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Dell Inspiron Zino HD SFF desktop debuts

Dell Inspiron Zino HD SFF desktop debuts

Dell's compact desktop, the Inspiron Zino HD, has finally made its way out of the shadows and into your online basket.  Teased all the way back in August, the Zino HD might only measure 7.75 x 7.75 x 3.5 inches but Dell have squeezed in up to AMD's Athlon Neo X2 6850e 1.8GHz processor, up to 1TB of storage, 8GB of RAM and an optional optical drive; you can even have discrete graphics, in the shape of ATI's Radeon HD 4330.

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iBuyPower Battalion 101 W870CU notebook gets Core i7 heft

iBuyPower Battalion 101 W870CU notebook gets Core i7 heft

If you're in the market for a stonkingly fast gaming laptop then your options keep getting better; iBuyPower are the latest company to dip a toe into the Core i7 pool, with their new Battalion 101 W870CU notebook.  Inside the hefty chassis there's a 17.3-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 LCD, up to 8GB of RAM and a choice of Core i7-720QM, i7-820QM or i7-920XM processors.  Graphics are courtesy of NVIDIA's GTX280 with 1GB of DDR3 memory.

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OPPO BDP-83 Special Edition Blu-ray player uses ESS Sabre32 audio DAC

OPPO BDP-83 Special Edition Blu-ray player uses ESS Sabre32 audio DAC

We have talked about the high-end OPPO BDP-83 Blu-ray player before back in April when it debuted. A new version of the player is coming soon called the BDP-83 special Edition Universal Blu-ray disc player that promises better audio performance.

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Maingear SHIFT “personal supercomputer” packs Core i7, up to 12 SSDs

Maingear SHIFT “personal supercomputer” packs Core i7, up to 12 SSDs

When companies like ASUS are reasonably legitimately launching desktop supercomputers, describing your performance PC as a "personal supercomputer" seems like asking for trouble.  Still, that's how Maingear are referring to their latest desktop, the SHIFT, packing as it does a choice of Intel Core i7 processor, stacks of DDR3-1600 memory, Asetek liquid-cooling and a choice of up to six regular hard-drives or twelve SSDs.

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JVC throws new cheap XV-BP11 Blu-ray player to the wolves

JVC throws new cheap XV-BP11 Blu-ray player to the wolves

This holiday season may well see the mass adoption of Blu-ray in many homes. We have the PS3 at a new bargain price sporting its Blu-ray capability and we are seeing new stand-alone Blu-ray players pop up at much more affordable prices. It wasn't so long ago that Blu-ray players were still well over $300. JVC has just announced a new Blu-ray player called the XV-BP11 that is available right now.

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MediaTek MT8530 becomes world’s first DivX Plus Blu-ray chip

MediaTek MT8530 becomes world’s first DivX Plus Blu-ray chip

There are gobs of media formats out there that are supported by PMPs, Blu-ray players and other devices. One of the most popular of all the available formats is DivX. DivX and MediaTek Inc announced today that the MediaTek MT8530 has become the world's first DivX Plus certified chip for powering Blu-ray players.

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Netflix movie streaming hits PS3 in November

Netflix movie streaming hits PS3 in November

Remember all the furore back in August, when Microsoft announced they'd locked up Netflix movie streaming for the Xbox 360 and basically told us it was an "exclusive" partnership?  Well, that exclusivity seems to have been short-lived; Sony have announced that from November Netflix subscribers will be able to stream content on their PS3.

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Microsoft denies Blu-ray accessory for Xbox 360

Microsoft denies Blu-ray accessory for Xbox 360

Good ol' Steve Ballmer has been known to let the cat out of the bag a few times with new items and accessories coming from Redmond. This week Ballmer seemingly hinted that Microsoft would be offering up a Blu-ray accessory for the Xbox 360. That was a surprising little hint considering Microsoft has long said it would not bring Blu-ray to the Xbox.

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Ballmer confirms Xbox 360 Blu-ray accessory?

One of the ongoing frustrations for Xbox 360 owners is the absence of a Blu-ray accessory; they keep pestering Microsoft for one, and Microsoft keep rolling out the same "we have no plans" excuses.  Now, finally, the company appears to be changing its tune, though it takes some between-the-lines reading of outspoken CEO Steve Ballmer in order to fathom it.  Talking to Gizmodo, Ballmer told interviewer Wilson Rothman that "you'll be able to get Blu-ray drives as accessories".

Rumor says Blu-ray was pulled from iMac line just before production last month

Rumor says Blu-ray was pulled from iMac line just before production last month

Love or hate Apple, we can all agree that the company has been at the forefront of design for computers for a long time. Back before every computer marker around was producing all-in-one machines; Apple had its line of iMac computers. There were rumors going around that the new line of iMac computers would have Blu-ray players. In a case of a rumor spawned by a rumor, we hear today that Blu-ray was pulled from the new iMac line shortly before the machines went into production last month.

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HP ProBook 6445b and 6545b notebooks & Elite 7000 desktop break cover

HP ProBook 6445b and 6545b notebooks & Elite 7000 desktop break cover

HP have also updated their business notebooks and desktop range today, in the shape of the HP ProBook 6445b and ProBook 6545b laptops and the HP Elite 7000 Business Desktop PC.  The two notebooks each offer a choice of AMD Turion II, Athlon II or Sempron processors, together with up to 8GB of RAM, up to 500GB HDD/128GB SSD, and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 graphics.  The ProBook 6445b has a 14-inch display running at 1,366 x 768 while the ProBook 6545b has a 15.6-inch display running at either 1,366 x 768 or 1,600 x 900.

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HP TouchSmart tx2, 300, 600 and 9100 get Windows 7 multitouch

HP TouchSmart tx2, 300, 600 and 9100 get Windows 7 multitouch

HP have gone touch-crazy in the run-up to Windows 7's release, pushing out several new touch-sensitive products including a 42-inch widescreen LCD.  The HP TouchSmart tx2 updates the original convertible tx2, and has a 12.1-inch capacitive touchscreen which also accepts stylus input; meanwhile there are two new TouchSmart desktop ranges, in the shape of the consumer-oriented HP TouchSmart 300 and 600 - at 20- and 23-inches respectively - and the business-centric HP TouchSmart 9100, a 23-inch model targeted at the hospitality and retail markets.

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