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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.

Star Wars Magic - Video of the Day

This is pretty cool and maybe a little disheartening how much CGI there is in Star Wars. Regardless, the way it comes together is pretty awesome.

 

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.

PC-09WX

 

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.

Gaming Smartphones Are Still a Thing - In China

In North America, mobile gaming is a bit more casual on our smartphones than it is in China. Here if we want a good mobile gaming experice, we invest in a Nintendo 3DS, Razer tablet or other game-centric device. In China - they have some pretty sweet smartphone/portable gaming consoles. In fact, the Snail Mobile i7 is the illegitimate child of a PS Vita and a Nokia Lumia 1050. It's large, and the gaming experience is very solid. Why can't we have nice things here?

Now, the i7 is powered by MediaTek's 10-core, tri-cluster Helio X20 (MT6797) processor, so it's more of a mid-range device. You obviously wouldn't be getting the same level of performance as you would with Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 835, but it's still a good chipset for this price. It also features a 5-megapixel front camera and a 16-megapixel main camera on the back, though there's no word on what kind of image quality to expect from them.

Snail Mobile i7

Source: Engadget

Self-Charging Smart Watch Will Win the Wearable War

Smart watches have one thing in common - poor battery life (especially now that Pebble is gone), but if a company could pull off a solid smart watch that would charge itself via kinetic energy, solar and even thermal induction from the wearer, it could turn the world of wearables on it's head. I know that it would turn my head as it could solve a lot of my frustrations. I know I'm not alone in the world were our nifty wearables are in a draw because they are always dead when we want them. Here's hoping they call pull it off.

The biggest question surrounding a kinetic power source for a smartwatch is, of course, how long can it go with little or no movement before it’s dead? (And how long will it take to recharge at that point?) If kinetic energy sources were viable for smartwatches on a major scale you’d think a major company would’ve tried it by now. Either way, Sequent is giving it a shot.

Source: TheVerge

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