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ASUS Republic of Gamers announces Swift PG278Q gaming monitor

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor, a 27-inch WQHD display with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time to cater to the graphical requirements of today’s fast paced games. It boasts gamer-centric features for a better gameplay experience, NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology for smooth, fluid visuals, as well as exquisite and ergonomic design touches.

The world’s first and only WQHD G-SYNC fast gaming monitor
Designed especially for gamers, the ROG Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor features a 27-inch WQHD 2560 x 1440 panel with a pixel density of 109 pixels per inch (PPI). The use of a WQHD panel gives it four times (4X) the resolution of 720p for sharper images, and provides 77% more screen workspace than similarly-sized 1080p displays.

The PG278Q is ideal for today’s fast-paced games and delivers fluid visuals thanks to a 144 Hz refresh rate and rapid 1 ms response time. Users have the option of selecting their preferred refresh rates, with the exclusive Turbo key for one-click switching between 60 Hz, 120 Hz or 144 Hz display modes.

The PG278Q has built-in NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to deliver the smoothest, fastest and most breathtaking gaming visuals imaginable. G-SYNC synchronizes the display’s refresh rate to the GPU in a NVIDIA GeForce GTX-powered PC, eliminating screen tearing and minimizing display stutter and input lag.

ASUS launches the RT-AC87 Dual-Band Wireless-AC2400 Gigabit router

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Following its preview at CES 2014, ASUS is excited to launch the ASUS RT-AC87, the world’s first Wave 2 802.11ac consumer router and the fastest 5 GHz with speeds up to 1.73 Gbps. Powered by Quantenna’s award-winning QSR1000 4×4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) chipset, the ASUS RT-AC87 offers unparalleled speed and range for a superior wireless experience.

“As the number of wireless devices in the home increases, so does the importance of Wi-Fi quality. Our customers value high-performance Wi-Fi and know the importance of a reliable and fast wireless connection in order to stream bandwidth-intensive data. The RT-AC87 provides them with class leading performance, as well as incredible range and reliability,” said Margaret Chen, President of Open Platform Business (OPBG) Group for ASUS Computer International.

“Now is the time to purchase an 802.11ac router,” said Dr. Sam Heidari, CEO of Quantenna. “Together with ASUS, we are delivering the first Wave 2 solution to meet consumer’s high performance expectations. We are implementing the killer features of 802.11ac including 4×4 MIMO and MU-MIMO. We are extremely pleased to be partnered with ASUS in delivering this value to consumers.”

Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 flash drive now available

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Corsair today announced the availability of the Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 flash drive that was announced at Computex in June. Available in 256 GB and 128 GB capacities, the Flash Voyager GTX is the fastest USB flash drive Corsair has ever produced, offering blisteringly fast peak transfer speeds of up to 450 MB/sec read and 350 MB/sec write, vastly reducing waiting time when accessing or transferring files on the go.

The Flash Voyager GTX boasts the inner technologies of an SSD that will keep the drive operating at peak performance for years to come. USB Attached SCSI and S.M.A.R.T. monitoring ensure blazing fast, error-free transfers of large video music and photo collections, while TRIM support curbs degradation so the Flash Voyager GTX retains its performance, even after extended heavy use. Compatible with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, the Flash Voyager GTX works on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with no additional software required.

With up to 256 GB of storage, Flash Voyager GTX’s enormous capacity options ensure that even the largest files, such as operating systems, game installs or high definition video projects, can easily fit on the drive alongside other multimedia content — with plenty of room to spare. Take your favorite games with you to a LAN party, or quickly transfer your whole movie collection for easy viewing later. It’s the perfect storage gadget for any student, content-hoarder, or computer power user.

ViewSonic launches 28-inch VX2858Sml desktop monitor

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ViewSonic introduces the VX2858Sml high-end desktop monitor. With a premium SuperClear Pro panel and 28-inches of screen space, the ViewSonic VX2858Sml features one of the best front-of-screen experiences for all types of cross-platform computing needs. The VX2858Sml is a native Full HD 1080p display with a stylish sleek design and versatile input options.

Featuring premium connectivity options like dual HDMI ports, as well as Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) connectivity, the ViewSonic VX2858Sml has been designed for cross-platform computing, including gaming and multimedia applications. Designed with MHL connectivity, the VX2858Sml ensures flexibility between MHL-enabled mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, allowing users to view content on a larger screen in Full HD resolution. With dual HDMI and VGA ports, the VX2858Sml monitor can link to multiple video sources, accommodating various video sources at one time.

With SuperClear Pro technology, the VX2858Sml delivers true 8-bit color capability, a 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 50M:1 MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio and wide viewing angles for superior color performance. The VX2858Sml comes with built-in features that can reduce eye fatigue, including Flicker-Free Technology and a Blue Light Filter. Flicker-Free Technology reduces screen flickering at all brightness levels, which helps to reduce eye strain. The proprietary Blue Light Filter from ViewSonic allows users to dim the blue light levels to ease potential eye strain. Combined with the exclusive ViewMode settings that deliver five preset user options, including “Text,” “Game,” “Movie,” “Web,” and “Mono,” the VX2858Sml offers maximum viewing comfort.

Tt eSPORTS introduces the VERTO gaming headset

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Tt eSPORTS is releasing the new VERTO, a headset offering strong styling paired with comfort. The head band design is auto adjusting to get the right sizing for anyone who wears it, and protein leather ear pads maintain comfort even over long hours of use. The bold geometric design is strong enough for gaming yet sophisticated enough for in-office use.

The stainless steel outer-headband frame was carefully tuned over time, to provide the most optimal angle and width for the best ergonomics. The inner handband, with leatherette padding for comfort, slides to conform to the wearer’s head. The VERTO was designed to offer a secure grip on the head, without clamping down hard, for comfort over both short and long term wear. The earpads feature the use of protein leather, which feels soft and supple upon the skin while maximizing breathability.

The VERTO is a stereo headset with an overall balanced sound, and a tinge of bass emphasis. Maintaining an overall balanced sound makes the VERTO great for competitive gaming, and the slight bass emphasis maintains a great atmosphere for both movies and casual gaming. The bendable and pivotable omni-directional microphone gets in and out of the way conveniently as needed, while providing crystal clear voice communications. The VERTO features a removable cable design, and is both PC and mobile friendly; via two included cables. Fold flat design also makes the VERTO convenient to transport.

The VERTO headset MSRP is USD $79.99, will go on sale globally in select regions such as the USA and Taiwan in July, with global roll out following that. Please kindly refer to your local stores for information regarding its availability.

Samsung introduces new branded SSD powered by 3D V-NAND

Samsung today launched the 850 PRO, a new solid state drive (SSD) line-up featuring Samsung’s cutting-edge three-dimensional (3D) vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology. The new Samsung 850 PRO, unveiled at the 2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit in Seoul, offers a new breed of performance for solid state drives and will be available globally across 53 markets from this month.

Based on Samsung’s proprietary V-NAND technology, the new 850 PRO is ideal for use in high-end PCs and workstations. Samsung’s V-NAND features a proprietary vertical cell structure and represents a breakthrough in overcoming the density limit currently facing planar NAND architecture used in conventional flash memory, yielding significant speed, endurance and energy efficiency improvements.

Tt eSPORTS announces the POSEIDON ZX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

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Tt eSPORTS is releasing the new POSEIDON ZX tenkeyless mechanical gaming keyboard. The POSEIDON ZX ditches the number pad area found in a standard full sized keyboard, to help reduce length to 80% of a regular one. The POSEIDON ZX, as with all keyboards in the POSEIDON Z series, feature Tt eSPORTS Certified Mechanical switches.

The POSEIDON ZX will come in Tt certified blue switches, with full LED backlighting, N-Key rollover via USB, dedicated key to disable windows key, accessible media keys, and adjustable brightness. It is fully plug-and-play, requiring no drivers and software.

The tenkeyless form factor is especially useful for gamers who could benefit from the extra space for mouse usage, in both gaming setups and LAN environments. It’s also easier to transport due to weight and size when compared to a full sized keyboard.

ADATA launches industrial CFast 2.0 memory card

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ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the industrial CFast card -ISC3E, which combines the form-factor of a CF card with the high-speed SATA interface for both high reliability and secure operation, widening the application of industrial equipment.

ADATA’s ISC3E CFast is compatible with CFast 2.0 and SATA 3.1. The sequential read/write speed is up to 435/120 MB/s (MLC) and 165/170 MB/s (SLC). It is highly shock and vibration resistant, withstand extreme temperatures from -40 ºC to +85 ºC, and the MTBF is up to 2 million hours. With the features above, the ISC3E CFast is quite ideal for those industrial systems which require long-term operation. Additionally, the ISC3E operates at a low 3.3 volts, and supports DVESLP (Device Sleep) to save more power and prolongs the operation time.

Razer reveals the Neon Kraken series headsets and headphones

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Razer today announced the Razer Kraken Neon Series, a special edition of the brand’s best-selling Kraken gaming headsets and headphones, available in six new fluorescent colors.

Like its forerunners, including classic green and black Razer Kraken and Kraken Pros, Razer Kraken E-Panda Hooligan headphones and the Razer Kraken Forged Edition headphones, the Kraken Neon Series is outfitted with powerful drivers that pack deep and heavy bass tones to compliment acutely tuned mids and highs optimized for gaming and music listening.

A Pro version of the Razer Kraken Neon Series will feature a fully retractable microphone built into the headset for seamless connectivity to smart phones, tablets and other voice-enabled devices.

Additionally, the Razer Kraken Neon Series marks the first time that Razer has released a full colorway for a product. The wide array of color choices can be matched with apparel, footwear and accessories.

ADATA launches HV611 USB 3.0 external hard drive

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ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the HV611 USB 3.0 2.5″ external hard drive. With a simplistic design, vivid colors, and unique puzzle patterns, the HV611 can present your style effortlessly. Its compact size allows you to carry it easily wherever you go.

The HV611 applies the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, which greatly improves the efficiency of data transfer compared with USB 2.0. Featuring a unique puzzle design, the interlocking shiny and matte puzzle piece lines present an eye-catching style. With a bright blue LED indicator, users will know the status of data transfers. The HV611 has capacities of 500GB and 1TB and is available in 4 color choices – cool black, starry white, shining blue, and hot pink.

Purchasers of the HV611 are eligible for free downloads of ADATA’s proprietary OStoGo and HDDtoGo software, and enjoy the service of a 3-year warranty, ensuring greater reliability, security, and convenience.

Corsair showcases Trio of new cutting-edge PC cases

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Corsair today announced three high-end PC cases: the Carbide Series Air 240 for mini-ITX, Graphite Series 780T full-tower, and the portable Graphite Series 380T mini-ITX. All three cases feature sleek design, incredible cooling potential, space for large components (such as 240 mm watercooling radiators and a full-length graphics card), and a range of thoughtful extras and innovative features for a pleasant, stress-free building experience.

ASUS announces Strix Pro Gaming Headset

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ASUS today announced its new Strix brand and Strix Pro, a multi-platform gaming headset engineered with powerful 60mm neodymium-magnet drivers, full-size hexagonal ear cushions (130mm across at the widest point) and technology that filters our over 90% of environmental noise. Strix Pro is compatible with PCs, Macs, PlayStation 4 consoles and many smartphones and tablets.

Taken from the ancient Roman and Greek word for owl, Strix is the brand name for the stunning new ASUS gaming-gear series. Strix means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight and the ability to feel the environment, enabling the player to detect and react to even the slightest movement. Strix means survival on the very edge of instinct. Strix is in gamers’ blood, just as it is in ours.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is designed to destroy the laptop

Microsoft has unveiled a new Surface Pro 3 device at a press event in New York City today. Like the previous Surface tablets it still includes a kickstand, but Surface chief Panos Panay says it’s designed to remove the conflict of buying a laptop or a tablet. The kickstand on the device is multi-stage, and the device is just 9.1mm thick. “This is the tablet that can replace your laptop,” claims Panay. Microsoft has moved to a 12-inch screen on the Surface Pro 3 with a 3:2 aspect ratio and HD display, but the new tablet also has thin bezels with a silver and black design. Microsoft will start accepting pre-orders on the Surface Pro 3 tomorrow starting at £639.

Noctua introduces two new fan product lines and accessory kits

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Noctua today expanded its product portfolio with two new fan product lines and a wide range of accessory kits. Whereas the redux line addresses price-conscious users by reissuing some of Noctua’s most popular, award-winning models and presenting them in streamlined, more affordable packages, the industrialPPC (Protected Performance Cooling) line is conceived for industrial heavy duty applications that require enhanced cooling performance and advanced ingress protection.

ASRock announces Intel 9 Series Super Alloy motherboards

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ASRock unveils the brand new Intel 9 series motherboards with ASRock Super Alloy technology! Packing the Intel Z97 / H97 chipsets, ASRock 9 series Super Alloy motherboards provide great compatibility and fully support the 5th, New 4th and 4th Generation Intel Core Processors in Socket 1150. The product lines include the Extreme series for high-end PC, the Fatal1ty Killer Gaming series for elite gamers, and the OC Formula series for OC enthusiasts.

Derived from the “built for stable and reliable” designing concept, ASRock does not compromise on any details. The 9 series motherboard are specially designed with ASRock Super Alloy technology, including 12K Platinum Capacitors with the longest lifespan in the industry, the next-gen NexFET MOSFET, Dual-Stack MOSFETs (DSM), Premium Alloy Chokes, and XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsinks. Clearly, ASRock has shown its ambition to redefine the horizon of motherboard craftsmanship.