Sapphire joins the Atom + ION system crowd

Subject: Systems | February 15, 2011 - 03:55 PM |
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There is a different choice now for those looking for a PC that can handle email, internet browsing and home theatre duties, a small self contained system that resembles a thinclient with style and a fair number of video outputs.  The Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC offers a
Dual Core Intel Atom D510 1.66ghz, nVidia's ION2 and 2GB of DDR2 for system memory with a 250GB drive for storage.  Neoseeker found that 720p is about the limit of this systems capabilities,
as 1080p playback

Source: Neoseeker

The recalled and soon to be released Sandy Bridge based Puget Systems Serenity PC

Subject: Systems | February 10, 2011 - 11:42 AM |
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Puget Systems specializes in making custom PCs that are incredibly quiet without sacrificing any performance to do so.  As you saw in Ryan's review of their Serenity SPCR Edition Ultra Quiet Gaming PC, they do a very good job at it.  Since then they have been hard at work extending their line up and keeping up with the newest parts.  One of their more recent Serenity SPCR Edition models went up for review at Anand

Source: AnandTech

HP Comes Out Swinging with New TouchSmart All-in-One PCs

Subject: Systems | February 7, 2011 - 04:45 AM |
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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.

The HTPC beginners guide grows

Subject: Systems | February 2, 2011 - 02:22 PM |
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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

A refreshing look at frame rates and displays

Subject: Systems | January 26, 2011 - 05:39 PM |
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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

A new year brings a new ION to your HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 17, 2011 - 05:05 PM |
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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.

Source: AnandTech

CyberPower has a pre-built SandyBridge system on the market

Subject: Systems | January 13, 2011 - 03:22 PM |
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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. 

CES 2011: ASUS unveils Eee Slate EP121

Subject: Systems | January 5, 2011 - 12:49 PM |
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Western Digital's Live TV Hub takes on all comers

Subject: Systems | December 14, 2010 - 01:21 PM |
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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.

Gateway's all in one touchscreen system

Subject: Systems | December 13, 2010 - 04:30 PM |
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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