The Audio-Technica Creator Pack is a home voice recording and streaming kit that consists of a great USB microphone, a good pair of studio monitoring headphones, a boom arm, and a desktop tripod stand. It's meant for streamers, podcasters, and vloggers, or those looking for a higher quality audio recording solution for home or office use.
If money is no object and you are looking to add even more LEDs and RGB to your life, VIVIFY has managed to open up one of the last frontiers: HDMI cables. With the Arquus W73Ø, you may now light up the connection between your PC and monitor, all while getting all the attributes of a high-end optical HDMI cable.
This article serves as a continuously updated summary of currently known leaks and official announcements regarding upcoming hardware releases in 2021. We cover and keep track of developments for Intel Rocket Lake, AMD Zen 4, NVIDIA's future Ampere cards, Radeon RX 6700 Series, Intel's next Xe GPU, chipsets, memory and more.
The ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB840M2P-B allows you to install M.2 NVMe drives into a full tower chassis and provides potent cooling as well as accessibility with its solid material mix. This gives enterprise or government environments the ability to incorporate enterprise-level NVMe drives quickly and easily.
ASRock looks to expand its Mini-PC lineup with the NUC BOX-1165G7. This barebones system sports a 4-core, 8-thread Intel Tiger Lake 10nm CPU. Add Intel's Iris Xe Graphics, which is a step up from previous designs, and you have the basis for a small but powerful system for various niche markets.
The Elgato Wave:1 is a compact, great-sounding $120 USB microphone accompanied by a powerful digital mixing solution, which makes it a complete package for streaming. While it lacks a couple of the features of the more expensive Wave:3, its performance is practically identical, an excellent choice for anyone looking to save money wherever possible.
The Corsair TBT100 is the latest version of their Thunderbolt 3 docks, with the expertise and learnings of the two Elgato variants flowing into an updated design and I/O. With a single cable providing everything from charging, audio, video, and data, you may find the TBT100 quite the indispensable heart of your work from home setup.
Priced right between the Crane 2 and Crane 3S, the Zhiyun Crane 2S offers a lot more functionality and expandability than the original Crane 2 in the same format, bringing it in line with its larger 3-series sibling with a different handling setup. This makes it a potent, compact, and portable choice for even heavier cameras.
While the ASRock 4X4 BOX-4800U may be rather expensive for a mini-PC, it makes up for it by delivering an insane level of performance. In short, pound for pound, it utterly decimates the competition.
Ultra tiny and packed with features, Chuwi's LarkBox mini-PC is more than a novelty. Equipped with 128 GB of eMMC storage and 6 GB of LPDDR4 memory, it even has a SATA M.2 2242 slot for further storage expansion. Add in the capability to handle 4K 60 Hz and you have a solid basis for a micro HTPC.
Lenovo looks to offer PC gamers an attainable system with high specifications in their Legion Tower 5i gaming systems. Equipped with an Intel i7-10700K and a GeForce RTX 2070 Super, it delivers stellar results that will likely be overshadowed by the launch of NVIDIA's next generation of GPUs. However, with a quick refresh, the 5i series should prove to be a compelling option.
With the LIVA Z3 Plus, ECS looks to push the boundaries of what you can expect from its lineup of ultra-small form factor systems. Highly efficient, semi-upgradeable, and with enough I/O to fit most needs, it is quite a compelling system with support for Amazon Alexa, but it needs a few upgrades to truly shine.
Sharkoon expands their product lineup with three DACs with integrated headphone amplifiers. Two are meant for mobile devices, such as smartphones and laptops, and one is a simple USB sound card. They share many characteristics, but the most important is a good price-performance ratio.
The ToughArmor MB601VK-1B from ICY DOCK is another uncompromisingly solid metal enclosure for quick access to U.2 drives through an external 3.5" drive bay. With the enterprise-level interface, the unit is clearly geared towards that end of the consumer spectrum involved in government, medical, and industrial scenarios.
CORSAIR's take on the second-screen experience for the PC comes in the form of the iCUE NEXUS. It is a color LCD touchscreen panel with various installation options, including on keyboards, to allow for customized monitoring and control over CORSAIR products and other system components via their iCUE software program.
The Creative Sound Blaster X3 is an excellent USB sound card. It offers great audio quality for both input and output, and is quite affordable, at $120. It's a pleasure to use for music, movies, and games alike, and you can even connect it to the PS4 or Nintendo Switch.
Corsair looks to stomp their competition by delivering exceptional performance in a tiny package with the One i200 compact gaming PC. Not only is it surprisingly quiet, but will also handle just about anything you throw at it without breaking a sweat. That said, you might sweat when you see its hefty price tag.
Elgato released their first audio department products: the Wave:1 and Wave:3, USB microphones for content creators. We tested the more advanced Wave:3, which comes equipped with a high-quality condenser capsule, a digital mixer, and many other useful features.
The ADATA XPG Prime ARGB extension cables aim to offer yet another way to illuminate your system with RGB lights. Available as 24 and 8-pin variants and using a unique optical fiber sleeving approach, the XPG Prime cables are the cleanest-looking option out there.
The GateKeeper Halberd is a portable, wireless security token that works for end users just as much as enterprises. When you're nearby, your PC is unlocked—just walk away to secure your workstation. The Halberd can also keep track of login credentials and all your passwords, both on and offline!
NVIDIA's RTX Voice technology promises to remove background noise from your audio input and output. We tested it on a wide range of audio hardware, at many price points, to find out what it's capable of, and how it affects frame rates during gaming.
The Lian Li Strimer Plus takes the original principle of lighting up your otherwise boring ATX cables with RGB colors. Instead of using the fiber optics principle of lighting each strand at its end, the Strimer Plus employs rows of LEDs for brighter, cooler animations for both the 24-pin and 8-pin cables.
The Comino Otto puts the system builders of the world on notice by offering what is one of the best-designed prebuilt small-form-factor PCs around. Considering it's only 14 liters in overall volume and fully water-cooled, this latest SFF PC will turn more than a few heads for more than a few reasons.
The ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB720M2K-B is part of their high-end line of enclosures, with this one specifically engineered for up to four M.2 NVMe drives. It is clearly aimed at mission-critical systems where reliability, uptime, and peace of mind are highest on the list of attributes to check off.
Zhiyun's Weebill-S can handle heavy camera-lens combos despite its small size and low weight. It is also supported by a large number of optional accessories, which greatly enhance its capabilities. It might not make you a good videographer if you lack the talent or the technique, but will surely make your videos look better.