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CES 2016 Round-Up

CES 2016 iTalk round up

CES 2016 ended a week ago and we reckon we’d give you a roundup of some of the best tech.

Razer Blade Stealth

The newest laptop from the brand that is “For gamers, by gamers“, The Razer blade stealth is its smallest and cheapest yet up-to-date. Starting at 999$, the base model sports a 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution touchscreen display, an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD all packed neatly into a light 2.75-pound unibody aluminium frame.

If you have more money to splurge, there are more expensive variants with 4K displays and more storage. The main selling point of this laptop is that it allows you to have a light weight pc by day and a gaming station by night. And how do they plan on doing that you ask? Simple, the Razer core.

Unveiled at this year’s CES, The Razer Core, is an external graphics docking station that allows you to use any desktop GPU to power the Razer Blade Stealth. Kinda interesting how this opens up a brand new niche for laptops. No more worrying about your mobile GPU getting outdated. The Razer blade will be sold at an undisclosed price in the first half of the year.

Tardisk Pear

We all know how annoying it is to run out of space on your PC, especially when it’s a Macbook. Since Apple manages to charge exorbitant amounts for more storage, most people tend to stick with the most affordable.

 Worry not, You won’t have to swap out your existing drive for one with more storage any longer. Now all you have to do is insert a Tardisk Pear into your existing SD card slot and voila! Upto 256GB of Fast Flash storage.

The Pear is quite intelligent in how it functions. It creates a single managed logical storage volume on your PC, thus providing extra space and letting OS X decide how to manage your file storage. As you go on using your PC, the files you use the most stay on the PC and the ones you use the least get swapped out to the Pear. It pretty much gives you more storage without having to delete anything or transfer them to another drive.

Samsung’s TipTalk

Want a smart watch but can’t find one with a classy dial? Quite the problem isn’t it. This year at CES, we found out that Samsung managed to beat this problem by backing the Tip Talk.

Tip Talk is a clever new “Smart strap “, allowing you to upgrade your existing watches by adding fitness tracking, notifications and calling features. Its greatest trick is how you can take calls by simply pressing your finger into your ear. Quite innovative isn’t it ?

Oculus Rift

The big reveal at this year’s CES was that the final consumer version of the Rift headset bundle will be on sale for 599$.

The headset has two integrated high-resolution OLED displays for each eye, thus providing a total resolution of 2160 x 1200 or 1080 x 1200 per eye and 3D audio headphones. You also get a mic, sensor, and an Xbox One controller in the bundle. Which is pretty neat since you’re shilling quite a bit of money.

Since the Oculus’ VR is sophisticated, it’s going to require a lot of juice, So the minimum requirements for a VR experience are quite high end. You’ll need a PC with an Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 graphics processor, an Intel i5-4590 processor equivalent or greater, 8GB of RAM, HDMI 1.3 video output, multiple USB 3.0 ports, and a USB 2.0 port. You also need to be running Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer. But then again, who isn’t ?

To make things simpler, the company is offering bundles that include Oculus-ready PC’s starting at 1,499$

Asus ROG GT51

At CES 2016 we’ve seen quite a few compact gaming desktops, but nothing as spectacular as the new Asus ROG GT51.

At first glance the gigantic desktop looks like an Assault gun carriage, ready to strike. According to Asus, it’s “aggressively designed,” and dubs the gray-and-copper color scheme “armor titanium and plasma copper.” The case has quite a few built-in lights. Especially on the side panels and vertical breathing lights on the front. On the front you find the prominent ROG logo and a dominant circular valve that looks quite Sci-Fi.

The circular valve is part of the cooling system and works in combination with a liquid cooling system to keep your PC stable under extreme overclocking. The inside is rather spacious and accommodates enough room for a current-gen Intel Core i7 k-series CPUs and two full size GPUs.

However, apart from being something fancy as you’d expect from the ROG series, the coolest feature would be its security. An included NFC enabled rubber wrist bands acts as your personal security key. This allows you to unlock certain features such a “Shadow partition “and Overclocking at a touch. The GT51 has no set release date or price as of yet.

Origin PC Omni

Generally speaking, all-in-one desktop PCs for gaming never seem to really workout as there’s hardly any room In their design to accommodate a full size desktop GPU. Up-to-date there hasn’t been a single all-in-one that had a powerful GPU, since most of them use mobile GPUs. Not there’s anything wrong with mobile GPUs, but why bother if you’re going to commit to a large immobile PC ? You might as well get a PC with a desktop GPU.

Luckily for us, Origin PC proved us wrong at CES 2016. The Omni from Origin PC is a fusion of the company’s extreme customization skills and build flexibility, resulting in a big-screen all-in-one body. As usual, Origin PC uses third-party units and customizes them with their components, adding their own element to create something unique. Using  3,440×1,440-pixel, immersive 34-inch curved display on an off the shelf chassis, the Omni can support an Intel Core i7 5960X processor, liquid cooling, and has enough room to fit a full size desktop GPU. Especially the new Nvidia Titan X. It’s pretty impressive considering the fact that you’d never see these components in a normal all-in-one desktop.

What’s even amazing is the fact that the components are upgradable. So all you have to do is remove the back cover and swap out parts. We reckon the price point will start at 2,000$

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