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Edifier @ CES 2013

One of our last stops at CES was at the Edifier booth.  This Chinese company makes some interesting products that offer really unique designs but still manage to pull off some pretty decent performance and quality.  Traditional speaker purists will tell you that the speaker cabinet must be made from wood and have a lot of specifications to enable good sound, but Edifier continues to break the mold and offer products with very unique designs that still sound rather nice.

One of the products of CES 2012 that we picked as our "Best of Show" was the Edifier Spinnaker speakers, and even though these are more than a year old, these speakers still catch your eye and your ear in terms of looks and performance.  The original red ones looked like the horns from some beast and they've expanded their lineup to include a lot more different colors.  These speakers are still some of my favorite products at the show again, and with the large color selection you can even snag a set that is a bit more muted if you don't want to scare away small children.

Spinnaker

 

The other speakers that looked really interesting and sounded very good as well was the Eclipse.  These speakers have a very unique dual radiator design at the rear that helps project the sound to fill the room.  These really aren't that large, but even in a horrible venue like the LVCC, we noted that the sound was very good.  These speakers are quite directional as well and this will work great for PC speakers - and that's what Edifier has in mind.

Edifier Design

 

 

We have lots more pictures from our last day at the show.  Go check them out here, and our full list of coverage here.

ROCCAT Pure White Kone Giveaway

If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, we may just have the thing for you. BCCHardware and WeeklyTechUpdate have teamed up with ROCCAT to give away their brand-new Kone Pure White mouse! This mouse is their flagship mouse and they've released a white version for the winter season. Let's face it, everyone has a black mouse, but a white one like this really stands out. The Kone Pure White is an absolutely fantastic mouse.

Kone Pure

From ROCCAT:

Go pure wild with the limited edition color versions of the ROCCAT™ Kone Pure, issued to celebrate the five year anniversary since the game-changing ROCCAT™ Kone was released – paving the way for an award-winning series of mice. The Kone series includes some of the most successful gaming mice ever made, and has pioneered breakthrough design innovations such as Easy-Shift[+]™, Talk®, and Talk® FX – and tons more.

With legendary Kone blood running through its veins, the limited edition Kone Pure is available in four killer colors – combining jaw-dropping design with the gaming performance only ROCCAT™ can deliver.

Adding to the original black Kone Pure, the mouse will be available in these awesome styles: Phantom White, Inferno Orange, Hellfire Red, and Polar Blue – so you can unleash your choice of koneage.

Kone Top

Giveaway Details:

This contest will run until 11:59pm, December 31, 2013. At that time we'll draw a random name from participants. How do you participate? Check the details below.

  1. Go "Like" our Facebook Page (Counts as 3 Entries)
  2. Go "+1" our Google+ Page (Counts as 3 Entries)
  3. Go "Like" ROCCAT's Facebook Page (Counts as 3 Entries)
  4. Follow ROCCAT on Twitter (Counts as 3 Entries)
  5. Comment in the thread at the bottom of this post (Counts as 4 Entries)
  6. Every comment in the forum at BCCHardware will gain you an additional entry.  There is no limit as to how many times you can comment (enter).
  7. Winner will be notified on BCCHardware, on our Facebook page as well as our Google+ page.
  8. Shipping is 100% free and the contest is open for North American residents only.

 

If you've already liked our Facebook page and follow +1'd our Google Plus page, please post that in the comments below so we can verify.

 

Good luck and many thanks to ROCCAT for helping us out with this!

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Samsung's Curved 105-in UHD TV & Galaxy Pro at CES 2014

We have a look at the massive and amazing 105-inch Samsung UHD TV at CES 2014 as well as the new "Pro" line of Samsung Galaxy Tablets and Note products. These are a huge step in the right direction and are setting the bar for the coming year.

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

Upcoming wearable technology

Smartwatches and VR headsets and pretty much any other type of wearable technology have been dominating the headlines for pretty much the entire year. Gadget Advisor has compiled a list of some of the most talked about upcoming wearable technology that you can expect to see hitting store shelves later this year.

Wearable technology has steadily been going mainstream, especially over these past two years. In fact, if you go by market figures, wearable technology may be the next big thing- just like smartphones were in 2008.To put it into perspective, the market value of wearable tech was a measly 6.3 million in 2010. In 2014, this valuegrew by leaps and bounds to reach a staggering (estimated) $ 5.1 billion.

A lot of money is going into research and development of wearable tech as well. Several companies have come up with a slew of outstanding wearable gadgets this year. Here’s a preview of 10 upcoming wearable technology gadgets that you can expect in 2014

PS4 and Xbox One are already dated

Crytek's engineers (the ones that just made Crysis 3) are pretty proud of their upcoming game looks on high end hardware, unfortunately they can't run it at full detail on the "next generation" consoles due to the "dated" hardware. It's not surprising that game makers are already making these comments as both the Xbox One and PS4 are both using regular computer components that aren't so impressive when you stack them up against "gaming" computers. I think the fact that consoles makers can't keep up with computer makers is probably a good thing for PC gamers who want the best graphics.

During this year’s SIGGRAPH, Crytek’s Nicolas Schulz and Theodor Mader finally admitted how much more powerful high-end PCs were compared to both current-gen consoles at launch. Obviously this isn’t surprising at all, but it’s at least good to see developers admitting what we already knew.

As Crytek’s Rendering Engineers revealed, when both Xbox One and PS4 were already dated the moment they came out.

“Console hardware was considerably less powerful than high-end PCs at launch” reads Crytek’s SIGGRAPH 2014 presentation.

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