By Lisa Johnston
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Fremont, Calif. — PC resource Digital Storm said it is one of the first PC makers to offer Nvidia’s GTX 750 and GTX 750Ti mainstream graphics cards and Nvidia’s new speed burner and flagship — the Titan Black — in its made-to-order desktop gaming PCs.
The three cards all allow Digital Storm customers to take their gaming to the next level offering 1080p and Ultra HD 4K gaming, respectively.
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Seoul – LG Electronics continued its pre-International CES product introductions today with the unveiling of its first Chrome-based all-in-one (AIO) PC.
The LG Chromebase is a 21.5-inch AIO running on Google’s Chrome operating system. The AIO follows the same design theory as the more common Chromebook laptops. It features 2GB of memory and 16GB of solid state storage with the idea the user would use a cloud-based storage site to hold the majority of their content.
New York – An Israeli company called CompuLab has created a full-size PC that is the size of a portable external hard drive.
The 5.3-inch by 3.9-inch by 0.8-inch Utilite PC, priced at $99, can be configured several ways, but the base unit will run either Linux or Android, have a 1.2GHz dual or quad core Cortex-A9 processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory and a microSD slot capable of taking a 128GB card.
The diminutive computer’s sides are filled with ports, including HDMI 1.4, DVI-D, two Ethernet, four USB 2.0, one Micro USB and two RS232 serial.
Palo Alto, Calif. – Hewlett-Packard has expanded its use of the Android by including the OS in its latest all-in-one PC, the Slate 21.
The Slate 21 joins the Split X2, introduced in May, as the company’s second Android-powered computer.
Fremont, Calif. – Digital Storm today released its latest gaming PC, the Virtue.
The Virtue gaming PC, available now with a starting price of $1,448, features Intel’s Haswell processors and Nvidia’s GTX 700 series of graphics cards. Digital Storm also used a mid-tower-sized chassis for this model, saying that this form factor does not get the attention it deserves from the industry.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Intel will begin to phase out production of its branded desktop motherboards, effective after the introduction of its next-generation Haswell processor by 2013.
The company announced the decision in an email to the press.
The move is expected to take place over the next three years as Intel focuses on the Ultrabook, smartphone and tablet side of the computing business, the company said. The company said it will continue to support its long line of branded processors and motherboards.
Baldwin Park, Calif. - CyberPowerPC has introduced and starting shipping its Zeus Touch All-in-One Touchscreen Desktop PC Series.
The Zeus Touch combines a minimalist tablet-like design with the latest power-efficient performance processors from Intel. Each computer runs on Microsoft Windows 8 and features the latest third generation Intel Core processors with Intel HD 4000 graphics and high density performance. The computer is designed for general use along with playing high-powered video games.
Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Lenovo’s new IdeaCentre Q190 all-in-one (AIO) desktop is so small it could be called a portable computer.
Lenovo has packed a fully functioning home-theater-centric AIO into the 0.84-inch-thick device, which overall is not much larger than an external hard drive.
Lenovo is marketing the $349 and more Q190, shipping in January, as a portable home theater. It supports full HD graphics, 7.1 surround sound, has an optional Blu-ray player and supports 3D Blu-ray playback.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Systemax will consolidate its North American consumer businesses under the TigerDirect brand, drop the CompUSA and Circuit City brands by the end of the year, and exit the PC manufacturing business.
News came in its quarterly financial report in which Systemax reported sales of $846.3 million in the quarter, ended Sept. 30, down from $900.2 million in the prior year. Net income was $13.9 million in the quarter, up from the prior year’s $10.6 million.
Walnut, Calif. – ViewSonic today introduced its first Smart Display, which runs on Android and is powered by an ARM processor.
The company is not calling the VSD220 Smart Display an all-in-one PC — a category it is now in the process of withdrawing from — but instead an interactive display.
The dual-touch 22-inch display has a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 and runs on a Texas Instruments dual-core OMAP 4 processor and has the Android 4.0 operating system.