Items tagged with CES2013

Zotac is starting off its CES 2013 by announcing a pair of new ZBOX mini-PCs, with the 3rd-generation ZBOX (ID42) leading the way and packing revamped specs. “After many years of research and development, ZOTAC is able to integrate desktop components and discrete graphics into our award-winning ZBOX mini-PC for greater flexibility and performance capabilities,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. Upgrades included dual Gigabit Ethernet ports that support teaming, dual external WiFi antennas, and an improved cooling system that boasts triple the ventilation area of the previous generation. It also sports an Intel dual-core processor and an NVIDIA GeForce 610... Read more...
This evening, NVIDIA made some bold moves at their CES 2013 press conference and announced a couple of potentially game-changing products. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang spent a little more than 90 minutes talking to a captive audience at the press conference, which was held at the posh Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. He used the first couple of segments to show off the GeForce Experience utility, which launched in beta form a few weeks back, and the GeForce GRID server platform. Just to reiterate, GeForce Experience is designed to make PC gaming more “console like” by automatically configuring many of today’s popular games for optimal image quality and performance, based on the PC’s hardware... Read more...
NVIDIA is kicking off their CES 2013 onslaught a little early this evening with major announcements promised at an exclusive press event at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas at 8PM PST.  Buzz with folks in the know says that NVIDIA could officially take the wraps off Tegra 4, their next generation low power integrated System-On-a-Chip, based on integrated ARM cores and NVIDIA graphics engines and target for tablets and smartphones.  This wouldn't be the first time the company has unveiled new Tegra technology at CES, so speculation is running at a fevered pitch.  It has been said that the venue will be packed with a standing room only crowd, including the likes of at least one HotHardware... Read more...
CES doesn’t officially start until January 8, but many of the pre-show festivities have begun. We just spent some time at the CES Unveiled event taking place at the Mandalay Bay resort and have some cool stuff show you. Amidst the myriad of funky gadgets, mobile accessories, and random doo-dads, there were a few PC-centric items to see, along with some serious geek porn. No, I didn't lick it... CES Unveiled is basically a huge ballroom crammed full of tables with hundreds of companies showing off some of their wares before the actual CES show floor opens at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Along with all of the gadgetry, the press is enticed to attend by the promise of good food and... Read more...
Is there an award for the world's most beautiful hard drive? Because if so, LaCie and famed designer Philippe Starck may have just created it. The pair debuted the Blade Runner today, an external hard drive that combines an anthropomorphic metal interior with an angular cage-like shell. In fact, only 9,999 of these will be produced, and each one is "custom-built." The drive utilizes USB 3.0, and also boasts an LED power button that glows to indicate activity. The LaCie Blade Runner is equipped with 10GB of complimentary Wuala Secure Cloud Storage and user-friendly backup software, and includes 4TB within. The price? $299.99, which honestly doesn't seem that awful given the style. LaCie, in collaboration... Read more...
If you want the full touch experience of Windows 8 without investing in a brand new PC, Lenovo's ThinkVision LT1423p Touch Mobile Monitor might be the solution you're looking for. The LT1423p is a 13.3-inch display with a 10-point multi-touch Gorilla Glass screen featuring an anti-reflection and anti-fingerprint surface. It's designed primarily for traveling professionals who might benefit from having a second screen to play with, and a high-quality one at that. The LT1423p touts an IPS panel with a 1600x900 resolution and "incredibly wide viewing angle," Lenovo says. It comes with a Digitizer pen and a USB 3.0 interface for its signal and power. Optional Wi-Fi connectivity is also in the cards.... Read more...
The desktop isn't dead by any stretch of the imagination, and if you don't believe, just ask Lenovo. Among Lenovo's upcoming desktop PCs (yes, that's plural) is the IdeaCentre Erazer X700, a high performance system for "extreme gamers" that begs to be overclocked. Like everything else Lenovo announced this weekend, the Erazer X700 pimps Microsoft's Windows 8 platform. More importantly, it packs some respectable hardware inside a diamond-cut chassis with blue LED lighting. Different configurations are available with support for up to an Intel Core i7 Extreme processor, dual-graphics cards (up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX660 cards in SLI or up to two AMD Radeon HD 8950 cards in CrossFireX), up to... Read more...
Among the many items Lenovo has chosen to announce just days before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is a new lineup of consumer and business Windows 8 touch-optimized notebooks. According to Lenovo, "people love touch," and the OEM is putting its money where its mouth is by aggressively integrating touch capabilities into an extensive line of PCs. Let's have a look at Lenovo's upcoming notebook products with touch. Lenovo's signature IdeaPad U310 and U410 mainstream Ultrabooks models are the first up to bat. These thin and light PCs feature 10-point multi-touch displays and are supposed to blend form with function, measuring just 18mm (U310) and 21mm (U410) thin. The IdeaPad... Read more...
Microsoft likes to point out that Windows 8 represents a re-imagining of the Windows platform, and going along with that theme, Redmond's OEM partners are stepping outside the bounds of what constitutes a typical PC. A good example of this is Lenovo's IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, or the world's first interpersonal PC, as Lenovo describes it. Based on the same concept as a convertible notebook, the Horizon can lay flat on any surface, but it's far too large to call a tablet. The 27-inch display allows for two or more people to use the screen at the same time and is ideally suited for touchscreen game-play among several players, Lenovo says. "We've seen technology shifts across the four screens,... Read more...
The doors of the Las Vegas Convention Center may still be largely sealed, but the news from CES 2013 is already starting to flow. Samsung is one of the major players showing up in Las Vegas to debut new products, and a new digital audio line-up will be a huge part of that. The company's 2013 AV products feature a number of wireless connectivity enhancements, including the industry's first soundbar that can connect with a TV using wireless Bluetooth technology. Samsung's Vacuum Tube Soundbar (model HW-F750) is the first soundbar to feature a built-in vacuum tube to maximize sound quality, and is the world's first soundbar that can wirelessly connect with a TV via Bluetooth, while the Portable... Read more...
Big news out of the Lenovo camp this morning. As the company prepares for CES, the public should start preparing for a very different Lenovo starting in April. Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing sent out an e-mail to employees over the weekend that made clear that Lenovo would be dividing its business into two units: Lenovo and Think. It's probably a wise move. IBM's former ThinkPad brand took on a life of its own a long time ago, and Lenovo may serve itself well to break Think off and let that brand flourish on its own. Yuanqing seems to think that the split will allow the company to focus more effort on moving Think-labeled products to high-end purchasers, while Lenovo products can concentrate... Read more...
We haven't heard of too many busy professionals of late that have too much time, and no way to adequately watch all of the great television that's coming out these days. But, if you're looking for a way to soak in even more entertainment, DISH has today introduced the DISH Explorer app for iPad. It's described as a second-screen app for the Hopper whole-home HD DVR platform. It's built to combine program-discovery tools, social media engagement and remote-control capabilities. It'll be available in the App Store tomorrow, and will allow viewers to discover what shows are trending at the moment (including sporting events, across hundreds of live-TV channels, DVR recordings and on-demand programs),... Read more...
While Smart TVs have improved over the years, one issue in particular has bothered us: there's no uniformity. Every single TV has their own user interface, and every single software back-end is written on a different platform. And how can you get developers to band together and help make an ecosystem better, if every single TV maker is courting devs to write a different program? Largely due to that, Smart TV usage hasn't taken off. Sure, people use things because they simply come with new HDTVs, but is there passion in the air about Smart TVs the way there is tablets? Not so much. But at CES 2013, the Smart TV Alliance is banding together to introduce five new members as well as an updated SDK.... Read more...
Fujifilm has been producing retro-like rangefinder cameras for the past few years now, and if you appreciate style, you'll be hard-pressed to find a device that shines quite like the X series. At this year's CES, two new ones are being revealed: the X20 and the X100s. Starting with the latter, that one is the follow-up to the X100, and it includes the world's fastest autofocus at 0.08 seconds. There's also a FUJINON 23mm f/2 prime lens, a 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, a hybrid viewfinder and a Digital Split Image display. It's an advanced way of seeing thing through the lens, placing dual images on the left and right which should help with manually focusing. The lower-end X20 follows the... Read more...
Is wireless charging the future? Turns out, every CES for the past few years has become home to a host of wireless charging products, but the stuff really hasn't ever taken off in the mainstream world. Naturally, the company's showing up with wireless in mind are hoping to change the perspective at this year's CES. Fulton Innovation has just introduced a new demo tablet that will actually double as a wireless charging pad, among other things. The company's showing off a two-way wireless power example, and using Qi, it'll demo a tablet being charged wirelessly, which in turn is used to charge a Qi enabled mobile phone. By simply placing the two devices back-to-back, the power transfers wirelessly... Read more...
Given that Vizio was already cutting thin the razor-sharp margins in the TV universe, it wasn't all that much of a shock when it introduced a PC lineup last year. But given that PCs are giving way to tablets in a major way, now the company has decided to go small. At CES 2013, Vizio is introducing its first Windows 8 tablet, and 11.6" unit running a pure copy of Windows (unlike the Surface RT, which runs the ARM-friendly Windows RT), and a dual-core 1GHZ AMD Z60 processor. Other specifications include a 1080p touch panel, no bloatware at all (a pretty amazing feat, actually), a 2MP front-facing camera, 64GB of internal storage, micro-HDMI output and a micor-USB port. The company isn't coming... Read more...
We always see a lot of great new gaming gear at CES, and the fun is already starting for next week’s show. Rosewill is teasing some new gamer-friendly devices in its lineup today.   Rosewill is building on its line of mechanical keyboards with a new board that features a dual LED backlight. The Helios RK-9200 uses red and green backlights to help you tell keyboard sections (or individual keys – each key is individually lit) apart at a glance. For key switches, your options will be Cherry MX Blue (loud, tactile), Brown (light tactile, somewhat loud, a favorite of many gamers), Red (non-tactile), or Black (non-tactile, quiet).   The company is also launching several new cases,... Read more...
There was once a time when mechanical keyboards were the exception, not the rule. But as more gamers have started to clamor over them, and more mainstream typists enjoy the feel, it seems as if quite a few more companies are reaching out into the mechanical waters. ROCCAT is debuting its first-ever mechanical keyboard this week, dubbed Ryos. It is the first gaming keyboard ever that features per-key lighting and up to two 32-bit ARM cortex processors. The keyboard can display key functions, macros and even health or mana bars thanks to this technology. The included SDK makes what's possible limited only by the player's imagination, and players will also find 2MB of internal Flash. Moreover, it... Read more...
Replacing a cracked smartphone screen is a time-consuming, miserable process that involves way too many microscopic screws. Corning, which makes the glass found in many smartphones and tablets, announced Gorilla Glass 3, the latest version of its tough glass composition.   Gorilla Glass 3 is going to be tougher than version 2, of course, and Corning will be showing just how much tougher it is at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013, which kicks off next week. The company will also be touting the use of Gorilla Glass in larger display. Corning plans to show off new optical cables at CES 2013, as well. The fiber-based “Optical Cables by Corning,” will provide faster... Read more...
MSI announced a new ultrabook convertible known as the Slider S20. This new ultrabook runs on Windows 8 and features an Intel Core i5 processor. As you may expect from its name, the Slider S20 utilizes a slide-out keyboard that enables it to convert from an ultrabook to a tablet. Other key specifications of the Slider S20 include a 16:9 1920x1080 full HD 10-point touch screen, 8GB of DDR3 memory and 128GB of SSD storage. The Slider S20 weighs 2.2 pounds and measures less than 1 inch thick. Connectivity features include a Jackson Peak Wireless adapter, Ethernet, 2 USB3 ports, Bluetooth capability, mini HDMI-out connector and an integrated 720P HD webcam.  “Many users prefer the mobility... Read more...
Polaroid confirmed plans to reveal an interchangeable lens camera that runs on Android at CES in January. Earlier this week, multiple sites claimed Polaroid planned to offer a mirror less compact system camera that will be called the IM1836. This camera will be manufactured by Sakar. The mirror less camera will reportedly feature an 18.1-megapixel sensor as well as a 3.5-inch touchscreen. The camera will run on Android 4. Although few other details about the upcoming camera are available at this time, Scott Hardy, president and CEO of Polaroid emailed Imaging Resource the following statement, "There will be an Android powered, interchangeable lens camera introduced by Polaroid at CES 2013. Additional... Read more...
Like many companies, Samsung is gearing up for CES 2013. There has been plenty of speculation as to when Samsung will officially unveil the follow up to its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone. Most rumors suggest Samsung will unveil the phone either at CES in January or at Mobile World Congress in February. Although details are relatively sparse, Samsung is trying to increase buzz surrounding the company's upcoming announcement(s) for CES with the release of a new video. Some people are speculating the video alludes to a new phone while others wonder if it could be a completely different product such as a high-end television or something else. Samsung's Galaxy S IV smartphone is rumored to feature... Read more...
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