Perhaps there is a reason to visit the Microsoft store

Subject: Systems | November 9, 2009 - 02:50 PM |
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Apart from the obvious lack of Apple Genii, TechReviewSource has spotted a different reason to visit one of the two stores that opened in the USA.  Microsoft sells Signature Series computers that come with a minimum of preinstalled bloatware.  Bing is probably the most offensive thing on the computer, they don't even load it with trial MS Office software, according to the information on the link.  Microsoft might not be the first brand to come to your mind when buying a new system, but maybe they s

Time to toss out the cable box

Subject: Systems | November 4, 2009 - 03:37 PM |
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If you have yet to play with recording and playing TV via a TV tuner card on a PC, perhaps the Haupauge HVR-1800 TV Tuner Card might change your mind.  For ~$90 you will get a TV Tuner card that can handle ATSC HD (the over the air HDTV standard in North America), clear braodcasted QAM digital TV channels if you are lucky enough to live in an area where they are broadcast and a 125 channel cable ready TV tuner built-

A second opinion on the state of recommended systems

Subject: Systems | October 28, 2009 - 03:29 PM |
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If the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard doesn't quite meet your standards or if you are simply looking for a second opinion on recommendation, The Tech Report has just updated their system setups, specifically for Windows 7.  You will notice several similarities, especially in the graphics subsystem, though their top of the line rig doesn't sport three HD 5870s.  Check out the systems, peripherals and alternatives.

Middle ground for your media system

Subject: Systems | October 27, 2009 - 12:20 PM |
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A.C. Ryan might not be the first name you think about when you are looking for a DVR but perhaps it should be.  They have made HDD cages for a while now and branched out from that with the PlayOn! DVR TV.  USB 2.0 and HDMI as well as as wireless or wired network connectivity offer a range of ways to get media on or off of the HDD as well as capturing live broadcast TV.  Read on at techPowerUp to see if A.C. Ryan has found a sweet spot between HTPCs and a NAS device.

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Windows 7 and Touchscreen are here

Right before Windows 7 hits the streets this week, we take a look at a Dell Studio One touchscreen PC that implements the improved touch capabilities included with the new operating system. The Dell system is a 19-in wide screen multi-touch capable all-in-one computer that uses an Intel Pentium CPU (yes that name continues) and an NVIDIA ION chipset. Come see if this PC will make you yearn for a monitor with fingerprints on it.

Does the Gamer Paladin cut the mustard?

Subject: Systems | October 15, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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The colour scheme is a little off and it is unlikely to pick up a warhorse or any other type of mount in the near future, what the iBUYPOWER Gamer Paladin E870 i7 PC does do is hit 20,533 in 3dMark06.  Think Computers liked a lot of things about this prebuilt system but perhaps one of the best features was the extra software that came with the PC; there was almost no bloatware whatsoever.  Do keep in mind the price, while the basic rig is $1739, the one that Think Computers tested runs you $26

Verbatim's second shot at the DVR

Subject: Systems | October 9, 2009 - 01:22 PM |
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The Verbatim MediaStation HD DVR
is an all in one digital video recorder, with many input and output ports, including antennae.

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Atomic powered all-in-one desktop system

Subject: Systems | October 5, 2009 - 05:38 PM |
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It looks just like just a touchscreen LCD, but hidden behind that screen is a fairly powerful desktop system.  The overall power and heat limitations that an all-in-one system imposes have been avoided thanks to the usage of a dual core 1.6GHz Atom 330 and the onboard Intel GMA 950 GPU.  Think Computers were impressed by the power offered, HD movie playback was good at the worst but they were disappointed that Shuttle did not take advantage of the touchscreen, there was no custom software inst

Time for the new Fall designs

Subject: Systems | September 24, 2009 - 02:09 PM |
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The Tech Report has revisited their line up of recommended system builds, thanks to the new season's processors.  AMD still rules their Econobox, with the highly overclockable
Phenom II X3 720 BE and the HD4850.  The Utility Player gets an update with a nice Lynnfield processor on a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R while the Sweeter Spots uses a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P and a faster Lynnfield CPU.  The Double Stuff system is of course the most impressive build, 12GB of DDR3-1600 along with a few other twinned components will

Ultimate Mini-ITX HD Multimedia Platform Combines DX10.1 and Dual HDMI

Subject: Systems | September 22, 2009 - 11:18 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, September 22, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the first ever Mini-ITX board to feature a dedicated on-board graphics processor and dual HDMI ports. The VIA VB8003 is ideally suited for a range of advanced digital media applications, supporting the latest advanced HD codecs and DX10.1 graphics.