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WTU Episode #291 - Saying Goodbye to G4TV and iPhone 5C

We have just posted up Episode #291 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are saying a hello to a lower priced Fire Phone, saying goodbye to G4TV and the iPhone 5C and we take a look at the worst product ever made. We have those stories and more and the links below!

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Windows vs. Chromebooks - The $200 Battle

Over the past couple years Chromebooks have been selling like hotcakes in the ~$200 notebook market, Microsoft is trying to change that with the emergence of ~$200 Windows notebooks that pack a whole bunch of extras into an already affordable package.

One of the newest Windows offerings is the HP Stream 11 that comes with Windows 8.1 and costs $200. Included with the HP Stream 11 you get a free year of Office 365 and 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive storage. In addition to all of that you'll even get another $25 bucks to spend at the Microsoft store which pretty much gives you $100 bucks of extras on a $200 laptop. 

Head on over to the WSJ to see what they thought about the HP Stream 11 and how it compares to other Chromebook offerings.

It really does sound like one of those too-good-to-be-true, shopping-network deals, minus, of course, the “four easy installments” plan and “Call right now!” instructions. But this isn’t even a holiday special or a clearance deal. It’s Microsoft’s new strategy to try to destroy Google ’s low-cost, cloud-based Chromebooks.

In fact, recouping some of the low-end laptop market is so important to Microsoft, the company worked with H-P to price the Stream to undercut the most popular Chromebooks, which are typically $250 to $350.

Thermaltake @ CES 2013

We had the opportunity to stop by Thermaltake today and check out their new products for 2013. Thermaltake has a full lineup of keyboards, mice, power supplies, headphones, and more that they were showing off.

We took a look at Thermaltake’s Tt esports keyboards which featured their MEKA keyboards which are mechanical keyboards built with gamers in mind.

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Thermaltake also was showing off some of their new headphones also from the Tt esports lineup which feature the CRONOS, DRACCO, and ISURUS headphones. 

 

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Make sure to check out our CES 2013 gallery for more pictures of Thermaltake's new products.

Belkin acquires Linksys brand

Almost 10 years ago, Cisco bought Linksys and entered the home networking market. This week that experiement ended as Cisco has sold the Linksys brand to Belkin for an undisclosed amount of money. Belkin isn't the biggest name in home networking, but with the acquisition of Linksys they now control 30% of the market and are a major player. Belkin appears like they are going to keep the Linksys brand name (which is probably a good move since it's one of the most recognizable networking brands). Allthindsd has more info on this deal.

Looking back, it’s hard to figure out what networking giant Cisco Systems ever wanted with consumer goods, anyway. But now the distraction of trying to sell stuff to consumers and not companies is gone.

ROCCAT @ CES 2014

We met up with ROCCAT to take a look at some of their new offerings for this upcoming year here at CES 2014. 


ROCCAT has a new line of headsets, the Kave, which has a couple different versions (an analog version and a digital 5.1 surround version). We didn't get much of a chance to demo these too in-depth but given ROCCAT's track record we are looking forward to getting them onto the BCCHardware test bench for some more testing.



ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Gaming Headset


ROCCAT was also showing off their lineup of keyboards which is highlighted by the Ryos mechanical keyboards. The Ryos keyboards aren't new but they have introduced a new smaller version of the Ryos dubbed the Ryos TKL which is the same keyboard minus the number pad to make it fit into tighter desk configurations where a full keyboard might not work.



ROCCAT Ryos TKL Mechanical Keyboard

 

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

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