Release roundup: Touch-screen monitors, liquid cooling, and tiny PCs
Considering the sheer number of releases that made it into our regular coverage this past week, there isn't much left for the roundup. All we have is a handful of announcements from Cooler Master, LG, and Via:
- Cooler Master releases Seidon 120M liquid cooler. Cooler Master is getting back into the self-contained liquid cooling biz. The firm's new Seidon 120M cooler features a "high performance waterblock" machined out of a single piece of copper and filled with "special Micro Channels that maximize heat dissipation." Meanwhile, the bundled 120-mm fan is of the PWM variety and operates between 600 and 2400 RPM. Cooler Master quotes a $69.99 price tag, but I see the Seidon 120M already listed at Newegg for only $54.99 with free shipping.
- LG unveils advanced Touch 10 monitor optimized for Windows 8. We've seen plenty of touch-enabled tablets, laptops, and all-in-ones tailored for Windows 8, but the same can't be said for standalone monitors. LG's new Touch 10 ET83 is an exception. This 23" monitor has an IPS panel and multi-touch input that can recognize up to 10 fingers simultaneously. LG offers a capacitive stylus for folks eager to draw on the thing, too. (The stylus is sold separately.) Unfortunately, LG isn't revealing much else about the panel right now. It only says the Touch 10 will debut this month in Korea, "followed by markets in Europe and elsewhere."
- Via claims world's smallest x86 quad-core system. We don't hear much about Via these days, but clearly, the company is still keeping busy making tiny PCs. Its new Artigo A1250 system features a 1GHz Via QuadCore processor and a VX11H chipset with Chromotion 5.0 graphics, which supports DirectX 11, stereoscopic 3D output, and 1080p hardware video acceleration. The system has room up to 8GB of RAM, and it includes a 2.5" drive bay with 3Gbps SATA connectivity. External inputs and outputs include HDMI, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, dual USB 3.0, and dual USB 2.0. Despite all of that, the Artigo A1250 is only the "size of a paperback novel," with dimensions of 6.97" x 4.92" x 1.18".
As nice as that LG display might be, I'm still not convinced about the concept of holding your arm out in front of you to operate a PC. Keyboards and mice aren't exactly lacking when you have the comfort of a desk and a chair at your disposal.