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Thermaltake at CES 2017

For CES this year, Thermaltake brought along some new products and refreshed a few, all the while making kits and combos for certain products. One of the new products this year is the Tower 900, which from looking at it from just the front side only looks like it’s not that big depth wise but when you get a closer look at it, you realize just how much space there actually is.

Tower 900

 

The other two lines of cases that have new releases are the view series and the core series. All the new cases come with tempered glass side panels whether it be on one side or both sides while also being able to support DIY liquid cooling setups. Speaking of coolers, TT also released some new coolers in their water line starting with the Water 3.0 Riing RGB 280 which features RGB Riing fans that have 14 LEDs that have a range of 256 colors.

Riing Fans

 

One of cool things they did this year was making Pacific 16mm-12mm PETG fitting kits so that experienced PC builders and builders just getting into the customization scene know that they have the correct fittings when starting a build. The other cool thing to see at Thermaltake was their own chair line. At first look they might not look comfortable, but after sitting in one you appreciate just how comfortable it is. On top of that, the ergonomic design helps to promote better sitting posture.

For more from our Day 1 images from CES, please check out the gallery here. Also, you can check out our entire CES coverage at this link.

Mushkin at CES 2017

Muskin has been one of my favorite stops at CES over the past few years for one simple reason. They release a small selection of refined products each year. While there is a trend to release a ton of products and saturate the market with SKUs, Mushkin does things a little different. This year they announced their first M.2 PCIe 3.0 SSD. This little beauty features the new 2280 controller - which is the same controller used on Samsung's new 960 Pro drives. The drive performance is spectacular and it should be available very soon.

PCIe SSD

 

On the other side of the standard SATA interface, we have the return and update of the Reactor and Triactor series of drives. These new drives feature 3D NAND memory and a Silicon Motion SM2258 processor. While the performance isn't quite up to their PCIe drives, the fact is even the slower processor will still pretty much saturate the 600Mbps SATA interface found on today's motherboards. 

Mushkin

Mushkin was also showing off a couple of more consumer friendly devices such as the Reactor WiFi. This is a small drive enclosure that contains a a drive, WiFi network with router/hotspot capabilities as well as a power bank. This would be idea for traveling and sharing video as well as keeping yourself a bit more secure behind your own WiFi network. The other new product from Mushkin is the Carbon KB-001. This is a super nice looking keyboard that features an aluminum frame, mechanical switches and full RGB lighting. That's right, this keyboard sounds like it's the same thing that everyone has for sale right now. The difference though is price. Mushkin plans on bringing this very svelte keyboard to market for under $80. That would be huge and would make an RGB keyboard (with built-in memory) easily attainable for pretty much everyone.

Carbon KB-001

For more images from the Mushkin visit, and all of our Day 3 images from CES, please check here. Also, check out our CES coverage section right here.

More information about Mushkin can be found on their website.

Vector Smart Watch Will Have 30 Days Battery Life

When it comes to smart watches, I believe that the biggest barrier to entry is the short battery life. Jason and I have discussed at length why device by Pebble and Martian are probably really the watch for everyone. While they aren't as "smart" as other devices, they are really smart enough and give a user everything they actually need to get through the day more productively that without one. It will be interesting to see if Vector can live up to their claims. They've now also joined Fitbit - making Fitbit one of the leaders when it comes to company buyouts and total IP.

Vector’s decision to build an operating system and ecosystem from scratch may have contributed to today’s exit from the market via Fitbit. Indeed, the company alludes to its ecosystem saying that as part of Fitbit it will finally be able to build new features and experiences, something its own products severely lacked.

Source: Neowin

LG's Upcoming G6 to Have 18:9 Aspect Ratio

While at CES, LG wasn't willing to talk about their upcoing handset, but there are leaks everywhere and we have just seen a glipse of the new G5. The G4 was a very solid device and the G5 added modules that promised goodness, but never really took off. The G6 comes along now with an impressive 2,880 x 1,440 screen that could be called by some to be a 2:1 aspect ratio. This is a little odd for a phone screen and the device could look quite skinny and tall. We'll be seeing more for sure - and the full launch will be at Mobile World Congress in Spain next month.

The display will pack in 1,440 by 2,880 pixels, a bit more than a typical Quad HD screen. LG says it'll be thinner than before, at less than 1mm thick, and it's reduced the bezel width by 20 percent on the top of the screen and 10 percent around the sides. Additionally, the company says it'll be 10 percent more visible outdoors and it'll use 30 percent less battery life.

Source: Engadget

Pricing Speculation on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's Switch is supposed to be coming this quarter and there is no solid word on pricing just yet. However, current pricing in Japan is set to be about 25,000 Yen, which should put it at $214 with current exchange rate. Once you factor in shipping and taxes, it looks like it a price point of $250 USD is pretty much expected. For that price, I believe it will do quite well, as long as there are a few great new titles (not rewarmed to work on the Switch) at launch. Time will tell, but this is probably the most I've been excited about any console since the Xbox 360's initial launch.

In terms of how a price like that would look in stores alongside rival systems, at present Xbox One S bundles at a major retailer in the US (GameStop) are currently between $299.99 and $349.99, with the newer PS4 Slim (plus a game) also typically costing $299.99. In these cases at least one game is normally included, and of course various deals and bundles can be found around the web. As baseline prices at a major retailer, though, they give an idea of where a $250 Switch would stand.

Source: NintendoLife

The Worst Ideas from CES 2017

As we are still working on wrapping up our CES coverage, we've talked about the interesting things that we saw. Not all of them were interesting because they are great - or even good ideas. Some of the products on display were simply lies, or future failures. I know that we may be considered haters by some of the companies, but the truth is the world will never be ready for a shower that stops before you're ready. Check the link below for a few of the worst ideas from CES 2017.

The Tinder VR headset is essentially two pairs of goggles connected in the middle. When you strap one side of the device to your head and a stranger straps the other side of the device to theirs, you're forced to gaze into each other's eyes and suss out the contents of their soul.

 

 

Source: WindowsCentral

Ford at CES 2017

Each year Ford comes to CES to show off their latest Sync and MyTouch upgrades as well as more Eco-friendly vehicles as well as some of the pure power and engineering that Ford can pull off. Their latest Ford GT always gets a lot of attention as well as all the shiny new vehicles with more and larger screens as well as their luxury line.

Ford GT

 

On the technical side of things, we've followed along with the autonomous vehicle program for the past few years and this segment keeps growing, adapting and changing. The platform that they've featured the past couple of years at CES was the Fusion Hybrid and there have been a few significant changes to the vehicle since last year.

Fusion Hybrid Autonomous

 

The positioning of the LiDAR as well as more sensors on top of the car help negate weather and environmental, smog, and fog issues. The algorithms help keep everything running smoothly and in the end, Ford's goal is to have a fully autonomous fleet in mass production by 2021. While that number seems like a long ways off, it's a mere 5 years and they are well on their way to deliver on that goal.

Ford doesn't believe in the level 3 (assisted autonomous car) as in reality the driver would disconnect from the experience and then have to suddenly engage after hours of boredom. Instead Ford wants to go full autonomous off the bat and things are looking good for them.

Ford

 

For more CES images from Day 2, please check the gallery here. All of our CES coverage can be viewed here.

 

TP-Link at CES 2017

A few years ago, almost no one at CES had heard of TP-Link - a networking company that had super bargain prices and mainstream networking gear. Now, TP-Link shows up on the shelves of most consumer electronics stores as well as many more online stores and things just keep getting better for them as a company. In their early days, they adopted mainstream technology and tried to gain market share by price alone. It must have worked for them as they now have a large chunk of the market.

Things have evolved at TP-Link though, and they aren't just trying to compete on price alone. They have some amazing routers, range extender/powerline hybrids that really offer a lot of performance, easy setup and are very functional. One of the things they were pretty excited to share with us this year was their deeper step into Smart Homes. They do offer a Zigbee router, but they wanted to take it a bit farther and now have worked with Google Home and Amazon Echo to bring deeper integration into their networking gear, their own smart bulbs as well as a limited array of motion and window/door sensors.

TP-Link

 

While TP-Link could probably do very well as a full IoT Smart Home company, they are mostly sticking to their core strengths and remaining fixed solid in the networking side of things. As a networking company, they have a lot of experience and can offer great integration solutions for other companies sensors; and that is currently their plan.

One product that was announced at CES was their Deco Mesh system. The premise of this is a range-extender that integrates with your existing networking, or has the ability to become a full-on wireless router, complete with seamless expansion. The difference between standard range extenders and a mesh system, such as the Deco, is the single SSID and password required. As you move from place to place in your home or business, the wireless network won't change, shift or drop. This is the idea behind mesh. It covers you with one system that integrates perfectly.

Deco Demo

 

The Deco M5 Plus also integrates powerline networking through a USB Type-C connector, but if you don't need the powerline option, the Deco M5 is the option that will save you a few dollars. Each node is a AC1200/AC1300 dual-band system and it will be interesting to see how these compare with other units that we've seen that utilize tri-band.

TP-Link

 

Take a look at all of the TP-Link images and more in our CES Day 2 gallery here. Also, you can catch all of our CES coverage as it happens right here

For more information about TP-Link products, check out their site.

 

Sennheiser @ CES 2017

Stopping by Sennheiser at CES is always a fun experience and the ability to check out and listen to their new products seldom disappoints. On the headphone side of the business, Sennheiser has a couple of updated model that add Bluetooth capabilities and other minor revisions.


 

On the audio recording side though Sennheiser was showing off some new cool products to help you record better audio, which in turn can be played back and enjoyed even more on their headphones. Sennheiser has worked with GoPro to offer a microphone to add onto the GoPro for great audio recording (MKE 2 microphone). Also they've come up with a microphone that can be used with your iPhone to get a much superior audio recording (ClipMic Digital). They also introduced the HandMic Digital, which is a high grade mic that is built for portable recording applications such as podcasts, etc.



Sennheiser MKE 2 Mic, ClipMic Digital, and HandMic Digital Microphones
 


If you'd like to see more prictures from Sennheiser at CES 2017 check out our photo gallery.

Audio Technica @ CES 2017

Audio Technica has a couple new products that they are proudly showing off at CES 2017. If you are unfamiliar with Audio Technica, they are the makers or high end audio equipment and offer a full array of products to fit your budget. 

A couple new headsets caught our attention, the DSR7BT and the DSR9BT. By looking at the model numbers it won't be too tough to notice the biggest addition to these headphones are the addition of Bluetooth. In addition to the Audio Technica sound quality you'd expect, you can also get up to 15 hours of wireless usage on these headsets.



Audio Technica ATH-DSR7BT and ATH-DSR9BT Headphones


Audio Technica also has a couple of other refreshes on their headphone and earbud lineups as well as they've got a couple new turntable products (specifically the AT-LP3) that feature high-end performance for a surprisingly affordable price.

If you'd like to see more pictures from our Audio Technica visit @ CES 2017, make sure to check out of picture gallery.

 

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