The market of desktop PCs dedicated for industries and office work was making rather unsteady steps on the path of progress lately. It is not difficult to explain, industry work processes quite often require high processing powers; devices become outdated quite quickly and demand constant upgrades. At the same time, desktop segment continuously decreases as users choose more compact solutions and cloud computing services. However, HP tries its luck and offers an unusual solution.

 

HP Elite Slice is a compact nettop with dimensions 16,5×16,5cm (smaller than a Mac Mini). It will be almost invisible on the table and can be easily transported as its weight is slightly over 1kg.

 

What makes this device unique is its modular design. You can easily connect an HP Audio Module, an additional hard drive slot, an optical disk drive module, a 360-degree speaker for conference calls from Bang&Olufsen, and a VESA mount for securing the device to the wall or a back of the screen.

 

Depending on your demands and depth of your pockets, HP Elite can fit the 6th Gen (Skylake) Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor, from 4 to 32GB RAM, an integrated graphics, and a hard drive with Elite-class data protection features. On top of that, the desktop runs Windows 10 Pro.

 

The compact and stylish PC will definitely attract your attention. However, in or opinion, it could have had more upgrade units to be truly futureproof.

A rather curious device was found on an American public-benefit corporation, Kickstarter. The device is designed for Apple devices and is called Nums.

 

Presented device is a ultra-thin glass film that is placed on top of the trackpad. The main purpose of this gadget is to add extra functionality to a sensory surface of a trackpad. An additional application needs to be installed in order for it to function.

 

Nums can imitate a traditional numerical pad. However, this function does not limit device’s capabilities. It is possible to activate a certain work mode or launch apps, including a calculator, by using assigned gestures or tapping on certain areas of the trackpad.

 

The glass panel, as developers state, possesses a high durability and is scratch-resistant. So it can be seen as an additional protection of an original trackpad as well. Nums’ thickness is just 0,26mm. It is also stated that the symbols etched on its surface will not fade with the time.

 

In order to launch the project into mass-production, the developers require $50 000, and the amount has to be collected within less than two months. Currently, the device can be purchased for $32 here.

 

Ultimately, it is a piece of glass film that segments the trackpad. The key element of this project is the app that recognises additional gestures. The software alternatives have been available for a while. Even default Synapsis drivers for Windows have quite an intricate configurations.

Shuttle renewed the line with desktops that have a volume less than 1 litre. This tiny desktop is based on Intel Kaby Lake architecture. The top configuration uses Intel Core i7-7500U, a dual-core processor with a frequency of 2,7GHz (3,5GHz in Turbo Mode) and Intel HD Graphics 620 chip.

 

This tiny body accommodates some upgradability: inside there is a space for 2 RAM modules. NC03U can carry up to 32GB of DDR4-2133. There is also space for two hard drives: a traditional 2,5-inch SATA drive and M.2 SSD module.

 

The mini-PC is equipped with Gigabit Ethernet controller, wireless network adapter Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and SD-card reader. For video output, HDMI and DisplayPort were thoughtfully provided. Additionally, there are few USB ports: USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.0 Type-C and two USB 2.0 serial ports.

 

The device occupies extremely small space. Its dimensions are 142 × 142 × 42mm. It was noted that the device will be compatible with Windows 10 and Linux-based systems. This product is expected to appear on the market in the near future. However, no dates have been disclosed yet.

Probably, the loudest announcement that Apple made on WWDC conference was the release of iMac Pro. iMac Pro is an all-in-one desktop computer with a 27-inch 5K screen, visually resembling usual 27-inch iMac, but inside it is a beast: Intel Xeon processor with up to 18 cores, 16GB HBM2 (High Bandwidth Memory) memory, 128GB RAM, and 4TB SSD. Doesn’t it sound like heaven?

 

Well… no. The biggest issue with Apple lately is that their devices are non-upgradable, non-repairable outside of Apple, and crazy expensive. Whoever is willing to get iMac Pro will have to pay over £4000 for a basic model. So if you are after a super-computer, you will probably have to pay significantly more. The release is scheduled for the end of the year, the same time world expects Intel Core i9 processors to be released. New generation workstations are about to flood the market instantly making iMac Pro with its Xeon processor a technology of the past, and you cannot upgrade a thing in this £4000-computer.

 

The target group for this device are creative professionals. 5K screen and AMD Radeon Pro are presumably unbeatable for 3D-rendering and media editing. However, a rare professional uses a single screen, so they will get additional screen anyway, and that is the moment when a striking difference becomes evident. You have fully adjustable, thin and light additional screens on the side and a somewhat bulky in comparison iMac Pro, where only viewing angle can be adjusted, as a centrepiece of your workspace.  

 

In our opinion, this iMac Pro is a mistake and only good for Apple fetishists. Yet, we are open to your comments. Let us know what you think.

 

Few days ago Apple announced a number of new devices that are about to hit the store shelves. One of them was a new MacBook. Perhaps, when you see it in the store, you may get the feeling of déjà vu. Visually MacBook 2017 received no alterations and is an identical twin of its predecessor: the same slim design, 13mm thick and weighing 0.92kg. However, technical characteristics advanced further and correspond to present user expectations.

 

Firstly, new MacBook is powered by 7th gen Intel Core m3, i5 or even i7 processors. The SSD drives doubled their speed. Intel HD Graphics 515 may not guaranty you a flawless gaming experience, but it will definitely cover all your everyday needs and provide an acceptable media processing power. Additionally, the computer can carry up to 16GB LPDDR3 RAM.

Specialists from iFixit already disassembled and analysed this device. Again, overall it looked pretty much the same as the previous models: battery, screen, a tiny motherboard with everything soldered on it, and a few ribbon cables connecting everything together. Naturally, we did not hope to see an opportunity for an upgrade, but we hoped to at least some repairability. Just as the predecessor, 2017 model is declared irreparable. It makes you think twice whether you want to spend £1500 on a device, which can be only replaced with another if anything goes wrong after the warranty expires.