Do you remember typing Load"*",8,1 to fire up a program? How about using an Epyx Fast Load cartridge to speed up load times? If either of those bring back memories, then you grew up in (or lived through) the Commodore 64 era nearly three decades ago. With sales estimated to be as high as 17 million units, the Commodore 64 is largely regarded as the best-selling PC model of all time. It only makes sense, then, that someone would try to bring the C64 back, albeit with updated components.
It may have taken a little while, but MSI on Wednesday announced that it's GT680R gaming notebook built around Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture is back in action, and this time without any janky SATA ports to worry about. It's the same 15.6-inch notebook as before with the same Intel Core i7 2630QM processor, however it's sporting a revised chipset that doesn't suffer from any known defects, and it also comes with an extended warranty.
Boutique system builder iBuyPower is partnering with Tiger Direct to launch a new Core i7 gaming system in each of the retailer's 33 stores in five states, and Puerto Rico for good measure. This is new ground for iBuyPower, which says that this is the first time customers in big market areas like Chicago and Miami can log some hands-on time with a system before whipping out their PayPal card.
It wasn't all that long ago that giving your grandparents a Linux-based PC would be nothing short of a cruel joke, But it's really a testament to how far Linux has come, and in particular Ubuntu, that there's a PC maker who specializes in Linux rigs for senior citizens. That company is KiWi PC and they've just announced a new nettop they say is perfect for seniors.
Word on the Web is that Hewlett-Packard is seriously considering selling off its PC business, with Samsung emerging as a frontrunner to swoop in and take the reigns. Other reported suitors include Lenovo and Foxconn (otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, makers of Apple's iPhone and lots of other devices), but no one has been as aggressive as Samsung. Could a sale be imminent?
HP's new Omni Pro 110 all-in-one (AIO) PC is all business and is "easy to setup, easy to use, and easy to maintain." It's a fairly compact AIO, measuring 20 inches (W) x 8.6 inches (D) x 16 inches (H) and checking in at 16.8 pounds (or more, depending on configuration). Going along with the business theme, the Omni Pro 110 has a 20-inch 1600x900 display that isn't touch compatible.
Boutique system builder CyberPower wasted no time announcing the availability of AMD's newly minted Radeon HD 6990 graphics card across the company's entire lineup of desktop gaming PCs. That includes CyberPower's more affordable Gamer Dragon and Ultra series. Getting an entire system built around AMD's latest dual-GPU videocard might be cheaper than you think.
The whole Sandy Bridge situation is finally starting to settle down, allowing Intel to put the chipset snafu behind them and move on. So too can OEM system builders, who have been receiving corrected 6-series motherboards since mid-February. That includes Puget, who announced it's now shipping systems using the corrected B3 revision motherboards.
Sequels are almost never as good as the original. There are exceptions, of course, and boutique system builder iBuyPower would like you to keep this in mind following its relaunch of gaming rigs with new Intel 6-series chipsets based on the B3 revision. What that means to Joe Gamer is he won't have to worry about any of the SATA 3Gbps ports flaking out over time.
MSI added another all-in-one (AIO) PC to its Wind Top lineup today, the AE2050. Boasting a 20-inch high-definition 16:9 display (1600x900 resolution) with optional multi-touch panel, the AE2050 swings AMD's way with a dual-core E-350 processor (1.6GHz), AMD A50M chipset, and Radeon HD 6310 discrete graphics.