When you think about it, we've been spoiled by the advances in technology. It's been several years now, but there was a time when gaming laptops would cost almost as much as a new car. The cost of entry has come way down since then, and serving as a reminder of this are a pair of new gaming laptops from Velocity Micro, the 17.3-inch NoteMagix M17 and 15.6-inch NoteMagix M15 LE.
You're going to hear a lot more about 4K resolutions in 2014. More and more, we're starting to see 4K monitors and televisions trickle into the marketplace, but as far as PC gaming is concerned, not all hardware supports running games smoothly at Ultra HD. To take the guesswork out of it, boutique system builder Origin PC has partnered with GPU maker Nvidia to design and build 4K gaming-ready "BattleBox" systems.
A all-in-one machine doesn't have to wield a big size display, and if you're in the market for something a bit more compact than what a 27-inch AIO or even a 23-inch AIO can offer, you may like what you see with Acer's new Aspire ZC-605. Acer's newest AIO system features a 19.5-inch HD display with a "slim, attractive" chassis and ergonomic frame that tilts from 10 to 30 degrees.
Despite publicly voicing its displeasure over having to compete with Microsoft in the tablet market, Acer earlier this year became the first company to launch an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet — the Iconia W3. The device itself, though, didn’t exactly set the world alight. Things were so bad, in fact, that reports of a replacement started doing the rounds just a few weeks after it first became available. Turns out those reports were mostly accurate.
Outside of Valve, arguably no company has been more excited about the Steam Machine (previously known as Steam Box) platform than Xi3, makers of the pint sized Piston Console. Following Valve's trio of announcements last week, we know that that there won't be a singular Steam Machine, but multiple options from third party vendors, and it looks like Xi3 will be one of the first out of the gate.
Plans to debut in 2013 have come to a screeching halt
Intel is finding out firsthand just how difficult it is to negotiate with big media companies, which traditionally have shown a reluctance to embrace the streaming revolution. As such, Intel's plans to launch an over the top TV service by the end of the year to compete with cable and satellite providers have been pushed back to 2014 as the chip giant looks for partners willing to play ball.
You don't need a burly budget to invest in a gaming laptop these days, and to make that point crystal clear, MSI just announced the immediate availability of its relatively affordable GP Series of notebooks. According to MSI, these new laptops offer the ideal combination of the on-the-go productivity, multimedia entertainment, and gaming performance. What's most tantalizing, however, are the price tags.
Unveiled at CES 2013, the Piston console has long been suspected to be a Steam Machine
Utah-based modular computer manufacturer Xi3 created a lot of buzz when it trotted out the diminutive Piston console at CES 2013, leading many to speculate whether it was actually a Steam Machine (or “Steam Box,” as was the preferred term back then). The company’s chief marketing manager David Politis played it coy when online editor Jimmy Thang probed him on the matter. Now, the company says it will reveal additional details about the Piston on Monday, September 30.
We now know what the last of Valve's big three announcements is this week. Following the introduction of SteamOS and Steam Machines earlier this week, Valve today unveiled its Steam Controller, the last piece of the puzzle intended to get you playing PC games on your big screen TV using Linux. In making the transition to the living room, Valve is somewhat following in the footsteps of traditional consoles with a controller that looks nothing like a keyboard and mouse combination.
If you're a fan of cube shaped computer cases, you should take a look at the new Phenom line by BitFenix. The case maker says its Phenom cases sport a "sleek modern cube design" intended to blend into just about any environment, whether it's at the office or home in the living room. Outside of the cube shaped styling, there are two case options, one for mini-ITX builds and the other for micro-ATX configurations.