Hardware Kickoff

If you are looking for a piece of hardware that you can use to read books, get on the web, email, play games and more, there are a lot of choices these days.  If you want portability you can go with something like the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 over at HardwareHeaven today.  Maybe you're looking for something even more basic - such as the Binatone ReadMe Color eReader at HardwareLook and that's all you need.

For some of you though, you are looking for power and portability.  The ASUS N56VM Notebook uses the new Ivy Bridge platform and is wicked fast.  TechReport takes a look.  Another machine that's plenty fast is the Alienware M14X R2 at HardwareHeaven.  This is also packing Ivy Bridge.  HardwareHeaven looks at the obscure Medion Erazer X6821 laptop today as well and scores a hat trick.

Although not really portable, there are a some great options for mini-PCs that connect to your TV or any other screen for that matter.  TweakTown gets up close and personal with the ARCTIC MC001-BD Entertainment Center PC with Blu-Ray.  This is a pretty sharp looking product for a former "pure" cooling company that now has a great lineup of products.  If you want smaller though, you will have to check out the ZOTAC ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus over at XSReviews.  This thing is about as small as a hockey puck... but square.