CES Day 1 - Jason "Fujitsu" Schneider - Transcend, Lian Li and PC Race

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CES Day 1 - Jason "Fujitsu" Schneider
Transcend, Lian Li and PC Race


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.