Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en Razer Adds Chroma Lighting to 19-Button Naga Mouse http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_adds_chroma_lighting_19-button_naga_mouse_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_naga_epic_chroma.jpg" alt="Razer Naga Epic Chroma" title="Razer Naga Epic Chroma" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />Go crazy with 16.8 million color options</h3> <p><strong>Razer this week announced the launch of its Naga Epic Chroma gaming mouse</strong>, the latest updated peripheral to join its Chroma family. Armed with 19 buttons in all -- including 12 mechanical buttons situated on the mouse's thumb grip -- this MMO rodent is similar to the original Naga, except that it offers customizable lighting and doesn't yet come in a left-handed version.</p> <p>It boasts an 8200 DPI 4G laser sensor that captures up to 200 inches per second and offers a maximum acceleration of 50 G, Razer says. It also boasts both a wireless and wired mode with 1,000Hz Ultrapolling and a 7-foot, lightweight, braided cable.</p> <p>"The new Naga Epic Chroma gives MMO gamers more freedom than ever before," <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/press/detail/press-releases/razer-introduces-the-naga-epic-chroma-mouse-for-wireless-mmo-gaming-with-19-buttons-and-16.8-million-color-options" target="_blank">says Min-Liang Tan</a>, Razer co-founder and CEO. "We’ve combined the comfortable features of the Naga with even more state-of-the-art gaming features, along with the new, fully-customizable Chroma color features. The 12 mechanical thumb grid buttons enable players to maximize their gameplay capabilities and to get the unfair advantage. All in all the Razer Naga Epic Chroma is now even more personal than it already was."</p> <p>Razer will show off the Naga Epic Chroma at BlizzCon in Anaheim, California, on November 7, 2014. It will also go on sale next month (presumably around the same time) for $130 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/razer_adds_chroma_lighting_19-button_naga_mouse_2014#comments Hardware mouse naga epic chroma Peripherals razer Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:20:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 28824 at http://www.maximumpc.com Roccat Releases Tenkeyless Ryos TKL Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard http://www.maximumpc.com/roccat_releases_tenkeyless_ryos_tkl_pro_mechanical_gaming_keyboard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/roccat_ryos_tkl_pro.jpg" alt="Roccat Ryos TKL Pro" title="Roccat Ryos TKL Pro" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Go crazy with macros</h3> <p>Ever since entering the U.S. market, <strong>Roccat's been steadily updating its catalog of gaming gear, the newest of which is the Ryos TKL Pro, a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard</strong>. According to Roccat, the design and functionality of the Ryos TKL Pro resulted from "tons of hands-on research and testing," including that of professional gamer HyuN, the number one StarCraft II player in the world.</p> <p>"The Ryos TKL Pro looks good, it feels really great to play on, and supports all of my needs when I'm training, and definitely in competition," HyuN says. "If you're an eSports gamer like me or just love playing with an amazing keyboard, the TKL Pro is awesome."</p> <p>Beyond the marketing fluff, the Ryos TKL Pro is a compact plank with Cherry MX key switches, 470 programmable macros, Roccat Talk support (it can communicate with other Roccat peripherals), two 32-bit ARM Cortex processors, 2MB of flash memory to store profiles, and per-key illumination that you can customize with special effects.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.roccat.org/Products/Gaming-Keyboards/ROCCAT-Ryos-TKL-Pro/" target="_blank">Ryos TKL Pro</a> is available now for $140 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/roccat_releases_tenkeyless_ryos_tkl_pro_mechanical_gaming_keyboard_2014#comments Hardware mechanical keyboard Peripherals roccat ryos tkl pro tenkeyless News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:58:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28821 at http://www.maximumpc.com MSI's GT80 Titan is World First Laptop to Sport a Mechanical Keyboard http://www.maximumpc.com/msis_gt80_titan_world_first_laptop_sport_mechanical_keyboard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_gt80_titan.jpg" alt="MSI GT80 Titan" title="MSI GT80 Titan" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />Finally, a gaming laptop with a mechanical plank!</h3> <p>Call us keyboard snobs if you will, but once you've experienced the pleasure of typing on a mechanical keyboard, it's difficult to go back to those squishy membrane planks. Peripheral makers have stepped up to the plate with plenty of mechanical models in the past few years, though <strong>MSI gets a virtual high-five for being the first to plop a mechanical keyboard on a gaming laptop</strong>.</p> <p>MSI's GT80 Titan uses Cherry MX Brown key switches, which are known for being light, tactile, and non-clicky. It's a popular switch among gamers because of their tactile response while remaining relatively quiet compared to Cherry MX Blue switches, which are loud by comparison.</p> <p>Little else is known about the 18.4-inch GT80 Titan, at least on an official basis. Rumor has it the GT80 Titan may wield a GTX 980 SLI configuration and up to 32GB of RAM. Given the laptop's size, we're betting on this being a full-blown desktop replacement.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability, only that it's "<a href="http://event.msicomputer.com/gt80titan/" target="_blank">coming soon</a>," according to the GT80 Titan's teaser page.</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/msis_gt80_titan_world_first_laptop_sport_mechanical_keyboard_2014#comments cherry mx brown Gaming gt80 titan Hardware laptop mechanical keyboard msi notebook OEM rigs News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:51:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28815 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung Partners with Ubisoft to Bundle Assassin's Creed Unity with Select Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_partners_ubisoft_bundle_assassins_creed_unity_select_hardware_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/assassinscreedunity.jpg" alt="Assassin's Creed Unity" title="Assassin's Creed Unity" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Celebrate your upgrade with a free game</h3> <p>Hey, if Ubisoft and Samsung want to start handing out free games, we'll all for it. In this case, the <strong>free title is Assassin's Creed Unity, which you're eligible to receive if you purchase a Samsung U28D590D (UD590) 4K Ultra HD monitor or a Samsung 850 Pro solid state drive </strong>(256GB, 512GB, or 1TB) from a participating retailer -- don't worry, there are several to choose from.</p> <p>The list of participating retailers include Best Buy, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, Microcenter, Sam's Club (monitor only), ABT (monitor only), Fry's, Tiger Direct, and Electronics Express (monitor only). Should you purchase one or the other from any of those retailers, you'll receive a download code for Assassin's Creed Unity.</p> <p>"Our monitors create a one-of-a-kind, immersive gaming experience and our SSDs ensure quick load times and robust performance for drastically improved gameplay," <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20141030005107/en/Samsung-Offers-Gaming-Bundle-Assassin%E2%80%99s-Creed%C2%AE-Unity#.VFJgD_nF_4Y" target="_blank">said Ron Gazzola</a>, vice president of marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "The UD590 premiere monitor and the 850 PRO SSD will bring Assassin’s Creed Unity to life and allow players to experience the game in a completely new way. We’re happy to be providing this extremely popular offering to our customers."</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.samsung.com/levant/consumer/computers-peripherals/monitors/led-monitor/LU28D590DS/ZN" target="_blank">UD590</a> is a 28-inch monitor with a 3840x2160 resolution. It's a TN panel with a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 1ms response time (GTG), 370 cd/m2 brightness, two HDMI ports, and a DisplayPort.</p> <p>As for the <a href="http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/SSD/global/html/ssd850pro/overview.html" target="_blank">850 Pro Series</a>, they're the first SSDs to use 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, which stacks 32 cell layers on top of one another rather than trying to decrease the cells' length and width to fit smaller form factors. The drives are rated to deliver read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively.</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/samsung_partners_ubisoft_bundle_assassins_creed_unity_select_hardware_2014#comments 850 pro assassin's creed unity Build a PC games Hardware samsung solid state drive ssd storage ud590 News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:22:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28814 at http://www.maximumpc.com 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