CES - Howdy Day 2

Black Diamond Advanced Technology:

Black Diamond introduced the first ever Rugged Ultra Mobile Personal Computer, the SwitchBack.  The SwitchBack has been built for use by the United States military and is built to military specifications.  The case of the SwitchBack is quite thick which provides most of the strength.  Besides military use, the SwitchBack is also suitable for other public services field work like fire, ambulance, and police.

 
SwitchBack
 
Switchback
 
SwitchBack

The SwitchBack features a touch screen, compressed qwerty keyboard, onboard B / G wireless, removable hard drive, and a USB port.  Standard equipment includes a celeron 1 Ghz processor and 1 GB of PC2-400 Mhz ram.  Some of the main stream options include a removable hard drive, solid state hard drive, and a built in UPS for hot swappable batteries.  SwitchBack can run multiple operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows CE, Windows Mobile, and your favorite flavor of Linux.  The SwitchBack can be dropped from 4 ft onto a concrete floor without harm and can operate under 4 feet of water for 30 minutes without harm.  Docking stations for the SwitchBack are available to provide DVD capability, VGA output, additional USB, and a wired network connection.

 
SwitchBack
 
SwitchBack

Besides an almost indestructible and compact PC, the SwitchBack has potentially unlimited expandability with its expansion ports.  GPS for example is just one option available to plug onto the back of the SwitchBack.  The name SwitchBack defines this capability as the back module of the PC is changed to offer the unlimited possibilities of expandability.

 
SwitchBack
 
SwitchBack

Base model prices for the SwitchBack start around the $4500 range and go up.

Seagate:

Seagate has some very nice backup and portable devices coming to market under both the Seagate and Maxtor brand names.  The FreeAgent line introduces a new style for Seagate and a concept based on usability for the average, or even the below average PC user.  The FreeAgent Go portable storage device comes in capacities of up to 12 GB, uses a 1" hard drive, and is powered directly from the USB port.  The USB connector folds out of the unit and also pivots 90 degrees to the right or left to maximize compatablity with hard to reach USB ports.  A short USB extension cord is also provided for the ridiculously hard to reach ports.  A major highlight of the FreeAgent Go is the built in zero G sensor that will detect when the device is falling and park the head to prevent damage to the drive.  I call it Seagate's version of "shock proof".

 
Seagate
 
Seagate

Seagate also offers a larger pocket sized portable drive with capacities up to 160 GB.  These drives are also powered directly off of the USB port and feature a sleek new look and fun lighting effects.  Larger portable drives come in sizes of up to 500 GB and up to 750 GB with multiple connection configurations including dual firewire 400.  The Maxtor line has introduced some new OneTouch Backup products including the OneTouch III Turbo Edition that comes in capacities of either 1 TB or 1.5 TB.

 
Maxtor
 
Maxtor

Be sure to visit the CES 2007 gallery for many more pictures of Seagate and Maxtor products.

Cooler Master:

On display at the Cooler Master booth were several renditions of the Stacker 850 case, one with a checker plate look and one nVidia edition.  The recently released line of enclosures are on display as well as the new True Power 850W power supply.

 
CoolerMaster
 
CoolerMaster

 The new True Power 850W power supply can provide 850W of continuous power at 85% efficientcy with a burst wattage of 1000W.  This is the worlds first power supply with six 12V rails.  Cooler Master has patended a PWM splitter and offers the only one on the market.  This allows users to plug the single PWM fan header on the motherboard into the splitter and provide a PWM signal to 4 different fans.  Cooler Master is also the first to provide the market with 80MM and 120MM fans that support PWM. 

 
CoolerMaster
 
CoolerMaster

On display was a complete SLI water cooling kit and huge big a$$ cooler I haven't seen before and can't seem to find any information on either.

 
CoolerMaster
 
CoolerMaster

Visit the CES 2007 gallery for more Cooler Master pictures.  If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions feel free to post it up in the forums.