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HTC VIVE Review

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Recently, we got the chance to take a look at the HTC Vive virtual reality headset for a three week test run. With quite a few virtual reality headset options out on the market right now, we were interested in finding out what exactly sets the HTC Vive apart from the rest. Does the HTC Vive pull ahead of the competition or is it just one of the crowd? Read on and find out!

Housed in very thorough packaging, we removed all of the components of the HTC Vive VR system. Upon seeing the small USB pass-through box, two sensors, and all the cabling, we were worried as it looked quite complicated. Thankfully, setting up the HTC Vive is anything BUT complicated thanks to its setup software, which literally walks you, step-by-step, through what to connect where and when to do it.

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The two sensors, or “lighthouses”, get mounted above the play area in opposite corners of the space (wall screws and drywall anchors are included). They only need to be plugged into a wall outlet via two included adapters. They do not need a wired connection to your computer to function, which is great! They do include an optional sync cable which allows to you connect the sensors together in spaces where line of sight is an issue (they need LoS with each other to sync up their sensor data), but we didn’t need to go this route.

One VERY smart thing that HTC has included in the HTC Vive system is a nifty pass-through box. Unlike other VR systems on the market, which requires the user to plug everything into the USB 3.0 ports on the back of the PC, this pass-through acts as a middle man of sorts. It plugs into the appropriate ports on the back of your PC then your HTC Vive plugs into the pass-through box. It’s a small thing, but also VERY important for increased ease of use.

Finishing setup, we powered everything up and Steam VR started automatically (I LOVE the integration with Steam). There is a separate HTC Vive environment but the integration with Steam is where it’s at for this gamer. Steam will run a first-time room setup application that allows you to setup your play area and style. In this, the HTC Vive can be configured for sitting/standing or room scale modes.

Sitting/standing is what most VR headsets do these days – but they Vive leaps ahead of the pack with room scale mode. In this mode, you are able to walk around a play area and more immersively interact with your virtual environment. The play area can be pretty large, and my 6ft x 6ft room was actually about the minimum size for the setup process.

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After setup, I decided to start up some VR titles that I had previously downloaded via Steam. The first was Trials on Tatooine, a Star Wars themed VR demo. In the demo, you have to do some maintenance on the Millennium Falcon and even get to use a lightsaber to deflect blaster bolts. Using the two motion controllers to manipulate objects in VR space is simply outstanding. The feedback built into the controllers do a great job of syncing up with your virtual input to give your brain the impression of “hitting” a VR object.

The moment I ignited the lightsaber was one I shall never forget. Ever since I saw the original Star Wars film, I wondered what it would be like to wield one of the fabled weapons of the Jedi. Holding the saber in my hand and rotating it in front of my face, it felt like I was holding it for real. The sense of scale and presence are perfect. I also discovered that I apparently have NO Force Sensitivity whatsoever! I can’t deflect blaster bolts to save my life. I was more like Finn in The Force Awakens. But, I digress…

Now, a lot of the motion controller functionality has to do with how well the application or game has applied it but, for a developer worth their salt, these motion controllers are awesome and are truly a revolution in gaming.

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One thing that should be noted is that the HTC Vive does not come with an integrated headset for audio. However, it does have an audio jack on the Vive unit itself that you can plug your headphones into. The nice part of this is that you can choose whatever headphones you like. HTC does include some simple earbuds in the box that you can use if you like, but they blocked out a lot of the ambient noise and I personally like hearing what’s going on around me while I am in the VR space.

Due to the increased comfort padding around the HTC Vive, there appears to be a slightly narrower field of view when compared to the Oculus Rift. Despite this, I actually found the visual clarity of the HTC Vive to be better than that of the Rift’s. Adjusting the width of the lenses that the wearer looks through is done by a digital rotary knob. This adjustment system is very easy to use and extremely precise (with an onscreen indicator) – as opposed to the Rift’s slider control which, while functional, gives no on-screen indication of current position.

While my experience with the HTC Vive was amazing, there were a couple issues that are worth noting which you might encounter when you use it. The first was the occasional “jittering” of my point of view when I skirted around the outskirts of my play area. It was as though one of the sensors was losing sight of me, causing the issue. Gamers with larger play areas shouldn’t experience this as much.

The second issue to be aware of is one of cable management. The cables coming from the HTC Vive are thick and rugged, but you will undoubtedly end up stepping on them and having to scoot them out of the way with your feet while walking around your room. There are some third part cable rigs that you can buy, but I haven’t had the chance to check them out yet.

The HTC Vive is the only choice you should consider if you are in the market for a good virtual reality headset right now.  It has an extremely high immersion factor thanks to its room scale play and excellent motion controllers while also boasting great visual clarity. The HTC Vive retails for $799, which is very economical when compared to the Oculus Rift (which does NOT include motion controllers and only has one sensor). The HTC Vive gaming experience has to be seen to be believed, and I can’t wait for more AAA developers to start putting out games for it. Fallout 4 and Skyrim for HTC Vive can’t get here fast enough! We give the HTC Vive a 5 out of 5 and our “Seal of Excellence”.

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SteelSeries Siberia 840 Bluetooth Gaming Headset Available Now

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CHICAGO – August 8, 2016SteelSeries, leader and innovator in gaming peripherals, announces the availability of the Siberia 840, SteelSeries’ newest wireless headset now with Bluetooth. The Siberia 840, part of the award-winning Siberia 800 family of gaming headsets, recognized among gamers as the best wireless gaming headset for its comfort, wireless technology and sound quality.

The Siberia 840 combines the same heralded features of the Siberia 800, including two swappable batteries that ensures non-stop performance, cross-platform compatibility for universal use, and Dolby 7.1 surround sound technology for total immersion; but elevates it with a set of new elements, including Bluetooth connectivity and software customization.

“The Siberia 840 not only delivers the same detailed sound quality as its predecessor, but also incorporates Bluetooth connectivity for true universal mobile compatibility,” said Brian Fallon, SteelSeries Category Manager, Audio. “It is no longer just a gaming headset, but a flawless audio system that gamers can use to listen to music and even answer calls.”

Wireless Immersion
SteelSeries’ Siberia 840 guarantees a lag-free wireless gaming experience through a unique technology that continuously hops between frequencies, avoiding interference and delays. Similar to its awarded predecessor, the Siberia 840 delivers exceptionally immersive and crisp 7.1 surround sound through three different Dolby technologies to maximize performance: Dolby Headphone, Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic IIx.

Universal Mobility and Visibility
The Siberia 840 works with all major gaming consoles and computer operating systems and integrates Bluetooth technology, transforming it into the perfect headset for gaming, music streaming and voice calls and chat. Designed to give users control, accessibility and visibility from anywhere in the room, Siberia 840 comes with an OLED Transmitter to visually monitor all audio, wireless, configuration and system settings, including audio sources, profiles, battery life and more.

Comfort Within Reach
The Siberia 840 equips the user with the sleek and stylish design of a racecar interior and a variety of technologies placed at the user’s fingertips. Highlighted by memory foam padding on the headband and ear-cups to deliver enduring comfort, the Siberia 840 also features a retractable microphone with an LED on/off indicator, and on-earcup controls to make sudden volume, navigation and setting adjustments quick and intuitive.

Customizable Features
The Siberia 840 can be customized through the OLED receiver without the need of installing drivers, including changing settings, volume and more. Gamers wishing to unlock the headset’s full power can utilize SteelSeries Engine 3 to manage profiles, modify equalizer settings and more.

SteelSeries Siberia 840 comes with two swappable lithium-ion batteries with an estimated 20hrs of charge time each, allowing users to enjoy outstanding sound continuously without the fear or running out of power or having to plug in.

The Siberia 840 is now available for $329.99 / €349,00. For more information about the Siberia 840 or SteelSeries’ entire selection of gaming accessories, visit www.SteelSeries.com

AOC Launches its First Curved Gaming Display in the U.S.

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Fremont, Calif. – July 13, 2016 AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the U.S. availability of the C3583FQ, a huge, curved and affordable monitor that makes for a perfect addition to high-end gaming rigs. The display’s features, including a 4ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate, a 2000R curvature and AdaptiveSync technology make this monitor one of the most affordable ways to game on a curved monitor with a 144Hz gaming panel. The AOC C3583FQ is available today at Amazon for $599.99.

The C3583FQ’s 2560 x 1080 HD resolution is everything than you need for fast paced action games. Operating in HD resolution instead of 4K resolution also means gamers won’t need to use an ultra HD capable graphics card. Most importantly, the display’s 35-inch VA curved panel provides the best viewing angles for an immersive viewing experience that lets you see even more than most of your competitors’ screens. You can also watch 21:9 widescreen films and get a full 32” wide image with no black bars on the top or bottom. The screen has a 4ms response time, 50M:1 contrast ratio (VA panel), 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.

To envision the C3583FQ’s 2000R curvature, imagine making a circle of just C3583FQ monitors. The screens would be 6.5 feet away from a seat placed at the circle and the circle of monitors would have a diameter of 13 feet. Displays with 2000R when compared to displays with 4000R offer much more “curve”.

The AOC C3583FQ features two 5-watt speakers that surround you in all of your gaming adventures built into the back of the glossy display. The monitor also has a connectivity hub with two HDMI ports and two DisplayPorts, as well as DVI and VGA integrated into the base. As a result, there are no dangling cables to mess up the clean lines of the rear of the display for an overall look that’s clean and simple.

Cabinet Color Black/Silver
Panel TFT Active Matrix LCD, LED Backlight VA panel, 2000R
35″ Class, 21:9 Aspect Ratio
35″ Diagonal Viewable Area
Brightness 300 cd/m² (typical)
Contrast Ratio 50M:1
Response Time 4 MS
Viewing Angle Horizontal: 178 Degrees (CR>10)
Vertical: 178 Degrees (CR>10)
Scanning Frequency Horizontal: 30KHz~99KHz
Vertical: 50Hz~76Hz
Optimal Resolution 2560x1080x60Hz
Recommended Resolution 1920×1080@60Hz
Supported Resolutions 640×480@60/67/72/75Hz

800×600@56/60/72/75Hz
832×642@75Hz

1024×768@60/70/75Hz

1280×720@60Hz

1280×960@60Hz
1280×1024@75Hz

1440×900@60Hz

1680×1050@60Hz

1920×1080@60hz

Color Depth 16.7M
Input Signal 1 x VGA, 1x DVI, 2xHDMI (2xMHL), 2xDP
Adjustability Tilt: -3.5°+1.5° to +21.5°+1.5°
Power Source Universal 110V~240V AC, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption Power On:  60W (typical), Standby: < 0.5W
Regulations CE ,FCC, cTUVus, RoHS, EPA Energy Star®, EPEAT, Windows 8/Windows 10
Special Features Kensington Security Lock, Includes AOC’s e-Saver, Screen+ and iMenu software

Plantronics RIG Flex LX Headphones Review

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Recently, we got the chance to take a look at Plantronics RIG Flex LX Xbox One stereo gaming headphones. The RIG Flex LX are

The RIG Flex LX headphones are fairly straightforward when it comes to their overall design, but the true genius in the RIG Flex LX is just that. The headphones are simple but very good at what they do. Wearing them is a gamer’s dream come true. The RIG Flex LX headphones are super light and feature very comfortable ear cups that won’t cause any pain after many hours of usage.

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The included audio adapter bring the RIG Flex LX headphones to the next level and act as a sort of control unit for the system. The audio adapter plugs into the Xbox One wireless controller, then the headphones are plugged into the adapter. There is even an additional 3.5mm audio input to connect a second audio source! The audio adapter acts a mild audio amplifier for the headphones, and it does a lot for the system’s audio intensity. Explosions and gunfire from your favorite FPS will sound amazing. The most clever feature of the audio adapter is the dual rotary knob volume control. One knob controls the game audio volume while the other controls the chat volume. There is even a simple to use EQ selector that’s controlled by a single button on the top of the adapter.

The noise cancelling boom microphone do a very nice job of cancelling our ambient noise while you are speaking to your teamates and I have no negative things to say about them whatsoever. You can toggle the mute on and off by pressing the volume control knob on the audio adapter.

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Overall, the Plantronics RIG Flex LX Xbox One stereo gaming headphones are a great purchase at $129.99. They provide very good sound quality thanks to its clever audio adapter and a very comfortable wearing experience. You can find them available now at Best Buy stores.

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Corsair K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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The Corsair K70 mechanical gaming keyboard is an utter workhorse. Ruggedly-built and featuring crisp mechanical keys, the K70 is more than capable of handling any intense gaming sessions you can throw at it. Sporting a black brushed aluminum body, the K70 is of high strength and low weight in comparison to other mechanical keyboards on the market.

The Corsair K70’s mechanical keys feature crisp and responsive Cherry MX key switches and, while they are a bit too quiet for my tastes (I prefer audible clicks), they are extremely responsive. This all plays into the 104 key rollover and anti-ghosting tech built into the K70. You can jam down a huge number of keys and not get any degradation in input going to the computer.

Installing the K70 is very easy. You simply plug it into a USB 2.0 port and start typing away. The K70 is a macro-less keyboard, so no software needs to be installed in order to use it. Some  may feel the lack of macros to be a drawback but I never use them much in practice.

The lighting scheme on the Corsair K70 is simple. It is just red backlighting with multiple brightness levels. There is an updated model of K70 out, the K70 RGB, which has full RGB lighting instead. I didn’t mind this lack of color variety as the backlighting is bright enough to let me use it in dark rooms and is not distracting.

I was fortunate to try out the K70 in several of my favorite current titles: Fallout 4, DOOM, Master of Orion. The keyboard just works. It may not be super fancy, but it works. I never had to worry about it failing and the K70 never came up short. It even sports a pass through USB port so you can plug your gaming mouse into it. I LOVE this feature. It may seem like a no-brainer, but it makes organizing your desktop and cables a lot easier.

Overall, the Corsair K70 mechanical gaming keyboard is an excellent gaming keyboard for those of you needing sheer performance without all the bells and whistles of super-expensive models. It may not have full RGB lighting or macros but it effortlessly does the two most important jobs a gaming keyboard can do: Being responsive and comfortable.

The Corsair K70 mechanical gaming keyboard retails for $129.99

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LucidSound Announces LS20 and LS40 Wireless Gaming Headsets

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San Diego, CA – June 9, 2016 – LucidSound, innovators of premium gaming audio hardware, announced today the expansion of their headset range with the LS40 Wireless Surround Universal Gaming Headset and the LS20 Amplified Universal Gaming Headset. Expected to launch in time for Holiday 2016, the new headsets combine advanced audio engineering with the latest in modern design aesthetics to provide a next-generation audio experience for all gamers.

Following the Company’s well received LS30 debut headset, the LS40 advances the best-in-class audio experience yet further with the introduction of state-of-the-art DTS Headphone:X™ audio technology. Working in harmony with the headsets’ specially crafted 50mm drivers, the sound is tuned in-house by LucidSound audio engineers to deliver spatially accurate, audiophile-grade 7.1 surround sound. In addition, gamers can select between two surround-sound modes (movie and gaming) and three enhanced stereo modes, (regular, wide and front speaker) to further customise their audio preference.

Whether using to identify positioning of enemy troops or simply to locate your team mates in the heat of battle, gamers’ can be certain of highly detailed positional audio previously unheard of on a dedicated gaming headset.

The LS40 utilizes advanced uncompressed wireless technology that eliminates interference and provides a rock solid signal with unparalleled audio fidelity.

Enhancing the critically acclaimed ear-cup control scheme, gamers can individually alter game and chat volume without needing to locate ungainly buttons, and the all-new Smartphone Control provides full support for cell phones, allowing gamers to take a call, hang up and control audio playback using the ear-cup alone. Integrated rechargeable battery provides up to 15 hours of uninterrupted gaming and built in mic-monitoring allows players to hear their own voice through their headset.

The LS20 is a new-category of gaming headset, bridging the gap of high-fidelity audio and advanced gaming control, addressing the needs of the everyday gamer. Compact enough to be truly portable, large enough to be truly powerful, the LS20 is sleek, discrete and remarkably adept at rising to the challenge of any and all audio environments. Featuring Active and Passive modes, the LS20 features a built in rechargeable battery, providing powered amplification when used with console, PC/MAC, or mobile, yet working perfectly as a regular wired headset when the battery is powered down.

Advanced ear-cup controls once again return with the LS20, allowing instant and intuitive access to game volume, audio mute and mic mute, as well as affording control over call functions and audio playback when used with smartphones.

“In the run up to the yearly E3 Electronics Expo we have once again seen an influx of gaming headsets announced, all of which adhere to the typical gaming aesthetic: lighting up for no apparent reason, gimmicky features which distract from sub-par audio and awkward, angular designs which we believe hold little appeal to the modern adult gamer. LucidSound is forging a new path, focusing on real innovation and intelligent design with a gaming lifestyle appeal we believe has yet to be seen in this category,” said Chris Von Huben, CEO of LucidSound. “Gamers and media have reacted with overwhelming positivity to our debut product and we’re excited to launch our two new headsets which we believe will help us build market share and address new sectors of the market with hardware we believe gamers will love.”

The LS40 gaming headset features universal compatibility with practically any gaming platform and can be used with PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PlayStation®3, Xbox 360, PC/MAC, mobile phones, and smart devices, while the LS20 is compatible with PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PC/MAC, mobile phones, and smart devices.

LucidSound will be demonstrating their new range of headsets to media and customers at the E3 Electronics Entertainment Expo, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 14 through June 16, 2016.

For more information, visit www.lucidsound.com and follow LucidSound on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Turtle Beach Elite Pro Line Goes Retail This Weekend

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San Diego, CA – June 9, 2016 – This coming weekend, Turtle Beach Corporation(NASDAQ: HEAR), a leading audio technology company for over 40 years, officially launches its all-new line of Elite Pro eSports gear, setting a new standard for competitive gaming audio performance and comfort. On Sunday, June 12th, gamers seeking to get their hands on the ultimate eSports audio setup will be able to purchase the all-new Turtle Beach® Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset,Elite Pro Tactical Audio Controller (T.A.C.) and additional Elite Pro accessories at leading gaming and consumer electronics retailers worldwide.

Turtle Beach’s “Elite” branded products represent the highest level in audio and build quality, and the all-new Elite Pro Headset, Elite Pro T.A.C. and other Elite Pro accessories form the Company’s all-new line of competitive gaming audio gear created to meet the demands of today’s professional and aspiring pro teams and players.

“We have a history of creating industry firsts, and our Elite Pro line defines the future of eSports gaming audio equipment,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “In order to excel against the best gamers in the world, you need to have the best gear. That’s why we’re excited to have partnered with two of the best eSports organizations in the world with OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan, who are already using the Elite Pro system in competition and at home. The Elite Pro is a game-changer; designed to help you win. If that sounds like something that appeals to you, then be sure to pick yours up!”

Three years in the making, the Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headsetis a ground-up redesign of the competitive gaming headset that brings to market multiple first-and-only innovations in the core mechanics of headset design, weight and fit. The Elite Pro Headset’s all-new 50mm Nanoclear™ speakers deliver more efficient, crisper audio with less distortion for a game-changing sound experience, while the Pro Gaming Microphone with TruSpeak™ Technology provides crystal clear chat to ensure team communication is always heard loud and clear. The Elite Pro Headset also debuts Turtle Beach’s latest groundbreaking comfort-driven technologies, including the ComforTec™ Fit System with multiple adjustment points for a truly personalized headset fit and feel, Aerofit™ Ear Cushions that stay cool in the heat of battle, and Turtle Beach’s all-new patented ProSpecs™ Glasses Relief System that finally makes wearing a gaming headset comfortable for players who wear glasses. Additionally, the Elite Pro Headset can be customized with Magnetic Speaker Plates that attach to the outside of the ear-cups, and includes the Circuit Pro™ Cable System that allows for quick and easy connections to all Elite Proaccessories through one easy, universal connection.

The Elite Pro T.A.C. is the most powerful audio controller ever designed for competitive gaming, combining cutting-edge audio technologies like DTS™ Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound and Superhuman Hearing™ with incredibly powerful chat and microphone tuning tools, giving eSports athletes everything they need to win. The T.A.C. has an all-new fingertip slide system that brings the power of a robust tournament grade gaming audio mixer under instant control, and includes breakthrough features such as the Background Noise Limiter on your microphone and the Outbound Mic Boost control, both built specifically for team play at eSports events. The T.A.C.’s Background Noise Limiter helps eliminate distractions via providing tunable mic levels, while the Outbound Mic Boost feature is there to ensure every word is heard loud and clear by teammates, even over the roar of the crowd during those crucial last-minute hardpoint defends and flag captures that lead to victory. The Elite Pro T.A.C. can also be used as a full, external USB 7.1 Surround Sound card on your PC, and multiple T.A.C.s can quickly and easily be daisy-chained together using standard Ethernet cables to form an offline LAN chat network anywhere.

And when combined with the optional Elite Pro accessories, including the Elite Pro Tournament Noise-Cancelling Microphone, Elite Pro A.M.P. for PlayStation®4 and Elite Pro Tactical Audio Adaptor for Xbox One (each sold separately), gamers will have in their possession the ultimate pro gaming audio setup, designed purely to help them win map after map.

For more information on the Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset,Elite Pro T.A.C. and Elite Pro accessories, visit www.turtlebeach.com/elite-pro-headsets, and be sure to follow Turtle Beach on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Ultimate eSports performance, ultimate comfort, and the ultimate eSports audio setup designed to help you dominate the competition…this is Elite Pro!

Corsair Announces Neutron Series XTi Solid State Drives

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FREMONT, CA –June 8th 2016 – CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC hardware and components today announced the launch of its latest range of solid state drives, the Neutron Series XTi. With a blisteringly quick quad-core Phison controller and performance MLC NAND, Neutron Series XTi offers SATA 6Gbps-saturating transfer speeds of up to 560MB/sec and excellent sustained performance consistency with even the most demanding of workloads.

Available initially in capacities of 240GB, 480GB and 960GB, Neutron Series XTi will also become CORSAIR’s first 1920GB SSD in the near future, combining SSD performance with HDD capacity. With top-tier performance, reliability and consistency, the CORSAIR Neutron Series XTi meets the high-performance storage needs of the most discerning PC gaming enthusiasts and content creation professionals alike.

The Neutron Series XTi utilizes a dedicated quad-core controller for top tier top tier speeds with sustained performance and low command latency. The result is exceptional transfer speeds of up to 560MB/sec, 540MB/s sequential write, 4KB random read of up to 100K IOPS and 4K random write of up to 90K IOPS; up to the tasks of today’s most demanding end-users.

Designed for consistent performance the Neutron Series XTi handles very high sustained transfer rates with ease, enabled by an expanded cache making it possible to capture and edit professional Full HD and 4K uncompressed video in real-time, as well as play PC games with absolute maximum detail levels.

The Neutron Series XTi is also equipped with end-to-end data path protection, ensuring data is protected against corruption from the host to the NAND gate. Combined with power loss protection with advanced SmartFlush™ and GuaranteedFlush™ technologies as well as a host of error correction technologies, the Neutron Series XTi secures your drive for an ultra-consistent and reliable experience.

Specifications:

  • High Performance Quad-Core SSD Controller: Quad-core processor for top tier performance with low command latency and sustained performance. 
  • Exceptional transfer speeds: The Neutron Series XTieffectively saturates the SATA 6Gbp/s interface, providing sequential read speeds of up to 560Mb/s, sequential write speeds of up to 540Mb/s, 4KB random reads of up to 100K IOPS and 4K random writes of up to 90K IOPS.
  • Consistent Performance: Very high sustained transfer rates are enabled by an expanded cache make it possible to capture and edit professional Full HD and 4K uncompressed video in real-time, as well as play PC games with absolute maximum detail levels. 
  • End-to-End Data Path Protection (ETEP): ETEP protects the entire data path within the SSD controller. From the host to the NAND gate, ensuring data is protected against corruption. 
  • Low Power Consumption: 95% less power consumption than standard HDDs means better energy efficiency for your desktop machine and longer battery life for your laptop. Also includes support for DEVSLP (device sleep).
  • Power Loss Protection: Data is further protected with advanced SmartFlush™ and GuaranteedFlush™ technologies.
  • Enhanced Error Correction: SmartECC™ and SmartRefresh™ features improve data retention and error correction.
  • Static and Dynamic Wear-Leveling: The lifespan of the drive and its overall reliability are greatly enhanced by wear-leveling.
  • Advanced Garbage Collection: Overall performance and NAND endurance are enhanced. 
  • Compatible with CORSAIR SSD Toolbox: Access a number of crucial software tools for getting the most out of your SSD.

Pricing, Availability, and Warranty

Available immediately from CORSAIR’s worldwide network of authorized retailers, the Neutron Series XTi 240GB is priced at a MSRP of $89.99, the Neutron Series XTi 480GB at $159.99 and the Neutron Series XTi 960GB at $329.99. Pricing for the upcoming Neutron Series XTi 1920GB is yet to be confirmed. All four are backed with a five-year warranty and CORSAIR customer service and technical support.

To learn more about CORSAIR SSDs please visit:

http://www.corsair.com/ssd

Corsair Launches Bulldog 4K Living Room PC and Lapdog Control Center

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FREMONT, CA –May 25th 2016 – CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced the release of its eagerly anticipated BULLDOG 4K living room PC kit and LAPDOG portable gaming control center, bringing 4K PC Gaming into the living room with the intuitive, accurate controls of a full size mouse and keyboard.

BULLDOG compresses high-end desktop PC performance into a form factor fit for your living room, supporting liquid cooling for both the processor and graphics card to deliver true 4K performance for the most detailed and immersive gaming experience possible. LAPDOG is the perfect companion for BULLDOG, bringing precision desktop peripherals to your couch with un-matched comfort. Together, BULLDOG and LAPDOG deliver the un-rivalled 4K PC Gaming experience in your living room.

CORSAIR BULLDOG – True 4K Gaming Performance in Your Living Room

First announced as a prototype at Computex 2015, the CORSAIR BULLDOG set PC enthusiast imaginations racing with the prospect of finally bringing a full-performance, liquid cooled PC into the living room. Continuously developed since and collecting a Best of CES 2016 Honoree distinction, CORSAIR BULLDOG finally realises the potential of a full-performance liquid-cooled PC in the living room.

Available as both a kit and via select configured systems from Micro Center in North America, BULLDOG includes a trio of innovations right in the box to bring the enthusiast PC to a living-room friendly form factor. Sleek industrial design and a console-sized case fit right in with the rest of your home entertainment gear, the multi-award winning CORSAIR SF600 SFX power supply powers the most ambitious of builds and the low-profile CORSAIR H5SF liquid cooler efficiently cools the CPU. BULLDOG comes with an Intel Z170 mini-ITX motherboard (specific model varies between retailer) right in the box, so all you need to do is add the CPU, memory, graphics card and storage to build a true living room gaming PC, with no compromises on performance.

While BULLDOG comes pre-configured for easy assembly and compatibility, it’s also been built with upgrades in mind. Supporting up to three 2.5in SSDs or one 2.5in and one 3.5in HDD mount, BULLDOG carries all the features you’d expect from a CORSAIR case. Builder-friendly layout, tool-free fittings and a standard mini-ITX form factor makes upgrades easy. What’s more, BULLDOG can mount not just the H5SF low-profile CPU cooler, but also a host of compatible all-in-one graphics card liquid-coolers such as the Corsair HG10 and H55, providing the benefits of liquid cooling to not just the CPU, but the power-hungry GPU as well.

LAPDOG – Living Room PC Gaming Done Right.

First shown at Computex 2015 and the winner of numerous “Best of Show” awards CORSAIR Lapdog brings desktop CORSAIR gaming peripheral performance to the living room. A full-size portable gaming control center, LAPDOG allows you to mount your choice of CORSAIR K70 or K65 Keyboard and mouse to enjoy the complete PC gaming experience from the comfort of your couch.

Built from anodized, brushed aluminium LAPDOG feels as good as it looks, and with a huge removable memory foam lap cushion is made for comfort as well as style. Weighing just 5.8lbs (2.63 kg), multi-hour gaming sessions are a breeze, with the light-weight aluminium chassis and moulded cushion minimizing weight and pressure. Any CORSAIR K70 or K65 mechanical keyboard fits securely into Lapdog, while a full-size 11in x 11in textured-finish mouse pad provides both precision tracking for optical or laser sensor equipped mice and enough surface area to enable the best gaming mouse experience.

CORSAIR is no new-comer when it comes to cable management, and LAPDOG is no exception. Cables and connectors are tucked away inside LAPDOG’s hidden compartment, along with an integrated powered USB 3.0 hub with four USB 3.0 ports, allowing gamers to connect not just a keyboard and mouse, but also a USB headset, phone, flash drive or any other USB device, all right from their seat. Connected via a 16ft / 4.8m USB 3.0 cable, LAPDOG offers the reliability of a wired connection for maximum performance and minimal latency.

Combining the precision of CORSAIR’s industry leading keyboards and mice with supreme comfort and aluminium construction, LAPDOG is living room PC gaming done right.

 

BULLDOG Availability and Pricing

Available initially only in North America and Australia CORSAIR BULLDOG is sold in the below configurations:

BULLDOG DIY Kit Inc. Motherboard

SKU: CS-9000001:

Includes: BULLDOG Chassis, Hydro Series H5 SF Cooler, SF600 Power Supply and Gigabyte Z170N-WiFi Motherboard.

MSRP: $399

BULLDOG Complete System

Includes: BULLDOG Chassis, Hydro Series H5 SF Cooler and SF600 Power Supply, System Configuration Varies

MSRP: Varies with configuration

 

LAPDOG Availability and Pricing

Available initially in North America, UK, France, Germany and Scandanavia, LAPDOG is available immediately from CORSAIR’s world-wide network of retailers and distributors, as well as directly from CORSAIR.

SKU: CH-9500000-NA

Warranty: Corsair LAPDOG carries a 2 Year Warranty

Pricing: MSRP $119.99

 

Web Pages:

For more information on CORSAIR BULLDOG visit:

www.corsair.com/bulldog

For more information on CORSAIR LAPDOG visit:

www.corsair.com/lapdog

AOC Will Bring New Quantum Dot Monitors With Color IQ to North America

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San Francisco, California – May 25, 2016 – Today AOC, one of the world’s leading monitor brands, announced that their latest quantum dot-based monitors will be available in North America this year. The new monitors, which were introduced in China last month, integrate QD Vision’s Color IQ technology to deliver the most vivid color viewing experience commercially available today, enabling 50 percent better color performance than a typical LCD monitor, at a competitive price point.

AOC will sell its 27-inch and quantum dot displays, which deliver 98 percent Adobe RGB color, making them ideal for entertainment, photography and gaming. The new AOC Quantum Dot monitors will be available later this year online and at AOC retailers.

“Given the overwhelming positive feedback we’ve received from customers and reviewers alike, we are thrilled to expand our distribution to North America,” said Mr. Lidong Yan, general manager of monitor BU, OBM China, TPV Group. “QD Vision has helped us deliver the widest color gamut displays available today with their leading-edge quantum dot technology, and we can now bring the latest product innovations and display technology to a broader global audience.”

QD Vision’s Color IQ solution enables the widest, more accurate color gamut across screens by utilizing semiconductor nanocrystals, called quantum dots, to precisely and efficiently convert light emissions and create virtually any color of the visible spectrum. Color IQ Optics lead in green chemistry nano-material innovation and deliver the most brilliant, full gamut color displays, providing a superior viewing experience over any other commercial technology, including OLED, but at a much lower overall cost.

“Quantum dot technology provides far more natural and vivid viewing, and these new monitors from AOC will enhance performance, accuracy and user experience for consumers worldwide,” said John Volkmann, chief marketing officer at QD Vision. “AOC is one of the leaders in delivering the most accurate, wide color gamut experience and by integrating QD Vision’s Color IQ optics, these monitors deliver incredible performance at affordable price points.”

Today, most high-end monitors can only display 95 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut while many mainstream models are limited to illustrating, at most, 70 percent of the Adobe spectrum. Using QD Vision’s Color IQ solution, AOC quantum dot displays deliver nearly 100 percent of the full Adobe RGB spectrum, resulting in remarkably crisp images with vivid, life-like colors, making them ideally suited for binge-watching television shows, online gaming, personal photography or other activities that would benefit from the highest degree of color accuracy and brightness consistency.

The PLS/PLS-ADS wide view angle panel offers perfect image performance and real color uniformity at an extremely large viewing angle of 178°, and flicker-free technology provides critical eye support for photographers who are used to long-time photo editing, providing a more comfortable viewing experience that promotes greater eye health. The AOC 27” quantum dot monitors features 1920 x 1080 resolution, ?E<3 color deviation, 50 million:1 dynamic contrast and support for multiple I/O ports including VGA, DVI-D, HDMI and an audio line output. The series is compatible with Blu-ray players and most gaming consoles, including PS3/PS4 and Xbox 360.