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March 24, 2017

Corsair Launches the Corsair One SFF Gaming PC

This week Corsair unveiled the company’s first ever fully built gaming PC, the aptly named Corsair One. While the One does represent a venture outside of Corsair’s usual product lineup, it is not necessarily outside of the company’s comfort zone as enthusiast gaming has been in Corsair’s DNA since the very beginning. With that said, the Corsair One is an impressive piece of engineering and design.

The small-form-factor tower packs quite a bit inside, featuring not one, but two ultra thin, 240mm closed-loop water coolers which cool down both the CPU and the GPU and are supplied air by the tastefully designed ventilation holes at either [...]

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February 8, 2017

Corsair Teases the ONE PC, Preparing Entry into Boutique System Building

Corsair recently put up a teaser for its latest project known as the Corsair ONE.

The leading peripherals and PC component manufacturer is looking to dip its toes into the pre-built PC market after previously inching towards the pre-built realm with their Bulldog PC which was launched last year in a barebones or DIY kit configuration. The Corsair ONE however, changes the game as it’s not only pre-built, but it’s also the first Corsair system designed for the desktop.

From the limited images they’ve shown so far, the ONE has a design that’s very typical of Corsair’s traditional design language sporting a futuristic yet not [...]

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January 11, 2017

CES 2017: Samsung Demos Modular ArtPC Pulse

Announced back in October of last year, Samsung recently demoed its modular ArtPC Pulse at CES 2017.

The futuristic ArtPC is Samsung’s newest PC designed for the modern home. Its “wow” feature is its removable storage and speaker modules which can be removed simply by twisting and removing. Samsung currently has a hard drive and a speaker available, but more modules may be released down the road.

In terms of specs, the Samsung ArtPC Pulse features either an Intel Core i7-6700 or an Intel Core i5-6500 quad-core CPU, up to 32GB of DDR4 2,133MHz RAM, and a AMD RX 460 GPU. I/O includes 4x USB Type-A ports, 1x USB type-C, HDMI 1.4, and an Ethernet [...]

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December 28, 2016

Gigabyte Unveils Compact BRIX Gaming GT Desktop

With CES closing in on us in the next week, early tech announcements have been rapidly circulating online and one of the most interesting is Gigabyte’s BRIX platform with the addition of the GB-GZ1DTi7-1070-NK-GW and the GB-GZ1DTi7-1080-NK-GW.

With a physical footprint of just 276 mm x 384 mm x 128 mm, the Gigabyte BRIX GT series is in competition with the Asus G20 and MSI Vortex, both of which offer stellar performance within a tiny package. In order to combat the cooling limitations of such a high performance build in such a small package, the BRIX GT case features automated vents that balance noise and air flow similar to how the ASUS G20’s front [...]

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November 28, 2016

Zotac Announces VR GO Backpack PC for More Immersive VR Experiences

If you’ve been looking for that truly immersive VR experience, Zotac is introducing their new VR GO which is a backpack PC that will allow VR gamers to finally play their games un-tethered.

Packing an Intel Core i7 processor along with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, the Zotac VR GO features a battery life of up to two hours using the two dedicated batteries. For those who need even longer runtime, the batteries can also be hotswapped for fresh batteries allowing for an unlimited amount of gameplay.

More information about the Zotac VR GO backpack PC can be found at the product website here.

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November 15, 2016

HP Launches Ultracompact Z2 Mini Workstation, 90% Smaller Than Traditional Tower Workstation

HP recently launched their new Z2 Mini workstation PC designed for creative applications.

Featuring a form factor of just 8.5 x 8.5 x 2.28 in, HP claims that the HP Z2 Mini workstation is 90% smaller than a traditional business tower system allowing it to be mounted pretty much anywhere including monitors, above or below desks, walls, etc.

Despite its compact size, the HP Z2 Mini Workstation is still very powerful featuring an Intel Xeon E3 or Core i3/i5/i7 processor, up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, Quadro M620 workstation graphics, and HDD/SSD or HP Z TurboDrive storage.

The HP Z2 Mini Workstation is also packed with tons of connectivity [...]

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October 28, 2016

What You Missed at Microsoft’s Windows 10 Event – “Imagine What You’ll Do”

October 26 was an exciting day for Microsoft as they recently held their “Imagine What You’ll Do” event where Microsoft shared plenty of development plans and new introductions in both software and hardware. For those who missed it, here’s what you missed.

 

Windows 10 Creator’s Update

Windows will be getting a significant features update in Q1 2017. Terry Myerson, VP of Windows and Devices group, detailed some of its key features.

The upcoming update will be dubbed the Windows 10 Creator’s update. The feature-focused theme aligns with the rumors that spurred up after the Windows Anniversary update. The Creators [...]

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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 years. [...]

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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 Bundle is [...]

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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.

 

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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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