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 Graphics
Picture this, stunning visuals rendered with incredible realism for the ultimate computing experience. That is the beauty of Intel HD Graphics. Behind the scenes, an advanced video engine supporting multi-functional data processing, dynamic load balancing, multi-threading, and the ability to switch between integrated and discrete graphics, processes graphic and media data so you see high-quality content whether you're working, watching high-definition video, or proving your mastery of the latest 3D games.
Intel Quick Sync Video
Built into every 2nd generation Intel Core™ processor, Quick Sync Video enables users to quickly create, edit, synchronize, and share video files from home or make them available online without the need for extra hardware. In addition, media conversion between devices takes just minutes thanks to hardware acceleration streamlining this process at incredible speed. That includes creating DVDs, Blu-ray™ discs, or editing and converting HD videos for portable media devices or uploading to your favorite social media sites.
Intel InTrue™ 3D Technology
The perfect way to watch 3D movies. InTrue 3D technology delivers 1080p, hi-def resolution 3D action to your TV using HDMI 1.4. With Blu-Ray® Stereo 3D playback using active shutter 3D glasses, you may not believe your eyes when it comes to 3D realism!
Break out the popcorn and let your PC become a portal of HD entertainment. With Intel Insider, you can visit any participating Internet movie site, choose to buy or rent your favorite film, then sit back and enjoy the show. On the go it's a great way to enjoy some down time. At home, you can wirelessly send your movie to your awesome big-screen TV.
Offering bigger bass and crystal clear highs, MaxxAudio delivers quality sound like you've never heard it from a laptop before. Amp your music, games, movies—even web chats—with a full range of smooth, studio-quality sound delivered through MaxxAudio's 10-band graphic equalizer. You won't miss a word of your favorite songs or films when you use MaxxAudio's Dialog boosters to balance speech with background sounds. And, no more repeatedly adjusting the volume. MaxxLeveler seamlessly transitions between between action and subltle sound for consistent audio tones.
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel's hyper-threading technology means you'll get peak performance for your multithreaded applications thanks to higher processing throughput. To put it simply, each core of the processor is capable of working on multiple tasks at the same time.
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.
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O
This VT-d technology takes VT-x capability a step further by providing support for I/O device virtualization helping to improve device performance. IT managers can benefit from improved system security and reliability, reduced downtime, and better use of data center resources.
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 Anti-Theft Technology
Wouldn't it be great if your computer could disable itself if it were ever lost or stolen? Thanks to Intel anti-theft technology, it can! Anti-Theft technology works by detecting suspicious activity, like repeated unsuccessful log-ins. Once activated, anti-theft's tamper-resistant protection puts your computer into theft mode without harming your data to keep your information secure should your system fall into the the wrong hands. According to Intel, your system will be protected, "even if the OS is reimaged, the boot order is changed, a new hard-drive is installed, or the laptop is disconnected from the network." Once recovered, you can easily reactivate your system.
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 4G WiMAX
Intended to provide high-speed mobile Internet access to the widest spectrum of mobile devices, including laptops, 4G WiMAX is the fourth generation of wireless technology. Built for the future, Intel is working to integrate this technology into global networks to give you easy wireless access where ever you need it without being restricted to available hot spots. And, it's ultra fast, up to four times faster than 3G technology.
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.
Use Wyse PocketCloud Companion on Windows and Mac OS X systems to enjoy enhanced features like Auto-discovery, diagnostics, file browsing, and more. Auto-discovery works with PocketCloud Desktop, Explore, or Explore Web to recognize all of your systems running PocketCloud Companion, making them available on your PocketCloud desktop—no network configuration required. All you need is an active Gmail account.