Microsoft® Windows 8
This is a whole new user experience for Windows fans. Right from the Start screen, Windows 8 invites users to build a personalized environment for every need, discover apps for fun and essential tasks, and engage in the adventure of technology. Animated tiles provide timely updates on weather, social media, news and all things important to you. View and share photos from a single app, centralize all of your email accounts in one place, streamline managing messaging and social media contacts.
Works with touchscreen-enabled systems to allow tap, zoom, and swipe capabilities and it still works with the traditional keyboard and mouse so moving between windows and programs is as easy as a swipe or a click. Other cool new features include picture password, snap windows for easy multitasking, apps to simplify cloud access and storage for documents, your favorite music, and more.
Intel® Smart Cache
With Intel Smart Cache you benefit from increased data access because the cache is shared between the cores from a single access point and optimized by workload demand. That means your system is making maximum use of its resources, enhancing multi-threading, and reducing storage redundancy.
500GB SATA Hard Drive
SATA stands for Serial Advanced Technology Attachment. This type of hard drive has an integrated controller which supports the drive. A SATA interface connects an ATA hard drive to the computer's motherboard. The advantage of SATA is speed, smaller cables, and it uses a separate bus. Smaller cables can easily be stowed out of the way of other components. This also promotes better airflow within the case helping to keep your system cooler. What can you do with a 500GB Serial ATA hard drive? You can store up to 107,000 songs or 85,000 photos.
Intel HD 4000
Intel HD 4000 uses advanced integrated graphics processing technologies to provide highly responsive performance and outstanding visuals. Starting with a new design and enhanced Direct X capabilities, users can enjoy dramatically increased 3D image handling and casual and mainstream gaming performance. Of course it still offers all of the energy efficiency you would expect from an advanced video card so your system stays cool whatever battle you're engaged in or world you're conquering.
Waves MAXX Audio4
The width of its stereo technology is what gives MAXX Audio 4 its impressive sound. You'll hear a broader range of high and low notes—even soft tones—as you enjoy studio-quality sound so robust and clear. The subwoofer serves up base you can actually feel while the trebel enhancement ensures you never miss the subtleties. Even with headphones or earbuds the sound quality will amaze you. MAXX Audio4 also automatically adjusts uneven volume levels delivering the best possible audio experience whether you're enjoying movies, music, or games.
Intel Virtualization Technology
Consolidates multiple environments into a single server or PC. It provides greater user flexibility that can help reduce costs, improve security, and increase resiliency regarding contingency planning.
Take advantage of 64-bit computing when using 64-bit compatible software. This architecture enables systems to access more than 4GB of virtual and physical memory. Also known as EM64T, it is fully compatible with 32-bit operating systems giving you the flexibility to upgrade to a 64-bit OS when ever you're ready. Intel's 64 architecture works on servers, workstations, desktops, and mobile platforms.
Intel My WiFi
Intel My WiFi is an easy way to wirelessly share content. The My WiFi user interface serves as a means of connecting your computer directly with up to eight WiFi devices anywhere and lets you stay connected to the Internet at the same time. It's never been easier to sync your devices, send or receive content, or print all via a wireless connection.
Intel Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology
Now get even more performance enhancing, energy conserving benefits from Intel. With SpeedStep technology, your processor simultaneously switches voltage and frequency to high or low levels depending on processor load. Enhanced SpeedStep technology performs voltage and frequency changes separately so the system performs better with reduced latency due to system unavailability.
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
This feature is designed to protect the processor in the event of unusual circumstances such as cooling fan failure which can cause damage if internal chassis temperatures become higher than normal. It works by reducing the processor's power consumption if the programmed thermal temperature is exceeded.
The processor contains a thermal diode which measures the actual CPU temperature and relays its temperature and thermal requirements to the motherboard. The motherboard uses those requirements to control the processor fan and ensure it does not spin faster than necessary - even under worst case power use.
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel updated its integrated memory controller hub technology to optimize available memory bandwidth and reduce latency associated with memory access, thereby improving system performance.
Intel Flex Memory Access
This Intel technology makes upgrading easier by "allowing different memory sizes to be populated and remain in dual-channel mode," according to Intel.
Execute Disable Bit
Reduces your system's exposure to viruses and mal-ware attacks, and the chances of self-executing and propagating software from taking down your system or network. That can save you costly repairs, lost productivity, and revenue.
Extended Page Tables
Boosting memory for demanding virtualizaiton applications, this hardware optimization, also known as Second Level Address Translation (SLAT), helps reduce power consumption and its associated costs while also aiding battery life.
10/100 Fast Ethernet Network
A highspeed pathway to send your data to other devices networked to your computer enabling you to share files and Internet access.
Also known as
Bluetooth Smart Ready, it takes wireless communication to a whole new level. First, it's compatible with a large number of devices like tablets, smart phones, and of course computers, but it's also compatible with TV remotes, and even appliances. All of these things will be controlled using apps, so the ability to turn on the lights or your oven before you get home will be as easy as picking up your cellphone. In addition, it uses considerably less power than before.