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Velocity Micro desktops updated with 7th-gen Intel Core processors

Velocity Micro desktops updated with 7th-gen Intel Core processors

In addition to its new RennSeat Pro gaming station, Velocity Micro has unveiled new desktop computers offering 7th-generation Intel Core processors. The company hawks these desktops as solutions for gamers, as well as being suitable for office and home use, and for use as workstations. Unlike the RennSeat Pro, these new desktops are available to purchase now from Velocity Micro.

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Part tiny PC, part tablet: Ockel Sirius A is 6-inches of Windows 10

Part tiny PC, part tablet: Ockel Sirius A is 6-inches of Windows 10

Small form-factor PCs aren't new, but Ockel is pushing the envelope with the Sirius A, a full touchscreen Windows 10 computer compact enough to fit your hand. At the opposite extreme to vast touch-enabled All-in-Ones like Microsoft's Surface Studio, the Sirius A instead aims for the ultra-compact end of the spectrum. That opens up some really interesting possibilities.

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Digital Storm BOLT X SFF PC boasts HydroLux cooling system

Digital Storm BOLT X SFF PC boasts HydroLux cooling system

Digital Storm’s new BOLT X is a beastly small-form-factor PC, one with a clear-sided case so that you can enjoy its innards as much as its outward design. The BOLT X boasts both a HydroLux cooling system and a new vented base design, according to Digital Storm, enabling it to run overclocked CPUs and other intensive hardware. The desktop also boasts support for a large storage capacity.

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So far, CES 2017 is about refinement

So far, CES 2017 is about refinement

While generally we see a collection of new or otherwise daring devices at the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2017 is about improving what works. This can be seen best in the collections of devices shown by Acer, Lenovo, and HP, the lot of which revealed a set of notebooks, displays, and keyboards improved incrementally from years past. It's as if the entirety of the PC industry has finally caught Apple "Just a bit better each time" fever.

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Lenovo Miix 720 with Active Pen 2 is a ‘work from anywhere’ 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo Miix 720 with Active Pen 2 is a ‘work from anywhere’ 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo has updated its Miix model with the new Miix 720, a Windows 10 detachable PC that comes with the Lenovo Active Pen 2. This model, like the ones before it, are designed to easily transition from a ‘laptop’ design to a tablet design, both of them having the convenience of a lightweight design alongside the stylus for hands-on creations. Lenovo describes this model as an ‘all-purpose digital vehicle.’

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Oculus buys The Eye Tribe for eye-tracking control

Oculus buys The Eye Tribe for eye-tracking control

Eye-tracking inside virtual reality headsets may soon become all too real. Oculus' acquisition of The Eye Tribe could jump-start the technology reaching the public. This acquisition may be for more than virtual reality devices as The Eye Tribe's creation of a $99 eye-tracking device for developers works for all manner of hardware - that includes smartphones as well as VR headsets and PCs.

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Gigabyte Brix Gaming GT packs power in an odd tower

Gigabyte Brix Gaming GT packs power in an odd tower

When gamers think of gaming rigs with eccentric designs, they will most likely think of brands like Alienware or ASUS' Republic of Gaming. The new Brix Gaming GT from Gigabyte probably can probably go toe to toe with those and won't look out of place in an Aliens movie prop. Encased in a "chimney" style tower with a motley green design and blue lights at the top, the Brix offers every spec a gamer would want. The only issue might be that design.

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Raspberry Pi PIXEL desktop now available for PCs, Macs

Raspberry Pi PIXEL desktop now available for PCs, Macs

The Raspberry Pi might be best known for producing ultra cheap but highly capable single board computers (SBCs), but the Foundation's dreams of making computing affordable and accessible doesn't end with just the hardware. To make it come true, RPi also had to invest in developing the software to run on the board, culminating in the PIXEL, it's perhaps unfortunately named customized Linux distribution. To bring its computing dream beyond a single class of devices, the Foundation is making PIXEL available on PC and Macs, giving users a Raspberry Pi experience even with a Raspberry Pi.

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Halo Wars for PCs land early for Halo Wars 2 pre-orders

Halo Wars for PCs land early for Halo Wars 2 pre-orders

For a real-time strategy "spin off" of a first-person shooter game, you'd think that Halo Wars would be a perfect fit for PC gaming. But it took Microsoft Studios nearly 8 long years to sort that out. No matter, because Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is hitting the venerable PC February next year. Even better, you could already be playing it now before everyone else. That is, if you put in a pre-order for Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition as well.

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Samsung Notebook 9 refresh is “impossibly light”

Samsung Notebook 9 refresh is “impossibly light”

There have been quite a few interesting PCs introduced this year, from VR laptop backpacks to Lenovo’s Yoga Book. Some users, however, just need a no fills, no nonsense, portable computers they can rely on without being bothered by fancy gimmicks. Samsung’s new laptop from its Notebook 9 series might offer just that, with its promise of high end performance and specs. But best of all for the mobile worker, the new Notebook 9 boasts of a weight that Samsung claims to be the smallest among its peers.

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Dolby Atmos Sound coming to Xbox One: why it matters to you

Dolby Atmos Sound coming to Xbox One: why it matters to you

The folks at Dolby Laboratories have made public their plan to release Dolby Atmos Sound on Xbox One and Windows 10. While they've not yet been exact when it comes to timing and availability, they have been clear that this audio system is meant specifically for gaming. Dolby Atmos works with certified Dolby Atmos speaker systems as well as (virtually) any set of headphones.

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Zotac VR Go backpack PC is now available

Zotac VR Go backpack PC is now available

A while back, PC-maker Zotac unveiled its VR Go backpack system, a small-form gaming computer that allows users to experience untethered virtual reality when paired with headsets like the Oulus Rift or HTC Vive. The good news is that the PC is available starting today, but the bad news is that it will cost you $2,000 without any customizations, and that's on top of the VR headset you need to already own.

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