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Apple set to launch Sandy Bridge Mac Pro and Mac mini this fall

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Rumors

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It wouldn't be a weekend without a brand-new Apple rumor to feast upon. And today's no exception: According to Cnet's Brian Tong, unidentified sources have told him that Apple's going to launch an upgraded Mac Pro and Mac mini this fall.

Details on the configurations are scant, save for the two obvious upgrades that Apple would want to put in a refreshed system line: Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs and Thunderbolt connections. The timeline for the systems is a little nebulous as well—the systems could appear in late July or early August, though Tong claims that an August launch is the more likely scenario. Expect the refreshed systems to feature Mac's latest operating system iteration, OS X Lion.

Tong's source is allegedly the same individual that correctly predicted an early May refresh of Apple's iMac line—lo and behold, new iMacs sporting Intel's quad-core Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt support hit stores on May 3.

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Deal of the Day: Alienware Aurora microATX Core i5/i7 gaming desktop for $1099

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Hot Deals, PC / Laptop

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Our  today brings you the Alienware Aurora microATX for $1099. This beast of a machine is built from the ground up to be a killer gaming rig, packed with the latest Sandy Bridge processors. The dual-core Core i5 and i7 chipset scream alongside the built-in 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTS450 graphics card and 4 GB RAM. Shipping is even free to boot:

Alienware Aurora microATX for $1099

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread. Oh, and if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @TechPromos for the latest deals, or you can Like TechPromos on Facebook.


Deal of the Day: Save $300 on Dell Vostro 230 desktop PC

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Displays, Hot Deals, PC / Laptop

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The Deal of the Day today features a significant discount on the Dell Vostro 230 desktop PC series. You end up saving $300 on a Vostro 230 mini tower or slim tower that is configured to be over $699. Included in the price is a 23-inch Dell monitor, and shipping is free! Just be sure to use coupon code RBGFF90MV391F9 during checkout:

Save $300 on Dell Vostro 230 desktop PC

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread. Oh, and if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @TechPromos for the latest deals, or you can Like TechPromos on Facebook.


Apple iMac 27-inch (2011) review

iMac 27-inch review

The Apple iMac 27-inch (Thunderbolt) ($1,999 list) is the newest top-of-the-line iMac, and it adds second-generation Intel Core i processors (aka, Sandy Bridge) to Apple's class-leading all in one Mac desktops, along with Thunderbolt ports first seen on the new MacBook Pro laptops. It has that huge, beautiful high-resolution screen, killer (if aging) design, and it is fast, fast, fast. Your "Mac OS or die" art director already wants one. Still, it's not enough to unseat the HP TouchSmart 610-1065qd as our high-end all in one desktop Editor's Choice, given that the latter offers quad-core power, a touch-screen display, and an innovative screen reclining feature, all for about $200 less. That said, read on for our full review of the 2011 27-inch iMac with Thunderbolt.

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Deal of the Day: 18% off the new iMac

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Hot Deals, PC / Laptop

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If you've grown tired of running out of battery power on your iPod touch, eBay has your answer. Today they're offering 18% off the new iMac. The iMac line was just updated six days ago with Sandy Bridge Intel processors, Thunderbolt ports, and more. Normally these sell for $1,199, but today's deal brings it to you for $979, saving you $220--and shipping is included in that price. They've got limited stock, and this deal will only last for a few hours. If you're interested, head on over:

Save 18% on new iMac

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread. Oh, and if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @TechPromos for the latest deals, or you can Like TechPromos on Facebook.

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New Apple iMac brings Thunderbolt, next-gen quad-core processors

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

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Today, Apple announced updated iMac desktops with second-generation Intel Core processors and Thunderbolt interconnect technology. The new iMacs are available in the familiar 21.5-inch and larger 27-inch form factors, starting at $1,199 for the 21.5-inch model with an Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics, and a 500GB hard drive.

Thunderbolt is Apple's implementation of Intel's Lightpath interconnect technology, first seen on Apple's MacBook Pro laptops. As before, Thunderbolt on the iMac is compatible with USB, FireWire, and Gigabit Ethernet via adapters. Thunderbolt supports mini DisplayPort monitors without an adapter, and can support (via adapters) VGA, DVI, HDMI, and full-sized DisplayPort with an adapter. Thunderbolt has a theoretical 10Gbps throughput, so it can accommodate all of these interconnects simultaneously using only one port. The iMac 21.5-inch models come with one Thunderbolt port, while the 27-inch features two Thunderbolt ports.

On the software side, all new iMacs come with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, along with Apple's iLife '11 software (iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, GarageBand, etc.). New for the iMac line is the inclusion of FaceTime HD, which allows video chat with FaceTime equipped iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2 devices.

All iMacs are EPEAT Gold certified and meet Energy Star 5.2 requirements. The iMac's LED backlit display is mercury free and Apple uses PVC free cables and components. The new iMacs use Apple's familiar aluminum and glass chassis, and come with a SD card slot, wireless keyboard, and a choice of Apple's Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

The new iMacs are available now through Apple Stores, store.apple.com, and authorized Apple Retailers. The base 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,199 and $1,499, the base 27-inch iMac starts at $1,699 and $1,999. Configure to order options include high end Intel Core i7 processors, 2TB hard drives, 256GB SSD, additional system memory, and AppleCare.

If you're not looking for the latest and greatest, new iMacs also mean that there will be a ton of cheap iMacs hitting eBay.

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Deal of the Day: $225 off HP Pavilion Elite HPE-400f

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Hot Deals, PC / Laptop

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-490t

HP has got a nice offer that we've made our , for those of you looking for a new desktop! You get the  Pavilion Elite HPE-400f AMD Phenom II 3 GHz quad-coredesktop PC with a monster 8 GB RAM and 1 TB hard drive, 512 MB ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card, and more. You save $225 off the regular price, saving you 26%. That is superb savings, and shipping is free:

Save $225 on HP Pavilion Elite HPE-400f

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


2010 Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway: Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, PC / Laptop, Family

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We can definitely appreciate a well-built all-in-one, and Lenovo is known for their rugged build quality. That's why we're recommending their touchscreen M90Z in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide - well, that, and we found an absolutely amazing deal on it on Amazon (51% off!) Even better? We're gonna be giving away one of these bad boys right here, right now. Details on that below, but first, let's talk about the M90z. For the price, you're getting a 23-inch LCD display that rocks an Intel Core i5 650 processor, 4GB of RAM, Intel GMA HD graphics, DVD burner, SD card reader, webcam, and multiple USB ports.

So, how do you win this thing? We've got three ways for you to enter:

Facebook:
Head on over to the Gear Live Facebook page and Like us. Then leave a comment on our wall. You can do this once per day until the contest ends, and each comment will count as an entry!

YouTube:
Check out our YouTube page and subscribe. That will give you an entry into the contest!

Twitter:

There you have it, three ways to enter. You must reside in the US to be eligible. The contest runs through Monday December 20, and we will announce a winner, who will be chosen randomly from all eligible entries, on the 21st. Oh, and if you don't win, don't worry, a few of our pals at other sites are running a similar contest, and we've got the full list for you after the break.

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Deal of the Day: $500 off HP Pavilion Elite HPE-490t

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Hot Deals, PC / Laptop

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-490t

HP has got a nice offer that we've made our , for those of you looking for a new desktop! You get the  Pavilion Elite HPE-490t Core i7 six-core desktop PC with a monster 10GB RAM and 1.5GB hard drive with a Blu-ray drive built-in as well, and you save $500 off the regular price, saving you 24%. That is superb savings, and shipping is free:

Save $500 on HP Pavilion Elite HPE-490t

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


Deal of the Day: Up to 41% off Lenovo All-in-One A700, B305, A310, C315 desktops

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Hot Deals, PC / Laptop

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Today we’ve got a deal that brings you an extra 15% off of four already discounted all-in-one desktop computers, saving you up to 41% in total, depending on the model. All of these desktops have Wi-Fi built-in, webcams, and ship with Windows 7 installed. These are the newest models available from Lenovo, so a deal like this is super-rare. Here’s what we’ve got:

  • The Lenovo C315 has got a 1.6GHz dual-core processor with touchscreen and TV tuner. With the coupon, you are getting 41% off the list price, saving you $404.85!
  • The Lenovo IdeaCentre B305 has a 21.5-inch touchscreen display that also incorporate multitouch gestures, and it’s powered by an AMD processor. You are getting 26% off, saving you $204.85.
  • The Lenovo IdeaCentre A310 is the thinnest all-in-one in the line. It has a 21.5-inch 1080p display, TV tuner, Bluetooth keyboard, Bluetooth mouse, and remote control. With the coupon you save 23%, a savings of $242.35.
  • The Lenovo IdeaCentre A700 has a 23-inch 1080p display, Intel 2.66GHz Core i3 processor, and with the coupon you are getting 23% off the list price, saving you $249.85.

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