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Adventures With Dell's Rugged PC Line-Up
     Tue, Nov 01 2016 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the many perks of working at a publication like HotHardware is that we get to attend a wide array of different technology-related events. GPU Tech Days, the Consumer Electronics Show, processor deep dives, smartphone launches -- you name it, and we're there. At many of these events we get hands-on time with the latest and greatest gadgets and components, sometimes in exotic locations, but there's typically a predictable cadence. Arrive, get situated, learn some new things, maybe have a bit of fun, and then head home. But every once in a long while, things get a little crazy. Like, trying to destroy a $5,000 laptop by throwing it off a boat kind of crazy. Don't believe us? Check this out...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Fierce PC Dragon Shield Review
     Thu, Oct 13 2016 | 3:27P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the spotlight today is the Dragon Shield from Fierce PC. This computer system is a high-end offering which is laden with features. This rig takes advantage of Intel’s Z170 chipset and therefore makes use of the Intel Core i7-6700K. Accompanying this CPU there is 16GB DDR4, GTX 1070 and a trio of storage drives including M.2 NVMe technology. Not only has Fierce PC overclocked the CPU and GPU but they’ve also installed a custom water cooling configuration in order to achieve extremely low-temperatures.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Guru3D Rig of the Month - September 2016
     Fri, Oct 07 2016 | 11:31A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Lets peek at the September edition of the Guru3D Rig of the Month 2016. This months build is fabbed by Randall Woody. The man in reality is manager for a parking company, and this actually is his first ever mod slash build. He named it Hi Lo Silver, we'll call it Hue.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Zoostorm EVOLVE Desktop PC Review
     Thu, Oct 06 2016 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Here at eTeknix, we endeavour to critique a wide range of systems featuring different component choices which cater to contrasting target demographics. The overwhelming majority of these have some form of gaming credentials and designed to be used as a console replacement. Saying that, it’s important to acknowledge that some users simply require an affordable and reliable pre-configured PC for basic tasks including web browsing, office work and media playback. Even though PC gaming is a wonderful hobby, the level of enthusiasm isn’t shared by those who feel intimidated by technology or didn’t grow up with a fondness for captivating video games. Whatever the reasoning, I’m fairly confident that the desktop form-factor shouldn’t be disregarded for low-end usage scenarios and there’s still a number of key benefits over a tablet or traditional laptop. For example, desktops are easy to repair and encourage a better posture while typing.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Gigabyte BRIX Gaming UHD Review
     Sat, Oct 01 2016 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gigabyte’s BRIX line of barebones PCs are typically small and low-powered – at least, when compared with a mini-ITX desktop system, for example. However, the new BRIX Gaming UHD aims to change all of that. Gone are the integrated graphics and low-power processors, and in their place we find a desktop-grade 4GB GTX 950 and quad-core i7-6700HQ with Hyper-Threading. With that level of hardware in such a small package, it will be interesting to see how the BRIX Gaming UHD performs.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

2016 Dell Vostro and Latitude Laptops Revealed
     Wed, Sep 28 2016 | 5:41P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The 2016 Dell Vostro and Latitude laptops boast the latest 7th Generation Intel Core processors (codenamed Kaby Lake), as well as solid state drives and fingerprint sensors. Check out the videos and details of the three 2016 Dell Vostro and Latitude laptops.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Asrock Beebox-S
     Tue, Sep 27 2016 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For potential buyers the real selling point of the Beebox-S is the price. You might expect a Skylake-U enabled Core i5 mini PC to cost a pretty penny, especially one of this caliber. I know I did which is why the current $320 US asking price over at Newegg really shocked me. The 6100U model is also selling for just $264, another amazing bargain right there.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

 
ECS LIVA One Mini-PC (H110/Skylake)
     Sun, Sep 25 2016 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Here's another $400 option for ultra-small PCs, this time based on Intel's 35W Skylake CPU, the Core i3-6100T. The ECS LIVA One ups the performance a notch compared to past LIVA units, but the ECS LIVA One also ups the size a fair bit.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Shuttle XPC Slim DS67U Barebone Review
     Tue, Sep 13 2016 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The new DS67U XPC Slim barebone from Shuttle is built on a chassis we have previously seen with the DS57U series quite some time ago and besides the updated platform we do also have some welcome modifications like the M.2 slot instead of mSATA or the external Wi-Fi antennas for extended storage instead of the internal ones which are more prone to interferences. While the model we have reviewed does feature the Skylake-U Celeron 3855U processor, there are also other versions to be taken into account which do feature the Core i3-6100U, Core i5-6200U or the Core i7-6500U processors for even higher performance needs."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

20 of the Worst PC Setups
     Thu, Sep 08 2016 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I'm sure at some point you've had a bad PC setup. Maybe moving into a new place, waiting for a new desk to arrive or you just ran out of room. I can remember my horrible PC setups from when I was living at the dorms in college. If you have ever ventured over to the Shitty Battlestations sub-reddit you will find a lot of horrible PC setups. We will are going to pick 20 each month and feature them as 20 of the Worst PC setups for that month. Here are some of the bad ones from August!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

HP Pavilion x360 13t Review: A Quality Mainstream
     Thu, Sep 08 2016 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Mainstream notebooks, laptops, and convertible devices have been significantly refined over the last few generations. The $500-$900 price range generally features laptops that are thin and light, built well, have decent battery life, and deliver solid multimedia experiences. Intel has a stranglehold on the CPUs and graphics in many of these mid-level systems, so PC makers seem to be emphasizing design differences lately. As important as performance is, you may well choose your next laptop because it converts into a mode that fits your needs, rather than because of its technical specifications. HP aims the Pavilion x360 series at buyers who are looking for a non-traditional laptop. All of the laptops in the series have hinges that let the display fold back into tablet mode, as well as some other handy modes in between...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Shuttle SH110R4 Mini PC barebones review
     Tue, Aug 30 2016 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The last time I saw a Shuttle barebones was back in 2009, at a time when LGA775 and Core 2 Duo were the flavours of the month. The Shuttle SH110R4 barebones we have on review today is bang up to date, sporting an Intel H110 chipset with support for a Skylake LGA1151 CPU and DDR desktop RAM yet it looks pretty darn familiar.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

The Portable Workstation: Dell's XPS 13
     Tue, Aug 30 2016 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell recently came knocking with a simple proposition: they would send us their XPS 13 ultraportable and the 32-inch UltraSharp UP3216Q 4k monitor to play with and see how we liked it to replace one of our editor's workstation desktop PC. Being able to give away the bundle to one of our readers post-experiment was the icing on the cake.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Project build: Lunchbox 4 - Part 2 @ LanOC Reviews
     Sat, Aug 27 2016 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So yesterday I went through and spoke about each of the components I went with for Lunchbox 4 and why I went with them. Today's the day we dive into customizing the build to make it stand out a little including adding that all important carrying handle. Then after that, I benchmark the build and figure out how the new build compares to our last Lunchbox build. Does it fit our goal of always going smaller and faster? Do I have any regrets with the new build? Well I talk about that in the last section, so don’t forget to check that out as well.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Shuttle XPC Cube SZ170R8 w/ i5-6600K
     Fri, Aug 26 2016 | 12:52P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Shuttle's new SZ170R8 XPC Cub combines a potent CPU and a capable GPU - you won't need more for a nice gaming system or a VR setup. Not only is its mainboard rife with features, but the SZ170R8 also looks elegant and is incredibly small.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Project build: Lunchbox 4 - Part 1 @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, Aug 25 2016 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Talk about a long time coming, not only has it been almost three years from our last Lunchbox build, but I’ve been planning and working on this build for a good portion of the year. If you follow our coverage, you will see breadcrumbs of comments all the way back to January of me mentioning potentially using components in Lunchbox 4. The problem is how exactly do you follow up our last build, it fit the bill perfectly, was easy to take to events, and had more than enough power for everything we tossed at it. I mean I could do the same thing again but with a few upgraded components but we have always tried to go smaller and faster with every Lunchbox build and frankly going much smaller has a few major limitations. So today I’m going to sit down and run through our new build. A lot of the components have been covered in their own reviews but today I’m going to go over why I picked each part. Then tomorrow I will dive into a few of the customizations I did to the build, benchmark everything, and then talk about how the build turned out.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

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