ASUS, one of the biggest players in the consumer technology industry, never fails to deliver. What started out as a humble motherboard manufacturer has now turned into a dominant name throughout the market. Asus has been in the notebook PC market for a little while and what we saw today a small range of its’ offerings. We were a little more surprised with the Smart Watch on display. A very understated piece, but this felt good in hand and reacted well when used.
Along with the notebooks and smart watch, we saw a little of ASUS’ network offerings, we know how good they are, in fact I’m currently using the RT-AC68U router which we using in our motherboard network testing because it is that good. However, I do want to see a ROG version, a nice red detailed with the ROG logo would set one of their routers off.
We look forward to see what ASUS brings to the table in the future, with smart watch competition heating up and tablets becoming a more dominant portable use, will we see many more notebooks from ASUS? Any news of events from ASUS, we will keep you updated.
OCZ, a tech enthusiast household name. One of the first companies to mass produce consumer SSD drives and succeeded. They had small teething issues at the beginning with poor read/ write cycle; however they have now sorted the issues and provide some of the longest warranty periods and read/ write cycle life span. We see no new additions to the line-up compared to CES, but there’s not really been any advancements in SSD technology for a little while.
I personally love OCZ products, I’ve owned a few of their SSD’s like the Agility 3 and still use it to this day. We can’t wait for a new advancement in SSD technology for the sector to boom once again. Any news or events from OCZ, we will keep you updated.
Today at CeBIT, we met up with ECS. They presented us with their new line up of LIVA mini PC’s. The main focus of today’s talk was on the newest addition, the LIVA-X. The LIVA-X follows the new method of using a single piece of pressed aluminium to give it a very high-end premium feel and finish to the product. It’s a little bigger than some of the usual mini PC’s, but this packs a punch. It has enough power to display on 2 screens, using the VGA and HDMI ports.
We were also presented with 2 prototypes which are still unnamed. They followed a similar design process as the LIVA-X, but they had a great connectivity package and some sleeker cases, appealing a great market with a brushed gunmetal case with perspex top and a soft white case; these could typically appeal to the male and female market segments.
We are very excited to see what ECS has presented us and for what they have up their sleeves for the future in terms of both mini PC’s ad motherboards. Any news or events, we will keep you updated.
During our meeting with ZOTAC, we were presented with their ZBOX range, a very nice range indeed. Where they offer a comprehensive range, they have now categorised each ZBOX into 6 categories: Epic Gaming (E), Sphere (O), Pico (P), Passive Cooling (C), Multimedia (M) and Basic (B). These categories have pretty much every typical home user covered. A Very simple and small alternative to buying a mass produced tower computer from a high street retailer.
We loved seeing the vast range and diversity from ZOTAC today with all their products. I personally really liked the PICO box, I could use this to present my ideas in meetings, without having to rely on a comparatively bulky laptop and projector combination.
I look forward to seeing additional Mini PC’s added to the range from ZOTAC, possibly a detachable screen added to the top of the PICO box for “on the move” use. Any news or events, we will keep you updated.
So we’re here at CeBIT 2015 with Plextor. They brought along today two test benches featuring their M6e PCI SSD drive and their M7e MSATA SSD.
We’ve seen this technology before at CES, but it’s definitely worth mentioning the serious speed increase using the PlexTurbo application to get massive speed increases. We see in the image below, over 8GB/s read speeds and over 7GB/s write speed. To put that in perspective, roughly an hour episode of Breaking Bad at 1080p is roughly 1GB rounded down; this drive can transfer 8 episodes a second at that speed.
We look forward to new innovative technology brought forward by Plextor in the near future. Any news or events from Plextor, we will keep you updated. We even heard rumour that Version 3 of their drive may be ready in time for Computex, but we’ll have to wait and see!
Here at CeBIT 2015 with the ASRock members, showcasing a small range of this current generation motherboard, During our meeting, we noticed this outstanding X99 Haswell-E motherboard. Very similar features that we have come to expect from ASRock and their X99 based motherboards, but this has been equipped with the newest 3.1 USB ports. Along with the new USB 3.1 ports, we have the usual 8 DIMM slots, 5 PCI-e slots (4 gold and 1 black) and a huge expansion slot for a M.2 device.
We will be very interested in any new technology brought forward by ASRock in the near future. Any news and events, we will keep you updated,
Here again with LIAN LI at CeBIT 2015. LIAN LI is no stranger to pushing the design envelope, being one of the first companies to commercially produce ‘desk PCs’ where you can build your PC into your desk for the ultimate ego boost.
We were presented with 2 new desks, the first is in final design stages with will be commercially available very soon (pictured below), the second is an early prototype (pictured above), which in terms of chassis size, it’s the ITX size of the desk PC’s, but will likely have support for larger motherboards. This ‘desk’ is perfect for having sat under a wall mounted TV or even in the middle of the room if you don’t mind wires under carpets. This would make the ultimate coffee table.
We look forward to bringing you more information on these products, and will keep you updated with future press release information.
Following our previous coverage of ASRock at CeBIT 2015, they also presented a small range of their AIO computers. The most notable being the Alienware esq M8. This features a SFX 600W power supply to offer support for a single AMD R9 290x, NVIDIA GTX Titan or GTX 780Ti. The rest of the range was smaller AIO computers like the VisionX 471D. Despite its small size, this comes with a 256GB mSATA SSD, a 2TB HDD with additional space for a 2.5″ drive and an i7 mobile CPU. This little box packs a big punch and is sure to shake up the market.
We look forward to testing ASRock’s future products. Any news or events we will keep you updated.
We’re here with Enermax at CeBIT 2015. They’re showcasing a small range of products from their line-up, most notable is the 550w digital, modular, 80PLUS Platinum, 5 year warranty and FANLESS power supply. Normally you would only get a small combination of those features, but to have them all in one package is simply amazing.
We look forward to the release of this power supply and the rest of the line-up in the near future. Any further news or events from Enermax, we will keep you updated.
So carrying on with the be quiet! stand at CeBIT 2015. We have a rather impressive range of products on display, from their newest case, the Silent Base 800, down to their range of Silent Wing fans.
All the technology shown here has previously been covered during CES 2015 apart from the new Double Glazing window for the Silent Base 800, which can be found here, and the Dark Power Pro 11 series power supply, which can be found here!
We look forward to see what be quiet! has to offer in the coming weeks and months. We will keep you posted on any news and events from be quiet! and the rest of CeBIT 2015!
Here with Enermax still, with a small presentation of their LEPA series of consumer goods. Aimed at more of the enthusiast consumer market, they have brought along one of their LV12 series tower cooler and an example of their 240mm AIO liquid cooling unit; the AquaChanger.
Apart from internal computer items, we have a self-contained Bluetooth speaker unit; the BTS002. NFC support along with the Bluetooth connectivity. An impressive 2200mA power unit and a built-in microphone for the freedom of handfree.
We look forward to seeing more from LEPA in the near future. Any news or events from LEPA, we will keep you updated.
Here at CeBIT 2015, we caught up with LIAN LI; the Bugatti of the chassis world. Today’s line-up presents some of the lesser known products of LIAN LI, all of the accessories from HDD raid racks to 5.25″ drive bay control panels. LIAN LI don’t do half measures, everything is in high-quality aluminium, keeping in look with their chassis range, but also aids their durability.
One device that caught our eye was the external MSATA enclosure with USB 3.1 optional connectivity. It’s great to see how quickly manufacturers have adopted this new standard, but also give the option of previous generation support for those using slightly out-dated tech.
We look forward to seeing more of LIAN LI’s products in the future. Any news of events from LIAN LI, we will keep you updated.
We are pleased to present Xilence at CeBIT 2015. A rather new brand compared to the usual enthusiast companies we all know of. The difference with Xilence, their ‘motto’ is giving what the customer needs AND what the customer wants at the best possible price. They talk directly to their consumers and produce some very good products as a result.
Their presented cooling range of upright tower coolers consist of the usual heat sink, pwm fan and direct contact copper pipes, but the price point is what really sets these apart. The 2 pipe model is claimed to cost less than 15EURO and the 3 pipe less than 20EURO. Along with the price, they claim to offer performance beating their closest competitor.
We look forward to seeing what else Xilence has to offer in the coming weeks and months. Any future news or events from Xilence, we will keep you updated.
So we’re here at CeBIT 2015 in Hannover, Germany. First stop is to the be quiet! stand where they have presented the Dark Power Pro 11 1000w 80PLUS Platinum Power supply. This power supply is the newest in be quiet! line-up, providing stable power at extreme efficiency. This particular model has a special feature, which will be rolled out on the series. This is the OverClocking Key (OCK), this allows you to manually plug in a ‘key’ to switch between single and multi-rail modes to better adjust for those who decide to have power demanding graphics card set up or for overclocking. Like in the previous be quiet! power supply range, these will come with rubber mounting brackets, but new to this will be a rubber encased 135mm 6 pole motor fan; better efficiency, better power, better silence.
We are looking forward to this and the rest of the range, which will start at 550w and end at 1200w. We look forward to bringing you the rest of the news and events from CeBIT 2015.