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Zotac's Zbox HD-ND22 barebones mini PC
— 12:16 PM on August 26, 2010

Atom-based nettops easily get bogged down, but Zotac's latest Zbox pairs a capable CULV Celeron with an Ion chipset. Let's see what this budget...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Cases Systems

My iPhone 4 is awesome
— 7:58 PM on August 12, 2010

Well, I finally did it. After misguidedly buying what turned out to be a sub-par iPhone clone in 2008, then waiting almost five months...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mac Personal tech

Wading into the smartphone world with a Palm Pre
— 11:37 PM on July 29, 2010

I severed my last land line about a decade ago, so I probably count as a reasonably early cell-phone adopter. Was I driven by a...

Type: Blog post Tags: Personal tech

Zotac's Zbox HD-ID11 barebones nettop
— 11:25 AM on July 13, 2010

Zotac's Zbox HD-ID11 brings a dual-core Atom, Ion GPU, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and XBMC support to a barebones nettop. Is it the ultimate bargain HTPC?

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Cases Systems

Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI tackle AMD's 890FX chipset
— 1:39 PM on April 29, 2010

With 44 Gen2 PCIe lanes and six 6Gbps SATA ports, AMD's new 890FX may be the finest high-end chipset on the market. Join us...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

Midget H55 motherboard showdown
— 10:37 PM on April 4, 2010

The latest mini motherboards use Intel's H55 Express chipset, which is compatible with both dual-core Clarkdale processors and quad-core Lynnfields. Keep reading for a

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards

AMD's 890GX integrated graphics chipset
— 12:30 PM on March 2, 2010

AMD's 890GX chipset features a hopped-up Radeon HD 4290 graphics core and an all-new SB850 south bridge with a 6Gbps Serial ATA controller. We've

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

Building the imperfect beast, part II: mobo risin'
— 12:21 PM on February 16, 2010

Hey hey, kids. In case you've forgotten or are too lazy to use a...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mac

Gigabyte's GA-P55M-UD4 and MSI's P55M-GD45 motherboards compared
— 1:24 PM on October 22, 2009

The first wave of P55-based Lynnfield motherboards has included not just the usual ATX fare, but also number of interesting MicroATX models. We've rounded...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards

Apple's aluminum keyboard
— 9:30 PM on October 14, 2009

Can low-profile chiclet keys, sleek industrial design, and an Apple logo make a good desktop keyboard? And can such a device pry a fan...

Type: Feature article Tags: Input devices Mac

An upgrade tale 2: upgrade harder
— 11:45 AM on September 25, 2009

So, almost three years had passed since my last major system upgrade—downright shameful negligence for someone in this line of work, clearly. I won't...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems

A look at Asus' P7P55D and Gigabyte's GA-P55-UD4P motherboards
— 5:04 PM on September 17, 2009

Ultra-high-end motherboards for Core i5 and i7-800 processors make little sense, but there are plenty of excellent mid-range models to choose from, including Asus' P7P55D...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards

Intel's P55 Express chipset
— 12:29 AM on September 8, 2009

Lynnfield requires a new motherboard based on Intel's P55 Express chipset. We've rounded up three examples from Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI to see how...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

Swimming laps with Finis' SwiMP3 player
— 11:42 PM on August 30, 2009

Few things bore me more than staring at the bottom of a pool while swimming laps. Finis' SwiMP3 player promises to inject music into those...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia Personal tech

AMD's 785G integrated graphics chipset
— 11:00 PM on August 3, 2009

AMD has a new 785G integrated graphics chipset designed for Socket AM3 CPUs and sub-$100 motherboards. Join us as we explore whether the 785G...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

High-end Socket AM3 chipsets under the microscope
— 10:53 PM on June 17, 2009

The Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition makes a compelling case for Socket AM3, particularly now that LGA775 has no real upgrade path. Which chipset...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards Chipsets

Zotac's IONITX-A Mini-ITX board
— 8:00 AM on May 12, 2009

Nvidia's Ion platform brings the Atom CPU a modern chipset with a DirectX 10-class GPU and Blu-ray playback acceleration, and now you can get it...

Type: Feature article Tags: Motherboards

Clip surgery!
— 4:28 PM on May 4, 2009

No, I'm not talking about getting your dog or cat fixed. I'm talking about the Sansa Clip MP3 player, and my recent foray into...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Personal tech