CES - Jason "Fujitsu" Schneider - Day 2

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Day 2 at CES was a busy one, we spent the entire day at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), and as big as the Sands/Venician displays were, the LVCC is about 4 times bigger. Majority of the major players in the computer industry were located here, and some of the booths were very elaborate. We covered a lot of ground today, and met with a lot of exciting companies, and hopefully in the future we will have a lot of products sent our way to review.

One of the highlights of Day 2 was being able to see FATAL1TY play some Quake 4 against willing participants, well I guess calling it “playing” wouldn’t be the correct term, I’d go more with “completely worked”. Even self-proclaimed “Semi-Professional” gamers didn’t stand a chance against him. At first I thought it was going to be pretty lame watching a “professional” gamer, but when we were walking past and stopped for a minute, I have to admit it was very interesting. Each match against FATAL1TY had 4 minutes to try their hardest, but after 2 hours of matches, no one had even managed to kill FATAL1TY even once, and most every match ended with FATAL1TY having at least 25+ kills. Before I actually saw them playing I thought “How good can he actually be?”, and honestly it was pretty neat to see someone that good playing live.

Anyways, on to the hardware, here is a quick recap of some of the companies we visited today

 

 

Sandisk


Sansa View - The Sansa is a flash-based Video player, and is truly portable. It contains a 4” widescreen color display, and is only 16.9mm thick. This model is 8GB and is completely solid-state, it also has a SD expansion slot for easy expansion. Another nice features is that it has a removable rechargeable battery, which allows for a user to buy an additional battery and easily put a fresh battery in when it gets low, unlike other Video players that have internal batteries which cannot be interchanged. This item has not been released to retailers yet, but aims to be on shelves towards the end of Q1.


Sansa View - Front
 
Sansa View - Side

 

  Sansa Connect – The Sansa Connect is a Wi-Fi enabled portable MP3 player, and is able to download music directly from music services to the player with any wireless connection. Unlike the iPod which requires you to use only iTunes, the Connect is able to use multiple different services. The whole idea behind the Sansa Connect is the flexibility, and has a lot of very nice features that some of the others do not. One unique features is the ability to see other players in the area and see what they are listening too, as well as you are able to send song recommendations to other players in the area that you’ve added to your friend list. This is definitely a player that will be worth checking out when it releases towards the end of Q1.

 


Sansa Connect - Friends List
 
Sansa Connect - Main Menu

Sansa Connect - Navigation

 

Sandisk Sansa Express – This is the little brother of the Sansa line, and is available in the 1GB capacity at the moment. It contains a 4-line OLED screen which provides for very bright display. It also contains a internal rechargeable lithium battery which provides approximately 15 hours of playback, as well as a built in USB adaptor, so your won’t need to use a cable, just plug it right into your computer.

Sandisk Cruzer Contour – This is a newly released USB flash drive, which features a new sliding USB connecter. It is a very sturdy drive, and has a metal frame, and is a very classy looking drive, definitely worth checking out.

All four of these products were unveiled at CES 2007, and should be hitting the shelves in the next couple months. Sandisk also has a new line of flash-based laptop HDD’s that they will be releasing in the future, we were able to take a quick look at a prototype, but this will definitely be a product making a huge impact in mobile computing in the future.

 

 

Click on Page 2 for more from D-Link and Thermaltake 

 

Thermaltake

We stopped by and got a quick tour of the Termaltake booth today, and they definitely have a lot of new and exciting products that they have released recently.

Orchestra CL-W0097 – This is the newest fanless watercooling system from Thermaltake.


Thermaltake Orchestra Fanless Watercooling

 

Tribe VX - This is another watercooling solution from Thermaltake, this one has two 1400rpm fans in the front that run at 17dba.


Thermaltake Tribe VX

 

Toughpower 1200 Watt Power Supply - Thermaltake has take the power supply to a whole new level with their new 1200 Watt PS, this is a little bigger than your average power supply, but definately can handle whatever you can throw at it, and then a whole lot more. 


Toughpower 1200 Watt  Power Supply

 

Swordsman VD5000 Series - This is the king of cases, its also a limited edition, however its one of the fanciest cases available. Even the top opens up using hydraulic springs on the top and side panels. This is definately one of the coolest cases around, and worth checking out for sure. This product is so new it hasn't even landed on their website yet, but we do have a sneak peek of it for your viewing pleasure


Thermaltake Swordsman

 

Mozard iP - Here is another newly released product that has not made the Thermaltake website either, its basically a Mozard destop case with an bay on the front to drop your video iPod into the front slot where it syncs the iPod as well as charges the battery at the same time.


Mozart iP - Front

Mozart iP - Front Open

 

iXoft Laptop Cooling Pad - Another interesting product just released from Thermaltake is their iXoft laptop cooling pad, its a flexible pad that allows for great cooling when your laptop is placed on top of it. We were given a quick introduction to it and it definitely has alot of potential. Unfortunately I do not have alot of information on this product or even a link, but we will definitely be trying to get one to try get one to try later on, also we will make sure to post a link when available.


iXoft Laptop Cooling Pad

 

For more pictures from Thermaltake, please make sure to check out my CES Day 2 gallery. 

 

D-Link

We've reviewed a couple D-Link products in the past, and were able to stop by for a brief visit this morning to view a couple new products. D-Link has a new product line called "Digital Home", which is a line of products that connect the home together (Home Networking, Internet Cameras, Printer Sharing, Video Phones, Gaming, Network Storage, Internet Telephones, Moving Media, and Internet Security). 

 

DNS 323 NAS Enclosure - This is D-Link's NAT enclosure that contains 2 hard drives. It contains a gigabit NW connection, and also has FTP access, among other features.

 
DNS 322 NAS Enclosure

 

DIR-655  >  Xtreme N Gigabit Router -  This is a new gigabit (802.11n) router from D-Link. It also has 4 gigabit wired ports, and has alot of other new features.


DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router

 

D-Link also has a line of Wi-Fi phones, here is a press release for two of their models. We got a chance to take a up-close look at 3 different models, and their newest model (unreleased) can function as both a Wi-Fi as well as your regular cell phone from your local cellular company, this will be showing up with various companies in the months to come.


D-Link Wi-Fi Phones