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 2.5สบ 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



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.
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.
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.
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.
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

  • 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

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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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Elite's DIY Wall 3 Series Video Reveals an Ideal Indoor/Outdoor Screen for the Coming Summer Months

Elite's DIY Wall 3 Series Video Reveals an Ideal Indoor/Outdoor Screen for the Coming Summer Months

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See the New Video for Elite's Latest Outdoor Projection Screen and it is Now Greenguard® Certified

With the warm weather setting in, outdoor movie season is upon us once again. The DIY Wall3 Series by Elite Screens is the perfect solution. It provides superb indoor/outdoor performance in a simple, easy-to-maintain, and cost-effective design. In other words, you don't have to sacrifice quality to have a great deal.
The MaxWhite® B material is UL 2818 / GREENGUARD® certified for safe indoor air quality emissions. The GREENGUARD® Program requires that products undergo independent, scientific testing and ongoing monitoring of their chemical emissions. Only products that meet UL Environment’s stringent emissions standards qualify for certification. These standards are based on established criteria from key public health agencies.
This application video gives great imagery to help you explore the possibilities as well as walk you through the full assembly process as well.
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About The DIY Wall3
The DIY Wall 3 is a Series of portable wall screens that serve as a Do-It-Yourself product that unfurls to convert walls, garage doors, patios, etc. into a quality projection screen. The DIY Wall 3 includes black masking borders on all sides in addition to a pair of wall hooks on both top and bottom horizontal support bars. The wall hooks provide a simple hanging solution that sets up with lightning speed.
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GREENGUARD® / UL 2818 is an industry-independent organization that aims to protect human health and improve quality of life by enhancing indoor air quality and reducing people’s exposure to chemicals and other pollutants. As an ISO-IEC Guide 65:1996 accredited, third-party certifying body, the Greenguard Environmental Institute certifies products and materials for low chemical emissions and serves as a public resource for choosing healthier products and materials for indoor environments. In 2011, UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) acquired Greenguard Environmental Institute.
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Elite Screens is one of the world's top brands in projector screens. Our blog is designed to answer the tough questions everyone has but may be afraid to ask on a public forum. Elite's Projection Screen Blog provides you with insight on the latest industry trendstech tips and customer testimonials so that you may acquire an inside view of this diverse channel.
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Elite Screens can fulfill your order quickly through our West & East Coast (CA/MD) facilities. Each location serves the various regions quickly and effectively. Contact us now to learn about our various programs.
For more information about Elite Screens, please visit our website
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Friday, May 11, 2018

Graduate to Great Sound with Audio-Technica’s Best-In-Class Turntable, Wireless Sonic Sport® and Wireless Noise-Cancelling Solid Bass® Headphones

Graduate to Great Sound with Audio-Technica’s Best-In-Class Turntable,
Wireless Sonic Sport
® and Wireless Noise-Cancelling Solid Bass® Headphones

STOW, OH, May 10, 2018 - The Class of 2018 graduates have worked hard and deserve to be rewarded with a gift that lets them hear their favorite music at its best. Audio-Technica's AT-LP1240-USB XP professional-quality DJ turntable, SonicSport ATH-SPORT70BT wireless in-ear headphones and Solid Bass ATH-WS990BT wireless noise-cancelling headphones make ideal gifts for grads who wants to enjoy great sound as they go on to college or start their careers.

The new AT-LP1240-USB XP (US$499.00) is a pro-quality turntable that’s rugged enough for DJ use, making it a dependable performer for home listening. Its sleek matte-black and silver design fits into any music system, and it comes with a pre-mounted AT-XP5 phono cartridge and a switchable phono pre-amp so it's ready to use with a wide variety of powered speakers and A/V components. The AT-LP1240-USB XP also offers a USB output for converting LPs into digital music files.

The AT-LP1240-USB XP is designed to deliver exceptional music reproduction with features including 33-1/3, 45 or 78 RPM operation, a direct-drive motor for unwavering speed stability, a tonearm with adjustable tracking force and anti-skating, a cast aluminum platter and much more. It comes with a dust cover, cables and accessories.

Fitness-conscious grads can enjoy outstanding sound while exercising - or anywhere, with Audio-Technica's new ATH-SPORT70BT Bluetooth® wireless in-ear headphones.Available in black and rose gold, the ATH-SPORT70BT (SRP: US$129.00) features a comfortable, secure ear hook design that fits perfectly and stays in place even during active use.

The headphones' in-line mic and controls let wearers answer calls and control music playback, and the switchable ambient noise hear-through function gives users the choice of hearing the sounds around them for safer use outdoors. The headphones are IPX5 waterproof certified and washable and come with Comply™ foam eartips with SweatGuard™ technology (size M), and standard XS, S, M and L-sized eartips and a hard carrying case. The ATH-SPORT70BT's battery provides six hours of continuous use and can be recharged using the supplied 1-foot USB cable.

Audio-Technica's Solid Bass ATH-WS990BT wireless noise-cancelling over-ear headphones feature large-diameter 53 mm Deep Motion Drivers, aluminum enclosures and other refinements to dynamic, immersive music reproduction with powerful low frequencies and detailed midrange and treble. The ATH-WS990BT (US$249.00) utilizes aptX®technology for the best-possible audio performance over Bluetooth transmission. In addition, the headphones can reproduce Hi-Res Audio when used with the included audio cable.

The ATH-WS990BT offers a moderate level of active noise cancellation (ANC) that provides a quieter sonic background. The ANC circuitry also includes a hear-through function lets listeners more easily hear important announcements (at train stations, airports and so on) and conversations. The headphones provide up to 30 hours of operation and can be recharged using the included USB cable. The ATH-WS990BT’s rotate-flat design and carrying pouch allow easy storage.
Click here for Audio-Technica’s AT-LP1240-USB XPATH-SPORT70BT and ATH-WS990BT product profiles and downloadable high-res photos.

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Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence, Audio-Technica is a recognized leader in the development and manufacture of high-quality personal and professional audio equipment. Founded in Japan in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita, the company made its name by manufacturing state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges and tonearms. Today, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to creating high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers, turntables, phono cartridges and other electronic products.

A reputation for quality, durability, performance and value has made Audio-Technica products the first choice for many of today's top musical artists and audio engineers, and for discerning listeners everywhere. Drawing from its audiophile heritage, Audio-Technica remains dedicated to providing music enthusiasts with great-sounding, innovative audio gear, including the award-winning QuietPoint active noise-cancelling headphones, popular ATH-M50x monitor headphones, versatile USB microphones, and new Hi-Res Audio headphones and high-fidelity gaming headsets. Learn more at www.audio-technica.com.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Massive Audio Nano Blu BL1 Subwoofer Amp Review

I love car audio. And one of the best things about it, is that it keeps getting better. If you like a lot of bass, you know bass takes a lot of power. The large amounts of power used to require a huge amp to generate it. But now you can get large amounts of power from smaller sized amps. A perfect example of this is the Massive Audio Nano Blu BL1.

Features and specs:
  • Extreme Power in a Mini Compact Footprint
  • Conformal Coated PC Board to Resist Moisture, Dust and Extreme Heat
  • 1 Ohm Stable Design (BL1, BL3, BL4)
  • 4 Layers PCB design with SMD parts
  • Built-in Noise Reduction Circuitry
  • Full MOSFET with High Grade Switching Devices
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming with (Optional) UBT1 Dongle (BLX2, BLX44, BLX48, BLX5)
  • Built-in Auto Sensing Turn On Function (Hi-Inputs)
  • 12V Remote Output for External Devices (Hi-Inputs)
  • -3 ~ + 12DB Variable Bass Boost 40 Hz - 100 Hz (BL1, BL3, BL4)
  • -6 ~ + 12DB Variable Bass Boost 40 Hz - 200 Hz (BLx5)
  • Advanced 5 Way Protection Circuitry
  • RCLX ~ Railcap Booster (Optional)
  • World Wide Standards Compliant (RoHS, E-Mark, CTA-2006, CE)
Peak Output Power @ 14.4V:  1600W Max Power
1600W Max Mono
1 Ohm RMS:  800W x 1
800w X 1
2 Ohm RMS:  400W x 1
400W x 1
4 Ohm RMS:  N/A

4 Ohm Bridged:  N/A
Input Level:  0.2-9.0v
Freq. Response:  10Hz-150KHz

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S/N Ratio:  >85dB

BassBoost:  40Hz~100Hz

Minimum Load:  1 Ohm Mono

Gain Remote:  UR1 (Optional)

Dimension:  1.6"H x 4.25"W x 6.75"L

The Massive Audio Nano Blu BL1 came in an elegant looking black box. Opening the box revealed a well protected amp held in place with custom molded foam. Materials used in the construction was mostly metal, and appeared to be aluminum. Quality of materials used was excellent, as was the fit and finish. But don’t let the size fool you. Sure it’s small, but it also feels really solid in hand. Also included was the wiring harness, mounting screws, owners manual, warranty card, inspection card and Massive Audio sticker.

I was blown away by the design of the Massive Audio Nano Blu BL1. It is so small! Getting 800 watts out of an amp this small is mind boggling. And yet, it’s also built like a tank! You can say it’s typical Massive Audio quality.

The Massive Audio Nano Blu BL1 can be a real game changer, with subwoofer amps. The key is the size. Sure it is extremely well made. And 800 watts to your subs would be enough to satisfy the majority of consumers, possibly as high as 90% of consumers. But even more important is the size. It is so small, it could be mounted almost anywhere. So no matter how small your car is, there’s a place for the Massive Audio Nano Blu BL1.

In addition to it’s small size, the Massive Audio Nano Blu BL1 is also designed for marine use. That means it’s safe to be used out doors. Doing so opens up other vehicles that it can be used in, such as boats, or UTV. Given it’s small size and coated PC board, make it perfect for use in a boat or UTV,

Massive Audio has also included the features that you have came to expect in a subwoofer amp. One side of the amp has the wiring ins and outs for the power, ground remote turn on and speaker outs. On the opposite side is the RCA inputs, and controls. Those controls include the gain, crossover controls for filters, boost level, and boost frequency. It all sounds good, but how does the amp actually sound? Let’s hook it up and find out.

Installing an amp should be done by someone who knows how to do it. If you wire it wrong, you could fry your equipment. For those do it yourself guys, the manual is well written and easy to follow. But as the manual says, in order to get the full 1 year warranty, it needs to be installed by an authorized dealer. Wiring the amp was simple enough. The wiring harness was much different than expected for the outputs to the subs, but it worked well enough. And don't forget to include an in-line fuse.  The one thing I didn't like about the design was the lack of a built-in fuse.  It's like insurance to help protect your amp, so just don't forget to include one.  Setting the gain and crossover was also fairly simple to do. Now it’s time to hear how it performs.

I initially had high expectations, as the Massive Audio Nano Blu BL1 is a Massive Audio amp after all. But with it being so small, my expectations significantly diminished as I was wiring it. I was hoping it would perform as I initially expected, but I wasn’t expecting it. I was so happy to be proven wrong. I had nothing to be concerned about. Sure it’s really small, but I was blown away by the output of this mini juggernaut. It’s the real deal!

Lady Gaga – Love Game, Bass beets were very full, extremely deep, and while very clean, it hit like a sledgehammer to the chest. Justin Timberlake – Sexyback, had the exact same results. Bass was very deep and full sounding, and hit seriously hard. There was also a lot of resolution. In Also Sprach ZaraThustru, the motor was very well controlled, with a constant full and very deep rumble, and when the tympani kicked in, there was good resolution to be able to hear the impact of the mallet on the pad. To test max output I turned to an old bass disc. Bass Trek – Wrath of Bass. I was expecting when pushed really hard things might get a little muddy from such a small amp, but that wasn’t the case. It hit really hard, sounded really deep with excellent low end extension, and did so cleanly. When the fast beats kicked in, the motor was very well controlled, and didn’t miss a beat. That was impressive for a 12. I was equally impressed with how musical and transparent the amp was. All of my music sounded exactly as I’m used to hearing.

I must admit that I’m surprised at my reaction to the Massive Audio Nano Blu BL1. For me, bigger is typically better. But I couldn’t help falling for the Nano Blu BL1. The application with the number of vehicles it would work in, combined with the large 800 watt RMS output, it’s the most versatile sub amp I’ve seen in a while. Given it’s aggressive price of only $389 MSRP, the bang for the buck is off the charts. Especially with it’s impressive performance. Based on it’s design, features, quality and performance, the Massive Audio Nano Blu BLI has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.massiveaudio.com.  Reference gear used included Kenwood Excelon DNX-893S Receiver, AudioControl  DM-810 Digital Signal Processor, JL Audio NexD 600/6 amplifier, Infinity Kappa Perfect 900 and Perfect 600 component speakers, and Diamond Audio D6 12 inch subwoofer.

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