Dream Machine 2013 pays homage to the PC's early days while being uncompromisingly cutting-edge at over $16,000
There’s an old saying that we stand on the shoulders of our predecessors, because without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Sure, sometimes you may want to throw the CPU out with the liquid-cooling water, and shrink everything into a proprietary PC shaped like a garbage can, but that pays absolutely no respect to our past.
Rather than pretend to be with the cool kids in some chic, brushed-aluminum chassis, or lie our asses off that a 2-watt CPU/GPU is something to crow about, this year’s Dream Machine is an audacious tribute to all that has gone before it.
Ballmer's Retirement, Nvidia Shield, and Netgear takes Asus to Court.
It’s time for episode #210 of the No BS Podcast, and this time we kicked things off by discussing Steve Ballmer's retirement as the CEO of Microsoft. Next Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang shares his hands-on experience with Nvidia's Sheild, and we discuss the lawsuit between Netgear and Asus while pondering if we could ever quit the Internet. To wrap things up we handled some reader questions, and each editor delivered his or her editor's picks.
Check out the latest releases to come out of Gamescom 2013
Gamescom 2013 was awash with hundreds of juicy pieces of video game news, with plenty of awe-inspiring trailers and brief gameplay clips that had us quivering with excitement for the next round of awesome games we're about to see right around the corner.
There's a chill in the air that wasn't there a few weeks ago, the leaves are starting to change color, and old man Jenkins has already called the cops three times because those pesky kids keep crossing over his lawn in the wee hours of the morning. Yep, it's the end of summer and the beginning of the back-to-school shopping season. Are you prepared? Do you have all the electronics and gadgets you need to survive another semester of classes? What about your offspring?
We test Microsoft’s Surface Pro workhorse tablet in several common desktop-use cases to see how it stacks up to a traditional PC
For the last three years, there have been questions about what the spectacular rise of the iPad and other tablet computers means for the traditional desktop PC. Are tablet sales cannibalizing PC sales (the “post-PC” worldview), or is this simply a new category that people are buying alongside traditional computers? Will the tablet remain a third device, between a smartphone and a PC, or will it gradually take over the role that’s currently played by laptop and desktop computers? With the release of the Surface Pro, Microsoft isn’t making these questions any easier to answer.
Note: This feature was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of the magazine.
The Nvidia Shield falls short of being a game changer
With the Shield, Nvidia aims to deliver a powerful gaming handheld centered around the Android ecosystem and the ability to stream PC games locally onto a mobile device. It’s an ambitious endeavor, but is the Shield able to achieve those lofty goals?
On this week’s episode of Behind the PC, the staff discusses the building of the 2013 Dream Machine. We talk about the part selection, what the build was like, all the gory details we couldn’t include in the magazine. We finished up with reader questions, editor’s picks, and of course a rant from Deputy Editor Gordon Ung.
Here's your chance to live and breathe PC hardware alongside the Maximum PC staff!
Do you know PC hardware like nobody's business and have an interest in writing about it? Are you a college student who can commute to South San Francisco? Would you like to work with the kick-ass staff of Maximum PC? If you loudly exclaimed, "Yes!" to all these questions, you should first probably stop talking to yourself... and then promptly apply for our new intership position!
Let’s face it, there’s nothing cheap about being a PC lover. Putting together a badass rig and keeping it up to date takes cabbage, even when we do our best to make value-driven purchases. Luckily, we can offset our hardware indulgences by saving big on software. So many of our daily computing activities—be it work or entertainment—can be accomplished with a totally free program. And we’re not talking about second-rate, poor-man’s versions of paid-for programs, but perfectly capable, top-notch solutions that stand on their own while costing nothing. There are even some freebie programs that we honestly couldn’t live without. Intrigued? Turn the page to learn more.
Note: This article originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of the magazine.