Building a computer isn't all that difficult. Though it may seem like a daunting proposition to anyone who's never assembled a PC before, it's really just a matter of preparation and patience. Where things tend to get a little more challenging is when you aim for a professional looking build like the boutique vendors offer. How do they do it? See for yourself -- boutique builder Origin PC is going to live stream the construction of a Millennium desktop PC later this month.
We still have a few months to go before official Steam Machine systems enter the market, but in the meantime, OEMs, boutique builders, and hardware players continue to get a jump start on the category with PC gaming consoles built around Windows 8.1 and Steam's Big Picture mode. One such model is the Asus ROG GR6, the newest PC game box that's sure to grab attention from your entertainment center.
Can't decide on whether you want a blue or red LED backlight on the your keyboard? The neat thing about the current crop of RGB keyboards is that you don't have to decide -- you have around 16.8 million colors at your disposal, so you can change your mind on a whim, or combine different colors for different parts of the keyboard. So it goes with Razer's BlackWidow Tournament Edition keyboard, a mechanical plank with lots of LED backlighting options that's now available to purchase.
Small capacity solid state drives are becoming a thing of the past, and we couldn't be happier about it. It's high time SSD makers started focusing on big capacities, which should in turn drive prices down while making more room for programs and games on primary storage drives. Credit Corsair for receiving the memo -- Corsair just added 480GB and 960GB capacity drives to its Force LS line.
Kingston this week announced its largest business-class solid state drive to date, the 960GB KC310. Billed as a true hard drive replacement, the capacious KC310 is powered by a Phison S10 quad-core, eight-channel controller and features a SATA 6Gbps interface. It also comes with firmware-based power loss protection to help maintain data integrity, one of several traits that make it suitable for entry-level servers and datacenter deployments.
If it looks like a duck but barks like a dog, what is it?
We were really impressed with Hewlett-Packard's Omen laptop when we reviewed it last year. With a design that paid homage to its Voodoo PC namesake, the model we received proved a capable gaming machine wrapped in a sexy chassis with a beautiful touchscreen panel. Well, there's a new version available, though HP's Omen Pro is classified as a mobile workstation, perhaps making it more suitable for game developers than gamers.
Ever heard of the ErgoDox? It's a mechanical keyboard kit that's available to purchase every so often, and if you're lucky to get one, your reward is an ergonomic plank with mechanical key switches. Well, after you assemble it, that is. And by assemble, we mean there's a fair bit of soldering involved, not just plugging in pieces like Legos. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, meet ErgoDox EZ, a pre-assembled ErgoDox that's damn near close to meeting its funding goal on Indiegogo.
Want to add some functional bling to your big size computer case? Thermaltake today formally announced the Commander FT, purportedly the world's largest 5.5-inch touch screen fan controller. The Commander FT was first shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few months ago, and now it gets an official launch alongside the company's Riing LED Radiator Fan Series.
Looking for a high end small form factor (SFF) system that uses the latest parts? If so, you may be interested in what Maingear has to offer. Maingear unveiled what it claims is the world's first lineup of high-performance compact mini ITX gaming rigs built around Intel's X99 chipset and Core i7 Extreme Edition processors, which include the Torq, Potenza, and Drift systems.
Asus this week unveiled its TUF Sabertooth X99 motherboard. According to Asus, it's the world's first consumer desktop mobo to support all NVM Express storage devices, including the latest mini-SAS HD (SF-8639) 2.5-inch solid state drives, PCI Express, and M.2 PCI Express drives. The timing of the this board's release comes just days after Intel announced its 750 Series SSDs, which are available in both half-height half-length (HHHL) and 2.5-inch NVMe form factors.