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.
Faster hardware shouldn’t be this somber. Yet we can’t help but furrow our brow in concern over Intel’s fourth-generation Core i7 CPU. Yes, in typical Intel fashion, it’s a tour de force of technical achievement and features that’s the envy of the free world. It’s also, by the way, quite fast.
How fast? *Spoiler alert* Let’s just say that the new Core i7-4770K easily unseats the previous midrange sweetheart, the Core i7-3770K, as the best all-around performer, and even gives the high-end hexa-core part a hard time.
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.
Bulky hard drives, be gone! Western Digital today announced it's begun shipping what it claims is the world's thinnest 1TB-class hard drive, the new 2.5-inch WD Blue 7mm. The WD Blue hard drive family is available in smaller capacities too, down to 320GB, all of which measure 7mm in height. They're designed to usher in increasingly slimmer and lighter notebooks, though they're also compatible with industry standard 9.5mm drive slots, WD says.
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.