3Dconnexion SpacePilot PRO

Game developers can really improve gaming requirements this time around as suitable interface devices have become more advanced and appealing today. With that in mind, 3Dconnexion introduces the SpacePilot PRO to provide easier access to the power of professional 3D applications, fewer interruptions in the design workflow, and superior comfort.

Specifically, the SpacePilot PRO features a new color LCD Workflow Assistant, second-generation QuickView Navigation technology, Intelligent Function keys, and an improved design for enhanced comfort and control. With better assistance and graphic, you can expect better graphic rendering and output based on the new tools available in the market today such as that of this one by 3Dconnexion.

“3Dconnexion’s 3D mice have rewritten the rules on the way design engineers and professionals interact with 3D environments,” said Dieter Neujahr, president of 3Dconnexion. “Our new SpacePilot PRO builds on our market-leading industry experience, delivering the most powerful 3D mouse we’ve ever made. It enables increased performance that ultimately results in better designs, created in less time.”

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Toshiba Satellite Pro S300-EZ2521Laptop

Toshiba comes out with another great laptop to consider getting. Toshiba added to their S300 line today with their Satellite Pro S300-EZ2521. It’s a perfectly decent laptop, but doesn’t fall squarely in that much-talked about “high-end” category or much-revered “low cost but decent specs” category. Rather, it’s just somewhere in the middle.

This laptop is pretty average when it comes to specs. Measuring in at 15.4-inches, it features a 250GB hard drive, 3GB of DDR2 RAM, a WXGA resolution panel, GMA 4500MHD graphics and a SuperMulti DVD burner. Other features include Wi-Fi, a web-cam that’s built-in and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. And that’s really about it.

This laptop from Toshiba may seem to be the ultimate solution focused on the business market. But today, we are all aware that the business sector is aching for various demands as far as mobile computing is concerned. And from the past years, we all know that Toshiba has focused its genre in the business market although some people may want to have it for some other purpose.

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Netbooks Being Sold under $49.99

If you can buy a netbook for under $50, then by all means go for it. Add to the fact that it is also brand new and surely you will see customers swarming to get one!

When you hear of popular gadget such as Netbooks being offered at $49.99, the loose ends are the immediate concern of interested parties. For AT&T, it is about tying up the consumers on their end with data service contract plans. In short, it is a marketing ploy to entice subscriptions for AT&T.

The wireless provider is offering subsidized netbooks for as little as $49.99 in two markets, Atlanta and Philadelphia. The catch is that buyers must sign a two-year contract for an AT&T data service plan, which starts at about $60/month. As usual, the devil is in the details, and these low-cost netbooks, despite their tempting price, may not be a good buy for everyone.

What does $49.99 get you? An Acer Aspire One with an 8.9-inch display, 1GB of memory, and a 160GB hard drive. A quality netbook, certainly, but the catch is that you have to sign a two-year deal for AT&T’s Internet at Home & On the Go service, which starts at $59.95 a month. My gripe with this plan is that its home service is DSL at a poky 768Kbps. Besides, if my netbook has built-it 3G mobile broadband, why should I bother with DSL at all?

The package also includes 3G wireless, but the monthly data limit is just 200MB — fine for occasional remote access, but not enough for full-time use. Need more 3G? You can upgrade to a two-year DataConnect plan, which ups the monthly data cap to a healthy 5GB. Ah, but doing so doubles the Aspire One’s price to $99.99.

AT&T sells the Aspire One with no plan for $449.99, and it has similar subsidized plans for other netbooks. The Dell Mini 9, for instance, starts at $99.99. At the high end, a Lenovo Thinkpad X200 starts at $749.99.

The move to cellphone-style pricing for netbooks has been in the works for some time. Radio Shack already offers a $100 Aspire One with a two-year mobile broadband plan, and Verizon is reportedly working on similar deals.

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ATI FirePro 3D Graphics Accelerators in HP Workstations Revealed

At times, the issue of the type of graphics card and the capacity it has becomes an issue prior to purchase. However, Hewlett Packard aims to change all that with this announcement from AMD. AMD today announced that its top-to-bottom line of industry-leading ATI FirePro graphics accelerators are now featured in the new HP Z Workstations. Graphics professionals who use and demand interactivity with complex 3D models in engineering, digital content creation and scientific fields now can take advantage of the new ATI FirePro V7750, as well as the ATI FirePro V3700 and ATI FirePro V5700 graphics accelerators in the new HP Z400, Z600 and Z800 Workstations.

Designed and engineered to operate in a wide range of professional operating environments, including Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and Linux, ATI FirePro 3D graphics accelerators are thoroughly tested and certified based on industry standards at AMD test labs.

HP Z Workstations with ATI FirePro graphics already have more than 35 application certifications by major applications such as SolidWorks 2009, 3ds Max 2009, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, and previous versions with many more certifications pending.

The ATI FirePro V3700, ATI FirePro V5700 and ATI FirePro V7750 graphics accelerators are immediately available with new HP Z Workstations. Professionals can choose the right HP Z Workstation and the right ATI FirePro card to best meet their performance, expandability and affordability needs.

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Acer Aspire One 11.6-inch Netbook

This notebook is one of the highly anticipated netbooks expected to hit the market and apparently it is going to be available officially. Acer has finally taken the wraps off of their 11.6-inch netbook, the predictably-named Acer Aspire One 11.6. The subject of numerous photo-leaks over the past months, the 11.6-inch Aspire One packs the usual Intel Atom processor, paired with the Mobile Intel US15W Express Chipset, 160GB hard-drive and WiFi b/g, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.

With so much anticipation and frenzy going on over this new offering from Acer, mobile geeks are bound to know that this device promises a lot of catchy features. With all the aforementioned specs above fitted in such a small gadget, you can just imagine the demand for this soon to be released netbook.

All that is packed into a chassis just 2.5cm thick. Acer also include a soft-touch keyboard, Dolby Pro Logic sound and an LED backlit WXGA display; the whole thing weighs just over one kilo and can run for up to 8hrs on the 6-cell 5,200mAh battery. We’re not entirely sure which Atom CPU Acer have picked; previous rumors tipped it as the Z530.

To make these netbooks thinner and to improve portability, the VGA and LAN doors were placed in the back angles of casing for comfortable access to cable management. Portal icons were printed on the borders to identify them more easily and to make them visible even when the cover is closed. One last practical detail: the touchpad is ‘multi-gesture’, allowing you to leaf through pages in the same manner as of a newspaper and allowing you to zoom with just a touch.

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Glacier W200 Computers

Get a computer that you can put on your wrist. Possible? Yes it is thanks to Glacier’s W200 wrist computers. This technology is not surprising. We are at a stage where computers are getting compact and smaller by the day and apparently Glacier is leading the pack as far as miniature size is concerned.

Features of this futuristic device include a 3.5-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, GPS, a backlit keyboard, Linux or Windows CE and more. This is essentially a low-powered computer that can be literally strapped to you at just about all times. It also includes a motion sensor and an electronic compass, making it the perfect choice for those that like to go backpacking, or what have you.

As most concept devices, this is still not officially underway. But you can be sure that once the developers find a way to fit in and find the periperhals needed to make it tick, this device is going to be a hot commodity in the market. That is if ever it does gets done.

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Phobos Performance Gaming/Home Theater System

Here is a PC worthy of a gamer’s needs. The new system is the Phobos Performance Gaming/Home Theater System which comes with two graphic cards for standard models. According to BFG, the dual graphics card set up makes for a serious improvement in performance. The Phobos Performance Edition includes a liquid cooled Intel Core i7-920 2.66GHz processor, the dual graphics cards that run in NVIDIA SLI, one touch overclocking, free installation and more.

Such powerful specs for this appealing system which is sure to be the eye for most people looking for powerful PCs to enhance their gaming and graphics-related needs. But the question is would the specs be enough? A lot of this is due to the fact that game developers and advanced programming have become demanding as far as specs are concerned and apparently the Phobos PC aims to answer all those issues in one deal.

It is actually available now. The whole lot costs a whopping $3,000.00. Not that easy to buy considering one would think first before spending a fortune on such a PC bundle with no assurance that system requirements may soon buck a higher demand. Besides, it has been a trend to see such PCs depreciate in time and for the wise buyers, chances are they will wait a little bit more before buying this crazy device.

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ATI Radeon HD 4890 GPU

AMD has announced a new graphics card under its wing in the ATI Radeon HD 4890 GPU. This new video card joins the rank of the Dragon series which boasts of 1.35 TeraFLOPS of power. This GPU can be clocked up to almost 1GHz and it has support for DirectX 10.1 titles such as Stormrise from SEGA, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. from Ubisoft and BattleForge from Electronic Arts. What’s great is this graphics card can handle super high resolutions, intense gaming graphics and can be combined with up to three other ATI Radeon HD 4890 cards by using the ATI CrossFireX tech.

The demand for higher capable graphics card is obvious in the market today and AMD aims to cater to these requirements. Whether the intent is for gaming or for graphical designing, the point here is that the higher capacity graphic cards are needed to boost the graphic rendering to produce the needed visualization and pixilation required by users today.

Other features include ATI Stream technology, Unified Video Decoder 2.0, HDMI support, 7.1 surround sound and more. Eventually this card will be included in PCs from Diamond Multimedia, MSI, ASUS and others, though you can buy it outright right now for $250.

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Dell Unveils Customizable Desktops

For the average computer user, some could care less on how their desktop looks like. But don’t tell that to Dell as they have unveiled a couple of great designs that the average Joe is bound to fall for. Dell first started out as a maker of computers that users could customize with the exact hardware that they desired. Dell made its name on the customization options it offered buyers. More recently, Dell has been letting shoppers customize not only the hardware inside the notebook or desktop, but has been offering custom colors and designs on the exterior of the computer as well.

Dell has announced new Inspiron desktop computers called the Inspiron slim and mini-tower. The new machines can be customized with eight different colors that completely cover the front panel of the computer. Dell says it is the only major computer maker allowing users to color customize a desktop computer.

For sure, most computer geeks are going to want one of these customizable desktops coming in different colors and themes suitable for the taste and requirement that each wants. They seem to carry the sleek and slim design and apparently the issue of space allocation is obviously covered as well.

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AMD Ready to Launch Pisces Desktop Platform

AMD is set to have something great for entry-level computer buyers with the launch of their Pisces platform from Taiwan. Pisces is said to incorporate AMD’s Athlon II processors ; Propus, Rana and Regor – and a new 55nm-based 780G+ IGP chipset, together with the ATI Radeon HD 4200 GPU.

That 780G+ chipset is set to go into design validation this month, according to the sources. Motherboards using the design will then be showcased at Computex Taipei 2009 in June; AMD has only committed to launching Pisces in the second-half of 2009, as part of the AMD Live! range. While Pisces is an entry-level solution, it’s nonetheless expected to support above-1080p resolutions, 7.1-channel surround sound and 3D visuals.

Considering the vast array of desktop options that techies are looking for in the market today, this new AMD technology is a great desktop alternate for the usual Intel processors that everyone prefers. For sure though, price will vary and chances are this is a great desktop that start-up technology investing people should really consider getting especially during the hard times we are in right now.

While the launch is leaving everyone clueless on when to make further reviews and decisions, once this platform hits the market, expect a fair share of demands for it. AMD has proven it can stand in line with Intel based processors and apparently this is one desktop platform people will be looking out for.

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