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4K and Gaming: Two Monitors - Fight!

If you are getting excited about 4K gaming and what that will look like, you'll need a great system with graphics that are better than a R9 270X - I'd say R9 280X at the minimum as well as a decent 4K display. There are a few options and getting to be more and more all the time. A couple of the affordable contenders are put head-to-head and now that these start at $700, it's pretty hard to pass up one of these for your next major monitor purchase.

Of the two, the 4K U2868PQU came closer to what I would need out of an everyday monitor, though it's certainly not perfect. On the downside, AOC managed to hit such a low price point for a 28-inch 4K monitor in part by going with a cheaper TN panel, rather than IPS. As such, viewing angles and color accuracy took a hit, and editing photos got a bit frustrating. Such drawbacks are easier to forgive on a gaming-centric display like the G2460PG, but less so on a more "professional" monitor.

Source: Engadget

Microsoft Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week of Outages

Following a new Cortana ad (that was a win), they tried to stay positive when Bing went down last week. Upon trying to fix that issue, Xbox Live went down and then their Windows Store failed as well. There were even reports that Outlook was even down for a bit and this makes it really hard to trust the guys in Redmond when they tell us that we need to move everything to their cloud. I'm going to take a wait and see approach before I grab my Office 365 membership and move all my data to their "free" storage. Sometimes you get what you pay for.

Considering that Microsoft had a series of outages this week, while their cloud infrastructure has typically had good up-time, this will place a small bit of doubt in the mind of consumers if they were impacted and could not access their content. Because the market is extremely competitive, companies are not measured by how often they are online but how often they are offline.

Source: Neowin

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum

 

Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

Google Play Christmas Giveaway

Android App Pick has been a weekly feature here at BCCHardware.com since October 2011. We've looked at thousands of Apps over the years and brought you want we thought were some of the best applications and games for your favorite Android devices. As the holidays approach, we are feeling a little generous and want to give back a little bit more. To make your holidays a little less painful, we are giving away a $25 Google Play gift card to one of our readers. You can buy some Apps, rent or buy a movie, read a book or just about anything else your Android-loving heart desires.

$25 Gift Card

To enter the draw for the $25 Google Play Gift Card, simply comment or post in the forum. Yes, it's that simple. Each comment you make on one of the previous "App Pick of the Week" posts will gain you an entry into the giveaway. You can stuff the box if you are active in the forum. The little details are below.

  • Register and comment on any Android App Pick of the Week
  • Any (non-spam) post will count toward an entry into the draw bucket
  • $25 Gift Card is in Canadian Funds (winner must have a Canadian Google Play Account)
  • Winner will be drawn randomly from all eligible entries on December 25th, 2013 at 12:01am
  • Winner will be notified using the email address they used to register at BCCHardware.com
  • Winner will have one week to reply and claim his/her prize
  • Google Play Code will be emailed so prize receipt will be immediate.

 

If you have any questions, please post in the forum at the link below. Good luck and Merry Christmas!

MSI Gaming Laptops and All-in-Ones at CES 2014

We stopped in at the MSI Suite to look at their latest gaming laptops and other goodies. They have a very thin 17-inch unit that can hold four hard drives (drools). This beast will run a RAID 0 array on three drives and a single drive for other storage. It's crazy. Details here!

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

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