Category Archive: machines

MICROSOFT SURFACE STUDIO

The Microsoft Surface Studio is a whole new platform for Microsoft that takes aim at Apple. The Surface Studio launched at $2999 for the i5, 8GB machine. 28″ 4500×3000 IPS Adobe sRGB 10 point multi touch pen capable front and rear camera full HD 8GB,m 16GB and 32GB memory i5 and i7 CPU GTX 965M …

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HP PAVILION 510-P101NP DESKTOP COMPUTER

HP Pavilion 510-p101np

The HP Pavilion 510-P101NP (Y1D30EA) desktop computer is a basic AMD based platform for general purpose use. This machine was originally sold in Portugal. HP Willow motherboard AMD A10-9700 8GB DDR4-2133 Radeon R5 435 2048MB Bluetooth 4.1 Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac 1000BASE-T 1TB hard disk Windows 10 home DVD slim model 3-in-1 memory card reader USB 2.0 front …

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OUR CORSAIR 300R PLATFORM REFURBISHED

We use a gaming grade desktop PC in the shop. During the day we use productivity tools. On the weekend we like to play games. The flexibility of the PC makes this possible. The old Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ha developed several faults due to a bad design. We installed the MSI 970A-G43 which is …

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OUR ICUTE PLATFORM REFURBISHED 2016

This 2016 machine was assembled with parts of the junk box. The old Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 65W CPU was not powerful enough to cope with extreme video cards very well. With a card like the GT 640 however it can play many games easily. Socket AM2 and higher have very low idle power levels …

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HP STREAM 7

HP Stream 7

The HP Stream 7 is a low cost tablet that was launched in September 2914. It came with Windows 8.1 configured for touch screens. This tablet outcompetes rival Google Android tablets in the under $120 market. The HP Stream 7 even beats the iPad Air 2. The model being reviewed in the Signature Edition which …

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OUR CORSAIR 300R PLATFORM

We use a gaming grade desktop PC in the shop. During the day we use productivity tools. On the weekend we like to play games. The flexibility of the PC makes this possible. This machine was assembled from a new chassis, motherboard and RAM. The CPU was recovered from the dead M4A77D board. Initially we …

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MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO

The Microsoft Surface Pro was released on February 9, 2013. The machine came with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions. In Japan a 256GB version was seen.The 64GB version is being reviewed. The Surface Pro is a high-end machine compared to the earlier Surface RT. The Surface Pro has a much faster Ivy Bridge i5 processor …

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MICROSOFT SURFACE RT

The Microsoft Surface RT was released on October 26, 2012. The machine came with 32GB and 64GB versions. The 64GB version is being reviewed. The Surface RT sold poorly due to the non x86 CPU and poor performance. MSFT reported that losing $990 million following a price cut. Many were not accustomed to having Windows …

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OUR RAIDMAX TORNADO PLATFORM

We use a gaming grade desktop PC in the shop. During the day we use productivity tools. On the weekend we like to play games. The flexibility of the PC makes this possible. This 2011 machine was assembled in October from a new components. The low cost Raidmax Tornado chassis is a standard ATX model …

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OUR ICUTE PLATFORM REFURBISHED 2010

This 2010 machine was assembled in April from a refurbish chassis, and new motherboard. The CPU and RAM was recovered from the failed 2008 machine.  The low cost AK-680 was not intended for long term use. It was a low cost item considering other items were also needed unexpectedly. The old Athlon64 X2 4200+ CPU …

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COMPAQ MINI CQ10-450CA

Our Compaq Mini CQ10-450CA (WQ820UA) was procured new in for field use. The machine is easily a super portable machine as the lower power nature of the machine means long battery life even with a smaller battery. The OEM Windows calls the machine the CQ10-400 which is the US version of the base series model. …

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GATEWAY MS2300 15.6″ LAPTOP

The Gateway MS2300 is a desktop replacement laptop computer.. This machine was $650 new in 2010. Screen Size: 15.6″ Glossy LCD Maximum Resolution: 1366×768 i3-350M 2.27MHz 4096MB DDR3-1066, 8GB maximum HDMI, VGA 500GB hard disk 4x USB 2.0 SD card port DVDRW Atheros 9285 b/g/n Wi-Fi Windows 7 Home Basic 19V 3.42A 65W power supply …

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LENOVO T500 LAPTOP

Lenovo T500

The Lenovo T500 2205-A38 is one the better models of the T500 series. New this machine was $2495. The Lenovo T500 is a desktop replacement class notebook machine. On battery this machine does not last long due to the high end CPU and discrete ATI graphics chip with dedicated VRAM. 15.4″ chassis Intel Centrino 2 with …

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OUR RAIDMAX SMILODON PLATFORM

We use a gaming grade desktop PC in the shop. During the day we use productivity tools. On the weekend we like to play games. The flexibility of the PC makes this possible. This 2008 machine was assembled in January from OEM components. The Raidmax chassis was an available box in the shop. The 8600 …

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TOSHIBA SATELLITE PRO A210

Toshiba Satellite Pro A210 AMD Turion 64 X2 TK-55 65nm AMD x1200 Graphics 80nm 15.4 inch TFT 1280×800 WXGA DDR2-533 2048 MB RTL8187B 802.11b/g RealTek FE Bluetooth DVD-RW 8x Dolby Audio Toshiba MK2035GSS 200GB Windows Vista Home Premium x86 90W 19V 4.78A PSU (5.5mm x 2.5mm barrel) Like laptops in Toshiba’s consumer Satellite line, the …

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OUR 2006 DIY PLATFORM

We use a gaming grade desktop PC in the shop. During the day we use productivity tools. On the weekend we like to play games. The flexibility of the PC makes this possible. This 2006 machine was assembled in January from OEM components. The the 6600 GT SLI was more than the motherboard and PSU …

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ACER ASPIRE 3610

Acer Aspire 3613WLMi Intel Celeron 370 1.5 GHz Intel 915gm 15.3 inch TFT DDR2 512 MB Hitachi GST HTS421280H9AT00 (80 GB) Windows XP home The Acer Aspire 3613WLMi has seen heavy use. The CPU fan needed to be serviced in 2012 after about 6 years of service. The machine is manufactured in June 2006 but it still …

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TOSHIBA SATELLITE A100

TOSHIBA SATELLITE A100

The Toshiba A100-0FH series notebook machine is a standard desktop replacement machine. The model reviewed is PSAA8C-0FH00E. Centrino Duo T2050 1.66 GHz 2x 512MB DDR3-533 4096MB maximum memory 100MB Hard Disk DVD-RAM drive Intel GMA 950 dynamic 8MB-128MB 15.4″ LCD 1280×800 TN 802.11 a/b/g 10/100 Ethernet V.92 56K modem Express Card slot Front multi card …

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TOSHIBA SATELLITE A70

Toshiba Satellite Pro A70 Intel Pentium IV 532 3.06 GHz 88W TDP AMD Mobility 9100 IGP DX6 AGP 8x 15.4 inch TFT 1280×800 WXGA DDR-333 512 MB Atheros 802.11 a/b/g RealTek FE V.92 56k FAX MODEM Matshita DVD-RAM UJ-820S Dolby Audio Toshiba 80GB Ultra DMA/100 Windows XP Home 120W 19V 6.2A PSU (5.5mm x 2.5mm barrel) …

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OUR ICUTE PLATFORM

We use a gaming grade desktop PC in the shop. During the day we use productivity tools. On the weekend we like to play games. The flexibility of the PC makes this possible. This 2004 machine was assembled in January from OEM components. The 6600 GT is a mid range card that provides gaming at …

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