PCs and Mac

LG’s award-winning low-power PC

Oh yeah, baby, you know what time it is!  It’s another round “What’s my model motivation?” today courtesy of LG and their super-compact X820 desktop PC.  So what’s this lovely lady thinking?  Personally I’m leaning toward thinking that the X820 is in fact the size of a mid-90s IBM mainframe and the girl in pink is actually a massive giant.  In which case she’s likely wondering what the job prospects are for a 20-foot perpetually-grinning woman in heels and a mini-skirt.  Anyway, LG are probably hoping that we’ll pay more attention to the X820 – a winner of the 2007 reddot Award – that has a new low-power Intel Series 3 CPU.



SlashGear Review: Linutop’s fanless Linux PC

Much to my shame, Linux is something of a mystery to me. Actually, I think they should teach at least the basics of it in school computing classes, alongside English and at least one foreign language (though don’t ask me about my French abilities either), but this is neither time nor place for my election campaigning. And so I look on with maudlin self-disgust at promises of Dell laptops with Linux pre-installed, or clever thumb-drives and Live CDs that offer a chance to fiddle with the OS without ruining your everyday copy of Windows; I inevitably fold when faced with some sort of command prompt. Perhaps, then, you’ll wonder why I was so keen to try the Linutop, a surprisingly compact and silent diskless computer that runs a specially tweaked version of xubuntu.


Silent Linux PC makes browsing plug’n’play

I’d seen photos of the Linutop diskless, silent computer before, but I hadn’t quite realised how small it was until seeing the image below; unless that’s a specially-constructed Giant Wallwart Of Death, the fanless PC is deliciously dinky.  Based on a very low-power AMD Geode LX700 and external flash storage, it runs a customised version of xubuntu specifically tailored for things like internet browsing, blogging, word processing and IM.



PC World plant seeds of change with green PC

Environmentalists have long been complaining that most computers sold are far less than “green”, and while there have been ecologically-considered options before now they’ve been nowhere near mainstream.  UK retailer PC World aims to change all that, or at least so their press release would have you believe, with a sustainable computer made from recycled and energy efficient components.


Vista models say slim is sexy

It seems that when it comes to fashion, slim is still in – several companies are showing off their waifish desktop PCs all stoked up with Vista.  Of particular note include TG’s oddly named “Little LLUON”, which has the catwalk-friendly honour of being just 44mm thick despite packing an Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

A bit of a bloater in comparison, Samsung unveiled the DM-Z10/180.  Now at 55mm thick it’s a full 25% broader than the Little LLUON, but we’ll overlook that in favour of its adapted Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 processor, 1GB of RAM and 250GB, 3.5-inch SATA hard-drive. 

Samsung DM-Z10/180

More photos of these petite powerhouses after the cut.


WoW Expansion Set for January 16th

MMORPG gamers all over the world can be merry and rejoice (unless you play EQ 2); World of Warcraft’s long-awaited expansion, The Burning Crusade, has a street release date after a delay pushed it back from October to the first quarter of next year. The expansion will now hit shelves on January 16th, just in time you ask your parents to pre-order it as your Christmas present. The game is available from various retailers for $39.99; no word yet as to whether this means that you’ll also get a free month of playing with your purchase, but I would be surprised if Blizzard decided that the expansion shouldn’t feature the same caveat as the retail version of the game. See you in Stormwind!

[via Gamers.com]

BenQ Will Released HDMI compatible 24″ LCD

To be announced soon, the first 24-inch desktop LCD that will sport HDMI compatibility. BenQ FP241W will be HD ready with resolution of 1920 X 1200, and amazing contrast ratio of 1000:1 and brightness ration of 500cd/m2. I can’t wait until it arrive to North America!

BenQ press release (in Japanese)

Macbook vs. Dell Latitude: Which is hotter?

We’ve seen how the Macbook’s excessive heat can be used to cook your breakfast (which isn’t a good sign as far as computers go). But is Apple’s little gem alone with this heat issue, or are other Core Duo-based notebooks running just as hot as Apple’s well-publicized stove computer. Brian Krische wanted to know, so he put a Macbook and a Dell Laititude D620 to the test to see which laptop will scold your lap faster.


Mobile Core 2 Duos To Launch Next Week ?

Well, it looks like it’s time to start drooling. Intel’s mobile Core 2 Duos (codenamed Merom) could be launching alongside their desktop brethren when the Conroe chips become available on July 23rd. Merom had originally been scheduled to debut in August, with general availability occuring at the end of that month. However, this new schedule means that we could easily see Merom chips ship by mid-August, getting the processors to consumers faster than anticipated.


USB Wireless PC Lock Offers Simple Protection

If you’ve ever had a computer of yours used when you’re not around, you might want to take a look at this nifty little gadget. This two-piece USB Wireless PC Lock activates anytime you move out of range of your computer; the large USB section hooks up to your machine while the smaller tramsmitter is kept in your pocket. Once out of range, the receiver locks your computer until you return within 2 meters of the receiver or until you unlock the machine with your password. Either way, it’s a good way to keep those nosey co-workers away from your work.

Product Page [via Coolest Gadgets]

An iPod That Talks?

In keeping with our ever-expanding coverage on the future of Apple’s little music player, speculation has arisen (in the form of yet-another patent filing) that the next-generation Apple music machines will speak to you, announcing the song’s title and artist in a variety of celebrity voices. While it’s sort of creepy to consider having your iPod talk to you (is it really so difficult to just look at the song title, people?), this might be a great step forward in allowing iPods to be used by vision-impaired customers who can’t read the text on the iPod’s admittedly tiny screen.


Toshiba Tecra M6 Notebook

The Tecra M6 offers an Intel Core Duo T2400 processor, 1GB of memory, 100GB HDD, Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, and a 12.1-inch widescreen XGA display with TruBrite technolgy. Security features include TPM (trusted platform module), a fingerprint reader, hard drive protection, spill-resistant keyboard, and a Security Assist Console. Priced around $1600.

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