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Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Special Edition 2-in-1 Review
     Sat, Jul 04 2015 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Inspiron 13 7000 is Dell's latest 2-in-1 convertible, and the one we're testing is a top-spec Special Edition model that's faster and more beautiful that the others currently in the line-up. What strikes us as most interesting here is the focus that Dell has placed on the "laptop" side of the equation. Said another way, we've grown used to 2-in-1 units being little more than tablets with a bolted on keyboard. That works fine for those who don't need a lot of horsepower or rigidity, but those in search of a powerful laptop that just so happens to convert to a tablet have been left with very little beyond the Surface Pro 3...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

The real story with the LIVA is the size
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It’s been a couple of years now, and the platform continues to evolve - and shrink to some startlingly small sizes. Of the Intel-powered micro PC kits on today’s market the LIVA from ECS manages to push the boundaries of this category in both directions. In addition to boasting a ridiculously small size - actually the smallest in the world according to ECS - the LIVA is also very affordable. It carries a list price of just $179 (though it can be found for less), and that includes onboard memory and storage. And this is truly a Windows PC platform, with full Windows 8.1 driver support from ECS (previous versions are not supported).
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

ECS Liva 64GB Mini PC Review
     Thu, Jun 18 2015 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Setting the bar for small form factor PCs in July, ECS' Liva made comparable machines look oversized and overpriced, weighing only 190g and measuring 118mm wide, 56mm tall and70mm deep. Since its debut, ECS has updated the Liva with a 64GB option and though that's double the storage, we have only seen a mild price increase to $185. Paired with a super efficient fanless design that promises smooth 1080p playback it certainly grabbed our attention.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

ECS LIVA White Edition 64GB Mini PC Kit
     Mon, Jun 15 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ECS LIVA 64GB mini PC is designed to be above all cheap and at just $185 there is no questioning its affordability. Still what is the purpose of this cheap PC, who is it designed for? ECS say its fanless design and low power consumption make it an ideal HTPC and while it can handle 1080p content there are a number of other limitations. Connectivity for one is limited to just a single hard to reach USB 3.0 port and there is no remote functionality.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

Lexar Professional Workflow DD512 review
     Fri, Jun 12 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lexar, now owned by Crucial Technology, have been around the Personal Computers for nearly 20 years now, from a time when they probably were truly personal. They should know a thing or two about PC users, their needs, wants and desires. Fast, small and large capacity external drives is certainly one of them and Lexar have a range of storage options."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESLAVE

Dell Alienware 15
     Fri, Jun 12 2015 | 12:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell’s Alienware gaming team impressed us with its Area 51 desktop earlier this year and we’ve been impatiently awaiting the 2015 version of the Alienware 15 mobile gamer ever since. The laptop is finally here, and there’s a twist: Instead of sending a money-is-no-object configuration (like it did with the Area 51), the company sent us a more budget-friendly Alienware 15 – assuming, that is, that your budget is in the $1,500 range. At $1,499.99, the Alienware 15 we checked out is in the middle of the price range for Dell’s 15-inch Alienware gamer laptop series...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Dell Alienware 15
     Fri, Jun 12 2015 | 12:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell’s Alienware gaming team impressed us with its Area 51 desktop earlier this year and we’ve been impatiently awaiting the 2015 version of the Alienware 15 mobile gamer ever since. The laptop is finally here, and there’s a twist: Instead of sending a money-is-no-object configuration (like it did with the Area 51), the company sent us a more budget-friendly Alienware 15 – assuming, that is, that your budget is in the $1,500 range.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

 
Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation Review
     Fri, May 29 2015 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Before you even think about shopping for an Apple MacBook Pro for professional chores on the go, Dell wants you to give a long, hard look at its recently redesigned Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation. According to Dell, the M3800 is a superior product in several ways, and the OEM even put together an infographic showing more than half a dozen reasons why its 15.6-inch laptop is a better solution than Apple's...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel Compute Stick - A Computer In The Palm Of Your Hands.
     Sun, May 24 2015 | 1:33P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At the recent Intel Intelligent Generations 2015 event, Intel officially launched the Intel Compute Stick, a miniature device that converts any HDMI TV or monitor into a fully-functional x86 computer! Amazingly, it only measures four inches long and fits in the palm of your hand. Just plug the Compute Stick into any HDMI port, connect your wireless keyboard and mouse to it and you are ready to work, game or play media on it. It also comes with a microSD slot to supplement the Compute Stick's internal storage. Let's take a closer look...
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Complete Guide to PC Workstations
     Sun, May 24 2015 | 1:32P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As we explained in our introduction to this series, workstations are considerably more than just powerful PCs. Brute performance may be the basis of a system you intend to use for high-end desktop computing tasks like 3D animation, CAD/CAM, engineering and product design. But there is much more to a workstation than a high-end rig aimed at general work usage or gaming. There are many more variations within the Intel Xeon processor range than Core i7, and whilst the professional graphics cards have a family relationship with their consumer counterparts, the specification of these and driver accreditation make them very different beasts, too.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Intel NUC5i7RYH With Iris Pro Graphics Mini-PC Review
     Sat, May 23 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The low-power characteristics of Broadwell simply make it well suited to the tight spaces and constrained thermal envelopes of small form factor systems. But another side benefit of Broadwell is that it also allows manufacturers to cram higher performing parts into the same (or smaller) spaces than previous-gen, Haswell-based parts. Take the Intel NUC5i7RYH we’re going to show you here, for example. This mini-PC is packing a Core i7-5557U processor with Iris Pro graphics, which makes it the most powerful NUC released to date. Check out the full list of specifications below and then we’ll dive a little deeper on the pages ahead...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Broadwell NUC w/ Iris Pro, ASUS T300 Chi,
     Fri, May 22 2015 | 12:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Marco, and long-time HH tech editor extraordinaire, Paul Lilly, discuss Intel's latest 18-core Xeons, the Broadwell NUC with Iris Pro and the Compute Stick, the slick Asus T300 Chi ultrabook, Samsung’s Galaxy S 6 and LG’s G4, WD's latest My Cloud NAS devices, our awesome Syber giveaway, which is running until the end of the month, and much more...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Eurocom P5 Pro Review, Taking Devil's Canyon Mobile
     Fri, May 15 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Eurocom P5 Pro, which is the latest desktop replacement machine to come from the Canadian PC maker, has the kinds of components, features, and expandability that make these systems worth their bulk. But Eurocom also managed to slim the P5 Pro down compared to previous models, making it one of the slimmest, lightest desktop replacement mobile gaming machines we’ve reviewed...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

The ridiculously powerful MicroATX PC
     Tue, May 12 2015 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Every enthusiast dreams of building a budgetless rig with nothing but the best hardware. Thus, we're throwing caution to the wind by cramming the priciest and most powerful gaming hardware into a 32L chassis. The end result should be a ridiculously powerful mATX system ready for any and all tasks. With the hardware cost coming in at around $2,750 without a keyboard/mouse or monitor, this is an affair with no expenses spared.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

ASUS TS700-E8-RS8 Barebones Workstation Review
     Fri, May 08 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Barebones workstation kits provide nice time savers when setting up a machine. Let us look at the ASUS TS700-E8-RS8 Workstation Barebones kit."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Boston Venom 3401-7T Workstation Review
     Sun, May 03 2015 | 12:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although Boston may at first not be familiar to many, rest assured with offices in California, New York, UK, Munich and Bangalore this is a company with a truly global presence. They supply one of the widest variety of business hardware available, from micro servers, blade servers, Quadro workstation and even green and cloud solutions. Today we will be looking at the Boston Venom 3401-7T, which is one of their flagship models of their Venom series, which has been designed for high-performance graphics, parallel processing and high-speed rendering. With this being one of our first enterprise workstation reviews we have a fresh selection of benchmarks which will help us push these high specification systems to their limits. We have a wide range including CPU, GPU, Memory and storage benchmarks which will help us collect some statistics which will help us find the cream of the crop of workstation rigs and at the same time provide our audience with informative concise results.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

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