Not one, but two new Titans said to be in the works
With AMD’s answer to the the $1,000 Nvidia GTX Titan scheduled to hit the market later this week, you need something special to prevent AMD’s upcoming dual-chip beast, the Radeon HD 7990 “Malta”, from hogging each and every ray of the spotlight that the tech media has reserved for graphics cards. The two-month-old GTX Titan has managed to do just that thanks to rumors that it is about to be turned into a mini graphics card brand.
The H820e boasts 10 hours of talk time on a single charge.
It's not just gamers and music buffs who need a solid pair of headphones, office workers trying to collaborate across the globe and close sales can benefit from a high quality headset, too. It's with that in mind that Logitech built its new Wireless Headset H820e for unified communications and PC-based soft phones. In an attempt to deliver the best of all worlds, Logitech claims the H820e brings together "enterprise-grade audio and innovative features in an affordable package" for every type of work environment, from traditional cubicles to open and/or home offices.
Underneath the new designs sits a Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500.
Looking to add a little style to your home or work office environment? If so, you may find something that tickles your fancy from Microsoft's latest batch of limited edition Artist Series mice. Microsoft said it tapped some of the best artists from the around the world to use its Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 as a canvas to bring their designs to life, and they responded with seven custom pieces of art.
Windows 8 is giving birth to all kinds of new designs, especially in mobile, where notebooks and tablets are blending into hybrid devices that can function as either one. But it's not only laptops and slates that are starting to look different. Intel is reportedly pushing PC makers to build adaptive all-in-one systems with internal batteries so that users can tote them from place to place.
The folks at Adata announced an insanely fast DDR3 memory kit that can hit speeds up to 2600MHz, though it's interesting the company is taking aim at gamers instead of overclockers. It's true that PC gamers have a played a pivotal role in driving demand for increasingly faster components, but it seems to us this is the kind of kit a professional overclocker would have more interest in.
Intel refuses to surrender the lower-end of the market.
Years ago AMD was putting pressure on Intel to continue innovating on the high end, but fast forwarded to 2013 and Intel is the last man standing. The new war is in ultra-low powered chips, and the company is years behind. Intel’s response to ARM was the ATOM series of processors, but they were stuck trying to power a heavy and bloated Microsoft OS, while ARM had custom designed operating systems that extended battery life, and created an entirely new market. This year the two companies are destined to meet in the middle, and it will be a pivotal moment in the history of computing. Intel has announced its plans to compete with the current crop of dirt cheap ARM based devices, and to the winner goes the spoils.
Never Heard of Inhon? Don’t be embarrassed, neither had we.
Inhon might not be a household name when it comes to Notebooks, but they sure have pulled off something impressive. This small Taiwanese based computer maker is officially announcing the Blade 13 Carbon laptop, and its form factor propels Apple Macbook Air well into the chubby category. The even better news? It does it all at a similar price point, and with more impressive internal components.
The unique $35 Raspberry Pi computer set the PC world on its ear last year. Part computer science project and part incredibly cheap PC, the DIY single-board computer is such a hot item, some retailers are charging double what the unit originally cost. Of course, where there’s money, there’s Intel. The chip giant has formally introduced its $320 “Next Unit of Computing,” or NUC, PC concept—basically a bare-bones, hobbyist kit PC. While this is admittedly an apple–to-orange comparison in many respects, we felt that hobbyists deserve to see an accounting of the pros and cons of each in a head-on fight.
Note: This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
Geekbox’s Ego Maniacal system pays homage to Maximum PC’s Dream Machine—but probably not the one you’re thinking of.
Sure, last year’s Dream Machine featured the same Silverstone TJ11 chassis as the Geekbox Ego Maniacal, but we’re told that the actual inspiration for this custom-built box was 2002’s Dream Machine, which was painted to match a classic BMW 2002 Turbo. Except Geekbox has updated its tribute to the car by nodding its head to the more current special edition BMW M3 in “frozen black.”
Note: This review originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
Some lucky gamers in the U.K. received a massive discount on Razer peripherals.
Razer today issued a statement via email in regards to a leaked 90 percent off coupon code for its U.K. portal that went viral, resulting in thousands of orders being placed in the span of just a couple of hours. This wasn't an authorized or approved coupon code, but one that was generated by a third party in order to test the site's shopping cart. Even so, Razer said it will honor the discounted orders that were placed.