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Best small form factor slim PC for less than $500? (late 2012)

With all the lovely ultrabooks and super-powerful phones out there today, is is surprisingly hard to find┬ádiminutive-yet-powerful PCs at a reasonable price. We’re talking at least Core i3 and preferably i5, with the capability to have 8GB+ of memory, mSATA + 2.5″ SATA storage options, dual video out (at least Intel HD4000 or faster) and a small footprint. Ideally: under $500 and easily upgradeable with industry standard parts. UPDATE: We ended up purchasing a┬áDell 660s from Amazon. We also put

Acer Aspire AS7560 review

Here are my impressions of the Acer Aspire AS7560 laptop: Pros: Decent keyboard, WITH full numpad Supports TWO hard drives… dual hard drive support is quite rare in a machine this inexpensive Responsive trackpad with good two finger scrolling Easy upgrading. Loosening a few screws allows for access to two DDR3 RAM slots and two SATA hard drive bays. Cons: Occasional CPU noise even during relatively low load situations CPU cooling fanis audible during program loading (even FireFox etc.) then

Upgrade Acer Aspire One AO722 memory/RAM

UPDATE: Many readers have asked what memory I recommend for upgrading the A0722. My recommendation is┬á4GB of 1066MHz DDR3┬áKingston memory┬ábecause it offers a┬álifetime warranty, solid performance AND it is only about $22 with free shipping! ­čÖé Another great way to improve performance is to replace the AO722’s slow hard drive with a SSD. The┬áCrucial M4 128GB┬á(which includes a data transfer kit) or the┬áKingston HyperX 3K 120GB┬á(drive only) are my top two choices. They both offer 3 year warranties along with

Duke Nukem Forever & AMD Dual Core Optimizer (on Intel!)

Recently I experienced some stuttering while playing DNF with my buddy Kevin. I tried adjusting the video settings to lower quality, yet I still experienced stutter and visual lag (not ping related). Eventually I narrowed the potential culprits to: #1 stuttering from a slow RAID1 hard drive setup that DNF/Steam was loaded on #2 AMD Dual Core Optimizer was installed by DNF/Steam even though I have an Intel CPU #3 the NVIDIA control panel being set for 3D acceleration to

History of Intel’s QuickSync, soon even faster! (Ivy Bridge)

Intel’s Quick Sync is a great new feature of their latest CPUs. One reader experienced 3x faster encoding and that is definitely not out of the norm! You are probably already┬áfamiliar┬áwith how Quick Sync speeds up video encoding and that it is generally regarded as better than the competing AMD and NVIDIA solutions. However, here are a couple tidbits you may not have heard yet! #1 Intel’s Ivy Bridge brings even faster acceleration to Quick Sync If this progression keeps

Cheap tech gear for telecommuting jobs in Colorado

Mountains and wildflowers diagonal

Colorado is a wonderful state to visit for business or pleasure. This summer my wife and I will be spending almost a month there. We have a housesitter for home and will be staying at a cabin at 10,500 ft. For the portion of the stay where I’ll be working (telecommuting) I have tried out a variety of hardware and software for the job. If you are thinking about telecommuting from Colorao, this post illustrates a surprisingly capable telecommuting setup

AMD’s Triple Core Llano (and lots more Fusion info!)

Turks get their paws on AMD’s three core Llano – A6 3500 confirms the rumours | TechEyehttp://www.techeye.net/chips/turks-get-their-paws-on-amds-three-core-llanoAMD’s upcoming triple-core Llano APU will be flogged under the memorable A6-3500 handle. The chip is a bit odd in that it is similar to the quad-core A6-3600 except for the fact… Donanimhaber tested it and found that it works at 2.1GHz with a 2.4GHz on Turbo, has 3MB of L2 cache and comes with Radeon HD 6530D graphics with 320 stream processors and

AMD Fusion Llano Laptops, Notebooks, Motherboards, and CPUs! [Lynx/Prices]

UPDATES: 2011.09.11 DELL releases nice new Vostro 3555 laptop Llano laptop starting at $459… Dell launched the AMD Llano Fusion based Vostro 3555 business laptop┬á|┬áLaptop Computer Planet Bloghttp://laptop-computer-planet.com/blog/2011/09/10/dell-launched-the-amd-llano-fusion-based-vostro-3555-business-laptop/Dell launched the AMD Llano Fusion based Vostro 3555 business laptopPosted on 10. Sep, 2011 by LaptopMan in Laptops, LaptopsThe Dell Vostro 3555 looks like much like the otherÔÇŽ 2011.09.06 (33) sweet new BLACK unlocked edition Fusion APUs near release!!! AMD Fusion Black Edition APUs will come in 2 flavours | KitGuruhttp://www.kitguru.net/site-news/highlights2/jules/amd-fusion-black-edition-apus-will-come-in-2-flavours/Arguably the