ZOTAC announces the first mini-PCs with integrated slot-load Blu-ray drives

Subject: Systems | September 8, 2010 - 12:26 PM |

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.

Source: ZOTAC

VIA EPIA-M850 Mini-ITX Board Brings Serious Multimedia Muscle to Media Devices

Subject: Systems | September 7, 2010 - 11:07 AM |

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

Voice activated remote controls; is your HTPC ready?

Subject: Systems | September 6, 2010 - 02:44 PM |

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

Maingear's new F131 full system kick some serious ...

Subject: Systems | August 31, 2010 - 02:19 PM |

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.

Check out the full video review of the system as well as pictures and charts right here.

Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Matsonic

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.

Zotac releases SFF machines with ION and CULV processors

Subject: Systems | August 26, 2010 - 01:51 PM |

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!

A nice prebuilt system with decent pricing

Subject: Systems | August 24, 2010 - 12:53 PM |

IBUYPOWER is a fairly well known boutique builder and one of their new systems, the Paladin XLC Phantom Series is up for review at Legit Reviews.  With an expected retail price just under $1,500 it is a fairly heavy duty system and the white NZXT Phantom case makes it a rather attractive one as well.  A liquid cooled Core i7-930
on an ASUS P6T SE with 6GB of DDR3-1600 provides the backbone of the system with a Radeon HD 5830 providing the graphical power.  In an nice change from the usual, when Legit Reviews

nMEDIA's new HTPC case is empty, but still 1080p

Subject: Systems | August 19, 2010 - 04:21 PM |

Now it might seem ambitious to call an empty HTPC case the 1080p but realize that most who buy an empty case are planning on filling it with powerful components that can handle 1080p playback.

Samsung's second take on the all-in-one PC

Subject: Systems | August 13, 2010 - 01:47 PM |

Samsung's U250 hides a Core 2 Duo T6600, 4GB of DDR3, a 500GB HDD and a DVD-Dual layer drive behind a 23" 1920x1080 touchscreen display.  The Inquirer like the look of it much more than the earlier U200 as the display has been improved but unfortunately the multi-touch capabilities have not.  The system lacks the power for high end gaming at decent resolutions but there were no issues with DVD playback or with watching YouTube videos.  Other all-in-one PCs have bett

Source: The Inquirer
Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: VIA

VIA is always into tiny things

VIA Technologies provided us with a sample of their new V1100 pico-ITX DIY computer and we came away pretty impressed with what the tiny little machine could provide. If you think you could use a Nano-powered SFF device, check out our video review in here!