A case for librarians and other noise conscious builders
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 Corsair's new Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition to the list of quiet computing enclosures.
A 4K Ultra HD monitor with an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel
Acer today introduced its newest 4K Ultra HD monitor to the U.S. market, the B326HK. 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.
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. Eizo's FlexScan EV2730Q is a 26.5-inch square monitor with a 1920x1920 resolution (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.
Acer this morning announced the availability of its new TravelMate B115 laptop 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.
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, OCZ this week announced its new Vertex 460A SSD family using newer A19 Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips provided by its parent company, Toshiba.
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 -- word on the web is that AMD will launch a faster Hawaii part next year before it comes out with Fiji. How exactly it will be faster isn't yet known.
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 Nvidia decided to use on its Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator, the new flagship offering in the Tesla family.
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, 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. It's the first time Origin PC has offered up cases for sale.
E Fun Nextbook will come with a 1 year Office 365 Personal subscription
Another ultra-cheap Windows 8.1 tablet is getting ready to join Microsoft’s ongoing assault on Chromebooks and low-end Android tablets. The 8-inch Nextbook from E Fun will be available at Walmart stores on Black Friday 2014 for as low as $99.99, Microsoft announced in a blog post Thursday.
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 Asus will edge ahead of Gigabyte and ship around 2 million more motherboards 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.