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There's almost nothing hotter than a screamin' fast desktop replacement notebook.  Sure, these machines aren't notebooks in the traditional sense of the word.  If you really plan to take them on the road, you better not have been cheatin' on your sit-ups, sonny-boy.  These types of notebooks are for real men, or women, as the... Read more...
Earlier this year, we attended the Asus 2010 CES Event in Las Vegas. While there, we caught a glimpse of several upcoming notebooks the hardware giant had in store. One of the most anticipated products we saw was in the Republic of Gamers line up. Dubbed the G73JH, it possessed a list of impressive specifications and an aggressive, stealth... Read more...
Earlier this year, we attended the Asus 2010 CES Event in Las Vegas. While there, we caught a glimpse of several upcoming notebooks the hardware giant had in store. One of the most anticipated products we saw was in the Republic of Gamers line up. Dubbed the G73JH, it possessed a list of impressive specifications and an aggressive, stealth... Read more...
It has been about two months since NVIDIA officially unveiled their first pair of DirectX 11 graphics cards based on the highly anticipated Fermi architecture, the flagship GeForce GTX 480 and the GeForce GTX 470. As is typically the case, when NVIDIA--or ATI for that matter-- releases a new high-end GPU, lower-end, more affordable derivatives... Read more...
To date, Bigfoot Networks has remained mostly a niche company. Only hardcore gamers know about them, and even fewer are willing to pay north of $100 for a high-end NIC card. Bigfoot Networks has had a relatively simple product line over the years: a high-end network card here, and a revamped high-end network card there. You get the drift,... Read more...
When it comes to the business of building PCs, true innovation is hard to find. There are exceptions—HP had the Blackbird 002, Alienware designs its own enclosures, and there's always the Thermaltake Level 10—but most companies aren't willing to take the financial risk that's part and parcel of designing new and different products.... Read more...
When it comes to the business of building PCs, true innovation is hard to find. There are exceptions—HP had the Blackbird 002, Alienware designs its own enclosures, and there's always the Thermaltake Level 10—but most companies aren't willing to take the financial risk that's part and parcel of designing new and different products.... Read more...
Here's something you don't see every single day: an agency that advocates getting off your rear and exercising, endorsing a video game console. It's sort of like the Twilight Zone, but sure enough, the American Heart Association is actually putting their stamp of approval on Nintendo's Wii console and a number of... Read more...
There are two main types of road warriors in this world. First, there are the ones who value portability over all else. These users are more concerned with battery life and ease of transportation than they are with raw performance, and it's because of them that netbooks -- the very epitome of portability -- have become such a popular market... Read more...
There are two main types of road warriors in this world. First, there are the ones who value portability over all else. These users are more concerned with battery life and ease of transportation than they are with raw performance, and it's because of them that netbooks -- the very epitome of portability -- have become such a popular... Read more...
One of the fun things about being a hardware analyst is that every now and then, research and comparison between products turns up something both interesting and unexpected. In this case, we were testing and comparing image quality between ATI's 5970 and the GeForce GTX 480 as part of a system review when we stumbled across an officially... Read more...
One of the fun things about being a hardware analyst is that every now and then, research and comparison between products turns up something both interesting and unexpected. In this case, we were testing and comparing image quality between ATI's 5970 and the GeForce GTX 480 as part of a system review when we stumbled across an officially... Read more...
It's sort of tough to believe it took this long, but finally, Mac users are getting equal treatment when it comes to digital distribution of games. Valve has today launched a program that has not only been long-awaited, but highly rumored. Steam for Mac. Those three words pretty much say it all, and judging by the... Read more...
In terms of technology, DirectX 11 isn't the API defining, behind-the-scenes reboot that DirectX 10 was. It's an incremental update, much in the same way that Windows 7 is an update of Vista. At the end of the day, DirectX 11 is basically just DirectX 10 with a bunch of new features stuck on. However, we'd speculate that DirectX 11 should... Read more...
Touted as one of the biggest milestones in Windows games development in recent years, DirectX 10 ultimately didn't live up to the hype as far as end-users were concerned. A large part of the disappointment was perhaps due to a misunderstanding of what DirectX 10 was supposed to be. DirectX 10 was a fundamental refresh of the entire API and... Read more...
"It's in the game." That's the slogan that EA Sports has harped on for years. But now, it's only in the game if you buy a game new, or if you cough up even more dough as a used game buyer. We don't necessarily cover too much of the video gaming space here at Hot Hardware, but this particular shift in business practice was simply too glaring... Read more...
Bigfoot Networks hasn't introduced a new product in years, at least on the consumer-facing front. The company came into the CE realm with a bang a few years back claiming that their wild new NIC card could actually lower ping times and improve your responsiveness in online gaming. Those claims have been debated ever since, but either way,... Read more...
Apple's iPod touch and iPad haven't really been out long enough to determine their long-term place in handheld gaming. Sony's PSP and Nintendo's DS lineup are still the go-to handhelds when you think of gaming on-the-go, but there's no doubt that Apple is having at least a small impact on things. The App Store is... Read more...
Enthusiasts are passionate about their hardware. While mainstream consumers target products with the best price to performance ratio, there is still a strong market for computer components that hold nothing back. For proof, look no further than Intel's latest Extreme Edition 980X processor, sporting six cores and... Read more...
If your childhood was anything like ours, we are assuming that your mother, father, sister, brother or some combination of any of those were constantly telling you to get away from the game console and step outside. Something about "rotting your brain" or some other nonsense. Now, it's going to be even more difficult... Read more...
Nintendo's Wii has been a runaway hit all over the world, with the game console remaining in a constant state of "sold out everywhere" for nearly a full year after launch in the U.S. People obviously can't get enough of controlling their games with their own hands (and Wii remotes), but now that things have calmed... Read more...
InstantAction made their official debut at GDC earlier this year, but the company wasn't quite ready at the time to reveal a shipping product. This week, that changes for the better, as the company's first offering is now available to all via the Internet. The outfit's claim to fame is their innovation in the... Read more...
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