A little box that can record any video you want to feed it

Subject: Systems | July 23, 2010 - 01:28 PM |

At $200 the Hauppauge HD PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder is a small box that connects to any video source and records it.  To test that claim Bjorn3D tried recording from their cable set top box, an Xbox 360 game, a Xbox game, satellite television, Blu-Ray movies  in 1080i, a SD DVD movie, and even a movie off of a VCR.  All were completely sucessful, the HD PVR did not have a problem recordin

Source: Bjorn3D

Lenovo's AMD powered all in one PC

Subject: Systems | July 20, 2010 - 05:32 PM |

Lenovo's C315 is an all in one desktop PC, what looks like a large touchscreen monitor is in reality a full PC with every bit of the functionality of a more common looking box.  It might even be more capable than some as the list of components even includes a TV Tuner.  Inside is an Athlon II X2 250U @ 1.6GHz, ATI HD 4530 M92-M+ integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB spindle based HDD.  The configured system that Tech Spot tried was $849, more expensive than many other all

Source: Tech Spot

ASRock's HTPC system gets an upgrade

Subject: Systems | July 7, 2010 - 05:54 PM |

The ASRock Core 100HT represents a big upgrade in performance for this series, moving off of the ION platform and instead using an Intel i3-330M 2.13GHz as a processor really gives a bump in performance capabilities.  The entire system is 7.68" x 2.76" x 7.32" and its black finish will allow you to place this unobtrusively in
a living room and the wireless connectivity will help you if you stream content from another machine.  Something new to think about is 3D TV and gaming, something you would assume was limited to machines with a high end video card or two;

Summer system updates

Subject: Systems | July 2, 2010 - 02:53 PM |

The Tech Report has updated their system guide for the summer, featuring everything from a new Econobox to an improved double stuff system.  They also go beyond just internal hardware recommendations to look at the choices you have in operating systems and even a bit on the most important peripherals such as monitors.  Drop by and see what they recommend for you and don;t forget that we have our own PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, freshly crafted each month.

A round up of low powered media streaming boxes

Subject: Systems | June 21, 2010 - 03:24 PM |

The term media streamer can be attached to many devices, from a high powered NAS device to an Xbox by way of custom built HTPCs, but in this review AnandTech has classified a media streamer as a device capable of streaming media but is on a diet of 50W or less.  That does reduce the lineup quite a bit as very few HTPCs or servers are able to survive on 50W of power.  From Atoms and IONs to ARM based processors and into gaming consoles, they cover almost all of the bases of boxtop streame

Source: AnandTech

Puget builds a sound computer

Subject: Systems | June 15, 2010 - 02:22 PM |

If you have been shopping for a high end prebuilt boutique computer then there is a good chance you've run into Puget Systems.  Their systems have been reviewed before at several sites such as [H]ard|OCP but this time Ryan got a chance to test one of their systems and it was impressive.  The Puget Systems Deluge that he received had an i7-980X, 12GB Kingston DDR3-1800 and a pair of GTX 480's in SLI on an ASUS P6X58D Premium.  Sure the system will run you $6000 but take a look at t

Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Puget Systems

The Puget Systems Experience

Puget Systems is a custom system builder based in the Washington area that promises a combination of the top PC components available with customer service oriented around keeping the user involved through parts selection, ordering, construction, testing and beyond delivery. Of course, it doesn't hurt that you can get a 4.0 GHz 6-core processor and water cooled GTX 480s.

Ready made HTPC

Subject: Systems | June 10, 2010 - 03:10 PM |

If you are a big fan of TV and movies then there is a good chance you would rather spend your free time watching the aforementioned entertainment as opposed to building the machine that will provide the entertainment.  The ASRock ION 330HT-BDis an inexpensive and very quick way to get yourself a fully functional HTPC without too much effort on your part.  In box smaller than an Xbox is housed an Intel Atom 330 1.6GHz CPU on an ION board with a

Why is HDMI 1.4 so great anyways?

Subject: Systems | May 13, 2010 - 12:31 PM |

A question very easily answered by the first image in CoD's article, as you can see that little network channel that has been added makes wiring in web enabled HTPC equipment much easier.  No longer do you need to run HDMI and CAT5/6 cabling from each component as HDMI 1.4 can do double duty.  That's isn't the only added benefit, as with the audio return channel you can drop some RCA jacks as well.  Those are two of the highlights but there are more benefits to be had.

Lenovo Revamps Consumer Products: New Notebooks and All-in-Ones

Subject: Systems | May 12, 2010 - 01:55 PM |

Lenovo has announced brand new products to their consumer line-up, letting out a fresh batch of notebooks, all-in-one systems, and a lone nettop.

New Notebooks

Source: Lenovo