Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en Dell Readies 34-inch Curved Display for Holiday Season http://www.maximumpc.com/dell_readies_34-inch_curved_display_holiday_season455 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/dell-ultrasharp-u3415w-curved-lcd-monitor.jpg" alt="Dell 34-inch Curved Monitor" title="Dell 34-inch Curved Monitor" width="228" height="104" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Earlier this month, LG had unveiled a similar offering</h3> <p>The Alienware Area-51 gaming PC is not the only product that Dell will try and woo gamers with during the upcoming holiday season. The PC vendor is also readying its first curved monitor. Announced alongside the Haswell-E powered Area-51, the <strong>Dell UltraSharp U3415W is a 34-inch curved display that will be available in China in November and the rest of the world in December.<br /></strong></p> <p>The U3415W has an ultra-wide 21:9 display with a WQHD 3440x1440 resolution, according to a press release issued by Dell Friday. Further, the 34-incher, whose price hasn’t been revealed as yet, packs “HDMI 2.0, MHL, DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort connectivity, dual integrated 9 watt speakers, 60Hz performance and, when it’s set up in multi-monitor configuration, a virtually borderless cockpit view across multiple screens thanks to its ultra-thin bezels.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/dell_readies_34-inch_curved_display_holiday_season455#comments curved display dell Dell UltraSharp U3415W Hardware monitor News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:54:48 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28456 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leap Motion Controller Mount for Oculus Rift Now Available http://www.maximumpc.com/leap_motion_controller_mount_oculus_rift_now_available675 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Company is also working on embeddable “mega sensor” for future VR headsets</h3> <p>Palmer Luckey, the creator of the Oculus Rift virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD), recently told <a href="http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2014-08-28-oculus-vr-finding-the-holodeck-solution" target="_blank">GamesIndustry International</a> that VR may not become mainstream for quite some time to come. One of the things currently holding VR back, per Luckey, is the use of traditional controllers, which he feels are far from ideal for VR. However, as we wait for the ideal VR input to materialize, <strong>the list of controller alternatives for VR aficionados to experiment with keeps on growing. The latest addition to it is the Leap Motion Controller.<br /></strong></p> <p>Leap Motion, Inc. has introduced a Leap Motion controller mount for the Oculus Rift. Called the <a href="http://store-world.leapmotion.com/" target="_blank">VR Developer Mount</a>, this $20 contraption allows the company’s eponymous motion-sensing camera to snap onto the Oculus Rift. </p> <p>“If virtual reality is to be anything like actual reality, we believe that fast, accurate, and robust hand tracking will be absolutely essential,” the company’s CTO David Holz said in a <a href="http://blog.leapmotion.com/leap-motion-sets-a-course-for-vr/" target="_blank">blog post</a> Thursday. “We believe in the concept of other specialized controllers as well, but our hands themselves are the fundamental and universal human input device.”</p> <p>The VR Developer Mount will help developers make the most of a new API that for the first time gives them access to raw infrared from the Leap Motion Controller: “When mounted directly onto a head-worn display, these [infrared] images become stereoscopic windows into the world around you. What it sees, you see.”</p> <p>“This expands the tracking space to be in any direction you’re facing. You can reach forward, turn around, look up and down, and the tracking follows you wherever you go. Because our device’s field of view exceeds that of existing VR displays, you’ll find it can start to track your hands before you even see them.”</p> <p>Holz also revealed that the company is working on a next-generation “mega sensor” that will be offered directly to VR OEMs for embedding in their HMDs. Codenamed “Dragonfly”, the new sensor will come with “greater-than-HD image resolution, color and infrared imagery, and a significantly larger field of view.”</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3ATQG9mnm34" width="620" height="340" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/leap_motion_controller_mount_oculus_rift_now_available675#comments controller facebook Hardware hmd leap motion controller oculus rift oculus vr Palmer Luckey vr developer mount vr headset vr input News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:37:49 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28453 at http://www.maximumpc.com Alienware Outs New Area-51 Gaming Desktop http://www.maximumpc.com/alienware_outs_new_area-51_gaming_desktop_pc214 <!--paging_filter--><h3>New Triad chassis is the most outré thing to come out of Alienware’s stable in recent times</h3> <p><strong>Alienware is bringing back its Area-51 desktop PC and it’s nothing like the previous iterations</strong>, having received a pretty radical makeover. The 2014 edition Area-51 gaming rig is what can best be described as the love child of a hexagon and a triangle. Perhaps that is why the company has chosen to call the new hexagonal chassis the “Triad.”</p> <p>But what is so special about the new Triad chassis? Per the company, there is more to the design than meets the eye. The angled design is said to be better at heat dissipation as compared to the average rectangular chassis. This is because it affords “a large space for hot air to escape where a traditional, rectangular chassis only leaves a small space between it and the wall.” Further, this design is meant to enable easier access to both the front I/O panel and the rear portion.</p> <p>There is no word yet on the price of the new rig, which will be available for order in October. But it’s a slightly different story when it comes to specs. While the exact specifications are unknown, the <a href="http://www.alienware.com/landings/area-51/" target="_blank">official product page</a> contains this technical outline of the Area-51: “The Alienware Area-51 ushers in a new era of performance with 6-core and 8-core Intel Core i7 Extreme processor options [<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/haswell-e_review_2014" target="_blank">read our Haswell-E review</a>] that come factory overclocked and made possible with the new Intel X99 Express chipset alongside 2133Mhz DDR4 memory — up to 32GB in quad channel. Do insane, intensive multitasking like rendering video or extreme performance 4K gaming at your leisure. Experience a custom balance of solid-state and hard drives, enabling the performance of SSD with the storage capacity of HDD. Plus, 802.11ac – the latest wireless protocol – prioritizes streaming video and gaming, so lag is reduced.”</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xjYa6NXtTwU" width="620" height="320" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/alienware_outs_new_area-51_gaming_desktop_pc214#comments alienware area 51 dell gaming desktop gaming rig Hardware haswell-e x99 News Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:59:29 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28452 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Rolls Out Trio of X99 Chipset Motherboards http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rolls_out_trio_x99_chipset_motherboards_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_x99_boards.jpg" alt="Asus X99" title="Asus X99" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />Hello, Haswell-E</h3> <p>Now that <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/haswell-e_review_2014">Haswell-E has finally arrived</a>, have you started thinking about a new build? If so, you have plenty of options. In terms of motherboard choice, <strong>Asus today announced three X99 Series boards</strong>, including the X99-Deluxe, X99-A, and X-99 Pro. All three sport the latest LGA 2011-v3 socket for Haswell-E processors and feature DDR4 memory support, along with exclusive Asus technologies.</p> <p>Out of the three, the <a href="http://www.asus.com/us/site/motherboards/X99/" target="_blank">X99-Deluxe</a> is the top-end model. It comes bundled with an Asus Hyper M.2 x4 expansion card for ultra-fast 32Gbit/s transfer speeds, onboard 3x3 antenna for 802.11ac connectivity, and an Asus Fan Extension Card for flexible cooling options.</p> <p>One feature that's on all three boards is Asus's patent-pending OC Socket. This is a unique socket with extra pins that connect proprietary circuitry to extra contacts found on Haswell-E's LGA and is fully compatible with Intel's new LGA 2011-v3 chips. According to Asus, its OC Socket allows for higher DDR4 memory frequencies, lower memory latencies, and enhanced stability when overclocking.</p> <p>The X99-Deluxe is available now for $399. Look for the X99-A to land in early September for $279, and the X99-Pro in October with a price that's yet to be determined.</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_rolls_out_trio_x99_chipset_motherboards_2014#comments asus Build a PC Hardware haswell-e motherboard x99-a x99-deluxe x99-pro News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:56:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 28451 at http://www.maximumpc.com IDC's Outlook on PC Shipments is a Mixed Bag http://www.maximumpc.com/idcs_outlook_pc_shipments_mixed_bag_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dell_xps_18_0.jpg" alt="Dell XPS 18" title="Dell XPS 18" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />High and low points abound in the PC sector</h3> <p>Reading through International Data Corporation's (IDC) latest report on PC shipments is like slapping yourself in the face to kill a blood sucking mosquito -- you're not sure whether to be relieved or pained. More to the point, IDC's roller-coaster examination starts with adjusting its forecast. <strong>IDC now expects worldwide PC shipments to decline by 3.7 percent in 2014</strong> (bummer!), though that's an improvement from its previous forecast of a 6 percent drop (hooray!).</p> <p>The market research firm says PC shipments in emerging regions are being held back by competition from alternative devices and economic challenges (drats!), though commercial demand and a "rekindling" of interest from consumers in mature markets helped to boost results in Q1 and through the rest of the year (sweet!).</p> <p>Pop a Dramamine because the up and down ride doesn't smooth out from here. According to IDC, competition from tablets is waning, especially as PCs continue to make progress in competing with slimmer, touch-friendly, and low-cost systems (rock on!), though in emerging regions, competition from other devices is a bigger factor (darn!) and over time, the replacement of Windows XP systems (yay!) will decline as the install base shrinks (d'oh!).</p> <p>"Programs to reduce PC prices, such as Windows 8.1 with Bing, have helped to improve PC shipments in some segments," <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25064514" target="_blank">said Jay Chou</a>, Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide PC Trackers. "Coupled with a shift toward more mobile PCs, the market has seen a quickened pace of innovation and a focus on price points. Nevertheless, the prospects for significant PC growth in the long term remain tenuous, as users increasingly see PCs as only one of several computing devices."</p> <p>The bottom line? Quite frankly, we don't what the flip to think about IDC's assessment, so we'll wrap things up with the firm's current outlook. Barring an adjusted forecast down the line, IDC sees desktop PCs going from 133.5 million shipments in 2014 to 121.1 million in 2018; portable PC shipments holding steady at 170 million in 2014 and in 2018; and total PC shipments going from 303.5 million in 2014 to 291.1 million in 2018.</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/idcs_outlook_pc_shipments_mixed_bag_2014#comments Hardware idc pc shipments News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:32:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28450 at http://www.maximumpc.com G.Skill Sets Memory Frequency Record Using Ripjaws 4 DDR4 RAM http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_sets_memory_frequency_record_using_ripjaws_4_ddr4_ram_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gskill_oc_0.jpg" alt="G.Skill Ripjaws 4 OC" title="G.Skill Ripjaws 4 OC" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />DDR4 memory record sits at 4,004MHz</h3> <p>We said over and over that Haswell-E was just around the corner, and after all that waiting and anticipation, today marks the official launch of the new CPU line from Intel (see our <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/haswell-e_review_2014">review of Haswell-E</a>). It's not just about the processors, though -- it takes a village of components to raise Haswell-E the right way, and if you're looking to set records, G.Skill makes a strong case for its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_unveils_ripjaws_4_series_ddr4_memory_kits_redesigned_heatspreaders_2014">Ripjaws 4 Series</a>. At present, <strong>G.Skill and its Ripjaws 4 Series of DDR4 RAM own the DDR4 frequency record</strong> after hitting 4,004MHz.</p> <p>There are always caveats to this level of extreme overclocking, such as cooling. As you probably guessed, it took doses of LN2 to keep things cool enough to set the record. That's a buzz kill if you're only interested in stable clocks using air or liquid cooling, though it's par for course in the overclocking sector.</p> <p>G.Skill also had to drop down to single-channel mode. In doing so, the company was able to push its Ripjaws 4 to 2,002.2MHz (4,004MHz effective) with 17-25-29-50 timings. The memory was plopped into an Asus ROG Rampage V Extreme motherboard with an Intel Core i7 5930K processor.</p> <p>It's only a matter of time before the record is broken -- perhaps by G.Skill -- but for now, this is where the bar has been set.</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/gskill_sets_memory_frequency_record_using_ripjaws_4_ddr4_ram_2014#comments Build a PC ddr4 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws 4 News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:06:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28449 at http://www.maximumpc.com HTC Launches Desire 510 Smartphone, Keeps Mum on 64-bit Capabilities http://www.maximumpc.com/htc_launches_desire_510_smartphone_keeps_mum_64-bit_capabilities <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/htc_desire_0.jpg" alt="HTC Desire 510" title="HTC Desire 510" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" />HTC doesn't seem to care that its Desire 510 rocks a 64-bit chip</h3> <p><strong>You can add the Desire 510 to HTC's family of smartphones</strong>. HTC announced the LTE device, which sports a 4.7-inch display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. In case you're not familiar, the Snapdragon 410 features four Cortex A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.2GHz and an Adreno 306 GPU. It's a speedy chip, but perhaps what's most interesting is that it's a 64-bit capable part, though you wouldn't know it from reading through HTC's press materials.</p> <p>Though the Snapdragon 410 is both 32-bit and 64-bit capable, <a href="http://blog.htc.com/2014/08/htc-desire-510/" target="_blank">HTC isn't making any noise</a> about the latter. It's probably of little benefit in the grand scheme of things (this is a budget phone, after all), which is likely the reason why HTC isn't celebrating the phone's 64-bit goodness, though it's also a bit odd since it's the first 64-bit Android smartphone.</p> <p>In any event, the HTC Desire 510 also features 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 4G LTE radio, 3MP front-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 2100mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat covered with Sense 6.</p> <p>The HTC Desire will begin shipping in September in the U.K. for £149 (around $245). It will ship to other parts of the world, including the U.S., sometime later.</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/htc_launches_desire_510_smartphone_keeps_mum_64-bit_capabilities#comments 64-bit android desire 510 Hardware htc smartphone News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:26:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 28438 at http://www.maximumpc.com T-Mobile Confirms HTC One M8 for Windows is Coming to Un-Carrier http://www.maximumpc.com/t-mobile_confirms_htc_one_m8_windows_coming_un-carrier_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/htc_one_m8_windows.jpg" alt="HTC One M8 Windows T-Mobile" title="HTC One M8 Windows T-Mobile" width="228" height="194" style="float: right;" />HTC One M8 for Windows will land at T-Mobile this fall</h3> <p>It came as a bit of a surprise when Microsoft and HTC announced a cloned version of the One M8 handset running Windows Phone 8.1 software. After all, it's HTC's flagship Android smartphone, and by porting it over to Windows Phone 8.1, HTC claims it marks the first time that an iconic flagship device has been offered on multiple operating systems. But what about multiple carriers? Well, <strong>you can add T-Mobile to the list of wireless carriers getting the One M8 for Windows</strong>.</p> <p>"The rumors are true. HTC One M8 for Windows is coming this fall," T-Mobile <a href="https://twitter.com/TMobile/status/505006242583310336" target="_blank">posted to Twitter</a>.</p> <p>T-Mobile didn't offer up a specific release date or pricing information, though with wireless carriers currently engaged in a price war of sorts (it's more of a data war with increasing data caps), especially T-Mobile and Sprint, things could get interesting by the time fall is in full effect. In the meantime, you can <a href="https://explore.t-mobile.com/htc-one-m8-windows-phone?cmpid=SOC_SM_Q314HTCONM_8PT744LHLX3024&amp;003=6642122" target="_blank">pre-register here</a>.</p> <p>As for other carriers, AT&amp;T also <a href="http://about.att.com/story/att_to_carry_htc_one_m8_for_windows0.html" target="_blank">recently confirmed</a> it's getting the One M8 for Windows, however like T-Mobile, AT&amp;T didn't announce specific pricing and availability.</p> <p>For now, Verizon is the <a href="http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/device/smartphone/htc-one-for-windows?&amp;zipRdr=y" target="_blank">exclusive carrier</a> of the ported device, which it's selling for $100 with a two-year service agreement, or $30 per month via Verizon's Edge program.</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/t-mobile_confirms_htc_one_m8_windows_coming_un-carrier_2014#comments Hardware htc one M8 for Windows mobile smartphone t-mobile windows phone News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:40:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28436 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft's Working a Fix to Alleviate Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issue http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_working_fix_alleviate_surface_pro_3_overheating_issue_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_3.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="136" style="float: right;" />Some Surface Pro 3 tablets are prone to overheating</h3> <p>A limited number of Surface Pro 3 owners have been reporting issues with their tablets overheating, even when running light tasks or simple sitting at idle. In turn, this has led to the cooling fan ramping up to excessive noise levels. <strong>Microsoft is aware of the overheating issue and has promised Surface Pro 3 owners that a fix will be issued "as soon as possible.</strong>" It's unclear if that means it will come on Patch Tuesday (September 9), before, or after.</p> <p>One user on <a href="http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/forum/surfpro3-surfusingpro/excessively-loud-fan-constant-overheating-during/1efa253a-f7f2-486b-a891-5633738b8532?page=1&amp;tm=1408845783226" target="_blank">Microsoft's discussion forum </a>said he went through four Surface Pro 3 models, each with a Core i7 processor, and each one exhibited the overheating issue. According to his post, his Surface Pro 3 is the loudest thing in his office, even when running idle. At full bore, he says the fan noise becomes "ear-piercing" and the heat produced "immensely hot."</p> <p>In a statement to <em>CNET</em>, Microsoft said it's aware of a "very small number of Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i7 devices that are temporarily restarting and incorrectly showing a 'Thermometer Gauge' icon while attempting to boot up." The company said it has an update that will address the issue.</p> <p>At the same time, Microsoft was a bit standoffish about the complaints of excessive heat.</p> <p>"The i7 version of Surface Pro 3 is a first-of-its-kind tablet delivering i7 processing power in a thin and light package. As such, the increased power calls for the fan to spin more regularly and at higher speeds - and for the unit to run slightly warmer. If customers have any questions or concerns, they should contact Microsoft Support," Microsoft said.</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/microsofts_working_fix_alleviate_surface_pro_3_overheating_issue_2014#comments Hardware microsoft OEM overheating rigs surface pro 3 News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:13:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28428 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Notes Rise in Proportion of Pentium and Celeron Notebook CPUs http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_notes_rise_proportion_pentium_and_celeron_notebook_cpus_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_celeron.jpg" alt="Intel Celeron Logo" title="Intel Celeron Logo" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Low cost laptops are on the rise</h3> <p>One thing Intel won't have any trouble doing in the coming months is moving low-cost laptop CPUs. That's because Microsoft and Intel are making concerted efforts with vendors to sell entry-level notebooks priced from around $200 to $250 in order to fend off the Chromebook push. As a result of this new focus, <strong>Intel is seeing a rise in the proportion of entry-level notebook CPUs</strong>, particularly its Pentium and Celeron chips.</p> <p>Citing information obtained from supply chain makers in Taiwan, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140827PD205.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> that Intel's shipment proportion of entry-level CPUs has increased from around 50-60 percent in the first half of 2014 to as high as 70 percent currently. In other words, as many as 7 out of every 10 notebook CPUs Intel ships these days is a low-cost Pentium or Celeron part.</p> <p>In particular, Intel is seeing strong sales of its Celeron 2970M, N2930, and N2940 chips, along with Pentium 3558U, N3530, and N3540 parts. It's not just about the push for $200 to $250 laptops -- another reason is that demand for Ultrabooks, 2-in-1 devices, and touchscreen laptops has fallen below expectations.</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/intel_notes_rise_proportion_pentium_and_celeron_notebook_cpus_2014#comments celeron cpu Hardware intel laptop notebook pentium processor News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:01:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28427 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Recalls 6 Million Laptop Power Cords Due to Fire Hazard http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_recalls_6_million_laptop_power_cords_due_fire_hazard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/power_cord_ls-15.jpg" alt="Power Cord LS-15" title="Power Cord LS-15" width="228" height="138" style="float: right;" />Affected AC power cords are prone to overheating</h3> <p><strong>HP this week decided to err on the side of caution and issue a worldwide voluntary recall of around 6 million potentially faulty power cords</strong> for select HP and Compaq brand notebooks and mini notebooks. The recall also affects AC power cords provided with docking stations. All of the affected cords, whether bundled with a laptop or with a docking station, were sold from September 2012 through June 2012 for about $500 to $1,500.</p> <p>"HP believes that certain power cords shipped with notebook PC products and AC adapter accessories may pose a risk of fire and burn hazard to customers. We are taking this action as part of our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our notebook customers," HP said.</p> <p>The recall involves HP's LS-15 AC power cords, though not all power cords with the LS-15 marking are faulty. You can check to see if yours is one of them using <a href="https://h30652.www3.hp.com/" target="_blank">HP's online tool</a>. If it is, HP says to stop using it immediately while it sends you a replacement at no cost.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/power_cord.jpg" alt="Power Cord" title="Power Cord" width="620" height="225" /></p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Hewlett-Packard-Recalls-Notebook-Computer-AC-Power-Cords/" target="_blank">U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission</a>, there have been 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring, which resulted in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.</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/hp_recalls_6_million_laptop_power_cords_due_fire_hazard_2014#comments Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook power cord recall News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:04:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28426 at http://www.maximumpc.com Seagate Goes Big, Ships Industry's First 8TB Hard Drive http://www.maximumpc.com/seagate_goes_big_ships_industrys_first_8tb_hard_drive_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/seagate_hdd_3.jpg" alt="Seagate 8TB" title="Seagate 8TB" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Go big or go home</h3> <p>Anybody remember when hard drives were measured in megabytes? How far we've come from those primitive days in computing. Further distancing us from the stone age of storage, <strong>Seagate today has begun shipping the world's first 8TB hard drive</strong>. The feat comes a mere five months after Western Digital's HGST subsidiary shipped the first 6TB HDD -- could a capacity war be at hand?</p> <p>We're not sure, though Seagate did previously mention 10TB models in the not-too-distant future. For now, 8TB is as capacious as single HDDs get in the 3.5-inch form factor. Details of the new drive are in short supply, though Seagate did confirm that it sports a SATA 6Gbps interface and features multi-drive RV tolerance for use in high-density environments such as data centers.</p> <p>"As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers," <a href="http://www.seagate.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/Seagate-ships-worlds-first-8TB-hard-drives-pr-master/" target="_blank">said Scott Horn</a>, Seagate vice president of marketing. "Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the world’s first 8TB HDD, a ground-breaking new solution for meeting the increased capacities needed to support the demand for high capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage."</p> <p>Seagate seems to be taking aim at data centers and cloud computing providers, though the thought of slapping several of these drives in a NAS box has us salivating at the sheer amount of storage space.</p> <p>In any event, the 8TB drive is shipping now to select customers and will be more widely available next quarter.</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/seagate_goes_big_ships_industrys_first_8tb_hard_drive_2014#comments 8tb Build a PC Hard Drive Hardware HDD seagate storage News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:56:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28421 at http://www.maximumpc.com Research Firm Expects All-in-One PC Shipments to Decline in 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/research_firm_expects_all--one_pc_shipments_decline_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_aio_1.jpg" alt="Lenovo AIO" title="Lenovo AIO" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Was the push for all-in-one systems just a fad?</h3> <p>Poke your head into Best Buy and take a peek at the computer section. In it you'll find lots tablets, laptops (including hybrids), and all-in-one systems, along with a small selection of desktop towers. AIO PCs have been around for many years now, but only recently became popular, in part because of dropping prices. You have to think that the prominence of touchscreen displays helped matters too. However, <strong>at least one research firm believes AIO shipments will drop this year</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140825PD206.html" target="_blank">Digitimes Research</a> projects a 2.4 percent year-on-year decline in AIO shipments in 2014 because enterprise and consumer buyers have both used their budgets to purchase conventional desktops. In addition, Sony has dropped out of the PC market, so there's one less vendor to feed the AIO sector.</p> <p>As it stands, Apple and Lenovo are the top two vendors in the AIO category with a combined 60 percent share of the market. Other vendors, such as HP and Dell, have seen their share decline.</p> <p>Time will tell if Digitimes Research is correct in its prediction, though if prices keep coming down, we suspect the allure of a space saving design will prevent AIOs from slipping into obscurity, if at all.</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/research_firm_expects_all--one_pc_shipments_decline_2014#comments aio all-in-one Hardware News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:34:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 28420 at http://www.maximumpc.com Digital Storm Targets Gamers with Bolt II Battle Box Titan Z Special Edition http://www.maximumpc.com/digital_storm_targets_gamers_bolt_ii_battle_box_titan_z_special_edition_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/digital_storm_battle_box.jpg" alt="Digital Storm Bolt II Battle Box" title="Digital Storm Bolt II Battle Box" width="228" height="183" style="float: right;" />Liquid cooled and ready for the heat of battle</h3> <p><strong>Digital Storm today unveiled its Bolt II Battle Box Titan Z Special Edition</strong>, which is a specially priced Bolt II small form factor (SFF) rig wielding a dual-GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card. In addition to adding a Titan Z, Digital Storm went back to the drawing board and redesigned the Bolt II to accommodate a new Hardline Cooling System consisting of a 240mm radiator, pump, and "stunning" acrylic tubing with yellow coolant.</p> <p>"Nvidia launched the GTX Battle Box Program to allow gamers to play AAA, combat-focused games at max settings and super high resolutions," said Harjit Chana, Chief Brand Officer. "But gaming in 4K requires much more than simply upgrading components. Our Hardline Cooling System allows gamers to unlock the Bolt II’s full potential and experience games in ways they never thought possible."</p> <p>The Bolt II Battle Box is available now for just under $5,000, down from what its regular selling price should be, which is $6,658. At that starting price, the Bolt II Battle Box comes with a painted chassis, an overclocked Intel Core i7 4790K processor, Asus Maximus VI Impact motherboard, 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, Blu-ray player, 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD, 1TB Seagate HDD, Titan Z graphics card, liquid cooling, internal lighting, 700W power supply, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.</p> <p>You can find out more (and/or place an order) on <a href="https://www.digitalstormonline.com/configurator.asp?id=1034531" target="_blank">Digital Storm's website</a>.</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/digital_storm_targets_gamers_bolt_ii_battle_box_titan_z_special_edition_2014#comments battle boz bolt ii Digital Storm Gaming geforce gtx titan z Hardware nvidia OEM rigs News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:35:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 28418 at http://www.maximumpc.com Burger King Now Serving a Selection of Free Smartphones http://www.maximumpc.com/burger_king_now_serving_selection_free_smartphones_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/burger_king_phones.jpg" alt="Burger King Phones" title="Burger King Phones" width="228" height="208" style="float: right;" />One Big King and a large soda - would you like a smartphone with that?</h3> <p>Interested in the LG G2? What about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini or Galaxy S4 Active? Believe it or not, these represent a small <strong>selection of smartphones you can get for free through Burger King's website</strong>. Yes, Burger King, the fast food chain that just brought back Chicken Fries to go with your Whopper. Apparently Burger King really, really wants you to download and use its new mobile app for Android.</p> <p>Of course, the standard two-year service agreement applies, with phone options for AT&amp;T, Sprint, and Verizon (no love for T-Mobile). And you have to order the phone online at a <a href="http://burgerking.ordermysmartphone.com/shop/" target="_blank">special portal on Burger King's website</a> using the coupon code FREEPHONE rather than have an employee add a Motorola Moto X to your bag with extra ketchup.</p> <p>What's surprising (other than the odd pairing of Burger King and smartphones) is the selection of devices. You won't find the latest flagship models, but the selection is far from miserable. In addition to the ones already mentioned, other notable entries include the LG Optimus G Pro, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One (M7, not the M8), and LG G2, to name a few.</p> <p>If you'd rather have the just the app without getting a new smartphone, you can download it from <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.emn8.mobilem8.nativeapp.bk&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play</a>.</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/burger_king_now_serving_selection_free_smartphones_2014#comments Burger King Hardware mobile smartphone News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:56:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28413 at http://www.maximumpc.com