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Lenovo shows off Thinkpad Helix, among other systems, at CES 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 8:01 pm

CES 2013 - The Lenovo Thinkpad Helix comes with the keyboard you have come to expect on a Thinkpad product, along with a screen that is removable to become a tablet. The Helix features a Core i7 processor and full HD IPS screen, with RAM options up to 8GB and storage options up to a 256GB SSD.




The Helix, in tablet mode, just feels right in the hand. It's not too heavy and not too light. The keyboard dock features an extended battery to give the combined machine more battery life.


Lenovo also showed off the Thinkpad Carbon Touch, table-top PCs, and other devices, such as smartphones. You can expect to hear more about these later.

Gigabyte shows off S1185 tablet at CES 2013, has unique features and full Core experience

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 7:43 pm

CES 2013 - Gigabyte had a suite full of notebooks and tablets and the really cool one out of the group was the S1185. This tablet features a full 17 watt Core i5 processor, combined with a full HD IPS display. It comes with a smattering of ports and around five hours of battery life.




The really cool and unique feature that I haven't seen on any other tablets is the inclusion of a mouse-like touch sensor that works much the same way as the nubs in the middle of the keyboard. It also features two mouse buttons on the other side to allow for a nearly full mouse experience while not using the keyboard dock.


Speaking of the keyboard dock, the tablet has a dock that features both a keyboard and a touchpad, in case you need that precision that only comes from using a mouse. Really, the system is nearly a convertible notebook more than a tablet, though it will be just a tablet if that's what you want.


The release of the device is still a couple of months in the future, but should be quite the device when it launches.

NZXT announces new Phantom 630 modular chassis at CES 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 7:42 pm

CES 2013 - NZXT has just release its latest flagship PC Case, the Phantom 630. The new Phantom has been engineered to satisfy even the most demanding enthusiast. Its fully modular internal drive-bay design ensures that you will be able to configure a system to match what ever needs you may have.




Remove all drive bays to accommodate extra radiators or a large reservoir, or leave a few in place and still be able to fit a radiator or reservoir. The Phantom 630 comes with two SSD mounts located behind the motherboard tray for a minimalistic setup with maximum cooling capability.


Featuring a single channel 30w fan controller and a dual level motherboard tray, the Phantom 630 is designed for maximum airflow and cooling capabilities. Offered in Matte-Black, Gunmetal, and White colors, the Phantom 630 will be available for $179.99.

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OCZ Vector PCI-E workstation SSD performance numbers from CES 2013

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 7:15 pm

CES 2013 - We just hit the OCZ booth at CES here in Las Vegas where we got an exclusive look at the new Vector PCI-E prosumer / workstation SSD.




You all should know of the consumer SATA-III Vector SSD, but now OCZ has upped the ante and introduced a PCI-E version for workstations and those with lots of money. It uses a PCI-E Gen.2 x4 interface with two Indilinx Barefoot 3 controllers, which enables it to deliver up to 1000MB/s of read performance and a very solid 140,000 IOPS. It will also come with a five year warranty and comes in sizes of 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. We don't have details on pricing at this stage, but we'll just say, start saving.




Chris and Paul were able to run some early numbers on the Vector PCI-E as you can see in the photo below. Under ATTO we see read speeds of 1020MB/s and write speeds are not too far behind at around 960MB/s.

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Razer's powerful, convertible Edge tablet is all things to all gamers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 7:00 pm

CES 2013 - Razor has released it's ultra-high-end gaming tablet named Edge. Previously known as Project Fiona, the 10.1" Windows tablet has finally launched and carries a price to match its long anticipated release.




Evolving from a tablet with fixed side panel con rollers to a sleek tablet with 3 separate peripherals: Keyboard, Stand, and Gaming Case, the Razor Edge looks to be everything we were hoping for and even more. The device will come in two flavors that are sure to appeal to the hardcore gaming crowd as well as the causal gamer who just wants a nice Windows tablet.


The standard version uses an Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB or 128GB solid-state drive, and the Edge Pro comes with the i7, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of space. Both use an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE graphics chip, the less powerful cousin to the 640M.

Panasonic launches 20-inch 4k tablet for business

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:52 pm

CES 2013 - Panasonic has announced a 20-inch tablet with 4k resolution that is targeted towards business. The announcement came at the company's keynote.




The Windows 8 based tablet is said to be designed for professionals such as architects and graphic designers who need a higher resolution screen to create and show off their work.


With 720p and 1080p being the norm for tablets, a 4k resolution would have 4 times the pixels of a 1080p screen. We want to know what you think of a 20 inch tablet offering. Would you use it, or would it become a cumbersome, novelty that you do not use much because of its size? Let us know in the comments.

Panasonic launches 56-inch OLED 4K TV at CES 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:58 pm

CES 2013 - In a keynote speech at CES, Panasonic's chief executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said that he knew that hardware manufacturers can not survive on hardware alone and that they must begin improving on software as well.




"We are expanding our role from a hardware manufacturer to a total solutions provider," said Tsuga. When he was finished his speech, he introduced Panasonic's newest TV, a 56" Printed OLED 4k TV measuring in at just half an inch thick total.


The company is also working on creating user profiles for their TV's, letting each member of the family customize their home theater experience to suit their needs. There is not much 4k content out at the moment though, we have seen some devices that attempt to up convert to it but nothing that really did it well.

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Apple chalks up 40 billion app downloads

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 4:16 pm

In just 1682 days, Apple's app store has set a new record by serving up its 40 billionth download since its launch. That works out to just over 23,781,212 downloads a day or 16,514 downloads a minute.




Those numbers have not always been that high, with over half of them occurring in 2012, but 40,000,000,000 is an astonishing and impressive number. With over 500 million active App Store accounts it is going to be quite hard for anyone to catch up to this many app downloads any time soon.


The Apple developer community has written more than 775,000 applications for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Apple has had to pay out over $7 billion in payments for these contributions. By the way, for those of you wondering, that is a total of 257.24 apps downloaded every second and in the time it has taken me to write this, 132117 apps have been downloaded from the App Store.

Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics set boasts Linux, ARM9 SOC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 3:04 pm

Lego just announced a new Mindstorms kit that packs one heck of a punch. The EV3 kit is designed to introduce a younger generation to the joys of building and programming robots while still keeping things fresh for their existing Mindstorm fans.




The new EV3 kit is centered around the EV3 Intelligent Brick which features an ARM9 SOC, which includes more memory and a much more robust processor than previous Mindstorm bricks. Users can now remove the tether from their Mindstorm project and take advantage of the new "on brick programming" feature.


The EV3 is running on a new Linux-based firmware and can be programmed with a USB port and storage can be augmented by an on-board SD card slot. The EV3 kit will also include full Android and iOS app compatibility out of the box. Availability is set for the second half of 2013 and will carry a MSRP of $349.99

Corsair Voyager Air, the first all-in-one wireless mobile drive - a breath of fresh [Voyager] air

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 8, 2013 2:15 pm

CES 2013 - Corsair is one of those companies that doesn't like to box themselves into a corner, and today has been a perfect example of this. The company have announced their Voyager Air product, which is the first all-in-one mobile wireless drive, home network attached storage, USB drive and wireless hub.




Voyager Air comes with up to 1TB of storage, a rechargeable battery, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB 3.0 connectivity. Voyager Air will allow so many segments of the market from office-type users, to home theater enthusiasts to experience a consolidated collection of their wares, be it music, movies or documents. Voyager Air is capable of working and being accessed from either Windows or Mac, and better yet - with the free Corsair app, streaming to Android and Apple products.

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