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Arm is prepared to take the fight to Intel with respect to PC compute performance, and to prove its point, the company has released its first forward-looking roadmap for CPU IP. While ARM is well known for its dominance of processors used in mobile devices, it hopes that consistent year-over-year performance improvements will have Intel shaking in its boots. Qualcomm attempted to encroach into Intel territory with the Snapdragon 835-powered "Always Connected" PCs in 2017, and it will further that push with the Snapdragon 850 Mobile Platform in 2018, which promises a 30 percent overall performance uplift.  To help empower companies like Qualcomm, Apple and Samsung to deliver more... Read more...
Hercules revealed its new Autumn/Winter 2011 collection of multimedia speakers. In all, the company is launching five new models that are designed to be friendly to your wallet. The XPS ARC WHITE speakers feature a streamlined and slightly arched design. These speakers are available in two models. The XPS 2.1 20 ARC WHITE includes two satellite speakers, a subwoofer, a wired remote with volume control and a line input. The XPS 2.0 10 ARC WHITE is a 2.0 version of the previous speaker system with a volume control, on/off button and line input located on the left satellite speaker. Hercules is also adding a USB sound bar to its lineup. With its attachment clip, this speaker bar is designed to be... Read more...
It's been quite some time since hearing of Hercules, but the company's back in a major way this week. They're announcing their latest generation of netbooks, with these guys being in the eCAFE series. Hercules is getting ready to ship two new 10.1" eCAFE models, the Slim HD and EX HD. The former is the slimmest and lightest in the category, while the latter offers world-class battery life. The Slim HD model offers a 10.1" screen and all the essential connectors (3 USB ports, an Ethernet port, headphone and microphone connectors and a card reader), but weighs in at just 1.9 lbs. and measures only .8” thick. The EX HD model features 13 hours of battery life in real use conditions (according... Read more...
Windows 7 is still over a month away from shipping, but already Hercules is preparing to ship its next netbook with that very OS loaded on. Rather than introducing a new machine with Windows XP at this point, the company is instead introducing a new one with Windows 7 Starter for shipment next month. Believe it or not, this isn't the first small notebook from Hercules, which generally sticks to desktop machines. The eCAFE EC-1000W will boast a rather predictable slate of specifications (aside from Win7, of course), with a 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor powering the rig and a roomy 250GB hard drive providing the storage. There's also 1GB of memory, a 10.1" LCD (1024x600 resolution), a chiclet keyboard,... Read more...
Generally speaking, webcams aren't all that interesting in and of themselves. In fact, most notebooks ship with some sort of lackluster webcam built right in, and considering that video calling still hasn't gone mainstream, most folks sort of ignore the thing. Microsoft has developed quite a few nice ones for those really into keeping that face-to-face bond across seas and county lines, but now it's the little-known Hercules joining the fray. According to the company, its Dualpix HD720p is ushering in a "new era" of mini webcams, and considering that it captures your lovely face in high-def, we'd have to argue. Rather than feeding in footage at the standard VGA resolution, this device captures... Read more...
  Hercules Audio - Muse Pocket USB External Soundcard Audio at your Fingertips Jason R. Gibson February 29, 2004 Recently Hercules is punching out more new audio devices then you can shake a stick at.  This time, they're back with yet another way of getting the groove from your computer to your speakers, the Gamesurround Muse Pocket.  Unlike Hercules's last attempt at an external sound machine, their DJ Console, one can not scratch or remix their music with this product.  However, with a simple push of a button, one acquires total volumetric control over the output of the sound card or should we say "knob". With computer modding and overall visual appearance of ones... Read more...
Hercules Video - Prophetview 920 Pro DVI A Gamer's Flat Panel And More Jason R. Gibson January 15th, 2004 It has been a while since we at Hot Hardware have taken a look at a new Liquid Crystal Display (LCD).  Back in March of 2001 my fellow H.H. colleague, Dave, ventured a look at one of the forerunners of modern LCD displays.  Needless to say, since that time, LCD's have come a long way.  Faster response times, viewing angles and contrast ratio have brought somewhat slow and occasionally grainy displays into arms reach of CRT monitor performance levels, with better brightness and clarity. In the past, LCD's offered a 2D Desktop image that was hard to surpass.  However, available... Read more...
  Hercules Audio - DJ Console Portable DJ Mix Controller & Multi-Channel Audio Jason R. Gibson October 29th, 2003 It has been a while since we at Hot Hardware have taken a look at a Hercules product. You may remember back in early December of 2002, we looked at the Digifire 7.1 Digital soundcard. Sporting some very impressive specifications and achieving a high level of performance, the Digifire was a very welcomed edition to their sound card product line. Recently, Hercules underwent some fairly major internal changes, that resulted in unfortunate downsizing of the company.  However, it seems that Guillemot, Hercules' proprietor, have turned their company around and reinvented... Read more...
The Hercules Digifire 7.1 Sound Card 360o Of Sound Emersion By Jay Gibson December 11, 2002 Since our last look at a Hercules sound card, the Gamesound Fortissimo II, there have been a few advances in the technology that audiophiles will rejoice over.  As Hercules' flagship product, in their audio line-up, the Digifire brand sports the leading edge audio processing capabilities, as well as a host of other features, including of course, Firewire connectivity. With support for 7.1 digital surround sound and FireWire DV Editing, this card should cover just about ever aspect one could ask for in a sound card. But, the thing to keep in mind is that quantity of features does not always mean quality,... Read more...
Hercules 3D Prophet 8500 128MB Review RADEON 8500 and All the Trimmings By -Chris Angelini July 3rd, 2002 Competing in the video card market is much like swimming in school of sharks.  Each manufacturer has the potential to pack a potent punch, but the slightest sign of weakness can quickly incite a feeding frenzy.  We?ve seen it time and again.  S3 released the Savage 2000, which was inhibited by shoddy drivers and 3dfx?s promising Voodoo5 family succumbed to the GeForce2.  Hercules encountered a similar predicament back in 1999, only Hercules? problem was financial rather than technological.  Guillemot quickly purchased the struggling company and turned it into a multimedia... Read more...
The Hercules Gamesound Fortissimo II Big Sound, Small Price... By Robert Maloney April 17, 2002 Before we begin, I would like to give you a little background information because this is my debut appearance on HotHardware.  I have been working on and with computers for most of my life (as I am sure most of you reading this can say the same) and consider myself somewhat of a techno-geek. New hardware always makes me a drool, even when I have no need for it. My first IBM clone was a sleek 486DX50 with a whopping 4MB of RAM. Being a novice to clones at the time, I bought this one with only two words in my head as a requisite: ?SOUND? & ?BLASTER?. All of the advice I heard said that you needed... Read more...
The Hercules Game Theater XP Hercules is Breakin' Out! By Jeff Bouton May 22, 2001   Today, it seems that if you ask someone what kind of sound card they have installed in their system, more often than not, the answer is "...a Sound Blaster Live..."  Without a doubt, Creative has garnered a huge stake in the PC audio market, especially with the success of the Live series of sound cards.  But to think that they are the only makers of quality sound cards would be a big mistake.  The Hercules Corporation has been making quality video card products since 1982.  Early on they pioneered video processes that helped shape the innovations that we see today.  In... Read more...
The Hercules Prophet II GTS 64MB Guillemot or Hercules?  Either way you spell it, we see performance and quality By Dave "Davo" Altavilla 10/5/00   If you go WAY back, 1982 to be exact which is like an eternity in "net years", with a tenure the PC Industry, you'll know that Hercules was the first company ever to develop high resolution graphics for the computer.   At that time, things were in a drab monochrome output but it didn't take long before this leader and giant in this market was releasing true "Windows Accelerators".  Remember names like the "Graphite" and the "Dynamite"?  They were all the rage and 2D speed... Read more...
The Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra So Cool...it's blue... By, Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta January 4, 2001 Way back in 1982, the technology behind the Hercules monochrome graphics adapter became an established PC standard (I actually had one...Geez, I'm ancient!). For many years to follow, it was commonplace to find Hercules products in home systems and high-end workstations alike. However, times change and nowhere is this more evident than in the PC Graphics market. From 1992 on, Hercules began offering products based on third-party chipsets in an attempt to gain market share in the increasingly growing Windows Accelerator market. Using chipsets from virtually every manufacturer including... Read more...
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