On the software front, SanDisk used CES to announce it's now offering encryption and online backup features across its entire retail USB portfolio. This includes the company's SecureAccess software, which creates a password-protected folder or "vault" on the USB drive, and up to 2GB of storage in the cloud offered by Dmailer.
"Business travelers lose more than 12,000 laptops each week in U.S. airports, and more than half of those laptops contain confidential or sensitive information," said Kent Perry, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "Data security has become an absolute necessity, and SanDisk USB drives with SecureAccess software offer an easy to use vault protected by AES encryption."
SanDisk is also expanding its USB flash drive offerings with the introduction of the Ultra and Cruzer Edge. The Ultra serves up transfer speeds up to 15MB/s and comes in 8GB ($45) and 32GB ($110) capacities, while the Cruzer Edge sports a compact slider design and is available in 2GB ($13), 4GB ($32), 8GB ($45), and 16GB ($80 capacities).
Hit the jump to read about SanDisk's CompactFlash announcement.
Idapt says its i1 Eco Universal Charger qualified as a CES Innovations Award Honoree, and with good reason -- it appeals to both gadget freaks and tree huggers alike.
The i1 Eco is made from recycled materials and is capable of charging most electronic devices. There are two points of charge, a USB port and a tip port. Idapt says interchangeable tips make the charger compatible with over 4,000 different devices, including popular items like the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, PSP, Xbox controllers, GPS products, and many, many more.
No word yet on price, though Idapt says it hopes to start shipping the charger in Spring 2011.
At AT&T’s Developer Summit, the company, in conjunction with Motorola and Nvidia, announced an intriguing new 4G phone that combines higher data rates with some intriguing new docking properties.
Formerly code-named Project Denver, the new phone is named the Atrix 4G and sports nVidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a 4-inch screen, 1GB of system memory and 16GB of storage (expandable to 32GB).
The so-called “superphone” (AT&T’s phrasing, not ours) runs Android 2.2 and features two docking systems that allow it to function as 1) a home theater media server and 2) an almost fully-functioning laptop.
We’ll have more information on this phone as we get hands-on time with at CES tomorrow.
Corsair has come a long way from making L2 cache-on-a-stick modules back in 1994, and the company has even bigger plans for the future, including extensions to their existing product categories, a pending IPO, and a brand new software layer of integration across all their component-based and audio products.
The beginning of the company’s presentation gave PC nerds like us a nice walk down memory lane, as Corsair talked through the evolution of the company. Once Intel started dropping L2 cache into its own CPUs in 1996, Corsair switched to DRAM add-in products, and you know the rest. Performance DRAM. Water cooling. Blinky lights. Flash Voyager. LED Display DRAM. Power supplies. Solid State Drives. Cases. Etc.
Corsair made it clear that it remains devoted to the performance and val-performance memory categories—one of the presentation’s slides indicated that the company’s Vengeance memory will be fully forward-compatible with Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 parts, as well as SSDs, with support for native SATA 6 gbps and 480 read/320 write and rapid TRIM garbage collection. The company has split its product divisions into two to allow it to focus on memory while a components division focuses on cases, cooling, and the audio products detailed below.
Hit the jump for more exciting announcements from Corsair!
This is truly geeky thing to get excited about, but Trane’s new ComfortLink II thermostat looks like an awesome way to control your home’s HVAC system.
The device features a seven-inch color touchscreen display that can not only control your heating and air-conditioning system, but it can also monitor the temperature in multiple rooms and connect to the Internet to display the temperature outside.
Netgear announced several new Wi-Fi routers and power-line networking devices at CES, including the successor to our current best-of-the-best pick, the WNDR3700.
Netgear is transitioning to a new model numbering scheme, so the new flagship is labeled the N600 Premium Edition but it’s also known as the WNDR3800. The N600 adds a number of features, including a much-improved user interface, a ReadyShare remote access feature that enables you to access attached USB storage devices from anywhere you have broadband access, Apple Time Machine compatibility for Macintosh backups, and DLNA certification. The router comes with 16MB of Flash memory and 64MB of RAM.
Like many others, TrendNet is using the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to announce a handful of new products, one of which is the first to market 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter, model TEW-687GA.
"TrendNet was ecstatic to be able to deliver the first ever 450Mbps wireless n router to market in early June of last year, followed by the first ever 450Mbps access point last month," stated Pei Huang, President and CEO of TrendNet. "The fact that we are also on pace to launch the first 450Mbps wireless n adapter is yet another signal of TrendNet's ability to innovate in the wireless networking space."
When paired with a 450Mbps router, TrendNet says its TEW-687GA will blast through the 150Mbps performance barrier, while also delivering sustained wireless transmission bursts in excess of 200Mbps. There are no drivers to install or other setup hoops to jump through -- just hook it up and you're ready to go, TrendNet says.
The TEW-687GA will be available this month for $150.
MSI executives took the wraps off a whole new line of high-end gaming notebooks at the company’s Tuesday evening press conference, each of which is powered by Intel’s second-generation Core i7 or Core i5 processors, code-named Sandy Bridge.
The model GT680 will be the first model out of the gate, offering a 15.6-inch screen driven by discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 400- and 500-series GPUs. It will offer four SO-DIMM DDR3 memory slots, enabling the machine to address up to 16GB of RAM. It’s expected to ship in late January for an MSRP of $1,499.
Asus Chairman Jonney Shih demonstrated four new tablet devices at the company’s CES press conference on Tuesday, including one model that runs Windows 7 Home Premium.
The Asus Eee Slate EP121 features an Intel Core i5-470UM dual-core processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 12.1-inch LED-backlit IPS multi-touch display delivering resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, and either a 32- or 64GB SSD. The EP121 comes with a Wacom digitizing pen with handwriting recognition and a virtual keyboard. It can also be controlled by a Bluetooth keyboard. The Slate features an integrated 2.0-megapixel camera.
Yes, the timing of the Consumer Electronics Show could be worse. It’s hard enough prying yourself off of your couch after the holidays and going back into the office without having to worry about hopping on a plane to Las Vegas and spending four days surrounded by high-decibel bass tones, throngs of sweaty geeks, and 30-minute delays everywhere you go.
Total madness, every year.
But you know, despite our initial apprehension, we’re excited for CES. We always are. If you can’t get amped about seeing and playing with thousands of brand new and not-yet-released tech products, you have no business being in this business.
The Maximum PC team leaves for Vegas on Wednesday, and we’re jumping right into the fray with Samsung, Corsair, and Microsoft press events lined up from Wednesday morning all the way through to the evening hours.
As always, the new year brings some big questions that will be answered at CES. Will Microsoft announce Windows 7 (or 8?) for ARM devices? Whose tablets will generate the most buzz? And what about 3D?
Our thoughts, questions, and predictions are below. We’re also incorporating comments and questions that we received from you guys into our story as well. The short version of your reponses: No More 3D!