‘Portable’ computer from 1979 wins CNET’s old tech contest

CNET’s From Old School to Tech Cool Contest asked our Facebook fans to share photos of old tech, with the ten most popular qualifying for a chance to win the Panasonic TC-PST60. This plasma TV is a 2013 Editors’ Choice and the only TV to ever receive a 5-star rating from CNET.

Congratulations to Garret W, whose photo of an old-school portable computer won the contest. TV reviewer David Katzmaier selected the winner from among the top ten vote-getting entries.

“There was a lot of great old tech among the final photos,” said David, “but I liked the ‘portable’ TRS-80 computer from 1979 best. With a monochrome monitor, separate keyboard, archaic peripherals and even a three-ring binder, all encased in a massive wood trunk complete with handles, it shows just how far computing and portable tech have come.”

Thank you to everyone who participated and a special congratulations to the ten finalists with the most user votes. Check out their submissions in the photo gallery below.

JW-11, with the Latest Android Based Computer Processor Option ARM with a 2.5-inch HDD Addition

A new Android computer has just been rolled into the market. Computer named the JW-11 also comes with an ARM Cortex A9 Amlogic AMl8726 single-M3 core. In addition, this computer software also supports Android 4.0 or 4.1.

JW-11 is equipped with 1GB of RAM and a built-in internal memory. In addition, the computer also has a 2.5-inch drive bay that allows users to add storage capacity to a large number.

Although marketed with Android OS, the computer also was able to easily use the Linux OS. According to reports, there have been several user’s computer that includes a Linux OS on the JW-11.

Other features available on these computers include an HDMI port, built-in WiFi and USB 2.0 ports. There is also a SDHC card reader on the computer. Regarding prices, the JW-11 priced at 68 USD.

Gateway DX4870-UB2B

The Gateway DX4870-UB2B ($499.99 list) is a basic tower desktop PC that checks all the boxes on what you need from a new desktop, particularly if you already have a LCD display that you’re carrying over. It’s speedy for its segment, has capacious storage, will let your family keep many documents open simultaneously, and it’s relatively inexpensive. Unlike the $300 bargain basement specials, the DX4870-UB2B$499.99 at Best Buy comes with a modern Intel Core i3 processor, dual-band Wi-Fi, and lots of drive space. It’s expandable, so it can grow with your family. It’s not ground breaking, but it’s a solid choice with a great bang for the buck, so it’s our latest Editors’ Choice for budget desktop PCs.

Design and Features
The DX4870-UB2B follows other Gateway desktops, looking almost identical to the last black tower Gateway DX4870-UB17$329.99 at Newegg.com ($500). Like that model, the DX4870-UB2B comes in a tower chassis with black panels all around, including the plastic front panel and metal side panels. The system’s tray-loading DVD burner is hidden, but two of the system’s USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader, and audio jacks are exposed on the top front of the chassis. In the back, the system has four more USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, more audio jacks, and two connectors for the included WiFi antennas. It would have been nice if the front USB ports were USB 3.0 to accommodate USB hard drives instead of the slower USB 2.0.

The inside of the system is certainly expandable, with plenty of space to move around for future upgrades. The system has space for two additional drives: one optical 5.25-inch bay and one 3.5-inch hard drive bay. Theoretically, you could shoehorn another three to four 2.5-inch notebook class drives in the same space, provided you have the correct brackets to hold the drives. The motherboard has four free SATA ports to service these drives. The system also has two DIMM slots free, along with a slot for a PCIe 3.0 x16 graphics card and two additional PCIe 2.0 x1 expansion cards. One PCIe x1 slot is occupied by the included 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi card, which will serve most users well. This is an improvement over other budget systems like the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190$416.03 at antonline.com ($400) and Zotac Zbox ID83 Plus$448.99 at Amazon ($473), both of which don’t support 5Ghz WiFi, only the more common and crowded 2.4GHz channels.

The last consideration you have to make for expandability is the system’s 300W power supply. While sufficient for additional drives and minor expansion cards, 300W will be insufficient for a high-powered discrete graphics card with Nvidia’s or AMD’s highest end GPUs. You can of course swap out the included power supply, but most budget system buyers never open their chassis, even if they are tempted by the system’s expandability. Bring a screwdriver if you dare, because you’ll need it for the case door and the drive bays. At least the internal card slots are tool-less.

Like other Gateway systems, the DX4870-UB2B comes with quite a few pre-loaded applications and utilities. These include 7digital, Zinio, Kindle, eBay, Chacha, Netflix, NewsXpresso, Amazon, Tunein, Hulu Plus, Xbox Games, Cut The Rope, Stumbleupon, Skype, Merriam-Webster, Britannica, Spotify, Microsoft Office (ad), Norton Internet Security), and Wild Tangetn games. That’s a lot of pre-loaded apps, and most if not all are available for free from Microsoft Windows Store. While you may want to spend a few moments uninstalling all these programs, fret not, since the system has a capacious 1TB hard drive with plenty of free space left. The DX4870-UB2B comes with a standard one-year warranty.

Performance
The system comes with a third-generation Intel Core i3-3240 processor, 6GB of DDR3 memory, Intel HD Graphics 2500 (integrated in the Core i3 processor), and a 1TB 5,400rpm SATA hard drive. All of these components mean the system is plenty fast on our benchmark tests, certainly faster than the Lenovo Q190 and the Zbox ID83 Plus. That said, there are systems in this price range that are faster, notably the Polywell Nano i3-Q7 ($595) which trades physical and storage space for SSD speed, and the Acer Aspire AT3-600-UR11$449.99 at Newegg.com($600), which has a discrete graphics card and slightly more powerful processor adding to its performance totals. Check the performance chart link to see the final numbers, but suffice to say the DX4870-UB2B has the performance to keep your family happy for the next five years or so.

Acer Launches Aspire Z3 AiO PC-605 with 23 inch Full HD Screen

Taiwanese electronics company, Acer has just introduced its PC all-in-one new, the Acer Aspire Z3-605. AiO PC this one was relying on a large screen and has a high resolution.

Acer Aspire Z3-605 has a 23-inch touch screen with full HD 1080p resolution. AiO PC offers an Intel Core i3-3227U to support 1TB HDD and 4GB of RAM. In addition, Acer is also preparing AiO PC with Intel Core i5 processor options and 8GB of RAM.

AiO PC was launched with the Windows 8 operating system. This computer also comes with an HDMI port and audio output using the optimized Dolby Home Theater v4 technology. AiO PC is also noted as the first with Harman Kardon speakers. In addition, the computer can also be tilted to the position of 10 to 30 degrees.

Regarding the price, this AiO PCs sold at prices ranging from 699.99 USD or about 7 million dollars.

Not to be outdone, Ready to Introduce Huawei K3V3 Octa Core Processor newest

MediaTek has just introduced its newest processor Octa Core MT6592. And as same-same company based in China, Huawei did not want to miss. An anonymous source who claimed close to Huawei Huawei revealed that the party has completed the development of the Octa core processors.

The source said that the latest generation K3V3 processor has the ability to run in high temperatures as well as cooling the components inside. By doing so, this processor also increases the standby time of the device.

Previously, CEO of Huawei, Richard Yu said that they will soon introduce the latest K3V3 Octa core processors in the second half of 2013.

Yu said that the processor will have a speed of 1.8GHz and a Mali GPU with 28nm technology in the manufacturing process. This processor is also a processor based on the ARM Cortex A15 architecture.

ASUS PQ321Q UltraHD Monitor Review: Living with a 31.5-inch 4K Desktop Display

Many consider me to be a 4K hater. The past few trade shows I’ve attended have been pushing it on consumers to replace their TVs, but I see less value in it. When it comes to a computer display, it is a different game. Unlike a 50” TV, we sit close to our monitors, even if they are 30” in size. We also have no worries about a lack of native content, since everything is rendered on the fly and native. There are no issues with the lack of HDMI 2.0, as DisplayPort 1.2 can drive a 3840×2160 screen at 60 Hz.

When it comes to 4K on the desktop, my main question is: how much difference will I see? ASUS is one of the first with a HiDPI display in the PQ321Q. While not truly 4K, it is a 3840×2160 LCD display that can accept an Ultra High Definition (UHD) signal over HDMI and DisplayPort. It also clocks in at a wallet-stretching $3,500 right now. The question is, are we seeing the future with displays here, or are we seeing a niche product?

What does 4K/UHD/HiDPI bring to the desktop? We’ve seen it for a few years now in smartphones and tablets, making their smaller screens more usable for reading and general work. My initial thought is more desktop space, as that is what it has meant before. With a 32” monitor and a pixel density this high, running it without any DPI scaling leads to a desktop where reading text is a huge pain. Instead I believe most users will opt for DPI scaling so elements are larger and easier to read. Now you have something similar to the Retina screen on the iPhone: No more desktop space compared to a 2560×1440 monitor, but one that is razor sharp and easier to look at.

To get to this pixel density, ASUS has relied upon a panel from Sharp that uses IGZO technology. IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) is a material that replaces amorphous silicon for the active layer of an LCD screen. The main benefit is higher electron mobility that allows for faster reacting, smaller pixels. We have seen non-IGZO panels in smartphones with higher pixel densities, but we don’t have any other current desktop LCDs that offer a higher pixel density than this ASUS display. IGZO also allows for a wide viewing angle.

Thanko Quad-core Android SmartTV 2, PC Portable LCD TV to Change Android Devices Being Great

Want to feel the sensation of the Android experience to a jolly? If so, the latest portable PCs known as Thanko Quad-core Android SmartTV 2 this might be an alternative solution.

With features and capabilities that it has, you can use Android SmartTV Thanko Quad-core 2 is to convert non-Adroid devices such as LCD TV into an Android device.

PC portable measuring 122x175x121mm and weighs 250g is complemented by a 1.6GHz Quad Core CPU, operating system Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and a built-in 2GB memory. And thanks to the existence of two existing USB terminal, you can use it with a keyboard, mouse, portable HDD and so on.

While about prices in Japan itself, Thanko Quad-core Android SmartTV 2 priced around ¥ 14,800 or the equivalent of 1.5 million dollars per unit.

Acnodes’ New 21.5” Ultra Slim Fanless Multi-Touch Panel PC Features 1080P Full HD Resolutions

Acnodes Corporation is proud to release its new fanless touch panel PC, FPC8759. Powered by high performance Atom D2550 Dual-Core 1.86GHz processor and NM10 chipset with two DDR3 SO-DIMM sockets for up to 4GB system memory, FPC8759 ensures adequate performance for end-users while consumes small amounts of power. It’s equipped with a 21.5 inch widescreen projected capacitive multi-touch screen with 1080P Full HD resolutions, ideal for interactive kiosk and control panel for machine in a variety of commercial and industrial applications. Rich I/O ports including dual Ethernet, four serial ports, four USB ports, mini PCI-E connector to support wireless networking modules, VGA port and audio (Mic-in, Line-out) port, provide excellent peripheral connectivity. It supports standard operating systems such as Windows 7, Window XP, Window XP Embedded, and Linux.

Ultra Slim design, with 48 mm thick console, PC features aluminum die-casting chassis and front panel that tested to IP65 water and dust resistant standard. While FPC8759 has an elegant and modern appearance, it is also capable of operating in environments with temperatures ranging from 32°F to 95°F (0°C to +35°C) and relative humidity of 20% to 85%. FPC8759 supports both VESA and panel mounting enables easy installation in various applications with confined spaces. To fulfill different application needs and to secure the system from power input change, the system accepts an 8V to 36V wide range DC power input.

Our product line configurations are illustrated on our web site at Acnodes.com. However, most of the commercial and industrial computers are custom built to customer’s exact requirements. Contact us via e-mail: info(at)acnodes(dot)com or telephone (1-909-597-7588) for more information.

About Acnodes
Acnodes manufactures, designs, and markets industrial computers and display solutions for diverse industries ranging from automation to military. We have an array of technological innovations in the area of rack mount servers, embedded computers, Panel PC’s and rugged monitors that create simpler and more valuable products to the customers. We work closely with our clients to customize computer products to meet their required projects and challenges. Acnodes strives to explore new technologies to better improve life and work.

Monoprice 27″ IPS-G Pro LED Monitor WQHD 2560×1440

Monoprice is among the more interesting companies you probably haven’t heard of. Started out of an apartment around a decade ago, the company initially sold everything at a single price, hence the name. That business model may have worked when the product line was mostly cables and connectors, but the company now offers a diverse array that includes monitors (more in a moment), home theatre screens, graphics tablets, headphones, apocket-size pico projector, an action cam, even electric guitars – and, yes, cables, connectors and accessories as well. It’s a lineup with no seeming rhyme or reason, other than quality products at bargain prices.

And that actually is the rhyme and reason behind Monoprice products. According to CEO Ajay Kumar, the company looks for categories where vastly overpriced products predominate. That gives Monoprice room to create and sell products at dramatically lower price points, while still maintaining strong profit margins.
“We are in the right place at the right time with our business model,” says Kumar, who joined the company in July 2011. “We offer the same cable or accessory as national retail brands, but for much less cost. However, we are not cutting corners as we employ high-quality manufacturing partners who work with our specs. Our markup is much lower and we pass those savings to our customers. Monoprice brings them a value proposition they can’t find anywhere else.”
And that leads us to the Monoprice 27″ IPS-G Pro LED Monitor WQHD 2560×1440 Product ID 10489, which is what you came here for. I’ve been rocking this 16:9 (widescreen) monitor for over a month now and it’s stunning. Let’s take a look at the stats and find out why.
Start with the size, 27″. You don’t have to join Grindr to know that size matters. A larger screen means that you can work easily with more windows at once. It makes copying files and editing text and spreadsheets easier and obviously makes working with pictures and video more convenient, if that’s your thing. And if you’re a gamer, a large screen is essential. Ditto if you are, for instance, a daytrader or a designer.
Hand in glove with size is resolution. “WQHD” may sound like a Minneapolis TV station, but it means 2560 x 1440 pixels. Some 27″ screens max out at regular Full HD, which is 1920 x 1080. The higher resolution of the Monoprice unit means that more detail is visible, if your PC’s graphics card supports it. If not, you’ll be limited to 1920 x 1080 (or less, if your PC is really old). A large screen with high resolution allows you to display more information. It makes it easier to do more with your PC.
Since we’re talking graphics cards, another nice feature of the Monoprice 10489 is that it supports four different types of interface: HDMI 1.4, DVI, VGA and DisplayPort 1.2. That means that the monitor is bound to work with your existing graphics card. The package includes VGA and DVI-D cables, but these are standard length (around 6′). Because of the size of the monitor, it’s much easier to use longer cables – you can plug in the cable before maneuvering the monitor into place on your desk. Monoprice has you covered with available 15′ HDMI, DVI-D, VGA and DisplayPort 1.2 cables. Choose the one you need.
The monitor uses LEDs for the backlighting, rather than cold cathode fluorescent tubes. The benefit: more even illumination. And it uses In Plane Switching (IPS) display technology, which means you get a wide viewing angle with no color shift even when the screen is viewed at an extreme angle. Viewing angle is stated as 178 degree in both the horizontal and vertical planes.
Covering that screen is a glossy glass laminate with an antiglare coating. The antiglare coating is not a matte finish; the screen is glossy, but the antiglare coating reduces the intensity of any glare from reflected light. As with any monitor, you’ll want to position it so that ambient light is not reflected directly back at you. I’ve found the screen easy to use.
The monitor comes with a removable stand and has a 100×100 VESA mounting size for use with desk or wall mounts. The stand (which is completely removable) has rotate and tilt adjustments. It doesn’t have height adjustment, a feature found on a small number of other monitors.
The bezel is black plastic and is relatively thick. The OSD controls (brightness, etc.) are easy to reach. The connectors are in the usual awkward place for monitors, along the bottom bezel.
Several other stats are key. One is dead pixels. The monitor has over 10 million subpixels (2560 x 1440 pixels x 3 colors per pixel). If any one of those subpixels is stuck in the on or off position, you get a dead pixel – a spot that is always dark, or always white, red, reddish, green, greenish, etc. Unfortunately, dead pixels are a potential fact of life on all monitors – but Monoprice tells me they offer a zero dead pixel guarantee for a year. It’s an unusually strong guarantee, since other manufacturers often will only guarantee that the dead pixel count won’t exceed 5 or 10. The unit I received had no dead pixels.
Also important are brightness and contrast. Monoprice advertises a brightness rating of 440 cd/m², which it says is more than 15% brighter than most comparable displays, and a maximum dynamic contrast ratio of 80,000:1.
The display is indeed bright, but this is the one area where I noted a difficulty with this product – the screen is a bit too bright, even with the brightness adjustment turned down to the lowest setting. As a result, black areas on screen are rendered slightly grayish. For most people and most applications, this won’t be a problem – and it’s a phenomenon that’s scarcely unique to the Monoprice unit – but graphic designers will want to carefully compare this screen with others to see what meets their needs.
The panel features 109 pixels per inch, which translates to a 0.2331mm pixel size. The unit also includes builtin stereo speakers, which can be fed via a stereo audio cable, as well as audio from the HDMI connection. As with most builtin monitor speakers, the sound was tinny and unimpressive, so I don’t recommend using them. Buy a pair of standalone computer speakers instead.
Another stat is response time, which the company says is 6 milliseconds (gray-to-gray response time). That’s a measurement of how long it takes the monitor to change the image when the PC tells it to, and is an issue for almost no one except gamers.
Bottom line: if you’re looking for a high-quality 27″ WQHD IPS LED monitor at a great price, pick up the Monoprice 10489.

HP Releases Desktop PC with Military Standards

Global desktop PC sales continue to slow. However, this does not preclude Hewlett-Packard (HP) to continue releasing the latest desktop PC product lines.

No half-hearted, at an event in Jakarta, Wednesday (07/24/2013), HP released 4 series desktop PCs at once, namely EliteOne 800 G1, G1 EliteDesk 800, ProOne 600 G1, and G1 ProDesk 600. The four were aimed at the business segment.

Present as a business device, HP equip these devices with a variety of features that do not exist in the PC consumer.

For example, four of which are equipped with a safety feature called HP Client Security. Using these features, users can protect the devices at every layer, including hardware, software, and BIOS.

Other value, the products have passed the test of military standards. According to Ricky Handrian, MDM Business Desktop PC HP Indonesia, standardization include durability, shock, and temperature.

These devices have to endure or withstand heavy overwritten with a maximum weight of 75 kg. In addition, products with military standards must withstand shock, although it has been taken away in a car in the distance.

“Devices that pass this certification should still be able to operate, though it was taken in a truck and suffered shock, for example, 1,000 miles,” said Ricky.

HP Series 800 G1 EliteOne a version All-in-one PC from EliteDesk 800 G1. This product is available in one version a touch screen and non-touch also.

Those who are interested can choose the specifications of the product. To EliteOne 800 G1, specification available is generation Intel Core processors up to 4 Haswell, Windows 8 Pro, up to 16 GB of RAM, up to 1 TB HDD, and a 23-inch LED screen.

Meanwhile, the desktop version of this device, EliteDesk 800 G1, comes with a slightly higher specification, namely 4-generation Intel Core processor Haswell, Windows 8 Pro, 32 GB RAM, and up to 2 TB HDD.

Carrying the same concept with the EliteBook 800, ProOne 600 HP version of the G1 is the all-in-one PC from HP ProDesk 600 G1. For the problem specification, these two products have the same choice as the Elite 800 series.

So, what distinguishes the two series? According to Ricky, the two series have different processor platforms support. 800 Series uses Intel Q87 platform. While the Pro 600 series using Q85.

“ProDesk Series 600 is a downgraded version of the EliteBook 800. ProDesk device 600 is certainly cheaper than EliteBook 800. Yeah, let’s just ProDesk 600 as the sister of the EliteBook 800,” added Ricky.