Ever since Valve announced SteamOS and Steam Machines there have been two Steam Machines that were shown the most. They were the Alienware Steam Machine and Zotac’s NEN SN970. Not that long ago we took a look at the Alienware unit, and now we have the NEN SN970 to review. This unit is part of Zotac’s extremely popular ZBOX line of mini PCs. Under the hood you have an Intel Core i5-6400T processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, 8GB of memory, and a 1TB 2.5“ SATA hard drive. Like all Steam Machine’s the NEN SN970 will ship with SteamOS pre-installed and an official Steam Controller. This will bring gaming into the living room and you’ll have the massive Steam library of games to choose from, which has more games than either of the two major consoles. Let’s get to gaming and see what the NEN SN970 is all about!
The term Steam Machine is something we’ve been hearing for a while now, but the actual real Steam Machines are only coming out now. A Steam Machine is meant to bridge the gap between a console gamer and traditional PC gamer. It brings the Steam experience and Steam’s vast library of games to the living room. Even if you are a traditional PC gamer there are times you just want to sit in front of the TV and play some games. Many people have already done this by building their own HTPC system, but these are bulky and more often than not underpowered. Steam Machines are designed to be smaller than most current-generation consoles, which means you can easily add them to your home theater setup. A true Steam Machine is powered by SteamOS and comes with an official Steam Controller. Today we are looking at Alienware’s Steam Machine (model: ASM100-2980BLK) which is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU with 2GB of memory, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and a 1 TB hard drive. Come on this adventure with us as we see what Alienware’s Steam Machine and the SteamOS is all about.
The New ECS LIVA MINI PC Kit runs a fully dressed Intel BayTrail-M SoC (Intel Celeron Processor N2807), which has a full 1MB cache with turbo mode of up to 2.16 GHz. The little Intel Celeron is a dual thread, dual core 64 bit 4.3 watt TDP laptop processor with normal operation wattage of 2.5 Watts and will max out at 4.3 Watts. ECS LIVA MINI PC KIT also uses SKHyniex 2GB DDR3L 1333MHz speed memory soldered on-board RAM. The all black PC board uses either a 32GB or 64GB of eMMC memory which is like the main hard drive and also can use M.2 form factor combo wireless card that supports 802.11b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 and also has a Gigabit LAN connection to boot.
The whole idea behind Gigabyte’s BRIX ultra compact PC kit’s are to give you a functional PC with an extremely small form factor. This makes them perfect for a media or internet machine. Their small size means you can put them pretty much anywhere as well. While the BRIX systems have been out for a while the BRIX projector is a newer product that takes a BRIX ultra compact PC Kit and adds a micro-projector for a complete and very cool setup. It is actually quite impressive that Gigabyte has been able to fit a projector right on top of the BRIX, making it not much larger than the normal version. The Gigabyte BRIX Projector that we are taking a look at today is powered by the Intel i3-4010U 1.7GHz processor and Intel HD 4400 graphics. Being that this is a “PC Kit” you will need to install your own DDR3L memory and mSATA drive. Let’s take a look!
Back when we visited CyberPower at CES in January they were showing off a new custom designed case they had called the Zeus Mini. The whole idea behind this case was to give users the ability to create a full-fledged gaming system, completed with a full-sized graphics card and much more. Today we are going to be taking a look at a custom gaming machine that CyberPower has put together using their Zeus Mini case. It is the Zeus Mini-I 780 and it comes with an Intel i7-4770K, GeForce GTX 780, 16GB of DDR3 and much more. Will this make the perfect LAN rig? Read on as we find out!
When it comes to getting a new computer not everyone knows how to build their own. They leave that job to the professionals. CyberPowerPC is one of the premier custom system builders out there and today we are taking a look at one of their latest gaming systems. CyberPowerPC always builds quality system that are not extremely overpriced. The Gamer Xtreme 4200 system we are looking at today features an Intel Core i7-4770K processor, GeForce GTX 770 graphics card, ASUS Z87-A motherboard, 16GB of DDR3 memory and much more. Read on as we take this custom system for a spin!
I would have to say one of the products I was most impressed by this January at CES was Lenovo’s 27-inch Tablet / All-in-One PC. Wait, why I am I calling it a tablet? Well because it is, unlike most larger all-in-one’s it actually has a battery so it does not need to be connected to power at all times. Being that it is a tablet the stand allows it to easily be put down flat for a full tablet-top tablet experience. Don’t worry though the Horizon is still made for getting work done too. It is packed with an Intel Core i7-3537U, NVIDIA GeForce GT620M, 8 GB of DDR3 memory, 1TB hard drive, 720p webcam, 802.11 b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0. Of course the unit is also one large 27-inch 1080p display! This is a product that can act as a simple work machine, family computer or even a touch-gaming device. Let’s check it out!
The PC gaming industry is changing. NVIDIA’s Project Shield and the upcoming Steambox and Steam’s Big Picture Mode are indications that PC gamers want to move into the living room. At CES we saw many different compact gaming systems from the likes of Alienware, Digital Storm and iBUYPOWER. Today we are getting our hands on one. iBUYPOWER’s Revolt is the newest compact gaming system in which iBUYPOWER is using their own custom designed compact case, and their own motherboard. This is something new as we mainly know iBUYPOWER for using other companies hardware in their custom systems. This system is small enough to fit in your home theater, can easily be taken to LAN parties and did I mention it looks awesome? Inside you will find a watercooled Z77 system, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 and 8GB of DDR3.
The last Mini PC we took a look at from Giada was their D2305, which was a real powerhouse. It could handle some of the latest video games and do some very CPU intensive tasks. Today we are checking out another Mini PC from Giada, but it is a lot different than the D2305. This mini PC is made to be used for basic web browsing, maybe some light gaming and just an all-around machine. The mini PC I am talking about is the Giada i35G and it features an Intel Atom D2500 processor, NVIDIA GT610 graphics, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard drive and Bluetooth and WiFi. Did I mention this system is extremely small? Read on as we take a look!
Using a touchscreen is something we are used to with our mobile phones and tablets but it really has not translated to the desktop all that well. Yes there have been all-in-one touchscreen systems, but for the most part they have been clunky and Windows 7 really is not made for a touchscreen. This all changes with Windows 8. The Metro interface in Windows 8 is more or less designed to be used with a touchscreen device. Today we are checking out Lenovo’s flagship all-in-one and their largest as well with a 27-inch touchscreen display. The IdeaCentre A720 features a very sleek and thin design, NVIDIA GeForce Graphics, a TV tuner, HDMI in and out, WiFi, Bluetooth and much more. Read on as we have some fun and check out this system.
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