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Alienware's new Area 51 gaming desktop PC arrived late last year and it certainly turned heads, including ours, due to its somewhat radical design. Sure, we've seen some wild chassis designs out of Dell's Alienware gaming PC division in the past, but their new, redesigned Area 51 machine really broke the mold. In fact, if you're stuck on the old gray or black box design of most legacy systems, the "Triad" chassis of the new Area 51 may be too much of a departure for you to wrap your head around. We think, with a little investigation into the mechanical engineering and simple physics of the... Read more...
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... Read more...
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... Read more...
Welcome back for another episode of HotHardware’s Two And A Half Geeks. In this episode, Dave, Marco and guest-gee extraordinaire William “Chip” Van Winkle talk about the sleek Dell XPS 13 ultrabook, the Alienware Alpha, Microsoft’s myriad of Windows 10 disclosures, the recently released NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, the Asus Padfone X hybrid mobile device and a whole lot more. Show Notes: 01:38 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Review With EVGA And ASUS 13:00 - Dell XPS 13 (2015) Ultrabook, HotHardware's Full Review 24:21 - Microsoft Windows 10 Preview With Cortana And Updated Start Menu Available... Read more...
Valve’s Steam Machine was all the rage at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, but as we enter 2015, the SteamOS gaming platform (and Valve’s tantalizing Steam Controller) are still works in progress. SteamOS hasn’t been written off, but Dell, which was one of the first PC makers to build a custom console-sized system for SteamOS, isn’t waiting around. Its Alienware gaming brand launched the Alienware Alpha, which is meant to be your next (or your first) living room gaming PC. The Alienware Alpha plugs the holes left by Valve with Microsoft hardware and software and a simple 10-ft UI developed in house.... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Dave and Marco round-table rap about highlights of CES 2015, including the CyberPower Fang Trinity, NVIDIA’s Tegra X1, 5th Gen Core Intel-powered notebooks like the Dell XPS 13, AMD Freesync monitors and upcoming Carizzo APU, and what we expect for the coming year... Show Notes: 01:50 - Cyberpower PC’s Wild Fang Trinity Invades CES Alongside New Syber Vapor Systems06:28 - A Video Deep-Dive Look At Dell's XPS 13 (2015) Ultrabook And Yes, It's HOT12:54 - Lenovo Unveils Refreshed ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Revamped Think Lineup17:11 - Hands On With... Read more...
Dell took the wraps off a fresh, new revamp of their popular XPS 13 ultrabook line, out at CES in Las Vegas last week. The new machine was widely considered best-of-show for core computing products and racked-up awards left and right from major publications, including accolades from us here. Dell seemingly hit all the high notes with this machine, from its new 14nm Intel Core i5-5200U Broadwell-U processor power plant, to its absolutely stunning 13.3-inch 3200X1800 IPS display that's strapped with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT and nearly completely devoid of bezel on its... Read more...
We’ve seen a lot of cool stuff coming out of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but one of the most interesting has to be Cyberpower PC’s Fang Trinity gaming PC. The Fang Trinity features a unique tri-zone case from DeepCool (dubbed the Trinity concept) that looks somewhat like a Star Wars Imperial Shuttle. Each zone contains an array of components and the wiring is snaked through the case through a central cylinder that also houses the power button. We could ramble on about tech specs and what makes the Cyberpower PC Fang Trinity so intriguing, but it’ll probably be better if you just take... Read more...
NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun Huang hosted a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas this evening, to officially kick off the company’s Consumer Electronics Show activities.  Jen Hsun began the press conference with a bit of back story on the Tegra K1 and how it took NVIDIA approximately 2 years to get Kepler-class graphics into Tegra, but that it was able to cram a Maxwell-derived GPU into the just announced Tegra X1 in just a few months. We’ve got more details regarding the Tegra X1 in this post, complete with pictures of the chip and reference platform, game demos, benchmarks and... Read more...
We first caught wind on the Alienware Alpha in the lead-up to Valve’s Steam Box announcements, prior to the Consumer Electronics Show. If you’re unfamiliar with the Alienware Alpha, it is a sleek, small form factor gaming PC, designed specifically for gamers. Valve is not quite ready with Steam OS or the Steam Controller, so the whole Steam Box angle is on hold for now, but that didn’t stop Alienware from re-tooling a bit and shipping the Alpha with Windows 8.1 instead. There are a number of Alpha configurations currently available. The machines have a starting price of $549 with the entry-level... Read more...
Large screen smartphones, a.k.a. phablets, are expected to account for nearly 25% of all smartphone shipments this year. Given the popularity and prevalence of these large-screen devices which includes LG’s G3, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, and HTC’s One Max, it’s not surprising that Google is also going big with its latest flagship phone, the Nexus 6. Even before the Nexus 6 was announced, its codename of Shamu (named after the whale at SeaWorld) pretty much gave away the fact that this flagship smartphone was going to be a large-screen device. The Nexus 6 has the largest screen... Read more...
Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro 2-in-1 ultrabook has made a bit of a splash as of late, from appearing in a number of holiday shopping-infused TV spots, to flash prank comparisons tricking unwitting mall shoppers into thinking they got framed for busting up a MacBook Air laptop. It's with good reason that Lenovo is making an effort to amplify interest in the product. The Yoga 3 Pro one of the first hybrid ultrabooks to hit the market powered by Intel's new low power Core M Broadwell processor. In a nutshell, you can think of Broadwell as a full-featured Intel Core series notebook processor that performs at... Read more...
We’ve got a brand new episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks up in our channel for your viewing pleasure. Although we’re sans our half geek again, Dave and Marco discuss the brand new design on the HotHardware page, the just-released Samsung SSD 850 EVO, the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, our current giveaway featuring NVIDIA’s awesome SHIELD Tablet, and a whole lot more. Show Notes: 02:23 - Welcome to HotHardware 5.0 05:00 - Samsung SSD 850 EVO Solid State Drive Review 12:20 - Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Review with Intel’s Core M 23:35 - Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review 24:00 - Dragon Age: Inquisition... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave and Marco are sans the half geek, but forge ahead anyway and discuss SanDisk's Extreme Pro SSDs, the awesome ASUS G751 gaming notebook with NVIDIA's Maxwell GPU, the wild Alienware Area 51 gaming PC, Amazon's Fire HD 7 tablet, printable food, water-cooled tri-SLI from Gigabyte and a whole lot more... Show Notes: 01:10 - SanDisk Extreme Pro Solid State Drives Reviewed  07:00 - Asus G751 Gaming Laptop: Mobile Maxwell Done Right  15:45 - Amazon Fire HD 7 Tablet (2014) Review  24:25 - Alienware Area-51:... Read more...
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