Subject: Systems | September 28, 2010 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For those wanting to skip the entire process of building an HTPC to capture shows and to stream online content there is a lot of choice between set top boxes and the like. From the renewed Apple TV through Google's new attempt to integrate their player with new TVs to the PS3, there are quite a few different ways to get nonstandard content onto your TV screen. Gizmodo has put together a chart outlining what features each offers, from mobile device integration through Hulu compatibility,
Subject: Systems | September 16, 2010 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The system which Think Computers just finished testing, the CyberPower Gamer Dragon, costs a hair over $1000 and sports a six core Phenom II with 4GB of DDR3 and a GTX460 in a customized Elite 430 case. They compared the total system price to what the cost would be to build it from scratch and CyberPower turned out to have priced the system below what ThinkComputers could have built it for, always a nice touch from a boutique store.
Subject: Systems | September 14, 2010 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Recently we have seen the advent of Google TV and a re-imagined Apple TV hit the markets and a lot of consumers are wondering what the difference between the two services is and how they differ from an HTPC. Digital Trends explains in their article, highlighting the strengths and limitations of the two services. Apple TV is very proprietary as you would expect and is mostly a way to connect your TV to iTunes so you can rent shows and movies as well as being able to disp
Subject: Systems | September 9, 2010 - 01:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has updated their systems guide, with a mind towards the student who needs something powerful enough to get their projects complete and maybe a bit of streaming media and gaming on the side. Sticking with their established categories of Econobox, Utility Player, Sweeter Spot and the Double Stuff Workstation, they've updated the components to reflect the parts available currently.
Subject: Systems | September 8, 2010 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HONG KONG – Sept. 8, 2010 – ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today announces the new ZOTAC ZBOX Blu-ray series mini-PCs -- the world’s first shipping mini-PCs with an integrated slot-load Blu-ray drive and slim and stylish design.
Subject: Systems | September 7, 2010 - 11:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TAIPEI, TAIWAN-September 7, 2010- VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-M850 Mini-ITX board, the first board to feature the latest VIA VX900 media system processor, creating the i
Subject: Systems | September 6, 2010 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Amulet Devices' Remote Controlis billed as a way to allow you to control your various A/V devices with the power of your voice. As all of us have encountered voice recognition software on the phone at some point, this may make your skin crawl imagining bring that experience to your TV viewing. At an MSRP of $249
the number of people willing to take the plunge will be limited, though Missing Remote did get some good use out of it. Picking up the
Subject: Systems | August 31, 2010 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the setup that Ryan tested, the Maingear F131 has a watercooled Core i7-970 6-core overclocked to 4.5 GHz on an ASUS P6X58D X58
with 6GB of DDR-1600 and a pair of GTX 480 along with a Crucial SSD. Those components add up to a seriously powerful system as well as an expensive one at about $4200.
Shifting into gear
System reviews are interesting in that anyone can put some PC components in a case and call it a gaming rig. The real issue is not just the hardware specs but how the company presents itself and how it supports customers before, during and after the purchase process. Having a 6-core processor overclocked to 4.5 GHz and a pair of GTX 480s never hurts though.
Subject: Systems | August 26, 2010 - 01:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
We are always interested in those small form factor Atom-based PCs but we are usually let down by their overall performance, even when they are coupled with a discrete graphics solution. Zotac has been making a killing with their line of ZBOX miniature PCs but today they are announcing the release of a new set of options that combine the NVIDIA ION graphics processor not with the Intel Atom CPU, but with Intel Celeron CULV single and dual-core CPUs!