One lucky gamer will receive a free Krypton laptop valued at $1,478
If it's a laptop for gaming that you're after, boutique system builder Digital Storm has four new pixel-pushing models to choose from, including the 15.6-inch Javelin and Lance, and 17.3-inch Krypton and Behemoth. All four models sport Nvidia's recently introduced GeForce GTX 800M Series graphics, and to kick off the launch of these new machines, Digital Storm is giving away a Krypton.
Hewlett-Packard jumps off to a fast start with 7 million notebook shipments in Q1
If Hewlett-Packard can maintain its current pace, there's a good chance it will close out the year with more laptop shipments under its belt than rival Lenovo, the world's largest supplier of PCs (a distinction once held by HP not that long ago). It's still early, but preliminary numbers show that HP shipped 7 million notebooks in the first quarter of 2014, which is 1 million more than some were expecting.
Custom PC builder embraces the virtual coin movement
Back in January of this year, Xidax became the first system builder to add Bitcoin to its list of payment methods. Apparently happy with the way things have been going, the boutique builder is claiming another first in the virtual coin community by accepting Dogecoin, which is similar to Litecoin in that it can be mined much quicker than Bitcoins. Dogecoin is arguably the hottest virtual currency at the moment.
Razer gave thin and light gaming a major kick in the pants when it introduced its Blade laptop last year. It earned a 9 verdict (and our respect) in our review of the $2,000 model, which offered up impressive gaming performance in a package measuring just 13.6 inches by 9.3 inches by 0.66 inches (that's 0.05 inches thinner than a dime when you stand it up) and weighing 4.1 pounds. This year's refresh upgrades the 14-inch QHD+ territory (3200x1800), so what do you do with 'old' models? Apparently you try offloading them on students for a 20 percent discount.
MSI just took a steamroller to its gaming laptop division and the result is a new series of notebooks that pack a punch in a small frame. In fact, we'd forgive MSI if it decided to call its new laptops the Bruce Lee line, though instead it with "GS Series," which consists of a pair of 15.6-inch GS60 Ghost laptops and a 17.3-inch GS70 Stealth notebook, all equipped with gaming hardware and each one less than an inch thick.
Here we are more than a year after the release of Windows 8 and it still remains a hot topic. The points of consternation among its critics are that Microsoft overhauled the user interface with a focus on touch computing, and then added insult to injury by removing the Start button and Start menu (the Start button has since returned, but without the handy menu). Nevertheless, it's a faster and more secure operating system than Windows 7. What's a user to do? Well, if you're buying a rig from boutique builder Puget Systems, you can have the company give Windows 8 a makeover so that it essentially feels like Windows 7.
Get ready to see 15-inch and 17-inch all-in-one systems
We're still waiting on someone to build a premium 30-inch all-in-one (AIO) with high-end gaming components, ample cooling, and easy upgrade features. Perhaps someday. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a handful of PC makers are reportedly going to test the market for smaller size AIO PCs. We're talking 15-inch to 17-inch models, which some surmise could decrease the demand for larger laptops.
Loretta Lynn already captured in song what it's like being a coal miner's daughter, but the market is wide open if someone wants to list some lyrics about being raised by a virtual coin miner. In the meantime, if digging for cryptocurrencies is your thing, consider CyberPowerPC your company store -- it's where you can purchase tools for the job, including a new Mega Miner series of systems designed for gaming and virtual coin mining.
It's still early in the year, but perhaps one day we'll look back at 2014 as the year Google's Chrome OS made head roads in the desktop PC market. A quick look at the landscape shows that Chromebooks are already pretty popular, but that could be only the beginning. By the end of the year, you may start seeing a few more Chrome OS all-in-one (AIO) PCs, including ones from Samsung and Hewlett-Packard (HP).
A pair of gaming laptops wielding Nvidia GeForce 800M series GPUs
It never takes long for system builders to release products based around new hardware releases, and with Nvidia having just launched its GTX 800M series of GPUs, you can expect to see a handful of new gaming laptops over the next several days. To kick things off, MSI today unveiled a pair of well-equipped gaming laptops configured with Nvidia's latest silicon. They include the 16-inch GE Apache and 17-inch GT Dominator.