We've given Dell a hard time in the past for not keeping its alleged gaming rigs up to date, but the new XPS 720 H2C looks once again like the real deal. We say "once again" because the original 710 model won an Editors' Choice award back in January. With this new version, Dell addressed many of the complaints we had about the first model, and even expanded on some features. We don't want to crown anything before getting our hands on it, but on paper the 720 looks tough to beat. It costs $6,000 (… Read more
Buying a PC is always confusing, and chip companies aren't doing as good a job with some important customers as they might like, according to a new survey from In-Stat.
Even early adopters of technology are having trouble associating the right brand with the right company, said Ian Lao, an analyst with In-Stat and author of the report. Some brands, like Via's Eden, are only recognized by half of early adopters, he said. (I'd actually say that's pretty good for a company as tiny as Via).
We finally got around to testing out CellFactor: Revolution for ourselves this week. To recap, CellFactor is a free downloadable game designed to show-off those fancy Ageia PhysX cards we're sure at least two or three of you may have purchased for your gaming PCs.
CellFactor is basically a straightforward fragfest, either with bots or with real players over a LAN. You can choose from three difference character types, but we spent all of our time with the Bishop character, whose psi-powers seemed best suited to trying out the advanced physics.
We definitely experienced some ooh and ahh moments … Read more
Dell is trying to turn things around since losing its lead as the world's No. 1 PC maker to Hewlett-Packard and reorganizing its leadership team. As a result, it's holding sessions with the media to show off what it says are its most innovative new products. One of them is pictured here: a super-thin display with speakers and microphone integrated right into the display itself. Dell says this could be the future of computer monitors. See more photos at this gallery.
Microsoft held a design contest for new PC concepts, and Bill Gates himself showed off some of the top contestants during his keynote speech at the Windows Hardware and Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Los Angeles. The prize winners certainly broke traditional molds, ranging from the "Bulb PC" (pictured here) to one dubbed "Made in China," sort of futuristic tablet using a chopstick-like stylus. See more photos from the show at this gallery.
We can't say we were familiar with the first Enano mini PCs unveiled last year, but today's announcement of the second-generation e2 line shows deft marketing, if nothing else, by tying the four new models into the green tech trend sweeping pretty much everything these days.
Prices range from $1,125 to $1,825, depending on which of the four new models you choose. All come with Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs, and with varying degrees of memory, hard-drive space, and other features, depending on the price. None of the systems comes with one of Intel's new … Read more
As if its new 3D graphics card announcement wasn't enough for one morning, AMD also made public the name of its forthcoming quad-core desktop processors, dubbed "Phenom," as reported on News.com. You can also read the official AMD press release.
We already outlined what we little we knew about Phenom, formerly called "Barcelona," a few months ago. Anandtech got its hands on a few PowerPoint slides that give some more details about Phenom, but there's really not whole lot of technical info here. From the look of it, we'll see, similar to … Read more
ATI's new Radeon 2000-series 3D graphics cards (code-named R600) were at one point supposed to ship this January. After a few more months of fine-tuning (and plenty of Internet rumors), today brought the official launch of the 512MB Radeon HD 2900 XT. This $399 card is designed to compete directly with Nvidia's 640MB GeForce 8800 GTS, which at press time you can find for as low as $330 with rebates.
Judging by the survivalist nature of many products coming on the market, we sometimes wonder if half the computer world is in a real-life episode of Lost. Either that, or it's an inordinately clumsy bunch. (We suspect the latter.)
Whatever the case, VictorSystems saw an opportunity to customize the Mac Mini for today's extreme computing, specifically for military use. This armored Mini has a case of reinforced aluminum that's "constructed from extruded rails and finned heat sinks to keep it cool, while the outer covers are made from wrought plates," SlashGear says. Bulletproof mouse and … Read more
Hewlett-Packard began its HD video-purveying life as a member of the HD DVD camp, but come Wednesday, two of its Pavilion desktops will take a more inclusive position in the format war by offering internal dual-format Blu-ray/HD DVD drives. We've seen certain high-end home theater PCs with one Blu-ray and one HD DVD drive crammed into the front, but as of May 9, HP will be the first to offer a hybrid HD drive.
The two models offering the drive, the Pavilion Media Center m8010y and the Pavilion d4890y (both Intel powered), will be available as configurable options … Read more