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Rosewill @ CES 2013

Rosewill was at CES again this year in force.  They have a huge presence in the USA with Newegg.com.  In Canada, they have the same saturation with Newgg.ca, but in Canada Newegg doesn't have the same dominance.  After checking out the products that Rosewill is offering, I think that people should be a little more willing to give them a shot.  One of their products that they showed that will appeal to gamers.  They were in fact one of the first companies to market with a mechanical keyboard and this year, they've brough dual-LED illumination to their keyboards.  It doesn't have a robust software pack, and that's what I love about this idea.  It's all done is hardware and you can switch between the two colors and multiple modes for a personal experience.  They ne wHelios RK-9200 Dual LED keyboards come with Cherry MX Switches in Blue, Red, Brown and Black.

Rosewill Keyboards

 

Rosewill has a new case called the Throne that is their new flagship case.  This case will MSRP at $179 they estimate and be available later in March.  It's a pretty number and is very large.  Rosewill also says they plan on pushing their networking brand a little harder this year.  They aren't jumping into the 802.11ac pool yet, but they have some mainstream and higher-end 802.11n Dual-Band routers that offer the typical 450Mbps speeds - and do so at a lower price.  Also in their networking repitoire are some powerline products.  They have both 200Mbps and 500Mbps products.  We will be looking at some of these in the near future - and are going to kick it off with the 500Mbps gear.

 

Rosewill does a ton of other products including HDMI cables, Infrared Thermometers, Security Cameras and a lot more.  For more images, please check out our CES 2013 Gallery here. We've divided it up into different days to make things easier!

Next Gen Xbox Rumors

Most Xbox fans are already looking forward to see what Microsoft has in store for the Xbox 360's replacement. So far some of the rumors we've been hearing haven't been the greatest, mainly since it is being reported that you won't be able to play used games (or loan your friends you games) as they will only be allowed to be registered once on one system. That rumor is still out there and now it is being rumored that you will need an internet connection if you want to use your system which as expected isn't getting gamers very excited. Kotaku has more details on these rumors.

 

A new Edge report suggests that Microsoft's next Xbox gaming console, code-named Durango, will require an Internet connection to use. It also won't be able to play used games, Edge says.

We have not been able to confirm the veracity of this new report, which claims that Durango discs will ship with one-time-use activation codes that render them irrelevant to anyone but the person who first uses them.

OCZ @ CES 2014

We had the chance to stop by and catch up with OCZ here at CES 2014. As you might already know, OCZ had a rough 2013 and is currently in the process of being acquired by Toshiba. OCZ Vertex and Vector drives traditionally have been using Micron flash memory inside them, however, that will be changing soon as OCZ will be begin using Toshiba flash memory in their new Vertex 460 SSD and they are saying that this move could really help improve performance which has everyone at OCZ excited. At this point we don't have any numbers but when the lineup and new models are finalized the performance numbers will be released. Stay tuned to BCCHardware as we will taking a look at these new drives down the road and we will see just how much performance they were able to gain.



OCZ Vertex and Vector SSD Lineup

 

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

 

Windows "Threshold" To Win Over Win7 Users

We found a little information lately that outlines Microsoft's marketing plan to win over Windows 7 users and get them to upgrade. While Windows 8.1 Update 1 was supposed to do this, it didn't bring back a real Start menu (the Start button doesn't count when it takes you to the same useless interface), the rumor is that Update 2 won't bring that feature either. In fact, Windows 9 (aka "Threshold") will be bringing a single SKU that has different options baked in. If you install it on a tablet, it will behave much differently that on a desktop. This is a good idea, but if Windows users have to wait another year for a usable desktop OS, they may just move a different direction and away from Microsoft.

Users running Threshold on a desktop/laptop will get a SKU, or version, that puts the Windows Desktop (for running Win32/legacy apps) front and center. Two-in-one devices, like the Lenovo Yoga or Surface Pro, will support switching between the Metro-Style mode and the Windowed mode, based on whether or not keyboards are connected or disconnected.

Source: ZDNet

The OUYA has M.O.J.O.

Mad Catz's gaming platform the M.O.J.O, is a Tegra 4 box that runs Android and has recently received an update. “What is this update?” you ask. In addition to support for 4K UHD resolution, it now includes OUYA as an App! This is yet another reason why we won't see an OUYA 2 and why it as a platform is dead and gone.

M.O.J.O. owners now have instant access to the OUYA app. OUYA has hundreds of incredible games which are configured to work perfectly with M.O.J.O.’s C.T.R.L.R gamepad.  Many OUYA games are award-winning exclusives which you can’t buy anywhere else!

Source: Madcatz

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