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iBuyPower Paladin Z860 Custom Gaming PC Review
     Mon, Feb 08 2016 | 2:10A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gaming computers are located at the top of the wish lists not only of our kids. Setting up a good gaming PC, some parents are certainly a little overwhelmed and/or can not deal with selecting the right hardware. These circumstances we owe it, that companies like iBUYPOWER offer complete ready-made PCs. Today we test an iBuyPower Paladin Z860 Gaming PC at OCinside.de, with Intel Core i7-6700K processor and nVidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card. But you can customize the PC to your individual preferences.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

HP Pro Slate 8 Review: Nifty Duet Pen, Premium Pricing
     Sun, Feb 07 2016 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you like the idea of using a stylus with your mobile device, then you probably prefer the precision and additional functionality over the convenience of a fingertip. That, or you've picked up a brand-new HP Pro Slate 8, a tablet targeted at working professionals that includes a rather useful and unique accessory dubbed the "Duet Pen" that enables some pretty interesting features. In the HP Pro Slate 8's case, you can still poke its 7.9-inch screen all you want with a finger. The stylus, an accessory that ships with the tablet, isn't an absolute necessity. You don't need it for everyday use but it's definitely a nice feature add...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Zotac NEN SN970 Steam Machine Review
     Fri, Feb 05 2016 | 4:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Ever since Valve announced SteamOS and Steam Machines there have been two Steam Machines that were shown the most. They were the Alienware Steam Machine and Zotac’s NEN SN970. Not that long ago we took a look at the Alienware unit, and now we have the NEN SN970 to review. This unit is part of Zotac’s extremely popular ZBOX line of mini PCs. Under the hood you have an Intel Core i5-6400T processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, 8GB of memory, and a 1TB 2.5“ SATA hard drive. Like all Steam Machine’s the NEN SN970 will ship with SteamOS pre-installed and an official Steam Controller. This will bring gaming into the living room and you’ll have the massive Steam library of games to choose from, which has more games than either of the two major consoles. Let’s get to gaming and see what the NEN SN970 is all about!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro Barebone Review
     Wed, Feb 03 2016 | 2:40P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro was designed to be fanless, quiet, reliable for a 24/7 operation and it is not focused on high performance. The N3050 Intel Celeron processor also features Intels’ 8th Gen HD Graphics which supports Full HD video encoding/decoding so the manufacturer is recommending this machine for Office work, media playback (Full HD content) but we would also like to add that the product handles well browsing too if we do not have a big number of tabs open and we do also have at least 4GB of DDR3L SODIMM memory installed inside the supplied slot. Besides the location where we can install the HDD/SSD, we also have the option to mount an internal USB Flash Drive and install and optical drive; with an additional accessory, the optical drive can be also replaced with a secondary 2.5’’ HDD/SSD.."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Intel Compute Stick STK1AW32SC Review with Cherry Trail
     Sun, Jan 24 2016 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Intel Compute Stick was introduced in April 2015 and received a luke warm reception as the tiny HDMI computer stick certainly had a number of faults. Most people need to keep in mind that the Intel Compete Stick was a first generation product and Intel was just testing the waters. At CES 2016 we learned that Intel was greatly expanding their Intel Compute sticks and announced three new Compute Stick models at the show. The old Bay Trail powered Compute Stick that debuted in 2015 has been replaced by a more powerful Cherry Trail powered Compute Stick and two faster Core M models! Today, Legit Reviews takes a look at the new Cherry Trail model!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Dell Inspiron 15 7559 Review: Affordable, Upgradeable
     Sat, Jan 23 2016 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell has some enticing new hardware on tap for its newest Inspiron 7000 series laptops, including the latest and most powerful Intel Skylake processors and NVIDIA GPUs, but the computer maker sent us a decidedly modest version for this evaluation. PC makers usually load their review systems to the hilt, in an effort to make them perform well in commonly used benchmarks, but Dell is confident that its Inspiron 15 7000 delivers solid, real-world performance for the money, even at base specifications, so we gave it a look...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel Compute Stick (2016) Cherry Trail Review
     Fri, Jan 22 2016 | 2:33P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We dug the original Intel Compute Stick, but it wasn’t without its issues. Last year’s model featured dated 802.11n wireless connectivity built in and had only a single USB port, which meant using a hub and / or dongles, should you want to connect multiple peripherals to the device or boost its wireless capabilities. Intel seems to have listened to the initial feedback on the first-gen Compute Stick, however, and recently launched a new model that addresses the shortcomings many took issue with in the original, and incorporated some newer technologies too. Here we present to you the latest Intel Compute Stick for consumer applications, model STK1AW32SC. This new Compute Stick for 2016 features Intel’s newer Cherry Trail Atom platform, with 802.11ac WiFi, and USB 3.0. There’s still 2GB of RAM in the device, along with 32GB of storage, but Windows 10 Home now comes pre-installed...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

 
MSI AIO Gaming 27-6QE-001EU Review
     Sun, Jan 17 2016 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Gaming 27-6QE-001EU, MSI has a nice gaming all-in-one its portfolio, which comes with pre-installed Windows 10 and it is based on Intel's Skylake platform. Apart from that the system features attractive features and even the performance should be on a very reasonable level, since there is an Intel i7-6700 CPU inside paired with a GTX980M graphics chip.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

MSI Nightblade MI2 GAMING PC
     Fri, Jan 15 2016 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
350W? 10 Litres? What sort of power can you get inside that space? MSI's Nightblade MI2 answers both those questions in a very surprising way. Packing a GTX970, Skylake CPU, DDR4, M.2 SSD, and a built-in optical drive, the MSI Nightblade MI2 is a fully 1080p-capable GAMING PC you can lug around under your arm.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

anidees AI7
     Fri, Jan 08 2016 | 6:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The anidees AI7 is exactly the same size as the AI7m, but allows for a full ATX board instead of maxing out at an mATX variant. This is achieved by offering a completely different interior layout. Let's see what this same-looking but different chassis has under the hood!
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Intel NUC NUC5PGYH Complete Mini PC Review
     Wed, Jan 06 2016 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) mini PC debuted in 2012 as a barebone kit that consisted of just a mainboard with a 22nm Ivy Bridge Processor, CPU cooler, enclosure, VESA mounting bracket and an external power supply. Over the past several years Intel has expanded the product line and the tiny PC has gone through several generations of processors with great success. While desktop computers are still ideal for gamers and power users, most of the population just needs an affordable PC that offers decent performance and basic functionality. Intel recognized the fact that not everyone wanted a bare bone NUC kit that required other parts being purchased and then assembled only to need hours of someone sitting there installing the operating system of their choice along with all the appropriate drivers. This is where the Intel 'Grass Canyon' NUC NUC5PGYH comes in to play as it is the first complete NUC Mini PC that comes with Windows 10 pre-installed!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Mini-ITX systems with big performance
     Tue, Jan 05 2016 | 6:52P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our Editor-in-Chief has always had a soft spot for Mini-ITX systems with big performance, and Gigabyte, OCZ, EVGA, G.Skill, and Logitech were happy to help him build a Breadbox system with some high-octane parts. Here's how he put it all together.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Origin PC Omega Review
     Tue, Jan 05 2016 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Origin PC Omega is a small, quiet gaming machine that comes in a few different shapes, all of which are based on Silverstone’s great line of mini-ITX SFF cases. Our review unit is built on the slim desktop design of the Silverstone RVZ01, which houses an overclocked Skylake Intel Core i7-6700K and a full-sized Geforce GTX Titan X graphics card.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

HP Spectre X2 Review: A Core m Powered Surface Alternative
     Mon, Jan 04 2016 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Microsoft first launched its Surface line of products, it caused quite a stir in the mobile PC market. It may have taken a couple of iterations to get things dialed in to the point they are today, but simply entering the market with its own branded hardware put Microsoft in the position of essentially competing with its partners. Microsoft had a specific vision for the future of Windows-based mobile products, however, and decided to develop hardware that embodied that vision. Now that we’re a few years removed from the introduction of the original Surface and Surface Pro, it’s clear that Microsoft’s vision has merit, and now virtually all of the company’s major OEM partners are producing at least a few machines that were partially influenced by the Surface. The product we will be showing you here today, HP’s Spectre X2 is as similar a machine to the Surface Pro what we have seen to date. The form factor, detachable keyboard design, kickstand and overall look at feel of the machine are very “Surface-like”. But HP has made some well thought-out changes and packed the machine with different hardware, and the end result is rather interesting...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Alienware Steam Machine Review: Dell's SteamOS Console Competitor
     Fri, Jan 01 2016 | 3:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell's Alienware Steam Machine is under the microscope today. In partnership with several leading PC makers, Valve has finally taken their often-talked about Steam Machine with custom SteamOS to market, promising the depth and precision of PC gaming driven by a purpose-built operating system, that offers a standardized platform similar to a tried and true "just push play" console gaming experience. The Alienware Steam Machine seems like just the thing for PC gamers looking for a simpler way to game without a lot of fuss and configuration. The Steam Machine is a PC-based set top box that functions as a dedicated portal into the Steam digital marketplace, where players can download or stream games and media just as you would using Steam on your desktop PC...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Alienware Steam Machine Review: Dell's SteamOS Console Competitor
     Wed, Dec 30 2015 | 6:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell's Alienware Steam Machine is under the microscope today. In partnership with several leading PC makers, Valve has finally taken their often-talked about Steam Machine with custom SteamOS to market, promising the depth and precision of PC gaming driven by a purpose-built operating system, that offers a standardized platform similar to a tried and true "just push play" console gaming experience. The Alienware Steam Machine seems like just the thing for PC gamers looking for a simpler way to game without a lot of fuss and configuration. The Steam Machine is a PC-based set top box that functions as a dedicated portal into the Steam digital marketplace, where players can download or stream games and media just as you would using Steam on your desktop PC...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

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