CES Day 1 - Jason "Fujitsu" Schneider

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Well, Day 1 has come and gone, and it indeed proved to be extremely busy for us, we met with around 14 different companies and were able to view some of their newest gear. I'll highlight some of the products we saw at Arctic Cooling, Trust, Sandisk, Lian Li, Transcend, as well as some highlights from the "Tigerdirect Build Your Own PC for Charity" event.



Arctic Cooling

Arctic Cooling has long been known as one of the premiere cooling companies, and our visit with them was very interesting. This year at CES they have launched a few new products.

 
Fan Products
 
Fans Up Close

 

The Accelero Xtreme is Arctic Cooling's new solution for the 8800GT, GTX, and Ultra video cards, which features 3 80mm PWM fans on 5 heatpipes. They also have a similar looking solution for the ATI 2900 series cards.

 

Big Coolers
Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme
8800 Extreme
Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme



Arctic Cooling has also released the Freezer Xtreme, which is an 8 heatpipe, 226 fin cooler with a 120mm PWM fan that is located in the center of the cooler. This cooler looks pretty neat, and will also be pretty quiet in your case.

 

Freezer Extreme
Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme



Another product release is Arctic Cooling's Fussion 550R power supply, which is a 550 Watt that is high-effeciency and extremely quiet. This is Arctic Cooling's first power supply, and could be a nice size for the average user.

New PSU
Arctic Cooling Fussion 550R Power Supply



Last but not least, Arctic Cooling has also announced a new line of Ram Coolers, the Arctic RC.

RAM Sinks
Arctic Cooling Arctic RC Ram Coolers


For more information on Arctic Cooling you can check out their website over here, and these new products should eventually be making their way onto the website shortly.

Trust

We had the opportunity to meet with Trust, a company that might not be so familiar to North American users, but is widely known in European markets. For those unfamiliar with Trust, they are an peripherals company that produces products such as Mice, Keyboards, Gamepads and Joysticks, Webcams, Speakers, iPod docks and accessories, headsets, design tablets, and more. We were quite impressed with their range of products, as well as the look of many of their products, and hopefully in the future we will be able to take a much closer look at some of them. For more information on Trust, as well as all their product that they offer, head on over to their website.

Below we've got a few pictures of some of the many products that Trust is showcasing at CES 2008.

 
Trust - Gaming
 
More Trust Audio

 
iPod Docks
 
More Keyboards

 
Trust Webcam & Audio
 
Headsets



Sandisk

Today was the Sandisk yearly press conference at CES, and we were able to attend and get a nice overview of what the company is working on, as well as being able to see some of their new releases. Sandisk is a pioneer in the flash media market, and they aren't sitting around, they are continuing to push the boundaries of the flash media market, and that quite evident with releases like their new 12GB micro-SD flash cards. They are predicting that with high-capacity micro-SD cards becoming more and more available at an affordable price, products such as mobile phones are truely going to benefit the most.

Other notable releases were the Sandisk line of SSD hard drives, a new line of Sandisk Video HD SD cards, as well as a new Cruzer Titanium Plus flash drive (4GB) that will feature automatic online backup, so even if your drive gets lost or stolen, all your information is available securely online in a password-protected account that you can setup.

We will be having a one-on-one meeting with Sandisk later on in the week, where we will be able to get some hands on time with their new products, make sure to check back for that, as Sandisk has some really exciting new products this year.





Transcend


We had a quick meeting with Transcend, which is primarily a Ram and flash drive company, who are also getting into the SSD hard drive market. Notable products include a 16GB flash drive, as well as some new DDR3 products.
For more information on Transcend, as well as some of the products they offer, head on over to their website.

 
Transcend Performance RAM
 
Transcend Goes SSD



Lian Li


Lian Li has long been known as a premiere case company, and we were able to get a tour of their new products.

Some notable products include the new ArmourSuit Gaming Tower that includes 12 5.25" drives bays on the front (Full Specs can be found here), they also have mid-tower that is identical, but is a bit smaller with 9 5.25" drive bays on the front (Full Specs available here).


 
Spider Platform
 
Inside the Spider

 
New PSU's from Lian Li
 
Lian Li Cube

 
Case Selection
 
HTPC Cases




Tiger Direct Build Your Own PC Race for Charity Event


Once our busy day of meetings had concluded, and the CES doors closed, we were lucky enough to be able to go to the Tiger Direct Build Your Own PC Race for Charity Event, hosted at the Wynn Resort. This is the 11th year that Tigerdirect has hosted this event, and over the years they have raised a whole lot of money for charity. Basically this event is a race between 30 competitors to fully assemble a PC and boot up into Windows, sounds easy, but when your racing for $10,000 for your favority charity, it becomes just a little bit tricky.

 

 
Build Your Own PC Race
 
TigerDirect = CompUSA

 
Systems To Build
 
Races Ready!

 
30 Racers
 
Having Trouble

 
This year Will Smith from Maximum PC came out victorious with a time just over 10 minutes, after the another competitor was assessed a time penalty for forgetting to plug in his CD-Rom drive. All-in-all it was a fun event, and all the PC's were donated to charity at the end. On a side note Patrick Norton (Formerly on The Screensavers on TechTV, and now with Revision 3 TV) was unable to finish when his PC was determined to be defective, however in his defense, if the hardware would have worked, probably would have easily been in the Top 10, proving that even though he's a big TV star, he can actually build a PC. It was also funny to watch some contestants try and build the PC, and a couple were even using step-by-step picture instructions that had been provided to them just in case they needed some additional help, I even saw one guy try his hardest to get an IDE cable attached to a SATA drive for about 2 minutes until a judge felt sorry for him and gave him some help. It was a fun time, and we were very happy to have been invited by Tigerdirect to attend this event.

 
Patrick Building
 
Getting Closer!


One other note to add is that it was also quite an exciting night for the Tigerdirect people, as they have recently just announced that they have purchased Comp USA, and are going to be adding at least 16 Comp USA retail stores to their chain of stores, as well as eventually they have plans to rename their Tigerdirect retails stores in the USA to the Comp USA name. This is quite a significant addition to their retail stores, and will also eventually merge the online stores of Comp USA and Tigerdirect together.

Make sure you check out the pictures in our CES Gallery, and keep on checking out our Daily CES Coverage for continued coverage as we continue our daily coverage at CES 2008.