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Phanteks Power Combo Launch

POWER COMBO PH-PWCOB_2P1M Walnut, California, April 13th, 2016 – Phanteks today announces the release of their patented Power Combo. The Power Combo is design to maximize your power output by allowing you to connect two power supplies. The Power Combo will be a true plug and play that requires no splicing and cutting of the wires. Phanteks Power Combo The Power Combo is design to be safe and secure. The Power Combo features a redundant power supply architecture concept, this prevents the system from shutting down when one power supply fails. This ensures that all your vital information and data will not be interrupted or lost.   The Power Combo can run high end systems that requires more power output by combining 2x top tier PSUs. The Power Combo is fully compatible to Mini ITX, mATX, ATX, and E-ATX motherboards. The Power Combo features a unique soft start circuit that limits the inrush current to help improve stability and reduce transient voltage drops. The Power Combo will help share the load current of the two power supply and improve the power efficiency. The Power Combo is cost efficient and provides maxim TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS   PRICING AND AVAILABILITY AVAILABLE AT MOST LOCAL RETAILERS IN APRIL 2016 THE RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE PH-PWCOB_2P1M – $39.99 WARRANTY 2 Years Limited Warranty For More Information  WWW.PHANTEKS.COM



TRENDnet revamps mobile app for IP cameras and NVRs

TRENDnet revamps mobile app for IP cameras and NVRs New version features sleek user interface for simpler camera management at work and at home TORRANCE, Calif. – April 13, 2016 – TRENDnet® (www.TRENDnet.com), a global leader in reliable SMB and consumer networking solutions, announced the relaunch of its TRENDnet IPView mobile app which allows remote access to your IP cameras and NVRs. TRENDnet IPView is designed to bring live video from your TRENDnet IP cameras and NVRs to your AndroidT or Apple® mobile device. The new version features an improved interface to help manage cameras more easily. The latest update also includes minor stability and performance patches. App features: Take video snapshots Zoom in and out Preset PTZ patrol (select cameras only) Real-time pan and tilt (select cameras only) View video thumbnails Two-way audio (select cameras only) In-app upgrade unlocks: Record to mobile device / DropboxT Multi-view Auto-scan TRENDnet IPView is available for free on the Google PlayT and on the App store; the in-app upgrade is available for USD $3.99. The majority of TRENDnet’s latest home and business IP cameras and NVRs will be supported on the TRENDnet IPView app. 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 periphe...



TRENDnet launches new line of 4 MP surveillance camera solutions

TRENDnet launches new line of 4 MP surveillance camera solutions New network camera line features HD video resolution and HTML5 support ISC WEST, LAS VEGAS & TORRANCE, Calif. – Apr. 5, 2016 – TRENDnet® (www.TRENDnet.com), a global leader in reliable SMB and consumer networking solutions, announced today its new line of 4 MP network surveillance cameras with HTML5 support. The new cameras will each feature high definition quality video to enhance your surveillance system with sharp, detailed footage. The new cameras will also support HTML5 eliminating the need for browser plug-ins. It also allows users to view live video from browsers that do not support plug-ins, most smart TVs, and mobile phone browsers. “Video clarity is a vital aspect of a surveillance solution because it assists to identify and quickly react to potential risks and threats,” said Evan Davis, senior manager of solutions engineering at TRENDnet. “The ability to access camera footage is also important, and the upcoming HTML5 support conveniently allows users to access live camera feeds from various devices.” The new 4 MP network camera category launches with the Indoor/Outdoor 4 MP PoE Day/Night Network Camera, model TV-IP314PI, and the Indoor/Outdoor 4 MP PoE Dome Day/Night Network Camera, model TV-IP315PI. Later this year, TRENDnet plans to add the TV-IP344PI and the TV-IP345PI which will each feature a varifocal lens that allows the camera to auto-focus when zoom...



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CREATIVE Sound BlasterX H5 Gaming Headset Review

Introduction Headsets are devices I’ve avoided most of me life. Being a PC gamer, it seems odd to say this. On the other hand, when I would try a headset, I would find them, hot, uncomfortable, and lacking the type of sound quality I’ve come to expect from a good pair of book shelf speakers with a quality amplifier. CREATIVE set out to change my opinion (unawares) by sending me the Sound BlasterX H5 gaming headset to review. The timing couldn’t be better since I was about to pull the trigger on something to help hide the noise of my various games and speech clients from my family. I thought I would be sacrificing my comfort, but I found an experience that I wasn’t sure even existed until now. Before we jump into the details, let’s look at a bit of info on CREATIVE, the company behind the Sound BlasterX H5. Also, check out the video review featured above!



ADATA Releases Durable Micro USB Cable with Reversible Type-A Connector

ADATA Releases Durable Micro USB Cable with Reversible Type-A Connector Greater USB convenience, rapid charging, tough braided cable, and stylish aluminum Taipei, Taiwan – Mar. 29, 2016 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today added a Micro USB offering to its range of cable products that features a reversible Type-A connector. The cable is designed to make linking a multitude of devices that use Micro USB (smartphones, power banks, wireless headphones, game controllers and many more) with PCs and other USB Type-A destinations much easier and more intuitive. It supports 2.4A for quick device charging, with high-grade braided sleeves protecting wires inside the cable and extending its lifespan. Aluminum connector housings provide double benefit as they are stylish and durable, while ADATA offers the new cable in seven color schemes to give customers more personalization options.   Reversible USB Type-A for instant plug-in The cable features a Micro USB connector on one side and reversible Type-A on the other. Reversible connectors are much more user-friendly than traditional plugs, as shown by the rise of USB Type-C. ADATA offers similar solutions in addition to Type-C, as embodied by the new cable. With reversible Type-A, users can insert the cable into destination devices without the often bothersome “trial and error” associated with USB. There is no need to check which way the USB Type-A plug is...



G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 Memory and RIPJAWS Gaming Keyboard Wins iF Design Award 2016

G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 Memory and RIPJAWS Gaming Keyboard Wins iF Design Award 2016 Taipei, Taiwan (25 February 2016) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is honored to be awarded the iF Design Award, one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world, for the design of the Trident Z Series DDR4 Memory and RIPJAWS KM780 Series Gaming Keyboard! Competing with over 5,000 entries from 53 countries, the latest Trident Z series memory and RIPJAWS KM780 series mechanical gaming keyboard have received the collective approval of 58 jurors for the iF Design Award 2016. The Trident Z DDR4 memory is the flagship series of G.SKILL’s line of DRAM memory, available in extremely fast frequency speeds of DDR4-2800MHz and above. The dual-tone brushed aluminum heatspreader design for Trident Z series gives DDR4 memory a sleeker, modern look to match its prowess in high performance specifications. Designed for the gamers around the world is the RIPJAWS KM780 series mechanical gaming keyboard. Sporting Cherry MX mechanical key switches, ergonomic five-level contoured keycap design, and full per-key programmability and LED lighting function, the RIPJAWS KM780 series keyboard combines the ultimate comfort and customizability in a single product. “Over the years, we have devoted ourselves in developing the most outstanding and unique designs for our customers and would continue to do...



Club 3D News 10/16 – CeBIT, Review, Type C, AMD

Club 3D News 10/16 – CeBIT, Review, Type C, AMD The countdown is at 4 days for CeBIT 2016 to start. Club 3D looks forward to meet you at CeBIT 2016 where we will showcase our updated product portfolio which was expanded over the pas two years and includes new USB Type C adapters, as well as the first (Mini)DP 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 adapters, several unique USB Docking Stations and Graphics Adapters. Contact us at press@club-3d.com to schedule a meeting. Please visit us at our partners API/Pilot (Hall 15 D20, with Club 3D Team members), Action Europe (Hall 15 H51) and Informatica Megasur ( Hall 15 H09). Link to Club 3D product line up. Mini Review on Club 3D MiniDP 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 adapter CAC-1170 and Intel NUC Club 3D was the first to introduce the (Mini)DP 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 adapters like already mentioned in the news about CeBIT. Feedback and orders have been tremendous and still are. No matter if user wanted to go for the CAC-1070 (DP) to have 4K60Hz from their VGA card or CAC-1170 (MiniDP) for MiniPC like Intel NUC etc., all of them were really happy that finally such an adapter was made availabe. The NUC Blog from Finland did have a look on how the NUC with Skylake chipset does come along with the new adapters and came to the following conclusion: “This device helps to overcome the other major issue that the HTPC folks had with the Skylake NUC: lack of HDMI 2.0 connectivity.” They did try as well with Linux and after chaning some settings it did work as well. ...



Phanteks RGB LED Adapter Launch

 RGB LED ADAPTER PH-CB_RGB4P Walnut, California, February 18th, 2016 – With the current trend of motherboard’s customizable RGB LED lighting control, Phanteks today announced the Phanteks’ RGB LED Adapter for compatible motherboards that features RGB headers. Phanteks RGB LED Adapter PH-CB_RGB4P Our new RGB LED adapter is a simple, frustration-free solution to RGB integrated motherboards that includes the 4pin RGB headers. The RGB will be Aura Compatible (certified by Asus) and will also be compatible will all RGB intergrated motherboards that includes the 4pin RGB header (12V G R B). This adapter features connectors that connects to the motherboard RGB header, Phanteks’ LED strips, and Phanteks’ case LED lighting. With the adapter, it’s quick and easy to install. The RGB LED Adapter will feature an easy to install connector with an indicator of the 12V to help ensure for a correct installation. Once connected, you can use the customizable lighting control software of the motherboard to synchronize the lighting of your LED strip and Phanteks cases with the motherboards’. The RGB LED Adapter is currently compatible with Phanteks’ Enthoo Luxe, Mini XL, P400, more upcoming models will follow. The adapter will also be compatible with integrated RGB motherboards with the 4-pin RGB headers. *For a limited time, you can get a free RGB LED Adapter if you purchased a compatible Phanteks case and motherboards that features the RGB header before March 1st, 2016. TECH...



Introducing the Alchemy 2.0 Modular Cables

Introduction of Alchemy sleeved cables allowed many end users customized their computers. Now, BitFenix is ready to help ease modding with Alchemy 2.0 Sleeved Cable Kit. With input from some of the world’s most prolific case modders, BitFenix Alchemy Modular Multisleeved Cables offer a premium ultra-dense weave and a unique multisleeved construction for an unparalleled look. These premium cables feature precision molded connectors and come in a variety of colors and cable types, enabling modders to transform normal PCs into objects of wonderment. Alchemy 2.0 quality is manufactured to premium standards with the use of premium materials. These connectors use High Current Alloy Terminals to provide the best connection on the terminal and minimize the efficiency drop in modular connections. Using pure copper strand cables that are up to 16AWG thick, Alchemy 2.0 reduces the resistance while increasing efficiency in modular cables. The premium quality of Alchemy 2.0 cables is achieved through a heat shrink-less sleeving process. The special cables used in the manufacturing improve the flexibility of the sleeved cables and extend the lifetime of the product. To improve aesthetics, Alchemy 2.0 cable kits come with rubber cable combs which prevent damage to the sleeve unlike plastic combs. These combs can be cut into different sizes to fit with different cables. Alchemy 2.0 sleeved cables are designed to replace the standard modular cables of the modular power supplies from the ...



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Everything else we saw at CES 2016

Intro CES was a ton of fun and we already saw a ton of great releases coming up. Now it’s time to sum up the rest of what we could get to. Some parts of the show may not have been as relevant to high end computer components as others, but it didn’t stop the exhibitors from showing us some impressive feats. If you want to jump to a specific page, just click on the exhibitor below to take you straight there, or you can see each one by going through each page. So without further ado, here’s the rest of what we were able to see at CES 2016!   ADATA MSI INTEL NZXT CREATIVE D-LINK MYCHARGE



CableMod WideBeam LED Strips

CableMod® WideBeam™ LED Strips Premier Purveyor of Premium PC Cables Perfects the LED Strip (January 22, 2015) – With the release of premium CableMod cables just one short year ago, PC enthusiasts can see the difference some innovation and care makes to PC cables. Today, CableMod announces our foray into the world of PC lighting with CableMod WideBeam™ LED Strips – the ultimate PC lighting solution. CableMod WideBeam LED Strips exhibit the very same care and attention to detail that CableMod brings to PC cables. We’ve rethought virtually every component – from the adhesive and power connector, to the LEDs themselves. The result of all of this is a series of LED strips that truly have no equal – a perfect lighting solution for the discerning PC enthusiast. The story begins with the specially-designed LEDs used on these LED strips. Dubbed WideBeam™, these LEDs are not only some of the brightest available, but also feature a beam angle that is up to fifty percent wider than conventional LEDs for a more even lighting effect. With WideBeam LEDs, you can be sure that your prized components are lit evenly and beautifully. Modern PC cases are being made from a wide variety of materials, which means one adhesive doesn’t fit all. To address this, WideBeam LED Strips come in two series – Magnetic and Foam. Designed for cases made out of steel, the WideBeam Magnetic Series have several rare earth magnets underneath the waterproof resin. These magnets are super...



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LIAN LI wants Everyone to own a Yacht at CES 2016, Just don’t Put it in the Water

We all learn something new in this business and I just found out that LIAN LI does a special case mod every few years or so. What surprised me was that it was one they sell as well. Needless to say, I was grinning from ear to ear when I walked up to a computer in a boat. Could that be considered ironic? Either way, LIAN LI didn’t just have computer cases shaped like yachts, they had numerous computer cases as well as some other designs that just screamed of top quality. The yacht was easily one of the funnest things I saw at CES. I really think I need a good mini-ITX system just so I can have “fun” builds. I suppose my Lego Tie Fighter will have to suffice for now though. The design was fun, but what really made it pop was the way LIAN LI designed the RGB lighting effects. With a simple knob turn, you can easily set the color of the chassis to what you want, but the yacht may not have been the most impressive thing I saw. The desk that was a computer case was pretty astounding! Some of you might remember LIAN LI doing something like this a while back. This is a redesigned version however, that has some great features. This one is only meant to handle one build, but the airflow is optimized from back to front (or vice-a-versa), has RGB lighting as well, and has a motorized height adjustment with the ability to set up to four presets. Once again, it has a glass top with a smokey tint but the front of the desk cuts out better so your knees have more space th...



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ROSEWILL Showed Off the Nighthawk 117 at CES 2016

ROSEWILL is a name that hasn’t been mentioned here in a while, but we hope that starts changing because they had some impressive components at CES this year. The Newegg original prides themselves on giving their customers the best bang for their buck that they can so that there’s more left over for those cash hungry components like CPUs and GPUs. Since many of our site veterans are Newegg regulars, it would’ve been a shame for us not to stop by and find out what ROSEWILL was showing off. The Nighthawk 117 is a great looking case, but the gaming mouse and speaker set that I saw promised some good things to come as well. First, let’s address the horrible lighting in the Palazzo. So much yellow! Now, with that out of the way let’s turn to the Nighthawk 117. This is a full tower offering from ROSEWILL and it has some nice looking features at a good price point. The first thing that was noticeable was the spacious interior. It will certainly make a build pretty easy for those who don’t like working in tight spaces. The aesthetic is very nice. It has just enough edges to give it that gaming look, but they aren’t so “in your face” to lose a certain elegance to the design as well. The fun part was being able to open the vents on top for a bit of additional airflow. It looks cool and serves practicality if the user likes to dampen the noise a bit at times. The other feature I really like is the eSATA port on the top of the case ...



PQI Announces The New iConnect Mini at CES 2016

PQI Introduces the New iConnect Mini at CES 2016 The world’s smallest flash drive storage for iPhone / iPad / iPod devices available for the first time in the USA   December 10th, 2015 – Taipei, Taiwan – Foxlink, PQI, the world’s leading brand of peripheral storage accessories for portable devices, announces the availability of the revolutionary iConnect Mini Lightning flash drive for Apple devices. The iConnect Mini will be on display for the 1st time during the CES tradeshow taking place January 6th– 9th, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, located in the South Hall 1st floor, booth # 20651. The iConnect Mini measures at an astoundingly small size of only 44.6mm x 12.6mm x 8mm, (approx. 1 ½” x ½” x ¼”), or roughly equivalent to the size of an average person’s thumb. Yet, the iConnect Mini still offers storage capacity up to 128GB, which is made possible through PQI’s exclusive COB 3.0 technology. The iConnect Mini offers a one button photo and video back-up function, allowing the user to back up all photos and videos stored on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod within a matter of minutes. This feature can be performed manually or automatically. When the iConnect Mini is attached to an iPhone, it can automatically save all images and videos directly to the device, so that the iPhone storage capacity is not impacted and remains untouched. For added security, the iConnect Mini supports the Apple Touch ID security, using an individual’s unique finger print to ...



Foscam Extends Its Business to Cloud Service

Foscam Extends Its Business to Cloud Service New Company Direction Provides 7 or 30 Day Continuous Video Recording at a Bargain December 9, 2015 – Shenzhen, China – Foscam, Inc. has officially launched its new fully-featured Cloud service. This move reflects Foscam’s new business trajectory from products to services. A New, Affordable Cloud Service Foscam listens to customer feedback and strives to keep current with the latest market trends. After a four month public beta, Foscam is pleased to announce a new corporate direction: providing customers a broad range of cloud services across its wide range of home and office security IP cameras. The new Foscam Cloud service allows users to store and review as much as 7 days of video footage for a special introductory price of $3.99 monthly or $39.99 annually or 30 days of footage for $9.99 monthly or $99.99 annually. This Service allows all Foscam customers to breath new life into their IP camera products: record and playback video directly on the cloud from anywhere in the world instead of being limited to local devices. Monitor your Home or Office Foscam’s Pro Series CamerasWith considerable experience in home security, Foscam has never stopped improving its camera products. Early this August, Foscam launched its 1080P Pro Series Cameras: R2, C2, and FI9900P. Employing the same Ambarella chips developed by GoPro, this series features Full HD video, WDR technology, wide viewing angles, two-way audio, and excell...






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