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MAD CATZ Announces All-New Range of Products, Including Iconic R.A.T. Gaming Mice

Mad Catz Global Limited, the new name for the leading innovators in gaming hardware for almost three decades, announced today an all-new range of R.A.T. gaming mice, serving as the first line of products to be released under the new company management and expected to begin shipping globally from Fall 2018. In addition to the new mice, Mad Catz Global are also expected to being shipping the E.S.Pro+ Gaming Earbuds, a new take on ultra-lightweight gaming audio in the same time frame.

The highly acclaimed, award-winning R.A.T. mice are renowned for their high levels of comfort and adjustability and the all-new R.A.T. line has been designed to build upon the proud lineage of hardware, adding cutting edge sensor technology, advanced features and RGB lighting to several of the mice.

AMD Vega 20 GPU Could Implement PCI-Express gen 4.0

The "Vega 20" silicon will be significantly different from the "Vega 10" which powers the company's current Radeon RX Vega series. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su unveiled the "Vega 20" silicon at the company's 2018 Computex event, revealing that the multi-chip module's 7 nm GPU die is surrounded by not two, but four HBM2 memory stacks, making up to 32 GB of memory. Another key specification is emerging thanks to the sharp eyes at ComputerBase.de - system bus.

A close inspection of the latest AMDGPU Linux driver includes PCI-Express link speed definitions for PCI-Express gen 4.0, which offers 256 Gbps of bandwidth per direction at x16 bus width, double that of PCI-Express gen 3.0. "Vega 20" got its first PCIe gen 4.0 support confirmation from a leak slide that surfaced around CES 2018. AMD "Vega" architecture slides from last year hinted at a Q3/Q4 launch of the first "Vega 20" based product. The same slide also hinted that the next-generation EPYC processor, which we know are "Zen 2" based and not "Zen+," could feature PCI-Express gen 4.0 root-complexes. Since EPYC chips are multi-chip modules, it could also hint at the likelihood of PCIe gen 4.0 on "Zen 2" based 3rd generation Ryzen processor family.

HyperX Announces Impending Launch of the Pulsefire Surge RGB Gaming Mouse

HyperX have released their Pulsefire Surge RGB mouse, which it had previously showed off at CES 2018. The Pulsefire Surge RGB mouse is made for right-handed palm grip players, and comes equipped with 6 programmable buttons. The top of the line PixArt PMW 3389 optical sensor makes an appearance, with up to 16,000 DPI resolution (customizable, viewable through a mice-borne LED), a polling rate of up to 1000 Hz and a USB 2.0 connector (cable length: 1.8m).

The Pulsefire Surge RGB features a 360 degree RGB lighting ring with dynamic 360° RGB lighting effects. The switches are Omron, with 50M click reliability. HyperX is saying the Pulsefire Surge is designed for accurate, fluid and responsive tracking, without acceleration. And using software solutions such as HyperX's NGenuity software, gamers can assign personalized macro functions to the six programmable keys and store them in a macro library. The HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB gaming mouse is available from Q2 for $69.99.

Audio-Technica Revealed QuietPoint ATH-ANC700BT Wireless Headphones at CES 2018

At CES 2018 Audio-Technica debuted its ATH-ANC700BT QuietPoint over-ear wireless active noise-cancelling (ANC) headphones, which feature the company's latest advancements in ANC technology to deliver superior noise-cancelling performance and audio quality, along with improved wireless convenience. The ATH-ANC700BT wireless headphones with Bluetooth technology employ a newly-developed active noise cancellation system that operates in a wider frequency range in the low through mid range frequencies than typical ANC designs, and provides a greater degree of noise cancellation. The ATH-ANC700BT also provides improved isolation for better cancellation outside the active range. This enables the headphones to have much more effective noise-cancelling performance by responding to and cancelling a wider range of outside noise.

In addition, the headphones' microphones are mounted behind the driver diaphragm. In standard ANC headphones, the mics are mounted in a location where they can unintentionally pick up some of the generated noise-cancelling signal, which is then reprocessed in a feedback loop and can limit noise reduction performance. The ATH-ANC700BT eliminates this issue by placing the ANC mics behind the driver diaphragm, which provides better noise cancellation along with improved audio quality.

Ducky Teases 'Blade Air' Keyboard with Cherry MX Low Profile RGB Switches

German switch maker Cherry officially announced their MX Low Profile RGB switches at CES 2018 a few days ago. Ducky Channel also seized this opportunity to promote their upcoming Ducky Blade Air mechanical keyboard which features the new low profile switches. Thanks to the slim design, the Ducky Blade Air stands just 22 mm tall, but boasts a full feature set that includes various RGB lighting modes, customizable LED zones, USB N-key rollover support, floating keycap design, Doubleshot keycaps, and macro support. The Ducky Blade Air allows consumers to connect the keyboard to their computers using an old-school USB cable or via a wireless Bluetooth connection. The keyboard works in a Windows or Mac environment, as well as with Android and iOS mobile devices.

Gamdias Showcased Their Latest Gaming Products at CES 2018

GAMDIAS announced a new product line of PC component, including AEOLUS fan case, CHIOME liquid cooler, and ASTRAPE power supply series at CES 2018. GAMDIAS will also launch AEOLUS Box, the unparalleled control box which is just icing on the cake for the components. GAMDIAS showcased the latest RGB gaming chair and gaming gears. What is more, Hades M1, a new wireless gaming mouse, will be launched soon. Let's take a first look at these amazing products at CES 2018.

AEOLUS P1 Fan Case
For those who have been looking for RGB masterpiece, AEOLUS P1 will bring you unprecedented aesthetics without audio distraction. As 16.8 million color customizable lighting becomes a basic condition for gamers, AEOLUS P1 comes with 18 LEDs of which the color and brightness can be separately adjusted by users with AEOLUS Box. The speed and directions of lighting effects can be completely controlled at your preference. What really makes AEOLUS P1 outstanding lies in the support of AEOLUS Box, which has eight ports to plug fans; thus, users can enjoy 8 lighting effects simultaneously or create unparalleled group lightings accordingly. In addition, the use of aerospace-grade lubricant offers better protection against wear, friction, corrosion, and carbon deposit buildup. Hence, AEOLUS P1 is definitely an excellent gaming rig to level up the cooling performance of your PC!

Jabra Has Your Ears at CES 2018

Jabra, an acoustic-focused brand, took to CES 2018 to showcase their latest developments in the world of sound-delivering straight to your eardrums. The company makes a model for every type of user, and every ergonomic taste, really. The company took the opportunity to showcase some particular sound drivers though. On one hand, there were the wireless, fitness-oriented Elite Sport earbuds, which even carry a heart rate monitor function, and have a specially-designed ergonomic outline that serves both form and function.

Their Jabra Elite 65T true wireless earbuds, on the other hand, leave ergonomics a little to the side (while still being comfortable to use, naturally) to focus more on signal quality, bringing premium sound and call quality with its unique 4-microphone technology. The 15-hour battery on these will certainly appeal to power users; those that really like to shut off from the world around them.

SteigerDynamics Demonstrates Interesting, Flexible SFF Case Lineup at CES 2018

SteigerDynamics took the opportunity granted to them by taking part in a world-renowned tech show floor of CES 2018 to showcase an interesting lineup of SFF computer cases, with powerful systems integrated in a small footprint. These are usually considered the more impressive feats of engineering in the computer space, really; how much performance you can squeeze in a limited space, without compromising component reliability, cooling, and acoustics for the particular environments these will be used in.

SteigerDynamics has shown they do know how to engineer these systems, for sure. Their LEET Gaming Room/Living Room Gaming PC is a little on the bigger side, but it still carries a small footprint, in a pretty package, for the amount of high-quality hardware it's packing. A Maximus Hero X, a Core i7-8700K at 5 GHz, 16 GB of G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 memory and EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC, are almost as high-end a configuration one can have already. Add in the 2x 512 GB Samsung 960 PRO SSDs, and the 4x 1 TB HDDs in RAID 10, and there really isn't much to fault with this unit. Even power is taken care of by a Seasonic PRIME Titanium PSU. And to keep all of these high-performance components cool, the SteigerDynamics LEET carries a fully custom watercooling loop, that aids in silence and aesthetics. Just follow my lead here: don't look at the price-tag. It's really not for the faint of heart.

Seasonic Proudly Displays Its Snow Silent Gold Lineup of PSUs at CES 2018

Seasonic, known as one of the best PSU manufacturers in the market, took to CES 2018 with the approach the company is mostly known as for their own branded products: quality over quantity. This led the company to showcase its Snow Silent line of white-colored, modular PSUs, which should bring with them a solid performance showing in comparison with Seasonic's own Snow Silent Platinum series of PSUs, albeit at a more agreeable pricing. And there were some blue, Prime hearts to go with them as well, but these wouldn't power much, in the grand scheme of things.

Sapphire Shows the Elusive RX Vega Nitro+ Graphics Card at CES 2018

Sapphire took to CES 2018 to showcase one of the most elusive products in recent times: a custom variant of AMD's RX Vega graphics cards. Sapphire went to great lengths to keep the entire affair under as many wraps as possible, even going so far as to book an entire room to showcase their RX Vega Nitro+, laying still, like a mirage, on top of its anti-static plastic wrap.

There's something eerily beautiful about this graphics card: not on its exquisite back and faceplate designs alone, nor on the custom Sapphire-cut exhaust port; it's really for the condition of a somewhat "unicorn" type of product. Some people believe they're out there, but sightings in their natural environment (read, correct MSRP) are so rare that they are brought up as mass deliriums. The most interesting tech product on CES 2018 based on this story alone, surely.

ROCCAT Delivers Entire Gaming Station Worth of Products at CES 2018

ROCCAT at CES 2018 wanted to prove something: that they're a far-reaching, all-encompassing gaming product company. To that end, it seems the one question ROCCAT engineers, salespeople, and overall team wanted to answer: "Can we deliver an entire ROCCAT-branded gaming station?" The answer, it would seem, was a resounding "Yes, we can."

ROCCAT showed how it had the input game fully in control with its Horde AIMO keyboard, Kone AIMO gaming mouse, and Kanga mouse mat. However, gaming is not just about these mechanical inputs; there's a lot to be said about environment and sound cues, as well as teammate coordination.

"Bloody Gaming" Lets CES 2018 Attendants Feast on Myriad Product Offerings

Bloody Gaming may not be a mainstay in gaming peripherals and products, but the company certainly made its presence felt at CES 2018 via its impressive filled-to-the-brim booth. The company dips its toes anywhere where there's money to be made that has a gaming tinge to it: headphones, keyboards and gaming mice hold no secrets for this company. The company's Bloody gaming headset lets its hybrid diaphragm technology with Carbon Fiber Mycellium compounds carry most of its attractiveness weight (the color schemes are the most common of all, really: black, red and white offerings are all there).

Alphacool Lets Its Water Cooling DNA be Known at CES 2018

Alphacool, the renowned watercooling and accessories company, took to CES 2018 to showcase their watercooling product and accessory lineup. The company's Eisstation cooling blocks made a welcome, "LEDy" appearance, as did the company's full-coverage waterblocks for your choice of VGA. The company also demonstrated a hybrid, water and air cooling solution via its dressed-up radiators; a good-looking maintenance kit; and the company's distinct Eisbecher Helix and Helix Light watercooling "bling".

AKRacing Shows Off Gaming Chairs at CES 2018

AkRacing likely isn't as well-known as some other high-profile gaming chair makers, but it's a company that certainly has a lot of confidence in their ability to design a superior quality products. The company showcased its gaming chair lineup at CES 2018, which includes offerings in various colors, such as red and blue, catering to most gamers' favorite color choices (apparently, companies just can't go wrong with any manner of black + another color combo, really). The company's offerings are spread out throughout three different products categories: the Core Series, which is the more basic configuration; Office Series, which aims to bring maximum comfort to what should be essentially work environments; and Master Series, the company's product pinnacle, which are also, appropriately, the most expensive and more complete options.

However, one of the things that attracts most attention with AKRacing's gaming chairs is the warranty: the company offers a five year warranty on the chair itself (cushion materials, and so on), while offering an overwhelmingly good 10-year warranty on the chair's frame. This particular advantage of AKRacing's over other gaming chair-producing companies could be the hedge the company needs for increased relevance in this market.

1More Showcases Myriad Audio Products at CES 2018

1More, the audio-specific brand, took to CES 2018 to showcase all manner of audio products for the discerning user. The company makes available the users' choice of in-ear and over-hear headphones, with some offerings going between three and four drivers designs. By doing this, 1More hopes to cater to all manner of sound profile enthusiasts, from the more purist listener to the heavier bass-heads. The company even has introduced products with THX certification and the Hi-Rez badge, taking a pie of the certification market for users that like to make sure their products conform to some particular standards.

ECS Unleashes New LIVA Mini-PCs at CES 2018

It's evident that conquering the small form factor market was one of ECS's New Year's resolutions. The Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer used CES 2018 to reveal their multiple LIVA offerings to the public. The updated LIVA lineup is mainly powered by Intel's low-power Gemini Lake SoC platform with integrated UHD Graphics 600. The LIVA One is currently the new kid on the block. Consumers can choose between a Celeron J4005, Celeron J4105 or Pentium Silver J5005 processor. This mini-PC has one SO-DIMM DDR4 slot, a M.2 slot to accommodate 2242/2280 SSDs, and two SATA 2.5" bays. Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2. Consumers have a tough decision to make on the video outputs though. The LIVA One either comes with a HDMI and DisplayPort or a HDMI and VGA port.

Similar to the LIVA One, the Z2 employs a Gemini Lake processor. However, the Z2 incorporates an extra SO-DIMM DDR4 slot, thus allowing it to support more memory. In terms of storage options, the Z2 is sold with a 32GB or 64GB eMMC SSD, but it has a 2.5" bay for additional storage. Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 is provided by the onboard wireless combo card, while a pair of HDMI (1.4 and 2.0) ports are available for connecting monitors, TVs and projectors.

In Win Storms CES 2018 with Multiple Eye-Catching Cases

In Win has always been known for their out-of-the-box designs and exotic cases. And as always, the brand didn't disappoint and showcased some impressive offerings at their booth. The 909 was the first case that we encountered upon entering. In this occasion, the case showed a few minor upgrades which included a co-branded reservoir from EK Water Blocks, 5mm thick tinted tempered glass side panels, dazzling LED lighting effects, and a front USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connector. However, the 909 wasn't the only model that got a makeover. In Win's popular 101 case received a special TUF treatment from ASUS as well. The front panel now sports an attractive orange-yellow theme making it a perfect match for TUF Gaming motherboards.

The 915 is a new full-tower case that flaunts a sexy curved exterior, premium aluminium body with tinted tempered glass side panels, and RGB lighting. It also features a cool automatic elevating ventilation cover on the top. In Win also brought their latest mini-ITX case, the A1, to the show. This miniature model comes equipped with a 600W power supply and Polaris RGB fans. The quick-release glass side panels make swapping components easy, and the case even comes with an optional wireless mobile device charging area. The final case on our tour is the WINBOT which looks like it came out of a sci-fi movie. It's basically an aluminium case that lives inside a plexiglass bubble. As a result, users can have a 360° view of the system inside. The case is equipped with an advanced facial detection module which allows it to scan, observe, and react to your hand signals.

Lian Li Shows Off PC Cases, LED Lighting Focus at CES 2018

Lian li at CES 2018 took to the stage (or should we say, room) to showcase some of their case designs' possibilities. The 011 Dynamic, for example, is an interesting behemoth of a case with its 450 x 273 x 460 mm dimensions. The aluminum, SECC, and tempered glass panel make sure this is a sturdy, Lian-Li-worthy case, and there's no lack of storage and fan capacity in this one: a total of 9x 120 mm and 2x 140 mm fans can be mounted on the chassis alone, and there's still space to spare for 3x 3.5" and 5x 2.5" SSD bays. The very elaborate cooling system and the overall case design were handpicked by Lian-Li in a collaboration with overclocking prodigy Der8auer, and make for an impressive showing.

Cooler Master Announces MasterWatt V and MasterWatt Maker at CES 2018

Cooler Master, a leading manufacturer of desktop components and peripherals, today announced the MasterWatt V and the MasterWatt Maker with cooler Master Connect v2.0 power supply units (PSU). The MasterWatt V series adds a new line of high quality, gold rated power supplies to Cooler Master's PSU library, while the MasterWatt Maker with Cooler Master Connect v2.0 revolutionizes what digital PSUs are capable of.

ASUS Unveils the XG Station Pro External GPU Enclosure

ASUS today announced XG Station Pro, an external graphics card enclosure with a stylish aluminum chassis and advanced cooling that provides PC and Mac laptop users with high-end graphics performance, suitable for demanding professional applications, such as video rendering, 3D design and scientific modeling. With support for the latest NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards and featuring fast and convenient Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, XG Station Pro enables a workstation-class experience when connected to a laptop and an external monitor without sacrificing mobility.

Premium, all-aluminum design
Designed in collaboration with In Win - the well-known maker of premium computer chassis - XG Station Pro has a highly functional and stylish design with an elegant, grey aluminum chassis that perfectly complements premium laptops. XG Station Pro fits a full-length, 2.5-slot graphics card, yet has a compact size that takes up minimal space on a desk or workspace. An external, 330W power supply drives even the most demanding graphics cards, reduces heat within the chassis, and enables XG Station Pro to have a smaller overall size.

ASUS Announces New Slim and Light Monitors for Mobile Professionals

ASUS today announced ProArt PQ22UC and ZenScreen Go MB16AP, slim and light portable monitors created for designers, video producers and other professionals who often need to create and showcase work away from the office. ProArt PQ22UC features an extremely high contrast ratio due to its OLED panel and exclusive ASUS ProArt Calibration technology for highly accurate, vibrant and undistorted colors. ZenScreen Go MB16AP can be connected to a laptop or Android device, and provides more flexibility with a built-in battery. The new portable monitors will be on display at the ASUS Showcase Room at Wynn Las Vegas, from January 9-12, 2018.

beyerdynamic Reveals Their Upcoming Audio Products at CES 2018

beyerdynamic, popular German audio equipment manufacturer, showcased some of their latest wireless audio products at their CES booth. The Amiron Wireless and Aventho Wireless are both on-ear headphones that make use of Bluetooth 4.2. The controls are touch-based and are integrated into the right earcup. In terms of battery life, the headphones should last around 30 hours on a single charge. The Xelentho Wireless was the only in-ear Bluetooth headset present. This model features an ergonomic casing with molded eartips, silver-plated cables, universal 3-button remote, and an aluminium battery casing. All three siblings are supported by beyerdynamic's MIY app which allows users to personalize the audio to their linking.

AZiO Shows Off New Peripherals at CES 2018

We visited AZiO's booth to get a sneak peek of their upcoming products. First up, we got a glimpse of their Atom, Aventa, and Bluetooth Retro Classic mice. The AZiO Atom is an ambidextrous RGB gaming mouse which is available in black or white. It boasts a 280-degree surround RGB lighting system with onboard control. The Atom features an anti-slip surface finish to provide users with a better grip and a Pixart 3360 optical sensor for dead-accurate precision. The Aventa, on the other hand, sports a more aeronautic exterior with a Zinc alloy exoskeletal frame complemented by an ergonomic hand grip. Both the scroll wheel and 3D logo possess RGB backlighting. The Aventa utilizes the exact same sensor as the Atom. Lastly, the Retro Classic is built with a metal frame with bolts and makes use of a refined leather and plastic interchangeable surface.

AZiO also had some interesting keyboards on display as well. The MGK Ultra is the company's latest RGB backlit gaming mechanical keyboard. It's available with Cherry MX Blue, Red, Brown, or Silver switches. This keyboard features a full RGB backlit control which doesn't require the use of software. The lighting is separated into two independent zones. The interchangeable top plate is made of bulletproof Kevlar and exotic carbon fiber material, and the spacious palm rest is magnetic. An integrated USB 3.0 hub and audio ports are also present on the keyboard.

Cooler Master Debuts M800 Gaming Series

Cooler Master, a Taipei-based leader in designing and manufacturing computer components and gaming peripherals, will debut the M800 gaming series consisting of the MK850 and MK851 keyboards, MH850 headset, MM830 mouse, and the MP860 RGB dual sided mouse pad. The series provides the highest level of flash and expression while combining features such as Aimpad technology, hidden D-Pad, Focus FX, and precision wheels that work together across the series for the ultimate competitive gaming advantage.

"The M800 gaming series embodies the best of the best. We aimed to raise the bar with unique technology and features such as the collaboration with Aimpad, but also set the stage with a fresh level of design to ensure we deliver a premium gaming experience," says Bram Rongen, Senior Product Marketing Manager.

Silverstone Showcases Myriad of Computer Cases at CES 2018

Silverstone took to CES 2018 to showcase what they feel is their strongest case offerings for the current market. In the Silverstone booth, the company showed off their Redline RL07, Primera PM02, Lucid LD01 (MicroATX) and Lucid LD02 cases, which look to cater to all tastes - and sizes.

The Redline is an ATX form-factor case with an interesting, asymmetric front look, with interesting LED inserts in the top and bottom declinations, which bring about an interesting lighting effect. The black case shines red LEDs; the white case shines blue LEDs. Simple enough. The Primera, on the other hand, are Silverstone's "trend-setting" cases, with a bold, micro-perforated look on the front of the chassis, with a Silverstone branding LED projecting the company's name towards your desk (or floor, should you commit that particular crime). Both the Redline and Primera chassis feature a steel body design, with a tempered glass side panel.
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