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Alienware Graphics Amplifier

The Alienware Graphics Amplifier lets you add a desktop video card to a laptop

This PCIe-slot-in-a-box solves the mobile GPU obsolescence issue, but it forever ties you to Alienware’s laptops.

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Apple's Mac mini finally updated, starting price dropped by $100

Apple refreshes its "most energy efficient desktop computer," the Mac mini.

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Apple unveils 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina, the 'world's highest resolution display'

Apple gives its 27-inch iMac all-in-one the Retina treatment, but the non-Retina models are sticking around.

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Intel's itty-bitty NUC PC prototypes pack Broadwell chips, touch controls

Intel shows off a number of prototype NUCs at the Intel Developer Forum, including models with touch, speech, and its next-generation Broadwell chips. And if Intel's mini PC is too powerful for you, try an Atom-powered "half NUC" design.

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Alienware Alpha, the not-a-Steam-Machine gaming rig, is available for preorder today

Plus: We get a look at the Alpha's console-like user interface, which allows you to run the whole system without ever seeing Windows 8.1.