Computers & Software

New soul? Or a ghost of laptops past?

HP Envy Spectre XT

We’re not ones to embrace hyperbole, but the new HP Envy Spectre XT ($1,000+) may actually live up to its category — and humility-bending title of Ultrabook. Weighing a fairly svelte 3.07 pounds with 14.5mm-thick profile, HP’s newest offering features an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU, a four-speaker Beats Audio sound system, a 13” high-definition LED...

History in the Remaking

Commodore Amiga Mini

After a long absence, the once popular Amiga brand is back, courtesy of its parent company Commodore. The revival, dubbed the Amiga Mini, like a Leprachaun in a boxing ring, is short in stature, but big at heart. With obvious nods to its similarly named Apple counterpart, the Amiga Mini is made out of a...

All in, for the win

HP Z1 Workstation

Computer workstations are typically regarded as PC powerhouses for the professional. Boasting top tier internals and reliability, they’re only limiting factors tend to be size or an inability to upgrade components. That’s now a problem of the past. Designed and fast tracked in secret, literally in a lab within a lab, the HP Z1 Workstation...

A chip off the future block

Breakthroughs: Microprocessors

The history of modern computing began in the 1950s with the development of reliable, discrete transistors, which were smaller, consumed less power, ran much cooler, and remained operational longer compared to the vacuum tube designs used in the first generation of computing. A true “explosion” in computing, however, came later in the 1960s during the...

Peer into the future, without the crystal ball

CES 2012: Our Favorite Booths

We kicked off 2012 by visiting not-so-beautiful Las Vegas to attend CES, with the hope of getting a head start on the exciting new products that will launch over the coming year. While we’ll continue to highlight gadgets revealed there on a regular basis, one of the best parts about being on the ground at...

Slaying the daily grind

Dell Precision M4600 & M6600 Mobile Workstations

A horde of tablets may want your casual digital attention like Hasselhoff wants a cheeseburger, but for those who still require a laptop for more than the occasional Youtube stream, Dell’s new Precision M4600 & M6600 workstations should be the beezneez. In their most ferocious forms, both models can sport an Intel Core i7 Quad...

Keep Your Doritos Fingers Away

Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook

The Acer Iconia-6120 14-Inch Dual-Screen Touchbook ($1,200) is the latest iteration of a budding computing form factor that wants to walk the line between tablets and laptops. Unlike the petite Toshiba Libretto W100, this king of the Iconia series sports two 14-inch Gorilla Glass touch panels that provide plenty of real estate for all manner...

Lean Back

HP 9300 and 610 TouchSmart PC

Touch screens are all the rage with mobile technology, but touch-enabled desktops are still few and far between. HP originally led the way with the first TouchSmart PC back in 2008, and since then they’ve been continually innovating the line. The HP 9300 and 610 are the two latest additions to the family and the...

Part Netbook, Part Tablet, All Sexy

Dell Inspiron Duo

Love the idea of a tablet, but can’t bear to part with your keyboard? Well, Dell has heard your plea and developed the “convertible” Inspiron Duo ($550) netbook in the hopes of bringing you the best of both worlds.

Ridiculously Thin Home Theater PC's

piixL EdgeCenter 3770 Home Theater PCs

Contrary to what you might assume about our love of gear, most of us on the Gear Patrol staff are still quite enamored with the concept of electronic consolidation (even if it will eventually cause our gear caches to dwindle). Indulging this particular fantasy and trend in the consumer market in a striking way is...