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Plextor and LiteOn @ CES 2016

Here at BCCHardware we've been testing both LiteOn and Plextor products for many years all the way back to their optical media drive days. Both LiteOn and Plextor have evolved over the years and now both focus heavily on SSD technology and both offer a wide variety of SSD products. LiteOn is more focused on the OEM markets while the Plextor brand is more focused on selling to the end user but with both brands being owned by the same compan, the technology is able to be shared between brands and both brands benefit greatly from that.


One of the new products from Plextor this year on display is their new M8Pe NVME SSD drive. This PCIe drive will features up to 2200 MB/s sequential read and up to 1500 MB/s sequential write speeds while achieving 270k Read and 150k Write IOPS using the Marvell 88SS1093 controller. In addition, you'll also get some exclusive technologies from Plextor like their PlexTurbo 3 software that will add extra functionality and let you squeeze even more performance out of this already crazy fast drive. the M8Pe will be shipping in capacities up to 1TB and will features Plextor's 5 year warranty.


For more information on LiteOn and their SSD lineup, head on over to LiteOnSSD.com. For more information on Plextor and their products, check out GoPlextor.com.


Please check out all of our images from Day 1 at CES 2016 right here.

Mushkin @ CES 2016

We had the chance today to stop by and chat with the guys from Mushkin about what they've got in store for 2016. Mushkin of course made a name for themselves in computer memory but have expanded their product lineup in recent years to include other flash memory product, included but not limited to SSD's. Mushkin's SSD lineup has been very popular thanks to some very aggressive pricing and great reliability and not happy to stop there they've got some big plans for the upcoming year. 

On the value side, Mushkin was showing off their new TRIACTOR and ECO3 SSD drives. Both of these drives will be TLC drives and will initially be available in 240GB and 480GB capacities with larger capacities to be added later. The ECO3 will be a Newegg exclusive (and the successor to the popular ECO2 drives) and the TRIACTOR will be available globally. The final details and specs for both these drives are in the final stages right now but Muskin is very excited about how they will be priced and are confident that their price and performance will be tough to beat.


On the higher end of the spectrum, Mushkin will be releasing their new Striker and Reactor SSD drives. Both of these drives will features MLC technology and as shown in the picture below, will be available in capacities up to 2TB. More information on both of these drives can be found over at Mushkin's website.


If you'd like to see more from Mushkin and all of their product lineups, head on over to poweredbymushkin.com.

Please check out all of our images from Day 1 at CES 2016 right here.



Lenovo @ CES 2016

Lenovo is pulling out all the stops for CES 2016 with an impressive 21 different product announcements. From desktops to laptops, from tablets to mobile devices, Lenovo has something for everyone.

Products like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon are updated versions of popular models, adding new features and options like a 2K (2560 x 1440) screen in addition to some nice performance increases as well. More on the ThinkPad X1 can be found over here.

The X1 Tablet from Lenovo is a product that features some options that we've never seen offered by tablet manufacturers. The X1 Tablet allows you to add modules onto the tablet that will give you additional battery life (up to 5 additional hours), increased connectivity options, or even add a Pico projector onto your tablet. The X1 Tablet is a truly unique product and you can find out more about it over at Lenovo's website.


Also featured at Lenovo's booth was the new offering by Motorola, the Droid Turbo 2. Lenovo acquired Motorola a while back and this was the first chance we were able to see them together at CES 2016. The biggest feature that the Droid Turbo 2 features is a shatterproof display (in addition to being waterproof). As shown in our video, the demo phone had been dropped time and time again (we got a bit carried away and dropped it face down a good 15 times). The phone had been dropped so many times that it actually broke a tile on the floor, yet the phone screen still remained intact. More information on the Droid Turbo 2 can be found over here at Motorola's site.


We were only able to cover a few products in our coverage as Lenovo and Motorola have tons of new models and products this year. If you'd like to see more from Lenovo, check out their website over here. If you'd like to see more on the mobile side of things, check out Motorola's websites over here.

As you can probably gather, Lenovo is excited about 2016 and their new products and we are looking forward to getting our hands on them in the future.

Please check out all of our images from Day 1 at CES 2016 right here.

Thermaltake @ CES 2016

CES 2016 is in full swing and one of the stops that we look forward to each year is Thermaltake. One of the reasons that Thermaltake is always on our CES schedule is because they've always got a whole bunch of new products that they use CES to showcase, this year is no different.


Thermaltake is showing off their new Core cases that fall into the new Thermaltake Premium lineup and it's hard to miss these cases because they are massive and give you more than enough room to house whatever system you can dream up as well as the option to customize them in many different ways. In addition to a bunch of new cases, Thermaltake also has a whole bunch of new watercooling kits and accessories that will help you make any system look professional. Thermaltake's eSports lineup also has added a few new products, as well as their power supplies have added some new bells and whistles that enthusiasts will be very interested in.


More information on Thermaltake and some of their announcements can be found at their website.

Please check out the pictures from Press Day (the day we visited Thermaltake) right here. 


Kia Press Conference @ CES 2016

Kia’s press conference was short and sweet as they were only really covering one main topic today, a fully autonomous driving vehicle. By 2020 they look to have partially autonomous vehicles ready to go and by 2030 they want to have fully autonomous hitting the market. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is the current technology they are working on for the partially autonomous vehicles. Some of the features of the current ADAS technologies are Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning System, and Lane Keep Assist Systems. There are limitations to this technology and for some drivers these limitations could become “annoying” as talked about at the press conference. 



For the drivers that feel these limitations are annoying, Kia is working on a Drive Wise system which is the technology that they are looking to use for fully autonomous cars and without the limitations that the ADAS technology has. The goal is for a vehicle to drive to another location with no driver inside and to try to achieve this goal Kia will be investing 2 billions dollars by 2018.

You can check out all the images from Press Day right here.

Samsung Press Conference @ CES 2016

Samsung always has a lot of flash at CES and this year was no different. We'd just come from the LG press conference so we had a few guesses on what Samsung would be big on showing. Jason thought their big push might be Samsung Pay, Eric knew it would be about TVs of some sort, while I held true to 8K TVs. 

We were all sort of wrong. They spent as much time talking about their new appliances as they did TVs, and wearables. That's not always a bad thing, but it is different than it was a few years ago. Mobile World Congress gets all the mobile releases, and CES is now relegated to other electronics. While the fridge and washing machine used to be considered appliances, these days they are much more than that. LG's fridge could tint - allowing you to see what was inside, while the Samsung fridge comes equipped with internal cameras to take pictures of your food and display them on the outside. That way, you don't have to open the fridge to see what you want to eat. It says energy - in theory, but retraining yourself will be different. Also the food inventory idea makes it easier to have your smart fridge recommend food items that you need to pickup. All I want is something to keep my Cherry Pepsi cold.


While TVs weren't the big thing, they were still a thing and it kind of hard right now to get excited about 4K. They look great. OLED is amazing, but the content simply isn't widely available. Samsung is going to be offering a 4K Blu-Ray player later this year to address the issue, but right now, 4K has limited content. That's why Samsung only mentioned 8K available later this year. 

One item that made a bit of a surprise announcement this year was the Galaxy TabPro S. This is a 2-in-1 tablet that offers a great Windows 10 experience. It will ship with either Windows 10 Home or Pro - depending on your configuration and comes with 4GB of RAM and either a 128GB or 256GB SSD option. With a large battery (5,200mAh), it should power the 12" 2160x1440 screen for a day. The best way to think of this, is to consider it a Microsoft Surface Pro 4.2 machine.


Their TVs look great - as does the rest of their product line. With the brand loyalty and the quality that Samsung offers, I'm sure they will do very well.

You can check out all the images from Press Day right here.

LG Press Conference @ CES 2016

LG kicked off CES 2016 with their press conference where they unveiled a few new products that should have consumers drooling. 

Obviously at CES the companies that make TV's are wanting to show off their 4K offerings. LG has a few new models that are using their 4K OLED technology which is pretty impressive to see up close. LG has quite a few new 4K models, but their OLED65E6P was on display front and center thanks to its stylish bezel-less design. Of course it also features all the smart features that you've come to expect from high-end LG TV's, but the fact that it's only 2.57 millimeters thick (about the depth of 5 credit cards stacked on each other) really propels this model onto the wish list of many people. The OLED65E6P is part of LG's Signiture Collection which is their new word for "Flagship".

LG also has a 97 inch 4K OLED TV they are showing off this year at their booth which will be handy if you need TV to take up the entire wall in your living room. 

Oh, and just to up the ante a little, they've also got an 8K model (98UH9800) which if you can afford and get content for, will be the envy of everyone one of your friends.



LG is of course more than just a TV maker and they showcased a couple of their appliances today. As part of their 'Signature' lineup, the LG Signature refrigerator offers features like "Auto Door", which allows you to open the door of the fridge automatically by waving your foot in front of it in case your hands are full. Another feature is their "Knock-On" panel on the front which allows you to knock on the glass panel and then the glass become transparent so you can see what is in the fridge without having to open the door. Both of these features are quite unique and are only available on the LG Signature Refrigerator but maybe one day will be available on other models.

LG Appliances


If you'd like to see more on these announcements, you can check out LG's CES 2016 page with more information on their announcements as well as the option to watch the press conference for yourself.


You can check out all of our Press Day pictures here.

CES 2016

These next few days are going to be amazing, full, tiring, exciting, cool and absolutely fantastic. We are at CES once again this year and will be kicking off Press Day today with some really nifty hardware, software, automotive and wearable conferences. Stay tuned for some great CES coverage - in pictures and video over the next week. It will be fantastic!


7 Gamers All on One Computer

If you have an extra $30,000 you may want to attempt this build. This build would also work for a crowded dormitory where you all want a computer but can't afford to each have a killer gaming rig. It's pretty amazing that one PC can handle this much through virtualization.

Source: LinusTechTips (YouTube)

PlayStation Network Down Most of January 4

Sony hasn't had a very good track record over the last few years with their PlayStation Network. It was down yesterday morning and stayed down all day. Sony issued a statement on Twitter 6-8 hours after the network went down - stating that they were having issues. At this point, they aren't saying whether their was a security breach or not, but I'm hoping they weren't affected by the Ransomware we posted about yesterday. I'm sure your data is fine... Really...

PlayStation Network, and other online services, have found themselves increasingly targeted by various hacking groups and DDoS attackers, enraging gamers everywhere. No hacking groups have claimed responsibility and Sony is not yet stating the reason for why PSN is down, so we'll have to wait for an official comment from the company once it is able to restore service.

Source: Neowin

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