Sharkoon has a small but jam packed booth. They have managed to stuff their entire case line-up, including two new full size cases - the S-Dream and Rebel 12, as well as new mid tower cases into it. There is even enough room to display the new wireless media keyboard, the complete line-up of Silent Eagle fans, Rush gaming keyboards and a total of four 5.1 surround sound headsets. All their power supplies up to 700W and accessories can also be viewed up close - including the silver Twin Drive!
Just like at CES, Zalman was showing off their 3D displays which lead to a lot of public interest. Since Zalman decided to no longer work with Fatal1ty, their high-end case line is now called ZMachines, which are also available in metal grey instead of black only. Several new coolers for CPU and GPU have been released that are designed to offer maximum performance while keeping noise down.
OCZ's "Mind Control" has been one of the most debated products of this year's CeBIT. It lets you control your games with just your thoughts and a mouse. You can do actions like walk, jump, shoot or weapon changes. The demonstration has been working exceptionally well, people who tried it said you can learn it in a matter of minutes. Also on display was a very promising self-contained liquid CPU cooler and flash drives that connects to FireWire.
Biostar had a number of new motherboards on display. For example an AMD RS690 board that has HDMI, DVI and VGA all directly on the motherboard. Also you could see running demos of DDR3 on Intel's Bearlake P35 and the Intel G33. As direct competition to the AMD RS690 board the NVIDIA based TF7050-M2 was released.
Soundgraph is showing off their complete line-up of available displays, iMON control devices and remote controls. They also have two cases, from Moneual and Silverstone, which incorporate their newest products: the iMON touch LCD and the Ultra Bay.
You may know Point Of View as they have been producing graphic cards for quite some time now. Their entire line-up features a lot more. The company booth shows off their complete line-up of cases, a slew of accessories like mouse pads, gaming and bluetooth headsets, speakers and digital picture frames. To top things off, Point Of View is displaying factory overclocked cards under the EXO brand.
Zotac may not be a brand everyone has heard of, but they offer a great line-up of graphic cards. The company is showing off the latest GeForce 8800 based graphic cards as well as different, passively cooled GeForce 7 Series cards. On top of that an nForce 570 and nForce 405 mATX board can be found at their booth.
At the Razer booth you could take a good look at their revolutionary speaker system - the Mako. It has been developed together with the engineers of THX to deliver optimum audio performance, without redecorating your whole room. The DSP output is monitored, so you can never overload the system. Also on display was the Razer Pro|Solutions keyboard which is a white styled keyboard with integrated iPod docking station.
Antec is giving the visitors a look at what is to come in the P series. The P180 will be succeeded by the P182 and the P190 comes with two power supplies with Neo-Link for a combined output of 1200W. The new P series has holes for water cooling and fan speed control switches. Besides that, the company is showing a limited edition of the P182, new HTPC & budget cases, as well as a 1000W power supply.
Akasa has expanded their case line-up to include aluminum ITX cases, as well as mATX designer enclosures. There are a few new power supplies, notebook cooling pads for every budget and a very interesting, closed loop, all in one, liquid cooling HSF in two different colors.
Aerocool has their completely new case series, which is produced by Lian-Li on display. These all aluminum enclosures come in multiple colors, feature different LCDs and even have touch sensitive buttons. They also have a new drive bay card reader with flip-up LCD up and running.
It's March again, and the IT world is coming to one place for the biggest computer/IT exhibition show in all of Europe - CeBIT.
The Saitek GM3200 may be bigger than most other gaming mice, but it is so for a reason. The customizable weight system as well as a slew of programmable buttons in two modes and an on-the-fly DPI switch make this one of the most versatile mice out there. The great paint job, bright lighting and backlit Saitek logo make this mouse perfect for modding fans and LAN party gamers.
Razer's new Pro Tones m250 headphones look a bit different than your average headphone. They clip on to your ears, allowing the headset to be larger than the usual ear plugs, while still being quite compact. During testing we found out that these $50 headphones can deliver amazing sound quality, no matter which type of music you listen to.
Saitek's Eclipse II keyboard is the successor of the Eclipse. It features three different backlight colors and some very comfortable keys for stress and pain free gaming. The layout looks a bit futuristic, while keeping the size and weight at the same level as normal keyboards. We light it up and try it out with gaming and every day work and let you know how it fares.
The Razer Pro|Tones m100 is a light-weight in-ear headphone system that is designed to give you the best music listening experience. The headphones are available in black and white, which is a perfect match for an Apple iPod. After testing these $40 headphones we come to the conclusion that they offer excellent comfort and good sound quality.
The Vizo Luxon Advanced HDD enclosure is a very versatile case which gives the user complete choice what type of internal and external connection is used. The rounded corners and nice black, blue or silver exterior make this a great addition to your desktop and the performance of both USB 2.0 and eSATA is good no matter what drive is used.
Based on the award-winning SteelPad S&S, SteelSeries has created a new mouse pad that comes with a completely new surface that is optimized to give the best compromise between low friction and best precision. We tested this $35 mousepad that comes with included Teflon and a carrying bag to see if it is really an improvement.
The Verbatim Store 'n' Go U3 is a Smart Drive with the U3 Launchpad included on the memory stick. The addition of the software and improved performance cost the end user around $10 USD more, when compared to the basic Store 'n' Go 4 GB variant available. We benchmark the Verbatim U3 Smart Drive and let you know if the performance and software are worth the small price premium.
The ASUS M2A-VM is ASUS' first board using the new AMD RS690G chipset. It comes in the small MicroATX form factor and is all passively cooled. This makes the board an ideal candidate for a quiet Media PC system. The integrated VGA with DVI/Analog output has enough power to do video playback and play an occasional game.
AMD's 690 Chipset Series is the first new product since the AMD/ATI merger in October last year. The RS690 is designed to be a low-cost, power efficient Athlon64 chipset which can be used in notebooks and desktop PCs. It features integrated VGA with support for HDMI and DVI - at the same time. With motherboards retailing in the $60 range this chipset has great potential on the budget market.
The Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit is a very unique device and may look like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, but it actually gives you control over games without the use of a traditional keyboard. It puts all functions within reach of your left hand. This makes gaming a lot more comfortable and faster. We tried it with First Person Shooters and Real Time Strategy games to see if the Pro Gamer Command Unit is just as advanced as its futuristic looks.
The I-Rocks IR-9300 Combo is a HDD enclosure with USB 2.0 and Firewire. It features completely passive use and two LEDs on either side of the enclosure. It may be a bit bulky when compared to some from Coolermaster or Akasa but does work well. The USB 2.0 connection is not very fast, but the speedy firewire option makes up for this, while reducing the CPU utilization as well.
While most manufacturers focus on looks when building a budget 2.1 sound system, Speed-Link went with a clean design and put more resources into delivering better sound quality. For a mere 70 EUR you get a solid 2.1 sound system, that works good in both games and for listening to music.
Danger Den is one of the most established players in the watercooling business. Their new Tyee GPU Waterblock has been designed specifically for the ATI Radeon X1800/X1900 Series and can cool GPU, Memory, Voltage Regulator and CrossFire Encoder Chip with just one block. Even though its installation is a bit complex, it shouldn't be a problem for more experienced users.