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AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC Custom System (Z77, Core i7 Ivy Bridge) Review

AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC Custom System (Z77, Core i7 Ivy Bridge) Review

Today SlashGear has a real treat for those of you looking for no less than a top of the line gaming tower. This is the AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC build we've got here is a lovely combination of white plastic, metal, massive amounts of power, and processing so quiet it's scary. This is without a doubt the most impressive PC I personally have reviewed for SlashGear, and with the custom build we've got waiting for you in this hands-on look, I fully expect you're going to be scrambling to break your piggy bank to count up to $2019.16 USD to buy your own. Check it out!

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HP ENVY 4 Ultrabook hands-on and unboxing

HP ENVY 4 Ultrabook hands-on and unboxing

HP's new ENVY 4 Ultrabook has landed on the SlashGear test bench this week. Complete with a sleek and impressive design, dual-stereo Beats Audio speakers, and Intel's 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge dual-core i5 processor. Back in May we received our first glance at the new ENVY Ultrabook, but today we've given it another look in a quick hands-on video. More details, pictures, and specs are available after the break.

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Acer Aspire S5 Review

Acer Aspire S5 Review

Let's have a peek at the Acer Aspire S5, the ultrabook with the mechanical "MagicFlip" dish in the back with ports that whirrs out when you need to plug in and don't need all that pesky space this near-thinnest on the market notebook works with. It's just 0.6-inches when it's all folded up, and pressing that button in the upper right of your keyboard brings down a flap in the back that has a set of ports you'll only otherwise get with a laptop twice this one's size. Inside the S5 you've got Windows 7, a 3rd generation Intel Core i& processor, and the whole device looks just fabulous - but is it worth the massive price tag it comes attached with?

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Acer Aspire AM3970G-UW10P Desktop PC + 23-inch Monitor Review

Acer Aspire AM3970G-UW10P Desktop PC + 23-inch Monitor Review

What we're looking at today is the full package when it comes to everyday highly-connected at-home computing and entertainment from Acer. This is the Acer Aspire AM3970G-UW10P Desktop PC with 23-inch LED monitor, mouse, keyboard, and more USB ports than you'll ever need to use. This machine could potentially be your HDTV media center, it could be your college dorm room do-everything machine, or it could just be the beast that you play Diablo III on in the comfort of your own basement. In all ways, this is an Acer machine that was built not only to compute well, but to be seen: this isn't your under-desk beast of old, this is a beauty if ever we've seen one.

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Microsoft offers Skype to OEMs for preinstallation

Microsoft offers Skype to OEMs for preinstallation

Microsoft seems to be finally starting to leverage Skype in a more intelligent way. The company is reportedly offering OEMs the opportunity to pre-install Skype on Windows PCs. The new OEM preinstallation kit allows Skype 5.8 to be silently installed on Windows 7. If OEMs choose that option, it would significantly bolster the number of users for the VOIP platform.

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Microsoft: $99 and we’ll de-crud your Windows PC

Microsoft: $99 and we’ll de-crud your Windows PC

A little-known Microsoft program to banish crapware from new Windows PCs has come under the spotlight, with the so-called Signature machine scheme offering a shortcut to a cleaner computing experience. The company's efforts to streamline Windows have often put it directly up against its own OEM partners, who milk a little extra profit from each PC sold by cutting deals with software vendors to preload trials and general crapware. Little do most users know, however, that for an extra $99 there's another option.

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Microsoft: We’ll hold Motorola accountable for “broken promise”

Microsoft: We’ll hold Motorola accountable for “broken promise”

Microsoft has fired back at Motorola over its German injunction against Windows 7 and the Xbox 360, accusing its rival of a "broken promise" around fair and reasonable patent licensing. Motorola won an injunction against the Microsoft products - as well as Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player - in Germany this morning, over supposed infringement of patents essential to H.264. However, as Microsoft is quick to point out, "Motorola is prohibited from acting on today's decision."

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Motorola wins German Xbox 360 and Windows 7 injunction

Motorola wins German Xbox 360 and Windows 7 injunction

Motorola has been granted a sales injunction in Germany against Microsoft's Xbox 360, Windows 7, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player, though the ruling is yet to be enforced. The Mannheim Regional Court was convinced that Microsoft's products overstepped the mark on two patents deemed essential to the H.264 video standard last week, though the judgement, FOSS Patents reports, was delayed until today. However, while the ruling does, on paper, allow Motorola to insist Microsoft yank its products from shelves, the actual outcome is less certain.

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Slow Windows 8 downloads indicate low interest

Slow Windows 8 downloads indicate low interest

If you rushed to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview the minute it was available, this story probably isn't for you. If you simply went "meh" when it became available and updated your Windows 7 security definitions, then apparently you're in the vast majority. According to the analytics firm Net Applications, just about .11% of Internet users connected from a Windows 8 device last week, showing flat growth numbers from March. When compared with the same numbers during Windows 7's Beta period in 2009, they're at about the 40% mark.

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