ASUS today announced the world’s fastest and first complete line-up of SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 solutions, including range-wide motherboards with built-in USB 3.1 and two ASUS USB 3.1 Cards. The latter are the new PCI Express® (PCIe®) expansion card with either dual Type-A sockets or reversible Type-C, that fits quickly and easily to bring breakneck speeds to existing PCs.
ASUS motherboards with built-in USB 3.1 and ASUS USB 3.1 Card deliver next-generation 10Gbit/s data transfer speeds that are up to twice (2X) as fast as USB 3.0. All USB 3.1 Type-A models are fully backwardly compatible with previous USB standards. The new products will begin shipping from the middle of February 2015.
The new solutions benefit from exclusive ASUS USB 3.1 Boost technology to push real-world data-transfer speeds faster than ever before, with testing by ASUS engineers achieving sequential read/write speeds of up to 854.6/863.9MB/s — much faster than competing USB 3.1 products.Add a comment
VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PCs and Macs, today announced the new VisionTek Wallet Drive leather external drive enclosure. Designed for ultra-portable convenience, the Wallet Drive’s leather cover with magnetic flap closure conceals a hot-swappable, screw-less drive tray with an integrated 7" long USB 3.0/2.0 connecting cable. Any SATA hard drive or solid state drive can simply be slid into the Wallet Drive to deliver data transfer speeds up to 600MB/s with nearly any Windows® or Mac® OS X based computer with a USB 3.0/2.0 interface.
To start storing, sharing, and/or backing up documents, music, videos, photos, and other data with the Wallet Drive, just slide any 2.5" 7mm or 9mm SATA I/II/III hard drive or solid state drive, including VisionTek’s Go Drive and Racer series of SSDs, into the hot-swappable drive tray. The snap tight, pressure fit tray securely holds the drive without the need for tools or screws.Add a comment
MSI, world leading in motherboards, is the world's first motherboard brand to fully support the next generation in storage control, NVM Express.
MSI's R&D fine-tuned the BIOS to fully unleash all the power NVMe has to offer while supporting the majority of devices available on the market without any hassle. With the latest BIOS, MSI X99/Z97/H97 motherboards can support NVMe devices as primary storage under Windows7 64bit and Windows8.1 64bit and fully support NVMe booting. The BIOS updates can now be downloaded from msi.com. The table below describes all supported models and BIOS version.Add a comment
Creative Technology Ltd today unveiled a limited edition of its latest Sound Blaster X7 at CES 2015. Recently named a double 2015 CES Innovations Awards Honoree in both the ‘Home Audio/Video Components and Accessories’ and ‘Computer Hardware and Components’ categories, the feature-packed Sound Blaster X7 which is an ultra high-resolution external USB DAC and powerful audio amplifier now comes in an exclusive pearl white color, includes a 144W power adapter that is capable of delivering up to 100W output to passive speakers, and has a very low headphone amplifier output impedance of 1 ohm to effortlessly drive even the more sensitive in-ear monitors (IEMs) on the market.
The Sound Blaster X7, showcasing at the 2015 International CES, is designed to connect with a range of gaming and entertainment systems as an ultra high-end external Sound Blaster audio solution with an impressive 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution 127dB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and a powerful 100W audio amplifier. It provides a superior, pure and lossless listening experience for games, music and movies – meeting the most discerning demands of audiophile listeners and enthusiast gamers alike.Add a comment
Toshiba Corporation today announced the launch of "TJM35420LT", the industry’s first TransferJet adapter for iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod that is compliant with TransferJet close proximity wireless transfer technology. Sales of the adapter by mass marketers and online stores are scheduled to start from spring 2015 in Japan, followed by Europe, the Americas and Asia.
TransferJet is a close proximity wireless transfer technology standard promoted by the TransferJet Consortium. The technology provides simple connections and ultra-high speed data transfers with low power consumption, and works simply by bringing the two devices in the transfer into close proximity. Maximum data throughput is 375Mbps, and 100 MBytes of data can be transmitted in approximately three seconds.Add a comment
ASUS today announced the Xonar U3 Plus, a pocket-sized USB-powered sound card with a 150-ohm headphone amplifier, studio-grade vocal effects and a full suite of audio enhancements. The Xonar U3 Plus is designed for PC and notebook users who are looking for an easy-to-use solution that caters to their high-fidelity audio playback and home recording needs.
Pocket-sized soundcard with incredible sound
Xonar U3 Plus has a high-performance headphone amplifier with adjustable gain levels that can drive up to 150ohm-impedance headphones and headsets. It enhances treble and bass to add dynamic details to low and high frequency sounds like explosions and footsteps in movies or games.
Studio-grade effects and specially-tuned audio
The pocket-sized Xonar U3 Plus supports real-time microphone audio recording, with a digital signal processor (DSP) that provides extremely-low microphone latency. Xonar U3 Plus features a suite of studio-grade vocal effects including a dedicated 10-band equalizer, precision low- and high-frequency filters, as well as reverb adjustment to add a sense of environmental space.
Stereo Mix allows users to mix vocals and music tracks easily, while the DJ Mix tool features a ducking effect that automatically reduces (‘ducks’) the volume of a background audio track when vocals are present, allowing users to create professional-sounding podcasts.Add a comment
Addonics Technologies today announced the Addonics UDD25, a family of four reader/writers for 2.5-inch HDD / SSD, M2 card, mSATA SSD, CFast card or CF cards. The series provides fast data transfer rates of up to 6 Gbps in both internal and portable versions, including write-protected models that support read only.
The portable Addonics Pocket UDD25 and Addonics Internal UDD25 can Read/Write to 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD or storage media with same dimension and connectors of a standard 2.5" SATA HDD. The Internal UDD25 is designed to mount directly into a standard 3.5-inch drive bay. Both models can connect to any system via a SATA or USB 3.0 / 2.0 port.Add a comment
Cloud based video startup SpotCam announces today the first home monitoring Wi-Fi video solution that offers free 24 hour cloud-based HD video playback – SpotCam.
Cloud-Based Video Playback for Free
With SpotCam, users can view live or recorded video of their home or office directly from their smartphone, tablet, or computer, and have the peace of mind that in the event of an incident there is 24 hours of cloud stored video evidence. The real-time alert system allows users to stay aware of motion or audio activity with instant notifications sent via email or the mobile app. Longer loop recording is available at reasonable monthly/annual fees.
High Definition Recording and Clear Night Vision
The 720p High Definition resolution and 110° wide angle view ensures a detailed view of the entire intended area. In low-light conditions 12 automatically-activated IR LEDs provide clear night vision.
Users are able to share SpotCam videos and streams to specific people or even to the general public through the easy to use included software and app.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today a bundle deal with Assassin’s Creed developer Ubisoft, which will include a download of Assassin’s Creed Unity with the purchase of the Samsung U28D590D (UD590) monitor or the Samsung 850 PRO solid state drive (SSD). The UD590 is an optimal monitor for PC gaming, with an ultra-high definition screen, one millisecond response rate and one billion color gamut, while the award-winning 850 PRO SSD offers the lag-free performance and blazing-fast load times gamers need. Paired with Assassin’s Creed Unity, these products offer gamers the ultimate gaming package.
“Our monitors create a one-of-a-kind, immersive gaming experience and our SSDs ensure quick load times and robust performance for drastically improved gameplay,” said Ron Gazzola, vice president of marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “The UD590 premiere monitor and the 850 PRO SSD will bring Assassin’s Creed Unity to life and allow players to experience the game in a completely new way. We’re happy to be providing this extremely popular offering to our customers.”Add a comment
SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today unveiled significant upgrades to its SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 memory card and announced that the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD has been qualified for 4K capture. These two products expand SanDisk’s extensive portfolio of high-performance products designed for the professional broadcast, cinematography and photography industries.
“The performance demands for media and broadcast professionals continue to rise and SanDisk is committed to delivering leading-edge capture and storage technologies,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “The new SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 card and SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD will help produce the highest quality content possible, and significantly improve workflow efficiency.”