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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!

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.

 

Smartphone Now #1 Screen

While this next report from Marketing Land might not be the most official or accurate report of all time it does bring up an interesting fact. According to this report the Smartphone has surpassed the TV as the #1 screen in most people's lives that consumes the most time per day. Apparently the average person spends 151 minutes a day on their phone and 147 minutes watching their TV. Laptop/Computers comes in 3rd with 103 minutes with tablets getting 43 minutes a day. I think more than anything else, shouldn't the question be, does anyone go outside anymore?

A report released this week by Millward Brown takes a quantitative and qualitative look at multiscreen activity from a number of perspectives. The report is based on a global survey (n=12,000 respondents, 30 countries). The US sample was 444 people, with some behavioral monitoring and interviews.

Lepow Moonstone 6000mAh Power Bank

We have just posted up our review of the Lepow Moonstone 6000mAh Power Bank. This is a dual-USB battery that allows you to charge at either 1.0Amp or 2.1Amp. It seems to work as advertised and comes with a few extras so if you need some extra value, this may be the portable battery that fits your needs. Please take a look at our review for all the details.

Overall, I'm somewhat pleased with the Lepow Moonstone 6000mAh. It does what it says it will do and unlike companies that we dealt with a few years ago, they don't lie on their performance numbers. In the early days of portable batteries, companies would rate their mAh rating based on a 1.2v load but when you up the output voltage to 5v, you'd get only about 25% of what they claimed. Thankfully Lepow is honest and the math shows that you get what you are paying for.

Lepow

Is the Start Menu coming back?

Microsoft was showing off some new Apps that they are going to have that will work on both Windows and Xbox and was hoping that would get people talking. Instead the thing that most got people excited was the teasing of a possible return of the Start Menu like we all know it in an upcoming Windows 8.1 update. The Start Menu that was being teased has a little bit of a twist to it with the addition of live tiles on the side which could be a great combo. Engadget has more details.

As a part of its Build 2014 announcements, Microsoft showed off an interesting twist on its classic Start Menu. Coming to Windows 8.1 in a future update, it has the look of the Start Menu Windows users have experienced for years, but adds the Live Tiles Microsoft has been pushing as a part of Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

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