I see a lot of potential in Google’s Chrome OS. Even today, I have no issues recommending the platform to friends and family with basic computing needs but who want something more traditional than a smartphone or tablet.
Once you get beyond its somewhat awkward learning curve (e.g. there is no traditional Office, you can’t run most of what you download from the web/email attachments, etc...), it’s an OS that is incredibly easy to support if you’re the appointed IT-person in your family/friend group. Sandboxing and automatic updates keep the platform secure. The inability to run most things outside of a web browser keeps clueless users from getting themselves into trouble by running things they shouldn’t. Then there’s the fact that many devices running Chrome...
Just in time for the Sandy Bridge recall, HP held a press conference updating their desktop and notebook lines. In some ways it's just business as usual, but there...
Dustin Sklavos on 2/9/2011
Intel's Sandy Bridge processor architecture is upon us, and with it a freshly minted gaming PC courtesy of CyberPowerPC: the Gamer Xtreme 4000. If you read Anand's preview of...
Dustin Sklavos on 1/4/2011
While most of the desktops we've received so far have been fairly affordable (read: south of two large), we haven't really had a chance to take a run at...
Dustin Sklavos on 12/29/2010
We haven't updated our various system buyers' guides for a while, and what better time to rectify that oversight than the holiday shopping season? We're going to take a...
AnandTech Staff, edited by Jarred Walton on 11/19/2010
Acer is revving up their fall lineup, with the launch of several new desktop computers aimed at three very distinct markets. At the affordable end is the Acer AspireRevo...
Balraj Sandhu on 9/28/2010
Boutique gaming systems are usually big, fancy, ornate affairs. They're often totally extreme, marketed to the Mountain Dew set, with massive cases and bright lights. So what happens when...
Dustin Sklavos on 9/16/2010
Prohibitively expensive gaming machines are nice to look at but such a nasty hit to the wallet that they can feel impractical. We thought the recently-reviewed iBuyPower Paladin XLC...
Dustin Sklavos on 9/16/2010
Our readership is composed largely of people who prefer to roll their own, but recently we've had the opportunity to take a look at some interesting desktop machines from...
Dustin Sklavos on 9/2/2010
Reviewing the Dell Studio XPS 7100 recently seemed like a reasonable enough move: we felt it was competitive with rolling your own machine at that price, or at least...
Dustin Sklavos on 8/5/2010
The tricked-out Dell Studio XPS 7100 is an interesting beast. It lacks any overclocking extras and exotic cooling, but it comes priced to move. Packing AMD's latest hex-core Phenom...
Dustin Sklavos on 7/7/2010
Many things have changed in the nine months since our last midrange system guide hit the press, some for the worse—a moment of silence, please, for the passing of...
Mike Jones and Jarred Walton on 5/12/2010
Several months ago, I wrote about my little experiment with Clarkdale, where I built a small form factor system, based around a Core i5 661 CPU, an Asus H55...
Loyd Case on 5/4/2010
Three systems, three different sets of problems. Loyd Case puts on his problem solving hat and shares what he learned.
Loyd Case on 1/13/2010
After nearly a year of serious waiting, the next Windows is here. Its arrival puts a stake in Vista, and may finally be what Microsoft needs to put XP...
Ryan Smith and Gary Key on 10/26/2009
Our first look at Digital Storm systems, with impressive, raw performance.
Matt Campbell on 5/18/2009
Following closely on the heels of Windows 7 Beta 1, Microsoft has released RC1 to the public. We find out what's new and how it stacks up to previous...
Ryan Smith and Gary Key on 5/5/2009
How does a Core i7 940 system with an ATI HD 4870 fare? Let's take a closer look.
Matt Campbell on 4/14/2009
CyberPower's midrange Core i7 system takes a spin through our test lab, all without breaking the bank.
Matt Campbell on 3/3/2009
Velocity Micro is a prominent PC supplier with products available both online and in brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S. Has their popularity hurt their performance, or do they have...
Matt Campbell on 12/12/2008
This is our first look at Maingear systems, and we like what we see. Note however that we say like, not love…
Matt Campbell on 11/12/2008