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Audio-Technica debuts new over-ear SonicFuel headphones, gaming headsets

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At CES 2014 Audio-Technica is introducing a wealth of new products at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall Lower Level, Booth 20656, Las Vegas, Nevada (January 7 – 10, 2014). Highlights of Audio-Technica’s new product introductions include the following:

Audio-Technica’s new SonicFuel AX Series over-ear headphones feature sleek, comfortable design, superior sound quality and three models with smartphone and iPhone compatibility. AX models include the ATH-AX5iS, ATH-AX3iS and ATH-AX1iS with microphones, and the ATH-AX5 and ATH-AX3 without microphones (SRP: US$89.95 – US$39.95). Like all SonicFuel iS models, the ATH-AX5iS, ATH-AX3iS and ATH-AX1iS have universal smartphone compatibility; they’re fully compatible with today’s latest smartphone devices from companies like Apple, Samsung, HTC and more.

Linksys announces the WRT1900AC wireless router

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Linksys today announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, that it is bringing back the heritage of the best-selling router of all time – the Linksys WRT54G but updated and modernized it with the most leading edge available Wireless-AC technology on the market.

The new Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router is inspired by the original WRT54G iconic blue/black stackable form factor but with a modernized spin as well as more powerful hardware such as a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, four removable antennas (instead of the standard three) and eSata and USB 2.0/3.0 connectivity ports. The new WRT1900AC ships with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi set-up and management tools and will be the first Linksys router to include the Network Map feature. Linksys has also been working with the OpenWRT community to make an open source firmware downloadable when product is available.

SteelSeries introduces Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse

SteelSeries today introduced the SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse. Packed with the best hardware on the market, the new mouse features SteelSeries’ premium switches, configurable CPI settings, more than 16hrs of wireless gaming and delivers lag-free, wireless performance on par with the best wired gaming mice.

“The Sensei name and line-up has always been about delivering best-in-class performance to users who want a mouse that takes what is considered “good” and exceeds expectations on performance, technology, software and capability,” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. “The Sensei Wireless holds true to its name and was built to be the best wireless gaming mouse on the market with a wireless performance and features that will sure to impress its users.”

New ThinkPad X1 Carbon, lightest 14 inch Ultrabook in the world

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PC computing leader Lenovo today, at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show,announced additions to its product portfolio with the third generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the world’s lightest 14 inch ultrabook and the ThinkPad 8, a premium 8 inch tablet offering a full PC experience on the move. Lenovo also introduces the new ThinkPad OneLink Dock Pro, an enhanced docking solution through a single cable connector.

“Lenovo continues to push the boundaries of design and technology as we aspire to create the best products in the market. Our obsession in the pursuit of perfection is evident with these smarter devices designed to enhance the way people interact at home and at work,” said Peter Hortensius, SVP and president, Think Business Group, Lenovo. “The ThinkPad X1 Carbon delivers a stunning user experience with the best professional display and new interactive methods and represents another step in our PC plus journey.”

LaCie announces Sphère Hard Drive, designed by Christofle

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Today, two brands known for elegant design announce a silver-plated hard drive: LaCie Sphère, design by Christofle. Whether gracing the table of a 19th Century prince or the desk of a modern-day CEO, a piece by Christofle makes an impression. Building on LaCie’s initial partnership with Christofle that produced the Galet USB key, the Sphère integrates Christofle’s luxurious heritage with the industry’s latest technology.

The handcrafted hard drive is enclosed in a spherical case of silver-plated steel. Due to its round shape, the LaCie Sphère requires a careful manual plating process. It is stamped, silver-plated and finally polished for a perfect brightness in Christofle’s silversmith workshop in Yainville (Normandy), France. The highly reflective finish makes the hard drive a decorative piece to accompany any upscale home or office workstation.

Tesoro releases Rubberized Black Edition of Shrike H2L Gaming Mouse

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Tesoro today is releasing Shrike H2L Laser Gaming Mouse: Black edition. Shrike stands for a concealed weapon used for throwing and considered to be best equipment with stealth techniques. By throwing knives at opponent, it creates confusion or nuisance, allowing wielder to assume more assertive position in combat.

Due to the popular demand, Tesoro added a modified version of H2L Shrike Gaming Mouse to come with rubberized coating, improved full color LED lighting and coated in black.

One of the main advantages of Shrike is its full ergonomic design, making it one of the most comfortable gaming mice in 2013. It has athletic and attractive design featuring full color programmable illumination effect. Through its programmable software UI, and build in 128 Kb memory, users can define up to 5 sets of mouse mapping, 40 macro keys, game script settings and illumination effect control. With high quality grade laser sensor, max customized resolution can reach up to 5600 DPI. Additional user control options include shooting speed, a tool for FPS fans to fine tune the shooting speed and ensure optimal click rates and Lift off distance setting that allows user to design how sensitive the laser sensor is.

Razer launches new Headphone Series

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Razer today announced the Razer Adaro series, a new line of headphones designed for personal entertainment. The new audio lineup will initially feature four models: bass-heavy earphones, analog stereo headphones, Bluetooth headphones and DJ-style headphones. Each member of the Razer Adaro family is designed with a heavy focus on durability, comfort and uncompromised sound quality for music listening.

The Razer Adaro series marks the company’s latest venture into the personal entertainment audio space. The Razer Kraken and Electra, two of Razer’s best-selling headphones, were tuned for music, as well as gaming.

“Making technically advanced headsets to meet the extraordinary requirements of professional gamers has been a primary focus for us for years, and applying that competency to the development of headphones designed for music lovers is a natural extension for the business and our fans,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “For some time now, we’ve been asked to come out with a line of headphones that addresses the other interests of our community. The Razer Adaro lineup offers just that: high-quality, portable audio for kicking-back, traveling and training, and even for making music.”

Leef introduces Android-Compatible Bridge 3.0 Flash Drive

Leef today announced Leef BridgeTM 3.0, the first USB 3.0 flash drive for file sharing between Android phones and tablets, Macs and PCs. Leef Bridge 3.0 will make its U.S. debut on January 19th at select RadioShack stores nationwide as a retail exclusive for 60 days. Leef Bridge 3.0 is designed using USB 3.0 technology to deliver file transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 devices.

“We’re excited about the way the RadioShack team has embraced Leef Bridge 3.0,” said Jonny Anderson, partner and director of product design at Leef. “As one of the largest retailers of Android phones in North America, we believe the RadioShack team is uniquely positioned to demonstrate how easy it is to transfer files from an Android phone to another device with no cable, cloud service, Wi-Fi or data connection needed. Leef Bridge 3.0 is so simple it’s beautiful.”

Leef Bridge 3.0 features both a micro USB connector and full-size USB connector that access the same memory so users can share content, photos, videos, music and documents to and from any compatible device. In addition, Leef Bridge 3.0 is capable of read times up to 90 MB per second and ensures slick video and music playback directly from the USB drive, without the interruptions or delays that accompany low-grade USB flash drive products.

SteelSeries announces Limited Anniversary Edition of Siberia Elite Headset

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SteelSeries, the leading global manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its Siberia Headset line in 2014; in honor of the celebration, SteelSeries is introducing the Anniversary Edition of the Siberia Elite Gaming Headset. To commemorate the year Siberia was introduced to gamers, there will only be 2,004 exclusive units made available – each with a unique laser-etched unit number on the metal headband.

The all-white Siberia Elite Anniversary Edition headset features subtle differences and anniversary detailing on the inner earcup mesh. At its core, the Anniversary Edition flaunts everything that Siberia Elite has been praised for – amazing comfort, 16.8 million colors of illumination options and immersive, virtual-7.1 Dolby surround sound. Siberia Elite Anniversary Edition Headset owners will also receive a perfect-fit hard-shell carrying case for storage and travel, as well as membership in the Siberia Elite Anniversary Club, where members will receive exclusive offers from SteelSeries throughout the 2014 celebration.

Monster Digital announces the Mobile Personal Cloud

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As digital media is being created on many different devices using multiple types of memory, a need for more simplified and consolidated access to memory has arisen. To fill this need, Monster Digital has released the Mobile Personal Cloud, an innovative multi-function wireless media access hub. Monster Digital, a leading provider of premium memory solutions, is confident users will find the lightweight, smartphone-sized device an exciting addition their digital ecosystem, especially when it comes to mobile entertainment.

Monster Digital announces Advanced Series USB OTG Flash Drives

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Recognizing the need for a faster, more secure solution for backing-up and transferring smartphone and tablet content without using Wi-Fi or the cloud, Monster Digital has released the Advanced Series of dual connector Mobile USB OTG Flash Drives. Monster Digital is a leading innovator and provider of premium quality memory and storage solutions, specializing in the rapidly growing flash based memory category.

The Advanced Series USB Flash Drives are USB On-The-Go (OTG) compatible, and vastly expand on the usefulness of mobile flash drives in today’s digital ecosystem. Most beneficial to users is the dual USB connector feature, consisting of a standard-sized type-A USB connector, as well as a micro USB connector. Micro USB is the standard format common to most Android® based smartphones. So photos, media files, contact information and other vital content can easily be transferred to the drive, saved there as a back-up or, using the standard-sized USB connector, moved onto a Windows PC or Mac.

Corsair Carbide Air Series 540 Case now available in white

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Corsair today announced that the Carbide Series Air™ 540 mid-tower PC Case is now available in arctic white in addition to the previously available black and steel silver colors. The Air Series 540’s innovative high-airflow layout and striking looks have won it over 40 awards from top PC reviewers worldwide.

The Carbide Series Air 540 is designed with a wider form factor with two “side-by-side” chambers and a unique Direct Airflow Path™ layout. The layout in each chamber is optimized to limit obstructions and streamline airflow from the intake fans to the hottest PC components, allowing the Air 540 to provide best-in-class cooling at low noise levels.

The main chamber of the Carbide Series Air 540 houses the motherboard, graphics cards, and hot-swap 3.5” drives for superior drive cooling and quick swapping. The second chamber holds the power supply, SSDs, and 5.25” drives behind the motherboard tray. The separate compartments make building a breeze and provide cleaner cable routing and superior cooling for hotter devices.

OCZ announces the Intrepid 3000 Series Enterprise Solid State Drives

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OCZ today introduced its next-generation Intrepid 3000 Series of enterprise-class SATA III-based SSDs delivering the industry’s best sustained performance and consistent I/O responses. As the series supports storage capacities up to 800 GB, Intrepid 3 represents OCZ’s highest performing and largest capacity enterprise SATA SSDs to date. Leveraging the Everest 2 Platform, a combination of the Marvell 88SS9187 controller with OCZ’s proprietary firmware, the new series features advanced flash management and endurance capabilities that extend NAND flash life and enhance drive reliability, all supported by a 5-year warranty.

Rycote InVision™ Studio Kit Review

If you’re into recording instrumental work or vocals you’ll know the need of a decent shock mount when it comes to studio recording. Rycote have kindly supplied us their new InVision Studio Kit which consists of the new InVision Universal Studio mount and pop filter.

Razer goes metal with Kraken Forged Edition Headphones

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Razer today announced the launch of its new top-of-the-line headphones: the Razer Kraken Forged Edition.

Crafted with ear cups that are machined out of aircraft-grade aluminum and finished with a matte texture, the Razer Kraken Forged Edition is carefully hand-assembled, ensuring the build quality matches the premium looks and guts.

Razer’s renowned audio engineers spent countless hours fine-tuning the Kraken Forged Edition’s 40 mm bass-heavy drivers to perfection. As a result, the neodymium pair work in unison with the headphone’s acoustic chambers and isolated closed ear cup design to deliver booming bass, clear mids and crisp highs for sound that’s optimized for music and pitch-perfect for gaming.