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HP TouchSmart IQ800 media PC: Video Demo

HP TouchSmart IQ800 media PC: Video Demo

HP have taken the wraps off of their latest TouchSmart PC, the IQ800-series.  Two models make up the new range, the IQ804 and IQ816, the former having a 2.16GHz T5850 Core 2 Duo (667MHz bus, 2MB cache) while the latter has a 2.10GHz T8100 Core 2 Duo (800MHz bus, 3MB cache).  Each uses HP's TouchSmart interface on a 25.5-inch 1920 x 1200 display, which you can see demonstrated after the cut.  The IQ816 also has a Blu-ray burner and GeForce 9600M GS graphics, while the IQ804 makes do with DVD and GeForce 9300M GS graphics.

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Sony VAIO RT-series All-in-One HD Studio

Sony VAIO RT-series All-in-One HD Studio

Sony have high aspirations for their final VAIO All-in-One of the day, the RT-series.  They're calling it a HD Studio, "a super-powerful video authoring PC tucked behind a stunning 25.5-inch HDTV".  The RT is based on an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 processor running at up to 2.5GHz (6MB L2 cache), 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage in dual-SATA user-accessible RAID array; the display itself is 1920 x 1200 driven by an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 512MB of dedicated VRAM.

Sony VAIO LV-series High-Definition PC/TV

Sony VAIO LV-series High-Definition PC/TV

Sony are describing their VAIO LV-series as a High-Definition PC/TV.  Not only is the LV a full desktop media PC, with a 24-inch WUXGA 1920 x 1200 FullHD LCD, up to a 3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 processor, 4GB of RAM and up to 1TB of 7,200rpm SATA storage, it has an HDMI input so that it can be used as a 1080p display.

Sony VAIO JS-series All-in-One Desktop PCs

Sony VAIO JS-series All-in-One Desktop PCs

Sony has announced its latest series of All-in-One VAIO desktop PCs, the JS-series, which the company envisages being used in kitchens and dens.  Based on a 3.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB 7,200rpm hard-drive and a 20.1-inch LCD display, the JS-series will have optional Blu-ray.

Next-Gen Gaming Consoles the Home Entertainment Gateway

Next-Gen Gaming Consoles the Home Entertainment Gateway

People interested in technology and home entertainment like to get their hands on the latest, greatest products. Before, it was all about having the top of the line DVD player, receiver and speaker system. And though those things still hold serious importance, there’s one product type that seems destined to swoop in on the home entertainment market. I’m talking about next-gen gaming consoles, the XBox 360 and PS3, in particular.

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Shuttle H7 barebones HTPC for AMD Phenom AM+ CPUs

Shuttle H7 barebones HTPC for AMD Phenom AM+ CPUs

In a year dominated by budget ultraportables and desktop-replacing laptops, it's easy to forget that there are plenty of users out there who are still looking for desktop and HTPC machines.  Shuttle have announced just the barebones system for them, the H7, small enough to fit neatly under a flatscreen for media PC duty, but compatible with AMD's latest Phenom AM2+ processors for when grunt is necessary.

Acer Aspire X1200 HTPC for budget dual-core entertainment

Acer Aspire X1200 HTPC for budget dual-core entertainment

As home entertainment PCs go, Acer's new Aspire X1200 isn't exactly going to win any awards for its looks, but considering it's been cleverly shaved so as to be rack-friendly you're probably not really meant to leave it out on show.  Inside lurks an AMD Athlon X2 2850e processor, NVIDIA GeForce 8200 graphics and an HDMI port capable of spitting out 1080p video.

HP TouchSmart PC launches early

HP TouchSmart PC launches early

HP's TouchSmart PC may not have MultiTouch but it's still proving popular; despite the $1,249.99 starting price tag I've heard many people say they plan on picking one up.  The 22-inch high-definition desktop was meant to launch on July 13th, but according to HP's online store the IQ504 model and IQ506 model are actually shipping today. 

Hands-on demo video of the HP TouchSmart PC after the cut

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