CES 2013 Report

Author: Roger Cantwell
Editor: Howard Ha
Publish Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013
Originally Published on Neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com)
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CES Las Vegas gives both large and small technology companies alike a chance to showcase upcoming or recently released products from every corner of the market. It has been interesting to see what will be in store for the upcoming year this past week. As personal computers and handheld gadgets shrink in size yet grow in power, hopefully you'll be able to catch sight of some cool new products from various manufactuers which we've captured in photo over the next few pages!

Earlier this month Corsair announced a new lineup of products, including the Voyager Air which is the first all-in-one wireless mobile drive solution for users who are always on the go. The Voyager Air is a wireless mobile drive, attached home network storage, USB drive, and wireless hub all rolled into a compact form factor. Corsair's Voyager Air gives the end user the ability to store and stream HD content movies, music and documents to almost any device regardless of the operating system: Android, iOS, Windows, Mac or Linux.

The Voyager Air is accessible via Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet and of course USB 3.0, and is powered by a large lithium-ion battery allowing for up to seven hours of use. The ability to stream HD content to five devices wirelessly at once makes the Voyager Air the perfect solution for all your portable storage needs. Corsair will also be releasing colored silicon cases for that extra margin of protection from the occasional accidental drop. Launching in both 500GB and 1TB models, Voyager Air is available in two colors (red and soft touch grey) and priced at $199 for the 500GB and $229 for the 1TB version.

Corsair's Voyager sporting the silicon snuggies, for added protection.

Corsair's Vengeance Gaming lineup is receiving a few updates. The new K95 keyboard will feature full mechanical switches and individual white key lighting as well as the ability to setup lighting profiles. The K95 will also feature 18 macro keys for storing your favorite macros for easy access. The K95 has a MSRP of $149.99 and will be available starting this spring. The M95 and M65 gaming mice will see a nice increase in precision thanks to the 8200 DPI sensor and the addition of improved switches. The M95 will be available later this January in both black and white colors for a MSRP of $79.99, while the $69.99 M65 will be available in black, white and green.

The Vengeance 2000 wireless headset gets a nice upgrade via a software update in February which adds Dolby 7.1 support.

The M95 gaming mouse is available in two colors: black and white.

Corsair's M65 showing showing off their colors.

Corsair also announced the Flash Voyager GT Turbo USB 3.0 flash drive. The Flash Voyager GT Turbo is the world’s fastest native USB 3.0 drive, capable of delivering extreme speeds up to 260MB/s. Corsair’s Flash Voyager GT Turbo will be available in 32, 64 and 128GB storage capacities, with a suggested MSRP of $49.99, $89.99 and $129.99 respectively.

Corsair’s Dominator Platinum series memory gets a striking visual upgrade thanks to the Light Bar upgrade kit that was announced at CES. The Light Bar upgrade kit will allow users to customize their Dominator Platinum memory with lights that will illuminate both the memory and case. The kit contains two light bars with top lighting slots that will replace the current bars. The kit will include both blue and white inserts along with the all the required installation tools. Corsair’s light bar kit has a MSRP of $29.99.

With over 10 years of experience in building customized solutions for both corporate and mainstream users, CyberPowerPC continues to produce and customize some of the finer computers I have seen. This year CyberPowerPC was showing off some of their latest creations as they continue to expand their product line to include extremely powerful console-sized SFF's capable of taking on full tower setups.

CyberPowerPC is also eager in setting the new standard for gaming laptops with their new Fang Book: the one pictured below will be powered by Intel's 3rd generation i7 3630QM mobile processor paired with jaw-dropping graphics provided by NVIDIA's GTX 680M or GTX 675M series mobile GPUs.

CyberPowerPC took time out of their frantic schedule to give us a little taste of what this laptop can do. In a demo run of Battlefield 3 with graphics set on Ultra, we were getting 55~69 FPS.

 

Here we see the CyberPowerPC AIO on display along with the Zeus SFF powered by Intel's Core i5-3570k processor and AMD's HD 7750 GPU.

For me the highlight of our visit was the updated Fang Black Mamba, powered by the Intel Core i7 3970X processor and backed up by a pair of NVIDIA GTX 680's, all housed in the massive Azza Fusion 4000 case. To keep all of this hardware cool they removed the micro ITX server and replaced it with a dual loop XSPC Hydro II liquid cooling kit.

The Hydro II liquid cooling kit keeping the core components nice and cool.

CyberPowerPC's cable management is impressive to say the least.

MSI

MSI had a nice selection of current motherboards on hand for viewing, including the M77 MPower. During our visit with MSI we learned that they plan to switch up the color schemes on their motherboards. Their extreme boards that target the hardcore crowd will now be colored with black and grey instead of the traditional blue and black as seen on current boards.

A perfect match: MSI's M77 MPower and the extreme N680 GTX Lightning.

 

ECS

Based on what we saw at ECS' showcase, it was obvious they are slowly shifting their focus toward more compact solutions for personal computing. ECS had several all-in-one setups on display that utilize the thin ITX form factor motherboards.

The G24 features an edge-to-edge 23.6" 10 finger touchscreen and is capable of full HD 1080P.

ECS also had their lineup of SFF cases on display.

OCZ had their new Vector series solid state drives on display. The Vector series is available in both PCIe add-in card and 2.5-inch SSD formats. The Vector PCIe is equipped with two Indilinx Barefeet 3 controllers and is capable of read/write speeds up to 1000MB/s and 140,000 IOPS. Expect to pay anywhere from $1.40~$1.70 per gigabyte for the PCIe version. The PCIe version will be available in 240, 480 and 960GB's.

The Vector series 2.5-inch utilizes the same Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller, and the read/write speeds will vary depending on the capacity of the drive. The 128GB model will have a read/write speed of 550/400MB/s and 90,000 IOPS, while the 256 and 512GB versions will be capable of read/write speeds up to 550/530MB/s and 100,000 IOPS.

We dropped by Thermaltake's suite to check out some of their latest offerings which include the new Chaser series of enclosures. Looking at the photo below, from left to right we have the A71, A31, A41 and the A41 Snow edition. The overall lighting theme was, you guessed it, blue for the Chaser series. The Meka keyboard series was on display as well. A few of the features included on the Meka G-Unit include advanced anti-ghosting function, and the ISS (Instant Switch System) allowing gamers access to all 60 macros from one profile.

Thermaltake's impressive looking Level 10M series mice made an appearance, and are available in a variety of colors: red, yellow and green with a black stripe down the middle as well white, black and pink with a silver stripe. The Level 10M series is equipped with laser sensors with a maximum 8200 DPI. The Level 10M gaming mouse is fully customizable via intelligent software allowing the user to program the Z key for fast access to 5 gaming profiles as well as customizable lighting effects.

Thermaltake's Level 10M series gaming mouse and Meka series keyboards allow you to extend your rigs customization beyond the ordinary internal lighting.

When we walked through the door into Cooler Master's suite, right away I knew we were in for a treat. The first thing we saw was a customized CM Storm Scout 2. As we made our way around to the gamers suite we ran into a suite babe that was kind enough to pose for a quick shot! The gamers suite was loaded with some impressive products from the CM Storm series including the Quick Fire Pro mechanical keyboard, the Quick Fire Rapid and the Skorpion.

Cooler Master is working on a new lineup of keyboards with Cherry MX Green switches that have a nice firm feel and finish compared to the current brown, blue and red switches. Moving around to the cooling display, we came across a new series of fans Cooler Master is working on that will offer up to 90CFM+ of airflow. Cooler Master's Eisberg line of coolers were also on display, equipped with larger pumps and upgraded radiators (featuring copper fins versus aluminum) which should offer a significant increase in performance.

There are several new enclosures on the horizon from Cooler Master as well. One which really stood out in particular was the ATCS 710, an all-aluminum case featuring a removable hard drive rack and easy access to the front case fans.

For those of you working or gaming on laptops, Cooler Master has you covered with some heavy duty laptop coolers.

What is CES without a little eye-candy provided by none other than the booth babes who were kind enough to smile for the camera!

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