We've pointed out before how Chromebooks are some of the best selling laptops on Amazon, and though these cloud-based systems aren't as capable as their Windows-based counterparts, they've having no trouble finding an audience, particularly in education circles. In fact, market research firm Gartner forecasts 5.2 million Chromebook sales by the end of the year, which would translate into a 79 percent jump compared to 2013.
Nvidia has partnered with various system builders to equip their current rigs with at least one GeForce Titan Z graphics card and rebrand them as Battleboxes, Maingear being one of them. Unlike ones we've already seen, however, Maingear's Battlebox Titan Z PCs are a little more cost friendly, with the least expensive model (Vybe) starting at $2,999. Battlebox configurations are also available on Maingear's F131 and Shift starting at $3,199 and $3,499, respectively.
In an alternate reality, Dell is launching its Alienware Alpha PC game console as its official Steam Machine. In this world, however, Valve threw a wrench into every OEM's plans by delaying the launch of its Steam Machine platform until next year, as it wanted more time to tweak its Steam Controller. Fair enough, though not all system builders are willing to put their PC console plans on hold. Enter Alienware, which today announced it's taking pre-orders for its Alpha console.
Lenovo is using its time at SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia to launch its new ThinkStation P Series of desktop workstations. The new Lenovo P900, P700, and P500 workstations join the entry-level ThinkStation P300 announced in May of this year and have been completely retooled compared to Lenovo's previous generation of workstations. According to Victor Rios, Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo's Workstation division, these are the "best designed" workstations the company has ever built.
After seeing Broadwell appear on a number of leaked roadmaps, Intel today finally provided some technical details about its 14nm manufacturing process and what the future holds. The first Broadwell chip to be based on the new microarchitecture will be Intel's Core M chip, which the company expects to power a broad range of products, everything from the infrastructure of cloud computing and devices that fall within the Internet of Things (IoT), to personal and mobile computing products.
Boutique builder promises "fair market value" for your Alienware laptop
Origin PC may have just started a war with Dell by offering to give you store credit for your "thick, slow, and heavy Alienware branded laptop," which you can then apply towards a thin and light EVO15-S gaming laptop or any Origin system. Why is Origin PC targeting Alienware owners? We're not sure, though we surmise it's because Alienware is the only actively promoted boutique brand owned by a major OEM.
An ultra-affordable mobile phone that isn't destined for the U.S., though maybe it should be
Wouldn't it be ironic if Microsoft's best selling mobile phone didn't run the company's Windows Phone platform? Hey, it could happen -- Microsoft today unveiled the Nokia 130, a super affordable mobile phone intended to bring the "digital experience" to millions of users in developing and emerging territories. It's only 19 euros (around $25 in U.S. currency) to own the phone outright with no service contract.
SanDisk today released its high-speed Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive family. Available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities, these tiny drives are only small in stature (19.1 x 15.9 x 8.8 millimeters / 0.75 x 0.63 x 0.35 inches (LxWxH) without cap), not performance -- according to SanDisk, you can transfer a full-length movie in 40 seconds using an Ultra Fit drive, which offer speeds up to 10 times as fast as USB 2.0.
Refreshed desktops offer 4K gaming performance starting at under $4,000
The 4K era is in its very early stages, and though the technology still has room for improvement (especially on the monitor side), you can make the leap if you're determined. Boutique builder Origin PC is all too happy to satisfy your 4K gaming needs with its Nvidia Battlebox Titan Z systems that are now available. These are basically refreshed Genesis, Millennium, and Chronos machines equipped with Nvidia GeForce Titan Z graphics cards.
One thing you always had to account for when purchasing a Zbox or any other pint-sized system from Zotac was that you''d have to install an operating system. That entailed plugging in a USB optical drive or using a flash memory stick, or at least it used to. In a change of pace, Zotac has made available four different Zbox Plus systems pre-installed with Windows 8.1 with Bing.