CES Day 1 - Benjamin "Zeus" Heide
|CES Day 1 - Benjamin "Zeus" Heide|
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CES officially kicked off on Monday, January 7 (now yesterday - it's late), and we managed to go through the Sands and meet with a few companies and catch a glimpse at a lot of new products from some familiar companies and some companies that we'd never heard of before. It's unbelievable how wide the range of products is at this show. Just when you think you've seen everything in terms of consumer electronics, something up and surprises you. More on that later.
One of our first stops of the day was at Able Planet, and while I'm sure not many of you have even heard of Able Planet, with their quality and performance headphones now marketed towards gamers, I'm sure you will.
Able Planet has its foundation in as a hearing loss assistance company and they use the same technologies that help deaf people hear to make their sound better. It's about harmonics and after listening to their Wireless headphones, behind the neck headphones and using their active noise cancelling headphones, I'd have to say that it is far superior to products from Bose and others. The beautiful thing is that the price point of the high-end noise cancelling headphones is $80 less that Bose.
Out next stop took us by the CoolIT booth. If you've been a reader of BCCHardware for a while, you've no doubt heard of this company as we've reviewed their Freezone, Eliminator, and MTEC Control Unit. At the show this year they debuted a few new products and despite some issues at Customs, they managed to get all their gear to the booth by 11:00am on the first day.
The "Pure" is a TEC-less water cooling system that come pre-plumbed, filled and ready to go. This is their entry-level cooling solution and is supposed to hit shelves at $129USD. I have a feeling that we'll see it online for a little over a hundred in the coming months. The Freezone Elite is their latest incarnation of the Freezone and has a nice black finish. It also comes with the MTEC control center for those of you that don't want to go out and add this unit on later.
In the Gallery we've got many more pictures of CoolIT Hardware so make sure you check it out.
Next up, we stopped by the Enermax booth to see what was new and exciting from Enermax. If you've been an enthusiast for more than a couple years, you've probably had an Enermax Power Supply in your system. Back in the early days, they were pretty much the only enthusiast oriented PSU company around. I bought my first 450W PSU from them years ago.
While they didn't have anything new and exciting to debut in the PSU end of things, there were showcasing their cases and even some of their peripheral input devices like keyboards. You can find more of this in the gallery.
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