Thursday, July 5, 2018

AKG N5005 Reference Class Hybrid 5-Way IEM Review


If you're looking for a good pair of headphones, it's easy to turn to generations of experience. AKG has been making high quality headphones for almost 70 years. When they want to bring out the top of the line headphone, they know how to do it right. And that’s just what they have done with the AKG N5005. It is a premium top of the line IEM that satisfies the most demanding consumer.

Features and specs:
System:  Hybrid technology
Driver size:   9.2mm + Quad Balance Armature
Dynamic frequency response range:  10-40kHz
Sensitivity:   116dB SPL/V@1kHz
Impedance:   18 ohm
Bluetooth transmitted power:   0-4dbm
Bluetooth transmitted modulation:   GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK
Bluetooth frequency:   2.402 - 2.480GHz
Bluetooth profiles:   A2DP V1.2, AVRCP V1.4, HFP V1.6, HSP V1.2
Bluetooth version:   V4.1
Battery type:   Lithium-ion
Polymer rechargeable battery:   120mA/3.7V
Charging time:   <2 hours="" span="">
Music playtime with BT on:   8 hours
Talk time with BT on:   8 hours
Weight (g):   11.4g








The AKG N5005 came in a great looking color printed box, with photos and specs of the product. Opening the box revealed quite the presentation! There were two levels to discover. The first provided the IEM ‘s, sound filters, hard zipper case, and serial number badge. The second level showed the additional ear tips, charging cable, and three different cables. All were held in place with custom cut foam. The actual IEM’s were made of a highly polished metal with a black finish on the first half, and a plastic finish on the back. Materials used in the construction was metal and plastic. Quality of materials used, as well as the fit and finish, was excellent! The owner’s manual was also included, as well as a cleaning tool and airline adapter.


When I opened the box, I was blown away by the presentation. Everything had its spot in the custom cut foam. With the filters, you can tailor the sound to your liking, with options for reference, bass boost, mids boost, or high boost. And there is a black polished metal holder for all of the filters that was clearly labeled. The hard zipper case had pockets on both sides to hold all of the accessories. There are six sets of ear tips to give you the best fit. And just so they didn’t leave anything out, there are three sets of cables. You read right…three sets! One is a 2.5 mm cable, one is a 3.5mm cable, and the last is a Bluetooth cable. So you have all of your options covered for any source player, and for either wired or wireless listening. And of course there is also a charging cable.

The design of the AKG N5005 is also spectacular! For low bass, a balanced armature is harder to get the performance as you would from a dynamic driver.  So I have seen many companies use a hybrid design, incorporating a dynamic driver for the lows, and a balanced armature for the mids and highs.  But as with everything else in the design, AKG has taken it to a whole new level! AKG has come up with a 5-way hybrid design which utilizes quad balanced armatures, and a dynamic driver. So there are 2 balanced armatures for the highs, 2 balanced armatures for the mids, and the dynamic driver for the lows. So there are high quality components to provide the best sound, and there’s also the multiple sound filters so you can also customize the sound to your liking. If this aural bliss which the AKG N5005 is poised to deliver is not good enough, AKG also has the looks covered as well. With their exterior black polished metal finish, they will also look like jewelry. Now let’s hear how they sound!

Eric Bibb: Why are People Like That-vocals were silky smooth with very good texture and timbre. Piano was very natural, more so than expected. Bass had very good low end extension and played with a ton of authority. Percussion was really crisp and clean with very good resolution and impact. Harmonica was really dynamic.  Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue- clarinet was incredibly smooth with excellent resolution to hear the woodiness of the reed and tonguing technique. Piano was very natural sounding and extremely well articulated. Brass was extremely dynamic, without appearing brassy. Bassoon had great extension in the midbass and excellent texture. Flute had extremely good air. Imaging was very good, soundstage was big with good depth.  Earth, Wind and Fire: Let’s Groove- vocals were silky smooth like honey, with excellent timbre and pitch definition. Bass was extremely full, deep, clean and hit like a sledge hammer. Percussion was extremely crisp and clean and very dynamic. The claps were also really crisp and dynamic. There were tons of instruments, and they all came through loud and clear. Imaging was spot on, with a big sound stage.  Katy Perry: Dark Horse-vocals were smooth like honey, with excellent resolution of the timbre and texture. Bass was very full, very deep, hit hard and did so with a ton of authority. Claps were also crisp and very dynamic.

When it comes to In Ear Monitor's, AKG didn't just hit it out of the park.  It went past the parking lot as well!  The AKG N5005 provides killer aural candy for your ears, with its 5-way hybrid design, and hardware sound tuning with its custom sound filters for any preference. Add to that the multiple cables to enable use with virtually any source player, including a wireless cable for Bluetooth!  And if that wasn't enough, they have the polished metal finish for a jewelry look.  Excellent build quality, sound, looks, and plethora of accessories, the AKG N5005 is the whole package.  At $999 MSRP, it's a bargain for what you are getting.  No matter your sound preference, AKG has you covered.  based on their design, features, quality, and performance, the AKG N5005 have easily earned our Editor's Choice Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.akg.com.




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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

James Loudspeaker™ Unveils Two Compact High-Performance Boundary Speakers

James Loudspeaker™ Unveils Two Compact High-Performance Boundary Speakers
    
New W-Series models leverage new woofer and Quad Tweeter to deliver astonishing detail and clarity from a smaller, fully customizable form factor

Napa, CA, June 26th, 2018 – James Loudspeaker (www.jamesloudspeaker.com), designers and manufacturers of the highest quality décor-friendly entertainment products for both residential and commercial applications, has introduced two smaller versions of their popular W-Series wedge form factor boundary speakers designed for integration where walls and ceilings converge. The unobtrusive 42Qw and 43Qw offer superb performance for multi-zone audio, height channels for immersive theater systems (Atmos, Auro3D and DTS:X) and outdoor audio applications as well. Both new models are constructed of aircraft grade aluminum for strength, sonic performance and durability. An aluminum perforated grille is included to provide years of trouble free use. 

New Technology
The 42Qw and 43Qw employ a new version of the high-excursion 4-inch woofer originally used in the 42AT landscape loudspeaker, designed using a Santoprene™ surround and aluminum cone. The 42Qw combines a single 4-inch woofer with James Loudspeaker’s legendary aluminum Quad Tweeter array, providing superior dispersion and dynamic capabilities verses conventional speakers. The 43Qw utilizes two of the 4-inch drivers with the Quad Tweeter for additional output capability. 

“Though our larger boundary speakers have been very popular, we received feedback from both residential and commercial integrators that a more compact version of the W-Series speakers would be useful,” reported James Loudspeaker CEO Mark Schafle. “Our goal is to provide the highest performing entertainment solutions that deliver superior sound with minimal visible intrusion into the space.”

Both W-Series models come with a wall/ceiling bracket featuring a unique mounting system that is ultra-secure but easy for custom integrators to work with and achieve a gapless fit every time. Like all James Loudspeaker products, both standard and custom colors are available.

Beautifully Made in USA
James Loudspeaker W-Series speakers are built from elegant aircraft-grade aluminum for strength, sonic performance and durability when used for outdoor or marine applications. Each speaker features a proprietary aluminum cone woofer and an aluminum dome Quad Tweeter for unsurpassed dispersion and musicality. All W-Series speakers can be custom painted to match any décor and each speaker comes with a matching aluminum perforated grille. Like all products from James Loudspeaker, W-Series speakers are fully customizable to suit any commercial or residential application.

The James Loudspeaker 42Qw and 43Qw are available now through authorized James Loudspeaker integrators. MSRP pricing is $900USD (42Qw) and $1100USD (43Qw) each.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

New Energizer Hardcase H500S : the rugged smartphone with a 3,000 mAh battery and a sleek design

Introducing the Energizer® HARDCASE H500S: the rugged smartphone with a sleek design and a 3,000 mAh battery
  • Tough and stylish : ultra slim with soft, rounded corners and curves
  • Powerful 3,000 mAh battery for up to 22 hours of talk time
  • IP 68 rating: dust proof and waterproof
Avenir Telecom, under the Energizer licence, announced the launch of its new addition to the HARDCASE range of rugged and waterproof phones: the HARDCASE H500S.
Where power and resistance meet style
Boasting a large capacity 3,000 mAh battery, the HARDCASE H500S allows for hours of entertainment and phone calls, with up to 22 hours of 2G talk time, up to 5h30 of uninterrupted video playing time and up to 19 days on standby.

IP 68 certified, the new smartphone supports immersion to 1.2 metres depth for 30 minutes and is completely dust-proof, meaning you can take pictures underwater and bring it along with you in all your adventures. Built with reinforced materials, it withstands being dropped from a height of one meter. Its screen is protected by a damage-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, set apart by its finesse and strength.

“At a time where we spend on average more than 3 hours per day on our smartphones, there is nothing more frustrating than a dead battery or a broken phone caused by a shock. The look of a device is also important as it is highly valued in purchase decisions. That’s why we decided to design an Energizer smartphone that would look stylish while being extra resistant and with great battery autonomy” comments Julien Emard, Product Development Director for the Energizer’s three ranges of phones. “The Hardcase H500S is only 10mm thin, which is quite slim for a rugged phone”, adds Emard.

Far from the aggressive and rugged design of most hard-wearing phones, the HARDCASE H500S has soft, rounded corners and curves. The metal finish on the sides and the non-slip back cover ensure a reliable, secure and comfortable grip.
 

Bright and performant

The HARDCASE H500S features a 13MP main camera with the “beauty face” function for perfect portrait pictures and a 5MP back camera. Both offer crisp, bright and vibrant photos and videos, to be watched over and over again on the large 5.0” high definition screen.

The Mediatek MT6737 Quad Core 1.3 GHz processor allows for using all the smartphone’s functionalities with fluidity. As a 4G LTE device with VoLTE technology, the Energizer® Hardcase H500S is able to reach up to 150/50 Mbps and offers a high-speed connection.

It supports two SIM cards or one SIM card and one SD card (up to 32GB) to increase storage memory or to benefit from two separate lines in a single mobile.

A bold packaging for a solid phone
The HARDCASE H500S, as well as all the other Energizer phones, comes in a bold looking aluminium package that reflects the DNA of the brand: long lasting, powerful and innovative.
The packaging can be reused and customised, and takes part in an effort to reduce plastic consumption in packaging.


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Friday, June 15, 2018

Atari E3 2018 Press Kit Featuring New Assets for this Year’s Line-Up of Games is Now Available!

E3 2018 has concluded, leaving us with dozens — if not hundreds — of games to anxiously await throughout the remainder of 2018 and beyond.

Atari®, one of the world's most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, took to the show this year to showcase another impressive line-up of multi-platform video game titles — from reimagined revivals of beloved Atari hits to new takes on current popular franchises and completely original titles.



For those that couldn’t make the show, Atari has released today all-new assets for their E3 2018 line-up. We invite you to view, download and share these assets and new information on the following Atari titles straight from E3 2018:
  • Tempest 4000™ (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - Developed by Llamasoft and legendary game designer Jeff Minter, Tempest 4000 is an action-packed arcade shooter that remains faithful to the original, while adding exciting new features and gorgeous 4K graphics. Tempest 4000 is set to energize your platform of choice this summer!
     
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon® Adventures (Nintendo Switch) - Atari’s first Nintendo Switch game is an all-new entry in one of the best-selling franchises in PC gaming history, designed from the ground up to take full advantage of Nintendo’s unique portable console. Whether on-the-go or at home, adventure awaits in the theme park of your dreams!
     
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon Joyride™ (PS4/PSVR) - Atari’s first virtual reality title finally lets players fully experience what it's like to be a customer in one of their own theme parks. Hop in, strap up and experience a thrill ride like never before!
     
  • Transit City Touch™ (iOS, Android) - As an all-new city-building and transit-management simulation game, Transit City Touch allows you to grow and advance your city by creating, refining and upgrading your infrastructure. Open packs of cards to find rare and epic items such as towering skyscrapers, new buildings, transit stations, vehicles and more.
     
  • Atari® Flashback Classics (Nintendo Switch) - Experience the excitement of 150 of the greatest Atari arcade hits of all time – including Centipede®, Asteroids®, Missile Command® and Yars’ Revenge® – on the Nintendo Switch!
     
  • Night Driver™ (iOS, Android) - Go full throttle in this fast-paced endless driver that honors the classic and offers a re-imagined update to the legendary racing genre hit.
     
  • Atari® Flashback Classics Volume 3 (Xbox One, PS4) - The latest remastered collection of 50 fan-favorite Atari platform and classic arcade titles is headed to current-gen consoles with HD support, online functionality and leaderboards!
     
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon® Touch™ (iOS, Android) - The incredibly popular mobile title that lets you build and manage your very own theme park continues to get better. With major content updates and new features added every few weeks, it’s no surprise that RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch is frequently at the top of the respective app stores!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TRENDnet introduces its first business router, featuring dual-wan, VPN, and VLAN support

TRENDnet introduces its first business router, featuring dual-wan, VPN, and VLAN support
New wireless business router is integrated with enhanced network management controls, WAN load-balancing and fail-over modes, and Router Limits advanced web content filtering and productivity tools
TORRANCE, Calif. – June 12, 2018 -- TRENDnet® (www.TRENDnet.com), a global leader in reliable SMB and consumer networking and surveillance solutions, has announced the launch of its first business router, the AC3000 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN SMB Router, model TEW-829DRU. The new business router features dual-wan ports, support for VPN and VLAN applications, and it is integrated with advanced web content filtering and productivity tools powered by Router Limits™.
The advanced features on TRENDnet’s business router provide optimal performance, scalability, and protection for your business network. TRENDnet’s wireless business router supports three concurrent WiFi bands to maximize device networking speeds. There are two separate high-performance AC networks (up to 1733Mbps and 867Mbps respectively), and a 400Mbps wireless N network. The router features VPN for encrypted remote LAN access, inter-VLAN routing, and QoS. In addition to dual-wan ports, the TEW-829DRU WiFi business router also features eight gigabit LAN ports, one USB port, and one console port.
“Businesses can help create an environment for a more efficient workforce by improving network controls and connectivity with the TEW-829DRU wireless business router. Dual-wan ports help to balance network traffic or provide a backup for WAN failure,” said Evan Davis, senior manager of solutions engineering at TRENDnet. “With Router Limits integrated into the router, business owners can gain full control and management of company internet access.”
TRENDnet’s wireless business router intelligently manages your office’s web access with content filtering and productivity tools by Router Limits, increasing employee efficiency and reducing unnecessary distractions. TRENDnet will later integrate Router Limits content filtering and productivity technology into their wireless home router, the AC2600 MU-MIMO WiFi Router, model TEW-827DRU.
“We’re excited to offer our world-class network productivity management and filtering tools on TRENDnet's new routers,” said Tyler Phillips, director of business development at Router Limits. “By integrating our network user management tools with TRENDnet’s hardware, we are creating a best-in-class solution, and we are aligning ourselves with a great company that is already a leading provider of routers and other network equipment in the business and home networking sectors. Our goal is to make this the first of many integrations with TRENDnet hardware.”
The AC3000 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN SMB Router, TEW-829DRU, is currently available online on the TRENDnet Store, and through select authorized distribution and retail partners.
AC3000 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN SMB Router, TEW-829DRU
  • 8 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x Console port
  • Dual-WAN ports support load-balancing and fail-over modes
  • SSL, IPsec, PPTP, and L2TP w/IPsec VPN support
  • IEEE 802.1Q inter-VLAN routing
  • Three concurrent WiFi bands maximize device networking speeds
  • AC3000 Tri-Band: 1733Mbps (5GHz1) + 867Mbps (5GHz2) + 400Mbps (2.4GHz) bands
  • Pre-encrypted WiFi for your convenience
  • Wireless client isolation
  • Web browser and CLI management
  • Online firmware notification and upgrade
  • QoS for VoIP and media streaming applications
  • Advanced web content filtering service powered by Router Limits
  • Product page: www.trendnet.com/products/TEW-829DRU
  • MSRP: USD $339.99

About TRENDnet
TRENDnet is a global provider of award-winning networking and surveillance solutions to small and medium-sized business and home users. Building networking solutions since 1990, TRENDnet enables users to share broadband access, multimedia content and networked peripherals for true anywhere connectivity. TRENDnet's diverse product portfolio includes Wireless, Internet Cameras (IP Cameras), Switches, Power over Ethernet (PoE), Fiber, Gigabit, Home Automation, Network Video Recorders (NVR), Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM), Print Servers, Powerline, NAS Media Servers, Multimedia Accessories, and more. To learn more about TRENDnet, please visit www.trendnet.com


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

DJI And Axon Announce Drone Partnership To Strengthen Law Enforcement Tools For Public Safety

June 5, 2018 – DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and Axon (Nasdaq: AAXN), the global leader in connected law enforcement technologies, today announced an exclusive partnership, within the digital evidence management industry, to sell DJI drones directly to public safety and law enforcement agencies worldwide through the new Axon Air program. The partnership was announced at the third annual Axon Accelerate conference for more than 1,500 police, security, legal and technology professionals from around the world.

More than 900 American public safety agencies use drones to improve officer safety, support tactical actions, reconstruct traffic collisions, support public safety at large events and perform search-and-rescue missions. At least 130 people around the world have been rescued from peril by drones, proving their value in life-or-death situations.

The Axon Air program allows law enforcement agencies to purchase drones from a trusted partner and links DJI’s drone technology with Axon’s connected data network and Evidence.com services – the same platform that more than 200,000 public safety professionals use today. Evidence.com provides the same rigorous data management system, chain-of-custody controls and security protocols that law enforcement agencies rely on to preserve and protect data from body cameras and in-car video systems. Within Evidence.com the integrity of drone videos is preserved for the protection of police agencies and the public they serve. Drones currently available for sale through the Axon Air program include: Phantom 4 Pro and Matrice 210.

“As the requirements and demands of unmanned aircraft programs grow, Axon is partnering with agencies to build out solutions that meet the complexities and requirements of public safety,” says Axon's EVP of Worldwide Products, Todd Basche. “Together, we will focus on creating situational awareness, advanced evidence collection and program management tools that will allow agencies to manage their drone program alongside their body camera and in-car video systems.”

“DJI’s partnership with Axon allows law enforcement agencies to add drone capabilities and data services through the same trusted provider they rely on for the tools, data and support they need to do their jobs safely and effectively,” said Michael Perry, Managing Director of North America at DJI. “Law enforcement agencies are rapidly adopting drones for their work, and often need guidance on how to establish a drone program and integrate it into their departments. DJI’s Axon Air partnership will strengthen and enhance law enforcement’s ability to protect public safety, respond to emergencies and save lives.”

Axon will partner with public safety agencies to identify the solutions that meet the demands of their communities and will bring drone video into the Axon Network of people, devices and apps. Interested agencies should reach out to their Axon sales representatives to learn more about how they can adopt this technology today.


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Monday, June 4, 2018

ASUS Announces New TUF Gaming Products


ASUS Announces New TUF Gaming Products 

-- TUF Gaming introduces the M5 mouse, K5 keyboard, H5 headset, GT501 chassis and the FX10CP desktop --
Fremont, CA (June 4, 2018) — The PC gaming renaissance is bringing a new generation of recruits into the ranks. They’re joining a community that’s increasingly diverse and frequently unfamiliar with the intricacies of building a complete rig. TUF Gaming aims to make the process more approachable by smoothing out the wrinkles in the DIY experience. Designed for gamers seeking stability and performance at an affordable price, it focuses on delivering durable gear that can survive the rigors of punishing play now and still deliver reliability in the future.
TUF Gaming takes battle-hardened aesthetics in a forward direction. Although it started with motherboards, the family is expanding to peripherals and other components that embrace the same style, making it easier than ever to assemble a cohesive gaming setup. All-new additions include the TUF Gaming M5 mouse, K5 keyboard, H5 headset, and GT501 chassis developed by our own internal teams, plus an array of components produced by TUF Gaming Alliance partners. Complete systems like the TUF Gaming FX10CP desktop and FX504 laptop are also beginning to spread TUF Gaming values to machines that get you in the game right out of the box.
ASUS is featuring our full lineup of TUF Gaming products during Computex 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan at the ASUS booth, #M410 in Nangang Hall, from June 5-9. For a full rundown of our new TUF Gaming products and TUF Gaming Alliance updates, please visit us at ASUS EdgeUp.
TUF Gaming M5 Mouse 
Mice it your way with the TUF Gaming M5

Mice are particularly prone to physical wear and tear, so the TUF Gaming M5 is coated in durable paint that stands up to heavy use. The Omron switches under the left and right buttons are ready for the long haul, too. They’re rated to survive 50 million clicks, assuring reliably responsive input for years of regular gaming in even click-centric MOBAs. And all the buttons are programmable with functions or macros using our Armoury II software, which saves settings for up to three profiles directly on the mouse’s internal memory, making them available on any machine.
Pixart’s PAW3327 optical sensor monitors motion at resolutions up to 6200 DPI, which is more than enough sensitivity for the vast majority of gamers and even eSports pros. Aura Sync adds configurable accent lighting that’s easy to match with the rest of your rig, ticking the final box on a list of essential features.
TUF Gaming K5 Keyboard 
Splishing and Splashing with the TUF Gaming K5 keyboard

Keyboards also suffer a lot of hands-on abuse, including accidental spills if you get bumped inadvertently at a crowded LAN party or celebrate a hard-fought victory a little too emphatically. But the TUF Gaming K5 isn’t afraid of a little liquid; its splash-proof design can withstand up to 60 ml, preventing small spills from ruining your night.
The key caps are also covered by three layers of paint, one more than typical keyboards, which helps them hold up to everyday use. Under each cap, Mech-Brane switches use a specially tuned membrane to mimic the feel of a mechanical design. Five-zone Aura Sync backlighting stretches across the keys, powering a personalized array of colors and effects that you can easily synchronize with the M5 mouse. Like with the M5 mouse, Armoury II lets you record custom macros and save them to onboard storage.
TUF Gaming H5 Headset 
Getting comfortable with the TUF Gaming H5 headset

The TUF Gaming H5 headset is designed with a focus on durability, style and comfort. Its stainless steel headband adds strength in a key area while giving the headset a premium look. The lightweight design is comfortable to wear for longer gaming sessions that would otherwise test your endurance.
Each ear cup contains a 50-mm Essence driver backed by an airtight chamber that improves sound quality. A removable boom hangs down from the left with an analog mic for communicating with your squad. For more immersion, plug in the included USB adapter to add virtual surround sound that puts you at the center of the action.
TUF Gaming GT501 
Making a case for the TUF Gaming GT501 

While our TUF Gaming peripherals spread the military-inspired motif across your desktop, the GT501 chassis clads your PC components in matching armor. Sturdy steel dominates the construction, with plastic limited to pieces for front-panel connectors and the base of the front face. A sheet of smoked tempered glass provides a stealthy window into your battle station and woven cotton handles make it a simple transport to LAN parties.
The thumb screws holding the window can sometimes be affixed too tightly at the factory, so the case ships with a handy TUF Gaming tag that doubles as a screwdriver. Once you’re inside, ample routing options and a 30-mm gap behind the motherboard tray make it easy to thread cables cleanly. We even left space to neatly run RGB strips.
Effective cooling is one of the most important factors for sustaining peak gaming performance, so the GT501 has plenty of room for fans and radiators. It includes a trio of high-flow 140-mm PWM fans right out of the box, which is perfect for pairing with the intelligent cooling control offered by TUF Gaming motherboards. There are additional mounts for three fans up top and three more at the front, with both locations supporting dual-fan radiators up to 280 mm and triple-fan units up to 360 mm. Removable filters in the bottom, front, and top panels prevent dust and other particles from getting sucked into the case.
Your rig is incomplete without parts from the TUF Gaming Alliance

The TUF Gaming Alliance is assembling an army of components made by like-minded partners. Our initial focus has been on maintaining an aesthetic theme across a broader array of the parts that make up your PC. Matching memory modules, coolers, cases, and one PSU are available now, with more on the way in each category. Products are already selling or in the works from a who’s-who of industry heavyweights that includes Antec, Apacer, Ballistix, Cooler Master, Corsair, Deepcool, Enermax, G.Skill, GeIL, In Win, Scythe, Silver Stone, Team Group, and XPG.
Beyond mandating consistent cosmetics, the TUF Gaming Alliance establishes new standards for stability that go beyond our usual vendor validation procedures. DRAM compatibility has long been a problem area because some modules are pushed so close to the edge that they’re sensitive to minor frequency and voltage fluctuations that occur in the real world. We account for these normal variances with stricter DRAM testing that stresses modules with their clock speed raised and voltage lowered, plus the memory must survive 24 hours of Memtest in a thermal chamber cranked up to a sweltering 50°C.
Environmental conditions affect power delivery, so PSUs must endure their own torture test in the heat locker. They’re qualified at an even higher temperature and also face a steamy 90% humidity level throughout testing. We’re currently exploring other ways to not only guarantee stability, but also more deeply integrate products in the TUF Gaming Alliance.
An alternative approach to gaming laptops and desktops

TUF Gaming systems provide an alternative to DIY builds for gamers who want a ready-made desktop or a laptop they can take on the road. These initial imports into the family fit our priorities and provide an early glimpse at what ASUS will bring to affordable gaming machines.
Focusing on what matters for gaming is the best way to maximize a limited budget, so the TUF Gaming FX504 laptop offers upgrades in key areas. The top model’s 15.6” display hits all the right notes: high refresh, quick response, and wide color gamut. Its 120Hz refresh rate makes gameplay and graphics much smoother and with its NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 1060 GPU, the FX504 can hit triple-digit frame rates in many popular games. It’s available with up to a six-core Intel Core i7-8750H processor with ample horsepower for gaming, live-streaming, and much more.
For stationary battle stations, the new TUF Gaming FX10CP desktop puts capable components in a reinforced tower. The Radiating-X design on the side panels adds structural reinforcement that protects your investment, while dual chambers with dedicated intakes optimize cooling on the inside.
With up to an Intel Core i7-8700 six-core CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, there’s enough horsepower for casual gaming and other tasks, like catching up on work, editing photos, or splicing together in-game recordings to create your own highlight reels.


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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Kingston Digital Ships 2TB-class Capacity Addition to 2.5″ Form Factor of UV500 Family Line of SSDs

Kingston Digital Ships 2TB-class Capacity Addition to
2.5″ Form Factor of UV500 Family Line of SSDs

Fountain Valley, CA – May 29, 2018 – Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced it is shipping a 2TB-class1 capacity addition in the 2.5ʺ form factor of its UV500 family line of SSD products. The large capacity allows users to store more data and improve a system’s overall responsiveness with incredible boot, loading and transfer times; and, with no moving parts is far less likely to fail compared to mechanical hard drives.
            UV500 is Kingston’s first 3D NAND-based SSD featuring 256-bit hardware-based AES full-disk encryption and support for TCG Opal 2.0. UV500 is powered by the Marvell 88SS1074 controller, and combined with 3D NAND Flash, delivers incredible read/write speeds of up to 520MB/s and 500MB/s2, making it 10x faster than a 7200RPM hard drive.
UV500 is backed by a limited five-year warranty and legendary Kingston support3. For more information visit www.kingston.com.

1 Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston’s Flash Memory Guide at kingston.com/flashguide.
2 Based on “out-of-box performance” using a SATA Rev 3.0 / PCIe 3.0 motherboard. Speed may vary due to host hardware, software, and usage. IOMETER Random 4K Read/Write is based on 8GB partition.
Limited warranty based on 5 years or “SSD Life Remaining” which can be found using the Kingston SSD Manager (Kingston.com/SSDManager). A new, unused product will show a wear indicator value of one hundred (100), whereas a product that has reached its endurance limit of program erase cycles will show a wear indicator value of one (1). See Kingston.com/wa for details.

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Kingston Digital, Inc. (“KDI”) is the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutionsEstablished in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please call 877-546-4786 or visit www.kingston.com.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

NEW RAZER BLADE IS THE WORLD’S SMALLEST 15.6-INCH GAMING LAPTOP

NEW RAZER BLADE IS THE WORLD’S SMALLEST 15.6-INCH GAMING LAPTOP

ULTRA FAST. ULTRA SMALL. ULTRA POWERFUL.
                                                                                                                                          
IRVINE, Calif. – Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced its all-new Razer Blade 15.6-inch gaming laptop[1] featuring Intel’s latest processor. The new Razer Blade is the world’s smallest gaming laptop in its class, boasting more display area and performance features.
ULTRA FAST
The available 144 Hz refresh rate 15.6” Full HD (1920 x 1080) display of the new Razer Blade enhances gaming and entertainment viewing with full-frame fluid motion graphics and 100% sRGB color. Users can also step up to 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution with touch functionality and 100% Adobe™ RGB color support.
Each laptop display is individually custom calibrated in production for amazing color accuracy out-of-the-box.
Best-in-class 4.9mm thin bezels flank the display, while retaining the ideal web camera placement at the top of the screen.
ULTRA SMALL
The world’s smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop measures as little as 0.66-inches thin and with a minimal footprint for ultimate mobility.
The refined chassis is individually CNC milled from a single aluminum block to provide a sturdy yet compact design, and features a scratch resistant anodized black finish.
Managing heat without sacrificing performance in such a small form factor is no easy task, but Razer innovated by utilizing vapor chamber technology for the cooling solution instead of the traditional heat pipes found in most gaming laptops. 
Beyond cooling the CPU and GPU, the vacuum-sealed vaporized liquid helps dissipate the heat generated from other components within the laptop.
Ultra-thin nanoparticle material and graphite-based server grade thermal interfaces reduce hot spots and facilitate heat transfer, while high-performance low-noise fans push air across dual heat exchanges with 0.1mm thin fins, quickly moving heat out of the chassis and away from the user.
ULTRA POWERFUL
The near bezel-less Razer Blade features the new 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H and is available with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 Series graphics. The new Intel 6 core CPU eclipses its predecessor in throughput and responsiveness with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.1 GHz.
To drive fast frame rates users can choose either a GeForce GTX 1060 or GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, featuring Max-Q design for an optimized gaming experience.
For extreme multitasking, Razer also includes 16 GB of 2667MHz dual-channel system memory and fast PCIe SSD storage with configurations up to 512GB, with support for up to 32 GB of memory and up to 2 TB of storage.

“We are proud to have again stepped-up as an industry leader, taking laptop engineering to the next level to give gamers the performance they require and the mobility they desire,” says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “We upgraded to Intel’s latest 6 core processor, used a fast 144Hz display driven by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics, and set a new standard for power in the world’s smallest 15-inch gaming laptop.”
A large and clickable precision touchpad now provides more accuracy and improved gesture support. The new Razer Blade 15-inch laptop has been purpose-built for mega-tasking, able to handle intense gaming sessions and entertainment viewing, heavy design workloads, media production and general productivity. For a limited time, new Razer Blade owners can jump right in with access to $420 worth of games and software, including immersive VR titles such as Arizona Sunshine, popular games like Cuphead, and FL Studio Producer Edition, a professional music production suite from Image Line.
The anti-ghosting keyboard is powered by Razer Chroma and offers 16.8 million colors per key, customizable through Razer Synapse 3 software. New power management options are also available, including modes to boost graphics performance or maximize the run time of the built-in 80Wh battery. Sound is delivered through dual front-firing speakers and features Dolby Atmos for immersive audio.
Connectivity options includes the ability to output to up to three external displays via Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and Thunderbolt™ 3. Connect peripheral devices to the laptop with three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. For additional viewing comfort and desk organization, Razer has made available a new Chroma Laptop Stand featuring a light strip up front and 3-port USB hub in back. When taking the new Razer Blade on-the-go, Razer also has released a new 15.6” Protective Sleeve made of durable, water resistant material with a slim profile design.
The Razer Blade family of laptops have represented the pinnacle of power, portability and industrial design since 2011, and this new Blade is no exception.
Razer also announced today the availability of its latest external graphics enclosure, the Razer Core X, with an MSRP of $299. The plug-and-play eGPU can deliver the latest desktop-quality graphics to Thunderbolt 3 capable PC and Macintosh laptops with external graphics (eGFX) support. As new graphics cards enter the market, they can be swapped in with ease.
Availability
The new six-core Razer Blade 15.6” Gaming Laptop starts at $1,899 and is available starting today from Razer.com and select retailers in the United States, Canada, France, United Kingdom, Germany, and China.
For more information, visit razer.com/blade.
About the RAZER BLADE 15.6” Laptop

Specifications:
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H Processor (6 Cores/12 Threads, 2.2 GHz/4.1 GHz)
  • 15.6-inch IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080) matte up to 144Hz, individually color calibrated
  • 15.6-inch IPS 4K (3840 x 2160) capacitive multi-touch, individually color calibrated
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Max-Q Design
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 Max-Q Design
  • 16GB Dual-Channel system memory (DDR4, 2667MHz), 32GB maximum support
  • Up to 512GB PCIe SSD, 2TB maximum support
  • Windows® 10 (64-bit)
  • Intel® Wireless-AC 9260 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth 5
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) x 1
  • USB 3.1 port x 3 (SuperSpeed)
  • Mini Display Port 1.4 x 1
  • Anti-ghosting keyboard powered by Razer Chroma™
  • Razer Synapse 3 compatible
  • HDMI 2.0b audio and video output
  • Built-in front firing stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • Built-in webcam (1MP/720P) with array microphone
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
  • Compact 200W/230W power adapter
  • Built-in 80 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, NVIDIA® Optimus™ support
  • [GeForce GTX 1060] 0.66 in. / 16.8 mm (Height) x 14 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
  • [GeForce GTX 1070] 0.68 in. / 17.3 mm (Height) x 14 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
  • [Full HD] approx. 4.56 lbs. / 2.07 kg
  • [4K] approx. 4.73 lbs. / 2.15 kg

Price: FHD(60Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1060/16GB/256GB - $1,899.99 / €1949.99 / £1699.99 / ¥16,999
FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1060/16GB/512GB - $2,199.99 / €2249.99 / £1979.99 / ¥18,999
FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/256GB - $2,399.99 / €2449.99 / £2149.99 / ¥20,599
FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/512GB - $2,599.99 / €2649.99 / £2329.99 / ¥22,599
4K(Touch)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/512GB* - $2,899.99 / €2899.99 / £2549.99
*select markets, coming soon

ABOUT RAZER
Razer™ is the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers.
The triple-headed snake trademark of Razer is one of the most recognized logos in the global gaming and esports communities. With a fan base that spans every continent, the company has designed and built the world’s largest gamer-focused ecosystem of hardware, software and services.
Razer’s award-winning hardware includes high-performance gaming peripherals Blade gaming laptops and the acclaimed Razer Phone. Razer’s software platform, with over 40 million users, includes Razer Synapse (an Internet of Things platform), Razer Chroma (a proprietary RGB lighting technology system), and Razer Cortex (a game optimizer and launcher). Razer services include Razer zGold, one of the world’s largest virtual credit services for gamers, which allows gamers to purchase virtual goods and items from over 2,500 different games.
Founded in 2005 and dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Singapore, Razer has nine offices worldwide and is recognized as the leading brand for gamers in the USA, Europe and China. Razer is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 1337).  


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