Acer today is invading the the U.S. market with its new Predator AG3 Series of desktops built around Intel's 4th generation Core i7 architecture, otherwise known as Haswell. The goal is to offer mainstream gaming and/or multimedia performance at a price point that won't shatter the bank. Towards that end, there will be range of configurations available starting at $1,000 (MSRP).
One of the reasons traditional PCs will be around for a long while to come is because they're capable of doing so many different things, and doing them well. Just take a look at CyberPowerPC's new Zeus HTPC line, a "sleek new series of Windows-based home theater PCs that can double as your primary desktop." According to CyberPowerPC, you can game, record television, watch Blu-rays, and more all from a thin micro-ATX chassis that fits neatly into your AV rack.
Lenovo on Tuesday announced the latest generation of its "Tiny" ThinkCentre desktop PCs. One of those new desktops is the ThinkCentre M93p, a small form factor (SFF) system that measures no wider than a golf ball (34.5mm), Lenovo claims. Don't let its small size fool you, the M93p can be configured with up to a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor (Haswell) with Intel vPro technology.
Digital Storm made it a point to show off its liquid cooled Aventum II system at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year, and was super delighted to showcase its nickel-plated copper piping, steel and copper construction (no plastic whatsoever, the boutique builder says), and room for 22 case fans. It's a custom system in every sense of the word, and having tweaked the design the last few months, Digital Storm is ready to launch its latest gaming PC line.
If you're going to name a PC gaming line "Epic," you better back it up with some hardcore configuration options, lest you're willing to deduct 500 street cred points. Maingear need not worry about that. The boutique system builder today launches its Epic Force and Epic Rush desktops, both of which come chock full of high-end hardware options and offer more choices in liquid cooling and design options.
Hewlett-Packard seems to have a bit of a minor crush on Google as of late. The first evidence came when HP offered up its Pavilion Chromebook to the public, a 14-inch notebook running Google's Chrome OS. For what it's worth, HP is still the only OEM outside of Acer and Samsung to offer a Chromebook model, the other two of which were on the bandwagon since day 1. Perhaps looking to further test the waters outside of Windows, HP this week announced another Google-driven product, the HP Slate 21 All-In-One (AIO).
Microsoft could use an ally in the OEM space as it tries to push Windows 8 onto the masses, especially with companies like HP flirting with Chromebooks, and it may have found one in Lenovo. Embracing what Windows 8 has to offer, Lenovo late last night announced half a dozen touch-enabled devices, including the Lenovo Miix, a hybrid tablet/laptop with a 10.1-inch HD (1366x768) IPS display.
Acer clearly got the memo indicating that the best way to sell a Chromebook is to undercut the competition with the lowest price, and then hammer out a deal with Walmart to carry the cloud-based laptop. Enter Acer's C710-2856, the latest version of the company's C7 Chromebook line that's available at 2,800 Walmart stores for just $199. Not only is it cheaper than other Chromebooks and widely available, it's also faster than Acer's previous SKU.
There's no need to fear an alien invasion, not when they come from the planet Dell. Alienware comes in peace and is interested in one thing and one thing only: high-performance gaming. Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang probed Alienware's booth at E3 to take a look at three new gaming laptops, including a 14-inch model, 17-inch model, and a giant 18-inch SKU.
Brushed aluminum on the outside, gaming grade components on the inside.
Boutique system builder Digital Storm doesn't believe the mid-tower form factor is getting its due as a viable option for high-end gaming. In order to change that perception, the company announced a new line of PCs called Virtue with the tagline, "A higher standard in PC gaming." The mid-tower case Digital Storm is using for these new PCs sports a brushed aluminum finish and steel exterior.