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Sharkoon Nightfall and Rebel9 Pro PC cases launch

Sharkoon Nightfall and Rebel9 Pro PC cases launch

PC cases for gamers and enthusiasts are available by the droves and it seems like new designs are popping up all the time in an attempt to part the gamer with some of their hard earned money. Sharkoon isn’t exactly a huge name in the enthusiast market, but the company has some interesting cases that it has debuted today including the Nightfall and Rebel9 Pro.

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OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual-Drive gets powered USB hub

OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual-Drive gets powered USB hub

OWC have updated their Mercury Elite-AL Pro dual-drive external hard-drive with a powered USB 2.0 hub, still keeping the Mac-style design while boosting capacity up to 2TB.  There are now two USB 2.0 ports on the back and a third on the front, handy for plugging in USB memory sticks, with a high-performance USB bridge to ensure maximum speed to all of the ports and the internal drives themselves.

 

Open Tech Inc next to take on Apple with OS X-running PC

Open Tech Inc next to take on Apple with OS X-running PC

When Apple sued OS X clone-maker Psystar earlier this month, some commenters suggested that multiple other cloners could spring up depending on the outcome of the case.  Open Tech Inc. don't appear to have the patience to wait, however; the company will apparently be selling two new computers that, while not coming with OS X pre-installed, will nonetheless be able to run the Apple OS should the buyer choose so.

PCI Express 3.0 backward compatible with earlier standard

PCI Express 3.0 backward compatible with earlier standard

Owners of computer components that use the PCI Express 2.0 standard will be pleased to hear that their existing hardware will still work once motherboards switch to the PCI Express 3.0 standard.  At a recent press conference discussing the interface, SIG chairman Al Yanes disclosed more details about the upcoming connector, which has previously been quoted as managing 8.0 gigatransfers per second.

Dell frags XPS gaming desktops in favor of flagging Alienware

Dell frags XPS gaming desktops in favor of flagging Alienware

Dell is taking the unexpected step of culling its XPS Gaming Desktops range in order to give its Alienware acquisition room to breathe. According to the Wall Street Journal, the move is intended to reinvigorate Alienware's focus as well as streamline the company's offerings as a whole. A "combined gaming design and development unit" will tackle the seven current Alienware models and attempt to claw back sales that had been lost thanks to the XPS overlap.

Apple Time Capsule Review – Backup Made Easy for Leopard Users

Apple Time Capsule Review – Backup Made Easy for Leopard Users

Data backup falls resolutely at the dreary end of the tech-task scale; periodically market researchers release stats showing how few people take the time to safely copy their accumulated files, usually prompting a guilty DVD burning session which never gets repeated. Apple's Time Capsule, then, was welcomed with excited upon its announcement; with the slick, careful design Apple are renowned for, could they manage to make even backup sexy? To be fair, it's a pretty huge challenge. You'll be hard-pressed to find a nicer looking network hard-drive, or one so straightforward to set up, but Time Capsule undoubtedly has its caveats.

Linutop v1.2: low-power Linux desktop Revisited

Linutop v1.2: low-power Linux desktop Revisited

Tech reviews are very much a snapshot process, making a decision after a relatively short period of time and of a single incarnation of the product. Useful, yes, but not an exact facsimile of living with something day in, day out that you've bought yourself. If you're lucky - and assuming that no manufacturer ever pushes out a product so perfect there are no possible improvements - you get a company that's constantly tweaking and augmenting; if you're really lucky, you get an opportunity to revisit their product and ring the changes. Back in May I spent some time with Linutop's fanless, Xubuntu-based micro-PC, framing my review from the perspective of a Linux-naive home user, to see if the compact device would make a decent alternative to a low-end Windows PC. At the time I criticised how tricky, for a fledgling user, it was to add functionality beyond what was preinstalled; since then, Linutop have released v1.2 of their software package, and asked if we'd like to check out the changes.

Zonbox subscription-based Linux PC reviewed

Zonbox subscription-based Linux PC reviewed

Back when I reviewed Linutop's fanless Linux PC one of my final thoughts was how it might compare to Zonbu's similarly Linux-based Zonbox.  Both have cut-down specs and no hard-drive, but while the Linutop relies on a thumbdrive for storage, the Zonbox uses an online subscription service with a subsidised starting price ($99) and monthly fees of $12.95 upward.  Over at ArsGeek they picked up a Zonbox and gave it a good going over with their review-stick.

 

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