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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.

Apple Announced Watch and Phones

Yesterday was Apple's big event of the year and this year it was in fact all about big stuff. They have dropped their idea that there is a "perfect screen" size (they believed for years that it was 3.5-inch), and have moved up to larger screens for a while. They moved from 3.5-inch to 4-inch and now have pulled off two new phones with 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch screen. There are a few other bits that are new-ish, but most of them have been done before and been done a while ago. On the watch side of things, Apple joined the bandwagon way too late and they aren't really bringing much special to the table here either - unfortunately. I was really hoping they'd push things to the limit and make everyone step up their game. They didn't. That being said, their devices today sure look pretty and if that's your thing, you should check out the links below.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feature a 64-bit Apple A8 chip built on a 20nm manufacturing process, which the company has claimed, offers 25% more CPU power and 50% more GPU power. Apple's A8 SoC comes coupled with the M8 co-processor which has an onboard barometer to assist various health tracking activities such as steps. The devices support 20 LTE bands and would work with majority of networks worldwide.

Sources: Neowin, Engadget

Microsoft strikes a deal with the NFL

Microsoft has dropped $400 Million bucks over 5 years to become the official tablet of the NFL. Now on the sidelines of NFL games you will see players and coaches using Surface tablets as part of this sponsorship deal. Nothing about this deal is out of the ordinary in terms of sponsorship deals, however, in week one of the new NFL season on two separate occasions, announcers make fun of the Surface tablets and mistaking call them iPads. This probably isn't what Microsoft was envisioning when they dropped $400 Million bucks. BusinessInsider has the details.

Prior to the season, Microsoft and the NFL struck a 5-year, $400 million deal with one of the major components being that the Microsoft Surface would become "the official tablet of the NFL" with coaches and players using the Surface on the sidelines during games.
 

But Microsoft and the league ran into a problem during week one of the season when at least two television announcers mistakenly referred to the tablets as iPads giving a huge rival some unexpected exposure.

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