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For those who don’t know, Apple’s Mac Pro, a series of workstation and servers, has only been around since 2006. What sets it apart from the others is that in most configurations, it’s the most powerful computer that Apple offers out of the iMac, iMac Pro, and Mac Mini. From 2006-2012 the handle on and cooling air intake configuration of the front of the case has caused Macintosh enthusiasts to refer to the 1st generation as the “cheese grater” Mac Pro, as well as the latest model, designed by Jony Ive. This concept by industrial designer Semin Jun takes a different approach. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Razer’s Viper is the company’s first computer mouse to sport their new Optical Mouse Switches, which offer 3-times the actuation speed of traditional mechanical mouse switches. They make use of an infrared light beam that passes through a shutter to fire an electrical signal to the computer, so the switches respond near instantaneously to each and every every finger press. Plus, each switch durable for up to 70 million clicks, making them perfect for competitive eSports gaming. Product page. Read more for a video review, additional pictures and information.
Dell’s U3417W Ultrawide 34-inch LED-lit Monitor is perfect for gaming, work, movies, and more, all for $509 shipped, today only, originally $899.99. Featuring WQHD 3440 x 1440 resolution with an ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio, powerful dual 9W speakers, HDMI 2.0, MHL, DP, mini-dp, two USB 3.0 upstream ports, four USB 3.0 downstream ports, and audio out, which makes connecting to all your secondary devices breeze. Its curved screen creates a panoramic cinematic experience that instantly elevates an evening of video streaming or just watching YouTube. Product page. Read more for a video review and additional information.
You probably haven’t seen a custom PC quite like the “Big O”. Created to celebrate the company’s 10-year anniversary, this custom-built machine is not only a high end PC, but also crams an Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro and a Nintendo Switch, all into a single computer. On the PC side of things, it boasts an MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE motherboard, Intel Core i9-9900K 8-Core Processor with 5 GHz Turbo Boost, NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB GDDR6 graphics card, two Samsung EVO NVMe 2TB sticks, a Seagate Barracuda 14TB hard drive, and 64GB of Corsair’s Dominator Platinum RGB RAM. Read more for a hands-on video preview and additional information.
Elon Musk’s start-up Neuralink, founded in 2016, wants to connect your brain directly to computers. How does it work? It involves drilling holes into the brain with a custom machine to embed thin threads that connect to a tiny processor, which communicates with a smartphone over Bluetooth, and as more people sign up, the installation process will be as quick and painless as Lasik eye surgery. Musk wants to have its first human patient equipped with the technology before the end of 2020 after FDA approval. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
The Apple-1 was released in 1976 and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. It was the Apple’s first product, and as many of you already know, Steve Jobs sold his VW microbus for a few hundred dollars to finance its creation while Steve Wozniak parted with his HP-65 calculator for $500. The computer was demonstrated in July 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California. If you’ve always wanted an original Apple-1 manual, now is your chance, as one of them has headed to auction. Featuring 12 pages (8.5 x 11) and Apple’s original logo on the front cover, designed by third Apple co-founder Ron Wayne and showing Isaac Newton thoughtfully seated beneath a tree, with a shining apple dangling overhead. Read more for a video, additional pages from the manual and a link to the auction.
AMD announced that its slashing the prices of their new RX 5700 Series video cards ahead of their official release on July 7. They include the 50th Anniversary Edition AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card ($449), Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card ($399), and Radeon RX 5700 graphics card ($349). This means that the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT will be competing directly with the NVIDIA RTX 2060 ($349) and RTX Super ($399) GPUs. Many early benchmarks have NVIDIA’s RTX 2060 Super competing neck-and-neck with AMD’s RTX 5700 XT. Read more for a video and additional information.
Samsung’s 512GB MicroSDXC EVO Select Card ensures you never run out of space again on your mobile devices, and it’s being offered for only $99.99 shipped today. UHS Speed Class U3 and Class 10 means you’ll get up to 100MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds, making it ideal for 4K UHD video recording, high-resolution photos, gaming, as well as music. The included SD card adapter means it’s compatible with an even wider range of devices, including laptops. Product page. Read more for an unboxing video and additional information.
SanDisk’s 200GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card works on mobile phones, tablets, cameras, and portable game consoles, all for $24, today only, originally $32.49. Offering up to 100MB/s transfer read speed, which means you can transfer up to 1000 photos in just one minute, while A1-rated performance lets you load apps / games much faster than traditional memory cards. The Class 10 rating is perfect for Full HD video recording and playback when used in cameras. Product page. Read more for a video showing how to use it in the Nintendo Switch.
The Raspberry Pi 3 is still widely used in DIY computer builds, but its followup,the Raspberry Pi 4, has just been announced. Featuring a Broadcom BCM2711 SoC (quad-core Cortex-A72 @ 1.5GHz), 500MHz VideoCore VI GPU, up to 4GB of RAM, two HDMI ports (micro HDMI format), a 2-lane MIPI DSI display port, a 2-lane MIPI CSI camera port, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB Type-C power port, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and microSD storage. It’s available now configured with either 1GB ($35), 2GB (45), or 4GB ($55) of RAM. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.