Dell made a gaming PC that isn't an Alienware, and that isn't horrendously expensive.
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Dell has long had a stable of powerful mainstream laptops that could handle games, its Inspiron 15 gaming laptops and its Alienware enthusiast line-up, but in recent years it's been missing an appealing desktop machine that's affordable enough for casual buyers but powerful enough for today's demanding titles.
Until now. The Inspiron Gaming Desktop is the first Dell machine using AMD's Ryzen CPUs, and it's built to allow gamers to upgrade their own PCs in the future, too, with headroom for dual graphics cards and cooling systems to handle any components.
I'm not joking when I say the Microsoft Surface Studio makes this sentence -- pulled from the incredible video that Microsoft wrote to promote its new super-luxury, all-in-one PC, in the words of Willy Wonka's fantasies -- come true. When you get face to face with the Surface Studio, and when you see what it can do, you can't help but think of all the possibilities of what you can do with it. It's incredible.
Samsung's brand new Galaxy S8 is a very powerful smartphone. It's powerful enough that Samsung thinks it can replace your PC -- especially if you don't have incredibly demanding tasks to run. With Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom support, the Galaxy S8 and DeX could be the ultimate solution for any corporate road warriors out there.
Have you heard? PC gaming is cool now. We've got shiny 4K graphics and ultrawide monitors and 240Hz and everything. Even EB Games is jumping on the PC gaming bandwagon. It's selling $2000 pre-built gaming PCs running Windows 10, built for Overwatch and DOTA 2 and League Of Legends and the latest Call of Duty.
If you bought a PC with a disk drive between 2003 and 2008 -- the golden age of Livestrong bracelets and trucker hats -- you might be eligible for $US10 ($13) thanks to an antitrust class action suit. In December, Sony, NEC, Panasonic and Hitachi-LG settled a seven-year suit which alleged the companies colluded "to inflate the prices of optical drives sold to big computer companies and retailers."
Imagine a tiny computer that could out-perform Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro and Microsoft's Xbox One S when it comes to playing 4K games. Imagine a desktop PC that you could carry around like it was a 17-inch laptop, but with the power and cooling of a high-end gaming rig.
This actually exists. Two years in the making, this console-sized PC case has already netted over $120,000 in preorders a few hours after launching on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
Stephanie Tarling is an actress and musician born in England and living in LA, working on an EP set to release in 2017. She's also the breathy voice behind the hauntingly beautiful cover of Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's Pure Imagination, the song sung by Gene Wilder in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, that Microsoft used to introduce the world to the Surface Studio.
Microsoft just announced a brand new all-in-one PC called the Surface Studio. This isn't some under-powered plasticky do-your-kids'-homework desktop PC, though: it's a 28-inch Core i7-powered behemoth with a ridiculously high-resolution screen and a massive amount of computing and graphics power. It's meant for hardcore creative types, but that doesn't mean we can't lust over it as well.
We like small, powerful computers -- like the MSI Vortex G65 and Alienware Alpha R2 -- that hide seriously powerful components inside a sleek chassis that can be hidden away under a desk or inside a home theatre cabinet. The latest iteration of the ROG G20 is an Oculus VR-certified machine that hides away a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
Dear Gizmodo, I'm looking to build a new PC that's capable of running high-end video games and 3D graphics applications. In other words, it's going to get pretty hot! I'm seriously considering a water cooling solution but don't really know where to start. So my questions are: is water cooling worth the effort and what type of skills do I need to pull it off?
As enthusiastic gamers, we don't usually give a lot of attention to pre-built gaming machines, especially desktop PCs -- they're often out of date before they're launched, with inferior graphics and CPU options. HP's new Omen gaming desktop and laptops, and an accompanying 32-inch monitor, though, are impressively modern and might just make sense if you're looking to pick up a new PC to handle the next few years of gaming.
One of my favourite urban legends is the story about how cake mixes were first a commercial failure because customers felt uneasy about putting a cake together with just powder and water. It's not true, of course: sales of cake mixes doubled initially after World War 2, but that's a whole other story.
I bring it up because for better or worse, the idea that people were more comfortable adding an egg and butter to their cake mix has stuck. And it turns out that Corsair, GIGABYTE and NVIDIA are pulling a similar trick with PC builds.