We've already seen some interesting developments coming from boutique system builders at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, though there's still plenty more to talk about. Like what? Well, Origin PC arrived at CES with laptops configured with desktop processors and a few living room game systems (call them PC consoles, if you will, but not Steam Box) that should play nice with your 4K TV.
A killer system that's pre-wired for liquid cooling
Liquid cooling isn't new by any means -- enthusiasts have been cooling their PCs with water since around the discovery of fire (give or take a few years). But what makes Digital Storm's new Aventum 3 system a different kind of beast is how the liquid cooling setup is implemented. It's pre-wired and configured to allow for easy user upgrades without mucking up the intricate installation. Let's have a closer look.
You may have noticed that over the years, Maximum PC sometimes doesn't have a filter -- that's part of where our "Minimum BS" tagline comes from. With that in mind, we sent Online Managing Editor and number one Geraldo Rivera fan Jimmy Thang on a mission to seek out and interview Oculus VR founder Nate Mitchell. He did that, and he wasted no time addressing the elephant in the room -- selling out to Facebook and the level of anger over the acquisition.
Integrated 3D camera might turn heads or a 15.6-inch Chromebook will
With all of the new laptops and notebooks being shown at CES 2015, it becomes difficult for a company’s product to stand. But we think Acer might have achieved this with its two new offerings. Maximum PC’s Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang had the opportunity to visit the company’s booth where he saw Acer’s new Aspire V 17 Nitro gaming notebook and 15-inch Chromebook.
A $99 headset with 7.1 surround sound seems promising
Kingston is looking to make a bit of a splash with its HyperX branded products. Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang visited the booth at CES 2015 where he was able to see the HyperX Savage SSD, the Predator PCIe SSD, and a new Cloud 2 headset.
SteelSeries has been a supporter of eSports for a long time by sponsoring various teams and producing various gaming products. But now the gaming peripheral manufacturer is looking to be more involved with eSports in a different way. At CES 2015, SteelSeries has been demoing its Sentry Eye Tracker and showing the Apex M800 mechanical gaming keyboard which Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang was able to see in person.
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.