A quick glance at Eurocom's website gives the impression the outfit is running a zoo, but the Cheetah, Cougar, Panther, Puma, and Leopard are all high-performance notebook PCs, and the newly refined Leopard 2.0 is a mobile workstation to be reckoned with. It starts with an 18.4-inch Full HD (1920x1080) display and continues with loads of configuration options.
Who knew netbooks would prove so resilient? By all means, the growing popularity and falling prices of tablet PCs along with the rollout of Intel's Ultrabook bandwagon could have spelled doom for the netbook form factor. But along comes Cedar Trail and suddenly there's renewed interest in these pint-sized notebooks, at least for one more generation anyway. MSI, one of the driving forces in the netbook category, just unveiled its new Wind U180 for 2012.
Debt problems in Europe have prompted Acer to increase its focus in other territories in 2012, which will include Brazil, India, Indonesia, and other emerging markets. Acer appears particularly interested in increasing its brand in Brazil, where the OEM aims to ship 1 million PCs by the end of the year, or twice the volume it shipped in 2011.
There are two trains of thought in the field of competition. One is 'The best offense is a good defense,' and the other is simply the reverse. Acer plans to implement the latter in 2012 as it goes into attack mode with a barrage of Ultrabooks, laptops, tablet PCs, and smartphones, Acer chairman JT Wang reportedly indicated at the company's ceremony for the Lunar New Year.
Boutique system builder CyberPowerPC claims it's the first U.S. computer manufacturer to offer Intel's Performance Tuning Protection plan, which gives reckless or unlucky overclockers the opportunity to take a one-time mulligan on an overclock-gone-bad and receive a replacement processor. Intel charges a nominal fee (compared to the cost of a replacement processor) for the added protection, but CyberPowerPC's offering it for free on select setups.
Hewlett-Packard isn't quite ready to turn its back on the netbook sector the way some OEMs have done, but apparently it's content to relegate these once uber popular PCs to education and business markets. HP's new Mini 1104 is a 10.1-inch netbook that looks like any other, only it's rocking a an Intel Atom N2600 dual-core processor (1.6GHz) inside.
Just when you thought the boutique system builder market had grown a bit state, Dell jumps in to try and freshen things up with its new Alienware X51, its smallest gaming desktop to date. The X51 is a small form factor (SFF) system with an equally small starting price of $699. It's built around Intel's second generation Core i3/i5/i7 platform and features an Nvidia GT or optional GTX class graphics card.
Not all boutique system builders have the stomach to overclock, let alone selling a system that's been pushed to 5.7GHz. Not only is Origin PC boosting its top-tier factory overclock option on its Genesis desktop line, but it will be backed by lifetime 24/7 technical support for no additional cost, a change in support policy that applies to all Origin PC desktops and laptops.
In Greek mythology, Erebus is a primordial deity representing the personification of darkness. Given that overclocking was once considered a dark art, we suppose it's only fitting that iBuyPower would name a liquid cooled gaming system begging to be overclocked after the god of darkness. New and improved for the modern worshipper, the Erebus GT is similar to iBuyPower's first generation system, but has been redesigned with a smaller footprint.
Boutique gaming PC outfit CyberPowerPC said it hit the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) floor "at full throttle" accompanied by a top-of-the-line and decked out Fang III Black Mamba computer system. First introduced in December 2011, the Fang III can now take a bite out of gaming chores with AMD's new Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, which along with everything else will leave a couple of holes in your wallet.