If companies at CES 2015 were to have a mantra, Lenovo’s would have to be “thin and light.” These were words repeated on a consistent basis to Onling Managing Editor Jimmy Thang who was taken by surprise when he picked up Lenovo’s ultra light LaVie Z and was then shown the new ThinkPad Yoga, Flex laptops, thinkvision X24 Monitor, and T550 Ultrabook.
One of the advantages of rolling your own rig is that once the parts arrive, you can get busy assembling the system and be finished on the same day. But when you order from a bulk OEM or boutique builder, you're at the mercy of their lead times. You don't have much choice when it comes to laptops -- there aren't a ton of whitebox options -- though Velocity Micro today announced three custom-configured laptop lines, each of which requires just a three-day lead time.
Boutique system builder Xotic PC has teamed up with MSI to build a custom gaming PC called the Elysium. However, we can't talk about this build without also mentioning In Win, which has been coming up with some downright funky case designs lately, such as the open air D-Frame and, as is the case here, the S-Frame. It's also an open air chassis, though unique in style for different reasons than the D-Frame.
Turtle Beach, known largely for its gaming headsets, showed off several PC gaming peripherals at CES today -- the most interesting of which is arguably their line of keyboards. This is the first time that the company has branched into this particular market. We first heard about the Impact 100, 500 and 700 back at Gamescom in August, but Turtle Beach was light on details and North American availability at the time. The Impact 700 is their flagship keyboard, with a full-sized chassis, Cherry MX Brown keys, backlighting, headphone and microphone jacks, and a spare USB 2.0 port. Coming in with an MSRP of $195.95, it has a flagship price to match.
Now that it no longer requires taking out a second mortgage to fund a solid-state drive upgrade, maybe we'll start seeing an influx of high capacity SSDs. Is that too much to ask? Not of Patriot Memory, which arrived at the Consumer Electronics Show with its new and capacious Ignite line of a SATA 6Gbps SSD products. And for good measure, the company also brought along a couple of new USB flash drives, which we'll get to in a moment.
Toshiba has been making some changes, and shifting its focus, which has resulted in the company cutting back on its consumer PC division and focusing more on the business market. So Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang was able to visit the company’s office to see what the company has been up to since its shift in focus and was shown Toshiba’s Encore 2 Write Tablet, Portege Z20t 2-in-1, the Dynadock 4K, and Canvio Cast Wireless Adapter in action.
Over the course of the last couple of years, MSI has been taking the gaming laptop category by storm, and we've seen a lot of interesting offerings from the company. However, it's MSI's new GT80 Titan SLI-009 that has us intrigued. The company brought its latest system (along with several other goodies) to the Consumer Electronics Show, so we sent Online Managing Editor and resident gaming whiz Jimmy Thang to check things out.
Thermaltake announced the arrival of three cube-shaped cases today, which are notable for having a ridiculous number of fan mounts, given their compact size. The three models are dubbed the Core X1, Core X2, and Core X9 (we're afraid to ask what happened to Cores 3-8), distinguished by their sizing for mini-ITX, micro-ATX and full ATX motherboards, respectively. If the photos and diagrams are true (and someone please pinch us), the little X1 can take a whopping 360mm radiator and has five mounts for fans ranging from 120mm to 200mm. It can also take a full-sized power supply in the lower chamber, where you can also stow a few storage devices. Speaking of which, the drive bays are all fully modular.
Peanut butter and jelly go together, and the same goes for Coke and Rum. Heck, we can think of any number of combinations that make sense, but storage and sex appeal? That's a first for us, and when we heard Seagate was combining the two, Maximum PC Online Managing Editor and self-proclaimed fashion expert Jimmy Thang made an all-out sprint for Seagate's section at the Consumer Electronics Show. What he saw was, well, himself! And you could see yourself, too, if you look at the LaCie Mirror, an external hard drive with a mirror finish.
After learning about HP's Pavilion Mini and Stream Mini desktop PCs yesterday, we gave Online Managing Editor and Video Guru Jimmy Thang a special mission -- seek out HP's booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and film the company's products. It didn't take him long to sniff out HP's whereabouts to give us a closer look at the NUC-like PCs, along with a curvaceous ultrawide display that we're now anxious to try out for ourselves.