Acer has announced a new line of high-end gaming PCs that feature an interesting lever open case design (that looks like a cross between Gordon Freeman and Transformers) and the tagline “Faster. Deeper. Harder. Further” (which hopefully won’t get this page tagged as “adult” in the search engines.
These PCs come with Vista (unfortunately), Intel Core 2 Extreme or Quad processor, nforce 780i SLI chipset, up to 8GB RAM, 4 hot-swappable RAID capable hard drive bays, and up to 3 way SLI with Nvidia GeForce 9800GTX graphics cards.
No word yet on price or availablity.
Acer Predator PCs
Averatec are coming out with an all-in-one computer that looks pretty nice.
For $1299 you get a 22″ 1680×1050 LCD, Core 2 Duo processor, 320BG hard drive, 2GB RAM, GeForce graphics, 1.3 megapixel webcam, 4-in-1 memory card reader, and dvd/cd writer.
I think a trend we will see in the next year will be the convergence of the low cost low power ultra portable and the all-in-one-pc for home use:
For about $400-$700 you would get an all-in-one PC that is great for everything except gaming (perfect for a kids pc or a kitchen pc) with 15″ screen, Atom processor, 1GB ram, 80+GB hard drive, WiFi/bluetooth.
We use an old laptop connected to a 15″ LCD and bluetooth keyboard/mouse like this in the kitchen at the moment – it is always available to lookup a recipe, check CNN, delete spam from this website etc and you don’t need to carry a laptop or tablet from room to room.
Averatec All-in-One PC via ubergizmo
Greenhouse has come out with two new products that allow you to add eSATA to your laptop or desktop PC so you can run external hard drives faster than over USB.
The GH-ESC-ESA2 has 2 eSATA slots that transfer data at up to 3GB/sec (much faster than USB or firewire), and it supports RAID 0/1.