One's a cool character, the other's a quiet performer.
Among the many products Corsair chose to unveil at Computex this year, one of the cooler (literally and figuratively) ones is its new Carbide Series Air 540, a high airflow mid-tower chassis with a wider form factor than most traditional cases. It's built that way to accommodate two "side-by-side" chambers and a Direct Airflow Path layout, which is Corsair's way of explaining a design meant to offer exceptional cooling at low noise levels.
Father's Day is only a couple of weeks away, and one way to celebrate the occasion is by getting your dad a gift. You could go with a tie (again) or some other piece of clothing, take him out to dinner, or wait for us to finalize our gift guide (hang tight, it's coming). One of the items that has a high chance of making the list is Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, and if you' don't procrastinate, you can save yourself $20 with the purchase of one.
Yes, there's still a market for 17.3-inch laptops!
Between the Computex Taipei convention in Taiwan and Intel's recent Haswell launch, PC makers have come out in full force announcing new products. Count Toshiba among them. Toshiba this week unveiled its new Qosmio X75 laptop for enthusiasts and PX35t all-in-one (AIO) for the mainstream crowd, and though they target two completely different market segments, both have Haswell hardware inside.
Phanteks isn't a name that jumps out when you think about computer cases or peripherals. Somehow the company has managed to fly mostly under the radar since it was established in 2007, but if its upcoming Enthoo Primo case lives up to the hype, it will have to get used to sitting in the limelight. The Enthoo Primo is an exercise in stealthy case design, and one of its main features is that it hides your hard drives out of view. It's also the company's first crack at a chassis, as it's been focused on cooling products up to this point.
Haswell is here, and if you haven't already, be sure to check out our in-depth review. We'll wait. (Twiddles thumbs). Up to speed? Great, now let's take a look at what Dell has been up to with Intel's latest microarchitecture. Turns out the OEM has been quite the busy body refreshing a plethora of products, everything from its XPS 27 all-in-one (AIO) to its console-esque Alienware X51 small form factor (SFF) gaming PC.
SanDisk today unveiled its Extreme II SSD series, a follow-up to the original Extreme SSD that we reviewed last year (we evaluated the 240GB model). The Extreme II SSD line is supposedly faster than the original in most instances, part of which is due to the use of a select amount of single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory for what SanDisk describes as a "two tier caching" setup.
Do you hear that noise? If it sounds like a "Tock!," that's because Intel's 22nm Haswell refresh is here, though calling it a refresh may not do justice to the new microarchitecture. Haswell is a Tock in Intel's "Tick-Tock" cycle, meaning it's a major new microarchitecture that will set the foundation for new and upcoming desktop processors. Several Haswell chips are now available to order, including the high end Core i7 4770K part, which you can snag for just $280 if you happen to live near a Micro Center.
The Computex Taipei convention in Taiwan kicks off today, hence the barrage of product announcements, all of which underscore the fact that the PC market is alive and thriving. Just ask NZXT, who today unveiled its new H230 computer case for users looking to build a quiet system. It's also for penny pinchers who don't want to spend more than $100 on an enclosure, as it's "aggressively priced" at $70.
You're looking at the only 8-inch Windows 8 tablet on the planet.
Acer's relationship with Microsoft has had its ups and downs, especially after Microsoft revealed that it would be building hardware of its own around its Windows 8 and Windows RT platforms. Though Acer wasn't happy it would be competing with Microsoft in the hardware space, that hasn't stopped the OEM from launching Windows 8 products, including the newly announced Iconia W3, the first and only 8-inch slate running Windows 8.
High speed police chase ends tragically for Reisse and the Oculus team.
A senseless and tragic accident has robbed Oculus VR of one of its founding members. Andrew Scott Reisse died on Thursday after being struck by a car pursued by police. Coworkers report that Andrew was out for a walk when the incident occurred, and the entire team is stunned and saddened by the loss.
"Andrew was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, an avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, a true loyal friend, and a founding member of our close-knit Oculus family," the company said in a statement. "Andrew's contributions span far and wide in the video game industry. His code is embedded in thousands of games played by millions of people around the world," the statement said. "Words can not express how sorely he will be missed or how deeply our sympathy runs for his family."