I see a lot of potential in Google’s Chrome OS. Even today, I have no issues recommending the platform to friends and family with basic computing needs but who want something more traditional than a smartphone or tablet. Once you get beyond its somewhat awkward learning curve (e.g. there is no traditional Office, you can’t run most of what you download from the web/email attachments, etc...), it’s an OS that is incredibly easy to support if you’re the appointed IT-person in your family/friend group. Sandboxing and automatic updates keep the platform secure. The inability to run most things outside of a web browser keeps clueless users from getting themselves into trouble by running things they shouldn’t. Then there’s the fact that many devices running Chrome...

iBUYPOWER Erebus GT Review: Ivy Bridge and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680 in SLI

It was only a month-and-a-half ago that we were able to test the iBUYPOWER Erebus GT, a boutique desktop with a custom water-cooling loop at a very compelling price...

64 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/27/2012

Dell Precision T3600 Review: Dell's New Enterprise

As far as enterprise-class workstations go, we're at the point now where there are fundamentally two major competitors: an entrenched HP, and a very hungry Dell. We've had a...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/23/2012

Puget Systems Echo: Intel and AMD Showdown at 65 Watts

Just about anyone can put together a solid computer using a decent midtower and the right parts. What we don't see as often is just how fast a computer...

62 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/21/2012

iBUYPOWER Erebus GT: Custom Cooling for Less

Boutique gaming desktops are nothing new around here; while enthusiasts may readily dismiss them, it's easy to forget they do serve a purpose and a market beyond the do-it-yourself...

37 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/15/2012

Microsoft Demonstrates Windows to Go

Windows 8 supports installation to removable flash media via a feature called Windows to Go. Your apps, settings, and OS can all be installed to a USB stick and...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/29/2012

Microsoft Demos Windows 8 on 82-inch Touchscreen

Microsoft is talking a lot about the importance of touch input to the Windows 8 experience in everything from tablets to high-end desktops. To show just how far you...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/29/2012

Microsoft Shows Windows 8 CP on Tegra 3, Krait, OMAP 5 & Clover Trail

Update: Despite Microsoft referring to the test platform as running on a next-generation OMAP processor, TI tells us that the Windows 8 tablet was running an OMAP 4470, not...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/29/2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview: The Four Corners

During Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview Event at MWC today, Microsoft demonstrated some of the new features in the CP release out today. While the Metro UI obviously lends...

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/29/2012

HP Phoenix h9se: The Pavilion Goes Beyond Thunderdome

Outside of the Envy series and the bygone era of Voodoo (anyone remember the Blackbird?), HP hasn't exactly been a brand associated with high performance gaming desktops, at least...

40 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/29/2012

Alienware X51: The Xbox With Teeth

While Alienware isn't openly inviting comparisons to Microsoft's Xbox 360 with their brand new X51 gaming desktop, it's hard not to see the resemblance, at least in form factor...

59 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/17/2012

ASRock CoreHT Server Edition Review

Late last year, we took a look at the ASRock CoreHT 252B, a Sandy Bridge-based midrange HTPC. We liked the CoreHT quite a bit, noting that the small form...

44 by Vivek Gowri on 2/16/2012

AVADirect Silent Gaming PC: An Exercise in Balance

One of the benefits of going with a boutique builder is being able to get custom machines that are a little more specialized than what you might get from...

16 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/30/2012

Samsung Launches Series 9 All-in-One PC

Samsung has released Series 9 All-in-One (or simply AIO), and more specifically the model that was released today carries a model number 900A7A. It adopts a similar design as...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 1/22/2012

Zotac's ZBOX AD04 Gives HTPC Users an AMD E-450 APU

If you'd rather have a Brazos based mini HTPC than something that uses Cedar Trail, Zotac has you covered with the ZBOX AD04. Equipped with an AMD E-450, the...

3 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

Zotac's Cedar Trail ZBOX ID80 Uses Discrete GPU

Intel announced its 32nm Atom platform for netbooks/nettops at the end of last year. Codenamed Cedar Trail the new Atom doesn't really change CPU performance all that much but...

0 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

Puget Systems Deluge Updated with NVIDIA Surround Results

Once NVIDIA dropped the 290 series beta driver, we were able to test the Puget Systems Deluge's pair of GeForce GTX 580s in triple-monitor surround. There's good news and...

3 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/30/2011

Pre-Built Desktop Buyer's Guide: Holiday 2011 Edition

While we at AnandTech recognize that a good portion of our readership prefers to roll their own as far as desktops go, not everyone is that way. Sometimes there...

42 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/30/2011

Puget Systems Deluge: Revisiting the Art of Custom With X79

It's been a little while since we've had a Puget Systems desktop in, and so far we haven't yet tested any of their big dog gaming machines. Everything else...

72 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/24/2011

Origin PC Offers Ready-To-Ship Gaming System

We've only had the opportunity to look at one Origin PC so far, and while the performance was impressive the packaging was equally so—Dustin had to struggle to get...

20 by Jarred Walton on 11/22/2011

Toshiba DX735 All-in-One: Notebooks Without Batteries

So far we've tested HP's TouchSmart 610 all-in-one and Dell's Inspiron One all-in-one, and in both cases we've found things to like along with aspects that left us wanting...

30 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/22/2011

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