Best of CES 2016 – QNAP M.2 SSD NASBook

We saw a lot of great products at this year’s show, but the latest storage device from QNAP really stood out from the crowd. While deploying huge NAS systems is no bad thing, they offer lots of potential for storing huge amounts of data at a competitive price, the new M.2 SSD NASBook could be the future of NAS systems.

Offering up a super compact form factor, this little box runs quiet, hold up to four M.2 drives and offers up blisteringly fast performance. When it comes to building a connected home multimedia setup, or managing all of your personal data, this could be the perfect NAS for the job.

Equipped with 4 x m.2 SSD bays, support for 2280/2260/2242 SATA 6Gb/s SSDs, 2 RAM slots for up to 8GB of DDR3L RAM, a powerful Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core Braswell processor with built-in Intel HD Graphics, the NASBook can transcode 4K video in real-time! I know I would love one of these as part of my own home setup, it’s small enough and stylish enough to place under your TV, in your office, or anywhere for that matter. With the added bonus of great connectivity and a built in gigabit switch to make it a true hub for your home/office.

QNAP M.2 SSD NASBook

Check out our full CES coverage of the QNAP M.2 SSD NASBook here or check out our latest QNAP storage, news, reviews and competitions here!

Razer Showcase Nabu Watch @ CES 2016

CES 2016: The new Razer Nabu Watch is on show in Las Vegas, and it’s clearly a big departure from the current Nabu wristband, it’s a lot bigger for starters! This is, at the very basic level, a digital watch. It features a separate battery that can last about 18 months and has a nice green LCD display for telling the time, it’s a watch and that’s about it. However, tucked just below the display is a secondary display, powered by its own rechargeable battery, This second display is a smaller version of the Nabu wristband, so it still gives you all the smart fitness tracking features you’ve come to know and love from that, as well as notifications, facebook messages and more. The battery life on this will be a few days long, so you’ll need to remember to charge it, just remember that the watch will keep on ticking under its own battery for a very long time.

I’m not completely sold on the rugged and somewhat oversized design, but it does look pretty cool and the softer wrist strap feels comfortable to wear.

Overall, it’s a cool two in one device and the price is said to be around £129.99 / $149.99, which is certainly more affordable that some similar devices on the market. What do you think of the new design?

Mushkin Display Latest Memory Products @ CES 2016

CES 2016: We’re here at the Mushkin suite in Las Vegas, and we’re very happy to see they’ve rolled out several new storage products for 2016. First up we have the Eco3, which features the Silicon Motion SM2256 controller, SATA 3.1 6Gb/s, and read and write speeds of 560MB/s and 515MB/s respectively with up to 87,000 IOPS. Additional features include SLC caching, Enhanced Data Protection Suite and a 3-year warranty.

The Eco3 is said to be exclusive to Newegg, at least for now, but the Triactor is virtually identical and will be available globally. No firm pricing at the moment, but expect it to be fiercely competitive.

The new 2TB reactor features the 2246 Silicon Motion controller and will launch in Q2.

The Striker, an enterprise focused SSD, is expect to launch late Q1. It will feature 565MB/s 88,000 IPS read and 550MB/s 92,000 IOPS write.

Pro camera users will be happy to see their new ICON compact flash cards, featuring 1066x speed with data transfers of 160MB/s and 256 and 512GB models being available in late Q1. Most interesting is that they’re expect to undercut the market prices of popular cards by a big margin, so keep an eye out for these.

Their latest prototype, two SM2246 controllers in RAID. The system will still handle this as a single drive, and performance will take a little bit of a hit, but when it comes to capacity for NAS setups, but expect a fantastic price per gigabyte option somewhere in Q2.

HTC Confirms Date of Vive VR Headset Pre-Orders

HTC has confirmed the date on which it will begin taking pre-orders for its Vive VR headset. Cher Wang, CEO of HTC, has told The Telegraph that pre-orders of the Vive, produced in conjunction with Valve, will be available from 29th February.

Five years ago, HTC was one of the leading smartphone manufacturers, but after a decline in quality of its handsets and the emergence of Chinese upstarts Xiaomi and Huawei saw the company fall into financial disarray, with dire predictions that it could fold within two years. Wang, however, sees the company’s refocus on virtual reality as the key to reviving its fortunes.

“Yes, smartphones are important, but to create a natural extension to other connected devices like wearables and virtual reality is more important,” Wang told The Telegraph.

HTC showed off its latest Vive headset, the second-generation developer kit Vive Pre, at CES in Las Vegas last week, showing off a refined version of the headset that debuted at the Mobile World Congress last year.

“Now we are more realistic,” Wang said on the future of HTC. “We feel that we should apply our best design to different type of sectors.”

HTC is yet to reveal how much the Vive VR headset will cost when pre-orders go live on 29th February.

AMD Showcases Polaris’ Incredibly Low Wattage Demands @ CES 2016

CES 2016: AMD’s upcoming GPU range, codenamed Polaris, is built on a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process and reports massive improvements in performance per watt compared to the competition. To demonstrate this, AMD compared two runs of Star Wars Battlefront; one with an NVIDIA GTX 950 and another using an unannounced Polaris chip. As you can see, Polaris delivers twice the performance per watt and maintained a solid 60 frames-per-second at medium details on a 1920×1080 display.

It’s impressive to see an actual chip from AMD being demoed before its release and to showcase the benefits of a refined manufacturing process. In contrast to this, details about Pascal’s performance, features and architecture is still fairly unknown. You have to commend AMD for adopting such an open approach and the graphics market really needs some competition to rebalance the overall market share percentage. So far, Polaris looks really promising, it’s working, and performing superbly when you take into account, the low-wattage under load. Theoretically, this means core temperatures should be moderate and have enough overclocking headroom providing the cards are not voltage locked.

Newegg Still Working Hard to Launch UK Store @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Newegg is one of the largest stockists of computer hardware in the USA and offers a huge range of products at competitive prices. This means the consumer usually has some sort of pricing war between Newegg, Amazon and other stores, which results in impressive discounts. Some time ago, the company revealed their plans to enter the UK market and offer a rival to Scan, Overclockers, Aria, Amazon and more! However, there hasn’t been a lot of progress in this area despite the US website allowing you to purchase items in GBP. While this might seem like a good idea, you’re still purchasing the items from a US outlet, and any product is bound by a hefty delivery charge and import duty. Once you take this into account, the final cost will be significantly more than a UK retailer.

Even though Newegg’s UK representative couldn’t give a definitive answer on the UK site’s progress, he did mention that it’s being worked on and developments should be announced this year. Without saying too much, I’m pretty sure you can see at what I’m hinting at and I cannot wait to see how this might shake up the PC hardware market in the UK.

Gigabyte Unveils AORUS Laptop Range @ CES 2016

CES 2016: AORUS is name given to Gigabyte’s extreme level of hardware which spans across gaming laptops, peripherals, backpacks and more! The range often receives a great deal of critical acclaim and implements groundbreaking exclusives features such as the AORUS Fusion Keyboard, AORUS Audio, and Hardware Live Stream Engine.

Here we can see the X5, which is the world’s first gaming laptop with per-key backlighting. This makes it possible to add special effects, choose individual key illumination and create a custom setup. This level of flexibility is unbelievable and not what you would expect from a gaming laptop.

The software allows you to choose from a wide array of effects including breathing, fade on keypress and more. After using the software briefly, I can confidently say, it’s intuitive and has enough settings to create something which feels personal to your specific needs.

Another unique technology is entitled, Gameplay Now which acts as a video capture tool to stream or record footage without any impact on game performance. This works via an M.2 card from AverMedia and provides up to 30% extra frames-per-second while capturing gameplay. There’s also an overlay which outlines the frame-rate and CPU utilization.

The AORUS team also showcased the limited edition camouflage X5 design which looks spectacular. Notice how the vinyl cover extends into the speaker grill and doesn’t have any abnormalities in the finish. The rep at CES told me that they are gauging the popularity of the skin, and if the response is good, will make other lavish designs in the future.

Cherry Confirms Corsair MX Blue Keyboards Will Return @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Even though Cherry didn’t have any official announcements or new products this year, I discussed with their representative about the removal of Corsair keyboards with Cherry MX blue switches from sale. There’s a lot of speculation if this is down to low consumer demand or Cherry being unable to produce enough switches that don’t suffer from widespread reliability issues. Apparently, the blue switch models experienced problems on the production line as the stems started to deteriorate over time and eventually fail. As a result, Cherry decided to temporarily halt production and find out the root cause.

Thankfully, Cherry confirmed that this issue has now been resolved and they are working hard to start ramping up availability of Cherry MX blue equipped keyboards. Clearly, it’s still in the hands of Corsair if they feel it’s financially worth it to offer this particular switch type, as many typists have decided to settle for brown switches instead. Whatever the case, it means there’s no reason not to opt for a blue switched keyboard and I’d love to see more manufacturers look beyond the popular gaming centric red switch.

Image courtesy of mechanicalkeyboards.com

Dell Demos Wireless Monitor With Phone Charging @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Monitor technology has progressed at an exponential rate and the future looks very promising with OLED, and Quantum Dot displays around the corner. However, one of the more unusual developments is a 23-inch 1920×1080 wireless monitor by Dell which allows you to mirror your screen on any Android or Windows device via Miracast and Bluetooth. Not only that, the stand has an integrated wireless charging sensor which supports both QI and PMA standards. When testing this functionality on my own handset, it became apparent that the pad has no problems with unibody design handsets, or devices with a glossy back cover.

The monitor will go on sale March 31st with a retail price of $429.

D-Link Demos Smart Home Technology @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Turning your home into a smart hub appears to be the hot trend of late, as consumers want more control of their devices and household appliances. During CES this year, D-Link showcased their impressive range of smart home devices including a WiFi Smart Plug, WiFi Water Sensor, WiFi Siren, WiFi Motion Sensor and Smart Alarm Detector. The Smart Plug can be used to turn a fan off when you leave for work, power on a stereo to wake you up and a whole host of other options. The Water Sensor informs users when a leak has begun to protect your gadgets, and home from serious damage.

As its name suggests, the Siren warns away potential intruders within a close proximity of your home and act as a deterrent. The Motion Sensor like all the other devices utilizes IFTTT to make the home react to any motion. This means it’s possible to adjust the lighting at specific times. Finally, the Alarm Detector sends users a message via text or other means when a smoke or carbon monoxide warning is triggered.

The free mydlink Home app for iOS® and Android will provide IFTTT support in late Q1 2016 and adds huge potential to the hardware shown at CES.

Gigabyte Announces New Motherboards @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Intel’s Xeon CPUs have a reputation for being extremely expensive and designed for the most demanding professional workloads. However, since the release of Skylake, Intel has outlined their plans to bring the Xeon name back to affordable consumer-grade motherboards. In theory, consumers can purchase the E3 1230 v5 CPU which offers the same core/thread count and L3 cache compared to the i7-6700. The only real downsize is a slight 0.2GHz turbo deficit, 20W higher TDP and lack of onboard graphics. Although this isn’t an issue as most high end users will be using a discrete GPU.

After speaking at length with Gigabyte about this, it seems they feel the consumer Xeon range provides great value, and could become a popular choice. However, I’m pretty sceptical as marketing the Xeon name as an affordable proposition will be a difficult task.  During CES, Gigabyte unveiled the X170 Gaming 3 WS, X170-Gaming 7 WS, X170-Extreme ECC, X150-Plus WS and X150M Plus WM.

As you can see the motherboards adopt a stylish camo design which looks phenomenal and should suit various colour schemes. Rather surprisingly, the majority of these do not have ECC support although this might be revised in time for the official release. These C232/C236 workstation products aren’t as barren as you might expect and include gaming features like an isolated audio PCB section, USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity, 32Gb/s M.2 support 115dB SNR, DualBIOS and more!

This is only a brief overview of the range, and we should be taking a more in-depth look when the motherboards arrive for review purposes.

MSI Launches X99 And Z170 Carbon Edition Motherboards @ CES 2016

CES 2016: MSI’s X99A GODLIKE GAMING motherboard is instantly recognizable with a feature list that almost defies belief. It’s certainly one of the best motherboards ever designed in terms of visual effects, build quality and overclocking prowess. While it’s an expensive proposition, there isn’t any other product like it on the market! However, not everyone enjoyed the lavish colour scheme, and wanted those amazing features in a more neutral package. Thankfully, MSI has delivered with the X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON. This black finish works beautifully with white builds and looks so sophisticated. Additionally, MSI has improved on the Mystic Light to add a sense of visual flair to the carbon layer.

The Z170A PRO GAMING CARBON follows a similar pattern, and is a revised version of the Z170A PRO GAMING. As you can see, the motherboard looks astonishing and is a real show piece. Nothing has been altered in the core specification (which is a good thing), and I’m really pleased with how the accents on the heatsink contrast with the PCB’s colour.

Do you prefer the stealth black look or traditional red and black gaming theme?

“YAZI” Venator Class Star Destroyer Gaming Desktop Removed From eBay

Sander Van der Velden’s incredible reproduction of a Star destroyer is mind-blowing and one of the best case mods I’ve seen! The attention-to-detail throughout is hard to believe and constructed from aluminium pieces via 3D printing techniques. It’s certainly worth checking out the build log on here which provides a great insight into the techniques used to attain such a marvellous finish. After being showcased in the MSI suite, the creator listing the PC at a starting price of $2600.

However, the listing has now ended and is no longer available. This is because the item has been purchased by MSI as a showpiece for events.

In terms of its specifications, the device sports an MSI 780Ti lightning, MSI B150M motherboard, Intel Core i5-6600K, Avexir 16GB DDR4 memory, OCZ Vector 960Gb SSD, Thermaltake 1200 watt power supply and Thermaltake water cooling apparatus.

What would you pay to own this particular mod project?

EVGA Reveals First Gaming Laptop @ CES 2016

CES 2016: EVGA is one of the largest companies in the hardware industry and has a huge line-up spanned across various departments including graphics cards, PC cases, motherboards and more! During CES 2016, the company announced their first gaming laptop which sports an Intel Core i7 6820HK and supports manual overclocking. This is impressive given the form factor which measures under 1.05 inches with the lid closed. Furthermore, the unit opts for a stylish, aluminium single piece unibody design. On another note, the laptop incorporates a GTX 980M with full overclocking support, and up to 4 hours of battery life. Please note, this is the mobile chipset and not a desktop-grade GTX 980 which many rumours suggested the final model would be.

The laptop’s 4K IPS display features superb viewing angles and vivid colours. Although, I was initially confused by the omission of NVIDIA’s G-Sync refresh technology which produces such a smooth gaming experience. After speaking to EVGA, it seems a higher-end model is in production with a G-Sync display. Another highlight is the keyboard which feels comfortable and extremely well made.

EVGA decided to include 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory, up to 256GB M.2 SSD storage, and a 2TB mechanical disk drive. Here we can see the impressive cooling design and native USB 3.1 Type-C connector.

The BIOS can be mouse driven and displays key system diagnostics as well as the ability to tweak almost anything from system boot order to CPU strap. Overall, this is a very impressive package and I’m interested to see what the price point is going to be. When this information is revealed, we will update the article accordingly.

Roku Announce 4K Smart TVs And HDR @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Streaming various forms of video content has revolutionized our viewing habits and provided a more convenient, legitimate alternative to traditional TV broadcasts. Roku’s ability to offer over 100 video channels has made their devices a popular choice for consumers wanting a flexible and no compromise viewing experience. During CES 2016, the company unveiled their plans to integrate streaming functionality into 4K TVs and already working with TCL, Haier, Hisense, Insignia and Sharp to launch nearly 60 new Roku TV models.

Additionally, Roku is releasing the TV HDR reference design to partners which enables them to utilize HDR technology in upcoming 4K smart TVs. Not only that, the system is based on the HDR 10 standard and should contain Dolby Vision support.

SanDisk Unveils New Drives @ CES 2016

CES 2016: SanDisk always has a number of interesting products to showcase during press events, and CES 2016 was no different. While the Extreme Portable 510 was announced a few weeks ago, it’s interesting to see how small it is in person and the quality of workmanship. Unfortunately, the 510 only comes in a 480GB capacity which is a baffling decision. Nevertheless, the design is fantastic and incorporates an IP55 rubber coating which protects against dust and water splashes. According to SanDisk, it’s meant for video professionals who require a rugged, and high performance drive on-the-go. In terms of pricing, the device will cost $250 and begin entering retail channels in the next few weeks.

The company also displayed a 200GB USB flash drive which can connect wirelessly to smart devices and provide the storage many users need. This is so important on Apple handsets where the storage is locked and cannot be expanded. Technically the drive utilizes 802.11n, costs $120 and can be purchased right now.

AMD Unveils New Wraith Stock CPU Cooler @ CES 2016

Over the years, many designs for stock coolers have come and gone, with some good and others bad. Since the launch of AMD’s Bulldozer chips back in 2011, AMD has stuck to pretty much the same stock cooler design. While it’s not terrible, it hasn’t been that great, with high temperatures and noisy operation. To remedy this, AMD is launching an all new cooler, dubbed the Wraith.

With the Wraith, AMD is keeping the basic design, probably for compatibility reasons. Basic operation pretty much is unchanged, with what appears to be copper heat pipes leading away from a copper baseplate. The heat pipes curl around to an aluminium fin array that is cooled by a fan. Much has also changed as well, with the Wraith noticeably taller and beefier than it’s predecessor with a larger fin array. The fan is also improved with better sound characteristics and a black shroud with a lighted AMD logo.

AMD brings themselves one step closer towards parity with Intel who has been steadily improving their own coolers as well. The release of the new stock cooler comes perfectly in time for AMD’s new Zen architecture on 14nm FinFET. Ironically, Zen and the new 14nm FinFET process will likely reduce the heat load put out.

MSI Unveils Company’s First Desktop PC @ CES 2016

CES 2016: MSI has gained a fairly prestigious reputation in the gaming laptop sector and produces an excellent array of stylish models to suit various price points. However, some users find laptops too limiting and prefer to upgrade their hardware when it eventually becomes outdated. The company’s latest creation is their first entry into gaming desktops which features a modular SFF design and innovative “360 airflow technology” to keep temperatures low in such a small chassis. The Vortex supports Intel’s latest 6th generation processors, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, and dual PCIe x4 M.2 SSD support. This continues on from the superb ultra-fast storage options from the Dominator GT72 laptop.

Please note, the system is powered by a desktop grade, i7-6700K and even allows for overclocking. Although, I’m not entirely sure how plausible this is given the chassis’ enclosed design. Some concessions were made in the graphics card department due to space restrictions, as the SLI 980s are based on the mobile versions. Nevertheless, it should perform extremely well and the MXM modules can be upgraded in the future. Other additions include customizable RGB illumination and you even can change the dragon logo for a custom creation.

Pricing and availability hasn’t been revealed yet, but we will keep you updated when this information is released.

Gigabyte Updates BRIX Line-Up @ CES 2016

CES 2016: The Gigabyte BRIX series exemplifies how compact barebone systems can be and created a new small form factor which seemed impossible at the time. Recently, Gigabyte decided to update the range to add support for Intel’s latest 6th generation processors. More specifically, models come in a number of i3, i5 and i7 variants to give users the flexibility to purchase the SKU which suits their specific requirements. As expected, the many of BRIX units support for a 2.5″ SSD/HDD as well as a copious supply of USB connectors.

During CES this year, Gigabyte showcased the new BRIX units which feature Thunderbolt 3 connectivity which is available over USB 3.1 Type-C. This 40Gb/s connector can daisy chain up to 12 devices and supports Display 1.2 to cope with 4K setups. On another note, Thunderbolt 3’s Power Delivery 2.0 is so useful to quickly charge smartphones, tablets and other essential equipment.

SuperMicro Announces C7Z170-OCE Gaming Motherboard @ CES 2016

CES 2016: SuperMicro is one of the most respected names in the server industry and produces motherboards with unparalleled reliability. Recently, the company expanded their focus and decided to enter the gaming market. Their latest product, the C7Z170-OCE adopts a green and black colour scheme and looks quite usual given the majority of gaming-themed motherboards rarely use this theme. As its name suggests, the motherboard is based on Intel’s LGA1151 chipset and supports 6th generation processors. Furthermore, the C7Z170-OCE accomodates up to 64GB DDR4 memory with an overclocked frequency up to 3300MHz.

On another note, the motherboard contains a PLX chip which makes it a fantastic choice for 2 or 3-way SLI configurations. Other notable additions include a 32Gb/s M.2 port, Realtek ALC 1150 audio codec with isolated PCB design and dual LAN. More specifically, you can choose between the Intel® i219V and Intel® I210-AT. As a result, either of these connections should provide superb bandwidth without having to deal with higher CPU utilizations which you often see from Killer chips like the E2400.

SuperMicro have also incorporated a number of advanced overclocking features to get the maximum potential of your CPU. This ranges from voltage monitoring, a 5-phase voltage switch regulator with auto-sense from 0.8375V-1.60V and other key system areas to analyse.  In terms of the motherboard layout, there is a total of five 4-pin CPU headers with PWM control and status monitoring.

Overall, the C7Z170-OCE looks stunning and appears to be a significant step forward in creating a gaming motherboard which does something completely different to the competition. In the next few weeks, we should have a review arriving at eTeknix headquarters, and I cannot wait to see how it performs.

New and Upgraded Phanteks Chassis Products Revealed @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Phanteks are one of my all time favourite chassis manufacturers, and after visiting their suite in Las Vegas, it’s easy to remember why. Their Evolv ATX and Pro M chassis are already impressive in terms of design, but their new models now come with  a tempered glass side panel. While the chassis remains unchanged, this new model gives you a great way to show off your hardware and gives them an even more premium visual appreance.

Phanteks are known to be a premium brand, which means premium prices. However, their new Eclipse looks to take many of their high-end features down to a more affordable price point. Equipped with room for cooling, featuring a built-in lighting kit and a fan controller, the P400a is the best of the bunch. It comes with a side panel windows, PSU shroud, cable routing and more, so you can expect you system build to look fantastic, but there will also b ea more enclosed silent version as well as a more affordable model without the lighting or fan controller, giving you lots of options to choose from.

Expect these to be at retailers very soon and a full review from us as soon as they’re available, but either way, it’s nice to see them taking a shot at a slightly more consumer (and wallet) friendly part of the market.

New Kingston Cloud Revolver Headset @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Kingston are already a popular choice for PC gamers, after the massive success of their Cloud and Cloud II gaming headsets. Now they’ve back with a completely new design, the HyperX Cloud Revolver headset, and this time, it’s a fully Kingston designed headset, no help from other parties such as QPAD.

The design certainly looks great, and the headset feels like a premium product and well ballanced. Equipped with new 50mm drivers, Kington promise they’ve finally made a Cloud beater, but we’ll have to wait and see.

The headband design is self adjusting for the perfect fit every time.

And there’s a soft leather padding for excellent noise suppression on the interior of the ear cups. Other than that, you can find a new microphone, which is said to be even better than the old one, so it’s certainly something we’re looking forward to testing later this year.

The new headset is expected to launch in Q2, with an RRP of $120 and $150 for the 3,5mm and USB versions resectively.

Latest Polar Smart Watches @ CES 2016

Smart watches are everywhere these days, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t got room for even more. While many smart watches are tailored to the consumer, the new series from Polar are targeted at professional athletes. The V800 is packed full of features, ideal for the triathlete, or multisport athelets, as it’ll help monitor running, cycling, swimming and much more.

The M400 still packs a lot of high-end features, but is more tailored to urban and trail runners, afterall, if you don’t do triathalons, the V800 is likely overkill for your needs.

The bike computers are pretty slick too, featuring clear displays, GPU, performance tracking, great battery life and more.

There’s no doubt that these will be popular units, as they’re stylish, light weight, feature heart rate monitors, profiles, free app and web services, have clear displays and are designed to withstand the elements in their respective catagories. We’ve no details on the prices, but given their focused nature, they’re not going to be cheap. They may however be essential to the pros.

ARM Displaying Their Latest Technologies @ CES 2016

CES 2016: ARM are one of the biggest tech companies in the world, chances are you’re using dozens of their products right now and you don’t even know it! They make the tiny processors, sensors and more that go into so many pieces of technology all around the world. At CES, they have been showcasing all their latest technologies, such as the Michigan Mote, the world’s smallest computer. At just 1mm3 in size, and using just 10 nanowatts of power, it’s great for batteries, radios, sensors and so much more. Unfortunately, ARM didn’t find my joke about the lack of HDMI funny, but it’s still an impressive unit.

The MbientLab MetaWear C, not the most memorable name ever, but with low-cost and endless applications, it’s a great bit of hardware. Featuring a temperature, pressure, accelerometer, gyro, magnetometer and light sensor, it’s a tracking powerhouse, and it’s no bigger than a button.

The Huawei Mate 8, a prime example of ARM hardware at work.

Another ARM Cortex chip is found in the Tom Tom GPS.

Even an automated pet food dispensor.

You wouldn’t think of shoes being ARM enabled, not that I’m trying to make a joke about it being feet enabled. With an ARM Coretex -M0 MCU, the shoes are smart enabled for fitness tracking!

The new Atheer AiR AR glasses, equipped with a number of ARM technologies for processing and sensors.

It seems there are endless products powered by arm, but what’s really special is that while they keep making powerful, cost effective and tiny systems to fit in our devices is that they’re so good at their job, their work often goes unnoticed. Great work ARM, we can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

Insteon Smart Home Technologies @ CES 2016

CES 2016: One of the biggest tech trends right now is a connected home, from Bluetooth-connected lightbulbs that you can control from your phone to smart TV’s, there are a lot of devices out there doing some amazing things. The latest range of products from Insteon work in harmony with a lot of the latest tech on the market, from Logitech products, Amazon Echo, Cortana, Milocks, Sonos, Apple HomeKit and many more. They add physical connections to your home, that are a far cry from the humble light switches you likely already have.

Control your remote multimedia, lighting, mobile devices, connected TVs and more as you enter the room. Set a button that plays your favourite song, sets your favourite lighting mood, puts the kettle on! The choice is really yours and it’s that kind of freedom of connectivity that is so attractive.

The main hub is sleek and stylish, simply add power and network connections and you’re good to go.

They’ll be shipping a starter kit, allowing mobile control of a few connected devices, but there’s no limit on how far you can expand your setup, the only limit will be your imagination… and maybe your budget.

EVGA Reveal Hydro QRG Expandable Cooler @ CES 2016

CES 2016: EVGA may be better known for their PSUs, graphics cards and other hardware, but now they’re expanding into the world of CPU coolers too! This isn’t the first time EVGA has dabbled with cooling through, having had many water cooled GPUs in recent years, so I have high expectations for their new QRG CPU Cooler.

The pump design is certainly unique and comes with a gorgeous LED-lit EVGA logo behind the clear top panel. The hoses are a good length, and come with a thick braiding over the top, and better yet, they come with quick release interlinks, allowing you to easily add a GPU into the mix; such as the Hydro EVGA series!

The cooler is set to launch soon, with just the 120mm version available initially, but expect other models to follow afterwards and if it’s successful, EVGA will be eager to expand on this range even further.

EVGA X10 Mouse & Z10 Keyboard @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Gaming, there’s no doubt about it, a lot of PC gamers love it. PC gaming is even better when you’ve got a great set of peripherals too, and the Z10 from EVGA certainly fits the bill. Equipped with high-end Cherry MX switches, LED backlighting, slider switches for volume and lighting and a bold angular design, it’s certainly a nice keyboard.

However, it’s one extra little feature that sets this keyboard apart, as it can hook up to your graphics cards to allow GPU overclocking directly from the keyboard! If that’s not a great tool for overclocking, I don’t know what is!

The Torq X10 mouse is looking great too, with its aggressive and textured design, LED lighting and fantastic build quality, I can see this being a popular choice for competitive gamers.

There are two huge slipmats on the base, giving it fantastic glide.

And finally, it’s got an adjustable design to help better fit your hand.

Would you buy either of these? Would you like direct OC’ing on your keyboard?