Hardware

The Steam Box Is Real, But It's Not Just From Valve

Valve made a big splash on Monday when it announced SteamOS, its own gaming-flavoured Linux operating system, but SteamOS was just one announcement in a trio. The second one’s here and, yes, it’s a Steam Box.


Adobe's Experimental Stylus Just Got Real, And It's Coming Within A Year

When Adobe unveiled its first attempt at building hardware tools — a stylus called Project Mighty and a digital ruler called Project Napoleon — last April, the company was careful to describe the devices as prototypes, dancing around whether we’d ever be able to, you know, buy them. But today, Mighty and Napoleon are real: Adobe has announced that both devices will likely ship in early 2014.


The CODE Keyboard Promises To Be The Best Mechanical Keyboard Yet

In this modern, pixelated world, the computer keyboard has become a real everyday object, something we tend to touch more times than we realise. So why not seek out the best keyboard, one built from the features of lesser keyboards? That’s precisely what the CODE keyboard aims to do.


Microsoft's Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Is Easy On Wrists And Eyes Alike

Back in 1994, Microsoft’s first ergonomic keyboard showed us that the traditional design maybe wasn’t as comfortable as it could have been, and that we didn’t have to deal with a crippling pain in our wrists just to send an email. An age of ergonomic accessories was born, and the piece de resistance of the past 20 or so years would have to be Microsoft’s new Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop set, featuring a trio of comfy input options.


This Is The 'Fastest GPU Ever' Made

NVIDIA has just announced an insane new GPU. Designed for (wealthy) graphic professionals, the Kepler-based Quadro K6000 is, apparently, “the fastest and most capable GPU ever built”.


US Government Destroys $170,000 Of Hardware In Absurd Effort To Stop Malware

This is a story about government incompetence on the grossest, most unforgivable scale. Here’s how the US Economic Development Administration unnecessarily spent $US2.75 million to fight a common case of malware. Warning: much innocent hardware was lost.


Intel Haswell Review: Can A Laptop CPU Keep Enthusiasts Happy?

Faster hardware shouldn’t be this somber. Yet we can’t help but furrow our brow in concern over Intel’s fourth-generation Core i7 CPU, Haswell. Yes, in typical Intel fashion, it’s a tour de force of technical achievement and features that’s the envy of the free world. It’s also, by the way, quite fast.


Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Benchmarks: This Thing Has A Face-Melting GPU

While most high-end Android phones currently sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600, there’s another chip announced earlier this year waiting to hit the scene: the Snapdragon 800. Now, the first benchmarks of that new chip are in — and its GPU promises to smoke the competition.


Report: AMD Is Making Its First Ever ARM Chip

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that AMD is taking a leap into unknown waters, as it readies its first ever ARM chip. The new chip — codenamed ‘Seattle’ and previously hinted at — is apparently based on the architecture designed by ARM, which is now prolific in smartphones and tablets.


First Active Noise-Cancelling Computer Fan Will Finally Shut Your Computer Up

If you have a powerful desktop, it probably sounds like a jet engine. You could opt for watercooling, but if you stick with fans you’re out of luck. They’re just loud. Until you bolt on some active noise-cancelling.