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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

Edge at CES 2017

Edge is a new company to us here at BCCHardware, but they've been around for quite a few years actually. They are a subsidiary of Avant Technology (as is Mushkin), but Edge products are geared more toward business users and high-reliability operations. While the DRAM chips, basic design and controllers are often identical between Mushkin products and Edge products, Edge focuses their firmware and power regulation toward higher reliability rather than raw performance. Don't get me wrong, their performance is still excellent, but with power-fail capacitors on board as well as better provisioning and wear leveling algorithms, Edge certainly is geared toward the business user.


Edge PFX3

 

At CES, Edge showed off their new PFX3 drive that includes power failure protection and still offers capacities up to 1TB. Not only do these drives offer 256-bit AES encryption, they also come backed with a 5-year warranty - not many SSDs offer that long of a guaranteed service life. On the 3D-NAND side of the 2.5-inch form-factor coin are the eMerge 3D SSDs. They have two different versions of this drive with the eMerge 3D-V using 3D TLC NAND flash while the non-V version using 3D MLC NAND. The non-V drive also has a slightly slower speed, but a longer warranty.

eMerge

 

Their "NextGen" M.2 PCIe SSD is a beast. It uses 3D MLC NAND flash and an external DRAM module for buffering. It's a full double-sided 2280 module that uses 4x PCIe 3.0 lanes to make things happen rather quickly. While other companies have a very similar drive for their enthusiast systems, Edge caters once again to their business customers and offers a few of their features to keep the product more reliable. Still, the drive is rated at a mere 2.5GB/sec read speed with a 1.1GB/sec write speed. Keep in mind that this drive supports ECC functions, StaticDataRefresh and is also backed with Edge's 5-year warranty. 

NextGen

 

If you want to check out more images from our Day 3 coverage at CES 2017, please be sure to check out the gallery here, as well as our entire coverage of CES 2017 right here.

Also, you can check out Edge Memory's site here.

Amazon gets fined for misleading pricing

Amazon has got hit with a $1 million dollar fine up here in Canada for pulling some misleading pricing. Basically they were upping the MSRP and then discounting it making it look like you were getting more of a deal than you actually were. Amazon of course isn't the only retailer online that does this, however, they were one that got caught and now its going to cost them. ReCode has more on this story.

Some deals are too good to be true. And, for Amazon, they will cost the company.

A Canadian enforcement agency announced today that Amazon Canada will pay a $1 million fine for what could be construed as misleading pricing practices.

The investigation centered on the practice of Amazon displaying its prices compared to higher “list prices” — suggested manufacturer prices (MSRPs) designed as marketing gimmicks to make people think they are getting a deal, even though it’s often the case that no shopper ever pays that price.

Nintendo Switch

We've finally got some details about the Nintendo Switch console thanks to a new conference from Nintendo today. While there are still a few questions about the console we did find out that the switch will be a 720p experience on the tablet (1080p when hooked to your TV) and is being powered by a custom Tegra CPU from NVIDIA. The amount of storage space isn't huge (32GB) but you'll be able to add more storage via microSD cards. All of this will run you $299 USD at launch which is probably a low enough price to get a few people to get in the pre-order line. The Verge has a few more details.

In addition to the wealth of news surrounding the Switch that Nintendo announced at its Tokyo event tonight, we finally got some concrete details on the hardware specifications of Nintendo’s latest console.

The Nintendo Switch device offers a 6.2-inch, 720p multitouch display that runs at a 1280 x 720 resolution when used in a handheld mode. When docked, the Switch is capable of outputting full 1080p visuals through an HDMI connection to an attached TV. Nintendo says that the Switch runs off a custom Nvidia Tegra processor, but hasn’t released more specific details.

Lian Li @ CES 2013

Lian Li was at CES once again this year and they brought a few interesting chassis to the show.  By interesting, I mean a beast, a thermal guru and a train.  Let's start with the beast.  The PC-D8000.  This case supposts the largest motherboards possible and complies to the HPTX standard.  Even with a motherboard as large as 15" x 13.6", you still will have room for 20 (that's right, twenty) 3.5" HDDs.  In addition to that, it has four USB 3.0 ports on the front and all of the other awesome features we've come to expect from the all-aluminum case manufacturer, Lian Li.

PC-D8000 Big Front

 

The PC-V850 is a case that is coming in the near future (hopefully) and it offers the standard Lian Li quality with a bit of a different way to manage thermal issues.  Once the side panel is on, the air intake comes from the rear and the deflector ensures that you are not sucking in hot air from the rear exhaust.  The chassis is sectioned off into several areas that are compartmentalized so that different components don't heat up each other.

 

The last and oddest thing that we've seen from Lian Li is the train PC case.  We've seen some pretty odd cases, that included sea shells, horses and a yeti, but we've never seen a moving train PC.  There is not much else to be said about this.

Lian Li Train

Please check out the gallery for more pictures from the Lian Li booth.

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