Luxa2 @ CES 2014

We took at a look at some of the mobile products from Luxa2 and saw that they have embraced Qi wireless charging in ways that we wish other companies would. They have a few really nifty products and you can check them out in our CES 2014 coverage!


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

Monoprice at CES 2015 - More than just cables

CES 2015 continues to roll on and today we had the chance to stop by and see the folks at Monoprice and some of their new products they've introduced for the upcoming year. Monoprice was at one time best know for their cables and accessories, but they've continued to add new products, lots and lots of new products. Monoprice was proudly showing off their new 28" 60Hz 4K monitor. There have been a good number of 4k monitors hitting the market in recent months, however, Monoprice is offering theirs for $499 USD which is going to be tough to beat. 



In addition to Monoprice's new 28" 4K monitor, they were also showing off their 30" 2560x1440 which retails for about the same money. This panel has higher quality color reproduction which justifies the higher price-per-pixel.


New Versions of Windows 10

To make things easier for customers, Windows 10 is going to come in many different versions.

You'll be able to get the following flavors of Windows 10:

  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Mobile
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Windows 10 Education
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
  • Windows 10 IoT Core (for low cost, small footprint devices, eg. gateways)
  • Windows 10 Enterprise for Industry (devices like ATM's, Point of Sale Devices, etc.)
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise for Industry (devices like ATM's, Point of Sale Devices, etc.)

Quote from Microsoft:

We designed Windows 10 to deliver a more personal computing experience across a range of devices. An experience optimized for each device type, but familiar to all. Windows 10 will power an incredibly broad range of devices – everything from PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub. It will also power the world around us, core to devices making up the Internet of Things, everything from elevators to ATMs to heart rate monitors to wearables. No matter which Windows 10 device our customers use, the experience will feel comfortable, and there will be a single, universal Windows Store where they can find, try and buy Universal Windows apps.

Should be interesting to see how the multiple versions are received. For the average consumer there aren't too many choice outside of Home and Pro which isn't overly confusing but Microsoft has always taken some flak over too many versions which doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. You can read more about all of the versions over at Microsoft's Blog.

ZOTAC @ CES 2016

We had the chance today to get the full tour from ZOTAC of their new products for 2016 and they didn't disappoint as they've made a bunch of new product announcements for CES.

ZOTAC is pretty popular in the mini PC market thanks to the success of their ZBOX devices. ZOTAC is once again adding even more options to their already extensive lineup with devices like the ZOTAC PC stick, the ZBOX PICO, the ZBOX C Series, and they've even got a ZBOX that can now support 6 displays.

The ZBOX PC stick features a full Intel Cherry Trail system on a device that plugs straight into your HDMI port on your TV for a killer home entertainment system.

The ZBOX C Series features the new Intel Skylake CPU which offers some pretty impressive performance in the small ZBOX form factor. This is the most powerful ZBOX available and offers more performance while still being super small.


ZOTAC also offers a lineup of SSD products with one of the new addition in 2016 being a PCI-E SSD offering. The PCI-E SSD from ZOTAC is still a few months out but they are very excited at the performance numbers a drive like this will be capable of.

ZOTAC's Premium lineup of SSD drives now includes capacities of  240 and 480GBs. Their Premium SSD drives all feature Toshiba MLC NAND flash memory and are more than capable of giving your system a nice boost in performance.


For more information on ZOTAC's announcements at CES 2016 make sure to check out their website at www.zotac.com/us

If you'd like to see more of our coverage of ZOTAC's new products check out of CES 2016 Day 3 photo gallery for more from ZOTAC and all of our other coverage of CES 2016.

ROCCAT at CES 2017

ROCCAT's CES 2017 demo consisted of three intriguing mice, and their new mouse sensor technology The Owl-Eye, along with refreshes of two of their keyboards. The two keyboards that got refreshes are the Isku+ and the Isku+ Force FX. The Isku+ got some minor changes but the big one was the finish that surrounds the keyboard keys, as instead of the the glossy black finish that was a bit easy to scratch at times, the new finish is like the outer edges of the keyboard that has a more textured feel to it. The other significant change was the backlight for the keys; it’s more of a softer blue color now. The Isku+ Force FX got the same changes the Isku+ did but if also got the new pressure sensitive technology. This neat tech basically allows you to use the WASD keys as multiple keys, lets say a normal press of W would have you walking/running forward, well now a half press of the key could have you change stance while a full press could move you forward in the new stance. Another option would be for games that have lean buttons, a player could lean left on a half press of A while a full press of A would strafe them left.



The Kone EMP takes the reigns from the Kone XTD and brings with it RGB lighting and ergonomic features for medium to big hands but the major feature that it comes with is the new Owl-Eye sensor. The Owl-Eye sensor is a PixArt sensor that has been modified to the high standards that ROCCAT strives for. Kone Pure 2017 sports the same Owl-Eye sensor but is lighter and smaller than the Kone EMP.



The LEADR is ROCCAT’s first serious wireless mouse for gamers, sporting the same Owl-Eye sensor as the other two mice. This beast of a mouse is equipped with a 1000Hz polling rate and a 2.4GHz data transmission for non-existent lag with virtually no latency. The sleek docking station has a top-up cable that can be detached from the dock and directly to the mouse just encase the 20-hour battery is running low. 

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If you'd like to check our more images from our ROCCAT visit, and the rest of our day 2 CES gallery, please check here. For all of our 2017 CES coverage, you can head over here.


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