If it looks like a duck but barks like a dog, what is it?
We were really impressed with Hewlett-Packard's Omen laptop when we reviewed it last year. With a design that paid homage to its Voodoo PC namesake, the model we received proved a capable gaming machine wrapped in a sexy chassis with a beautiful touchscreen panel. Well, there's a new version available, though HP's Omen Pro is classified as a mobile workstation, perhaps making it more suitable for game developers than gamers.
Ever heard of the ErgoDox? It's a mechanical keyboard kit that's available to purchase every so often, and if you're lucky to get one, your reward is an ergonomic plank with mechanical key switches. Well, after you assemble it, that is. And by assemble, we mean there's a fair bit of soldering involved, not just plugging in pieces like Legos. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, meet ErgoDox EZ, a pre-assembled ErgoDox that's damn near close to meeting its funding goal on Indiegogo.
Want to add some functional bling to your big size computer case? Thermaltake today formally announced the Commander FT, purportedly the world's largest 5.5-inch touch screen fan controller. The Commander FT was first shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few months ago, and now it gets an official launch alongside the company's Riing LED Radiator Fan Series.
Looking for a high end small form factor (SFF) system that uses the latest parts? If so, you may be interested in what Maingear has to offer. Maingear unveiled what it claims is the world's first lineup of high-performance compact mini ITX gaming rigs built around Intel's X99 chipset and Core i7 Extreme Edition processors, which include the Torq, Potenza, and Drift systems.
Asus this week unveiled its TUF Sabertooth X99 motherboard. According to Asus, it's the world's first consumer desktop mobo to support all NVM Express storage devices, including the latest mini-SAS HD (SF-8639) 2.5-inch solid state drives, PCI Express, and M.2 PCI Express drives. The timing of the this board's release comes just days after Intel announced its 750 Series SSDs, which are available in both half-height half-length (HHHL) and 2.5-inch NVMe form factors.
If you thought the days of paying $500 or more for an Android tablet were over and done with, think again. Dell has unveiled its Venue 10 7000, its latest tablet in its premium Android portfolio and the bigger brother to the Venue 8 7000. Or you can view it as an Android version of Microsoft's Surface -- you can add an optional full-size detachable (magnetic) keyboard to transform the tablet into a convertible.
As one of the more active players in the mini PC market, Zotac today announced the introduction of its new M-Series Zbox mini PC models with processors based on Intel's 14nm Broadwell microarchitecture inside. There are two models to begin with, the Zbox MI522 Nano and Zbox MI542 Nano, both of which measure a super scant 5 inches by 5 inches by 2 inches (127mm by 127mm by 45mm).
Do you fancy yourself a fan of digital headsets over analog ones, or vice versa? Your answer could determine how interested you might be in Roccat's Kave XTD 5.1 Analog headset due out in mid-April. It's the "highly anticipated analog successor" to the original Kave, and in addition to making advances in sound quality and clarity, Roccat says the XTD 5.1 Analog is also 25 percent lighter.
Production of the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor has now ceased. Coming some nine months after the $200 PC-compatible variant of Xbox One's powerful motion-sensing camera first began shipping, Microsoft says the move is designed to allow it to “consolidate the whole Kinect for Windows experience around a single sensor": the $150 Kinect for Xbox Onecamera.
How does 2,400MB/s read performance suit your fancy?
Intel's new 750 Series solid state drives should come with a label that reads, 'Warning, may cause whiplash and will result in uncontrollable giddiness'. After all, Intel's 750 Series takes center stage as the company's highest performing client SSD to date, with performance that's more than four times better than that of most SATA-based SSDs. The trick lies in utilizing four lanes of PCIe 3.0 and the NVM Express (NVMe) standard.