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Edifier @ CES 2013

One of our last stops at CES was at the Edifier booth.  This Chinese company makes some interesting products that offer really unique designs but still manage to pull off some pretty decent performance and quality.  Traditional speaker purists will tell you that the speaker cabinet must be made from wood and have a lot of specifications to enable good sound, but Edifier continues to break the mold and offer products with very unique designs that still sound rather nice.

One of the products of CES 2012 that we picked as our "Best of Show" was the Edifier Spinnaker speakers, and even though these are more than a year old, these speakers still catch your eye and your ear in terms of looks and performance.  The original red ones looked like the horns from some beast and they've expanded their lineup to include a lot more different colors.  These speakers are still some of my favorite products at the show again, and with the large color selection you can even snag a set that is a bit more muted if you don't want to scare away small children.

Spinnaker

 

The other speakers that looked really interesting and sounded very good as well was the Eclipse.  These speakers have a very unique dual radiator design at the rear that helps project the sound to fill the room.  These really aren't that large, but even in a horrible venue like the LVCC, we noted that the sound was very good.  These speakers are quite directional as well and this will work great for PC speakers - and that's what Edifier has in mind.

Edifier Design

 

 

We have lots more pictures from our last day at the show.  Go check them out here, and our full list of coverage here.

Samsung's Curved 105-in UHD TV & Galaxy Pro at CES 2014

We have a look at the massive and amazing 105-inch Samsung UHD TV at CES 2014 as well as the new "Pro" line of Samsung Galaxy Tablets and Note products. These are a huge step in the right direction and are setting the bar for the coming year.

 

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

Trendnet USB 3.0 to Gigabit Adapter + Hub Review

We have just posted up a review of the Trendnet TU3-ETGH3 USB 3.0 Hub & Gigabit Adapter. This is a little device that gives you three USB 3.0 ports in addition to a super-speedy Gigabit Ethernet port for your Laptop, Ultrabook, Windows Tablet and yes, even a Chromebook. If you want extra connectivity and want it on the cheap - without sacrificing performance, check out our review of this little beauty for all the details.

The build quality, price, performance and general usefulness of the USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter + USB Hub is fantastic. While it will not be required for desktop applications; Laptop, Windows Tablet, Ultrabook and Chromebook users can gain a lot of extra connectivity without shelling out a lot of money, and that is a great big win.

Trendnet TU3-ETGH3

Microsoft to Allow Xbox One Games on Mobile Device

Microsoft is tying some gimmicks to get people to use their platform. Their latest move is pretty bold and we are hoping the rumors are true. They want to move to a Windows Phone or Tablet as they will (hopefully) be allowing you to stream your Xbox One content to your mobile device via WiFi. This is a great move as there will be nothing better than to ignore the big screen in your house and instead, play the $499 console and it's games on your 4-inch screen. Ok, that's a lot of sarcasm, but the idea is pretty cool.

The new technology, codenamed “Arcadia,” will reportedly replace Microsoft’s discontinued game streaming technology, called “Rio.” It also seems similar to the cloud service OnLive, which lets you play “console-class games on any device. Microsoft demonstrated Rio last year, showing how “Xbox-level visual quality” games like “Halo 4” could be streamed to a Windows Phone and a Surface tablet. Perhaps “Arcadia” will allow you to similarly play Xbox One titles on your Windows devices, or even through your browser.

Source: BusinessInsider

Nintendo's Next Gen to Use Free-Form Displays

Sharp has come up with some pretty cool technologies over the years and in fact the current 3DS uses a Sharp display to do the 3D magic. Well, Nintendo is a fan and Sharp's next awesome idea comes in many different shapes. "Free-Form" displays allow the panel to be cut to pretty much any shape to fit anywhere and will allow the next handheld device from Nintendo some freedom from the typical rectangle screen. It should be nifty. Stay tuned to E3 this year as it could be one of the highlights of the show.

Sharp's Free-Form Display technology is designed to allow for new shapes and sizes of screen, and the first client could be Nintendo. Japanese news agency Kyodo reports that the venerable video games company will be Sharp's first client for the LCD tech, which may be used in a new portable games console or the company's upcoming sleep-tracking device. According to one source, Nintendo is considering a doughnut-shaped screen with a hole in the middle.

Source: TheVerge

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