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Linksys @ CES 2016

Linksys always has a good presence at CES and this year was no different. Things on the Belkin side of the business were really busy as they were putting on high quality screen protectors for people as they brought their devices by. On the Linksys side of things, they seem to be aiming toward the consumer enthusiast once again as they have resurrected some of their WRT routers that are DD-WRT compatible.

On the super-fast side of things, they have just announced their new Max-Stream Next-Gen Tri-Band router. This is the EA9500 and they claim it can push as much as 5400Mbps through the 802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies while ramping up the 802.11ac and stacking it on top for crazy speeds. You will need a client device that has at least six antennae to maximize the power of your router.


One feature of the EA9500 is the MU-MIMO capability. It supports multiple users on the multiple-input, multiple-output protocol. This means that you can stream 12 4K streams at once over a wireless connection. It looks impressive, but we'll have to see how it performs in the real world and not in a theoretical environment.

Please check out more of our CES images here.

AfterShokz @ CES 2016

We first met the fine folks at AfterShokz at CES 2012 when they released their first set of bone induction headphones. Every year we stop in and see the latest version of bone induction headphones and CES 2016 is no different with AfterShokz showing off their new wireless Trekz Titanium headphones. You might have heard about these headphones thanks to their recently ending Indegogo campaign that saw AfterShokz raise just under $700,000 which was a hair over 10x their original goal. 

The new Trekz Titanium version of AfterShokz's bone conduction headphones features a titanium frame that is designed to be durable enough to stand up to any activity you can think of. In addition, the Trekz Titanium also features dual noise-cancelling microphones so making clear phone calls won't be a problem. 

Trekz Titanium

We've arranged to review these new headphones in the near future so make sure to keep tuned in to BCCHardware for that upcoming article. In the meantime, if you'd like to find out more about the Trekz Titanium bone conduction headphones makes sure to check out AfterShokz's website.

For more pictures from our visit with AfterShokz as well as everything else we saw on day 3 at CES 2016, check out our 2016 CES picture gallery.

TP-Link @ CES 2016

We had a chance to meet with TP-Link at CES this year and boy have they come a long way. When they first arrived on the scene, they were the ultra-budget router that you could pick up for $30 - $50 that just plain worked. They weren't the fastest, didn't have the most features, but they worked.

Talon AD7200

Fast forward to today. TP-Link has some of the fastest wireless options available. They were showing off their Talon AD7200 802.11ad router. The 802.11ad standard uses a multi-band 4-stream technology to push data through the 2.4GHz spectrum at up to 800Mbps, combined with the 5GHz spectrum at speeds up to 1733Mbps. Then the stack the new 60GHz band on top of those that can theoreticly handle data throughput at up to 4600Mbps. When those are all combined, you get a maximum theoretical throughput of 7133Mbps (which they round up to 7200Mbps).

802.11AD Real-World Demo

In the real world, you'll never see anything close as it would take a client connection that has at least 8 antennae. That doesn't exist. They did have a life demo running though showing some pretty impressive numbers when connected to an ASUS gaming laptop.

Other product they showed at CES included their Archer C5400 Router, and a new SR20 touchscreen smart home router that includes a touchscreen. This router supports ZigBee, Z-Wave and other Wi-Fi smart home products.

Please check out all of our Day 2 CES images here.

MiLi @ CES 2016

As we were wandering around CES 2016 on Day #3 we happened to run into a company called MiLi who has a couple neat mobile accessories that caught our eye. MiLi has their iData flash drive that plugs right into your iPhone, iPad, Android, or PC, and allows you to easily offload files for backup or to free up some space, and is also able to encrypt all of that data for safe keeping. MiLi isn't the only company offering a device like this, but the sleek an small design along with the fact that the iData Flash Drive is available in capacities up to 256GB, makes this device very intriguing. Running out of storage on mobile devices is a common issue as we use them to record more and more media and the MiLi iData Flash Drive might be the device to help you out.



MiLi also has some other new products in their digital health products categories which you can find more information about over at MyMiLi.com.

For more pictures from our MiLi visit as well as all of our CES 2016 coverage check out our CES 2016 photo gallery.


HOMiDO VR @ CES 2016

Homido is a relatively new and fairly unrecognized name when it comes to VR headsets. The Homido headset is very similar to the Samsung Gear VR and in some some cases could be considered similar to the Oculus. The headset has a snug fitting for a smartphone and can be adjusted for a snug fit around the head while the Homido mini has a clip that you can position onto your smartphone so that you don't always have to carry around a bulky headset with you when you want to play VR games. Another cool feature about the mini, is that it can fold up and easily fit in your front pocket without any issues.


There is also an application that can be downloaded for the PC and the smartphone which will allow you to stream games from your PC to your phone. At a price of about $80 USD, it really could be an option to look at in the future compared with other units that are way more expensive. 

Please check out more images from our Day 2 coverage right here.

Razer @ CES 2016

Three new products were released from Razer this year at CES; the Nabu watch, the Stargazer webcam, and the Core. The Core is an external graphics enclosure with plug and play support to help expand connectivity for the new Razer Blade Stealth, however the Core could be potentially used with any laptop that has a Thunderbolt (USB-C) connection. The core supports double wide graphics cards and has plug and play compatibility for graphics cards. The Core unit itself will also have an ethernet port along with 4 USB 3.0 ports and to follow Razer's current theme, it will also have Chroma lighting effects.


The Stargazer is Razer's one stop shop for webcamming and streaming and in the future should work seamlessly with The Razer Cortex Gamecaster software (still in beta). The Stargazer can do 720p @ 60 frames for HD video capture optimized for streaming while it also can do 1080p @ 30 frames for video conferencing. While having an automatic noise canceling dual array mic, it also has facial and gesture recognition. Another cool aspect about the webcam is that it can also clip out all the background images while only staying focused on its primary user. The only downside at the moment is that it is for Windows 10 only.

The Nabu Watch follows the path that the Nabu and Nabu X were on but brings it to another level with the integration into a full-on smart watch. The watch function itself will have about a year of battery life as it will run off of a replaceable coin cell battery all the while the secondary screen will run off a rechargeable battery that should last for about seven days. The secondary screen will be a 128 x 16 single color OLED screen and the watch should be shock resistant up to 5 meters while having a 5ATM water resistant rating.

Please check out more images from our Day 2 coverage here.

Magellan @ CES 2016

As network coverage becomes better in North America, dedicated navigation companies such as Magellan have had to adapt and grow in order to stay relevant. People use their mobile phones much more for navigation than they used to, but that doesn't mean that a dedicated unit is not relevant anymore - it means that it better do the job really well, and throw in a few extras. Magellan has been in the navigation game for a long time, but this year they are pushing more into the multi-purpose device market.



Dashcams are their main focus this year, and while that may not seem that exciting at initial glance, they are pushing some pretty impressive image quality with Sony sensors, five-layered glass lenses and even some 1440p "Ultra HD" recording capability. Their MiVue 450D even has the capability to record 330° - allow you to record even inside the vehicle. This is great for insurance purposes should you ever be in an accident so you can prove that you were not distracted and at fault.

One of their newest products is the eXplorist TRX7 - built for off-road navigation. If you've got a nice quad, snow-mobile or any other off-road vehicle, this unit comes with over 44,000 trails installed out of the box. There are detailed 3D maps that give you topographical information and access to community trail data. This one isn't cheap at a MSRP of $649, but it is rugged and could save you some serious regrets at the end of the day.


Please check out all of our Day 2 pictures from CES 2016 right here.


This year at CES ROCCAT brought some fairly new products that will be hitting the market in February along with a whole new driver and app software that is currently being worked on but should be out in the coming months. The first of the new products is the Ryos keyboard that will have some brand new macro keys below the spacebar that can be used for just about anything from simple tasks in MMORPG games all the way to essential functions for FPS games. For example, instead of using "Q" in Battlefield to point out enemies you can now bind one of the macro keys below the spacebar to do that for you. 

ROCCAT Swarm is the brand new application and driver software that ROCCAT is working on and will be a very robust tool heading into the future. The Swarm software will bring the RGB customizability of the RYOS and all the other RGB keyboards ROCCAT has to offer to a whole new level. The goal of the swarm software is to be able to detect all future and past ROCCAT peripherals such as keyboards and mice and change any RGB styles and profiles anyway you see fit. One of the awesome features of the software is the ability to use a preset profile that detects if music is playing or not and change the keyboard colors from a static color to a VU meter. Another great feature of the software is that you will be able to turn any key on a keyboard into a macro key. 

The mice that will be coming to market soon are the Kiro and Kova (new version). The Kiro takes a page from the Nyth's modularity but on a smaller scale. The Kiro is an ambidextrous designed mouse that allows for both the right and left of the mouse to be hot swappable. There is an option to have buttons on both sides of the mouse or have them on just one side depending on if a person is right or left handed. Once the pieces are placed on the mouse there are magnets to help keep them in place all the while looking and feeling like it's any other mouse. 



The new version of the Kova brings a little different look at feel too with raised buttons on both the right and left sides of the primary mouse buttons respectively. This feature allows for better button customizability along with even more macro customizability. Another neat feature is the ability to adjust the LEDs on the mousewheel and the back of the mouse independently of each other. Both mice will also come with overdrive functions that can significantly bump their DPIs.

Although I am not at liberty to talk about another specific product that was shown, I do advise to keep an eye on ROCCAT's website in the coming weeks to see more awesome stuff from them.

Feel free to check out more images from Day 2 at CES 2016 here.

InWin @ CES 2016

InWin is back at CES this year to celebrate the company's 30th anniversary, and boy they came to impress. They brought along two new lines of cases and power supplies to accompany these cases. One of the power supplies InWin was showing off this year was the Platinum rated S1-1065W PSU which comes with four cooling modes for power-off heatspikes. The modes included: power off at system shutdown, PSU stays on for three seconds longer after system shutdown, PSU stays on for 3 minutes after system shutdown, or PSU stays on indefinitely after system shutdown. The reason behind the last option is because of the design of the PSU itself as it has glass sides with LED lighting on the inside.
The two case series are the H series and the 800 series both with their own unique designs for each case. In the 800 series there was one clear winner and that was the the 805 case. It had a lot of internal led lighting but the real catchy part about it was the front of the case where they used a strip of LED lighting along with a couple mirrors to create an amazing look that makes you think the LED lighting has a lot of depth before fading out. 
Check out the video of the case in action.
The H series of cases really blew the display booth out of the water with their original designs. The H frame came with LED lighting around outside that could be adjusted to five different levels from off to high and also has sleek removable glass side panels that are very durable to kicks. The case that stole the show was the H-tower limited edition case. This case is basically like a transformer that can go from an ordinary looking case into side panels everywhere and the core components lifted out either at an angle or perpendicular to its original resting position. 
The last bit of salivating info from InWin is that in the next few months all the new cases will be shipped with their new power supplies that are designed specifically for that particular case.

Make sure to check out all of our Day 2 CES pictures here.

Sennheiser @ CES 2016

We made a stop today to meet with Sennheiser at CES 2016 and like previous years we left impressed. 

VR devices are the hot product at CES 2016 and everyone is jumping on the bandwagon with their VR devices. While everyone else is working on VR video technology, Sennheiser is adding 3D sound that can complement the immersive experience that VR devices offer. Sennheiser has announced AMBEO which is their 3D audio technology that is also known as 9.1 surround sound. Sennheiser has the expertise in creating high-end audio products and should be a great addition to the VR experience.

Another product that Sennheiser was showing off was their ORPHEUS set of headphones. Chances are good you've probably heard of ORPHEUS thanks to its $50,000 price tag which grabbed headlines worldwide recently. While the price tag is obviously going to make sales extremely limited, ORPHEUS is a showcase of how Sennheiser has worked towards building the perfect set of headphones. Anytime you create a piece of technology like ORPHEUS, people line up to demo it and a line is exactly what we found at Sennheiser and unfortunately we didn't get a chance to demo them for themselves and determine if we need to get a 2nd mortgage or not to afford them.

If you'd like to check out more pictures from our stop at Sennheiser make sure to check out our CES 2016 gallery.

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