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Windows vs. Chromebooks - The $200 Battle

Over the past couple years Chromebooks have been selling like hotcakes in the ~$200 notebook market, Microsoft is trying to change that with the emergence of ~$200 Windows notebooks that pack a whole bunch of extras into an already affordable package.

One of the newest Windows offerings is the HP Stream 11 that comes with Windows 8.1 and costs $200. Included with the HP Stream 11 you get a free year of Office 365 and 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive storage. In addition to all of that you'll even get another $25 bucks to spend at the Microsoft store which pretty much gives you $100 bucks of extras on a $200 laptop. 

Head on over to the WSJ to see what they thought about the HP Stream 11 and how it compares to other Chromebook offerings.

It really does sound like one of those too-good-to-be-true, shopping-network deals, minus, of course, the “four easy installments” plan and “Call right now!” instructions. But this isn’t even a holiday special or a clearance deal. It’s Microsoft’s new strategy to try to destroy Google ’s low-cost, cloud-based Chromebooks.

In fact, recouping some of the low-end laptop market is so important to Microsoft, the company worked with H-P to price the Stream to undercut the most popular Chromebooks, which are typically $250 to $350.

Rosewill @ CES 2013

Rosewill was at CES again this year in force.  They have a huge presence in the USA with Newegg.com.  In Canada, they have the same saturation with Newgg.ca, but in Canada Newegg doesn't have the same dominance.  After checking out the products that Rosewill is offering, I think that people should be a little more willing to give them a shot.  One of their products that they showed that will appeal to gamers.  They were in fact one of the first companies to market with a mechanical keyboard and this year, they've brough dual-LED illumination to their keyboards.  It doesn't have a robust software pack, and that's what I love about this idea.  It's all done is hardware and you can switch between the two colors and multiple modes for a personal experience.  They ne wHelios RK-9200 Dual LED keyboards come with Cherry MX Switches in Blue, Red, Brown and Black.

Rosewill Keyboards

 

Rosewill has a new case called the Throne that is their new flagship case.  This case will MSRP at $179 they estimate and be available later in March.  It's a pretty number and is very large.  Rosewill also says they plan on pushing their networking brand a little harder this year.  They aren't jumping into the 802.11ac pool yet, but they have some mainstream and higher-end 802.11n Dual-Band routers that offer the typical 450Mbps speeds - and do so at a lower price.  Also in their networking repitoire are some powerline products.  They have both 200Mbps and 500Mbps products.  We will be looking at some of these in the near future - and are going to kick it off with the 500Mbps gear.

 

Rosewill does a ton of other products including HDMI cables, Infrared Thermometers, Security Cameras and a lot more.  For more images, please check out our CES 2013 Gallery here. We've divided it up into different days to make things easier!

Samsung Galaxy S4

So the big news of the week is the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Thursday. The Galaxy lineup of phones has been the most popular Android-based devices around so naturally there was quite a bit of speculation surrounding this launch. Overall I think most of the rumors were correct and there weren't too many big surprises at the launch.

For a overview of the S4 from Samsung you can head over to their website for more pictures and information on all the new accessories they announced.

 

If you would like more information from around the internet, as well as some quick hands on reviews, here is a collection of articles:

The Verge takes a look at the S4

Gizmodo puts the S4 up against the S3

The Verge has pictures from a Chinese site that has already ripped the S4 apart

AllthingsD ask the question "is better enough?"

HTC's CMO doesn't like the S4, says it's just "more of the same" and other trash talk @ Engadget

OCZ @ CES 2014

We had the chance to stop by and catch up with OCZ here at CES 2014. As you might already know, OCZ had a rough 2013 and is currently in the process of being acquired by Toshiba. OCZ Vertex and Vector drives traditionally have been using Micron flash memory inside them, however, that will be changing soon as OCZ will be begin using Toshiba flash memory in their new Vertex 460 SSD and they are saying that this move could really help improve performance which has everyone at OCZ excited. At this point we don't have any numbers but when the lineup and new models are finalized the performance numbers will be released. Stay tuned to BCCHardware as we will taking a look at these new drives down the road and we will see just how much performance they were able to gain.



OCZ Vertex and Vector SSD Lineup

 

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

 

Metal Gear Very Solid

There are many people who are eagerly awaiting the release of the new Metal Gear Solid title, and some of you still have questions when it comes to some versions such as the PC. One question is, “What is the framerate going to be? “ and this has been answered with a simple 60fps. A lot of games are running at this framerate so it isn’t a big letdown, but you would think with a title with this large a cult following that they would do all they can to give those who can use it a better framerate. 

MGSV:GZ

The FPS is locked at 60 for MGSV:GZ.

Source: SteamCommunity

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