Xbox One S – Smaller Xbox Launches August 2nd

A significantly smaller and updated XBox console called XBox One S will be released on August 2nd in New Zealand. There are three versions with different disk capacity: 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB. Only the largest 2 TB version will be available initially. Continue reading “Xbox One S – Smaller Xbox Launches August 2nd”

Home Office – Products You Need To Work Smarter

Do you run your own company and work from home? Entrepreneurship and smaller companies that don’t have an office downtown are growing in New Zealand. Here are a few tips about must-have products for your home officein order to create a productive and pleasant workspace. Continue reading “Home Office – Products You Need To Work Smarter”

HP Elite X3 – Smartphone or Hybrid Tablet?

HP is trying to break into the smartphone market again after its last
attempt two years ago. The newly released HP Elite X3 targets
business customers and runs Windows 10 mobile. HP believes it’s the first phone able to replace a desktop. HP Elite X2 are hybrid laptops, so X3 is a different kind of beast. Continue reading “HP Elite X3 – Smartphone or Hybrid Tablet?”

New Acer Chromebase Offers Affordable Video Conferencing

Acer Chromebase is a desktop computer running ChromeOS that has
been designed and optimised for video conferencing in small meeting areas. It integrates closely with Google’s conferencing solutions and is easy to set-up and operate. A Google Apps account is the only requirement.

Chromebase is related to the existing Chromebox computer currently sold and manufactured by Acer, Asus and HP. Chromebox is a more basic solution lacking a monitor that relies on Google Hangout, while Chromebase offers a more comprehensive, turn-key conferencing system.


Acer Chromebase comes with the hardware one would expect from a conferencing system. The monitor is a large 24-inch full-HD screen that supports touch display. Four microphones and stereo speakers provide a good audio solution. Connectivity is handled by 3 USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port.


Acer has worked closely with Google to improve the user interface of Chrome OS. One guest account that doesn’t require login is available. 25 Hangout accounts are supported.

The administrator in charge of the system can monitor the sound and video quality. Adjustments can be made using external admin tools. The administrator is notified using alerts when the sound and image quality drops below a certain threshold value.

Pricing for Acer Chromebase

The price for Acer Chromebase is set to US$799 (NZ$1,174), which includes one year of support from Acer. It will initially be sold only in North America and Europe, and a roll-out to other continents is expected later this year.

How does the Acer Chromebase compare to other conferencing systems on the market? Audio conferencing systems like Konftel 250 and Polycom Soundstation 2 cost between $800 to $1,000 and support 20-25 participants. Hence, a turn-key video conferencing system for a small company for $1,174 seems like a good deal.

Nvidia Quadro M6000 Memory Upgraded to 24GB

Graphics Card Need a really powerful graphics card with abundant graphics memory for professional usage such as product design, 3D visualisations etc? Then you should note that several Nvidia Quadro M6000 graphics cards have recently received a performance boost. The internal GPU memory has doubled from 12GB GDDR5 to 24GB. The other specs remain the same, including the Maxwell GM200 processor with 3072 CUDA cores. Continue reading “Nvidia Quadro M6000 Memory Upgraded to 24GB”

AOC Launches Gaming Brand AGON

Gaming and powerful hardware go hand-in-hand. Gaming hardware is big business given the large number of gamers in the world and the propensity of gamers to purchase premium gaming products. The Taiwanese firm AOC isn’t well-known for gaming and it has therefore launched a premium brand called AGON for its high-end gaming monitors in order to position itself in the market.AOC just launched ten new AGON branded monitors targeted at gamers during a launch event in Beijing. The goal according to AOC is to “provide gamers with the most versatile gaming experience” possible. Continue reading “AOC Launches Gaming Brand AGON”

PlayStation 4 Dominates the NZ Console Market

PlayStation 4 (PS4) sales accounted for 59% of consoles sales in New Zealand last year according to data recently released by research firm NDP Group. Sales were especially strong during the Christmas period with Sony NZ achieving record-breaking home console sales. Continue reading “PlayStation 4 Dominates the NZ Console Market”

Sony Announces New SLW-M Internal SSD Series

Sony just announced a new product range of internal SSD drives. The new SLW-M series targets laptop and PC users with a unique selling point: replace your current HDD drive with our new SSD drive and instantly enjoy significant speed and performance improvements when storing data and launching programmes. Continue reading “Sony Announces New SLW-M Internal SSD Series”

Microsoft Surface Book Available in NZ Stores on January 28th

The much anticipated Surface Book is Microsoft’s first laptop. Tier-1 retailers Harvey Norman, Noel Leeming and JB-Hifi will start selling the new laptop in stores on January the 28th. The RRP price set by Microsoft’s NZ Store is $2,749 for the Core i5 processor with 8GB RAM. Retailers usually undercut the RRP by a few percent. Hence, the actual selling price in NZ will likely be somewhat lower after a while. PB Technologies currently offers the Surface Book online at $3,967 for the Core i7 model. Continue reading “Microsoft Surface Book Available in NZ Stores on January 28th”