Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en Microsoft Gets into Wearables with $200 Fitness Band, iOS and Android Users Invited to Play http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_gets_wearables_200_fitness_band_ios_and_android_users_invited_play_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_band.jpg" alt="Microsoft Band" title="Microsoft Band" width="228" height="235" style="float: right;" />Not just for Windows Phone users</h3> <p>Rather than continue to watch from the sidelines, <strong>Microsoft just made a move into the wearables category by introducing its Microsoft Band, a $200 fitness band</strong> that works with Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices. Coinciding with the launch is a new platform called Microsoft Health, which includes a cloud service for consumers and the industry to store and combine health and fitness data.</p> <p>Microsoft says its fitness band is designed to be worn all the time by people who are active both in the gym and on the job. It's armed with 10 smart sensors for 24-hour heart rate monitoring, calorie burn measurements, advanced sleep quality tracking, and more.</p> <p>Like other smart wrist wearables, the Microsoft Band will alert you to incoming calls, emails, texts, and social updates. It also gives you access to Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant. It's available to <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/productID.308308800#buy-product" target="_blank">order today</a> from the Microsoft Store.</p> <p>Also available today is the accompanying Microsoft Health app, which you can download for Windows Phone, Android, or iOS. The purpose of Microsoft Health is to making tracking personal fitness a bit easier, and one way it does that is by uniting data from different devices and services. With that information, you can be informed as to which exercises burned the most calories during a workout, the recommended recovery time based on the intensity of a workout, the amount of restful versus restless sleep, and more.</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/microsoft_gets_wearables_200_fitness_band_ios_and_android_users_invited_play_2014#comments fitness Hardware microsoft band microsoft health mobile Wearable News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:54:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 28813 at http://www.maximumpc.com Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB Mice: Choose Your Type of Sensor http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_gaming_sabre_rgb_mice_choose_your_type_sensor_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_gaming_sabre_rgb.jpg" alt="Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB" title="Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB" width="228" height="233" style="float: right;" />Do you prefer an optical or laser sensor?</h3> <p><strong>Corsair Gaming, a division of Corsair that's focused on (*drum roll*) gaming hardware, today introduced the Corsair Gaming Sabre RGB</strong>, an ultralight mouse for gamers. There are two versions of the Sabre RGB, one that rolls with a laser sensor and another that goes old school with an optical sensor. The former sports an 8200 DPI with ultra-precise tracking on just about any surface, whereas the optical sensor tops out at 6400 DPI with multi-color smooth and accurate tracking, Corsair Gaming says.</p> <p>Both versions are featherweight fighters with bodies that weigh less than 100 grams. They both also sport four-zone 16.8 million color backlighting, CUE software for personalized performance and color customization, eight programmable buttons, high-quality switches rated for 20 million clicks, and braided 1.8 meter easy-flex cables.</p> <p>"As a competitive Counter-Strike GO player, I need an agile and accurate mouse to allow me to get consistent head shots with minimal effort and maximum efficiency," said Jason Christian, Product Manager for gaming peripherals at Corsair Gaming. "To this end, I designed the Sabre RGB mice from the ground up to be lean and ultralight with the same level of precision of our M65 and M45 mice."</p> <p>The Sabre RGB Laser Mouse is available for $70 MSRP and the Sabre RGB Optical Mouse goes for $60 MSRP. If you're feeling lucky, head to Sabre's website where you can enter to win a Sabre RGB mouse, Nvidia GeForce graphics card, and a copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.</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_gaming_sabre_rgb_mice_choose_your_type_sensor_2014#comments corsair gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals sabre rgb News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:05:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28812 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows Knows How to Hang http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovos_13-inch_yoga_tablet_2_windows_knows_how_hang_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_yoga_tablet_2.jpg" alt="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" title="Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Latest Yoga tablet has a new hang mode</h3> <p>Is there a more appropriate name for a line of tablet PCs than Yoga? While you ponder that one, take note that <strong>Lenovo just expanded its Yoga Tablet 2 family with the new Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows</strong>. Joining its 8-inch and 10-inch Windows-based brethren, Lenovo's latest slate is not only the largest, but also the most flexible in that it boasts a new mode -- Hang.</p> <p>Yes, you can hang the Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows on a wall if you really want to. And like the other models, it also supports Hold, Stand, and Tilt modes.</p> <p>Lenovo's latest slate measures 12.8 inches by 8.7 inches by 0.2-0.6 inches (324.1 millimeters by 221 millimeters by 3.7-14 millimeters) and weighs 2.27 pounds. The 13.3-inch IPS display sports a Quad HD 2560x1440 resolution powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor clocked at up to 1.86GHz with 2MB of cache, 4GB of LP DDR3 RAM and Intel HD graphics.</p> <p>The system also features 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, micro HDMI port, micro USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two large chamber speaker, 1.6MP HD front-facing camera, and Windows 8.1</p> <p>Lenovo's 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows will be available beginnin in November for $700 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/lenovos_13-inch_yoga_tablet_2_windows_knows_how_hang_2014#comments Hardware lenovo mobile OEM rigs slate tablet Windows yoga tablet 2 News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:21:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28809 at http://www.maximumpc.com Watch for Low Cost Intel Desktops and All-in-One PCs Featuring Windows 8.1 with Bing http://www.maximumpc.com/watch_low_cost_intel_desktops_and_all--one_pcs_featuring_windows_81_bing_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_aio_0.jpg" alt="Acer AIO" title="Acer AIO" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />Cheap all-in-one PCs will run Windows 8.1 with Bing</h3> <p>For a long while, owning an all-in-one was cost prohibitive for many people, as most models carried premium price tags. Prices have certainly come down in recent years, though there's not a ton of options in the way of entry-level AIOs for those who might be interested in such a system. However, that may change. There's talk that <strong>Microsoft is cooperating with Intel to offer system builders subsidies to promote Windows 8.1 with Bing on entry-level desktops and AIOs</strong>.</p> <p>Citing supply chain makers in Taiwan, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141029PD204.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> the low-end desktops would start at $199 retail and 18.5-inch non-touch AIO PCs would go for $349 and up, both powered by Intel Celeron J1900 quad-core processors based on the chip maker's Bay Trail-D architecture.</p> <p>One player that's already on board with Celeron J1900 powered systems running Windows 8.1 with Bing is Acer, which has placed orders, <em>Digitimes</em> says. Those rigs will also feature 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 250GB hard drive, and an optical drive. In other words, a fairly basic setup at a cheap 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/watch_low_cost_intel_desktops_and_all--one_pcs_featuring_windows_81_bing_2014#comments aio all-in-one Bing Hardware intel microsoft windows 8.1 News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:43:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 28808 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP’s Sprout PC Bridges Gap Between Digital and Physical World http://www.maximumpc.com/hp%E2%80%99s_sprout_pc_bridges_gap_between_digital_and_physical_world_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sprout.jpg" alt="HP Sprout" title="HP Sprout" width="228" height="211" style="float: right;" />Content creation without the keyboard or mouse</h3> <p>You've never seen anything like this before, at least not to this extent. Embarking on a new, albeit familiar path, <strong>HP today introduced its Sprout PC</strong>, a unique "Immersive Computing" platform that's part of HP's vision for the future of computing and 3D printing. Part of HP's Blended Reality ecosystem, Sprout eschews a mouse and keyboard in favor of a built-in projector and 20-point multi-touch capacitive mat.</p> <p>The sleek looking DLP projector with LED lamp and 14.6-megapixel camera looms over the 23-inch 10-point multi-touch display. It beams images onto the mat, which you can use a secondary display, and launches Sprout-supported applications coded with a special SDK.</p> <p>It's also a scanner with a depth sensor, and what's really cool is how you can interact with Sprout. For example, you can place real-world objects on the mat and transfer them into a digital workspace, which you can then manipulate with your hands. To get a sense of the potential here, you really have to watch HP's 1-minute video (skip past the first 39 seconds of fluff if you're short on time):</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/f8Xb8DdTcM8?list=PLoMwRIIUViGSaKrfsaZCd-hU1KObjLWjG" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Pretty snazzy, right? Here's another look at what Sprout can do, minus the introductory fluff:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IBnf_lHxPdE?list=PLoMwRIIUViGSaKrfsaZCd-hU1KObjLWjG" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>As for the traditional specs, Sprout is powered by an Intel Core i7 4790S processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 745A graphics, and 1TB solid state hybrid drive with 8GB of flash acceleration cache. It also boasts a 1MP webcam, DTS sound, GbE LAN, 802.11n Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, 3-in-1 media card reader, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>"We live in a 3D world, but today we create in a 2D world on existing devices," said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president, Consumer PC &amp; Solutions, HP. "Sprout by HP is a big step forward in reimagining the boundaries of how we create and engage with technology to allow users to move seamlessly from thought to expression."</p> <p>Sprout is <a href="http://store.hp.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/PDPStdView?catalogId=10051&amp;urlLangId=-1&amp;langId=-1&amp;productId=681151&amp;storeId=10151" target="_blank">available now for $1,900</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/hp%E2%80%99s_sprout_pc_bridges_gap_between_digital_and_physical_world_2014#comments 3d printing Hardware hp OEM rigs sprout News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:07:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28807 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer Announces Leviathan 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Bar for Gamers http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_announces_leviathan_51_channel_surround_sound_bar_gamers_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_leviathon.jpg" alt="Razer Leviathan" title="Razer Leviathan" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Finally, a new speaker option for PCs</h3> <p>Sometimes it feels like speaker makers have forgotten about PC gamers. Long gone are the days when multimedia speaker announcements were fairly common, but don't despair, not all companies have hightailed it out of the PC gaming space in a Klipsch-like fashion. Gaming peripheral maker <strong>Razer has been dabbling in audio and its newest product announcement is the Leviathan, a 5.1 channel Dolby surround sound bar</strong> for gaming and movies.</p> <p>Razer says it's easy to reposition the Leviathan for any situation, be it under a desktop monitor or in the living room where you might be rocking a PC gaming console. Wherever you place it, the Leviathan brings two 2.5-inch full range drivers and a pair of 0.74-inch tweeters to the party, plus a 5.25-inch downward firing subwoofer.</p> <p>"The opportunity to produce a precision-engineered surround sound solution for high-performance gaming, movie watching and music listening, and make it versatile to use in any setting, was a very exciting proposition for us," <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/press/detail/press-releases/razer-introduces-leviathan-sound-bar-for-surround-sound-gaming-movies-and-wireless-music-streaming" target="_blank">says Min-Liang Tan</a>, Razer co-founder and CEO. "The Razer Leviathan delivers what music aficionados, movie buffs and gamers alike are looking for to improve their entertainment setup."</p> <p><a href="http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-audio/razer-leviathan" target="_blank">Razer's Leviathan</a> is available to <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-leviathan" target="_blank">pre-order now for $199</a> and will ship in November.</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/razer_announces_leviathan_51_channel_surround_sound_bar_gamers_2014#comments audio Gaming Hardware leviathan razer sound bar surround News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:07:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 28799 at http://www.maximumpc.com Writers Wanted http://www.maximumpc.com/freelance_maximum_pc_2014 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u154082/freelancer.jpg" alt="freelance maximum pc" title="freelance maximum pc" width="380" height="250" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Freelance for Maximum PC</h3> <p>Do you write well and know PC hardware like the back of your hand? If you’ve been building PCs before you can walk and would like to contribute to Maximum PC, we would love to have you on board.&nbsp;</p> <p>We’re currently looking for experts who specialize in the following categories:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>CPU</li> <li>GPU</li> <li>Motherboards</li> <li>SSDs</li> <li>Software (Windows/Linux/Multimedia Production/Editing)</li> <li>Cases</li> <li>Cooling</li> <li>Overclocking</li> <li>Monitors</li> <li>Laptops</li> <li>Peripherals (headset, keyboards, mice)</li> <li>Routers</li> </ul> <p>Basically, if you write well and consider yourself an expert in any of the aforementioned categories, we would love to hear from you. Writers will be able to write a variety of content that could include news, reviews, and features. To be considered, please send resumes/written samples to <a title="mpcfreelance@gmail.com" href="mailto:mpcfreelance@gmail.com" target="_blank">mpcfreelance@gmail.com</a> and let us know what hardware beats you'd like to cover!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/freelance_maximum_pc_2014#comments computer contract freelance Hardware maximum pc write News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:58:32 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 28793 at http://www.maximumpc.com Maingear's X-Cube PC Gets a Facelift and Upgraded Guts http://www.maximumpc.com/maingears_x-cube_pc_gets_facelift_and_upgraded_guts_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/system.png" alt="Maingear X-Cube" title="Maingear X-Cube" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Better looking and faster</h3> <p>Boutique system builder <strong>Maingear today announced a new look and upgraded components for its X-Cube</strong>, a small form factor gaming PC with a micro ATX foundation. The chassis features expanded customizable storage and lighting options while maintaining a low-profile design that's portable for traveling, and on the inside, you'll find the latest CPU options from Intel and AMD, along with support for for up to two top-shelf graphics cards, such as Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980 or AMD's Radeon R9 290X.</p> <p>Model's start at $799, though if you bring a bigger budget to the table, you can fill the X-Cube with up to an Intel Core i7 5960X processor, Epic 240 CPU cooler, dual-graphics cards, up to 32GB of RAM, up to three 1TB SSDs and three mechanical hard drives, up to 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and up to a Corsair 1200i power supply.</p> <p>"The Maingear X-Cube packs the same high end performance of our full sized desktops into a sleek new compact design," said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of Maingear. "X-Cube's small form factor allows it to unobtrusively and quietly fit into even the tightest home and office settings, while providing the latest hardware and performance options without compromise."</p> <p>Maingear's X-Cube measures 10 inches (W) by 12.5 inches (H) by 15.5 inches (D) and weighs 20 pounds, give or take depending on what you stuff inside. The case itself comes in black or white color options.</p> <p>You can <a href="http://www.maingear.com/custom/sff/xcube/index.php" target="_blank">configure and order a Maingear X-Cube</a> now. As with all of Maingear's systems, the X-Cube includes lifetime free labor and phone support, with hardware warranties that range from 1-3 years.</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/maingears_x-cube_pc_gets_facelift_and_upgraded_guts_2014#comments Hardware maingear OEM rigs x-cube News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:58:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28797 at http://www.maximumpc.com Alienware and Roccat Become BFFs, Will Light Up the PC Gaming Community http://www.maximumpc.com/alienware_and_roccat_become_bffs_will_light_pc_gaming_community_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/alienware_roccat.jpg" alt="Alienware and Roccat" title="Alienware and Roccat" width="228" height="139" style="float: right;" />Two gaming brands join forces</h3> <p>We don't know if Alienware and Roccat go together like peanut butter and jelly or rum and Coke, but we're going to find out in relatively short order. How so? Peripheral maker <strong>Roccat Studios announced an exclusive partnership with Dell's Alienware gaming PC brand</strong>, and to kick off the new relationship, the two plan to incorporate support for Alienware's AlienFX lightning into Roccat's Kone XTD and Tyon gaming mice, and its Isku FX keyboard.</p> <p>Roccat says it plans to release driver updates for the above mentioned products that will add AlienFX support by the end of November at the latest.</p> <p>"Having pioneered some of the most vibrantly striking, highly customizable lighting systems in the market, Roccat’s Kone family of mice were the first in industry sporting multicolor LEDs. Additionally, Roccat’s TalkFX was the first software system to provide lighting effects attuned to in-game events for many of our keyboards. Thus, it was only natural to sit down with the minds at Alienware to join in expanding these features," Roccat says.</p> <p>Incorporating AlienFX support will bring lighting event interactions for games like Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, League of Legends, Gauntlet, Guild Wars 2, Payday 2, and 81 other games to Roccat brand peripherals, the company says.</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/alienware_and_roccat_become_bffs_will_light_pc_gaming_community_2014#comments alienfx alienware dell Hardware Peripherals roccat News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:49:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 28795 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Tries Hand at Wearables, Quietly Unveils Smartband SW-B100 http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_tries_wrist_wearables_quietly_unveils_smartband_sw-b100_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_smartband_0.jpg" alt="Lenovo Smartband" title="Lenovo Smartband" width="228" height="204" style="float: right;" />Look who's getting into wearables</h3> <p>Having climbed its way to being king of the mountain in the PC sector, Lenovo is now setting its sights on mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and yes, even wearables. Speaking of the latter, <strong>Lenovo now has a product page for its forthcoming Smartband SW-B100</strong>. Lenovo's targeting "young people who take care of their personal health and are interested in new tech trend products" with this one.</p> <p>The Smartband lets you to track daily exercise, including how many steps you've taken, along with your sleep patterns and heart rate. You can also receive custom notifications to help keep on track with your health plan and follow your progress, and it will even automatically log into your locked PC without entering a password to keep a record of what you're doing.</p> <p>Of course, it also shows calls and text messages, along with the number or name of the sender, so long as you pair it with an Android 4.3+ or iOS 7.1+ device.</p> <p>No word yet on the when Lenovo will start selling its <a href="http://shop.lenovo.com/ae/en/itemdetails/GY20G90866/460/B7716FFC600942CE86D9FF17D186451E?AID=10499647&amp;PID=5152958&amp;SID=skim23432X820454X2e2da7f0e81dd8aa043c554d31446719&amp;CJURL=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.lenovo.com%2Fae%2Fen%2Fitemdetails%2FGY20G90866%2F460%2FB7716FFC600942CE86D9FF17D186451E&amp;PUBNAME=Skimlinks&amp;NID=CJ#learnMore" target="_blank">Smartband</a> 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/lenovo_tries_wrist_wearables_quietly_unveils_smartband_sw-b100_2014#comments fitness Hardware lenovo smartband sw-b100 wearables News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:12:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28788 at http://www.maximumpc.com TP-Link Announces Archer C8 AC1750 Wireless Router with Detachable Antennas http://www.maximumpc.com/tp-link_announces_archer_c8_ac1750_wireless_router_detachable_antennas <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tp-link_archer_c8.jpg" alt="TP-Link Archer C8" title="TP-Link Archer C8" width="228" height="130" style="float: right;" />Premium specs, mid-range price tag</h3> <p><strong>TP-Link is pitching its new Archer C8 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router</strong> as its first premium model in its 802.11ac family of networking gear. Aimed at digitally connected homes with multiple devices, the Archer C8 offers up to 1.3Gbps of transfer performance over the 5GHz channel and up to 450Mbps over the 2.4GHz channel. That's a combined 1.75Gbps of total bandwidth over the two channels, hence the AC1750 rating, though you can't actually morph the two connections into one.</p> <p>Nevertheless, this is one of the faster spec'd models out there, though it won't be long before AC1750 is considered a mid-range offering when companies are starting to come out with AC2400 models and higher.</p> <p>The Archer C8 sports an 800MHz dual-core CPU, three detachable dual-band antennas with omni-directional wireless coverage and beamforming technology, four gigabit LAN ports (plus a WAN port, of course), QoS prioritization, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports (one each), and an improved user interface that TP-Link says makes it easy to setup and navigate the router.</p> <p>TP-Link's <a href="http://www.tp-link.us/products/details/?categoryid=&amp;model=Archer+C8" target="_blank">Archer C8</a> carries a $130 MSRP and is available now.</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/tp-link_announces_archer_c8_ac1750_wireless_router_detachable_antennas#comments 802.11ac ac1750 archer c8 Hardware networking Router tp-link wireless News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:37:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28787 at http://www.maximumpc.com Another Tor-based Router Pulled from Kickstarter http://www.maximumpc.com/another_tor-based_router_pulled_kickstarter300 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/tp-link-torfi.png" alt="TP-Link Router" title="TP-Link Router" width="228" height="262" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>TorFi joins Anonabox in getting nixed</h3> <p>Kickstarter is fast turning into a graveyard of sorts for <strong>crowdfunding efforts involving routers that promise hassle-free internet anonymity by automatically routing all traffic through Tor</strong>. Close on the heels of its suspension of the Anonabox funding campaign, the popular crowdfunding site on Wednesday put the kibosh on funding for another such project.</p> <p>Unlike the <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/augustgermar/anonabox-a-tor-hardware-router" target="_blank">Anonabox</a> project, which had already secured over half a million dollars in funding from nearly 9,000 backers when funding was suspended on October 17, <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/torfi/torfi" target="_blank">TorFi</a> could only manage monetary pledges worth a paltry $951 before being pulled from the site. Although Kickstarter has refused to comment on what prompted it to take such a drastic action, it is believed that the <a href="http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/10/another-tor-router-crowdfunding-project-nixed-by-kickstarter/?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pulsenews" target="_blank">project may have fallen foul of a Kickstarter rule</a> that clearly asks creators to not present someone else’s work as their own, unless they wish to have their project suspended. This belief stems from the fact that TorFi’s creators, Jesse Enjaian and David Xu, weren’t proposing to produce an entirely new product, but merely tweaking an off-the-shelf TP-Link router with a customized version of OpenWRT in order to turn it into a device capable of delivering “simple, plug-and-play, secure access point to the Internet.”</p> <p>However, if you are interested in such a product not all is lost. As it turns out, there is no dearth of <a href="http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/10/in-wake-of-anonabox-more-crowdsourced-tor-router-projects-make-their-pitch/" target="_blank">alternatives</a>.</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/another_tor-based_router_pulled_kickstarter300#comments anonabox anonymity crowdfunding Hardware Internet kickstarter Router Software tor News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:30:43 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28783 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Brings Out the Shears, Cuts Prices on A-Series APUs http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_brings_out_shears_cuts_prices_-series_apus_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_building_3.jpg" alt="AMD Building" title="AMD Building" width="228" height="148" style="float: right;" />New build, anyone?</h3> <p><strong>AMD has been putting the word out that it recently slashed prices for select A-Series desktop Accelerated Processor Units (APUs)</strong>. Some of them are fairly significant reductions in price, and they're not just for Kaveri-based APUs, either -- they also include savings for a few Richland and Trinity chips. While Intel's Haswell architecture might have the upper hand in performance, the price cuts combined with superior integrated graphics help AMD stay in the game. Let's have a look.</p> <p>Starting with Kaveri, here's a peek at the price cuts:</p> <ul> <li>A10-7850 (3.7GHz/4GHz, quad-core, 4MB L2 cache, 8 graphics CUs): $143, down from $180</li> <li>A10-7800 (3.5GHz/3.9GHz, quad-core, 4MB L2 cache, 8 graphics CUs): $133, down from $166</li> <li>A10-7700K (3.4GHz/3.8GHz, quad-core, 4MB L2 cache, 6 graphics CUs): $123, down from $160</li> <li>A8-7600 (3.3GHz/3.8GHz, quad-core, 4MB L2 cache, 6 graphics CUs): $92, down from $110</li> <li>A6-7400K (3.5GHz/3.9Ghz, dual-core, 1MB L2 cache, 4 graphics CUs): $58, down from $85</li> </ul> <p>As for Richland and Trinity, AMD slashed prices on another five APUs. They include the A10-6800K ($112, down from $140), A8-6600K ($92, down from $100), A4-6300 ($34, down from $48), A4-5300 ($31, not currently listed as retail boxed chips),and A4-4400 ($27, not currently listed as retail boxed chips), according to <a href="http://techreport.com/news/27246/amd-cuts-a-series-desktop-processor-prices" target="_blank"><em>The Tech Report</em></a>.</p> <p>These aren't temporary price cuts, but permanent ones that should be appear in retail e-tail stores soon, if not already.</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_brings_out_shears_cuts_prices_-series_apus_2014#comments a-series amd apu Build a PC cpu Hardware price cut processor News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:07:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 28779 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPowerPC Offers Up Affordable Fangbook III HX6 Laptop for Gamers http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpc_offers_affordable_fangbook_iii_hx6_laptop_gamers_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fangbook_iii.jpg" alt="CyberPowerPC Fangbook III" title="CyberPowerPC Fangbook III" width="228" height="225" style="float: right;" />Fangbook III HX6 packs a bite</h3> <p>Gone are the days when the only gaming laptops on the block are the ones that carry ultra-premium price tags. These days you can get gaming goodness on the go for relatively cheap, at least compared to what these systems used to cost. Such is underscored by <strong>CyberPowerPC's new Fangbook III HX6, a 15.6-inch laptop for gamers</strong> equipped with an Intel Core i7 4700MQ processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, and starting price of $1,100.</p> <p>CyberPowerPC says its latest Fangbook comes with some features of special interest to gamers. These include an automatic kickstand that deploys when the notebook is opened to prop up the rear edge of the laptop to allow air to flow freely through the intakes, and shortcut keys to adjust cooling, backlight settings, and to underclock the CPU.</p> <p>In addition to the Core i7 4700MQ CPU and GeForce GTX 860M GPU, the new Fangbook model sports 8GB of RAM (expandable to 16GB), 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows 8.1. A few upgrade options are available, including SSD solutions and faster CPU choices.</p> <p>CyberPowerPC's Fangbook III HX6 is <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/FANGBOOK_III_HX6-100_Gaming_Notebook/" target="_blank">available now</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/cyberpowerpc_offers_affordable_fangbook_iii_hx6_laptop_gamers_2014#comments cyberpowerpc fangbook iii hx6 Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:42:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 28777 at http://www.maximumpc.com Activision Recommends Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or Higher to Play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare http://www.maximumpc.com/activision_recommends_nvidia_geforce_gtx_760_or_higher_play_call_duty_advanced_warfare_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cod_advancedwarfare.jpg" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Is your system up to snuff?</h3> <p>Activision caught a few gamers off guard when it posted <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/steam_posts_minimum_system_requirements_call_duty_advanced_warfare_2014">minimum system requirements</a> on Steam for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Specifically, the 6GB of RAM and 55GB of hard drive space seemed like steep requirements just to meet the minimum. Ready for some good news? You won't need any additional storage space to meet <strong>Activision's recommended system requirements for CoD: Advanced Warfare</strong>. However, you will need a well equipped machine.</p> <p>As a refresher, here's a look at the minimum requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 8.1 64-bit</li> <li>Intel Core i3 530 @ 2.93GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 810 @ 2.6GHz</li> <li>6GB RAM</li> <li>Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 @ 1GB / ATI Radeon HD 5870 @ 1GB</li> <li>DirectX Version 11</li> <li>Broadband Internet connection</li> <li>55GB available space</li> <li>DirectX compatible sound card</li> </ul> <p>And here's a look at the <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/209650/" target="_blank">newly posted</a> recommended requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 8.1 64-bit</li> <li>Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.3GHz</li> <li>8GB RAM</li> <li>Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 @ 4GB</li> <li>DirectX Version 11</li> <li>Broadband Internet connection</li> <li>55GB available space</li> <li>100 percent DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card</li> </ul> <p>While the storage space didn't change, there's a bump in RAM to 8GB, along with the recommendations for a faster CPU and GPU combination.</p> <p>This could be where newer games are trending. <a href="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=917377" target="_blank">According to <em>Neogaf</em></a>, the Korean distributor of Ubisoft Korea listed minimum and recommended specs for Assassin's Creed: Unity, and they're pretty burly. More specifically, you'll need an Intel Core i5 2500K or AMD FX-8350, 6GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970, and 50GB of storage space to meet the minimum, and an Intel Core i7 3770 or AMD FX-8350, 8GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 780 or Radeon R9 290X to meet the recommended requirements.</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/activision_recommends_nvidia_geforce_gtx_760_or_higher_play_call_duty_advanced_warfare_2014#comments activision call of duty: advanced warfare Gaming Hardware Software News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:01:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 28774 at http://www.maximumpc.com