Sony Alpha 7: Power in a tiny package

Sony Alpha 7: Power in a tiny package

Serious photographers have seen the presentation of Sony Alpha 7 as a fulfillment of a lifelong dream. The power of a full-format sensor (FF) in the body off a CSC class device removes the need for ca...

ASRock FM2A88X EXTREME6+: Extreme Kaveri treatment

ASRock FM2A88X EXTREME6+: Extreme Kaveri treatment

The moment AMD presented its new APU (Kaveri), which made a significant step forward in iGPU performances, it was to be expected that soon enough there will be loads of motherboards that can support i...

In Win Desert Fox Commander III 800W

In Win Desert Fox Commander III 800W

Right from the start In Win company wants to leave a good impression. This manufacturer is very famous in the eastern markets for their power supplies and chassis, even though they have lots of other ...

ASUS DSL-N66U and RT-N14U: Routers for every WAN situation

ASUS DSL-N66U and RT-N14U: Routers for every WAN situation

We all know that internet service providers often provide free wireless routers, in order to increase the value of their offer. We also know that, in most cases, that equipment is, for the lack of bet...

Noctua NF-L9i: A miniature HTPC is trending

Noctua NF-L9i: A miniature HTPC is trending

Noctua gained its fame in coolers world by working very hard to adapt their products to their customers’ needs. In the era of APU computers (Kaveri, for example), or rather, processors with low consum...

ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II: Double identity

ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II: Double identity

GeForce GTX 780 Ti brought the users ideally balanced video card which also represents an excellent answer to the competitor’s model. We’ve got a full-blooded GK110 chip which even Titan didn’t have a...

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NP Envy Rove 20: Heavy-weight "tablet"

First of all, HP Rove is in no way a tablet, but rather an All-in-One computer that you can use away from the desk, but from a distance it can seem like an ordinary tablet. As soon as you get close to it, you’ll see that there’s an elegant desktop computer in front of you. In case you’re still having doubts, as soon as you take the “tablet” in your hands, you’ll be sorry you didn’t spend more time at the gym.
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Intel NUC: Intel’s black box

Concept of PC configurations packed in small chassis isn’t a new one. We’ve already covered the topic of HTPC a few times, but that concept never caught on with home users. There was always another type of a device with smaller dimensions and with enough options and capabilities that would render the concept of HTPC as a home multimedia center meaningless. It seems that Intel decided to show everyone how should HTPC look and function.
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Sapphire Mini PC Edge: AMD vs Intel by Sapphire

We’ve encountered a few Sapphire Edge Mini PC computers. It’s a HTPC computer of small dimension, and every subsequent Edge Mini PC that we’ve received for testing was noticeably better. With the advent of AMD APU, we expected that Sapphire will present Edge Mini PC based on it, and precisely that happened in the third generation of this HTPC.

Sapphire Edge HD3 had a first generation APU (AMD APU E450 1,6 GHz with AMD Radeon HD6320) and its performances were satisfactory. However, when Trinity APU appeared, the expectations were greater, especially in terms of graphic performances. New series of Sapphire Edge Mini computers, under the name of “Edge VS” was based on Trinity APU, and to make things more interesting, Sapphire still didn’t give up on the “Edge HD” series, which at its base has a new generation Intel Celeron.
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Asus ET2220I: Prestige above all else

All-in-one computers have great potential to be more than just a small PC for those who don’t have much space at their disposal. Primarily, many have already experimented with this concept in order to make an excellent multimedia device. There’s also a great potential to make a prestigious device which will not only fulfil its function as it should, but also attract the attention of all those who see it for the first time. That’s exactly what ASUS did with the ET220I model. After many unconvincing “all-in-one” computers, a new model will have no trouble with singling itself out.
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Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 91z: A PC for (nearly) everyone

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It’s difficult to explain why all-in-one PCs aren’t more popular on the current market. For instance, notebooks also have a worse price/performance ratio compared to desktop PCs. Yet they are being sold in heaps, despite the fact that many are buying them for the wrong reasons, with the notebook in question never leaving its desk surface. So what’s the problem with all-in-one models, then? Well, other than the very limited import in most smaller countries, it might be due to the huge variations in quality among manufacturers, starting from bad production quality, over slow hardware, to overheating. Lenovo’s ThinkCentre Edge 91z is a prime example of an excellent PC which has none of these issues, leaving only the question of financial viability as the key factor in favour or against it.

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Sapphire Edge HD: Take three

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It was last September that we dealt with the second edition of Sapphire’s incredibly likeable miniature PC, one that immediately won us over with its appearance and high degree of functionality (in terms of what it was made for, of course). The time was nigh for a third iteration, which seems to stick to the tried-and-true formula by all means – it’s somewhat faster than its predecessor and somewhat more power-efficient.

Physically, Edge HD3 is exactly the same as “number two”, which was itself identical to the original HD. This can’t be taken as a drawback, though, since the appearance is very elegant and fits virtually all environments. Some would prefer rounded edges over the current straight ones, but since this is the third generation sporting the same looks, the redesign is likely to happen with the next one.

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Sapphire Edge HD 2: Evolution in Small

ImageA few months ago, we tested and reviewed the first Sapphire miniPC Edge HD, which was awarded due to its accessible price, solid performance and low consumption. We’ve just received its heir called Edge HD 2 for testing. One could say that the new model is really just an evolution of the old one, as there is no radical difference between the two. One of the reasons for this is that Edge HD 2 is based on the same platform, with slightly upped hardware specifications compared to its predecessor.

 

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Sapphire Edge HD: A Compact Ionisation

ImagePCs in miniature enclosures are nothing new. However, when this enclosure is merely two centimetres thick, and the graphics card in the PC NVIDIA’s ION 2, what is your first thought? This might just be the new ideal candidate for the living room media centre? We thought the same.

 

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HP Pavilion All-in-One 200-5220ad & 200-5230ad: For Work or Living Room

ImageAll-in-one PCs aren’t exactly omnipresent on the market, which makes every encounter with one of them a pleasure. This time we have two HP Pavilion PCs, very impressive in both characteristics and appearance. The significant bit concerning both models is that they weren’t conceived only to attract attention to the desk, but also contain hardware that enables comfortable work in more demanding professional applications. The PCs may only differ in one character in the name, but the invisible differences are much larger than that.

 

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Zotac ZBOX: The New ION Generation

Zotac_ZBox_intro2.jpgImageThe first Nvidia ION was true refreshment in the HTPC world. Not only because of the power-saving Atom CPU, but also graphics performance that were head and shoulders above Intel's GMA950 and similar solutions. However, it was evident that performance was still insufficient to run the newest games, even in the lowest resolutions and detail levels. This is exactly what the new revision of ION set out to do, to reduce consumption of the first ION and increase graphics performance.

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