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.
First unveiled a couple of weeks ago, Intel has officially added a new processor to its Atom line without a formal introduction. It's the Atom D2550, essentially a supercharged D2500 with a faster graphics core and Hyperthreading support, or you can view it as a slower-clocked D2700, which also features a faster graphics core than the D2500 and supports Hyperthreading. Let's break all three down.
Everyone's attention is currently fixated on handheld devices like tablets and smartphones, but at least one chip maker hasn't forgotten about netbooks and nettops. Intel has quietly come out with four new Atom processors split evenly between these two segments, including the N2600 and N2800 for netbooks, and D2500 and D2700 for nettop systems.
Taking on Intel in the microprocessor space is a monumental task, a point that's underscored by IHS iSuppli's latest market share data. But if there's on area in which Intel can ill afford to blink, it's in mobile. Tablets are taking over, netbooks aren't as sexy as they once were, and ARM is in position to dominate the field. Can Intel's Atom processor line turn things around?
Small. Simple. Smart. Those are the three goals MSI set out to achieve with its new Wind Box DC100, which the company is describing as a fashionable mini PC with an eco-chic design. Tear open the DC100 and you'll find the latest AMD Brazos platform running the show with an E-450 dual-core processor clocked at 1.65GHz and Radeon HD 6320 discrete class graphics.
Habey USA opted to pair a dual-core Intel Atom processor with Nvidia's Ion 2 GT218 GPU to give its latest nettop that old-school one-two punch. We say "old-school" because all-in-one processors like AMD's Llano platform and Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture have emerged as the popular solution for HTPCs and other embedded applications, but by going with a low power Atom chip, Habey was able to ditch the fan and use dual-heatpipes to build a noiseless, compact system.
If you’ve been looking to build an HTPC, but either didn’t care for a hot & loud full tower case, or simply couldn’t stomach the paltry performance of Atom powered nettop boxes, we have great news for you. Zotac sent out a press release today announcing the release of the palm sized ZBOX nano AD10, with pretty impressive performance, at what appears to be a fairly reasonable price.
We like our desktops big, bad, and full of attitude. This is Maximum PC after all, and you won't catch any of us wielding our full towers in our palms. That's a disaster waiting happen. But not all PCs are supposed to big and burly. Zotac understands as well as anyone that the nettop is one category in which size matters, and not in the way that's befitting of the adult film industry. Underscoring this point is Zotac's new Zbox nano AD10 series, palm size mini-PCs that purportedly pack a punch.
Here's something you probably never came across before. Habey, a company that specializes in embedded computers and digital signange products, announced its new 12-inch 'Touchscreen Intel Dual Core Atom Ion Panel PC,' or PPC-6512 for short. It's basically a nettop with a 12-inch 16:9 touchscreen that can also be hooked up to an external display via VGA or HDMI with a maximum resolution of up to 2560x1600.
It's been a long, long time since we had to type Load"*",8,1 to fire up a game or any other program, a command that will instantly and always be familiar to anyone who grew up in the Commodore 64 era. Commodore USA LLC is hoping to cash in on that nostalgia with a line of modern day nettops shoved into replica C64 keyboard cases, and if you've been anxiously awaiting for these replica machines to ship, we have good news for you.