Reggae rocker Bob Marley sang songs to convey his message of authenticity, charity, sustainability, and unity. His family lives on, and they wanted to translate these ideas into a series of musical products. House of Marley is the result, proffering audio listening products for all people. These products are new and unique — authentic — and 5% of the profits supports 1Love.org, a charity that continues Marley’s message through good works. Moreover, all of the House of Marley products are sustainable — wooden and largely if not entirely recyclable. ThinkComputers’ Colin Dean talks to Karen from House of Marley in this video interview covering the company’s earphones, iPhone boomboxes, home audio systems, and more from its Jammin’, Freedom, and Destiny collections.
Network attached storage device manufacturer Synology had a great booth this year at CES. ThinkComputers’ Colin Dean talked with Synology’s Doug Self about the new version of the NAS firmware running on Synology devices. The new version includes some reorganization of the desktop-paradigm control panel and also enables a new CloudDrive feature, which enables a user to setup and control their own cloud storage system, like SpiderOak or Dropbox, using their Synology device. We also looked at the new DS411 Slim, a 4-bay NAS which uses 2.5” drives in order to give the device a very small size and increase its portability. Check out our video interview.
Hyperkin now owns the rights to Game Genie, and has produced a version of it for Nintendo DS console variants since these portable consoles still use cartridges. Not to be dissuaded from the optical media consoles, Hyperkin is also unleashing a solution for copying and altering save games called the Save Guru. We also saw the 3-in-1 classic gaming console, the Retron 3, which can play Sega Genesis, NES, and SNES games and has wireless controllers. Lastly, we saw an AK-47-inspired gun accessory for the PSMove. ThinkComputers’ Mark Howland speaks to Leo from Hyperkin in this video interview.
Zalman showed off its new coolers, including air coolers such as the entry-level 10X Optima and the high-end, first of its kind 12X, a triple-fan cooler, as well as its all-in-one liquid cooling solutions. We also looked at the new case, the Z11, which has two models and has a sleek, “alien” ship look about it. Zalman also displayed its latest line of power supplies, three levels of SSDs, mice, and video cards with built-in Zalman coolers. Colin Dean speaks to Jeff from Zalman in this video interview.
We stopped by the Sennheiser booth to check out their new gaming headphones. In the video, they showed us the PC360, an open air headphone, with noise canceling, and includes a noise canceling microphone. It is in stores now at $249. We also checked out the Xbox 360 version of the headset as well, the X320. It’s only a wired gaming headset, no wireless version for 2012. It also features noise canceling for the headset and mic. The sound quality is definitely awesome and these headsets are both worth the value.
Rosewill is primarily known for its affordable chassis, power supplies, and networking products. We ventured to the company’s suite to check out the new Blackhawk chassis, capable of housing an HPTX motherboard, and several other chassis, new and old. We also check out the company’s new laptop cooling devices, 80PLUS certified power supplies, and new 300 Mbps Wireless N routers and adapters. Listen in on ThinkComputers’ Colin Dean in this video overview of these products from CES 2012.
ThinkComputers stopped by the Shogun booth at CES 2012 to check out the company’s latest gaming peripherals and accessories. Headlining was a combination mouse, presentation remote, and gaming controller released last year, the Chameleon X1. This laser mouse has a full Playstation Portable-style controller on the bottom of it. Shogun also showed us its several new keyboards, its Ballista mouse, and a fantastic new 2.1 speaker system with golf ball-sized satellites. ThinkComputers’ Colin Dean talks to Dennis from Shogun in this video interview.
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!
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