The kind of technology we use in our lives has changed drastically over the years, and for many laptops aren't as needed as they once were, instead being replaced with tablets and smartphones. For this reason, many hesitate at the thought of dropping a lot for a machine that will be used comparatively little -- enter cheap notebooks like Chromebooks, and, as of today, HP's new Windows-toting Stream laptops.
Shuttle has introduced a couple new miniature PCs that offer a few more features than your average computer in the category. Users have different options to choose from, and among them is space for a DVD/Blu-ray drive, something not often found on modern small-form-factor offerings.
On September 26, Dell will begin shipping its new Chromebox , a Chrome OS PC joining the company's Chromebox for Meetings kit that is being targeted at businesses and business users, though no doubt any Chrome OS enthusiast could find uses for it. The device is, like many Chromeboxes, small and square shaped, bringing with it 4K video output among other things.
Among Dell's product debuts this week are a couple new micro desktop PCs, the OptiPlex 9020 and the OptiPlex 3020. Both are small-form-factor computers targeted towards anyone who prefers a desktop system over a laptop, offering a small rectangular design that can fit in nearly any setup.
Laptops are all the rage, but tabletop PCs have their own appeal -- namely for families that share a single machine, or in the office. To meet those needs is Lenovo, which has introduced two new tabletop PCs, the Horizon 2s and 2e. Users familiar with the previous Horizon offerings will be glad to know both new models include the same Flat and Stand modes.
Lenovo's thinnest 15-inch laptop is a dual-mode machine that can be transformed from a traditional laptop mode into a touchscreen-centric stand mode. Says the maker, this is to meet increasing demands for a dual-mode laptop that isn't heavy and thick, as is often the case with these PCs.
Alongside the maker's new ultrabook comes the ASUS EeeBook X205, the company's budget-centric compact laptop bringing with it Windows 8.1 and, says ASUS, a "smartphone-like experience." Unlike Eee laptops from days gone by, the X205 is slim and sleek, and will be launching in four different color options.
Zotac has been delivering "computing in a box" for years now but it was only recently that it started talking about Windows 8.1. Just in time for the changing of the guards, the company has made available the ZBOX B1320, a low power Intel Celeron box that runs Micrososft's current, though soon to be replaced, Windows version.
Digital Storm has introduced a new beast of a gaming machine, the Bolt II Battle Box Titan Z Special Edition. The mouthful title aside, the new computer is a liquid-cooled offering the maker says is designed to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Battle Box standard. The machine is available now for under $5,000.
Zotac has rolled out the red carpet for a new small-form-factor PC, this one toting a Freescale i.MX6 Quad processor. The ZBOX Nano D518 measures in a bit bigger than your average Roku box, and includes Android 4.3, making it a solid option for an entertainment set-top-box rather than a home computer.