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Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 Review

Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 Review

While ultra-compact nettops have been around for some time now, they're still yet to revolutionize the HTPC market as we were initially promised. Hoping to change all that is Lenovo with their new IdeaCentre Q150, packing NVIDIA's Ion 2 GPU paired with a low-power Intel Atom CPU. Lenovo say it's good for 1080p HD; does the real-world experience live up to the spec sheet? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Acer Aspire X3400-U2012 SFF PC Review

Acer Aspire X3400-U2012 SFF PC Review

It's a tough world for a consumer desktop PC. Laptops have stolen all the glamour; you need to offer something special if you're going to stand out among the rank and file of stationary computing. Acer's Aspire X3400-U2012 may not be a true portable PC but, with a small-form-factor (SFF) chassis paired with desktop components does the grunt-for-the-footprint balance make it a sensible buy? Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.

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VIA EITX-3001 squeezes 1080p HD playback onto tiny mainboard

VIA EITX-3001 squeezes 1080p HD playback onto tiny mainboard

You can generally rely on VIA for a skinny mainboard with HD credentials, and their new VIA EITX-3001 doesn't disappoint.  Based around the Em-ITX standard, a compact 12 x 17 cm form-factor, the fanless EITX-3001 packs an integrated 1.3GHz VIA Nano E-Series processor, VIA VX855 media system processor and HDMI connector, and is suitable for outputting 1080p High Definition video with hardware decoding of MPEG-2, H.264, VC-1 and WMV9 content.

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Why every living room needs a PC

Why every living room needs a PC

I spend an inordinate amount of time in my living room. Part of that time is spent watching television. When I'm not watching some of my favorite shows, I'm probably reviewing video games. But there's something else that I have in my living room that I wouldn't go without: a PC.

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ASRock Vision 3D HTPC Gets the Hands-On Treatment in Taipei [Video]

ASRock Vision 3D HTPC Gets the Hands-On Treatment in Taipei [Video]

There's no doubt that getting hardware shown off, in any capacity, is something we look forward to. Especially if it's an early sneak peek of something we're still a ways out of getting any official look at. For example, the ASRock Vision 3D HTPC, which is sitting over in Taipei right now just waiting to get unveiled at this year's Computex. And, oddly enough, it's actually pretty good.

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MvixUSA HDHome S2 and S4 HTPCs outed

MvixUSA HDHome S2 and S4 HTPCs outed

MvixUSA have unveiled their latest home media systems, and the HDHome raises the game from basic streamers of the past and delivers a full Windows 7 HTPC experience.  The Mvix HDHome Media Center is available in two sizes - S2, with two hot-swappable HDD bays, and S4 with four bays - each offering a slot-loading Blu-ray player, embedded TV tuner, RAID, WiFi a/b/g/n and HDMI.

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Project Natal “about all living room experiences”: tailors content based on physical response

Project Natal “about all living room experiences”: tailors content based on physical response

Microsoft's plans to use Project Natal for more than just Xbox 360 gaming were clear from the start; Bill Gates spared little time before confirming that the Windows team was already eyeing up the motion-tracking hardware for their own purposes.  Its taken a while, however, before they've told us exactly how else Natal might integrate with our lives outside of game-play.  According to Marc Whitten, general manager of the Xbox 360 team at Microsoft, Project Natal is "about all living room experiences," down to tracking your favorite sports teams based on what jersey you're wearing or which referee decisions you're boo'ing.

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Shuttle unveils 3.3cm thick XS35 PC

Shuttle unveils 3.3cm thick XS35 PC

Shuttle is well known for making small form factor computers for use in the home or office. The tiny systems can be used for all manner of things from gaming to HTPC rigs taking up little space. Shuttle has announced its latest SFF PC called the XS35 that will be seen at CeBIT next month.

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