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Subject: Systems | February 7, 2011 - 04:45 AM | Matt Smith
If you’ve ever used a touchscreen desktop computer you probably know that while they’re cool, they lack the functionality to replace a keyboard and mouse. Lifting up your arms constantly to touch a screen is the antonym of ergonomic.
Subject: Systems | February 2, 2011 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at MissingRemote a dedicated crew have been assembling a guide that covers all the basics you need to know to put together a powerful and functional HTPC. Perhaps one of the most important parts they cover is the idea that "Your HTPC Is Not An Investment". Don't wait for the newest cutting edge tech and pick up parts that are as fast as you need but don't go for overkill. The way media storage and broadcasting changes, the next HTPC upgrade you make may well need to be an entirel
Subject: Systems | January 26, 2011 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The difference between 1080i and 720p is a difference of spatial resolution and temporal resolution; one has more pixels in total while the other pushed pixels faster. On the other hand you have refresh rates, which have changed from the previous standard of 60Hz to a wide variety of what are, in many case, purely marketing speak and have more to do with how the display manipulates frames to meet the higher frequency. Missing Remote tries to help you make sense of it a
Subject: Systems | January 17, 2011 - 05:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New on the market is the ASRock ION 3D 152B, sporting the next generation NVIDIA GT218 NG-ION processor. It is going to need that updated silicon as this unit ships with a BluRay drive and is expected to play back HD content at a reasonable frame rate. Join AnandTech as they take this unit through its paces.
Subject: Systems | January 13, 2011 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 5000 is a P67 Sandy Bridge based system, sporting and unlocked Intel i7-2600K on the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe motherboard. It has 4GB of DDR3-1600 as well as a GTX 570 Superclock, a 1TB HDD and even a Blu-Ray drive all hidden in a watercooled
Thermaltake Armor A60 case. The system is overclocked for you, adding a full 1GHz to the CPU bringing it to a very respectable 4.4GHz and the GPU also sports a little bit of an overclock as well.
Subject: Systems | December 14, 2010 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Western Digital's TV Live Hub is small on the outside but not on the inside. A little bigger than the size of a paperback book (if you remember what those are), this new model houses a terabyte of storage so you can set this thing to record and then forget about it for a season or two. It might not be as flexible as using a nettop or dedicated HTPC but it will get you watching any type of video format or streaming media. Check out the review at The Tech Report.
Subject: Systems | December 13, 2010 - 04:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are into all in one systems, as in an oversized monitor housing all your components then the Gateway One ZX4300 at 3.1" x 20.3" x 16.6" and a weight of 19lbs is worth a look. Inside you will find an Athlon X2 235s, 4GB of DDR RAM, a Radeon HD 4270 and perhaps most importantly a 802.11b/g/n wireless NIC. The Win7 installation has been tweaked to improve touchscreen performance and TechReviewSource found it decent for general purpose work but don't expect HD output as there is no
Subject: Systems | December 6, 2010 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASRock 3D HTPC delivers
exactly what it sounds like, as it ships with a GeForce GT425M GPU, though it seems that the nVIDIA 3D glasses must be purchased separately. That is not the only selling feature, inside is a full Core i3 330M not an Atom processor and the backplate features 5 USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, LAN, HDMI, DVI, a powered eSATA port, five audio jacks and an optical S/PDIF output.
As far as Blu-ray capabl
Subject: Systems | November 30, 2010 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Patriot, Sage, Sony even Google and Apple; everyone is putting out their own solution for streaming media and replacing TV. That can make it rather hard to decide just what solution you should be looking at purchasing. Missing Remote is here to help, with a large list of all of the popular media extenders on the market, broken down by features, media compatibility and streaming ability so you can quickly compare all of your choices.
Subject: Systems | November 25, 2010 - 01:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When the gorgeous slideshow that was Crysis first hit the market, no one was worried about how much noise their system made while they overclocked it in an attempt to get playable framerates.
Now that other games with the same demands have come and gone SPCR has decided that it is time to use Crysis for a different kind of benchmark. They've put together a guide on building a PC that can manage above 35fps in Crysis while only producing about 20dB.
Subject: Systems | November 23, 2010 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At first glance, the Micca Slim-HD resembles an external HDD case, which makes sense as that is what it is in the most basic sense. The big difference is that it can output a 1080p signal over HDMI and audio via a standard 3.5mm plug, without needing to be hooked up to anything but a display. AnandTech would recommend this to anyone who puts price and portability above features, as this device lacks the ability to stream media from the net, which is something that competitors at a sli
Subject: Systems | November 18, 2010 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Silent PC Review has an interesting little piece of equipment up for review, the Zotac IONITX-P-E has a CULV processor embedded in it's ION powered motherboard. As you would likely assume, the performance is a vast improvement over an ATOM powered ION board and is also more expensive. If you are looking for a fairly energy efficient all in one HTPC or media server this Zotac board is worth a moment of your time.
Subject: Systems | November 12, 2010 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zotac's Zbox HD-ID34BR-U nettop is a mix of good and bad in a box that resembles a laptop that cannot be opened. The bad, at least in The Tech Reports experience was that the BluRay player had a habit of disappearing from Windows, a rather nasty fault for a box that is intended to play HD video. On the good side were the peripherals, there are a pair of USB3 ports for your usage and the blend of the Atom D525 1.8GHz
and the new nVIDIA Ion GPU managed perfect video playback of 1080p sources.
Subject: Systems | November 8, 2010 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We at PC Perspective are not the only ones who make systems recommendations for those looking for somewhere to start when they build a PC, many other sites have recommendations as well. For instance, The Tech Report has seasonal updates to their recommended systems and this Fall sees an entirely new box along with updates to their usual suspects like the Econobox and Double Stuff Workstation. This update also includes "The Vespa" their take on the sub-$300 nettop.
Subject: Systems | November 4, 2010 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wireless is in, wires are passe.
You can ditch your cable for satellite, set up a wireless router for your HTPC to be connected to the internet and even buy a wireless speaker system but when it comes time to hook up those sources to of from a TV you are stuck with physical wires again, ruining the entire theme. Drop by Legit Reviews for a look at a solution to your dilemma in the form of the Air SyncHD Wireless 1080p HDMI Transmitter Kit.
It is a plug and play kit consisting of a transmitter
Subject: Systems | November 1, 2010 - 04:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a name like Silent PC Review it should come as no surprise that the focus of their system recommendations is on systems that produce as little noise as possible. Their latest build would be perfect for a home file or media server and is enclosed in a mid-tower case as opposed to an HTPC styled enclosure. That helps when you are planning on including up to nine HDDs, with a nice mod using elastic cord to reduce noise. Check out the full build here.
Subject: Systems | October 28, 2010 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It doesn't look particularly like an HTPC case at first glance, being rather tall and not shaped like your usual stereo components but after a while you can begin to see why Lian Li is positioning the
Subject: Systems | October 20, 2010 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The aesthetic choices made differ greatly between a high powered gaming machine and an HTPC. The gaming rig can be bog and loud and not interfere with its use; an HTPC is preferably tiny enough to be mistaken for a receiver and too quiet to hear. OCIA investigates the steps needed to make a silent HTPC in their new article. They start with the stylish Zalman HD 503 case and take you through the selection and assembly steps to get you the silent HTPC of your dreams.
Subject: Systems | October 19, 2010 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR are updating their silent server build with new parts that have arrived on the market recently. While the idea behind the server is similar to what we saw in the Puget Systems Serenity system that
Ryan reviewed, the focus on the system is slightly different. This system ends up with six HDDs as well as an IcyDock for backup and is extremely quiet even for an SPCR build; even better it will only set you back ~$1200.