Ultra tiny and packed with features, Chuwi's LarkBox mini-PC is more than a novelty. Equipped with 128 GB of eMMC storage and 6 GB of LPDDR4 memory, it even has a SATA M.2 2242 slot for further storage expansion. Add in the capability to handle 4K 60 Hz and you have a solid basis for a micro HTPC.
This article serves as a continuously updated summary of currently known leaks and official announcements regarding upcoming hardware releases in 2020. We cover and keep track of developments for Intel Rocket Lake, AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 & Zen 4. NVIDIA Ampere, AMD's RDNA2 architecture, Intel's own Xe GPU, chipsets, memory and more.
Lenovo looks to offer PC gamers an attainable system with high specifications in their Legion Tower 5i gaming systems. Equipped with an Intel i7-10700K and a GeForce RTX 2070 Super, it delivers stellar results that will likely be overshadowed by the launch of NVIDIA's next generation of GPUs. However, with a quick refresh, the 5i series should prove to be a compelling option.
With the LIVA Z3 Plus, ECS looks to push the boundaries of what you can expect from its lineup of ultra-small form factor systems. Highly efficient, semi-upgradeable, and with enough I/O to fit most needs, it is quite a compelling system with support for Amazon Alexa, but it needs a few upgrades to truly shine.
Sharkoon expands their product lineup with three DACs with integrated headphone amplifiers. Two are meant for mobile devices, such as smartphones and laptops, and one is a simple USB sound card. They share many characteristics, but the most important is a good price-performance ratio.
The ToughArmor MB601VK-1B from ICY DOCK is another uncompromisingly solid metal enclosure for quick access to U.2 drives through an external 3.5" drive bay. With the enterprise-level interface, the unit is clearly geared towards that end of the consumer spectrum involved in government, medical, and industrial scenarios.
CORSAIR's take on the second-screen experience for the PC comes in the form of the iCUE NEXUS. It is a color LCD touchscreen panel with various installation options, including on keyboards, to allow for customized monitoring and control over CORSAIR products and other system components via their iCUE software program.
The Creative Sound Blaster X3 is an excellent USB sound card. It offers great audio quality for both input and output, and is quite affordable, at $120. It's a pleasure to use for music, movies, and games alike, and you can even connect it to the PS4 or Nintendo Switch.
Corsair looks to stomp their competition by delivering exceptional performance in a tiny package with the One i200 compact gaming PC. Not only is it surprisingly quiet, but will also handle just about anything you throw at it without breaking a sweat. That said, you might sweat when you see its hefty price tag.
Elgato released their first audio department products: the Wave:1 and Wave:3, USB microphones for content creators. We tested the more advanced Wave:3, which comes equipped with a high-quality condenser capsule, a digital mixer, and many other useful features.
The ADATA XPG Prime ARGB extension cables aim to offer yet another way to illuminate your system with RGB lights. Available as 24 and 8-pin variants and using a unique optical fiber sleeving approach, the XPG Prime cables are the cleanest-looking option out there.
The GateKeeper Halberd is a portable, wireless security token that works for end users just as much as enterprises. When you're nearby, your PC is unlocked—just walk away to secure your workstation. The Halberd can also keep track of login credentials and all your passwords, both on and offline!
NVIDIA's RTX Voice technology promises to remove background noise from your audio input and output. We tested it on a wide range of audio hardware, at many price points, to find out what it's capable of, and how it affects frame rates during gaming.
The Lian Li Strimer Plus takes the original principle of lighting up your otherwise boring ATX cables with RGB colors. Instead of using the fiber optics principle of lighting each strand at its end, the Strimer Plus employs rows of LEDs for brighter, cooler animations for both the 24-pin and 8-pin cables.
The Comino Otto puts the system builders of the world on notice by offering what is one of the best-designed prebuilt small-form-factor PCs around. Considering it's only 14 liters in overall volume and fully water-cooled, this latest SFF PC will turn more than a few heads for more than a few reasons.
The ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB720M2K-B is part of their high-end line of enclosures, with this one specifically engineered for up to four M.2 NVMe drives. It is clearly aimed at mission-critical systems where reliability, uptime, and peace of mind are highest on the list of attributes to check off.
Zhiyun's Weebill-S can handle heavy camera-lens combos despite its small size and low weight. It is also supported by a large number of optional accessories, which greatly enhance its capabilities. It might not make you a good videographer if you lack the talent or the technique, but will surely make your videos look better.
The role of RGB LEDs in the PC space has vastly expanded in the last 5 years. So too has the complexity of control for all the disparate accessory designs. Addressable RGB LEDs are a huge leap towards greater user control, and with the ArrRGB DAC from Solarity Technology, you can integrate any RGB LED device into your addressable RGB control.
iBUYPOWER looks to impress by delivering exceptional performance without an excessively high price tag. Sprinkle in some RGB lighting, 3 years of support, and a 1 TB SSD and you have what could be considered a winning combination.
MSI's Trident X 9th series of gaming PCs delivers uncompromising entertainment thanks to a design that offers not only high performance, but low noise levels as well, making it perfect for the living room where it will quickly become a focal point due to the RGB lighting.
What do you do when you need portable storage that absolutely has to be encrypted and certified to various degrees? We take a close look at various options from multiple vendors to compare form factor, usability, performance, and encryption features alike.
Computer Upgrade King comes out swinging with the Continuum Micro gaming PC. Packed with an AMD Ryzen 7 2700, Radeon RX 580, and 512 GB of SSD storage, it delivers a fantastic 1080p gaming experience without breaking the bank. It even comes fully loaded with RGB lighting effects to seal the deal.
The Arozzi Arena is a full-surface mousepad desk featuring a good cable management system and plenty of space. Both gamers and normal users will appreciate the advantages that this computer desk offers, while the lack of electric height adjustment isn't necessarily a con, since it helps with pricing.
Steiger Dynamics seeks to deliver the ultimate in HTPCs with their latest ERA system. Our test config loaded with an Intel i7 9700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and two Samsung SSDs packs all the things enthusiasts dream about.
The Zhiyun Crane 3 LAB is $899, which is the price of a decent camera lens, and can handle payloads up to 4.5 kg, so it supports the popular Panasonic GH5 and Sigma 18-35 mm Art lens combo. It is richly featured and if you buy the full package, you will get everything that a cinematographer needs to start creating.