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Rey's Curious Computers & Hardware Page

Hello, folks! I will be writing about the very latest in computer hardware and associated technologies - processors, flash memory, solid state drives, motherboards, things like that - with an emphasis on interesting innovations or features. You can also expect me to cover similarly strange prebuilt computers and gadgets for good measure.

Such technology evolves at an alarmingly fast rate these days, and it can often be difficult to stay on track with new developments. I'll help you stay in the know, one post at a time.


Rey M.L.
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ASRock Builds World's Only Mini-ITX Intel Haswell-E Motherboard

Now you can build an 18-core Xeon workstation and have it approach the size of a shoebox. ASRock has bravely chosen to cram Intel's X99 chipset and a strong set of features into the ITX form-factor, with its new X99E-ITX/ac motherboard. Some caveats apply, though.

Fujitsu's Lifebook GH77/T Is Half Tablet, Half Desktop PC

While its 15.6" touchscreen makes it large for a tablet, Fujitsu's latest Lifebook uses its matching oversized dock, plus some top-secret wireless technology, to attain desktop-class performance. Too bad about the battery life, though.

New Philips Monitor Balances Dual 19” Screens On One Stand

Ever wanted a dual-screen setup for your workstation, but were put off by the potential of a thick gap between the displays? Well, Philips' Brilliance 19DP6QJNS/27 not only shrinks that gap to just 7mm, but also mounts both displays on a single stand, saving you space on your desk.

Thanko Air Bath Pillow Smartphone Holder Lets You Facebook While Bathing

An essential for any respectable smartphone user. Thanko's latest invention lets you rest your arms in the bathwater by cradling your smartphone for you - and doubles as a pillow in or out of the bath for good measure.

Acooo Mechanical Keyboard Has Upgradeable Android PC Built-In

The backlit, Cherry MX switch-toting OneBoard Pro+ keyboard from Acooo is more than it might seem. Hiding inside is a relatively powerful computer running Android, which can apparently be upgraded using a clever slot-in module setup.

SanDisk Announces 200GB Micro SDXC Memory Card

200GB, in a card about the size of your fingernail. Think about that for a second. That's what SanDisk's been cooking up, and you, yourself will be able to boost your smartphone's storage capacity to laptop levels come next quarter.

Top 6 External 4TB Hard Drives You Can Buy - 2015

Need more storage? 4TB has become an established size for external drives, and a bunch of models from different vendors are now readily available. So, selecting the best one to store your precious data can be daunting. Can't decide? Let me give you a hand.

Silverstone Launches 500w SFX Computer Power Supply With 120mm Fan

Silverstone has extended the SFX PSU form factor, letting it take a 120mm fan instead of an 80mm one, and has put out a beefy 500w model to catwalk the new size. Don't rejoice yet, though, small form factor PC users: make sure it'll fit in your case first.

JotForm Designer, Theme Store Let You Codelessly Beautify, Sell Form Designs

Need a web form? Need it to look good? Can't code? JotForm.com has you covered. The service just launched its Form Designer, letting you decorate without futzing with CSS, and its Theme Store shares user-submitted themes, optionally opening a source of income for graphic designers.

Inno3D Tops GeForce GTX 980, 970 Graphics Cards With Quad-Fan Cooler

Nvidia's Maxwell architecture runs relatively cool, but that didn't stop Inno3D. Its iChill GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Ultra cards vaunt a massive triple-slot cooler with four fans. If nothing else, these things should run relatively cool despite their healthy factory overclocks.