptions. Dell's XPS 18 comes to mind, but for an even bigger screen experience, Acer's new 21.5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) Aspire Z3-600 will go wherever you go and keep kicking for up to 2.5 hours before its built-in battery battery needs to suck more juice out of an outlet.
Not everyone can afford to build their very own Dream Machine, so we also created a scaled-down version that’s half the size
A while back, we made the decision to use Corsair's towering 900D case for this year's Dream Machine, and we knew we wanted to complement it with a Build It article. When the 900D’s little bro, the Corsair 350D, arrived in our offices a few weeks later, a plan started to form. About the same time as the case arrived, we also received Nvidia's GeForce GTX 700-series cards. With those, plus a Haswell CPU already in the Lab, the plan became fully realized: We’d just make a smaller version of the Dream Machine. The 350D wouldn’t take a full-size motherboard, but we could still pack it with full-size badassery like dual Nvidia GTX 780 cards, an unlocked Intel Core i7 CPU, a primo mATX motherboard (they do exist), a jumbo radiator, and other tasty accoutrements. Our goal was to build a rig that can game to the hilt just like the Dream Machine—only scaled back so it’s easier to assemble and a lot easier on your credit line.
Note: This article was originally featured in the September 2013 issue of the magazine
This advanced mouse waves a 32-bit ARM processor and 7000 DPI sensor
Mionix isn't a name you hear that all that often in the States, though I tend to perk up when they make an announcement. That's because I played with the company's Naos 8200 mouse a year ago and it quickly became my go-to rodent, at least until my puppy decided it would make a great chew toy. In any event, the Swedish manufacturer of gaming peripherals just another product, the Naos 7000 Gaming Mouse.
Oversupply of NAND flash memory has pushed prices down
It's tough to get a pulse on the NAND flash memory market. On one hand, you have OCZ selling off all of its assets to Toshiba and filing for bankruptcy in part because a shortage of NAND chips put the company in a tough spot. Days later, we're finding out that NAND flash chip suppliers are stuck with an oversupply of parts and plan to cut production to try and stabilize prices.
Statistics are crap when it comes to plugging in a USB peripheral. What we mean by that is, statistically speaking, you have a 50 percent chance of choosing the correct orientation as you fumble around the back of your desktop or try to plug in a USB flash drive into your notebook in the dark. Why then, does it always seem like it takes two tries to get it right? Such an annoyance will be a thing of the past when USB 3.1 arrives with USB Type-C connectors.