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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Small Form Factor PC Plugs Directly Into Wall Outlet

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.tgdaily.com/consumer-ele...livebox-mini-pc

"AMD is apparently using the LiveBox Mini to showcase its lineup of low-power sipping APUs, as the company doesn't typically build or design complete systems. Perhaps this is somewhat of a form factor blueprint for computer manufacturers to follow."

Now here is something a little different. Imagine you want a small form factor PC but don't really want even a small PC to sit on your desk. How about one that plugs directly into an outlet? This small unit features 1 GB of RAM and a 64 GB SSD. It also boasts two USB ports, HDMI output, Ethernet port, memory card slot and SIM card slot. Hit the Read link to see a short video clip of it.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Toshiba Announces New 2.5-inch Hard Disk Drives

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.electronista.com/article...ight.portables/

"Toshiba moved notebook storage a significant step forward on Wednesday night by launching the MK7559GSXP. The 2.5-inch drive is the first to hold 750GB but reach the same 9.5mm (0.37in) height as most slimmer notebook hard drives.... In tandem with the thin drive, Toshiba is rolling out the MKxx59GSM line, which brings 750GB and 1TB drives but in a taller three-platter, 12.5mm (0.49in) profile...."

Toshiba lists over 20 "PC & Notebook" hard drive series on their web site, with as many as 6 drives in a series, although only a handful appear to be available to the general public. The Electronista article picks up on two (out of six) recently announced series that emphasize storage capacity and power efficiency, with delivery dates to system builders beginning sometime in April 2010. My first notebook had a hard drive measured in MBs, and our largest current portable has an 120GB internal drive, so it is hard to imagine needing a portable with over 500GB. However, if your notebook is your primary system, a larger drive might make sense. Would you be tempted by a 750GB or larger drive in a notebook? Beyond capacity, hard drive makers are touting ecological selling points, such as power efficiency and environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques. Do you factor these into your HD purchase decisions? Are you willing to give up a bit of performance - or pay a higher price - to be "green?"


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Acer Aspire X1200 Series Crams Oodles of Features into Small Package

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:47 AM

http://gizmodo.com/398056/acer-aspi...in-a-tiny-space

"If you gotta go the desktop route, Acer's got three mini-PCs packed heavy with ports that don't take up a ton of space. Measuring 10.6" x 4" x 14.4", about the same as a hardcover book, the X1200s have an HDMI port-like Dell's leaked mini, aka the green PC, but unlike the smaller Asus Eee Box, which only has DVI-plus two PCIes, nine(!!) USBs, FireWire, front and back audio jacks, a DVD SuperMulti drive and a 14-in-1 card reader. Under the hood, it comes standard with 4GB RAM, the better to power the AMD dual-core processor with Nvidia GeForce 8200 integrated graphics to run Vista (now with SP1!). The PCs are out now for $450 to $700, a config which includes a 500GB drive and 22" LCD monitor. Check out the press release after the jump."

I've never owned an Acer PC, but this might be my first: this little box, only 10.6 inches tall, packs more ports than your average desktop PC (nine USB ports!?). The native HDMI, and small size, makes this especially appealing for my digital wall project - I need something unobtrusive with on-board HDMI. If the pricing in Canada is in line with the US pricing, my search might just be over before it really began.


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