Averatec’s All-In-One single body PC has lots of up to date features. It has an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, a 22-inch WSXGA+ HD display supporting up to 1680x1050p, a 320GB hard disk drive, and a 2GB DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 4GB. The Korean made computer also has a 4-in-1 media card reader, a dual layer DVD/CD burner, a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam, and nVidia GeForce graphics. For those who see it as an iMac clone will note its innards are all Windows with Vista Home Premium. With a full-size wireless keyboard and mouse, and a MCE remote control, it will be out next month and carry a MSRP of $1,299.00.
For those of you who religiously use Parallels for the WIndows virtualization needs in OS X, you should be aware that there was a new update released today that has the appearance of being fairly important. After all, it now completely supports Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista SP1, including full Boot Camp support in both. In addition, MacBook Air compatibility has been greatly improved, too. Of course, there are your other generic bug fixes and and performance enhancements as with any new release. Anyhow, definitely a recommended upgrade.
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Sanrio drags out another Hello Kitty creation with its new laptop. The Epson Endeavor NH2100 has a 15.4-inch TFT WXGA display, Intel’s Celeron 540(1.86GHz) CPU, Windows Vista Home Premium, 1GB RAM, 80GB ATA/5400rpm HDD, DVD-ROM/CD-RW, and IEEE 802.11b/g wireless LAN and Ethernet connectivity. Choose one of the two model designs and expect to pay 147,000 yen ($1,410.00) towards the end of the month in Japan. We wonder if Paris Hilton will want one after reading that she had a Hello Kitty Doll designed with her likeness.
Hey, remember that HP HDX Dragon PC that we unboxed a few months ago? Well, HP has gone and upgraded the specs on that puppy, and they want us to give one of them to you guys. Not just the computer, but a few Blu-ray movies, a few PC games, and a bunch of software too. All in all, if you were to purchase everything we are giving away on your own, you’d end up spending somewhere around $5,196.00. Yeah, I said it. Go ahead and read that again.
No, here is the real kicker. Now only are we here at Gear Live giving away one of these 1080p beasts, but thirty other sites are also going to be giving away the exact same package, including our friends over at ArsTechnica, Lockergnome, JKOnTheRun, and Jake Ludington’s MediaBlab. That means you have 31 chances to win. Seriously. That’s why we are calling it 31 Days of the Dragon.
Now, each site is going to set their own criteria for how they are going to run things, and we will be announcing what we will be doing soon. Our giveaway date for the HDX Dragon is June 7, 2008. You’d better keep it locked here, peeps. Oh, and anyone in the world is eligible to win.
Hit the break for the full scoop on everything we are giving away, which other sites are also giving these away, and an unboxing video of the HDX Dragon.
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Word on the street is that Microsoft plans on finally releasing the first service pack for Windows Vista - that’s right, the long-awaited Windows Vista SP1 will be yours for the downloading in 24 hours. You’ll have to download it manually.
In a month’s time, on April 18, Vista SP1 will be added to the automatic update system. So the more casual bunch who rely on Windows Update for all their security needs will all come in under a second wave of installations. Here’s hoping for less crashing, better performance, and all that other good stuff. We’ve been waiting for this for over a year.
Speaking of which, those Vista price drops will also be going into effect this week. If you go ahead and install SP1, hit us up and let us know how it went in the comments.
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So, Windows Vista has been around now for a good thirteen months, and in that time, it has seen much criticism. If you’ve been on the fence about switching or upgrading to Vista, we are sure that Microsoft is hoping that their upcoming price drop will be enough to get you to make the move. The new pricing details will be as follows:
- Windows Vista Ultimate: $320, down from $400
- WIndows Vista Ultimate Upgrade: $220, down from $260
- Windows Vista Home Premium: $130, down from $160
The price drops are expected to coincide with the shipment of the first major update to Vista, Service Pack 1.
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HTC has unveiled its new Shift mobile computer at the 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Equipped with Windows Vista and Microsoft’s Origami Experience 2.0, it also features an RSS reader, media player, and one-touch to e-mail, weather, and more. At a weight of only 800g and a size of 207 x 129 x 25mm, it has a 7-inch slide and tilt touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution, QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi capability, and GPS. Toss in a fingerprint sensor, a CMOS VGA cam, and a built-in mic and dual speakers, and you have a product for €1199 (~$1,750.00.) Now available in Spain and the UK, it is next traveling to Italy and other parts of Europe. Maybe it will find its way stateside this holiday season.
Microsoft’s gaming mouse, the Sidewinder, has been unleashed. The device is cusomizeable for every game with its advanced software and accessories. It features three presets for switching between 400, 800, and 2000 dpi, or you can set it to your own specifications. It also has a one-button touch to Explorer games in Windows Vista. The mouse itself has weight cartridges, replaceable feet for glide, a wide metal scroll wheel, and an LCD display on the mouse itself. The Sidewinder carries a MSRP of $69.99 at Best Buy.
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In time for the holiday rush, Dell is releasing four XPS One PCs for your entertainment pleasure. All of them feature Windows Vista Home Premium, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (E4500 for the lower priced and E6550 for the higher,) a 20-inch widescreen display with WSXGA and one-touch control, 2GB of memory, Adobe Elements Studio, and a hybrid analog/digital TV tuner with remote control. They also feature Bluetooth 2.0, stereo speakers, an integrated 2 megapixel digital cams with mic, and a wireless keyboard and mouse. You can find the XPS One with a starting price of $1,499.00.
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MSI has released the GX-600, a new gaming notebook with a Turbo Drive engine. It features an Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile Processor, Windows Vista Home Premium, Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics, an HDMI interface, a 1.3 mp webcam, and Dolby 5.1 audio. The company claims that you can pick up your CPU speed by up to 20% with the Turbo keyboard button. With a boot time of about 40 seconds, you can be firing away before the baddies know you have arrived. The GX600 will be available in both Extreme and Performance models.
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