Thursday, July 31, 2014

Launching a new Power Supply: INTEGRA is now Modular!

Launching a new Power Supply: INTEGRA is now Modular!

Fractal Design is proud to announce the new Modular generation of the award winning Integra PSU.
 Fractal Design Integra M Series power supply units feature excellent electrical performance, including 80PLUS® Bronze certified efficiency.
The modular flat cable system allows for a clean installation, and enhances airflow patterns inside the case. The short 140mm length makes for easy installation in small computer cases, and the extra-long ATX12V cable accommodates modern, bottom-PSU cases.
Fractal Design Integra M units are equipped with a large temperature-controlled 120mm fan for reduced noise levels and optimum cooling.
The Integra M is a great choice for medium-performance gaming computers and workstations.                      

Key Features Integra M

  • Modular cables. Only cables deemed likely for constant use (20+4-pin cable; 12V CPU cable, one PCI-E cable on 650W+ models) are fixed.7
  • 80PLUS® Bronze efficiency
  • ATX 2.4/ EPS 2.92 compliant, including full support for the new C6 / C7 power states introduced with the 4th generation Intel Core CPU
  • Extremely short 140mm case allows for easy installation in compact cases
  • Extra-long ATX 12V cable
  • Quiet, temperature-controlled 120mm fan
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Protection:  OPP / OVP / UVP / SCP / OCP
  • Standby efficiency: ErP 2013 compliant (<0 .5w="" draw="" li="" power="" system="">
  • Available in Black
  • Unit Measurements: 150*86*140
  • Available in different wattage: 450W, 550W, 650W and 750W

                450W     550W     650W     750W    
USD        54.99        64.99      74.99         84.99
GBP         39.99       44.99       54.99        59.99
EUR        49.99        54.99       64.99        74.99    
SEK         449           549           629           699
AUD             x              84           104            118     
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Alps Mountaineering Extreme 3 Outfitter Tent Review

If you like to spend time outdoors then you probably have gone through your share of gear.  And after all, some of the best ways to use your electronics gear is to take it outdoors. After all, you won't capture that beautiful sunset in your living room. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” When it comes to outdoor gear, design and quality usually means longer life and more comfort away from home. One such company that fits that mold is Alps Mountaineering. Up for review today is their Alps Mountaineering Extreme 3, in their Outfitter Series.

Features and specs:


  • Free Standing 3 Pole Design with 7000 Series Aluminum Poles
  • Easy Assembly with Pole Clips that quickly snap over the tent poles
  • 75D 185T Polyester Fly resists UV damage and stays taut
  • Factory Sealed Fly & Floor Seams gives best weather protection
  • 210D 110T Nylon Oxford Floor with 1500mm Coating
  • Extra Large #10 Zippers on Doors and Vestibules
  • Easy entry with 2 Doors (both with zippered mesh windows)
  • 2 Vestibules for gear storage and extra weather protection
  • Weatherproof Fly Buckles On for maximum adjustability and protection
  • Multiple Fly Vents increase ventilation


Base Size: 6'8 x 8'
Center Height: 4'2
Vestibule Depth: 36"
Tent Area: 48 sq. ft.
Vestibule Area: 36 sq. ft.
Tent & Fly Weight: 8 lb. 1 oz.
Total Weight: 8 lb. 12 oz.
Packed Size: 8" x 24"
Pole Diameter: 8.5 mm
Color: Tan/Green/Tan
Style: Three-pole Free Standing
Use Rating: 3 Season
Sleeps: Three

The Alps Mountaineering Extreme 3 Outfitter came shipped in a standard box. Opening the box yielded the tent’s carrying bag with everything stored within, a well protected tent body, rain fly, a loft, poles, stakes and their corresponding bags.  The outside of the bag showed pictures of the tent along with the instructions sewn into the bag. The tent fabric was made of a very good quality nylon. Being the Outfitter Series, they use a much larger, more durable zipper with a more durable nylon floor. The quality of materials was excellent as was the quality of the construction. Stitching was tight, the seams were sealed, it was put together very well. It was obvious that this is a premium product. I really liked the small lightweight yet strong aluminum poles, made out of 7005 series aluminum.

Having reviewed Alps Mountaineering products before, including their Extreme 2 Backpacking Tent, it was only natural to jump at the opportunity to review their Extreme 3 Outfitter tent from the Outfitter Series. The Extreme 2 Series tent was a similar, premium product with a focus on lightweight for backpacking, while the Outfitter Series is designed more for the long haul. Not that the Extreme 2 Backpacking Tent won’t last years of use, it’s just a little more delicate. Being a Scoutmaster and seeing the abuse and the demands that a tent can receive with a lot of use, the Outfitter Series just used some of the features such as larger zippers that just are more capable of handling that abuse. Yet while the floor is a bit more durable than the Extreme 2, one thing that I would have liked to have seen used is an even more durable tent floor with a more solid nylon material, like on nylon tarps. Other than that, this tent was truly amazing.

Setting up the tent was very simple. It was basically a matter of pulling out the ground cover (a separate accessory, yet highly recommended to reduce ware on the tent floor) and unpacking the tent body, poles, stakes and rain cover. Once unpacked, setting up the tent was as easy as assembling the poles, attaching them to the grommets, hooking them to the body and snapping the rain fly (if needed) into place. The three pole design is extremely sturdy, so much so that I’m a bit surprised that it wasn’t classified as a four season tent. When I reviewed the Extreme 2 tent, it was taken on a winter campout and in the morning, I awoke to an additional 3 inches of snow that had fallen during the night and it didn’t even flinch! Once set up it is freestanding and unless you are in a strong windstorm you don’t even need to necessarily sorry about staking it down. The same goes for the rain fly. Unless you are in a rainstorm, with a good amount of wind, you don’t really need to stake it down either. Staking down the rain fly would give you a lot more room in both of the side vestibules, but if there is no wind, the snaps at each of the four corners that secure it to the body of the tent will easily hold it into place. I also liked the included loft. Hooking it up to the inside top of the tent was as easy as attaching the hooks at each corner. And it made for a great spot to hang your personal items such as: keys, wallet, flashlight or all. It was actually quite large and could hold several items.

The Alps Mountaineering Extreme 3 used the typical tent size rating.  While it is classified as a three man tent, and it could fit three men, but only if they didn’t need any person space.  I’m more comfortable using it as a two man tent and then we can bring in some gear as well.

In the end, the Alps Mountaineering Extreme 3 tent is an ideal tent for just about any situation. It’s well designed, very well put together with high quality materials to give years of use. The Aluminum poles are light-weight and very easy to use. And I love the color coded ends for the tabs sew into the body of the tent, matching the ends of the tent poles, making it just that much easier to set up. And the snaps for the rain fly is just a continuation in the Alps Mountaineering simplicity of setup. If you do any camping at all, I highly recommend the Alps Mountaineering Extreme 3 Outfitter Tent. With an MSRP of $320, I can think of a few big name tents that I would choose the Alps Mountaineering over. Base on their design, features, quality and performance The Alps Mountaineering Extreme 3 Outfitter has earned our Editor’s Choice award. For more info and complete specs check out their website at

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Peavey® to Release Line of Licensed Star Wars™ Products at San Diego Comic-Con International

Peavey® to Release Line of Licensed Star Wars™ Products
at San Diego Comic-Con International

Music Industry Leader Unveiling Line of Out-of-this-World Guitars and Accessories

Download High Resolution Image: Peavey Star Wars Darth Vader Rockmaster® Guitar

July 23, 2014, Meridian, MS – Peavey Electronics®, industry-leading musical instrument and audio equipment manufacturer, is pleased to release a line of licensed guitars and accessories adorned with graphics based on the legendary Star Wars film franchise. The products are to be unveiled at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International. 

Star Wars is a giant in the world of film, TV and video games, and the same can be said of Peavey in the music industry – so this collaboration just makes sense,” comments Peavey’s Tony Moscal. “I can’t wait for movie fans and musicians to see what we’ve come up with.”

Peavey’s line of Star Wars products is perfect for musicians and collectors alike. The products include full size Rockmaster® electric guitars, three-quarter size Rockmaster® electric guitars, half-size acoustic guitars, ukuleles and accessories. 

The line will be on display at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego, at Peavey’s booth (#2913-P) in the Star Wars Pavilion. Peavey’s regular line of Star Wars products will be available for purchase, in addition to two exclusive light side/dark side collector model guitars. Only 50 guitars have been created for each of these exclusive collector models.

With a basswood body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard, Peavey’s Rockmaster guitars provide excellent balance, playability and tone, and feature Star Wars characters in a high gloss finish. A three-quarter size student model of the Rockmaster electric guitar is also available, and both guitars come with cable and picks.

Ideal for starter musicians, Peavey’s half-size acoustic guitars are made of genuine wood with steel strings. The guitars include a removable headstock cover with matching graphics that protects fingers from string ends, and come with Peavey picks and a strap. Scenes from the Star Wars films are featured on the instruments in high gloss finish. 

Also suitable for players of all ages or collectors, the line of products includes 20” ukuleles decorated with Star Wars characters. Made of genuine wood and featuring a high gloss finish, the instruments have easy-to-play nylon strings and locking tuning pegs which help to keep the instrument in tune.

In addition to these high-quality instruments, Peavey is producing a selection of Star Wars-themed straps and picks. To learn more about Peavey’s line of award-winning musical instruments and audio equipment, visit

About Peavey
Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey is a member of the top 150 licensee list. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics® and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & ©  Lucasfilm Ltd.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Alps Mountaineering Comfort XL Self Inflating Air Pad Review

It seems like with the demands of everyday life, things can just get more and more stressful. With that it’s easy to turn to the outdoors to get away from the stress for some enjoyable relief.  But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be comfortable while doing so. One product often used to help provide a good night’s sleep is a nice air mattress. Up for review today is a great one from Alps Mountaineering. It is their Comfort XL Self-Inflating Air Pad.

Features and specs:
  • Jet Stream Wave Foam
  • Faster Inflating and Deflating
  • Brushed "Suede-like" Top Fabric
  • Extra Comfort and Less Sliding
  • Anti-Slip "PVC Dots" Bottom Fabric
  • Slides Less on Tent Floor
  • Non-corrosive Brass Valves
  • Long-term Durability
  • Additional XL and XXL Features: Thicker Pillow Area, Extra Comfort, 2 Valves and Faster Inflating
Regular715000320" x 72" x 1.5"2 lbs. 10 oz.4.5" x 21"Backpacking$79.99
Long725000325" x 77" x 2"4 lbs. 1 oz.6.5" x 26"Camping$99.99
XL735000330" x 77" x 3"6 lbs. 7 oz.8" x 31"Luxury Camping$149.99
XXL745000330" x 77" x 4"8 lbs. 7 oz.11" x 31"Luxury Camping$189.99

The product came shipped in a standard box. Upon opening the box, I saw the mattress, a nylon stuff bag and instructions. Also included, a rarity with such products, was a repair kit. That was really cool! The nylon stuff bag was a typical stuff bag with a pull cord at the top to cinch closed the bag during storage and a spring loaded plastic holder to keep it closed and secure. The mattress itself had a soft velvety finish on top. The bottom was covered with small rubber dots to help keep it in place while in your tent so you don’t slide around at night. The Valve was made of high quality brass with a round cap that screwed open and closed. Quality of materials was excellent as was quality of construction.

According to the specs, this XL model was 3 inches tall, which I thought was hard to believe. But after getting it, with it being new I opened up the valves and kept it open for a couple of days to fully inflate and was surprised that it actually was right about 3 inches when fully inflated! I also liked having dual brass valves which made for faster inflating and deflating with its larger size. Having done a lot of camping, one thing I don’t like is sleeping on the hard ground, especially if it’s rocky. Having it inflated, I thought I would put it to the ultimate test and just laid it down on my hard tile floor to see how it would do.  I didn’t want to expect too much from the pad, but lying down on it on the floor, I couldn’t feel the tiles of the floor under me. What was even more impressive to me was when I kneeled down on the mattress, to lay down, I had all my weight on just my knees and I couldn’t feel the hard tiles. I was expecting to be comfortable and not feel the ground, especially given its thickness. But to not feel anything when I dropped on my knees was just…WOW. The slightly raised end with a built in pillow was also a nice touch, although it was only slight.  So I still needed a pillow. The inside of the mattress had some type of foam. Depending on how you like your bed, whether it is firm or soft, you could fill the mattress accordingly.

Having had it open for a while to fully inflate and to do an official test, it was now time to deflate it and store it until I had a campout of its test run. Opening up both valves made for an easy deflation and I was able to get it tight enough to where it easily fit into the storage bag. Once deflated, screwing the valves closed easily kept the mattress form self inflating again. I know that tents can sometimes be a nightmare to get it folded exactly right to fit back into the bag, but I had no such problem with this mattress. And after having it in the bag, it was just a matter of closing the draw sting and it was ready for storage until further use. And I kept the repair kit in the bag, just in case it’s ever needed, I’ll know where it is!

Now it was time to put it to the test for a real campout. Setting up the mattress was extremely simple, it was just a matter of pulling it out of the bag, unrolling it where I wanted to sleep and opening the valves. Then once I had my desires firmness, I just closed both the valves. Done. It was that easy. Sleeping that night was really nice. Better than a regular blowup mattress. Plus I don’t need to worry about either manually blowing up the mattress or remembering to pack the pump and making sure the pump had sufficient power. The Alps Mountaineering Comfort XL Air Pad is self inflating. Once it was time to pack up, it was as easy to take down as it was to put up. Just open up both valves and tightly roll up the mattress. It deflated as I did so. Once tightly rolled, close both valves and secure in storage bag.

I’ve reviewed Alps Mountaineering products in the past and given the opportunity to do so again was a no brainer. The Alps Mountaineering Comfort XL Air Pad was a little bulkier and heavier than most self inflating mattresses. But most of my camping is not backpacking, so I would rather have a more comfortable mattress, even if that meant a bit more bulk and weight to an item. If you are looking for a similar product, you can’t go wrong with the Alps Mountaineering Comfort Air Pad. If you are more of a backpacker and size and weight is an issue, they have other products that are worth your consideration. They also have an excellent warranty and stand behind their products. Based on their design, feature, quality and performance, the Alps Mountaineering Comfort XL Air Pad has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014



Paris - July 15th - CODLIGHT ( proudly presents cPulse, the world’s first smart LED lighting case for Android smartphones exclusively on Kickstarter. With this smart, social, sleek and interactive smartphone case cPulse reinvents the way we interact with lighting. Moreover, cPulse is the very first versatile consumer electronics product printed in 3D. 
Imagine that any mobile transforms into a smart source of infinite visuals, a dazzling lighting experience, and turns the classical handheld into an unparalleled communication tool made of sound and light. Imagine you communicate through immensely variable lighting effects and visuals. And what would you say if you could create your own customized cPulse lighting case printed in 3D and delivered to your doorstep - and order a new case each time you change your Smartphone, reusing your lighting system, all thanks to 3D printing. The first electronics device that lead the end of planned obsolescence movement. Lighting has never been as creative, smart, social and mobile!

What is cPulse exactly?
cPulse consists of an edge-to-edge case and a 128 LED panel. It is the very first mass-market consumer electronics product manufactured with an adaptable and replaceable 3D printed case thanks to and cPulse is a versatile new means of communication whose capabilities go far beyond the boundaries of its protective shell: It is the first product of its kind to integrate both an electronic hardware and a flexible mechanical part, which adapts to any Android smartphone from version 4.4 thanks to the 3D printing technology.

What does cPulse do?
cPulse offers a multitude of applications:
  • Augmented Music Lighting Player: First of all it delivers an augmented music experience. Its new lighting file format enables the user to create, share and play a lighting track the same way we use digital music (MP3).  Lighting tracks based on favourite songs can be created, broadcasted and played simultaneously on multiple cPulses. Users design and share their own lightshow with friends and family, a new concept for reinventing parties, concerts and dance floors.
  • The very first Mobile Lighting and Sleeping System: cPulse can also read your sleep patterns, trigger a softly hued or flashy coloured sound and wake you up align with your sleep cycles. With slowly changing colour brightness and soothing sounds, the user gets a good night’s sleep, has a chance to complete a full sleep cycle and wakes up refreshed.
  • cPulse lets the user create his Personal Lighting Ambiance, illuminate his environment and set the visual mood of a uniquely coloured scene for various occasions. The user can also personalize his smartphone with Customized Lighting Notifications and messages.
How does cPulse work?
The low-consumption LED lighting system is application controlled and equipped with an embedded 128 LED panel (10x more lighting compare to a LCD Smartphone display) powered by an ambilight sensor for high intensity and a colourful visual experience. CODLIGHT developed a hinge similar to the ones used for display rotation in some camcorders and digital cameras to position and maintain the LED panel and quickly access the Smartphone display. cPulse uses ultra-low power components to ensure the best luminous efficiency while minimizing the impact on the battery (1h of lighting for 7% of battery consumption). Communication and power feeding is done through a micro-USB port between the Smartphone and cPulse.

The Kickstarter pre-order will feature 9 levels of pledges. The MAKER’s pledge will be rewarded with an unprecedented experience: The Kickstarter members will turn into “MAKERS” and assemble this unique 3D printed cPulse. The cPulse 3D file for the case will be available on for download and personalization, a special deal with the online 3D service will offer an amazing rate for the 3D print. All components will be delivered to the Kickstarter member for assembly. The result will be a unique and customized Smartphone, which transforms into sound and light at the touch of a finger!

cPulse will be available for pre-order on Kickstarter from July 15th 2014.

Kickstarter Campaign

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CODLIGHT’s mission is to re-invent how people experience and interact with lighting. CODLIGHT was founded by Yan Lee-Dajoux & Francois Mazard in December 2013. Both have 15 years of experience in the mobile industry and have worked for the Wireless Division of Texas Instruments. cPulse is the world’s first smart LED lighting case for Android smartphones. For more information and to pre-order cPulse, please visit:

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014



LONG BEACH, CA.  (July 7, 2014) – Kenwood’s advanced smartphone control found on Kenwood’s multimedia receiver’s offers voice control for music, messaging, mapping and phone book access as well as other voice functions via seamless integration of the phone’s built in SIRI®, Google voice™ or S-Voice®, control. 

“The biggest advantage Kenwood offers over prepackaged voice control/ display solutions is choice. The Kenwood offering is compatible with a wide variety of applications for music and Navigation services; navigation choices include Google maps™ which is the most downloaded navigation app on iTunes®, also WAZE™, and Apple™ Maps.  In addition to allowing customers to choose the system they are most familiar with, choice extends to the most popular phones customers use.  Kenwood advanced smartphone voice control works with both iPhones® and Android™ phones,” said Scott Caswell, Kenwood senior marketing manager.

With advanced smartphone integration and seamless voice control, Kenwood’s multimedia receivers with Bluetooth® make drive time a fully connected experience. Capable of communicating with most of the Apple™ and Android™ smartphones in today’s marketplace.  

Kenwood’s line of smartphone connectivity products lets you make hands-free phone calls, browse your contacts and recent calls, use voice control to listen to your messages, Use voice or the touch screen to control and play your favorite tunes and find your way to destinations using your app of choice. Kenwood’s advanced smartphone integration lets you decide what apps best suit your needs while on the road, giving you complete control and providing lots of options. 

Kenwood advanced smartphone with voice control is found on eight 2014 Kenwood and Kenwood Excelon Multimedia receivers featuring an HDMI™ input. 

All are currently available.
DNN991HD, DNX891HD, DNX691HD, DDX8901HD, DDX5901HD, DNX771HD, DNX571HD, DDX7701HD. 

To see a video of Kenwood advanced smartphone voice control with iPhone go to this link:

To see video of Kenwood advanced smartphone voice control with Android phones go to this link:

Kenwood USA Corporation Information
Founded in 1961, Kenwood USA Corporation is a leading developer and manufacturer of audio and video products. Offering more than 250 products, Kenwood is one of the largest selling brands of aftermarket in-car audio and video entertainment products in North America and is recognized by consumers and the consumer electronics industry for providing superior quality, reliability and value.

Kenwood Communications, based in Suwanee, Ga., established in 1983, maintains a leadership position in North and South America for mobile and portable two-way radios and custom systems. Clients include prominent federal, state and local government agencies and first responders and private industry including manufacturing, contracting, security, hospitality and education. Kenwood USA Corporation, based in Long Beach, Calif., is a subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation (Japan).

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