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Getting A Real Sense Of Dell's Venue 7 8000 Tablet
     Fri, Feb 06 2015 | 1:24P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Take everything you know and expect from an Android tablet, crumple it into a ball, and throw it away. Done? Good -- none of what you just purged from your brain will do you any good when looking at the Venue 8 7000 from Dell. It's not heavily modified and tied to an online shopping experience like Amazon's Fire tablets, nor does it take a barebones approach like the defunct Nexus 7 from Google. The Venue 8 7000 doesn't even flex an ARM processor. So now that you know what Dell's latest Android tablet doesn't have, let's spend a few moments talking about exactly what it is. For one, it's the world's thinnest tablet, measuring a mere 6 millimeters wide, or 0.24 inches and change if you're staunchly opposed to the metric system...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel NUC5i5RYK Broadwell-U Mini-PC
     Fri, Feb 06 2015 | 1:07P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel is readying its latest generation of NUC small form factor systems, based on the company’s recently-released Broadwell-U processors. We got our hands on a Core i5-powered version dubbed the NUC5i5RYK. To be more specific, this little machine is packing a Core i5-5250U processor with on-die Intel HD 6000 series graphics. The system also sports built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, M.2 SSD support, and a host of other features. We’re still readying our full review, but in the meantime we thought you’d like to take a peek at the diminutive Intel NUC5i5RYK to get a sense of what the system can do. As you’ll see, not only is the machine nice and small, but it packs some punch as well.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

ECS Liva X Mini PC Review
     Thu, Feb 05 2015 | 9:00A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ECS has updated its Liva Mini PC and the new version is named Liva X. Its a small box that is powered by a Celeron N2808 dual core System on Chip that is capable of running either Windows or Linux.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

On Test The Track With Dell's Venue 8 7000 And Intel's Moorefield
     Tue, Feb 03 2015 | 9:02A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell has been strategically showing off their new Venue 8 7000 series tablet over the past few months, starting back at the Intel Developer's Forum in September of last year, then again at Dell World in November, and of course at CES 2015. At each event we got some hands-on time with Dell's interesting new tablet and the new Intel Moorefield Atom platform that powers it, along with Intel's RealSense camera setup, but until this week we haven't gotten much more than a few spare minutes with the device. Upon our return from CE, however, Dell had a couple of packages waiting on our doorsteps, which included both the hot new 2015 Dell XPS 13 ultrabook and their new darling tablet as well.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Alienware 13 + Graphics Amplifier Review
     Fri, Jan 30 2015 | 9:03A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the main issues with gaming laptops is the limitations of the form factor. This is why the Alienware 13 is such an interesting laptop; paired an optional accessory called the Graphics Amplifier that houses a standard desktop GPU and power supply, you get essentially the same power as a typical gaming desktop while docked at home, and a level of upgradeability otherwise not possible with another laptop.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Dell's Venue 8 7000 And Intel's Moorefield
     Fri, Jan 30 2015 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell has been strategically showing off their new Venue 8 7000 series tablet over the past few months, starting back at the Intel Developer's Forum in September of last year, then again at Dell World in November, and of course at CES 2015. At each event we got some hands-on time with Dell's interesting new tablet and the new Intel Moorefield Atom platform that powers it, along with Intel's RealSense camera setup, but until this week we haven't gotten much more than a few spare minutes with the device. Upon our return from CE, however, Dell had a couple of packages waiting on our doorsteps, which included both the hot new 2015 Dell XPS 13 ultrabook and their new darling tablet as well.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520+ Review
     Tue, Jan 27 2015 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Comprising of an Intel i5 Processor, 4GB of speedy DDR3 and a 500GB hard disk it has the specification to match many 'home PC' but has the footprint (or rather a diameter) of just 16cm. It has plenty of connectivity, its looks great, it is easy to upgrade if you wish, has a low power consumption rate and should perform as well as any other PC with a similar specification. What ZOTAC have created here is truly astonishing when you look back over the years on how PCs have evolved to what we see today but enough reminiscing. Time we put this product to the test...
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

 
Gigabyte BRIX S BXi5H-5200 Review
     Mon, Jan 26 2015 | 2:48P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are three models in the range of BRIX S Mini-PC barebones that use the new Broadwell-U processor. These offer a choice of 5-series Core -3, -5 or -7. These are all dual core processors with Hyper Threading so while it sounds like a big difference these three models are only separated by clock speed.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

PC to showcase that small can be beautiful too!
     Thu, Jan 22 2015 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: "All of this goodness gets contained inside a Corsair Carbide Air 240, one of our favorite small form factor cases. Because of the dual-chamber design you get a shorter case than even your normal mATX cases, though you do gain a bit of width (don't we all...). The result is an incredibly clean, compact and, in our case, white system that only needs a copy of Windows 8.1 to finish it off."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

ECS LIVA-X Mini PC (Intel N2808)
     Mon, Jan 19 2015 | 6:50P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Tired of your smart TV's horrible interface? Looking to add Wi-Fi and digital media options to your home theatre? Want Windows in your living room? ECS's LIVA X is the cost-effective, silent solution to meet those needs, as well as the basic compute needs of most Internet users. With added storage-expansion options and more CPU power, the new LIVA X is the mini PC many have been waiting for.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Alienware Alpha Review
     Sat, Jan 17 2015 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Alienware Alpha is a compact living room gaming PC that suits the gamer wanting better graphics, frame rates, and resolutions on a more consistent basis. On top of this, you get the advantages of gaming on a PC, such as a massive game library, cheaper games and the excellent modding community.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #2: NCASE M1 Edition
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our second mini-ITX gaming build guide is centered around creating a powerful yet quiet system inside the ultra small, limited edition NCASE M1 case.
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

LIVA has a cool new name - the “X”
     Fri, Jan 16 2015 | 2:37P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our review of the original LIVA mini-PC we found it to be an interesting product, but it was difficult to identify a specific use-case for it; a common problem with the mini-PC market. Could the tiny Windows-capable machine be a real desktop replacement? That first LIVA just wasn't there yet. The Intel Bay Trail-M SoC was outmatched when playing 1080p Flash video content and system performance was a little sluggish overall in Windows 8.1, which wasn't aided by the limitation of 2GB RAM. (Performance was better overall with Ubuntu.) The price made it tempting but it was too underpowered as one's only PC - though a capable machine for many tasks. Fast forward to today, when the updated version has arrived on my desk. The updated LIVA has a cool new name - the “X” - and the mini computer's case has more style than before (very important!). Perhaps more importantly, the X boasts upgraded internals as well. Could this new LIVA be the one to replace a desktop for productivity and multimedia? Is this the moment we see the mini-PC come into its own? There’s only one way to find out. But first, I have to take it out of the box.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Lenovo Erazer X315 Gaming Desktop PC Review
     Mon, Jan 12 2015 | 2:06P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have our first Lenovo gaming machine in the lab in the form of the Erazer X315. Just how well will this budget system perform? Read on to find out."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

ORIGIN PC MILLENNIUM 4K Gaming Desktop Review
     Mon, Jan 12 2015 | 1:17P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have probably one of the most overkill desktops we`ve seen. Sporting three GTX 980s, the MILLENNIUM is built to withstand 4K gaming and beyond."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Tesoro Excalibur Review
     Fri, Jan 09 2015 | 3:28P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Beyond a no frills design, the Excalibur also includes 512Kb of onboard memory for up to 200 macros or 2000 keystrokes that can be saved over 5 custom profiles, 5 Modes of LED backlighting (only available in blue) as well as various media keys and 6/NKRO.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

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