These all-in-one machines don't rely on wimpy integrated graphics for gaming
Whether it's little Billy headed off to college or dad needing a new rig for his office, space saving designs seem to be the popular choice these days. The all-in-one (AIO) form factor is especially popular right now, and luckily there are companies that are focused on delivering high-end hardware inside these machines. Meet MSI, which just unveiled three different size AIO machines for gamers, starting with the 21.5-inch AG220.
Eurocom on Thursday added to its mobile lineup by announcing the Shark 3, a 15.6-inch laptop intended for users looking for an upgradeable and secure system with high performance parts. The Shark 3 comes stock with an Intel Core i5 4200M processor based on Haswell, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU, and a 500GB hard drive (7200 RPM), though you can expand its storage well beyond that.
Boutique builder Maingear is now letting users configure desktops with Nvidia's dual-GPU GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card. The GPU option is available across Maingear's entire line of desktops, including the SHIFT, F131, Vybe, Rush, and Force. Not for the faint of wallet, pricing starts at just under $4,300 for a Vybe H81 equipped with a Titan Z, though if you're going that route, we suggest making a few upgrades.
Customize a gaming laptop just like you would a desktop
Boutique builder iBuyPower is introducing OptiBoost, a fancy name for a customization program that will offer many of the same configuration options when shopping for a gaming laptop as you'll find when customizing a desktop PC. iBuyPower isn't really breaking new ground here, but presumably you'll have more options to choose from than when typically shopping a laptop PC. And to kick things off, iBuyPower will offer its OptiBoost program on select Gigabyte gaming notebooks.
Dell is up to the challenge of pushing Steam Machines through its Alienware arm
After much hype, the hoopla surrounding Valve's Steam Machine initiative seems to have died down, though it's only the calm before the storm. They're coming, and though Valve won't receive royalties from PC makers who build Steam Machines around its Linux-based Steam OS, there is sufficient pressure to keep pricing on the level of traditional game consoles. This is something Alienware admits will be a challenge, though it's one the company is more than happy to tackle.
Boutique builder stretches beyond its gaming roots
CyberPowerPC is probably best known for its line of gaming systems comprised of off-the-shelf parts that you could otherwise buy yourself at places like Newegg and Amazon. However, don't cast the company as a one-trick pony. The boutique builder actually offers a variety of systems, and today CyberPowerPC introduced its new Power Mega Pro Series of workstation systems with professional graphics card options and choice of AMD or Intel inside.
You may have thought that netbooks had vanished from the modern era, but that's only partially true. Nobody really cares about Windows-based netbooks anymore, but would they buy one built around Android? Archos is determined to find out with its ArcBook, a 10.1-inch laptop running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. We've seen low cost Android laptops before, but according to Archos, the ArcBook is the world's first Android netbook with a touchscreen display.
Lenovo, the world's largest supplier of PCs, added two new products to its portfolio today, both of which are intended for business users. They include the ThinkPad 10, a 10-inch premium multimode business tablet, and the redesigned ThinkStation P300, an entry-level workstation with an "intuitive new purposeful design" that's supposed to be easy to carry and deploy.
Maingear, a boutique system builder headquartered in New Jersey, went and revamped its affordable Vbye gaming desktop with a new chassis, additional features, and more cooling options. There are three baseline configurations available: Vybe H81 (dubbed "Good"), Vybe Z97 ("Better"), and Vybe X79 ("Best"). In case you didn't guess it, the model name reflects the Intel chipset each tier is built around.
If you're anxious to make the leap to Intel's 9 Series platform, boutique system builder Origin PC is more than happy to oblige. In fact, Origin PC is the first custom PC builder to announce the availability of motherboards based on Intel's next-generation Z97 chipset. You'll find the Z97 motherboard option in Origin PC's Genesis, Millennium, and Chronos line of desktop PCs.