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E FUN is preparing to launch a new line of Android tablets known as Nextbook. Within the Nextbook lineup, you'll find the Next2 tablet with a 7-inch TFT color display, Wi-Fi, 2GB of memory, a SD/MMC card slot, and a MP3/photo viewer. The Next2 will also come preloaded with 25 books, as well as videos and music. All of the Nextbook tablets will also have a preloaded Borders eBook Store application. The E FUN Nextbook Android tablet e-readers will launch through HSN in November. The Next2 is expected to cost $199.99. E FUN Introduces Nextbook Android Tablet Preloaded With Borders eBook Store Next2... Read more...
Starting this weekend, Wal-Mart plans to change where you'll shop for your next computer, while possibly providing a needed salesboost to OEMs whose profits have fallen due to weaker sales. For most companies, such statements would smack of hubris, but Wal-Mart's size and recession-resistant business model lend credence to the idea that the store could spark an uptick in consumer demand. As the first step in that process, beginning Sunday, Wal-Mart will offer a Compaq Presario notebook for $298.Said noteboook will offer a 15.6" screen (1366x768), a single-core Sempron SI-42 (clocked at 2.1GHz),... Read more...
AMD continues their procession of new ATI Radeons today, with a couple of new entry-level offerings targeted at users who would like to upgrade from underpowered IGPs. Like the Radeon HD 4670 that came before it, the new Radeon HD 4550 and HD 4350 being rolled out today are based on the same GPU architecture first introduced with the popular Radeon HD 4800 series. The Radeon HD 4550 and HD 4350 both offer support for DirectX 10.1, DisplayPort, AVIVO with the UVD 2 engine, and CrossFire, although they do not have CrossFire bridge connectors like AMD's higher-end offerings.  As such, these... Read more...
Early last year, Antec launched their gaming line of cases with the Antec Nine Hundred - instantly garnering praise throughout the PC enthusiast crowd.  It's main claim to fame was the complete openess of the front bezel, using perforated bays and 120mm fans to keep airflow rushing inside.  Also notable was the expansive interior, bottom-mounted power-supply unit, and oversized "Big Boy" 200mm fan placed at the top that allowed some massive cooling over the CPU socket area.  We were able to take a look at the Nine Hundred ourselves and were pretty impressed overall, although we noted... Read more...
Early last year, Antec launched their gaming line of cases with the Antec Nine Hundred - instantly garnering praise throughout the PC enthusiast crowd.  Its main claim to fame was the complete openess of the front bezel, using perforated bays and 120mm fans to keep airflow rushing inside.  Also notable was the expansive interior, bottom-mounted power-supply unit, and oversized "Big Boy" 200mm fan placed at the top that allowed some massive cooling over the CPU socket area.  We were able to take a look at the Nine Hundred ourselves and were pretty impressed overall, although... Read more...
Today at HotHardware, we have looked at two affordably priced Core 2 platforms based on the Intel P3x series chipset, to see if there were any major differences in terms of performance, features, and overclockability between the two.  Representing the P35 Express, we have the ECS P35T-A, which retails for a little over $100 USD. In addition, we have the new Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L representing the P31 Express. This new Gigabyte motherboard is currently selling for about 20% less (around $80 USD), making it one of the least expensive P3x boards currently on the market.  Click the link... Read more...
Intel’s latest chipset family, the P3x-series, can certainly be qualified as a hit thus far. While Intel P3x-series chipsets, like the mid-range P35 series and the budget-targeted P31 series, don’t sport any truly exciting new features in comparison to their previous generation counterparts, they’re showing themselves to be extremely reliable and very flexible thus far. While high-end (performance minded) buyers will most likely opt for Intel’s coming upcoming X38 and X48 chipsets, the P35 and P31 Express chipsets will no doubt become the base for the vast majority of Intel platforms over the next... Read more...
With the summer coming to a close, you may find yourself inside a bit more, and thus in the need for a new computer to get through the winter months. Those of you heading back to school may also find yourself in the same situation. Students aren't usually known for their large bank accounts though, but fear not, as you can still build yourself a decent machine without breaking the bank. Madshrimps will help put some ideas in your head with their latest budget system building guide for the summer of 06. "Value for the money, bang for the buck and good price/performance ratio are expressions... Read more...
Our friends over at the Tech Report have rounded up a trio of budget-priced graphics cards and put them trough the wringer in typical TR fashion.  When all was said and done, one card was the clear winner.  But we won't give away the conclusion.  Head on over to TR for the full scoop... "While ATI and NVIDIA have successfully massaged their Radeon X1000 and GeForce 7 architectures into more affordable flavors, they're not the only ones duking it out in the budget space. S3 has slowly clawed its way back into the game, and the... Read more...
MadShrimps has posted a brief article which outlines a budget-oriented mission to overclock two different Intel CPU's well beyond 4GHz. Both the moderately priced Pentium D 805 and the Celeron D 356 were placed in an ASUS P5LD2 motherboard and cooled by a Thermaltake Sonic Tower heatsink. Seeing 4GHz in the rear-view mirror using standard air-cooling is certainly an accomplishment. The fact that it was done for such little money is nothing short of impressive. The price of this CPU (Pentium D 805) is extremely low which makes it a winner as a budget CPU, even when not considering... Read more...
If we took a moment to reflect on some of the biggest technological advancements in recent history, SLI has to be on the short list.  Thanks in part to the increased bandwidth of PCI Express, NVIDIA paved the way for running two matching PCI Express based video cards concurrently, resulting in what we know today as SLI.  As with virtually any technology, there are positives and negatives to SLI.  First, the cards used must be the same and designed specifically to support SLI.  Second, the power requirements of today's NVIDIA graphics cards will require many to add a new PSU... Read more...
Happy Friday all!  Looks like a lot of people have been very busy in the hardware world this week. We've got a slew of news for you on a typically quiet Friday morning.  We're all working on some awesome hardware ourselves, so stay tuned.  I wonder how many of you feel real old after checking out Rob's retro Coleco piece.  I know I got a reality check when I can remember playing that pocket football game when I was a kid.  It was so cool at the time.  Ugghh...getting old :( September High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme: "Today on Sharky Extreme,... Read more...
  With much anticipation and fanfare, the next generation in video card interface has arrived.  PCI Express, the successor to AGP, is now available on a number of Intel-based boards starting with the 900 series chipset.  VIA, SiS, and others are sure to follow in the coming months. It's still uncertain when the other OEM solutions will come out with PCI-E (not to be confused with PCI-X), but regardless of potential delays, PCI-E will be universal sooner than later. The potential benefits of PCI-E over AGP are dramatic, offering peak bandwidth of 4GBps (8GB concurrent), which... Read more...
Good afternoon HotHardware Fans!  We've got something brand new for you today!  To compliment our relatively new layout, we've just launched a brand new forum!  If you're already a member, click here and check it out!  If you're not a member yet, what are you waiting for?  :)  All you need is a valid e-mail address to register, and you can immediately get it on the action! We've also got healthy serving of hardware news for you, including an interesting PR from Asetek where they overclocked a new LGA775 P4 to almost 4.6GHz... Asetek Press Release:  Overclocking... Read more...