Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en Eizo's 31-Inch ColorEdge 4K Monitor Calibrates Itself http://www.maximumpc.com/eizos_31-inch_coloredge_4k_monitor_calibrates_itself_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/eizo_cg318-4k.jpg" alt="Eizo CG318-4K" title="Eizo CG318-4K" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Built-in sensor enables self-calibration</h3> <p>Following up on its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/eizos_square_shaped_flexscan_ev2730q_monitor_features_1920x1920_resolution" target="_blank">funky square-shaped monitor</a> announcement earlier this week, <strong>Eizo has introduced a self-calibrating DCI 4K (4096x2160) display</strong> for media and entertainment fields like cinema and broadcasting. The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 31.1-inch monitor featuring a built-in sensor to enable self-calibration if you'd rather not muck around with settings. Should you need or want to manually fine tune the settings, it comes with ColorNavigator 6 calibration software.</p> <p>Eizo also offers ColorNavigator Network, a secure, cloud-based web hosting solution for administrators to perform quality control tasks on client ColorEdge monitors with ColorNavigator NX (a free color calibration download) installed.</p> <p>"Used together, ColorNavigator Network and ColorNavigator NX allow an administrator to take advantage of the self-calibration capabilities of the ColorEdge monitors by automating calibration and other QC tasks on ColorEdge monitors located in a single or multiple locations," <a href="http://www.eizoglobal.com/press/releases/htmls/cg318-4k.html" target="_blank">Eizo says</a>. "This potentially saves hundreds or thousands of hours annually in maintenance downtime while ensuring the color accuracy of all ColorEdge monitors."</p> <p>The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 10-bit display with a 16-bit lookup tablet (LUT). It sports an IPS panel that reproduces 98 percent of the DCI-P3 and 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color spaces. Other ratings include 178-degree viewing angles, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 1,500:1 contrast ratio, and 9ms response time.</p> <p>It has a three-port USB 3.0 hub, ergonomic stand with height, tilt, and swivel adjustments, two HDMI ports, and two DisplayPort connectors.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.eizoglobal.com/products/coloredge/cg318-4k/index.html#tab01" target="_blank">ColorEdge CG318-RK</a> will begin shipping in April of next year. No word yet on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/eizos_31-inch_coloredge_4k_monitor_calibrates_itself_2014#comments 4k cg318-4k coloredge display eizo Hardware monitor panel News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:38:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28970 at http://www.maximumpc.com Corsair Introduces Quiet Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition Case http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_introduces_quiet_carbide_series_330r_titanium_edition_case_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_carbide_series_330r.jpg" alt="Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition" title="Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition" width="228" height="215" style="float: right;" />A case for librarians and other noise conscious builders</h3> <p>There's something to be said for building a quiet computer. It takes a bit of research to build a truly silent (or near silent) system, and of course it starts with your choice of case -- an open air chassis is probably not the best option. There are several quiet cases available, and beginning today, you can add <strong>Corsair's new Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition</strong> to the list of quiet computing enclosures.</p> <p><a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/company/press-release/corsairs-super-quiet-carbide-330r-pc-case-now-available-in-titanium-edition" target="_blank">Corsair says</a> the 330R makes it easy to build an "extremely quiet" PC, part of which is due to the noise damping material found on the top panel, side panels, and front door. It also boasts a 3-speed fan controller and a Direct Airflow Path layout that provides an unobstructed path between the included 140mm fan and the CPU and GPU.</p> <p>The other included fan is a 120mm exhaust unit, though there's room for two more 120mm or 140mm fans up top and another 120mm or 140mm fan up front. If you prefer liquid cooling, the 330R can accommodate a 240mm or 280mm radiator up top and is specifically compatible with Corsair's H55, H60, H75, H80i, and H100i liquid coolers.</p> <p>Other amenities include four hard drive trays supporting both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch installs, tool-free 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch drive installation, built-in cable routing coutouts, and a USB 3.0 port on the front panel.</p> <p>Corsair's <a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/carbide-series-330r-titanium-edition-silent-mid-tower-case" target="_blank">Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition</a> PC case is available now for $100 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_introduces_quiet_carbide_series_330r_titanium_edition_case_2014#comments 330r titanium edition Build a PC carbide series case chassis corsair enclosure Hardware News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:19:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 28967 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Announces Availability of 32-Inch B326HK 4K Ultra HD IPS Display for $1,000 http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_announces_availability_32-inch_b326hk_4k_ultra_hd_ips_display_1000 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_b326hk.jpg" alt="Acer B326HK" title="Acer B326HK" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />A 4K Ultra HD monitor with an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel</h3> <p><strong>Acer today introduced its newest 4K Ultra HD monitor to the U.S. market, the B326HK</strong>. It's a 32-inch monitor with an LED backlight and In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel instead of a lower quality TN screen. According to Acer, the B326HK is suitable for a wide range of buyers, from home consumers to commercial customers interested in gaming, watching movies, web design, and more.</p> <p>"Our newest 4K display available in an ergonomic 32-inch model was built for those who want to view games, movies, videos and other graphic intensive content on a big screen," <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/124692" target="_blank">said Ronald Lau</a>, Acer America senior business manager - peripherals. "The UHD resolution delivers incredibly vibrant images with very sharp detail and an adjustable stand makes viewing as comfortable as possible. IT professionals will appreciate the wide array of connectivity options, earth-friendly design and the inclusion of a VESA wall-mount to maximize space."</p> <p>Acer says the B326HK sports 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color space and offers 6-axis color adjustment. It also has "ComfyView" non-glare protection that consists of a polarizer material to reduce lighting reflection.</p> <p>We're not big on rated specs when it comes to monitors because they're easily fudged and there's no real standards to measure against, but for what it's worth, the B326HK features a 6ms response time, 350 nit brightness, and 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio.</p> <p>Connectivity options include a DisplayPort, HDMI (MHL), and DVI, along with a built-in USB 3.0 hub. You'll also find integrated speakers.</p> <p>The <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/professional-model/UM.JB6AA.002" target="_blank">B326HK</a> is available now for $1,000 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_announces_availability_32-inch_b326hk_4k_ultra_hd_ips_display_1000#comments 3840x2160 4k Acer b326hk display Hardware monitor panel ultra hd News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:31:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 28963 at http://www.maximumpc.com Eizo's Square Shaped FlexScan EV2730Q Monitor Features a 1920x1920 Resolution http://www.maximumpc.com/eizos_square_shaped_flexscan_ev2730q_monitor_features_1920x1920_resolution <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/flexscan_ev2730q.jpg" alt="Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q" title="Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />You're such a square!</h3> <p>Most users shopping for a new monitor will choose between a widescreen or an ultra-widescreen panel, but have you ever thought about going square? Probably not, though Eizo hopes you will after seeing its latest display. <strong>Eizo's FlexScan EV2730Q is a 26.5-inch square monitor with a 1920x1920 resolution</strong> (1:1 aspect ratio) that's "wide all around." With regards to screen real estate, it has 78 percent more pixels than a standard widescreen 1920x1080 monitor.</p> <p>What's the point? Eizo says the added vertical space is convenient for displaying large amounts of information in long windows, resulting in less scrolling and a more efficient view of data -- basically combining the best of both worlds in terms of portrait and landscape mode.</p> <p>"This makes the monitor ideal for displaying information such as CAD or program development data with a more complete overall view on screen," <a href="http://www.eizoglobal.com/press/releases/htmls/ev2730q.html" target="_blank">Eizo says.</a></p> <p>The monitor uses a non-glare IPS panel with generous viewing angles (178 degrees horizontal and vertical). Eizo claims a 5ms gray-to-gray response time, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and 300 cd/m2 brightness. Other features consist of a 2-port USB 2.0 hub, built-in 1W speakers, 3.5mm stereo and headphone jacks, DisplayPort and DVI-D connectivity, and a flexible stand with height adjustment, tilt, and swivel.</p> <p>Eizo says the <a href="http://www.eizoglobal.com/products/flexscan/ev2730q/index.html#tab01" target="_blank">FlexScan EV2730Q</a> will be available in the first quarter of next year -- no word yet on price.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/flexscan_ev2730q_sidebyside.jpg" alt="Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q and Full HD Monitor" title="Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q and Full HD Monitor" width="620" height="360" /></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/eizos_square_shaped_flexscan_ev2730q_monitor_features_1920x1920_resolution#comments 1920x1920 display eizo flexscan ev2730q Hardware monitor News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:02:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28961 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer TravelMate B115 Brings Touch to Entry Level Computing http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_travelmate_b115_brings_touch_entry_level_computing_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_travelmate_b115.jpg" alt="Acer TravelMate B115" title="Acer TravelMate B115" width="228" height="177" style="float: right;" />Touch support at a reasonable price</h3> <p><strong>Acer this morning announced the availability of its new TravelMate B115 laptop</strong> for customers in the U.S. and Canada. It sports an 11.6-inch HD (1366x768) display with support for 10-point multi-touch, once considered a premium feature in laptop land but now available for a comparative pittance -- Acer's asking $380 USD and $439 CAD for the TravelMate B115.</p> <p>The laptop has its eye on "commercial customers, particularly those in education," which is to say it's going up against Chromebooks. While a bit higher priced than most Chromebooks, especially with the recent price drops, the TravelMate B115 brings more to the table.</p> <p>It has an Intel Celeron N2940 processor, 4GB of RAM (expandable to 8GB), 500GB of storage, 892.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a single USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports, GbE LAN, HDMI output, 720p webcam, up to 10 hours of battery life, and of course Windows 8.1, all wrapped in a thin and light design.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_travelmate_b115_ports.jpg" alt="Acer TravelMate B115 Ports" title="Acer TravelMate B115 Ports" width="620" height="335" /></p> <p>"Thanks to its compact size combined with a full-size keyboard, the 11.6-inch notebook is popular with students and teachers alike," <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/119571" target="_blank">said Sumit Agnihotry</a>, Acer vice president – product marketing. "The TravelMate B115 provides long battery life, ample power and multi-touch to give students and educators everything they need to be productive in and out of the classroom. Plus, IT managers will appreciate the powerful security and manageability suite of tools for safeguarding data and managing assets remotely."</p> <p>The Acer TravelMate B115 will available to purchase this month.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_travelmate_b115_brings_touch_entry_level_computing_2014#comments Acer Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs touch travelmate b115 News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:25:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 28957 at http://www.maximumpc.com OCZ Trots Out Vertex 460A SSD Series Using Toshiba A19 NAND Flash http://www.maximumpc.com/ocz_trots_out_vertex_460a_ssd_series_using_toshiba_a19_nand_flash_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ocz_vertex_460a_ssd.jpg" alt="OCZ Vertex 460A SSD" title="OCZ Vertex 460A SSD" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />New NAND chips means a new SSD line</h3> <p>OCZ may have learned a lesson from its competitors that swapping NAND flash memory in an existing solid state drive line tends to irritate customers. Rather than go that route with its Vertex 460 line and risk a public outcry, <strong>OCZ this week announced its new Vertex 460A SSD family</strong> using newer A19 Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips provided by its parent company, Toshiba.</p> <p>Though no MSRPs were mentioned in the press release, OCZ's intention is to provide a high performance product at a competitive price point. Indeed, the Vertex 460A line sports speed ratings on the upper end of the spectrum for SATA 6Gbps-based drives. Here's a look:</p> <ul> <li>120GB: 530MB/s read; 420MB/s write; 80,000 IOPS (random read); 90,000 IOPS (random write)</li> <li>240GB: 540MB/s read; 525MB/s write; 85,000 IOPS (random read); 90,000 IOPS (random write)</li> <li>480GB: 545MB/s read; 525MB/s write; 95,000 IOPS (random read); 90,000 IOPS (random write)</li> </ul> <p>The drives feature OCZ's Barefoot 3 controller. <a href="http://ocz.com/consumer/company/newsroom/press/ocz-announces-new-toshiba-a19-nand-based-vertex-460a-ssd-series" target="_blank">According to OCZ</a>, the controller and NAND flash memory combination help the Vertex 460A SSD line stand out from the competition by focusing on real world metrics like sustained performance and mixed workloads</p> <p>OCZ rates the drives as being able to handle 20GB of host writes per day, which it backs with a 3-year ShieldPlus warranty -- if a drive goes bad, OCZ will send an advance replacement with a paid return shipping label.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/ocz_trots_out_vertex_460a_ssd_series_using_toshiba_a19_nand_flash_2014#comments a19 nand buld a pc flash memory Hardware ocz solid state drive ssd storage toshiba verte 460a News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:52:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 28951 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Rumor Points to a Faster Hawaii Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumor_points_faster_hawaii_graphics_card_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_radeon_0.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon" title="AMD Radeon" width="228" height="190" style="float: right;" />AMD might not be finished with Hawaii</h3> <p>Ever since AMD launched its Hawaii GPU architecture, there have been rumblings that a faster version exists, perhaps locked away in the Sunnyvale chip designer's underground vault for a rainy day. If that's the case, be on the lookout for storm clouds -- <strong>word on the web is that AMD will launch a faster Hawaii part next year before it comes out with Fiji</strong>. How exactly it will be faster isn't yet known.</p> <p>There are multiple paths AMD could take, from higher clock speeds to more stream processors. AMD could also make optimizations to the architecture, though none of this is confirmed, of course. Whatever the case may be, news and rumor site <em>Fudzilla </em>seems to feel confident that a faster card is coming.</p> <p>"We have learned that AMD plans to launch another Hawaii-based product before it releases Fiji," <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/36326-amd-to-launch-faster-hawaii-iteration" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em> said</a>, adding that both are scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2015.</p> <p>If that's the case, the likely scenario will be a faster clocked part. The folks at <a href="http://wccftech.com/amd-working-faster-gcn-hawaii-gpu-launching-radeon-r9-380x-year/" target="_blank"><em>wccftech.com</em></a>, another site that's known for digging up unannounced information, thinks the new Hawaii GPU will be part of the Radeon R9 300 series rather than the current R9 200 series. The site surmises that the recent price cuts indicate AMD wants to push out as many GCN GPUs as they can in the 200 series before bumping up to its first round of R9 300 parts.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumor_points_faster_hawaii_graphics_card_2014#comments amd Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware hawaii Video Card News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:30:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28947 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia's Mightly Tesla K80 Accelerator Packs Two GPUs, 24GB of GDDR5 Memory http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidias_mightly_tesla_k80_accelerator_packs_two_gpus_24gb_gddr5_memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_tesla_k80.jpg" alt="Nvidia Tesla K80" title="Nvidia Tesla K80" width="228" height="184" style="float: right;" />Meet the world's fastest accelerator</h3> <p>If there are any kids within earshot, send them off to play or cover their ears before reading any further, we wouldn't want their little ears being exposed to excited obscenities that may follow. As in, "Holy sh*t, how much RAM!?" Try 24GB of GDDR5 memory, which is how much <strong>Nvidia decided to use on its Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator</strong>, the new flagship offering in the Tesla family.</p> <p>According to Nvidia, the Tesla K80 offers nearly double the performance and memory bandwidth of its predecessor, the Tesla K40. It also boasts ten times higher performance than today's fastest CPUs, as it was designed for the most difficult computational challenges around -- astrophysics, genomics, quantum chemistry, data analytics, and so forth.</p> <p>With two GPUs on board, 24GB of GDDR5 memory, and 4,992 CUDA parallal processing cores, the Tesla K80 boasts 480GB/s of memory bandwidth, 8.74 teraflops of single-precision peak floating point performance, and up to 2.91 teraflops of double-precision peak floating point performance. For the sake of comparison, Nvidia's Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 offers 5 teraflops of single-precision performance.</p> <p>The Tesla K80 has begun shipping to server manufactures -- no word on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidias_mightly_tesla_k80_accelerator_packs_two_gpus_24gb_gddr5_memory#comments Build a PC graphics card Hardware nvidia tesla k80 Video Card News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:08:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28944 at http://www.maximumpc.com Origin PC Turns 5 Years Old, Celebrates By Offering Genesis and Millennium Cases http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_turns_5_years_old_celebrates_offering_genesis_and_millennium_cases_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc_cases.jpg" alt="Origin PC Cases" title="Origin PC Cases" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />Own the case without the guts</h3> <p>Boutique system builder Origin PC is celebrating its official 5-year anniversary since launching its online store, during which time it's released 20 products and won over 25 awards and accolades. More recently, <strong>Origin PC trotted out new cases for its Millennium mid-tower and Genesis full-tower PCs, and for a limited time, you can purchase either chassis by itself</strong>. It's the first time Origin PC has offered up cases for sale.</p> <p>Both were designed and built from the ground up with an aggressive and industrial motif, though the real standout trait is the Variable Mounting feature. This allows the motherboard to be mounted in four different orientations -- standard ATX, inverted ATX, 90 degrees, or inverted 90 degrees.</p> <p>You can also shove up to four graphics cards in either case. Other features include remote controlled LED lighting, dual-hinge front door design, five hot-swappable HDD bays, and Kensington locks (optional).</p> <p>These case are <a href="http://www.originpc.com/promotion/2014/5-year-anniversary-promo/" target="_blank">available now</a> for a limited time, though they don't come cheap -- the Millennium mid-tower runs $399 and the Genesis full-tower commands $449.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_turns_5_years_old_celebrates_offering_genesis_and_millennium_cases_2014#comments Build a PC case chassis enclosure genesis Hardware millennium origin pc News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:50:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 28942 at http://www.maximumpc.com Walmart to Begin Selling $99 Windows 8.1 Tablet on Black Friday http://www.maximumpc.com/walmart_begin_selling_99_windows_81_tablet_black_friday999 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u46168/nextbook8win.jpg" alt="E Fun Nextbook" title="E Fun Nextbook" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />E Fun Nextbook will come with a 1 year Office 365 Personal subscription</h3> <p>Another ultra-cheap Windows 8.1 tablet is getting ready to join Microsoft’s ongoing assault on Chromebooks and low-end Android tablets. The <strong>8-inch Nextbook from E Fun</strong> will be available at Walmart stores on Black Friday 2014 for as low as $99.99, Microsoft announced in a <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/11/13/e-fun-announces-8-inch-nextbook-tablet-available-on-black-friday-for-99/" target="_blank">blog post</a> Thursday.</p> <p>Where <a href="http://nextbookusa.com/productdetail.php?product_id=22" target="_blank">specs</a> are concerned, the Nextbook contains the usual suspects: a twisted nematic (TN) 1280 x 800 touch display, a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G clocked at 1.8GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, WIFI 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 0.3MP front camera, 2MP rear shooter, one mini USB port, a micro HDMI port and a microSD card slot. Also included in this price are a 1 year subscription to Office 365 Personal (includes 1TB cloud space) and, as part of a limited time offer, a 16GB microSD card.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/walmart_begin_selling_99_windows_81_tablet_black_friday999#comments black friday 2014 e fun Hardware nextbook office 365 tablet Walmart windows 8.1 News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:21:51 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28940 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Likely to Outship Gigabyte in Motherboard Business in 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_likely_outship_gigabyte_motherboard_business_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_motherboard_0.jpg" alt="Asus Motherboard" title="Asus Motherboard" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Winning the shipment war, but losing profit</h3> <p>Asus and Gigabyte have been engaged in a cutthroat shipment war with one another, each trying to ship more motherboards than the other. As we approach the end of the year, it looks like <strong>Asus will edge ahead of Gigabyte and ship around 2 million more motherboards</strong> in 2014, however that victory will come at the expense of a declining profit, which is not something that Gigabyte will have to contend with.</p> <p>An aggressive price-cutting strategy helped Asus ship six million motherboards in the third quarter, thereby widening the gap between it and Gigabyte. <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141114PD204.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a>, Asus is confident it will ship at least 5.6 million more boards in the fourth quarter, finishing the year at around 22 million motherboard shipments.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Gigabyte is on pace to ship less than 10 million motherboards in the second half of the year, which will have the company remaining flat at around 20 million units for 2014.</p> <p>If only counting shipment figures, Asus wins, though the victory comes at the expense of profit. While Gigabyte's profits will be roughly the same as last year, Asus is expected to see a sharp decline, dropping from NT$5 billion ($162.34 million) in 2013 to NT$4 billion ($129.87 million).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_likely_outship_gigabyte_motherboard_business_2014#comments asus Build a PC gigabyte Hardware motherboards News Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:37:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 28929 at http://www.maximumpc.com BlackBerry Classic Now Available to Pre-Order, Releases December 17 http://www.maximumpc.com/blackberry_classic_now_available_pre-order_releases_december_17_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/blackberry_classic.jpg" alt="BlackBerry Classic" title="BlackBerry Classic" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />BlackBerry goes back to its roots</h3> <p>BlackBerry, or the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM), is trying to become the comeback kid by returning to its roots. <strong>The BlackBerry Classic, now available to pre-order for $499 (CDN) or $449 (USD)</strong>, is a departure from BlackBerry's recent attempts to compete in the mobile market with more traditionally styled smartphones and is a throwback to old school BlackBerry devices, but on a modern platform.</p> <p>"BlackBerry Classic is a new smartphone that builds upon the extremely successful and iconic BlackBerry heritage," BlackBerry explains. "Our loyal customers asked us for a very specific phone and we answered with BlackBerry Classic: a familiar design inclusive of the beloved classic navigation keys and physical keyboard, with the speed and powerful performance of BlackBerry 10."</p> <p>The Function keys and trackpad are two things BlackBerry brought back with the Classic. It also has a 3.5-inch square-shaped touchscreen (720x720 resolution) powered by a Qualcomm S4 Plus SoC and 2GB of RAM. According to some <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/blackberry-classic-q20-news/" target="_blank">recently leaked specs</a>, it also has 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, NFC support, 2515mAh battery, and a few other odds and ends.</p> <p>BlackBerry said in a <a href="http://blogs.blackberry.com/2014/11/blackberry-classic-preorder/" target="_blank">blog post</a> that initial quantities will be limited, so "act fast" if you want to be among the first to own the Classic handset. Even if you do, you'll still have to wait a few weeks -- the BlackBerry Classic is slated to release on December 17, 2014.</p> <p>It's also worth pointing out that BlackBerry's only offering a GSM version at present, which means it won't work on Verizon, Sprint, or U.S. Cellular.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/blackberry_classic_now_available_pre-order_releases_december_17_2014#comments blackberry classic Hardware mobile smartphone News Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:22:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 28925 at http://www.maximumpc.com Don’t Count Out Chromebooks Just Yet, $149 Models May Be on the Horizon http://www.maximumpc.com/don%E2%80%99t_count_out_chromebooks_just_yet_149_models_may_be_horizon_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_chromebook.jpg" alt="Asus Chromebook" title="Asus Chromebook" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />Laptop limbo -- how low can they go?</h3> <p>Tis the season of the low cost laptop, and if you're looking for a portable system on the cheap, you have a growing number of choices. You won't find them in the Apple Store, of course, but you will find Windows laptops in the $200 range, including a recently reduced <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_x205ta_windows_laptop_pops_online_starting_179" target="_blank">Asus X205TA model</a> selling for just $170 at the Microsoft Store. In response, Chromebook models are expected to be even more affordable than they already are with <strong>Asus and Lenovo both reportedly planning to release $149 Chromebook models</strong>.</p> <p>At that price, don't expect to find Intel inside. Instead, they'll feature ARM-based System-on-Chip (SoC) options from China's Rockchip, a fabless semiconductor company, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141113VL200.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes </em>reports</a>.</p> <p>Following up on Lenovo's 10.1-inch Android notebook running Rockchip's RK3188 processor, it's expected the Chinese OEM will launch an 11.6-inch Chromebook built around the RK3288 chip either at the end of the year or by the first half of 2015, around the same time Asus is said to be releasing an 11.6-inch model.</p> <p>Both models will be priced at $149, or 25 percent lower than Acer's C720, <em>Digitimes</em> says. If that turns out to be true, it will be interesting to see where low-cost Windows-based laptops land. There might be some wiggle room left, though not a ton since they're already running Windows 8.1 with Bing for free.</p> <p>There's also the matter of how much performance consumers are willing to trade for a lower price. For example, a $125 Windows laptop would certainly draw eyeballs, but if the performance is on par with crappy first-generation netbooks, then it suddenly becomes a tough sell.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/don%E2%80%99t_count_out_chromebooks_just_yet_149_models_may_be_horizon_2014#comments asus chromebook Hardware laptop lenovo mobile notebook News Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 28904 at http://www.maximumpc.com GOG.com Kicks Off Autumn Sales with Free Games http://www.maximumpc.com/gogcom_kicks_autumn_sales_free_games_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gog_sale_0.jpg" alt="GOG Sale" title="GOG Sale" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />Get titles like Mount &amp; Blade and The Witcher 2 at no cost</h3> <p><strong>GOG just launched its 2014 DRM-Free Big Fall Sale</strong> with plenty of deals, plus a free game with the chance to snag more no-cost titles. For the next 48 hours, you can grab Mount &amp; Blade for free from GOG's website, no strings attached. Other freebies include The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings and the movie The Gamers: Director's Cut, though you have to earn them by visiting GOG's website every day and collecting special stamps. Grab seven and you're golden.</p> <p>When you're not collecting stamps or playing Mount &amp; Blade, you can browse the site's collection of discounted titles -- there are over 700 games on sale, with discounts that go as deep as 90 percent. There will also be daily deals and flash sales to take advantage of.</p> <p>For example, the Ultimate Dungeons and Dragons bundle is back by popular demand. It's marked down to $21.10 for the next 24 hours and includes a collection of ten D&amp;D classics -- once the deal expires, it will be shoved aside for another daily offer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gog.com/" target="_blank">Check it out</a>, and happy gaming.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gogcom_kicks_autumn_sales_free_games_2014#comments Build a PC display g-sync Hardware monitor nvidia philips News Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:19:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28899 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Readies Maxwell for Water, Announces Poseidon GTX 980 http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_readies_maxwell_water_announces_poseidon_gtx_980_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" title="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />Hybrid thermal solution offers both air and liquid cooling options</h3> <p>Feeling indecisive these days? Don't sweat it -- <strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) this week announced its Poseidon GTX 980 graphics card with DirectCU H20</strong>, a hybrid cooling solution capable of keeping temps at bay by air or water, dealer's choice. The benefit of having both is that you can cool the card by air today and make the leap to liquid cooling down the line, if that's your longer-term goal.</p> <p>According to Asus, the new card runs up to 27C cooler than reference (with water), is three times quieter, and offers 10 percent faster gaming performance in games like Watch Dogs. That's all thanks to the custom vapor chamber that comes in direct contact with the GPU, along with copper heat pipes and extended cooling fins.</p> <p>"ROG Poseidon GTX 980 is also loaded with ROG technologies and innovations, including dual dust-proof fans for increased card longevity, die-cast thermal armor for improved cooling in the crucial MOSFET area, Digi+ voltage-regulation modules (VRMs) with black metallic capacitors for incredible stability and up to a 5X-longer lifespan than reference," <a href="http://rog.asus.com/383202014/gaming-graphics-cards-2/asus-republic-of-gamers-announces-poseidon-gtx-980/" target="_blank">Asus says</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_opened.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Opened" title="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Opened" width="620" height="453" /></p> <p>This is the first Maxwell-based card to receive the ROG treatment, which in addition the above includes things like LED lighting and a sturdy backplate.</p> <p>Connectitivy options consist of a native Dual-Link DVI-I port, HDMI 2.0 output, and three Native DisplayPort 1.2 outputs.</p> <p>No word yet on when the card will be available or for how much.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_readies_maxwell_water_announces_poseidon_gtx_980_2014#comments asus Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware liquid cooling poseidon gtx 980 Republic of Gamers ROG Video Card News Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:39:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28898 at http://www.maximumpc.com