Innovative form factor, six processing cores, up to 32 gigs of RAM, dual graphics processors, a terabyte of flash storage — the Mac Pro is the most impressive computing beast we've ever seen — and now it comes in red. The Apple Mac Pro Red Edition ($TBA) is yet another result of the design and curatorial collaboration between Jony Ive and Marc Newson for the upcoming Project RED auction, and it might be the most striking yet. Instead of the usual black finish, this one-of-a-kind machine comes in the characteristic red color, sure to impress anyone who enters your studio or office. Now we're just waiting for them to make a gold version.
Power users who spend their days editing video and creating intense graphics have been waiting for the followup to Apple's pro-level desktop machine. That long wait is over with the new Mac Pro ($TBA). The guys in Cupertino have completely re-imagined it — from form-factor to hardware — and, for the first time ever, it will be completely assembled in the USA. The all-black, cylindrical design is 1/8th the size of the previous generation, and the technological leaps don't end there. It features two-times faster flash storage, double the CPU performance, and Thunderbolt 2 for external expansion. It's also the first Mac to ship with dual GPUs, allowing it to support up to three 4K displays. Expect it later this year, alongside the new (and horribly-named) OS X Mavericks update.
Upset that you missed a chance to buy one of Microsoft's Big Ass Tables? You can come close with the new Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC ($1,700). Sporting a 27-inch display, it's designed to lie flat on nearly any surface, letting two or more people use the screen at the same time. Obviously, it comes running Windows 8, and comes pre-loaded apps and games like Monopoly, FilmOn TV, Stagelight, and more. Pair it with the Multimode Table for the ability to use like, you know, an actual PC.
It'd been awhile since Apple had rolled out a new iMac design — and now we know why. The all-new Apple iMac 2012 ($1,300-$2,000) features an updated design that's just 5mm thin at the corners and is 40% smaller by volume than its predecessors. It's powered by quad-core Intel Core i5 processors, boasts a completely reengineered display that reduces reflections by 75%, can hold up to 32GB of RAM, and can be configured with the new Fusion Drive storage option that combines 128GB of flash memory with a 1TB or 3TB hard drive to offer most of the speed of an SSD with the vast storage of a standard hard drive. The 21.5-inch model is coming in November, while those wanting the 27-inch model will be waiting 'til December.
Alienware is slimming down in hopes of getting into your living room. The console-sized Alienware X51 ($700) is the company's smallest gaming PC yet, offering a 1080p high-def and 3D gaming experience with 7.1 surround-sound audio and an optional Blu-Ray drive. Sporting a matte black finish and dual-orientation chassis, the X51 packs in 2nd generation Intel Core i processors, NVIDIA GeForce GT or optional GTX graphics cards, Wi-Fi, HDMI, two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, 4GB of RAM, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 graphics, and a 1TB hard drive.
Is it a flux capacitor? A futuristic exercise bike? An electronic sculpture made from salvaged water treatment components? Nope, it's the DarwinMachine Hammerhead Computer ($2,950). Inside its insane case lies a powerful blend of components, including a 2.93 GHz Core i7 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 40GB SSD, a 1TB hard drive, a second drive bay, an optical drive, an nVidia ENGTX550 TI graphics card, and a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. Good luck finding furniture to match.
Hardcore gamers, listen up: if your custom setup simply isn't cutting for you, perhaps it's time to invest in a Murderbox ($6,000 and up). No, it isn't a dangerous device meant to assail the local Best Buy employees until they hand over a new rig — instead, it's a sinister speed machine, custom-built to provide the ultimate in performance thanks to high-end, overclocked CPUs, liquid cooling systems, beastly GPUs, and multiple drives, all assembled in a display-worthy case. [via]
Think desktops are dead? Think again. The new Apple iMac with Thunderbolt ($1,200-$2,000) brings quad-core Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors to the lineup, along with Apple and Intel's crazy-fast Thunderbolt port — two of 'em on the 27-inch model — FaceTime HD video chat cameras, updated ATI graphics, available SSD boot drives, and your choice between a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad. It's a perfect companion for that other magic device in your life.
Need a new box to house your custom gaming rig? The Thermaltake Level 10 Super Gaming Modular Case ($280) should do nicely. Sporting a crazy design based on the work of BMW Group Designworks, the Level 10 sports four cooling fans, a hinged side panel for easy interior access, intelligent cable management, five hot-swappable hard drive bays, plenty of accessible ports, including two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 connections, optional water cooling, and a fully black-powdered interior.
Been patiently waiting for a touchscreen computer that won't kill your arms? Say hello to the HP TouchSmart 610 ($900). Based around a 60-degree reclining, 23-inch, LED backlit, 1080p LCD display with advanced multitouch, the slim all-in-one 610 features a host of touch-optimized applications from Hulu, Netflix, Rhapsody and Twitter, as well as HP's exclusive RecipeBox and webcam applications, a Beats Audio stereo speaker setup, a slot-loading DVD drive, a 6-in-1 digital media card reader, and Windows 7 Home Premium, which depending on your preference is likely the make-or-break aspect of what's otherwise a pretty cool product.
Think the iMac is thin? Then feast your eyes upon the Lenovo IdeaCentre A320 ($700). Measuring a scant 18.5mm deep at its thinnest point, the A320 packs a 21.5 inch widescreen display, a second-generation Core i5 processor, HDMI in- and outputs, up to 8GB of RAM and 750GB of internal storage, and improved integrated graphics.
We've long thought the Mac mini would make a great companion for an HDTV, but without the friendly connectivity options of its cousin the Apple TV, getting it hooked up was a bigger hassle than it was worth. Not so with the Apple Aluminum Mac Mini ($700). Completely redesigned, the new small fry is 7.7-inches square and just 1.4-inches tall, and packs an HDMI port (!), an SD card slot, a unibody aluminum enclosure, a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 320GB hard drive, and 2GB of RAM. Fortunately not included is the external power brick from the old model, nor the embarrassment of needing to carry a huge beast of a box through the mall.