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iBuyPower Steam Machine for $499

Linux gamers are chomping at the bit to get their hands on a Steam Machine. iBuyPower has released information about their $499 prototype.

This morning, iBuyPower revealed a prototype of its own upcoming Steam Machine, which will go on sale for just $499 next year. For the price of an Xbox One, the computer will offer a multicore AMD CPU and a discrete AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card — that's a $180 GPU all by itself — and come with Valve's Steam Controller as part of the package deal.

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The iBuyPower Steam Machine looks very promising indeed! The price seems right and the device itself looks pretty good. I like the customizable light bar that runs down the side of it. That will add a bit of appeal for some gamers.

Will you buy a Steam Machine for $499? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

Vuzix Ships $1000 Android Eyewear Computer

It looks like Vuzix has beaten Google and shipped its M100 eyewear computer before Google Glass.

Vuzix has begun shipping an Android-based eyewear computer to developers, and is now taking pre-orders from the general public. The $1,000 Vuzix M100 device is equipped with a 1GHz, dual-core processor and a 16:9, WQVGA display, and offers WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, sensors, a five-megapixel camera, and voice and gesture recognition.

Vuzix M100 Eyewear Computer
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I'm no more impressed with the Vuzix M100 than I was with Google Glass. I still dislike the idea of wearing a computer like I would a pair of glasses. I can't really see the point of these things, not to mention the privacy issues and the sheer discomfort of having something like this on my head.

Am I the only one that feels this way? These products seem to have been created for a need that doesn't really exist.

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