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Weekly Tech Update #419 - RoboShark and More at CES 2018

We have just posted up Episode #419 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we talk CES 2018 including Pepcom, Showstoppers and of course, Roboshark! Those stories and a lot more CES and technology bits incoming..



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ASRock @ CES 2018

ASRock has a full lineup of motherboards, regardless of what size your looking for, or what brand of CPU you want to be running, and like every year at CES, they had the full lineup of new products proudly on display. 

One interesting thing that ASRock was showing of on some of their micro-ATX boards was a MXM slot that will allow you to add in a desktop GPU into a form factor that normally has to sacrifice GPU performance due to size restrictions. I've got a feeling we'll be seeing more MXM graphics cards in 2018 as ASRock already is working with system builders to utilize MXM GPUs and build full high-end systems in a super small form factor.


Mushkin @ CES 2018

With the speed of M.2 storage devices, combined with prices that are getting lower and lower, saying that 2018 will be a big year for M.2 hard drives probably isn't too much of a reach. Muskin is ready for the shift to M.2 drives thanks to some upcoming additions to their drive lineup with their new Pilot devices. 

While the new Muskin M.2 devices are probably going to garner the most interest, Mushkin has updated their other SSD offerings which will give you options regardless of your budget.

Western Digital @ CES 2018

One of the new updates from Western Digital is to their My Cloud Home devices that will allow you to backup all your music and movies but the updates will allow you to use Amazon Alexa to access and play them. If that's not enough of an update, they've also build Google Chromecast into the device which gives you even more playback options.


Boox by ONYX: eReader, Monitor, Writing Tablet & More



Every now and then a company comes along with a product that claims to have some pretty unique features. CES is all about showcasing these products, but often there are many products that leave us disappointed. The BOOX (pronounced books) from ONYX is a product that shows a lot of promise and delivers exactly what they promise. 

Select BOOX devices will be running Android 6.0 and the range in size from 6-inch basic units to the massive 13.3-inch unit we looked at today. This big reader can be used as an external monitor via a MicroHDMI cable, a standard large eReader or even a writing tablet with a pressure sensitive stylus. 



While the e-Ink BOOX in computer monitor mode has limited use, the fact that it can do it and provides a very easy-on-the-eyes display is pretty awesome. This is a very premium device with a lot of features, and that comes at a cost - a fairly large cost in fact. MSRP is about $800 on this, but when we referenced their products on Amazon, we found them for a little over half-price of their MSRP. This could make it the perfect, premium, large format reader for professionals or anyone that consumes a large amount of print media.


BOOX Drawing

The fact is, I'd love of these to play around with and use on the road. It could be a great companion for any journalist. 

More info on BOOX here.

Linner is Budget Noise Cancellation without Sacrificing Quality


Linner not a new company in the grand scheme of things, but they are new to us and they have brought some interesting products to CES this year. Their goal is to make Active Noise Cancellation available for everyone. They have a few wired products already on the market, the Linner NC21 Pro with a 3.5mm plug, a model with a Lightning connector for Apple as well as their first product the Linner NC21. On the wireless side, they recently launched the Linner NC50 Bluetooth noise canceling earbuds. What is really remarkable is that they cost much less than you'd think - and they still sound great. I had a chance to try out a few different models, as well as the latest on-ear headset - the Linner NC80. These will be priced at $89USD and should be available in Q1-Q2 of this year. They also have a pair of over-the-ear NC90s coming as well for a mere $99.

What makes these incredible is the quality of the product. Build quality, sound clarity and cancellation are much better than you'd expect at this price and are very similar (or better) than your favorite big-box brand. If they can get some brand recognition, Linner could have a very bright future.

MAKERbuino@ CES 2018

Here at BCCHardware we like tearing things apart and trying to put them back together again (and sometimes they even work better afterwards). As a result, the MAKERbuino caught our attention and required a stop at CES 2018. MAKERbuino is a very unique product that teaches you how to put all the necessary components together and in the end get your very own portable gaming system. The educational component of this product is a fantastic way to learn about electronic hardware and software and is fun for enthusiasts of all ages.

Our very own Ben Heide will be attempting this project in the near future and will report back. In the meantime, you can grab your very own and give it a shot for yourself.


ZOTAC @ CES 2018

Need a full Windows 10 system but need it to be smaller than a deck of playing cards? No problem, ZOTAC has you covered with the newest ZBOX Pico PI226. Of course the performance isn't going to be setting any records, but under the hood is an Intel Gemini Lake CPU which gives you dual-core performance paired with 4GB of memory. Not the fastest system on the block but probably one of the more impressive full feature micro systems available.



Also being shown off this year is the new MEK1 Gaming system. ZOTAC is of course famous for their super small for factors but the MEK1 gives ZOTAC fans another slightly large option that isn't going to take up a ton of desk real estate but gives you the option for full size video cards all the way up to the GeForce 1080.


Lian LI, LANCool and Funky Fans


Lian Li is moving away from all aluminum cases and working with companies like LANCool to provide a mix of aluminum and steel chassis for your custom build needs. They combine those materials with tempered glass to make some pretty classy and flashy boxes in which to house your systems. 

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ZTE @ CES 2018

Here it is folks, the ZTE Axon M smartphone which features 2 screens. Thanks to a surprisingly sturdy hinge, you can fold the Axon M and fit it easily into your pocket. I was pleasantly surprised with the build quality and thanks to the dual screens the Axon M will definitely turn some heads.

More information on the ZTE Axom M.

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