During this morning's iPad mini event, Apple unveiled the brand new, redesigned iMac. The new model is super-thin, just 5mm thin at the edges, constructed using something called "friction stir welding" to fuse together the aluminum pieces. The display is laminated to the glass, similar to what you find on iOS devices. You get the same screen sizes, with the iMac coming in at 21.5-inch 1080p and 27-inch 2,560 x 1,400 models. Apple also announced a new Apple Fusion drive option, which is basically a hybrid drive that OS X manages for you. The OS and apps live on the flash storage portion, and all your documents and other apps get loaded onto the HDD portion. As you use and launch them, things get moved to the faster SSD portion on the fly.
The 21.5-inch model will ship in November for $1,299 with a 2.7GHz Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and with a 1TB hard drive. The 27-inch model starts at $1,799 for a 2.9GHz Core i5, and that one won't ship until December.
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In this episode we bring you an unboxing of the Apple iMac 27-inch 2011 model. The latest iMac offers a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and ships with 4 GB RAM by default. This model also packs two Thunderbolt ports, the new high speed I/O port from Intel, and is therefore the first iMac that allows you to connect two external displays. It supports up to 32 GB of RAM (8 GB in each of the four RAM slots.) You can pick one up now at Amazon.
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Dell has come out with two new desktops, the Inspiron 545 and 545s. Options include six different processors, including Intel Celeron, Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad. It doesn’t stop there, as AMD Sempron, Athlon X2 or Phenom X4 can be selected. The 545 will hold up to 8GB RAM and 1TB of storage. Add to that 6 USB ports, optional HDMI and Blu-ray drive, and 8 available colors. No price or due date has been released.
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TriGem has upgraded their 18.4-inch All-In-One with the D1133. The desktop features a dual core AMD Athlon X2 processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, 250GB HDD, WiFi compatibility and a SuperMulti 8X dual layer DVD/CD reader-burner. Add to that a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam, Windows Vista Home Basic, 1 SATA and 4 USB 2.0 ports. The D1133 is decently priced at $599.99.
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Finally, an MP3 speaker system that can do more than one function at a very inexpensive price. The TuneLight is compatible with any iPod or MP3 player and connects via headphone jack. Available in silver or black, the lamp comes with an energy-efficient 20W halogen bulb. The 2 organizer trays and 2 pencil/pen/scissors holders will help to keep your desktop neat and tidy, not to mention safer. The Tunelight is only $19.99.
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One thing we really liked about the new TouchSmart is its completely redone interface. The software looks clean, polished, useful, and eminently easy to use. It would be great, however, if the TouchSmart made more use of multi-touch. Cook demonstrates a pinch gesture in the software but that’s pretty much it. We’re keeping our eyes peeled for more multi-touch functionality in upcoming software updates and releases.
Gateway released several new desktops this week, including the next generation of their GT, DX, and FX series. If you are looking for the fastest Gateway in the West, the FX 541 features an Intel Core 2 Quad to Intel Core 2 Extreme processor, 3GB RAM, dual PCIe x16 slots with SLI support, a 9-in-1 media card reader, dual Gigabit Ethernet connection, and dual NVIDIA 8800 GT over-clocked video cards. Prices range from $1,199.99 to $3,499.99. Notice the absence of anything bovine.
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For a little extra light on your desktop when others are sleeping or when you have to work late, this USB Mini-Lamp may be useful when you only need a small amount. Energy efficient, it is 5.6 x 5.6 x 38 cm and weighs 156g. With three LEDs, it has an on/off switch and can be adjusted by its metal gooseneck. Add an extra long cable and you could have yourself a decent night light. Recommended for indoor use only, the plug and play light is available for $17.00.
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So you want to draw attention to yourself at work or have kids who just won’t quit. Try installing this Mini-Traffic Light. What better way to say coffee break or time out? At a size of 270 x 100 x 100mm and a weight of 290g, the light features an on/off switch and will handle 200/240 volts. We were also thinking it might be amusing if you lived on a corner and wanted to see the reaction of your neighbors. The lamp is available for a mere $16.00.
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If you don’t have enough money for a decent gift, do something nice for the spouse/partner in your life. Send an electronic greeting card, clean her/his monitor and keyboard, toss a few rose petals on the desk, and grab some new wallpaper. There are many links to sites for you to explore and download to your desktop. We particularly admired this simple rabbit and Chinese Summer. Select from calendar art, Apple, Microsoft, and Firefox themes, cartoons, minimalist art, and illustrations.
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