We were intrigued with the potential of the NUC when it first came out -- here was this tiny box with fairly respectable hardware inside powerful enough to serve as a secondary PC or, for the right person, a primary system. There have been several follow-up models since then, but the best is yet to come. Intel has gone and updated its NUC product page with a new model that will be the first to feature a Core i7 processor inside.
Acer today added to its Chromebook family with the launch of two new models, the 15.6-inch Acer Chromebook C910 and 11.6-inch Acer Chromebook C740. Though they differ in size, both new Chromebooks feature durable design qualities that make them better suited for school environments. It starts with using reinforced covers that can withstand up to 60kg of force, Acer says.
Intel's been talking a big game about its 5th Generation Core processors based on 14nm Broadwell, which offers better performance and battery life compared to Haswell. Hardware partner Dell wasted no time putting the new chips to use. At the Consumer Electronics Show, we had Online Managing Editor and video ninja Jimmy Thang check out the new fancy pants Dell XPS 13.
Several years ago, it was vogue to gobble up boutique builders -- Dell acquired Alienware, HP grabbed Voodoo PC, and OCZ (now owned by Toshiba) snagged HyperSonic. Out of those, only Dell has consistently kept its enthusiast brand active with new product releases, and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Dell brought along a couple of new Alienware 17-inch and 15-inch laptops to display. Let's have a look.
We've already seen some interesting developments coming from boutique system builders at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, though there's still plenty more to talk about. Like what? Well, Origin PC arrived at CES with laptops configured with desktop processors and a few living room game systems (call them PC consoles, if you will, but not Steam Box) that should play nice with your 4K TV.
A killer system that's pre-wired for liquid cooling
Liquid cooling isn't new by any means -- enthusiasts have been cooling their PCs with water since around the discovery of fire (give or take a few years). But what makes Digital Storm's new Aventum 3 system a different kind of beast is how the liquid cooling setup is implemented. It's pre-wired and configured to allow for easy user upgrades without mucking up the intricate installation. Let's have a closer look.
One of the advantages of rolling your own rig is that once the parts arrive, you can get busy assembling the system and be finished on the same day. But when you order from a bulk OEM or boutique builder, you're at the mercy of their lead times. You don't have much choice when it comes to laptops -- there aren't a ton of whitebox options -- though Velocity Micro today announced three custom-configured laptop lines, each of which requires just a three-day lead time.
Boutique system builder Xotic PC has teamed up with MSI to build a custom gaming PC called the Elysium. However, we can't talk about this build without also mentioning In Win, which has been coming up with some downright funky case designs lately, such as the open air D-Frame and, as is the case here, the S-Frame. It's also an open air chassis, though unique in style for different reasons than the D-Frame.
Over the course of the last couple of years, MSI has been taking the gaming laptop category by storm, and we've seen a lot of interesting offerings from the company. However, it's MSI's new GT80 Titan SLI-009 that has us intrigued. The company brought its latest system (along with several other goodies) to the Consumer Electronics Show, so we sent Online Managing Editor and resident gaming whiz Jimmy Thang to check things out.
After learning about HP's Pavilion Mini and Stream Mini desktop PCs yesterday, we gave Online Managing Editor and Video Guru Jimmy Thang a special mission -- seek out HP's booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and film the company's products. It didn't take him long to sniff out HP's whereabouts to give us a closer look at the NUC-like PCs, along with a curvaceous ultrawide display that we're now anxious to try out for ourselves.