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Netgear @ CES 2016

Today we stopped by Netgear and got the full tour of their new products for 2016. Netgear has been busy and have come up with some great new additions to their product lineups.

On the home router front, the Nighthawk routers have been very popular for Netgear thanks to the great features and performance they offer. Netgear is expanding this lineup to include the Nighthawk X4S AC2600, Nighthawk X6 AC3200, and the Nighthawk X8 AC5300. The X4S and the X8 both have won "Best of CES 2016" awards which Netgear is obviously very happy about. With these new additions to the Nighthawk lineup, Netgear is giving consumers a ton of options when it comes to their home networking needs. The Nighthawk routers are extremely "feature-rich" and as more and more features continue to be added to new models like the X4S and the X8, Netgear is also making sure that with a simple firmware update you'll be able to add these software features to older Nighthawk routers which is nice to see.




Netgear is also showing off their full lineup of ReadyNAS devices at CES 2016. Netgear has quite the extensive lineup of NAS devices that range from 2-bay home devices all the way up to devices that are build for business use. Basically Netgear has a device for everyone and you should be able to find one that fits your needs very easily. The very cool thing about all of the ReadyNAS devices is that even the devices at the low end of the product range all have high end features like Netgears ReadyCLOUD which allows you to access and share your data as easily as services like Google Drive and Dropbox but allows you way more flexibility and control and won't take a technology degree to setup. There are a lot of options in the NAS market but Netgear has done a great job bringing a full lineup of affordable devices to market that still have great features. You can check out some of Netgear's NAS devices over here at their website.



Netgear has also made additions to their home networking lineup with some new powerline networking devices, new cable modems, and a whole bunch of smart home products. If you'd like to see some more pictures from our visit to Netgear, check out our CES 2016 photo gallery.


LG @ CES 2016

We had the chance to stop by and check out what LG has planned for 2016 and it looks like they are going to have a busy year with the sheer number of new products they are showing off. We covered LG's CES 2016 press conference a couple days ago and now finally had the chance to see the products they featured up close. (You can check out our coverage over here).


LG has a bunch of new products spread across multiple product lines and in their computer monitor lineup the LG 34UC98-W 34" UltraWide WQHD IPS Curved LED monitor is one that catches the eye very easily. This monitor is just plain impressive and LG stuck three of them side by side for the gamers dream setup. For more on this monitor check out LG's CES gallery.


LG also has a full lineup of mobile accessories that have a few new models being added to them this year. LG has a few new Bluetooth speakers as well as Bluetooth headsets and keyboards aimed at the mobile user. The LG KBB-700 Rolly keyboard is one accessory that really caught our eye as its a full QWERTY keyboard that can be rolled up for easy portability. The feel of the keyboard is much better than many other "portable" keyboard we've seen in the past, yet it still is extremely portable when rolled up. For a closer look at the LG Rolly keyboard check out LG's CES gallery.


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.


Rosewill @ CES 2016

Like many other companies, Rosewill’s 2015 wasn’t super strong. They are looking, however, to make a really strong push in 2016. To aid in this they brought back the Hercules PSU series in gold edition and upped the standard on two other lines of PSUs so that very few are below silver standard. 

Rosewill PSUs

They also brought three cases to CES, The B2 Spirit and the Nighthawk 117 being the first two. The B2 Spirit is a little redesigned from its previous version while the Nighthawk 117 is a brand new case that takes the best features from two of their more popular cases. The third and final case was the Gungnir which incorporated some new design aspects. They also brought along some awesome sounding speakers, some new and updated case fans along with a really great PC tool kit that also comes in handy when needing to bend your glasses back in place.


Please feel free to check out other Day 1 images in the gallery here.

Dell / Alienware @ CES 2016

Dell, a mainstay at CES, was back with some awesome products again this year; one being the alienware steambox with the steam controller. The demo had portal'esc type game running and was very smooth to run with pretty decent graphics. The controller was something that one would have to get used to as the thumbs would be used on trackpad-like surfaces for aiming and certain movements.

They also released some thin and small alienware laptops with OLED screens which looked pretty stunning. This year, Dell brought some new business class laptops of the latitude series along with two new 2-in-1 tablets with USB Type-C ports; one of which sports a 4K UHD screen. The sleek and professional looking tablets will come with keyboards when they hit the market in February.


Please be sure to check out all the pictures from our Dell stop, and other Day 1 pictures here.


AMD @ CES 2016

AMD usually know as the little brother to other companies could well have just made themselves very relevant again in the tech market. Here at CES 2016 they just released their game changing 14nm FinFET Polaris GPU architecture and boy do the results look impressive. The pictures and videos of it might not do it justice compared to actually looking at it in person.


With this technology AMD is placing the bar high with HDR. SDR caps out about 100 nits (definition of nit explained here) or so while with AMD's new technology HDR will cap out around 1k-2k nits. Only time will tell how well this new tech fairs but if it’s anything like the first impression, things will really start looking up for AMD.

AMD Power!

More information on their roadmap can be found here.

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



ADATA @ CES 2016

ADATA was back as CES again this year and brought a couple new things to the show. One of the new items on the docket was a waterproofed external HDD that is formated for MacOS. They also introduced an i-Memory Lightning Flash Drive with the normal USB port along with a lightning connecort for iPhones. The new flash drive also supports UHD 4k video and audio.

To round out the new products ADATA also released some XPG S1 DDR4 2800 memory with XMP profile 2.0 that runs at DDR 3869. There were some Dazzle versions of the XPG memory but those have not been released for the consumer as of yet.

Make sure to check out all of the images from our ADATA stop and other Day 1 pictures here.

Lenovo Broke a Tile Floor with their Phone

This is a teaser from the end of the full Lenovo video that we'll have posted soon. In the meantime, check out the ceramic tile floor that Lenovo broke with their Droid Turbo II.



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.

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