Boutique system builder CyberPower seemingly has a million and one system configurations to choose from on its website, and that number grows by three today with the introduction of its new 'Power Mega II' series of graphics workstations. All three baseline configurations -- Power Mega II 1000, 2000, and 3000 -- sport various degrees of Nvidia Quadro graphics hardware, though differ in which processor platform they're built around.
Someone must have handed Gigabyte the gauntlet, which the Taiwanese hardware manufacturer plans to throw down in the Ultrabook category with a new thin and light model constructed entirely of carbon fiber. Gigabyte's upcoming X11 laptop is supposedly the lightest Ultrabook this planet has ever seen, barely budging the scale at 975g (about 2.1 pounds) and measuring 0.3cm (about 0.12 inches) at its thinnest point.
The desktop isn't dead, not by a long shot, though hulking towers might not be as popular as they once were. All-in-one (AIO) desktops, on the other hand, are as vogue as they've ever been, and Dell claims to have "reimagined" the form factor with its new XPS One 27, the company's largest ever AIO and part of the premium XPS performance family with Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture sitting pretty on the inside.
Acer this week rolled out its TravelMate P243 laptop, a notebook designed to meet the needs of SMB and SOHO with a "pleasant yet practical design." On the practicality side, the TravelMate P243 wields third generation Intel Core processor options with Turbo Boost and, according to model, discrete level Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics to tear through those multimedia chores (or some gaming in between hammering out TPS reports).
Without question, Ultrabooks are the sexiest, trendiest laptops on the market right now, and with good reason. They're thin and light like a MacBook Air and every bit as good looking (and in some cases, they're thinner, lighter, and better looking than their iOS competitors), fast, and highly portable with long-lasting battery life. All of these things are attractive in a notebook, but if you could afford a desktop replacement laptop, would you still shop an Ultrabook? That's a question consumers will have to answer.
Lenovo today rolled out its brand new ThinkCentre M92p desktop PC, a one-liter rig that's no wider than a golf ball (34.5mm), and purportedly the only Intel vPro-enabled system in this size category. The tiny form factor allows the M92p to fit into just about home office nook or work space cranny while still packing the performance punch of up to an Intel 3rd Generation Core vPro processor.
Fans of the Alienware M11x gaming laptop were essentially told to go pound sand when Dell announced Ivy Bridge upgrades to its 2012 Alienware notebook range, which didn't include the 11.6-inch notebook. Dell apparently decided to pull the plug on the M11x, a system we liked so much that we awarded it a 9/10 verdict back in 2010. But is it really the end of the road for the M11x? A tipster who spoke with Dell tells us otherwise.
Boutique system builder Digital Storm has just introduced a new line of Marauder gaming PCs that attack the pre-built market with a Vengeance. Specifically, the Marauder line marches onto the battlefield in a suit of armor provided by Corsair's Vengeance C70 computer case, a gnarly looking enclosure that happens to be the first chassis in Corsair's lineup to sport the Vengeance moniker.
If you've been reading Maximum PC for any length of time, then you're probably familiar with Digital Storm, one of a handful of remaining boutique system builders that hasn't been gobbled up by a bulk OEM. Just don't tell the folks at Digital Storm they're simply a bunch of system builders, it turns out they have a knack for designing computer cases, too. Meet the Aventum, a new system housed inside a patent pending chassis "designed by Digital Storm engineers from the inside out."
The new Erebus GT from boutique system builder iBuyPower is a smaller, less expensive version of the original, which has now been renamed Erebus XL, and it features a proprietary liquid cooling solution powered by Koolance "that provides epic overclocking potential." It's a custom cooling solution that consists of three radiators and 13mm high-flow tubing to circulate 4.5 gallons of coolant every 60 seconds.