In terms of getting a network connection from one point to another in a way that most folk consider neat and orderly, some ways are easier than others. Running Ethernet or coaxial cable can be messy for existing structures, and sometimes there’s a reason not to use WiFi. When those two standard options are out, the next one to consider is Powerline networking. Powerline is oft-forgotten, because most folk reach for a better WiFi router when they need it. The 500 Mbps RPLC-500 Kit from Rosewill is a new contender in this space. It offers a smaller wall wart adapter than some of its competitors’ offerings and great power saving features. Its plug-and-play operation lets users get up and running in no time.
There was a time when a wireless router did little more than, well, route. It took bits from the airwaves and put them on a wire, destined for the Internet or perhaps the local network. As the technology matured, product designers started adding things. At first, it was software like firewalls, quality of service controls, and port tunneling and forwarding controls. Then came the advanced things such as VPN and jffs-based file storage – sufficient for a small, static HTML site stored on a cordoned-off part of the router’s unused flash ROM. Then came the hardware changes, most relevant to this review being the advent of USB ports. This opened a whole new world of possibilities, generally USB Mass Storage devices and printers. Then Western Digital joined the fray. It added a hard drive to the router. Thus, we have the My Net N900 Central, a 450Mbps x2 high-end wireless router ready act not only as a shuffler of bits, but also as a storer of bits; a router and simple NAS all in one compact device.
Ferrari has teamed with Logic3 to offer a series of headphones, earbuds, and an Apple device speaker dock decked out in classy Ferrari styling. From a mid-range unit in the mid 100s range, all the way up to the flagship R300 noise-canceling series at $299, Logic3 and Ferrari have a great line of audio listening devices prepped for consumer enjoyment.
We stopped by the Crucial meeting rooms to get a look at the newest DRAM and SSD products from the consumer brand of Micron. DDR4 is imminent, with its expected densities of up to 32GB and power consumption of just 1V driving high usage, high battery life devices in late 2013 with mainstream adoption in 2014 and 2015. On the SSD side, we take a look at an amazing 1 TB-class SSD at a price point of just $600, as well as new 512GB SSDs in mSATA and m.2 form factors.
We bumped into Nectar’s Ken Lazarus while walking past the Brookstone booth, completely out of happenstance. In doing so, we stumbled upon one of the neatest tools we have yet encountered at CES 2013: the Nectar fuel cell mobile charger. Through the use of a special chip fabricated by Intel and a butane fuel pack, the Nectar charger can supply 10-20 full charges of a smartphone. This enables not only intraday charging, but days or even weeks away from electricity. The Nectar will retail at Brookstone for $299 with $10 fuel cells, which are one-time use but have recyclable casing.
Long have the days past since the CRT light guns that we used to dominate Zombies in games like House of Dead 2 on the Dreamcast. Unless you’re a user of either Kinect for XBox 360 or Move for PS3 you don’t know the joys of pointing a ‘gun’ at your TV and fragging some enemies. G-Mate took the opportunity to fill a void that has long needed filled by developing a console gun that does not use visual detection but instead uses a gyroscope that translates the movements to your screen. The MAG II Gun Controller is a giant leap in fully functional interaction with console FPS’s. Take a look at the video to see one of the coolest console products at CES.
OWC, a.k.a. Otherworld Computing, showed off primarily three new products: the Accelsior, the Viper, and the KR. The Accelsior is a storage system using PCI-Express to serve up SSD blades. Configured in RAID 0, the drives were capable of more than 1300 MBps read and a very impressive write speed. The Viper is a new SSD that OWC claims will saturate a SATA III 6 Gbps connection at its 600 MBps maximum. Lastly, OWC shows a ridiculously awesome 200 ft drop test on its KR series of iPhone 4/S and iPhone 5 cases. These cases are built to withstand some serious punishment. Check out the video for more on OWC’s CES 2013 lineup.
Hipsters, Fujifilm has a product that will make the rims of your black glasses thicker and the tops of your PBR beers, well, frothier. Fujifilm stepped into an industry gap left by one of the products that changed the scope of photography for all time. The days of instant physical picture (Polariod) cameras have returned and the target demographic for these camera is just who you’d think they’d be for. I know, hipsters, the idea of a company targeting you is the exact opposite idea of being a hipster but it’s just something you’re going to have to deal with. Fujifilm developed a really unique product and it will be interesting to see if something that was considered dated will have the ability to be reborn as a useful medium for hipsters and teenagers alike.
We met at Digital Experience with TRENDnet’s Zak Wood to preview some of the networking products company’s new technology for CES 2013. TRENDnet is introducing a pair of 802.11ac wireless products, a router and a USB 3.0 adapter. It also announced the smallest 500 Mbps Powerline adapter, and it has a pass-through plug, to boot.
Car marker Chevrolet made an appearance at Digital Experience in order to demonstrate its new MyLink in-car computer system. It can synchronize with various storage devices and mobile phones to provide a useful, safe driver-centric experience upgrade for its 2014 Impala sedan.