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.
One of the largest companies at CES 2013, Samsung took the liberty to demo some of the hottest products coming to market and currently dominating the world of electronic sales. The ‘Series 7 Gamer’ took the award of ‘Best Laptop of CES 2012’ and this year Samsung showed us the follow up to that outstanding product with the Series 7 Chronos. Qualifying as an Ultrabook in every criteria except the processor, this desktop replacement laptop will physically amaze you, aesthetically and with its hardware. We also took the liberty to overview some of the more prominent products for which Samsung is known. Check out the video for more details.
Griffin showed at its CES 2013 booth an extensively-tested waterproof and drop-resistant iPhone case and some useful other products, including a series of wooden headphones. The iPhone case is resistant in water several meters deep and can withstand a military drop test. The Wood Tones line of headphones come in 3 different colors and are extremely comfortable. Check out the video for more on Griffin’s newest products.
This year was the first year that Swiftech was at CES and they did so to really promote and tell people about their brand new H220 all-in-one liquid cooling system. This system is designed to not only compete with all of the other all-in-one systems out there, but also with watercooling setups in general. Besides providing great cooling capability the H220 is the only all-in-one system available in the US that allows you to take it apart, drain it and change the loop. So if you wanted to add video card, memory or VRM cooling you are able to. Adding more components to the loop does not really effect performance either as Swiftech uses their own pump, which is 4-5x more powerful that standard pumps included in all-in-one systems. Check out the video below to see what we are talking about as the H220 is one of the most impressive all-in-one watercooling systems we have seen in a while!
As always Intel was showing a lot at their booth this year at CES. We had the privilege of getting a private demo of the GT3 graphics on their upcoming Haswell platform. This put the built-in graphics head to head with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M in a Dirt 3 demo. From the video below you can see how they compare. Ultrabooks and tablets were a big thing for Intel at the show and they just announced a new 7W SDP (scenario design power) Ivy Bridge chip. This will allow companies to create smaller and lighter Ultrabooks and tablets that have longer battery life. Finally we took a look at Intel’s wireless display technology. Eventually with a WiDi enabled tablet or Ultrabook you will be able to buy a small dongle, much like a flash drive that will plug into an HDMI port in your display and wirelessly display what you are seeing or use it as a second display.
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.
Mad Catz has some of the most comfortable and unique gaming products on the market. At CES they were showing many different mobile solutions whether they were for laptops or tablets. The R.A.T. M is the only mobile gaming mouse on the market that includes a gaming grade laser sensor. The F.R.E.Q. M is a matching headset that not only can be used on your laptop, but also something like a tablet or iPod. Mad Catz also showed us the M.O.U.S. 9, which is a non-gaming version of their R.A.T. 9 gaming mouse and a Bluetooth gaming controller that can be used in a many different devices.
The surrogate mother to the Android tablet has recently been overshadowed by companies like ASUS and Samsung due to superior hardware and product support. Those days are GONE! Archos has revamped the idea of Android tablet and had developed some of the most hardware intensive options currently on the market. With specifications similar to the likes of the iPad any lover of Android should be salivating. Archos has also continued with the innovation of the external functionality of the standard tablet by developing tablet models centered around gaming and productivity. Archos was never gone but was sometimes forgotten…in 2013 they will be a company to be remembered.
One of the biggest splashes made in 2012 in the ThinkComputers universe was caused by the asteroid known as Roccat. A long time player in the Europe, Roccat decided to step up their game and compete with the big dogs in the US market. Apparently German dogs are just as mean as SEA dogs because the products that Roccat showcased at the LVH suite on the first day of CES would even impress Michael Vick. With the inclusion of one of the sickest mechanical keyboard options and the further development of the ‘Power Grid’ product, Roccat is poised to plant some roots in the US and not let anyone tread of that ground.
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