Moneual’s Sonambu PC power saving PC was introduced a couple of years ago at CES to great fanfare, as the computer’s power system had essentially a built-in power strip. When the computer was off, power to all peripherals was cut, thereby preventing wasted electricity. For CES 2012, Moneual upgraded the line with a additional SATA ports, an 80PLUS-certified power supply, and new form-factors with eco-friendly cases made with recycled material. Also, Moneual highlighted a modularized All-in-One PC which isolates various components in order to maximize upgradeability. Last, Moneual showed its concept Home Cloud Server. The Home Cloud Server is built onto an air purifier — one of Moneual’s primary home appliance products — and offers all the features expected in a NAS and more in order to offer a connected home experience. Colin Dean speaks with Lico from Moneual in this video interview.
Mad Catz has made gaming accessories for years. Although recently, MadCatz has seriously committed to expanding their product line. With the Street Fighter X Tekken VS Arcade Stick, Xbox 360 Primer Headset, Cyborg F.R.E.Q. Headset, and the MLG Pro Gaming Circuit controller. But Mad Catz’s new products aren’t clones of what’s already available, each product offers something new. For instance, the Street Fighter X Tekken VS Arcade Stick is the exact dimensions of the Japanese arcade counterpart with better build quality, the Xbox 360 Primer Headset is officially licensed and runs at 5.8GHz, Cyborg F.R.E.Q. has a detachable mic and a swappable USB or 3.5mm adapter, so it is usable on any device. Finally, the MLG Pro Gaming Circuit Controller allows you to swap the thumbsticks, and d-pad into any configuration you want. Alex from Mad Catz provides us with a thorough walkthrough of the above products.
As we said in our NZXT CES 2012 coverage we were shown a brand new case that NZXT was about to launch. This case is one of the most impressive cases I’ve seen from NZXT and one of the most impressive cases that I saw at CES this year. The case launches today worldwide and you can pick it up for $169.99! Some of the features include hybrid fins on the top of the case that can be opened and closed, support for 280mm radiators and up to 10 fans, 2 removable hard drive cages for up to 7 hard drives, 9 expansion slots, USB 3.0 and much more. Read on to check out our video overview of this amazing case!
Swedish case maker Fractal Design showed us its line of cases, from the flagship Define series originally introduced in 2009 to two new lines introduced when the company entered the North American market last year: the minimalistic Core series and the highly affordable Arc series. Also on display was a pair of cases by case modding great Bill Owen of MNPCTech. ThinkComputers’ Colin Dean talks to Fractal Design’s Dan Grossman in this video interview.
Sapphire invited us up to their suite at CES to check out some of their latest products. We were shown their brand new Intel X79 board the Pure Black X9, which has the new PCI-Express 3.0 slots on it. Also on display in their suite was the Edge HD3 Mini PC which uses AMD’s E450 APU. Finally we were shown the Sapphire VID2X. This product takes a single video single and converts it to two full HD DVI signals for a dual-display setup.
I’m sure most of you know about Otterbox, they make protective cases for iPhones and other mobile devices. We stopped over at their booth at the Showstoppers event to check out some of their latest cases. They showed us the Defender, Commuter, Impact and Reflex cases. Read on to see our video interview with Rona of Otterbox.
We were really excited to get up into MSI’s suite at CES to check out their flagship X79 board the Big Bang XPower II. It features a 22-phase hybrid power design, two 8 pin CPU power connectors, and seven PCI-E lanes for up to 4-way Crossfire or SLI. We were also shown MSI’s upcoming Intel 7 Series motherboards and a very cool external enclosure for graphics cards. Read on to check it all out!
Lenovo had their own private booth this year at CES. They showed us their new ThinkPad T430U Ultrabook that features optional discrete 1GB NVIDIA graphics, support for Intel’s latest Core processors and is just under 4LBS. One really cool Ultrabook we were shown was the IdeaPad Yoga. Not only is it 17mm thin the screen can be folded over backwards to transform the Ultrabook into a tablet. Read on to check out these and some of the other things Lenovo showed us.
Zotac had some really cool things to show us at CES this year. To start they have a few new versions of their ever-popular ZBOX series of Mini PC’s. They also showed us some of their the Intel 7-Series motherboards and some of their newest Mini-ITX motherboard offerings. On the graphics card side we were shown the GTX 580 Infinity Edition, which is water-cooled with an all in one solution that can be purchased with the card or as a add-on. Read on as Cherry from Zotac gives us a run down of what to expect from Zotac in 2012!
Our focus this year for the Sony booth was the Japanese electronics giant’s new line of Android tablets. The Tablet S is a 9.7″ tablet with a unique wedged edge developed as the result of rigorous user testing and feedback. The wedge helps the user better balance the unit by shifting weight to one had without increasing the overall weight of the device. The Tablet P is Sony’s newest design, a clamshell tablet with dual screens. For both, Sony used screen designs from its line of televisions in order to deliver the highest quality viewing experience. ThinkComputers’ Colin Dean speaks with Sony’s Otis Gates about this line of tablets.