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October 19, 2016

Apple Holding Mac Event October 27, Signals New MacBook Pros May be Incoming

After being rumored for quite some time, Apple has recently sent out invites for an upcoming special event set to go down on October 27 at 10AM PST. As usual for Apple, the invite itself is cryptically titled “hello again” which appears to be a reference to the original Mac which launched with the word “hello” on its screen.

Apple is expected to reveal an entire host of new Mac products as a lack of innovation in the area has caused Apple PC shipment declines of over 13% in 3Q2016. Chief among the expected new products is a complete redesign of the 13.3″ and 15.3″ MacBook Pro which hasn’t seen changes in over 4 [...]

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October 14, 2016

HTC, HP Announce Vive VR Ready Envy 750 PC Bundle

A couple weeks ago, Oculus announced a cheap $499 VR ready gaming PC in partnership with boutique PC builder CyberPowerPC and it looks like HTC is ready to fire back with a VR PC partnership of its own.

According to a recent announcement, HTC is partnering up with HP to announce a VR gaming bundle which includes the HTC Vive headset along with the HP Envy 750-415VHR PC for $1,499. Specs on the HP Envy 750-415VHR include an Intel Core i5-6400 Quad Core CPU, 8GB DDR4 memory, Radeon RX480 graphics card, and 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD. The bundle will also include two VR games which include theBlu: Encounter and The Lab.

The new HTC Vive Ready HP Computer [...]

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October 12, 2016

Global PC Shipments Drop in 3Q2016 for the 8th Consecutive Quarter

Market intelligence firms Gartner and IDC recently posted their latest estimates on the global PC market in 3Q2016 and once again, things aren’t looking too hot for the industry.



According to Gartner, PC shipments dropped 5.7% in the 3Q, marking the 8th consecutive quarter PC shipments have dropped. Despite the difficult market HP, Dell and ASUS, still saw around a 2.3-2.6% increase in shipments. On the other hand, the biggest losers include Apple, Acer, and “Others” who saw declines around 13.4-16.2%. While the overall industry declined, Mobile PCs such as notebooks, 2-in-1 PCs and Windows tablet shipments increased [...]

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October 10, 2016

Samsung’s Trash Can PC, ArtPC Pulse, Now Available for Pre-Order

Didn’t you hear? Trash can shaped PCs have now become a thing and Samsung’s latest trash can, the ArtPC Pulse is now available for pre-order.

According to the Amazon page, Samsung is set to release two models of their upcoming ArtPC Pulse. The higher end model (DP700C6A-A01US) is powered by a 6th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor, 16GB DDR4, AMD Radeon RX460 graphics, 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD, and 1TB SATA HDD. The lower end model (DP700C6A-X01US) is powered by a 6th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB DDR4, AMD Radeon RX460 graphics and 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD. Both models will feature a full metal design, ambient lighting and a built in Harmon [...]

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October 7, 2016

Gigabyte Updates BRIX Mini-PC Lineup with Intel 7th Gen Kaby Lake CPUs

According to a recent announcement, Gigabyte is updating their popular BRIX barebones mini-PC lineup to support Inte’s new 7th Generation Kaby Lake CPUs. The updated models will feature the Intel Core i3 7100, Intel Core i5 7200 or the Intel Core i7 7500. One of the biggest features of Intel’s new CPU is Intel’s Turbo Boost 2.0 which dynamically boosts performance and graphics when needed and saving energy/keeping temperatures low when it’s not. More information about Intel Kaby Lake can be found in our previous coverage here.

Gigabyte also modernized the BRIX as well, now including HDMI2.0 and support for HDCP 2.2. With the new [...]

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October 7, 2016

Meet AMD, CyberPowerPC’s $499 VR Gaming PC

Earlier, we reported that Oculus CEO had announced a new technology called Asynchronous Space Warp, which allowed the Rift to work with lower-end systems than before. The company also announced a $499, VR Ready PC which is produced by CyberPowerPC and powered by AMD hardware. Now, we finally have a look at that system and its specifications.

The $499 AMD-Powered VR Gaming PC

The new system, which is limited edition and will be priced at $499 when purchased alongside an Oculus Rift, is produced by CyberPowerPC and will be available soon. The specifications include the following:

CPU: AMD FX-4350 quad-core at 4.2GHz GPU: Radeon RX 470  (memory size [...]
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August 16, 2016

ZOTAC Refreshes the ZBOX MAGNUS Mini PC with GeForce 10 Graphics


ZOTAC has announced that it will refresh its line of ZBOX MAGNUS Mini PCs with the recently announced GeForce 10 series mobile graphics chips. The ZBOX MAGNUS EN10 series will still be equipped with Intel’s 6th generation Skylake CPUs, but now they will replace the aging GTX 980 graphics chip with the newer, and much more powerful GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 models.

The ZBOX MAGNUS Mini PCs are aimed at gaming and entertainment in the living room, providing small and efficient solutions for VR gaming.  There is no word on pricing or specific availability yet, but if the EN980 model is any indication, it’ll be a bit more than your [...]

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May 30, 2016

Computex 2016: GIGABYTE Unveils BRIX UHD Gaming Mini PC

GIGABYTE unveiled the latest in its line of BRIX mini PCs, which is aimed at living room gaming. The GIGABYTE BRIX UHD (BNi7HG4-950) features specifications aimed at both 1080p gaming, and 4K UHD video playback.

GIGABYTE Unveils BRIX UHD Mini Gaming PC

The barebones desktop PC (no storage or memory included) features a Skylake-U Core i7 processor paired with NVIDIA’s GTX 950 graphics card. It features support for 2.5″ or M.2 SSDs, and up to two DDR4 DIMMs. The unit measures 220 mm x 110 mm x 110 mm (HxWxL), making it quite the console competitor. The design is also quite minimalist, featuring a black and silver, brushed aluminum chassis, which is mostly [...]

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January 10, 2016

CES 2016: MSI Shows Off Updated Notebook, Desktop, AIO Product Line

As usual, MSI had quite a few announcements to make at CES this year. MSI is one of the top brands for PC gamers and today we will be covering the laptops, desktops and more.


Notebooks GS40 Phantom

First on the list is the GS40, MSI’s sleek lightweight 14″ gaming laptop. It is equipped with up to a Skylake Intel Core i7, Nvidia GTX 970M GPU, 16GB DDR4, M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD, 14″ IPS display, and Thunderbolt. This laptop weighs in at only 3.75 pounds and is less than an inch thick. Those looking for a powerful gaming laptop while on the move will find it to be an excellent solution for their needs. It is available [...]

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January 6, 2016

CES 2016: Maingear Shows Off Alpha 34 Performance AIO with Curved Display

Maingear seems to be after our hearts by  releasing quite possibly the most powerful AIO to ever hit the market. The Maingear Alpha 34 comes with a 34 inch ultra wide curved 3840×1440 screen, a liquid cooled Intel Core i7 -5960X or 18 core Xeon, the choice between a Nvidia GeForce 980 TI, Titan X, or AMD Radeon R9 390X along with 32GB of Kingston DDR4 and a Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVME SSD.

While this may seem completely overkill for most people looking in the AIO market, it’s highly suitable for for a compact, powerful workstation or gaming rig. The beefy GPU is a necessity to process 3D intensive tasks at such a high resolution.

The [...]

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