Category: machines

GIGABYTE AERO 15X

Gigabyte Aero 15X

The Gigabyte Aero 15X  packs a powerful GeForce GTX 1070 w/Max-Q design & a slim bezel display in a laptop 20mm thin . i7-7700HQ 15.6″ 1920×1080 IPS LCD, Pantone certified 8/16GB DDR4-2400, max 32GB HM175 mobile express chipset Windows 10 x64 Intel HD 630 graphics NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB 2x M.2 slots, type 2280 for SSD …

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LENOVO X220 SSD UPGRADE

lenovo x220

Lenovo x220 has an internal slot for an mini SATA SSD however this is limited to 300 MB/s while the hard disk bay is provisioned with 600 MB/s bandwidth. mSATA drives are available up to 512GB. The eSATA slot can also be used for a WWAN card. The X220 has a 7mm drive bay so check …

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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

CORSAIR CARBIDE 300R with side window

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

ICUTE 640 CHASSIS

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

CORSAIR CARBIDE 300R with side window

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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