LG Booth Tour at CES 2016

We have posted the video that accompanied our CES 2016 coverage from the LG booth. Check out the full article here - but you can simply enjoy the video below.

Lian Li at CES 2017

Lian Li came back to CES 2017 with a few updates for their exciting products including USB 3.1 support via a module designed to be mounted to the rear of many of their tower cases. They also showed off some USB-C cables that work with current motherboards and bring this to your favorite last-generation Lian Li box.

One of their big debuts was the update to the  DK-04 adjustable table that also is able to house a pair of systems. The DK-04 could hold one system, but this standing desk is large enough to hold two systems and two employees could easily work at the same time. It's a monstrous beauty that I think everyone that stopped by asked if they were sending out review samples. The price to entry is a little steep at around $1800, but you have to keep in mind that in addition to being a unique and gorgeous Lian Li case, it's also an electric height-adjustable standing desk.

Lian Li


They've done a bit of work redesigning some of their cases to look a bit more modern and have added metal mesh accents to cases such as the upcoming PC-V3000, but one of the nicest cases overall that they have is the PC-09WX.  It's almost a cube case and has tempered glass, all aluminum build and tons of room, along with incredible looks. It's one of my favorites, but the image below doesn't do it justice.



For the DIY and hardware tester, they are working on a new test-bench that looks incredible. It answers pretty much all the questions, needs and desires of a hardware reviewer including a cover so temperature testing is now relevant. Previous test platforms have been open-air and while that makes it easy to swap hardware, temperature testing and load performance weren't comparable when put in a closed case. This new platform fills that need - and does it with a magnetic Plexiglas cover. It's super simple to use and configure however you need.

Test Bench


Lian Li has some great products already and there are some absolute gems in the works right now. Many of these products will be available here in the next month or two and we are excited to work with them more as they have absolute top-notch products.

For more images from our Lian Li visit, please check the gallery here. Also, you can view all of our CES coverage over here.

Bitcoin price surpasses gold

For the first time ever, the price of a single Bitcoin has surpassed the price of Gold. Thanks to a surge today on the Bitcoin market, single Bitcoins have hit just under $1,300 USD in comparison to Gold which is trading in the $1,225 range. Obviously the fluctuation in the Bitcoin market is far bigger than the Gold market but it just goes to show that Bitcoin has become a very interesting playing in the currency markets. The Globe and Mail have more on this story.

Bitcoin jumped to a new high Friday, a day after soaring past the price of an ounce of gold for the first time.

One unit of the virtual currency was trading above $1,292.71 at 7:30 a.m. in New York, compared with $1,226.89 for an ounce of gold. The metal’s had a terrible week, declining for the fourth time in five days.

The latest surge in bitcoin’s value has been attributed to tighter currency restrictions in countries such as China, India and Venezuela, as well as speculation about prospects under the Trump administration.

Sony at CES 2018

In my opinion, Sony won CES 2018 this year when it comes to main consumer electronics. They seem to be trying to return to their roots to bring great quality products, some extra innovation and a polished overall experience to the user. The started off by showing us their new TVs - as does all the big electronics manufacturers. Sony is doing something a little different with their models this year though. They don't have speakers - and you don't need a soundbar. Instead, the use several transducers sandwiched between a support bracket and pushed against the back of the glass OLED panel. The result is a very impressive sound experience that was easily audible over the roar of the show floor. What's more impressive is the posititional effect they manage to pull off. They can reproduce sound on the side of the TV where the noise is coming from - giving it a "stereo-on-'roids" feeling and it works quite well.



They also showed off a new intermediate glass-tube speaker from a design that they showed off years ago, but never brought to the masses due to the high costs. This is a pretty cool product and it is a full 360° speaker that looks like a functional art piece.

Glass 360° Speaker


One other thing that was pretty cool was their new laser projector. It starts up and runs full brightness within 5 seconds and has something like 30,000 hours of laser life - before you see ANY degradation. It can put out a 150-inch image when placed only 8-inches from a wall. When placed 3-inches from a wall, you still get an incredible 90-inch image. This will cost over $30,000 at launch and before you gasp and start complaining, remember that the focus of this product is at 100-inch or larger panels - which cost considerably more. Also the projector is much easier to ship and install than a 140-inch LED display.

Sony also showed off Bluetooth speakers that are capable to sync with a total of 100 speakers for an incredible block-party. Also, they showed off their new noise-cancelling headphones, neckband earphones and true wireless solutions as well. As always, Sony has lots of nice stuff, but this year they seriously upped their game with transducer panels and some incredible short-throw projector goodness.


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