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Kingston teases new HyperX Predator NVMe SSD, reads at 2.5GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 11, 2016 2:22 am

CES 2016 - Kingston was showing off their new HyperX Predator NVMe SSD at CES 2016, the company's first NVMe-based SSD with some insane speeds.




The new Predator NVMe SSD is capable of reading at 2.5GB/sec and writing at 1.3GB/sec - with sizes to arrive in the near future of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB. No pricing has been made available just yet, but Kingston will be releasing the drive in Q2, so we should expect pricing details in the coming weeks.

ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q - 3440x1440, 100Hz & G-Sync spotted at CES 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 11, 2016 1:56 am

CES 2016 - As most of you know, I'm a huge UltraWide enthusiast, so when I saw that ASUS were teasing their upcoming ROG Swift PG348Q, I added it to my list of must haves.



Our friends over at PC Perspective had some time with it, with the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q featuring a beautiful, aggressive design. Specs wise, we have a 34-inch 3440x1440 IPS-based display, 100Hz refresh rate, and NVIDIA's G-Sync technology.


We're looking at around $1300 for the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q, making it double the price of the Oculus Rift that everyone's complaining about - priced at $599.

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Synology showed off their RT1900ac router at CES with an impressive UI

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Networking | Posted: Jan 11, 2016 1:26 am

CES 2016 - Synology has typically been solely in the NAS market, with some very nice home office, personal and even enterprise solutions for storing all manner of data. Now they're bringing their networking expertise to the table with their first router. A router that one an award at CES this year.




The RT1900ac was on hand at their booth at CES and they connected a variety of devices to in order to show off how easy administration was when using their Synology Router Manager OS, which provides a clean user interface that's surprisingly easy to use, as it builds appropriately off of their other NAS interfaces that have been received well by the community.


Being easy to use can sometimes mean sacrificing quality, features or even security. Or at the very least it could mean hiding away the advanced features in such a way that is the exact opposite of intuitive design. But that's not the case here. This is a powerful and intuitive OS that could give other vendors a real run for their money.

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Head back to 'Compton' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jan 10, 2016 11:07 pm

To celebrate this week's release of the hip hop drama 'Straight Outta Compton' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray prize packs to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.


The world's most dangerous times created the world's most dangerous group. In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.




To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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'Force Awakens' hyperspeeds to third highest grossing film worldwide

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 10, 2016 10:15 pm

Worldwide and domestic United States box office records continue to fall in the wake of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' which continued its swathe of destruction over the weekend. Now, 'Jurassic World's spot as the third highest grossing film has been taken by the sci-fi sequel, as it now guns for 'Titanic' in the second spot.




Opening strongly in China in the last few days, 'Force Awakens' took around $53 million - impressive considering this is the first 'Star Wars' film to hit cinemas in the country. In the U.S., the film has taken the highest grossing film record at $812 million; the first film to gross over $800 million. While the film is internationally around $450 million behind usurping 'Titanic', if it continues to run as it is it might just do it.

In Win puts an infinity mirror on the 805, with other improvements too

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 10, 2016 7:40 pm

In Win is always looking to innovate and find new ways to dazzle their customers with new things. That thinking extends to products already in the market too.




At CES this year they brought the ubiquitous 805, but with a few new changes instead. In place of the normal front panel, they put on a an infinity mirror complete with RGB lights on the inside. It's more than appropriate for the particular Las Vegas flavor, and it's not really too garish either. It's only a few cm deep, but the effect is really well done.


The infinity lighting is controlled by the ASUS RGB motherboard and can have any number of different patterns and colors. The case on display was simply revolving around the color wheel. It's a prototype and they're just looking for feedback on the design to see if it's something that they might implement in future designs, or even as an add-on later. They've also added metal extensions on the bottom of the case that hold the tempered glass side-panels in, so they don't fall so easily when you remove them.

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NVIDIA rolls out Android 6.0 for the 4K-enabled Shield TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 10, 2016 6:46 pm

CES 2016 - The NVIDIA Shield TV is an awesome piece of kit for your living room, and it's about to get a whole lot better. At CES, NVIDIA introduced us to the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Shield, which will be rolling out soon.



The new update includes some much-anticipated features, such as being able to decide which tabs and apps you can keep on your home screen, as well as HDMI-CEC capabilities. Not only that, but Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, a PS3 port promised for the Shield for a while now, will be included in the update.

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Cooler Master updates keyboards and mice, RGB LEDs and sexy good looks

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 10, 2016 6:02 pm

Cooler master is consolidating their business, and that means new products along with that new vision. One of the most anticipated of those is the revamping of their keyboards, from the value Devastator all the way up to their top of the line mechanical keyboards.




The Devastator bundle caught on surprisingly well when it was released in 2013. It was cheap, and actually a really decent experience for the money. They're upgrading that to the Devastator II, which should update it significantly while shooting for the same price point.


They've essentially taken a Topre switch and taken out the spring, replacing it with a rubber dome instead. They're calling it a Mem-chanical switch. So it's still a membrane keyboard, but it has the feel of a much more premium keyboard than the price might otherwise suggest. The result is a silent and more sure typing experience. It'll of course be bundled with the Devastator II mouse.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X powers Oculus Rift, HTC Vive demos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 10, 2016 5:15 pm

CES 2016 - After our chat with NVIDIA learning about the new Android 6.0 update for the Shield, we went through two VR demos: one on the new Oculus Rift, and one on the new HTC Vive Pre VR headset.



The first was the Oculus Rift with the Oculus Touch controllers, which we wrote about here, with the impressive Bullet Train demo from Epic Games. The next was an awesome demo using the new HTC Vive Pre, where we played around with a paint brush with the Lighthouse controllers.


Not only that, but there was also an Everest demo, where we kinda scaled Everest - showing off the walking-around-a-room VR experience that HTC offers with Vive. All of the demos were powered by NVIDIA's great GeForce GTX Titan X, which can handle the ~3K resolution of VR at 90FPS.

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Sennheiser's $55,000 headphones just blew my mind, ears and wallet

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 10, 2016 7:20 am

CES 2016 - Audio is a precarious subject for a lot of reasons. Not everyone can tell the difference between two different sets of headphones and sometimes audio-quality isn't the first thing on some peoples minds when it comes to building PC's. But then you try a $55,000 set of headphones and you wonder where they've been all your life.




Sennheiser is now on to their second generation of Orpheus headphones, using the original 1991 model as inspiration, they crafted the ultimate audio experience. And no, the price-tag doesn't color the experience, they're actually that good. It's overwhelming, so much so that someone actually cried while listening to the Orpheus.


They feel expensive in your hand, and I placed them gingerly on my head, careful to avoid bending them too far. But there's no actual need to fret, because these are made to be used and actually listened to. I put them on with Hotel California playing through them, which has a huge variety of sounds to help showcase just what they're capable of. Once they're on, you get blown away by the huge sound-stage, something that extends into what might be described as natural. It's not like you're sitting at a concert, no, it's much more than that. It's like you're literally in the music itself somehow, if you close your eyes. It just envelopes and it's never harsh and I certainly never wanted to take them off.

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