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MSI Bridges the Performance and Affordability Gap with New Gaming PC’s

MSI laptopIt’s the eternal struggle. You need a powerful PC to maximize your gaming experience. And while high-end systems bring premium features and performance, they often demand an equally premium price. PC manufacturer MSI Computer Corp is making the divide between pricing and performance ever smaller with its new line of laptops and all-in-ones.

One qualification for a high-performance system is a quality graphics processor. MSI delivers here as the company’s Gaming 24GE AIOs, GE60/GE70 Apache and GP60/GP70 Leopard series gaming laptops will be outfitted with NVIDIA’s GTX 960M, 950M and 940M GPU’s. Designed to bring desktop graphics to a laptop, NVIDIA’s latest GTX GPUs deliver impressive gameplay at 1080p resolutions, allowing gamers to experience even the smallest particles of digital dust. The new GTX 960M, 950M and 940M GPUs also decrease energy consumption when compared to previous models, enabling longer play time without having to find a wall outlet.

Of course, high-quality video is nothing without a matching level of audio. That’s why MSI’c systems supply 3-D sound by Nahimic, an audio performance technology that offers virtual 7.1 sound in immersive high definition. Designed to work with standard stereo equipment, Nahimic technology transports gamers into the action, allowing them to sense every footstep, hear each bullet whizzing past, and feel every explosion around them. Nahimic technology highlights even the smallest sounds, intensifies gameplay by boosting bass, and reducing noise for optimum in-game voice clarity and comprehension. It also features a high definition audio recorder to easily capture studio quality sound. This new technology currently is available for the GE60 / GE70 Apache gaming notebooks and the Gaming 24GE AIO.

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HP Pushes All-In-One Form Factor for PCs

HP thinks that the future of the desktop is in the all-in-one form factor with the announcement today of no less than seven new devices aimed at both the business and consumer markets.

According to the NPD Group (via HP press release) 34% of consumer desktops sold in July were all-in-one PCs and IDC believes that nearly 16% of commercial PC purchases are likely to be in this form factor by the end of 2012. It’s very understandable in the commodity PC market – few cables, better appearance, what’s not to like?

The new models include the Omni 120 and 220 PCs, coming with 20″ and 21.5″ screens. Both feature HP’s LinkUp, which allows the desktop and HP laptops to interact with each other. Beats Audio, along with quad core Intel processors, is available on certain Omni 220 models.

The TouchSmart range is extended to a range of four models, the HP TouchSmart 320, 420 and 520 joining the existing 610. These new models come with 20″, 21.5″ and 23″ screens respectively and Beats Audio. Of course, all of these models have touch-sensitive screens.

Moving into the business work, HP is announcing its first TouchSmart business model, the HP TouchSmart Elite 7320 All-in-One Business PC. Aimed at small businesses, it’s a 21.5″ full HD screen with second generation i3, i5 and i7 Intel processors.

Finally, the HP Pro 3420 All-in-One rounds out the business portfolio with a non-touch 20″ screen and Core i3 processors. Although aimed at the lower end of the marked, it comes equipped with a built-in webcam for web conferencing. This model complements the already announced HP 8200 Elite All-in-One business PC.

Overall, HP looks to have a great portfolio of all-in-one PCs and I can believe that it’s a market that’s going to grow. Who wants all the clutter of cables, when with a wireless connection network connection, wireless keyboards and wireless mouse, all you need is a power cable?

The New HP Deskjet 3050 All-in-One Printer

Yesterday HP announced their new line of printers and their is some pretty cool hardware on the way.  The one that caught my eye, and I think will be in my near future, is the HP Deskjet 3050 All-In-One.

It’s list of features begins with wireless printing, but that’s not what sets it apart.  Honestly, you have been able to print wirelessly with any printer since Windows XP.  I know – I’ve been doing it since then.  But, hey, a lot of average users probably don’t realize this, so it never hurts to point it out.

From there, though, things get pretty cool.  It prints, copies, and scans and it has the HP Quick Forums button which allows you to quickly select templates , such as calendars, without even needing your PC to do so.

It  also claims quick printing, with documents done within a few seconds of you hitting the Print button.

Perhaps the coolest thing, given where we’re at in the world right now, is that this printer is Energy Star qualified.  Beyond that, it is manufactured of “35 percent recycled plastics.”  It also ships in, a claimed, 99% recyclable packaging and gives users free ink cartridge recycling.  This part is huge for this outdoors lover!

The specs listed by HP:

All-in-one functionsPrint, copy, scan
Multitasking capabilityNo
Print speed black (draft, letter)Up to 20 ppm
Print speed color (draft, letter)Up to 16 ppm
Print speed, black (normal quality mode)Up to 5.5 ppm
Print speed, color (normal quality mode)Up to 4 ppm
Print speed, laser comparable, blackUp to 5.5 ppm
Print speed, laser comparable, colorUp to 4 ppm
Page yield footnoteApproximate yield. Actual yield depends on printer and specific use. See http://www.hp.com/go/pageyield for more information
First page out (black)As fast as 21 sec
First page out (color)As fast as 26 sec
Monthly duty cycleUp to 1000 pages
Print technologyHP Thermal Inkjet
Print resolution, blackUp to 600 dpi
Print speed footnoteEither after first page or after first set of ISO test pages. For details see: http://www.hp.com/go/printerclaims
Print resolution, colorUp to 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi from 1200 dpi input data (when printing from a computer on photo paper)
Paper Handling
Paper handling standard,input60-sheet input tray
Paper handling standard,output25-sheet output tray
Envelope capacityUp to 5 envelopes
Envelope feederNo
Duplex printing (printing on both sides of paper)None (not supported)
Document finishingSheetfed
Media sizes, standardLetter, legal, 4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in, 8 x 10 in, No. 10 envelopes
Media typesPaper (brochure, inkjet, plain), photo paper, envelopes, labels, cards (greeting), transparencies
Media weight, recommended16 lb
Additional Specifications
Memory, standardIntegrated
Print languages, standardHP PCL 3 GUI
Scanner specifications
Scanner typeFlatbed
Scan resolution, opticalUp to 1200 dpi
Bit depth24-bit
Scan size, maximum (flatbed)8.5 x 11.7 in
Automatic paper sensorNo
Copier specifications
Copy resolution, blackUp to 600 optimized dpi (from 300 dpi input)
Copy resolution, colorUp to 600 optimized dpi (from 300 dpi input)
Maximum number of copiesUp to 50 copies
Connectivity, standard1 USB 2.0; 1 WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Minimum system requirementsPC: Microsoft® Windows® 7: 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) RAM, 600 MB hard disk space, CD-ROM/DVD drive or Internet connection, USB port, Internet Explorer; Windows Vista®: 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, 512 MB RAM, 700 MB hard disk space, CD-ROM/DVD drive or Internet connection, USB port, Internet Explorer; Windows® XP (SP2)* or higher (32-bit only): any Intel Pentium II, Celeron or compatible processor, 233 MHz or higher, 128 MB RAM, 250 MB hard disk space, CD-ROM/DVD drive or Internet connection, USB port, Internet Explorer 6 or higher. *Supports 32-bit only
Macintosh: Mac OS X v 10.5 or v 10.6: PowerPC G4, G5 or Intel Core processor; 256 MB RAM; 300 MB available hard disk space; CD-ROM/DVD drive or Internet connection; USB port
Compatible operating systemsMicrosoft® Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows® XP (SP2)* or higher (32-bit only), Mac OS X v 10.5 or v 10.6
Photo printing
Borderless PrintingNo
Dimensions and weight
Dimensions (W x D x H)16.81 x 16 x 9.8 in (trays open), 16.81 x 12.05 x 6.14 in (trays closed)
Weight7.94 lb
Dimensions, max.           (W x D x H)16.81 x 18.5 x 9.8 in (trays open and extended)
Package weight11.5 lb
Power and operating requirements
Power supplyInput voltage 100 to 240 VAC (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz)
Power consumption (Active)9 watts
Power Consumption (Standby)2.3 watts
Power Consumption, Powersave1.2 watts
Power Consumption (Manual-off)0.3 watts
Power consumption footnotePower requirements are based on the country/region where the printer is sold. Do not convert operating voltages. This will damage the printer and void the product warranty.
Acoustic Pressure Emissions50 dB(A) (printing at 6 ppm)
Acoustic power emissions6.3 B(A) (printing at 6 ppm)
Operating temperature range32 to 113º F
Recommended Operating humidity range15 to 80% RH
ENERGY STAR® QualifiedYes
What’s included
What’s in the boxHP Deskjet 3050 All-in-One – J610a; HP 61 Black Ink Cartridge (~190 pages); HP 61 Tri-color Ink Cartridge (~165 pages); Software CD; Setup Guide; power supply; power cord; USB cable; Reusable Tote. [Average based on ISO/IEC 24711 or HP testing methodology and continuous printing. Actual yield varies considerably based on content of printed pages and other factors. For details see
Cable included?Yes, 1 USB
WarrantyWorld-class service and support. One-year technical phone support; one-year limited hardware warranty. Access to 24/7 award-winning support services through http://www.hp.com/support

My 3 or 4 year old Epson is getting long in the tooth and I have been eying an all-in-one so that I can also get rid of the scanner that is taking up space in my office.  This one has me interested and I think it’s well worth the $79.99 MSRP that it’s debuting at and it’s available now.