It's funny how as you get older your priorities begin to change. You may not have cared if your PC sounded like a jet engine as a teenager, and may have even reveled in the roar of the fans and shaking metal parts. And now? We appreciate a well constructed silent PC like a cranky librarian appreciates being able to hear a pin drop across the room, though for different reasons. What turns us on about a silent PC is the work involved to get there. It's no easy task, and boutique system builder AVADirect thinks it has the chops to do it right.
Big, bulky notebooks are going the way of the dodo, save for full fledged desktop replacements that sacrifice portability for raw power. The trend now is towards sleek and sexy machines, a point underscored by Gateway's retooled ID and NV series, both of which sport "incredibly stylish designs in the most in-demand sizes, powered by the latest in mobile technology."
AMD last week announced the availability of a couple of desktop A-series quad-core APUs -- A6-3650 and A8-3850 -- both of which are now offered in CyberPower's gaming PC lineup. These Llano parts are the main attraction in CyberPower's Gamer Ultra desktop line, and you can pick up a full blown setup for as little as $595.
If PCs are dead (they're not), someone forgot to tell Japan. And NEC. And Lenovo. In a joint press release today, Lenovo and NEC announced the launch of NEC Lenovo Japan Group, a long winded name that now represents Japan's largest PC provider. Based on recent analyst figures, the group expects to control about 25 percent of Japan's PC market, poking its head into both the commercial/government sector and in consumer sales.
NextComputing's new Radius EX-B workstation-in-a-box looks like it could double as a weapon in a pinch, allowing you to dish out some blunt-force trauma should the need arise. Whether or not it would withstand that kind of abuse is anyone's guess, but its real purpose is to provide a traditional desktop workstation or server in a portable form factor complete with an internal battery that NextComputing claims will keep the system running at full load for over 2 hours.
It didn't take long for boutique system builder AVADirect to start offering Nvidia's new flagship mobile GPU -- GeForce GTX 580M -- to select notebooks earmarked for gamers, including the 15.6-inch Clevo P150HM, 17.3-inch P170HM, and 17.3-inch X7200. AVADirect points out that since the GTX 580M is based off of the same MXM module as the previous 400M series, virtually any notebook that supported the last generation of mobile GPUs can be easily upgraded to Nvidia's new top-flight chip.
A little less than a month ago, Nvidia unveiled its GeForce GTX 560M graphics processor, the first gaming notebook GPU in the chip maker's GeForce 500M Series and currently the company's fastest mobile graphics part. MSI was one of the OEMs who committed to building laptops around the new part, and making good on its promise, MSI just unveiled its GT780 gaming notebook, which it describes as "the dream machine long awaited by gamers worldwide."
Acer's attention-seeking Predator desktop series has been known for its over-the-top chassis design that some find totally bad ass, and many others feel is gaudy, to put it nicely (and ugly, if we're being blunt). The new Predator G5910 series trades in the funky orange case for a matte black body that Acer says is supposed to "evoke power and performance, while the angles and grooves on the front add a high-tech futuristic mood."
Residents living in the U.K. got first crack at Acer's new Ethos laptop line, unique notebooks that sport detachable trackpads you can use as a media remote. It's an innovative design in a form factor that's remained largely the same for years, and it's one that just landed in the U.S. and Canada at price points cheaper than their U.K. counterparts. We'll refresh your memory on the hardware after the break.
While your tablet touting friends are running down the street screaming, "The desktop is dead!," OEMs keep giving birth to new desktop models. Acer, for example, just announced not one, but two new desktop PC series, including the sleek and compact X Series designed for those looking to conserve space, and the more power M Series with a new chassis design Acer says is a whole lot of gravy.