Systems

LAS VEGAS, NV — This year at CES, ZOTAC has demonstrated its new flagship compact gaming PC with an upgrade and a rededign. The new ZBOX MAGNUS is powered by Intel’s six-core Core i7 Coffee Lake CPU and offers higher performance in applications that can take advantage of the increased core/thread count. The system retains NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 GPU from its two predecessors (the ZBOX MAGNUS EN1080 and the EN1080K). However, the new GPU is a discrete card, and not a MXM module. We recently reviewed the Core i7-7700 version of this mini-PC, but the new ZOTAC ZBOX MAGNUS is powered by Intel’s Core i7-8700 processor (6C/12T, 3.2/4.6 GHz, 12 MB, 65 W) as well as a custom Intel Z370-based motherboard with two DDR4...

ECS at CES 2018: LIVA Z2, LIVA Q2 & LIVA One SoC Gemini Lake-Based UCFF PCs

UPDATE 1/12, 2:15 PM ET: Adding MSPRs for the Z2 and Q2 entry-level configs. LAS VEGAS, NV — ECS demonstrated a few of its upcoming ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs based...

6 by Anton Shilov 6 days ago

Intel NUC6CAYH (Arches Canyon) Apollo Lake UCFF PC Review

Intel has enjoyed great success with their NUC lineup of ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) PCs. They have segmented the NUCs into three markets - the entry-level, mid-range, and enthusiast...

48 by Ganesh T S 6 days ago

Acer Unveils Nitro 5: 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop with AMD Ryzen Mobile & Radeon RX560

LAS VEGAS, NV — Acer this week announced its first modern laptop that uses an AMD processor and an AMD Radeon discrete graphics chip. The Nitro 5 is a...

17 by Anton Shilov on 1/10/2018

Acer’s New Swift 7 Gets 14-inch Display, LTE Modem, Becomes Thinner & Pricier

LAS VEGAS, NV — Just a little over a year ago Acer started selling its original Swift 7 laptop that was thinner than one centimeter, yet packed quite a...

7 by Anton Shilov on 1/9/2018

Lenovo Unveils Miix 630 2-in-1: Windows 10 S, Snapdragon 835, Gigabit LTE, 20 Hrs

LAS VEGAS, NV — Lenovo today introduced its first Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-based 2-in-1 notebook that runs Microsoft Windows 10 S, has a built-in Gigabit LTE modem and promises up...

30 by Anton Shilov on 1/8/2018

Lenovo Re-Engineers ThinkPad X1 Tablet: 13-inch LCD, Quad-Core i7, TB3, 9.5 Hrs

LAS VEGAS, NV — Lenovo has announced its third iteration of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet. The new system is a complete departure from the two prior generations of the...

18 by Anton Shilov on 1/8/2018

Lenovo Unveils New ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga Laptops: 8th Gen Core, Dolby Vision HDR

LAS VEGAS, NV — Lenovo today announced its 2018 models of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga notebooks. The new premium laptops from Lenovo received three...

4 by Anton Shilov on 1/8/2018

Intel's Hades Canyon NUCs with Radeon Graphics are Official: $799-$999, Shipping in Spring 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV — Intel's Skylake-based Skull Canyon NUC has been a popular mini-desktop since its launch in early 2016. We didn't see a corresponding Kaby Lake version...

39 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2018

HP Recalls 50,000 Laptop Batteries Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

HP has initiated a voluntarily recall of a number of laptop batteries. These batteries are used inside various Envy, ProBook and ZBook notebooks over the past two years due...

7 by Anton Shilov on 1/7/2018

Lenovo’s New ThinkPad Laptops Get Universal USB-C Power Adapters

Lenovo has announced that their 2018 ThinkPad laptops based on Intel’s 8th Generation Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs will get universal power adapters that use the USB Type-C connectors. The move...

13 by Anton Shilov on 1/5/2018

Habey BIS-6862 & Shuttle XPC Slim DS77U Fanless Kaby Lake Industrial PCs Review

Passively cooled computing systems are popular amongst consumers worried about the reliability of moving parts, noise from fans, and other associated maintenance requirements (particularly, for industrial use-cases). Traditionally, fanless...

12 by Ganesh T S on 1/5/2018

Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EN1080K Compact Gaming PC Review

Gaming systems and small form-factor (SFF) PCs have emerged as bright spots in the desktop PC market that has been subject to severe challenges recently. Many vendors have tried...

14 by Ganesh T S on 1/2/2018

A Budget Home Theater & PC Setup: 4K, HDR, UHD Blu-ray, and More

The days of bulky home-theater PCs (HTPCs) with built-in tuners, optical disc drives, and integrated media storage capabilities are long gone. In 2017, advancements in the media / home...

179 by Ganesh T S on 12/26/2017

More Ryzen Mobile: Acer Swift 3 with 2700U and 2500U Listed, From $750

Back at the Ryzen Mobile launch, AMD announced three primary partners with three devices: the HP Envy x360, the Acer Swift 3, and the Lenovo Ideapad 720S. At the...

33 by Anton Shilov on 12/19/2017

Apple Starts iMac Pro Sales on Dec. 14: 8/10-Core Models At Launch, 14/18-Core Models Due in 2018

Apple has announced that sales of its previously announced iMac Pro all-in-one workstations will start on Thursday, December 14. On that day, the company is expected to make its...

76 by Anton Shilov on 12/13/2017

Shuttle Unveils SZ270R9 SFF PC with ‘Turbo’ Button: Core i7, Long GPU, 6 Drives & More

Shuttle has introduced its new high-end PC barebones designed for gamers and enthusiast who are not afraid of overclocking. The new XPC SZ270R9 features the R9 chassis that can...

12 by Anton Shilov on 12/12/2017

ZOTAC Launches MEK1 Upgradeable PCs: Up to Core i7-7700, GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, RGB LEDs

ZOTAC this past week formally introduced its first family of upgradeable small form-factor desktops for gamers. The ZOTAC MEK1 systems will come in two configurations, each featuring Intel’s Kaby...

14 by Anton Shilov on 12/11/2017

MSI Infinite X Desktop US Launch: Core i7-8700K, GTX 1070 & More

MSI has started to sell its latest Infinite X desktops in the US. The new systems are based on Intel’s six-core Core i7 (Coffee Lake) processors, as well as...

7 by Anton Shilov on 11/30/2017

ASUS Launches ROG Strix GL702ZC: 17.3-inch, Eight-Core AMD Ryzen 7, Radeon RX580

ASUS this week introduced the industry’s first gaming laptop powered by AMD’s eight-core Ryzen 7 1700 processor. The ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC-WB74 is a 17.3” desktop replacement machine that...

16 by Anton Shilov on 11/22/2017

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