Think a laptop is supposed to be a light and portable PC? Think again. iBuyPower’s CZ-17 is neither of those things. With a carry weight of almost 11 pounds and dimensions measuring 16.9x11.3x2.2-inches, this thing is huge and friggin’ heavy. Imagine lugging around a dumbbell in your pack all day and you’ll catch our drift.
Note: This review first appeared in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
Some vendors are already offering Haswell parts for pre-order.
We're still about three months away from retail availability for Intel's upcoming Haswell platform, and that assumes there won't be any last minute delays or chipset SNAFUS like the one that plagued Sandy Bridge's debut. Nevertheless, some anxious vendors have already begun accepting pre-orders for Haswell, giving us an early glimpse into how the pricing will shake out this summer.
It's never been more affordable to own a name-brand tablet than it is now, especially with the recent price cuts. To further sweeten the pot -- and to remind everyone that yes, it too offers a tablet -- Barnes & Noble recently announced that anyone who purchases a Nook HD+ tablet between March 24, 2013 and March 31, 2013 is eligible to receive a free Nook Simple Touch eReader. That might seem a bit redundant, but if you look at it from the angle of shopping for yourself and for someone else at the same time, you can kill two birds with one stone.
You can fit a 280mm radiator into Enermax's Fulmo ST chassis.
Enermax today dropped us a note to let us know it has a new flagship mid-tower enclosure, the Fulmo ST. Built with versatility and cooling in mind, the Fulmo ST has 32mm of clearance to hide your gnarly mess of cables in the back where they're out of sight and, more importantly, unable to impede the case's airflow. And if you're into water cooling, there's enough room on top to accommodate a 240mm or 280mm radiator, Enermax says.
Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins shared his vision of the future with ABC’s Joanna Stern, and surprise surprise, the future looks bright for Blackberry. Heins claims that ten years from now the phone will be the only device we carry, and accessories to compensate for the form factor of the device will be commonplace. "We are talking about a mobile computing experience that makes sure that for you as a user, you only have to carry one computing device... then you get peripherals around it that make your life much more easy than it is today carrying a tablet, carrying a smartphone, carrying a laptop, going to your office and having a desktop."
Give us a full tower PC loaded to the top with high-end hardware any day of the week, though we'll concede there are viable applications for small form factor (SFF) mini PCs that are tiny enough to hold comfortably in your hand. Intel made us a believer with its Next Unit of Computing (NUC), a surprisingly powerful pint-sized PC, and now Stealth has announced a potent and portable system of its own.
A new Kindle Fire HD is in the cards, but it won't cost $99.
Tablet prices have fallen sharply in the past year or so, and Amazon is a big reason why. It wasn't until the original Kindle Fire debuted that there was an affordable, name brand alternative to the iPad, along with proof positive that there does indeed exist a market for 7-inch slates. Fast forward to today and there are rumors of $99 tablets on the horizon, including one from Amazon, though don't hold your breath waiting for a lower priced Kindle Fire HD.
The Vengeance K70 is available in black or silver.
Can there ever be enough mechanical keyboards to choose from? As a big proponent of mechanical planks, my answer is 'Hell no!' there can't be. One of the newest models comes from Corsair, which just introduced its Vengeance K70 mechanical keyboard that it plans to demo at PAX East in Boston. The Vengeance K70 features Cherry MX Red key switches and individual backlighting for each key, Corsair says.
Today is a big day for Canon, which announced a few new cameras, including one the company claims is the lightest and smallest digital SLR (DSLR) on the planet, the EOS Rebel SL1. Canon's newest Rebel with a cause features a newly developed 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the combination of which is supposed to deliver high quality shots at a fast rate.
For first person shooters, real-time strategy titles, and most gaming genres outside of sports, using a mouse and keyboard trumps a console controller, hands down. I won't debate this, but after reading about the Stinky Footboard, I am willing to concede that there's room for a third wheel in what's traditionally been a two-handed tango. Just as piano players rely on foot pedals for a wider range of sound, the Stinky Footboard offers gamers greater flexibility than a mouse and keyboard alone.