CES Day 2 - Benjamin "Zeus" Heide - Hauppauge, Zalman and RiData Coverage

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Hauppauge:

We stopped in at Hauppauge to check out some of their new capture and encoding products.  They have USB and PCIe interfaces and range from entry-level software-based encoders as well as more expensive hardware-based units.  All of these units encode to H.264 and have incredible quality when grabbing 480p video.

 USB Encoder
USB Encoder
H.264 Playback
H.264 Playback

 

We hope to grab more information and a few products from them in the near future.

 

Zalman:

We stopped in at the Zalman booth to see what was new and cool from this company.  They are still working on perfecting their Stereoscopic displays and have had to work with other partners since last year as their previous partners dropped the ball on panels and drivers.

Zalman GT900 & Display
Zalman GT900 & Display

 

One product Zalman launched this year at CES is the LQ1000 case.  Think of this case as the offspring of the GT1000 case and the Reserator XT.  We didn't get the best pictures of the front, but it is pretty sweet as it integrates the monitoring and controls of the Reserator XT into the front of this case.  While some compromises have had to be made in terms of HDD racks, the benefit of an all-in-one LCS from Zalman is worth it.  This is their first Liquid Cooled Case and it looks good.

 LQ1000 Case
LQ1000 Case


Zalman displayed a lot of their products including some old favourites and some new refreshes on some older products.  Under the bright lights these products looked fancy and shiny all around.

 Fan Controllers
Fan Controllers
HTPC Case
HTPC Case

 

RiData:

The last booth I am covering today is RiData and while many of you know them for their affordable DVD and CD media, things are changing evolving and getting better over at this company.  They make some innovative HD-DVD and BluRay products.  What is innovative about this media is that is exists on the same disk.  One side of the disk is BluRay and the other is HD-DVD.  They also pull the double sided trick with DVD+R DL and HD-DVD as well.

BluRay + HD-DVD on a disk
BluRay + HD-DVD on a disk
 HD-DVD and DVD+R DL
HD-DVD and DVD+R DL

 

RiData has the ability to very quickly manufacture high quality media - whether optical or flash.  The magic number this year for SD Flash cards and USB drives is 16GB and these are being showcased everywhere.  RiData has their share of flash media that is fast and reliable.

SSD is huge this year at CES as well and RiData has 32GB and 64GB models available at this moment and will have 128GB versions on the market this year.  These 32GB 2.5" SATA Drives powered a coule of their test systems in four drive RAID 0 arrays and were blazing fast. Read times exceeded 260MB/sec and write times were greater than 130MB/sec.  Impossible for traditional mechanical drives.

Ritek SSD
RiData SSD
 128GB SSD
128GB SSD

 

Wednesday will find us in some suites in the Hilton, Wynn, Bellagio and more.  It will be a good day, but until you get that coverage make sure you head on over and check out all the pics in our gallery and keep up to date with our CES coverage.