Asus EEE Keyboar-Computer Released

Just how important is a keyboard? Well keyboards are the standard modes of interface and normally, people could care less of what makes them different from others. In fact, it seems that most keyboards are alike and it is just the brands that are vying for price comparison.

There are also keyboards that vary in terms of crisp and keystrokes. Some computer users prefer softer and some great key stroke pads that make composing and typing a breeze. In short, there will always be a specific requirement that keyboards have and apparently that is why some manufacturers vary in pricing.

As for the latest keyboard in the market, Asus has unveiled one of its own. Just recently, they have released the Eee keyboard, a computer built entirely into a keyboard. Many caught a glimpse of it at the recently concluded CES and it offers something different.

This isnít the first computer to be crammed inside of a keyboard, however, itís most certainly the best-looking to date. Packing a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of DDR2 RAM and either a 16GB or 32GB SSD drive, this will be comparable to some of the other Eee line. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, Wireless HDMI and a 5-inch touchscreen. It also has a regular HDMI port, VGA, 3 USB ports and audio in/out jacks. Weíre still not sure what the price tag is going to be, but if they can keep the pricing close to what weíve seen in some of the other Eee products, this could be very promising.


Logitech Z-5 Omnidirectional PC Speakers

PC Speakers would certainly be the last thing that people would spend for. Although some people still have some brand preference such as Altec Lansing and Labtec, Logitech has joined the fray with these new Omnidirectional PC speakers to perk up sound for gaming and multimedia playback using the traditional PC.

These omnidirectional speakers use the same technology that is incorporated in todayís hi-fi home theatre systems to produce real life surround effects. The Logitech Z-5 speakers use forward- and backward-firing drivers to transmit sound evenly in all directions.

This means the person sitting in the corner will experience the same level of fidelity, depth and bass as the person sitting in the centre or sides feel. Whether you are listening to your favourite track or watching movie, the Z-5 makes sure that you get bass rich sound vibes with minimal distortion at every place in the room.

The brand may direct you towards interface devices and this product may seem experimental. But if you think about it, evening the sound output seems to be a catchy twist that this speakers have to offer and if you really want to spruce up your PC sound playback, check it out and get something different for your audio requirements.


Net PC Tablets On The Rise

This year, donít be surprised if you see a lot of people shifting from the traditional PC or even laptops to smaller versions such as these Net Tablets. Techie freaks continue their ways as far as going with the fruits and trends of modern computing and by all means, it is all shifting towards smaller compact and portable PCs that can deliver the same aid that the seemingly ancient PCs can provide.

Netbooks are going to be hot this year, with both Dell and Sony ó among others ó trying to get in on the Asus Eee PC and its success as a cheap, functional laptop for light computer use. So how about a net-tablet? That’s basically what this modded Eee PC is, worked over by a Japanese modder who ditched the keyboard and turned the Eee into a handheld ultraportable tablet computer.

This trend and shift in attention is something that was expected a long time ago. The transition is obviously taking place and despite a heavy price tag for these devices during times when people should be watching their finance, technology still has its way of enticing them to spend on them.

Further, this is not restricted to private consumers. Even the corporate world is shifting to the aids provided by advanced technology and it seems that they see them as enhancers towards better business operations. Then again that was what these things were made from werenít they?


Are We Ready for Cardboard Casings?

It is a fact that we have to find an alternative to the usual aluminum casings of PCs these days but it has to be also consistent on supporting the various components of a PC. For one, the consideration should be broadened. It is not just a case of being environmentally friendly. It needs the deliberation on after-effects like sustainability as to how far they can accommodate the PC requirement we know of.

Apparently this is not to downgrade the use of cardboard casings that were unveiled recently. The intent is good but still, are they feasible and effective. And based on the reviews they are biodegradable meaning they can disintegrate after years of use. If that were the case, would it not be contradicting the actual savings of a PC in terms of casing requirements? Also, would it not be something that could alter the performance of owners since it may eventually lead to deformation and exposure of vital parts?

The time element is not covered the way that it should be and this is something that developers of these Cardboard Casings must take into consideration. Again, the intent and concept is good, but it still needs to answer some areas which were obviously left out.


Lian-Li PC888 PC Case

One thing about PC cases these days, they come in different designs and forms. And without hesitating, the Lian-Li PC888 is a case that is one of a kind. Through the years when you buy a computer, you are normally given an option, a standard default casing or something classy and different. The difference aside from price? Normally it is just the design and perhaps the power supply that comes with it. Slots and overall design is included as well but does it really matter?

The Lian-Li PC-888 is one crazy-looking computer case. It’s constructed from blue anodized aluminum, and the case is huge, fitting in a silly amount of components. And for that size and style, you’ll pay dearly, with the price rumored to be over $400.

If a unique PC design can improve computer performance, then why not? But if it is only to be fashionable, would it not be better to invest those extra amounts into something more worthy like additional memory chips or a reliable motherboard?

This is something that I would not really understand. Why the preference in modern casing when performance is practically the same? Well, considering the crisis we are in today and the need to buy wisely, sacrificing a PC casing in lieu of better performance or for added savings seems to be the better option. It doesnít make any difference anyway.


Samsung Unveils LED Monitors at CES

The place to be is at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) where a wide array of new technological devices are on hand spearheaded by a line of new eco-friendly monitors designed with LED technology. Samsung leads the cast of companies showcasing their new line of monitors and it is worthy to note that many of them have adhered towards energy consumption and alternative methods of enhancing graphical resolutions.

One would think that the old CRT monitors are no longer in existence with the wide array of monitors on hand. But if power consumption is to be highlighted, it is apparent that it is time for a change and converting towards these new LCD monitors is a step towards that direction.

Samsung claims its new ToC monitors consume half the normal wattage of other monitors by using two-lamp low power consumption, while the manufacturing process eliminates harmful paints and sprays to make it easier to recycle monitors.

Expect these new breed of monitors to be high in demand once they hit the shops. Other than getting in with the times, it is apparent that all of us are setting our sights for an upgrade; not only for the CPU peripherals but monitors as well.


Backtracking to the NeXT Computer

Do you remember your first computer? I can still remember my first one, known as the XT series. You can just imagine how rare hard drives were back then, making use of the Jurassic floppy drives that started everything in the computing binge. They have incrementally shrunk and today we donít even use the floppy drive anymore. We make use of the hard drive or the portable USB drives while others make the most out of their optical storage solutions, thing we never foresaw back then.

Then there was the usual monochrome look to which users with the VGA card were the big dogs in the computing industry. Today, you are practically allowed to watch videos in full living color, something that many would see as common as long as you get the right RGB colors to enjoy movies and graphics as clearly and defined as possible.

Most of these cropped up when I came across this post, the NeXT computer which is rare these days. I donít know if it still functional but it is a collectorís item. NeXt was actually the company where Steve Jobs started out when he was booted out of Apple in 1985. These extremely high end and high priced computers eventually moved to an all-software model.

Itís a historical device. Tim Berners-Lee used a NeXT Computer in 1991 to create the first web browser and web server, and John Carmack used a NeXTcube to build Wolfenstein 3D and the original Doom.


Gadgets You May Want to Consider This Christmas

December is here and for the computer geeks, the season for buying is at hand. This could go as far as getting a new computer package or perhaps upgrading or adding certain peripherals to your current setup. Making a Christmas wish list is apparent and among the things needed would vary, depending on how geeky you can get. The best thing about it is that price drops are sure to be in demand as most companies are inclined to clean up their inventory, a familiar practice of businesses once the year draws to a close. Here are some potential things you may want to buy.

New Video Card. Price drops as far as video cards with higher DDR ram are bound to be offered anywhere. While many would not care as long as their computer operates fine with any video card compatible with it, upgrading for a few bucks would not hurt. Also, consider the fact that higher specs of video cards are coming out and with that in mind, cheaper video cards with good DDR rams like 256 RAM and a TV out option can be a great addition to your computer for better graphics showcase.

DVD writer
. We have seen a lot of optical storage devices gainin popularity and rather than rely on your old CD writer, why not add or upgrade a DVD writer for higher capacity and perhaps DVD authoring if you fancy it. They have considerably become cheaper and while many would be fine with the CD writer that they have, remember that DVD writers can store as much as 4 gigabytes if you get one.

Save Buying New PC Parts for Later

When it comes to fixing a certain part such as perhaps a PC video card, there is no doubt that they are getting cheaper as video card vendors are slowly coming out with new ones today. While many would consider buying a new video card, trying to make do with old ones (assuming they are still functioning properly), would be best done until the time you consider buying at least a brand new CPU with parts that are advanced than your new one.

There was a previous post before about changing the auxiliary fan of video cards for the time being while saving the cost of buying a new video card. The price disparity is glaring considering that a well-fitted auxiliary fan would cost about 10% of a brand new video card. With some changes to the fans, you may be surprised at how much you can save for now rather than buying a new one which may have cases as not being compatible with new motherboards once you finally decide to upgrade.

There is no doubt that some video cards and peripherals are flexible. In fact, you can go as far as using them again in the future. There are usual AGP or PCI slots common in most motherboards and before you buy a new one, you know the slots of the motherboard needed to entertain your old specs.

But ask yourself first if you would make use of old video cards when you get a new one. For sure you will be getting a new since a new CPU would tempt you to get it as a whole anyway. So with that in mind, what would you do with the old video card? Sell it perhaps? Maybe but then again, consider the cost analysis. You may have been better off fabricating your old one instead.

Welcome the Power Supply for Gamers

You would think that gamers could care less of the capacity that their usual PC power supply can handle but apparently, the increase in hardware specifications such as video card requirements and power drain that stems from their everyday playing needs to be addressed.

The ALU650W PSU from GlacialPower is likewise targeted to the graphics designers which are growing in number and have had their share of shortage in power requirement. Hopefully though with the ALU650W, most of these issues will be answered and laid to rest.

Who would ever think that power supplies in the traditional PCs would not matter? Well apparently it does in a lot of ways and the new thermal solutions thrown our way by GlacialPower is certainly a welcome option as far as configuring and enhancing the standard power supply units we have that can only accommodate a normal wattage of 300 watts by default.

The AL650W (PSU) has won already many awards for its performance including Modreactor Excellence Award, MIKHAILTECH Editor”s Choice Award, and various other award from test benches from across the world.