Ik lees bij AGN Hardware dat Creative Labs nu ook kant-en-klare PC's gaat verpatsen. Het ding heet 'Blaster PC' en zit vol gestouwd met allerlei Creative produkten:
Since roll out of the successful Sound Blaster products, Creative Labs has tried its luck in other computing area, including graphics, DVD/CD-ROM, and modems. It's only natural that a company would bundle all these into a multimedia PC package of its own. This is exactly what Creative Labs has done.
Creative Labs's first personal computer -- Blaster PC -- is a joint project between Creative Labs and Empac Computer, a company based in Ontario, Canada. "Customers can build a PC to order through the Blaster PC website, but all systems must be purchased through a local dealer..." Price of Blaster PC will start at $999 CDN; Blaster PC will be available in Canada EXCLUSIVELY starting in mid-September.
The most prominent feature of Blaster PC is the volume control knob in the front of the PC. "The sliding door at the bottom of the front panel, the user has access to USB, audio input/output, joystick, MIDI, SPDIF video and optical ports and also one firewire port.
Blaster PC performed remarkably well in Computer Paper's (CP) lab test. The machine is equipped with a 500Mhz Pentium III chip, 128MB of RAM, a 13GB Western Digital hard drive running Windows 98. On the multimedia side, Blaster PC is packed with 16MB TNT AGP Graphics Blaster Riva TNT card, Sound Blaster Live!, a Creative Labs 56kbps modem and a Dxr3 MPEG decoder card with a 5x DVD ROM. Forgot to mention Blaster PC also has a FM tuner. According to (CP) tests, BAPCo's Sysmark 98 recorded an overall rating of 197 (195 for Office Productivity and 200 for Content Creation). Playing DVD is smooth as silk.