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PC Shipments Down 1.7% in Q2, According to IDC

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), a year-on-year decline of -1.7%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market.

Buoyed by both continued business PC replacements and returning consumer interest, the preliminary results for 2Q14 are markedly better than the projected decline of -7.1% for the quarter. Despite the end of Windows XP support in early April, it appears many Windows XP migrations continue to take place. Most major vendors saw solid growth, and early indications also point to desktop shipments being stronger than expected in some areas, signaling continued business buying. The consumer side also appears stronger than expected, with growing activity among the lower-priced models as well as Chromebooks.

HP's Fanless Chromebox Isn't

HP is alleged to be falsely marketing its Chromebox desktop as "fanless." The company in its marketing material (pictured below), describes its Chromebox as being "silent, quiet, and efficient," and "dust-free" due to its "fanless design." When tested by YouTube-based hardware reviewer Lyon Siedman, he noticed a hum and vibration caused only by the presence of a fan. When sifting through HP's very own disassembly guide (PDF), you'll find a picture that reveals its fan-heatsink, used to cool the 17W TDP CPU. Since when is "fanless" a figure of speech like "silent?"


Source: FanlessTech

Acer Debuts the Veriton Z4 Series and N Series PCs

Acer today has unveiled the new Acer Veriton Z4 Series and N Series PCs featuring excellent security technology and a compact design making them the perfect solution for modern businesses from enterprise to small office.

Veriton Z4 Series
The Veriton Z4 Series offers a quick setup and saves on precious work space thanks to its compact design. The 23" screen can be adjusted from -5 to 30 degrees with minimum strength allowing users to work with ease for long periods of time. In addition, the monitor can be attached to any wall using the VESA wall mount.

Lucid and ASUS Announce Desktop PC Power Optimization

Lucidlogix (Lucid), pioneers in multi GPU virtualization technologies, and ASUS, the leader in PC solutions, today announced the integration of Lucid VirtuWatt software inside select models of ASUS desktops. VirtuWatt will automatically and seamlessly power-off discrete GPU when not required, and power-on again when needed. This dramatically minimizes power draw, maximizes system life and reduces noise levels making the ASUS ROG G20 the ideal solution for ultimate marathon gaming session.

The recently launched ASUS G20, an extremely powerful compact gaming desktop PC, which the Eco Energy Mode integrate VirtuWatt, Lucid's eco-friendly GPU virtualization technology into its new system, resulting in a more powerful, cost-efficient PC user experience.

MAINGEAR Adds NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Z on All Desktops

MAINGEAR, a custom gaming PC system builder gives gamers the performance they crave with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Z graphics, now available on all MAINGEAR desktops.

The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Z offers monster gaming performance with 5,760 cores and 12 GB of high-speed dedicated frame buffer memory. GTX TITAN Z is designed with the highest-grade components to deliver the best experience - incredible speed and cool, quiet performance - all in a stunningly crafted aluminum case. Gamers will love that the TITAN Z's twin GK110 Kepler-based support a new NVIDIA technology called "dynamic power balancing", which automatically routes power to the GPU that needs it the most, resulting in a more optimized use of available power and better overall performance. Gamers can customize their gaming rig with a single, dual card configuration. Choose from a variety of desktops that will offer the TITAN Z including the SHIFT, F131 , Vybe, Rush and Force. Starting as low as $4,292 with the Vybe H81.

Big Chunk of Plastic Used in Dell Products Sourced from Recycled E-Waste

Dell today announced new sustainability initiatives designed to increase the ways that its IT solutions make lasting contributions to the planet. Dell is the first in the IT industry to introduce carbon-negative packaging, through a partnership with Newlight Technologies, inventor and manufacturer of AirCarbon. Dell also is the first to use UL-Environment certified closed-loop recycled plastics in the manufacturing of computers, in partnership with Wistron GreenTech, a global original design manufacturer and one of Dell's official environmental partners. The independent, third-party verification of a closed-loop plastics process establishes the first industry standard for closed-loop and supports a circular economy for IT.

Earlier today, at Fortune Brainstorm Green, Dell CEO Michael Dell said today's announcement is the next milestone in Dell's 2020 Legacy of Good plan, which includes 21 ambitious sustainability and social goals Dell is committed to reaching by 2020. The overarching goal is to ensure that the good that comes from Dell's technology will be ten times what it takes to create and use it. "We have a long-standing commitment to conduct our business responsibly," said Mr. Dell. "Air Carbon packaging and closed-loop recycled plastics are terrific innovations and big steps forward as we work with our customers and partners toward our 2020 goals."

Velocity Micro Desktops Now Available with Haswell Refresh Processors

Velocity Micro, the premier builder of award winning enthusiast desktops, gaming PCs, laptops, and peripherals, announces the immediate availability of expertly crafted systems featuring the Haswell refresh processor models Core i7-4790, Core i5-4690, Core i5-4590, and Core i5-4460 along with Intel 9 Series Chipset Family motherboards from Gigabyte. Hand-crafted configurations start at $899.

"Intel's latest processor refresh brings more power and better efficiency, creating even more value, while the Z97 and H97 chipset motherboards offer some great new features for our enthusiast customer base," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "We're honored to be able to offer these new products on launch day as a part of our ongoing pursuit to create a remarkable, ultra performance desktop PC product."

MAINGEAR Introduces Updated VYBE Desktop

MAINGEAR, an award-winning custom PC builder known for custom gaming high-performance desktop, laptops and workstations revamps their popular VYBE desktop with a brand new chassis and features that offer the best hardware options in high-performance and cooling that is completely scalable for price and performance.

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Performing the very best is important to MAINGEAR and with the new VYBE, gamers will be able to build their dream systems that can range from a PC that is simple or outfitted to be maxed out in performance. Featuring Intel's 4th generation Core architecture or latest generation 6-core Extreme Edition processors, the new VYBE Z97 and X79 can be watercooled, overclocked and support 4k surround ready gaming.

iBUYPOWER Unveils the HEXA Ultra SFF PC

Big performance in a small box - that's what we're delivering with the new iBUYPOWER HEXA, a new ultra small form factor PC designed to blast through all your computing tasks, and then some.

From the skunkworks operations deep within iBUYPOWER's lab, we worked with Gigabyte to bring you a new experience that's unheard of in a system that takes up nary a stack of sticky note's desktop space. Most iBUYPOWER will be offering two flavors, AMD and Intel systems, with iBUYPOWER's configurability. You don't get this level of performance and customization from anywhere else. The HEXA delivers six-sides of gaming goodness.

CYBERPOWERPC Debuts the FANG Mini Series Compact PCs

CyberPower Inc., a global manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, today announced its FANG Mini series - an ultra-small form factor computer that literally puts Intel or AMD quad core gaming rig power in the palm of your hand.

By focusing on compact, efficient design, the FANG Mini series delivers desktop-level performance in a system that measures just 4.5 x 4.3 x 2.4 inches. This tiny PC will fit comfortably in a crowded entertainment center in your living room, tucked away on the back of your computer monitor via the included VESA bracket, or unassumingly sit on your desk next to your keyboard and mouse.

Intel Core "Skylake" CPUs Accompanied by 100-series Chipset

Intel answered the burning question some of us had about what the desktop chipset that succeeds the 9-series will be named. For now, Intel is referring to it as "100-series," on early internal roadmap documents scored by VR-Zone. Much like the current 9-series, 100-series will consist of a single PCH silicon, from which several variants will be carved out by toggling features.

There will be four primary kinds of "Skylake" packages, SLK-S, which will be socketed LGA; SLK-U, which will likely be compact, ultra-low power BGA, for Ultrabooks; SLK-Y, which will probably be mainstream BGA for compact desktops and all-in-ones; and SLK-H, which will likely be mainstream BGA for conventional notebooks. This generation of CPUs and PCHs, will also be accompanied by four kinds of wireless network controllers, depending on the target form-factor, "Snowfield Peak" Wi-Fi + Bluetooth, "Douglas Peak" WiGig + Bluetooth, "Pine Peak" WiGig, and XMM726x 4G LTE controllers; and "Jacksonville" GbE wired Ethernet controller. Thunderbolt standard will undergo an evolution with the company's "Alpine Ridge" controller.

Source: VR-Zone

New Dell Inspiron 5000 Series Laptops and All-in-One Desktops Launched

Today Dell introduced new Inspiron 14, 15 and 17 5000 Series laptops, its Inspiron 20 3000 Series and 23 5000 Series All-in-One (AIO) desktops just in time for the Back-to-School season. These new laptops and desktops are designed with power and comfort features aimed at helping people achieve through every phase of their lives. Powerful processors, massive hard drives, and responsive 10-finger touch displays up to Full HD resolution are some of the options designed to meet the needs of consumers' diverse lifestyles. New features that make life easier include 20GB of Dropbox cloud storage for sharing, saving and collaborating, and facial recognition software to make using password-enabled web sites safer. All of these products seamlessly fit into your life on your terms.

"Students and parents alike want technology that helps them to be successful in their personal and educational pursuits," said Ray Wah, vice-president, Dell Consumer PC Group. "Our new Inspiron laptops and AIOs are a smart investment for families, providing the latest technology for productivity and entertainment in thin, space-saving designs."

Eurocom Offers Choice of All in One Desktops with TPM 1.2 Data Encryption

Eurocom offers a choice of All in One Desktop computers with TPM 1.2 hardware data encryption for enhanced security, low energy consumption and a wide range of connectivity options to ensure they can integrate smoothly into a wide variety of environments. "Eurocom designed its latest line of AIO's, including the Uno 3 and Uno 2.1, with a wide variety of unique features that set them apart from the competition including a built in battery pack, TPM 1.2, VESA mounts and adjustable stands all in an energy efficient, low power consumption design" Mark Bialic, Eurocom President. The long list of innovative features of the Eurocom All in Ones allows companies to deploy more efficient computing infrastructure for their employees than traditional desktop systems. Designed for integration into large companies, hospitals and Industrial Installations to provide an extremely energy efficient solution.

The Uno 3.0 is designed for reduced energy consumption and energy efficiency with a maximum power draw of 120W. The ultra efficient 120W 100-250V Auto-switching external AC Adapter improves the overall energy conservation. The Uno 2.1 takes low power consumption to another level with a maximum draw of 90 watts with an auto switching 110-240 V AC adapter that further improves the overall energy conservation. The energy efficient Uno's consume only 120W or 90W max versus 200W-600W for a traditional desktop PC. The low power consumption equates to lower thermal temperatures which results in a longer expected lifespan of internal components.

ASUS Announces the M32 Multimedia Desktop PC

ASUS today announced M32, a new high-value desktop computer that features a choice between discrete NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon graphics for immersive gaming and high-definition (HD) video experiences. M32 has been carefully engineered with powerful Intel Core processors for seamless multi-tasking, exclusive SonicMaster technology for hi-fi-quality audio experiences and USB 3.0 for super-speed connectivity.

With a premium brushed-metal finish that exudes chic elegance, an HDMI port for connection to HD TVs and monitors, and an affordable price point, M32 strikes the perfect balance between cost and performance for those seeking a desktop PC for effective productivity and quality multimedia reproduction.

Lenovo Also Unveils the A540 AIO Desktop and New B, G and Z Series Laptops

Lenovo today introduced several new PCs starting with the Lenovo A Series A540 AIO desktop built for families and equipped with the latest audio and video features for enjoying digital content. Lenovo also introduced the B50 laptop for small businesses with a balance of essential technologies and affordability; the essential G50 laptop for general computing; and the Z40 and Z50 entertainment-focused laptops.

The sleek A540 AIO includes a super bright 23.8-in FHD 1920X1080 IPS display in an aluminum shell just four millimeters thin at its edge. Users can adjust the screen from -5° to 90° to position it for however they like to use it. Running Windows 8.1 and supporting 10-finger touch, the A540 lets users experience touch functionality with its collection of 20 pre-loaded games and education apps. Users can even go hands-free with Lenovo Motion Control, which supports up to 12 gestures to complete actions like muting the volume, advancing photos or playing videos.

Intel Starts Shipping 'Haswell Refresh' Processors

Without any real fanfare Intel has now kicked off sales and shipments of processors part of 'Haswell Refresh' line. An official launch for the updated Haswell offering, complete with motherboards based on the 9 Series LGA1150 chipsets, is reportedly planned for next month but since the CPUs got the go-ahead you can expect them to reach stores shortly.

A total of 44 chips have been introduced by Intel, 27 of which are for desktops while the rest are for mobile devices. There's nothing really new about the CPUs as they are still based on the Haswell architecture (which debuted last year) but they do have slightly higher (100 MHz in most cases) frequencies than the models they aim to replace (speed bump at no added cost).

ASUS Announces New Additions to Its Desktop PC and All-in-One PC Line-up

ASUS today announced exciting new additions to its commercial ASUSPRO PC range, with the launch of the ET1620 all-in-one PC, EeeBox EB1036 and EB1037 space-saving desktop PCs, and the ultra-small form factor (USFF) BT1AD and BT1AE desktop PCs.

All models feature the very latest Intel processors for optimum performance and power efficiency. Designed for small-to-medium businesses, public sector and enterprise customers, these new ASUSPRO PCs offer enhanced productivity, space-saving design, and advanced management and security features - including the new and exclusive ASUS Business Manager - tailored to enhance productivity with minimal impact on operating and maintenance costs.

MAINGEAR Offers AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Graphics In Desktops

MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC system builder offering custom desktops, notebooks and workstations has just added AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card solution to their award winning up desktop offerings.

The new AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card was engineered for ultimate performance and for the first time in industry history, the graphics card reference design ships with an advanced closed-loop water cooling system. Hardcore gamers and PC enthusiasts will enjoy cool temperatures that are also extremely quiet during the high demand of their PCs right out the box without any tweaking.

MSI Announces ProBox23 Desktop Barebone

MSI announced the ProBox line of compact desktop barebones, the first of which is the ProBox23. Its chassis, which measures 202 mm x 204 mm x 54.8 mm (WxDxH), includes a slim mini-ITX motherboard based on the Intel H81 Express chipset, supporting LGA1150 processors (TDP of up to 65W), room for up to two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots, two 2.5-inch SATA drives, and an mSATA slot. A half-height mPCIe x1 slot is also featured, so you can drop in your own wireless communications card. The unit draws power from an external power brick. Connectivity includes stereo HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports (two on the rear panel, four on the front), eSATA 3 Gb/s, and HDMI display output.

Digital Storm Unveils the VANQUISH II Gaming PC

Digital Storm is excited to unveil the new VANQUISH II, a gaming PC built to play the most demanding games with maximum detail, speed, and power without breaking the bank.

"Starting at just $699, VANQUISH II delivers an incredible value with the ability to play the most graphic intensive games at max settings," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "That is still obviously more expensive than purchasing a console, but we believe delivering graphics up to three times the resolution is well worth the extra $100-200 investment."

Digital Storm Also Offering NVIDIA's GTX 750 (Ti) and GTX TITAN Black Cards

Digital Storm is excited to offer NVIDIA's highly anticipated GTX 750 and GTX 750Ti mainstream graphics cards and NVIDIA's new flagship TITAN BLACK - the fastest graphics card in the world. The three cards all allow Digital Storm customers to take their gaming to the next level with HD gaming at 1080P and Ultra HD 4K gaming respectively.

"HD gaming is the new standard and Ultra HD is not far behind with 4K displays already available for $800," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "This is an exciting time for gamers and we're thrilled to incorporate NVIDIA's new cards into our systems to deliver the stunning graphics and advanced gaming experience our customers demand."

iBUYPOWER Debuts Coin Mining Systems

Imagine a machine that went to work for you each day and earned you a paycheck, while you relaxed in front of the television. The IBUYPOWER GPU coin mining systems powered by AMD's Radeon HD 290X graphics cards do just that.

Coin mining is taking the world by storm. By crunching data to help support the currency ecosystem, consumers can earn Litecoins, Dogecoins and Lottocoins, among many others. Of course, with all that compute power on tap, you'll be able to crunch through general compute tasks faster than ever.

Lucid and ASUS Announce Another Cooperation in Desktop PC

Lucidlogix (Lucid), pioneers in multi GPU virtualization technologies, and ASUS, the leader in motherboards and PC solutions, have announced another cooperation In this partnership, the two companies will jointly collaborate on both software and hardware virtualization technologies that will be designed to maximize system longevity.

"We are happy to cooperate with the number one in the industry," said Joe Hsieh, the vice president of ASUS. "Lucid's solution is what we are looking for."

Razer Unveils Project Christine, the World's Most Modular PC Concept Design

Razer, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, today announced a concept of what promises to be the world's most modular gaming system, Project Christine.

The PC has traditionally been one of the most open platforms in all of technology. However, given the technical complexities of PC hardware, only the most hardcore enthusiasts have been able to take advantage of this openness to build, customize and continuously upgrade their PC desktop systems. The tremendous promise of the PC has remained underexploited by the vast majority of general consumers for more than 30 years, largely due to the convoluted hardware -- knowing what does what, what works with what, and how to connect the pieces.

Lenovo Expands Its Consumer Line of Laptops and Desktops

Lenovo today announced three new additions to its consumer line of laptops and desktops that elevate the computing experience. The new clamshell Y40, Y50, Z40 and Z50 laptops and the C560 all-in-one (AIO) desktop provide advanced performance and entertainment features in portable and space-saving designs.

The Y Series laptops give users the technologies needed to enjoy a full multimedia experience with the latest graphics options and rich audio while the Z Series offers a selection of color choices, VeriFace facial recognition and motion/voice control. The C560 AIO provides families a large screen multitouch home PC that doubles down on work and play. The Lenovo LI2821 Wide monitor overwhelms the visual senses with its mind-blowing 4k resolution display, complemented by the two new consumer-friendly monitors: The Lenovo LI2223s and LI2323s.
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